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This is day 178 of 2014. There are 187 days remaining.
• Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys is 72
• Julia Duffy (Newhart) is 63
• Isabelle Adjani is 59
• Writer-director J.J. Abrams (Lost, current Star Trek movies, next Star Wars movie) is 48
• Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film trilogy) is 39
• Khloe Kardashian is 30
• Drake Bell (Drake and Josh) is 28
• Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games films) is 28
• Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) is 27
• Madylin Sweeten (Ally Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond) is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1859: The melody of probably the most often sung song in the world, Happy Birthday to You, was composed by Mildred J. Hill, a school teacher born in Louisville, Kentucky.
• 1950: The United States decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
• 1954: The world’s first nuclear power station opened in Obninsk, near Moscow.
• 1957: Hurricane Audrey killed 500 people in Louisiana and Texas.
• 1967: The world’s first ATM was installed in Enfield, London.
• 1977: In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise.
• 1988: At age 35, singer Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City.
• 1999: A 29-year-old woman was arrested for computer hacking in Grafton, Ohio. After her husband allegedly stayed online several nights until 4:00 a.m. chatting with other women, she hacked his computer to pieces with a meat clever. She pleaded no contest to charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest and was fined $200.
• 2003: The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolled almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.
• 2008: Bill Gates stepped down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
• Today (Friday) is Sunglasses Day.
• Today (Friday) is Industrial Workers of the World Day.
• Today (Friday) is HIV Testing Day.
• Today (Friday) is PTSD Awareness Day.
• Today (Friday) is Happy Birthday To You Day.
• Today (Friday) is Decide to be Married Day.
• Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout.
• Saturday is International Body Piercing Day.
• Saturday is Insurance Awareness Day.
• Saturday is Tapioca Day.
• Saturday is Paul Bunyan Day.
• Sunday is Kids Day, to encourage adults to spend more meaningful time with their children.
• Sunday is Log Cabin Day.
• Sunday is Waffle Iron Day.
• Sunday is Almond Butterscotch Day.
• Sunday is Camera Day.
• Sunday is a Hug Holiday. Give hugs to those who need them.
3: The closest distance, in feet, that most people think is acceptable to sit next to a stranger on a crowded beach.
The Centers for Disease Control has released a new study that says if you’re 65 or older and struggling with incontinence, you’re in the majority. [If you think the restroom situation was bad at the original Woodstock, just wait till the next anniversary concert.]
A 12-year-old Florida boy stole a school bus and took it on a 14-mile joyride. [Police grabbed him after he had pulled the bus over on the side of the road to break up a fight in the back of the bus between two of his imaginary friends.]
Mensa, the organization for supersmart people, is teaming up with Match.com to find good matches for their members. [If they’re so smart, how come they can’t figure out how to do this by themselves?]
The Uruguay soccer player who literally took a bite out of an opponent has been punished. For the next four months he’s banned from all soccer events. [And is required to immediately surrender any and all dentures.]
One in 10 US beaches is ripe with enough bacteria to make you sick. [Which explains why my sunblock now comes with 20% more penicillin.]
A 12-year-old Detroit boy, who reportedly, was missing for 11 days, was found alive and well in the family basement. [His parents claimed to be frantic but when I was a kid my parents would have referred to that as a beautiful week and a half.]
The Governor of North Carolina has signed legislation that will allow students to pray in school. [“Please, oh, please, no dodge-ball today!”]
A bear in Alaska crashed preparations for a one-year-old boy’s birthday party, eating the cupcakes before leaving. [Wildlife officials were later able to make positive identification of the bear due to the pink frosting, not to mention the funny hat.]
An appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that New York City had no right to restrict the size of sugary soft drinks. [Even if they are larger than the typical New York City apartment.]
SOCCER: UNITED STATES FALLS TO GERMANY _ The United States on Thursday advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup for the second consecutive tournament despite falling to Germany, 1-0. The Americans will face the winner of Group H on Tuesday, while Germany will play the Group H runners-up on Monday.
SOCCER PLAYER ACCUSED OF BITING CLAIMS PHOTOSHOP _ Usually Photoshop in the mainstream news means that some model or celebrity has been poorly altered on a magazine cover, but this time around it’s a soccer star going after Photoshop, saying it’s being used in a smear campaign against him. Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan soccer star with a biting reputation, says the incident has been blown out of proportion and exacerbated by liberal Photoshopping. The main picture of the incident was taken as the victim pulled down his shirt immediately after the bite to show the teeth marks on his shoulder. But Uruguay’s football association claims the photo has been Photoshopped to make the bite mark look worse than it is.
CORVETTE MUSEUM SINKHOLE TO STICK AROUND _ The Corvette Museum sinkhole has had a strange unintended side effect: attendance and sinkhole-related merchandise sales at the Bowling Green, Kentucky museum have risen sharply. Now the museum’s board has decided to keep it around.
… When the sinkhole opened in February, it swallowed up eight rare and unusual Corvettes of various vintages. Total damage to the cars was estimated at more that $1 million. The board of directors opted to maintain about half the 40-foot-wide, 60-foot-deep sinkhole and possibly toss one or two damaged Corvettes back in there as a nice visual. The entire sinkhole and all eight cars will be on display through August. Construction of the sinkhole attraction would begin after that. It’s still not clear which cars will be restored and which will be written off.
PEESEARCH _ Scientific American reports that scientists have found that the average time it takes for any mammal over 6.5 pounds to urinate is a consistent 21 seconds whether it’s a huge elephant or a cat.
THE SLAP IS FUNNY FIRST KISS PARODY _ A few months back the First Kiss video went viral. Total strangers asked to kiss shortly after meeting — while be filmed. It took awhile but now we have another parody. The Slap has a group of strangers meeting each other for the first time and then slapping each other for the first time. The creator of the video is screenwriter Max Landis, who gathered friends and acquaintances, paired them up randomly, and asked them to hit each other in the face. Video
COURT DELIVERS LIKELY FINAL WORD ON NYC SODA BAN _ Guzzlers prevailed Thursday as New York’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of big sodas, ruling that the city’s health department overstepped its bounds when it approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages. The court determined the city’s Board of Health engaged in policy-making, and not simply health regulations, when it imposed the restrictions on restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums, and street cart vendors.
DIRTY BEACHES _ The biggest threats at the beach are the ones you can’t see. After collecting samples from almost 3,500 beaches along the Great Lakes and marine coasts, the Natural Resources Defense Council states in its annual beach report that one in 10 American beaches are unsafe for swimmers based on water quality testing. The areas with the most polluted beaches overwhelmingly line Lakes Erie and Ontario.
FORGET.ME HELPS REMOVE YOU FROM GOOGLE SEARCH _ A recent European ruling decided that Internet users can ask Google to remove outdated or incorrect information about them from search results. Forget.me makes the whole process as easy as possible. Pay a visit to the Forget.me site and click the Get Started button. Fill in the form to create a new account, and then click the Get Started button under the “I want to make a search removal request to Google” heading. Forget.me automatically performs a search for you and displays a list of results that could relate to you.
… Select any of the links you feel are ripe for removal, and then use one of the boilerplate reasons. You can tweak them if you like, or you can leave them as they stand for convenience. After submitting your removal request, the Forget.me dashboard keeps you up to date with the progress of your request, and let you know when your links are removed. | site link
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found when googling yourself?
WOMEN PREFER LONGER LABOR OVER MORE INTENSE PAIN _ If you were giving birth, what would be your choice: a longer labor with relatively less pain, or a shorter labor with terrible pain? That’s the question researchers posed to 40 pregnant women. Their preference? Less-intense pain, at the cost of a longer labor.
MOM TAKES SON FROM RUSSIA TO OHIO TO SEE DELOREANS _ Your son loves DeLoreans. You, his mom, knows this. The world’s best DeLorean show is in Ohio. Problem: You live in Russia. What do you do? You go to Ohio. About two years ago we heard the story of Seva, a little Russian boy who loves DeLoreans more than anything. For his birthday, his mom made an appeal to get a DeLorean to him for his birthday. The Internet stepped in, and she got the only two DeLoreans in Russia for his party. That’s hard to top. But two years later Natasha decided to take little Seva all the way to Ohio for the biggest DeLorean car show. Mom and son were even called to the stage as gusts of honor during part of the show — and Seva got to meet Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd. Ten bucks says this kid will one day change his name to Marty.
WEAR NEUTRAL COLORS TO A JOB INTERVIEW _ When you head off to a job interview, you might not give too much thought to which colors to wear. But a survey shows that opting for something neutral could work in your favor. A survey of human resource professionals and hiring managers found that particular colors convey certain attributes. Clothing from a more conservative palette — black, blue, gray and brown — appears professional, while red conveys power, and people wearing blue appear as team players.
MEN SAY THEY TOSSED LOTTERY TICKET, SUE TO COLLECT _ A million-dollar lottery ticket sold in New Jersey is buried somewhere in a Canadian landfill, say two men who claim they bought it, threw it away and are now suing the Lottery Commission to try to get the money. The men say they threw the Powerball ticket away because they thought it was a loser after checking the winning numbers on the lottery’s website — which, they claim, hadn’t been updated. This wasn’t just any Powerball drawing: It was the $338 million jackpot from March 23, 2013, won by Passaic resident Pedro Quezada. Quezada won the grand prize by getting every number right, including the Powerball. One of the men suing say their ticket had every correct number except the Powerball, a combination that would have won them the consolation prize of $1 million.
… The men say the lottery doesn’t have to take their word on this. News reports at the time of the drawing document that a Mahwah, New Jersey, 7-11 sold a $1 million winner that was unclaimed. And the men believe there is an easy way to prove they had the winner. The ticket was one of three that one of the men says he purchased that day at the 7-Eleven. He kept the first and third tickets for himself and gave the middle one — the one he says is the winner — to his friend. And because the three tickets were purchased together, their serial numbers were sequential. The men say they can prove that the winning ticket was theirs because they still have the tickets with serial numbers one above and one below the winning ticket’s. They explained their situation to the Lottery Commission last year, they said, and were told to submit a claim form along with the first and third tickets. But then nothing happened.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever lost or tossed?
MAN SAYS $91,000 BOTTLE OF WINE A FAKE _ An Atlanta, Georgia, collector with a cellar full of fine wines claims that his most prized — and most expensive — acquisition is a counterfeit. Julian LeCraw Jr. says in a federal lawsuit that he paid $91,000 for the 1787 Chateau d’Yquem, bottled before George Washington became president. At the time of the purchase, 2006, that was the single highest price ever paid for a bottle of white wine. The London broker of rare wines who sold LeCraw the bottle personally delivered the bottle to Atlanta aboard his private jet.
… But a visiting dealer last year, having seen the rare vintages in LeCraw’s cellar, suggested that the collector take a much closer look at the provenance of the wines. Whereupon he hired an authentication expert from California and even sent a delegation to France to present the wines at the chateaux where they were supposedly bottled hundreds of years ago. The results of the investigation: as a director at Chateau Lafite put it: “Faux, faux, faux,” French for fake, fake, fake. The London dealer insists that the wines are all genuine. LeCraw is seeking $25 million in damages.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAILED FOR BOGUS PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM _ A Pennsylvania chiropractor has been sentenced to five months in prison after admitting to submitting a bogus personal injury claim to an insurance carrier. Lawrence S. Herman had sued his insurance company for reimbursement of treatment expenses after a fender-bender. But prosecutors said that, when Herman was supposedly receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he participated in several 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon races. During his guilty plea hearing, Herman admitted that, though the car accident did occur, his injuries and chiropractic treatment records were fabricated.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLACK BEAR CRASHES PARTY, EATS CUPCAKES _ Last Saturday, Glenn Merrill and Alicia Bishop of Juneau, Alaska, had a black bear crash through their living room skylight as the couple were making final preparations for their infant son Jackson’s birthday party. The bear fell right in front of Glenn. As the family moved to the safety of another room the bear calmly helped itself to the cupcakes laid out on the living room table. After a few minutes of gorging itself on red and green cupcake frosting, the bear eventually went on its merry way, this time making an exit through an open door to the backyard.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CALLS IN BOMB THREAT TO RUIN EX’S VACATION _ A Seattle man allegedly called in a bogus bomb threat to Southwest Airlines just to get back at an ex-girlfriend. Police say the 26-year-old man reported that his ex was planning to blow up the Southwest Airlines flight to Las Vegas that she’d just boarded in Seattle. The man hung up on the police after delivering his brief message. The police called him back but he hung up on them again. Then the man returned the officers’ call, only to once again hang up when asked if he knew the woman he’d mentioned. Because no one takes bomb threats lightly, the plane was evacuated and the woman questioned. That’s when she explained to them that she’d recently broken up with someone and he’d sent her a series of 22 increasingly threatening messages in the days leading up to the bomb threat. The man was picked up at his grandmother’s house, where he made the bomb threat call.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPAN PM ACCIDENTALLY TELLS WOMEN TO ‘DIE’ _ Japan’s prime minister (Shinzo Abe) has accidentally told women to ‘die’. In a blog post titled ‘Shine!’ the Prime Minister was attempting to portray the message that if Japanese women shine in the workplace, not just at home, the country will benefit as a result. The word ‘shine’ in in English obviously means ‘to perform well, or sparkle’. However, in Japanese, the word can be read as ‘shi-ne’, another way of saying ‘die’.
A LEAP OF FAITH: A MEREDITH VIEIRA SPECIAL (8p ET, NBC) — This special report takes viewers inside the front lines of an emerging medical break-through that is both experimental and controversial — but has the potential to save billions of lives.
UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
RAKE (9p ET, FOX) — FOX is airing the final episodes of this cancelled show. Brian Baumgartner (The Office) guest stars.
COLD JUSTICE (9p ET, TNT) — New
GIRL MEETS WORLD (9:45p ET, Disney) — This spin-off of ABC’s classic ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World follows the continuing story of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) who are now happily married and living in New York, raising a son Auggie (August Maturo) and daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard), who is the Girl in the show’s title.
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
CROSSBONES (10p ET, NBC) — Julian Sands (The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo) guest stars in this new episode.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Barbara Walters has an exclusive interview with photographer and Hollywood movie director Peter Rodger, the father of the man who killed six people and wounded 13 more in Isla Vista., Calif.
TRACY MORGAN IS NOT DEAD _ Watch out for some fake Facebook videos proclaiming the death of actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. He was involved in a fatal automobile accident earlier this month. Morgan is alive and well, not to mention reportedly improving, but a video scam on Facebook is attempting to bait users into clicking links that can do bad things to your computer or credit rating.
DE NIRO CRASHES PARTY TO WATCH SOCCER GAME _ If you’re planning a party to watch America’s next World Cup game on Tuesday, here’s one thing you might try adding to the mix: Robert De Niro. It seems the actor was in Brooklyn filming a movie Thursday, but there was no way he was missing the afternoon match against Germany. The film crew got wind of a nearby house having a viewing party, and the hosts soon had an Oscar winner in their midst.
JARED LETO AND ELLEN PAGE ARE SEXIEST CELEB VEGETARIANS _ PETA has named Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2014. Leto is a vegan and has been a vegetarian since he was a teenager. He promotes the lifestyle on social media, from posting an Instagram video of himself flipping vegan pancakes to wearing a vegan leather cuff. Ellen Page is also a vegan. When she was renaming fans’ dogs on Twitter, she clearly had vegetables on her mind when she dubbed one “carrots.”
MINOR STAR WARS 7 SPOILER _ Very few people know the actual plot of the upcoming Star Wars 7. However, over the past few weeks a few places have suggested the same overall plot line. So if you’re ready for a possible spoiler, listen up: Episode VII could be a search for Luke Skywalker, almost like the structure of A New Hope. Just imagine Luke in the Leia role.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN TEASES WINDS OF WINTER DETAILS _ (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) George R.R. Martin has revealed new details about The Winds of Winter. The 65-year-old author spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the highly anticipated sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Dance with Dragons left off with Ramsay Bolton claiming he crushed Stannis Baratheon in the north, the Yunkai attempting to overthrow Daenerys Targaryean with an attack on Meereen and Tyrion signing on to the mercenary Second Sons. Martin says: “I think we’re gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles. We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages. “Tyrion and Dany will intersect in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart. They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he would actually like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end — if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.” The author also teases there is “a lot of stuff happening at The Wall,” where Jon Snow was attacked after taking command of the Night’s Watch.
… A release date for The Winds of Winter has not yet been set, and some speculate it may arrive as late as 2017. A Dance with Dragons was released in 2011.
JUSTIN BIEBER SUED BY PAPARAZZO _ Justin Bieber is being sued by a paparazzo he allegedly struck with his Ferrari in an alleged hit and run accident last year. Although Bieber was later cleared of criminal wrongdoing, the photog is alleging in his lawsuit that he was left so badly injured “he may never recover.” The lawsuit arises from a June 2013 incident when Bieber attempted to leave a parked position in his Ferrari, after exiting the Laugh Factory comedy club on the Sunset Strip with pal rapper Lil Twist. After a subsequent police investigation into the alleged hit-and-run, Bieber was cleared of all wrongdoing. At the time, paparazzi bombarded Bieber with flash photography and left him with no space to maneuver once he got into his Ferrari. After it was indicated to paparazzi to move out of the way by requests from one of Bieber’s bodyguards and motioning by the then 19-year-old star, a “clear path” was eventually made. However, as Bieber pulled out, the paparazzo who’s suing — who was still in the road — ended up pinned between the singer’s Ferrari and a parked car. In video footage, he dropped his camera on the hood of the Ferrari and fell to the ground clutching his leg.
OLIVIA WILDE TELLS GQ TO “KISS MY SMART A**“ _ Olivia Wilde has been given multiple apologies after a sexist joke in a GQ review of her film Third Person implied she is too sexy to play a writer. In his recent piece on the film, movie critic Tom Carson wrote of Wilde, ”She’s supposed to be a writer too, but your belief in that won’t outlast Wilde scampering naked through hotel corridors once Neeson playfully locks her out of his room. With that tush, who’d need to be literate? Who’d want to?” Wilde, who happens to come from a family of prominent journalists, responded to the review by tweeting, “HA. Kiss my smart a**, GQ.” Now, both Carson and GQ have apologized.
ROB LOWE AND FAMILY RESCUED FROM FLOODS IN FRANCE _ Rob Lowe’s European holiday in the South of France took an unexpected turn. The actor and his family had to be evacuated from their vacation house in France (Grasse) after a violent storm submerged the entire first floor of their residence in flood waters. According to reports, three months’ worth of rain fell in less than four hours.
… Lowe shared a pic on Instagram of the raging water and wrote: “Thank you to the fireman that saved us from this nightmare. Happy for us all to be safe, thoughts to others.”
BEYONCE, JAY Z SHARE PRIVATE WEDDING FOOTAGE DURING TOUR _ Beyonce and Jay Z opened their “On The Run” tour in Miami on Wednesday and gave fans a sneak peek of private family moments. The pair opened the Miami show with their duet “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” the collaboration that is rumored to have sparked their romance, and showed footage from their wedding on April 4, 2004, as well as home videos of daughter Blue Ivy. It’s the first time visual documentation of the top-secret affair has been released.
… The wedding footage showed Bey in a traditional white gown and veil and Jay Z in a tux. They held hands in front of an altar just before Jay placed a ring on his lady’s finger. Soon after that, the newlyweds were seen walking back down the aisle as husband and wife while guest cheered.
BENJAMIN BRATT JOINING RIDE ALONG 2 _ A sequel to this year’s hit not-so-buddy cop comedy Ride Along has already been announced with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube returning in the lead roles. The sequel will take the action to Miami this time, and they’ll have a new cast member in the form of Benjamin Bratt. Ride Along 2 comes out in January, 2016.
LIAM NEESON’S NEPHEW SUFFERS SERIOUS HEAD INJURY AFTER FALL _ Liam Neeson’s nephew Ronan Sexton sustained a serious head injury after falling 20 feet from a telephone box in Brighton, East Sussex in the U.K. According to reports, the 31-year-old was rushed to a hospital following the accident and is in “critical condition.” Sexton is the son of Neeson’s sister Bernadette. According to law enforcement sources, Sexton had climbed a telephone booth at approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday while enjoying a late night out with friends.
BINGE-WATCHING TV MAY BE LINKED TO PREMATURE DEATH _ While on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others allow TV fans to consume endless hours of entertainment with the click of a button, a new study (in Journal of the American Heart Association) revealed that adults who spend three hours or more a day watching TV may be twice as likely to die prematurely than those who watch an hour or less.
FOURTH BEVERLY HILLS COP GETS $13.5 MILLION REBATE _ The Michigan Film Office is rolling out the red carpet for Eddie Murphy and Paramount, approving a $13.5 million rebate for the studio’s upcoming Beverly Hills Cop movie. The film will be out in March, 2016. The project is expected to film in Detroit and surrounding communities. The project is expected to employ approximately 352 Michigan workers during the film’s shoot.
NEW IN THEATERS TODAY
- Mark Wahlberg; Stanley Tucci; John Goodman; Kelsey Grammer
- An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons — and a paranoid government official — on them.
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
- 300: Rise of an Empire
- Winter’s Tale
- A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Collection)
- Duck Dynasty: Season 5
- Mama’s Family: Season 4
- NYPD Blue: Season 6
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FOUR FOODS THAT HELP FLATTEN YOUR TUMMY
How many diets have you tried where you actually lose weight, but retain belly fat? So frustrating, right? Well here are 4 foods that help you flatten your tummy.
• Pineapple. It’s loaded with bromelain which promotes digestion and eases bloating.
• Fennel. The crunchy veggie helps get rid of the excess water that causes bloating. Celery gets the job done, too.
• Plain yogurt. Any kind of plain yogurt rich in probiotics improves digestion.
• Ginger or peppermint. Keeps gas at bay.
TRIVIA: This year’s Tour de France will include 120 what? (Women. It begins July 5 and women are racing in it for the first time.)
I call this game Initialized. I’ll describe some celebrities with the same first and last initials.
• Director of E.T. (Steven Spielberg)
• She sang What’s Love Got to Do With It. (Tina Turner)
• A 1960s female singer who died of a drug overdose. (Janis Joplin)
• Her pop star brother passed away in 2009 (Janet Jackson)
• He won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. (Matthew McConaughey)
• She starred in Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride and Prejudice. (Keira Knightley)
James Bond went to get a haircut. The barber asked him if he wanted to dye his hair as well. Bond replied “Dye another day.”
Dogs eating with human hands.
Hey buddy, that’s not gonna work.
Source: bits and pieces blog. Do not direct link.
• ‘Wet Floor’ sign that’s shaped liked a banana peel.
• Darth Vader luggage.
• 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.
This is day 181 of 2014. There are 184 days remaining.
• David Garrison (Married With Children) is 62
• David Alan Grier is 58
• Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Men in Black) is 55
• Deirdre Lovejoy (Rhonda Pearlman on The Wire) is 52
• Mike Tyson is 48
• Monica Potter (Parenthood, Saw) is 43
• Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Mean Girls) is 32
• American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1859: French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
• 1953: The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
• 1985: Continental Baking executive James A. Dewar died at age 88. In the early 1930s, he invented Twinkies.
• 1985: Actor Yul Brynner ended his reign as the King of Siam in “The King and I” after playing the role on and off for 34 years in over 4,500 performances. He won two Tonys and an Oscar.
• 1986: Calling his Playboy Bunny a symbol of the past, Hugh Hefner closed Playboy clubs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
• 1994: The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of her 1994 national title and banned her for life for the attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
• 1995: The movie “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” opened throughout the U.S.
• 2002: Brazil won its 5th World Cup soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Germany.
• 2005: A Solomon Islands man who had lived as a hermit in a jungle cave for 40 years returned home when his fire went out. After relatives welcomed him home, 80-year-old Philip Uduota decided to stay.
• 2013: 19 firefighters were killed controlling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
• Today is Please Take My Children To Work Day.
• It’s Meteor Watch Day.
• Today is Social Meda Day.
• Mai Tai Day.