• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) is 48
• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is 43
• Jessica Simpson is 40
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 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.
• Don’t Step On A Bee Day
• Collector Car Appreciation Day
• Motorcycle Day
• Piña Colada Day
• Pick Blueberries Day
SATURDAY, JULY 11
• Stephen Lang is 68. Mindy Sterling is 67. Sela Ward is 64. Richie Sambora is 61. Lisa Rinna is 57. Greg Grunberg is 54.
• Cheer Up The Lonely Day. Make Your Own Sundae Day. Miniature Golf Day. Bald Is In. Blueberry Muffin Day. Mojito Day.
SUNDAY, JULY 12
• Bill Cosby is 83. Richard Simmons is 72. Cheryl Ladd is 69. Mel Harris is 64. Anna Friel is 44. Alison Wright is 44. Topher Grace is 42. Michelle Rodriguez is 42. Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry is 37. Natalie Martinez is 36. Rachel Brosnahan is 30.
• Different Colored Eyes Day. Simplicity Day. Pecan Pie Day.
243,700: Full-time jobs in America now supported by legal cannabis.
A man in Germany was arrested after he followed his marriage counselor’s advice to release his frustration by yelling at trees while naked. [Police advised him in the future to do it on private land rather than the gardening section of Home Depot.]
A survey says most Americans want President Trump to release his tax returns. [And a list of the hair products he uses.]
Tropical Storm Fay formed off the North Carolina coast with 45 mph winds and is moving north toward New York. [Good time for her to go — not as many tourists.]
Disney World in Orlando reopens tomorrow. [I bet the kids can’t wait to ride “It’s A Small Pandemic World.”]
Disney World in Orlando reopens tomorrow. [Masks are required. And if you don’t have one, the Mickey Mouse at the entrance will sell you one with his face on it for $19.95.]
In an interview with a TV reporter a lifelong Republican said he’d rather vote for a tuna sandwich than Donald Trump. [Actually, I think Kanye chose a guy named Tuna Sandwich as his running mate.]
The Supreme Court said Thursday that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa, is Native American land for purposes of federal criminal law. [I’m not sure what all this means, but I’m pretty sure TV producer Dick Wolf is casting Law & Order: Oklahoma right now.]
Some new research says pickles can help fight cavities. [And I thought they were only meant to decorate the side of my plate after picking them off my burger.]
WOMAN WINS $35 MILLION LOTTERY JACKPOT WITH ‘BEGINNER’S LUCK’ _ An Australian woman who won a $35 million lottery jackpot said she has “beginner’s luck” to thank for the prize, as it was the first lottery ticket she had ever purchased. The woman from Sydney was on vacation elsewhere in Australia when a friend told her a lottery ticket was purchased days before at the same place she purchased her first. The woman jumped online and checked her ticket — then started shaking.
COVERING THE NOSE AND MOUTH DECREASE THE RISK OF COVID-19 BY 65% _ A team from the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital has found that covering the nose and mouth decreased the risk of COVID-19 infection by 65 percent. Previously, researchers believed that mask-wearing was only beneficial to prevent transmission of the virus to others. But, as more studies have found, the piece of cloth doesn’t just stop a sick person from spreading the virus, but also protects healthy people from falling ill.
… Speaking of face masks, here’s a simple hack to make your basic paper mask even better at keeping your breathe particles in and outside particles out. • VIDEO
… And for those saying masks cause oxygen deficiency, there’s this. • VIDEO
FORMER FOOTBALLER CATCHES CHILD DROPPED FROM BURNING BUILDING _ A former college football wide receiver is now a hero after making the reception of his life, catching a young boy dropped from a burning building in Phoenix. Phillip Blanks, a 28-year-old retired U.S. Marine from Kalamazoo, Michigan, sprung into action to save the life of a toddler who was trapped in the third story of an apartment building that was engulfed in flames. Rachel Long, the mother of the child, did not survive the fire but was able to get her child over the railing of the balcony. As the child was falling to the ground Blanks sprinted over and made a diving catch to prevent the boy from hitting the ground, perhaps saving the boy’s life.
… Later, it was discovered that the boy’s eight-year-old sister had also been saved from the fire by another hero. D’Artagnan Alexander, a 42-year-old barber, heard that there was another child inside the building after the boy had been rescued and went to the third floor looking. There he found the girl on the floor and carried her outside.
BIG TEN WILL PLAY CONFERENCE-ONLY SCHEDULES _ Announced Thursday: The Big Ten will play conference-only schedules in all fall sports, including football. As the first member of the Bowl Subdivision to take such a step, the Big Ten’s move could foreshadow similar changes across the highest level of college sports given the continued uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
PICKLES CAN HELP FIGHT CAVITIES _ We’re living in an era of pickle love. Whether it’s potato chips, cotton candy, Twinkies, ice cream, or something else, pickle lovers around the world are taking a stance and inserting the fermented cucumbers into zany and bold new food concoctions.
… Pickles also have a number of health benefits. It’s why some sports drinks are made with pickles, because they contain electrolytes and potassium that can help relieve muscle cramps. Pickles are rich in probiotics — healthy, live bacteria and yeast — which aid in gut health and digestion, too, and make for an effective hangover cure.
… And now there’s another reason to add more pickles to your diet: They can fight cavities. A new study has found that the probiotics in pickles and other fermented vegetables can prevent tooth decay and thwart the oral bacteria that causes cavities. The study was done in China on rats and human studies on the efficacy of fighting cavities with pickles still need to be done, but the results of the rat study are encouraging.
YOU COULD GET PAID $1,000 TO PLAY ANIMAL CROSSING _ Human beings require neither toilet paper nor the Nintendo Switch to survive but you wouldn’t have known that based on how quickly both of them vanished from stores a few months ago. If you haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to play Animal Crossing for hours on end every day since this whole pandemic started, you’ve been doing the entire thing wrong.
… The latest “Dream Job That Sounds Too Good To Be True” comes courtesy of HighSpeedInternet.com, which is currently seeking applicants willing to play Animal Crossing for 50 hours and get paid $1,000 for their troubles. If math’s not your thing, that’s $20 an hour. • INFO
BED BATH & BEYOND ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CLOSE 200 STORES _ Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close approximately 21% of its stores, or 200 locations, over the next two years.
FATHER AND SON FIND WORLD WAR II BOMB WHILE MAGNET FISHING _ Magnet fishing stories are all the rage right now. Maybe it’s the pandemic: if you don’t like to fish for fish, you can put a magnet on a line and enjoy some relaxing casting-in, casting-out… while hoping each cast brings in some metalic trinket. A week or two ago a kid was magnet fishing and caught an old hand grenade. This week a kid caught an phone that had been lost in a river for a year. That wasn’t a magnet fishing catch, but it was odd.
… This week a British man magnet fishing with his 6-year-old son ended up reeling in a World War II-era bomb. At first Ben Austin said he thought the metal object they caught looked like a bomb. As his son tried to grab and pull it up, Ben said, “No, this is a real bomb.” They exited the area and called police. A bomb disposal unit was summoned to the scene.
… Ben lost his fishing magnet when the bomb guys detonated the explosive.
WORK FROM HOME MIGHT BE BETTER _ According to a survey by Salary.com, U.S. workers say they waste over two hours a day at work on social media, surfing the Internet, socializing with co-workers and simply “spacing out.”
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? _ Two months from today (September 10) the NFL season begins. Pending developments in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the season is scheduled to begin with the NFL Kickoff Game, with the defending Super Bowl 54 champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans in a rematch of the previous season’s AFC Divisional Round.
TAKE CARE WITH THOSE OLD HARD DRIVES _ Before you give away an old computer, or toss an unwanted hard drive, take care to wipe it clean of private information. A recent study found that many hard drives purchased second-hand, on sites like Craigslist and eBay, routinely contain sensitive or confidential data. Tech experts say that since the price for a new hard drive has gotten cheap it’s not worth the risk to make a few bucks off a used one. You’re best bet? Drill holes in the old drive and toss it.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: 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.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN STOLEN CAR CRASHES INTO WOMAN IN STOLEN CAR _ In Oregon, police responded to a report of a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser. A pursuit lasted for several blocks until the driver crashed into another car near an intersection. Cops identified the driver of the Land Cruiser as Randy Lee Cooper. After taking Cooper into custody, police realized that the second car was also reported stolen. The driver of that car, Kristin Nicole Begue, was also found to be under the influence.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RUNAWAY OIL TANKER TRAILER ENDS UP IN BACK YARD _ Firefighters in Utah said a runaway oil tanker that wasn’t attached to a truck went rolling down a street in the middle of the night and ended up in a resident’s back yard. The Salt Lake City Fire Department said the asphalt oil tanker trailer had been left in a parking lot early Wednesday when it started rolling for unknown reasons around 3:20AM. The tanker rolled across the empty parking lot, crossed a road and ended up in a home’s back yard. 911 callers initially thought the rumbling was from an earthquake. No one was injured and the tanker stopped before striking the house. The trailer leaked an estimated 500-1,500 gallons of oil during the incident.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA FAMILY FINDS ALLIGATOR SWIMMING IN POOL _ Experts from a Florida reptile sanctuary were summoned to the home of a family who found a baby alligator swimming around their backyard pool. The Croc Encounters reptile sanctuary got the call Wednesday and after capturing it returned it into the wild.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SON SHOCKED TO FIND STRANGER’S BODY IN MOM’S CASKET _ A North Carolina memorial went south after a son peered into his late mom’s casket and discovered a total stranger wearing her clothing and jewelry. 75-year-old Catherine B. White was supposed to be in the coffin at the Alexander Funeral Home after dying of cancer on June 26. Instead, she had been mistakenly interred at York Memorial Park on July 2 by the family of Elease McInnis, age 91, the deceased woman that Jerry Bowman had found in his mom’s place.
… White and McInnis died in the same city one day apart; each was transported to the same funeral facility. Some of McInnis’ family members thought she looked different during the burial but chalked it up to the embalming process. They never imagined it was an entirely different woman. Both families have since confirmed the cadaver mix-up.
… An expert in the field of mortuary services said, “You shouldn’t run into a problem like that if you are on top of your game.” He added that families should expect a thorough process, which includes meticulously tagging the deceased’s remains before bringing them to the funeral home. The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service even requires the body to have “a tag of durable, non-corroding material permanently marked with the name of the deceased, the date of death, the social security number of the deceased, the county and state of death, and the site of interment or entombment.”
… And the ordeal isn’t over yet. The McInnis family will now have to grant permission for White’s body to be exhumed.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROSS-DRESSING BURGLAR TRIES CRAZY _ A burglar caught ransacking the home of a Beijing woman attempted to convince police he was insane by dressing in her clothes and dancing around the room. Police didn’t buy it and arrested the man.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN FINED FOR NOISY MAHJONG _ Two men in a small city in China were fined after their raucous mahjong session woke up neighbors.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD WOMAN HITS TEEN FOR NOT GIVING UP SEAT _ A 76-year-old Japanese woman was arrested for hitting a teen repeatedly after he refused to give up his seat for her on a bus. The teen suffered a broken nose as a result of the attack. The old woman was arrested after assaulting the teen with her umbrella.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDERWEAR THIEF CAUGHT _ Someone kept stealing underwear from clotheslines in a village in England. On average the thief was committing ten robberies a day. The perpetrator, the victims discovered, was a cat who took the panties and brought them back to his owner as presents.
WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
FRIDAY NIGHT IN WITH THE MORGANS (10p ET, AMC) — New.
PREMIERE: THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS (10p ET, FX and Hulu) — This new 10-episode project is a series of standalone documentaries. The first installment will cover New York City doctors and nurses as they document their lives during the coronavirus. Other episodes will cover the story of young musician Dominic Fike, and Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by Louisville, Ky., police officers in March while she was sleeping in her own home.
GREYHOUND (Apple TV+) — Tom Hanks stars in (and wrote) this WWII drama film as the commander of a Navy destroyer in the Atlantic who must protect a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters. Stephen Graham and Elisabeth Shue also star.
DOWN TO EARTH WITH ZAC EFRON (Netflix) — This new travel series follows Zac Efron (High School Musical) as he travels the world to meet with eco-innovators who seek to promote a more sustainable way of life.
THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS IN SPACE (Netflix) — This new animated spinoff series was inspired by the children’s books.
GREATNESS CODE (Apple TV+) — LeBron James, Tom Brady, and Usain Bolt are among the star athletes who will discuss the pivotal moments of their careers in this short-form docuseries.
LITTLE VOICE (Apple TV+) — Brittany O’Grady stars in this new musical drama as an aspiring singer-songwriter in New York City. The series features original songs by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles.
THE OLD GUARD (Netflix) — Charlize Theron stars in this new action-fantasy drama as the leader of a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die. It is based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka.
THE CLAUDIA KISHI CLUB (Netflix) — Fans celebrate their favorite Asian American character from the Baby-Sitters Club book series in this short documentary.
PALM SPRINGS (Hulu) — Andy Samberg (Brookly Nine Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) star in this new Groundhog Day-like romantic comedy film. The two have a chance encounter at a wedding, then things get complicated when they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
LAST CHRISTMAS (8p ET, HBO) — Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding star in this 2019 romantic fantasy. Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) also stars.
48 HOURS (9p ET, CBS) — Two new editions
CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS (9p ET, Animal Planet) — This new coronavirus quarantine-themed special is titled Life in Lockdown.
VIVARIUM (Amazon Prime) — Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots star in this indie film as a couple that finally moves into their dream home only to realize they are now trapped in a maze of houses and streets that just lead to more and more houses.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — New.
PRESS YOUR LUCK (9p ET, ABC) — New.
MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. Celeb panelists are Adam Carolla, Cheryl Hines, Nick Swisher, Ali Wentworth, Mark Duplass and Loni Love.
OPENING IN THEATERS ON YEAR AGO _ One year ago the movies Crawl and Stuber were opening in theaters and attempting to take down Spider-Man: Far From Home.
NAYA RIVERA PRESUMED DEAD _ (CHECK) The search for Naya Rivera is still underway. The Glee star’s 4-year-old son Josey was found alone on a boat in the middle of California’s Lake Piru. Authorities began a rescue mission for Rivera on Wednesday but suspended the search at nightfall. The search resumed at daybreak on Thursday, however, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department soon reported that they were doing a “recovery operation.”
🎧 BILL NYE SHOWS HOW EFFECTIVELY FACE MASKS WORK _ It’s common scientific knowledge that face masks are effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. But not everyone is listening to the advice of scientists. Bill Nye, a science guy in real life and on TV, decided to do an experiment to show how effective masks are. Bill dusted off his TikTok account to show the people who just don’t get it. The experiment is simple: Bill dons a mask and then tries to blow out a candle. He can’t do it. • VIDEO
OSCAR ISAAC AND MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO STAR IN NEW HBO MINISERIES _ Golden Globe Award winners Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams have signed on for the leading roles in HBO‘s forthcoming limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic series titled Scenes From a Marriage. This marks Isaac’s first major TV project while this will be Williams’ second miniseries after starring in last year’s acclaimed miniseries Fosse/Verdon, which earned her a Emmy Award and her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Limited series.
… Scenes From a Marriage is expected to re-examine the original show’s depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
… The original six-episode series aired in 1973 on Swedish television where it starred Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. Based on Bergman’s own experiences, the series told the story of a disintegration of a marriage between Marianne and Johan.
THE CROWN WILL RUN FOR 6 SEASONS _ The Crown will keep its Netflix throne for one more season than anticipated. The royal drama series, which was originally scheduled to run for six seasons before creator Peter Morgan decided to finish with five seasons, is reversing course. Now, The Crown season 6 will be the final season of the Netflix series.
TIGER WOODS DOCUSERIES COMING TO HBO IN DECEMBER _ A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December. Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere December 13. Part two will air December 20. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.
… The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.
ZENDAYA AND JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON SHOT A MOVIE DURING SHUTDOWN _ Film stars Zendaya and John David Washington secretly started and finished production for a movie called Malcolm & Marie during the coronavirus pandemic. The project was put into motion when Zendaya asked Sam Levinson (HBO Euphoria) about writing and directing a film during the COVID-19 shutdown. It reportedly only took him six days to finish a draft. Production took place in a home in Carmel, California from June 17 to July 2, with the cast and crew adhering to social distancing and other safety protocols. Those guidelines included everyone taking multiple COVID-19 tests and quarantining for two weeks.
… Not much is known about the movie itself, but there’s a comparison to be made with last year’s Oscar-nominated Marriage Story, and that Malcolm & Marie will address timely social topics. A release date has not been announced.
… Zendaya is one of the stars of HBO’s Euphoria and is also known for her role as MJ in the current Spider-Man movies. Washington is the son of Denzel Washington who is the lead in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Tenet.
LUCY LIU TO STAR AS NEW MOM IN UNTITLED ABC COMEDY PILOT _ Lucy Liu just got a bundle of joyful news from ABC: She’s been asked to lead an untitled comedy pilot at the network. The sitcom follows Liu’s Devin, a diva boss with no patience for working parents. But when Devin adopts a baby of her own and has a change of heart, her mother-of-three assistant becomes an unlikely mentor, upending the office dynamics.
KANYE WEST RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS BIRTHDAY PARTY NOMINEE _ Kanye West is as unpredictable as they come. In his brand new four-hour interview with Forbes, the Presidential hopeful confirmed his run in the upcoming election, spoke out against a coronavirus vaccine, and said that he would be running for a new party… the Birthday Party. An hour into his talk with Forbes, West revealed that his running mate would be Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming, and that he would be running for the Birthday Party, which he created. Why that name? The reason is simple: “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”
JAVICIA LESLIE IS THE NEW BATWOMAN _ We have a new Batwoman. Back in May after Ruby Rose stepped down from the title role in the CW series, fans wondered who would be stepping in. Well, the wait is over and actor Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me) will be filling that coveted spot. With her casting, Leslie becomes the first Black actor to portray Batwoman in a scripted live-action TV series or film.
RYAN REYNOLDS MIGHT GET HIS OWN FAST & FURIOUS SPINOFF _ Ryan Reynolds’ role in Hobbs & Shaw wasn’t a substantial one, but it certainly was memorable. Although his CIA character, Locke, only appeared in a few brief scenes, it seems the reception to his cameo was strong enough to convince Universal to bring him back in a future Fast & Furious movie. According to sources the studio wants the Deadpool star to head up his own Fast & Furious spinoff. Apparently, they’ve already opened talks with him and are hoping that The Rock will return for the project, too, reprising his role as Luke Hobbs.
FAVORITE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SCI-FI MOVIES _ Looking for something a little sci-fi on Netflix this weekend — but not anything you’ve already seen in theaters or at a drive-in? A survey of Netflix users turned up the top five Netflix Original Sci-Fi movies:
4. The Cloverfield Paradox
3. I Am Mother
STRANGEST ROADSIDE ATTRACTION IN EVERY STATE
Doing more road-tripping in 2020? Be sure to stop at some of these strange roadside attractions as you visit each U.S. state.
Alabama: Unclaimed Baggage Center • Luggage that never gets picked up from the airport carousel doesn’t stay there forever. It ends up in the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. Visitors can comb through the contents of the bags. Customers sometimes get to open a bag and see what’s inside. Previously discovered items include a suit of armor, a 5.8-carat diamond, and a live rattlesnake.
Florida: World’s Smallest Police Station • The World’s Smallest Police Station that stands on U.S. Highway 98 is a replica of the original phone booth that served as the department’s call box. Remember, those were pre-cell phone days, and calls would come to one location. The previous phone was bolted to the outside of a building. Standing inside the booth provided protection when it rained.
Louisiana: Nicolas Cage’s Tomb • Many people know where they want to be buried, but perhaps not as many go as far as buying their own tomb. Actor Nicolas Cage bought his eventual final resting place, a 9-foot tall pyramid, in 2010 in New Orleans.
Nebraska: Nebraska Rest Area • Nebraska is well known for its Carhenge, which is like the world-famous Stonehenge, but with cars. It’s nice and you should go see it. But then keep going about 2 miles North on U.S. Hwy 87 until you reach a lesser-known tourist attraction — the Rest Area with hay bales, a chair, and a toilet (that doesn’t flush).
Nevada: Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam • Can you imagine cleaning latrines for 7,000 men in 120 degree heat? That was the inspiration for Steven Liguori for his statue to “Alabam,” who worked at the nearby Hoover Dam construction site. Alabam cleaned the outhouses, a thankless job that Ligouri honored with this statue.
Rhode Island: Mystery Tower of Newport • According to the local Museum of Newport History, the tower is just the base of a windmill, built sometime in the 17th century, but no records of its construction exist. Considering the tower contains 450 tons of rock, many people are still wondering why settlers would have needed such a massive windmill, and, if not, then what was this tower a part of and who built it.
DISNEY WORLD REOPENS SATURDAY
Disney World in Orlando will reopen tomorrow (Saturday) for the first time since COVID-19 shut down Disney parks and resorts March 15.
• The parks will be limiting crowd capacity.
• Masks are mandatory at all the Florida parks now, except when eating.
• Hand-sanitizing stations are sprinkled throughout the park.
• Signage stressing safety, social distancing and mandatory mask-wearing are everywhere from walls to trashcans and on tables.
• In many cases, park employees will wear headgear with protective shields in front of their faces, while all wear masks and watch to make sure patrons observe social distancing protocols.
• The most dramatic change: no more crowding up behind others as visitors inch their way toward Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or other popular rides. “Please Wait Here” and other such directions are painted on the ground every few feet in lines for everything from photos to attractions. And as they wind their way through a line, park goers walking in opposite directions are separated by tall Plexiglass-topped partitions.
• Epcot and Hollywood Studios are set to reopen July 15.
THE GROSSET THING YOU’VE EVER DONE TO SAVE MONEY
What is the grossest thing you have done to save money?
• “I’d save the excess milk from my cereal in the morning to be used the next day (and maybe the next).”
• “I called a fast food 800 number to complain about their horrible dining experience so I could get free meals.”
• “I’d eat rice with cinnamon for breakfast, rice with soy sauce for lunch, and rice with ketchup for dinner. If I was feeling very saucy I would mix the soy sauce and ketchup.”
• “I drove from Washington state to Alaska one summer. I bought a sleeping bag in Canada, used it every night for nearly a month, then returned it on the way home.”
• “I picked popcorn buckets and drinks out of the trash at the movie theater to get refills for 25 cents.”
• “I took a night job at the grocery store to make some extra money and because I thought I would be able to sneak some food home. Getting food out of the store ended up being very difficult because they were careful to watch you while leaving. It was pretty easy to eat stuff while in the store though — you just needed a decent hiding spot. Mine was the bathroom. I once ate a whole blueberry pie while sitting in a toilet stall.”
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever done to save money?
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
• That you’ll grow up to be president: 10 million-to-1
• That you’ll ever date a supermodel: 88,000-to-1
• That you’ll marry a millionaire: 215-to-1
• That you’ll marry royalty: 60,000-to-1
• That you’ll achieve sainthood: 20 million-to-1
• That you’ll win an Oscar: 11,500-to-1 (for people working in the film industry)
• That you’ll be struck by lightning: 576,000-to-1
• That you’ll catch a ball at a major league baseball game: 563-to-1 (if you attend a game)
• That you’ll become a professional athlete: 22,000-to-1
• That you’ll get hemorrhoids: 25-to-1
• That you’ll ever be shot into space: 2.4 million-to-1
• That you’ll be audited by the IRS in your lifetime: 4-to-1
• That a large asteroid will collide with Earth during your lifetime: 20,000-to-1
TRIVIA: Fifty-five percent of those who like this stuff would rather gain 10 pounds than give it up. (Coffee)
TRIVIA: Three percent of men say they’ve never, ever owned one of these. (A pet of any kind)
TRIVIA: If you lose one of these, it will take about four to eight weeks to grow back. (Eyelash. By the way, the medical term for the severe loss of eyelashes is madarosis.)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Woman Busted After ______ Dispute Turned Violent”
A domestic dispute over toilet paper turned violent and resulted in the arrest of a Florida woman for allegedly battering her boyfriend. According to an arrest report, Celesierra Thomas “left scratch marks” on the victim’s shoulder “when they were arguing over toilet paper in their residence” late Monday evening. The report does not offer further details of the toilet paper problem.
SPY THE LIE
• Americans eat 300,000 tons of yogurt each year.
• The original Ford Model T was designed with three wheels — one in front and two in back. (LIE)
• Cabbage is “flower” vegetable.
• Patrick Stewart is 80
• Harrison Ford is 78
• Cheech Marin is 74
• Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 72
• Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken, Community) is 51
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1923: The Hollywood sign was dedicated.
• 1985: Live Aid, an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, Australia, was held to raise money for Africa’s starving people.
• 1985: The Constitution’s presidential disability clause was invoked for the first time as President Ronald Reagan transferred power temporarily to Vice President George H.W. Bush before undergoing surgery for colon cancer.
• 1994: Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Harding’s skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan.
• 2003: People in the Brazilian town of Pirapora do Bom Jesus were confined to their houses after the whole area was covered with six feet of foam. The foam came from detergents and shampoos dumped into as nearby river and whipped into foam by a small waterfall.
• 2008: Anheuser-Busch accepted a $52 billion cash offer from No. 2 brewer InBev. The new company would be called Anheuser-Busch-InBev.
• Embrace Your Geekness Day
• Gruntled Workers Day
• French Fries Day
• World Cup Soccer Day
• Barbershop Music Appreciation Day