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Senator John McCain would have been 82

• Elliott Gould is 80

• Rebecca DeMornay is 59

• Carla Gugino is 47

• Lea Michele (Glee) is 32

• Liam Payne of One Direction is 25


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

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

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

• 1898: The Goodyear tire company was founded.

• 1958: Michael Jackson was born.

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

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

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

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

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

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


• More Herbs, Less Salt Day

• Whiskey Sour Day

• Tug-of-War Day

• National Chop Suey Day


• August 30: College football begins
• September 2: International Bacon Day AUDIO
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: NFL season begins (Falcons at Eagles)
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday


24: Circles on a Twister mat.


In a new interview, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen describe their relationship as similar to a marriage. [Really? I find that odd because at no time have I ever been overcome by the urge to marry someone who looked exactly like me.]

Eddie Murphy is expecting his 10th child. [It’s not a family. It’s a franchise.]

A Texas couple was arrested for leaving their 11-year-old daughter at home alone while they drove to a concert over 1,000 miles away. [And it wasn’t even their favorite band.]

A Texas couple was arrested for leaving their 11-year-old daughter at home alone while they drove to a concert over 1,000 miles away. [“Be good while we’re gone and while we’re at the concert daddy and I will each get a tattoo with your name on it.”]

We now find out that the decision to end The Big Bang Theory came as a shock to Jim Parson’s castmates. [Especially hard hit was Kaley Cuoco who has a new husband to support.]

NASA’s legendary mathematician Katherine Johnson turned 100. [That means she was born in… well, I’ll let her do the math.]

For the first time in 50 years one of NASA’s astronauts has voluntarily left the program. [He said that he could no longer ignore the mounting evidence of the danger of concussions.]

Bubble-gum flavored children’s Advil is being recalled because the measuring cup is marked incorrectly. [Obviously, they should have used a measuring cup to measure the measuring cup.]

A Californian man who set up dates with women at restaurants and then tiptoed away before the bill came has been arrested. [Sure he’s a crook but so many women today are happy to spend a little time with a guy whose sole preoccupation isn’t sex.]

A guest at a California hotel uploaded video of a squirrel sitting poolside eating a slice of pizza that it had dug out of the trash can. [Oh, how Papa John’s has fallen.]


STUDY SAYS KIDS ARE HAPPIER WITH PET RATS OVER DOGS AND CATS _ A new study (by RightPet) says kids love rats. Based on 5,150 reviews from 74 countries, adults and kids who owned animals between the ages of 10 and 17 reported that pet rats gave them more satisfaction than any other type of pets, even more than cats or dogs. However, once they passed the age of 17, satisfaction for cats and dogs grew while satisfaction for rats fell.

… The same study also found that women prefer cats to dogs, while men like both pets equally.

THE SPORTS TEAM THAT STANDS OUT THE LEAST _ The data website FiveThirtyEight crunch a bunch of numbers to discovery which pro sports team stands out the least. FiveThirtyEight looked at the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL.

… Since 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the team that stands out the least. The next most-mediocre team of all time is the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

More data here.

FOUR IN 10 U.S. WORKERS SAY THEY ARE UNDERPAID _ A new survey (Gallup) shows more than 40 percent of American workers feel they are underpaid. Forty-three percent said they’re not earning what they are worth, half said they’re paid about right and 5 percent said they’re overpaid.

… Most who said they’re underpaid, 85 percent, said they’re still satisfied with their jobs.

FORTY PERCENT OF AMERICANS STILL STRUGGLE TO GET BY _ The economy seems to be chugging along, but a new report (from the Urban Institute) reveals that almost 40% of adults said their families had trouble meeting at least one basic need for food, health care, housing or utilities last year. Nearly 24 percent of respondents reported two or more hardships in 2017 and 14 percent said they experienced at least three of these.

… The most common hardship Americans said they faced was food insecurity, with 23.3 percent of respondents saying they did not have reliable access to a sufficient amount of affordable and nutritious food. Other basic needs Americans had trouble meeting included paying medical bills (18 percent of respondents), getting medical care (17.8 percent), missing utility bill payments (13 percent) and missing rent or mortgage payments (10.2 percent).

DAD SHOES HAVE TURNED TRENDY _ Forget mom jeans; fashion has now reached peak dad. From Instagram to the runway, celebrities and designers are embracing the “ugliness” of oversize sneakers that many have referred to as “dad shoes” and have turned them trendy. Dad shoes got their name thanks to their retro appearance, most of which look like they’ve come straight out of your father’s ’80s wardrobe: Think nondescript white shoes, paired with tube socks and Lee jeans. Many feature thick soles and an overall chunky look.

… Google Trends shows peak searches for “dad sneakers” and “dad shoes” in the summer months of 2018. And retail experts say there’s been a 627% increase in the number of dad sneakers in stock online in the last three months compared with a year ago.

… Pinterest has also seen increased interest, with searches for “dad sneakers” up 730% from January to date.

… Though it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who started the dad-shoe trend, trend forecasting and consulting experts say brands like Nike and Adidas started going “chunkier” about a year ago.

SCHOOL FORCES STUDENTS TO EAT LUNCH STANDING UP _ Finding the right place to sit in the cafeteria on the first day of school can be tough. For students at a Central Province High School in China, it’s a whole different problem. The school has no chairs in the cafeteria, requiring students to have their meals while standing. The students have lunch on their feet at rows of high tables.

… According to school staff, the goal is to improve time efficiency.

WOMAN REUNITED WITH LOST DOG WEEKS AFTER FATAL CAR CRASH _ Samantha Orr lost her mother on August 7 in an auto accident along a mountain road west of Pueblo, Colorado. Their Jeep plunged 600 feet down the side of the mountain. Samantha was airlifted to a hospital. Her one-year-old Goldendoodle, Bentley, had been in the vehicle at the time, but couldn’t be found after the crash.

… Samantha returned to the area after being released from the hospital to look for the pup. While unsure whether or not he’d survived the wreck, she held out hope and strangers stepped up to search for the missing dog.

… Flyers were distributed, and a Facebook group, Bring Bentley Home, was created to share any information on the dog. Nineteen days after being lost in the mountains, Bentley was finally spotted alive near the crash site. It took some patience and a lot of coaxing to get the scared dog to approach his owner, but after convincing him to come into her arms, the two were finally reunited.

ASTRONAUT QUITS DURING TRAINING _ For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. A NASA spokeswoman says his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants.

… An Alaskan native, Kulin was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected. The last time astronauts-in-training resigned from NASA was in 1968.

MISSOURI BARS USING ‘MEAT’ ON NON-ANIMAL PRODUCTS _ In Missouri, you can now be fined for calling plant-based meats, “meat”. The Show Me State is the first state in the country to prohibit food makers from using of the word “meat” to describe anything other than animal flesh. The state law prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that is” not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.” Violation of the law may result in a fine between $100 to $1,000 and a year in jail. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association had fought for the law, which became effective on Tuesday.

APP LETS SENIORS BOOK ‘GRANDKIDS ON DEMAND’ _ A new app called Papa adds a little convenience to the caring economy, letting the elderly book time with a college student to help with errands — or just hang out. App creator Andrew Parker first started the company because his own family had a need for help with tasks. His grandfather was diagnosed with dementia that progressed into Alzheimer’s, and his grandmother was struggling to take care of him. Seniors pay a $15 or $30 monthly service fee — the higher fee lets them request a particular student — and then $15 an hour for visits. An average visit is three hours, but they sometimes last as long as 10 hours. The college student pay varies based on the tasks they’re performing and the time they spend, but the minimum visit nets them $10.

LA’s DINE-AND-DASH DATER FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES _ The Los Angeles “Dine-and-Dash Dater” has been exposed. The LA County District Attorney’s Office has charged Paul Guadalupe Gonzales with multiple charges of theft and extortion, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to.

… Gonzales had become a bit of an urban legend around area online dating communities and apps. In addition to scamming his online dates by leaving restaurants before the bill arrived, he was also charged with allegedly scamming a hair salon of their services, following his same pattern of leaving without paying. Thanks to a handful of other charges Gonzales could get up to 13 years in prison.

… Gonzales, who’s 45, began his string of alleged scamming in 2016, and continued until at least April of this year. Gonzales used online dating sites and apps to meet women who he would invite to dinner. He would eat a substantial meal, have some drinks, and then exit the scene in a variety of different ways. In some cases, it is alleged he would excuse himself to the restroom or to take a call, and then simply walk out of the restaurant leaving his date stuck with the bill.

‘BEAUTY TEST DUMMY’ IS A REAL FULL-TIME JOB _ Do you want to get paid to let someone put makeup on you every day? The folks at UK-based cosmetics company Procoal are looking for exactly that — a beauty test dummy. The job is pretty simple and pays $27,000 a year. You have to sit still for extended periods of time and have to be comfortable in front of a camera as different in-house makeup artists apply a bunch of items to your face. Product tests, reviews, social and experimental marketing campaigns are also part of the gig — and you get to keep the stuff.

… You don’t need to know all the ins and outs of makeup artistry as you’ll be a recipient rather than the person applying it.

INVENTING A LONGER-LASTING POPSICLE _ A British design firm has used a half-forgotten World War II technique to create popsicles that don’t melt as fast as the ordinary ones. Bompas & Parr say the prototype pops last “hours longer” than regular popsicles under the same temperature. The key to the popsicles’ heat tolerance is strands of fruit fibers embedded within the pop. The fibers lower the pops’ thermal conductivity, making them melt more slowly than ordinary frozen treats.

… The popsicles were inspired by pykrete, a frozen composite material made from sawdust and wood pulp dispersed in ice. The substance, created by 20th-century British inventor Geoffrey Pyke, is much stronger than regular ice and melts much more slowly. Pyke envisioned pykrete as a perfect material for building gigantic floating aircraft carriers during World War II. It would save on steel, he said, which was already in high demand due to the war, and could be made more cheaply as well. Winston Churchill was on board, and the building of a secret model pykrete aircraft carrier commenced on a lake in Alberta, Canada, with the code name Project Habakkuk. The project went beyond budget and was eventually shut down.

… Pykrete lived on, though mostly as a curiosity. MythBusters tested it to build a boat; it fell apart in less than half an hour.

… By the way, the popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old. In 1905 Frank Epperson left a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his San Francisco porch. That night, low temperatures caused the mixture to freeze — and a summertime staple was born.

AIR POLLUTION IS MAKING US DUMBER _ Air pollution could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study, which found that prolonged exposure to dirty air has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities, especially in older men. According to the study (International Food Policy Research Institute), breathing polluted air causes a “steep reduction” in scores on verbal and math tests.

BENEFITS OF A MESSY DESK _ A tidy desk has its perks. In addition to looking nice (and impressing your boss), it’s been scientifically proven to foster positive behavior. People sitting at a clean desk are more likely to donate generously, and abstain from littering and crime, than people working in cluttered spaces. But a study (University of Minnesota) revealed that a disorganized, unkempt office can be helpful too. How? It makes you more inventive. Scientists asked people at tidy and untidy desks to develop new uses for ping pong balls and discovered that those sitting at messy desks presented ideas that were more “interesting and creative.”

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

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


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF CRASHES STOLEN TRUCK FULL OF PAINT _ Workers closed a lane on a street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the other morning. Just as the workers closed the lane and removed an excavator from a flatbed truck, a man in a pick-up truck came speeding down the street. He tried to move out of the lane, but rode up the flatbed then came down, hit two parked cars and flipped onto the drivers’ side. And five or six buckets of paint in the back of the pick-up truck he was driving covered him in paint. The driver, now covered in paint, was helped out by bystanders. Police then showed up and arrested him because the pick-up truck was reported stolen.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SQUIRREL ENJOYS SLICE OF PIZZA BY HOTEL POOL _ A guest at a California hotel captured video of a non-paying guest enjoying a slice of pizza by the poolside. The video shows a squirrel perched on a chair by the pool munching away at the slice. The filmer said the squirrel found its meal in the trash. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAILED DRIVING TEST, BURNED CAR _ In Romania a man was given a brand new car by his family as a birthday present. He’d never had a car, or even a driver’s license, so he went to the motor vehicle office to take the driving test. Unfortunately he didn’t pass. He was so distressed by his failure that he went home, got a can of gasoline, poured it on his new car and set it on fire.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CREDIT CARD THIEF LOVED BEING WAITED ON _ In  Germany a 38-year-old man was convicted of 468 counts of fraud and forgery after three years of shopping sprees with stolen credit cards. When the cops finally caught him, he blamed it on an unquenchable shopping obsession. He wasn’t interested in the money. He just loved being waited on in stores. All of that customer service made him feel like a king. He had charged around $300,000 worth of merchandise, much of which was still in his home in its original, unopended packaging.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LARGE PRISONER GETS STUCK DURING ESCAPE _ A planned escape from an Argentine jail backfired when a large prisoner got stuck in the 12-inch hole. After a few inmates had escaped, the large prisoner had to tell other prisoners to get help.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DIAPER SAVES LITTLE BOY FROM BIG FALL _ A disposable diaper saved the life of an 18-month-old boy in Brazil, breaking his fall from a third-floor apartment window. The boy survived the 30-foot fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 911? A COP HAS PULLED ME OVER AND I’M NOT HAPPY _ A woman in Florida was pulled over for allegedly not wearing her seat belt. After the officer went to fill in the citation details, he returned to the woman’s car to find her on the phone. About then, the dispatcher called him on the radio: the driver, he learned, called 911 to complain about the officer writing her tickets. Once she looked up the officer asked if she dialed 911. When she confirmed that she called to complain about the ticket he charged her with a misdemeanor count of misusing 911.


AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Results show



MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The chefs serve restaurant-quality dishes to 25 California firefighters in this 2-hour edition.

BURDEN OF TRUTH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat


WORLD OF DANCE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Mel B and Paula Abdul are the guest judges as the top three highest scoring acts from each division move on to the divisional final.


SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat



SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat


MATT SMITH JOINING STAR WARS: EPISODE 9 _ Former Doctor Who and The Crown star Matt Smith has been cast in next year’s Star Wars: Episode 9 in what’s being called a “key role,” though it’s unknown if he’ll be joining the Resistance, the evil First Order, or something else entirely.

… Smith is nominated for an Emmy this year for his role as Prince Philip in the second season of Netflix’s The Crown. He’ll be replaced in the third season by Tobias Menzies, which is expected to hit Netflix in 2019.

BOB COSTAS IN TALKS TO LEAVE NBC _ Bob Costas, who has served at NBC for nearly 40 years, is in talks to leave. The 66-year-old and his reps have had discussions with NBC about ending his contract early. It runs through 2021. Speaking with New York Post, Costas said, “Sometimes you get to a point where it is not a fit anymore. It doesn’t mean that anyone is angry or upset.”

… Costas joined NBC in 1979.

WILE E. COYOTE MOVIE IN THE WORKS _ Warner Bros. is developing Coyote vs. Acme as a Wile E. Coyote animated movie. The dialogue-free Coyote character first appeared in 1949 in Fast and Furry-ous, the first of 49 cartoons in which he was never able to catch the Road Runner, despite using complex devices from the fictitious Acme Corporation. The Acme contraptions invariably fail, leaving the Coyote squashed flat or burnt to a crisp.

JUDE LAW PROVIDES SOME CLUES ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 _ Sherlock Holmes 3 is coming together. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will return yet again as Holmes and Watson. While specifics of the new film aren’t known, Jude Law dropped some potential Sherlock Holmes 3 plot details. Law says, “As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. We’re going to examine — since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them — we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time either.”

SALMA HAYEK’S HUSBAND SURPRISED HER WITH A VOW RENEWAL IN BORA BORA _ Salma Hayek’s husband (François-Henri Pinault) shocked the actress when he walked her down the aisle (again) to their vow renewal ceremony during their vacation in Bora Bora. The couple wore flower wreaths and were given a second certificate of marriage. Hayek playfully threw her bouquet to her 10-year-old daughter.

… Hayek married the French billionaire on Valentine’s Day 2009 at a city hall in Paris, France. Months later, the couple tied the knot again in a star-studded ceremony in Venice, Italy.

THE FIRST TRAILER _ The first full trailer for The First. Sean Penn stars as Tom Hagerty, an astronaut struggling with making the right decisions not only for his team but also for his family. Penn’s character is being pulled toward a manned mission to Mars, but he has a young daughter who he’d have to leave behind. The First comes to Hulu on September 14.

JEFF BRIDGES, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, DAKOTA JOHNSON IN ONE FILM _ Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth are two of the seven strangers who have dark secrets in the latest trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale. The clip, released Tuesday, features Bridges pretending to be a priest as he checks into the El Royale hotel that is also housing Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Hemsworth and others. Each stranger is hiding something about their true identity as a crazy night unfolds at the rundown hotel, which is divided into two sections across the California-Nevada state line. Bad Times at the El Royale comes to theaters on October 12. • VIDEO

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of August 20-26.

  1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.21 million
  2. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 9.7 million
  3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.38 million
  4. NFL Exhibition Game: Arizona at Dallas, NBC, 7.17 million
  5. NFL Exhibition Game: Philadelphia at Cleveland, Fox, 6.5 million
  6. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.31 million
  7. NFL Pre-Game Show, NBC, 6.12 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 5.83 million
  9. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 5.72 million
  10. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 5.67 million
  11. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.63 million
  12. NCIS, CBS, 5.24 million
  13. The $100,000 Pyramid, ABC, 5.16 million
  14. Dateline Classic, NBC, 5.13 million
  15. World of Dance, NBC, 5.06 million
  16. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.01 million
  17. NFL Pre-Game Show, Fox, 4.9 million
  18. Mom, CBS, 4.89 million
  19. America’s Funniest Home Videos, ABC, 4.72 million
  20. Bachelor in Paradise (Monday), ABC, 4.62 million


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INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY: The big day is September 2. A couple of bacon-ish songs.

STAR WARS: A solid cast rumor (8/29 Entertainment), so here’s the main theme.

PHONER: Road rage stories.  →  6 real calls



Suggested by talent coach Tracy Johnson.

Most shows have a hard time getting started on Monday morning, and listeners are often the same way. Response is lighter, reactions a little slower and your phone doesn’t ring as much as you’d like. This feature is designed to create some entertainment and encourage participation early. Listeners call and describe their weekend in three words. Only take the three words, then move on to another call… except on those calls that are particularly interesting, provocative and have a story behind them. When those calls come in, ask them to explain.


Here’s something to chew on: Most Americans either snack like squirrels, vultures or gophers.

89 percent of working men and women snack during their shift, and most chew in three different styles:

• 36 percent are Squirrels, who stash away snacks to last throughout the day

• 25 percent are Gophers who run to the snack machine for themselves and others

• 11 percent are Vultures who grab leftover snacks lying around the office

… By the way, the time for a snack break often depends on your gender. Men prefer to snack around mid-morning while women like to chow down in the afternoon.


The side of the bed we sleep on, our hair stylist and our supermarket are among the things we are reluctant to change. A survey of adults found eight in 10 of us are self-proclaimed creatures of habit.

The things we wouldn’t want to change:

1. Preferred hair stylist

2. Preferred supermarket

3. Friends

4. Side of bed I sleep on

5. Sports team I support

6. How I have my coffee/tea

7. My preferred coffee/tea brand

9. Milk type (e.g skimmed, whole, etc)

10. My go-to carry-out


More than one in four adults admit they keep secrets from their partners. The biggest thing women keep from their men is about shopping habits (30% of women). The biggest thing men keep from women is there whereabouts (20% of men).

Things Men Lie to Their Partners About

  1. Whereabouts
  2. Flirtations
  3. An affair (ongoing or in the past)
  4. Shopping habits
  5. Sexual preferences

Things Women Lie to Their Partners About

  1. Shopping habits
  2. Whereabouts
  3. Flirtations
  4. Debt
  5. An affair (ongoing or in the past)


As we get ready to say goodbye to summer, some things you might not have known about Labor Day.

»» No One Really Knows Who Invented It: As the legend goes, young carpenter Peter McGuire stood before the New York Central Labor Union in May 1882 proclaiming his plan to honor all workers with a parade through the city. But another union worker, the similarly named machinist Matthew Maguire, is also credited with proposing a day off for laborers. A New Jersey newspaper published an opinion article touting Maguire as the Father of Labor Day, but only after the day became a national holiday in 1894.

»» Labor Day Was Almost May 1: In 1884, the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions declared that by May 1, 1886, all employers institute an eight-hour workday. When that proclamation failed to come to fruition, workers moved to strike, sparking the brutal Haymarket Riot in Chicago. Years later in 1894, fearing the tainted history of that date would continually lead to radical movements commemorating the riots, President Grover Cleveland decided to follow the lead of several states and make the first Monday in September the official holiday for laborers.

»» President Cleveland Didn’t Like Unions: Although President Grover Cleveland signed the 1894 law that made Labor Day a federal holiday, he did so with political motives in mind. Just months before the holiday was made official, Cleveland had ordered federal troops to Chicago to quell a strike by the American Railway Union at the Pullman Palace Car Company. While workers fought against executives who had cut their wages by 25%, the President was concerned only with the fact that the strike had spread to other states, disrupting mail service and interstate commerce. The government force ended the strike within a week, but at least a dozen people were killed in the process.

»» A Fire Ignited the Labor Movement: The infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 took the lives of 136 people in just 18 minutes. Most of those who perished were European immigrants who had found work at the New York City sweatshop manufacturing shirtwaists, or blouses. Factory bosses had made it a practice to close and lock doors to prevent theft, so when flames broke out, many people simply died inside. Others trying to escape the conflagration flooded the building’s only fire escape, causing it to collapse. Those still trapped inside jumped from windows. The tragic blaze — likely caused by a cigarette — did, however, raise awareness of poor working conditions at the factory and other warehouses like it, prompting the start of the labor movement and a call for safer work environments.


• Mind your manners. Say please and thank you and excuse me.

• Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise and get some sleep so you can be around for the next 30 years.

• Assume the best. Chances are he/she meant to do the right thing even if they messed it up.

• Take turns with the Netflix queue. And restaurant choices. And the TV remote.

• Go out for breakfast. Even if it’s just for a 90 cent doughnut. It’s important to carve out time to talk together.

• Be a team. Keep your fights in the locker room.

• Be spouses first. Then be parents second and children third.

• Cultivate separate hobbies. Be interested in things you can talk about other than the kids and the house and your parents.

• Travel together. It brings out the best and worst in you, so you can work through the worst and enjoy the best.

• Put your phone down and make eye contact.

• Kiss more.

• Believe he/she is the most fascinating person in the room. At one time you thought so and it’s not fair to change.

• Be on time. It conveys respect and honor.

• Never make sweeping blanket statements. No one does something every time or always.

• Be amazed. Your spouse is unique. Like no one else God ever made. And they chose you. And you chose them. Be amazed.

The full list.


TRIVIA: 7-Eleven says it sells 10,000 of these an hour, every hour, every day. (Pots of coffee)

TRIVIA: The top three products for coupon redemption are cold cereal, soap, and what? (Deodorant)


Susan needed to go to the store to buy some ingredients to cook with. She started writing them down:

Baking Soda
Lemon Juice

What was Susan making?

Answer: A shopping list



• Businessman Warren Buffett is 88

• Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad) is 72

• Comedian Lewis Black is 70

• Michael Chiklis (The Fantastic Four, The Shield) is 55

• Cameron Diaz is 46

• TV personality Lisa Ling is 45

• Michael Gladis (Reckless, Mad Men) is 41

• Tennis player (retired) Andy Roddick is 36


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 2015: At the MTV Video Music Awards Kanye West announced he will run for President in 2020.


• Cabernet Sauvignon Day

• Grief Awareness Day

• Toasted Marshmallow Day


• August 30: College football begins
• September 2: International Bacon Day AUDIO
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 6: NFL season begins (Falcons at Eagles)
• September 6: New York Fashion Weeks begins
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday