INTERPREP ★ JULY 12, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JULY 12, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Bill Cosby is 82

• Richard Simmons is 71

• Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels) is 68

• Anna Friel (Marcella, Pushing Daisies) is 43

• Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) is 41

• Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and The Furious films, Lost) is 41

• Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, House of Cards) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

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

• 1960: Etch A Sketch went on sale.

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bald Is In

• Collector Car Appreciation Day

• National Motorcycle Day

• Simplicity Day

• Different Colored Eyes Day

• Pecan Pie 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)


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 13

• Patrick Stewart is 79. Harrison Ford is 77. Cheech Marin is 73. Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 71. Cameron Crowe is 62. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) is 57. Ken Jeong is 50. Singer Deborah Cox is 46.

• Embrace Your Geekness Day. French Fries Day. Barbershop Music Appreciation Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

• Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) is 73. Jane Lynch is 59. Matthew Fox is 53. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 44.

• International Nude Day. Macaroni and Cheese Day. Shark Awareness Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

14 billion: Pounds of trash are dumped into oceans annually around the world.


NEWS ATTACK!

Some hot dog buns have been recalled due to a hard piece of plastic. [Uh, that’s the hot dog.]

A hotel in Tokyo has installed a Boeing 737 flight simulator in one of its rooms. [“I couldn’t sleep so I thought I’d make a sandwich and a quick trip to South America.”]

Michigan authorities seized two baby alligators from a barbershop. [Call me old school, but I prefer that my barber use the traditional clippers.]

A man from Kazakhstan set a new world record by nailing 10 frying pans into a wooden plank using only his hand. [Trust me, you don’t want to high-five this guy.]

A man’s surveillance camera captured footage of a bear wandering into his yard but then being chased away by the neighbor’s dog. [The good news is that you didn’t come home to a full-grown bear in your yard, but the bad news is that now the neighbor’s dog thinks he’s earned the right to dig up your flower garden.]

Authorities in Wisconsin are trying to catch a ram on the loose in a neighborhood. [One lady heard it banging around in her garage and thought that her son’s rock band was finally showing signs of improvement.]

Cardi B shared a sample of a new song she’s written in honor of her daughter’s first birthday. [The words “happy birthday” are the only words of the song we can say on radio.]

When police in Oklahoma stopped a driver, they found a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of whiskey. [Okay, at least one of those has to be illegal.]

A tractor-trailer traveling a highway in Kansas City, Missouri lost its load of pig intestines. [Local hospitals reported treating more than two dozen vegans overcome by the fumes.]

A couple has purchased the farmhouse in Rhode Island that was the inspiration for the horror movie The Conjuring. [“Honey, you know what our marriage needs? Evil spirits.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SOCIAL MEDIA COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FALLING VICTIM TO FRAUD _ Kids these days are smart — but not so smart they can’t be fooled by online fraud. New research shows 47 percent of payment scam victims in the last year were under the age of 30.

BUDWEISER LAUNCHES NEW BEER TO CELEBRATE FARMERS _ On Thursday Budweiser unveiled their brand new Harvest Reserve Deep Golden Lager, a limited-edition beer created to honor the farmers who have grown the barley used to brew Budweiser for generations.

… The new brew is made with all-American barley, toasted longer for a bolder taste and a crisp hoppy aroma that finishes smooth. Each bottle features the signature of Jim Dixon, a fifth-generation Budweiser barley farmer who collaborated with brewmasters on the recipe. The beer is available now and will be throughout the rest of the harvest season in select markets.

TWITTER HAD A GLOBAL OUTAGE _ Twitter suffered a complete outage for approximately an hour Thursday afternoon. The company shared that the culprit was “an internal configuration change.”

A WOMAN RESCUED ONE OF HER AIRPODS FROM SUBWAY TRACKS _ Twitter user Ashley Mayer experienced a tragedy that could only be experienced in the 21st century: she lost one of her AirPods while waiting for the subway. On July 9 she tweeted: The AirPod fell out of my ear several feet away from the edge of the subway platform, but I’ve never seen anything more inevitable. RIP little buddy. Thanks for all the podcasts.

… While I’m understandably shattered, I’m proud of myself for:

1) Not lunging after it and becoming the first ever AirPod-related subway death.
2) Still going to the gym against all odds and without entertainment!

… Until she discovered her AirPod was still there the next day! So she decided to take matters into her own hands. She shared pics of a trip to a store where she bought a broom and duct tape. Then, like MacGyver, Ashley looped the tape and stuck it to the end of the broom handle and used it to snag her AirPod earbud from the tracks below. • LINK TO TWITTER THREAD

MOM RECORDED GIRL LICKING, RETURNING TONGUE DEPRESSOR _ The Florida Mother who recorded her young daughter licking a tongue depressor and then returning it to a jar in a dentist’s office was arrested Thursday on a felony tampering charge. Thirty-year-old Cori Ward was busted in connection with a video she posted to her Snapchat. The clip was then copied and posted to Facebook, where it went viral and drew the attention of law enforcement.

… The video opens with a closeup of a sign reading “Please do not touch medical supplies!” Ward then records her 10-year-old child taking a tongue depressor from a jar, licking it, and returning it to the container. The Snapchat post included the caption “Don’t tell me how to live my life.”

… Upon learning of the video, medical center officials said they disposed of medical supplies in the room, which they then sanitized. In a TV interview this week, Ward said, “I had just been waiting a long time. I was just being silly with my kids. I feel like this is not even real and if I could go back and change it, I definitely would.”

DON’T TOUCH THAT ELEVATOR BUTTON _ The next time you ride an elevator you may want to wear gloves. Elevator buttons are filthier than toilet seats. According to the study the prevalence buttons with bacteria was 61 percent. On the toilets, it was 43 percent.

NEW ZEALAND PM’S NEIGHBOR LETS CAT OUT OF THE BAG _ A guilt-ridden neighbor of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed this week that he was responsible for accidentally killing the nation’s “First Cat,” Paddles, while backing out of his driveway. Paddles died in November 2017, shortly after Ardern won office, but the full circumstances of the death were never publicly revealed. The much-loved feline was a popular member of the prime ministerial household, with a Twitter account set up in her name, @FirstCatofNZ, attracting more than 11,000 followers.

… Ardern’s neighbor, identified only as Chris, said that he was rushing back to work from a lunch break in his Auckland home when the prime minister’s cat ran into the path of his reversing car. He said, “I was … aware that to Jacinda and Clarke, Paddles was their fur baby… so I was pretty gutted.” He could have made a purrfect getaway, but Chris came clean when it happened.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: This was in New Zealand, do people use “reversing” out of the driveway in the U.S.? I always thought you “backed” out of the driveway.

FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500s FOUND PARKED IN WAREHOUSE FOR 15 YEARS _ A Florida classic car dealer recently dug a pair of 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s out of a warehouse where they were parked and left to gather dust 15 years ago. One is a standard GT500 with 102,000 miles on it, while the other is a rare GT500 KR that still has its factory 428 Cobra Jet V8 under the hood.

… The GT500 has already sold for an undisclosed amount. The GT500 KR has been listed for $135,000.

SNACK SALES JUMP IN STATES WHERE WEED IS LEGAL _ Legal weed is apparently prompting an epidemic of the munchies in states that sell recreational cannabis, with stoners there gobbling up more candy and snacks than people who live where it remains against the law. The “candy and snack growth rate” (Nielsen data) showed that candy sales grew by 2 percent in states with legal weed compared to 1.3 percent in states where it remained illegal. And snack sales grew 7.2 percent in states where pot has been legalized, compared to 6 percent in non-stoner states.

YOUR CAT IS IN CONTROL _ Crafty cats coax their owners into giving them extra food and attention by using a special purr. Scientists (University of Sussex) said manipulative cats use a “soliciting purr” which has a similar frequency to a human baby’s cry. It is thought that this higher-pitched sound triggers a subconscious sense of urgency in the owner, making them give the cat whatever it wants.

HAVING AN EASY-TO-SAY NAME WILL HELP GET YOU PROMOTED _ If you’re hoping to be promoted at work, consider changing your last name to something easy, like Smith, Sherman, or Jones. A study (Melbourne University and NYU Stern School of Business) showed that people with simple names enjoy quicker career advancement because hard-to-pronounce names inspire negative reactions from superiors.

GUESS WHO FEELS THE BEST ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK? _ We may think we fear signs of aging — like wrinkles or thinning hair — but a poll shows that we’ll actually feel more attractive when we’re older. According to 85,000 interviews, seniors are more confident in their physical appearance than any other adult demographic. Two-thirds of Americans 65 and older reported feeling good about their appearance, rating their confidence level at a four or five on a five-point scale.

… 61 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds reported feeling great about the way they look. Confidence in physical appearance dipped most in the 35- to 64-year-old bracket, where only 54% of respondents reported feeling confidant in their physical appearance.

FINAL BIT OF CHOCOLATE REALLY DOES TASTE THE BEST _ If you’re down to your last chocolate, it’s not all bad news: It will probably taste better than any of the previous ones. Psychologists say that knowing something is about to end makes us enjoy it all the more. Researchers fed men and women five small chocolates of different flavors and asked them to rate their enjoyment of each as they ate it. The flavors were given in different orders and some were told when they were on  their last piece chocolate, while others were not given any warning. Those that were pre-warned found the last chocolate more tasty than the others.

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

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


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY USING CASE OF BEER AS CHILD’S BOOSTER SEAT _ Police in Ontario, Canada, have charged a driver after they spotted a child seated on a case of beer which was being used as a substitute for a booster seat. The two-year-old child was not injured. The 22-year-old driver was charged with failing to ensure a toddler is properly secured. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LITTLE GIRL’S BIRTHDAY CAKE FAIL _ Yesterday I told you about the birthday cake that was supposed to have a Moana theme — but the Georgia bakery employee misheard and made it a marijuana-themed cake.

… Melin Jones has a two-year-old daughter named Liz. Her nickname is Lizard. She recently shared that she ordered a cake from Walmart for Liz’s birthday. She asked Walmart to write “Happy Birthday Lizard” on the cake. They misheard and wrote “Happy Birthday Loser.” What’s nice about this story is that mom didn’t put Walmart or the employee on blast — she shared her daughter posting with the cake and admitted she should have double-checked the order when the employee gave her an odd look when the employee thought mom was saying “Happy Birthday Loser.” • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORGER’S COUNTERFEIT CASH DIDN’T FOOL ANYONE _ A 24-year-old guy in China who is color blind was sent to prison for making counterfeit cash that was so badly forged he apparently never even attempted to use it. The man researched how to make counterfeit money online and bought some required necessities including printers, ink cartridges and special paper. He was so inept at counterfeiting that he had to ask his girlfriend to check the color of the fake money he made. No word about how he was caught.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DROPS PANTS TO PROVE HE DIDN’T SHOPLIFT _ A British man dropped his pants and underwear in a store to prove he was not shoplifting.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN LETS HER TOES DO THE DIALING _ A Hong Kong robbery victim let her toes do the talking to call for help. The woman and her husband were robbed in a park and tied to trees. The woman managed to stash a cellphone in her bra during the stick-up. After the crooks were gone, the woman repeatedly jumped up and down until the cell phone dropped out. The woman used her toes to call 911.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIBERY SUSPECT EATS MONEY _ A police officer in Zimbabwe was arrested after allegedly accepting a bribe. But the cop ate the evidence — two $100 bills — before the arresting officers could grab them. Without the evidence, they didn’t have a case. They tried to make him throw up but instead had to wait for the guy to “release the money through other means.”


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS: SPONGEBOB’S BIG BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT (8p ET, Nickelodeon) — This hour long special celebrates 20 years of the children’s hit show. David Hasselhoff guest stars.

LOVE ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — New.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (8p ET, ABC) — New.

SHANGRI-LA (9p ET, Showtime) — This new four-part documentary series focuses on creative conversation and the emotional side of music-making, using legendary music producer Rick Rubin’s iconic Malibu, California studio as the backdrop.

POINT BLANK (Netflix) — Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie and Marcia Gay Harden star in this gritty new action film. It follows an an emergency-room nurse, who in an effort to rescue his abducted wife, unwillingly partners with a badly injured murder suspect.

TACO CHRONICLES (Netflix) — This new documentary pays tribute to the taco.

SATURDAY

MILLION DOLLAR MILE (8p ET, CBS) — New

JFK JR. AND CAROLYN’S WEDDING: THE LOST TAPES (8p ET, TLC) — This new special celebrates the life and love of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette with an in-depth look at their special wedding weekend with never-before-seen footage from the ceremony on Cumberland Island in Georgia.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (8p ET, HBO) — Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp star in this 2018 sequel.

2019 CHRISTMAS: A FIRST LOOK PREVIEW SPECIAL (10p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Lacey Chabert hosts this first look at Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas original movies coming this holiday season.

SUNDAY

BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — New. Celebrity contestants include NFL Players Association legends competing against NFLPA All-Stars.

BURDEN OF TRUTH (8p ET, CW) — New.

A MERRY CHRISTMAS MATCH (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Ashley Newbrough and Kyle Dean Massey star in this new holiday film, one of the new original holiday movies of the record 40 that Hallmark and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries are planning for 2019.n Corey (Newbrough) lives in a ski village, works in her mom’s antique shop, and puts on an annual children’s Christmas pageant in honor of her late father. When a man (Massey) visits her store, Corey wonders if she should have left town and followed her dreams.

SEASON PREMIERE: TOP GEAR (8p ET, BBC America) — This long-running British car show has new hosts: comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricket star Andrew Flintoff.

INSTINCT (9p ET, CBS) — New. A 9-year-old boy goes missing on the eve of a judge’s decision in a bitter custody battle.

THE $1000,000 PYRAMID (9p ET, ABC) — New. The celebrity contestants are Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Bobby Moynihan and Kelly Osbourne.

BIG LITTLE LIES (9p ET, HBO) — New

WHAT JUST HAPPENED??! WITH FRED SAVAGE (9:30p ET, FOX) — New. Ken Jeong (The Masked Singer) and Fred Willard are the guests.

TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — New. The celebrity panelists are Jay Pharoah, Inbar Lavi, Rob Riggle and Sherri Shepherd.

THE GOOD FIGHT (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: IF WE BUILT IT TODAY (10p ET, Science Channel) — This new 8-episode series brings together architects, historians, engineers, and builders from all over the world to examine The Great Pyramid of Giza, Rome’s Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to see if they could be recreated using modern innovations.  The premiere travels to Cairo to examine the Great Pyramid of Giza.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Spider-Man: Far From Home will win the box office again this weekend and make another $43 to $49 million in North America.

… In theaters: Crawl (R); Stuber (R)

… Opening next weekend: The Lion King (PG); The Art of Self-Defense (R)

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER TO END WITH SIXTH SEASON _ The list of shows ending in the 2019-20 season continues to grow. ABC has announced that the upcoming sixth season of the Viola Davis-led How to Get Away with Murder will also be the show’s last.

BEVERLY HILLS 90210 TEASER FEATURES TORI SPELLING AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN SHARING A KISS _ On Thursday, Fox released a new Beverly Hills 90210 teaser, which features the original Beverly Hills squad reuniting following a visit to the Peach Pit. In the teaser, Tori Spelling‘s character Donna Martin and Brian Austin Green‘s character David Silver share a kiss as they reunite 19 years after Beverly Hills 90210 wrapped. Spelling, who sports a wedding ring as she locks lips with Green, is heard in the teaser saying, “Remember when we used to make out to this song?” • VIDEO

VARSITY BLUES TO GET MODERN UPDATE _ Varsity Blues is getting a modern update. The 1999 film starred James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker and Scott Caan as Texas high school football players who deal with an overbearing and demanding coach, played by Jon Voight.

… The new version of Varsity Blues will be on Quibi, a streaming service that will launch in 2020.

SPACE JAM 2 LOCKS DOWN DON CHEADLE TO COSTAR WITH LEBRON JAMES _ Don Cheadle is trading his superhero costume for some hoops. The 54-year-old actor is starring in Space Jam 2 opposite LeBron James. Cheadle recently starred as James Rhodes/War Machine in the blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame. Space Jam 2 is scheduled for release in July 2021.

TRAILER FOR ‘THE GREAT HACK’ DOCUMENTARY _ Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a documentary titled The Great Hack, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The documentary “uncovers the dark world of data exploitation” and dives deep into the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. The film looks at this specific “hack” — what happened, who controls our data, what they’re doing with it, and why it’s such a major part of our modern world. • VIDEO

TRAILER FOR NETFLIX’S ANOTHER LIFE LOOKS LIKE ARRIVAL MEETS STARGATE SG-1 _ Netflix has released a trailer for its upcoming science fiction series Another Life, starring Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. The 10-episode series premieres on July 25 and it looks like a fun cross between the first-contact film Arrival and the Syfy Channel’s Dark Matter.

… The series follows Commander Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff), who’s selected to lead a mission to a distant planet after an alien ship touches down on Earth. • VIDEO

CHEDDAR FROM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE HAS DIED _ In sad Brooklyn Nine-Nine news, Stewart — the dog who played Cheddar — has died. Stewart’s owner recently took to Instagram to share that the 13-year-old corgi — who was the longest-running dog to play Cheddar on the show — had died.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  HOT: Is it hot? Here’s Buster Poindexter’s Hot Hot Hot edited as a bed with an intro.

  DROP: There were some things going on in sports today that will make your brain fall out of your skull.

  CHRISTMAS IN JULY: It’s July, but we’re already in Christmas mode. Hallmark is in the process of filming 40 holiday movies for this season, and Amazon’ Prime Day is next Monday and Tuesday.


BITS & BREAKS

SUMMER PICNIC TIP

Potato salad left out in the heat for more than four hours should not be eaten, but still makes a great sun block.

MOST BIZARRE WILLS EVER WRITTEN

• Leona Helmsley: Notorious New York hotelier Leona Helmsley, nicknamed “the Queen of Mean” for her outrageous behavior, died in August 2007 of congestive heart failure at the age of 87. In her will, Helmsley left a $12 million trust fund to Trouble, her Maltese dog, $10 million each to two of her four grandchildren, and nothing to the other two. Later, a judge reduced the sum left to Trouble to $2 million, after the dog’s caretaker, who earns $60,000 a year, testified that it would be enough to support the pup’s lavish lifestyle for the rest of its life.

• Born in 1748, Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, jurist and social reformer who was instrumental in the founding of London University, today University College London. Upon Bentham’s death in June 1832, his body was preserved as requested in his will. Bentham wished to be embalmed, dressed, and placed in his chair “in the attitude in which I am sitting when engaged in thought.” The body remains on display in a glass case at the University College London. Because Bentham’s head was damaged during preservation, it is stored separately, and the body was fitted with a wax replica.

• Before celebrated comedian Jack Benny died of pancreatic cancer in October 1974, he arranged one final romantic gesture for his wife of 47 years, Mary Livingstone. Benny left a sum of money to a local florist for one long-stemmed red rose to be delivered to Livingstone every day for the rest of her life. Livingstone, who had performed with Benny throughout most of his career, outlived her husband by nine years.

• Frederic Baur: Before his death in May 2008, Frederic Baur, the man who came up with the distinctive Pringles can, told his children that he wished to be buried in his invention. At first Baur’s children were slightly skeptical of his wish, but when Baur passed away, they honored his request by purchasing a can of Pringles Original at a local pharmacy for part of his cremated remains.

• Mark Gruenwald: One of the chief architects of modern superhero comics, Mark Gruenwald was executive editor of Marvel Comics, overseeing such classics as Captain America and Iron Man. When Gruenwald died of a heart attack in 1996, he was cremated and his ashes were preserved in accordance with his will: Gruenwald was literally immortalized in his work — his ashes were blended with the inks used to print a 4,000-copy print run of the collected miniseries.

• Audrey Jean Knauer: In Louisville, Ky., a devoted fan of Charles Bronson wrote a will a year before her 1997 death at the age of 55, leaving her $300,000 estate to the Death Wish actor. The will, handwritten on a list of emergency phone numbers, also stipulated that absolutely nothing be left to her mother Helen. Knauer’s sister contested the will, stating that a will Knauer had written 20 years prior, in which she left everything to relatives, was more authentic. Despite the lawsuit, the money went to the action hero, whose spokesperson told the New York Post that he would donate it to charity.

• Known throughout his life as a prankster, Canadian lawyer Charles Vance Millar had no family to which to leave his assets. So before his 1926 death, Millar, who enjoyed devising social experiments that targeted peoples’ greed, drafted a truly unusual will. In it, he granted three men who hated each other joint ownership of his Jamaica vacation home. In the ninth clause of his will, Millar dictated that ten years after his death the value of his estate, $750,000, be granted to the Canadian woman who had had the most babies in the interim. The resulting “contest” resulted in a tie, and four women, who each bore nine children, shared the wealth. Thus, the estate of the childless, joke-loving attorney was passed on to support the upbringing of 36 children whom he had never met.

• Known as “the father of Disc Golf,” Frisbee innovator Ed Headrick wished to be cremated and for his ashes to be molded into discs. Several of these discs were made — some were given to family members, while others were sold with proceeds going towards the establishment of a nonprofit “Steady” Ed Memorial Disc Golf Museum.

• Upon his death, Finnish businessman Onni Nurmi left the dividends from 780 shares in a Finnish company that manufactured rubber boots to the residents of a rural nursing home. The company was Nokia, which moved into telecommunications in the 1970s and generated a lot of revenue for the home. After a legal battle the shares were diversified and the income used to fund a welfare center and services for the elderly.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: One in five office workers have one of these in their desk. (Toothbrush)

TRIVIA: Three percent of adults who do this say they often eat when they do. (Take a bath)

TRIVIA: What’s significant about the book “Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies” by Douglas Hofstadter? (It was the first book ever sold by Amazon.com.)

BRAIN TEASER

What has an eye, but cannot see,
and leaves destruction in its path?

Answer: A hurricane.


DATEBOOK: JULY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Linda Ronstadt is 73

• Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is 69

• Terry O’Quinn (Lost, West Wing, Alias) is 67

• Forest Whitaker is 58

• Brigitte Nielsen is 56

• TV personality Adam Savage is 52

• Scott Foley (Scandal, Felicity) is 47

• Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) is 46

• Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Troy) is 43

• Laura Benanti (Law and Order: SVU) is 40

• Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1606: The painter Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Netherlands.

• 1979: President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech in which he lamented what he called a “crisis of confidence” in America. Though he didn’t use the word, it became known as the “malaise” speech.

• 1992: Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York City.

• 1996: MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable TV and the Internet.

• 1997: In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan gunned down Gianni Versace outside his home.

• 2002: “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

• 2002: A Pakistani judge convicted four Islamic militants in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.

• 2006: Twitter was launched.

• 2012: In Egypt, protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Be A Dork Day

• Gummi Worm Day

• Tapioca Pudding Day

• Get Out of the Doghouse Day

• Give Something Away 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)