INTERPREP ★ AUGUST 29, 2017

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 29, 2017

This is day 241 of 2017. There are 124 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Senator John McCain is 81

• Elliott Gould is 79

• Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) is 76

• Rebecca DeMornay (Risky Business) is 58

• Carla Gugino is 46

• Lea Michele (Glee) is 31

• Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife) is 28

• Liam Payne (One Direction) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1833: The United Kingdom legislated the abolition of slavery in its empire.

• 1885: Gottlieb Daimler patented the world’s first motorcycle.

• 1896: Chop suey was invented in New York City.

• 1898: The Goodyear tire company was founded.

• 1958: Michael Jackson was born.

• 1966: The last Beatles concert played, in San Francisco, California.

• 1999: Thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900.

• 2002: A Slovakian motorist who blew up his car and a gas station when he used a cigarette lighter to look into his gas tank was charged with endangering public safety. The 30 year-old man said his fuel gauge had broken.

• 2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana (especially the Mississippi Gulf Coast) to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 and costing over $125 billion in damage.

• 2007: Six U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.

• 2012: London held the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• More Herbs, Less Salt Day

• Whiskey Sour Day

• Chop Suey Day

UPCOMING

• September 4: Labor Day (Monday)

• September 7: NFL season begins

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30,000: Salary, in dollars, earned annually by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon in 1969.


NEWS ATTACK!

Now that Amazon has taken over Whole Foods they have lowered the prices for organic apples, organic bananas and organic avocado. [What about for things I eat like organic Oreos?]

Alabama went in a different direction from other states and dedicated a new Confederate memorial. [The state says that it’ll take down its memorials the day man steps foot on the moon.]

To promote a new show about marijuana, Netflix created and sold limited editions of 12 special strains of weed inspired by the network’s various TV shows. [My favorite was Orange is the New Black Unmarked SUV That Keeps Following Me.]

Some Game of Throne fans are calling the season seven finale dull and boring. [No one understands why the writers thought it would be entertaining to end with Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer all in prison.]

Uber has named a new CEO to take the company past all the recent scandals and bad headlines. [Good luck, Steve Bannon.]

This week a 10-day march is underway to confront white supremacy wherever it exists. [For example, in the CBS primetime lineup.]

There’s another new study about coffee. This one says that four cups a day lowers your risk of death. [That’s due to all the exercise you’ll get walking back and forth to the bathroom.]

Kenya has enacted the world’s toughest law against the use of plastic shopping bags. [“Will that be paper or prison, sir?”]

The White House has reversed federal policy to allow local police departments to once again receive free excess military-grade weaponry. [Because nothing puts a local community at ease quite like Barney Fife with a grenade launcher.]

Researchers have learned that online shoppers are more likely to purchase the item with the most reviews even if the reviews are negative. [That’s stupid. I would never do that… unless, of course, there was free shipping.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HARVEY FORCES NWS TO ADD TWO NEW COLORS TO MAPS _ Here’s one more sign of the devastating power of Harvey. The National Weather Service has had to add two new colors to the ones it uses to indicate rainfall levels on weather maps. In a tweet sent Monday, the National Weather Service explained that so much rain has fallen on Texas and Louisiana because of the storm, the previous map code didn’t cover it. Water levels could reach 50 inches in some areas.

… In the original map, the top end for observed rainfall — marked dark purple — was for amounts of 15 inches and greater, with no upper limit. With Harvey, the updated map is more specific in showing the graphical depiction of rainfall intervals. The new map uses a plum color to show rainfall of 20-30 inches and a pinkish lavender to show rain greater than 30 inches. • IMAGE

HOW WAFFLE HOUSE PREPARES FOR DISASTER _ One of the ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) measures hurricane damage is by the Waffle House Index. Waffle House, a popular 24-hour fast food chain in the Southeast, has a unique ability to operate solely on gas if necessary, so a closed Waffle House is often tantamount to disaster. But prior to Harvey the attitude at Waffle Houses across Texas was calm. The company’s staff had been preparing for months. A Waffle House employee in Galveston said, “We have our own special disaster teams and generators waiting to be shipped. We’re open up until the city makes us close.”

… A former FEMA spokesman explains how the Waffle House Index works: “Waffle House stays on when the wind’s blowing — they never close. They have a small footprint, they’re easy, and if these little stores are going out when it only takes a few people to staff … that’s bad.”

… Before a storm hits, and even before hurricane season, the company makes storm checklists for each location, meets with local authorities, and educates new employees.

ZUCKERBABY NO. 2 _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife (Priscilla Chan) are parents to a second baby girl. The girl — named August — was born this month, according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post Monday. As they did with their first daughter, Maxima, nicknamed “Max,” the couple wrote an open letter to August that they shared with the rest of the world. The letter to Max, shared December 1, 2015, talked about the need to “advance human potential” and “promote equality.” It also announced the pair would donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, initially focused on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

… Monday’s post urges August to “make time to go outside and play. … I hope you read your favorite Dr. Seuss books so many times you start inventing your own stories about the Vipper of Vipp. I hope you ride the carousel with Max until you’ve tamed every color horse. I hope you run as many laps around our living room and yard as you want. And then I hope you take a lot of naps. I hope you’re a great sleeper. And I hope even in your dreams you can feel how much we love you.”

FACEBOOK BRINGS DOWN THE HAMMER ON FAKE NEWS PAGES _ Facebook Monday announced its latest tool in the fight against fake news: ad revenue. Pages which repeatedly share news marked as false will not be allowed to advertise on Facebook.

NEXT iPHONE WILL BE UNVEILED SEPTEMBER 12 _ Apple will host its big iPhone 8 event on September 12. The tech giant is expected to a bunch of products, including two new iPhone updates, possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, in addition to a high-end iPhone 8. Apple is also reportedly gearing up to announce a new 4K Apple TV that will support sharper content than current models, and a new Apple Watch.

… The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that takes up almost the entire front of the device, using new OLED panels that are brighter and more colorful. Rumor has it Apple has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone but will also support facial recognition thanks to a new 3-D sensor on the front of the device.

GETTING CAUGHT WITH PLASTIC BAG IN KENYA CAN MEAN JAIL _ If you’re in Kenya, don’t be caught with a plastic bag. Starting this week using a plastic bag, whether for groceries, lining a trash can, or anything else you can think of, will cost you the equivalent of a $38,000 fine or land you in jail for up to four years. The country’s cabinet secretary for the environment put it bluntly: “It is a toxin that we must get rid of. It’s affecting our water. It’s affecting our livestock and, even worse, we are ingesting this as human beings.”

ELDERLY JUST AS STREETWISE AS YOUNG ADULTS _ She may not look like it but grandma’s still got street smarts. Many think of street smarts — the ability to navigate the risks of urban life — as an attribute that diminishes as people age. But when researchers (University of Portsmouth) measured the ability of people to identify and interpret the aggressive potential of others, they found 80-year-olds were just as competent as young adults. Tests proved older adults — 59 and 91 years old — were just as competent at threat perception as participants between 20 and 28.

BIRTHDAY SMILES INSTEAD OF SADNESS _ A mom new to Blair, Nebraska, concerned that her son’s 7th birthday would be a sad one due to cancellations of invited guests, took to social media over the weekend. Alyy Wyman let neighbors know through Facebook that anyone who wanted to come to the park would be treated to birthday cake and ice cream — all they had to do is wish her son Bryson a happy birthday. A few guests did come, but the nicest surprise was a visit from a police officer and members of the Blair Volunteer Fire Department. Bryson’s birthday included a cruiser, an ambulance and a fire truck.

NAVY TESTING CHARGING STATIONS FOR UNDERSEA DRONES _ The Navy is developing technology for the wireless underwater recharging of unmanned undersea vehicles. Current UUVs used for reconnaissance, mine hunting, and other tasks need to be recharged manually at either port or ship. Underwater charging stations would allow the drones to stay on station for much longer periods of time.

TARGET LAUNCHING $5 WINES _ Do you like wine? Are you broke all the time? Then get ready for $5 wines at Target. Not glasses of $5 wine, bottle of $5 wine. Target will start selling the $5 wine Sunday, September 3 — because a holiday weekend deserves a treat like this. The wine will be offered in five varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend. The wines will be sold under the label California Roots.

APP USES SELFIES TO SCREEN FOR PANCREATIC CANCER _ Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an app that could allow people to screen for pancreatic cancer by using a smartphone selfie. Pancreatic cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent. One of the earliest symptoms is jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes caused by an increase in bilirubin in the blood. The blood test currently used is not given to adults unless there is a cause for concern.

DRINKING FOUR CUPS OF COFFEE DAILY LOWERS RISK OF DEATH _ Feel free to pour that second, third, or even fourth cup of coffee this morning. Higher consumption of coffee is connected to a lower risk of death, according to Spanish researchers (Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain). The study featured nearly 20,000 participants and followed up with them for an average of 10 years. The study found participants who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who never or almost never drank coffee.

… The research also found for participants who were 45 or older, drinking two additional cups of coffee was linked to a 30% lower risk of death.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: FISH AND CROSSWORD PUZZLES HELP WITH MEMORY _ A study (Australian) has found turning off the television, picking up a crossword puzzle and eating more fish could be the key to a better memory. The study also found people who read fiction had better memories than those who don’t, while heavy drinkers found it more difficult to recall names.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOLEN SCHOOL BUS PROMPTS CHASE THROUGH TWO COUNTIES _ There was an odd sight on Birmingham, Alabama, interstates Monday morning as law enforcement officers chased a stolen school bus. Officers started following the stolen bus at about 7:40AM and eventually stopped. There were no kids on the bus. The driver threw a handgun out of a school bus window before being taken into custody.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS SAVE INVENTOR TRAPPED IN MECHANICAL BED _ An elderly inventor in China had to be rescued from his “sleep machine” designed to restrain his night time tossing and turning after the power went out in his neighborhood. The 68-year-old woke up in a bind after the electric-powered machine shut down, leaving his hands and feet restrained. Luckily his mobile phone was within reach, which he used to call emergency rescuers. Firefighters were able to start up the machine using a mobile power source. The inventor admits he’s still working out the kinks.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STAYS AT HOTEL BUT NEVER CHECKED IN _ A man told deputies that after a drug binge he didn’t quite feel himself and that’s when he decided to sneak into a resort hotel on Hilton Head Island. The man then stayed at the hotel for three days. He didn’t check in but instead sneaked into a room when the previous guest checked out. Police were called after staff became suspicious. He racked up a $2,180 bill from room service and spa treatments.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR ON FIRE _ A man in Fort Pierce, Florida, awoke to a car fire in front of his house and called the fire department. Before firefighters arrived its driver got in the car, and drove it away — still in flames. He went around the block and pulled up again, pulled a gun, and shot the car. Once police finally arrived, they found the man hiding nearby. Police said he was under the influence of something, but didn’t know what.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER LEAVES MONEY TRAIL _ A bank robber in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, escaped with $7,500 in cash. His escape wasn’t clean, though, because the teller slipped a dye pack in with the loot. It exploded after he got outside, marking him, the money, and his clothing with red dye. The robber had a solution: he stripped completely and, while running down the street, tossed down a trail of stolen money. Thanks to the money trail police were able to easily track him. The bank robber claimed everything went according to plan as the entire incident was his way to “begin his career as a comedian.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO MEN, ONE CAR, TWO DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES _ Two men, driving the same pickup truck, were cited for driving drunk in Wisconsin. Police stopped their truck and found one of the men steering the truck because he had no legs. The other man was operating the gas pedal and brake. Officers disagreed and cited both for drunken driving.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOXIC SUBSTANCE IS OLD MILK _ In California a motorist reported that the passenger of another vehicle threw something into her car that exploded and contained some sort of “toxic substance.” Officers determined that nothing had been thrown and the “toxic substance” was coming from an old bottle of milk that had exploded inside her car.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Twelve acts perform live for America.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE MICK (9P ET, FOX) — Repeat

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

BROOKLYN NINE NINE (9:30p ET, FOX) — Repeat

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (10p ET, NBC) — Celebs playing in this new episode are Iliza Shlesinger, Cheryl Hines, Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, Pamela Adlon, and Tyler Hoechlin.

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

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (10p ET, ABC) — New. Laura and Nico learn more about the case against Danny from 10 years ago.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released August 29.

• Baywatch
• My Cousin Rachel
• A Family Man
• Chicago Fire – Season 5
• Chicago Med – Season 2
• Designated Survivor – Season 1
• Elementary – Season 5
• Mom – Season 4
• NCIS – Season 14
• Gotham – Season 3

DESPACITO TIES MARIAH CAREY’S 16-WEEK RECORD AT NO. 1 _ Despacito has tied Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Luis Fonsi’s song and Mariah’s duet with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day, are the longest-running No. 1 songs in the 59-year history of the charts. Mariah’s song reigned at the top spot in 1995 and 1996.

… The song’s video became the first video in YouTube history to reach 3 billion views.

… Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do could likely put an end to Despacito’s streak.

MILLIONS WATCH MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR ON ILLEGAL STREAMS _ It’s estimated that nearly 3 million viewers watched the Mayweather-McGregor fight via online streams. Between Periscope, Instagram live, Facebook live, YouTube, Twitch, and smaller platforms, 239 streams of the fight were delivered over the weekend with millions tuning in. And with the option to have private, share-with-just-your-friends streams (like private Facebook Live feeds), it’s likely there are many more streams of the fight that were running that weren’t tracked.

… Meanwhile, VFT Solutions, which specializes in monitoring live streams in social media, is reporting much higher illegal streams, with than 7,000 partial or full live streams of the fight and an online audience of 100 million.

JULIA STILES CAMPS OUT AT A CONCERT 8 MONTHS PREGNANT _ Just because you’re an expectant mom doesn’t mean you can’t rock out with the best of them. Julia Stiles went camping at eight months pregnant to attend a concert — and even brought her pregnancy pillow. The 36-year-old mom-to-be attended the Kings of Leon / Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats concert in Washington on August 26. Stiles instagrammed: “That time I went camping, nearly eight months pregnant, just to see @nathanielrateliff and the @nightsweatsnc.”

BEYONCÉ RUMORED TO BE IN TALKS TO SING NEXT BOND THEME SONG _ There might be an Oscar in Bey’s future! There is a new Bond movie in the works and there’s a rumor that Beyonce’s talking to the film’s producers about doing the theme song. Adele won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the theme to Skyfall.

THE TEASER FOR SUPER TROOPERS 2 _ The teaser for Super Troopers 2 was released Monday. Meh.VIDEO

SELENA GOMEZ’S HACKED INSTAGRAM SHARES NUDES OF EX JUSTIN BIEBER _ Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and her 125 million Instagram followers had a doozy of a Monday. Gomez, who is the most followed person on Instagram, got hacked and her Instagram account was briefly taken down after the profile posted a bunch of nude photos of her ex Justin Bieber from a previous vacation. Gomez’s Instagram account is back on line — minus her ex-boyfriend’s naked pics.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

HOUSTON SHARK: Fox News knucklehead Jesse Watters falls for shark hoax photo.

BACON SIZZLE: Sunday (September 2) is International Bacon Day.

HURRICANE HARVEY: A clip montage of news reports and actualities.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

HIDE AND SEEK

Let’s talk about this question I found online. Here it is: The world is playing a game of hide and seek and you are the sole person hiding.

… You get one hour prep time.

… Where would you hide?

Suggestions from reddit users:

“I would hide in the middle of a dress rack in a clothing store.”

“In that one hour I’d do everything I can to make myself look like not me so that I could pretend to also be looking for me.”

“I would go to my local movie theater, buy a large popcorn and soda, and tickets to the Emoji movie.”

TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED

• No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.

• When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.

• If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.

• Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

• You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.

• Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

• Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

• The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandma’s lap.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: It’s said that the average person will spend 14 days of their life doing what? (Waiting at traffic lights)

WHICH CAME FIRST?

• The flush toilet (26 B.C.) or toilet paper on a roll (1867)

• Computer virus (1970s) or the floppy disc (1967)

• Diet Coke (1982) or Diet Pepsi (1964)

• Racquetball (1952) or tennis (mid-1800s)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Bad goat.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Strapped in to my human.


source: unknown

DATEBOOK: AUGUST 30, 2017

This is day 242 of 2017. There are 123 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Businessman Warren Buffett is 87

• Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad) is 71

• Comedian Lewis Black is 69

• Michael Chiklis (The Fantastic Four, The Shield) is 54

• Cameron Diaz is 45

• Lisa Ling (The View) is 44

• Tennis player Andy Roddick is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1963: A hotline between U.S. and Soviet leaders went into operation.

• 1967: Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

• 1984: The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.

• 1993: The first episode of the Late Show with David Letterman aired on CBS, following Letterman’s move from NBC.

• 2001: Two killers who planned to marry in England’s Broadmoor Prison called off the wedding after finding out just how evil each other was. Lifers Sharon Carr and Robbie Layne, who had already bought gold rings, were stunned when they read a newspaper report describing their killings. A nurse said they stormed out of the room and wouldn’t even talk to each other.

• 2002: South African hijackers accosted a 41-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 14 and nine, in their driveway and drove them at knifepoint to meet up with another man who was unhappy with the color of the hijacked white Volvo. After stealing the victim’s mobile phone and jewelry, the hijackers returned her car keys and gave her specific directions when she said she didn’t know how to get home. No one was injured, but the mother suffered from shock.

• 2005: The 17th Street Canal in New Orleans was breached during Hurricane Katrina, leading to massive flooding and destruction.

• 2007: In Florida, a child’s grenade-shaped belt buckle caused a lengthy delay for passengers who were trying to leave a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Thousands of cruise passengers aboard the Freedom of Seas vessel waited several hours as a Miami-Dade police bomb squad investigated the scene. Transportation Security Administrator workers spotted the belt buckle while screening a suitcase that was loaded off the ship.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Grief Awareness Day

• Cabernet Sauvignon Day

• Holistic Pet Day

• Toasted Marshmallow Day

• Frankenstein Day

UPCOMING

• September 4: Labor Day (Monday)

• September 7: NFL season begins

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter