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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 1, 2014

This is day 213 of 2014. There are 152 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Blues musician Robert Cray is 61

• Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 55

• Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54

• Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1889: It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.

• 1941: The first Jeep was produced. Parade magazine devoted three pages to what it called “the Army’s most intriguing new gadget.” The little truck, made by the Willys Company, proved so valuable in World War II that General Dwight Eisenhower said the U.S. could not have achieved victory without it.

• 1942: Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead, was born. He died in 1995.

• 1962: Spider-Man was introduced in Marvel Comics issue #15.

• 1977: The book Elvis – What Happened was released. It was an expose’ by two former bodyguards who presented Elvis as an overweight recluse. Elvis died two weeks later.

• 1981: MTV began broadcasting in the United States and aired its first video, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles.

• 1986: Actress Tatum O’Neal married tennis player John McEnroe.

• 2007: The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed during the evening rush hour.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• August is Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, Children’s Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors’ Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

• Today (Friday) is Spider-Man Day.

• Today (Friday) is U.S. Air Force Day.

• Today (Friday) is International Beer Day.

• Today (Friday) is Girlfriends Day. Show her how much you care.

• Today (Friday) is International Childfree Day, celebrating those people that specifically choose not to have children.

• Today (Friday) begins the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.

• Saturday is Mustard Day.

• Saturday is Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

• Sunday is Friendship Day.

• Sunday is International Forgiveness Day.

• Sunday is Watermelon Day.

• Sunday is Sisters Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

78: Submarines in the North Korean military, the most in the world. The U.S. is second with 72.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Former President George W. Bush has written a biography of his father. First, we discovered that W. was a painter, and now we learn that he’s a writer. [Well, he’s certainly going to make everyone else look bad next Father’s Day.]

Federal authorities have arrested a group of rogue Philadelphia narcotics officers who stole evidence, brutalized suspects, and enriched themselves to the tune of $500,000 over the past six years. [They controlled so much of the city that it got to the point where it was nearly impossible for a decent hardworking criminal to make a living.]

A little girl wrote a letter to the president, asking why there are no women on U.S. paper money. [“Excuse me, do you have change for a Kardashian?”]

A man was arrested in Bishopville, South Carolina after he unsuccessfully tried to land a drone filled with contraband, including marijuana, in a prison yard. The drone crashed into some bushes. [Rule number one of smuggling: If you have to choose between recharging your cell phone and your drone, go drone.]

The New York Times reports that the ransom demands paid by European countries to al-Qaeda amounted last year to $66 million. [It covered the terrorist group’s day-to-day operating expenses, and made possible a truly impressive dental plan.]

Pope Francis released a list of the top 10 things to do in order to be happy. The list includes: Live and let live; and Don’t be negative. [And save money by learning to do things yourself — except for colonoscopies.]

A Massachusetts couple has changed their middle names to Seamonster. [It’s a great conversation starter, if you mainly talk to five-year-olds.]

Motorcycle bad boy TV series Sons of Anarchy will welcome guest star Lea Michele of Glee. [Next up is Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.]

The Big Bang Theory is experiencing a production delay as each of the key cast members is demanding a salary increase to $1 million per episode. [This could spell trouble for CBS. If The Big Bang Theory doesn’t return for a new season, the network will be stuck with only a dozen number one primetime shows.]

Marvel has another new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. [And apparently it’s a story about superheroes and not, as I thought, about TSA agents.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

CHEESECAKE FACTORY IS AMERICA’S MOST UNHEALTHY FOOD FRANCHISE _ Congratulations, Cheesecake Factory — of all the fat delivering franchise restaurants in the U.S. you are the best! The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s annual Xtreme Eating survey has named Cheesecake Factory America’s most unhealthy restaurant. Topping the charts (and tipping the scales) are: Bruléed French Toast at an impressive 2,800 calories and 93 grams of saturated fat; Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic totaling 2,410 calories; and Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, a slice of which accounts for 1,500 calories.

… The CSPI says when it was screening candidates for the first Xtreme Eating awards in 2007, they were shocked to see 1,500-calorie entrées. This year, nearly all of the ‘winners’ hit (or just missed) the 2,000-calorie mark. And a few topped 3,000 calories.

… The single unhealthiest meal in the survey was the “Monster”-sized A-1 Peppercorn Burger, Bottomless Steak Fries, and Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake Meal from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. That meal came in at 3,540 calories and four days’ worth of sodium.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Confession time: What is the most embarrassing amount of food you’ve ever chowed on in one sitting?

SELFIE-ADDICTED RUSSIAN SOLDIER CAUGHT IN UKRAINIAN TERRITORY _ The Instagram account of a Russian solider may have landed under-pressure Vladimir Putin in hot water after the app’s photomap placed 24-year-old Sanya Sotkin’s selfies in rebel-held Ukrainian territory. The selfie-addicted solider’s Instagram may be vital in proving Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian civil war after images show the active-duty Sotkin operating in the disputed territory. The Instagram photomap shows the Russian, near the Ukrainian towns of Kranaya Talovka and Krasnyi Derkul, in images taken earlier this month.

NFL PUTTING TRACKING DEVICES IN PLAYERS’ SHOULDER PADS THIS YEAR _ RFID tags (radio frequency identification) tags will be attached to shoulder pads of NFL players beginning this season. The technology will only be available in 17 stadiums, and the information gathered should be seen during all NFL Network broadcasts, so that means 15 Thursday night games for the 2014 season. What will the end product look like? Madden, basically — with highlighted pass routes accompanied by physical data.

SCIENTISTS CREATE CREEPY-LOOKING TRANSPARENT MICE _ Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have created see-through mice. The creepy looking mice will be used to help scientists track how disease makes its way through the body.

MYSTERY OF GIANT HOLES AT ‘END OF THE WORLD’ MAY BE SOLVED _ Huge, mysterious gaping holes in Northern Siberia may not be such a mystery anymore. One scientist has pinned down a cause and — sorry, sci-fi fans — it’s not aliens or weapons testing. The first hole discovered in the Yamal Peninsula, which is 260 feet wide, is likely (according to University of Alaska geophysicist Vladimir Romanovsky) a sinkhole caused by melting ice or permafrost. But rather than swallowing the earth as it opened up the theory is the hole “actually erupted outside,” tossing dirt around the rim.

… It’s possible natural gas caused pressure to build as the water collected in an underground cavity, and the dirt — which is reportedly piled more than 3 feet high around the edge of the crater — was eventually expelled. Plants around the crater suggests the hole is several years old, but closer inspection is needed to determine the exact age.

DOG GYM _ There are mobile dog spas and doggie daycares, now the newest thing to hit the canine market is a gym just for man’s best friend. A husband-and-wife team based in Alexandria, Virginia opened the first canine sports club. They couple say the spot is intended for people looking for a place to exercise their dogs in the winter or on hot summer days. The place is stocked with most things a human gym is equipped with, including treadmills, balance balls and showers.

GIRAFFE DIES AFTER HITTING ITS HEAD ON HIGHWAY BRIDGE _ A giraffe being transported in an open-air truck bed on a highway in South Africa died Thursday after reportedly hitting its head on an overpass. Multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing two giraffes traveling on the highway, with many posting tweets and Instagram photos after one hit its head on the bridge.

WOMAN UNHAPPY WITH ZOO AFTER LOSING FINGER TO LION _ Here’s the thing about zoos: Despite the fact that those wild animals are behind bars, they’re still wild animals. So no matter how fuzzy and furry that lion looks, it’s not a good idea to pet it unless a zookeeper says to go ahead and do so. But one Michigan woman claims that after she was allowed into a lion’s cage, she ended up losing part of her finger. She says a zookeeper allowed her into the cage with the big cat over the weekend, and that the guide told her “yeah,” when she asked if she could pet it. But as she tried to pet it, she claims the lion ripped off part of her finger. Afterward, she alleges that the staff tried to cover it up. But the owners of the zoo say the woman went into an area where she wasn’t supposed to, and tried to pet the lion against the zookeeper’s warning.

SPEEDING GRANNY SENDS TICKETING COP THANK-YOU NOTE _ Giving stickers and toy sheriff badges to a woman’s grandkids earned one Idaho state trooper a heartfelt thank-you note — even though he gave the woman a speeding ticket. Trooper Mike Nielsen says he knows kids can be nervous about guys with big hats walking up to their cars so he tries to treat them like he’d treat his own family. Nielson pulled over their grandmother Tana Baumler for driving 95 in a 75 zone. Later, while she wrote the check for the $150 ticket her lead foot earned her, she wrote a little note to the Idaho State Police, commending the friendly trooper and saying he made the incident “a good experience for my grandchildren.”

NURSE SUES AFTER BEING A ‘HOSTAGE’ IN ARMED GUNMAN DRILL _ A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill. Michelle Meeker claims in a lawsuit that she was terrorized when an armed man confronted her last October at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Meeker, a registered nurse, was tending to one of her long-term patients when another employee told her to see what a “suspicious” man sitting in the center’s day room wanted. The man then showed her a handgun he had in his waistband and ordered her into an unoccupied room. Although the man told her in hushed tones that he was a police officer, Meeker was not informed beforehand of the drill and was unsure whether he was telling the truth.

… The executive director of the center said, “Unfortunately, the training exercise alarmed some at our facility.”

TOURISTS CALL POLICE AFTER BEING CHARGED $56 FOR 3 ICE CREAMS _ An American couple in Italy was so shocked at what they were charged for ice cream and water at a restaurant in Rome that they called police. James and Mariann Luciani went to the Bar il Caffè with a relative for some sweet treats after dinner. They got three ice creams and a bottle of water to cool off. After they were finished, they asked for the bill. Their waiter delivered it — $56. The server informed the couple that they had actually gotten a break because the normal $3.35 per-person cover charge had been waived. The Lucianis paid the bill, but returned the following day with police to investigate the legality of the charges. Police found that the prices were clearly written down on the menu and ruled that nothing illegal had occurred.

MOM CAUSES CONTROVERSY WITH DAUGHTER’S PAGEANT OUTFIT _ Here in the United States, we’re very familiar with child beauty pageants, but in the United Kingdom, the trend is apparently just catching on — hence the new documentary, Blinging Up Baby. On the show, which first aired Monday night, Liane Dix, a 33-year-old mom of two, creates a Hooters outfit for her four-year-old daughter, Scarlett — complete with the uniform’s tiny orange shorts. Liane said, “Some people might say it’s controversial, especially the theme I’ve chosen. But at the end of the day, little girls wear swimming costumes to the beach all summer and that’s not a controlled environment. The environment my kids go in is a controlled environment.”

TIGERS OUTFIELDER GETS TRADED IN MIDDLE OF GAME _ The Detroit Tigers traded for Rays ace David Price Thursday. But the thing about trades is that you have to give up guys in order to get other guys, and for the Tigers that guy is centerfielder Austin Jackson. The Tigers were in the middle of a game with the White Sox when the deal happened, but when a player gets traded, he’s got to go. So Jackson was replaced by Rajai Davis in the 7th inning, and walked off to a standing ovation.

SCARRED MAN LIVES NUDE FOR 27 YEARS _ A blind man has refused to wear clothes for 27 years ever since an accident left him severely burned as a child. The 30-year-old man lives in a remote Chinese village with his grandparents. According to his grandmother, he suffered from serious burns at three years old while huddled around a fire all alone to keep warm and has adamantly refused to wear a stitch of clothing since the accident. When it’s cold in winter, he stays by a fire. If you cover him with clothes or a quilt, he tears it right off. He did not receive professional medical treatment for his injuries. Serious burn scars are visible on his stomach.

TOYS ‘R’ US DOLL WITH PENIS FREAKS OUT THE INTERNET _ A baby doll with a penis is freaking out some shoppers and online readers. The toy, which is made by the You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll collection at Toys “R” Us, also cries when its underpants are wet. It is not specified on the company’s site or the toy’s box, but the doll is anatomically correct for a male baby, and this has caused some shoppers to post concerns on Facebook. Some parents called the doll inappropriate and unnecessary for kids, while others joked it could be a unique way to conclude a “gender reveal” party. Some users on Facebook just wished the doll’s box came with a warning label.

MOM IS CHARGING THOUSANDS TO LET PEOPLE WATCH HER GIVE BIRTH _ So, if you’re looking to earn some extra cash, why not sell tickets so four of your biggest fans — complete strangers, mind you — can be present and video as you give birth? That’s what a woman in the UK did. Josie Cunningham is a self-described aspiring model — most famous for somehow getting Britain’s government-funded medical system to pay for a breast augmentation. Now, she’s back in the headlines after she sold four tickets to an upcoming event — the birth of her third child. Cunningham put four tickets up for sale for a total of over $50,000. She said that the tickets didn’t last long, either, selling out within 14 minutes. She claims that each stranger will be vetted and she will have personal protection in place for the safety of both her and her child. The top-paying “lucky fans” will be also allowed to video and photograph her birth.

ZOO ANIMALS GET TO EAT FRUIT FROM TRUCK WRECK _ The elephants, giraffes and bears at California’s Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas this week thanks to an overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit. About 35,000 pounds fed humans at a food bank, and another 15,000 pounds fed the animals.

WIDE FACED MEN ROCK… BUT YOU CAN’T TRUST THEM _ Need to score that big account? Send in the guy with a wide face. A study discovered men with wide faces do better when negotiating a deal. Why? Wider faced men seem to have more testosterone, and are therefore more aggressive. They tend to be more financially successful, and have a better chance at scoring a second date. In the world of sports, wider faced hockey players spend more time in the penalty box.  The downside — wider faced guys are less trusted because they tend to lie to get what they want.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ALLEGEDLY POOPS IN FRONT OF WALGREENS _ An Ohio woman was spotted by a Walgreens manager allegedly shoplifting. When the manager followed Sandra Thomas into the parking and asked for a receipt for the items in her bag the 51-year-old could not produce one. The suspect started heading back to the store with the manager and police were called — then things got a little stinky. Thomas told the manager that she had to use the bathroom badly when she suddenly pulled down her pants and defecated in the front of the store. She took off and when police tracked her down, Thomas told them she was having health problems — then dropped her pants again. After being taken to a bathroom, Thomas was placed in a police cruiser. She then allegedly told police she had bed bugs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PEACHES PACKAGED IN PANTIES _ It’s summer which means it’s the season for peaches. These sweet and juicy fruits are believed to have originated in China and thrive there to this day, with the Asian nation producing over half of the world’s supply. But inside the People’s Republic, this level of familiarity has locals disinterested, inspiring growers to look for ways to spice things up between consumers and peaches. And so, to reignite people’s passion for the fuzzy fruits, they slipped on pairs of sheer panties. Yes, this season you can get your peaches in a satin-lined box, with each fruit presenting itself in a rainbow selection of tiny panties.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLIGHT DIVERTED AFTER DRUNK WOMAN ATTACKS CREW WITH PROSTHETIC LEG _ A flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh, Scotland, was diverted after a drunken passenger allegedly attacked crew members. The woman told the flight crew that she wanted “cigarettes and a parachute.” When they asked her to quiet down, she allegedly slapped a little girl and then started swinging her prosthetic leg at them. The woman was subdued and the pilot made an emergency landing in London.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WHO CHANGED NAME TO “SKYWALKER” DENIED A PASSPORT _ British officials won’t let a woman sign her passport because her middle name infringes on a trademark. The 29-year-old added “Skywalker” to her name in 2008. The reason? “For a bit of a laugh,” she said. But she’s not laughing now because when she tried to renew her passport and changed her signature to include the Skywalker middle name, officials said it “will not recognize a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRONE CARRYING WEED AND CELL PHONES CRASHES OUTSIDE PRISON _ One man has been arrested and police are searching for another after a drone carrying marijuana, tobacco and cell phones was discovered next to the security fence of a prison in South Carolina.

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ON TELEVISION

CSI: (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (8p ET, NBC) — If you missed the premiere, see it tonight.

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — Hosted by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), this series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists, escape artists, and performers in front of live audience members.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — New

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

BONES (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

COLD JUSTICE (9p ET, TNT) — In this new edition, Siegler and McClary search for the person responsible for the death of a pregnant teenager.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HANNAH ANDERSON: ANATOMY OF A KIDNAPPING (10p ET, NBC) — This new special explores what happened to Hannah Anderson, the San Diego teenager who was kidnapped and then found in the Idaho wilderness after being held hostage.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

LEONARDO CHEERED WHEN ORLANDO BLOOM THREW A PUNCH AT BIEBER _ According to reports when Orlando Bloom tried to punch Justin Bieber the other night Leonardo DiCaprio was right there applauding. According to a source: “When Orlando punched Bieber, everyone started clapping. People were shouting, ‘What a show! Justin and Orlando fighting. What a show!’ Lindsay [Lohan] was laughing. It was amazing. The whole table he and DiCaprio were on were clapping. Afterwards, I don’t know if people were congratulating Orlando or trying to calm him down.”

TARA REID CREATED A PERFUME CALLED ‘SHARK’ _ Tara Reid can thank the Sharknado TV movies for many things. Not only has it reinvigorated her career, but the movies have inspired a sense of entrepreneurship in the former party girl. Now you can be the owner of Shark by Tara, a perfume inspired by, well, sharks. According to TaraReid.com, the $24.95 bottle “is a light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear. It also incorporates a plethora of ‘lavender’ colored flowers, which is Tara’s favorite color…”

THE HUNTSMAN WILL BE A SNOW WHITE PREQUEL _ Universal Pictures has officially announced The Huntsman, a prequel to Snow White and The Huntsman, that will be released in 2016. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return. The press release does not mention Kristen Stewart, who portrayed Snow White in the first film.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO STALKING ROBIN ROBERTS _ A 42-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to stalking and harassing Good Morning America cohost Robin Roberts. Troy Warren was arrested after showing up at ABC’s Times Square Plaza studio at least eight times in two weeks and allegedly threatening Roberts. ABC said in a statement Thursday: “The safety and security of the entire GMA family is a priority and we are grateful for the Disney security team and their vigilance.”

LINDA HOGAN EX-BOYFRIEND FILES LAWSUIT _ Linda Hogan treated her 19-year-old boyfriend like a guy holding up a sign at Home Depot — according a lawsuit he filed against her for $1.5 million for his menial labor. Linda — then 48 — started dating 19-year-old Charlie Hill after she split from hubby Hulk Hogan. Charlie claims in his lawsuit that Linda took advantage of their relationship and made him do all sorts of things, including wax the yacht, dig a creek and fertilize 25 acres of avocado trees.

… TMZ learned Linda and Charlie struck a settlement when they split — he promised confidentiality and she let him keep his truck, dirt bike and the engagement ring he gave her. And he got $9,000. But Linda is now furious because Charlie did an interview violating the confidentiality agreement. So Linda’s lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Charlie asking for an order gagging him. So maybe that’s why he’s suing over all the heavy lifting.

FOUR LOST DR. SEUSS STORIES COMING OUT _ Four Dr. Seuss stories that haven’t been seen since the 1950s will be published again on September 9. A Massachusetts collector who previously helped Random House dig up other long-forgotten Seuss tales is also source of this new collection, entitled Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories. The new tongue-twisting tales feature our old friend Horton; an appearance by Marco, the subject of Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street; and a slightly different Grinch than Whoville’s villain.

BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE WRITE LOVE LETTERS _ What’s the secret behind Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s long-lasting relationship? The couple have been together for almost a decade and have six kids. And yet we don’t hear any rumors of the hottest couple in the world cheating on each other. So what accounts for their ongoing attraction? While rumors have always had it that the two have a very kinky sex life, the couple themselves have spoken out about what keeps them hawt for each other — Brad and Angie write love letters to each other. Angelina revealed in an interview that when the two are working on opposite ends of the planet, they keep their love alive by writing — not emailing, writing with their actual hands — love notes.

SHARKNADO 2: LOTS OF TWEETS, NOT SO MANY VIEWERS _ Sharknado 2 was a “hit” for Syfy Channel  but was really more of a blip for Wednesday night TV watchers. The campy made-for-TV movie had 3.9 million viewers

… On Twitter Sharknado 2 was a bigger hit, with 67 million impressions from 3 hours before aired till 3 hours after it ended.

KENDALL JENNER SLAMMED FOR INSTAGRAMMING WHILE DRIVING _ The second-youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner brood is getting serious flack for a video she posted on social media earlier this week. A recent video posted to Kendall Jenner’s Instagram depicted her and fellow model Ashley Skye rocking out to Avril Lavigne’s “sk8er boi” in the car. In the video — which has since been taken down — Jenner spends a lot of time dancing, singing and looking at Ms. Sky, and not a lot of time looking at surrounding traffic. Groups against distracted driving are criticizing Jenner for endangering other drivers on the road, as well as setting a bad example for the young people who look to her as a role model.

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (PG-13) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
  • Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), John C. Reilly, Glenn Close

GET ON UP (PG-13) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
  • Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

THE FRESHMAN 15

August is here and college freshman will heading to campus in a couple of weeks. According to a recent study, the so-called freshman 15 is a myth. In the sample of students, men gained an average of 5½ pounds their freshman year, while women gained an average 4½ pounds. Among the study’s other findings:

• 59% of students say they know their diet is worse since coming to college.

• 40% of normal-weight college women perceive that they are overweight.

• 32% of all students report a decline in their body image during their freshman year.

POWER SLEEP

The book Power Sleep offers tips on getting more sound sleep:

• Go bland before bedtime. To fall asleep quickly, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed.

• Be predictable. Go to bed around the same time every night, and try to follow a similar routine.

• Don’t toss and turn. If you can’t sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else.

• Save the bed for sleep and sex. Avoid paying bills, reading the paper or watching TV in bed.

• Take a bath. When your body gets ready for sleep, your temperature drops. A bath may nudge your bedtime biochemistry along.

DOWNLOAD THIS APP!

If your free time doesn’t have enough pimple-popping, there’s an iPhone game for you — called Pimple Popper. The goal of Pimple Popper is to pop a series of pimples until you get to the next, more-pimply level. You get three different kinds of pimples to pop, each with its own popping method. You also get a “pimple scab” to peel. | Android, iOS

WHO WE LIE TO MOST

A new poll is out and we lie… a lot. Especially to our parents. 43% of us have told at least one whopper to our mom and dad (for example, that party that you “never” had while they were away).

Here’s who we lie to most:

  • Parents 43%
  • Significant other 41%
  • Our doc 38%
  • Best friend 36%
  • Brother or sister 32%
  • Top lie we tell our parents: We don’t drink or do drugs
  • Top lie we tell our spouse: We eat healthier than we really do
  • Top lie to a brother or sister: We make more money than we do
  • Top lie to our best friend: We’re more sexually active than we really are
  • Top lie we tell our doctor: We exercise

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In the last 500,000 years the earth has seen 74 billion what? (Human births)

TRIVIA: Most of us love ice cream. Three percent of us love it so much we even eat it when we’re doing what? (Taking a bath)

TABLOID TEASER

I’ll read you three tabloid headlines; you tell me which one actually came from a supermarket tabloid.

• 500 Pound Opera Singer Gores Tenor With Horned Hat*

• Seventh-Grader Invents Glasses That See One Hour Into Future

• Russians Have Plan To Send Prisoners Into Space

A big fat opera singer was charged with assault and hauled off to jail after she gored a tiny tenor with her horned hat. The vicious attack unfolded after a performance of Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold as the cast was sharing a celebratory dinner of spaghetti and meatballs backstage. Witnesses say the trouble erupted when 5-foot-2 tenor Giuseppe Verona forked up the last meatball from the serving platter and dropped it on his plate. Five-hundred-pound soprano Helga Von Kluge took exception and charged him — head down — like a bull in a ring. “She blew through her nose, roared, lowered her head and charged Giuseppe,” says one witness to the drama in Milan, Italy. “She chased him all around the stage and finally nailed him when he cowered against a wall. And the fat lady wasn’t through yet. Cops say Von Kluge badly gored three police officers before they managed to yank off her horned hat and blonde wig and herd her to the slammer.

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Control Freak.

Con—

Okay, now you say, “Control Freak who?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Baby boy falls asleep behind the wheel.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

What happens when you put an actual NBA player in charge of spelling.


Source: unknown

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Trailer: Night at the Museum 3.

• New Interstellar trailer.

Game About Squares. It’s a game.

• Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

• All the places your can get a military discount.

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

• This pediatrician makes getting shots fun.

• I know where your cat lives.

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

• Mega three person hammock!

• Artist reincarnates childhood drawings.

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 4, 2014

This is day 216 of 2014. There are 149 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Belzer is 70

• Billy Bob Thornton is 59

• U.S. President Barack Obama is 53

• Former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens is 52

• Daniel Dae Kim is (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) 46

• NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is 43

• NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is 36

• American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox is 29

• American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez is 19

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1830: Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

• 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.

• 1945: Golfer Byron Nelson recorded the most tournament wins in a season: 18. (Still a record.)

• 1949: The NBL and NBAA merged into the National Basketball Association.

• 1956: Elvis Presley released Hound Dog.

• 2004: In Florence, Kentucky, Alan Swain walked into a bank and demanded cash from the teller. She told him “No.” He demanded money again and again she refused. To which Alan replied, “OK. I’ll go out and get my gun.” The bank employees then watched Alan jump in his car and, instead of fleeing, casually drive over to the shopping mall next door. He parked in the first place he found and walked inside. The cops were waiting for him when he came out.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• This is International Clown Week.

• It’s Simplify Your Life Week.

• It’s World Breastfeeding Week.

• Today is Coast Guard Day.

• Today is National Psychic Day. Some of you already knew I was going to say that.

• Today is Single Working Women’s Day.

• It’s U.S. Coast Guard Day.

• It’s Chocolate Chip Day.

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