INTERPREP ★ JULY 23, 2018

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DATEBOOK: JULY 23, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Edie McClurg (school secretary Grace in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 67

• Woody Harrelson is 57

• Eriq Lasalle (ER) is 56

• Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 46

• Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter movies) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1715: The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

• 1827: The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston. Its pupils included John Quincy Adams and James Audubon.

• 1829: William Austin Burt of Mount Vernon, Michigan, received a patent for his typographer, a forerunner of the typewriter.

• 1886: New York saloonkeeper Steve Brodie supposedly made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River, a claim both supported and disputed by many.

• 1903: In Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company sold its first automobile, which featured a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine designed and manufactured by Henry Ford.

• 1904: Some people say the ice cream cone was invented today by Charles E. Menches during the World’s Fair/Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

• 1982: Diet Coke was introduced.

• 1982: The International Whaling Commission voted for a total ban on commercial whaling to take effect in 1985.

• 1984: Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign when she surrendered her crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.

• 1986: Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London in front of 300 million TV viewers.

• 1994: An asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter was named “Zappafrank” after rock legend Frank Zappa.

• 1995: Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered and was visibly seen with a naked eye nearly a year later.

• 1998: Scientists at the University of Hawaii announced they had turned out more than 50 carbon-copy mice with a cloning technique said to be more reliable than the one used to create Dolly the sheep.

• 2003: In Ft. Worth, Texas, Fred McDugan was trying to conserve our natural resources when he walked into a Wells Fargo bank and handed the teller a holdup note written on an old sheet of paper. He got his cash and was out of the building before the teller turned the sheet over and saw just what it was. It was our Fred’s resume with a piece of black construction paper covering his name. The cops peeled away the tape and quickly made the arrest.

• 2009: Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Gorgeous Grandma Day

• Hot Enough For Ya? Day

• Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day

• Vanilla Ice Cream Day

UPCOMING

• 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

25,000: Slices of pizza consumed around the world every second.


NEWS ATTACK!

A man in Tennessee was arrested after he went on a date with a woman, stole her car, left her stranded then used the car to go on a date that same night with another woman who happened to be related to the first woman. [Wasn’t that also an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians?]

A man in Tennessee was arrested after he went on a date with a woman, stole her car, left her stranded then used the car to go on a date that same night with another woman who happened to be related to the first woman. [On the way to the police station, he asked the cop what she was doing later that night.]

A company in New Zealand says that its experiment with a four-day workweek has been a huge success. Employees report that their stress levels have dropped significantly. [Mostly because they don’t have to worry about coming across the usual Friday morning sight of Kevin in his bike shorts.]

Cities in the Dakotas (Bismarck, Sioux Falls, Fargo) made the list of WalletHub’s least stressful American cities. [In other words, these places have never hosted the Olympics, the World Cup, a political convention, and aren’t on social media.]

WalletHub released a list of the most stressful cities in America. [This may just be a coincidence, but I noticed that each one has been the site of one our family reunions.]

Roseanne Barr is launching her own version of a talk show on her YouTube channel. [I’m guessing that it won’t be sponsored by Ambien.]

Over a dozen police cars were in pursuit of a stolen tractor through the streets of downtown Denver. [Police had to act quickly because all the suspect needed was another week or so to get across the border.]

Thanks to the internet, sports fans got their first glimpse of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady without a shirt and the view was not impressive. [He looked as though someone had mysteriously let some of the air out.]

A worker at a dairy farm in Connecticut got a broken jaw after being headbutted by a cow. [That’s why farmers always say, “Keep the politics out of the barnyard.”]

Mark Wahlberg is launching his own car dealership in Ohio. It’s called Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet. [I was hoping for Funky Bunch Buick.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

UPDATE: BABY BORN IN CHICK-FIL-A GETS FREE FOOD FOR LIFE _ On the way to the hospital, a San Antonio, Texas, couple dropped off their two older daughters with a family friend. They met in the parking lot of a Chick-Fil-A. It was then that Falon Griffin said she had to use the restroom and couldn’t wait. The Chick-Fil-A was closed, but the couple banged on the door and begged the staff to use the bathroom. By the time she made it to the bathroom, her baby was on the way. Store manager Brenda Enriquez grabbed towels and yelled for for another employee to call 911.

… But moments later Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin was born. Chick-fil-A has announced that Gracelyn will get free food for life and a guaranteed job when she turns 14.

FACEBOOK WORKING ON A NEW INTERNET SATELLITE _ Facebook wants to launch its very own internet satellite in early 2019. According to emails from the Federal Communications Commission, which Wired.com obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Act request, Facebook says its satellite is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world.”

… Facebook joins two other companies, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a company called OneWeb, working on similar projects.

UBER, LYFT DRIVER BOOTED AFTER LIVE STREAMING PASSENGERS _ A St. Louis Uber and Lyft driver has been kicked off both companies’ payroll after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday night that he had been live streaming his passengers for months without their consent. According to the newspaper, 32-year-old Jason Gargac had been giving hundreds of rides since March — and he has streamed nearly all of them live, under the Twitch handle “JustSmurf.” Passengers have included children, drunk college students and unwitting public figures.

… First names, and occasionally full names, were revealed. Homes were shown. Passengers were seen throwing up, kissing, talking trash about relatives and friends and complaining about their bosses. Online audience watched, evaluated women’s bodies, judged passengers and mocked conversations.

… While Gargac did have a small sign on his car that theoretically provided “consent” to “recording,” many passengers did not notice it, and it did not indicate at all that people were being live streamed.

HOW TO GO INCOGNITO ON INSTAGRAM _ If you’re into app privacy, a heads up for Instagram users. The company has started rolling out a feature that shows your friends when you’re currently using the app via a green indicator light. If you’d rather not broadcast to the world that you’re currently scrolling through images of what all your friends had for dinner, you can turn the feature off pretty easily. Go to your profile page within the Instagram app and select the gear icon to open Settings. From there, scroll down to the Privacy and Security section, and then select the Activity Status menu. From there, toggle off the button for “Show Activity Status.” That’s it.

DOCTORS INTERRUPT PATIENTS, STOP LISTENING AFTER 11 SECONDS _ If it feels like your doctor isn’t listening, you’re right. A new study (published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine) finds doctors only spend 11 seconds on average listening to patients before interrupting them. Researcher say that if done respectfully and with the patient’s best interest in mind, interruptions may clarify or focus the conversation, and thus benefit patients… “Yet it seems rather unlikely that an interruption … could be beneficial at the early stage in the encounter.”

QUIT SMOKING, MAKE MORE MONEY _ Are you a smoker? Here’s another reason to quit: you could make more money. Some economists have found (using data from the Tobacco Use Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey) that people who had quit smoking for at least a year earned higher wages than smokers and people who had never smoked. According the data smokers earned about 80% of nonsmokers’ wages. Even one cigarette a day triggers a wage gap between smokers and nonsmokers.

RACOON ZOMBIES IN CENTRAL PARK _ A viral outbreak that causes “zombie” behavior has left more than two dozen raccoons in New York’s Central Park dead in recent weeks. Officials from the city’s Health and Parks Departments revealed over the weekend that at least 26 raccoons have died since the end of June, with two testing positive for distemper virus. The other 24 are also believed to be infected with the virus due to the close proximity of their deaths within such a brief time frame. Although the distemper virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it can be contagious to dogs that have not been vaccinated.

… The outbreak causes “zombie” behavior in the critters. One witness said they “looked like they were circulating, wandering, having spasms … some of the raccoons had some sort of nasal discharge.”

AIRLINE PASSENGER SHARES BED BUG PHOTOS _ Multiple Air India passengers out of Newark International Airport complained about bed bugs crawling on their seats throughout more than 15-hour flight. A family on the flight found “numerous bite marks all over” their eight-month old infant, prompting the airline to investigate bed bugs on the Boeing 777 aircraft. Complaints about the alleged bed bug infestation came from several passengers.

… Air India’s official Twitter account responded to complaints, saying the incident is being looked at by the airline. The company tweeted: “We feel your pain and empathize also. We assure you that we will allow no one to jeopardize safety and comfort of [passengers].”

11-YEAR-OLD JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE _ He can’t vote. He’s not even old enough to drive. But William Maillis already has a college degree. The 11-year-old walked across a stage Saturday to receive his Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg College in Florida. He’ll be attending University of South Florida next month to continue his education. His goal is to one day be an astrophysicist.

FIDGETING COUNTS AS EXERCISE _ Have you heard of dynamic sitting? You probably know it better as fidgeting or stretching while at your desk. And exercise scientists say that any movement, no matter how slight, counts as physical activity and can be beneficial. For one thing, moving and fidgeting in our chairs, burns calories. Dynamic sitting also seems to lessen one of the most worrisome health effects of being sedentary. When we sit, unmoving, for hours, blood flow through the major arteries in our legs slows, affecting the health and function of those blood vessels and potentially contributing over time to arterial stiffening and increased blood pressure.

… A 2016 experiment shows that fidgeting, even a little, can help. In the study, a group of healthy, young volunteers were asked to sit, keeping one of their feet flat against the ground, for three hours. Meanwhile, they jiggled and tapped their other foot every few minutes (with a chime reminding them to move that foot). At the end of the three hours, blood flow proved to be lower in the unmoving leg than it had been at the start of the study. But it had risen in the other leg, although the volunteers were doing nothing but tap their feet.

… So if you’re stuck in a seat for a prolonged period of time, make your sitting dynamic. Tap your toes, wiggle or in some other way, move.

REMAINS FOUND ON GLACIER 50 YEARS AFTER PLANE CRASH _ The frozen body of an Indian soldier has been found on a Himalayan glacier — 50 years after he and more than 100 others died in a military plane crash. Saturday’s discovery was only the fifth body located from the crash after decades of extensive and largely fruitless search operations. The next most recent body was found in 2013.

CLEANING LADY CAUGHT STEALING PILLS OFFERED TO WORK FOR FREE _ A Florida (Charlotte County) woman used a surveillance camera to catch her cleaning lady stealing prescription pills in her house. Investigators said the pills she took were for a teen with ADHD. The victim said that she started noticing her son’s medication missing in April. Several weeks later she set up a camera and captured video of the cleaning lady in the act.

… After the homeowner posted the video to her Facebook page the cleaning lady reached out to the victim and offered to work for free for the rest of her life. Deputies arrested her on Wednesday.

CAFFEINE ISN’T EFFECTIVE WEIGHT LOSS AID _ A new study (University at Buffalo) finds that caffeine may not help in efforts to shed extra pounds. Caffeine is frequently added to dietary supplements with claims that it helps weight loss. After observing 50 study participants, researchers found that if people had a caffeine-infused juice at breakfast they ate 10 percent less. However, they did not eat less food throughout the day.

THE CAFFEINATED MOM _ Double latte in the morning, soda with lunch, energy drink at midday. Sound familiar? Americans are consuming caffeinated beverages as never before. All this caffeine consumption has given rise to growing numbers of “caffeinated moms.” A study (by The National Sleep Foundation) found that more than 65 percent of moms drink caffeinated beverages to get through their day. But what effect is that having on your health? Research shows that caffeine can trigger migraines, heartburn, gastrointestinal problems and put women at an increased risk of miscarriage.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUG DEALER SPOTTED IN COURTROOM AUDIENCE _ During a court recess in China, a guy on trial for dealing drugs told bailiffs he had recognized his boss, sitting in the back row of the court room. Police quickly surrounded the court house and arrested the drug boss. After he was caught, the drug boss then helped police identify seven other drug dealers as they showed up for a hearing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN CONCRETE MIXER TRUCK LEADS POLICE IN CHASE _ On Wednesday police in Gillette, Wyoming tried to stop a pickup truck. The driver fled, reaching speeds up to 100 mph. The pickup eventually crashed into a ditch in a field, and the driver ran off into a nearby construction business, where he stole a concrete mixer. At some point the truck’s brakes locked and caught fire, disabling the truck. That’s when police were able to arrest him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS CAR FROM DATE TO GO ON ANOTHER DATE _ A woman in Memphis was on a date with a guy she just met. She was driving. At one point he asked if she would go into a gas station to buy him a cigar. But when she got out, she says he sped off in her car. Hours later, the man asked another woman out and they went to the drive-in. The woman on the second date knew the woman from the first date and texted her to say where they were. Police showed up to the drive-in theater to arrest the guy.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF IDs HIS VICTIM _ In New York, as a shopper exited a convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the thief. Within minutes the police had apprehended the guy. They put him in their cruiser and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID, to which he replied, “Yes, that’s her. That’s the lady I stole the purse from.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR THIEF MEETS TO SELL CAR _ In New Jersey, a woman was reporting her call stolen and mentioned that her phone was in it. The policeman taking the report called the phone and told the guy that answered that he had read online the car was for sale and wanted to buy it. They arranged to meet and the thief was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDERPANTS CAUSE CRASH _ A pair of flying underpants caused a crash on a German highway when they landed on a driver’s face and blocked his view. A police spokesman said one of a group of naked men in a van threw the underwear into a car as they passed it on a busy stretch of one of Germany’s notoriously speedy autobahns. No one was hurt in the crash, but police are hunting the owner of the underpants for failing to stop at the scene.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES FORGET TO GAS UP _ Three men suspected of stealing from a store in Tennessee were quickly nabbed because they ran out of gas before making it out of the parking lot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOMB TURNS OUT TO BE PIECE OF CHEESE _ Police in New Zealand were called to a market for a report that a someone had left a device covered in duct tape near a dry cooler. The store remained closed for two hours while bomb-sniffing dogs and a bomb technician investigated. They eventually found the device was a piece of cheese.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Becca and the men travel to Thailand.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — New. At the Dallas City Finals, competitors face up to 10 obstacles, including Spider Trap and new challenge Fallout.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The top 10 women compete.

MOM (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

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

MONSTER TAG (8p ET, Discovery) — Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski join forces with top shark scientists to learn about the ocean’s top predators.

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SALVATION (9p ET, CBS) — New.

9-1-1 (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

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

GREAT WHITE ABYSS (9p ET, Discovery) — A team of experts go to Great White hotspot Guadalupe Island to look for the biggest sharks of their kind.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — New. Detective Bell considers leaving the NYPD.

THE PROPOSAL (10p ET, ABC) — New.

CUBA’S SECRET SHARK LAIR (10p ET, Discovery) — Two teams of researchers have been granted permission to delve into the mystery of Cuba’s gigantic sharks.

SHARK AFTER DARK (11p ET, Discovery) — Back to its live format after a couple years, comedian Julian McCullough is hosting this late-night after show all week that features highlights from the programs that aired that night, as well as celebrity guests including Charlize Theron, Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler, Mark Cuban and Tony Hale.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ It was predicted that The Equalizer 2 would win the weekend box office with about $35 million in ticket sales and that’s exactly what happened… bust just barely. The Denzel Washington drama made $35.8 million, followed closely by Mama Mia 2, which earned a respectable $34.3 million.

… Both of these film will be unable to survive their next mission, however. Mission: Impossible – Fallout will likely earn over $50 million this coming weekend.

  1. The Equalizer 2, $35.8 million
  2. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, $34.3 million
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $23.1 million
  4. Ant-Man and the Wasp, $16.1 million
  5. Incredibles 2, $11.5 million
  6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, $11 million
  7. Skyscraper, $10.9 million
  8. The First Purge, $4.9 million
  9. Unfriended: Dark Web, $3.4 million
  10. Sorry to Bother You, $2.8 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Dunkirk.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Conjuring.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The Dark Knight.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was The Mask of Zorro.

… In theaters Friday: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (PG-13); Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (PG)

MEGHAN MARKLE’S FUTURE SISTER-IN-LAW ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT _ Meghan Markle’s future sister-in-law has been arrested. Darlene Blount was arrested in Oregon on Friday for assault in the fourth degree. She is Meghan’s brother, Thomas Markle Junior’s, fiancée. This isn’t the first time that Darlene was put behind bars. On New Year’s Eve, police were called to their home and she was arrested for assault. She was put in jail for two nights, however, the District Attorney decided not to press charges and she was then released.

RYAN REYNOLDS REVEALS HIS LATEST FAVORITE TV SHOW _ Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are just like us. The two are fans of the hit dystopian Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. Reynolds says, “Loving Handmaids Tale. Wishing there were more, we just watched the last one.” Season 2 ended earlier this month. Reynolds also said that he’s also been “on a weird movie tour” recently, specifically every Quentin Tarantino movie. Reynolds joked, “My wife’s been shooting a film overseas so I’ve been having a ton of time to pretend like I’m watching the kids.”

AQUAMAN TRAILER DEBUTS AT SAN-DIEGO COMIC CON _ DC’s Aquaman had a trailer release over the weekend. Starring Jason Momoa, the film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry. • VIDEO

… Aquaman will be in theaters December 21.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS TRAILER ROARS TO LIFE _ The first trailer for the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters has hit the internet. The Godzilla sequel stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species — thought to be mere myths — rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. • VIDEO

HONEY BOO BOO JOINS THE CAST OF DANCING WITH THE STARS _ Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has been in Los Angeles for the past week training for the new season of Dancing with the Stars. A source says she’s been seen going in and out of practice and is taking it very seriously. Honey Boo Boo will be one of the kids chasing the Mirrorball Trophy in a special kids season that will be called Dancing With the Stars Junior.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TO GET TV REBOOT _ The ’90s hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer it getting a reboot. Buffy was a Californian teenager who goes to high school during the day and fights vampires at night.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

CALL: A caller shares who inspired him. He finds it amazing that a guy with no legs could play the guitar.

DROP: It’s all part of the plan.

SHARK WEEK: It’s on Discovery. Here’s the Jaws theme edited for radio shows.


BITS & BREAKS

PHONER / FACEBOOK TOPIC: INVISIBLE

If you could be invisible for one hour, what would you do?

GET THE IMAGE.

TECHNIQUES WE USE TO CUT INTO LINE

According to research, these are the techniques we use to line jump:

1. The Open Invitation: If there is space between people in line, you act as if you think the gap is the end of the line.

2. The Chat and Cut: You start up a conversation with someone in a good spot in the line.

3. The I’m Going to be Late: You tell a lie so people think that you are in a rush and let you cut in.

4. The Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: You apologize repeatedly so people in the line let you in.

5. The I Just Have a Quick Question: You walk to the front under the guise of asking the staff a question but continue to wait at the front.

AMAZING FACT THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

• If you trace your family tree back 25 generations, you will have 33,554,432 direct ancestors.

• The average distance between the stars in the sky is 20 million miles.

• If you dug a well to the center of the Earth, and dropped a brick in it, it would take 45 minutes to get to the bottom.

• Hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards.

• The blue whale has a heart the size of a small car.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Russia
  2. Summer Vacations
  3. Shark Week
  4. Cher
  5. Comic Con
  6. Johnny Depp
  7. Mission Impossible
  8. Tom Cruise
  9. Mamma Mia 2
  10. Mega Millions
  11. Fortnite
  12. Prince George
  13. Taylor Swift
  14. Tour de France

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person experiences over 1,460 of these a year. (Dreams)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• In what direction does the traffic flow on (major road): north and south or east and west?

• What’s inside Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

• What does Apple make?

• If you were going to visit the Eiffel Tower, what country would be in?

• How many seasons are there in a year?

LOGIC QUESTION

Open the phones and allow questions that can only be answered with “yes”, “no”, or “irrelevant”. The game can last as long as you want, depending on how many calls you take at a time.

A man flew into Los Angeles on Saturday. He stayed for three nights at the Beverly Hills Hotel, then spent one night in the nearby Santa Monica Hilton. He then flew out again on Saturday. Between the two flights he never left the Los Angeles area and he did not stay anywhere except those two hotels. How could he arrive and leave on Saturday, yet stay only four nights?

Answer: Saturday was the name of the man’s private plane.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Disabled dog plays at the beach.


DATEBOOK: JULY 24, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 82

• Comedian Gallagher is 72

• Robert Hays (Airplane!) is 71

• Michael Richards (Seinfeld) is 69

• Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) is 67

• Kadeem Hardison is 53

• Kristin Chenoweth is 50

• Jennifer Lopez is 49

• Director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) is 47

• Rose Byrne is 39

• Elisabeth Moss is 36

• Anna Paquin is 36

• TV personality Bindi Irwin (Bindi: The Jungle Girl) is 20

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1847: Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah.

• 1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

• 1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts, two of whom had become the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific.

• 1979: A Miami jury convicted Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.

• 1990: Iraqi forces started massing on the Kuwait/Iraq border.

• 2005: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

• 2005: Two Melbourne, Australia, teenagers driving a stolen car were caught by police after stopping to help a motorist with a dead battery. The 13- and 14-year-olds pulled over to help a motorist with a dead battery. Two officers on a routine patrol stopped to make sure everything was okay, but soon discovered the teenagers were underage drivers and the car had been stolen.

• 2008: Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history, losing $8.67 billion.

• 2012: A grocery store in Manhattan, New York, introduced a “man aisle.” Westside Market included everything a man would need, from beer to barbecue sauce, to beef jerky, condoms, and razors. Also in the Man Aisle: Doritos, meat marinades and a non-sissy sounding bottled water.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cousins Day

• Drive-Thru Day

• Tequila Day

• Amelia Earhart Day

UPCOMING

• 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