INTERPREP ★ JULY 12, 2018

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DATEBOOK: JULY 12, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Bill Cosby is 81

• Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 75

• Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels) is 67

• Mel Harris (thirtysomething) is 62

• Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Netflix’s Marcella) is 42

• Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) is 40

• Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious films) is 40

• Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, House of Cards) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1804: Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

• 1862: The Medal of Honor was authorized by the United States Congress.

• 1933: Congress passed the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.

• 1960: Etch A Sketch, the drawing toy, went on sale.

• 1976: Family Feud premiered. Richard Dawson (TV’s famous kissing host) was the first host.

• 1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

• 1994: A cat named Tabitha was recovered in a crawlspace above the baggage compartment of a Tower Air Boeing 747 after escaping its carrier during a flight 12 days earlier. Tabitha had logged over 32,000 miles.

• 2006: Debbie Phillips of Charleston, West Virginia, reported to police someone had been in her house and cleaned it. Nothing was missing. Police didn’t worry about it much, but it really bugged Debbie. A month-long investigation revealed a neighbor across the street with a house key hidden in a similar spot outside had hired a cleaning service. They went to the wrong house.

• 2008: After dispelling rumors that she was pregnant, France’s First Lady, former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attributed her belly bump to drinking the occasional beer.

• 2012: The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary of their first performance at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London.

• 2017: A giant iceberg broke away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, about 2,300 square miles in size.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Simplicity Day

• Different Colored Eyes Day

• Pecan Pie Day

UPCOMING

• July 13: Friday the 13th
• 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

500 million: Straws used and tossed away daily in the United States.


NEWS ATTACK!

Blood banks have made a special appeal for donations because supplies are low. The shortage is due to summer vacations. [Not to mention that a lot of mosquitoes have been overeating lately.]

The Bravo network announced that it will air a new talk show this fall called Real Men Watch Bravo. [A more accurate title would be Real Mean Watch Bravo But Only Tell People That They Watch ESPN.]

Sarah Palin is upset that she got duped by Sacha Baron Cohen for his latest comedy project. [Turnabout is fair play. She duped John McCain.]

A mystery hacker is trying to sell secret U.S. military documents on the dark web. [It’s risky, but it still beats bagging groceries at Piggly Wiggly for the summer.]

In Washington state, a burglar broke into one of those escape rooms but couldn’t get out. He had to call 911. [I guess they don’t have to worry about this guy breaking out of jail.]

Joaquin Phoenix has been chosen to play the Joker in a new movie. [My money was on Rudolph Guiliani.]

A group of 10 volunteer firefighters in North Carolina were arrested on charges of arson in connection with a string of fires over the past two years. [Authorities first became suspicious when one of the wives of the firefighters complained that her husband seemed to always have to go put out a big fire on the nights her parents came over for dinner.]

Legendary member of Monty Python, John Cleese, says he’s sick of Britain’s poisonous political atmosphere and is leaving. [He’s moving to D.C.]

In England, they’re experimenting with road signs that detect cellphone signals and then flash a warning to motorists not to use their cell while driving. [But if they’re distracted by the phone, they’ll never see the sign so I think they should just do the most logical thing — if you want to get the driver’s undivided attention, call him.]

In Missouri, a minivan pulled away from a gas pump while the nozzle was still attached starting a huge blaze. One of the vehicles that were destroyed was a Lamborghini. [It wasn’t even my car and yet I can’t stop crying.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ELON MUSK WILL HELP FLINT WITH ITS WATER PROBLEM _ Elon Musk said on Wednesday he will help pay to fix the water in every house in Flint, Michigan, that has contamination levels above FDA guidelines. Musk tweeted Wednesday: “Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.” Musk responded to a Twitter user who said he had been told Musk wouldn’t be able to help bring clean water to Flint, whose residents have suffered from lead-poisoned water. On Tuesday, Musk said he had already helped Flint, but didn’t elaborate on what he did.

U.S. ARMY TO INTRODUCE NEW PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST _ The U.S. Army is introducing an extensive overhaul of its physical fitness test that has mostly been the same since 1980. The new test changes the name from the Army Physical Fitness Test to the Army Combat Fitness Test and is planned to become gender and age neutral. It will include a series of physical events, while the APFT was a series of pushups, situps and a 2-mile run.

… The new standards call for deadlift tests, throwing ten-pound balls for distance backwards, and hand-release pushups that require hands to be taken off the ground for greater muscle tension. It also includes sled drags to simulate casualties, sprints with 40-pound kettle bells, hanging from a pull-up bar with legs up and the standard 2-mile run.

HOLLYOOD SIGN TURNS 95 _ Tomorrow (July 13) marks 95 years since a huge advertising billboard was officially dedicated in the hills above Los Angeles — one that later became a symbol of the entertainment industry. Built in 1923 and with letters 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, it was originally an advertisement for a property company called Hollywoodland. The last four letters were removed in 1949, and over the years the sign became a symbol of the world’s entertainment capital.

PAPA JOHN’S FOUNDER APOLOGIZES FOR USING N-WORD _ John Schnatter, the founder and public face of Papa John’s pizza, apologized Wednesday for using the N-word on a conference call. In a statement issued through the company, Schnatter said: “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.” Schnatter was on a call with a marketing agency and was asked how he planned to manage future public relations flare-ups.

… Except, on the call — which discussed, in part, Schnatter’s criticism of kneeling NFL player — Schnatter complained that KFC’s Colonel Sanders “called blacks n—–s” and never had any backlash.

COLD CASE SOLVED AFTER 32 YEARS WHEN SUSPECT TURNS SELF IN _ A 32-year-old cold case murder has been solved after the suspect turned himself in because he wants to “right the wrong that he has done.” 58-year-old Glenn Adams was charged with first-degree murder and robbery Friday after he walked into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, Washington and confessed to the 1986 killing of Russell Haines. Haines was found strangled in his room at a hotel after what officials suspected was an ambush and robbery. Adams was living at the hotel, a men’s only hotel often used as temporary or low-income housing, at the time, but there were no suspects or witnesses. Adams told police he needed money and knew Haines kept large amounts of cash on him.

… Adams, who is currently homeless and has lived in California, Oregon and Washington, had attempted to turn himself in for the killing before. In July 2017, he went to police in Santa Barbara, California, intending to turn himself in but got cold feet about confessing to the cold case and left before officers could interview him.

ARMLESS MIAMI MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING TOURIST _ An armless homeless man in Miami has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist with scissors. Jonathan Crenshaw used his feet to hold scissors and stabbed the tourist. Crenshaw told police he was lying down when Coronado kicked him in the head. A friend of tourist said the two asked Crenshaw for directions when he suddenly stabbed his friend in the arm.

TEEN REQUESTS A SONG FROM PIZZA DELIVERY MAN, GETS IT _ Pizza shops get a lot of strange orders and a Domino’s in Texas got an especially strange request in the instruction section of an online order. A teen girl, Liz Bruner, wanted the delivery person to sing to her when handing over the pizza. Liz says she always requests someone to sing when she orders. Most delivery people don’t sing, but this time someone did. Pizza delivery man Austin Aranda sang Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved at Liz’s front door.

SOURCE: APPLE WILL LAUNCH NEW iSTUFF IN SEPTEMBER _ Cancel summer vacation — a source says Apple could announce new iPhones, Macs, MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches and AirPods in September.

TRAIN HOPPERS CALL 911 WHILE HANGING ON TRAIN CARS AUDIO  Two Ohio men are in custody after allegedly hopping onto a CSX train and then calling 911 to report they were scared because the train was going too fast. The men — a 20-year-old and a 24-year-old — planned on riding on the outside of the train between two cars for a short distance, but it didn’t stop where they thought it would. At one point the train was going over 50 miles per hour. The men ended up 60 miles away.

MAN WITH LONGEST NAILS CUTS THEM OFF _ The man who holds the world record for the longest finger nails has had them sawed off. The guy let the nails grow for 66 years so, yeah, it was time. The nails will be on display at various Ripley’s Believe it or Not in New York City. • VIDEO

FAMILY CHOOSES UNIQUE WAY TO SAY GOODBYE TO SON _ Renard Matthews was killed in New Orleans two weeks ago. He was a young 18 years old, and while the tragedy of losing him so young weighs heavy on his family, they chose to have his body prepared for his wake in a way that they wanted to remember him. At the funeral home Matthews was sitting in a chair, video game controller in hand, surrounded by his favorite snacks, and his beloved Boston Celtics on the television screen. • IMAGE

WE’RE HARD-WIRED TO FEEL EMPATHY _ Researchers say children are born moral and are hard-wired to feel empathy for others in pain. The researchers (University of Chicago) scanned the brains of children between 7 and 12 as they watched videos of people experiencing pain, either received accidentally or inflicted intentionally. Clips included a heavy bowl being dropped on hands and a person stepping intentionally on the foot of someone else. The scans showed that the parts of the brain activated when adults see pain were also triggered in children, proving they are “hard-wired” to feel empathy.

SWIM IN BEER AT A BREWERY CASTLE _ Beer baths were believed to have healing and restorative powers in ancient Egypt. Taking after this belief, Austrian brewery Starkenberger Brewery built beer swimming pools that you can take a dip in to regenerate. In the centuries-old brewery castle located on the outskirts of Munich, Germany, there are seven heated beer pools that each contain “12,000-liters of water enriched with 300-liters of Biergeläger (remote yeast).”

… Visitors can book a two-hour beer-soaking session at $298 per pool — which comes with beer crackers, meat spread, and a bottle of beer (that’s not been swum in before) per person.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HAPPINESS TURNS DAIRY COWS INTO CASH COWS _ The key to turning a dairy cow into a cash cow is happiness. Give her a bigger stall, increase air circulation and provide some shelter to prevent overheating. That’s according to a University of Wisconsin study that focuses on making dairy cows happier so they provide more milk.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER MUNCHING ON DEEP-FRIED CICADAS _ A man in China was taken to the emergency room after he ate 20 deep-fried cicadas and went into a near-fatal shock. What he found out is that he was allergic to the insects.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOA CONSTRICTOR FALLS FROM CEILING _ A central New York man got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept. A Department of Environmental Conservation officer determined the 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor had escaped its enclosure in an upstairs apartment. The man wasn’t injured.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TOLD POLICE HE WASN’T DRINKING WHILE DRIVING, JUST AT STOP SIGNS _ Officers were called to a Florida (Indian River County) McDonald’s drive-thru after a woman said a vehicle behind her kept hitting her rear bumper. The man in the car admitted he didn’t have a valid driver’s license and deputies noticed he had an open bottle of liquor in the passenger seat. He told deputies that he wasn’t drinking while driving, but was instead taking drinks of bourbon while stopped at traffic signals and stop signs. He failed the breathalyzer test.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR CAN’T GET OUT OF ESCAPE ROOM, CALLS 911 _ In Vancouver, Washington, a burglar who broke into one of those escape room places couldn’t get out and had to call 911 for help.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OIL DELIVERY OOPS _ In Germany a truck driver made an oil delivery to a customer’s house. He hooked up the hose from the truck to the pipe next to the homeowner’s front door and pumped in 790 gallons of oil. Unfortunately, it was the wrong pipe. He had hooked up to the neighbors’ pipe, which had been disconnected years ago when the neighbors had switched to natural gas. So all that oil had poured into the neighbors’ basement.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POST OFFICE EVACUATED DUE TO PERSONAL LUBRICANT SPILL _ When something spilled out of a package in an Alabama post office, employees didn’t know what the substance was. The building was evacuated. It was soon determined that the substance was personal lubricant.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ACCIDENT RE-STARTS MAN’S HEART _ The life of a 65-year-old heart-attack victim in England was saved when his heart restarted after the ambulance in which he was being transported hit a massive pothole.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON FINALE: LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE GONG SHOW (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jimmy Kimmel, Will Arnett and Anthony Anderson are the celebrity judges.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM  (8p ET, FOX) — New

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

HOT WHEELS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (8p ET, History Channel) — This new documentary shows the history of Hot Wheels and the brand’s influence on car culture and design.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE DISAPPEARANCE (8p ET, WGN America) — Peter Coyote stars in this 6-part Canadian mystery series about a missing 10-year-old boy. Camille Sullivan (The Man in the High Castle) and Aden Young (Rectify) also star.

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

SEASON FINALE: MARLON (9p ET, NBC) — Two new episodes wrap up the 2nd season.

MATCH GAME (9p ET, ABC) — New. Celebrity panelists are Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, John Early, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Faison and Amy Sedaris.

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TAKE TWO (10p ET, ABC) — New.

GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE (10p ET, Bravo) — New.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10:30p ET, Paramount) — New. Karrueche Tran (Claws) and comic Deon Cole face off.


ENTERTAINMENT

SECOND THAI CAVE RESCUE MOVIE IN THE WORKS _ The Thai cave rescue will be the subject of not one, but two competing movies. Now You See Me 2 director Jon M. Chu is doing a movie about the rescue operation a day after Pure Flix Entertainment announced it was seeking the movie rights to the mission.

… Chu signaled that he was working on the project on Wednesday with a tweet, which appeared to slam Pure Flix’s efforts. “I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. … There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.”

FOX IS LOSING MONEY ON WORLD CUP _ Fox is losing money on this year’s World Cup. Viewership is down 44% from 2014. The network blames it on the fact that the U.S. men’s team didn’t make the tournament for the tournament for the first time since 1986.

ROBOCOP SEQUEL COMING _ A Robocop sequel is coming. You may not remember but there was a Robocop reboot in 2014. It made just $240 million globally.

REESE WITHERSPOON TO HOST NEW TALK SHOW ‘SHINE ON’ _ Reese Witherspoon is expanding her resume by hosting a new interview series. She’s teamed up with AT&T for the Hello Sunshine Video On Demand channel, which is named after her production company, and the half-hour series will premiere next week.

… Shine On with Reese will feature Witherspoon interviewing female celebrities and trailblazers.

WHAT BUS US WHEN WE WATCH TV _ The average American watches an astonishing 4.3 hours of TV a day. Add in DVR time, and that number gets up to 5 hours a day. A survey of TV viewers reveals these things bug us when we’re glued to the tube.

  1. People talking while you are trying to watch
  2. Commercials
  3. Getting a phone call
  4. Someone spoiling the end of a show they’ve already seen
  5. People getting bored and asking to change the station
  6. People pausing it to do other things while you are watching it
  7. Buffering when using catch up/on demand TV
  8. Someone complaining about what you are watching
  9. People falling asleep
  10. People turning the volume up too high or down too low

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

911 TRAIN CALL: Two Ohio men are in custody after allegedly hopping onto a CSX train and then calling 911 to report they were scared because the train was going too fast. The men — a 20-year-old and a 24-year-old — planned on riding on the outside of the train for a short distance but it didn’t stop where they thought it would. The men ended up 60 miles away. → Part 1 is a 911 call, part 2 is a cop.

PHONER: WORST WEDDING GIFT: It’s wedding season. However you like, get on the subject of wedding gifts and invite calls about the worst wedding gift they received. Here’s a call to get the phones going.

DROP: I’m sure this brings up a lot of points you want to make, I just want you to know it all very irrelevant.

POOPED ON: Canadians say planes are dropping poop.  →  July 11 Wacky-But-True

AVENGERS THEMES: We’ve learned something new about the ending.  →   July 10 Entertainment

DROP: They’re very organized, extremely disciplined, and consummate professionals.


BITS & BREAKS

DEA’s MARIJUANA SLANG TERMS

The US Drug Enforcement Administration does a yearly review of their official slang term collection for every recreational drug, from steroids to Adderall. When it comes to marijuana, the casual language to describe the herb is extensive. Here are some of the slang terms the DEA plucked from “law enforcement and open sources”.

• Alfalfa
• Bazooka
• Bionic
• Fattie
• Green Crack
• Lucas
• Nug
• Pasture
• Pink Panther
• Plant
• Red Hair
• Shoes
• Train Wreck
• Trinity OG
• Zip

TOPIC: HOW MANY NUMBERS DO YOU KNOW BY HEART?

Hat tip to Mike Wheless for this phoner topic he shared a few years ago in our Facebook Group.

If you were to lose your cell phone and needed to make a call, how many phone numbers would you actually know by heart? (My co-host’s baby sitter locked herself out and her phone in and had to go to a neighbor’s house and could only remember her mother’s number.)

WAYS TO SAVE MONEY THAT WE’RE ASHAMED TO ADMIT

How do you save money? CafeMom asked its readers:

• One user admits that since her son loves milk so much, she usually adds water so it lasts longer.

• After experimenting, one user admits she uses half of the normal amount of detergent in each load and is unable to tell the difference.

• One user admits that flushing a few less times a day helped save her and her family a whopping $70 a month.

• Expired coupons may not be such a bad thing. Apparently a lot of self-checkout machines take ’em, according to one CafeMom user.

• Think that coffee filter is done after one use? Think again. Simply rinse out the grinds and lay it flat to dry. You should be able to use it once more, at least.

WHY DO ALARM CLOCKS HAVE A NINE-MINUTE SNOOZE?

• In 1956 engineers at Telechron invented the first alarm clock with a snooze function — model number 7H241, known as The Snooz-Alarm.

• The interval for the snooze was originally intended to be 10 minutes. But because alarm clocks in 1956 used standardized gears, precision was tough to attain. Due to the configuration of the gears, engineers had to choose between nine minutes or 10-plus minutes.

• Engineers decided to go for the nine-minute snooze. And for whatever reason, the nine-minute interval carried into the digital age.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This game exploded in popularity after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it on The Tonight Show in 1966. (Twister)

TRIVIA: One in three women don’t know how to do this. Four percent of men don’t, either. (Change a flat tire)

TRIVIA: There are around 640 of these in the U.S. Hint: They start getting attention in the fall. (College football teams)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cats freak out during a Japanese earthquake.


DATEBOOK: JULY 13, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Patrick Stewart is 78

• Harrison Ford is 76

• Cheech Marin is 72

• Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob Squarepants) is 56

• Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken, Community) is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1923: The Hollywood sign was dedicated.

• 1985: Live Aid, an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, Australia, was held to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

• 1985: The Constitution’s presidential disability clause was invoked for the first time as President Ronald Reagan transferred power temporarily to Vice President George H.W. Bush before undergoing surgery for colon cancer.

• 1994: Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

• 1998: A jury in Poughkeepsie, New York, ruled that the Rev. Al Sharpton and two others had defamed a former prosecutor by accusing him of raping Tawana Brawley.

• 2003: People in the Brazilian town of Pirapora do Bom Jesus were confined to their houses after the whole area was covered with six feet of foam. The foam came from detergents and shampoos dumped into as nearby river and whipped into foam by a small waterfall.

• 2008: Anheuser-Busch accepted a $52 billion cash offer from No. 2 brewer InBev. The new company would be called Anheuser-Busch-InBev.

• 2013: George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Collector Car Appreciation Day

• Embrace Your Geekness Day

• National French Fries Day

• National Motorcycle Day

• Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

UPCOMING

• July 13: Friday the 13th
• 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


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 14

• Vincent Pastore is 72. Jane Lynch is 58. Matthew Fox is 52. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 43.

• Bald Is In. Body Painting Day. International Nude Day. Macaroni and Cheese Day. Shark Awareness Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

• Linda Ronstadt is 72. Artimus Pyle is 70. Terry O’Quinn Forest Whitaker is 57. Brigitte Nielsen is 55. Scott Foley is 46. Brian Austin Green is 45. Taylor Kinney is 37.

• Be A Dork Day. Gummy Worm Day. Lake Superior Day. National Ice Cream Day. Give Something Away Day. Tapioca Pudding Day.