INTERPREP ★ JULY 9, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JULY 9, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• O.J. Simpson is 72

• Chris Cooper is 68

• TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 67

• Jimmy Smits is 64

• Tom Hanks is 63

• Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) is 62

• Courtney Love is 55

• Fred Savage is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cow Appreciation Day

• Sugar Cookie Day

Note: Some sources say today is National No Bra Day, but that falls in October.

UPCOMING

• July 9: MLB All-Star Game
• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2.2 billion: Acres of land around the world which could be reforested with 1.2 trillion new trees. Researchers say those trees would “soak up an astounding two-thirds of humanity’s emissions in the atmosphere since the 19th century.”


NEWS ATTACK!

A group of 122 runners in the UK set a new world record for the most people completing a marathon while physically linked together. [The run took longer than expected. Every few miles, they were pulled over by police responding to numerous citizens’ reports of a possible mass jailbreak.]

In Ohio, a dog missing for four years was finally returned to his owners. [The dog had suffered a concussion that wiped out his memory of everything about himself. He had spent the last four years living on a farm trying to lay eggs.]

Animals escaped a zoo in Roswell, New Mexico. [But, then again, it’s Roswell, so the animals could have been abducted.]

Approximately 20 cows fled a ranch in Texas and were spotted wandering through a subdivision. [Police followed a trail of milk.]

In the new reboot of the movie franchise Saw, Samuel L. Jackson has agreed to play Chris Rock’s father. [This completely explains where Rock gets his extensive and colorful vocabulary.]

A regular on the MTV reality show Floribama Shore, Nilsa Prowant, was arrested in Florida for flashing her breasts and breaking a car window. [With her breasts?]

Underneath a home in Florida they found a 16-foot python and 50 eggs. [Plus, the cable guy’s toolbelt.]

North Korea honored two of its scientists for their research in plant growth acceleration. [The ceremony was held in the shade of a 37-foot tall sunflower.]

A customer in a bar in Australia disrupted a robbery by throwing a barstool and a pot plant at the thief. [The guy was hit by both wood and weed.]

Eric Salwell has dropped out of the presidential race. [If you don’t know who he is, that explains why he dropped out.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WORLD’S GREATEST GRANDPA’ SPENDS $10K TO BUILD EPIC TREEHOUSE _ In the UK (Gloucestershire), Terry Meredith has built an epic tree house hideaway for his family and friends — complete with a charcoal grill, seating for 10 and vast countryside views. The cabin in the canopy was built more than 16 feet off the ground, atop a willow tree. The 65-year-old had planned in 2016 to cut the tree down because it was blocking the sunset. But when he climbed the tree and got an eyeful of lush pasture, he was taken aback.

… Meredith, a former electrician who says he’s “good at carpentry,” spent just over $10,000 on materials, such as arctic pine, oak and chestnut, to build the tree house, which is actually supported by four trees. It took about eight months to build and Meredith did most of it on his own with some help from friends.

MAN THROWS FIRECRACKERS UNDER SLEEPING CHILD’S BED AS ‘PRANK’ _ An Alabama man (Crestview) who lit firecrackers and threw them under a sleeping child’s bed called it a “prank gone wrong.” Police say Matthew Morrison lives in a tent outside the home and went into the house without permission. Morrison threw a string of lit firecrackers under a bed where a 9-year-old was sound asleep. The homeowner chased Morrison out of the home with a stick and called police.

ERIC SWALWELL DROPS OUT OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE _ Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday became the first candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary to exit the campaign, saying he would run for reelection to his California congressional seat next year.

… Technically the first candidate to drop out of the race was Richard Ojeda, a former West Virginia legislator and congressional candidate who briefly ran a populist campaign for the Democratic nomination after losing his House race. He quit the 2020 primary at the end of January.

WACKY MILLIONAIRE MCAFEE PLANS PRESIDENTIAL RUN _ After making a fortune with his early antivirus software, then being caught up in murder and drugs cases in Belize, US millionaire John McAfee is running for the US presidency. He made the announcement from a yacht in Havana harbor in Cuba. The 73-year-old says, “I am wanted as a criminal by the government for which I am running for president.” McAfee’s immediate goal is to win the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, which advocates for free trade and a sharply reduced federal government.

TIRED OF STANDING, AMERICAN AIRLINES TICKET AGENTS WANT STOOLS _ 4,850 American Airlines workers have signed an online petition requesting stools. Yep, stools. Customer service agents say they’re on their feet 8-12 hours a day and are required to work mandatory overtime — and their feet need a break.

DRUNK YOGA _ A yoga studio in New York City is offering Drunk Yoga. It’s yoga while you hold a glass of wine, and drink. The 90-minute class features proprietary moves like the Corkscrew, where you spin around in a pretzel-like pose without taking your feet off the ground. There’s also the Twerking Downward Dog, which is exactly what it sounds like — Downward Dog while shaking your rear.

… Sound like fun? It’s supposed to be. The yoga instructor says, “Drunk Yoga is an entertainment experience led through a beginner-friendly yoga class that teaches the art of cultivating personal joy.”

INSTAGRAM WILL WARN YOU IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE RUDE _ Instagram has launched new tools to help reduce the visibility of hateful comments on its platform. The company announced on Monday that it has begun rolling out an AI-powered tool that will notify users if the comment they’re about to post may be ‘considered offensive.’ This will give that person a chance to review their comment and potentially reconsider.

… Instagram has also added a new feature called Restrict that will give users greater control over the comments that appear on their posts, allowing you to hide comments from specific people without them finding out. The idea is that this will help users protect themselves from online abuse by quietly taking action to limit a bully’s presence on their profile, without inadvertently provoking further conflict.

… Once you Restrict someone, comments on your posts from that person will only be visible to that person. Restricting a person will also mean that user can’t see when you are active on Instagram or when you’ve read a direct message from them.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 48 HOURS _ At around 8:30 this morning (Tuesday) former NASA astronaut Terry Virts and the founder of a consultancy business named Action Aviation (Hamish Harding) are leading an effort to travel around planet Earth, via both poles. The current speed record was set in 2008 when a Bombardier Global Express jet made the journey at an average ground speed of 511mph.

… The present-day record attempt will be attempted in a smaller jet: the Gulfstream G650ER aircraft has a range of more than 7,500 miles before needing to be refueled.

… The aircraft will depart with a crew of four pilots from the Shuttle Landing Facility and Kennedy Space Center at the same time the Saturn V rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, carrying the crew of the Apollo 11 mission. The first leg of the 22,422 nautical-mile journey will travel from Florida across the North Pole and land in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to refuel. There, Virts’ former crew mate on the space station, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, will join the flight “in the spirit of international cooperation.”

… From there, the mission will progress to a stop in Mauritius in East Africa. After that, longest leg will be from Africa over the South Pole to Punta Arenas, Chile, before finally returning to Florida. Including the brief 45-minute fueling stops, Virts hopes to average 516 mph for the journey, breaking the current record by around 23 minutes. • LINK

STORM AREA 51 _ If you think the government is hiding something at Area 51 in the Nevada desert, there’s a Facebook event for you. Storm Area 51 is a satirical Facebook event which suggests that attendees storm the airbase Area 51, long-rumored to hold top-secret information about extra-terrestrials, on September 20, 2019. • LINK

POLICE INVESTIGATING VIRAL VIDEO OF VIOLENT DISNEYLAND BRAWL _ Police in Anaheim, California, said Monday they are considering whether to file criminal charges against members of a family who were caught on video in a prolonged brawl at Disneyland on Saturday. A bystander’s video of the fight, which broke out near Disneyland’s Toontown, has gone viral. • VIDEO

… The Anaheim Police Department said in a statement Monday that it responded to the park, and found everyone involved in the fight was part of the same family. They were all uncooperative with police, and were escorted from the park, but didn’t face charges because they “wanted nothing done.”

OBVIOUS: 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS CUTS UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES _ A new study shows when women are given a 12-month supply of oral contraceptives, they are less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than if they need to get refills every three months. (This study comes from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.)

MEN: DANCE TO ATTRACT WOMEN _ Men who dance well are more likely to attract women. Scientists discovered that being able to pull off dance floor moves with the ease indicates strength and ability to produce healthy offspring. Researchers found that the men who women said looked attractive on the dance floor are actually physically stronger than those who are considered to have two left feet. This in turn indicates an ability to have strong children.

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


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN KILLS CHICKEN IN SUBWAY _ A woman in China was told she couldn’t bring a live chicken on the city’s subway system, so she slaughtered the bird on the spot. Fellow passengers said the slaughtering was cleanly done, and didn’t stain the train station with blood or feathers.

AUDIOWACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIR FORCE FLIES OVER YODELING FEST _ The commander of the Swiss Air Force’s aerobatic squadron issued an apology after his team flew past the celebration where they were scheduled to perform and, instead, executed a low-altitude maneuver over a different town which was hosting a yodeling festival.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK BADGER _ A badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries it staggered into the middle of a road and refused to budge. Police eventually chased it from the road with a broom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LONELY OLD GUY KEEPS CALLING 911 _ An elderly man in the UK who repeatedly called for an ambulance complaining of a sore throat was jailed for six months. The 76-ear-old dialed 911 (999) a total of 42 times. On one occasion he dialed emergency services and demanded paramedics come immediately — when one was already in his house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN USED STUNT WIFE TO FILE FOR DIVORCE _ In Osaka, Japan, a man and woman went to court to file a petition asking for a divorce. The judge looked at the paperwork, which included documents from an earlier arbitration hearing between the couple. When everything seemed in order, he asked the couple if they wanted this legal separation, and they said they did, so the judge approved it. The only problem was that the woman in the court was not the man’s wife. He had brought the woman as a stand-in for his actual wife, who knew nothing about the divorce proceedings. When his real wife found out she asked the court to nullify the divorce and had her husband arrested on fraud charges.


ON TELEVISION

2019 MLB ALL-STAR GAME (8p ET, FOX) — The National League and American League face off in Cleveland.

PREMIERE: LOVE ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — This new reality show, a hit overseas, begins with 11 single men and women who are initially paired up in a selection ceremony. The new couples then compete together in a variety of games and challenges. But new Islanders are introduced throughout the show, tempting the singles away from their original partners. Actress and comedian Arielle Vandenberg hosts.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. The auditions conclude.

I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE (8p ET, HBO) — This 2-night documentary looks at the shocking 2014 suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy and the part his 17-year-old girlfriend Michelle Carter played in it.

FARRAH FAWCETT FOREVER (9p ET, A&E) — This new 2-hour special remembers Farrah Fawcett’s life and career, and includes interviews with Jaclyn Smith, Suzanne de Passe, Robert Duvall, Sherry Lansing, and Cicely Tyson.

BLOOD AND TREASURE (10p ET, CBS) — New. Danny and Lexi seek out a famed Nazi hunter.

SERIES PREMIERE: BRING THE FUNNY (10p ET, NBC) — In this new series, judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy search for the funniest comedy act around, with solo comics, sketch troupes, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, and more. Amanda Seales hosts.

PREMIERE: THE DISAPPEARANCE (10p ET, WGN America) — Peter Coyote and Aden Young (Rectify) star in this limited series centered around the unexplained and sudden disappearance of a boy during a treasure hunt on his tenth birthday.

AZIZ ANSARI: RIGHT NOW (Netflix) — After an allegation of sexual misconduct in January 2018, Aziz Ansari has kept a low profile. Now, back on the road with a comedy tour (which brought Ansari to Portland in March), the comedian appears in this stand-up comedy special, directed by Spike Jonze.


ENTERTAINMENT

AUDIO ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY _ It was 15 years ago today that the comedy classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came to movie theaters. It made $28 million in its opening weekend and would go to gross almost $90 million before leaving theaters.

… And American Pie debuted 20 years ago today (July 9, 1999). The film was a box-office hit and spawned three direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012). It grossed $235.5 million at the box office.

MORE THAN 40 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS HAVE WATCHED STRANGER THINGS 3 _ Netflix says Stranger Things 3 has been viewed by more than 40 million household accounts since its July 4 premiere, a new record for the streaming service. Of the 40 million households that have watched Stranger Things 3, about half have finished the entire season.

BROWSER EXTENSION LETS YOU DISGUISE NETFLIX AS A HANGOUT _ If you’ve still not watched Season 3 of Stranger Things, when you get to work you should install the Netflix Hangouts extension on your Chrome web browser. The extension places a Netflix window in one of four corners your browser window and brings up three strangers in the other three windows to make it look like you’re in a four-person conference call. • IMAGE

THE STAND TV SERIES CASTS MARILYN MANSON _ Several potential cast members for the new CBS All Access adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand were revealed last month, and now an unexpected name has joined their ranks: Marilyn Manson. It’s not clear how big a part Manson will play, but the shock rocker confirmed his acting involvement, and revealed he recorded a song for the show, too. The series is expected to arrive on CBS All Access in 2020.

SARAH PAULSON WILL NOT STAR IN AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 _ Do not expect to see much, if any, of Sarah Paulson in the new season of American Horror Story. Variety reports that Paulson will not appear in a significant role in the FX anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, which is titled American Horror Story: 1984  Paulson has appeared in all eight of the preceding seasons of the hit series, usually in a major role.

RENEE ZELLWEGER IS JUDY GARLAND IN NEW TRAILER _ Renee Zellweger is playing Judy Garland in the new movie Judy. The film is set thirty years after her performance in Wizard of Oz. It comes to theaters September 27. • VIDEO

MARIO LOPEZ AND WIFE COURTNEY MAZZA WELCOME BABY BOY _ Mario Lopez and wife Courtney Mazza have welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Santino Rafael. Lopez, 45, and Mazza, 36, met in 2008 on the set of Broadway’s A Chorus Line and got married in 2012.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  YODELING: In Wacky-But-True an air force team flew too low over a yodeling festival. (July 9 Wacky-But-True).

  ANCHORMAN: A clip from the movie, which was released 15 years ago (July 9, 2004).

  WORLD CUP: Rose Lavelle scores second goal in 2-0 win.


BITS & BREAKS

WHY DO WE GET LOST?

For some people, simple navigation can feel like trying to exit a maze. In Canada, a University of Waterloo psychology professor (Colin Ellard) compared the navigation habits of animals and humans.

• Why are some people naturally better at finding their way than others? Ellard thinks it could be genetic, but doesn’t know we have any evidence yet that it is. However, he says people who are good at getting around “cultivate an exquisitely fine eye for visual detail. They just plain notice stuff. People who are exceptionally good way-finders seem to notice [their surroundings] more.”

• Do men and women find their ways differently? There’s a basic distinction that’s often made between navigation using the cardinal directions — north, south, east and west — and navigation using landmarks. Women are more likely to navigate with landmarks and men are more likely to navigate using the cardinal directions. Those two different kinds of strategies can either work well or less well depending on where it is that you’re trying to navigate. Trying to navigate using the cardinal directions in London or Paris and you’re doomed. But in a grid city, like Manhattan, cardinal directions might make much more sense.

• “You Are Here” signs can actually make people feel more lost. For a “You Are Here” map to work … the upwards direction on the map has to translate to the direction in front of you. And if it’s not, it’s worse than no map.

THE THINGS WE’RE HAPPY TO BUY USED

Research shows the average adult has purchased at least 12 nearly-new items over the last 12 months, and that buying something used but in good or like-new condition leaves us feeling a bit smug for saving money.

What we’re happiest to buy used:

  1. Car
  2. Books
  3. DVDs
  4. Bike
  5. Furniture
  6. Art
  7. Video games
  8. Lawn equipment
  9. Sports equipment
  10. TV

… Others on the list: phones (17); kids’ toys (20); fridge (25); jeans (28); bed (34);

BIZARRE DEATHS

2009: Authorities in New Jersey say a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a processing plant. The 29-year-old man was loading chocolate into a vat where it was melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy. A co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull the man out of the 8-foot-deep vat. He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.

1982: French undertaker Marc Bourjade suffered a crushing blow when a pile of coffins at his workshop fell on top of him. He was buried in one of the coffins that killed him.

2001: A head-on collision with his own radio-controlled plane was what killed Roger Wallace from Arizona. He lost sight of the machine in the sun and it crashed into his head at 40 mph.

2009: A man died in an eating contest over the Fourth of July holiday. Walter Eagle Tail was in the midst of a hot dog eating contest in Custer, South Dakota, when he choked on one of the hot dogs. Paramedics arrived quickly, but Eagle Tail died after being transported to a nearby hospital. The contest was sponsored by the Custer Chamber of Commerce, and the pie eating contest scheduled for the next day was canceled.

2002: An employee at Six Flags Over Georgia was killed when he was struck by the leg of a passenger on Batman, The Ride — a suspended coaster-style ride. The passenger, a 14-year old girl who was seated in the front car of the ride, received leg injuries in the accident. Another passenger on the same ride suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a shoe lost by the 14-year-old on impact with the worker.

2003: In Camboida, Lim Vanthan and his family were planting rice near their home when they decided to go for a swim. During his dip, Vanthan caught an eight-inch fish with his hands. But the high school student’s excitement was short-lived when his catch squirmed out of his hands and jumped into his mouth, where it became stuck because of barbs running down its back.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1801, 20 percent of people in the United State had this in common. (They were slaves)

TRIVIA: This travels 60,000 miles each day. (Human blood as it moves through your body)

TRIVIA: 25,000 women in this country will do what this year. (Call off their wedding)

BRAIN BUSTER

Q: What is the beginning of eternity and the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every place?

A: The letter E.

ONE OF US IS LYING!

• Cleopatra used a mixture of horse teeth, bear grease, burnt mice and deer marrow in her attempt to cure Julius Caesar’s baldness.

• It take 42 coffee beans to make one espresso.

• The average housefly carries no less than 10,000 bacteria on their body. (LIE. The number is closer to 1.9 million.)


DATEBOOK: JULY 10, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter films) is 61

• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) is 47

• Adrian Grenier (Entourage, Cecil B. DeMented) is 43

• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is 42

• Jessica Simpson is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

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

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

• 1978: World News Tonight premiered on ABC.

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Don’t Step On A Bee Day

• Piña Colada Day

• Pick Blueberries Day

UPCOMING

• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)