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BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Dreyfuss is 73

• Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels) is 72

• Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) is 63

• Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) is 49

• Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) is 48

• Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Being Mary Jane) is 48

• Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, 3:10 to Yuma) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1390: The first trial for witchcraft was held in Paris.

• 1886: The ticker-tape parade was invented in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

• 1969: The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

• 1998: Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. He became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962.

• 2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera aired an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and referenced the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

• 2007: In Athens, Greece, two thieves ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank. The men were armed only with ketchup. Police say the thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car. The man fought with his attackers, who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only a fraction of the money he was carrying.

• 2019: A woman in Wisconsin made a 911 call on herself. She told a dispatcher, “Somebody’s really drunk driving.” The dispatcher asked if she was behind the drunk driver, to which she replied, “No, I am them.” The dispatcher asked, “Okay, so you’re calling to report you’re driving drunk?” The woman replied, “Yes.” The dispatcher told her to pull her vehicle over and she complied.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Internet Day

• Cat Day

• Oatmeal Day

• World Psoriasis Day

• World Stroke Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

40,000: Americans injured by toilets each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

A poll says that American workers’ number one complaint about their bosses is that they don’t acknowledge their achievements. [They just keep harping about that silly lawsuit you cost the company.]

Researchers say a shot of alcohol can help an irregular heartbeat. [So I suggest every one of us take a shot next Tuesday night.]

Police in Russia stopped a speeding hearse, and discovered that it was smuggling illegal caviar. [The police were immediately suspicious because why would a passenger in a hearse be in a hurry?]

NASA’s Perseverance rover is halfway to Mars. [It spent last night at a Best Western and will be back on the road before noon today.]

A survey shows women prefer shoes over men. [Which is why I’m changing my name to Birkenstock.]

Halloween is Saturday. [Halloween teaches children a very important lesson: It’s okay to take candy from strangers as long as you give your parents half.]

Halloween is Saturday. [I had a tough childhood. On Halloween, neighborhood parents would send their kids out looking like me.]

Stock took a big fall again on Wednesday. [Jeff Bezos is still the richest man in the U.S. because I just got my winter supply of TP and masks yesterday.]

Sonic is testing broccoli cheddar tots. [I appreciate this. When you add broccoli to tater tots you’re doubling my daily servings of vegetables.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

💀 SKULL ON FIREPLACE MANTEL FOR YEARS LINKED TO MISSING PERSON _ Just in time for Halloween comes this creepy murder-mystery. A human skull that had been used for years to decorate a Tennessee fireplace mantel actually belonged to a man who had been missing since 2012. An unidentified person found the skull near the town of Gobey, Tennessee, and put it on the mantel — where it sat for more than a year with sunglasses on.

… Someone eventually told the local sheriff’s office about the skull, and investigators pulled a DNA sample from it. The office matched DNA from the skull to family members of Junior Willie McCann, who disappeared in 2012. Local authorities believe McCann may have been killed by a family member who is now also dead, but are asking anyone with information to contact them.

TIKTOK WILL DISPLAY LIVE ELECTION RESULTS _ Come Election Day, TikTok users will see official voting results in their For You feeds, thanks to a partnership with the Associated Press. TikTok is working with the AP to provide access to their interactive map which shows live results for races. The map will appear among user-generated videos as folks swipe up through their feeds.

RARE BLUE MOON WILL RISE ON HALLOWEEN _ A blue moon — by definition a rarity — will rise on Halloween. The lunar event means simply that a second full moon will rise in the same month. The first one, a harvest moon, lit up the sky on October 1. It also happens to be a blood moon, meaning a full moon that happens in October, in the midst of spooky season. It won’t actually be blue unless there are dust and smoke particles of a certain size, which can scatter red light and make the moon take on a bluish hue. This year’s Halloween full moon will rise at 10:49 AM that day — which guarantees visibility across all times zones. The next blue moon will hit skies on August 30, 2023.

SCRATCH-AND-SNIFF CAMPAIGN MAILER _ Be thankful this political campaign idea never took off. Back in 2010 a Republican running against a Democratic California representative sent out a flier with a scratch-and-sniff “stench of Washington.” Van Tran, who was running against Loretta Sanchez, sent out a flier to some Orange County voters with the scratch-and-sniff section labeled, “something smells rotten about Loretta. It’s the stench of Washington.” Tran’s campaign manager said the scratch-and-sniff section was supposed to smell like trash. Tran lost to Sanchez.

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S ‘SECRET BODY DOUBLE’ HAS BEEN REVEALED _ There have been rumors of Queen Elizabeth using a body double for years, but as it turns out, the situation is a bit more complicated than that. In reality, Elizabeth uses a stand-in — and now that stand-in is speaking out about what working with the royal family as the Queen’s substitute is really like.

… Queen Elizabeth has a stand-in named Ella Slack. Ella isn’t really a body double — she doesn’t look like Elizabeth enough to serve that purpose. Instead, for the past 30 years, she’s worked as her stand-in. Because she’s a similar height and weight to the Queen, she’s able to be there for rehearsals for big events — especially to help figure out blocking and lighting for events that will be televised and feature the monarch. • PHOTO

NEW APP WILL ALERT YOU WHEN YOU MOVE TO TOUCH YOUR FACE _ Since the start of the pandemic, public health officials have advised people to avoid touching their face — but the recommendation is easier said than done. A new app hopes to drive the message home by alerting users when they touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Called Face Touch Aware, the technology pairs with an Apple Watch and uses the device’s gyroscope to track how you move your hand. The app alerts users with vibrations and sounds when it detects the watch moving towards their face, with the hopes they will fight the urge. Developers hope it will help cut down the 23 times an hour the average person touches their face.

MAN WITH MOST DWIs IN MINNESOTA PASSES AWAY _ 67-year-old Danny Lee Bettcher has passed away. Bettcher is known for having at least 28 DWI arrests during his lifetime and it’s thought he holds the record for most DWIs in Minnesota.

TENNESSEE TITANS PAY HOA FINE FOR FAN _ Homeowners Associations are funny things. Before you move into a neighborhood that has an HOA you’re given the HOA rules and have to sign them. Among other things, HOA rules very often forbid signage of any kind — which is quite a nice thing during an election season. But every once in awhile homeowner will either forget they agreed to the HOA rules, or just ignore them. Such is the case in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where a Titans football fan was told by his HOA to take down his fan sign.

… John Causley was told by the HOA to take down his “Tennessee Tough” yard sign or face fines. Luckily, the Titans had a little bit of a surprise for Causley. The team sent its mascot and the Titans cheerleaders to deliver an even bigger sign to Causley’s front yard. And they also gave him a check to cover the fines from his HOA.

NASA’S PERSEVERANCE ROVER IS MIDWAY TO MARS _ NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30: 146.3 million miles to be exact. Turns out that is exactly the same distance it has to go before the spacecraft hits the Red Planet’s atmosphere like an 11,900 mph freight train on February 18, 2021.

STORE EMPLOYEE CLOCKS OUT, WINS $72,796 LOTTERY JACKPOT _ A North Carolina man earned more than expected in a single work day when he scored a $72,796 lottery prize at the store where he works. Adam Roberts of Burlington told North Carolina lottery officials he had just finished his shift as a customer service manager at a Harris Teeter store when he decided to try his luck with a scratch-off ticket. Roberts’ $2 ticket earned him $72,796.

MAN SAYS ‘I DRIVE BETTER WHEN I DRINK’ ON FACEBOOK LIVE — MOMENTS BEFORE FATAL CAR CRASH _ A 47-year-old Houston man was seen on Facebook Live sipping a beer while behind the wheel. Minutes later, he reportedly crashed into another vehicle, and all three of his passengers, including his girlfriend, died. Camilo Morejon was being recorded by his girlfriend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, for Facebook Live Sunday morning. He’s seen on video saying, “I drive better when I drink.” Moments later his Honda reportedly crashed into a pickup truck. The video ended before the accident occurred. Morejon and the driver of the pickup truck he hit are both in the hospital in critical condition.

104-YEAR-OLD RENTS CHOPPER FOR FAMILY VISIT _ What is a 104-year-old woman to do if she wants to visit family members but can’t sit in a car for a long period of time? Margrethe Hansen, who lives in a Denmark retirement home over 100 miles from her 82-year-old son and her grandchildren, decided to go by helicopter. She told local TV: “I thought it was the fastest way to get away.” A grandson picked up Hansen from her retirement home and drove her to a nearby field where a private helicopter waited. He lifted his grandmother onto the aircraft and sat her next to the pilot, and then took a backseat together with a nurse. The flight took roughly one hour. Hansen saw her relatives’ houses from the sky and visited with them on the ground before taking the chopper home the same day.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED BY ROOSTER WHILE BREAKING UP COCKFIGHT _ A police officer in the Philippines was killed by a rooster while attempting to break up an illegal cockfight. The officer was struck by the rooster’s gaff — a metal blade attached to the bird for a fight. The gaff hit the officer’s femoral artery as he was confiscating the bird. He was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival due to heavy blood loss.

CIGARETTES REALLY COST $150 A PACK _ A pack of cigarettes may set you back $8 to $12 in wallet money, but the true cost because of premature death is closer to $150 per pack. Smoking shaves an average of 7.13 years off the life expectancy of a man and 4.5 years for a woman. The study’s calculation relies on the Value of a Statistical Life (VSL). As an estimate of the tradeoff between monetary cost and safety, VSL can be used to describe the amount a person, or government, is willing to spend to reduce the cost of death.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF YOUR KID’S EXCESS TOYS _ Your kids have too many toys. You know it, your spouse knows it, your friends know it. Only your kids think they need more. It’s time to thin the pile of toys, and Lifehacker has a good idea:

Step 1: Box up all their toys while they’re asleep.
Step 2: Return the toys they specifically ask for by name.
Step 3: After one month, donate the rest to charity.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CALLED TO HOUSE WITH GRUESOME HALLOWEEN DECOR _ There are some folks that do it up big for Halloween — and then there is a Texas artist who is on a whole other level. Steve Novak is on a first name basis with the Dallas Police Department after squads have been sent to his house on multiple occasions because front yard looks like a scene out of a Rob Zombie movie. Novak has no lights or fog machines — instead he’s got a few dummies and 20 gallons of fake blood in his front yard. The dummies met their demise in a variety of ways: a machete through the skull, ahead smashed by a safe, a body in a trash bag, limbs in a wheelbarrow. Cops have been called a few times but Novak says his original plans were “were way worse on paper.” • IMAGES

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN BEEKEEPER’S SUIT ASKED TO LEAVE STORE _ Management at an Aldi grocery store in Ohio (Lyndhurst) asked a man in a beekeeper suit to stop video recording customers and employees. The man left the store before police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ATTEMPTS TO ROB ATM WITH DRINKS _ A guy in China attempted to rob some automated teller machines by using a method he’d seen in movies. The guy tried to short-circuit the ATMs by pouring beverages into them. He was caught and is charged with causing over $20,000 in damage to three ATMs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CONNECTICUT MAN STABBED IN BUTT OVER GAME OF CHESS _ Police in Stamford, Connecticut, were called to an apartment on the report of an assault early Saturday morning. The 51-year-old victim said he knew only the first name of the man who stabbed him, and refused to give police any more information. A police spokesman said, “They were playing chess. They got into a small argument and somehow the victim got stabbed in the butt.”

🎧  WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLE-DANCING SKELETONS DEEMED ‘INAPPROPRIATE’ FOR TEXAS NEIGHBORHOOD _ A Texas woman is in trouble with her homeowner’s association because of her skeleton strip club Halloween decorations, a theme that’s being called “inappropriate.” Angela Nava posed her Halloween skeletons as adult entertainers and eager patrons at a skeletal strip club. She says all the feedback she’d gotten has been positive until the homeowner’s association sent her a letter calling the display “inappropriate” and asking her to take it down. Nava says that’s an overreaction and calls her decorations “creative”. Nava says she was given until mid-November to remove the skeletons, which is fine by her. She planned to take them down after Halloween anyway.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER ID’d BY EX GIRLFRIEND _ In Austria a man put on a mask and held up a bank. And, of all the rotten luck, the teller turned out to be an ex-girlfriend who recognized him by his baby blue eyes. She identified him to the cops and gave them his home address.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BATHTUB DROP-IN _ A Russian couple had a narrow escape when their naked neighbor dropped in. The neighbor had been relaxing in her bathtub when the floor gave way, dropping her and the bathtub into the apartment below. The woman, her bathtub and gallons of water landed in the middle of her neighbors’ living room.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT RUNS OFF WITH TOE _ A man in Germany is missing a toe after he dropped a large kitchen knife onto his bare foot, chopping off his second toe, and his cat ran off with it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY IN POLICE CHASE STOPS FOR GAS _ In California KNBC’s Newschopper 4 was following a chase in rush-hour traffic where the suspect vehicle was able to get well ahead of the police — so well ahead that the driver, wanted for theft from a Home Depot store, took the time to stop for gas as the news helicopter crew televised it live. He even paid inside. The driver returned to the freeway, where police caught up with him, but he apparently escaped.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: IS THAT A LOBSTER IN YOUR PANTS? _ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were doing routine inspections (in Conch Key) when they noticed something odd about the man on a boat: a significant bulge in his pants. When they confronted the man he allegedly admitted he had stuffed several lobsters down his pants when the officers weren’t looking. He was arrested and charged with theft — possession of lobster tails, and possession of one undersized lobster tail.


ON TELEVISION

CITY SO REAL (7p ET, National Geographic) — This new docuseries looks at the city of Chicago, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election, and the tumultuous 2020 summer of COVID-19 and social upheaval following the police killing of George Floyd. Three more episodes follow.

SEASON PREMIERE: SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — In the season 6 premiere, Amy and Jonah try to bring order to the chaos during the pandemic while being pulled in multiple directions. The episode jumps through time, revealing how everyone has been coping with the chaotic year. America Ferrera is back for two episodes this season before saying goodbye.

SEASON FINALE: CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — New. Boxers face off against mixed martial artists.

NFL FOOTBALL (8p ET, FOX) — Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Dean hits the road with Jack, who needs to complete a final ritual in the quest to beat Chuck.

CONNECTING (8:30p ET, NBC) — New.

EVERY VOTE COUNTS: A CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY (9p ET, CBS) — Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and America Ferrera host this new special, aiming to spur voter turnout. Performers include Keys, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay, Offset and more. Appearances include John Kasich, Condoleezza Rice, Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O’Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama, Amy Schumer, Cobie Smulders and Coldplay.

SEASON FINALE: PRESS YOUR LUCK (9p ET, ABC) — New.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

THE OUTPOST (9p ET, CW) — New.

METALLICA: S&M 2 (9p ET, PBS) — This concert special features the heavy-metal band performing their hits with the San Francisco Symphony.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SEASON FINALE: MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. Panelists are Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Jermaine Fowler, Caroline Rhea, Skylar Astin and Retta.

SEASON PREMIERE: DEUTSCHLAND 89 (11p ET, Sundance) — The third and final season of this international spy series picks up after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This time, the world is in a new place, and Martin (Jonas Nay) is forced to reinvent himself once more. He is pursued by Western spy agencies as well as the KGB, but he remains determined to finish his final job for his new and mysterious superiors.

THAT ANIMAL RESCUE SHOW (CBS All Access) — This 10-episode documentary series goes behind the scenes of the animal rescue community in and around Austin, Texas.


ENTERTAINMENT

BIG BROTHER RENEWED FOR SEASON 23 AT CBS _ The 23rd season of Big Brother has been announced and will air next summer. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host.

BEBE REXHA’S ACTING CAREER IS MEANT TO BE _ After lending her voice to the animated film UglyDolls, Bebe Rexha will make her feature film acting debut in Queenpins, alongside Kristen Bell and Vince Vaughn. Queenpins was inspired by the true story of the largest coupon counterfeit scam in U.S. history. It’s about a suburban housewife who starts an illegal coupon club, cheating big corporations out of millions of dollars while enriching her fellow coupon clippers. Bebe plays Tempe Tina, a computer hacker who helps the woman pull off her scam.

BRAD PITT AND GIRLFRIEND NICOLE POTURALSKI BREAK UP _ Brad Pitt and German model Nicole Poturalski have split. A source says the couple, who were first spotted together in August, are “totally over.”

NICOLE KIDMAN TO STAR IN AMAZON DRAMA SERIES THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE _ Nicole Kidman will star in and executive produce the drama series Things I Know to Be True, which has been ordered to series at Amazon Based on the play of the same name (by Andrew Bovell), the series is said to be about the resilience of an enduring marriage and the evolving nature of a family’s love, as Bob and Fran Price watch their adult children make unexpected decisions which change the course of their lives.

TINY TOONS IS BEING REBOOTED _ Babs, Buster Bunny and the rest of the Tiny Toons gang will be back for a reboot of the ’90s three-season syndicated animated series Tiny Toon Adventures. The new series will air on HBO Max.

CRAIG ROBINSON TO HOST FOX’S THE MASKED DANCER _ The Office’s Craig Robinson has signed on to host The Masked Singer spinoff The Masked Dancer.

ELLEN POMPEO SAYS GREY’S ANATOMY MIGHT END THIS SEASON _ Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is in the last year of her current contract and says this season could be the hit drama’s last. Pompeo says, “We don’t know when the show is really ending yet. But the truth is, this year could be it.

… (CAUTION) The Grey’s star and co-producer also hopes that post-COVID, TV shows will maintain their less stressful production schedule. Pompeo says that the pandemic should serve as a wake-up call that long hours hurt the actors: “Nobody should be working 16 hours a day, 10 months a year — nobody … it’s just causing people to be exhausted, pissed, sad, depressed. It’s a really, really unhealthy model. And I hope post-COVID nobody ever goes back to 24 or 22 episodes a season…”

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY REVEALS HOW HE BATTLES HANGOVERS _ Matthew McConaughey has revealed more life-changing Matthew McConaughey wisdom: how to battle a hangover. McConaughey shared on Dax Shephard’s podcast the the secret is to be honest with himself the night before. McConaughey said: “I get my mind right. I’ll … look in the mirror and go, ‘Hey buddy, this is going to suck tomorrow morning. Now we’re going to bulldog through this. We’re not going to make any excuses, we’re gonna get up an hour and a half early, we’re gonna go run and sweat this thing out and tomorrow is gonna be hard… but are you in?’ … And then the next morning just go, ‘Here we go man, ride the baseline.'”

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 AT NETFLIX _ Prepare for another meeting of The Baby-Sitters Club — Netflix has renewed it the series for Season 2.


BITS & BREAKS

TRY THIS TEXT PRANK ON A FRIEND

Audio for air, then encourage listeners to email, text or comment to a social post their friends’ replies.

🎧  “Comedian Tig Notaro has a fun text prank to play on friends. Let’s give it a listen and then I have an idea…”

… “So do this, then take a screenshot of your friend’s replies and share them as a comment.”

FACEBOOK THIS

Pulled this one off Reddit:

If you could telepathically say something that all 7.8 billion people on Earth could hear at once what would it be?

Some of the better replies…

• We know what you did. If you confess, we will be lenient. Otherwise you will pay for your misdeeds.

• Jump on the count of three!

• Watch out! Behind you!

FACEBOOK THIS

The last YouTube video you’ve watched gets sent to all your contacts. What are they about to watch?

TURN YOURSELF INTO A ZOMBIE

Upload a pic, turn yourself into a zombie and share it with your listeners.

LINK

WEIRD AND WACKY OCCUPATIONS BY STATE

Over 147 million people in America are holding a job. While most jobs are quite conventional, some are definitely less so. Whether it is a professional smeller or a rattlesnake farmer, each state is home to a very unusual, and often bizarre way of earning a living.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed job listing sites, online databases, and occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the weirdest job or job opening in every state.

• Arizona: Bingo manager — Bingo is big in Arizona. It is legal as both a recreational activity and for the purpose of fundraising for some organizations. In 2019, Gila River Hotels & Casinos in Phoenix broke two Guinness World Records, hosting a game with the largest bingo balls and the largest bingo card.

• Hawaii: Golf-ball diver — The Island State of Hawaii has dozens of golf courses, many near the ocean. Golf balls are bad for underwater ecosystems, so people are needed to dive and retrieve the errant balls.

• Kansas: Dog food taster — Since dogs can’t tell us what they think of their food, humans are needed to make sure nothing is amiss before pet food is shipped to stores. Kansas is one of the largest producers of pet food in the country.

• Michigan: Furniture tester — Thanks to its access to lumber, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was once known as “Furniture City.” With La-Z-Boy Furniture headquartered in Michigan as well as other furniture makers, the state has many furniture testers who ensure sofas, chairs, couches, and more are comfy.

• Missouri: Dice quality inspector — To ensure that anyone playing a dice game has the same odds of winning, dice are inspected before going to casinos or stores to ensure the cubes are equally weighted on all sides. Kearney, Missouri, is home to a manufacturer of casino-quality dice.

• New Jersey: Gum buster — Stepping in gum is frustrating and gross. Fortunately, GumBusters of New Jersey and New York have the tools and the skills to make sidewalks safe from sticky discarded gum.

• North Carolina: Face feeler — Face feelers are product testers who check personal care items to ensure they are safe? They test everything from razor blades to beauty products. Hampstead, North Carolina, is home to Fore Sense + One, a company that focuses on sensory properties.

• South Carolina: Kazoo Factory worker — Beaufort, South Carolina, is home to the Kazoobie Kazoo Factory. The Factory is complete with a museum and an interactive tour, during which visitors can make their own kazoos.

CHECK OUT YOUR STATE HERE.

WHAT’S THE KEY TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: In your opinion, what’s the key to a happy marriage?

OUR BIGGEST SUPERSTITIONS

In a study of nearly 15,00 people…

10. Stepping on cracks

9. Black cats

8. The number 13

7. Opening an umbrella inside

6. Spilled salt

5. Broken mirror

4. Egyptian tombs

3. The number 7. Not all superstitions are bad, and more than half of those surveyed believe that 7 is a good number.

2. Jinxes. More than half of those surveyed refuses to tempt fate by discussing a future event or outcome before it happens.

1. Negativity. Way more than half of the people surveyed believe that thinking negative thoughts can cause bad things to happen.

RANDOM HALLOWEEN FACTS

• Phasmophobia is the fear of ghosts.

• A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.

• It’s illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.

• The first jack-o’-lanterns were made of turnips.

• Samhainophobia is the morbid fear of Halloween.

• The Scots believed in Samhanach, a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.

• Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

• Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts.

• According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 41,000 people go to the emergency room in the U.S. each after being bitten by what? (Another human)

TRIVIA: The average man uses up 60 hours a year doing this. (Shaving)

TRIVIA: I’m something you eat, you know may name, or else my description, they’re on in the same. What am I? (An orange)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline:  “MAN ATTEMPTED TO ROB MULTIPLE ATMs WITH ______!”

A guy in China attempted to rob some automated teller machines by using a method he’d seen in movies. The guy tried to short-circuit the ATMs by pouring beverages into them. He was caught and is charged with causing over $20,000 in damage to three ATMs.

PUMPKIN FACT OR FICTION

• A championship pumpkin can grow as much as 40 pounds in a day. (FACT)

• In colonial Connecticut, pumpkin halves were used as guides for haircuts (FACT)

• Wisconsin produces more pumpkins than any other U.S. state. (FICTION. That would be Illinois.)

• The very first jack o’ lantern was made out of a turnip. (FACT)

• Pumpkins are 90 percent air. (FICTION. They’re 90% water)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 29, 2020

• 1955: GEORGE JONES made his chart debut with Why, Baby Why.

• 1971: DOLLY PARTON’s hit Coat Of Many Colors charted.

• 1982: ALABAMA debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1994: ALAN JACKSON topped the country charts with Livin’ On Love.

• 2009: A six-mile stretch of N.C. 103 was renamed the Donna Fargo Highway. The road runs north from her hometown, Mount Airy.

• 2016: LUKE COMBS made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KANE BROWN will be the halftime performer at the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL game on Thanksgiving Day (November 26 against Washington Football Team). It’s a tradition that the Dallas Cowboys play a late-afternoon home game on Thanksgiving each year. It’s also a tradition that the halftime show kicks off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign for holiday-time donations that help provide shelter, food, Christmas gifts and social services for those in need.

LUKE COMBS has once again made history with the release of his new deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, setting new records on multiple streaming platforms.

… On Apple Music, the album reached No. 1 on their overall U.S. Top Albums chart — making Luke the only country artist in history to top the chart, doing so twice in the past 12 months — and enjoyed the most first day streams ever for a country album on the service.

… On Spotify, Luke achieved the biggest all-time first day streaming record for a country album — also breaking the record that he’s held since the release of What You See Is What You Get.

GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD have a message for BLAKE SHELTON and GWEN STEFANI following their engagement — well, more for Gwen. Trisha jokes: “We’re all saying good luck to Gwen!” Garth adds: “I imagine they’re getting inundated, especially him. Nobody’s congratulating her, but him…”

BRETT YOUNG fans won’t have to wait much longer for a new full-length album — and it should be coming at the end of this year or in January. Brett says he originally thought about putting out an EP of new music earlier in 2020, but ultimately decided against it.

WYNONNA JUDD has a half-sister, actor Ashley Judd, but it turns out she also has a half-brother. After learning about her biological father’s son, the singer recently called him up to meet over the telephone. Wynonna Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella, and for years she thought her father was Michael Charles Ciminella, the biological father of her sister Ashley (birth name: Ashley Tyler Ciminella). However, Wynonna says she learned in the early 1990s that her father was actually a man named Charles Jordan, the boyfriend of her mother, NAOMI JUDD, who left after Naomi became pregnant with Wynonna. More than 15 years later, Wynonna now knows more of her family’s story: Jordan also fathered a son with a different woman. His name is Michael, she says, and he is 53 years old and lives in Kentucky. Wynonna, also a Kentucky native, is now 56, making the half-siblings about three years apart.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 30, 2020

• 1982: HANK WILLIAMS JR. set a record with nine albums on the Top Country Albums chart at one time.

• 1990: GARTH BROOKS’ No Fences was certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. Since its release it’s sold over 23 million.

• 2008: Eligible for the first time, 18-year-old TAYLOR SWIFT voted early in the presidential election in Sumner County, Tennessee. She signed autographs during her 90-minute wait in line.

• 2009: LUKE BRYAN kicked off his first-ever headlining tour at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

• 2016: CHRIS LANE lost numerous possessions when his tour bus went up in flames.

T. GRAHAM BROWN is 66. Born Anthony Brown in Atlanta, Georgia, T. had 15 top ten songs on the Country Singles chart from 1985-1991.

SHEDAISY member Kassidy Osborne is 44.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 30, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Henry Winkler (Happy Days) is 75

• TV journalist Andrea Mitchell is 74

• Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law, Clash of the Titans) is 69

• Kevin Pollak is 63

• Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is 50

• Nia Long (Are We There Yet?) is 50

• Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1969: The first connection was made on what would become the internet. The first two computers linked were at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute — part of a Defense Department program called ARPANET. Within a year, 10 sites were connected.

• 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“Rumble in the Jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title.

• 1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

• 2005: The body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda.

• 2008: A historian discovered the oldest known recipe for German sausage, a list of ingredients for (Thuringian) bratwurst nearly 600 years old. German historian hobbiest Hubert Erzmann found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment while doing research in an archive in a small town in eastern Germany.

• 2012: George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Checklist Day

• Create A Great Funeral Day

• Devil’s Night or Mischief Night

• Frankenstein Friday

• Haunted Refrigerator Night

• Bread Sticks Day

• Candy Corn Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

• Dan Rather is 89. Deidre Hall (Days Of Our Lives) is 73. Jane Pauley is 70. Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is 59. Dermot Mulroney is 57. Rob Schneider is 57. Country singer Darryl Worley is 56. Mike O’Malley (Glee, Survivor’s Remorse) is 55. Vanilla Ice is 53. Piper Perabo is 44.

• Halloween. Books For Treats Day. Magic Day. Knock-Knock Jokes Day. Caramel Apple Day. Carve a Pumpkin Day.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

• Country singer Bill Anderson is 83. Music producer David Foster is 71. Lyle Lovett is 63. Country singer Big Kenny of Big and Rich is 57. Toni Collette is 48. Jenny McCarthy is 48. Matt Jones is 39. Natalia Tena is 36. Penn Badgely is 34.

• Daylight Saving Time Ends. All Saints’ Day. Author’s Day. Cinnamon Day. Forgiveness & Happiness Day. Hockey Mask Day. Authors’ Day. Calzone Day. Deep Fried Clams Day. Family Caregiver Day. Go Cook For Your Pets Day. Sports Fan Day. World Vegan Day. Zero Tasking Day. Bison Day.


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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Terry Bradshaw is 72

• Mark Harmon is 69

• Keanu Reeves is 56

• Salma Hayek is 54

• Cynthia Watros (Lost, Titus) is 52

• Comedian Katt Williams is 47

• Joshua Henry (Hamilton) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1666: The Great Fire of London broke out. When it was finally extinguished three days later, nearly 400 acres in the city had been destroyed, including around 13,000 houses and the old St. Paul’s Cathedral.

• 1944: Navy pilot George H.W. Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. The future president was rescued by a U.S. submarine.

• 1948: Teacher Christa McAuliffe was born. She was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. She was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

• 1963: The CBS Evening News was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.

• 1992: The United States and Russia agreed to build a space station.

• 2005: Thieves in Austria nearly derailed a passenger train after pushing a 35 pound stolen safe on to the tracks in the hope a speeding locomotive would smash it open. The force of the collision did indeed opened the safe, but nearly all the money was thrown out and the perpetrators had to flee.

SPECIAL EVENTS

V-J Day

• World Coconut Day

• Grits for Breakfast Day

A few sources claim today is International Bacon Day, but it always falls on the Saturday before Labor Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

115,000: Gas stations in the U.S. There are just under 12,000 in Canada.


NEWS ATTACK!

Walmart says it will launch the membership service Walmart+ on September 15. [You get to use the restrooms that have been cleaned.]

David Blaine will launch himself into the air with over 50 helium balloons today. [Doesn’t this guy know this country owns a lot of guns?]

A new poll finds a third of Americans will vote by mail. [And still take a nap afterwards.]

While Sean Hannity had great ratings in August, his viewership still isn’t what some YouTube stars are getting. [Which is why, beginning next week, Sean will also provide Minecraft tips.]

Roller skates are a big seller right now. [A quicker way for parents to get away from their distance-learning children.]

Americans were supposed to see the president’s new healthcare plan by the end of August. [Just mail me my box of band-aids and let me get back to Netflix.]

A study found we should be washing our bed sheets weekly to every-other-week. [I told (jock) this and he said, “They come off?”]

An Amazon delivery driver saved a drowning dog during his shift. [Wait, am I reading that right — the dog has a shift at Amazon?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WALMART IS LAUNCHING WALMART+ ON SEPTEMBER 15 _ Walmart says it will launch its new membership service, Walmart+, on September 15. The service includes a ton of perks for members. For instance, they will receive unlimited free delivery from stores on more than 160,000 items, including groceries. Walmart+ members will also receive fuel discounts of up to five cents a gallon, and tools like Scan & Go in the Walmart app, where customers can scan their items as they shop and check out using Walmart Pay. Walmart said that it will continue to add additional benefits as the service continues.

… A Walmart+ membership will cost $98 a year or $12.95 a month and all memberships include a 15-day free trial period.

HERE’S WHEN THE BIDEN-TRUMP DEBATES ARE _ Now that both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are over, it’s time to move on to the next big event in the 2020 general election — the presidential debates. Joe Biden and Donald Trump will go head-to-head in three debates before the general election: September 29, October 15, and October 22. No moderators have been announced yet, but it’s safe to assume the events will not have live audiences as they have in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions.

TIKTOK’S BENADRYL CHALLENGE HAS JOHNSON & JOHNSON STEPPING IN _ Teens across the country are partaking in a challenge that encourages each other to take as much allergy medicine as needed to hallucinate, with some TikTokers taking a dozen or more pills before trippin’ out. Johnson & Johnson is urging parents to be aware of the Benadryl TikTok after a 15-year-old girl died from it and put three Fort Worth, Texas teens in the hospital. Ingesting large doses of Benadryl can result in seizures and serious heart problems.

CITY DISCOVERS FIRST MAYOR LEFT THEM HIS HEART _ During the renovation of a fountain in the Belgian city of Verviers, officials discovered that the old rumors were true: Pierre David, the city’s first mayor, had literally given his heart to Verviers. The organ was sealed in a jar of alcohol inside a small zinc casket entombed near a bust of the mayor. An engraving on the casket reads: “The heart of Pierre David was solemnly placed in the monument on 25 June 1883.”

… David died in a fall from a hayloft in 1839, more than 40 years before the fountain was completed. He first started overseeing the city in 1798 and established Verviers’ first fire service in 1802. During the tumultuous next few decades, Belgium passed from French rule to Dutch rule and finally became independent in 1830, when David was elected again and brought peace to the city after the Belgian Revolution. The heart will be on display at a local arts museum until mid-September. It’s not clear whether the city plans to return it to the fountain.

ROLLER SKATES ARE SELLING OUT EVERYWHERE _ The pandemic has spurred a nostalgic resurgence of a lot of things, including roller skating. According to Google data, searches related to roller skating nearly quadrupled from March to May, and interest in the activity has led to lower inventory and back orders everywhere from big-box stores to specialty brands. Several styles on the Dicks Sporting Goods website are currently listed as “limited stock” while Moxi — one the biggest roller skate sellers in the country, which sells vintage-inspired skates in whimsical colors and patterns — announced on Friday that it is temporarily pausing sales of American-made roller skates to work through its current order backlog.

OLD NAVY IS PAYING EMPLOYEES TO WORK THE VOTING POLLS _ To address a nationwide poll worker shortage and encourage employees to vote, Old Navy announced Tuesday that it will pay its employees to work at the polls on Election Day and give workers up to three hours of paid time off on November 3 to cast their ballots. It’s part of a broader initiative by more than 150 major retailers to encourage civic participation at a moment when the country is faced with some of the biggest crises in generations.

SOMEONE ADDED ZOMBIE EFFECTS TO A BUNCH OF KARENS _ Karens are taking over the world, infiltrating every town in America and threatening the very fabric of our society in much the same way we assume zombies would — if zombies were an actual real thing. Unfortunately, unlike zombies, Karens are in fact very, very real. They’re at Walgreens, on American Airlines flights, at Papa Murphy’s, at Panera Bread, at Target, at Kroger, at Verizon stores — everywhere. And they’re a menace. • VIDEO

… YouTube account Neverthink put together a compilation video that really drives the point home by adding zombie sounds and effects to numerous Karen meltdowns.

HERE’S HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD BE WASHING YOUR SHEETS _ There are few things more comforting than climbing into a bed with freshly laundered sheets. The problem, of course, is the labor involved in washing those sheets. But make no mistake. You should be washing your bed sheets regularly.

… According to CNET, sheets collect residue from the bodies occupying them. Skin oil, dead skin cells, saliva, and sweat all accumulate. The dead skin cells are especially problematic, as they help nourish dust mites, tiny little insects that can inhabit your bed and leave tiny droppings. Even worse, people who sleep in the buff may be leaving small amounts of fecal matter behind. At a certain point, your sheets may become the equivalent of sleeping in a six-month-old pile of dirty underwear.

… When it comes to washing sheets, some might opt for once a month — but that’s not enough. A better schedule for sheets is once every one to two weeks, minimum. If you sweat, opt for once a week. To combat the dust mites, washing in hot water (at least 130°F) is recommended. Hot water and immediate washing is also needed if you’re just getting over an illness.

APPLE, GOOGLE EXPAND COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTIFICATIONS _ Apple and Google announced Tuesday they’re making their coronavirus contact tracing system native to their phones so users don’t have to download an app to access the feature. The tech companies said the COVID-19 exposure notification feature will be added to phones in the next updates, but users can choose not to use it.

… The system uses Bluetooth technology to track when phones are in proximity to one another. If a user who has opted in to the program tests positive for COVID-19 and inputs the information into their phone, it will automatically notify anyone they’ve been in close proximity with for an extended period of time.

… Only those who have opted in will receive the notifications. The companies say the contract tracing will be anonymous and won’t record users’ locations.

PILOTS REPORT SEEING JETPACK FLYING NEAR AIRPORT _ On Sunday evening, an American Airlines pilot flying into Los Angeles International Airport reported seeing a man in a jetpack flying thousands of feet above the airway. Fox 11 Los Angeles obtained radio transmissions between the pilot and the control tower claiming to see a “guy in a jetpack” no less than 300 yards outside of his window, when he was ten miles out from the runway at an altitude of 3,000 feet. Another pilot for SkyWest Airlines confirmed the sighting to the control tower, reporting “We just saw the guy passing by us in the jetpack.”

APPLE TO LAUNCH NEW APPLE WATCHES AND iPAD AIR SOON _ Apple is launching two new Apple Watch models, as well as a new iPad Pro this year. Of the two new upcoming watches, one will be a successor to the Apple Watch 5, while the other will be a cheaper model that will replace Apple Watch 3 in Apple’s lineup.

… A source says Apple will launch a total of four iPhones this year, all with OLED displays. The two high-end “Pro” models will have a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display, respectively, while the basic models will come with a 5.4-inch and a 6.1-inch display. Another big update will be 5G, which should be present on all four models.

TEENS WHO SLEEP TOO LITTLE EAT MORE FATTY FOODS _ Teens who sleep less than eight hours a night on weeknights eat more fatty foods and snacks than those who get more than eight hours of sleep a night. Researchers say that teens getting too little sleep can result in chronic changes in the diet that can increase the risk of obesity, especially in girls. Prior studies have shown that too little sleep can lead to weight gain, but the new findings show where the extra calories come from.

RADIO MOST TRUSTED MEDIUM IN AMERICA _ A new survey (iHeartMedia) found that listeners’ trust in radio and its on-air personalities continues to grow as social media has become far less trustworthy over the past year. The new survey revealed that radio is number one in trust and is two times more trustworthy than social media. The survey of radio listeners found radio to be 79% percent more or just as trustworthy versus a year ago, while social media is 50 percent less trustworthy during the same time period. In particular, sentiment for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has plummeted in recent months, with Facebook down 56 percent, Instagram down 38 percent and Twitter down 140 percent.

… The survey also discovered that radio delivers tangible benefits to listeners, with an overwhelming majority of respondents citing that it improves their mood, helps them feel less isolated and more connected to their community. Listener connection with radio personalities is strong, with 77 percent trusting the information they receive from their favorite on-air hosts.

… The survey found that for radio listeners 18-69:

• 75% trust radio
• 66% trust television
• 57% trust websites
• 38% trust Twitter
• 37% trust Facebook

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MAN HAD 4 POUNDS OF COINS IN HIM _ Doctors in Thailand performing emergency surgery on a man who was rushed to hospital writhing in pain were stunned when more than 4 pounds of loose change spilled out of his stomach. The man had been swallowing the coins for a long time and had turned black from stomach acid.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

🎧  WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BABY SHARK BITES FLORIDA MAN _ Turns out those baby sharks aren’t nearly as fun-loving as that song suggests — one locked onto a beachgoer’s arm even after he got out of the water. It happened at Florida’s Jensen Beach, where a guy was swimming Sunday when a baby shark attacked him in the water. The little oceanic beast — possibly a nurse shark — latched on and wouldn’t release its jaws, forcing the guy to just hold it calmly to avoid further injury. The man was taken to the hospital to remove the shark and he’s okay.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEARS MAKE REPEATED VISITS TO CALIFORNIA CONVENIENCE STORE _ Security cameras at a California convenience store captured video of repeated visits from a group of unusual shoplifters: bears. Footage recorded Sunday by the security cameras at the Chevron gas station convenience store (in Kings Beach) shows a bear lying on the floor eating merchandise, including candy and crackers. An employee said local bears have repeatedly visited the store in recent weeks. And local wildlife officials said a bear that was seen inside a grocery store recently is one of the same bears that has been visiting the Chevron store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OKLAHOMA MAN DETAINED FOR VISITING TACO BELL DRIVE-THRU NAKED _ A man in Oklahoma learned that it is illegal to drive naked when he was apprehended doing so at a Taco Bell drive-thru. The suspect reportedly asked workers for extra sauce and an extra taco while not wearing any clothes. When police showed up the 61-year-old man explained that his clothes were in the washer and that he was unaware that it was illegal to drive naked.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO PYTHONS WEIGHING 100 POUNDS COLLAPSE CEILING _ When Australian David Tait returned home he found a large chunk of his ceiling lying on his kitchen table. He soon found two culprits: non-venomous carpet pythons 9 foot, 2 inches and 8 foot, 2 inches long. After falling through the ceiling they had slithered into a a bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 100 pounds. A wildlife expert thinks the two males were fighting over a female that was nearby in the roof. He suspected the female could still be in the ceiling or nearby. The males were returned to the wild.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PURSE-SNATCHER TAKE WRONG TURN _ In Italy, a purse-snatcher’s escape went wrong when he ducked into a building only to realize it was a police station. The alleged thief apparently thought he was running into a post office where he may have intended to blend into the crowd.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPPER CHOPPER TRACKS KINDLING CROOK _ In England a man was suspected of theft, so officers scrambled the police force helicopter to tail him. The cost of running the chopper is about $1,500 an hour, but they felt it was worth it to get their man. The chopper tailed the man from the air, following him back to his home. Not long after the chopper confirmed his location, ground police moved in. Minutes later police asked the husband and father to come to his front door for questioning. Soon they realized the man really hadn’t committed a crime. What had he done that had police tracking him with a helicopter? He’d taken some kindling from a nature reserve.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROOKS SNAP SELFIES WITH FOUND PHONE _ In Argentina three guys stole some fertilizer. While they were there one of them spotted a cellphone. The guys couldn’t resist taking pictures of themselves. Only one problem: the phone had been set up to auto-upload photos to the cloud. Cops were able to identify and track down the crooks pretty easily.


ON TELEVISION

BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Houseguests vie for the power of veto.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. On the results show, five acts move on to the semifinals.

SEASON FINALE: TOUGH AS NAILS (9p ET, CBS) — New. In the 2-hour season 1 finale, the final five battle to win the $200,000 prize, as their loved ones cheer them on. The show has been renewed for a 2nd season.

THE CORONER (9p ET, CW) — New.

CHEF’S TABLE: BBQ (Netflix) — This new spinoff travels the world in search of the best barbecue. First stop: Lexington, Texas, where 85-year-old Tootsie Tomanetz is a custodian by day and a legendary pitmaster by night.


ENTERTAINMENT

DAVID BLAINE WILL FLY TODAY _ David Blaine is hoping to turn the fantasy of the 1956 classic French short film The Red Balloon into reality. Blaine, a career magician, illusionist and endurance performer, is set to take flight over the desert in Page, Arizona, today (September 2) — piloting a cluster of 52 helium-filled balloons. The stunt will be exclusively livestreamed on YouTube, which is funding the project, and Blaine will narrate the entire experience for viewers high above the Earth.

… The event, weather permitting, is set to begin livestreaming at 8:55AM Eastern on Blaine’s YouTube channel. Blaine said the setup for the stunt will take about an hour and a half, with the flight and landing expected to last about one hour.

JOHNNY DEPP REQUESTS DELAY OF DEFAMATION TRIAL TO FILM FANTASTIC BEASTS 3 _ Johnny Depp’s legal drama with his ex-wife Amber Heard is going to take longer to be settled. The actor is seeking a delay of trial for his defamation lawsuit against the Aquaman actress because of the upcoming production of Fantastic Beasts 3. Due to the COVID-19, filming on the movie was put on hold earlier this year. Now that the British government has allowed some projects to resume in London with strict protocols, production on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald sequel is set to pick back up again starting in October and possibly extending into February 2021, conflicting with the defamation trial set to take place from January 11 to 28 next year.

… Depp says he was notified on August 19 that he’s been called back to work from early October through mid-February.

AMBER HEARD ACCUSES JOHNNY DEPP OF SMEAR CAMPAIGN _ Amber Heard is countersuing ex-husband Johnny Depp for $100 million — accusing him of using trolls and fake social media accounts in a “smear campaign” to ruin her life. Heard filed documents seeking to get her ex’s “frivolous lawsuit” against her tossed from a court in Virginia — while seeking twice the amount of compensatory damages he had sought from her.

PIERS MORGAN VOWS TO HUNT DOWN BURGLARS _ Piers Morgan says burglars raided his vacation bedroom while he and his wife slept — vowing to hunt them down like Liam Neeson in Taken. Morgan shared on Good Morning Britain: “And yes, I will find you. It will make Taken look like a tea party. I’m serious. We’re gonna find you … we’re on to you.” Morgan, 55, said his wife’s jewelry was taken in the heist, which he believes was planned by crooks who flew drones over the villa days earlier.

JAMIE FOXX TO STAR IN NETFLIX COMEDY SERIES INSPIRED BY DAUGHTER _ Jamie Foxx will star in a comedy series for Netflix titled Dad Stop Embarrassing Me. The series is inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne Foxx. The series will also star David Alan Grier, Kyla-Drew, Porscha Coleman, and Jonathan Kite.

MAN AIMS TO SEE ‘TENET’ 120 TIMES FOR GUINNESS RECORD _ A movie enthusiast in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is going for a Guinness World Record by attempting to see Tenet in theaters 120 times. Craig Sharpe of Winnipeg began his attempt August 26. Sharpe said his goal is to break the Guinness World Record for most cinema productions attended — same film. The record is currently held by Australian woman Joanne Connor, who attended 108 screenings of Bohemian Rhapsody in early 2019. Sharpe said he expects his attempt to take about 30 days.

… The rules from Guinness are: You have from the time that it’s opened and it only counts when it’s a first-run movie. The rules also require Sharpe to stay for the entire movie, including the credits.

ED SHEERAN AND CHERRY SEABORN JUST WELCOMED A BABY _ Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn have welcomed their first child together. Ed hit up Instagram early in the morning Tuesday to share a sweet photo of a blanket and a pair of tiny socks, confirming that Cherry had given birth to a healthy baby girl named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. • IMAGE

CHRIS EVANS REPORTEDLY EYED FOR EXTRACTION SEQUEL _ Netflix delivered a blockbuster with Extraction, a movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Now there’s word that another Marvel superhero actor — Chris Evans — could star in the sequel.

NETFLIX CANCELS ANOTHER ORIGINAL SHOW AFTER JUST ONE SEASON _ Rumors that Netflix is in the midst of huge cutbacks continue to gather, with The Big Show Show being the latest to find itself being cancelled by the streaming site after just one season. The series only debuted in April, but now finds itself canned after eight episodes. In-house sitcoms have never really been regarded as the company’s most acclaimed output, and the cast will make their final bow in an upcoming Christmas episode before riding off into the sunset.

OF COURSE THERE ARE TIGER KING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES _ Who among us wasn’t glued to the couch watching Joe Exotic, lie, cheat, and steal his way into our hearts on Netflix earlier this year? 3Wishes.com certainly was, and the online lingerie and costume retailer evidently jumped at the chance to create some truly epic Tiger King-inspired Halloween looks. 3Wishes.com’s exclusive collection of officially licensed Tiger King costumes include options suitable for men and women. • LINKLINK

BRADLEY COOPER CARES FOR ELDERLY MOM AND RUNS ONE-MAN PRESCHOOL _ Bradley Cooper is keeping his family as safe as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic. The star told Interview magazine he’s holed up with his daughter Lea and his 80-year-old mother Gloria, who he’s striving to protect from the disease. Cooper told Interview: “I’m with my daughter and my mother and my two dogs, and we have not left the house. My mother is going to be 80, and she has a colostomy bag, so I can’t let anybody in the house. And I can’t leave the house, because if she gets it, it’s over.”

… The actor, who shares the three-year-old with ex Irina Shayk, joked, “We live in a little townhouse — thankfully there’s a backyard. I’m running a one-man preschool. We get up, we do swim class in the bathtub.”

… Although it’s not specified when the interview was conducted, Bradley has been spotted in Los Angeles over the last month catching up with friend Jennifer Garner and filming a new movie.

CHRIS O’DONNELL AND LL COOL J INVOLVED IN FAMILY DANCE COMPETITION FOR CBS _ You thought there were no fresh variations left on the TV dance competition? Think again. CBS on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to Come Dance With Me, a family dance competition series executive-produced by NCIS: Los Angeles co-stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.

… In the series, exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country will invite one inspirational — and untrained — family member (or other adult) who has supported their dance dreams to become their dance partner for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize. Each week, the kids will share their love of dance with their mother, father, grandparent or other hero “on an uplifting and emotional journey to learn and perform challenging routines, with the assistance of professional choreographers, in a competition with other duos.”

WHERE’S THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 TRAILER? _ That vague “October 2020” release date for The Mandalorian Season 2 is now only weeks away. While it’s exciting we only have a handful of weeks to wait for new Star Wars content, we’re still waiting on one big thing: a trailer. No trailer a month out is highly irregular, but some fan speculation could explain this glaring absence. Simply put, a Season 1 trailer was necessary to sell the show and the premise before Disney+ had its initial launch. Now the series is on its sophomore season, they can simply let the show speak for itself. Of course, there’s no ruling out a trailer reveal, but preparing yourself for the lack of one may be wise at this point.

CARRIE ANN INABA SHARES HEATBREAKING NEWS _ Carrie Ann Inaba shared news of a heartbreaking personal loss on Instagram. The veteran Dancing with the Stars judge posted a devastating update to her social media page as she said goodbye to her beloved cat, Mimi. Carrie Ann posted a throwback photo as she smiled widely while Mimi sat perched on her shoulder. A second photo was a close-up of her fluffy black kitty posing solo. Another photo show Mimi sitting comfortably on a towel in Carrie Ann’s shower.  In the caption to the post, Carrie Ann revealed that Mimi passed away and that she was having a hard time dealing with it.

USHER EXPECTING THIRD CHILD WITH JENNIFER GOICOECHEA _ Usher is about to be a father for a third time. According to Us Weekly, the singer is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Jennifer Goicoechea. The pair were recently spotted outside of a Los Angeles production studio and Goicoechea was visibly pregnant. Usher is already father to two boys — Usher, 12, and Naviyd, 11, whom he shares with ex-wife, Tameka Foster.

GAME OF THRONES PRODUCERS WILL ADAPT THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM INTO NETFLIX SERIES _ Game of Thrones producer David Benioff and Dan Weiss have announced their next TV series. Once again, they’re adapting an acclaimed series of novels — only this time in the realm of sci-fi. The duo will tackle Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem trilogy, which depicts humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization.

ADAM DRIVER WILL STAR IN SCI-FI THRILLER FROM THE WRITERS OF A QUIET PLACE _ Adam Driver has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming sci-fi thriller 65, which comes from the writing duo that gave us A Quiet Place.

… A Quiet Place also had John Krasinski on its writing team. He directed the film, which costarred wife Emily Blunt.


BITS & BREAKS

eBAY TURNS 25

On September 3, 1995 eBay was founded — making it 25 years old.

… When it launched it was first called AuctionWeb.

… One of the first items sold on AuctionWeb was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished by its sale, AuctionWeb founder Pierre Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. The buyer explained: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”

… When eBay launched in the UK the first item sold was a CD by The Scorpions.

… The most expensive item ever sold on eBay was a 405 foot super yacht for $170 million. A Russian billionaire was the lucky winner of the auction.

… Reportedly, eBay was simply a hobby for Omidyar until his Internet service provider informed him he would need to upgrade to a business account due to his high website traffic. The monthly price increase from $30 to $250 prompted him to start charging eBay users.

… Even though eBay launched as an auction site, the Buy It Now button accounts for most sales on the site.

HOW YOU SLEEP REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY

The position in which you sleep at night reveals your personality (Britain’s Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service). The six basic sleeping positions and the personality traits are:

• Crouched in the fetal position: Shy and sensitive

• Soldier position flat on the back with arms at the sides: Quiet and reserved

• On the side with legs outstretched and arms down: Social and easy-going

• On the side with legs outstretched and arms outstretched: Suspicious

• Flat on the tummy with hands at the sides of the head: Brash and gregarious

• On the back with outstretched arms and legs: Unassuming and a good listener

… Crouched in the fetal position is most common way to sleep, assumed by fully 51% of women. The most unusual is on the stomach with only 6.5% of respondents saying they sleep this way. Once we adopt a preferred sleeping position, we rarely change it.

THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY

According to Real Simple magazine…

The Best Time of Day to Clean the House is 4PM. You’re more likely to whistle while you window wash (and not kick over the bucket) if you do it in the late afternoon. That’s when hand-eye coordination is at its peak and mood levels are high.

The Best Time of Day to Take a Nap is 1PM to 2:30PM. Doctors used to think afternoon sleepiness was the result of a big lunch. But they’ve found that in the early afternoon there’s a dip in body temperature, which causes sleepiness.

The Best Time of Day to Take a Multivitamin is breakfast time. Taking your supplements with a meal is important because vitamins are components of food, and whether water soluble or fat soluble, they are absorbed better with food.

The Best Time of Day to Take the Dog for a Walk is 8PM to 9PM. To you, walking the dog may be about exercise. To him, it’s all about the social life. Because owners have more time to stroll in the evening and to let their pets linger over exciting smells and sounds missed on the morning-rush walk, this is when Fido is happiest. And evening walks also let him avoid midday overheating, make himself comfortable before bedtime.

The Best Time of Day to Do Your Cardio Workout is 5PM to 6PM. At these times, he says, your lungs use oxygen more efficiently, you’re more coordinated, and your muscles are warmed up, so you’re less likely to suffer a sprain or strain. Finish exercising at least three hours before bed so that when your head hits the pillow the extra adrenaline will no longer be pumping through your bloodstream.

The Best Time of Day to Go to the Post Office is 7:30AM to 10AM. Find out when your post office opens (generally between 7AM and 9AM) and arrive a half hour or so later. You’ll hit a midmorning lull, missing the rush of early birds lined up at the door. Heavy traffic is more likely at lunch, at the end of the workday, and just before closing.

The Best Time of Day to Return Merchandise is 10AM. Workforces are leaner these days, but retailers still need enough staff to open up, so that may be when they have the best ratio of staff to customers. It may also be the only time all day when staff are at assigned posts. Also, the most experienced people get the best hours, so they will be working the day shift.

The Best Time of Day to Go to the Doctor is 8AM to 9AM, or 1PM to 2PM. You’ll spend less time in the waiting room if you book the first appointment of the morning or the first after lunch, says Patricia Carroll, R.N., author of What Nurses Know and Doctors Don’t Have Time to Tell You.

The Best Time of Day to Ask for a Raise is 5PM. The key is finding a moment when your boss is not rushed and has time to truly listen, and that’s most likely to be the end of the day.

The Best Time of Day to Get a Haircut is 8AM to 9AM. Booking the first appointment of the day will help you ease into the shampoo bowl on time. That’s because no latecomers will have thrown off the schedule.

The Best Time of Day to Fly is around noon. Although U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that flights taking off between 6AM and 7AM have the best on-time record, those numbers are sometimes misleading, says Rally Caparas, an Atlanta-based air-traffic controller. “On time” refers to when the plane pushes back from the gate. You can wait on the tarmac for an hour because of weather problems, which cause the vast majority of air delays. Scheduling arrivals and departures between 11AM and 1PM local time, Caparas says, will help you avoid most delay-causing weather patterns.

The Best Time of Day to Read (and Retain) is 8AM or 10PM. If you’re going over notes for today’s presentation or memorizing the names of your child’s classmates’ parents before the school open house tonight, do it early in the morning, when your immediate recall is highest. For longer retention, evening is better.

WHAT BODY PART DO YOU WASH FIRST?

When you step into a shower, which part of the body do you wash first? Which part you wash first says a lot about you.

CHEST: You are practical person. To you, convenience is of paramount importance.

FACE: Money is important to you.

ARMPITS: You are a dependable and hard working person.

HAIR: Artistic type. Daydreaming is your hobby but you can achieve what most other people cannot.

PRIVATES: Shy type. You lack self confidence and have a very small circle of friends.

SHOULDER: You really like to spend time alone and you see the world as difficult.

KNEES AND BELOW: You’re fun and are always up for new things.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In a survey, 65 percent of us said this happened to us last summer. (We got sunburned!)

TRIVIA: The average office worker does this three times a week. (Reboots a computer because of problems)

TRIVIA: According to a survey, what is the food most craved by pregnant women? (Nachos)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Motorist Hands ______ to Deputy, Drives Off”

In Texas, some sheriff‘s deputies responded to a report of a vehicle stopped, possibly stalled, with flashers on. Upon contact, the driver was allegedly seen holding an open alcoholic beverage container. The sheriff’s report said an alcohol odor was coming from the vehicle and the man reportedly spoke with slurred speech. The deputy asked the man to hand over the suspected alcoholic beverage and step out of the vehicle. The man handed over the beverage — and drove off. The 54-year-old man was later charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and driving while intoxicated with an open container.

SOUND EFFECTS THEATER

OK (caller), I’m going to read you a story. Whenever you hear the bell you provide the sound effect for what I just described…

Dirk Edwards was a do-it-yourselfer — the kind of guy who had all the tools: a saw (sfx), a drill (sfx) a blender (sfx). OK, maybe not a blender, but he had all the tools a handyman needs. Well one day his brother-in-law, Dick, pulled up in an old, smoking jalopy of a car (sfx). This thing ran badly — really, really badly (sfx). It sounded like someone was choking a cow (sfx). Dick got out of his car (sfx) and said to Dirk, “You got any tools that can help me fix this old jalopy? I swear, I have half a mind to trade it in on a donkey (sfx). Or heck, maybe even an elephant (sfx).” “Sure!” Dirk told Dick, “let me get my tools after I open the garage door (sfx). By the way,” Dirk said, “Why don’t you just sell this old junker and buy yourself a new sports car (sfx)?” And Dick replied, “What, and give up a classic like this? You’re as crazy as a cuckoo bird (sfx)!”



DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Former MTV VJ Adam Curry is 56. Curry’s been called the Podfather, who helped create ipodder, a tool that automates the process of downloading and listening to audio files.

• Costas Mandylor (Picket Fences) is 55

• Charlie Sheen is 55

• Ashley Jones (True Blood) is 44

• Garrett Hedlund (Tron, Mudbound) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1939: World War II began when France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, starting the Allies.

• 1944 : Diarist Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport train from Westerbork to Auschwitz, arriving three days later.

• 1989: Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves. Along the way, the couple had two children.

• 1995: eBay was founded.

• 2017: 60,000 people were evacuated as a 1.4 ton World War II bomb was defused in Frankfurt, Germany.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Skyscraper Day

• Baby Back Ribs Day

• Bowling League Day


InterPrep PRO: August 7

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 7, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Garrison Keillor is 78

• Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is 68

• Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) is 65

• David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files) is 60

• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Shape of Water) is 45

• Charlize Theron is 45

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1782: George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.

• 1997: Garth Brooks played to 750,000 people in Central Park.

• 1997: Police in Lille, France, warned that the Garden Gnomes Liberation Front had made off with a dozen garden dwarfs in the past week. The 7-member group of night-time commandos, who idolized Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, left notes vowing to “liberate” all Dwarfs from lawns, gardens, and flower beds. Earlier in the year the GGLF had liberated 30 gnomes in Normandy.

• 1999: Boston’s Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit.

• 2007: In Masterton, New Zealand, Darryl Clark got a hold of some stolen checks and decided to try to cash a few of them. He was successful, buying over $150 worth of liquor and pocketing $900 in cash before his little spending spree came to an end. Police caught up with him because, even though he knew the checks were stolen, he still wrote his name, address and phone number on the back of every one.

• 2015: Research said William Shakespeare may have been stoned when writing his famous plays. Research showed that four old pipes found in the garden of Shakespeare’s English home contained residues of cannabis.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Homemade Pie Day

• Brother’s Day

• International Beer Day

• Lighthouse Day

• Water Balloon Day

• Professional Speakers Day

• Purple Heart Day

• Raspberries and Cream Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

• Dustin Hoffman is 83. Connie Stevens is 82. Phil Balsley of The Statler Brothers is 81. Larry Wilcox is 73. Keith Carradine is 71. Donny Most is 67. Deborah Norville is 62. The Edge of U2 is 59. Country singer Mark Wills is 47. J.C. Chasez is 44. Drew Lachey is 44. Michael Urie is 40.

•  Cat Day. Hangover Day. Happiness Happens Day. Middle Child Day. Bowling Day. Garage Sale Day. Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day. Frozen Custard Day. Zucchini Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

• Sam Elliott is 76. Melanie Griffith is 63. Amanda Bearse is 62. Kurtis Blow is 61. Hoda Kotb is 56. Gillian Anderson is 52. Eric Bana is 52. Chris Cuomo is 50. Jessica Capshaw is 44. Anna Kendrick is 35.

• Bagel Day. Book Lovers Day. International Day of The World’s Indigenous People. Rice Pudding Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5,300: Museums in the U.S. See related in Bits & Breaks.


NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists are reminding some social media users that the ability to curl your tongue is not the indication of the presence of a dominant gene. [But it is a sign that you have way too much free time.]

250,000 are expected at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. [Vroom-vroom-cough-cough.]

A historian who has correctly predicted every election since 1980 says Joe Biden will win in November. [Is he a historian… or a time traveler?!]

Forbes says the highest paid influencer on TikTok makes $5 million a year. [So my advice is that she pull herself together, go to college and make something of herself.]

According to a study, our personalities are set by the time we start school. [That explains Bravo’s newest reality show, “The Real First Graders of New Jersey.”]

Presidential candidate Kanye West has chosen a 57-year-old Wyoming spiritual coach as his running mate. [Turns out, of all the candidates she’s probably the most qualified to be in the White House.]

Shark Week begins Sunday. [Or as I like to call it, “Sit on the Couch and Eat Pizza All Week” Week.]

A recent survey shows 18% of pet owners mention their pets in their wills. [All your dog wants is for you to leave him the good couch.]

Here’s an odd study. Research suggests that orgasms are better for your brain than crossword puzzles. [Unless, of course, the crossword puzzle you’re doing is really, really, really good.]

Conspiracy theorists say the pandemic is further proof that human life is simply a digital simulation played by an advanced society of robots. [That’s depressing — being stuck in a computer for all eternity with (Cardi B / Kanye West / Ted Cruz / Adam Sandler / celeb of your choice).]

The stock market is doing well. [I don’t want to brag but my portfolio is growing every day. I’m referring to my portfolio of used paper masks.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN WINS $1 MILLION, FORGETS ABOUT SANDWICH _ A Michigan man said he has a leaky car tire to thank for his winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket. The man told lottery officials he stopped at a gas station (in Webberville) because he was having trouble keeping one of his tires inflated. He got some air for the tire, and bought a sandwich and a scratch-off ticket. He was so excited over his $1 million win he forgot to eat the sandwich.

SHE MAKES $5 MILLION A YEAR ON TIKTOK _ A new ranking by Forbes puts Addison Rae Easterling at the top of the earning chart on TikTok. Forbes estimates she made around $5 million over the past year (ending in June). Her burgeoning empire includes soon-to-launch makeup line Item Beauty, an exclusive podcast deal with Spotify, and a pact to serve as the chief global spokesperson for American Eagle across digital TV, and print. • LINK

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: I see stories about people making millions off of TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and so on. Is there anyone in our audience making a few bucks off of these social media sites? Share some tips with us.

DON’T PUSH YOUR SLOW FRIENDS DOWN TO SAVE YOURSELF FROM A BEAR _ The National Parks Service wants to remind you not to push down your slow friends in an attempt to save your own life. In a recent social media post the NPS wrote: “If you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.⁣⁣ Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course). P.S. We apologize to any ‘friends’ who were brought on a hike as the ‘bait’ or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed.”

MEN, YOUNG ADULTS STRUGGLING MOST WITH FITNESS DURING PANDEMIC _ It’s been that much harder to stick to a set exercise routine over the past few months, but the dedicated among us have still found a way to maintain our physical fitness. A recent study looking into which demographics are staying active reveals both men and younger adults are surprisingly far lazier lately than women and older adults. The research (Anglia Ruskin University, Ulster University) asked participants to start filling out exercise surveys online on March 17 of this year.

… In all, 75 percent of participants still met or exceeded the WHO’s official exercise recommendation of either 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week. That said, women, older adults, and participants with a higher annual household income are all significantly more likely to meet physical fitness guidelines.

MAN MOCKS CHILD FOR WEARING A MASK, SPITS IN HIS FACE _ A disturbing story is emerging out of Treasure Island, Florida, where a man is accused of mocking a child for wearing a mask inside a restaurant and then spitting in his face. 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver now faces battery and disorderly conduct charges over the Sunday night incident, but investigators remain baffled over what could have sparked the bizarre outburst. Copenhaver was reportedly dining indoors at a restaurant named Ricky T’s when he approached the boy. He then told the child, whose name and age were not disclosed, to take off his mask. When the boy refused, Copenhaver allegedly asked to shake his hand. Again, the boy refused. But that apparently only incensed the man even more. Agitated, Copenhaver grabbed the boy by his arm and got “close enough to his face that his spit landed on the child.” Seconds later, Copenhaver told the child, “You now have coronavirus.” According to police, Copenhaver was believed to be intoxicated at the time.

MASKHOLE GETS PEPPER-SPRAYED _ A grocery store employee in Los Angeles informed a customer that he was required to wear a mask in the store, or had to leave. The man, who was screaming about masks, used his shopping cart to repeatedly ram the employee. Another shopper tried to push the man away, but he kept slamming into the female employee. Fearing for her safety, she pulled out a can of pepper spray and hosed him down; it quickly stopped the attack.

PENGUIN POOP IN SATELLITE IMAGES LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF NEW COLONIES _ In a bit of news that may just be worthy of throwing on a tuxedo in celebration, scientists just discovered 20 percent more emperor penguin colonies in Antartica. The research team, based out of the British Antarctic Survey, used satellite mapping technology to find emperor penguin guano, or excrement, seen on ice.

CHEW MORE, EAT LESS _ Weight loss experts remind us over and over again that if we eat too fast, our brain might not recognize that we are full until after we’ve already consumed more than enough calories. And, here’s yet another reason to slow down at mealtimes: chewing more could make you eat less. A study showed that participants who chewed about 2½ times more than the typical 15 times caused them to eat almost 12 percent fewer calories.

WHAT’S IN YOUR BELLY BUTTON? _ Research shows if you’re an innie and not an outie, your belly button is home to at least 60 to 100 or more species of bacteria, fungi and yeasts. The findings demonstrate how a belly button can become a haven for complex biodiversity. And although North Carolina State University researchers say they find 60 or 70 species of bacteria in the average belly button, they’ve found more than 1,400 species overall.

WEARING FLIP FLOPS COULD KILL YOU _ Wearing flip flops could kill you. The fashionable footwear are putting the lives of road users at risk. Three in every four drivers have admitted they find it hard to drive in flip flops and road safety experts have warned that wearing the sandals in the car could be a lethal decision. Researchers claim a flip flop, worn by millions, can easily get stuck under the pedals and cause a fatal accident.

COVID-19 SURVIVORS SAY HAIR LOSS IS A LINGERING PROBLEM _ New Jersey resident Theresa Cabrera was so ill with COVID-19 that she had to spend a month in the hospital this spring, much of that time sedated, intubated and on a ventilator. When she finally improved and was able to go home in May, the first thing she did was take a shower. That’s when she noticed her hair falling out.

… She’s not alone. More than a quarter of patients recovering from COVID-19 reported hair loss as one of the lingering problems in a survey of more than 1,500 people in the Survivor Corp Facebook group. Members are sometimes called “long haulers” because they discuss long-term effects of the disease.

… Doctors say telogen effluvium is to blame, a temporary condition where people experience excessive hair shedding after an illness, surgery, high fever, a stressful life event, extreme weight loss or giving birth.

STOLEN BIKE LEADS TO FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OWNER, TEEN _ In a surprising turn of events, the owner of a stolen bike ended up befriending the young man trying to sell it online. When Dan Wille reported his missing mountain bike was for sale online, the Clackamas County, Oregon, sheriff’s office contacted the seller. The seller was a teenager named Rafael Bodnar — who buys broken bikes, fixes them and then sells them as a hobby. Deputies say he was completely unaware that the bike was stolen. The 16-year-old boy was reportedly happy to return the bike to Wille, despite losing the $500 he had paid for it. Since then Wille has been texting Rafael and has offered to help him get a job at a bike shop in order to get more experience working as a mechanic.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SOME PEOPLE SCREW UP CHORES SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO DO THEM AGAIN _ Do you hate doing some chores so much that you’d fake an illness, or worse, screw up so badly that your significant wouldn’t ask you to do them again? That sounds lazy and selfish, but 28 percent of men and 21 percent of women say they’ve put effort into getting out of doing chores.

… The most-hated chores are, in order, washing dishes/cleaning the kitchen; doing laundry; cleaning the bathroom; vacuuming; cooking meals and shopping for groceries.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTORIST BROUGHT SHEEP 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.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOURIST SNAPS TOES OFF 200-YEAR-OLD STATUE _ A statue of Napoleon’s sister in an Italian museum lost three toes in an unfortunate encounter with a tourist. Police say the man broke off from his tour group so his wife could take a photo of him “sprawled over” the plaster cast model of Pauline Bonaparte, created in in 1804. Three of the statue’s toes were snapped off in the process. The man left the museum in northern Italy without alerting anyone to the damage, but authorities were able to track him down through coronavirus tracing information all visitors were required to submit. Police say the woman they contacted cried and admitted that her husband was the toe-breaker. A local court is now considering charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STALKER LIKES CHRISTMAS TUNES _ In Spain a guy pleaded guilty to having stalked a woman for nearly three years. His trial was postponed a couple of times because he would randomly start singing Christmas tunes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CARJACKERS GETS ANTIFREEZED _ A man in Germany carjacked a guy and put the owner in the trunk before driving off. Then he thought, what if the car’s owner has a phone? He could call for help! So the carjackers pulled over and opened the trunk — and got a face full of anti-freeze, which the car’s owner had left in the trunk. He also had his phone and called police right away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COLD ICE CREAM _ A woman in Romania made an official complaint to the government consumer protection authority because her ice cream was too cold. Officials there said they’d take her complaint into consideration but there wasn’t much they could do about it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF WITH NAIL GUN _ A man in Russia survived after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a nail gun. He was nailing down floorboards in his bathroom when he tripped and fell and fired a two-inch steel tack into his chest, barely missing his heart.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG INMATES FREED DURING JAILBREAK _ Everything was going according to plan during a jailbreak in Uganda until the armed raiders discovered they had freed the wrong men. Five men cut their way through a fence to gain access to the facility. Dozens of inmates took advantage of the diversion to run for freedom, but none of the escapees were the gang members that were supposed be freed because hose hard-core criminals were being held in another part of the prison.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS (8p ET, CBS) — New.

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New.

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (8p ET, Starz) — Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in this 2020 film. Vanessa Hudgens, Kate del Castillo and Joe Pantoliano also star.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

SERIES PREMIERE: BEING REUBEN (9p ET, CW) —  This new reality series follows 14-year-old Welsh social-media star, singer and makeup artist Reuben de Maid, who shot to fame after appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Little Big Shots.

HOWARD (Disney+) — This new documentary remembers the late Howard Ashman, the lyricist who put words to songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and more. Using archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Ashman’s friends and family, the film examines his creative drive and the process behind the music.

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS RIDES AGAIN: KIDS IN SPACE (Netflix) — Miss Frizzle (Kate McKinnon) and her young charges are having a blast in this new animated tale.

PAN Y CIRCO (Amazon Prime) — Diego Luna eats with prominent Mexican celebrities, politicians and others as they discuss the issues of the day in this new unscripted series.

WORK IT (Netflix) — This new teen rom-com follows a high schooler (Sabrina Carpenter) with all the wrong moves that starts her own dance squad.

SATURDAY

RICHARD JEWELL (8p ET, HBO) — Clint Eastwood directed this fact-based 2019 drama that retells the story of an innocent security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) suspected in the terrorist bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates and Olivia Wilde also star.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New.

SUNDAY

FRIDGE WARS (8p ET, CW) — New.

AIR JAWS: ULTIMATE BREACH OFF (8p ET, Discovery Channel) — The 32nd installment of Shark Week begins tonight, and will feature a record 24 specials. In Air Jaws, three teams of researchers return to one of the last hunting grounds to count the number of breaches and collect data on hunting techniques to see if the shark population is rebounding.

SURVIVING JEFFREY EPSTEIN (8p ET, Lifetime) — This 2-night, four-hour documentary investigates the billionaire New York financier who is alleged to have used his connections to the rich and famous to shield his predatory behavior with young girls.

60 MINUTES (9p ET, CBS) — New.

TYSON VS. JAWS: RUMBLE ON THE REEF (9p ET, Discovery) — Mike Tyson will square off underwater against a shark in the name of research.

SERIES PREMIERE: APOCALYPSE EARTH (9p ET, History Channel) — This new series examines the catastrophic threat natural phenomena can pose to the U.S. and around the world

SEASON FINALE: PERRY MASON (9p ET, HBO) — Perry Mason has been renewed for a 2nd season.

BIG BROTHER (10p ET, CBS) — New.

RACE IN AMERICA: A MOVEMENT NOT A MOMENT (10p ET, Bravo) — This intimate roundtable discussion features Garcelle Beauvais, Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Gizelle Bryant, Dr. Britten Cole, Gregory Gourdet, Toya Bush-Harris, Dr. Eugene Harris, Leah McSweeney, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Porsha Williams, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

SEASON FINALE: THE ALIENIST (10p ET, TNT) — Moore (Luke Evans) and Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) struggle with decisions about their future paths.

THE OSBOURNES WANT TO BELIEVE (10p ET, Travel Channel) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: WE HUNT TOGETHER (10p ET, Showtime) — This new drama explores the intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS ONE YEAR AGO _ Opening one year ago this weekend was The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Kitchen, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

NEW BATCH OF LEGO HARRY POTTER MINIFIGURES COMING SOON _ Two years after launching its Wizarding World minifigures series, LEGO is finally rolling out its second round of Harry Potter characters for the collection. Part two of the series features 16 characters, including many that are new to the LEGO world. Bellatrix Lestrange, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Professor Sprout, Moaning Myrtle, Ginny Weasley, the Weasley twins, Griphook, and Lily and James Potter are now all available as minifigures for the first time.

… The Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures Series 2 will become available in the LEGO shop starting in September.

LIZZO INKS HER FIRST TV DEAL, WITH AMAZON STUDIOS _ Popstar Lizzo has inked her first major television deal, with Amazon Studios. It was announced today that the Grammy-winning pop singer plans to work with the streaming service to develop television series that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

… Lizzo made her film debut in the 2019 feature film Hustlers and voiced a character in the animated film UglyDolls.

ARIANA GRANDE’S NEW PERFUME, COMING THIS MONTH, IS CALLED R.E.M. _ Not long ago, Ariana Grande teased that a brand-new fragrance is on the way.  Now we know a bit more about it. In her Instagram Story, Ariana posted a photo of the fragrance bottle, revealing that it’s called R.E.M., after the song of the same name from her album Sweetener. The box the bottle comes in includes a comic book version of the intergalactic space warrior that Ari played in the 2014 video for her hit with Zedd, Break Free.

… When teasing the new fragrance, Ariana described it as “seductive n sweet … dreamy” and said she’s been wearing it herself every day since March.

… R.E.M. joins Ariana’s other perfumes, which include Thank U, Next; Moonlight; Ari; Frankie; Sweet Like Candy; and Cloud.

ANTEBELLUM IS SKIPPING THEATERS AND HEADING TO VOD IN SEPTEMBER _ Antebellum, the mysterious horror thriller starring Janelle Monáe, is headed to video on demand. The movie was originally supposed to open in theaters in April, but coronavirus ended up making that impossible. After shuffling the date around a bit, movie company Lionsgate has decided to release the film directly to Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on September 18. No word on the price, but it will likely run $20 for the digital copy, which you will “own” on the platform where it’s purchased. • VIDEO

… For an up-to-date list of theatrical-release and streaming films click here.

🎧  KNIGHT RIDER MOVIE SPEEDS BACK INTO DEVELOPMENT _ A new Knight Rider movie is in the works, based on the series which ran on NBC from 1982 through 1986 and launched actor David Hasselhoff to stardom. The show followed a police detective named Michael Knight who fought crime with the aid of KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a high-powered Pontiac Firebird that was basically indestructible.

KANYE WEST HAS A RUNNING MATE _ Presidential candidate Kanye West has named his vice presidential running mate: Michelle Tidball. Never heard of her? Tidball is a 57-year-old spiritual coach who lives on a ranch in Cody, Wyoming.

LOUISIANA MAN CLAIMS ELLEN DEGENERES BULLIED HIM AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD _ A Louisiana man claims Ellen DeGeneres’ alleged behavior goes all the way back to when she worked at his mother’s New Orleans recruitment agency in the late 1970s. The Daily Mail quoted Ben Gravolet saying, “She would criticize my weight. I would try to do homework in the office, she’d call me stupid, she’d call me fat. She would criticize my clothes. I would dread going to [my mom’s] office to see her after school or on a day if I was sick and Ellen was there.”

… “As I watched her meteoric rise to fame, people would say how great she was and all I could think was she must be an incredible actor because she was one of the most vile people I’ve ever met in my life. Who takes pleasure in giving a child pain?”

… Gravolet is now a 52-year-old father of three and vice president of a New Orleans marketing agency.

… The Mail also spoke to Gravolet’s mother, Tana Robinson, who described DeGeneres, now 62, as “extremely rude,” though she said she was unaware of the comedian’s treatment of her son until recently.

TREMORS 7 RECEIVES GETS A TITLE AND RATING _ The original Tremors was one of the best B-movies of the early 1990s. After a brief but successful run in theaters, the horror-comedy became a hit on home video. Since that first film, we’ve had five sequels — and a TV show — and a sixth sequel now has a title: Tremors: Shrieker Island.

… The movie will see the return of the monstrous Graboids, giant subterranean worm-like creatures that detect vibrations on the surface and burst up from below to devour people. This time the plot is that a number of Graboids have been captured by a bored billionaire desperate for some thrills. He’s transported the deadly monsters to an island resort with the intention of hunting them for sport.

… Confirmed on the cast are series mainstay Michael Gross (who’s played kooky survivalist Burt Gummer since the first movie) and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder.

… Tremors: Shrieker Island will hit video-on-demand in October.

GORDON RAMSAY IS CRITIQUING PEOPLES’ MEALS ON TIKTOK _ Gordon Ramsay’s TikTok account is full of fun things like him dancing with his daughter or reacting to audios of his own freak-outs, but these days, it’s mainly full of the TV chef’s bread and butter: telling people their cooking stinks. He’s been reacting to some home cooks’ creations lately and every one of his videos will make you glad you keep your cooking to yourself. Gordon had previously roasted photos of peoples’ food on Twitter, and of course on TV, but now that he has taken his talents to TikTok, his videos have racked up millions of views. • VIDEO

… In one video Gordon shares his reaction to a woman who makes fish and chips — in a microwave.

STEPHEN COLBERT AND JAMES CORDEN TO RETURN TO THEIR STUDIOS NEXT WEEK _ Both CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden are returning to their studios next week, but without a live studio audience. Colbert and Corden follow Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon in moving their shows out of their homes. Conan is currently taping his TBS show at a Los Angeles comedy club (Largo at the Coronet), while Fallon’s Tonight Show has moved to a smaller studio at 30 Rock.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN REBOOT COMING TO AMAZON _ A TV reboot of the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own is coming to Amazon. The movie was about the first female professional baseball league.


BITS & BREAKS

STRANGE MUSEUMS

There are around 5,300 museums in the U.S., some large and many small. Here are some of the world’s strangest museums.

• The Instant Ramen Museum in Japan. In 1958 — after a year of experimenting in his backyard shed— Momofuku Ando invented the world’s first instant noodles: Chicken Ramen. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum documents this chapter of Japan’s food culture, where visitors can view instant noodles packages from around the world.

• International Spy Museum. Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum features the largest ever public collection of espionage artifacts, shedding light on one of the world’s most secretive professions.

• The Mummy Museum. In the small mining town of Guanajuato, Mexico, hundreds of bodies were buried in the Santa Paula Pantheon’s crypts during the mid-19th century. If families were unable to pay a burial tax imposed by the town, the bodies were exhumed. It was then that they discovered the bodies had been mummified through a natural process, likely due to the region’s unique climactic factors. Their ghoulish corpses — including those of infants — are now on display.

• International Museum of Toilets. Located in India’s buzzing capital of New Delhi, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets details the history of hygiene and sanitation from 2500 B.C. to present day.

• Ventriloquist Museum. In 1910, William Shakespeare Berger bought his first dummy: Tommy Baloney. By 1947, his collection had grown so large he renovated his garage to house the figures, and in 1962, he had to construct a second building. Today, Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, displays more than 800 dummies, photos, playbills, and historical books from Berger’s collection.

• Dog Collar Museum. This museum, in Kent, England, was founded in 1977, when antique collector Gertrude Hunt presented her beloved collection of 60 dog collars to Leeds Castle. Since then, the museum has continued to expand, and there are now more than 130 exhibits, dating from the sixteenth century.

• Museum of Bread Culture. Whether it’s a warm pretzel or deliciously dark rye bread, Germans love their dough-based produce. This museum, in Ulm, Germany, was founded by two entrepreneurs who worked in the bakery trade before opening their first permanent exhibition in 1960. It soon became a museum, which is now run by a charitable foundation.

• Kansas Barbed Wire Museum. Did you know that barbed wire was first patented in 1874? Or that it played a crucial role during the World War I, when its high tensile strength made it a powerful deterrent against enemy tanks? This museum has more than 2,000 types of barbed wire on display.

• Beijing Tap Water Museum. This is an odd one, considering Beijing residents have never thought the water coming out of their taps was safe to drink.

• Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame. Frederick’s of Hollywood, the store that brought unmentionables such as push-up bras and thong panties to the world, has in its hot-pink art deco flagship display a snapshot of Tinseltown literally under wraps. While the ground floor is devoted to retail, upstairs is a who’s who of Hollywood undergarments, from Tom Hanks’ boxer shorts in Forrest Gump to the undies of the entire cast of Beverly Hills 90210.

• Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Andrea Ludden’s obsession is with salt and pepper shakers. A trained anthropologist, she’s writing a definitive study of the condiment dispensers, and displays her collection of more than 22,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers in a building specially arranged for their purpose in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

PHONER: THE SMELLS THAT REMIND YOU OF SCHOOL

🎧  What are the smells that remind you of school? The Pro Audio page has a few real callers to help light up your phones.

DUMB PET HOTLINE CALLS

A pet hotline has released a list of some of the more unusual questions it’s received.

• “My cat just came in from the garage and I was wondering… how many calories are in a mouse?”

• “I have a neutered male cat. How old should he be before I can breed him?”

• “Is it normal for a dog to shed?”

• “How can I keep my cat from stealing my husband’s toothbrush?”

• “How do I stop my cat from giving food to the dog?”

• “Will chewing soda cans remove enamel from my puppy’s teeth?”

• “Where can I get a six-toed cat?”

MY CRAZY PLAN TO ALWAYS SLEEP ON A NEW MATTRESS

Tons of mattress companies with catchy names will now ship one right to your front door — and nearly all of them offer a 100- to 120-day in-home trial with no-hassle returns. Some companies — like DreamCloud, Awara and Nectar — even offers a 365 day guarantee.

So here’s my plan: I’m going to sleep for free for years and year. I found all of the online mattress companies with 100-day-plus returns and added up the days.

Companies include:

• Tuft & Needle

• Cocoon

• Leesa

• Bear

• Saatva

• Casper

• Helix

• Purple

• Oso

• Sapira

… 365 days divided by 100 is about 3½ mattresses. I’m going to be sleeping “new” for years to come. Great plan, right?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average American eats 19,000 calories worth of this each year. (Ice cream)

TRIVIA: What was ESPN’s first televised sporting event? (A slow-pitch softball game, the Milwaukee Schlitzes vs. the Kentucky Bourbons.)

TRIVIA: Twenty percent of single men say they’ve used what to try to pick up women? (Their pet)

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.)

  • Spider-Man
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Shag carpeting
  • Bell bottoms
  • Corvette
  • Thunderstorms
  • Puppies
  • Open-toed sandals

SPY THE LIE

• It takes 9 seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.

• Cerumen (seh-ROO-men) is the technical term for earwax.

• In the Ukraine they add olive oil to their coffee. (LIE)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 7, 2020

• 1954: JOHNNY CASH married Vivian Liberto. They would have a daughter, ROSANNE CASH.

• 1961: PATSY CLINE topped the country charts with I Fall To Pieces.

• 1981: On his birthday, B.J. THOMAS became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1991: WILLIE NELSON sold his Colorado ranch for $803,000 to help pay off back taxes owed to the IRS.

• 1997: GARTH BROOKS performed a free concert at New York’s Central Park. An estimated 750,000+ fans attended the show, which aired live on HBO.

• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON appeared on the cover of Parade magazine, where he came out in favor of gay marriage: “I have a life, and I want everyone else to have one, too.”

• 2015: JAKE OWEN announced he was divorcing Lacey Buchanan.

• 2018: RONNIE DUNN and K.T. OSLIN were announced as 2018 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

B.J. THOMAS (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head) is 78.

RODNEY CROWELL is 70.

MICHAEL PETERSON is 61.

Raul Malo of THE MAVERICKS is 55.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CHRIS YOUNG has had to find virtual ways to to collaborate with his songwriting buddies while at home. Chris shares that while he’s writing with other songwriters via Zoom, “[It’s] the same skill set, but a different way of doing it.”

KANE BROWN says he’s grateful his young daughter won’t remember much about this year. Kane says, “2020’s been tough in general. I’m glad my daughter doesn’t know what’s going on, and she’s not going to remember.”

SUGARLAND’s Jennifer Nettles has given her voice to 4-H. This week, 4-H launched its Opportunity4All campaign, focused on closing the educational and economic opportunity gap that exists for millions of young people across the country. To raise further awareness about this issue and the steps that young people and their communities are taking to close this gap, 4-H alum Jennifer Nettles lent her voice to a new public service announcement that will run on various digital channels. • VIDEO

MAREN MORRIS wants to make this school year a little easier for fine arts students in East Nashville — she donated $70,000 this week to the band program at East Nashville Magnet High School. With these funds, the school plans to purchase instruments, uniforms, tuxedos and gowns.

THOMAS RHETT has a new fishing story this summer. Instead of reeling in a record-setting catch, he snagged himself. He wrote on social media: “The day started great! Then I hooked myself in the back of the leg. Had to push it out the other side, cut the barb off then pull it back through!”

… Thomas’ fishing trip in Colorado includes his wife Lauren Akins plus FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley Hubbard.

DARIUS RUCKER’s ready to tune out the world and turn up the good times in his new single Beers and Sunshine. The feel-good track arrived on Thursday and was crafted via Zoom during quarantine. • LISTEN

JERROD NIEMANN’s new song, Tequila Kisses, was produced with just one instrument — the human voice. The song is an a cappella that was created with fifty layers of harmonies. • LISTEN

TOP SONGS – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. Chris Janson – Done
  2. Locash – One Big Country Song
  3. Maddie & Tae – Die From a Broken Heart
  4. Luke Bryan – One Margarita
  5. Sam Hunt – Hard to Forget
  6. Justin Moore – Why We Drink
  7. Miranda Lambert – Bluebird
  8. Florida Georgia Line – I Love My Country
  9. Thomas Rhett and Friends – Be a Light
  10. Kane Brown – Cool Again

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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.


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