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This is day 216 of 2017. There are 149 days remaining.


• Richard Belzer (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is 73

• Billy Bob Thornton is 62

• Producer Michael Gelman (Live with Kelly and Ryan) is 56

• President Barack Obama is 56

• Daniel Dae Kim is 49


• 1830: Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

• 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.

• 1945: Golfer Byron Nelson recorded the most tournament wins in a season: 18. (Still a record.)

• 1949: The NBL and NBAA merged into the National Basketball Association.

• 1956: Elvis Presley released Hound Dog.

• 2004: In Florence, Kentucky, Alan Swain walked into a bank and demanded cash from the teller. She told him “No.” He demanded money again and again she refused. To which Alan replied, “OK. I’ll go out and get my gun.” The bank employees then watched Alan jump in his car and, instead of fleeing, casually drive over to the shopping mall next door. He parked in the first place he found and walked inside. The cops were waiting for him when he came out.

• 2014: A hospital in France announced plans to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients would be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass with their families. The head physician at the hospital said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”.


• Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio – August 4-6

• Coast Guard Day

• International Beer Day

• Chocolate Chip Day

• Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

• Single Working Women’s Day


• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins



• Loni Anderson is 72. Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) is 61. Jonathan Silverman is 51. Country singer Terri Clark is 49. Drummer Will Sellers of Old Dominion is 39. Jesse Williams is 37.

• Disc Golf Day. Mustard Day. Underwear Day. Sandcastle Day. Clown Day.


• Michelle Yeoh is 55. M. Night Shyamalan is 47. Geri Halliwell is 45. Vera Farmiga is 44. Soleil Moon Frye is 41. Leslie Odom Jr. is 36.

• Friendship Day. Kids’ Day. Sister’s Day. Wiggle Your Toes Day.


26.6: Average age of an NFL player.


The Governor of West Virginia is changing from a Democrat to a Republican. [He becomes West Virginia’s highest-ranking politically trans elected official.]

Tom Wopat, star of The Dukes of Hazzard, was arrested in Massachusetts where he was starring in a play, for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a female cast member. He was charged with assault. [He’s also facing federal charges for crossing state lines while transporting illegal homemade whiskey.]

A 73-year-old man was banned from a beach in Florida after passing out business cards announcing that he was a sugardaddy looking for a new sugarbaby. [Obviously Amazon isn’t the only one having trouble filling jobs.]

Elon Musk tested his mass transit system called the Hyperloop and was able to accelerate to 193 mph in only 5 seconds. [Unfortunately, stopping took 2½ hours.]

Everyone is clearing out of the West Wing while they replace the heating and air. [Plus, the president is having installed in the conference room those secret James Bond villain buttons where he can instantly eliminate staff members who no longer please him.]

The recently fired former Director of the FBI, James Comey, has just signed a $2 million book deal to tell his side of the story. [The book is called Thank You, Mr. Trump.]

Saudi Arabia announced a massive hotel building program in an effort to become a key destination for tourism. However, in Saudi Arabia no alcohol is allowed and women have to remain fully clothed. [So, I guess that they’re not aiming for the spring break crowd or politicians.]

Buckingham Palace says that Prince Philip has officially retired. [From what?]


NIGHTTIME THERMOSTAT WARS? HERE’S THE BEST TEMP _ It happens to the best of us. At first, it’s civil. Then it escalates. Before you know it, you’re digging through the drawer looking for duct tape to lock that temperature in place. So let’s settle this now: Science says room temps between 65 and 68 degrees are best for sleep.

HUMANS HAD FARMS 30,000 YEARS EARLIER THAN THOUGHT _ Until recently, anthropologists believed cities and farms emerged about 9,000 years ago in the Mediterranean and Middle East. But now a team of researchers (Max Planck Institute) has gathered evidence showing how civilization as we know it may have emerged at the equator, in tropical forests. Not only that, but people started farming about 30,000 years earlier than we thought.

… Using techniques ranging from genetic sampling of forest ecosystems to soil analysis, the researchers have found ample evidence that people at the equator were actively changing the natural world to make it more human-centric. It all started about 45,000 years ago. People burned down vegetation to make room for crops and homes; they mixed specialized soils for growing plants; they drained swamps for agriculture; they domesticated animals like chickens; and they farmed yam, taro, sweet potato, chili pepper, black pepper, mango, and bananas.

WE SCROLL INSTAGRAM FOR 32 MINUTES DAY _ Instagram was made for scrolling. And scrolling. And scrolling. And the hardcore Insta users are those under the age of 25 — they scroll for 32 minutes a day. Instagram users over 25 still scroll a lot — about 24 minutes a day.

… On Facebook, the average person (in the U.S.) hangs out for around 40 minutes a day.

HUMANITY HAS CONSUMED MORE THAN THE EARTH CAN PRODUCE _ In case you missed it, Wednesday marked Earth Overshoot Day for the year of 2017. If you’re unfamiliar with Earth Overshoot Day, it is the day whereby humans have used up their allowance of natural resources that the Earth can replenish in one year. Those resources are specifically: clean water, soil, clean air, carbon sequestration, etc. For 2017, that day was August 2 — earlier than last year. That means through December 31 humans are using resources that will not be replenished.

… Earth Overshoot Day has been calculated since 1986 and in the 1980s the day landed in November. Jump forward a decade and the overshoot day was in October, then September a little after 2000 and now August.

WOMAN BREAKS DOWN AFTER RECEIVING BUILD-A-BEAR _ A mother got a one-of-a-kind birthday present in a heart-wrenching new viral video. The clip surfaced on Reddit this week with the caption, “She was married to her husband for 32 years when cancer took him away, so her kids got her bear with his laugh.” The woman’s children encourage her to squeeze the head of her personalized Build-a-Bear. As soon as she hears her husband’s laugh, she tears up. • VIDEO

KRISPY KREME AND REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS DONUTS _ Krispy Kreme and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are joining forces to create a brand new doughnut that hits stores today (Friday). The doughnut comes packed with Reese’s peanut butter cream, topped with chocolate icing, layered with chips of peanut butter and actual pieces of peanuts, and then some peanut butter and chocolate drizzle is added on top.

… Originally debuting last August in both Australia and the United Kingdom, it was positively received by those two countries.

TSA REMINDS YOU NOT TO BRING YOUR LOADED GUNS TO THE AIRPORT _ A lot of people have been trying to bring guns on planes lately. Loaded and chambered guns. The Transportation Security Administration confiscated a record 96 firearms from carry-on bags in airports around the country last week. Of the guns confiscated, 85 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. The last previous record of 89 firearms found in one week was set just last month. Flyers who bring guns to security can get fined as much as $11,000. Guns are only allowed in checked baggage if they are in locked, hard-sided containers and are, of course, unloaded.

VIDEO OF DAUGHTER SCARING DAD BECOMES MOST-WATCHED CLIP ON TWITCH _ A viral video on Twitch of a father being frightened by his daughter while playing a horror video game became the streaming service’s most viewed clip. The clip features Brit Tom Wheldon playing a game live on Twitch, then screaming and nearly jumping out of his chair when his 22-month-old daughter Jessica walked into his office. Wheldon’s terrified reaction to the toddler helped the clip claim the Guinness World Record for “Most watched video on Twitch”. • VIDEO

MILKSHAKE SHIPPED ACROSS US TO GRANT DYING WOMAN’S WISH _ An Ohio restaurant made a dying woman’s last wish come true, by shipping a milkshake to her across the country. Emily Pomeranz, who was in a hospice near Washington DC with pancreatic cancer, had a hankering to taste a mocha shake from her hometown diner. She told her friend and he contacted Tommy’s Restaurant in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, to arrange the long-distance order. The drink reached her bedside four days before she passed away last Friday. The milkshake was shipped in dry ice and sent by overnight express.

VET CLINIC SAVES DOG WITH 100,000 FLEAS _ When a 14-year-old terrier named Rascal was dropped off at an animal hospital in British Columbia, Canada (Nanaimo) it looked like the little dog was covered in dirt. But when vets took a closer look at the small dog, they realized that the “dirt” was actually masses of tiny fleas. And with more than 100,000 fleas feasting on its blood, Rascal arrived at the animal hospital in critical distress. He’d already lost more than 85 percent of his red blood cells and was on the verge of death. The vets had a choice: they could either euthanize the infested dog or give it an emergency blood transfusion. The staff chose the transfusion. After a procedure that lasted four hours — and countless baths — Rascal regained his strength and was pronounced flea-free.

SIX FLAGS TO OPEN WONDER WOMAN RIDE _ Theme-park giant Six Flags announced Thursday that a cutting-edge new ride, the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster will open in the company’s Fiesta Texas park in San Antonio next spring. It will be the world’s first single-rail coaster. Its trains will run along a single 15½-inch wide steel track, which gives it a smoother ride than traditional two-track steel coasters on which any difference in alignment between the left and right wheels can lead to jolts.

… It’s the first time a roller coaster has been named after a female superhero.

NO ONE TURNS OUT FOR NOT SO SPECIAL ELECTION IN IOWA TOWN _ At a special election in the town of McIntire, Iowa, none of its 70 registered voters showed up to cast ballots. Tuesday’s ballot asked two questions, one about the term length for the town’s mayor and the other about the term length for council members. A county official said she’s seen low turnouts over her 28 years but, “This is definitely a first.”

TO BE SEEN AS AMERICAN, GAIN SOME WEIGHT _ More Americans than not are overweight. And, according to a new study, that may affect perceptions of who is and is not American. The authors of the study (University of Washington) found that heavier Asian-Americans are more likely to be perceived as “American” than those of a normal weight. The researchers also found that overweight Asian-American men were less likely than those of a normal weight to be viewed as being in the country illegally.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHED WITH MERMAID ON IT APPARENTLY FLOATED 200 MILES _ A small shed with a painting of a blonde, blue-tailed mermaid on the side apparently drifted 200 miles from Florida to south of Louisiana. The Coast Guard released a photo of the floating dock found 180 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. A Coast Guard news release says it was reported to have broken free from its mooring without anyone aboard. The building is green with lavender trim. Above a blue door on one end, a sign appears to include the word “Shed.” • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FURIOUS CUSTOMER TAKES REVENGE FOR BAD HAIRCUT _ A man in China who was so dissatisfied with his haircut that he made daily deliveries of human feces to the barber shop that gave it to him. The poop slinger was apprehended after the shop’s owner called police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PREGNANT TEEN BREAKS INTO HOME _ Police in China detained a pregnant teen who they say broke into a home and was discovered hiding under the bed in her underwear. The 16-year-old told police she broke in through a locked window to “charge her phone” then became trapped in the home and hid under the bed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD GUY BANNED FROM BEACH FOR TRYING TO FIND A ‘SUGARBABY’ _ A 73-year-old man is banned from a Florida beach after someone complained that he was handing out business cards that read, “Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby.” While police didn’t arrest the man, he’s been told to stay off the beach for six months for violating an ordinance that prohibits soliciting. The business card he was handing out featured a picture of a younger woman sitting on the lap of an older man wearing a business suit. Printed on the card were an email address and the accompanying text: “Ask me about your monthly allowance.” The man told a local newspaper he’s been careful not to hand the cards to anyone under 18.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEW APARTMENT OWNER TOLD HE MOVED INTO WRONG APARTMENT _ In China, a man and his family were enjoying their newly purchased apartment only to find that they had moved into the wrong one. The family had been living in the apartment — which they’d renovated — for about 20 days when the property management agency informed them that all the apartment numbers had been wrongly labeled. The family has moved into the correct apartment — which is slightly larger — but it needs renovating also.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED INTRUDER GETS CAUGHT WASHING DISHES _ In New Jersey a woman was in the shower when a stranger entered the bathroom and began to disrobe. She told him she was going to call the police and he left. The woman ran into another room where her 16-year-old sister was playing with their one-year-old nephew. They locked the bedroom door and called the cops. When officers arrived, they found the intruder in the kitchen — naked and cleaning dishes. He was completely naked.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPECT STEALS FRIED CHICKEN AND BISCUITS _ Police are looking for a person who stole fried chicken and biscuits at a chicken restaurant in the Bronx. Right in front of employees and customers the suspect jumped over the counter, placed an unknown number of fried chicken pieces inside his bag and grabbed a tray full of biscuits.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PHARMACIST MADE CUSTOMER REMOVE CLOTHING _ A licensed pharmacist in Niagara Falls, New York, is facing charges after police say he compelled a woman to remove her clothes before he would fill her prescription. Police say the 81-year-old pharmacist threatened the customer that he would notify other pharmacies to not fill her prescriptions if she did not comply with his demands. Authorities are investigating.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WANTED MAN HANDS HIMSELF IN AFTER ‘UNFLATTERING’ MUGSHOT _ In the UK, the South Wales police department shared a photo of a wanted man on their Facebook page. The picture showed the man posing for the camera looking wide-eyed and staring. The wanted man commented on his photo: “I am him. Not a very flattering mugshot. He then turned himself in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN THREATENS TO STICK HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE WITH NEEDLE _ Someone at an Orlando Home Depot spotted a 47-year-old man taking two Bosch brand grinders from their boxes and placing them in his pants. When the man left the store, a loss prevention officer approached him and told him to give the merchandise back. The man refused, then brandished a needle and threatened the loss prevention officer.



WE DAY (8p ET, CBS) — Selena Gomez returns to host this event, that addresses social issues across the world. The special will include performances, speeches, celebrity appearances and in-depth looks at issues such as equality, poverty, homelessness, inner city violence, social activism, education and more. Special guests include Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara with STOMP, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Tyrese Gibson, The Muppets, Oprah, and more.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — 2-hour repeat

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — One new episode and one repeat

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat


BEAT SHAZAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat


BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat


ICARUS (Netflix) — This new documentary explores the effects of doping in sports, especially in Russia.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER (Netflix) — This new series is a followup to the cult comedies Wet Hot American Summer and First Day of Camp. Set in 1991, 10 years after the conclusion of the original film, the former counselors of Camp Firewood meet up for a reunion none of them will ever forget. Returning cast includes Amy Poehler, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, and more..


SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER (9p ET, Investigation Discovery) — This new special looks back at the serial murderer who terrorized New York City in the late 1970s.

GEORGE LOPEZ: THE WALL, LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. (10p ET, HBO) — George Lopez delivers a new stand up special from the Kennedy Center.



CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Celebs playing in this new episode are former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, as well as author Sandra Lee and Lea Thompson.

SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING (8p ET, Syfy) — This time around, things get personal for Fin (Ian Ziering) and wife April (Tara Reid) when their son gets trapped in a traveling ‘nado and transported all over the world. The list of “celeb” cameo appearances includes Tony Hawk, Clay Aiken, Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, Fabio (as the Pope, no less), Bret Michaels, Gilbert Gottfried, Today hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and many more.

GAME OF THRONES (9p ET, HBO) — Since this “season” is only 7 episodes, tonight’s new episode, titled The Spoils of War, is kind of the halfway point. It’s not a long one either…run time of 50 minutes.


STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured in this new episode include a cloth for carrying pets, a device that helps prevent mold and mildew from ruining hair weaves, a kit with essential bathroom items, and a shirt for holding babies close.

CLAWS (9p ET, TNT) — New

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (10p ET, ABC) — Celebs competing in this new episode are Bobby Moynihan, Debi Mazar, Wendie Malick and Jesse Palmer.


IN THEATERS _ The prediction is that The Dark Tower will make around $22 million and debut at No. 1.

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.

… Opening next weekend: Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

SEAN SPICER TURNED DOWN OFFER TO APPEAR ON DWTS _ Former White House spokesperson Sean Spicer has turned down an offer to appear on Dancing With the Stars. TMZ reports that Spicer turned down the offer due to an “overwhelming number of commitments in the Fall.”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WINNER PLEADS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE _ A winning contestant on So You Think You Can Dance has pleaded to a domestic violence charge. Joshua Demon Allen pleaded no contest to one felony count each of willfully injuring a girlfriend after a prior conviction. Allen also pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, a glass vase. In exchange for the plea, Allen received one year in LA county jail, five years of formal probation and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. He also was ordered to stay away from the victims for 10 years.

… Allen, who won Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance, initially faced two felony counts of willfully injuring a girlfriend after a prior conviction and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. He could have received 10 years in state prison if convicted as charged.

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE IS ON THE SHELF _ NBC says Celebrity Apprentice is “is on the shelf” and “unlikely to return” to NBC anytime soon. Sources say longtime staffers on The Apprentice shows were told earlier this year that it was safe to look for other work.

LENA DUNHAM ACCUSES AMERICAN AIRLINES ATTENDANTS OF TRANSPHOBIC TALK _ Lena Dunham is not happy with some American Airlines gate attendants she says she overheard having a “transphobic talk.” Dunham took to Twitter on Wednesday night to scold the attendants, adding that “at this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity.” She later contacted the airline directed via direct message on Twitter, explaining, “I heard 2 female attendants walking talking about how trans kids are a trend they’d never accept a trans child and transness is gross. I think it reflects badly on uninformed employees of your company to have that kind of dialogue going on. What if a trans teen was walking behind them? Awareness starts at home but jobs can set standards of practice.” A spokesperson for the airline responded, “Thanks for the info, Lena. We’re passing this along to our team to review.”

VANITY FAIR STANDS BY ANGELINA JOLIE INTERVIEW _ Vanity Fair is standing by its September cover story spotlighting Angelina Jolie that described a controversial casting process for her upcoming movie First They Killed My Father. Jolie came under fire when it was revealed that she allegedly cast the young lead in her film after playing a game that involved the directors giving impoverished Cambodian children money, then taking it away as part of an acting exercise. Critics slammed the process as “deliberate emotional abuse” and “exploitative.” Jolie refuted the excerpt, saying her statements about the scene had been misconstrued, as it was “a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film.” Jolie also stressed that she was “upset” by the allegations. Vanity Fair said Thursday it stands by its cover story.

JASON MOMOA GETS BIRTHDAY SURPRISE ON AQUAMAN SET _ Aquaman star Jason Momoa got blown out of the water by a surprise birthday visit from his family. The Justice League actor turned 38 on Tuesday, and his wife, Lisa Bonet, made sure that she and their two children, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf, were with him to celebrate on set in Queensland, Australia. The Hawaii native will have his debut as Aquaman in Justice League, hitting theaters November 17. His standalone film Aquaman comes out in 2018.

STEVE HARVEY MOCKS HIS LEAKED MEMO _ Steve Harvey met with reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to discuss his new daytime talk show — and the elephant in the room was the recently leaked memo in which Harvey essentially told his staff to stay the heck away from him unless they have an appointment. Harvey told reporters: “I learned two things from that email. One, I can’t write. And two, I should never write.”

… Harvey tried to liken his approach in writing it to that of a father regularly bombarded by his children when he walks in the door: “It’s like if you come home and all of the kids are waiting for you in the kitchen and start hammering you.”

WILL AND GRACE REVIVAL RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 AT NBC _ The Will & Grace revival is coming back for more. NBC announced Thursday that the revival has already been renewed for a second season. And NBC has ordered four more episodes for season one of the sitcom, bringing the total to 16. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt broke the news right before the panel for the show kicked off at the summer press tour.

SOME SAY SOFIA VERGARA’S NAKED MAGAZINE COVER ISN’T ‘INSPIRING’ _ Actress Sofia Vergara’s nude Women’s Health cover is beyond hot, but some aren’t completely sold it’s truly naked and void of retouching. The 45-year-old Modern Family star bares it all (well, almost) on the magazine’s first-ever naked issue, proudly standing in nothing but her self-confidence. And while that all sounds nice and wonderful, many people are unimpressed with Sofia’s groundbreaking cover, as they feel it truly doesn’t bare it all. One commenter says, “She is a very beautiful and talented women, but this looks photoshopped — I hope that is not the case if you’re celebrating women.” Others feel Sofia’s presence on a magazine cover that focuses on “body confidence” and sexiness sends the wrong message — one that can make people question their own self-worth. A commenter said on Instagram: “Sofia is stunning, and a wonderful actress, but let’s be real. No amount of exercise and dieting will make most women half her age look anything like this. Let’s encourage fitness, health, and happiness for women of all ages — not unattainable goals.” • IMAGE

DUKES OF HAZZARD STAR DENIES GRABBING COLLEAGUE’S BUTTOCKS _ The actor who played Luke Duke on the 1980s television show The Dukes of Hazzard pleaded not guilty on Thursday to grabbing the buttocks of a female member of the cast of a musical he was supposed to appear in. Tom Wopat was released on $1,000 bail and was told to stay away from the woman after denying indecent assault and battery and drug possession charges. Prosecutors alleged that Wopat inappropriately touched the woman on July 23 during a rehearsal.

… The 65-year-old Wopat was arrested on Wednesday night on a warrant on the indecent assault charge as he was leaving a venue where he was rehearsing for a performance of 42nd Street. Police said that during a search of him and his vehicle they found “two bags of white powder believed to be cocaine.”

… Wopat denied touching anyone inappropriately. He said he flirts but did “nothing that could be considered inappropriate.” And about the cocaine? He told police that he buys cocaine “in large quantities and uses it over time.”

RAPPER MACKLEMORE CITED FOR DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE _ Authorities in Washington state say the rapper Macklemore has been cited for driving on a suspended license over an unpaid ticket. The citation came after Macklemore’s sedan was struck by a pickup truck. He wasn’t injured. He has since paid the ticket and his license is no longer suspended.


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

CONTEST: SFX for Beat the Bell.  →  August 4 Fun & Games

MIAMI VICE: A TV reboot is possibly in the works.  →  August 3 Entertainment

DROP: You’re fresh. You’re funny. From my heart I never liked you.

THANKSGIVING SHOPPING: GameStop is the major retailer to announce it will be open on Thanksgiving. A listener calls in.


More prep in the Facebook Group.



• QuickThoughts for Surveys. QuickThoughts turns your phone into a survey machine. And QuickThoughts Missions relies on your input — and sneakily-taken cell-phone photography — to give businesses important feedback. And like any respectable PI, you get paid for your investigative footwork. For your missions, you’ll earn points toward gift cards to retailers like Amazon and iTunes.

• Letgo: Sell Your Old Clothes. Instead of sharing a #tbt photo of yourself in your old prom dress, dig that dress from the depths of your closet and sell it.

• Ibotta: Get Cash Back for Your Groceries. This rebate app lets you earn money for taking a picture of your receipt.

• I-Say: Get Paid to Take Surveys. The Ipsos I-say mobile app lets you earn about $5 for about 30 minutes of answering simple questions. Like: Coke or Cherry Coke? You won’t qualify for every panel, but if you answer surveys instead of scrolling through social media while you watch your favorite sitcom each night, you could pocket $100 this month.

• InboxDollars: Get Paid to Watch Videos. Take a few minutes away from puppy videos each day, and flip over to InboxDollars instead. The app’s videos are sponsored by brands that need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one of the ads, InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash.

• Acorns: Save Money Without Thinking About It. It connects to your bank account, plus credit and debit cards, to help invest your spare digital change.


1. HAVING A PLEASANT SMELL — Dutch researchers tested whether or not certain scents would influence trust. 90 participants were split into three groups; one group was exposed to no smell, the second group to peppermint, and the third to lavender. People within the lavender-smelling group were “significantly more willing” to entrust money to someone else than participants in other groups. Researchers explained this phenomenon in simple terms: lavender has a calming effect. Apparently, this calming effect may invoke feelings of trust in others.

2. MIRRORING BODY LANGUAGE — One group of MBA students were asked to mimic their colleagues in a business transaction negotiation subtly. Another group was used as a control, and were advised not to mirror. None of their colleagues knew of the experiment. The simple act of resting an elbow on the table when their partner did had a drastic effect on the outcome.

3. HAVING MUTUAL FRIENDS — Triadic closure is the social tendency to include a third person if one of the first two people already has a friendship with that person. Think of the friend that brings someone along to a party; others are more likely to approach and bond with the guest. In a University of British Columbia study 80 percent of individuals who sent a friend request approved the invite when mutual “friends” were seen. Just 20 percent accepted the request when there were no mutual friends.

4. APOLOGIZE WITH EMPATHY — Some of us detest having to apologize; especially for something that is not our fault. We may want to rethink our mindset on this matter, however, as doing so may very well improve our relationships; even with strangers. Researchers from Harvard demonstrate that apologizing, even unnecessarily or superfluously, is a way to earn someone’s empathy and trust. In one study, a young man was asked to approach 65 strangers in a large train station while raining outside and ask to use their cell phone. When preceding his request to borrow the cell with a “I’m so sorry about the rain!” 47 percent gave him the phone. When he didn’t? 9 percent.

5. BE EMBARRASSED — In a study at the University of California at Berkeley, a young man was told by beaming professors that he’d gotten “a perfect score” on a test. Behind the scenes, of course, were researchers videotaping the reactions of people around him. In the first experiment, the man responded pridefully. In the second, he was relatively shy and embarrassed. After witnessing the man’s response, researchers set up a series of games with the man and some participants. Classmates who saw the man “respond with pride” were less likely to trust him as a partner. However, when the man responded with a bit of shyness and embarrassment, classmates were more willing to have some faith in the guy. Social scientists and researchers correlate embarrassment with pro-social behavior. Pride, on the other hand, appears to have the exact opposite effect.


TRIVIA: Within two years of retiring from the NFL, almost 80% of players have this in common. (They’re broke. Technically they are either bankrupt or are under “financial stress” within two years of retirement.)


This contest is more of a fun bit that has a co-host competing against a listener. Of course, the listener will win.

Bottom Line: Your co-host always has less time to answer the question!

Before each question you wind up the clock. The timer bell could go off at any time… hence “Beat the Bell”.  ( AUDIO)  The offbeat/fun part is that the listener always seems to have enough time to answer their questions but the bell goes off a bit too soon when it’s your co-host’s turn!

Sample questions:

• Name a Tom Cruise movie that’s not a Mission Impossible movie.

• How many sides does a Rubik’s Cube have?

• In what state is Mount Rushmore?


Spider feeders.



This is day 219 of 2017. There are 146 days remaining.


• Garrison Keillor is 75

• BJ Thomas is 75

• Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) is 62

• Marathon legend Alberto Salazar is 60

• David Duchovny (X-Files) is 57

• Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde) is 42

• Eric Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker, Smallville) is 38


• 1782: George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.

• 1959: The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.

• 1997: Country superstar Garth Brooks played to 750,000 people in Central Park.

• 1997: Police in Lille, France, warned that the Garden Gnomes Liberation Front had made off with a dozen garden dwarfs in the past week. The 7-member group of night-time commandos, who idolized Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, left notes vowing to “liberate” all Dwarfs from lawns, gardens, and flower beds. Earlier in the year the GGLF had liberated 30 gnomes in Normandy.

• 1990: President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.

• 1999: Boston’s Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit.

• 2005: ABC anchorman Peter Jennings died at age 67.

• 2007: In Masterton, New Zealand, Darryl Clark got a hold of some stolen checks and decided to try to cash a few of them. He was successful, buying over $150 worth of liquor and pocketing $900 in cash before his little spending spree came to an end. Police caught up with him because, even though he knew the checks were stolen, he still wrote his name, address and phone number on the back of every one.

• 2007: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke baseball great Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run.

• 2015: Research said William Shakespeare may have been stoned when writing his famous plays. Research showed that four old pipes found in the garden of Shakespeare’s English home contained residues of cannabis.


• Assistance Dog Week

• Assistance Dog Day

• Psychic Week

• Psychic Day

• Bargain Hunters’ Week

• Lighthouse Day

• International Forgiveness Day


• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins