INTERPREP JULY 9, 2018

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DATEBOOK: JULY 9, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• O.J. Simpson is 71

• Chris Cooper is 67

• John Tesh is 66

• Jimmy Smits is 63

• Tom Hanks is 62

• Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) is 61

• Fred Savage is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1878: The corncob pipe was patented.

• 1910: The first airplane to fly a mile in the air did so this day with W.R. Brookins of Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the controls.

• 1918: In Nashville, Tennessee, an inbound local train collided with an outbound express killing 101 and injuring 171 people, making it the deadliest rail accident in United States history.

• 1985: Football great Joe Namath signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for “Monday Night Football”. The former New York Jets quarterback reportedly earned one million dollars a year for the job.

• 1991: South Africa was reintroduced into the Olympic movement after 30 years of exclusion.

• 1992: Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Senator Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.

• 1995: The Grateful Dead played their last concert, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.)

• 1997: Boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear.

• 2002: The baseball All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.

• 2004: Other vandals use crowbars or bricks to smash windows, but Michael Cain’s weapon of choice is a frozen T-bone steak. Vandal Michael Cain pleaded guilty to theft for stealing the steak from inside a garage freezer during a break-in in (Guelph) Ontario. During his drunken attack, Cain vandalized six cars with the frozen T-bone.

• 2008: The iPhone 3G was introduced.

• 2008: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colorado.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Test Your Doorbell Day. There are fewer door-to-door salesmen these days so how do you know it works?

• Sports Cliché Week

• Nude Recreation Weekend

• National No Bra Day

• Sugar Cookie Day

• Fashion Day

UPCOMING

• July 15: World Cup Final
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

610,000: Outhouses still in use in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

A government lawyer told a judge that she couldn’t attend a weekend meeting on the status of children separated from their parents at the border because she had to dog-sit. [How good of a lawyer are you if you have to dog-sit as a side hustle?]

The administration is denying reports that it gave a copy of an Elton John CD with the song Rocket Man to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. [These days the White House is much more into Kanye.]

Police in Florida have been ordered to return $20,000 to a stripper. The money was found in an illegal search of her vehicle. [The judge told them to make it rain.]

Several people have already been injured in this year’s running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. [And, unlike the players in the World Cup, when they go down they really do need medical attention.]

Police in Germany are looking for a kangaroo and her baby that have gone missing from a zoo. [I hope the mother knows that she should stay away from America or she and her baby will be separated.]

A man in Burlington, Vermont decided to take a naked stroll through town. [Global warming just got nasty.]

In World Cup action, Croatia eliminated Russia. [So, I guess we know who Russia will be invading next.]

The American Medical Association is warning that if you clean your grill with a wire brush, some of the metal can stick to the grill and get in your food. [So, they advise letting your brother-in-law have the first hamburger.]

A man in Ontario has posted on eBay a McDonald’s hamburger and French fries that have been sitting on his shelf for six years. [And I thought I was bad at housekeeping.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

BUSINESS PAID OFF A MAN’S $200 DVD RENTAL LATE FEE _ A Tulsa, Oklahoma, business has helped a man who had been facing a more than $200 fine and a warrant for his arrest for an overdue movie rental he had forgotten about after becoming homeless. Lonnie Perry had rented the movie Ted in 2014 from a rental store. Shortly after that, he became homeless and packed up the movie along with his belongings. Perry had forgotten about the rental until recently, when he got a call and a letter from the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office. Perry didn’t think he could immediately pay the fine. But Jeff of All Trades, a Tulsa handyman company, went to the movie rental store and paid everything Perry owed on the unreturned DVD.

‘NEW’ TWINKIES TURN 5 _ It was five years ago this month (July 15) that Twinkies returned to store shelves after an eight-month absence. You may recall that Twinkies vanished in in late 2012 after Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy.

… Die hard Twinkie fans were excited for their favorite snack to come back, but didn’t like the altered taste. Many noticed the ‘new’ Twinkies didn’t have the same taste and consistency as the classic ones. It might be because, unlike the classic Twinkie, the new one was frozen before shipping. This was done to extend its shelf life from 15 to 45 days.

SEATTLE SODA TAX RAISES NEARLY MORE THAN PREDICTED _ Soda sales are down but tax revenue on soda is up in Seattle, where the city has made $4.4 million since a roughly 2-cent per ounce tax went into effect a few months ago. That’s almost a million more than city officials thought the soda tax would bring in. The tax has also had an expected result — a drop in soda sales in Seattle. The city says 1.984 million gallons of sweetened beverage were taxed in the first three months.

… The tax money is being used to help low income people, child care programs, and college tuitions.

NYC MATCHMAKER MADE A LIST OF WORST SINGLE MEN _ Meredith Golden is a psychotherapist turned digital wing woman: Singles hire her to take over their dating apps to impersonate them and find the best matches. Along the way, she’s come across plenty of creeps. So she’s compiled a list of the worst local men she’s come across — about 60, so far. She avoids these guys for her clients and spreads the word among other matchmakers.

… Offenses include men who lie about their jobs or ages, or who don’t look like their dating profile photos. But there are also people who’ve expressed racist tendencies, harassed women — and worse. Like the guy who went on a date with one of Golden’s clients and revealed, within the first 10 minutes, that he’d fantasized about stabbing his mother in the eyes with a fork.

… Golden automatically blocks dudes who send nude pictures of themselves, or jump right into sex talk online. Any time men are verbally abusive on a dating app, she reports them to the apps.

… As she’s gathered names for her whisper network, Golden’s seen a surprising type of jerk emerge: they’re all professional, white collar jobs who typically went to top-20 schools and look clean-cut. Thankfully, she says, of the thousands of men she interacts with online on a regular basis, most of them aren’t creeps.

BARS, RESTAURANTS GET CREATIVE WITH STRAW ALTERNATIVES _ By the year 2050 the World Economic Forum predicts the plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish. Slowly — very slowly — humans are catching on to the destructive nature of so-called “must-have” objects like plastic bags and plastic straws. Restaurants are getting creative with some offering pasta straws instead of plastic straws. The uncooked pasta in the shape of a regular straw won’t harm the environment and is technically edible.

… Around 500 million straws are used and tossed away daily in the United States alone. In response, Seattle on July 1 became the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws citywide.

WOMAN FINDS BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS IN HER BEDROOM _ A Tennessee (Brentwood) woman is recovering after a brown recluse spider bit her several times. Angela Wright said she woke up with arm pain and noticed a couple bumps on her chest and arm, but didn’t think much of it. She went to the doctor’s office and was sent home with medication. Wright was rushed to the emergency room a couple days later after she described feeling like she was hallucinating. She notified management at her “Views of Brentwood” apartment complex, which sprayed her unit. Wright said the dangerous spiders came back. She says she was finding brown recluses in her bed, in the ceiling, in her shoe. She is in the process of moving out of her apartment and asked the complex to break her lease.

COURT CALLS OUT DEBTORS WITH ‘REEL OF SHAME’ AT THEATERS _ A city in China (Hengshui) city is using the movie screen to shame accused debtors. Since June, a video showing the names and faces of 110 debtors has been shown before movies at theaters

OBVIOUS: MOST COMMON REASON WE NAP IS WE WERE UP LATE _ A new survey finds the number one reason people take naps is — tah-dah! — we’re tired. OK, seriously, the number one reason we nap is because we were up late the night before… and we’re tired. The second most popular reason for taking naps is also quite obvious: we’re not feeling well.

THE PERCENT OF AIR PER BAG OF CHIPS _ Have you ever wondered just how much ‘air’ is in a bag of chips? Using the water displacement method, someone measured the percent of air per bag of chips for 14 different brands of chips. The overall average across the 14 brands was 43%. • INFOGRAPHIC

TIN CONTAINING CHOCOLATE SURVIVES 118 YEARS _ A 118-year-old tin of chocolate sent by Queen Victoria to fighting soldiers has been discovered in a cupboard. The tin, made by Hudson Scott and Sons in 1900, is one of a batch sent to troops (in the Boer War). The gift was ridiculed by French cartoonists but soldiers loved the Queen’s present so much many sent it home unopened. The tin of chocolate from 1900 will go for sale Tuesday. A woman who closed her collectables shop 25 years ago had held onto it and recently discovered its value after another tin of chocolate — a newer tin — sold at auction.

DOG STEALS SLICE OF PEPPERONI PIZZA FROM SQUIRREL _ A woman in Colorado (Longmont) was out getting coffee when she saw a squirrel lugging a slice of pepperoni pizza toward a tree and, naturally, started filming. But the squirrel never got to enjoy its pizza, because moments after the woman put away her phone, a butt-hole dog ran up and performed an act of canine robbery. She says a dog came up just after she finished filming and barked at Pizza Squirrel, who went running up the tree. Pizza Dog snagged the food for himself. • VIDEO

TO LOSE WEIGHT, RIGHT DOWN EVERYTHING YOU CONSUME _ Wanna lose weight? Break out the pencil and paper. Researchers say keeping a food diary — a detailed account of what you eat and drink and the calories it packs — is a powerful tool in helping people lose weight. Their study involving 1,685 middle-aged men and women over six months found those who kept such a diary just about every day lost about twice as much weight as those who did not.

THE DOs AND DON’Ts OF TREATING A BURN _ With barbecue season in full swing, your chances of accidentally burning your finger (or palm, or arm) are on the rise. You probably already know what you should do if that painful accident befalls your skin (run the burn under cold water, then apply a loose bandage), but do you know what you should never do? Surprisingly, you should not put an ice pack on a burn: It can damage your skin and worsen your injury. You should also never pop blisters, or apply antibiotics or butter (many a grandma’s remedy) to burns. All of these steps can breed infection.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK SEAGULLS FOUND STUMBLING _ Dozens of seagulls in the UK have been found stumbling around, and even puking in their drunken stupor. An animal expert (with RSPCA) says the birds “appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand — just like a person would if they’d had too much to drink.” It’s thought that the birds are gaining access somewhere to some brewing waste products. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG AIRLINE, WRONG CITY _ A woman trying to fly to Hong Kong accidentally ended up in the Australian city of Melbourne after getting on the wrong plane in Los Angeles. A computerized boarding system wasn’t working at the time the woman boarded. She sat in an empty seat and did not realize her mistake until the plane was approaching Melbourne Airport.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THREE STRIKES FOR BURGLARS _ In Stockholm, Sweden, three burglars tried to break into an electronics store three times using a power drill, and each time they ended in an optician’s office next door instead. When they finally broke through into the electronics store, the alarms went off and they ran without taking anything.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN’S WEDDING DRESS COMES APART AT ALTAR _ A woman in Italy sued her wedding dress designer after the nearly $4,000 garment fell apart at the altar, exposing her bottom to her guests. The 30-year-old bride said her wedding day went down the tubes because of faulty sewing on her dress. Her lawyer says she was “left extremely embarrassed because the stitching of her dress came apart at the altar, slid down and revealed her bottom to the whole congregation.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLS FOR HELP OVER OVERLY CHATTY FRIEND _ A German woman called emergency services to rescue her after a friend visiting her at her apartment talked for 30 hours straight. A police spokesman says they were told the guest rambled on about personal problems and became increasingly intoxicated until the woman dialed the emergency hotline. When the paramedics refused to carry the guest out of the apartment, the woman called the police, who picked up the friend and drove her home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRIES TO KILL MOUSE DIRTY HARRY STYLE _ A California wounded herself and a male friend while attempting to kill mice. Police say she was trying to kill them with a .44-caliber Magnum revolver. It probably didn’t help that the woman and her friend were inside a small travel trailer at the time of the attempted mouse murder.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STEALS JUNK FOOD ONLY _ In a nearly violent case of the munchies, a machete-wielding robbed an Oregon market of only junk food. The robber grabbed frozen pizzas, candy and pepperoni sticks.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Becca and six bachelors take a trip to the Bahamas, and the Baha Men perform. ABC will break into the show for President Trump’s announcement at 9p ET and return to the show afterward. Both The Bachelorette and The Proposal will be seen in full.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Minneapolis qualifiers obstacles include the Double Twister and Diamond Dash.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The dancers compete for a spot in the top 20.

MOM (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — New.

HOT RODS AND MUSCLE CARS (8p ET, History Channel) — It’s Car Week on the History Channel and this two-hour special chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of America’s hot rod culture, highlighting some of the most iconic muscle cars in U.S. history.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (9p ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) — During this address to the nation, President Trump will name his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

9-1-1 (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — New. A repeat follows.

CULTURESHOCK (9p ET, A&E) — This new edition, titled The Rise of Trash TV, explores the tabloid-talk show phenomenon, with interviews including Jerry Springer, Maury Povich and Sally Jessy Raphael.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

SALVATION (10p ET, CBS) — New. Salvation is moving back an hour to accommodate President Trump’s address to the nation.

THE PROPOSAL (10p ET, ABC) — New.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP MOVIES _ Ant-Man and the Wasp flew to a worldwide opening of $161 million, including $85 million internationally. In North America, the Marvel movie starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly earned $76 million.

… It’s the 20th consecutive Marvel film to open No. 1 at the box office.

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp, $76 million
  2. Incredibles 2, $29 million
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, $28.5 million
  4. The First Purge, $17.1 million
  5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado, $7.3 million
  6. Uncle Drew $6.6 million
  7. Ocean’s 8, $5.2 million
  8. Tag, $3.1 million
  9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, $2.5 million
  10. Deadpool 2, $1.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Spider-Man: Homecoming.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Despicable Me 2.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Hancock.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Armageddon.

… In theaters Friday:Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG); Skyscraper (PG-13)

GAL GADOT VISITS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AS WONDER WOMAN _ Gal Gadot put on her Wonder Woman costume Friday to visit a children’s hospital (Kids at Inova Children’s Hospital) in Annandale, Virginia. Wonder Woman 1984 is in production with recent filming in Washington D.C.

JUSTIN BIEBER AND HAILEY BALDWIN ARE ENGAGED _ Sources are saying Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin got engaged over the weekend. Social media postings popped up over the weekend saying the pair were spotted in the Bahamas. As reports surfaced that Bieber had popped the question during the trip, his father Jeremy Bieber added fuel to the fire with this post: “@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!”

… And Justin’s mom tweeted “Love Love Love Love Love Love Love” with no further explanation.

OPRAH GOOGLED HERSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME _ Oprah Winfrey says she recently googled herself for the first time. In an interview with British Vogue, Oprah says she discovered by googling herself that she was the first African-American self-made billionaire and that she donated more to charity in the 20th century than any other African-American.

GUY PEARCE CLARIFIES COMMENTS ABOUT “HANDSY” KEVIN SPACEY _ Guy Pearce wants to clarify his remarks about Kevin Spacey acting “handsy” around him. On an Australian interview show (Andrew Denton’s Interview) early last week, Pearce said Spacey, his co-star L.A. Confidential, was an “amazing” and “incredible” actor but that he had a “slightly difficult time” with him, saying, “he’s a handsy guy … thankfully I was 29 and not 14.” His remarks come months after more than a dozen men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct.

… On Saturday Pearce said he wished to clarify his comments regarding Spacey, saying that while he was not sexually assaulted, he was made to feel uncomfortable: “I very much understand that it’s too sensitive a topic to be brushed off. I addressed and handled the situation when it took place, hence my regret at making it public now.”

SAMUEL L. JACKSON DE-AGED 25 YEARS FOR ALL OF CAPTAIN MARVEL _ Marvel Studios has been no stranger to the digital de-aging process in recent years, having used it for brief flashbacks with Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and now Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. It was assumed the same technology would be applied to the upcoming Captain Marvel, which features Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the early ’90s, but now Marvel has confirmed that moviegoers will see Samuel L. Jackson de-aged for the entire run of the film.

… Marvel head Kevin Feige (feye-ghee) praised the technology as “pretty amazing,” adding that the de-aging effect will also be used for Clark Gregg, who will be back as agent Phil Coulson.

… Captain Marvel will debut in theaters on March 8, 2019.

ROSEANNE BARR TEASES TV INTERVIEW _ Roseanne Barr will not go away. She’s tweeted Sunday that she’ll tell us today (Monday) about a TV interview she’s agreed to do this week.

VINYL SALES ARE UP _ Vinyl sales are up almost 20 percent this year. Vinyl album sales this year grew 19.2 percent in the U.S. compared to the first six months of 2017. There were 7.6 million vinyl albums sold between December 29, 2017, and June 28, a notable increase from last year’s 6.4 million during the same time period.

… So what albums are people buying on vinyl? It’s an eclectic mix. Jack White’s Boarding House Reach is in the lead, selling 37,000 albums this year. The second most popular album this year has been Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, which has sold 30,000. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 took third place. Other top sellers included Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, and albums by Panic! at the Disco, Justin Timberlake, Prince and the Revolution, Amy Winehouse, and The Beatles.

ESPN AXES ITS NOT-SO-HELPFUL COMMENT SECTIONS _ Add ESPN to the list of major websites that are less than thrilled with reader discussions. The sports broadcaster has dropped its Facebook-linked comment sections across its websites, with no plans to bring them back or archive the results.


AUDIO

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PHONER: STRANGEST PLACE YOU FELL ASLEEP: (8 REAL CALLERS) A new survey finds people have fallen asleep inside a coal mine, on a ski lift going up a mountain, and even while waiting for food in a drive-thru.

… The good news about these little naps is that they work. Three-quarters of survey respondents said they feel rejuvenated after a little snooze, wherever it may occur.

… And bosses, take note: three-quarters of Americans also feel more productive after a nap.

DROP: They’re great at what they do, they’re the ultimate professionals.

PHONER: MANY WOMEN BUY THEIR MAN’S UNDIES: A survey shows almost 40 percent of wives buy their husbands’ underwear and jeans. Ask wives if they do this and why. Here’s a call to help jump-start the phones. Link to the underwear the caller is talking about.

I’M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS: Big Brother Season 20 is underway and none of them are on the show to make friends. I know because we’ve heard almost every contestant on every reality TV show say it.


BITS & BREAKS

BAD POETRY

The bulls are running in Spain

Chasing thousands of fools

Who could end up with a horn

Between their family jewels.

A CRASH DIET FROM THE 1970s

Someone on Twitter found a “crash diet” from a “Vogue Body and Beauty Book” from the 1970s. It’s called Wine and Eggs and promises you’ll lose 5 pounds in 3 days.

Breakfast: 1 egg, hard boiled. 1 glass white wine (dry, preferably Chablis). Black coffee.

Lunch: 2 eggs, hard-boiled is best but poached if necessary. 2 glasses white wine. Black coffee.

Dinner: 5 ounces steak, grilled with black pepper, lemon juice. Remainder of white wine (one bottle allowed per day). Black coffee.

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #80sMovieMenus

• Revenge of the Curds

• Taters of the Lost Ark

• Continental Breakfast Club

• St. Elmo’s Fire Roasted Chicken

• Pie Hard

• The Codfather

• When Harry Met Salad

• Bill and Ted’s Excellent Appetizers

• Romancing the Scone

• Total Recauliflower

• Children of the Cornbread

• Pot Roastbusters

• The Empire Strikes Bacon

• Risky Biscuits

STUDY REVEALS THE STRANGEST PLACES AMERICANS NAP

AUDIO  Raise your hands if you’re getting enough sleep each night. Awesome… three people. Which is probably why adults often nod off in odd places. A new survey finds people have fallen asleep inside a coal mine, on a ski lift going up a mountain, and even while waiting for food in a drive-thru.

… The good news about these little naps is that they work. Three-quarters of survey respondents said they feel rejuvenated after a little snooze, wherever it may occur.

… And bosses, take note: three-quarters of Americans also feel more productive after a nap.

CRAZIEST PLACES SNUCK IN A NAP

  • Abandoned part of a chemical plant
  • Driver’s turret of an army M113A1 armored personnel transport
  • On the toilet in a grocery store bathroom
  • Standing up on the subway
  • Inside an MRI machine
  • Coal mine
  • Tanning bed
  • Potato barrel
  • In a drive-thru, waiting for food
  • On the floor of the bathroom at work
  • In the trunk of a ca
  • On a ski lift going up the mountain
  • On horseback
  • On the lawn
  • At a funeral
  • While driving a mail truck

STRANGE SUMMER JOBS OF SOME U.S. PRESIDENTS

BARACK OBAMA: ICE CREAM SCOOPER AND SANDWICH MAKER
In the mid 1970s, a teenage Obama served ice cream at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins. It was his first job, and it made him lose his taste for the summer treat. Other years, Obama sold souvenirs in a gift shop and prepared sandwiches at a deli. Now that’s service we can believe in.

GEORGE W. BUSH: OIL RIG ROUGHNECK AND PING PONG PEDDLER EXTRAORDINAIRE
The summer of 1965, Bush labored as a roughneck on an offshore oil rig near Louisiana. He said, “It was hard, hot work. I unloaded enough of those heavy mud sacks to know that was not what I wanted to do with my life.” His favorite summer job, though, was working as a sporting goods salesman at Sears. He was the leading salesman of ping-pong balls.

BILL CLINTON: GROCERY WORKER AND COMIC BOOK SALESMAN
Clinton landed his first job when he was 13, working in an Arkansas grocery store. There, he convinced the owner to let him sell comic books, and he happily grossed about $100. Another summer, Clinton worked as a camp counselor. He also spent a handful of sunny days attending band camp in the Ozark Mountains, honing his saxophone chops.

RONALD REAGAN: CIRCUS ROUSTABOUT AND LIFEGUARD
In 1925, Reagan held a brief stint as a circus roustabout with the Ringling Brothers, earning $0.25 an hour. The next year, the high school sophomore started working as a lifeguard at Lowell Park in Dixon, Ill. He worked 12-hour days all week. By the time his lifeguarding career ended, he had saved 77 lives. While attending Eureka College, Reagan cooked hamburgers in the cafeteria and washed tables in the women’s dorm. (He liked the second job better.)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: RAIL SPLITTER AND FLATBOAT PILOT
Lincoln split logs and built fences, earning him the nickname “Rail Splitter.” His father rented little Lincoln’s services to neighboring fathers, and Abe’s income helped keep the family going. Later, at 19, Lincoln became a flatboat pilot and steered it down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Boating was in his blood — he also worked as a ferry operator and even patented a device that helped boats float over shoals. He is the only president to hold a patent.

GERALD FORD: PARK RANGER
During summer 1936, Ford was waiting to be admitted to Yale law school. To fill the time, he worked as a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone National Park. One of his assignments was to work as an armed guard on a bear-feeding truck. He later called it “One of the greatest summers of my life.”

ANDREW JACKSON: SADDLER’S APPRENTICE AND SCHOOLTEACHER
Wanting to fight in the Revolutionary War, Jackson joined the militia at 13. The war, however, eventually orphaned him. So, a veteran by 14, Jackson moved to a relative’s house and worked as a saddler’s apprentice. He only kept the job for six months, and at age 16 became a schoolteacher in his Carolina home of Waxhaws.

RICHARD NIXON: CHICKEN PLUCKER AND BARKER
The summers of 1928 and 1929, little Richard visited his mother and older brother in Prescott, Ariz. There, Nixon briefly worked for a local butcher, plucking and dressing chickens. Nixon’s favorite job, though, was working as a barker for a “Wheel of Fortune” gaming booth at the Slippery Gulch carnival. (He also worked as a pool boy at a country club and helped out at his father’s grocery store.)

LYNDON B. JOHNSON: SHOE SHINER AND GOAT HERDER
To make extra dough during summer vacation, a 9-year-old LBJ shined shoes. (He buffed footwear during high school, too.) One summer, Johnson landed a gig as a goat herder and even worked in his uncle’s cotton fields. After graduating high school, he hitchhiked the Californian coast, making money as a busboy and waiter.

HERBERT HOOVER: LAUNDRY ENTREPRENEUR AND MINER
While studying at Stanford, Hoover started his own laundry service for students and worked as a clerk in the registration office. When he graduated, the geology major worked 10-hour shifts in a gold mine near Nevada City, Calif.

JAMES GARFIELD: CANAL BOAT DRIVER AND JANITOR
When he was 15, Garfield ventured to Cleveland, hoping to land a job as a sailor. It didn’t pan out. So he settled for a job as a canal boat driver, transporting copper ore between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He never quite got his sea legs — he fell overboard 14 times and quit after 16 weeks. Later, while attending school in Ohio, he supported himself by working as a carpenter and janitor.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Thailand Cave Rescue
  2. World Cup
  3. Summer Vacations
  4. Supreme Court Pick
  5. Gas Prices
  6. Wimbledon
  7. Tour de France
  8. Running of the Bulls
  9. Whitney Houston
  10. Zac Efron

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Sixty percent of women will do this sometime this summer. What? (Ditch their significant other and head out on a “ladies-only” vacation.)

TRIVIA: Around the world, two billion dollars is spent by U.S. consumers each year to combat what? (Bad breath. They buy mouthwash, gum, mints, etc.)

ONE OF US IS LYING!

Each member of your show (from the host on down to the stunt guy) gives out one of the following facts. The first listener to guess who’s lying is the winner.

• Richard Nixon once held a job as a chicken plucker.

• You’ve heard of Google and bing… there was once a search engine called blekko.

• Single men change their underwear twice as often as married men. (LIE. Married men do it twice as often as single men.)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Russian stair combat training.


DATEBOOK: JULY 10, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Ron Glass (Firefly, Barney Miller) is 73

• Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter films) is 60

• Sofia Vergara is 46

• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) is 41

• Jessica Simpson is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1821: The United States took possession of its newly-bought territory of Florida from Spain.

• 1890: Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state.

• 1938: Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.

• 1964: The album A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles was released.

• 1978: World News Tonight premiered on ABC.

• 1985: Coca-Cola, bowing to pressure from irate customers after the introduction of New Coke, said it would resume selling old-formula Coke.

• 1992: In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.

• 1997: Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that humans descended from an “African Eve” 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

• 1999: The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. After her game-winning penalty kick against China, Brandi Chastain took of her uniform top, baring her sports bra.

• 2006: A section of ceiling in Boston’s Big Dig tunnel collapsed, killing a car passenger.

• 2011: In the wake of a phone hacking scandal British tabloid News of the World published its last edition after 168 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Don’t Step On A Bee Day

• Piña Colada Day

• Pick Blueberries Day

UPCOMING

• July 15: World Cup Final
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday