INTERPREP AUGUST 8, 2019

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 8, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Dustin Hoffman is 82

• Larry Wilcox (CHiPS) is 72

• Keith Carradine (Madam Secretary) is 70

• Donny Most (Happy Days) is 66

• The Edge of U2 is 58

• J.C. Chasez of ‘N Sync is 43

• Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1899: A.T. Marshall of Brockton, Massachusetts, patented the refrigerator.

• 1911: The millionth patent was filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

• 1963: In England, the Great Train Robbery takes place when a gang of 15 train robbers steal over $5 million.

• 1974: In the fallout from the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day.

• 1988: The lights were turned on at Wrigley Field for the first time, making it the last major league stadium to have only day games.

• 1999: Tish, the world’s oldest captive goldfish, died in Yorkshire, England, at the age of 43.

• 2006: Three would-be thieves broke into a bank in northern Malaysia but failed to make off with any cash because they yanked out the wrong machine — a check deposit machine instead of an automated cash machine.

• 2014: Race car driver Tony Stewart hit fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. with a vehicle on a sprint car track; Ward was walking on the track and did not survive the incident.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Refrigerator Day. It was patented today in 1899.

• International Cat Day

• Happiness Happens Day

• Frozen Custard Day

• Zucchini Day

• Sneak Some Zucchini Day Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

• CBD Day

UPCOMING

• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• August 30: The Matrix returns to some theaters
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Storm Loch Ness
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

34: Teaspoons of sugar consumed by the typical American kid each day. (The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons a day for women and children, nine for men.)


NEWS ATTACK!

A bus driver in Connecticut has been fired and arrested for intentionally locking a troublesome passenger in the baggage hold and then driving the route like normal. [This is what airline flight attendants dream about.]

Researchers have found the remains of a parrot from 19 million years ago that is the biggest parrot ever found. It stood over three feet tall. [An examination of its stomach found what was left of a half-eaten cat.]

Houston police are investigating a group of drivers who took control of a busy intersection and then performed dangerous stunts. [You would think that daily driving in Houston traffic would be enough of a dangerous stunt.]

A woman in Washington state tried to pose for a pictures with a small octopus on her face, but the octopus bit her on the chin. [Obviously, I’m not the only one who doesn’t like surprise pictures.]

A new report says that commercial fishing is responsible for a decline in the shark population. [It’s gotten so bad that Shark Week is now just Shark Three-Day Weekend.]

A group of scientists have been playing around with the idea of creating a man-made volcano capable of spewing enough ash into the atmosphere to cool the planet. [The only drawback is the possible elimination of all life on earth.]

A new study finds that you can make seagulls think twice about stealing your picnic if you stare at them. [It also helps if you’re dressed as a cast member of Cats.]

A South Florida woman bit a man who forced his way into her apartment. [Meanwhile, her dog called 911.]

Eight people charged with stealing $5 million from a casino in Florida are facing multiple charges. [And a movie deal.]

Experts say that people don’t care if they’re buying stolen goods on Amazon. [As long as the serial numbers have been filed off.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

STORM AREA 51 EVENT IS BACK _ Facebook has restored the Storm Area 51 event. Apparently it had been removed a few days ago “by accident.” • LINK

BERNIE SANDERS PLEDGES TO REVEAL INFO ON ALIENS IF HE WINS IN 2020 _ Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged that as president he would disclose government information about aliens and unidentified flying objects. Sanders, one of the leading 2020 Democrats, told podcast host Joe Rogan that his wife would “demand” he tell people about the mysterious phenomena.

OBVIOUS: EASY ACCESS TO FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS = HIGHER WEIGHT _ A new study (Arizona State University) finds body mass index tends to rise along with the number of fast-food outlets and other food sources around a person’s home or on their commute. The study involved more than 700 female elementary school employees living in and around New Orleans. Conversely, having a greater number of full-service, sit-down restaurants near your home was associated with a lower BMI.

STARING AT SEAGULLS MAY DETER THEM FROM STEALING YOUR FOOD _ Researchers (University of Exeter) say pesky seagulls at vacation spots tend to be deterred somewhat from stealing your food when you just stare at them. The research showed that with a human staring at them, herring gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach a bag of chips then when left unobserved.

MAN FINDS WIFE ON TINDER WHILE SHE’S AWAY ON A BUSINESS TRIP _ A guy on reddit shared that while his wife was on a business trip he installed the Tinder app and started swiping. He claims he “didn’t have any intentions,” became bored with the app and deleted it. When his wife went on another business trip he again downloaded Tinder and began swiping — and found his wife on there.

… The man, who says he’s been married about 14 months, is now torn: forget that he saw his wife on Tinder, or ask her why she’s on there. Of course, he admits, “”Now I have to explain why I was on Tinder. This is just a huge can of worms that got opened.”

SMOKEY BEAR IS 75 _ Smokey Bear turns 75 tomorrow (August 9). In 1944 the creation of Smokey Bear was authorized by the Forest Service, and the first poster was delivered on October 10 by artist Albert Staehle. In the first poster, Smokey was depicted wearing jeans and a campaign hat, pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. The message underneath read, “Smokey says – Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires!”

… The living symbol of Smokey Bear was a five-pound, three month old American black bear cub who was found in the spring of 1950 after the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. Local crews who had come from New Mexico and Texas to fight the blaze removed the cub from the tree. At first he was called Hotfoot Teddy, but he was later renamed Smokey, after the icon.

FIVE YEARS AGO THE WHITE HOUSE WENT ON LOCKDOWN _ Five years ago this week the White House was put on lockdown after a young child managed to squeeze through the fence on the North Lawn. Per protocol, the incident triggered security alerts, and sent Secret Service Agents running across the property as all the gates were closed. The unidentified kid was eventually reunited with his parents.

KARMA KEEPS VISITING _ In 2006, Peter Alley, the custodian at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Maine, came across a serious car crash. Alley rescued the unconscious driver from the wreck just a few seconds before the crashed pickup truck burst into flames. Alley was given a medal and a cash reward from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. In 2017, Alley won a $100,000 lottery prize. Earlier this year he won another $500,000 in the lottery.

BURGER CHAIN OFFERS BACON INTERN $1,000 FOR A DAY OF PIGGING OUT _ The California burger chain Farmer Boys is looking for the perfect candidate to serve as its “Bacon Intern” — a person charged with taste-testing their full line of bacon-filled dishes. But it’s not just a day of free tender-crisp bacon they receive. At the end of their eight-hour shift, the intern will take home $1,000.

… Job hunters willing to travel to California for the piggy gig can request the chance on Instagram, explaining why they think they’re the best candidate for the role. Interested applicants should also tag the Farmer Boys account using the hashtag #FarmerBoysBaconIntern.

SOME RESTAURANTS ARE SERVING FAKE GUACAMOLE _ The year is 2019 and the nation has been put on alert for the appearance of fake guacamole. Some restaurants in California and Texas are serving unsuspecting customers guacamole made with avocado substitutes. Soaring avocado prices have caused restaurants across the country to replace the most crucial ingredient of the Mexican spread with a sham substitute. Calabacita, or Mexican summer squash, is the avocado imposter.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: YOU’RE NOT CLEANING YOUR PET’S FOOD BOWL OFTEN ENOUGH _ The National Sanitation Foundation says our kitchen sponges and dish rags are the germiest things in our homes. But you know what’s at No. 4? Your pet’s food bowl. Yep, we love our pets but we don’t love them enough to regularly wash their food and water bowls!

… The second germiest thing in our house is the kitchen sink, followed by the toothbrush holder.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OWNER TRIES TO STOP SUV THIEF BY JUMPING ON HOOD _ A New Jersey man was seriously hurt after jumping on the hood of his SUV while it was being stolen. The carjackers kept on going and took 59-year-old James Dillon on a dangerous ride for nearly a mile before being flung off the SUV. He was rushed to a hospital. The suspects, 17 and 18, were captured. Police say they would not recommend jumping on top of a car to stop carjackers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND BY PUTTING RING ON COW’S UDDER _ A dairy farmer in Singapore proposed to his girlfriend by sliding a diamond ring onto a cow’s teat. The photo was shared on social media. One commenter said: “He’s really trying to milk the proposal.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RAW BURGER SCAM _ Cassandra Brooks went to a Sonic restaurant in Louisiana and ordered a hamburger. The allegedly raw beef she was served made her sick, she told Sonic management, and insurance paid her a $10,207.02 settlement. Then she went to a Texas Sonic, ordered another hamburger, and made an identical claim. But her statement that she missed work as a Texas prison lieutenant was false and her photo of raw beef was recycled from the Louisiana incident. Now Brooks has been indicted for insurance fraud.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE INTRUDER RUNS OFF WITH DIRTY BOXERS _ When a homeowner in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, went into his garage, he noticed a case of beer on the couch there. Then he noticed a man sleeping on a bench. The homeowner confronted the man, who ran, but not before grabbing a pair of boxer shorts from a laundry pile — which became the only clothes the man was wearing as he ran. Police located the intruder in some bushes, still wearing only dirty boxers.


ON TELEVISION

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The chefs return to the kitchen ready to face yet another Mystery Box Challenge.

THE OUTPOST (8p ET, CW) — New.

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (9p ET, NBC) — New. Lamorne Morris, Sara Foster and Lil Rel team up to challenge Mike Colter, Erin Foster and Thomas Middleditch with party games.

FAMILY FOOD FIGHT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Family teams take on two classic all-American desserts, relay-style.

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (9p ET, CW) — This new 8-episode anthology series was inspired by viral fan fiction of two-sentence horror stories. The stand-alone episodes feature actors Nicole Kang (Batwoman), Jim Parrack (Suicide Squad) and Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), among others. Another new episode follows.

SERIES PREMIERE: CHASING THE CURE (9p ET, TNT and TBS) — This new series, hosted by Ann Curry, is a groundbreaking initiative that brings together a weekly live broadcast with a 24/7 global digital platform in an effort to help people who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. A panel of top doctors will work alongside the audience to help crack patients’ cases.

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — New. Odin Reichenbach inadvertently provides Holmes and Watson with a lead that could give them evidence that brings him to justice.


ENTERTAINMENT

FULL HOUSE STARRING RON SWANSON _ YouTuber DrFakenstein has created a new deepfake, this time replacing the cast of Full House with Ron Swanson, aka Nick Offerman. • VIDEO

🎧 AUDIOWOODY HARRELSON TURNED DOWN JERRY MAGUIRE _ How different would Hollywood look today if instead of Tom Cruise playing the lead in Jerry Maguire back in 1996, winning his second Golden Globe award and getting his second Oscar nomination, Woody Harrelson had been the guy to utter the lines “You complete me” and “Show me the money!”? This almost happened.

… In the cover story for the September 2019 issue of Esquire, Harrelson shared the story of why he did not end up taking the role: “I said to Jim [James L. Brooks, one of the film’s producers], ‘Nobody is going to give a [hoot] about an agent.'”

WESLEY SNIPES JOINS EDDIE MURPHY’S COMING 2 AMERICA _ Wesley Snipes will join Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming 2 America, the upcoming sequel to the ’80s comedy Coming to America. Snipes will play General Izzi, the ruler of a fictional African nation that borders the one ruled by Eddie Murphy’s character, Prince Akeem. The movies comes to theaters next year.

MACAULAY CULKIN’S REACTION TO DISNEY’S HOME ALONE REBOOT _ Disney recently announced a Home Alone reboot and Macaulay Culkin had some thoughts. He joked on Instagram: “This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like,” alongside a photo with his belly sticking out, leftovers in his hand and a laptop placed in front of him. • IMAGE

PARADISE HOTEL CANCELLED AT FOX _ Paradise Hotel cannot seem to keeps its doors open, having now been cancelled for a third time. Fox’s revival of the “dating” competition it first hosted in 2003 (and which got a second chance in 2008 on MyNetworkTV/Fox Reality Channel) again found sexy singles trying to remain in paradise for as long as possible by pairing up. In the modern reinvention of the series, viewers were given the opportunity to “play along at home,” using social media to try and influence the action on the show.

LINDSAY LOHAN HAS BANNED TOPICS _ Lindsay Lohan reportedly gave a long list of banned topics to an Australian TV program before cancelling her appearance. She was due for a guest appearance Sunday night but refused to speak about Paris Hilton and some other topics. So she canceled.

YOUTUBER ABUSES HER DOG ON CAMERA _ YouTube loser Brooke Houts beat, shoved and spit on her Doberman — and it was all captured on a piece of footage she accidentally uploaded for the world to see. In the video, shared by TMZ, we see Brooke hitting her Doberman multiple times, yelling at him, and forcefully shoving him to the ground — all in the name of recording an animal prank video for her YouTube channel. Brooke apparently uploaded the abusive clip by mistake — before posting the final cut of the prank.

… Houts is catching a lot of heat and she’s already issued a lengthy apology. The LAPD’s Animal Cruelty unit is aware of the video and is investigating.


AUDIO

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🎧 SHOW ME THE MONEY: Woody Harrelson turned down Jerry Maguire. August 8 Entertainment.

🎧 DROP: Ugh, sounds exhausting.

🎧 THINKING EGG: The Thinking Egg inventor’s pitch video on Amazon. August 7 News & Nuggets.


BITS & BREAKS

TOP 5 GREATEST CONDIMENTS OF ALL TIME

You: “A friend put this on Facebook. How right or wrong is he?”

5. Hot Sauce
4. Butter
3. Mayo
2. Blue Cheese Sauce
1. Horseradish Sauce

JOCK LINE

It’s so dry, the annual (hick town) Steak Festival had to change its name to the Jerky Jamboree.

FACEBOOK JEALOUSY

We already know that Facebook can be an incredible tool for building and strengthening friendships and relationships. We also know that it can be a relationship buster. A recent study makes the claim that “increased Facebook use significantly predicts Facebook-related jealousy” in romantic relationships. The study (published in the CyberPsychology & Behavior Journal) analyzed the effect of Facebook use on the romantic relationships of college students. The report concluded that there is a “significant association between time spent on Facebook and jealousy-related feelings and behaviors experienced on Facebook.”

The researchers identified four themes that contributed to jealousy on Facebook:

• Accessibility of information: Increased info about the interactions of significant others lead to increased monitoring and jealousy for 19.1% of participants

• Relationship jealousy: 16.2% of respondents were explicitly linked to Facebook use contributing to jealousy

• Facebook as an addiction: 10.3% of participants had major difficulty limiting the amount of time he or she looked at his or her partner’s Facebook profile.

• Lack of context: 7.4% of respondents referenced how Facebook can be ambiguous and that, without context, jealousy can be spurred over misunderstandings.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Nearly 900 people (Americans) go to the emergency room every day for what? (Dog bite)

TRIVIA: The average four-year-old will do this more than 100 times a day. (Ask a question)

TRIVIA: 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply comes from where? (The Amazon rain forest)

TRIVIA: After dropping one of these in the toilet, 57% of those surveyed said they’d still use it. (Toothbrush)


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 9, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Sam Elliott is 75

• Melanie Griffith is 62

• Rapper Kurtis Blow is 60

• Today co-host Hoda Kotb is 55

• Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) is 51

• Eric Bana (Star Trek, The Hulk) is 51

• Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Twilight) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1936: At the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal, becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympic Games.

• 1944: The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.

• 1974: As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, became president.

• 1991: During a barnyard scene in Indiana, director Penny Marshall temporarily halted filming the movie A League of Their Own when a cow went into labor.

• 1995: While undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53.

• 1999: 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house.

• 2012: Usain Bolt became the first person to win the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint in back to back Olympics.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Book Lovers Day

• Kool-Aid Day

• Rice Pudding Day

• Melon Day

UPCOMING

• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• August 30: The Matrix returns to some theaters
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Storm Loch Ness
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

• Rosanna Arquette is 60. Antonio Banderas is 59. Angie Harmon (Law and Order) is 47. Ryan Eggold is 35. Jeremy Maguire (Modern Family) is 8.

• Middle Child Day. Bowling Day. Lazy Day. Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Garage Sale Day. Skyscraper Appreciation Day. S’mores Day. World Lion Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

• Country singer John Conlee is 73. Hulk Hogan is 66. Viola Davis is 54. Joe Rogan is 52. Chris Hemsworth is 36.

• Hip Hop Day. Panini Day. Play in the Sand Day.