INTERPREP ★ AUGUST 2, 2018

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 2, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Butch Patrick (The Munsters) is 65

• Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) is 54

• Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) is 48

• Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) is 42

• Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1776: Contrary to widespread misconceptions, the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign as a group and did not do so on July 4, 1776. John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed only draft copies that day, the official day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress. The signing of the official declaration happened today, August 2, 1776, when 50 men probably took part.

• 1876: Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok held black aces and eights, which became known as the “dead man’s hand.” McCall was hanged.

• 1934: Adolf Hitler became Führer of Germany.

• 1938: In a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, the first yellow baseball was tested. Johnny Mize was the only major leaguer ever to hit a yellow home run.

• 1945: Norma Jean Dougherty filled out an application for the Blue Book Modeling Agency. Later, she would change her name to Marilyn Monroe.

• 1969: Bob Dylan showed up unexpectedly to his tenth year high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota. He and his wife left early after a drunk tried to pick a fight with him.

• 1984: Charles Schultz’ comic strip “Peanuts” was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers.

• 1990: On orders of President Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait. This led to the 100-hour war against Iraq, Operation Desert Storm.

• 2010: The U.S. Government estimated the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

• 2015: It was announced that water pollution in Rio de Janeiro could pose health hazards to participants in the Summer 2016 Olympics.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Coloring Book Day

• Ice Cream Sandwich Day

• India Pale Ale Beer Day

UPCOMING

• August 4-8: North American Scrabble Championship, Buffalo, New York
• 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

3: Members in America’s first nudist organization.


NEWS ATTACK!

The country of Georgia has become the first former member of the Soviet Union to legalize marijuana. [Their biggest seller is called Putin Pot.]

According to a new study, heading a soccer ball poses a greater risk to women than it does to men. [That’s because they have more IQ points to lose.]

In Lubbock, a cowboy rode his horse into a crowded bar. [It’s like they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him turn down Half-Price Beer Night.]

All 103 people survived the crash of a jetliner in Mexico. [But nevertheless, they thanked Elon Musk for sending the submarine just in case.]

It seems that wildfires have broken out everywhere. [Maybe the White House should just stop Guiliani from doing interviews.]

Just days after David Hasselhoff got married friends say they’ve never seen him happier. [By the way, the ceremony was performed in slow motion on the beach.]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t retiring anytime soon and the 85-year-old estimates that she has another five good years left. [Thanks to a complete overhaul of her transmission.]

A semi-trailer overturned in Ontario spilling three tons of animal parts. [That reminds me of a joke. Why did the chicken carcass the road?]

A man in New Jersey handed a bank teller a note telling her to hand over all the money, but before she could, he snatched the note back and asked to open an account. [I hate going shopping with people who can’t make up their mind.]

Donald Trump said that you need picture ID to buy groceries. [The guy is so out of touch. Doesn’t he know we buy our food at the drive-thru?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

VIDEO FROM MEXICO PLANE CRASH EMERGES ONLINE _ A passenger has shared a recording of what appear to be the last seconds of Aeromexico Flight 2431 and the panic that followed the crash. The video shows the jet with 103 on board trying to take off in a rainstorm, failing to achieve altitude, and crashing back down, several hundred yards beyond the runway, all in a matter of seconds. • VIDEO

… During the two-minute clip, a scream can be heard in the background, even before the plane has finished its takeoff, and after the camera juts following the crash, there are loud calls to God, and more urgent instructions of “open the door.”

… The footage was reportedly filmed by Ramin Parsa, an Iranian-born convert to Christianity, and has been widely reposted on Twitter.

… Another passenger, Ashley Garcia, shared footage from her phone on Twitter as well. • VIDEO

THE CASE FOR SAUNA BATHING IS STRONGER THAN EVER _ A new research review has plenty of good news for people who love a good sauna session: Studies overwhelmingly suggest that the relaxing habit is also a healthy one. A paper (published Wednesday in Mayo Clinic Proceedings) gathered existing findings on Finnish sauna bathing, the practice of spending time in relatively dry rooms heated to between 80 and 100 degrees, interspersed with periods of cooling. The results were culled from more than 70 studies.

… Overall, the research suggests that “sauna bathing, an activity used for the purposes of pleasure, wellness, and relaxation, is linked to a remarkable array of health benefits.” These include: improved vascular health; improved respiratory function; promoting pain relief; a boost in the production of feel-good hormones such as endorphins, possibly leading to stress relief and an improved mood.

COUPLE SEEKS VIDEOGRAPHER FOR WEDDING-NIGHT SEX TAPE _ (CAUTION) A British is advertising for a professional videographer to film their wedding night sex tape. The anonymous man and woman will marry in September. In an ad published on a UK job site, the bride-to-be offered nearly $3,700 to a film professional willing to work 1 AM to 3 AM on her wedding night, capturing some X-rated footage.

… The ad reads: “Both myself and my fiancé believe that your wedding day shouldn’t just be limited to a day and actually your wedding night is just as important. Since we got engaged we’ve both been in agreement that we want a videographer to film our wedding night, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to find anyone willing, or who we’ve felt comfortable enough around. We originally asked our day videographer to do it, but he said he didn’t feel comfortable doing it and that it wasn’t something he’d done before. Obviously, we know that this is a bit of a weird request, but we just really don’t want to forget any moments from our day, or night, which is why we want everything on tape.”

TOURIST SEARCHES FOR COUPLE HE PHOTOGRAPHED GETTING ENGAGED _ A tourist has launched a hunt for a mystery couple he photographed getting engaged on the Greek island of Santorini. Col Stinson said he was watching the sunset when he managed to capture the romantic moment. He’s posted the heartwarming image on social media pleading for help in finding the happy couple. He tweeted: “Watching the sunset in Santorini last night and captured this but wasn’t able to get the picture to the couple, so twitter do your thing.” • IMAGE

A 106-YEAR-OLD’S SECRETS TO LONGEVITY _ On Tuesday, more than 100 friends turned up for Louise Signore’s party in the Bronx, New York, where she celebrated her her 106th birthday. She says she has a lifetime of physical activity to thank for her impressive longevity. She’s also conscious of her diet. And Louise jokes being single is one of the secrets to longevity.

YOUTUBER SUSPENDED FOR CRUEL PRANKS ON HIS OWN KIDS _ A father has been temporarily suspended from YouTube after videos of him playing cruel pranks on his children were labeled “child abuse” by a cyber-bullying expert. Cordero James Brady runs the YouTube channel CJ SO COOL, which has over 5.6 million followers. The father of four regularly vlogs about his family, which has helped Cordero make a nice income. But he recently came under fire for one particular prank video, in which he feeds his children laxatives. While this particular video has been removed, others remain like the videos where he cuts their hair and pretends to feed them dog feces. In one rather brutal video, he sets off fireworks in their room as they sleep.

… In “drowning baby prank,” he pretends that his partner’s infant daughter has died in the pool. As she comes running out of the house, Cordero shouts: “It’s a prank, sucker!”

KETCHUP PACKETS TO GET MAKEOVER _ Kraft Heinz is planning to overhaul its global packaging designs to find greener alternatives. The company’s goal is to make 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Over the next seven years, the company will partner with experts, organizations and industry coalitions to develop alternative recycled materials in its packaging.

… Products like Heinz ketchup packets, Capri Sun juice pouches and the packaging of individually wrapped Kraft Singles cheese are among the products Kraft hopes to overhaul.

COUPLE RUNS WINE BUSINESS OUT OF OLD VOLKSWAGEN _ An Iowa couple is making a business out of a repurposed 1968 Volkswagen bus. They got the idea to run a wine bar out of the Volkswagen after seeing it done on the west coast. The “Wine Wagen” serves 14 different kinds of wines and 7 different local beers at events, festivals and private parties. Darron Fife and his wife Dena both work full-time jobs and run the Wine Wagen on the side.

EAGLES FAN GOT TOM BRADY STRIP SACK TATTOO _ A Philadelphia Eagles fan is still basking in the glow of his team’s Super Bowl 52 victory. He recently marked the historical event by getting a very detailed Tom Brady strip sack tattoo. It was a five-point game with a chance for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl — until he was sacked. Eagles fan Anthony Mazziotti now has a tattoo of that moment inked on his skin. • IMAGE

… The tattoo artist who inked Anthony has done other Eagles tags since they won the Super Bowl, including one of the Lombardi trophy covering a guy’s chest down to his navel.

GIANT LUMP OF POLYSTYRENE FOUND OFF UK COAST _ A huge eight foot lump of polystyrene found floating off the Cornish coast has been described as the “biggest piece of litter” ever recovered from water around Britain’s shores.

HOW MUCH YOUNGER DOES PLASTIC SURGERY MAKE YOU LOOK? _ Most people have facial plastic surgery because they’re hoping to shave a decade or so off their perceived age. But a  study found that the average amount of “years saved” is only three. In fact, if your plastic surgeon tells you he can make you look X years younger, you might look for a new one. There’s no guarantee of how many years younger you’ll look, which is why reputable plastic surgeons should tell you their work will make you look less tired and more refreshed.

ANOTHER REASON TO GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS _ Research carried out in Australia on 4,000 schoolchildren found that 12-year-olds who spent the most time doing ‘near-work’, such as sitting in front of a tablet or TV or reading, and the least time outside had the greatest chance of being near-sighted. The children who spent the longest amount of time outside had the lowest rates of short-sightedness no matter how much ‘near-work’ they did.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: EDITOR: Including this because a year ago it seemed like a goofy idea. Now that the website is gone (“Back soon!”) it appears an avocado subscription plan isn’t what people want. A couple of women are launching an avocado subscription service. No, really. The founders of AvocaGO (Danika Brysha and Camille May) says the service will ensure “you’ll never live another day of your life without a ripe avocado in your purse/counter/fridge.” They describe it as Dollar Shave Club but with avocados. A 4-pack of ripe avocados is delivered to your door every week. • LINK


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK JUMPS OFF BRIDGE _ After she allegedly did some drinking on Sunday night, things went south for Brooke North. Police say the 39-year-old from Ocean Pines, Maryland, jumped off a drawbridge, washed up on the rocks (where she said she stayed for several hours), and then staggered around a gravel parking lot in a bikini until police arrived. North told police she “likes swimming and wanted to get away.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BABYSITTER LEFT KIDS IN CAR TO APPLY FOR JOB _ A 23-year-old woman went to an Atlantic City casino on Monday afternoon to apply for a job. That’s fine, but she was babysitting at the time and left two kids in the car. A visitor to Ocean Resort Casino notified security after finding a 6-year-old boy wandering around the parking deck. A baby girl who is less than a year old was found in the vehicle. It took police more than an hour to track down the sitter. The children were returned to their mother.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR PLUMMETED THROUGH STORE CEILING _ In Waterloo, Iowa, patrol officers responded to an alarm at a convenience store  at around 3:45 AM but didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Store workers later determined a man had crashed through the store’s ceiling tiles and left before police arrived. On Sunday, a patrol officer saw a man who matched the description of the convenience store burglar and arrested him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO OLD GUYS GOT INTO A FIGHT AT A COSTCO _ A cut in line for free samples at a Costco turned into a fight — between two 70-year-old men. A 70-year-old man said he was waiting in line for a complimentary piece of cheese at the Costco in Greenville, South Carolina, when a 72-year-old man “cut in line, took some cheese and walked off.” Then, after the 70-year-old moved on to a line with free samples of cheeseburgers, he saw the 72-year-old approaching. The 70-year-old was still upset about being cut in front of and told the other man that “he could get in front of him because he knew he would just cut the line anyway.” The 72-year-old man responded by saying “I will do it again! You’re a jerk!” The 72-year-old then hit the 70-year-old in the head and caused his hat and glasses to get knocked off.

… Though the 72-year-old had left the Costco by the time police officers arrived, they tracked him down. The 72-year-old admitted he was involved in the altercation but no arrests have been made.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PET PIG HELPS THWART HOME BREAK-IN _ Would-be thieves smashed their way into an Indianapolis home through the back door. The family — a single mom with four kids — wasn’t home at the time of the break-in. But their pet pig was. The would-be thieves didn’t actually steal anything and police think they may have been scared away by the pig, named Dumplin.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR BUSTED BY GOLFING COPS _ In the UK a burglar was trying to get away from his latest crime but police were in hot pursuit. Burglar guy decided to take a short cut through a golf course. As he ran across the 13th fairway he was confronted by about two dozen off-duty cops, who just happened to be taking part in a golf tournament. They chased, caught, and held him until a patrol car could take the suspect off to jail. Then the off-duty cops went back to finishing their round of golf.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVING TEST PASSED ON 20th ATTEMPT _ A woman in the UK finally passed her driving test on the 20th attempt. After the exam, the 46-year-old grandmother said, “I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to driving and I just didn’t get it at all.”


ON TELEVISION

NFL HALL OF FAME GAME (8p ET, NBC) — The NFL preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens in Canton, Ohio. Both teams have middle linebackers entering the Hall of Fame: Baltimore’s Ray Lewis and Chicago’s Brian Urlacher.

THE GONG SHOW (8p ET, ABC) — New. Rob Riggle, Ken Jeong and Kristen Schaal are the celebrity judges.

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

SEASON FINALE: THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM  (8p ET, FOX) — New. The panel names the winner.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

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

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

MATCH GAME (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TAKE TWO (10p ET, ABC) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE RETURNS TO THEATERS _ Dig out your legwarmers because the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie is returning to theaters for one night in September. The remastered and restored film has been transferred to HD, and will show at more than 500 U.S. theaters on September 27. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (August 3).

… It’ll include a sneak peek at the upcoming Bumblebee feature film.

ALF REBOOT IN THE WORKS AUDIO  Warner Bros. is in the early stages of rebooting of the 1980s sitcom ALF. An insider says the reboot is in very early stages of development with no network signed. NBC aired ALF for four seasons.

… The name ALF was an acronym for Alien Life Form. The character’s actual name was Gordon Shumway, a furry alien that crash landed in the garage of the suburban Tanner family. They welcomed him into their home, with classic sitcom shenanigans. One of the long-running gags was ALF’s desire to eat the Tanner’s cat.

THE FINAL SEASON OF ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN WILL AIR THIS FALL _ CNN will say goodbye to Anthony Bourdain with a shortened seven-episode final season this fall. When Bourdain died by suicide in June, he was in the middle of filming his latest season of Parts Unknown.

… Only one of the episodes — a trip to Kenya with comedian W. Kamau Bell — was completed with Bourdain’s signature narration. Four other episodes will be finished by the directors that filmed them, assembled using follow-up interviews and footage shot on location in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Big Bend area of Texas, the Asturias region of Spain, and Indonesia.

… The final episodes will feature the cast and crew talking about their experiences on the show, alongside outtakes and behind the scenes footage, as well as a tribute to how Tony affected the world.

LEGO MOVIE HEROES AND LEGO BATMAN STAR IN AIRLINE SAFETY VIDEO _ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part may not be coming until 2019, but Warner Bros.wants to make sure that the Master Builder and his friends are still fresh in everyone’s minds when the sequel finally arrives. That’s why LEGO and Turkish Airlines have joined forces for a new airline safety video that features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett reprising their roles from The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman. • VIDEO

… The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will arrive in theaters on February 8, 2019.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE SUPERFAN HAS OVER 1,000 TURTLES _ A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle superfan in the UK has fulfilled his childhood dream by filling his home with more than a thousand turtles. Michael Butcher has converted his home and back garden into a turtle and terrapin sanctuary and nearly every room is filled with them — including his mom’s bedroom. Terrapins, or sliders, are semi-aquatic, freshwater turtles and bask on land, rocks or floating branches throughout the day. Along with his mother Denise, Butcher gives abandoned and unwanted terrapins a home, often nursing them back to health. His love of turtles started as a child with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

JURASSIC PARK-LOVING COUPLE HAVE CRAZY DINOSAUR-THEMED WEDDING _ Courtney McMillion has loved Jurassic Park since she was a kid and was thrilled to realize Billy McMillion was also a fan when they began dating in 2013. The couple, both 26, always joked they would have a Jurassic Park-themed wedding one day. When they got engaged last February, they decided to make it a reality. Courtney spent 18 months organizing the $25,000 bash, which was complete with dinosaur decorations and had her arriving in a Jeep Wrangler like the one in the movie. Their venue in Burlington, Wisconsin, was decked out in forest greenery and their 170 guests were issued VIP passes for the prehistoric ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle to the movie’s theme and groom Billy crafted a doughnut wall to look like the front gates of the fictional park.

NICOLE KIDMAN IN TALKS TO PLAY GRETCHEN CARLSON IN FOX NEWS MOVIE _ Nicole Kidman is expected to join Charlize Theron in the upcoming untitled film about the women at Fox News who made sexual harassment allegations against former CEO Roger Ailes. Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who filed a lawsuit against Ailes in 2016 after alleging she was fired for turning down his advances. Theron has already signed on to play former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, who is now at NBC. Margot Robbie is in talks to play an associate producer at Fox News. Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016. He passed away in May 2017.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

ALF: A reboot may be happening. A clip from the show. – August 2 Entertainment

BACK TO SCHOOL: A large collection of back to school drops.

DROP: Easy there, college boy.

SWEET PREGNANCY REVEAL _ This teen was being driven home by her mom when she found out she was going to be a big sister. After bursting into tears of joy, she demanded to see the pregnancy test… and said having another boy would suck. Note: This clip was edited for radio.VIDEO


BITS & BREAKS

DON’T MARRY HIM UNTIL HE ANSWERS THESE 6 QUESTIONS

YouTango says you should ask your man these six questions before marrying him.

1. Do you want children? How many? Are you willing to try other ways of having children, like IVF or adoption?

2. What makes someone a “good” parent? What are each of your views on parenting issues such as consequences and giving an allowance? Is spanking and/or timeout an acceptable form of consequence? How were each of you raised? Do you want to emulate or avoid your parents’ parenting style?

3. What’s your credit history and your current debt? Your spouse’s poor credit history can change the interest rates you qualify for on loans, and can even change whether you get a loan. Find out all your partner’s debts — credit cards, student loans, car payments. It is also important to know if your partner has filed bankruptcy or had a home foreclosure. If so, it is important to talk about what led to those issues.

4. Who should do which household chores? This is where some find their partner has rigid gender roles. This means that the person has a set idea of “this is what women do” and “this is what men do.” If you’re used to that and it works for you, no problem. However, if this is an issue for you, time to talk it out.

5. How often would you like to have sex? Even if you’ve been having sex for a while, the answer you get to this question may be different than your current frequency. It is also important to talk about your boundaries with sex — things you are willing or want to try, and things that are off-limits.

6. Where do you see us after being married five years? This can be a tough question to answer, but it gives each of you an idea of your goals for your relationship (and marriage). One of you may want to have at least one child in the first five years of marriage — the other may not even have a child on the radar yet. One of you may want to have a larger home within five years— one of you may want to save up more money first. You may also have pictured yourself living in different cities. Time to start talking.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s another topic you must discuss before getting married?

MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE

Psychologist Dr. Roger Bellings suggests five keys to making your dreams come true…

1. Think well of others — In a survey of successful business leaders, 97% had a positive view of others and were unlikely to find fault.

2. Act as if — Behave just as would if your dream were already a reality.

3. Emulate your heroes — Find someone who has achieved what you want to achieve and do what they did. But, be careful not to lose your own identity.

4. Write your goals — The act of writing liberates something in the subconscious. It gives the mind direction and keeps you focused.

5. Help others realize their dreams — Nature rewards generosity. You will get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

WORD SPY!

They’re not real words, but they should be!

• RAPTRAP — What you’re caught in when you’re sitting in traffic and the car beside you is blasting rap music at an ear-bleeding volume.

• KINDERGARCHY — Rule or domination by children; the belief that children’s needs and preferences take precedence over those of their parents or other adults.

• LAUNDERMINT — The candy that you forgot was in the pocket of your jeans and is now stuck to the dryer door.

• FLOORSET — The floor of a teenager’s room, where most clothes, both clean and dirty, are deposited.

• KEEPAGE — The opposite of garbage.

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS BIG TEX CHOICE AWARDS SEMI-FINALISTS

The food at the Texas State Fair — actually called the State Fair of Texas — is legendary. Fair food chefs from all over submit their foods for consideration, and just being named a semi-finalist is an honor. The Fair says there were 49 entries from 30 different vendors. The Big Tex Choice Awards will be held Sunday, August 26. The State Fair of Texas is in September.

Some of the semi-finalists:

• Deep Fried Bodacious Bacon Bombs

• Deep Fried Lobster Pops

• Deep Fried Ranch

• Fried Kool-Aid Pickles

• Southern Fried Chicken Nachos

• Texas Twang-kie

• Cotton Candy Taco

• Deep Fried M&M’s

• Orange Julia’s Beermosa

• Orange You Glad We Fried It?!

FACTS ABOUT DRIVING

• Drivers make 20 decisions per mile

• Cars spend 95% of their time parked

• The most fatalities come from single cars running off the road

• Deer Crossing and Children At Play signs don’t decrease speeds

• Morning rush hour is twice as safe as evening rush hour

• People driving alone drive more aggressively than those with passengers

• Humans begin to lose the ability to make eye contact at 20 mph

• Men honk more than women but both sexes honk at women more

• Drivers pass closer to bicyclists wearing helmets than those not wearing them

• 90% of drivers think they are better than the average driver


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: It’s estimated that almost half of 15-year-olds do this every week. (Drink alcohol)

TRIVIA: What fictional characters are three apples tall? (Smurfs)

TRIVIA: The average person eats 35,000 of these in their lifetime. (Cookies)

POP QUIZ

During summer alone, American buy $180 million worth of what?

  • Hot dogs
  • Ice cream
  • Charcoal
  • Suntan/sunscreen lotion

Answer: Charcoal. We spend close to $600 million on hot dogs; over a billion on ice cream; and around $300 million on suntan/sunscreen lotions.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Vertical pizza.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 3, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Tony Bennett is 92

• Martin Sheen (West Wing, Grace & Frankie) is 78

• Martha Stewart is 77

• John C. McGinley (Scrubs) is 59

• Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, Soul Food) is 55

• Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) is 45

• NFL quarterback Tom Brady is 41

• Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man movies, Lost) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1492: A half hour before sunrise, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

• 1933: The Mickey Mouse Watch first went on sale for $2.75.

• 1946: The National Basketball Association was founded.

• 1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of a new band called Wings.

• 1977: After building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders.

• 1999: Salesman Simon Thompson got a shock when his car broke down in west London and Prince William and Prince Harry stopped to help him push it down the street and out of the way. He said the 17- and 14-year-old Royals acted as though it was no big deal.

• 2004: The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

• 2011: A skull believed to be 20 million years old was discovered in Uganda. The skull was believed to be from a tree-climbing ape.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Beer Day

• Twins Day

• Watermelon Day

• Grab Some Nuts Day

UPCOMING

• August 4-8: North American Scrabble Championship, Buffalo, New York
• 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, AUGUST 4

• Richard Belzer is 74. Billy Bob Thornton is 63. Michael Gelman is 57. Duchess Meghan Markle is 37. Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 26.

• Coast Guard Day. International Hangover Day. Chocolate Chip Day. Disc Golf Day. Mustard Day. Sandcastle Day. Campfire Day. Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. National Clown Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

• Loni Anderson is 73. Maureen McCormick is 62. Mark Strong is 55. Jonathan Silverman is 52. Country singer Terri Clark is 50. Drummer Will Sellers of Old Dominion is 40. Jesse Williams.

• Doll Day. National Kids’ Day. Oyster Day. Underwear Day. Friendship Day. Forgiveness Day. Sisters Day.