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DATEBOOK: JUNE 25, 2014

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

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is Catfish Day.

• It’s Log Cabin Day.

• Today is Global Beatles Day, honoring and celebrating the phenomenon and ideals of the Beatles, collectively and individually, for their gifts to the world.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

34,625: Messages posted on Twitter by the time I finish saying this sentence.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A new investigation warns that kids are consuming too many vitamins and nutrients from eating fortified breakfast cereals. [“Quit whining! No more cereal! Now shut up and eat your doughnuts!”]

It now appears that the Mississippi family that claimed that a KFC made them leave because their 3-year-old daughter’s facial scars were upsetting customers made the whole thing up. [I suspected that the story was fake. I mean who could possibly be that insensitive to a 3-year-old child besides Joan Rivers?]

The Miami Heat’s LeBron James has chosen to opt out of his contract. [You know, like Gwyneth Paltrow.]

In Florida a 19-year-old broke into a home, showered, drank wine, then fell asleep on the couch wearing the homeowner’s pajamas. [I don’t know if I would ever have the nerve to break into someone’s house, but I do know that wearing someone else’s pajamas is seriously out of the question.]

A mountain climber in the Alps had to be airlifted out after he awoke to find that someone had stolen his hiking boots. [The first break in the case came when professional trackers reported finding mountain goat footprints in size 14.]

Officials say that the New York City subway is on pace to have one of its lowest crime years. [A spokesman explained that the turning point came when they banned Alec Baldwin.]

Jennifer Aniston’s skincare specialist is on trial for attempting to hire a hitman to kill a rival doctor. [She allegedly told the hitman to pop him like a pimple.]

TV chef Gordon Ramsay has ended his series Kitchen Nightmares. [He says that he wants to spend more time at home cursing with the family.]

It was announced that Jennifer Lopez is returning next season to American Idol. [Which means that this is by far the most stable relationship she’s ever had.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

CURIOSITY ROVER TAKES A SELFIE _ The Curiosity rover has been puttering around Mars for 687 Earth days — that’s one Martian year. In a nod to its celebrity status on Earth and our love of gratuitous photography, the rover celebrated by taking a selfie. Curiosity stitched together multiple shots taken by stretching out its robotic arm and firing away. But now it’s back to work for our robotic hero. NASA released a video Tuesday outlining what Curiosity has accomplished so far and what’s next. The highlight for the coming year is a very long drive westward to the base of Mount Sharp. Curiosity will study the layered rocks there, which researchers think have captured major climate changes in Mars history.

KANSAS CITY SHUTS DOWN BOY’S ‘LITTLE FREE LIBRARY’ _ A 9-year-old Kansas boy was forced to remove a small community bookshelf from his front yard after local officials threatened to issue his family a citation because of their illegal “detached structure.” Dad Brian Collins and his wife helped their son, Spencer, put up the bookshelf on Mother’s Day hoping to “encourage literacy, reading and community.” The little library, which was made by the boy’s grandfather, was as big as an oversized birdhouse and had “take a book, leave a book” instructions taped to the front door. The bookshelf sat next to a park bench intended to provide a spot for readers to enjoy their books. Last week, however, the family received a letter from the city of Leawood’s code enforcement division, notifying them they would be fined unless they removed the structure. The family has since moved the bookshelf into the garage.

LIGHTNING BOLT BLOWS MAN OUT OF HIS BOOTS _ A man was left stunned, but miraculously alive, when a bolt of lightning blew him out of his boots. Sean O’Connor from near Atlanta, Georgia, was carrying a rake when he was thrown across his driveway and left with blood in his mouth by the lightning bolt. He said: “It sounded like a tree falling over. It threw me across the driveway … When I noticed my boots were on the other side of the driveway and I heard the thunder, I realised it was lightning that had just hit me.” O’Connor called his wife to tell her what had happened and sent her a video of the scene. She urged him to go to hospital where he was held for 24 hours due to an irregular heartbeat.

GADGET STOPS DOGS BARKING _ A new gadget claims it can end the nightmare of an incessantly barking dog. Hammacher Schlemmer is selling the ‘Bark Deterring Ultrasonic Collar’ for $39.95. The collar “uses ultrasonic sound to humanely restore peace and quiet for those vexed by a dog’s nuisance barking.” When a dog barks while wearing the collar, a built-in microphone detects the sound, causing the unit to emit a harmless high-pitched tone, inaudible to humans, that startles the animal into silence. The dog eventually associates its bark with the unpleasant sound, which conditions it to stay quiet.

OBAMA MISTAKEN FOR SOCCER PLAYER _ The designer at a company making World Cup mugs is facing termination after mistaking Barack Obama for England soccer defender Chris Smalling. The company has 2,000 unsellable mugs showing Obama’s smiling face emblazoned on an England flag, along with the Manchester United player’s name.

TEENS ARE STILL USING FACEBOOK — A LOT _ We keep hearing that teens are dumping Facebook in droves. But a new study (by Forrester) shows that maybe teens don’t hate Facebook after all. There was a survey of 4,500 U.S. online users between 12 and 17 about their habits on social networks and apps. Among apps they use “all the time,” both Facebook and Instagram finished ahead of Snapchat.

… Facebook remains young users’ favorite social network. More than three-quarters of online youth use Facebook — twice as many as use Pinterest or Tumblr or Snapchat, and more than use Instagram and WhatApp combined. And 28% of young users who are on Facebook say they use it “all the time,” a higher percentage than said this about any other social network.

WE SHOULD ALL BE KNITTING _ Research shows that knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving and crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation — all are reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being. In an online survey of more 3,545 knitters, the study found a significant relationship between the frequency of knitting and respondents’ perceived mood and feelings. Frequent knitters (those who knitted more than 3 times a week) were calmer, happier, less sad, less anxious, and more confident.

PAYPHONE PROJECT URGES PASSERS-BY TO CALL LOVED-ONES _ Freelance creative consultant Matt Adams and his friend Katie have started a heart-warming initiative to bring people closer together, titled “Call Someone You Love”.  A simple sign made using stencils and spray paint was placed above a New York City pay phone, encouraging passers-by to pick up the phone and call their love ones — Adam pays for their call by pasting quarter coins around the edges of the pay phone. A microphone and cameras are hidden in the booth, which means we get a pretty nice YouTube video. Video

BACHELORETTE PARTY CAR CRASH _ A pre-bachelorette party car crash took the life of a Missouri bride-to-be. According to Mail Online, the bride-to-be was killed on her way to her bachelorette party in Lake Ozark, Missouri. 26-year-old Collette Moreno was in the passenger’s seat of her best friend’s car when they tried to pass a truck. The car met another car head-on and Moreno died from her injuries. Her best friend, and driver of the vehicle, Ashley Theobald, survived the crash.

… Theobald said that Moreno had started suffering from an asthma attack as they trailed a truck with heavy exhaust fumes, so she had attempted to get past it on the two-lane road. Moreno is survived by her fiance and her five-year-old son, Brayden. A fundraising site has been set up in hopes of giving Brayden a bright future. So far, over $10,000 has been raised.

FAA BANS DRONES FROM DELIVERING PACKAGES _ If you were waiting for the day your Amazon delivery was zoomed to your house by a delivery drone, it’s going to be a long, long wait. The FAA is cracking down on commercial usage of drones by banning the delivery of packages using unmanned aerial devices. In the “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment”, the FAA defined “delivering packages to people for a fee” as non-hobby, non-recreational drone activity. Amazon, which said it intends to start a drone delivery program, had a potential loophole as their shipping is free for Amazon Prime subscribers and therefore is not a fee. The FAA foresaw this and wrote specific language in the regulation, tightening the loophole.

HUSBAND TRIES TO DIVORCE WIFE FOR GAINING TOO MUCH WEIGHT _ An Indian high court has ruled that a man cannot divorce his wife because she is fat or has gained weight. The ruling was made after a man appealed to the court to divorce his wife because she gained weight suddenly after their marriage. The couple married in 2000, but shortly after their wedding ceremony the wife began to gain weight dramatically and her husband became alarmed at her growing size. According to his court petition, the husband begged her to seek medical treatment for her condition but she refused. They began to quarrel over the issue and the relationship quickly soured.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEEK BANK ROBBER IN PINK PAJAMAS _ Pittsburgh police have been searching for a bank robber who wore a pink shirt and pink pajama bottoms, and topped off his disguise with a skeleton mask and a black wig. Police say the suspect stuffed the loot into a black purse.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COP PATROLS THE STREETS ON A SKATEBOARD _ The Green Bay, Wisconsin, Police Department has a brand new patrol division. Officer Joel Zwicky is patrolling on skateboard. Known as “Skateboard Cop”, he is earning superhero status in the community. The specially designed board has bigger wheels and red and blue LED lights. Officer Zwicky has even used it to make a traffic stop. | site link

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEONE RETURNED $500K TAKEN IN BANK ROBBERY _ Last week, two masked robbers hit a Wells Fargo branches in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Police believe the same pair robbed a different branch in January. They were verbally abusive toward bank staff, threatened them with handguns, and entered the vaults, taking $500,000 in the second robbery and $1 million in the first. This week, something strange happened: someone brought a third of the money back. An attorney brought a bag to the local outpost of the FBI, claiming not to know what was inside. The FBI believes that someone, maybe a relative, found the money and sent it back.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOSS FIRED FOR MAKING WORKER GIVE PIGGYBACK _ A public official in China has been sacked for making a worker give him a piggyback. The boss was accused of damaging the image of the Chinese Communist party after ordering a worker to carry him on his back over rain-soaked ground so he wouldn’t get his shoes wet.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RAMS HOUSE, ASKS TO USE BATHROOM _ A Texas man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he plowed his SUV into a San Antonio house and then asking the homeowner if he could use the bathroom. The homeowner was watching TV at the time of the incident. The homeowner asked the driver if he was all right; the driver then asked the homeowner if he could use his restroom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE COAX DEER OUT OF FAMILY’S BATHROOM _ A frightened deer who crashed through a window and into a Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, home had to be coaxed out of the bathroom by police. After smashing through the window, the deer ran through the house, then got stuck in a main floor bathroom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRIMINAL FACEBOOKS DURING BURGLARY _ Nicholas Wig of Minnesota allegedly broke into a St. Paul home and stole cash, credit cards, a watch and a cell phone. Then, before he left, he decided to check his Facebook… on the homeowner’s computer. The homeowner returned to find his home ransacked, as well as some of Wig’s clothing and belongings left behind. Then he noticed Wig had been on Facebook — and hadn’t logged out.

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ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — There’s a new twist this season: two head of households will be chosen each week to nominate four (instead of 2) housemates for eviction. Viewers will also play a role in the eviction process.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — Adam Shankman, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Tara Lipinski, and Irina Dvorovenko are the guest judges for callback week in this new, 2-hour edition.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A two hour repeat.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: YOUNG AND HUNGRY (8p ET, ABC Family) — This new comedy stars Emily Osment (Hannah Montana) as a feisty young chef, who becomes the personal chef to tech millionaire Josh (Jonathan Sadowski, Live Free or Die Hard).  The premiere features a special appearance by Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio.

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: MYSTERY GIRLS (8:30p ET, ABC Family) — Former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth team up in this new comedy as a couple of ‘90s murder mystery TV stars who reunite to solve real crimes.

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SUITS (9p ET, USA) — New

THE GOLDBERGS (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

CSI: (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: TAXI BROOKLYN (10p ET, NBC) — In this new action/drama, a tough New York detective (Chyler Leigh, Grey’s Anatomy) races around Brooklyn solving crimes with an unlikely partner; a cabbie named Leo (Jacky Ido, Inglorious Basterds).

MOTIVE (10p ET, ABC) — New

DUCK DYNASTY (10p ET, A&E) — New

GRACELAND (10p ET, USA) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

TOM CRUISE’S REP SHOOTS DOWN ‘STAR WARS’ RUMORS _ Tom Cruise won’t be making a cameo in next Star Wars film, Episode VII, which started shooting in London last month. A rep for Cruise told Entertainment Tonight that rumors about his participation were “pure fiction.” A tabloid reported over the weekend that Cruise met Abrams for “dinner and drinks at the Belgravia Hotel” in London.

STAR WARS MUSEUM LANDS IN CHICAGO _ Star Wars creator George Lucas has chosen Chicago as the location of a planned museum of his art and movie memorabilia. A spokesman for Chicago’s mayor says the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in the Windy City.

… The Sun-Times describes the museum as a $1 billion investment and Chicago Business says, quoting a task force set up by Emanuel to study the project, it “would generate between $2 billion and $2.5 billion of additional tourist spending and significant tax revenue over ten years.”

PREDATOR REBOOT IN THE WORKS _ Predator is the latest series to receive a reboot. An all new movie is currently in the works at 20th Century Fox. The original movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, the leader of an elite team tasked with recovering an abducted minister from Central America. During the mission, the team members are killed off and stalked by Predators, alien beings who hunt other dangerous species for sport. The film inspired two sequels.

LEAH REMINI TELEVISES HER BREAK FROM SCIENTOLOGY _ Leah Remini, the former star of the popular CBS sitcom The King of Queens, left the Church of Scientology last summer and her ongoing, and very public, battle with the secretive religious organization has been the subject of media scrutiny ever since. Both sides have claimed slander against the other, as Remini claimed that she was only trying to protect her daughter, Sofia, and she has accused the church of hurting her career, while the Scientologists claim that Remini has spread lies and fabrications about their religion.

… On July 10, Remini will return to television with a new TLC reality series titled Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, and the premiere two-part episode will deal with the ramifications of Remini’s split from the church. The new show will feature Remini and her husband, as well as Remini’s family and extended family as they try to live their lives together in Southern California.

JUSTIN BIEBER INVOLVED IN CAR CRASH _ Justin Bieber was involved in a car accident on Tuesday afternoon in Beverly Hills. According to eyewitnesses who dished to TMZ, the collision took place around 2 p.m. after an alleged paparazzi chase. The singer was apparently a passenger in a black Escalade, whose driver was speeding along trying ditch a photographer. Another vehicle, a black BMW, was pulling out of a parking structure and the driver of that car “misjudged the speed of the Escalade and smashed into it.”

… No one was injured in the fender bender.

JWOWW SHARES 9-MONTH SONOGRAM PIC _ Jenni “JWoww” Farley is about ready to give birth, and she’s taking her fans along for every mile of the ride. On Tuesday JWoww shared her latest sonogram pic, and we got the clearest glimpse yet of the former Jersey Shore star’s gestating baby girl. She wrote on her blog: “My 8.5/9th month has been a bit crazy! She finally popped and I feel like I’m walking around like a sumo wrestler lol!”

… “She’s measuring like a chubby monkey and has big feet like her parents. But she’s perfect and because of that I’ll take all the back pain in the world! I can’t wait to meet her in a few weeks!!!!” | site link

WARGAMES REMAKE LANDS DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER _ The WarGames remake is off and running. The remake of the 1980s movie now has a screenwriter and a director.

… The original WarGames featured Broderick as a kid who hacked into a NORAD supercomputer designed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. The kid doesn’t realize quite what he has accessed, and begins to play nuclear war simulation games with the system. The games lead to a national nuclear missile scare, and bring the world to the brink of World War III.

BOB DYLAN’S ‘LIKE A ROLLING STONE’ LYRICS SELL FOR $2 MILLION _ The handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s 1965 song “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at Sotheby’s auction house in New York on Tuesday to an unidentified bidder for $2 million. The document provides a peek into Dylan’s creative process — it includes doodles and crossed-out words.

LANA DEL REY ENDS ENGAGEMENT TO FIANCE _ Lana Del Rey and her fiance, Barrie-James O’Neill, have split.

IS ADELE GOING TO RELEASE A SURPRISE ALBUM? _ It’s been three years since Adele released her monumental album “21”, and fans have been eager for the British singer to release new material ever since. According to a source, Adele’s anticipated follow-up album is already complete and it could drop any moment. After Beyoncé shocked the world by releasing her latest, self-titled album without warning, the move has become a trend in the music industry with artists like Pharrell and Jay Z following suit. According to sources, Adele’s latest record is reportedly going to be called “25” and “could be released tomorrow if she wanted.”

… Says the source: “The plan is to release internationally on iTunes as a complete surprise without any previous promotion or build-up publicity campaign.”

BENJI MADDEN SORTA CONFIRMS CAMERON DIAZ RELATIONSHIP _ It seems Benji Madden has confirmed he and Cameron Diaz are officially in a relationship. Well, sorta. During an interview with a U.K. radio station this week, the 35-year-old Good Charlotte rocker and his brother Joel Madden were asked about their private lives. “Life is good, man,” Joel said before Benji added, “We’re lucky guys!”

… Benji’s coy comment comes just a few weeks after he and Diaz seemingly confirmed their relationship by walking hand in hand out in L.A.

IS CHRIS HARRISON WRITING A BACHELOR TELL-ALL? _ Are all of The Bachelor’s secrets about to be revealed?! Host Chris Harrison got Bachelor Nation excited on Monday night while live-tweeting The Bachelorette after he hinted that he was possibly working on a book. He tweeted: “Hmm interesting you ask that!” when a fan asked if he has ever thought about writing a book.

GARY OLDMAN’S MANAGER SLAMS MEDIA BACKLASH _ Gary Oldman took Hollywood to task in a contentious Playboy interview on Monday, now his manager says the star’s controversial comments were taken out of context. (Of course.) The manaager said Tuesday: “Gary does not blast ‘liberal Hollywood’ — the word liberal is not used by him, and I don’t think it appears in the story in question! Nor does Gary anyplace in the piece (or out of it) defend Mel Gibson or Alec Baldwin. If you read the Playboy piece correctly and entirely, and in context, it is the hypocrisy of political correctness that Gary is addressing, nothing else. In this interview Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd.”

IAN SOMERHALDER TESFIES BEFORE CONGRESS _ Ian Somerhalder flew to Washington D.C. Tuesday to testify before Congress in the name of endangered animal species. The 35-year-old Vampire Diaries star spoke in front of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs during a hearing that looked to ban trade in elephant ivory. The actor was recently named a United Nations Goodwill ambassador for Environmental Programs. During his testimony, the actor spoke of the need to double “efforts to protect rapidly declining population of African elephants.”

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Week of June 16-22

1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.42 million

2. America’s Got Talent (Sunday), NBC, 8.12 million

3. NCIS, CBS, 7.82 million

4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.67 million

5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.72 million

6. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.5 million

7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 6.42 million

8. Night Shift, NBC, 6.25 million

9. Blue Bloods, CBS, 6.19 million

10. Dateline NBC, NBC, 6.02 million

11. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 5.96 million

12. Rookie Blue, ABC, 5.92 million

13. Rizzolli & Isles, TNT, 5.81 million

14. 24: Live Another Day, Fox, 5.63 million

15. Mom (Thursday), CBS, 5.58 million

16. Mike & Molly (Monday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 5.5 million

17. Criminal Minds, CBS, 5.35 million

18. The Last Ship, TNT, 5.33 million

19. So You Think You Can Dance, Fox, 5.32 million

20. Mike & Molly (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 5.28 million

WELL, IT WAS WORTH A SHOT

Some ideas that didn’t work out exactly as planned… courtesy of Readers Digest.

• A Wisconsin man tried to save money by painting the exterior of his house himself. First he took off the old layer of paint with a blowtorch. Unfortunately he successfully removed the paint, but he also removed much of the house when it went up in flames.

• A bank customer saw a man in line packing heat. Not wanting to spook the gunman, he slipped the teller a note informing her. Unfortunately the bank teller thought the customer was saying he had a weapon; she had him arrested. As for the man with the gun — he had a permit to carry it.

• How did the Tampa Woman’s Club get people to participate in a charity event? By plying them with champagne and the chance to win a $5,000 diamond. If that weren’t fun enough, the lucky winner would find the shiny bauble in her bubbly. Unfortunately when the lucky winner drank her flute of bubbly, she swallowed her shiny bauble.

• A Russian woman named Natalya was thousands of dollars in debt, so she did what any reasonable person would do to get out of paying it: She had a sex-change operation. “Andrian” got a new passport and even managed to borrow more money. Unfortunately Andrian is now on the lam, but he can’t get off that easily, said authorities: “If a debtor thinks he can escape that way, he’s very much mistaken.”

IT’S NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL WEEK

• If you had a bunch of storms lately, get ready the mosquitoes to flock in. There is a relationship between rainfall and mosquito activity. Mosquitoes are associated with water, so whenever we get more rainfall, that’s an opportunity for mosquitoes to lay eggs. In warm weather, it takes about seven to 10 days for mosquito eggs to hatch. They can take weeks in cooler weather.

• There are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes, but only a couple hundred feasts on human blood.

• If you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, it was a female. Male mosquitoes make do just fine with plants, but females need a blood meal before they can lay eggs.

• The best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon, when temperatures are hottest and the insects rest in cooler spots.

• Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide, lactic acid and octenol found in our breath and sweat, and they also sense the heat and humidity that surrounds our bodies. They may also have a preference for beer drinkers.

• Malaria infects around 250 million people each year worldwide and kills about one million, mostly children in Africa. About a fifth of those deaths can be attributed to counterfeit anti-malarial drugs.

• George and Martha Washington both suffered from malaria. George contracted the disease when he was a teenager. In the second year of his presidency, he experienced severe hearing loss due to quinine toxicity.

• The last time there was an outbreak of yellow fever, another mosquito-borne illness, in the United States was in 1905 in New Orleans. At the time, the city was trying to prevent the disease by fumigating all the ships that entered the city. However, a smuggler’s ship full of bananas avoided the quarantine and by June cases began to emerge among Italian immigrants who unloaded banana boats.

• Birds were originally blamed for the spread of the West Nile Virus across the United States. But a 2010 study says that it was the mosquitoes themselves, which can travel up to 2.5 miles per day, that were responsible for the spread of the disease from 2001 to 2004.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are 1.1 million of these in the U.S. (Lawyers)

TRIVIA: Thank you, Minnesota, for giving us more of these than any other U.S. state. Each year the Land of 10,000 Lakes gives us 46.5 million what? (Turkeys)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

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

• A rodeo, a circus, a McDonald’s (Clowns)

• Head, tail, cross (Winds)

• A tent, a baseball, a horseshoe (They are pitched)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A six year old goes to the hospital with his grandma to visit his grandpa. When they get to the hospital, he runs ahead of his grandma and bursts into his grampa’s room. “Grampa, Grampa,” he says excitedly, “as soon as grandma comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!” “What?” said his grandpa. The six-year-old says, “Make a noise like a frog because grandma said that as soon as you croaked, we’re going to Disneyland!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

How to take a selfie.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Park bench-desk.


Source: imgur/reddit. Do not direct link.

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How Well Do You Know Your Poo? (NSFW word, but a very informative infographic.)

• You show me your recently used emojis, I tell you what’s wrong with your life.

The Encyclopedia of Radio Promotions is full of 1,000+ ideas.

• One woman, 17 British accents.

• Amazing GIFs.

• Make a hot dog cooker solar oven.

• A “banned” Grey Poupon ad.

• 15 punctuation marks in order of how much they do.

• 23 of New York’s finest low brass musicians join forces to perform Game Of Thrones’ theme music.

• Michael Keaton and a great cast in Birdman.

• The Onion has officially launched its parody of buzzy sites. Welcome to Clickhole.

• Every Game Of Thrones death tabbed. No spoilers.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 26, 2014

This is day 177 of 2014. There are 188 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Mick Jones of The Clash is 59

• Singer Chris Isaak is 58

• Singer Patty Smyth is 57

• NFL player-turned-sportscaster Shannon Sharpe is 46

• Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) is 44

• Chris O’Donnell (NCIS: Los Angeles) is 44

• Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) is 44

• Jason Schwartzman (Slackers, Rushmore) is 34

• NFL quarterback Michael Vick is 34

• Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) is 30

• Singer-actress Ariana Grande is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1870: Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

• 1870: The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was opened to the public.

• 1927: The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island

• 1963: John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on a visit to West Berlin.

• 1974: The Universal Product Code — the bar code — was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

• 1975: After 11 years of marriage, singers Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but the marriage lasted only nine days.

• 1977: Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later.

• 1981: Virginia Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho, took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She paid only 67 cents. She would have received a refund of $12.97, but she decided to get film and flashbulbs after the bill was totaled.

• 1990: President George H.W. Bush, who had campaigned for office on a pledge of “no new taxes,” conceded that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package.

• 1993: President Bill Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of “compelling evidence” Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.

• 1997: Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone was published in the UK with an initial print run of 500 copies. It became a smash almost overnight. The seventh title, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published just over a decade later.

• 2003: Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died at age 100.

• 2008: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia was unconstitutional.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is Hand Shake Day.

• Today is Chocolate Pudding Day.

• Today is Beautician’s Day.

• It’s Canoe Day.

• It’s Forgiveness Day.

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