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This is day 207 of 2017. There are 158 days remaining.


• Mick Jagger is 74

• Helen Mirren is 72

• Roger Taylor of Queen is 68

• Kevin Spacey is 58

• Sandra Bullock is 53

• Jeremy Piven is 52

• Chris Harrison (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) is 46

• Kate Beckinsale is 44

• Taylor Momsen is 24


• 1947: President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

• 1964: Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa and six others were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund.

• 1984: The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson became the first network television program to be telecast in stereo.

• 1991: Paul “Peewee Herman” Reubens was arrested in a Sarasota, Florida, theater for exposing himself.

• 2001: A Jerusalem woman suffered chemical burns after spraying pesticide into her mouth when a flying cockroach landed on her tongue. The 20-year-old Israeli burned her mouth, tongue, and vocal cords and needed hospital treatment. She said she hated cockroaches.

• 2003: The Royal Bank of Scotland offered a gold credit card and the chance to earn air miles to a dog named Monty in Stockport, England. The bank apologized after the Shih Tzu’s owner declined on Monty’s behalf.

• 2005: Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs became the 13th pitcher in major league history to record his 3,000 career strikeout, in a game against the San Francisco Giants.

• 2006: A jury in Houston found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her children in a bathtub in the second trial she faced on the charges; she was committed to a state mental hospital.

• 2010: Over 92,000 classified documents detailing incidents related to the war in Afghanistan were released by Wikileaks.

• 2013: Business apparel company Ministry of Supply announced the creating of the ‘perfect sock’ for those who suffer from smelly feet. The Atlas dress sock was made from a unique cotton and recycled polyester blend, which is infused with carbonized coffee to keep bad odor away.


• Americans With Disabilities Day

• Aunts and Uncles Day


• August 3: NFL pre-season begins

• August 26: College football begins

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins


207: Dollars spent annually on lottery tickets by the average American adult.


A new poll shows that most Americans are not adequately prepared for a disaster. [For example, a member of your family marrying a Kardashian.]

While going through his storage Alice Cooper discovered some art that could be worth millions. [It’s nice to know that an aging rock star put something away for his future. Even if he forgot he put it away.]

Sean Hannity wanted his viewers to bash CNN’s Jake Tapper on Twitter, but the plan backfired and people went after Hannity. [Fox asked people to go easy on Hannity — he just got his Twitter license.]

If sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, one doctor thinks humans are headed for extinction. [And cats are like, “Yeah, we’re cool with that.”]

A man being released from a jail in England refused to leave. [Don’t you just hate it when house guests don’t know when it’s time to go?]

An 10-year-old boy in Russian snuck onto a plane. [That’s incredible — when I was ten I couldn’t find my way out of the clothing racks while my mom shopped.]

New research shows that you can defeat the feeling that you never have enough time by adding a moment of awe to each day. [So starting today I pledge to take a few minutes out of every day to stare at my student loan.]

There’s a new Tour de France champion. [Once again the fat guy in the barbecue sauce-stained tank top came in last.]

Some farmers say their crops are in desperate need of rain. [As long as it doesn’t affect the Cheetos crop, Americans should be just fine.]


DISNEY CRACKING DOWN ON PAINTED ROCKS IN THE PARKS _ One of the biggest trends right now is for people to paint rocks, leave them somewhere, and for someone else to find them as a nice surprise — but Disney is cracking down on it. No matter where you live, there are likely to be rock-finding Facebook groups somewhere near your town or city. The practice involves people painting images or messages on rocks and then, they leave them in a location for someone else to find. Sometimes, the hider of the rock will post a vague message or photo clue of where the rock can be found in a Facebook group. Many Disney-themed groups featured people hiding the rocks around the parks.

… According to confirmation from multiple security cast members at Disney theme parks, Magic Kingdom has already stopped allowing painted (or unpainted) rocks to be brought into the park. One security cast member said that these rocks could be viewed as weapons. The rule will move out to Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Have you and your kids been painting rocks this summer? Or hunting for them? What’s the most interesting rock you’ve found?

TOOL SHOWS YOU WHAT THE ECLIPSE WILL LOOK LIKE IN YOUR AREA _ There’s going to be a solar eclipse on August 21, but it’s probably too late to book a hotel in the path of totality (where the moon’s shadow will totally block out the sun.) So what will you see at home? A free tool at shows you what to expect. Fortunately, every part of the US — even Alaska and Hawaii — will see at least a partial eclipse. Plug your zip code in to find out what the eclipse will look like in your area, and what time it will peak. • LINK

TEEN JUMPS INTO MURKY CANAL, PULLS MAN TO SAFETY _ As he changed a battery for a customer at an auto parts store where he works, a 19-year-old Florida man heard screams from a nearby canal. He stripped to his boxers, jumped in the murky water, and pulled the man to safety. The hero, Nic Berry, says the water he jumped into didn’t come from a natural spring and “seemed like sewage.” That didn’t stop him from rescuing the man, who told Berry he tripped and fell into the water on his walk home from the hospital after visiting his wife. After the rescue Berry offered the man a bottle of water, some chips, and a ride home. And he told him to “have a happy day and not to fall into any more ponds.”

UBER DRIVERS WILL GET $15 TO RETURN ITEMS PEOPLE FORGET _ Uber took the wraps off of a basket of new perks for drivers on Tuesday. Among the changes introduced: a new $15 fee for drivers who return items passengers forget in the car, 24/7 driver support hotline and faster document reviews. It’s all part of Uber’s  “180 days” campaign to address driver feedback and fix the sometimes strained relationship between Uber and its drivers. Last month the company added an in-app tipping option, and this latest round of changes focuses on improving the driver support system.

… Before, if a passenger forgot their phone in the car they’d have to log into their account on a different phone or browser and try to convince the driver to meet somewhere and return it. Drivers would sometimes oblige a pleading rider, but if it meant driving an hour across town some would opt not to. With the new policy, drivers can report they returned a passenger’s missing item on the app and be compensated within a few days. The $15 is charged to the forgetful rider.

SPERM COUNT DROP ‘MAY LEAD TO HUMAN EXTINCTION’ _ A researcher (Dr. Hagai Levine) says humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 separate studies say sperm counts among men seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts are skeptical of the findings.

RURAL TEACHERS ARE HAPPIER _ A study says rural students perform better in science than their urban counterparts, and rural teachers are generally happy with their schools. In all, about a third of U.S. public schools are located in rural areas. Generally, areas with fewer than 500 people per square mile are considered rural by the Census Bureau.

TV PUSHING PEOPLE TO GET PLASTIC SURGERY _ A study shows four out of five people seeking cosmetic surgery said they’d been “directly influenced” by TV shows and/or celebrities.

YOUR TUBBY FRIENDS CAN MAKE YOU TUBBY, TOO _ Research suggests obesity is “socially contagious” — and your friends could be making you fat. A study of more than 12,000 people found that having an obese friend increases the risk of becoming obese by up to 57 percent. Having an overweight brother or sister increases the chances by 40 percent and having a heavy spouse by 37 percent. The Harvard Medical School research found that even having a fat friend hundreds of miles away can affect a person’s weight.

GET A JOB AT KENSINGTON PALACE _ Kensington Palace is looking for a new senior communications officer. The exciting job will see you supporting Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry’s work, with a particular focus on their Royal Foundation. According to the job description on the household’s website, a successful candidate will “manage the daily news flow to the media, ensuring items are accurately and positively reported and received by audiences via traditional, digital, and social media.”

… The post continues: “They will also produce creative communications campaigns, write press releases, give press briefings and respond to media inquiries. Above all, the candidate will play a key role in the development and implementation of the communications strategy for The Royal Foundation.” working alongside the CEO of the foundation and the communications secretary.

… If you’re the successful candidate, you will be working 37.5 hours each week and will be based at Kensington Palace.

RCMP SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP TO LOCATE MISSING GRENADE LAUNCHER _ The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is seeking the public’s help to locate some equipment that fell out of the back of a moving truck. Among the missing equipment is a 40MM Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher — also known as a grenade launcher. The RCMP says the launcher and a large green case containing related ammunition are missing and they would like it back.

LOST CLASS RING FOUND AFTER 52 YEARS _ Ray Goodwin of New Hampshire graduated from high school in 1965. He lost his class ring before being drafted into the Air Force that year. Recently the retired 70-year-old cook got a call recently from a woman in Vermont. She said she found the ring, which was initialed, in her backyard. A call to the high school resulted in a search through yearbooks and other resources before Goodwin was reached. Neither Goodwin or the woman who found the ring know how it got in her back yard.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLAZING HEAT CAUSES DOUGH TO GROW IN TRUCK _ A dump truck traveling in Tacoma, Washington, spilled a gooey load onto the highway. The hot summer heat caused a load of dough to rise and spill out. When a Tacoma police officer shared a photo on Twitter, the puns came out:

• “When you think you’ve seen it all … dough!”
• “Anything to keep the situation from rising out of control.”
• “Seriously dough, I hope this is the yeast of your worries this weekend.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN THOUGHT BUTTERNUT SQUASH WAS CHEESE _ In North Carolina a man tried to return some diced butternut squash. The man had mistaken the diced vegetable for cubed cheese. The container was clearly labeled “butternut squash” and was sold in the produce section, but that didn’t matter. The grocery store gave the guy his money back.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ABDUCTED MAN EATS HIS WAY TO FREEDOM _ A man in China who claimed he was abducted for two months was eventually released by his captors because he ate too much.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN LOOKING FOR DROPPED PHONE FALLS IN TRASH CHUTE _ A man looking for a dropped phone ended up tumbling into a building’s trash chute where he had to be rescued. The man was throwing out trash at an apartment building when he thought he dropped the phone in the chute. The man leaned in to check and fell inside. The man was able to call 911 from inside the trash chute early Sunday morning . They eventually hauled him out using a harness.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHINA HAS A CHILI PEPPER-LOVING RABBIT _ A chili pepper-loving pet rabbit has become a celebrity in one part of China. The bunny’s owner says he purchased it in October and fed it the standard diet of lettuce, carrots and other veggies. He discovered his pet rabbit’s appetite for all things spicy two months later when his wife spilled a bag of dried red chilies. Now the rabbit is addicted to chili peppers and goes through around 10 a day.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ASKS FOR RIDE FROM COP, GETS MORE _ In Florida a man was walking down a road early in the morning when a police car passed by. He flagged down the officer and asked him for a ride home. The officer said sure, but before he could get in he would have to pat him down. The guy agreed. The officer found marijuana on him and, for some reason, the man blurted out that he had lots more of it growing at home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER IN CHASE STOPS FOR SMOKES _ Authorities in Italy chased a suspected thief through city streets. The suspect weaved his way through neighborhoods and made a couple of close calls with cars. At one point the suspect made a pit stop at a gas station — he ran inside to buy a pack of smokes. Police eventually caught the guy.



SEASON FINALE: LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG (8p ET, NBC) — Featured golden-agers in this new episode include a 72-year-old pole dancer from China, a champion trick roper, and illusionist Chipps Cooney.


MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The Top 15 face a mystery box challenge in which they randomly will choose from boxes containing a different body part of a cow.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SALVATION (9p ET, CBS) — New. Darius accelerates his plan to stop the asteroid.

THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — New. Maxine brings her sister to meet the Carmichaels.




SERIES PREMIERE: SO SHARP (9p ET, Lifetime) — This new reality series follows coach Todd Sharp and his University of Louisville Ladybirds dance team as they work to repeat as national champions.




LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat


LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — New.

THE GOLDBERGS (10:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat


NETFLIX ORDERS MATT GROENING ANIMATED COMEDY _ Netflix has said “yes” to the Matt Groening (rhymes with raining) animated comedy Disenchantment. The series from the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama is described as an adult fantasy about a crumbling medieval kingdom known as Dreamland. The central character is the hard-drinking princess Bean, her elf companion Elfo and her “personal demon” Luci. The first 10 episodes will premiere next year.

MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR FIGHT HEADED TO MOVIE THEATERS _ Those who don’t feel like paying the $100 or so for the pay-per-view in order watch Floyd Mayweather fight Conor McGregor on August 26 will have another option: watching in a movie theater for a lot less. Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced on Tuesday that they have partnered to bring the fight, and the accompanying undercard, to movie theaters around the country. The movie theater broadcast of the event (9 PM ET), which will take place in Las Vegas, will be identical to what home viewers will see on the Showtime pay-per-view telecast.

… A list of participating theaters can be found at

GOSSIP: JUSTIN BIEBER MAY BE STARTING HIS OWN CHURCH _ According to reports, the real reason Justin Bieber cancelled his Purpose Tour is to focus on faith and start his own church. In a “world exclusive”, and Australian TV report said: “I am led to believe that the real reason he’s come off the road is because he wants to reconnect with his faith and may be even planning to start his own Church. … That’s the word from an inside source.”

COLBERT’S SHOWS FROM RUSSIAN ARE WINNERS FOR CBS _ Russia may represent bad news for Donald Trump. But not for his late-night nemesis, Stephen Colbert. The CBS Late Show host scored his largest margin of victory since his debut week nearly two years ago for shows that featured segments filmed during his recent trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

RON HOWARD NARRATES STAR WARS WITH ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT VOICE _ It’s been a little over a month since Ron Howard took over directing the standalone Han Solo film and we’re still 10 months from seeing it, but we’ve now been treated to Howard narrating the Star Wars trilogy with his Arrested Development voice.

… The website Nerdist created the hilarious spoof video called Arrested Rebellion that starts with footage from A New Hope, with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca all making an appearance. Most of the soundbites are taken directly from Howard’s narration in Arrested Development. • VIDEO

LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS REBOOTING THE RIGHT STUFF FOR TV _ Leonardo DiCaprio is doing what his other Hollywood pals are doing and worming his way into television. His latest project is an adaptation of The Right Stuff, the Tom Wolfe novel depicting the recruitment, training and glorification of America’s first astronauts. The book was made into a great movie in 1983 that starred Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey and others.

… National Geographic is already planning out several seasons, with each season focusing on a specific NASA mission. The first will be set in 1958 during the Cold War and race to put rocket jockeys into space.

AMAZING TRAILER FOR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS RE-RELEASE _ Sony has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The classic sci-fi film first hit theaters in December of 1977. If you’ve never seen it on the big screen before, the re-release has been digitally remastered in 4K and will come out September 1. The trailer has been updated and feels like a modern blockbuster sci-fi movie. • VIDEO

KELSEY GRAMMER OPENING A BREWERY NAMED AFTER HIS DAUGHTER _ Kelsey Grammer is almost ready to unveil his very own brewing company. Named Faith American after Grammer’s youngest daughter, the brewery is housed in upstate New York on property he bought decades ago in hopes of revitalizing the town that holds special meaning for him. The location is a barn on a dairy farm he used to visit for Thanksgiving as a kid.

FRANK SINATRA’S LAST WIFE DEAD AT 90 _ Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra died Tuesday at 90. With her husband’s help, Barbara founded the Sinatra Children’s Center to provide therapy and other support to young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Barbara Sinatra was a prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children.

THIS TWEET FINALLY GOT CHRISSY TEIGEN BLOCKED BY DONALD TRUMP _ Chrissy Teigen, model, wife, mother, and Twitter roaster extraordinaire, has sadly lost one her favorite targets on social media, Donald Trump. On Tuesday morning, the 31-year-old announced to the world that Trump had blocked her. Her last tweet to the President? “Lol no one likes you.” Teigen’s “no one likes you” reply was in response to Trump’s July 23 tweet, “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.”

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of July 17-23.

  1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 12.57 million
  2. Game of Thrones, HBO, 9.27 million
  3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.36 million
  4. World of Dance, NBC, 6.91 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.49 million
  6. NCIS, CBS, 6.49 million
  7. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.22 million
  8. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.19 million
  9. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.02 million
  10. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 5.98 million
  11. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.95 million
  12. Little Big Shots: Forever Young, NBC, 5.82 million
  13. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.78 million
  14. Big Brother (Friday), CBS, 5.45 million
  15. Bull, CBS, 5.36 million
  16. Movie: Descendants 2, Disney, 5.33 million
  17. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.325 million
  18. The Wall, NBC, 4.95 million
  19. Phelps vs Shark, Discovery, 4.78 million
  20. Blue Bloods, CBS, 4.67 million


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YOUTUBER’S DAD: YouTuber Ben Wonder turned his dad’s phone call into a tune for his channel.

POT FOR TRASH: Marijuana store in Maine gives free pot to people who picked up litter.  →  July 25 News & Nuggets


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• If you want to get swimsuit-skinny. Turn off the air conditioner about 25 minutes before mealtime, or eat outside on warm days. Studies show that the higher the temperature, the less you eat and the more likely you’ll choose less calorie-dense foods, like salads and fruit.

• Get everything across the hot sand in one trip. Toss your plastic snow sled in the bottom of your trunk. Then, when you reach the beach, you can pack it with toys, coolers, totes, barbecues and towels, and pull the whole shebang effortlessly across the sand.

• Keep the sand out of your car. Just before you and the gang head for home, sprinkle a little baby powder onto sandy feet and bodies, then brush it off with your hands. The powder will wick away excess moisture, the sand will fall away with ease, and everyone will have a clean, non-gritty ride home.



When 33-year-old Alicia Lu wanted to send her friends a picture of herself being rained on by pizza slices along with a text reading, “Weekend forecast says 90% chance of pizza,” the food blogger and amateur chef was “shocked” that there wasn’t anything in Apple’s App Store that would do that.

Alicia says, “I figured if there was technology that could … swap your face with someone else’s, surely there was an app that would allow you to insert photorealistic pizzas into photos.” Nope. And so she found an app developer and created Pizzafy, an app that adds a slice of pizza to photos.

Pizzafy, which debuted in the app store on July 22, is currently free to download, with a $1.99 upgrade earning users more slices and whole pies with which to decorate their pictures.

In the future, Lu plans to create limited-edition and special seasonal pizza add-ons, like a heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day and American flag pizza for Independence Day.


Managers and business owners share some of the worst job interview fails.

• Had an interviewee show up 10 minutes late, tell us our clock was wrong, take it off the wall and adjust it. After he left we adjusted it back to the actual time.

• The interviewee didn’t show and about two hours after he called and said he’d been hit by a car. We decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and arranged another day. The day arrives and he didn’t turn up again. We got a call from him a while later saying he’d broken his tooth on an almond and couldn’t come because he had to rush to a dentist. We decided to try one more time another day. The guy turned up drunk.

• A young woman with an impressive looking resume showed up with her mom in tow and actually expected mom to come into the interview.

• Guy dropped a bag of methamphetamine while taking something else out of his pocket. He actually could have gotten away with it as the interviewer was something like 80% blind. However, he said “Oh, sorry,” to which the interviewer replied, “For what?” His answer: “I dropped my meth.”

• When I was a teenager I worked at a chain pizza restaurant. A guy came in for interview and seemed nice enough. He turned around to leave and he had a tattoo of a pot leaf with the word “canabus” on his head. Not cannabis — canabus.

• Before sitting down across from me for the interview, a woman sticks her leg out in my direction and points to a scab on her leg. It was clearly infected and has been picked at. She then proceeded to ask for my opinion about it and if I thought she should see a doctor.


TRIVIA: Eight out of 15 of us say we’d replace our TV if what happened? (If we lost the remote)

TRIVIA: What movie role was first offered to Michael J. Fox, and then Jim Carrey, and then Johnny Depp? (Ferris in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.)


Question: Ten birds were sitting in a tree and a hunter shot one. How birds many were left in the tree?

Answer: None. After one bird got shot they all flew away.


New Spanish counter-terrorist weapon.


Past night.


This is day 208 of 2017. There are 157 days remaining.


• TV producer Norman Lear is 95

• Jerry Van Dyke (Coach) is 86

• Roxanne Hart (The Good Girl, Chicago Hope) is 63

• Comedian Carol Leifer is 61

• Comedian Bill Engvall is 60

• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones) is 47

• Comedian Maya Rudolph is 45

• Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) is 40

• Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) is 33


• 1940: Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”

• 1994: When Cindy Hartman’s phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away.

• 1995: The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.

• 1996: A pipe bomb exploded at a public park during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and injuring more than 100.

• 2001: A new law in North Carolina banned swearing in the presence of dead bodies. The law, intended to foster respect for the dead and bereaved, also outlined how corpses should be transported. The law was prompted after some bodies were carried in the back of an open pick-up truck.

• 2003: Comedian Bob Hope died at age 100.

• 2005: NASA grounded the space shuttles, pending an investigation of the continuing problem with the shedding of foam insulation from the external fuel tank. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery shed a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

• 2014: Real estate website company Zillow said it was buying rival Trulia and discount store Dollar Tree said it would buy Family Dollar.


• Chili Dog Day

• Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day

• Intern Day

• Walk on Stilts Day

• National Scotch Day


• August 3: NFL pre-season begins

• August 26: College football begins

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins