INTERPREP PRO ★ JUNE 2, 2020

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 2, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Jerry Mathers (Leave It To Beaver) is 72

• Dennis Haysbert (24) is 66

• Dana Carvey is 65

• Andy Cohen is 52

• Wayne Brady is 48

• Wentworth Miller (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) is 48

• Zachary Quinto is 43

• Dominic Cooper (Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, Captain America: The First Avenger) is 42

• Justin Long (Accepted, Dodgeball) is 42

• Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1835: P.T. Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States.

• 1886: Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.

• 1896: Guglielmo Marconi received a patent for his newest invention: the radio.

• 1928: Employees at Kraft created a processed specialty cheese product they would call Velveeta.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off their first American tour at a high school football stadium in Lynn, Massachusetts.

• 1988: Singer James Brown’s wife Adrienne claimed “diplomatic immunity” in traffic court because she was the wife of the “official ambassador of soul.”

• 1997: In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

• 2004: Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy.

• 2005: Georgia “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction and was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.

• 2015: Seth Blatter, president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), resigned five days after his re-election to a fifth term.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Leave The Office Early Day

• Bubba Day

• Gun Violence Awareness Day

• Rotisserie Chicken Day

• Rocky Road Ice Cream Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

36: The number of inches a bamboo plant can grow in a day.


NEWS ATTACK!

At the Washington, DC, protest on Sunday, demonstrators tackled a white man who was destroying a sidewalk with a hammer and turned him over to police. [He also got a D- on his rioting test. “Dude, use the hammer on windows, not the street!”]

The Florida Keys have reopened to visitors. [If you had your hand stamped in February there’s no readmission fee.]

Donald Trump told America’s governor’s they should crack down on protesters or they will look like jerks. [And dweebs.]

Researchers say it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wear your face mask in the home. [It’ll help keep you healthy and let you make faces at your spouse.]

A study shows that the bread-winning spouse is the one most likely to cheat. [That’s because that’s the one who can actually afford that private second cell phone.]

In a survey, half of dads said they’d like a new grill or grilling accessory for Father’s Day. [My most-used grilling accessory is the fire extinguisher.]

Health experts say if you use an Uber or Lyft you decrease your chances of getting coronavirus by sitting in the back seat. [Plus all the best potato chip crumbs are in the back.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SHOULD YOU WEAR A FACE MASK AT HOME? _ A new study has found that wearing a face mask in your home could help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus among those you live with. Researchers from China, the U.S., and Australia surveyed 335 people from 124 families in Beijing, China, that had lived in the same house for at least four days prior and for more than a day after a person who had tested positive for COVID-19 started showing symptoms.

… Results of the study concluded that wearing a face mask inside the home was 79 percent effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19 between an infected person and other family members, but only before symptoms of the virus were present. It also found that the use of a face mask after symptoms of the coronavirus were present did little to provide additional protection.

🎧  TWITTER LOVES THE “CHEESECAKE LOOTER” _ The numerous protests happening around America led to an onslaught of disturbing, violent videos going viral — but at least one protest video has garnered a chuckle from the internet. While covering the protests in Seattle, Washington, KIRO-7 news cameras captured a woman in a mask walking through the streets with an immaculate cheesecake. One may assume the woman was a protestor who had looted the nearby Cheesecake Factory and walked away for a delicious treat, but what makes the footage particularly special is the news anchor analyzing the scene on-air, who says, “You see someone walking away with a cheesecake there, after the Cheesecake Factory had been looted. Unclear where they may have gotten that.”

… While the anchor was likely doing her due diligence as a reporter by not claiming the woman had stolen the cheesecake with only circumstantial evidence, Twitter users joked the anchor was supporting the protestor by “not snitching” on her.

… Others were delighted by the protestor’s apparent priorities amidst the looting of urban stores all across the country. While the looting taking place has divided onlookers who are otherwise sympathetic to the protests, most seemed to celebrate the apparent cheesecake looter.

DOGS REALLY WILL RESCUE THEIR OWNERS — OR, AT LEAST THEY’LL TRY _ Just like Lassie running off to tell everyone that Timmy just fell in the well, we all like to think that our faithful canine companions would save us if the situation ever called for rescue. But real life is rarely ever like old TV shows. Would your dog really save you if you were stuck in a well or trapped somewhere? Researchers from Arizona State University set out to answer that question and came to a heartwarming conclusion. Yes, your dog will save you, that is, as long as he or she knows how to accomplish such a task.

… The study’s authors gathered 60 pet dogs together and observed what happened when each dog’s owners was seemingly placed in a tough spot. None of the studied dogs had any prior experience or training saving people. During the main phase of the experiment each dog’s owner was “locked” in a big box with a light-weight door that the dogs could move fairly easily. While they were inside, participating owners called out to their dogs for help. All the owners were coached a bit beforehand to ensure their cries for help would sound authentic, and were told not to call out their dog’s name, as that may incite the dog to take action out of obedience, not actual concern for their owner’s well-being.

… About one-third of the dogs rescued their distressed owner, which doesn’t sound too impressive on its own, but really is impressive when you take a closer look. The dog’s heroic actions were striking for two main reasons. First, the dogs clearly showed a desire to help their owners, and second, the dogs were also intelligent enough to figure out what actions had to be taken (opening the box’s door).

PRINCE HARRY ONCE HAD A SECRET FACEBOOK ACCOUNT _ If you’re a member of the royal family, having a personal social media presence is highly discouraged. However, according to Page Six, Prince Harry had a secret Facebook account back in the day. Citing reporting from the Mirror, the site says Harry’s account was under the very normal, not at all obviously fake name “Spike Wells” and boasted more than 400 friends “including some of the UK’s wealthiest and most glamorous socialites.”

… The account was reportedly active from 2008 until 2012 and listed “Spike’s” interests as “all sports” and his hometown as Maun, Botswana (a known favorite location of Harry’s).

SUGARY DRINKS BIGGEST SOURCE OF EMPTY CALORIES FOR KIDS _ A new government study finds U.S. children and teens are still downing too many “empty calories” — primarily from sugary beverages, sweets and pizza. The study did turn up some good news: In recent years, kids have been eating fewer empty calories, versus a decade before. The bad news is those sources still account for more than one-quarter of kids’ total calories.

… The term “empty” generally refers to food and drinks that provide a lot of calories but little to no nutrition. In this study, empty calories were defined as those coming from added sugars or “solid” fats, like butter and shortening.

MOM INSTALLS IN-HOME VENDING MACHINE _ A mom in the UK has put an end to her kids raiding the sweets drawer by installing a vending machine. Sarah Balsdon found the machine on Facebook Marketplace. If the kids want sweets they can earn money by doing chores or doing homework.

JAPANESE MAN HELPS CLEAR 4,500 CIGARETTE BUTTS LITTERED BY SMOKERS _ A Japanese man helped pick up 4,500 cigarette butts from the streets of Putrajaya, Malaysia. The man shared a photo of his cigarette butts haul — which he accumulated in about 90 minutes while helping clean up a beach with an environmental group. • VIDEO

FOR HIS 100th BIRTHDAY, A WWII VETERAN IS WALKING 100 MILES _ A World War II veteran from Minnesota is celebrating his 100th birthday with an act of kindness that will help feed thousands of people in his community. Mickey Nelson is walking 100 miles through his small city of Clarks Grove. Nelson, who turns 100 on June 27, said he was inspired to walk to raise money for coronavirus relief after reading the story on war veteran Tom Moore who raised more than $37.4 million by walking 100 laps around his garden.

… Instead of walking laps, Nelson is walking miles to mark his 100th birthday. Since beginning his walk in May Nelson has raised over $81,000 (CHECK) — all which will go to The Salvation Army’s feeding and emergency programs. • LINK

PRESCHOOLERS ARE USING APPS MEANT FOR ADULTS _ A new study finds children as young as 3 years old are accessing apps intended for users over the age of 17 with adult themes, such as gambling and violence. The study followed the screen use of 350 children ages 3 and 4 for a nine-month period between 2018 and 2019. The study found up to 85 different apps on the preschoolers’ phones, including such violent games as:

  • Granny, a horror game where you are locked in a house with a crazed grandma trying to kill you
  • Terrorist Shooter, which uses machine guns, shotguns and sniper rifles to kill wartime enemies
  • Gun Fu: Stickman 2 and Pixelmon Shooting, in which you use all kinds of weapons to mow down all your enemies
  • Fortnite, the ultra-popular shooter survival game that pits you against zombies, or has you fight to be the last person standing

THIS IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IN SOMEONE ELSE’S CAR _ Rideshares like Uber and Lyft are still running amid the coronavirus pandemic. And as more states lift lockdown orders, it’s likely that people will congregate with their friends for summer road trips in their cars. However, during this time, precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 must still be made. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the worst thing you can do when getting in someone else’s car or using a rideshare service during the coronavirus pandemic is sitting in the passenger seat.

… Though passengers may not be able to maintain six feet of distance in a car, placing them behind the front passenger seat keeps the driver safer and also allows them to place a protective screen between the front seats and the back seats. If you are getting into a larger vehicle, such as a van or bus, the CDC says asks that “passengers sit six feet from the driver,” in the farthest seats from the driver’s seat.

HIGH WAISTED BIKINIS MAY PREVENT CREEPY MEN FROM STARING _ If you’re still looking for the perfect bikini to prevent men from hitting on you at the beach, anything high waisted might be the perfect solution. Apparently eight out of 10 men said “no” when polled on whether they’re a fan of high-waisted bikinis.

BREWERY OFFERS $20,000 TO HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, DRINK BEER _ A Virginia brewery announced it will pay someone $20,000 to spend five to seven months hiking the Appalachian Trail and drinking beer. The Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. is accepting applications from people who “love hiking and beer” to take on the unique job. The winning applicant will be granted the “Chief Hiking Officer” title and be flown out to trail head in 2021 for a 2,200 mile hike. The hiker, who will tackle the trail between May and September 2021, will be outfitted with equipment by the brewery, and be treated to “some big ol’ beer parties along the way.” • VIDEO

WOMEN ARE BETTER AT REMEMBERING THINGS THAN MEN _ Ladies, if your husband doesn’t remember to pick up milk on the way home or forgets your birthday, it may not be his fault. Research shows men are worse than women at remembering to do things in the future. Rather than simply not listening when asked to do something, it seems that they forget what they were told.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DURING PREGNANCY, MEN GAIN 14 POUNDS _ A study found that the average weight gained during pregnancy is 14 pounds — and that’s by the babies’ fathers. Five thousand male survey respondents said they were eating more as their partners’ pregnancies progressed. Their reasons: eating out more frequently before the baby comes (42 percent), the increased availability of snacks around the house (41 percent), the desire to make their partner feel better about her own weight gain (25 percent), and being served larger portions — apparently by a hungry mom-to-be (20 percent).


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM AFRAID OF DENTISTS USED SUPERGLUE TO KEEP TEETH IN MOUTH _ A mom in Brazil terrified of dentists used superglue to stick her teeth back in her mouth for 10 years. Eventually, the toxic chemicals in the glue meant she lost most of the bone supporting her teeth in her upper jaw, and she was forced to spend her life savings on treatment. Dentists had to remove most of her teeth, insert titanium pins into her mouth in order to screw on false teeth and restore her smile.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE RAID NETS TOILET PAPER _ Police in Venezuela raided a secret warehouse and seized 2,500 rolls of toilet paper, 400 diapers and 7,000 liters of fruit juice.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ANTS KEPT OLD WOMAN AWAKE BY RINGING BELL _ A 75-year-woman in Germany called police complaining that she couldn’t sleep because her doorbell was always ringing. Officers sent to investigate the cause quickly tracked down the culprit: an ant nest next to the doorbell. The insects had built such a big home that the nest pressed the switching elements together, keeping the bell ringing. Officers silenced the doorbell by removing the nest with a knife.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KAZAKH DRIVER FOUND TO BE WEARING ICE SKATES _ Police in Kazakhstan got a surprise when a driver they stopped for a routine check turned out to be wearing ice skates. The man admitted he had consumed quite a few drinks shortly before getting into his car. But why the ice skates? The man explained that he was on his way to have some fun at a nearby shopping mall, which has a skating rink.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. The auditions continue.

DC’S STARGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New.

SEASON FINALE: DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New. The Legends find themselves in a 1984-esque world, and discover that things aren’t as they thought they would be. The show has been renewed for another season.

SEASON PREMIERE: DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY (9p ET, USA) — Season 2 of this anthology series chronicles a new true crime: of Southern California’s Betty Broderick, who was convicted of murdering her husband and his second wife. Amanda Peet stars as Betty, who married her college boyfriend Dan (Christian Slater), and supported him through both medical and law school until he exploded into the legal community as a superstar. But when Dan leaves Betty for another woman, it starts a rage-fueled battle that leads to a double homicide.

THE TRUTH BEHIND JOE EXOTIC: THE RICK KIRKHAM STORY (9p ET, Investigation Discovery) — In his self-proclaimed last interview regarding Tiger King, TV producer Rick Kirkham opens up in an explosive tell-all to expose the truths behind what he saw at the G.W. Zoo and his time with Joe Exotic.

WORLD OF DANCE (10p ET, NBC) — New. The qualifiers continue.

THE GENETIC DETECTIVE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Cece Moore helps crack a 1998 cold case involving the murder of a mother and daughter from New Madrid, Mo.

COMICS WATCH HOUSE HUNTERS (10p ET, HGTV) — Comedians including John Mulaney,  Whitney Cummings, and Natasha Leggero provide their commentary on old episodes of House Hunters. Another new episode follows.

SEASON PREMIERE: FULLER HOUSE (Netflix) — In the fifth and final season, the Tanner home is fuller than ever with DJ’s three boys, Stephanie’s new baby and Kimmy’s feisty family as they prepare for a triple wedding.


ENTERTAINMENT

A NEW STAR WARS VIDEO _ I miss going to the theater to see a first-run movie. I even miss the movie trailers that came out almost every day. To hold us over until we can enjoy both again, check out this YouTube video: “If Cardi B Did the Sound Effects for Star Wars – The New Edition.” • VIDEO

MUSIC INDUSTRY TO STAGE ‘BLACKOUT TUESDAY’ _ The music industry will stage a blackout today (June 2) in which the major music labels have agreed to observe how the industry can support black artists, with some taking part in work stoppages and agreeing to release no new music.

… Launched by two Black women, #TheShowMustBePaused will see major labels pause work to reflect.

SPOTIFY’S BLACKOUT TUESDAY: SERVICE WILL BE LIVE, BUT SOME PLAYLISTS AND PODCASTS WILL NOT _ When Spotify announced over the weekend that it will support Blackout Tuesday (June 2), some people assumed that that the entire service will go dark: It won’t. The streaming giant posted on its blog that it “Stands with the Black Community in the Fight Against Racism and Injustice,” and is giving a number of staffers a “day of collective disconnect from work meant to help people reflect and come together in support of the Black community.” Only certain channels, playlists and podcasts will go dark. The company also will match financial donations made by employees to organizations “focused on the fight against racism, injustice, inequity, and driving meaningful change.”

MOTLEY CRUE, POISON, DEF LEPPARD POSTPONE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR _ Mötley Crüe, Poison, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett have postponed their summer Stadium Tour, which was supposed to kick off June 18 in Jacksonville, Florida. All dates have been moved to 2021.

RYAN REYNOLDS AND BLAKE LIVELY DONATE $200K TO NAACP _ Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the wake of protests taking place across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd.

… The couple shared on Instagram: “We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”

… “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity. We talk about our bias, blindness, and our own mistakes. We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become.”

JAMES CAMERON GOES INTO 14-DAY QUARANTINE BEFORE AVATAR 2 RESTARTS FILMING _ James Cameron is heading into a 14-day government supervised quarantine as production on his long-awaited Avatar sequels looks to restart in New Zealand. Avatar producer Jon Landau announced the quarantine while sharing a photo of Cameron and himself arriving in New Zealand from Los Angeles after a 13-hour direct flight.

… The 14-day quarantine means production on the Avatar sequels will resume this month. The sequels will be some of the first major Hollywood films back in production.

… According to Variety, Cameron and Landau traveled to New Zealand along with some 50 passengers over the weekend. All of the crew that traveled to New Zealand will have to adhere to government mandates and safety precautions and quarantine for 14 days.

STEVE HARVEY BUYS TYLER PERRY’S $15 MILLION FORMER ATLANTA MANSION _ An Atlanta mansion formerly owned by movie mogul and actor Tyler Perry has just been purchased by Steve Harvey and his wife for $15 million. Perry sold the opulent 35,000-square-foot estate in 2016 for $17.5 million, after having had it on the market for almost two years. The property made real estate waves as the most expensive residential sale in Atlanta history. The buyer from Perry and the seller to Harvey was David Turner, a former businessman turned evangelist who made his fortune manufacturing dried fruit and nuts.

COLE SPROUSE SAYS HE WAS ARRESTED DURING BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST _ Cole Sprouse is sharing his experience of protesting after George Floyd’s death. On Monday afternoon, the Riverdale star took to Instagram and revealed that he was arrested over the weekend in Santa Monica, California.

JJ ABRAMS AND BAD ROBOT PLEDGE $10 MILLION DONATION TO ANTI-RACISM GROUPS _ JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, along with he and his wife’s foundation, pledged a $10 million donation over the next five years to groups and agendas that combat racism.

STAR WARS STORMTROOPERS ARE NOW ENFORCING SOCIAL DISTANCING AT DISNEY WORLD’S SHOPS _ Even though Disney World in Orlando isn’t scheduled to reopen until July, the Disney Springs collection of shops and restaurants is back up and running. However, there are still social distancing policies in place, and in order to make sure guests adhere to the guidelines set by the Disney theme park locale, they’ve brought in First Order Stormtroopers to make sure people are keeping their distance from each other by way of some playful banter and crowd interaction.

… Keeping a safe distance away from guests by standing atop a balcony, a male and a female Stormtrooper banter back and forth about their current job and also doing a little bickering about keeping their distance from each other. The female Stormtrooper is not too happy with her current assignment since she’s usually working on Star Destroyers, guarding flight decks and whatnot. But they look down among the crowd, telling them to move along and comparing them to banthas, the hairy creatures that Tusken Raiders are known to ride. When the male Stormtrooper offers some fun facts about banthas, the female responds, “Yeah, I’m going to need you to move one male bantha’s length away, please.” • VIDEO


BITS & BREAKS

FIRST RULE OF 2020

Question on Reddit: In 50 years when we tell our kids and grandkids about 2020, what’s the first thing we tell them?

Best answer: The first rule of 2020? You don’t talk about 2020.

FACEBOOK THIS

FB icon  What are the best omelet fillings?

WHAT IS YOUR STRANGE HOBBY?

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: What is your strange hobby?

• Sometimes when I’m bored I will Google bars and restaurants in other countries, look at their menu and try to decide what I would get to eat/drink if I was there.

• I collect rubber ducks. Coming up on 200.

• I age fine pipe tobacco.

• I go to the courthouse and I watch trials.

• I tie knots. It’s pretty relaxing.

SKIP GOLF, PLAY FLOGTON

Golf is painful, so the next time you tee off with friends, play Flogton instead. Flogton is “not golf” spelled backwards. Some of the rules of Flogton:

• Players get a mulligan on every hole.

• The ball can be teed up anywhere, except on the green.

• The third putt is always good.

• When stuck in a bunker, pick up the ball and toss it onto the edge of the green.

• A bump is moving the ball six feet away from any hazard or bunker. The only caveat is that the bump cannot put the ball closer to the hole.

SAVE TIME IN THE MORNING BY ENJOYING COFFEE IN THE SHOWER

EDITOR: This press release landed in our inbox Monday and we had to share it. If you email Sean he might send you one: sean@30watt.com. Note: We wanted to link to the product website but the company domain (30watt.com) wasn’t working.

Save Time in the Morning by Enjoying Coffee in the Shower!

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The Joeski is ideal for the morning person who is always on the go and wants to streamline their mornings with efficiency. On the other hand, the Joeski is also perfect for those who may have hit the snooze button too many times and desperately need a caffeine boost to start the day.

If you are struggling to find gift ideas for Father’s Day, the Joeski is the perfect gift for dads everywhere!


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Researchers have actually measured the distance one of these travels, and it’s about 16 feet. (A fart)

TRIVIA: The Census Bureau says you probably live within 50 miles of this. (Your birthplace. Just over half of us do.)

TRIVIA: Seventy-two percent of men say they’d risk their lives to save what? (Their pet)

TRIVIA: The four most widely spoken languages on earth are Chinese (Mandarin), English, Hindustani, and Spanish. What’s fifth? (Russian)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Boars Eat $22,000 Worth of ______ Hidden in Forest”

Hiding a stash of cocaine worth $22,000 in the Italian woods might not have been the dumbest idea a suspected gang of drug dealers came up with, but it was certainly the least effective. Turns out the hidden stash was found by a horde of wild boars, which destroyed and ate it. Police found out about the incident after they wiretapped members of the gang and overheard them complaining about the damage to their product. According to Italian news sources, the wild boars ripped into a sealed package of cocaine and proceeded to litter the nearby woodlands with its powdery contents.



DATEBOOK: JUNE 3, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) is 74

• Anderson Cooper is 53

• Tennis pro Rafael Nadal is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1888: The poem Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones debuted on U.S. television on Hollywood Palace. Dean Martin hosted the show.

• 1980: The NBA Board of Governors voted to make the 3-point goal a permanent part of pro basketball.

• 1981: Pope John Paul II left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after an attempt on his life.

• 1982: Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, Graceland, opened as a tourist attraction.

• 1989: China’s government sent troops to force protesters out of Tienanmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.

• 1997: Residents of the Dickinson, North Dakota, school district voted 2,035 to 569 to continue to call the high school sports teams the Dickinson Midgets. The name, chosen in the 1920s to honor a short basketball team, had been challenged by residents who felt it was inappropriate.

• 2005: An 8-inch french fry found by an Iowa bartender sold for nearly $200 on eBay. Mindy Marland said she was working at the Checkered Flag Bar & Grill when she spotted the unusually long french fry. Marland said she decided to sell it on eBay. Bids started at $1. By the time bidding ended, it had sold for $197.50. She also contacted the Guinness Book of Records after reading the record for the longest french fry was 6 3/4 inches.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Global Running Day

• Wonder Woman Day

• World Bicycle Day

• Chocolate Macaroon Day

• National Egg Day