INTERPREP ★ JULY 31, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JULY 31, 2017

This is day 212 of 2017. There are 153 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Michael Biehn is 61

• Wesley Snipes is 55

• J.K. Rowling is 52

• Dean Cain (Lois and Clark) is 51

• B.J. Novak (The Office) is 38

• Rico Rodriguez (Manny on Modern Family) is 19

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1790: The first U.S. patent was issued, granted to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.

• 1930: The radio mystery program The Shadow aired for the first time.

• 1971: Apollo 15 astronauts became the first to ride in a lunar rover.

• 1975: In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing.

• 1980: Fictional character Harry Potter was born today.

• 1981: A seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended.

• 1990: Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

• 1995: The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.

• 1996: Three brothers, a sister, and two cousins all drowned while trying to rescue a chicken and each other from a 60-foot-deep well in Nazlat Imara, Egypt. The chicken survived.

• 1997: Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago announced that “the Teddy Bear Lady,” a $15-thousand-a-year secretary who passed out teddy bears to children in the hospital, had left $18-million for research into children’s diseases. Gladys Holm, who never married and had no heirs, apparently had invested wisely in the stock market.

• 2002: A knife-wielding robber in the Philippines was beaten up by his victim, a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a black belt in taekwondo. Clarissa de Guzman of Manila said when the robber focused his attention on her jewelry and money, she kicked him in the head, then in the groin and all over.

• 2005: Diners at a pizzeria in a western Austrian town panicked and called the police when a nearly 10-foot-long tiger python was seen slithering across the restaurant floor. The cops managed to catch the snake before anyone was bitten.

• 2012: A second power grid failure in two days left 670 million people in India without power.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Mutt Day

• Cotton Candy Day

UPCOMING

• August 3: NFL pre-season begins

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,500: People killed in the U.S. each year while improperly crossing the street.


NEWS ATTACK!

A Swedish couple out for a hike in the mountains called the police to report that the wife was having trouble walking. The police sent an air ambulance but made the couple pay $3,600 for giving them a lift in the helicopter since it turns out that the woman was only having trouble walking because she was tired. [“And on the way home would you mind if we swing by the supermarket?”]

New research shows that spending money on services can boost happiness. [Of course, if it’s the wrong kind of service, all that you’ll end up doing is boosting the divorce rate.]

The latest statistics say that workers spend around an hour a day at work messing around on their personal smartphones. [Applying for other jobs.]

Analysts say that the latest North Korean missile has the capacity to reach Chicago. [I knew the world would come to an end if the Cubs won the World Series.]

For the first time the FDA is proposing lowering the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. [Because apparently, people just aren’t cranky enough.]

Reports say that Anthony Scaramucci’s wife has left him. [Wait. You mean that someone married that guy?]

The Emoji Movie is now in theaters. [What’s next, Hashtag: The Mini Series?]

McDonald’s just came in last in customer service. [Critics say it’s like Congress in polyester.]

A study finds that blowing out birthday cake candles is a horrible way to treat your friends at your party since it spreads a tremendous amount of germs. [But, then again, maybe your secret birthday wish is to spread the flu around.]

A man in England totaled his Ferrari one hour after getting it. [First, he was fast then he was furious.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WHAT YOU’LL REGRET MOST AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE _ Researchers our biggest regrets involve relationships. Two professors of psychology (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University) studies regrets and found our most common involve romance/lost love (18%); family (16%); education (13%); career (12%); finance (10%); parenting (9%) and health (6%).

… Regrets about our relationships — 43% when you combine romance, family and parenting — well-exceed working-life concerns — 35% when you combine education, career and finance.

TODDLER’S WET CONCRETE MISTAKE GOES VIRAL _ A Tennessee 2-year-old who went searching for her parents walked through wet concrete in her home’s basement and into the hearts of the Internet. Porter Concrete Construction of Tennessee shared photos on Facebook showing little Izzadora Millaway and the trail of footprints she left through the basement of her family’s home when she went searching for her parents. The post said: “Normally we see cats and dogs run or walk in concrete, but not this time. This little girl was trying to go see her mom and dad, so she came from upstairs to the basement to find them.” • PHOTOS

… The girl’s mother and father were with Porter workers looking at their work from outside the basement when the toddler walked down the steps into the basement and trudged across the wet concrete to the window. Mom said she briefly considered leaving the footprints as a memento of Izzadora’s amusing misadventure, but she decided instead to do a pair of “official keepsake” footprints on the still-wet floor.

NO, FACEBOOK IS NOT RUNNING OUT OF ROOM FOR NEW USERS _ A fake story on the Internet claims Facebook is close to reaching user capacity. The story claims Facebook — which recently hit 2 billion active users — will soon “run out of room for new accounts/profiles, and the only way new accounts can be created is if the company shuts down the accounts of deceased users.” It’s a bogus story — Facebook’s not running out of room for new users!

TWO NFL LINEMEN SUED OVER UNPAID $10,000 NIGHTCLUB BILL _ Two NFL players are involved in a lawsuit stemming from a March incident involving declined credit cards and a $10,000 bill racked up in a single evening at a Hollywood nightclub. TMZ reports the players — A’Shawn Robinson of the Detroit Lions and Caleb Benenoch of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — reportedly joined a man named Richard Harrington at Hyde Sunset in West Hollywood, and managed to put together a $9,332 bill. Hyde’s menu includes bottles of champagne as high as $9,100 a bottle. At any rate, the bill came due, as happens, and that’s apparently when things went sideways. Harrington claims the players’ credit cards were both declined. Instead, they asked Harrington to foot the bill — which he did — and they promised to pay him back. Harrington claims they each sent him $2,000 but that didn’t cover everything. He’s still out $5,332 and is now suing them to get the money because he says they refuse to pay it back.

… Robinson is on a four-year, $5.2 million contract and Benenoch is on a four-year, $2.8 million contract.

MCDONALD’S TURNED ITS DRINK TRAY INTO A SMARTPHONE BOOMBOX _ Recycling your fast food containers is a good thing. Recycling your fast food containers into something that improves your quality of life is even better. McDonald’s in Canada got together with a design and fabrication lab in Toronto and some audio experts at the University of Waterloo in Ontario to create a cardboard drink tray that converts into a boombox. The limited edition drink tray is turned upside down and a couple of flaps are popped out to create what looks mini megaphones. You pop your smartphone into the middle, fire up your favorite playlist and — boom — you’ve got some pretty good sound coming from a drink tray you were probably going to throw away. • VIDEO

CYCLIST CAUGHT USING ILLEGAL MOTOR IN BIKE _ A 53-year-old cyclist aroused suspicion during a race in Italy (Brescia) over the weekend when he was moving upwards of 30 miles per hour. That’s pretty impressive for a rider in their 50s, and organizers asked to inspect the rider’s bike after the race. They scanned his bike with a heat gun and easily located a little motor built into the frame.

BRITAIN’S SMALLEST SCHOOL TO CLOSE AFTER LOSING ONLY STUDENT _ A school in one of the remotest parts of Britain will close when its one and only student leaves in just a few days. Known as the smallest school in Britain, North Ronaldsay Primary School, will remain closed until its classroom is needed again one day. It’s only student is 12 and will move on to junior high next semester. To get from her remote, island home she’ll take a 20 minute flight every Monday and return home on Friday.

HOT DOG-THROWING MASCOT CASE HAS GONE UP TO MISSOURI SUPREME COURT _ You may recall that a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina. The case went to trial in 2011 and the Royals — and Sluggerr — won. The plaintiff appealed. In early 2013 he won his appeal. The Royals appealed it to the Missouri Supreme Court. Last week the supreme court ruled in favor of the fan again, throwing out the  jury verdict for the last time and sending the case back for a re-trial.

DINOSAUR LABELING MISTAKE SPOTTED BY 10-YEAR-OLD _ A 10-year-old has been praised by London’s Natural History Museum after he noticed that one of the dinosaurs was labeled incorrectly. Charlie Edwards was walking around the museum with his family when he saw a side-by-side comparison of a dinosaur and a human. He knew something was wrong. Turns out the dinosaur was mislabeled.

WOMAN REUNITED WITH DOG AFTER 8 YEARS _ It was Father’s Day in 2009 when Tessa the Yorkshire terrier went missing in Florida after someone left a gate open. Tessa’s owner, Louise Friedlander, spent hours that day looking for Tessa, who was wearing a collar with Friedlander’s contact information. She would spend the following months placing ads in newspapers, recruiting friends to canvass neighborhoods and posting flyers. But Friedlander didn’t find Tessa. Eight year later — June 30 of this year — an animal control officer called Friedlander at 3 in the morning to say Tessa had been found wandering loose outside a fire department building. When Friedlander arrived at the animal services building (Lee County) she went to Tessa’s cage and said, “Tessa, it’s Mama!” Tessa jumped up on the cage and, wagged her tail and licked Friedlander’s hand. Outside of mouth and ear infections, Tessa, now 10, is a healthy dog.

MISSING 115-YEAR-OLD TORTOISE RETURNED TO NEW MEXICO OWNER _ A 115-year-old desert tortoise that disappeared from its garden at a New Mexico senior living community was returned. The tortoise, named Diablo, was returned Friday. He had ventured to the backyard of a nearby home.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM BRINGS CHILD ALONG DURING ARMED ROBBERY _ A 30-year-old Florida woman was the driver during a Friday night convenience store robbery and stayed in the car while her 33-year-old accomplice went inside to rob the store. As the fled the scene police responded and the robbers crashed. In addition to being a robbery accomplice, the woman’s also been charged with felony child neglect for bringing her 10-year-old along.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STABBED OVER MAGIC: THE GATHERING ARGUMENT _ Ever get into an argument while playing a card game or board game? A 31-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with stabbing another guy — and hitting him with a mallet — after an argument broke out during a game of Magic: The Gathering.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOW TO AVOID PAYING DEBTS: GET PLASTIC SURGERY _ A woman in China was trying to avoid paying massive debts. So the 59-year-old decided she’d change her appearance with plastic surgery. It didn’t work. Authorities still found her and arrested her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN NOT SURE HE HAS A GUN IN HIS CAR _ A driver stopped while driving in California with an expired vehicle registration tag was asked by police if he had a loaded firearm inside his vehicle. He replied, “I don’t think so, but let me check.” A car search uncovered a loaded gun concealed under the driver’s floor mat. The man explained how he’d gone target shooting “last January” and had forgotten about it. The man was arrested for possession of the concealed weapon and driving without a valid license. And he had also never registered the pistol.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATM KICKS OUT 20s INSTEAD OF 5s _ People using a Louisiana truck stop ATM got more than they asked for — but none complained. More than $7,000 was improperly dispensed by the ATM. The machine apparently was reprogrammed to believe it was giving $5 bills instead of $20 bills.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. Veteran ninjas Kacy Catanzaro, Daniel Gil and Brent Steffensen return.

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. It’s The Men Tell All episodes

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The callbacks continue.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

The special “Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?” dives into conspiracy theories surrounding the beloved royal’s shocking 1997 death. 8 p.m. TLC

SUPERIOR DONUTS (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: SUPERHUMAN (9p ET, FOX) — Five new contestants compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

HOOTEN AND THE LADY (9p ET, CW) — New. Alex and Hooten track down an ancient scroll rumored to come from Buddha.

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

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Manfred’s neighbors help rid his home of the spirits haunting it.

TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — Celebrity panelists in this new episode include Jalen Rose, Donald Faison, Angela Kinsey and Mary McCormack.

PREMIERE: CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT (10p ET, CBS) — This new newsmagazine series will feature in-depth reporting from around the world. In the premiere, Charlie D’Agata investigates how ISIS is grooming child recruits from a young age to be killers. Plus, see a segment on Japan and robots, and foreign contractors that commit visa fraud to expand auto plants across America.

SERIES PREMIERE: A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE (11p ET, Lifetime) — This new anthology series is a modern take on Shakespeare’s classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Four lovers go into the woods in search of their romantic dreams. Unfortunately, those dreams quickly turn into nightmares. Courtney Love, Dominic Monaghan (Lost), and Eric Balfour (Haven) star.


ENTERTAINMENT

DUNKIRK HOLDS OFF EMOJI MOVIE _ The Emoji Movie couldn’t conquer Dunkirk, which had enough fight left to win the box office for a second weekend in a row. The Christopher Nolan’s World War II film earned $28.1 million to take first place. The Emoji Movie finished second with $25.7 million. Atomic Blonde opened in fourth with $18.6 million.

HBO DECLARES WAR ON GAME OF THRONES PIRATES _ Season seven of Game of Thrones has only just begun, and already HBO is cracking down on people illegally downloading the TV series. According to TorrentFreak, a news site that covers piracy issues, HBO is targeting people suspected of illegally downloading Game of Thrones by sending notices to their internet provider. The letter asks the provider to immediately inform the customer that they’ve behaved badly and need to stop. The notice also encourages the provider “to inform the subscriber that HBO programming can easily be watched and streamed on many devices legally by adding HBO to the subscriber’s television package.”

JASON BATEMAN TWEETED ABOUT ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT _ As you may know, Arrested Development is coming back in 2018 for another season. Co-star Jason Bateman, aka Michael, tweeted this on Sunday: “Here comes trouble. The Bluths move back in on the 8th.”

MTV TO REVIVE TOTAL REQUEST LIVE _ MTV has decided to change the name of its Video Music Award trophy — the Moonman statue — to Moon Person. MTV’s president said, “Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.” Katy Perry will host the VMAs on August 27.

… MTV has also revealed plans to bring back Total Request Live or TRL. Carson Daly originally hosted the series from 1998-2005, and was replaced by a rotating lineup of hosts until the show’s cancellation in 2008.

INVENTION WILL FORCE YOU TO EXERCISE TO WATCH NETFLIX _ Do you sit on your couch watching Netflix for hours at a time while daydreaming about one day getting back into shape? Or do you get bored whenever you work out because there’s nothing but your own heavy breathing to keep you entertained for 30-45 minutes? If so, some guy has invented an exercise bike that lets you watch Netflix while you sweat your way into being a healthier person. It’s also an exercise bike that lets you watch Netflix ONLY if you’re actually exercising.

… Ronan Byrne is an electrical/electronic engineering student at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His invention is called the Cycflix — that’s cycle and Netflix. It “uses a stationary exercise bike connected to an Arduino Nano to control the streaming of Netflix on a PC.” Basically as Netflix plays on your computer the stationary cycle monitors your speed for the workout routine you designed. If you are going below the speed for too long, Netflix will pause until you get back up to speed.” • VIDEO

ANGELINA JOLIE REFUTES STORY ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL AUDITIONS IN CAMBODIA _ Angelina Jolie is firing back at Vanity Fair after the magazine described a controversial “game” used during the casting process of her latest film, First They Killed My Father.  In a recent profile on the actress, Vanity Fair depicted an audition exercise casting directors used with impoverished child actors. The story claimed money was put on a table and auditioning children were asked to think of something they needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The story said the director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie.

… In a statement to The Huffington Post, Jolie has refuted the claim: “I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.” Jolie added that “every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.”

NEW FLATLINERS TRAILER _ A remake of Flatliners is coming. Based on the 1990 film, the premise appears to be more or less the same with some modern touches. Ellen Page (Inception), Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Nina Dobrev (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), James Norton (Happy Valley), and Kiersey Clemons (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) star as five medical students who take some bad trips to the other side. They’ll stop each others’ hearts for a couple minutes and then resuscitate their friends. At first they get some nice side effects from the experience, but then it all turns into a nightmare as something from each of their pasts comes back to haunt them. • VIDEO

… The original starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon.

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE 2 IS IN DEVELOPMENT _ It’s been 10 years since The Simpsons Movie arrived in theaters — and made over $500 million. According to David Silverman, who directed the 2007 film, a big screen return to Springfield could happen and is in “the very earliest stages” of development.


AUDIO

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JUDGE: Judge Frank Caprio has sat on the bench in Rhode Island’s Providence Municipal Court since 1985. His rulings are compassionate and kind, and he regularly offers valuable advice. When a dad brought his kid to court the judge invited the kid to sit with him behind the bench to hand down his dad’s sentence.

ROOSTER: 69-year-old Milt Strong goes for a walk with his pet every day in Dallas, Texas. But it’s not a dog he walks in the jogging stroller — it’s a rooster.

MYSTERY VOICE: Jonah Hill


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Dunkirk, $28.1 million
  2. The Emoji Movie, $25.6 million
  3. Girls Trip, $20 million
  4. Atomic Blonde, $18.5 million
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming, $13.4 million
  6. War for the Planet of the Apes, $10.3 million
  7. Despicable Me 3, $7.7 million
  8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, $6.8 million
  9. Baby Driver, $4 million
  10. Wonder Woman, $3.5 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Jason Bourne.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Dark Knight Rises.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was The Simpsons Movie.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was Air Force One.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

The Dark Tower (PG-13) – The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey.

Kidnap (R) – A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. Halle Berry.

Detroit (R) – Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. John Boyega.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Summer Vacations
  2. The Mooch
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. North Korea
  5. The Emoji Movie
  6. Miss Teen USA Pageant
  7. Princess Diana
  8. Tesla
  9. Justin Bieber
  10. A Boa Constrictor Is On My Face
  11. Hacking Voting Machines
  12. R. Kelly
  13. Mayweather – McGregor Fight
  14. Game of Thrones
  15. E Cigarettes
  16. Mariah Carey

WORK VS. PRISON

Here’s one that landed in our (Jock) Show email inbox over the weekend. Just in case you ever get Work and Prison mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer…

AT PRISON: You spend the majority of your time in a 10×10 cell
AT WORK: You spend the majority of your time in an 8×8 cubicle

AT PRISON: You get three meals a day fully paid for
AT WORK: You get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it

AT PRISON: You get time off for good behavior
AT WORK: You get more work for good behavior

AT PRISON: The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you
AT WORK: You must often carry a security card and open all the doors for yourself

AT PRISON: You can watch TV and play games
AT WORK: You could get fired for watching TV and playing games

AT PRISON: You get your own toilet
AT WORK: You have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat

AT PRISON: They allow your family and friends to visit
AT WORK: You aren’t even supposed to speak to your family

AT PRISON: All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required
AT WORK: You get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners

AT PRISON: You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out
AT WORK: You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars

AT PRISON: You must deal with sadistic wardens
AT WORK: They are called managers


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Roughly 1.5 million American cars collide with what each year? (Deer)

TRIVIA: There are 22 of these in the human head. (Bones)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• Name something you would use to seal a wood deck.

• What sport is played using pins?

• Name something a man gives a woman when he asks her to marry him.

•  What’s typically the main course at a Thanksgiving dinner?


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Kid doesn’t hold back when Whitney comes on.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Colorful water.

source: reddit

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 31, 2017

• 1961: BRENDA LEE peaked at #4 on the pop charts with Dumb, Dumb.

• 1964: JIM REEVES died at age 39 when his single engine plane crashed near Nashville.

• 1976: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON was guest host and musical performer on Saturday Night Live.

• 1992: BROOKS & DUNN began a four week run a top the country charts with Boot Scootin’ Boogie.

• 1995: ALABAMA’s Greatest Hits album was certified quadruple platinum while their Greatest Hits Volume 2 was certified platinum.

• 1996: Jay Lee Webb, brother of LORETTA LYNN and CRYSTAL GAYLE, died.

• 2007: Denise Jackson’s It’s All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life hit bookstores. The book covered her life with ALAN JACKSON, their relationship, separation over his infidelity, re-commitment to each other, and her commitment to Christianity.

• 2011: RASCAL FLATTS sang the national anthem for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

• 2012: KENNY CHESNEY scored his 24th number one with Come Over.

CHAD BROCK is 54.

ZAC BROWN is 39.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• KENNY CHESNEY on dreamers.

• THOMAS RHETT on what his pregnant wife is craving.

• JUSTIN MOORE hopes his kids play sports.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

When MIRANDA LAMBERT attended the U2 stadium show in Louisville she got a first hand taste of what her fans go through when she had to walk a long distance and her beer was warm by the time she reached her seat. But she left the show feeling exuberant. Miranda points out she’s seen very few rock shows in her day, so the U2 concert was special for her.

Looking back on his career, JOE NICHOLS is most grateful about losing at the Grammy Awards to his musical heroes like JOHNNY CASH and WILLIE NELSON and for the chance to sing MERLE HAGGARD’s part on the classic Yesterday’s Wine with GEORGE JONES at the Grand Ole Opry.

SARA EVANS has some advice for the younger generation: “Start taking responsibility for yourself. Stop being so offended.” Sara says, “This generation really struggles with being tough. People are so entitled they want things given to them. Nothing is promised to you.”

The JOHNNY CASH Museum in Nashville has landed on Trip Advisor’s list of the Top 25 attractions for the summer.

HUNTER HAYES tweeted out thanks to his fans for surpassing the 3 million mark in plays on Spotify.

CARLY PEARCE (Every Little Thing) can’t wait for fans to hear more of her music with her debut album coming later this year. Carly has some big aspirations — to be a FAITH HILL or TRISHA YEARWOOD-type of trail blazer for women in modern country music.

TUCKER BEATHARD celebrated a day off in Boise, Idaho last week with a day of miniature golf, batting cages, bowling and laser tag.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 1, 2017

This is day 213 of 2017. There are 152 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Robert Cray is 64

• Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 57

• Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show) is 44

• Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1889: It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.

• 1941: The first Jeep was produced. Parade magazine devoted three pages to what it called “the Army’s most intriguing new gadget.” The little truck, made by the Willys Company, proved so valuable in World War II that General Dwight Eisenhower said the U.S. could not have achieved victory without it.

• 1942: Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead, was born. He died in 1995.

• 1962: Spider-Man was introduced in Marvel Comics issue #15.

• 1981: MTV began broadcasting in the United States and aired its first video, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles.

• 2007: The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed during the evening rush hour.

• 2013: Russia granted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden one year of temporary political asylum. Snowden left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• August is Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, Children’s Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors’ Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

• World Breastfeeding Week

• Girlfriends Day

• Respect for Parents Day

• Spider-Man Day

• US Air Force Day

UPCOMING

• August 3: NFL pre-season begins

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins