PRO July 17, 2014


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• Donald Sutherland ( The Hunger Games, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) is 79

• Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 79

• Guitarist Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group is 72

• David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) is 62

• German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 60

• TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) is 54

• Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) is 49

• Andre Royo (Bubbles on The Wire) is 46

• Dancer Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars) is 41

• Mike Vogel (Under the Dome, The Help) is 35

• Tom Cullen (Lord Anthony Gillingham on Downton Abbey) is 29


• 1941: Joe DiMaggio’s baseball hitting streak ended at 56 games, by Cleveland Indian pitchers.

• 1955: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

• 1981: Two skywalks filled with people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, collapsed into a crowded atrium lobby during a “tea dance,” killing 114.

• 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2,500 mark for the first time at 2510.04.

• 1995: The Midwestern heat wave in the United States reached its peak. Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, among other cities, set all-time high temperature records. The heat claimed over 400 lives on this day alone.

• 1995: Two goats jumped into a 5-foot deep lake in Inner Mongolia and drowned. Then, 206 goats and 43 other animals followed the first two to their death. Herders were able to keep 281 sheep from following suit.

• 1997: Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain last 117 years.

• 1998: Pola Brown of London discovered why her new Mercedes SLK 230, capable of 140 miles an hour, would go only 30 miles an hour. A squirrel had disabled the sports car by hiding five pounds of nuts in the air filter.

• 1999: A suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so badly he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.

• 2004: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democrats with the term “girlie men,” claiming they were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.


• It’s Get to Know Your Customers Day:

• It’s Peach Ice Cream Day.



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A new scientific paper in the journal Psychological Science is getting a lot of mainstream media attention because it refutes the idea that has been drilled into us from childhood – that practice makes perfect. [Take for example, playing the bagpipe.]

Have you heard that recording that’s making the rounds of the customer trying to end his relationship with cable and TV provider Comcast while the service rep simply won’t let him go? [The customer was desperate. He even tried the old “it’s not you, it’s me” routine.]

A new dating service is offering to match people based upon their DNA analysis. [But that’s the opposite reason of why so many people get married. They got married so they could leave their families, and get as far away as possible from people with the same DNA.]

When the operators of a Ft. Worth funeral home were evicted they simply left several bodies behind. [There goes that security deposit.]

Yet another new dinosaur species has been discovered. It was as big as a good-sized turkey, but it flew around hunting for meat. [In other words, there was a good chance that you may have been on ITS Thanksgiving menu.]

Warren Buffett broke his own charitable donation record by giving away a whopping $2.8 billion last year. [It would have been an even $3 billion, but he has this absolutely crazy Starbucks habit.]

In South Carolina the KKK is giving away candy in a new membership drive. [Candy and the KKK — at the same time you can rot your teeth and your brain.]

The German government is so worried about the US spying on it, that at least one prominent member is calling for the German offices to throw away their computers, and return to typewriters. [Some say that this is the result of his paranoia, while others say that it’s the result of his obsession with Mad Men.]

An economist’s new figures show that the 1% are even richer than they thought they were. [He explained that in previous surveys some of the wealthy had forgotten to include the contents of various bank deposit boxes that they own, and others forgot to include various banks that they own.]



GRIEVING FATHER ASKS INTERNET TO PHOTOSHOP BABY PHOTO _ The Internet can be a stupid and cruel place — read the comment section on a controversial news item for proof of that. But it can also be a wonderful place that occasionally brings you to tears… in a good way. Ohio father Nathen Steffel posted a heartbreaking request on Reddit. His daughter Sophia died last week after spending only 6 weeks on this Earth, and since she had spent her entire short life in the hospital, the Steffels had no photographs of Sophia where she wasn’t covered in tubes. The request was a simple one: “Can someone remove the tubes from this photo.” The responses came fast, and were often accompanied by heartfelt well-wishes and messages from others who had been through similar experiences in their life. Between the comments and the Photoshopped versions of little baby Sophia, this ought to restore your faith in humanity in a big way. | link

NEW TREND IN ENGLAND: BARS THAT DON’T SERVE ALCOHOL _ What do you do on a Friday night if you’re trying to stay sober? Where do you go if you want to cut back on alcohol? A new trend in Britain is here to help us find out whether dry bars are the answer to the quest for a fun-filled, sober Friday night. Sobar, an alcohol-free alternative bar in Nottingham, is mixing up Rhubarb Mimosa, Elderflower Shampagne and Strawberry Daiquiri mocktails for its crowd, alongside smoothies with shots of wheatgrass and Dandilion and Burdoch cordials.

… At The Brink, in Liverpool, guests can order fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices alongside those sipping “Nojitos.”

RESTAURANT CREATES SIX COURSE MEALS USING FOOD FROM DUMPSTER _ Last month, a graduate student by the name of Josh Treuhaft set up the Salvage Supperclub in New York City — where diners pay $50 to eat a six course meal made from food scraps saved from the dumpster. Chefs in training from the Natural Gourmet Institute created dishes using overripe fruits and vegetables that would normally be thrown away. The meals were served to call attention to the waste we discard every day.

… The food used was all donated by local stores and farm stands, slated for their trash since they were stale, overripe, or bruised.

BMW TO RECALL 1.6 MILLION VEHICLES FOR FAULTY AIRBAGS _ BMW said it was recalling 1.6 million 3 series vehicles from 2000 to 2006 because of a faulty airbag that in rare cases could break apart on deployment. The company said that the airbags on the passenger side could break apart resulting in injuries to passengers, but added that this had happened only in “rare cases.” The recall includes 574,000 vehicles in the U.S.

NFL JUNKIES WILL MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET SUNDAY TICKET WITHOUT A DISH _ Few things make hardcore football fans angrier: If you want access to all the NFL games, you need to be a subscriber to DirecTV and sign up for Sunday Ticket. Unlike the other major sports, the NFL has long granted an exclusive on its out-of-market package to the satellite broadcaster and that meant if you couldn’t — or wouldn’t — switch to DirecTV you were out of luck. In 2014, it appears that’s finally about to change. DirecTV is offering an Internet-based version of the Sunday Ticket package for tablets, smartphones and game consoles, with prices starting at $199.

… The catch: It appears if you live in a residence that DirecTV deems could easily get their satellite service, they won’t sell you Sunday Ticket over the Internet. Apartment dwellers — many of whom cannot get satellite TV unless they have a well-located balcony and a patient landlord — are eligible for the Internet-based package.

$1 SAVED IN YOUR 20s = $10 SAVED IN YOUR 50s _ Saving money with compound interest is not a new concept, but G.E. Miller at 20somethingfinance explains why putting away money early is so important in an easy-to-understand way. With an average annual rate of 8% on investments over 30 years, a dollar now will be ten dollars later. Even if you adjust for inflation, Miller explains that you’ll have over 500% the buying power later for every dollar you save today.

… How important is it to start saving in your 20s? Example: William starts saving $4,000 a year when he is 20 and stops after 20 years, after having saved $80,000. His brother, James, starts saving $4,000 at 40, and does so for 25 years, for a total of $100,000 saved. They earn 6% on their savings. At age 65, William will have $850,136 in his account, while James will have only $219,242. Despite having saved less, William’s nest egg will be almost four times greater because of compounding.

GUYS LIE TO WIN RESPECT _ To nobody’s surprise, a new study found men lie to cover up their deficiencies. Half of all men have boasted about a skill they’re not really good at. Why? For some it’s about winning the respect of others. So do women lie? Not as much with 37% exaggerating their talents. The survey found the younger you are, the more likely you’ll like about your skills.

INSTANT YOUTH _ What to instantly turn back the clock ten years? Get a dog. Researchers found dogs make us more active, helping us feel 10 years younger. Dog owners also have lower levels of depression, which is why researchers suggest getting a pooch for your aging parents.

USDA WANTS TO GIVE FREE MOVIE TICKETS _ The USDA wants to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on movie tickets and other incentives to encourage people on food stamps to eat healthier. The United States Department of Agriculture is also hoping to urge major changes to grocery stores, such as enhanced lighting over the produce section. The free movie tickets would be based on a points earning system where food stamps recipients could receive the prize in exchange for healthy food purchases. Apparently showing a grocery store receipt would be required. It is unclear if points are deducted if those getting the free movie tickets munch on butter-covered popcorn and large sugary sodas while at the movie theater.

MOMS MAY BE CHARGED AFTER JOY RIDES BY SONS, 4 AND 9 _ Two Wisconsin mothers could be charged with child neglect after their sons, ages 9 and 4, stole two cars from a town northwest of Milwaukee in the last month and went on joy rides. On Sunday morning, the older boy took his stepfather’s car in West Bend, Wisconsin, with the younger boy in the passenger seat. The drive ended after seven miles in a ditch. About a month ago, they took a car from a boat dealership and were headed for their grandmother’s house when motorists stopped them after four miles. Police have recommended to prosecutors that the women, who are mother and daughter, be charged with child neglect. The live-in boyfriend of the older woman also could be charged. No one was injured during either incident and the boys have been placed in protective custody.

SOBRIETY DRUG: NEVER BE DRUNK AGAIN _ A report this week (in the Journal of Neuroscience) describes an experiment conducted at the University of Texas at Austin that could potentially lead to new drugs to help those suffering from alcohol withdrawal. The research might also eventually yield a James Bond–style tonic that could prevent people from getting drunk even after imbibing large amounts of alcohol. The development comes from an experiment conducted on roundworms.

NASA: WE’LL FIND ALIENS WITHIN 20 YEARS _ A panel of NASA scientists says we should find alien life within 20 years. And that’s a “conservative” estimate. As former astronaut and NASA administrator Charles Bolden said, most people working in the space industry realize that the sheer limitlessness of space means we’re probably not the only life-forms around — even if we’ve never found any evidence. But as technology improves, we can search for life a lot more efficiently.

… Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009, scientists have found that in our galaxy alone, there’s probably at least one planet circling every star. The NASA panel is making such a bold statement partly because we’re making huge new discoveries at an astounding rate. For example, we already know that our galaxy has at least 100 billion planets — something we didn’t know that five years ago.

WOMEN DITCH RAZORS IN HAIRY LEGS CAMPAIGN _ Hundreds of women have joined a campaign to ditch their razors and grow hair on their legs. They are making waves across social media by saying no to waxing or shaving and posting pictures of their unshaven limbs. One online community, the Hairy Legs Club on Tumblr, encourages ladies to proudly present their fuzz to the world. One liberated member blogged: “I haven’t shaved my legs for nearly a year. And you know what? No one cares! Or if they do, no one has said anything to my face.” Another user posted: “My glorious hairy legs … the hairiest in my family — I’m so proud.”

… The movement is seen as a way of empowering women who are expected to conform to social norms — such as wearing make-up, dieting, and removing their body hair.

POLICE SEARCHING FOR DINOSAUR _ Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, need help identifying a man and woman seen on surveillance video taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. A young couple was in the exhibit when the male jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur replica, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse carried by the female accomplice. The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus hatchling is about 12-14 inches long and worth about $10,000. Video – Thanks for Billy Buck for the story.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SETS HOUSE AFIRE TRYING TO KILL SPIDER _ Fire officials say a Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. A fire department spokesman said, “The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling.”

… Earlier this month I told you about the Kansas woman who found herself in a precarious situation after she set her duplex on fire to kill a spider. Ginny M. Griffith’s form of pest control — lighting towels on fire throughout her house — was rewarded with an arrest and aggravated arson charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INNOCENT CUSTOMER ENDS UP ON WANTED SIGNS _ A man who only wanted to gamble on soccer matches was shocked to see himself in surveillance photo for a serious crime. Police in Manchester, England, released an image of Mark Moran in the betting shop, saying they wanted to speak to him in connection with an attempted mugging of two betting shop assistants. But innocent Mark was later wrongly identified as one of the crooks and panicked when he saw himself on “wanted” signs. Marky said, “Everyone has seen the picture — my family, friends, and neighbors. I have had people coming up to me in the street calling me a thief and a bag snatcher.” Police say the photo was a mix-up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERIOUS CHUNKS OF MEAT CLOSE HIGHWAY _ A highway in upstate New York was shut down after being covered with chunks of rotting meat, creating quite a stink for drivers. The strangest part? Officials aren’t quite sure where the offending flesh came from. Dozens of chunks of raw meat littered the road (in Queensbury), covering passing cars in stinking gore. The was closed for about 2 hours while crews cleaned up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDERWEAR THIEF FLEES IN ICE CREAM TRUCK _ A South Carolina (Rock Hill) woman is accused of stealing two pairs of underwear from a Dollar General store. Police say the 34-year-old shoplifting suspect put the undergarments in her purse and then walked out of the store without paying. She then fled in an ice cream truck.




HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — Krysten Ritter, Wynonna, Judd, Johnny Weir, Leah Remini, Nick Swardson and Scott Foley are the celebs playing in this new edition.

BLACK BOX (8p ET, ABC) — Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos) and Becky Ann Baker (Girls) guest star in this new episode.


THE MILLERS (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat


BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — A house guest is evicted and the head of household competition is held in this new edition.

WELCOME TO SWEDEN (9p ET, NBC) — Will Ferrell guest stars as himself in this new episode.

GANG RELATED (9p ET, FOX) — Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) guest stars in this new episode.

SERIES PREMIERE: RUSH (9p ET, USA) — This new drama stars Tom Ellis (EastEnders) as a hard partying/pill popping doctor who lost his career in the ER and went freelance. Now, he lives out of a hotel suite and travels LA in his mobile office.  Larenz Tate (Rescue Me), Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) and Odette Annable (House, M.D.) also star.

MYTHBUSTERS (9p ET, Discovery) — This new edition takes on household myths.


LAST COMIC STANDING (10p ET, NBC) — The remaining comics serve as tour guides on the Universal Studios tram tour in this new episode. Howie Mandel is the guest mentor.

NY MED (10p ET, ABC) — New

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: SATISFACTION (10p ET, USA) — This new drama explores the relationship between an investment banker and his wife when they begin to feel as though something is missing. The show stars Matt Passmore (The Glades) and Stephanie Szostak (The Devil Wears Prada).

SERIES PREMIERE: MARRIED (10p ET, FX) — This new comedy stars Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) as a married couple whose daily stress from children, debt, and more puts their tolerance of one another in jeopardy.

SERIES PREMIERE: LEANN AND EDDIE (10:30p ET, VH1) — This new reality show follows the everyday happenings of singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband actor Eddie Cibrian.

SERIES PREMIERE: YOU’RE THE WORST (10:30p ET, FX) — This new comedy follows two equally self-destructive and immature people who decide to get into a relationship.



CANDACE CAMERON BURE FACES BACKLASH FOR DOING A CLEANSE _ Candace Cameron (Bure) is the latest celeb to jump on the cleansing bandwagon — but her decision didn’t come without backlash. The 38-year-old found herself on the receiving end of criticism after she announced via her Facebook page that she was “excited to kick off a 5 day cleanse” following a “very indulgent week in Napa.” But unfortunately for the Dancing With the Stars third-place finisher, her fans didn’t find the news quite so thrilling and many accused the star of being unhealthy. In response to the backlash, the Full House actress penned a follow-up Facebook post, defending her decision to embark upon the super-strict diet.

… “After reading your comments, let me expand! I’m excited to start my 5 day cleanse not to lose weight but to get my body back on track, ridding all the toxins and unhealthy stuff I’ve put in it the last few months. Since being off Dancing With The Stars, my body has struggled to find its balance after having danced up to 8 hours a day and eating so clean.”

… “That is private, so I will not going into detail, but this cleanse is just a step to getting it back on track because I know that food is a key source to healthy living.”

STEVE CARELL’S IQ WILL DROP _ Steve Carell is in preliminary negotiations to star in I.Q. 83. Based on Arthur Herzog’s 1978 novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a scientist who accidentally unleashes a virus that drastically lowers the world’s intelligence — and must search for a cure while suffering from the effects himself. The book isn’t a comedy, though Carell often stars in comedy films.

EXPECTANT KRISTEN BELL STUMPED ON NAME FOR SECOND CHILD _ Kristen Bell’s 15-month-old daughter is named Lincoln. What will her second child be named? She says they are “completely stumped”.

LEGO MOVIE KEEPS NO. 1 SPOT ON HOME VIDEO CHARTS _ The LEGO Movie again finished the week at No. 1 on the video sales chart.

BRYAN CRANSTON RETURNING TO TV TO STAR IN ALL THE WAY _ Bryan Cranston is coming back to TV. The Breaking Bad star will headline HBO’s adaptation of All the Way, the Broadway play about President Lyndon Johnson that netted Cranston a Tony award. Steven Spielberg is a co-producer. The play and film chronicle President Johnson taking office following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his first year, Johnson launched his landmark civil rights bill, dealt with the Vietnam War and the escalating tensions with the FBI.

DANICA MCKELLAR IS ENGAGED _ Congratulations go out to Danica McKellar. The former “Wonder Years” star and her boyfriend (Scott Sveslosky), a partner at an international law firm, are engaged. The 39-year-old actress has a 3-year-old son, Draco, from her first marriage to Mike Verta, whom she split from in 2012. Sveslosky is also a father to son Hunter, 10, from his previous marriage.

AFFLECK AND GARNER CRASH KID’S SUPERMAN-THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY _ In case you were not yet convinced that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were the best couple in Hollywood, the two made one child’s day this past weekend when they stopped by his Superman-themed birthday party in Detroit. In town for Affleck to film the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the couple stopped by Detroit Kid City in search of a play place for their 2-year-old son, Samuel. They found the facility in use for a private birthday event, but were invited to join and, in their typical being-amazing style, came in and stayed for a while.

BRITNEY SPEARS SKIPS OUT ON CHEESECAKE FACTORY BILL _ Britney Spears and her beau David Lucado accidentally walked out on a $30 bill at a Cheeckcake Factory in California. The singer told staffers after her meal that her bodyguard would take care of the check and walked out of the restaurant with a doggie bag. In the meantime, her body guard thought Spears had paid for the check. In the end the couple drove off and nobody took care of the bill. Spear’s people say the singer feels “horrible” about the situation.

RUMOR: KIM, KHLOE, KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN ARE ALL PREGNANT _ It’s been alleged that Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian are all pregnant. According to Life & Style Magazine the trio of sisters are all with child and they are expected to give birth to their offsprings within weeks of each other. If the allegations are true — if they are true — then this will be the second child for Kim and her new husband, Kanye West, and the third for Kourtney and her partner, Scott Disick. It would be Khloe’s first child and would come just a few months after she divorced her husband, basketball player Lamar Odom.




Check out this dog that mimics an ambulance siren. What strange sounds does your dog make?


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about 300 drowning deaths of children younger than 5 occur each year in swimming pools. What’s even scarier is most of the victims were only missing for five minutes. A YouTube user by the handle Lifeguard Rescue has uploaded a video of a child almost drowning at a pool earlier this summer. Check out the video and see if you can spot him faster than the lifeguard does! Video


The love experts at Marie Claire magazine suggest you throw a few compliments at that man on your first date. What he’d like to hear:

• “You look nice tonight”

• You think he’s funny

• “I’m close with my family”

• You had an awesome weekend

• You want another drink (or anything to say you want the night to continue)

• Oh, I love (insert something in common), too!

• “We should go there sometime”

• “Can I help pay?”

• “I had a great time”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What cool, nice, or super-impressive thing did you hear him or her say on a first date? What weird, creepy thing did you hear?


Want to know if he/she is cheating? Follow the money! Here are the signs, some of which are pretty obvious.

• Problems with the credit card

• Increased cash withdrawals

• Online account passwords are changed

• Hours and wages don’t add up. “Honey, I have to work late.” Really?

• The mail disappears.

• The gas bill is higher (more filling the tank).

• Household money practices get stricter.

• Credit scores drop.



TRIVIA: 45% of people say they regularly eat this food right out of what it comes in. (Ice cream)

TRIVIA: You do this in about 7.9 seconds. (Answer a ringing phone)


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

• Fortune, bank, story (Tellers)

• Detroit, Frosted Flakes, Auburn University (Tiger)

• Cemeteries, novels, conspirators (Plots)



A guy tells his friend, “I had an accident opening a can of alphabet soup over lunch.” The friend asked, “Were you injured?” The first man replied, “No, but it could have spelled disaster.”



View from the cockpit: Tokyo to San Francisco in 82 seconds.






• While you work at your desk, rest your feet in this hammock.

The Encyclopedia of Radio Promotions has 1,000+ ideas.

Nice one, dad!

• Mega three person hammock!

• Radio loves The Frog, The Wolf, The Bear… how ’bout The Lobster?

• Artist reincarnates childhood drawings.

• Do radio stations still have have people who are there simply to work with clients and write great copy?

• It’s a bolt… for spies.

• The TSA Instagram shows some of the items confiscated from passengers.



This is day 199 of 2014. There are 166 days remaining.


• Astronaut John Glenn (first American to orbit the Earth) is 93

• Singer Dion is 75

• James Brolin(Hotel, Marcus Welby M.D.) is 74

• Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 73

• Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas is 73

• Businessman Richard Branson is 64

• Elizabeth McGovern(Downton Abbey) is 53

• Vin Diesel is 47

• Grant Bowler (True Blood, Ugly Betty) is 46

• Kristen Bell(Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars) is 34

• Ryan Cabrera is 32

• Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) is 29


• 1927: Baseball’s Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time in his career.

• 1953: 18-year-old Elvis Presley recorded “My Happiness” at the Memphis Recording Service in Tennessee as a gift for his mother.

• 1969: After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drove his car off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies.

• 1974: Though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo “no stress whatsoever,” they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine.

• 1976: In Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci collected the first perfect “10” ever recorded at the Olympic Games. At the ’76 Games, she would get six more perfect scores, three gold medals, and a silver and a bronze.

• 1984: Beverly Lynn Burns became first female Boeing 747 airline captain in the world.

• 1989: The U.S. issued patent #4,849,742 to Blake Warrington of Dublin, California, for his toilet seat alarm system, a device that sounds an alarm whenever a toilet seat is not lowered after the toilet is flushed.

• 1989: Nicholas Rodgers of Perkinsfield, Ontario, patented the flashing athletic shoe, a shoe with battery-powered lights that flash whenever the shoe moves (U.S. patent #4,848,009).

• 1999: While looking for drugs in the trunk of a car in Lawrence, Kansas, police found Joe Staudt’s brain. A high school teacher in Coffeyville, Staudt had kept his brain in a large jar in his science classroom. It had disappeared a year earlier.

• 2003: Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge. During  the trial, the judge dropped the case when the prosecution said the defendant could no longer participate because her name and medical history had been released by mistake.

• 2013: Detroit filed for bankruptcy to become the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 billion.


• Today (Friday) is Mandela International Day. On July 18 — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. (For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity.)

• Saturday is National Hot Dog Day.

• Sunday is National Lollipop Day.

• Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.

• Sunday is World Jump Day.

• Sunday is Ugly Truck Day.