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This is day 247 of 2014. There are 118 days remaining.
• Mitzi Gaynor is 83
• Judith Ivey is 63
• Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami) is 57
• Damon Wayans is 54
• Ione Skye (Zodiac) is 44
• Wes Bentley is 36
• Max Greenfield is 35
• Beyonce is 33
• Whitney Cummings (Whitney, co-creator of 2 Broke Girls) is 32
• Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1682: Halley got his only look at the comet that bears his name.
• 1885: The Exchange Buffet opened in New York City. It was the first self-service cafeteria in the country.
• 1888: George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and received a patent for his camera which uses roll film.
• 1904: The St. Regis Hotel in New York City became the first to have individual air conditioning and heating in every room.
• 1950: The “Beetle Bailey” comic strip was published for the first time.
• 1950: Darlington Raceway was the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
• 1951: The first live transcontinental television broadcast took place in San Francisco, California, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.
• 1957: The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel.
• 1972: Mark Spitz won his seventh swimming gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, becoming the first Olympian to do so. Spitz swam in only seven events and set world records in each one.
• 1998: During a visit to Ireland, President Clinton said the words “I’m sorry” for the first time about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, describing his behavior as indefensible.
• 1998: Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.
• 2003: In Gillette, Wyoming, police arrested Deryl Miles and charged him with misdemeanor larceny after he kidnapped his neighbor’s cat and held it for $50 ransom. When the cops arrived at his mobile home, Miles refused to release the cat and was arrested after leading the cops on a brief chase around his yard.
• 2006: “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died after a stingray’s barb pierced his chest.
• 2007: Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda were arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.
• It’s National Wildlife Day.
• Today is Newspaper Carrier Day.
• Today is Macadamia Nut Day.
250: Years we spent watching the Ice Bucket Challenge. Vocativ.com’s research discovered we spent over 114 million minutes watching people do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this summer. Is that a bad thing? Not when you find out, as of August 29, that ALS donations topped $100.9 million.
According to a new study, you can train your brain to choose healthy food over junk food. [Then, each time it does well, you reward it with a Snickers.]
New research shows that by age seven children have learned not to trust others, and not to divulge the truth to others. [That’s sad to think that it only takes seven years to turn an innocent child into a seasoned politician.]
A strict zoning ordinance to protect the ambiance in Sedona, Arizona has meant that the local McDonalds had to change their famous golden arches to turquoise. [And Ronald McDonald was forced to ditch the clown shoes for Birkenstocks.]
When a Florida deputy tried to break up a fight between two women he used pepper spray, but one of the women retaliated by rubbing the spray in the deputy’s eyes. [Every seasoned cop knows that you don’t dare break up a fight between two women without calling for SWAT backup.]
A ban on high-powered vacuum cleaners has resulted in the British buying all that they can find. [Americans are stockpiling AK-47s while the British are hoarding household appliances. Were we really at one time the same country?]
The town of Waldo, Florida is under investigation. Half of the town’s revenue comes from the extraordinary amount of traffic tickets that its police force writes as motorists are required during one stretch of highway to change speeds six times. [The ticket writing scam came to light after doctors reported treating an usual number of officers for carpel tunnel syndrome.]
A gorilla at the zoo in Seattle underwent four-hour surgery for a sinus infection. [It sounds expensive, but not when you compare it to the cost of keeping a 500-pound gorilla in Kleenex.]
CVS has stopped selling tobacco products a month earlier than expected. [Tobacco users are planning a non-stop protest march — but with frequent smoke breaks.]
A British soldier is under investigation for breaching military discipline by entertaining tourists while on duty at Buckingham Palace. [Her Majesty’s army has a long-standing policy against twerking in uniform.]
PEOPLE ARE ALREADY LINED UP FOR iPHONE 6 _ While we don’t know yet when the next iPhone will be released — rumor has it around September 19 — already there are people lined up outside a New York City Apple store. Apple’s next big event is five days (September) and the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 then.
… At least one person in line has a more than the new iPhone in mind: He’s using the publicity to promote his new medical app, VideoMedicine. The app will let you pay by the minute to Skype with medical professionals. This guy (and his wife) weren’t the first to arrive at the Apple Store. But they managed to get the first spots in line after paying the group in front of them $1,250 each.
FACEBOOK WAS DOWN FOR 15 MINUTES WEDNESDAY _ Facebook was down for many users all around the world Wednesday. The outage lasted about 15 minutes. At the start of last month, Facebook went down for about an hour. Just like last time, users headed over to Twitter and other social networks to voice their displeasure.
PRINCIPAL FED UP WITH TWERKING CANCELS HOMECOMING DANCE _ Miley Cyrus made twerking known worldwide. One Vermont high school principal has had enough. Mount Anthony Union High School’s leader canceled this fall’s homecoming dance because of this “highly sexualized form of dancing.” In a letter to the editor of the Bennington Banner newspaper, she explained why there will be no more dances until these dang teens find a more suitable way to dance: “Over the past couple of years, since Miley Cyrus took the stage ‘twerking’ at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, our students’ dancing behavior has crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school. Twerking is dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving a low squatting stance and thrusting movements. Students do not face one another or remain with the same person for the length of the song. If you haven’t seen twerking, I would encourage you to research this online.”
… “We have been asked why we don’t just stop it. Try to picture our cafeteria, with 400 to 500 students in tight clusters of about 80 students. It is very difficult to get into the middle of the clusters to monitor every student who is dancing inappropriately.” The principal says dances may be reinstated if students learn some respect.
ANOTHER THING TOO MUCH TV DOES TO YOUR CHILD _ If your child can’t tell if you’re mad or sad, they are probably watching too much television. A new study found that kids who watch a lot of TV have a harder time reading other people’s emotions. Two groups of sixth graders were used in the study. The first group didn’t use a phone, TV, or computer for five days while the second group watched TV, talked on the phone, and used the computer for their normal amount of time. The results showed kids without electronics could read emotional cues better when looking at pictures of people looking happy, sad or angry. Researchers concluded that “emotional skills develop in practice and the brain develops through real interaction.”
KATE MIDDLETON CALLED ‘MIDDLE-AGED’ _ When it comes to her style, it seems like Kate Middleton really can’t catch a break with her critics. British celebrity and fashion designer Millie Mackintosh apparently thinks the Duchess is laying it a little too heavy on the raccoon eyes and wants to give her a makeover. Apparently, Mackintosh thinks Middleton is looking a little too “middle-aged” these days and wants to “sex up” her look. Her suggestions? “I think Kate wears too much eyeliner. She would look great if she toned down the eyes, wore some bright lipstick and mixed up her hairstyle — a scraped-back high pony would look fantastic. She’d look great in one of my little wrap dresses as she has such a gorgeous body and I think it would be fun — less middle-aged — and a bit sexier without being too revealing.”
HOMEOWNERS ARE SPRAY-PAINTING LAWNS TO COVER UP DEAD GRASS _ Many California home-owners are suffering through a major drought, which is driving them to take drastic measures to salvage their dying lawns. Residents are being forced to conserve water during a record-breaking period of low rainfall. Those who fail to conserve water are being fined. The dry conditions have given rise to an unusual method of keeping the lawns looking lush and green. People are spray-painting them. The full spray-paint treatment will cost about $300. It involves a tank of paint, a tube, and a spray nozzle similar to a pesticide wand. The spray-paint is applied in several coats across the entire area of dead grass to turn dry, brown leaves into vibrant green foliage.
POLICE DOG FUNERAL _ More than 1,000 people, plus dozens of service dogs, attended the recent funeral for an Oklahoma City police dog killed while helping his partner catch a car thief. Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd, was stabbed to death by the suspect on August 24, and was buried with full honors. Sgt. Ryan Stark, Kye’s partner on the force, wiped away tears as he bid the dog farewell before he was buried in a flag-draped casket and given a 21-gun salute. Stark shot and killed the suspect, and is currently on administrative leave as he undergoes an internal investigation.
WINE MAKES ATHLETES STRONGER _ A new study suggests that the combination of regular exercise and moderate consumption of either red or white wine improves cardiac health and lowers cholesterol. Researchers followed 146 participants who regularly exercised at least twice a week over the course of a year. Participants were instructed to moderately drink white or red wine. The study’s findings show that both red (a pinot noir in this case) and white wine (a chardonnay-pinot) produced cardiac protective properties and lowered bad cholesterol for those who exercised.
PASSENGER WHO USED SEAT JAMMER “ASHAMED AND EMBARRASSED” _ Over the couple of weeks there have been three incidents of flights being diverted because of passengers arguing over reclining seats. Now the man who started this batch of arguments over reclining etiquette says he regrets his behavior, but that doesn’t mean he plans to stop using the device that led to the argument. The 48-year-old man told the Associated Press that although he’s embarrassed by the way the confrontation with a fellow passenger occurred, he doesn’t plan to stop using the Knee Defender — a device that attaches to a tray table and prevents the person seated in front of you from reclining. For the most part the man says he could have handled the situation better, and plans to be nicer about using the device in the future. He says, “I’m pretty ashamed and embarrassed by what happened.” The incident occurred August 26 when the man, flying from Newark to Denver, used the $22 device to prevent the woman in front of him from reclining her seat. The two passengers began arguing, with the woman allegedly throwing a beverage on the man. The crew determined that the flight needed to make an unscheduled stop at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
… But according to the Denver man, there’s more to the story. He says when the woman told a flight attendant her seat was broken the man informed them both that he was using the Knee Defender. When he was told to remove the device he complied. The man says, “As soon I started to move it, she just full force, blasted the seat back, right on the laptop, almost shattered the screen. My laptop came flying onto my lap.” At that point, the man says he could no longer work and became increasingly angry. He pushed the woman’s seat forward and put the device back in place. That’s when, he says, the woman stood up and threw a cup of soda at him. (Previous reports say the beverage was water.)
QUEEN FINDS SELFIE-TAKERS ‘STRANGE’ _ Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II finds selfie-taking fans to be “strange” and misses the days of “eye contact”. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun said in a recent interview that he and the monarch discussed the queen’s feelings about being the constant subject of photos taken on mobile devices. Queen Elizabeth made selfie history earlier in the summer when she famously photobombed a picture taken by Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris during the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
SCIENCE CONFIRMS COFFEE IS BASICALLY CRACK _ To help you understand why you’re a monster before your morning coffee, the scientific minds at AsapSCIENCE put together a video explaining coffee’s effects on your brain. There’s some stuff about receptors, and something called adenosine, but that’s not important. Wanna know why coffee hypes you up? It does the same thing to your brain as crack! Caffeine hypes you up by increasing the production of adrenaline, but it also spikes the dopamine in your brain, which is exactly what cocaine does when it hits your system. Obviously, caffeine does this all to a lesser extent, but coffee is a drug, and so it has a few things in common with the more hardcore stuff.
… AsapSCIENCE further explains that there is a lethal dose of caffeine, though it’s kinda impossible to achieve. To overdose on lattes, you’d need to consume 150mg for every kilogram you weigh. We’re talking thousands of refills, and your stomach wouldn’t physically be able to hold it all. Plus, even if you somehow acquired an elastic stomach, you’d be experiencing fits of mania and hallucinations long before the critical point.
600-YEAR-OLD TREE DIES IN NEW MEXICO DROUGHT _ Yoda is no more. The rugged little Douglas fir had survived more than 600 years in a remote part of New Mexico, but the Albuquerque Journal reports that it died amid the state’s current drought. Yoda was short (7 feet) and gnarly as far as Douglas firs go, but a previous analysis of its rings showed that it had been alive since at least 1406.
… Researchers say that Yoda had survived many a dry spell over its lifetime, including an especially brutal one that lasted 25 years in the 16th century. A nearby Douglas fir is thought to be 1,275 years old!
MAN BEGS POLICE TO ARREST HIM BECAUSE HE HAS “NO PLACE TO GO” _ Lakewood, Washington, police responded to a call from a tax driver who claimed to have a passenger that refused to pay his fare. When police arrived the passenger, 45-year-old Maurice Barb, asked police to arrest him. They refused, and at Barb’s request, dropped him off at a nearby Denny’s. But just after dropping Barb off, he apparently called police to tell them that he was planning to rob the gas station next to the restaurant. A clerk claimed Barb had held him at gunpoint and demanded the money in the cash register. Police arrested Barb for the alleged robbery. Barb apparently told police that he wanted to be arrested because he had “no place to go.” He has two convictions and if convicted a third time he faces a lifetime prison sentence.
POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER HANDS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON STATUE PAINTED RED _ A statue of George Washington in Trenton, New Jersey, was discovered vandalized over Labor Day weekend, in what residents believe was a vague political statement. George’s hands were painted red. The statue was built in Italy in 1776 for display at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and purchased by the city of Trenton 20 years later.
NONPROFIT TURNS USED SOAP INTO SOAP FOR POOR _ A nonprofit group that distributes soap to poverty-stricken countries is opening a manufacturing plant in Las Vegas. Global Soap Project is leasing 7,000 square feet. The facility is twice the size of the group’s original plant in Atlanta and will let the organization more easily process used-soap donations from hotels in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Global Soap processes used soap into large bars and distributes them to about 30 countries, mostly in Africa but also in Central Asia and the Americas. The Vegas facility, which will need 6,000 volunteers a year to help with sorting and packaging, will be able to produce 4 million bars of soap annually. That will save more than 1 million pounds of soap from being thrown in the trash.
… To make its soap, the group clears off debris from used bars, mixes them with water, filters out particulates, molds new bars and tests a sample from each batch in laboratories. The bars are then cut, visually inspected and packaged into boxes for shipment.
NYC’S NEWEST SKYSCRAPER HAS THREE FLOORS JUST FOR “MAIDS’ ROOMS” _ In Lower Manhattan, NYC, a new residential skyscraper will be built. And this new tower will be tall. And it will be expensive — so expensive, they’re building three floors just for maids. The plans show 24 “maid’s rooms” will be located on floors 8 through 10.
5-YEAR-OLD LOCKED IN LAUNDROMAT WASHER ON HIGH SPEED _ A five-year-old girl in a Pasadena, Texas, laundromat was airlifted to Houston after she was found locked inside a washing machine that was operating on its spin cycle. The girl was trapped in the machine for several minutes before anyone noticed. The girl is expected to recover.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WHO SWALLOWED STOLEN RING HAS TO RETRIEVE IT _ (UPDATE) There are some things you just know are part of the job if you’re in law enforcement: dealing with criminals, putting your life on the line, even tedious paperwork. But one thing that cops in Orem, Utah, don’t consider part of their job description is sifting through a suspect’s bowel movements for evidence. Christina Schlegel was arrested after her friend allegedly stole a wedding ring from a jewelry store. She then swallowed it. Police said Schlegel is going to have to extract it for them herself.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GRANDMOTHER CHARGED AFTER LETTING 3-YEAR-OLD STEER CAR _ Who hasn’t been the parent or the kid in this scenario? You’re slowly driving down your driveway and then plop a child on your lap and let her grab onto the steering wheel. You slowly press on the gas while you grasp your child’s hands and let her steer the car into the garage. You go so slowly that a snail or two passed by. Well, this sweet memory actually turned into an arrest for one family. Though the circumstances surrounding this New Jersey grandma are quite different, she’s still facing child abuse charges for letting a 3-year-old steer her car. Apparently Volanda Cousar was visiting Orlando, Florida, and allowed her 3-year-old grandson to take the wheel of her sedan in a parking lot. The car hit one vehicle head-on and another while backing up. No one was hurt.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ON RUN FROM POLICE THWARTED BY CATS _ A 21-year-old man on the run from Florida police was reportedly stopped from carrying out a potential burglary by the cuteness of two cats. Daniel Velapatino led the police on a wild goose chase after having stolen thousands of dollars from a friend. Because he was high on drugs, he smashed into a bunch of cars attempting to escape from the them. Velapatino knocked on the door of a home and told the homeowner he was a landscape gardener and needed a drink of water. She was suspicious but went to fetch the young man a drink. When the homeowner returned she found the fugitive curled up on the floor, petting her two cats. When her husband came in Velapatino fled. The couple alerted police to his whereabouts.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY BASE JUMPS WITH NO HARNESS _ A Russian man has done a parachute jump without a harness — fixing the parachute to piercings embedded in his back. Stanislav Aksenov decided to combine his two passions of BASE jumping and body piercings by leaping from a cliff into a valley in Switzerland. Dramatic YouTube video shows his skin stretching under the strain of his own body weight. After dangling from the flesh of his own back for more than two minutes, he lands safely in a field.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN’S FAKE PAPER LICENSE PLATE DOESN’T FOOL POLICE _ A Massachusetts State Police trooper pulled a woman over because it looked like her license plate was made of paper, with the numbers and letters scribbled in with colored pencils. After the trooper got out of his car and approached the woman’s vehicle he could see it was made of paper, with numbers and letters scribbled in with colored pencils. The driver was given a court summons on charges of driving with a suspended license and attaching false plates.
NFL KICKOFF 2014 (7:30p ET, NBC) — Bob Costas hosts this kickoff special, live from Seattle, which includes performances by Pharrell Williams and Seattle native band Soundgarden. Ariana Grande will sing the National Anthem.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
THE QUEST (8p ET, ABC) — Two new episodes air back to back.
SLEEPY HOLLOW (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
NFL FOOTBALL (8:30p ET, NBC) — The NFL officially kicks off its 95th season as the Green Bay Packers head to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
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.
BONES (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — In this new edition, the designers must use a piece of Chopard jewelry as their inspiration. Caroline Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, will be the guest judge.
ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
JOAN RIVERS MOVED OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE _ Joan Rivers is still hospitalized, but has reached an important milestone in her recovery. According to her daughter, Melissa Rivers, Joan has been moved from intensive care. Joan has been hospitalized since Thursday when she stopped breathing during outpatient surgery on her throat. Soon thereafter, she was sedated to assist her in waking from an unconscious state. Next, she was placed in life-support, and rumors swirled about her imminent death.
MAGIC MIKE SEQUEL STARTS PRODUCTION _ The sequel to Magic Mike has finally started production. The follow up film to the 2012 surprise box office hit starring Channing Tatum and a bevy of muscular men is back for more. The stripper dramedy loosely based on Tatum’s life as a male stripper is finally getting its sequel — titled Magic Mike XXL.
GHOSTBUSTERS III IS BEING WRITTEN “AS WE SPEAK” _ Who ya gonna call for information about Ghostbusters 3? Ivan Reitman, of course. The one time director of the franchise may have decided not to direct a third installment, but he has agreed to take his place as a producer. And now he has confirmed that Ghostbusters 3 is being written “as we speak”. Reitman thinks filming will begin early next year.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE GRANTS WISH FOR LOUISIANA TEEN _ Justin Timberlake has made one young teen’s year. The singer recently met with Louisiana native Emily Sanchez through the Kids Wish Network. After being diagnosed with congenital heart disease and a heart malformation several years ago, Sanchez was told by doctors in 2012 that she was in heart failure. Despite having a rare blood type, doctors found a heart donor match for the young girl this year. One thing that got Sanchez through her heart transplant and other medical complications was the music of her idol Justin Timberlake. She recently got to attend his 20/20 concert in New Orleans and met him backstage to pose for pics together.
NBC SEARCHES FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR COUPLE WEIGHT-LOSS SERIES _ NBC is prepping for participants for a new unscripted series Weight for Love. The transformational series follows overweight couples who commit to separate for a period in order to focus on their health.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE NUDE PHOTO HACKING TO REVEAL “SECRETS”? In Touch claims it has a big scoop on the Jennifer Lawrence nude photo hacking. The tabloid claims it has a source who knows all about the recent photo hacking scandal: “This hacker has access to all [of Jennifer’s] texts, emails and personal secrets. He could share intimate details about her new relationship with [Coldplay singer] Chris Martin, as well as her rocky past romance with Nicholas Hoult.” Except there’s been no indication whatsoever that random messages about Lawrence’s personal life — or the personal lives of the other hacking targets — are going to be released.
PAWN STARS’ COREY HARRISON APOLOGIZES FOR PUBLIC URINATION INCIDENT _ Pawn Stars’ Corey Harrison has admitted to publicly urinating at a Jefferson City, Missouri bar. Harrison was on a motorcycle drive sponsored by Hot Bike magazine when he and some fellow riders decided to stop at a local bar called Spectators on August 17. The reality show star — who was allegedly very intoxicated — reportedly dropped his pants and urinated on a barstool. Harrison then threw a barstool across the room and was escorted out of the bar for his unruly behavior. Harrison has now apologized for the incident saying it was not his finest moment.
LIBERTY ROSS FORGIVES KRISTEN STEWART AND RUPERT SANDERS FOR AFFAIR _ It’s been two years since Kristen Stewart had an affair with Rupert Sanders, and a few months since Liberty Ross finalized her divorce from Sanders. Liberty’s now speaking up about her decision to move on from her ex, admitting that she’s over the affair and the dramatic aftermath. Ross says, “Today, I feel happier than I’ve ever felt, and I’m in such a great place. All of us are: my kids are great, Rupert’s amazing, we have all moved on and everyone is doing really well.” When asked if she still feels resentful over what happened, Liberty admits, “God, no. Ugh. People need to learn to forgive. I have no problem with anyone involved. I’m completely compassionate, I really am. No life is perfect, we all have our problems and issues and I believe that it’s good to be true to who you are.”
FAITH NO MORE IS RECORDING AGAIN _ Remember Faith No More? The band behind 1989’s smash hit, Epic? Well, they’re back together again and in the studio, getting set to release their first full-length album in 18 years. Britpop pioneers New Order, who recorded the chart-topping song Blue Monday in 1983, are also back in the studio, getting ready to record their 10th studio album. Erasure is also gearing up for a new album release, and Culture Club, the Boy George-fronted ’80s group who sang Karma Chameleon, are currently in the studio recording their first album as a band in more than 15 years.
… And a bunch of ’90s acts like En Vogue, Limp Bizkit, Counting Crows and Smashing Pumpkins will also be releasing new albums in 2015.
KIM KARDASHIAN NAMED ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’ _ Great, just what Kim Kardashian needs — an even bigger boost to her ego. Kim has been named British GQ’s Woman of the Year. Why? GQ’s website explained its controversial decision to name Kim the ‘woman of the year’, stating, “Right now, she’s the most famous woman in the world. Even [President] Obama talks about her. It wouldn’t be wrong, either, to say she’s redefined the meaning of pop culture in the mere space of 12 months.”
TOP TV SHOWS
Week of August 25-31
1. Emmy Awards, NBC, 15.59 million
2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 9.52 million
3. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 9.46 million
4. NCIS, CBS, 8.99 million
5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.16 million
6. Big Brother (Wednesday,) NBC, 6.88 million
7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 6.71 million
8. Under the Dome, CBS, 6.6 million
9. College Football: Florida St. vs. Oklahoma St., ABC, 6.03 million
10. Unforgettable, CBS, 6.02 million
11. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 5.86 million
12. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.7 million
13. Blue Bloods, CBS, 5.68 million
14. Extant, CBS, 5.67 million
15. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 5.55 million
16. Master Chef, Fox, 5.47 million
17. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 5.22 million
18. Auto Racing: Sprint Cup, Atlanta, ESPN, 5.21 million
19. Rizzoli & Isles, TNT, 5.16 million
20. Bachelor in Paradise, ABC, 5.07 million
BIGGEST FLYING MYTHS EVERYONE BELIEVES
What you thought could happen on a flight, can’t. Here are the three biggest myths about flying
• Lightning strikes cause plane crashes. Planes get struck by lightening all the time, but one hasn’t been downed by lightning since 1967.
• Opening a door while flying will kill you. Nope. You know why? Because only Superman can open a door in a pressurized cabin.
• The air on planes spread disease. Air on planes carry fewer germs than the air in most crowded public places.
“We were talking about this stuff one year ago…”
• A Pennsylvania couple said their chicken-rental service was catching on. Phil and Jenn Thompkins (of Freeport) were giving people who like the idea of farm-fresh eggs an opportunity to see if they are up to the task keeping hens before taking the plunge.
• 64-year-old Diana Nyad spent her Labor Day weekend swimming from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida. It was her fifth attempt. She knocked off the 112-mile swim in 50 hours. She became the first human to make the swim between the two countries without a shark cage.
• Researchers (University of St. Andrews) told us that young men are less adventurous than they were a generation ago, primarily because they are less motivated and in worse physical condition than their fathers.
• George Zimmerman’s wife filed for divorce, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin.
• A London man took his date’s mobile phone when she refused to pay half of their bar tab. The man spent about $85 on two rounds of drinks and insisted she should contribute. She assumed it was the gentleman’s duty to pay for everything on the first date. After he became angry she cut the date short. He pestered her as she walked to a train station the took her smartphone.
• When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stepped outside the Governor’s Mansion to send her kids off to school the mansion door locked behind her. She was locked out in her robe.
TRIVIA: Americans spend almost $3 billion a year on 460 different brands of what? (Coffee)
TRIVIA: There have been about 30 films made at or about what federal property? (Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay)
WHAT’S IN COMMON?
Each set of three things has something in common. Tell me what it is and you win.
• Claire Kincaid, Jack McCoy, Lennie Briscoe (Characters on Law & Order)
• Luvs, Huggies, Pampers (Diapers)
• A rodeo, a circus, McDonald’s (They have clowns)
• Crab, candy, caramel (Apples)
• Goose, Teresa, a Neil Patrick Harris sitcom (Mothers)
A big, burly man visited the pastor’s home and asked to his wife, a woman well known for her charitable impulses. “Madam,” he said in a broken voice, “I wish to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in our neighborhood. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned into the cold, empty streets unless someone pays their rent, which amounts to $600.” “How terrible!” exclaimed the pastor’s wife. “May I ask who you are?” The sympathetic visitor applied his handkerchief to his eyes and said, “I’m their landlord.”
Epic video shows dog racing — and racing — towards water.
Local road department is hip with the lingo.
• The Encyclopedia of Radio Promotions has 1,000+ ideas.
• Weaponized baseball cap.
• The first Mountain Dew commercial ever.
• Worst Music Video Ever.
• Bizarre travel accessories. The suitcase-skateboard is awesome.
• Internet live stats.
• The nine-month Vine.
• Real time world statistics.
• The most bizarre heists of all time.
• The Gunfighter is a good short film made better thanks to narration by Nick Offerman.
• Is this the worst local commercial of all time?
• 10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips (video).
• British artist Ben Long makes art out of dirt with drawings he creates on the back of commercial trucks.
• 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.
This is day 248 of 2014. There are 117 days remaining.
• Bob Newhart is 85
• William Devane(Knots Landing, Payback) is 75
• Raquel Welch is 74
• Movie director Werner Herzog is 72
• Singer Al Stewart is 69
• Michael Keaton is 63
• Rose McGowan(Grindhouse, Charmed, Scream) is 41
• Kat Graham(The Vampire Diaries) is 28
• Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia film series) is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1666: The Great Fire of London burned out after three days. 10,000 buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, were destroyed, but only 16 people are known to have died.
• 1774: The first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• 1984: The Space Shuttle Discovery landed after its maiden voyage.
• 1991: Actor John Travolta and actress Kelly Preston were married in Paris.
• 1992: Rocker John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin were married in a cabin near Seymour, Indiana, where John grew up.
• 1997: Mother Teresa died of a heart attack in Calcutta, where she established her Missionaries of Charity order. She opened her first Calcutta slum school in 1949. She was 87.
• 1999: La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack.
• 2002: A man in Croatia sued his neighbor’s dog after claiming it ate part of his Mercedes. The man told police that a 12-year-old dog ate parts of the hood and a bumper of the Mercedes. The dog’s owner said there was no way it was his pet because it was tied up during the day and “it had no appetite for a Mercedes or any other car.”
• 2006: An Israeli man was stuck in the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border after his paraglider crashed. According to rescue services, the unidentified man took off from a mountain peak and drifted east toward the Syrian and Jordanian borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and breaking several bones.
• Today (Friday) is Lazy Mom’s Day.
• Today (Friday) is Bring Your Manners To Work Day.
• Today (Friday) is Be Late For Something Day.
• Today (Friday) is Cheese Pizza Day.
• Saturday is World Beard Day.
• Saturday is Fight Procrastination Day.
• Saturday is Read A Book Day.
• Saturday is Coffee Ice Cream Day.
• Sunday is Grandparent’s Day.
• Saturday is Salami Day.
• Sunday is Beer Lover’s Day.