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This is day 200 of 2017. There are 165 days remaining.
• George Dzundza (Law & Order) is 72
• Brian May of Queen is 70
• Anthony Edwards (ER) is 55
• Benedict Cumberbatch is 41
• Jared Padalecki (Supernatural, Gilmore Girls) is 35
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1954: Elvis Presley’s first single was released by Sun Records. It was That’s All Right (Mama) backed by Blue Moon of Kentucky.
• 1969: Apollo 11 and its astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin ”Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins went into orbit around the moon.
• 1980: The Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
• 1984: Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president at the party’s convention in San Francisco.
• 1985: Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.
• 1990: Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison for tax evasion.
• 1992: Paul Lynch set a new world record in London by doing 40,401 pushups in 24 hours.
• 2003: A 42-year-old Austrian man received the world’s first transplanted tongue. During the 14-hour surgery, doctors removed a malignant tumor and successfully attached the new tongue.
• 2008: A man charged with murder escaped from a Texas jail by climbing through an air conditioner vent. The vent was less than a foot wide, and authorities said Darryl Layne Norris had been losing weight since arriving at the jail three months earlier.
• 2013: A 29-year-old man wearing motorcycle goggles was spotted rolling through a Seattle neighborhood in an office chair, holding a set of drumsticks, a hubcap tied to his arm, wearing several scarves, and concealing a 12-inch crowbar. He told cops he was “late for a gig,” spit at the officers, tried to roll into traffic, then fell out of the chair.
• National Baby Food Festival begins in Fremont, Michigan — the hometown of Gerber Products. Adults face off in the baby-food-eating contest and tots crawl in races.
• National Hot Dog Day
• Take Your Poet To Work Week
• Daiquiri Day
• August 3: NFL pre-season begins
• August 26: College football begins
• September 4: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins
789: Most people skinny dipping at once. The record was recently set in Finland.
New research shows that T. Rex dinosaurs couldn’t run. [And they were extremely poor dancers.]
Chris Christie has been named the country’s most disliked governor. [That picture in beach shorts definitely didn’t help.]
Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman who wore a miniskirt on the street and then posted a video online. [Of course, in Saudi Arabia a miniskirt means that you could catch a glimpse of the woman’s toes.]
A survey reveals that while high school test scores are up SAT scores are down which leads experts to believe that high schoolers are being graded with too much leniency. [For example, one senior was given full credit for his paper on the Civil War that said the cause of the Civil War was a dispute among the Avengers.]
A list of the most stressed U.S. cities (Newark, NJ) and the least stressed (Fremont, CA) has just been released. [But isn’t the news of being on the most stressed list simply going to make those cities even more stressed?]
An upstate New York woman had her first baby after trying for 40 years. [He’s a fortunate little boy. Not only is he well-loved but he came home to a room stocked with unopened boxes of the hottest toys of the past four decades.]
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen the UK has produced a 10-pound note with the author’s picture on it. [“Please, sir, let go of your pride and prejudice and let me borrow a 10-pounder.”]
Former international jewel thief 86-year-old Doris Payne, who’s been the subject of a Netflix documentary, was arrested near Atlanta after shoplifting several items from Walmart. [Don’t you hate it when a top athlete stays in the game too long?]
Chipotle was forced to close a Virginia location after an outbreak of illness. [Chipotle is the only restaurant I know of that has a Bacteria-of-the-Month Club.]
Due to paperwork mismanagement one company may have to excuse $5 billion in student loans. [That should make life much easier for 10 or 20 students.]
DAD SAYS DELTA THREW FAMILY OFF FLIGHT BECAUSE HIS SON HAD LICE _ Lawyer, writer and Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis says that he, his wife and three kids were flying on Delta from Paris to Nashville via Minneapolis. Halfway through the first leg, his 6-year-old son began to experience an itchy head. Flight attendants got wind and told the family they couldn’t get off the plane in Minneapolis when they landed. After everyone got off the plane Travis says he and his family were told to get off the plane and leave the airport. They couldn’t fly on to Nashville. At the airport the other kids were checked and, well, more lice. The family was told to leave the airport, find somewhere in the city to be treated for lice and obtain a clearance form that proves all had been treated. Travis and his two-year-old flew home on Southwest, while mom and the two other kids stayed in Minneapolis and got treatment. Delta did extend them a hotel voucher.
… A Delta spokesman said: “We will always prioritize the health of our customers and employees as safety is our top priority. We will work directly with the family to resolve the issue.” • LINK
YOUTUBER IN LEGAL TROUBLE FOR THAILAND RAILROAD STUNT _ Nathan Bartling, a YouTube celebrity in Thailand who goes by the nickname My Mate Nate, has found himself in legal jeopardy after attempting to flatten out coins on a Bangkok railroad track for a recent video. Bartling ventured to Bangkok from California as a Mormon missionary but decided to remain in Thailand to launch a YouTube prank channel. He has 3.3 million subscribers. The 24-year-old’s latest stunt has resulted in charges of railway obstruction, trespassing, and damaging railway property. He was detained by police and released after a news conference.
… Bartling, who is fluent in Thai, removed the video in question after viewers expressed concerns that placing coins on a train track could cause a derailment.
JOE BIDEN TO PUBLISH MEMOIR _ Former Vice President Joe Biden’s memoir is set to be published November 14. Will it be titled Biden My Time? Sorry, no. The former VP has chosen the title Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose. The memoir will focus on 2015, the year his son Beau died, and the politician decided against running for president, despite his personal belief that he could’ve won.
DO YOU HATE THE SAME STUFF EVERYONE IN YOUR STATE HATES? _ The dating app Hater connects people not by what they like, but what they hate. Hater used the data from hundreds of thousands of users in the US and found the most hated topic from every state to make a hate-filled map.
… For example, residents of Ohio hate tying a tie. The people of Texas hate sleeping with the window open. In California they hate fidget spinners. And in Nebraska they hate Seinfeld. • MORE
A FACEBOOK PAGE FULL OF UPS DRIVERS BONDING WITH DOGS _ If you need a pick-me-up, I suggest you direct your attention to a very excellent Facebook page where UPS drivers can share photos of the adorable dogs they meet while doing their route. The page, called “UPS DOGS,” features photos of the friendly pooches and drivers. • LINK
OLD WOMAN WHO CAN’T SWIM SAVES TWO IN LAKE _ A 73-year-old woman risked her life to save two people from a lake — despite bad eyesight and not knowing how to swim. The woman rescued a 7-year-old boy and his grandmother after the pair became stuck in thick mud. The boy was washing his feet in the water when he felt himself sinking. His grandmother then attempted to rescue him from the mud but became stuck herself.
MISSING COUPLE DISCOVERED 75 YEARS LATER IN MELTING GLACIER _ Seventy-five years ago, a Swiss couple disappeared in the Alps after going to feed their cows. Their bodies were recently found in a melting glacier, “perfectly preserved” in World War II-era clothing, complete with identification papers. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin lived in in southwest Switzerland. They were 40 and 37, respectively, on the day they went missing. The couple had five sons and two daughters. Their youngest child, who is now 79, said the kids “spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping.” After the disappearance, the children were split up and “became strangers.” Local authorities think the two had fallen into a crevasse.
KFC IS RELEASING A LIMITED EDITION SMARTPHONE _ What do you need to be truly happy in life? Fried chicken and a smartphone. And when you combine the two? Wow, you’ve hit peak enjoyment. KFC has partnered with a smartphone manufacturer (Huawei) to release a limited edition smartphone to commemorate 30 years since opening in China. It’s a pretty typical, basic smartphone. The most important thing is that Colonel Sanders is embossed on the back of the device.
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DONATES PAY RAISE TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND _ The president of the University of Southern Mississippi is donating to a scholarship fund after receiving a pay raise. The state College Board recently gave Rodney Bennett a $72,630 raise. In a July 6 email to the university community, Bennett said he would donate that amount to help students. With the raise, Bennett has a $300,000 state salary. Supplemented by private donations, it reaches $464,500.
… Amid a tight state budget, USM has laid off three employees and eliminated 33 vacant jobs. Bennett said he is sensitive that his raise was granted as other employees have gone without raises.
WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN UBER CAR ON WAY TO HOSPITAL _ A California mom says that when she prayed her fourth birth would be a fast one, she couldn’t imagine it would happen in an Uber car on the way to the hospital. Erica Davidovich and her husband used the ride-hailing app when she started having contractions. Her previous three children took hours to arrive, so she figured she had time to get to the hospital. But they didn’t make it far before they asked the driver to pull over in a parking lot. Erica says her husband delivered a healthy baby boy in the backseat. The driver visited the family a couple of days later and presented them with a gift: an Uber onesie.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN THREATENS TO PULL GUN OVER WRONG TACO ORDER _ A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he threatened to pull a gun on a taco shop employee for giving him the wrong order.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHY DID ROACHES SWARM FROM MANHOLE? _ The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood. The bugs were so thick residents couldn’t see the ground. Officials think a sewer inlet might be clogged with food and trash that can attract the bugs.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 15 POUNDS OF SAUSAGE CRASHES ON ROOF _ 🎧 AUDIO 🎧 A Florida family is confused after recently waking up to a loud thud. The mysterious sound turned out to be several packages of frozen Italian sausage which had landed on their roof. Travis Adair says, “We got up, found two packages of sausage on our side yard, and then we were like, ‘OK, well, we got to go on the roof and check and see if we find more of this stuff.'” Sure enough, there were three more packages of Italian pork sausage.
… A total of 15 pounds of Italian sausage was found in bags marked William Land Service, a land-clearing company in Alabama. The homeowners were baffled about how the sausage ended up on their roof, so their son called the company. The guy at the other end of the line had no idea what the family was talking about. They sent photos of the sausage but have yet to hear back.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHURCH SENDS COLLECTION NOTICES TO MEMBERS _ Members of a Florida church are upset that they were sent collection notices for not tithing at least $50 a month. Candace Petterson, who attends Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Tampa, says she was shocked when she received a collection notice from the church saying she needed to tithe at least $50 a month, plus it listed other fees that amounted to $1,000 a year. It also said that her 11-year-old daughter would need to tithe $5 a month. The letter, which several members received, said the mandatory minimum tithing was being imposed as en effort to pay off the church’s debt.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF CAN’T GET TRUCK OUT OF FIRST GEAR _ Alabama deputies were informed of a stolen flatbed truck. The deputies spotted the truck and gave chase. The truck went onto the interstate and the deputies continued the chase — at 25 to 30 mph. The thief couldn’t get the truck out of first gear. Before too long, the truck’s transmission seized and the truck thief was removed from the truck and arrested.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POE IS A GO FOR JAIL _ After a rash of burglaries of businesses in Boynton Beach, Florida, police got a break: security camera video not only clearly showed the burglar, but also a tattoo on his forearm that read “POE”. When detectives noticed a man matching the burglar’s description at a gas station, they stopped to talk to him. He denied any knowledge of the burglaries, but they couldn’t help but notice the tattoo on his forearm. They arrested the the man, whose name is Ryan Austin Poe.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New
LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG (8p ET, NBC) — Featured golden-agers in this new episode include an 82-year-old hand balancer and acrobat from Brazil, a 95-year-old yodeler, and a couple in their 70s who are competitive eaters.
THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The cooks head to Beverly Hills to take over the breakfast service for The Belvedere restaurant at the iconic five-star Peninsula Hotel.
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
SALVATION (9p ET, CBS) — New. Darius and Liam work on a theoretically impossible solution to divert the asteroid.
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — New. Cynthia is forced to confront her marriage problems.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (9p ET, FOX) — New
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat
CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
THIS IS US (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat
MODERN FAMILY(10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — New. David Spade takes on model Nina Agdal.
THE GOLDBERGS (10:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
NETFLIX NOW HAS OVER 100 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS _ Netflix has says it now has over 100 million subscribers. It surpassed that number in June. International subscribers now account for 50.1 percent of the total.
TYLER PERRY IS BACK IN THE BOO 2: A MADEA HALLOWEEN TRAILER _ Madea is back in the first trailer for Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween. The comedy sequel hits theaters October 20. In Boo 2, Madea and the gang are back. Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. • VIDEO
NETFLIX’S TRIPLE FRONTIER FILM LOSES BEN AFFLECK _ Ben Affleck has left Netflix’s Triple Frontier film. Back in April, Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum left the film. Affleck has been in talks for the role since then. The Triple Frontier film has actually been trying to get off the ground for almost a decade. The story is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.
ANNIE POTTS CAST IN THE BIG BANG THEORY SPINOFF _ Annie Potts has been cast in a pivotal role in the upcoming The Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon from CBS. Potts will play Meemaw, Sheldon’s grandmother who is frequently referenced as someone that Sheldon adores. She actually appeared on The Big Bang Theory in season 9. She’s described as “a woman who is very supportive of her grandson and his unique gifts.”
ROBOCOP RETURNING TO US THEATERS _ The sci-fi cult classic RoboCop is returning to some theaters in September to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
TAYLOR SWIFT WASN’T CARRIED OUT OF HER APARTMENT IN A SUITCASE _ On Monday, a photo agency claimed Taylor Swift was carried out of her New York City home in a giant suitcase, causing the star’s fans to freak out on Twitter. However, the photo agency has since said they are retracting the story after speaking with someone from Swift’s team.
BEYONCE’S TWINS DELIVERED BY KIM KARDASHIAN’S DOCTOR _ Beyonce and Jay-Z’s newborn twins were delivered by the same doctor Kim Kardashian and her family have called on for years. The celeb couple became parents to a girl and boy last month, siblings for their five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, and the twins’ birth certificate has shed light on the details surrounding the babies’ arrivals at Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. According to the official document daughter Rumi was born at 5:13AM on June 13, followed by her brother Sir seconds later.
… The paperwork also reveals the OB/GYN who helped to deliver the tots was Dr. Paul Crane, the same guy who treated Kim Kardashian when she gave birth to their daughter North in 2013 and son Saint in 2015.
MORTY IN ‘MEATBALLS’ DIES AT 74 _ Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor who played the summer camp director Morty in Meatballs, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 74.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of July 10-16.
- America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 12.6 million
- Game of Thrones, HBO, 10.1 million
- MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 9.3 million
- Home Run Derby, ESPN, 8.2 million
- America’s Got Talent (Thursday), NBC, 7.1 million
- World of Dance, NBC, 7.08 million
- NCIS, CBS, 6.55 million
- Big Brother, CBS (Wednesday), 6.5 million
- Home Run Derby (preshow), ESPN, 6.23 million
- Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.2 million
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.15 million
- Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.1 million
- Little Big Shots: Forever Young, NBC, 6.08 million
- The Wall, NBC, 6.05 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.02 million
- Big Brother (Sunday), NBC, 5.9 million
- The Bachelorette, ABC, 5.66 million
- American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.62 million
- ESPY Awards, ABC, 5.3 million
- NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.2 million
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• THUD: 15 pounds of frozen Italian sausage landed on a family’s roof. Audio quiz: Which of these sounds like falling frozen sausage? → July 19 Wacky-But-True
• BANNED: The most-banned wedding DJ songs. → July 18 Bits & Breaks
More prep in the Facebook Group.
WHAT LITTLE THING WOULD YOU MAKE ILLEGAL JUST BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU MAD?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What little thing would you make illegal ’cause it makes you mad?
• Making the volume go way up for TV commercials.
• A group of people walking side-by-side taking up an entire sidewalk.
• People that stop their cars to have a conversation with someone on the street or in another car. Especially when there is no way around them.
• Not putting your house number anywhere on your house. I deliver pizza.
• Leaving shopping carts in parking spaces. The place to return it is right there!
• Super bright headlights on tall vehicles.
• Bringing babies to movie theaters.
• Grandma sharing everything she sees on Facebook.
• Calling every little cold and sniffle ‘the flu’.
2017’S MOST & LEAST STRESSED CITIES IN AMERICA
WalletHub.com has announced the country’s most and least stressed cities. To determine the cities where Americans cope best, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 cities across 30 key areas, from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates. • INFO
1. Newark, NJ
2. Detroit, MI
3. Cleveland, OH
4. Jackson, MS
5. Miami, FL
6. Birmingham, AL
7. San Bernardino, CA
8. Rochester, NY
9. Augusta, GA
10. Shreveport, LA 51.32
141. Boise, ID
142. (tie) Madison, WI and Peoria, AZ
144. Gilbert, AZ
145. Irvine, CA
146. Sioux Falls, SD
147. Scottsdale, AZ
148. Overland Park, KS
149. Plano, TX
150. Fremont, CA 29.03
TRIVIA: The average person will consume 2½ pounds of this each year. (Salt)
TRIVIA: By the time they become a teenager the average kid will do this 17 times. (Scrape a knee)
TRIVIA: The US has 2,150 of these. (Active nuclear warheads)
Food makes me fall over.
Who needs Netflix when you’re married to an entertainer like this?
This is day 201 of 2017. There are 164 days remaining.
• Diana Rigg (The Avengers) is 79
• Kim Carnes is 72
• Carlos Santana is 70
• Donna Dixon (Bosom Buddies) is 60
• Josh Holloway (Lost) is 48
• Omar Epps is 44
• Judy Greer (Californication, Arrested Development) is 42
• Gisele Bündchen is 37
• Julianne Hough is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1871: British Columbia joined the confederation as a Canadian province.
• 1944: Adolf Hitler was only slightly wounded when a bomb planted by would-be assassins exploded at the German leader’s Rastenburg headquarters.
• 1958: Late TV pitchman Billy Mays was born.
• 1969: Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins orbited above.
• 1993: White House deputy counsel Vince Foster was found shot to death in a park near Washington, D.C. in an apparent suicide.
• 1999: After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was lifted to the surface.
• 2007: President George W. Bush signed an executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.
• 2012: In London, the Olympic Torch arrived, signaling the final stages of the U.K.-wide relay ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
• 2014: The U.S. said that evidence suggested a Russian-made missile was fired at Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The missile strike killed all 298 people aboard.
• Papa Look-Alike Contest, July 20– 23. Sloppy Joe’s Papa Look-Alike Contest is one of many events in Key West celebrating the birthday of Ernest Hemingway. The Final Round is Saturday when Papa 2017 is announced.
• Get to Know Your Customers Day
• Cake Day
• Moon Day
• Lollipop Day
• World Jump Day
• Ugly Truck Day
• Fortune Cookie Day
• August 3: NFL pre-season begins
• August 26: College football begins
• September 4: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins