Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Bits & BreaksCountry PrepDatebookDatebook TomorrowEntertainmentFun & GamesImageNews & NuggetsNews AttackNumber for the DayTelevisionVideoWacky-But-TrueUSER’S GUIDE


This is day 227 of 2017. There are 138 days remaining.


• Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show) is 94

• Pat Priest (The Munsters) is 81

• Phyllis Smith (The Office) is 68

• Businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 53

• Peter Hermann (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is 50

• Debra Messing (Will and Grace) is 49

• Anthony Anderson is 47

• Ben Affleck is 45

• Natasha Henstridge (The Whole Nine Yards) is 43

• Volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings is 39

• Joe Jonas is 28

• Jennifer Lawrence is 27


• 1911: Procter & Gamble unveiled its Crisco shortening.

• 1914: The Panama Canal opened.

• 1939: The MGM musical The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

• 1945: The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

• 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

• 1998: Bill Clinton confessed to Hilary about the Monica Lewinsky affair.

• 2001: Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own — two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

• 2007: Police in Hanover, Germany, were summoned to a house after neighbors were awakened by a loud noise. They found the 51-year-old resident of the home had become so frustrated with his computer that he threw it through his window. Officers asked the man to clean up the mess, but declined to press any charges. A police spokesman said of the incident, “Who hasn’t felt like doing that?”

• 2008: Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discovered the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa.


• Best Friends Day

• Check The Chip Day (those implanted in pets)

• Relaxation Day

• Lemon Meringue Pie Day


• August 17: Little League World Series begins (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

• August 22-23: North American Manure Expo

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins


1.8 trillion: Years it would take to fill the Grand Canyon with milk from an average cow.


An American man in Dresden, Germany got punched in the face by a local for giving the Nazi salute. [Too bad Germans didn’t have that same strong feeling years ago.]

The White House revealed that the West Wing renovation will include a new IT system. [And VHS.]

That HBO hacker has now released episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. [Spoiler alert: In one episode poor Larry David has to deal with his neighbor’s dragon messing in his yard. And winter is coming.]

People on the Hawaiian island of Kauai are trying to prevent the development of a dairy farm which they say would destroy the ecosystem. Each dairy cow would produce 90 pounds of feces per day. [That’s not a dairy farm. That’s a manure factory.]

Facebook has just been named the best place in America to work. [It was close but Facebook edged out both Chipotle and Fox News.]

A warning has been issued for a chemical found in hand sanitizers. [So, after you use a hand sanitizer, remember to always wash your hands.]

London’s famous Big Ben bell has gone silent for the next four years for some needed repairs. [It’s amazing that Europeans ever get any work done with such long vacations.]

Federal authorities intervened to prevent a man in Oklahoma City from remotely detonating a truck bomb that was supposed to be triggered by his cell phone. When he called the number nothing happened. [“All detonators are currently busy assisting other nut jobs. Please remain on the line and your pathetic little call will be taken in the order received.”]

The term anti-aging has just been banned by Allure magazine. [Funny, I would have thought it would have been AARP magazine.]


CHARLOTTESVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT GETS A DAY OF REST _ Members of the Charlottesville Fire Department got a break on Monday when several fire departments from the surrounding regions voluntarily sent their employees to cover shifts in order to provide Charlottesville firefighters with a day of rest following the events of the past weekend. • POST

FATHER OF WHITE NATIONALIST DISOWNS SON IN LETTER _ The father of a self-described white nationalist who marched at Saturday’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, says his son is no longer welcome home. Pearce Tefft of Fargo, North Dakota, posted the open letter Monday, writing that his son Peter’s values are not shared by his family: “I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful, and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.”

… Pearce said that family members originally stayed silent about Peter’s white nationalist beliefs, but ultimately realized that was a mistake: “It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.”

… In a Facebook post on Monday, Peter Tefft defended the alleged driver who rammed a car into a group of protesters on Saturday: “Fatal crashes happen all the time, and it is clear that the young man’s car was being attacked on all sides by a roving mob of Antifa when he slammed the gas pedal and accelerated. He will be acquitted because his life was clearly in danger.”

GOOGLE CANCELS NEO-NAZI SITE’S REGISTRATION _ If the white supremacists at Daily Stormer thought they were going to get a warm reception from other web service providers after GoDaddy gave them the boot, they were mistaken. Google says it’s cancelled the neo-Nazi website’s domain registration just hours after it signed up. A Google spokesperson said Monday that Daily Stormer was “violating our terms of service.”

… GoDaddy dropped the registration after Daily Stormer posted an article attacking the character of Heather Heyer, the anti-racism protester murdered when a white supremacist rammed demonstrators with his car.

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE BRINGS TEMPERATURE DROP _ Since it’s August, we thought it was worth asking: Will the partial eclipse relieve the heat at all? The common consensus across the meteorological community is that those fully immersed within the umbra — the darkest part of the moon’s shadow — will experience a temperature drop of about 10 degrees, maybe more. Along the periphery of the shadow, and in the regions treated only to a partial eclipse, this will likely be on the order of just three to five degrees. Even though incoming sunlight will return in full force after the eclipse, most places will fall short of reaching their average daily high temperatures before sunset, thanks to valuable time lost in the darkness.

SPACEX SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERS MICE, ICE CREAM TO ISS _ A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, carrying tons of science experiments, plus ice cream. Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. That includes 20 mice that will return alive inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month.

… The Dragon is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time. There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream, as well as ice cream candy bars.

PHONE SURVIVES FALL FROM PLANE WHILE RECORDING _ A Tennessee man named Blake Henderson was recently flying in a small plane and recording some video of another plane on his smartphone when his phone suddenly got sucked out of the window. It survived the fall and was soon discovered by a very confused man who was working in his yard. The 2-minute video shows a view from the plane, a 1,000 foot fall, some shrub clippings covering it, and then the phone being discovered. The man’s wife looked through the phone’s photos and videos, saw the airplane shots, and eventually managed to get the phone back to Henderson. • VIDEO

STUDY SAYS ‘FAT BUT FIT’ IS A MYTH _ The concept of ‘healthy fat’ or ‘healthy obese’ is a myth, according to new British research. Scientists (Imperial College London) now say no amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures. Even if blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor.

CHINA PERFORMS ITS FIRST FULL CRYOGENIC OPERATION _ A 49-year-old woman has become the first to have her body cryogenically frozen in a procedure performed completely on Chinese soil. The woman was declared dead of lung cancer on May 8 and immediately underwent the operation. First developed in the US, cryogenics involves preserving an ailing body at extremely low temperatures in the hopes it may be revived and treated in the future. The 49-year-old woman’s full body is currently being stored in a 2,000 liter tank of liquid nitrogen, where she is kept at temperatures of -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is the procedure costly, it requires an additional $7,500 a year for upkeep.

GEORGIA MAN REPEATS AS KALE-EATING CHAMP _ When it comes to chowing down on kale, Gideon Oji is once again the top dog, beating back a challenge from hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut. Oji gulped down 22½ 16-ounce bowls of the leafy green vegetable in eight minutes during Sunday’s Kale Yeah! Competition at the Erie County Fair in New York. The kale was served raw with oil and vinegar. The contest is billed as the world’s healthiest eating competition. Chestnut consumed 20 kale servings. He is the reigning hot dog-eating champion.

MAN FINDS SCORPION IN BANANAS _ A guy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was unloading groceries from the car when his 11-year-old daughter spotted something squirming in a plastic bag. Nathan Coleman said he dismissed the rustling, telling his daughter it was just a slug. He said his mother put away the bananas, and then held up the bag and saw what looked like a scorpion. He said a Costco warehouse manager has apologized to him and he was told Costco is looking into the incident.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ADS MAKE KIDS CRAVE BAD SNACKS _ Commercials really are brainwashing your kids to eat junk. Brain scans prove that junk food ads drive children to crave sweet and salty treats, and make them even more impulsive in grabbing tasty foods over healthy ones. Previous studies have shown a link between commercials and how much or what kind of food kids eat. The new research actually took MRI scans of 23 children ages 8 to 14 while they watched these ads, and scanned them again afterward. They found that the brain’s reward center became more active after the little ones eyed the food commercials.

… Here’s something else to chew on: While the kids generally decided what to eat based on taste over nutrition — they are kids, after all — the taste became significantly more important to them after watching food commercials.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COSTUMED CHARACTERS CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING _ Halloween is still more than two months away, but that didn’t deter three people from putting on costumes to shoplift at a Pennsylvania Walmart. One was dressed as a bull, one as a werewolf, and a third as a gorilla. They stole more than $560 in merchandise but were caught.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EMPLOYEES CATCH DUCT TAPE BANDIT _ A man who had his head wrapped in duct tape to conceal his identity walked into a Kentucky liquor store. The store manager had some duct tape of his own, but his was wrapped around a wooden club that sent the robber fleeing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CRACK THE CODE LANGUAGE _ In Australia, a man was recorded using a coded language to organize some gangs. After cracking the code, the man was heard telling co-conspirators to bring shanks and bats as weapons. Police cracked the code because it turned out to be… Pig Latin. During one call, the man used Pig Latin to tell his guys to bring “ankshays” and “atbays.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE HOT TUB, THREE CRIMES _ Police in Pennsylvania were called by homeowners who found a suspicious man in their hot tub. Police not only found the guy in the hot tub, but he had a crack pipe. And he was naked. And drunk.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INJURED GUY CLIMBS MOUNTAINS _ A guy discharged from the British Army collected almost $9,000 in medical payments because of an injury to his lower back while he was serving in Afghanistan. He was able to collect money because he claimed he could only walk between 20 and 50 yards at a time. During the time he was collecting payments, though, there were pictures of the man doing more than short walks. In one photo, he was posing with a guide during his five-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Other photos show him competing in a triathlon — where he won in his category. The man’s lawyer claimed his client had pushed through the pain because of his Army training. A jury didn’t buy it and he was convicted.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BORING CITIES _ Dull, Bland, and Boring are real communities around the world Dull, Scotland, and Boring, Oregon, were twin cities with a tourism relationship. When he heard about Dull and Boring the mayor of Bland Shire in Australia knew his town had to get in on the fun. So now Bland, Dull, and Boring work together to create tourism.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ALLIGATOR BY THE ROAD WAS A PLASTIC TOY _ A live alligator was not lurking by the side of a Massachusetts highway over the weekend: It was just a plastic toy. But plenty of drivers reported — and tweeted — the ‘gator. Officers who went to investigate found a foot-and-a-half plastic toy discarded by the side of the road. They removed it.


AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Twelve of the remaining 36 acts perform.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Season 3 alumni Carly and Evan tie the knot in Paradise, and the cast tries to regain momentum following the production lapse.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat


THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE MICK (9P ET, FOX) — Repeat



HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (10p ET, NBC) — Celebs playing in this new episode are Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Carson Kreesley, Marcus Lemonis and Bill Engvall.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Laura suspects Tom is lying to her, so she asks Nico to follow him.

THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON (10p ET, A&E) — This new 6-episode docuseries recalls the mother-to-be who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in Modesto in 2002. The series includes a jailhouse phone interview with her husband, Scott, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime that he still claims he didn’t commit.

BRAD PAISLEY’S COMEDY RODEO (Netflix) — Country star Brad Paisley shows off his comedic side in this new special. The show will also include guest comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield. David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances. The show was filmed earlier this year when Paisley hosted two comedy shows at Zanies Comedy Club during the Wild West Comedy Festival.


NEW ON DVD _ Released August 15.

• Alien Covenant
• Everything, Everything
• How to Be a Latin Lover
• The Case for Christ
• The Wall
• Billions – Season 2
• Bull – Season 1
• NCIS: New Orleans – Season 3
• Once Upon A Time – Season 6
• The Blacklist – Season 4
• Riverdale – Season 1
• The Middle – Season 8

JURY RULES IN FAVOR OF TAYLOR SWIFT IN GROPING CASE _ After nearly four hours of deliberation, a jury ruled in favor of Taylor Swift in her countersuit against former radio host David Mueller for alleged assault and battery. Swift accused Mueller of groping her at a meet-and-greet event in June 2013. He will be required to pay $1 in damages to Swift. In a statement, Swift thanked the judge and her legal team for “fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault.”

… Mueller had sued Swift, the singer’s mom Andrea Swift, and radio promotions director Frank Bell in 2015, accusing them of interfering with his $150,000/year contract as a local morning radio host in Denver by pressuring his employer, KYGO radio, to fire him.

PRINCE HAS HIS OWN OFFICIAL SHADE OF PURPLE _ The Prince estate and the Pantone Color Institute teamed up to create the official color of the late musician Prince. The color, Love Symbol #2, is named after the symbol Prince infamously turned into his stage name in 1993. The hue is based on the color of the icon’s custom purple piano. Prince died last year at the age of 57. His association with the color purple was cemented after he released his film Purple Rain, in 1984.

… According to Pantone, the Prince estate plans to use this color so that it can be “consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.” • COLOR

STUNT DRIVER DIES WHILE FILMING DEADPOOL 2 _ A female stunt driver has died after a motorcycle crash on a set for the movie Deadpool 2 in downtown Vancouver.

NETFLIX SNAGS AN ALAN ARKIN, MICHAEL DOUGLAS COMEDY SERIES _Netflix may have lost Disney, but it has been bringing in a ton of big names the past couple of weeks. The latest project to be announced is a comedy series starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Entitled The Kominsky Method, the series will be written and produced by Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre. Douglas plays an acting coach who once had a little whiff of acting success when he was a younger man. Arkin’s character is his friend and agent.

RIC FLAIR IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA _ TMZ reports Ric Flair is in a medically induced coma and faces imminent surgery. Flair was hospitalized over the weekend, with his agent tweeting to ask for prayers due to Flair’s “tough medical issues.” Sources say this relates to a heart condition. Flair was first admitted to the hospital Saturday morning. Flair, whom many fans consider the greatest pro wrestler of all time, won at least 16 and as many as 25 world championships (depending on who’s counting) during an in-ring career that stretched from the early 1970s to a September 2011 match with Sting in TNA.

HELEN MIRREN ON IVANKA TRUMP: ‘THERE’S NO SUBSTANCE’ _ Helen Mirren has never shied away from speaking her mind, perhaps most memorably telling the public last that she plans to be “the nastiest of all nasty women” — alluding, of course, to Donald Trump’s comments about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Mirren still has feelings about the Trump administration and specifically about one of the women close to the President: his daughter, Ivanka.

… In an interview with Allure, Mirren sounded off on the First Daughter and offered a succinct critique of Ivanka’s controversial book, Women Who Work: Redefining the Rules for Success. Mirren tells Allure: “[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance.Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘Make time for yourself to have a massage.’ Puh-lease.”

ARE KATY PERRY AND ORLANDO BLOOM GETTING BACK TOGETHER? _ Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry might be back on. The couple was spotted at an Ed Sheeran concert in Los Angeles on Saturday looking very much like a couple. Could it be possible that after a six month break, these two are back together again?

WALKING DEAD PRODUCERS SUE AMC _ The co-creator and three executive producers of The Walking Dead have filed a lawsuit against AMC, claiming the company cheated them out of profits from the hugely successful series. In the complaint filed in Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the producers argue that AMC “exploited their vertically-integrated corporate structure” to keep the “lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the Plaintiffs, as required by their contracts.”

… The lawsuit follows in the footsteps of the zombie drama’s other co-creator, Frank Darabont, who is demanding $280 million from the company in a separate suit.

… The suit claims that AMC Network used it’s corporate affiliation with AMC Studios, which produces the show, to pay an artificially low licensing fee to broadcast the series.

TIGER WOODS: TRACES OF WEED IN SYSTEM DURING DUI ARREST _ TMZ reports that Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system at the time of his DUI arrest — including painkillers and THC, the main chemical compound in marijuana.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released the toxicology report from the May 29 arrest. The report shows Tiger tested positive for Hydrocodone (painkiller, generic form of Vicodin), Hydromorphone (powerful painkiller known as Dilaudid), Alprazolam (aka Xanax), Zolpidem (sleeping pill also known as Ambien) and THC.

… Woods had chalked up the arrest to an unexpected reaction to prescription medication but he never mentioned weed. Woods announced he was getting treatment after the arrest and later struck a deal with prosecutors to enter a DUI diversion program.

TRAILER FOR ‘REMEMORY’ STARRING PETER DINKLAGE _ The trailer for the indie sci-fi film Rememory has bee released. The movie stars Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and is a murder mystery with an incredible invention at the center. The device can extract, record and play a person’s memories. The inventor is found dead, and his wife retreats into her home until a mysterious man — played by Dinklage — shows up and begins investigating what exactly happened. • VIDEO

HOW TO MAKE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE TRAILER _ Movie trailers fun way to take a break and “go to the movies” without leaving your desk. They’re free and they give you a nice taste of what’s to come. But they also follow the same formula


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

SOUTHERN: A woman named Stephanie Shadrick shared a video of her husband trying to talk without his southern drawl. • VIDEO

CHICKEN: Indiana State Police focus test uses rubber chicken  →  August 14 2017.mp3

DROPS: Back to school clips package: 2017 update


More prep in the Facebook Group.



Think hot weather makes people more stressed? Not so much. Summer isn’t as unhealthy as you might think.

Myth #1: Going from a roasting hot day outside to a freezing air-conditioned room can make you get a cold. The truth: Temperature shifts DON’T make you sick. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you’ll only get sick if you’re near other people who are sick and catch their germs.

Myth #2: The chlorine in the pool can make you lose your hair. The truth: Swimming laps or taking a dip in the pool may leave your hair coarse, dried out, maybe even green, but it won’t cause it to fall out. So if you swim a lot during the summer, wash with a clarifying shampoo and make sure you condition your hair each time you wash it.

Myth #3: Hot weather puts a strain on your heart. The truth: The rate of heart disease deaths peaks in WINTER. It’s cold weather that causes blood vessels to constrict to help your body retain heat. That causes an increase in the risk of a heart attack. In the summer, blood vessels are more relaxed and stress levels drop.


• Suckerade

• Ubinhosed

• Gymsockquafina

• Squeegee Water


Tips from

1.) Do not waste your time photographing it. Totality is brief, and you won’t experience it again for years.

2.) Do not leave your eclipse glasses on during totality. As soon as you cannot see the Sun through your eclipse glasses, take them off. Totality is here.

3.) Stop viewing the Sun through binoculars/telescopes before totality ends. Looking at direct Sun for even a split second through binoculars/telescopes can blind you forever.

4.) Don’t rely solely on your eyes. The temperature will drop; nocturnal animals may emerge; street lamps light up; birds fall silent. Take it all in.

5.) Don’t notice or do one thing exclusively. Take in the Sun’s active corona, the entire sky, the stars and planets, and the shadowed, dark Earth before totality ends.


TRIVIA: In August, 1869, Mary Ward of Ireland became the first person ever to die in what way? (In a motor vehicle accident. She had the misfortune to fall under the wheels of an experimental steam car built by her cousins.)


Where is the International Space Station located?

What defense mechanism are skunks known for?

How feet are in a yard?

Name something you can buy covered in leather.


Question: How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

Answer: None, there is no dirt in a hole.


Feeding animals at the petting zoo.


Can I get some help?


• 1952: HANK WILLIAMS’ Jambalaya charted.

• 1991: With six, ALAN JACKSON and VINCE GILL tied for the most nominations for the 25th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

• 1997: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS’ Greatest Hits 2 album was certified platinum.

• 2001: PAM TILLIS’ Greatest Hits album was certified platinum.

• 2002: The DIXIE CHICKS performed the first of two concerts in Los Angeles for an NBC special.

• 2002: DEANA CARTER entered a plea of Driving While Impaired and received community service and a fine after a December arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. If she had been convicted of DUI, she could have faced jail time, but plead guilty to the lesser charge to avoid that.

• 2006: Troy Gentry pleaded not guilty in Duluth, Minnesota, to charges of illegally tagging a bear that he killed in a three-acre, fenced area. The paperwork and a doctored videotape suggested it was a wild animal

• 2009: Two members of the New England Patriots football team, Tedy Bruschi and Wes Welker, joined KENNY CHESNEY for two songs at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

• 2012: The late GEORGE JONES announced his 2013 tour would be his last.


Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• TIM MCGRAW talks about his workouts.

• CHRIS YOUNG on his song Losing Sleep.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE on their Dig Your Roots album.


KIP MOORE is drawing massive praise for speaking out in a long social media post against racism, white supremacy and anything related. He shared on Facebook: “I grew up in south GA, so I’m 100 percent aware of what racism looks like, sounds like, and what it feels like (when you hear it out of another’s mouth). I was lucky to have parents that never instilled that toxic hatred in my bloodline. However, I did have a few friends that occasionally used the N word in their vocabulary. I’d have numerous fights and arguments about why they would say [stuff] like that, eventually driving a wedge between any surface friendship we even had to begin with and cut those people from my life. The one constant theme I learned at a young age was, they all developed those ignorant views from their ignorant parents who learned it from their ignorant parents.”

… He goes on to say (CAUTION): “Don’t bitch about the state of the world if you’re too lazy or too much of a [wuss] to stand up to your friends when you hear them or see them doing racist [stuff]. It starts with each one of us individually if we wanna change what this world looks like. Go out of your way to take care of people and spread kindness. … Take a break from your 100th bathroom selfie and pay attention to what’s taking place around you. Oh and to those that spew hateful comments on social media all the time yet have ‘Jesus lover’ as your profile heading… that would prolly provoke Jesus to slap your dumb ass.” • FULL POST

COLE SWINDELL has become the first country artist to score a number one hit with his first seven singles. The tune is Flatliner, a duet with tourmate DIERKS BENTLEY.

BLAKE SHELTON on Monday announced his brand new Blake Shelton (Live) EP on social media. The project captures audio from Blake’s pop-up show during CMA Music Festival in Nashville this summer and will be available to stream on August 25. The six-song EP features some of his fan-favorite chart-topping hits, including Honey Bee, Boys ‘Round Here and, from his most recent album, A Guy With A Girl.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Troy Gentry is mourning the loss of his father who passed away Sunday (August 13). Troy lost his mother in 2007 and his brother, Keith, in 2014.

SHANIA TWAIN has joined the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie Trading Paint. Travolta portrays a down-and-out dirt track racing legend who is drawn back into the winner’s circle after his son, an aspiring driver, joins a competitor’s racing team, and incites an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s song Vice has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies.

WILLIE NELSON had to cut his concert in Salt Lake City, Utah short Sunday night (August 13). After about half a dozen songs, Willie left the stage and never came back. He was taken to a local hospital and later tweeted that the altitude had caused breathing problems.

BRAD PAISLEY’s Comedy Rodeo is live on Netflix today (Tuesday). The event was taped in Nashville earlier this year.

DRAKE WHITE is starring in a new Geiko commercial. During the ad his song Heartbeat plays in the background.


This is day 228 of 2017. There are 137 days remaining.


• Julie Newmar (Batman) is 84

• Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) is 65

• Kathie Lee Gifford is 64

• James Cameron is 63

• Angela Bassett is 59

• Madonna is 59

• Timothy Hutton is 57

• Steve Carell is 55

• Rumer Willis is 29


• 1960: Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet, setting three records. Felix Baumgartner set a record in October, 2012, of 127,852 feet. In 2014 Google executive Alan Eustace set a record of more than 135,000 feet.

• 1977: Elvis Presley died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis of heart failure caused by abuse of prescription pain killers.

• 1998: A team of monster-hunters reported it had failed to find any trace of a mysterious creature thought to have inhabited Sweden’s Great Lake for 360 years. The fleet of 15 boats with researchers and divers equipped with underwater video cameras and echo equipment found no signs of the monster reportedly sighted on 150 occasions by 450 people since 1635.

• 1999: Former town manager Leon Wurl became part of the new Main Street in Erie, Colorado, when his wife poured some of his ashes into the hot asphalt. Wurl had led the push to re-pave 14 of Erie’s streets before his death a year earlier.

• 2002: Scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called “beer goggles” effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

• 2007: A woman in Orem, Utah, called police to report that she had emailed naked pictures of herself to a man she met online, but the pictures were then sent to her ex-husband and employer by mistake.

• 2014: Continued riots in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer resulted in the announcement of a state of emergency and a curfew by Governor Jay Nixon.


• Roller Coaster Day

• Wave at Surveillance Day. See a camera? Wave!

• Tell a Joke Day

• Rum Day


• August 17: Little League World Series begins (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

• August 22-23: North American Manure Expo

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins