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This is day 175 of 2014. There are 190 days remaining.


• Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s, on Happy Days) is 95

• Michele Lee is 72

• Guitarist Jeff Beck is 70

• Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is 67

• Peter Weller (Robocop, Star Trek Into Darkness) is 67

• Nancy Allen (Robocop) is 64

• Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones) is 53

• Sherry Stringfield (ER) is 47

• Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, Kelly Kapoor on The Office) is 35

• Solange Knowles is 28


• 1497: The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place when explorer John Cabot, on a voyage for England, spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. He claimed the piece of land for England, which is now Newfoundland.

• 1892: Robert Ford was gunned down in a Creede, Colorado, saloon. Ten years earlier, as a new recruit in the Jesse James gang, he had killed Jesse for a $10,000 reward.

• 1947: The first reported sighting of Flying Saucers was reported near Mount Rainier, Washington, by airline pilot Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho. He reported seeing nine UFOs traveling at 1,700 mph and described their flight pattern as similar to a saucer skipping across water.

• 1955: MAD became a magazine when it switched from a comic book to a more traditional black-and-white layout.

• 1963: The first home video recorder was demonstrated at the BBC Studios in London.

• 1991: A $100 check made out to Pablo Picasso sold for $6,500. In 1962 an art lover gave Picasso the check and asked for a picture. Picasso drew a smiling little devil on the back of the check and returned it to the buyer.

• 1992: The Supreme Court, in a five-to-four decision, strengthened its 30-year ban on officially sponsored worship in public schools by prohibiting prayer as a part of graduation ceremonies.

• 1997: The Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.

• 1996: A report by the World Bank revealed one-fifth of the world’s population had to live on less than a dollar a day.

• 1997: After three days eluding gamekeepers, an 8-foot, 175-pound alligator named Douglas was finally captured in an Atlanta residential area and adopted by the Wild Adventures amusement park in Valdosta, Georgia.

• 2002: A drunk driver in Karlskoga, Sweden, didn’t notice he had lost a wheel until he was pulled up by police. The man could not believe he was driving around on just three wheels. He was charged with drunk-driving.

• 2008: A decommissioned Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jet sold for $50,000 on eBay. It sold with engine and many of the internal systems removed or made inoperative. We’re pretty sure it was lacking weapons, too.

• 2010: John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history: 11 hours, 5 minutes.


• Today is Swim a Lap Day.



64: Countries where you’ll find Starbucks.



The FBI is searching for a California bank robber who relentlessly stares into the eyes of the bank teller. They’ve nicknamed him the Hypnotist Bandit [Which I guess is a little catchier than the Dilated Pupil Guy.]

A bullfighter in Spain was gored when he overconfidently turned his back on a powerful and angry bull. [Sounds like a night at Hope Solo’s house.]

Conan O’Brien never received paperwork informing him that he owed back taxes on a house in Rhode Island, so authorities there were only days away from auctioning it off when the late night television comedian heard about it, and paid the bill. [So, in the end things turned out rather well for Conan. But, of course, for Jay Leno that means that he’ll have to switch to Plan B.]

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is upset that a new movie with James Franco and Seth Rogen features a plot about an attempt to assassinate him. [Nothing spells blockbuster quite like James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Kim Jong-Un.]

Sting says that he will not leave his vast fortune to his kids. [Sounds like someone is paying big time for forgetting Father’s Day.]

A 12-year-old boy in France faked his kidnapping to avoid going to the dentist. [Makes sense. According to a recent survey, people would rather be blindfolded and tossed into the back of unmarked van than rinse and spit.]

Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of cars because of air bag problems. [They’ve found that the air bags may fail during a collision with recalled runaway GM cars.]

Today (Tuesday) a white jumpsuit with underarm sweat stains that was worn by Elvis will go on auction. [Historians think the sweat stains were the result of Elvis giving his all during a classic concert, or the result of Elvis struggling to open a prescription bottle.]

In Berlin they’re building a huge complex that will include houses of worship for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. [They’re gonna be one big family, if by family you mean people who all hate each other living under the same roof.]

A Florida couple were rescued after spending 14 hours in the water when they fell off their 30-foot boat. [They were suffering from mild hypothermia, jellyfish stings, and sickness caused by the very sight of each other.]



COMPANY PAYS STAFF UP TO $25K TO QUIT _ A video game company pays unhappy employees up to $25,000 to quit — even if they’ve only just been recruited. Riot Games, makers of the smash-hit PC game “League of Legends”, wants to cut ties with newly-hired staff members if it’s immediately clear they’re inappropriate for the job. The company says, “Rather than allow mismatches to fester, we want to resolve them quickly. This is good for the company, and good for the professional. We’ll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result.” The company, based in Santa Monica, California, said the $25,000 payout must be taken within 60 days of employment. Employees who apply for it will get 10% of their salary up to $25,000, no strings attached.

SHOPPER FINDS HIDDEN MESSAGE ON TAG INSIDE DISCOUNT DRESS _ A shopper in Wales got more than she bargained for after discovering that the tag inside a dress that she bought for $18 contained a hidden message. Like usual, the dress had a care tag sewn inside it. On top of that though, someone who handled the garment before it went to the sales floor apparently decided to get creative by inserting a second tag that included what seemed to be a hidden distress call. The message said, “Forced to work exhausting hours.” 25-year-old Rebecca Gallagher purchased the multicolored frock that featured the alarming message, and was so taken aback by what she found inside that she has said she’ll never wear the item of clothing again. Although she’s not sure who put the hidden message in the dress, that hasn’t made the dress any more appealing.

… The piece of clothing with the hidden message inside was sold by a discount chain called Primark. According to a spokesman, this is the only such hidden message incident that has been reported. He hopes Gallagher will send the dress to the company so a deeper investigation can be carried out to see who sewed the hidden message inside.

REED HASTINGS IS THE WORLD’S FIRST ‘ON-DEMAND’ BILLIONAIRE _ Reed Hastings, cofounder and CEO of Netflix, is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes. The company streams to over 48 million subscribers in over 40 countries, and as a result Netflix’s 2014 stock price rocketed to over $400 a share, making Reed Hastings a bonafide billionaire.

WOMAN’S HUMILIATING CAMEL RIDE _ A woman’s humiliating experience at a Russian circus was caught on video. The woman, picked out of the crowd, was attached to a harness and placed on to a camel. Her jeans immediately split open in a delicate area, and she spent the rest of the rapid ride trying, and failing, to cover her modesty. The further deepen her embarrassment, she then swung into two circus workers, wiping them out, before timidly returning to her seat. Video

MCDONALD’S TESTING ORDER-AHEAD AND PAYMENT APP _ If you just can’t stomach the idea of waiting in line at McDonald’s during the lunch rush, the fast food joint has some (maybe) good news for you. It’s reportedly testing a secret order-ahead and payment app. According to a report from Business Insider, about 22 McDonald’s locations in the Columbus, GA, area are testing the new order-ahead and mobile payment app. The McD Ordering app allows customers to place an order by smartphone before arriving at the restaurant. Upon arrival, the hungry patron scans a QR code located either at curbside pick-up or at the front door, at which time the credit or debit card linked to their account is charged. The phone then displays an order number and the customer waits.

… Wait, you still have to wait?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: This seems so lame. I’m going to take the time to tap in an order on my smartphone just so I can wait once I arrive? Can someone please come up with a better invention for McDonald’s? Here’s one: table service. Have a handful of tables set aside where I can walk in and sit and be served by a McWaiter.

FISH ARE MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN WE THOUGHT _ Over the past decade or so, there have been ongoing studies concerning that nature and the intelligence of various aquatic animals including whales, dolphins, sea lions, octopi and others. But until more recently, fish in general had been left somewhat out of the equation. They were considered mindless, emotionless and insensitive to pain or pleasure. A recent study (University of Edinburgh) found that fish are more intelligent than they appear. In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates, including nonhuman primates.”

UNIVERSITY PLANNING TO CHECK OUT DRONES THROUGH THE LIBRARY _ Students at the University of South Florida will soon be able to check out drones from the campus library. The purpose of the drone program is, of course, educational. (Of course!) The library staff believes that students studying everything from engineering, to architecture, to filmmaking will benefit from the ability to check out an eye in the sky.

FAMILY TOOK A PHOTO TOGETHER EVERY YEAR FOR 21 YEARSLondon-based photographer Zed Nelson helped a friend of his to capture a family photo every year for 21 years. It started when his friend’s wife was pregnant and Nelson had the idea to do a time-lapse photography series. Since 1991, Nelson would photograph the family under the same backdrop and same lighting. | photos link

ONLY ONE IN THREE AMERICANS HAS EMERGENCY SAVINGS _ Americans are still struggling to deal with the financial implications of the recession with most not having emergency savings. According to a survey released by, of those who say they have savings, 67 percent said that they had less than six months worth of living costs, including rent, mortgage payments, utility bills and food costs, while those with at least three months worth of expenses dropped from 45 percent to 40 percent. Bankrate considers six months of expenses as the recommended amount for emergency savings.

HOPE SOLO RELEASED FROM JAIL _ Hope Solo is out of jail after pleading not guilty to beating up her 17-year-old nephew and sister during a house party over the weekend. The Team USA soccer player appeared in a Seattle-area courtroom and where she copped the plea — and was ordered to stay away from both alleged victims. Solo was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court in August. Solo’s attorney also issued a statement saying she’s “not guilty of any crime”, adding, “In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident.”

APP THAT AUCTIONS OFF PUBLIC PARKING SPACES GETS C&D _ Selling off the parking spot you’re about to vacate sounds like a win-win — you get some money and someone else gets a place to put a car. Oh but the thing is? It’s probably not legal if that’s a public spot, like in San Francisco, where the city attorney has warned a mobile app that it can’t help people auction off spots. City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent the letter to MonkeyParking, telling the startup that it could face a lawsuit and that its business model is breaking all kinds of laws. He says in the letter to MonkeyParking’s CEO that under city law, no one can buy or sell public street parking spaces, and that the company has until July 11 to stop doing so or face legal action. Herrera issued a copy of the letter to Apple as well, asking it to remove the app from its App Store.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT ESCAPES HORROR 80MPH CAR JOURNEY _ A cat miraculously survived after traveling underneath a Toyota Land Cruiser trapped inside a suspension spring. Mechanics in Russia spent three hours getting the animal out and were baffled by how it became wedged inside the powerful spring in the first place. The driver said he had not noticed anything when he had climbed into his vehicle to set off on his journey. He had traveled about 50 miles, most of it going over 80 mph, when he stopped for gas. That’s when he heard the cat meowing. After enlisting the help of garage mechanics and failing to remove the pet, police and firemen eventually decided the only thing to do was dismantle the car — and remove the suspension spring. Video

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT GETS STUCK IN GIANT STONE VAGINA _ What was meant to be a funny dare turned into major embarrassment for an American exchange student, who found himself trapped in a giant stone vagina in Germany. Firefighters had to be called in to deliver the man, head-first, to safety after his foot became trapped in the large marble sculpture at a university (Tubingen University). After climbing inside his legs soon became wedged in the carving and experts had to be called to deliver him. 22 firefighters and a number of paramedics were sent to the scene.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY FAKES OWN KIDNAPPING TO AVOID DENTIST _ A 12-year-old French boy was so determined not to go to the dentist that he faked his own kidnapping. The dental-drama began late May after he was found by police hiding. When the boy was questioned by officers, he allegedly claimed that he had just escaped an abduction attempt. Sticking to his guns, he elaborately invented a scar-faced villain who lured him to his car for directions as he was heading to his dentist appointment. That’s when, without warning, the man pulled him into his car and took off. It was only by luck that the boy said he managed to escape when the vehicle stopped. For a month the boy appeared to have gotten away scot-free, until officers called him in for questioning once more — after reviewing security footage in the drop-off city.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVER FALLS OUT OF OWN VEHICLE _ A North Dakota (Minot) man was charged with DUI after falling out of a vehicle he was driving and subsequently running over himself with it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GOLDILOCKS FOUND ASLEEP ON STRANGER’S COUCH _ A 19-year-old woman accused of breaking into a St. Augustine Beach home, taking a shower, changing into the homeowner’s pajamas, making herself some food and falling asleep on the couch is facing charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Chancy Layton told investigating officers she was told by a male friend that the house was empty and she could enter through an unlocked door on the balcony and stay there. But when the homeowners came home she got scared and ran out, leaving behind her purse and passport.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORD MODEL A CRASHED BY HOMELESS MAN _ A drunk homeless man stole and crashed an impeccably restored Ford Model A in Oregon Sunday. State police arrested Erik Blake Halpin and jailed him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and a couple of other things. After stealing the 1930 Ford he rolled it off a highway into a river then swam to shore.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN INJURED IN PORT-A-POTTY EXPLOSION _ Karikaye Finch and her family were visiting an Oregon park for her daughter’s softball tournament. At one point she had to use a port-a-potty. While Finch was sitting on the toilet, she felt and heard an explosion. She said “it felt like somebody was punching the back of my head.” Although the pain “was horrible,” she was unsure what happened or the extent of her injuries. By the time she made her way out of the port-a-potty, Finch was covered in blood. The paramedics were called and she was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. Authorities eventually located an object that appears to be homemade bomb.



NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

FAMILY GUY (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30p ET, FOX) — Two repeats air back to back.


RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — This new episode pays tribute to series star Lee Thompson Young, who died last year.

ROYAL PAINS (9p ET, USA) — Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef), Diane Farr (Numb3rs) and Henry Winkler guest star in this new episode.

THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30p ET, FOX) — Repeat


THE NIGHT SHIFT (10p ET, NBC) — Scott Wolf guest stars in this new episode.

CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP (10p ET, ABC) — Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard switches places with reality-TV’s Heidi and Spencer Pratt (The Hills) in this new edition.


SEASON PREMIERE: COVERT AFFAIRS (10p ET, USA) — Covert Affairs returns for its 5th season tonight.

SERIES PREMIERE: TYRANT (10p ET, FX) — This new drama, from the creator and executive producers of Showtime hit Homeland, follows the life of the second son of a dictator in a fictional Middle Eastern country, who’s been in self-selected exile, who’s married and has kids with an American. Now he’s heading to his home country for the first time in 20 years.



ELVIS PRESLEY’S SWEAT-STAINED JUMPSUIT GOING UP FOR AUCTION _ A white suit emblazoned with a peacock that Elvis Presley wore while performing in Las Vegas is going up for auction today (Tuesday). And one thing that makes this particular garment special is that it’s stained in the armpits with the King’s own 40-year-old sweat. The sweaty suit is part of a large sale of rock memorabilia that Sotheby’s is hosting. The auction will also include a red military-style jacket worn by Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix’s guitar strap that he wore at the 1969 Newport Pop Festival, John Lennon’s upright piano, Kurt Cobain’s smashed Univox guitar and Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Like a Rolling Stone,” among many other items.

… The peacock jumpsuit, which the auction house describes as having “minor staining and browning” as well as a nonworking zipper, is decorated with rhinestones and gold lame detailing. It is expected to fetch between $200,000 – $300,000.

FILMING WRAPS ON HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY — PART 2 _ Filming has wrapped on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, the final chapter in the movie adaption of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young-adult novel trilogy. The final “cut!” marks the end of an era for franchise stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

… Though film No. 4 is in the can, Fans still have to wait until November 21 to see Mockingjay — Part 1.

KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPARD EXPECTING BABY NO. 2 _ Kristen Bell is pregnant. The Frozen star and her husband Dax Shepard are expecting their second child. The couple welcomed their first child, Lincoln, in March 2013.

GARY OLDMAN SLAMS HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRISY _ Gary Oldman slams Hollywood hypocrites and political correctness in a Playboy interview. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star is asked about the movie’s vision of apocalypse and his own view of the (real) future. Oldman thinks we’re up a creek without a paddle: “Culturally, politically, everywhere you look. I look at the world, I look at our leadership and I look at every aspect of our culture and wonder what will make it better. I have no idea. Any night of the week you only need to turn on one of these news channels and watch for half an hour. Read the newspaper. Go online. Our world has gone to hell.”

… Oldman goes off on everything. He even slams “helicopter parents who overschedule their children.”

… “These are just tiny examples, grains of sand in a vast desert of what’s [messed-up] in our world right now. As for the people who pass for heroes in entertainment today, don’t even get me started.”

… “Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay. And what passes for music — it’s all on that plateau. Who’s the hero for young people today? Some idiot who can’t [expletive] sing or write or who’s shaking her [tail] and twerking in front of 11-year-olds.”

… Asked about Mel Gibson’s turbulent last few years, Oldman says, ”I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a [expletive] joke. Get over it. I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all [beeping] hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word [n] or that [blanking] Jew?”

SYLVESTER STALLONE RETURNS TO RAMBO V PLAN _ There’s new talk of Rambo 5, which is said to have Stallone as a writer and star. This time, if the story is correct, he would be facing off against a Mexican drug cartel.

KRISTEN STEWART REPORTEDLY SUING JOAN RIVERS _ (CAUTION) Kristen Stewart is reportedly taking legal action against Joan Rivers for a dig in the comedienne’s new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers pokes fun at the starlet’s affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in one section of her book, writing, “Many stars only do one thing well. Of course, the best one-trick-pony is Kristen Stewart, who got a whole career by being able to juggle a director’s balls.”

… Rivers says, “She obviously didn’t read our disclaimer, which says it’s a comedy book. I can’t wait to get her into court because I’m gonna get a puppet and I want her to show me on the puppet where she thinks I claim she touched her director. I am looking forward to it.”

GORDON RAMSAY CLOSING KITCHEN NIGHTMARES FOR GOOD _ Celebrity chef and reality star Gordon Ramsay announced Monday that he’s closing up Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay revealed his plan on his website, saying, “It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.” Kitchen Nightmares debuted in 2004 in the U.K. and was brought over to the United States in 2007 on Fox. Ramsay says he’s filmed 123 episodes of the series.

GEORGE CLOONEY AND AMAL ALAMUDDIN LIKELY HAVING AN ITALIAN WEDDING _ George Clooney and his fiancée Amal Alamuddin seem to be toying with the idea of getting married overseas after being spotted scouting wedding locations on Friday in Lake Como. The pair were seen looking at different possible venues before going to dinner. Clooney and Alamuddin also took a tour of the famous Lake Como. After the star showed her around, they went back to his house.

MEL GIBSON ARRESTED IN NEW MEXICO _ Mel Gibson walked into an Albuquerque jail Monday morning for a booking — which turned out to be fake, because he’s doing it for a flick. Mel is in New Mexico, shooting Blood Father. Mel, who plays an ex-con, went to the courthouse in a suit and tie after shooting the jail scene.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO SAILS TO THE WORLD CUP _ Leonardo DiCaprio boarded the famous luxury mega-yacht Topaz in Rio de Janeiro recently and sailed it down to Sao Paulo for the World Cup. Leo has brought along 20 of his closest pals to stay with him on the fifth-largest yacht in the world, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and owner of the Manchester City soccer team. The 482-foot yacht is reportedly worth $678 million and comes complete with a deck top Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, gym, movie theater, conference room, and helipad.

ROBIN THICKE REALLY MISSES PAULA PATTON _ Robin Thicke is making it quite clear he wants his estranged wife, Paula Patton, back. After announcing he’s naming his next album Paula and promoting it widely with “#Paula,” Thicke delivered an impassioned music video for “Get Her Back.” The singer’s video is a raw look into how badly the 37-year-old musician feels about losing his lover. Thicke and Patton started dating when they were teenagers, got married in 2005 and then separated in February 2014. Thicke pairs his pining lyrics with text messages that, for all we know, could potentially be real exchanges between him and Patton. Thicke’s seventh studio album, Paula, is due out July 1. Video





This is a personal story to share any way you like. Edit to fit your personality and show. Ask for feedback from your listeners. Go off on the dad or the daughter if it fits.

A friend’s daughter is out of college and looking for a job. To make ends meet she’s doing what she’s good at — waiting tables and tending bar. But my friend’s freaking out because she took a job at Hooter’s. He’s not anti-Hooter’s and he doesn’t go there, but some of our friends do and he’s weirded out knowing they’ll be seeing his daughter in short-shorts and a tight top.

He’s telling me he’s thinking about putting his foot down: quit Hooter’s or move out. I told him at least she didn’t take the summer off like a lot of college grads.



TRIVIA: Combined, these weight just under 320 million tons. (All humans on earth)

TRIVIA: A third of U.S. adult men are spending an extra $2,646 a year because of this. (Their obesity. Another third of U.S. males are simply overweight and don’t spend quite as much because of it.)


Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win.

• A fiancee, a baseball stadium, a deck of cards (Diamond)

• A courtroom, a park, a dugout (Benches)

• Flakes, hair, a beer mug (Frosted)



Brother John entered the “Monastery of Silence” and the Abbott said, “Brother, this is a silent monastery; you are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so.” Brother John lived in the monastery for five years before the Abbott said to him, “Brother John, you have been here five years now; you may speak two words.” Brother John said, “Hard bed.” “I’m sorry to hear that,” the Abbot said. “We will get you a better bed.” After another five years, Brother John was called by the Abbott. “You may say another two words, Brother John.” “Cold food,” said Brother John, and the Abbott assured him that the food would be better in the future. On his 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Abbott again call Brother John into his office. “Two words you may say today.” “I quit,” said Brother John. “It is probably best, you’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”



Two reasons you should not run against an escalator.



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This is day 176 of 2014. There are 189 days remaining.


• June Lockhart (Lost in Space) is 89

• Mary Beth Peil (The Good Wife, Dawson’s Creek) is 74

• Carly Simon is 69

• Jimmie Walker (Good Times) is 67

• Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 60

• TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain is 58

• Ricky Gervais is 53

• George Michael is 51

• Angela Kinsey (The Office) is 43

• Linda Cardellini (Sylvia Rosen, neighbor of Don Draper, on Mad Men) is 39

• Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, ER, Dawson’s Creek) is 35.


• 1785: George Washington retired from hunting and gave away all of his dogs.

• 1947: The Diary of Anne Frank was published.

• 1949: Long-Haired Hare was released in theaters, starring Bugs Bunny.

• 1950: War broke out on the Korean peninsula as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

• 1951: The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities.

• 1991: Francis Johnson’s world record 8.7-ton ball of twine, which he had been building since 1950, was moved to a prominent place in downtown Darwin, Minnesota, where more people could see it.

• 1996: A truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia.

• 1997: Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau died at age 87.

• 1997: An unmanned cargo ship crashed into Russia’s Mir space station, knocking out half of the station’s power and rupturing a pressurized laboratory.

• 2002: A five-year-old Sicilian boy tore up $1,525 in cash, his father’s monthly salary, the day after his grandfather told him money was trash and couldn’t buy happiness.

• 2006: In England, a woman parked her car near her house. When she returned, she discovered workmen had painted a “disabled'” zone around it. To make matters worse, a parking officer gave her a ticket for supposedly parking in a disabled space.


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