INTERPREP PRO ★ AUGUST 10, 2020

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Rosanna Arquette is 61

• Antonio Banderas is 60

• Justin Theroux is 49

• Angie Harmon (Law and Order) is 48

• Lucas Till (MacGyver) is 30

• Jeremy Maguire (Modern Family) is 9

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1846: The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress after $500,000 was given for such a purpose by scientist James Smithson.

• 1981: The head of John Walsh’s son Adam was found in Hollywood, Florida. This event would later prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act, giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation greater authority to track the disappearance of children. It also made Walsh a national spokesman against crime and eventually led to the establishment of America’s Most Wanted.

• 1999: A 32-year-old Egyptian man, pronounced dead after drowning, regained consciousness after spending three hours in a morgue refrigerator.

• 2003: Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space. His bride was on Earth.

• 2005: Lee Seung Seop died from exhaustion in South Korea after playing the computer game StarCraft continuously for 49 hours.

• 2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

• 2014: Fossils of a new species of giant penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) were found on Seymour Island in Antarctica. The penguins lived about 40 million years ago and likely weighed about 250 pounds.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Elvis Week

• Assistance Dog Week

• Motorcycle Week

• Lazy Day

• Assistance Dog Day

• Duran Duran Appreciation Day

• Skyscraper Appreciation Day

• S’mores Day

• World Lion Day

• Banana Split Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,238: Fotomat photo processing booths in the U.S. in the 1970s and ’80s.


NEWS ATTACK!

Today is Lazy Day. [Or as (jock) calls it, Monday.]

The price of a gallon of gas is expected to remain low through the end of the year. [I know what I’m getting the Mrs. for Christmas.]

Researchers say people with simple, common, shorter first names have more success in life. [Here’s proof: Everyone’s heard of Tom Hanks. No one’s heard of his older brother, Ezekielibaba.]

New Zealand has gone 100 straight days of no COVID-19 transmission. [See what happens when an entire country takes it seriously… and is also surrounded by sharks?]

A new survey finds most Americans aren’t concerned about the presidential candidates’ ages. [Or how much napping they do.]

Apparently the White House reached out to South Dakota’s governor about adding Donald Trump to Mount Rushmore. [And made of gold.]

Researchers have diagnosed a 76 million year old dinosaur with cancer. [Awesome. Now how about we put some of that brainpower into keeping my pale body from getting sunburned on weekends.]

Researchers have diagnosed a 76 million year old dinosaur with cancer. [Pretty sure he’s not gonna survive whatever treatment you’ve come up with.]

One of the lesser-known presidential candidates was bitten by a bat. [Where are you campaigning that you’re being bitten by one of those?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

ONE TYPE OF DOG CAN SMELL COVID-19 WITH A 100% SUCCESS RATE _ Across the globe, coronavirus detector dogs are being trained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Belgium. Sweat is used for tests as it’s not considered infectious for COVID-19. This means less risk when humans are handling samples. The dog that is knocking it out of the park is the German Shepherd, though other dog breeds are being used in the detector tests and are delivering success rates well above 80 percent.

… To properly train a dog to detect COVID-19 it takes: 6-8 weeks for a dog that is already trained to detect other scents, or 3-6 months for a dog that has never been trained.

DINOSAUR GETS DIAGNOSED ABOUT 76M YEARS LATER _ A dinosaur that hobbled around some 76 million years ago has finally been diagnosed — with cancer. Researchers in Canada spotted a large growth in a Centrosaurus apertus leg bone and ran it through a battery of tests, making CT scans, constructing a cross-section, and cutting it into thin slices to analyze it at a cellular level under a microscope. Conclusion: The plant-eating dinosaur suffered from advanced osteosarcoma, a kind of cancer that still afflicts humans and other animals.

… Advanced as it was, the cancer likely didn’t kill the dinosaur — which was found in a huge bonebed with other Centrosaurus and probably died along with them.

WHEN THE U.S. SHOULD HAVE LOCKED DOWN _ New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it was able to effectively eliminate the spread of coronavirus. The South Pacific nation suppressed the spread of the virus by implementing a strict lockdown — that closed the borders to foreign nationals — after only 100 people tested positive in late March. During the past three months, the only new cases that have cropped up were among returning travelers who were quarantined at the border of the country, which is home to 5 million.

… New Zealand went into lockdown when just .002% of its population had COVID-19. After lockdown the country was able to keep its infection and death rates low. To date New Zealand has had just 1,500 infections and 22 deaths.

… To accomplish what New Zealand did, the U.S. would have had to go in complete lockdown with fewer than 7,000 COVID-19 cases. The U.S. hit 10,000 cases on March 19.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK LINKED TO ONIONS SICKENS PEOPLE IN IN 43 STATES _ COVID-19, murder hornets, and a salmonella outbreak caused by onions. 2020 is certainly doing her best to shut down all of humanity. A recall of onions is expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states. At least 85 of them have been hospitalized. The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc. The advice applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under a variety of brand names.

MOM SHARES HER TRICK TO ‘REVIVE’ DEAD PLANTS _ A British mom has gone viral after sharing her unique method for keeping all the expensive plants in her garden looking green and full of life all of the time. Gail Woollaston decided to “revive” her dead plants right before her children’s eyes. To do it, she visited her nearest hardware store and purchased some green spray paint. Care to guess what happened next? She shared her little trick on Facebook, where she soon went viral. • IMAGE

RESEARCHERS FIND ANCIENT HELL ANT FROZEN IN TIME, LOCKED IN BATTLE _ There are a seemingly countless number of different ant species on Earth today. They range from mundane and unthreatening to incredibly aggressive and even potentially deadly. Nearly 100 million years ago, ants roamed the Earth just like they do today, and researchers just found a specimen of one species that reveals how appropriate its nickname “Hell Ant” really is.

… In a chunk of fossilized tree sap, called amber, a hell ant is seen locked in a battle with another ancient insect. Already known to science, the hell ant’s head is particularly unusual. Rather than a pair of jaws situated horizontally as with most modern ants, the hell ant had a massive vertical jaw that we now know it used to snag its prey and slam them into spikes situated on its forehead.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MISSED RALLY AFTER BEING BITTEN BY BAT _ Libertarian Presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen missed her Mississippi campaign rally on Saturday after being bitten by a bat. She tweeted Friday: “I will not be able to attend the campaign rally [Saturday] morning. I will be getting a rabies vaccine as a precaution after having been bitten by a bat near the start of this campaign tour!”

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: What crazy animal bite did you suffer?

FORMER UPSTATE NEW YORK MAYOR KILLED BY GUACAMOLE MACHINE _ Talk about an unusual way to die: A former upstate New York mayor has been killed and two others injured after a high-pressure food processor being tested for manufacturing guacamole exploded. Joseph Kapp, a businessman and former mayor of Rensselaer, New York, died at hospital after the explosion on Wednesday morning at Innovative Test Solutions, an engineering firm and test laboratory.

REDS’ YOUNGEST FAN _ When Aaron Nemo was asked to help his brother and sister-in-law announce they were expecting their first child, he wanted to hit it out of the park. So he decided to cut out their sonogram picture and submit baby Nemo to be a fan cutout at the Cincinnati Reds’ spectator-less Great American Ballpark. Adam Nemo, who lives in Florida with his wife, says he didn’t expect his brother, Aaron, to announce the pregnancy in the seats of a ballpark. But his father is a Reds fan, and he was wearing a Reds T-shirt when his wife got an ultrasound. It was actually Aaron’s sister-in-law who suggested to her husband that his brother come up with a fun way to reveal their unborn child’s gender.

… Both brothers say watching games has now turned into “finding Nemo” as they scan the stands for the cutout. Reds officials say family members should be able to see the baby’s cutout on the third baseline.

… Reds officials earlier announced that fans could purchase cutouts for $75 to be placed in the ballpark during the 2020 regular season. There are now a total of 3,200 cutouts ordered and nearly 2,000 installed.

NO COLLEGE FOOTBALL? _ For many college football teams practices have just started. But according to multiple reports, the season could already be over. According to Sports Illustrated the first conference that could pull the trigger is the Big Ten. SI reports the conference could cancel their fall season as early as today (Monday). If the reports are true, other conferences could quickly follow.

BEAR FOLLOWS TWO MEN HOME IN ALASKA, DESTROYS FAMILY’S HOUSE _ Two men escaped with their lives after a bear followed them home. Brandon McVey and Norman Lott were returning to Lott’s mobile home in the a mobile home park in Alaska after a night out last week. When the men left the door open a black bear waltzed in, shocking the men, Lott’s wife and their 10 children. While the children and Lott’s wife tried to hide, the men started yelling at the bear who reared up and lunged at McVey and Lott. McVey was hit and tossed to the floor. Lott was also thrown to the floor before the bear tore up a wall, ripped a window from its frame and escaped. McVey suffered puncture wounds on his chest and deep scratches.

MICHIGAN POLICE HAIL 2 BOYS FOR RETURNING CASH-FILLED WALLET _ Two Michigan boys found a wallet stuffed with more than $500 in cash — and rather than keep it, they turned it in to police. The Wayland Police Department announced in a Facebook post that it was making the boys, Logan Mishoe, age 14, and Austin Nichols, age 13, honorary “Citizens of the Day” for their good deed. Logan and Austin were looking for shade in a park when they found the wallet on a bench. They turned it in to a Wayland officer. Police found the wallet’s owner, who had left it behind after having lunch in the park with a friend.

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: Ever find a wallet or purse? What happened next?

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC: Ever lose a wallet or purse and get it back with a few things missing?

DOCTOR RUNS 22 MILES IN A FACE MASK TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE SAFE _ A doctor in England wanted to prove that face masks won’t impair your oxygen levels. So he ran for 22 miles while wearing one. Throughout his running journey, Tom Lawton used a pulse oximeter to monitor his oxygen levels. The medical device measures the saturation of oxygen in a person’s red blood cells and typically clips to your finger. The doctor says his oxygen levels were at “98% every time I checked.” He never took the mask off for food or water. The ICU doctor said he wanted to show everyone that masks are safe to wear and are a necessity in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

BOY TELLS JOKES TO RAISE MONEY FOR K-9 FUND _ A boy from eastern New York is receiving praise from his local police department after using a unique method of gathering money to donate to the department. The boy, named Colin, decided he wanted to tell jokes to lift people’s spirits during these tough times. Charging 25 cents a joke, Colin quickly raised over $78. Colin donated the money to the Amsterdam, New York, Police Department’s K-9 Fund.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: GUESS WHO’S MORE RUDE AT WORK? _ Guess who’s more rude at work? If you said men, you’re right. Researchers say men are the rude ones at work 70 percent of the time.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG EATS UNDERWEAR _A veterinarian in Germany who operated on a dog to remove what was thought to be a tumor found undigested underwear instead.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN JAILED FOR ALLEGED FELONY SLURPEE BATTERY _ A Florida Man was jailed over the weekend on a felony Slurpee battery charge. Investigators allege that Brian Duffy doused a 7-Eleven employee with the frozen treat during an argument about the drink’s price. According to an arrest affidavit, a surveillance camera recorded Duffy “back handing the cup full of a Slurpee drink” out of the female victim’s hand. The Slurpee “flew onto the victim’s person.” During police questioning, Duffy recalled there previously was “an incident” but did not recall knocking the Slurpee out of the worker’s hand.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GERMAN NUDIST CHASES DOWN BOAR WHO SNATCHED HIS LAPTOP _ A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop. You got all that? Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets near a lake where people swim without clothes. The pigs first helped themselves to somebody’s pizza before grabbing the bag. When the owner realized what had happened he gave chase. When he came back with his yellow bag other swimmers clapped and congratulated him for his success.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEXICO TOURISM WEBSITE BOTCHES TRANSLATIONS _ It was a bad week last week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations. Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.” Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

… The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED FOR PLAYING BASKETBALL NAKED _ If you’re planning on practicing for your adult naked basketball rec league at your nearest public park, think again. To the surprise of literally no one, it’s illegal to droop and hoop. A Florida man arrested for playing basketball naked learned this lesson when he was approached by police while playing naked b-ball (in Longwood).

… When police asked the 29-year-old man why he was dunking naked, he said he thought playing that way would help improve his basketball skills.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BREWERY APOLOGIZES FOR NAME OF NEW BEER _ (CAUTION) Hell’s Basement, a brewery in Canada, has issued an apology after learning the true meaning behind the name of one of their beers. The brewery recently launched a pale ale called Huruhuru, which they believed meant “feather,” as they wanted to show their beer was “light as a feather”. But it turns out, in Māori the word has multiple meanings and is also commonly known to mean “pubic hair”. And they’re not the only ones who accidentally made this mistake, a leather store in New Zealand also features “huruhuru” branding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR NABBED TAKING NAP UNDER TABLE _ A guy in China is in police custody after he broke into an apartment and fell asleep during a night time burglary. The apartment’s resident said when he woke up to get a drink of water he heard the sound of snoring coming from under the kitchen table.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAMERA AT GROCERY CATCHES GHOST _ Security cameras at a Lithuanian grocery store captured images of an alleged ghost lurking in its warehouse. The video showed fast-moving shadows in the store’s supply room recorded in the middle of the night. The image moved so fast that it was only visible when video was slowed down. The manager of the supermarket said the shadow was a ghost, no doubt.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON FINALE: THE TITAN GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New. Six elite Titans from the Central, West and Eastern regions return for the final rounds. Then the top two men and women advance to compete on Mt. Olympus one final time.

THE BACHELOR: THE GREATEST SEASONS EVER! (8p ET, ABC) — New. A look back at Jason Mesnick’s journey.

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — New.

SHAQ ATTACK (9p ET, Discovery) — Shaquille O’Neal goes on a mission to determine what shark has the perfect predatory attack. Then Shaq and friends Dude Perfect and Mark Rober put various species to the test to uncover the most mind-blowing hunting techniques.

FINALE: SURVIVING JEFFREY EPSTEIN (9p ET, Lifetime) — The 2-hour conclusion.

PREMIERE: 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW (10p ET, E!) — This new series covers the things (10, presumably) that you don’t know about celebs. Up first are Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez.

GAME ON: A COMEDY CROSSOVER EVENT (Netflix) — The stars of four family-friendly Netflix sitcoms assemble for this new special.


ENTERTAINMENT

AT THE BOX OFFICE _ The Tax Collector, a crime thriller starring Shia LaBeouf and George Lopez, is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters. With most cinemas still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film scored the top spot with $317,000 in sales at 129 theaters.

… One year ago: The Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw was on top
… Five years ago this week: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
… Ten years ago this week: The Other Guys
… Twenty years ago this week: Hollow Man

🎧  NETFLIX’S SIGNATURE SOUND WAS ALMOST THE BLEATING OF A GOAT _ Whenever you watch a Netflix original movie or TV show, there’s that signature sound that plays when the steaming service’s logo appears. The recognizable sound is known in Netflix’s offices as “Ta Dum,” but it was almost something that would have been easier to describe — and a lot more odd.

… Todd Yellin, Netflix’s Vice President of Product, recently revealed that one of the options considered for Netflix’s production logo was the bleating of a goat. Yellin explained that there was a shortlist of possible sound options to go along with their logo. While using the bleating of a goat may sound totally random, Yellin says it was seriously considered because it felt like a riff on another famous production logo. He said: “I liked the sound of the goat. It was funny, quirky and our version of [MGM’s] Leo the Lion.”

… QUIZ YOUR COHOST: Play the Netflix sound and ask them to choose which oddball sound effect was also being considered. We’ve included the goat sound in the audio file.

SIMON COWELL RECOVERING FROM SIX-HOUR SURGERY AFTER SCARY BIKE CRASH _ Simon Cowell was in surgery for six hours on Saturday after breaking his back in a horrible bike crash. Sources say the 60-year-old is resting and recovering in an LA hospital after having a metal rod put into his back. Apparently when Cowell fell off the bike he landed on his back which broke in a number of places.

DISNEY WORLD TO CUT THEME PARK HOURS IN SEPTEMBER _ The magic is back at Disney World, but for fewer hours a day. After lower-than-expected attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disney is scaling back operating hours at the Magic Kingdom and several other Florida theme parks. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will all lose an hour or two per day starting September 8.

JIM CARREY REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR TWO MORE MASK MOVIES _ A source say Jim Carrey is in talks for not one but two more movie sequels to The Mask.

… The Mask is a 1994 superhero comedy loosely based on the Mask comics published by Dark Horse Comics. Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a hapless bank clerk who finds a magical mask that transforms him into a mischievous troublemaker with superpowers, but who accidentally becomes targeted by the mafia.

… The Mask includes Cameron Diaz in her film debut.

SARAH HYLAND CELEBRATES WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HER WEDDING DAY _ Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland and her fiance, reality television personality Wells Adams, made the most of what should have been their wedding day over the weekend. Hyland wrote on Instagram Saturday: “A couple, a pandemic, & a postponed wedding: A series. We were supposed to get married today. Instead… we took pictures and drank wine. I love you to Pluto & back @wellsadams.”

… The message captioned a photo of her and her fiance laughing and holding hands in a vineyard. She is wearing a white hat with a veil. Hyland and Adams, announced their engagement in July 2019.

SHIA LABEOUF REPORTEDLY EYED FOR BIG ROLE IN X-MEN REBOOT _ Shia LaBeouf may only be 34 years old, but he’s been working solidly for over 20 years now and already finds himself in the midst of the fourth distinctive stage of his constantly-evolving career. What’s next? LaBeouf is rumored to be in talks to join Marvel’s X-Men reboot.

AMC REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING LIMITED SERIES FOR NEGAN _ For years now, there’s been a lot of chatter about whether Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be getting his own Walking Dead spinoff as Negan. The actor himself has stated on numerous occasions that he would love to do it, but so far, no announcement of the sort has been made. But now a source says AMC is developing a limited series starring Negan. According the source, it’ll follow the ex-Savior leader on his own after leaving the rest of the group.

THE HOUSE FEATURED IN EDWARD SCISSORHANDS IS FOR SALE _ In Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the title character moves from a dark, remote castle into a pastel blue home in a suburban neighborhood. Now, the Florida home featured in the movie is on the market for $244,000.

… Located in the Carpenters Run neighborhood of Lutz, Florida, the 1,432 square-foot home was built in 1989.

… In the cult classic film, the inventor who creates Edward Scissorhands (played by Johnny Depp) dies before replacing Edward’s scissors hands with human hands. After paying Edward a visit at his castle while selling Avon products, Peg Boggs decides to take him in. While living in the Boggs’ home, he falls in love Peg’s daughter, Kim (played by Winona Rider).


BITS & BREAKS

BAD BREATH

Some stats from a new survey (by OnePoll).

• Adults who say bad breath is a massive turn-off (81%)

• Americans who don’t kiss their partner when they wake up because of dreadful morning breath: 75%

• Adults who have broken things off with a partner because of bad breath issues: 22%

• People who say wearing a mask has made them much more aware of their own bad breath: 57%

• People who are concerned about their bad breath because they don’t want to be perceived as being “dirty”: 52%

• Americans who don’t brush at least twice a day: 35%

• Americans who don’t brush once a day: 10%

• People who feel “off” the rest of the day if they don’t brush in the morning: 79%

• People who say they won’t have a good night’s sleep if they don’t brush before bed: 63%

TIPS FROM A PRO FOR TAKING PICS OF YOUR KIDS

A top photographer who took pictures of a young Prince William and Harry has offered his tips to parents. David Levenson, who shot the young princes on their first day back to school, suggests the following…

• For a good portrait, always stand the subject in the shade and avoid the bright sunshine

• Be aware of the background in your picture. Brick walls don’t photograph well. Stand the subject in front of a cleaner backdrop and move any dustbins or eye sores out of the shot

• If the weather is bad, make it a feature of the photo. For example, have them laughing under an umbrella

• Have the subject reasonably close to the camera, and the point of focus. Just give a hint of anything behind them

• On a sunny day it’s better for the subject to have their back to the light — it will stop them squinting too

• For good pictures of kids, always get yourself down to their level.

• Don’t worry about whether or not your camera is good enough, some of the best photos in history were taken with simple equipment

• A camera flash only travels about 10 feet, so make sure your subject is within that distance

WAYS YOUR NAME AFFECTS YOUR SUCCESS

Some research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success.

• If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more. Researchers (New York University) found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists explains, “When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more.”

• If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired. Researchers (Marquette University) found evidence to suggest that names that people with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired.

• Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency. Researchers (Shippensburg University) found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. The findings obviously don’t show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. The researchers have some theories about their findings: “Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships.”

• If your last name is closer to the beginning of the alphabet, you could get into a better school. Researchers found that even though students with last names that were low in the alphabet tended to get higher test scores overall, among the students who applied to universities and were on the margins of getting admitted or not, those with last names that were close to the top of the alphabet were more likely to be admitted.

• Using your middle initial makes people think you’re smarter and more competent. According to research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, using a middle initial increases people’s perceptions of your intellectual capacity and performance.

• You are more likely to work in a company that matches your initials. Since we identify with our names, we prefer things that are similar to them. In one study (Ghent University) researchers found that people are more likely to work for companies matching their own initials.

• Women with a gender-neutral name may be more likely to succeed in certain fields. According to The Atlantic, in male-dominated fields such as engineering and law, women with gender-neutral names may be more successful. One study found that women with “masculine names” like Leslie, Jan, or Cameron tended to be more successful in legal careers.

IRRITATING PHRASES TO AVOID IN YOUR EMAIL

• “We need to…” — Translation: “XYZ needs to be done, but I’m not actually going to come out and directly tell any of you to do it.”

• “Thanks in advance” — As opposed to thanks from the past?

• “Touch base” — Very old school and dated. Just like the phrase “old school.”

• “To be honest” — Let’s hope you are being honest.

• The worst: “Please consider the environment before printing this email.” — I’ll print it if I need to, whether you nag me or not.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to relationship experts, this is the best opening line a guy can use on a woman. (“What time is it?”)

TRIVIA: According to a survey, the majority of women think that jeans and this are the sexiest thing a man can wear. (A plain white T-shirt)

TRIVIA: What does the letter Q stand for in Q-Tips? (Quality)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Driver Brought ______ Along for McDonald’s Run”

In the UK a driver was pulled over when an officer noticed two of the car’s tires were completely bald. After pulling behind the stopped car the officer soon discovered there was a sheep in the back of the car. The driver told police the sheep in the back of his car was just along for the ride to McDonald’s.

SPY THE LIE

• The burrito, a dish served at every Mexican restaurant, was invented in the U.S.

• Placing a rose under your pillow at night will help you to sleep more soundly. (LIE)

• Tom Cruise was considered for the lead in the film The Matrix.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 10, 2020

• 1991: VINCE GILL joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1998: PATSY CLINE’s The Patsy Cline Collection boxed set was certified platinum.

• 2002: PORTER WAGONER and Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle were announced as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2006: ALAN JACKSON’s gospel CD Precious Memories was certified platinum.

• 2006: JOSH TURNER scored his second platinum album with Your Man.

• 2009: BROOKS & DUNN announced in a five-sentence note to their fans that they were ending their run as a duo after one last tour.

• 2011: LUKE BRYAN got stitches in his forehead following a skateboard accident in New York’s Central Park.

Mandolin player Gene Johnson of DIAMOND RIO is 71.

JENNIFER HANSON (Beautiful Goodbye) is 47.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Ryman Auditorium is launching its first-ever livestream concert series, Live at the Ryman, with livestream performances to fans at home. The six-week, Friday night livestream experience kicks off this Friday (August 14) with FOR KING & COUNTRY. The series continues with CAM, CHRIS JANSON, SCOTTY MCCREERY, BRETT YOUNG and Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets go on sale today (Monday).

FAITH HILL has joined the list of artists changing up their looks during ongoing downtime at home. But she didn’t go for a just a haircut or an out-of-the-box roots touch-up — Faith went full-on quarantine daring and is now sporting pastel pink hair. • IMAGE

… Hubby TIM McGRAW shared a photo of his wife’s transformation on Instagram. Tim caption the pic with “Dang, I love this girl!”

JASON ALDEAN’s wife says the top three arguments in His household are: Alabama vs. Georgia; hunting season; and who loves mama the most.

KANE BROWN says his story about being lost in the woods for seven hours was actually much worse than had been reported. Kane says during a tour around his 30 acres of woods it started raining, it started getting dark, and the temp dropped 40 degrees. Kane called a friend who lives nearby. The friend showed up with a friend and all of them got lost. Kane says while lost they heard shots and “my buddy’s girl who has asthma started then freaking out. We HAD to get her out. So we call the cops.” It’s not clear who was shooting at what or why, but when the police arrived, they heard the gunshots and believed Kane and his friends were firing at them. They were able to yell at the police that they were not armed.

KANE BROWN has released the music and music video Cool Again featuring Nelly. This new version features Nelly delivering a melodic rap verse and background vocals.

ERIC PASLAY has released the title track from his upcoming album Nice Guy, due out this Friday (August 14).

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 11, 2020

• 1952: Hank Williams Sr. was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism.

• 1994: At the opening of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, a life-sized statue of GARTH BROOKS was unveiled. The statue had been sculpted out of 250 pounds of butter.

• 1995: REBA MCENTIRE earned her tenth gold album with The Last One To Know.

• 2009: BROOKS & DUNN announced they would split after a tour in 2010.

• 2010: LUKE BRYAN and his wife, Caroline, welcomed a son, Tatum “Tate” Christopher Bryan.

• 2018: GRANGER SMITH’s tour equipment truck was left sprawled across a highway after an accident. Some gear was damaged, but no one was hurt.

JOHN CONLEE is 72.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 11, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 70

• Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 67

•  Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder, The Help) is 55

• Joe Rogan (Fear Factor, NewsRadio) is 53

• Anna Gunn (Skyler White on Breaking Bad) is 52

• Chris Hemsworth (Thor in Marvel movies) is 37

• Alyson Stoner (Step Up films) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1909: The SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

• 1929: Babe Ruth became the first to hit 500 homers.

• 1934: The first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

• 1984: President Ronald Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

• 1992: The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

• 2001: A man in England was reading a book on self-hypnosis in a park and accidentally put himself in a trance. When he came out of it robbers had stolen his mobile phone and two new shirts he had just purchased.

• 2006: Ten to 15 people wearing masks left six 40-gallon trash bags full of taco sauce packets at an Indiana Taco Bell restaurant in what police described as a prank. A note attached to the bags said the group had been accumulating them for the past three years, storing them in the trunk of a car.

• 2014: Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself. It was revealed shortly after his death that Williams had been suffering from severe depression, Parkinson’s disease, and diffuse Lewy body dementia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Quit Something Day. Simplify you life and save money by quitting something you no longer use or need.

• Panini Day

• Son and Daughter Day