• Ken Jenkins (Scrubs) is 80
• David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) is 77
• Daniel Stern (Home Alone) is 63
• Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) is 52
• Jack Black is 51
• Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) is 51
• Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is 34
• Samuel Larsen (Glee) is 29
• Reality TV personality Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) is 15
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1922: The first radio commercial aired, on station WEAF in New York City. It was a 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Company, which had paid $100.
• 1981: John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.
• 1996: Democrats nominated President Bill Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago.
• 1996: A divorce decree ending the 15-year marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana was issued.
• 2004: Seven thieves stole an entire 42 foot bridge in Bosnia. Over several days, the group dismantled the metal bridge, transported the parts to a local junk yard and sold them.
• 2006: A guy in Argentina sued the owner of a garage for the overdue repair of his car. He said the auto repair shop has been fixing his car for way too long, and that every time he called he was told two more weeks. The garage had had the man’s car for six years.
• 2008: Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.
• Weed Out Hate Day
• World Daffodil Day
• Cherry Turnover Day
• Stuffed Green Bell Peppers Day
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
• Elliott Gould is 82. Rebecca DeMornay is 61. Lea Michele is 33. Liam Payne of One Direction is 27.
• More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Whiskey Sour Day. Chop Suey Day. International Bacon Day.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
• Lewis Black is 72. Michael Chiklis is 57. Cameron Diaz is 48. Lisa Ling is 47.
• Cabernet Sauvignon Day. Whale Shark Day. Grief Awareness Day. Toasted Marshmallow Day.
75: Maximum capacity of the bar on the classic sitcom Cheers.
Delta says 240 people are no longer welcome to fly its airline because they won’t wear a mask. [Ironic that on flight they’re OK with putting on sleep masks to keep the light out, and earbuds to keep the noise out, but not face masks to keep the airplane air out.]
A Florida man who spent 37 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit has been released. [Now put on this mask, hurry home and don’t come out.]
Thanks to turbulent times, more parents are chooseing traditional names for their new babies. [You’ll have to comprimise, fellas. She wants to name her Margaret, but you can name the dog Covid.]
The Republican National Convention is over. [Rudy Guiliani still can’t find his car in the parking lot.]
Mississippi is down to two choices for a new state flag. [One that misspells the state with one P and one that misspells the state with three Ss.]
The CEO of TikTok has stepped down. [To spend more time on being a TikTok influencer.]
A relatively simple solution could reduce the number of bird deaths from wind farms: paint one of the rotating blades black. [Or paint “no birds allowed” on the windmill.]
A study found that a lack of sleep does not impair a surgeon’s ability. [Unless you’re really picky about which leg he amputates.]
DELTA WON’T FLY 240 WHO BROKE MASK RULE _ Delta is serious about making sure everyone on its flights is wearing a face mask. The airline recently told a former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden that he’s no longer welcome after he took his mask off on a flight. He’s not alone: On Thursday Delta said its no-fly list has about 240 names on it. The policy requires that masks be worn from check-in, through the boarding gate area, and onto the plane to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
PARIS IS NOW GETTING A MANDATORY MASK REQUIREMENT _ On Thursday, France’s Prime Minister encouraged local authorities to impose new restrictions to address the increase in coronavirus cases in France. The announcement also included a compulsory mask mandate for all residents and Paris.
HAVE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM TO SOLVE? TRY VODKA _ To the delight of grownups everywhere, a study has proven what we suspected all along: drinking alcohol can help us creatively solve problems. To test this, the authors gave the participants some bagels and a couple of vodka-and-cranberries, and then had them solve puzzles. The results? Study participants were better at solving the puzzles after the cocktails. So next time you feel stuck on a problem, go ahead — have a cocktail.
BUY SOME AIRLINE NUTS _ United Airlines’ first class nuts are on sale. You don’t have to take any of their flights to get a taste of the snack. The airlines stopped serving these nuts to passengers to reduce contact between passengers and flight attendants. As a result, GNS Foods has more than 30,000 pounds of excess nuts.
… The owner of GNS says: “Not only are we left with bags of mixes, we are also left with the raw ingredients and ingredient contracts from the suppliers. We were asked to maintain United’s costs on their mixes for one year. In order to do that, we had to sign raw ingredient contracts for one year. Now we’re left with these contracts. If nut prices rise, then you can sell the contract at a profit. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. Nut prices fell, and the raw ingredient suppliers are looking to us to make up the difference! The other question is, ‘Where to go with all of these nuts?'”
PRANKSTER WHO PHONED IN HUNDREDS OF FAKE FOOD ORDERS DURING PANDEMIC ARRESTED _ New Jersey police have arrested a man charged with calling in hundreds of phony orders to local restaurants and pizzerias during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. He allegedly placed large orders but never picked them up and then berated the employees when they called him back. 34-year-old Sudeep Khetani was arrested this week and charged with cyber harassment. Khetani made the calls between January 15 and April 9 and was using a voice override service to mask his real phone number when he ordered thousands of dollars worth of food from restaurants without the intention of paying or picking up the grub.
HURRICANE LAURA BRINGS DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENT _ As Hurricane Laura made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Thursday morning, it brought down a Confederate monument in southern Louisiana that community members pushed to remove earlier this summer. Despite requests from residents and support from a local mayor, the government in Calcasieu Parish, where the monument is located, voted to keep it in its place during a meeting held two weeks ago. On Thursday morning, photos shared to social media showed the Confederate statue, known as the South’s Defenders Monument, incurred significant damages overnight as a result of the hurricane.
TEXANS ARE STILL TRYING TO CURE COVID WITH BLEACH _ Back in April someone used their platform to suggest an injection of a disinfectant could “almost” do a “cleaning” of COVID-19 on the body. Every health expert in the world spoke up and asked all humans to not inject or drink any sort of disinfectant. But some people did. And still do, apparently. Health officials in North Texas say they have 46 recent cases of bleach ingestion since the start of August. And so, once again, they are reminding people that drinking bleach is bad.
FALL ASLEEP FASTER BY STICKING ONE FOOT OUTSIDE COVERS _ Now matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can’t fall asleep when you want to. But this scientifically supported method might be one of the simplest. Body temperature plays a big part in falling asleep. Having a high body temperature can make you feel more alert. When it’s bed time, your body tries to cool down before you go to sleep. One trick: sticking your foot (or feet) out of your covers to help your body release some heat. The bottoms of your feet are hairless, and they have special vascular structures to help regulate heat loss.
BOOST FITNESS AND BRAIN POWER WITH A WALK _ A study shows a moderate walk several times a week besides boosting fitness can also enhance brain functions and increase performance on cognitive tasks in older adults, reveals a novel study. A gentle stroll three times a week is enough to increase brain connectivity of important brain circuits and improve intelligence.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CALLS ABOUT MAN CARRYING TOPLESS WOMAN _ The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department received multiple calls reporting a man “carrying around a topless, unconscious woman.” One said the man had “dropped her on the sidewalk and drug her head over a curb,” while another said it looked like he “wanted to throw her over a bridge.” Officers responded and found the man carrying a life-sized doll. He told police he’d found it in a dumpster next to a restaurant. Officers let him go after telling him not to carry it around in public anymore.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SMASHES INTO PATROL CARS WHILE CATCHING A FLICK _ Officials in North Carolina say a doctor (from Raleigh) who smashed into the parked patrol cars of a sheriff’s deputy and a state highway patrol trooper was watching a movie on his cellphone while his Tesla was in “autopilot.” Both officers, who were helping out at the site of a crash, were standing outside their cars at the time. Both law enforcement officers were OK.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN THOUGHT SHE PICKED UP A STRAY WILD DOG _ A woman in Northern Ireland posted a photo of an angry dog she found eating a dead rabbit on the side of the road. While driving with this wild dog on her way home, she noticed how angry and “wicked” it acted. The dog was without a collar when she found it. So she only hoped that if she wrote a post online that it would find the owner. People pointed that it was not a dog, but a fox. She claims she knew all along — but did she?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG COSTS MISSISSIPPI OFFICIALS MORE THAN $7,000 _ A curious dog got hold of a fiber optic cable that ran between county buildings in Mississippi, chewing it to pieces and costing county officials $7,000 in an attempt to get it fixed. The cable connected a courthouse and a nearby Justice Court building in Amite County. The wire was mostly elevated but dipped to the ground by the front door of the Justice Court building, where the dog chewed it. The culprit was not caught in the act.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GERMAN POLICE ALERTED TO SHOTS, FIND SLEEPING MAN AND TV _ German police called to the scene of a suspected shooting found a man who had fallen asleep with an action film running at top volume on his TV.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICIAL CAUGHT HAVING SEX WITH SECRETARY DURING ZOOM MEETING _ A government official in the Philippines will be removed from his post after being caught having sex with his secretary during a Zoom call.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A LADDER AND A PLAN — SORT OF _ A man in England called police when he noticed a ladder had been tilted up against his window at 11:30PM. As he was on the phone with emergency dispatchers, he peeked out his window and saw two men getting ready to climb up to his window. But they had stopped to talk first. So the man opened his window and quickly pulled the ladder in, giving them nothing to climb. Police are looking for the men.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OK, SO MAYBE I AM DRUNK _ Police in England responded to a single-vehicle crash (in Ironbridge). The man’s Range Rover “was ruined,” said the cops, as it had been driven with the front-left wheel completely torn off. Police also noticed a bumper sticker on the back of the Rover: “I’m not drunk, just avoiding potholes.” The driver, however, had a blood-alcohol level of double the legal limit.
WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New.
BOMBSHELL (8p ET, Epix) — Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman star in this 2019 film as real-life TV journalists Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. The story recalls the accounts of women at Fox News who leveled explosive allegations of sexual harassment against network CEO Roger Ailes. Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon and Connie Britton also star.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
LOVE ISLAND (9p ET, CBS) — New.
BEING REUBEN (9p ET, CW) — Two new episodes.
DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New.
PHINEAS AND FERB THE MOVIE: CANDACE AGAINST THE UNIVERSE (Disney+) — This new animated saga follows step brothers Phineas and Ferb as they trek across the galaxy to rescue their sister Candace, who after being abducted by aliens, finds utopia in a far-off planet.
ALL TOGETHER NOW (Netflix) — This new YA film follows a spunky teen (Auli‘i Cravalho, Moana) that doesn’t let homelessness stand in the way of her dreams. Carol Burnett and Fred Armisen also star.
GET DUKED! (Amazon Prime) — This 2020 horror comedy follows four lads terrorized by a hunter while on a trek through the Scottish Highlands. With Eddie Izzard.
I AM A KILLER: RELEASED (Netflix) — This new true-crime series tells the tale of a former death-row inmate’s shocking confession.
COBRA KAI (Netflix) — Seasons one and 2 of this series move from YouTube to Netflix. The Karate Kid legacy continues, with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his longtime nemesis Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Johnny has opened up his own dojo, Cobra Kai, and is teaching a squad of new students. Daniel is now a car salesman and dedicated family man who finds his way back to the world of martial arts. Season 3 will premiere in 2021.
LOVE ISLAND: MORE TO LOVE (8p ET, CBS) — This weekly show takes a look at the best moments from the previous week and features never-before-seen footage, commentary, exclusive interviews and more.
THE WAY BACK (8p ET, HBO) — Ben Affleck stars in this 2020 sports drama as an alcoholic former high school basketball star who gets a job coaching at his alma mater. Al Madrigal and Michaela Watkins also star.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New. The head of household nominates two houseguests for possible eviction.
FRIDGE WARS (8p ET, CW) — New.
THE 2020 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, MTV, VH1, CMT, CW, and more) — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the performances will be held at several outdoor venues around New York. Keke Palmer hosts. Performers include Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, BTS, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, Black Eyed Peas, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Maluma, and CNCO. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with nine each. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd follow with six apiece.
LOVE ISLAND (9p ET, CBS) — New.
PREMIERE: LOVE FRAUD (9p ET, Showtime) — This new four-part documentary series follows a con-man on the run named Richard Scott Smith, who over the past 20 years used the internet to prey upon unsuspecting women looking for love and conning them out of their money and dignity. The story unravels as Smith’s victims band together to get revenge by turning to a bounty hunter when they feel the justice system has failed them.
IN THEATERS _ Are Americans ready to see a movie? Opening today is The New Mutants and The Personal History of David Copperfield. The New Mutants is expected to bring in close to $8 million. For a complete list of movies and their trailers, click the link to the left.
… Bill & Ted Face the Music is available in VOD starting today.
BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC ALMOST FEATURED A CGI GEORGE CARLIN _ Bill and Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited third entry in the Bill and Ted series, hits VOD and some drive-ins today. Many of us thought a third film would never happen, so it’s kind of a small miracle that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were able to reunite for more Wyld Stallyns action. Sadly, one original franchise player is no longer with us: George Carlin, who played the helpful Rufus in the first two films. And as it turns out, Bill and Ted Face the Music almost featured a Carlin cameo — in CGI form.
… The initial plan was to have the modern-day Bill and Ted interact with their younger selves, and Carlin’s Rufus. The idea was to mix both unused footage from the original Bill and Ted as well as a CGI Carlin, but it just wasn’t feasible on the Face the Music budget.
KATY PERRY, ORLANDO BLOOM HAVE A NEW BABY — AND A MESSAGE _ Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are the proud parents of a baby girl, and along with news of the arrival of little Daisy Dove Bloom, the couple shared a deeper message. Perry and Bloom, both goodwill ambassadors for UNICEF, revealed their big news Wednesday and then noted that while they were lucky enough to enjoy a safe pregnancy and delivery, many others aren’t. They wrote: “Communities around the world are still experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers and every eleven seconds a pregnant woman or newborn dies, mostly from preventable causes. The couple added that COVID-19 has exacerbated these issues globally, and that they hoped others would consider donating to UNICEF to help alleviate them.
PINK SHARES PHOTO OF HUSBAND CAREY HART AFTER SUCCESSFUL SURGERY _ Pink recently revealed that her husband Carey Hart underwent a “successful” surgery and is now on the mend. The singer posted a photo of her husband in his hospital bed while wearing a mask after undergoing rotator cuff surgery.
HBO MAX ORDERS SECOND HELPING OF SELENA GOMEZ’S SELENA + CHEF _ HBO Max has ordered seconds of Selena + Chef, the new cooking series starring Selena Gomez and a rotating collection of expert chefs. The quarantine cuisine show’s first season had the singer sharpening her skills at home with the help of Antonia Lofaso, Ludo Lefebvre, Tanya Holland and Roy Choi — the latter being restaurateur and cook who incidentally also trained Jon Favreau for his 2014 movie Chef.
AJ MCLEAN JOINS SEASON 29 OF DANCING WITH THE STARS _ Earlier in the week it was just a rumor, but now it’s official: boy band icon AJ McLean is the first official celebrity joining the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The Backstreet Boys member and rising country singer signed on to season 29 with his daughters in mind. AJ says they are stoked and that his oldest has been doing competitive dance for the last two years.
… McLean’s bandmate Nick Carter previously competed on the hit show, ending up as runner-up during his season.
NBC SETS FALL PREMIERE DATES FOR SHOWS _ NBC has announced its fall series premiere dates. Superstore will be the first scripted original NBC series to return following the coronavirus shutdown with Season 6 premiering October 22. This Is Us returns November 10 after Election Day with a two-hour Season 5 premiere. Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. will be back on November 11, followed by Law & Order: SVU on November 12 and The Blacklist on November 13. NBC also set premiere dates for unscripted shows like The Voice, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere on October 20. New Amsterdam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Manifest and Law & Order: Organized Crime have been pushed to 2021.
ABC SETS SOME FALL PREMIERE DATES _ ABC has announced fall premiere dates for its unscripted shows. Dancing with the Stars kicks off the fall season on September 14, while The Bachelorette premieres October 13 and Leslie Jones’ Supermarket Sweep reboot debuts October 18. Scripted shows like The Conners, Black-ish and Grey’s Anatomy could premiere as early as October, but the majority will likely be back in November.
THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN TRAILER _ Everyone been craving a sequel to The Babysitter… right? The 2017 horror-comedy is insanely over-the-top and so, of course, it has a sequel. It’s called The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Look for Killer Queen on Netflix on September 10. • VIDEO
ALONE TRAILER _ A trailer for a horror thriller titled Alone is out. Alone is another pandemic virus thriller mixed with zombie horror. But the zombies in this are called Screamers. Aidan barricades himself inside his apartment and rations his food. His complex is overrun by infected Screamers, and with the world falling apart into chaos, he is left completely alone fighting for his life. It’s coming to VOD starting on October 16. • VIDEO
NETFLIX JUST RENEWED A NEW SCI-FI SHOW FOR SEASON 2 _ I Am Not Okay With This, The Society and Altered Carbon may have all been given the boot by Netflix, but Warrior Nun was recently rewarded with a sophomore run, and now German sci-fi series Biohackers has officially been given the go-ahead to gear up for new episodes as well.
… Biohackers only debuted last week, so the show must have pulled in some pretty big numbers to be renewed so quickly.
ALTERED CARBON FANS PETITION NETFLIX TO BRING BACK THE SHOW _ Petitions to save TV shows are a very strange thing in today’s technology-heavy world. After all, if a streamer like Netflix cancels a show, it’s 100 percent because it didn’t have enough viewers to support its cost. It’s simple: When you watch a streaming show, a cable TV show, or download and watch a movie, the source knows how much you watched, when you paused, if you dumped out early, and so on.
… So it’s a bit of a surprise when people gather online to protest the cancellation of a show they think should still be around. Take Altered Carbon, for example. Not long after Netflix said the show wouldn’t return, someone launched a petition that already has around 5,000 backers. Yep, just 5,000.
WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN TOSSED FROM A WINDOW?
Driving down (local road) yesterday I was behind a guy who was on a fruit feeding frenzy. First he tossed a banana peel. I could see him eating the banana before he tossed it out his window. Then he ate an orange and tossed the peel, bit by bit.
🎧 What have you seen people throw from their car window? There are a couple of calls on the PRO AUDIO page to help jump-start your phones.
HOW TO STAY MARRIED FOR 30 YEARS
• Mind your manners. Say please and thank you and excuse me.
• Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise and get some sleep so you can be around for the next 30 years.
• Assume the best. Chances are he/she meant to do the right thing even if they messed it up.
• Take turns with the Netflix queue. And restaurant choices. And the TV remote.
• Go out for breakfast. Even if it’s just for a 90 cent doughnut. It’s important to carve out time to talk together.
• Be a team. Keep your fights in the locker room.
• Be spouses first. Then be parents second and children third.
• Cultivate separate hobbies. Be interested in things you can talk about other than the kids and the house and your parents.
• Travel together. It brings out the best and worst in you, so you can work through the worst and enjoy the best.
• Put your phone down and make eye contact.
• Kiss more.
• Believe he/she is the most fascinating person in the room. At one time you thought so and it’s not fair to change.
• Be on time. It conveys respect and honor.
• Never make sweeping blanket statements. No one does something every time or always.
• Be amazed. Your spouse is unique. And they chose you. And you chose them. Be amazed.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Been married for 20, 30, 40 years or more? What would you add to this list?
THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY ABOUT AN EX
It’s easy to rip into your ex over what a jerk he turned out to be, but before you do that, step back and read what’s proper after a breakup. From Yahoo!, here are ten things you should never say about an ex.
• He was broke
• You still love him
• Anything super embarrassing
• Anything he told you in absolute confidence
• How much your parents loved him
• The sex was bad
• Negative qualities your ex had that your current boyfriend has
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: This might be hard to do, but pay your ex a compliment.
• It is bad luck to have the baby shower before the baby is born.
• Happily married couples produce attractive children.
• Baby girls steal their mother’s beauty.
• Babies born at night stay up at night.
• Pregnant mothers who rub their tummy too much will spoil their child.
• Everything a pregnant woman plants will grow well.
• If a mother hears the call of an owl, the baby is female (owls are also rumored to cause miscarriage).
• Eating strawberries during pregnancy will leave your baby with a port wine stain.
• A pregnant mother who views a dead body dooms her child.
• Have a round, high belly? It’s a boy.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What pregnancy superstitions did you hear when you were pregnant?
TRIVIA: The average person does this 30 times a day. (Changes positions while sleeping)
TRIVIA: The average one of these weighs 170 pounds. (The average American woman)
TRIVIA: In a survey of adults, 95% of us have heard of this, but fewer than 1 in 5 have eaten it. (Caviar)
SPY THE LIE
• The avocado is also called the alligator pear.
• Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.
• The classic yellow pad of paper was an accident when a worker at a factory mixed the wrong die. (LIE)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Doctors Remove ______ Living in Man’s Ear”
Doctors in China came to the rescue of a young man who woke up one night to a real nightmare. A pregnant cockroach had crawled deep into his ear while he slept and hatched 25 babies.
Q: Who is this?
A: Jeff Goldblum
WORLD’S EASIEST MULTIPLE-CHOICE RADIO GAME
I have a series of multiple choices for you to make. Do that and you win! (There are no questions. The caller just chooses one from each group and wins all the way through.)
- A woman’s purse
- A sandy beach
- Spiders and snakes
- The TV remote control
- Taylor Swift
- Salt shaker
- Amazon Prime
- Austin, Texas
• Richard Gere is 71
• Marcia Clark (O.J. Simpson ADA prosecutor) is 67
• Gina Schock of The Go-Go’s is 63
• Deborah (Debbie) Gibson is 50
• Zack Ward (Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story) is 50
• Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) is 48
• Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) is 45
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1888: Mary Ann Nichols was murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s known victims.
• 1897: Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
• 1976: Carallyn Bowes became the first woman to run across Canada when she arrived in Burnaby B.C. after a 3,841-mile jog from Halifax. In 133 days she lost 15 pounds and wore out 13 pairs of shoes.
• 1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris.
• 2009: Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.
• Overdose Awareness Day
• Love Litigating Lawyers Day
• Trail Mix Day
• Eat Outside Day