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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 14, 2014

This is day 226 of 2014. There are 139 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Dash Crofts of Seals and Crofts is 76

• Steve Martin is 69

• Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear on TV’s Starsky and Hutch) is 68

• Susan St. James (Kate & Allie, MacMillan and Wife) is 68

• Novelist Danielle Steel is 67

• Cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) is 64

• Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild, Mystic River) is 55

• Sarah Brightman is 54

• Susan Olsen (Cindy on The Brady Bunch) is 53

• Halle Berry is 48

• Catherine Bell (JAG, Army Wives) is 46

• Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) is 40

• Mila Kunis is 31

• TV personality Spencer Pratt (The Hills) is 31

• Free agent quarterback Tim Tebow is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.

• 1945: President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

• 1980: President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term at the Democratic National Convention in New York.

• 1996: The Republican National Convention in San Diego nominated Bob Dole for president and Jack Kemp for vice president.

• 1997: An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

• 2002: A U.S. military helicopter swooped low over a packed Italian beach so they could check out the hot chicks. The American embassy in Rome admitted several sunbathers were slightly injured by flying umbrellas and beach furniture in Bari.

• 2003: A blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.

• 2004: A police chase in Long Island, New York, ended when the motorist drove into a backyard pond and tried to smoke a crack pipe just before his car sank. After saving the driver through a back window, the cops charged him with driving while impaired by drugs and several other traffic violations.

• 2006: Cuban state television aired the first video of Fidel Castro since he stepped down as president to recover from surgery, showing the bedridden Cuban leader talking with his brother Raul and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

• 2013: A couple of thieves in England (Berwick-upon-Tweed) faced off against police for five hours. Patrol officers noticed a nighttime break-in at a cafe, and soon had it surrounded. The men refused to come out, and even armed themselves with knives. The siege finally came to an end, and the men were charged. They had reportedly broken into the cafe for a bite of quiche.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is V-J Day, Victory Over Japan Day. August 15 and September 2 are also sometimes called V-J Days. August 15 is when Japan surrendered in World War II, but because of the time zone difference it was August 14 when the U.S. and it’s citizens learned of it. September 2 was the formal signing day, on the U.S.S. Missouri.

• Today is Creamsicle Day.

• Today is Navajo Code Talkers Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5: Percentage of adults misdiagnosed in doctor’s offices each year.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Archaeologists in Greece say that they are preparing to enter the largest ancient tomb ever unearthed in Greece. They say it’s a massive tomb built for only one man. [So, apparently Americans weren’t the first in history to struggle with weight problems.]

The smartphone company OnePlus has canceled a promotional contest after it was accused of being sexiest. Women were invited to post pictures of themselves that would then be voted on. [Company executives say that they are deeply sorry, and would like to make it up to the contestants — mainly the really hot ones — with dinner and a movie.]

A new study finds that older people are more mentally sharp in the morning. [Which explains why telemarketers call in the evening.]

According to a new study, for the first three months after birth the brains of newborns grow at an astonishing rate of 1% per day. [That explains all the noise they make. You’d cry too if there were something inside your head pushing against your skull.]

U.S. wildlife officials have decided against offering federal protection to wolverines. [But critics say that without a guarantee of federal protection prosecutors can no longer expect wolverines to risk being called as witnesses in high profile criminal cases.]

This week the European space program made its final delivery to the International Space Station. [In a cost-saving move, beginning next week all deliveries will be made by Amazon.]

Gainesville, Florida, police say that a college student suspected of murdering his roommate turned to his iPhone to find the best place to dispose of a dead body. [Siri is being held for questioning.]

A UK burglar was captured during his getaway after he made the mistake of urinating in a bush that had a wasps nest. Police spotted a man going down the road limping and crying. [He was in terrible pain, but he didn’t mind the swelling.]

The latest study warns that while exercise for heart attack survivors is good, they should limit their running to no more than four miles a day. [I take a similar approach to nutrition: No more than four bags of Oreos a day.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

FOUR-YEAR-OLD SURVIVES 11-DAY ORDEAL IN BEAR-INFESTED FOREST _ A four-year-old girl was lost for 11 days in a bear-infested forest in Russia with only her puppy to defend her. Karina Chikitova was found emaciated but alive. The girl had left her village with her dog on July 29 to stay with her father, who lived in a neighboring village. But he had gone to fight a wildfire and the girl apparently walked into the forest alone to find him. With no mobile phone signals in the sparsely populated area, her mother only realized four days later that her daughter had gone missing. Despite a massive search, the breakthrough only came when Karina’s puppy traipsed back to the village — where eight people live — allowing rescuers to send search dogs on the puppy’s trail.

COP SAVES WOMAN FROM CHOKING DURING A PULL OVER _ Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking. It all unfolded around Saturday when Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver coughing and choking. Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she’s in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn’t work Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver. Video

GENETICALLY ‘EDITED’ FRUIT COULD SOON HIT SUPERMARKET SHELVES _ Genetically ”edited” fruit and vegetables could soon be appearing on supermarket shelves as experts have discovered how to stop apples going brown and give bananas more vitamin A. It is believed genetic editing may be more appetizing to consumers than traditional genetic modification and cause less controversy. Genetic editing involves subtly ”tweaking” existing genes to increase or reduce amounts of natural ingredients a vegetable or fruit already has. The technique avoids the insertion of foreign genes that has sparked so much heated debate and criticism, especially in Europe.

SCIENTISTS BUILD BATTERY TATTOO THAT TURNS SWEAT INTO POWER _ Scientists have unveiled a removable tattoo that doubles as a miniature battery — turning human sweat into storable electricity. The device is meant to be worn during a trip to the gym. It can monitor a person’s progress during exercise routines while simultaneously powering a small electronic device, like an iPod.

BRACELET TELLS YOU HOW MANY BITES YOU’VE EATEN _ If you’re not wearing enough fitness trackers and calorie counters, now there’s Bite Counter, a wearable wristband that scans your wrist roll motion to detect whether you’re about to chomp on a piece of food. Created by Eric Muth, a psychology professor at Clemson University, the Bite Counter is designed to curb overeating habits by measuring how many bites you take per day. So how many bites, exactly, does the Bite Counter want you to take per day? Muth and his fellow researchers estimate that 100 bites per day is ideal for men and women to lose weight.

POLICE LOOKING FOR COUPLE WHO STOLE 5-YEAR-OLD’S iPOD _ Cops in Colorado are looking for a couple who sat down at a table at a frozen yogurt store where a little girl had left her iPod. The little girl left the iPod and moved to another table during a birthday party at the fro-yo store. The fact that there was a kid’s party going on and a pink iPod in a panda case didn’t seem to deter the couple suspected of boosting the gadget, who were seen on surveillance footage sitting down at the table with the iPod. After a few minutes, the man grabs the iPod and sticks it inside the woman’s purse, as the couple then quickly get up and walk out.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE TORCHES POT CROPS _ A wildfire burning through dense forest in California’s Mendocino County has destroyed more than 11,000 acres and injured eight firefighters. The cost has reportedly topped $20 million. That does not include the marijuana. That part of California is known for growing marijuana, most of it illegal, and a lot of it is hidden among the trees. A local sheriff said, “I know there have been several marijuana gardens that have burned up.” He said while cops and fire fighters aren’t looking to bust illegal pot growers during the wildfire they also aren’t protecting those crops.

COP SAVES WOMAN FROM CHOKING DURING A PULL OVER _ Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking. It all unfolded around Saturday when Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver coughing and choking. Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she’s in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn’t work Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver. Video

VIRAL: 4-YEAR SAD TO LEARN DELETED PHOTOS ARE GONE FOREVER _ The latest cute kid video making the rounds if of 4-year-old Cadence, who accidentally deleted a snapshot from her Uncle Dave. In an emotional YouTube plea, Cadence explains the problem asks her uncle to send another photo. Video

MORE UNMARRIED WOMEN OVER AGE 35 HAVING BABIES _ Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren’t waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012. Slightly older unmarried women between the ages of 40 and 44 also saw an increase in birth rates, with a 29% increase from 2007 to 2012.

PEOPLE ARE PAYING $28 FOR A PILE OF TWIGS SOLD BY FREE PEOPLE _ Are you incapable of finding a few tree branches in nature? Do you not own any aluminum foil or string? Do you have trouble arranging twigs in a small pile? If so, Free People has just the decorative branch cluster for you for the low price of $28. Yep, the popular clothing brand is selling a bundle of twigs called “Sun Sticks” for $28, and people have bought them until there are only two left in stock. In case $28 feels a little cheap and you think Free People deserves a larger cut for their creative use of Mother Nature, there’s also something called the “Cosmic Stick” which sells for $68. The website describes the Cosmic Stick as “Decorative driftwood stick, hand wrapped with gorgeous thread and enhanced with an exquisite amethyst stone.” | site link

FISH-EATERS MAY KEEP MORE GRAY MATTER IN OLD AGE _ Eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hit hard by aging. In a study (University of Pittsburgh) brain scans showed that people over age 65 who regularly ate fish had 14 percent more gray matter in brain regions associated with memory and 4 percent more in areas devoted to cognition than people who didn’t consume fish regularly.

RESTAURANT OWNER ASKS CUSTOMER TO ORDER DRINKS, STOP SHARING _ Do you feel guilty when your only beverage at a restaurant is water? A restaurant owner is getting mixed reviews after making a post on Facebook asking each individual guest to purchase a meal or dessert and a beverage other than free tap water. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

During peak times, we would really really appreciate each individual guest purchasing a meal or dessert and a beverage. We would like to reserve table space for paying customers. Sorry to put it plainly but large groups not eating or drinking does not pay our rent or the wages of our fabulous staff. If you must share please purchase a drink. We hope you understand and look forward to seeing you soon.

… In a poll of Internet users, 80% said the post makes sense because, after all, it’s a restaurant and people should be eating. The other 20% said the post was rude.

… In a later post the restaurant owner wrote: To help set the record straight there are no ‘rules’ regarding dining at [restaurant]. We are in the business of hospitality and as such, everyone is welcome whether you are part of a large group, a solo diner or a small party of two. Having said that, we are also a business with staff wages and rent to pay. There is no issue with people sharing meals, after all, the sharing of food is one of life’s great joys. The issue I am speaking out about is when large groups of say, 8 or 20 people share for instance, 2 meals/desserts, or share 4 coffees or even worse,trying to bring in their own food from home, especially when there are customers waiting for a seat. This is an issue not just limited to our business, many of my fellow restaurateurs have shared similar stories with me. Many people are watching their pennies in this economy and this is understandable. Our meals start at $8.90 and that’s why we try and make dining out an affordable experience for all.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If one of our local restaurants started asking that you not share meals and buy drinks, would you be upset?

… Why not simply post a notice at the door that says: “Sorry, due to the increased costs of running a restaurant each customer must purchase a meal and food may not be brought into the restaurant. However, the sharing of desserts is welcome!” Then if you don’t agree with the no-sharing policy you can simply go elsewhere.

BOY RUNS AWAY AND LIVES IN WALMART FOR 4 DAYS _ When you were a kid did you ever run away from home? How far did you get and where did you go? A 14-year-old Texas boy was found living inside of a Walmart. The boy, who was living inside a series of forts constructed behind boxes and stealing food and drink and clothes, managed to go undetected for four days. The teen built two campsites, one in the baby aisle, behind boxes of strollers, the other behind walls of paper towels. Being in the baby aisle came in handy, as he was apparently stealing diapers to wear so he didn’t have to use the restroom and risk being noticed. Genius!

… As for food, he merely took that off the shelves. Drink? He cut a hole in the wall behind the drink aisle and pilfered drinks there. He even reportedly stole a fish from the fish section to keep as a pet. It was his trash that finally gave him away — with employees beginning to notice strange piles of it around.

COMCAST KEEPS CUSTOMER ON HOLD UNTIL IT CLOSES _ Comcast is having to deal with yet another instance of embarrassingly bad service: A customer who tried to cancel his account and was promptly put on hold for three-and-a-half hours until Comcast’s customer retention offices had closed for the day. YouTube user Aaron Spain decided to take a video of his experience once he hit his third hour of Comcast customer service captivity. He held his phone up to the camera that showed he had been on the phone with Comcast’s phone number for three hours. He took a separate phone at around 10:30pm and tried to give Comcast a call using a different line. After going through the usual endless parade of menu options, he finally reached the one that let him cancel all his services… only to receive a message saying that the customer retention department’s office had closed for the day. Video

WOMAN SHAMES SON ON FACEBOOK FOR BURGLARIZING CARS _ A mom Victorville, California, went on Facebook to publicly apologize for her son burglarizing some cars. Paula Hamblen used Facebook to apologize to victims on behalf of her son who she said made a “stupid choice” and was hanging with the wrong crowd. Here’s what Hamblen wrote on her Facebook page:

I would like to apologize to the victims in Apple Valley….my son, his friend were hanging out with this older man who served 15 years in prison. I had no idea. I received a phone call that no parent wants to receive and was told they were arrested for stolen goods. I had always been a parent who taught my kids right from wrong and I am very much in shock and at the same time I feel so bad for the victims [whose] cars were broken into who work hard for the things you have. Once again I am sorry for my son’s stupid choice he made.

RESCUE TEAM CLIMBS ALPS TO DELIVERY BABY _ A team of mountain rescuers in Austria got word at 7am Tuesday that a woman was in premature labor at an Alpine hut 8,200 feet above sea level. Unable to send a hospital-bound helicopter through the morning’s thick fog and rain, 15 mountaineers, a doctor, and a gynecologist took the more labor-intensive route: They climbed 7,700 feet to deliver the baby themselves. The rescue team managed to reach the woman and help her descend 800 feet in altitude to a meadow — after 11 hours in labor — before the 30-year-old gave birth to a boy. She was reportedly 24 weeks pregnant. Weather conditions improved soon after the delivery, and a helicopter crew took mother and child to a clinic.

… A total of 25 rescuers, four doctors, and two helicopters were involved in the delivery.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL STAR JOINS BOOKS CLUB _ University of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a star on the field — and in the library. Mitchell says he didn’t read that much growing up because he was always outside playing football. One day, on an outing to Barnes & Noble, he saw Kathy Rackley. She was holding a stack of books, and he thought she looked like she knew a lot about them. So he asked her for a book recommendation. The two struck up a conversation and when Rackley mentioned she had just joined a book club, Mitchell asked her if he could join too. Mind you, this book club is all women, and they’re all older than Mitchell’s own mother. Considering there were no other men in the group, Mitchell said he thought, “I don’t have a chance.” He was wrong. The women welcomed him, and now he meets with them once a month to discuss books. He says they have become family, that they invite him to their homes to eat and to hang out with their children who are his age.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GRANDMA PUTS BABY IN ROASTING PAN FOR FUNNY PHOTO _ A Columbus, Ohio grandmother got visits from the local sheriff’s office and Child Services after she posted photos of her granddaughter in a roasting pan, surrounded by potatoes. Another picture showed the baby with her pacifier duct taped to her mouth. Some of her Facebook friends didn’t get the joke and alerted authorities. No charges were filed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WAKE FOR A BROKEN CELL PHONE _ A man held a wake for his dead cell phone at a mall in China to protest a store’s slow repair service. The unhappy conducted his memorial service outside the mall, which included a funeral wreath bearing the inscription: “I sent my new cell phone to get repaired a month ago and I still have not gotten it back.” Police were eventually called and the store agreed to exchange the cell phone for a new one.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCUSED OF DRINKING $102,000 WORTH OF WHISKY DIES _ When you’re accused of a crime, what’s the best way to get out of hot water? Die, of course. The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding. A district judge last year ordered 63-year-old John Saunders to stand trial after hearing testimony from the owner of the South Broadway Manor Bed and Breakfast. The mansion’s owner told police she had found nine 12-bottle cases of whiskey hidden in the century-old mansion built by industrialist J.P. Brennan after she bought it in 2011. The owner hired Saunders to care for the property, which would have included safeguarding the whiskey. But when the mansion owner went to have the pre-Prohibition Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey appraised in 2012 she discovered 52 empty bottles. Police found Saunder’s DNA on the bottles. The whiskey was produced in 1912 and bottled in 1917 and was appraised at more than $2,000 a bottle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALL EMERGENCY NUMBER OVER LONELY GOOSE CALL _ A woman in England called 911 (999 over there) to ask police to rescue a goose because it had “lost its friends” and looked hungry. The woman was told the goose’s welfare was not a police matter.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG ELECTED MAYOR OF MINNESOTA TOWN _ Duke, a 7-year-old dog, was elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. The 12 people who live in Cormorant all paid $1 to vote.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED OVER 20-YEAR-GRUDGE _ Talk about holding a grudge! Police in China detained a woman for hiring thugs to attack another woman over something that happened 20 years ago. Police say the woman hired the men to attack a retired bank employee for rejecting her withdrawal request two decades ago. A 55-year-old woman was later taken into custody for paying five local thugs almost $13,000 to beat up the other woman. Anger resurfaced after the retired bank employee failed to greet the accused on the street in early August.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

THE QUEST (8p ET, ABC) — New

SLEEPY HOLLOW (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — The Jacksonville Jaguars head to Chicago to take on the Bears.

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: LAST COMIC STANDING (9p ET, NBC) — Lachlan Peterson, Nikki Carr and Rod Man vie for $250,000 and a development deal with NBC. There will be stand up performances by judges Rosanne and Russell Peters, as well as the online Comic Comeback winner, Alingon Mitra. The show will be back for another season.

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

ROOKIE BLUE (9p ET, ABC) — Jeannette Sousa (Meet the Browns) guest stars in this new episode.

SEASON FINALE: GANG RELATED (9p ET, FOX) — The first season ends tonight. The show has not yet been renewed for a second season, so this could be a series finale.

PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — The designers must revamp men’s vintage suits to create looks for the modern woman. YouTube star Bethany Mota is the guest judge.

SEASON FINALE: HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO (9p ET, TLC) — Anna’s wedding is features in the hour long finale.

SEASON FINALE: NY MED (10p ET, ABC) — The second season ends tonight.

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

EMMY AWARDS PLANNING ‘MEANINGFUL’ TRIBUTE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS _ The upcoming Emmy Awards ceremony will feature a tribute to Robin Williams. Executive producer Don Mischer said: “While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.”

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ REP KNOCKS DOWN REPORTS OF MONEY TROUBLES _ Robin Williams spokeswoman says the actor-comedian “had no financial problems” that might have contributed to his apparent suicide. Shortly after Williams’ death was confirmed Monday, online gossip publications jumped to potential money issues of the late actor, something that his publicist said simply do not exist.

ROBIN WILLIAMS ONCE SECRETLY FULFILLED A DYING GIRL’S WISH _ Since Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, there has been no shortage of inspiring stories to help mourners honor the late actor. But one particularly poignant event in the beloved comedian’s life was kept a secret, until now. Back in 2004, Williams arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet with Jessica Cole, a young Greensboro, North Carolina, girl who was dying from brain cancer at the time. Her final wish was to meet Williams — her “hero” — whom she particularly loved because of his role in “Mrs. Doubtfire.” But when Jessica became too sick to travel to California to meet the Academy Award winner, he wouldn’t backtrack on his promise. He chartered a private plane and they spent an afternoon playing cards and watching football. Jessica passed away two months later.

ROBIN WILLIAMS LOVED VIDEO GAMES _ In between filming his movies, television shows and doing stand-up comedy, Robin Williams would spend countless hours playing video games — in fact he considered himself a “huge” gamer, even naming his only daughter after the princess in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. Williams’ love for videogames began with “Zelda,” and also included fantasy fare like “World of Warcraft,” puzzle games like “Portal,” sci-fi shooters like “Half-Life” and its sequel and more recent military actioners like the “Call of Duty” franchise/

ABC TO GIVE FROZEN FANS A NEW “MAKING OF” SPECIAL _ ABC has found another way to milk the success of Disney’s Frozen. The network, which is adding several characters from the movie to the fourth season of Once Upon a Time, has scheduled an all new behind-the-scenes special about the Oscar-winning film. The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic will premiere Tuesday, September 2 and will offer viewers a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios to reveal the origins of the film, which is now the biggest animated feature of all time.

GWYNETH PALTROW DATING ‘GLEE’ CO-CREATOR _ Gwyneth Paltrow has a new beau. After announcing separation from husband Chris Martin in March, the actress who played teacher Holly Holliday in several episodes of Glee is reportedly dating the show’s co-creator Brad Falchuk.  Although she started appearing on “Glee” in 2010, a source insisted that “things started off professionally” between her and Falchuk. Their relationship then blossomed and they recently stepped out for a dinner date in L.A. One onlooker called the date “flirty”.

SURVIVOR EDITORS GO ON STRIKE FOR UNION CONTRACT _ The Survivor post-production crew has struck Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions Inc., seeking a union contract. At the time of the work stoppage, post-production work was underway on the 90-minute premiere of Season 29 of the series, which has been scheduled to air on September 24. The action came a day after the Emmy-nominated team officially notified their employer of their intent to obtain a union contract with health and retirement benefits.

CHRIS BROWN IS IN COMPLIANCE OF PROBATION TERMS _ Chris Brown attended a progress report hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon, and a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says the judge found Brown in compliance with the terms of his probation. This hearing was related to Brown’s probation violation earlier this year, stemming from his 2009 assault on Rihanna. Brown was found to be in violation of his probation when he assaulted a man in Washington D.C. last October, and on May 9, a judge sentenced the singer to one year in jail. Brown received credit for 234 days of time already served, and he was released on June 2. Brown’s probation is currently extended until January 2015. The singer music submit to random drug testing at least three times a week, attend psychiatric counseling twice a week and complete whatever remains of the 1,000 hours of community service he was given last August when his probation was revoked after a car accident.

… Brown’s next hearing is scheduled for October 23, but still he’s not out of the woods on the D.C. assault case. Back in June Brown and his attorney refused to accept the plea deal prosecutors offered them, so that case will go to trial on September 8.

THE BRITTANY MURPHY STORY GETS SEPTEMBER PREMIERE DATE ON LIFETIME _ Lifetime has scheduled the Brittany Murphy biopic The Brittany Murphy Story to air Saturday, September 6. According to Lifetime the two-hour TV movie is “the story of talented young Brittany, her supportive mother Sharon and their determination to turn Brittany into a star in the 1980s and ’90s.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY TO FEATURE WORLD’S SMALLEST LIVING WOMAN _ FX’s American Horror Story has admitted the world’s smallest woman to its Freak Show. Jyoti Amge has joined the cast of the fourth season of the FX anthology series. Season four of the series, subtitled Freak Show, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in the 1950s, with Jessica Lange in the lead role. The Emmy winner will portray a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Amge, who’s 20, is the world’s smallest living woman, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

TAYLOR SWIFT AND KARLIE KLOSS NOT LIVING TOGETHER, NOT DATING _ Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss are close friends, which is not news. But this week, a new wave of rumors has spread online, with “sources” implying that there could be something more to their relationship. The Daily Mail sparked much of the speculation by posting — and then deleting — an article claiming that Kloss had moved in with Swift in Beverly Hills. In the piece, the Mail quotes a “source” as saying that Kloss and Swift were “inseparable” and “rarely apart.” Which is weird, since Swift has been photographed constantly this summer, often in New York, and rarely with Kloss. But a source close to Swift calls the reports incredibly false.

GIRLS STAR REVEALS BATTLE WITH EATING DISORDER _ Zosia Mamet is on HBO’s Girls, and she’s revealed her almost lifelong battle with an eating disorder. She writes in the latest issue of Glamour “I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child. This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew was raging inside me. I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I nearly died.” Mamet says her problem with food started when she was a young child, when she was told at age 8 she was fat. But, she writes, I’m not fat; I’ve never been fat.” She says it took an intervention from her family to make her realize she had a very real problem.

MISSED TV SHOWS PROVOKE PRISON RIOT _ A riot broke out inside New York’s Rikers Island after prisoners were sent to bed early and missed their favorite TV shows. More than 60 prisoners inside the the notorious jail refused to comply with the newly introduced 9pm curfew. They reportedly refused to return to their cells for around two hours before guards used pepper spray to gain control of the situation. The criminals are usually allowed to stay up until 11 watching shows such as Criminal Minds and ABC’s Mistresses in the prison’s common room.
AUCTION: ELVIS’S 1963 ROLLS WITH PHONE _ Elvis’s 1963 Rolls Royce, complete with car phone, will be auctioned off tomorrow morning (Friday) in Carmel, California. It’s expected to fetch $200,000 to $300,000. | auction link

O.J. SIMPSON OBSESSED WITH KIM KARDASHIAN _ Kim Kardashian has an admirer… who happens to be in prison. According to Radar Online, O.J. Simpson has a “full blown obsession” with the reality star. Although Kim is the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian who was great friends with O.J., there doesn’t seem to be any guilt in his little fantasy. In fact, an insider said that O.J. often shows off pictures Kim, and he isn’t “shy” about his feelings for her. One source goes so far as to say that the pics O.J. has in his cell are “nude booty pics.”

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BITS & BREAKS

THROWBACK THURSDAY

“We were talking about this one year ago today…”

• An 11-year-old Texas boy shared with the world that he’d spent his summer vacation mowing lawns to raise money for tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma. Dyllon Orthman (of Dalhart) mowed 90 lawns and managed to raise $16,000 in just two months.

• The Mars One project announced it had received more than 100,000 applications for a one-way trip to the Red Planet.

• Researchers shattered the myth that guys think about sex every seven seconds. It’s more like once every 28 minutes.

• A sinkhole near Disney World swallowed up some vacation condos.

• Ben Affleck visited Lindsay Lohan in rehab and gave her guidance on how to maintain sobriety after she got out.

• Pop superstar Prince joined Twitter. His first tweet: “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET… TESTING 1,2…” His 2nd tweet read — “PRINCE’S 2ND TWEET.”

• A Japanese lingerie company announced the invention of a bra vending machine.

OXFORD DICTIONARIES ADDS ‘HOT MESS’ AND ‘THROW SHADE’

Oxford Dictionaries, the arm of the Oxford family that focuses on current English, announced on Wednesday that they’ve added the latest batch of words to their ranks. Some of the new words added:

• adorbs (adj.): arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

• air punch (n.): thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.

• amazeballs (adj.): very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive.

• binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession.

• bro hug (n.): a friendly embrace between two men.

• cray (adj.): crazy, but without that time-consuming extra syllable.

• e-cig (n.): another term for electronic cigarette.

• fandom (n.): the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

• 5:2 diet (n.): a diet that involves eating normally for five days out of a seven-day period and greatly restricting the amount of food eaten on the other two days.

• hot mess (n.): a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.

• humblebrag (n. & v.): (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

• live-tweet (v.): post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place.

• mud run (n.): an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of obstacles filled or covered with mud.

• neckbeard (n.): growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.

• Paleo diet (n.): a diet based on the type of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans.

• side boob (n.): the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.

• side-eye (n.): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.

• tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.

• time-poor (adj.): spending much of one’s time working or occupied.

• throw shade (phr.): publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.

• YOLO (abbrev.): you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment).

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Ten percent of humans and 50% of cats have this in common. (They are left-handed)

GUESS WHAT HE DID?

As they were preparing for students to start school the next day, teachers at Wagoner, Oklahoma, High School noticed a new teacher who had reported for her first day at work. Lorie Ann Hill had gone into a random classroom and declared it was hers. But it wasn’t her classroom, she wasn’t wearing any pants and… what?

• She brought her mom with her.

• She was wearing a Ronald McDonald costume.

• She was drunk.

Answer: She was drunk.

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?” “I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be $9.40 please” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke.” The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.” Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again. “The usual?” Asks the waitress. “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad,” says the man. “Same,” says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, “That will be $32.62.” Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. “Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?” “Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.” “That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!” “That’s right — whether it’s a gallon of milk or a new car, the exact money is always there,” says the man. The waitress asks, “What’s with the ostrich?” The man sighs, pauses and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with a big butt and long legs who agrees with everything I say.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

What it’s like to be almost killed by a Mini Cooper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkhH5RKPcmU

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Short construction zones are the worst, aren’t they?


Source: InterPrep PROshare/Nick Danjer

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

Eat By Date. How long does food really last?

• Best radio billboards ever. Scroll through them all.

• 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 15, 2014

This is day 227 of 2014. There are 138 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show) is 91

• Pat Priest(Marilyn Munster on The Munsters) is 78

• Supreme Court JusticeStephen Breyer is 75

• Retired airline captain Beverly Lynn Burns (first woman to captain the Boeing 747 jumbo jet) is 65

• Tess Harper is 64

• Larry Mathews (The Dick Van Dyke Show) is 59

• Zeljko Ivanek (Heroes, Homicide) is 57

• Businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 50

• Peter Hermann (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is 47

• Debra Messing (Will & Grace) is 46

• Anthony Anderson is 44

• Ben Affleck is 42

• Natasha Henstridge (The Whole Nine Yards, Species) is 40

• Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings is 36

• Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 25

• Jennifer Lawrence is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1911: Procter & Gamble unveiled its Crisco shortening.

• 1914: The Panama Canal opened.

• 1939: The MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz” premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

• 1945: The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

• 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

• 1991: 750,000 attended Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park.

• 2001: Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own — two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

• 2007: Police in Hanover, Germany, were summoned to a house after neighbors were awakened by a loud noise. They found the 51-year-old resident of the home had become so frustrated with his computer that he threw it through his window. Officers asked the man to clean up the mess, but declined to press any charges. A police spokesman said of the incident, “Who hasn’t felt like doing that?”

• 2008: Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discovered the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today (Friday) is Be A Dork Day.

• Today (Friday) is Gummi Worm Day.

• Today (Friday) is National Pet Fire Safety Day: 15 Link

• Today (Friday) is Men’s Grooming Day.

• Today (Friday) is Relaxation Day.

• Today (Friday) is Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

• Saturday is Tell A Joke Day.

• Saturday is World Honey Bee Day.

• Saturday is Roller Coaster Day.

• Saturday is Rum Day.

• Sunday is Get to Know Your Customers Day.

• Sunday is Thrift Shop Day.

• Sunday is Black Cat Appreciation Day.

• Sunday is National Vanilla Custard Day.

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