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DATEBOOK: JUNE 12, 2015

This is day 163 of 2015. There are 202 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former U.S President George H.W. Bush is 91

• Jim Nabors is 85

• Sports announcer Marv Albert is 74

• Timothy Busfield is 58

• Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall, The Larry Sanders Show) is 56

• Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie) is 53

• Jason Mewes (Clerks) is 41

• Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 38

• Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is 34

• Playboy model/actress Kendra Wilkinson is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1880: John Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs pitched baseball’s first perfect game against the Cleveland Blues.

• 1939: Shooting began on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

• 1939: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

• 1952: A 17-year-old Bonham, Texas, housecat named Dusty set a Guinness record by giving birth to her 420th kitten.

• 1963: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot dead in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.

• 1964: Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.

• 1965: Queen Elizabeth honored the Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals.

• 1978: David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” killer in New York City, was sentenced to 365 years in prison for six killings.

• 1981: Little-known comedian David Letterman hosted “Looking for Fun” on cable’s HBO.

• 1987: U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate.

• 1991: Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA Championship.

• 1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings, but was held liable in a civil suit.

• 2000: A construction worker at a police station in Downey, California, found a wallet in the men’s room that had been stolen in 1957. The wallet, wedged between a cast-iron sink and a wall, was in good condition and contained the female owner’s driver’s license, Social Security card, photos of children and a check for $107. Police had moved into the building in the 1990s.

• 2003: A Mountain View, Arkansas, man spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. He had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.

• 2009: All television broadcasts in the United States switched from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Jerky Day

• Peanut Butter Cookie Day

• Superman Day

• Red Rose Day

• Falafel Day

Cereal City Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan. Battle Creek calls itself the Cereal Capital of the World. It’s the birthplace of America’s cereal industry, and six of the 41 breakfast cereal makers in the U.S. are located in Michigan.

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JUNE 13

• Bob McGrath (Sesame Street) is 83. Siegfried of Siegfried and Roy is 76. Malcolm McDowell is 72. Richard Thomas (The Waltons) is 64. Tim Allen is 62. Ally Sheedy is 53. Steve-O (Jackass) is 41. Kat Dennings is 29. Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen are 29.

• World Bike Naked Day. Missing Mutts Awareness Day. World Juggling Day. Worldwide Knit and Crotchet in Public Day. World Doll Day. Cupcake Lover’s Day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14

• Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons) is 84. Donald Trump is 69. Eddie Mekka (Carmine on Laverne and Shirley) is 63. Will Patton (Armageddon, Falling Skies) is 61. Boy George is 54. Yasmine Bleeth is 47. Kevin McHale (Glee) is 27. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) is 26.

• Flag Day. Pause for the Pledge Day. Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day. Family History Day. Bourbon Day. World Blood Donor Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

200 million: Estimate for the number of people worldwide who use ad-blocking software when browsing the Internet.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The University of North Carolina has received a severe 12-month suspension from its accrediting commission for academic fraud where student-athletes received credit for fake classes. [Such as the philosophy class “Over or Under: What Your Toilet Paper Says About You.”]

China’s former internal security chief, one of the country’s most powerful men, has been sentenced to life in prison for bribery. [I’m no criminal mastermind, but it occurs to me that if you’re facing life in prison NOW might be a good time to actually bribe someone.]

Members of the largest trade group for airline executives were asked if they thought airlines are doing a good job of meeting passenger desires. The majority said no. [The majority also said that that’s what makes their job so much fun.]

The oil-rich country of Qatar says that the slump in oil prices means that next year the country will have something extremely rare — a budget deficit. [Already they’ve started removing all the gold and repaving the streets with more cost-conscious silver.]

Beginning next week at Pizza Hut you can order the Hot Dog Bites Pizza. It’s a pizza ringed by 28 hotdogs. It’s yours for $12. [But you have to sign a liability release form.]

Al-Qaeda’s leaders reveal that the organization is on the verge of financial collapse. [Which explains why they canceled their annual employee appreciation Carnival Cruise.]

In Texas a 92-year-old woman has adopted a 76-year-old daughter. [Adoption is a very expensive process, but fortunately, they were both eligible for the senior discount.]

A journalist filed a request to see the pornography taken from the home of Osama bin Laden, but his request was denied by the CIA because the porn is still classified. [And undergoing an amazingly thorough review.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

FISHY “UNFRIEND ALERT” APP SPREADS ON FACEBOOK _ A new app is making its way around Facebook that promises to alert you when someone unfriends you on the site. However, the app also claims that it needs your Facebook username and password in order to check. While the app may actually work, its real purpose is likely to steal your login information. Online security company Malwarebytes found that the login info entered into the app does not go to Facebook.com, but instead to yougotunfriended.com, a highly suspicious URL. Even fishier still, the app does not show up on the list of your Facebook apps, meaning it’s effectively concealed on your page — and incredibly easy to forget. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to protect yourself from this spammy app. You can just go to your Facebook Settings page and change your password.

SECOND KENYAN OFFERS 500 COWS TO MARRY MALIA OBAMA _ A second Kenyan man has declared his undying love for President Barak Obama’s teenage daughter Malia, offering 500 cows for her hand in marriage. The 24-year-old says, “She is very beautiful, nice and cute. I am not able to sleep at night, I love Malia Obama very much. I do not know good English but I know that I love her. … I will give the family 500 cows and sell all my land just to win her.” The new suitor has surpassed the previous one, a lawyer’s offer of 50 cows.

FIREFIGHTER RESPONDS TO CRASH, FINDS SON AND WIFE INJURED _ When a Huntsville, Texas firefighter responded to a head-on car crash, he never expected to arrive at the scene to find his son trapped inside their mangled car and his wife ejected from the vehicle, lying motionless on the pavement. When firefighters arrived on the scene, Aaron Van Riper was shocked to uncover that his wife, Amber, and his 7-year-old son, Johnathan, were among those involved in the horrifying car crash. The two were driving when they were hit head-on by a pick-up truck. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

… After Aaron put his emotions to the side, he was able to think like a firefighter and save his family. Once Johnathan was freed from the car, he and his mother were airlifted to a hospital. Amber suffered a broken pelvis and had to undergo nine hours of surgery while Johnathan suffered a broken leg and arm.

NUTS MAY KEEP YOU FROM DYING _ Previous studies have documented that scarfing down peanuts or nuts every day can lead to better cardiovascular health. But now research is suggesting that eating peanuts and tree nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts are linked to lower mortality rates. The study found that both men and women who ate at least 10 grams of peanuts or nuts daily saw a reduced risk of dying from not only heart disease, but also from respiratory illnesses, cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases. The only disappointing result, expressed in the saddest sentence you may read all week: “[The study] finds no protective effect for peanut butter.”

FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS THE HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETE _ Boxing heavyweight champion Floyd Mayweather is undefeated in the ring, and he’s unconquerable in the dinero department. Mayweather tops Forbes’ highest-paid athlete list reeling in $300 million. This is the third time in four years Mayweather topped the list. Mayweather can thank the media mayhem surrounding the recent Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight for his fortunes. The 38-year-old boxer was paid $100 million upfront for the May 2 event and, on top of this, he gets 60 percent of the $400 million earned from TV viewership, ticket sales, and sponsorships.

… Second on the Forbes highest-paid athletes list — which looked at the money they made from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015 — is Mann Pacquio, who made $160 million.

… Third on the list is soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo with just under $80 million. Rounding out the top ten: Lionel Messi; Roger Federer; LeBron James; Kevin Durant; Phil Mickelson; Tiger Woods; Kobe Bryant.

POLICE PUT THE SQUEEZE ON LITTLE GIRLS’ LEMONADE STAND _ Two business-minded sisters in Overton, Texas, decided to open a lemonade stand outside their house so they could buy their dad a special Father’s Day gift. However, shortly after opening, the kids’ stall was shut down by the police for operating without a permit. The girls, ages 8 and 7, were selling lemonade for 50 cents and kettle corn for a dollar, or you could buy both for a dollar.

… A code enforcement officer spoke to the girls’ mom about the stand. The $150 penalty charge was waived, but the lemonade stand had to be closed.

… Texas House Bill 970 bans the sale of food, which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage, sadly including lemonade.

NEW PLANET DISCOVERED BY 15-YEAR-OLD INTERN _ A 15-year-old who was interning at Keele University in England made a pretty big space discovery. Tom Wagg noticed a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it. That planet had not been on anyone’s radar until Tom saw it. Tom spotted the new planet two years ago, but the university just recently verified his findings.

… Nameless for the time being, the new planet has been labeled with the catalog number WASP-142b, as it’s the 142nd discovery by the Wide Angle Search for Planets project (WASP).

… Invisible to the naked eye and 1,000 light years away, the planet is the same size as Jupiter.

WOMAN ON TRIAL FOR $15 MILLION ‘MAGIC CHEESE’ SCAM _ A 74-year-old woman is being tried in France for allegedly selling thousands of people a kit that would let them produce “magic cheese”. The woman a company that allowed investors buy kits for around $394. The kits contained filters and a powder that would ferment milk and produce a special cheese. The woman promised buyers that they’d be able to make huge profits when selling their cheese back to French cosmetics companies for use in luxury beauty products. Her alleged scam brought in over $15 million.

WOMAN BECOMES A MOM AGAIN AT 92 _ This week a Dallas judge declared 92-year-old Muriel Clayton to be 76-year-old Mary Smith’s mother. Mary came to live with her first cousin Muriel after her father died of a heart attack in 1950. She was just 11 years old, and her own mother had been in and out of treatments for mental illness for years. Muriel took her in and raised her as her own daughter, along with her four other young daughters. Clayton said she had thought about adopting Smith since taking her in, but that she couldn’t go through it while Smith’s mother still was alive. Smith’s biological mother lived in mental institutions until she died at 73. By that time, Smith already had grown up. It was the passing years that finally prompted Clayton to act. Clayton asked Smith on Mother’s Day weekend if she would legally become her daughter. Smith called the gesture a “happy surprise.”

HOMELESS MAN REUNITED WITH $10,000 IN INHERITANCE _ A homeless Florida man named Joe recently had a bit of good luck, inheriting some much-needed money from a deceased relative. Unfortunately, after withdrawing $10,000 of it and going on a little shopping spree, he left what he didn’t spend on a bench — about $9,500. He never went back for it, figuring that by the time he did, someone would’ve helped himself to his money. Lucky for him, the right people spotted his money.

… A couple of days later a sheriff’s deputy spotted Joe’s bags and turned them into a detective who found one envelope inside, filled with half of the homeless man’s inheritance. The same day a guy was looking for turtle hatchlings on the beach and found the second envelope — and the other half of Joe’s money. He visited police and handed it over.

… Police thought two big wads of cash turning up on the same day must have something in common so they used a clothing receipt from Joe’s park bench bag to track him down and get him his money. Now Joe’s going to use his almost $10,000 to move to Pennsylvania and live with family and friends.

BOY’S LETTER TO DECEASED PET ANSWERED BY POSTAL WORKER _ Moe, the family beagle, dies at age 13, leaving some heartache in the home of Mary and Roberto Westbrook, who live in Norfolk, Virginia, with their 3½-year-old son, Luke — who keeps asking if his dog is coming back. One day, Luke asks if he can write a letter to Moe. Luke uses Crayons to write multiple letters. The letters — addressed to Moe Westbrook on Cloud One — are carried out to the mailbox, then retrieved by mom after her son falls asleep. But a few weeks ago, she forgot to fish one out. The next morning, it disappeared with her mail man. This week, an answer appeared in the Westbrook mailbox. Printed on paper marked with a tiny “USPS” at the bottom, it was addressed to Luke from Moe: “I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”

PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE BELLY BUTTON CHALLENGE _ A weird new trend is taking off where people are posting photos of themselves reaching one arm behind their backs, around their waists, and toward their belly buttons to see if their fingers can touch their navels. (Go on, try it.) People are saying a “scientific study” from the U.S. suggests that people who pass the test have good bodies, while those who fail have to lose weight. Of course everyone’s jumping on board because the test is stupid-simple.

… Experts are skeptical, mostly because this mysterious U.S. study doesn’t seem to exist — and because someone who has a “good” body according to this test could actually be incredibly unhealthy.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF IN FOOT TO SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE _ Police say a Colorado man was curious to see what being shot felt like. They say 30-year-old Adam Hirtle shot himself in the foot while inside his garage using a .22 caliber, semi-automatic handgun.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIANT RATS SUSPEND MAIL DELIVERY _ A postman’s unofficial creed is: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Obviously it says nothing about giant rats. Postmen are refusing to deliver mail to a London street because of giant rats. All Royal Mail deliveries have been suspended to properties along a service road because of the problem. The road is an alley running between shops and restaurants, which is littered with trash and decomposing food. One resident says the rats have been a problem for years, and says they are “the size of kittens.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN URINATES THROUGH STORE’S MAIL SLOT _ Police in Arizona (Scottsdale) are trying to identify a suspect recorded by a security camera urinating into a furniture store’s mail slot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCOOTER SENIOR SAVED FROM AUTOBAHN _ Good Samaritan motorists stepped in on Wednesday evening to rescue a senior citizen driving an electric scooter along the Autobahn near Frankfurt, Germany. After receiving numerous calls, police found the 87-year-old being safely escorted by two motorists who had stepped in to save his life. They were driving behind him slowly, using their tail lights to warn oncoming cars.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRICYCLE OWNER SECURES PEACE OF MIND WITH 19 LOCKS _ A sanitation worker in China secured himself some brief Internet fame for using 19 different locks to keep his tricycle safe from theft. A photo circulating on social media shows the motorized tricycle tethered to a street barrier with multiple locks through the front wheel and many hanging from the vehicle’s side. The owner says the tricycle set him back over $1,600, so he’s not taking any chances.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STABS FATHER, HIDES AT POLICE STATION _ Police discovered a 43-year-old man covered in blood outside his New York state (Suffern) home. The victim told police his son had stabbed him multiple times in the head with a screwdriver during an argument. Police were able to locate the screwdriver, but not the 23-year-old son. Then they got a call from the police station. An officer had spotted a man fitting the son’s description going into the public restroom at police headquarters. Sure enough, the son was in the police station’s restroom, which is where he was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBERS REALLY STAND OUT _ When Robert Rivas’ girlfriend was jailed in Pleasant Grove, Utah, he worked quickly to bail her out. And, according to police, Rivas and a friend got the bail money by robbing a credit union. Police were able to identify the friend as one of the alleged robbers before even getting a description of him because the bank they robbed was just a couple of blocks away from the police department and, as one police officer put it, “Obviously he stood out like a sore thumb wearing a wig, fake beard and fake eyebrows.”

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ON TELEVISION

UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP (8p ET, FOX) — FOX Sports kicks off its coverage of the Women’s World Cup live from Vancouver, BC.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — San Francisco 49ers star Vernon Davis is the guest on this new edition. A repeat follows.

COLD JUSTICE (8p ET, TNT) — New

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — New

BULLSEYE (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE MESSENGERS (9p ET, CW) — New

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

BREAKING BAD VODKA IS NOW A REAL THING _ The show may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop showing the love for AMC’s Breaking Bad. Sony Pictures Television and 21st Century Spirits have teamed up to create the official Breaking Bad vodka — and yes, it is blue. The limited-edition Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka, named after the main character’s alias, will hit liquor store shelves nationwide this summer.

MICHELLE OBAMA GUEST-EDITS UPCOMING ISSUE OF MORE MAGAZINE _ First lady Michelle Obama is the first in her position to take the reigns as guest-editor to an entire magazine. Obama’s July/August issue of More magazine will focus on the causes and influencers she cares about most. In the issue, which is scheduled to hit newsstands June 23, Obama talks about the past six years living in the White House with her family. She also highlights her programs, including Let’s Move, Joining Forces, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn.

… In her “letter from the guest-editor,” Obama recollects the initial shock moving into the White House caused her family — especially her two daughters Malia and Sasha. As a personal resolve, she said, “At that moment, I made a promise to myself — and my girls — that I would do everything possible to make this disruption to their lives worthwhile.”

BRAD AND ANGELINA BUYING THEIR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND? _ Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie apparently want to have more private vacations in future with the whole family. They are reportedly about to invest in their own private Greek island, namely the Isle of Gaia in the Echinades Chain located in the Ionian sea. The what in the where in the where?

… The 43-acre island is up for sale and apparently has already secured planning permission for six villas, making it the perfect vacation destination for Brad and Angelina as well as their six children.

… The property is on sale through Private Islands Online at a cost of $4.7 million.

WILL FERRELL AND KRISTEN WIIG LIFETIME MOVIE TEASER RELEASED _ The teaser for the Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Lifetime Original movie, A Deadly Adoption, has been released and has left Wiig and Ferrell fans scratching their heads as to whether or not the film is a comedy or a drama or even a legitimate film. Both Wiig and Ferrell are best known for their comedic prowess and it doesn’t help that the leaked announcement of Lifetime’s Wiig and Farrell collaboration came on the most joking day of the year, April Fool’s Day. After fans expressed excitement over the pairing of Wiig and Ferrell, Ferrell came out on April 3rd to say that the Lifetime movie would be scrapped. As Lifetime continues to promote A Deadly Adoption for a June 20 debut, Ferrell’s announcement and he and Wiig’s prior history of practical jokes have left everyone skeptical as to the legitimacy of it. • VIDEO

J.K. ROWLING’S NEW MYSTERY NOVEL HAS TITLE AND COVER _ While fans of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike mystery novels might not be as numerous as fans of Harry Potter, they have one thing in their favor: Rowling, writing under the name Robert Galbraith, has been churning out the detective novels like clockwork. On Thursday, using her alter ego’s Twitter account, Rowling unveiled the cover, title, and release date for the third book in the series. The new book will be called Career of Evil. “Galbraith” also announced U.S. and international release dates for the novel — mid-October.

GOLDEN GIRLS STAR RUE MCCLANAHAN DIES AGAIN _ News of the death of Emmy-winning actress and Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan was trending on Twitter and Facebook Thursday. Strange, given that McClanahan passed away five years ago. Even stranger: The same thing happened last year. McClanahan died on June 3, 2010, after suffering a stroke at the age of 76. Four years later, on June 10, 2014, the news suddenly went viral, with many people linking to the 2010 obituary of McClanahan on CBSNews.com. Thursday, word of McClanahan’s death once again resurfaced with a renewed online outpouring of mourning. And once again, traffic soared on the CBS News story.

KIM KARDASHIAN’S 2006 MYSPACE PAGE REVEALED _ Kim Kardashian’s old MySpace page, which is now nearly 10 years old, has been recently unveiled. Before her days of breaking the Internet, the E! star was a budding celebrity with only 856 friends on the social media site — a meager number of pals when compared to her current 35.9 million Instagram followers. The then-25-year-old’s profile reads: “I’m a princess and you’re not so there!” Her MySpace page also identifies herself as “Princess Kimberly.”

KYLIE JENNER WEARS $300 SWEATPANTS TO GROCERY STORE _ This isn’t another story about a spoiled Jenner/Kardashian — it’s about sweatpants. Specifically, Kylie Jenner going to the grocery store in a pair of $300 sweat pants. Who wears $300 sweat pants? Do they even sell those? They do, because a tabloid has the photo.

HOLLY MADISON DISSES ’FAKE’ KENDRA WILKINSON _Holly Madison takes a major dig at her former bestie Kendra Wilkinson in her new book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. Madison writes: “I tried to be friends with her. I’ve known about three different Kendra’s since I met her.” The starlet continued that the Kendra On Top celebrity had a sense of entitlement while living in the mansion — she even lied about being a college student while she was a stripper since Hef hated strippers: “Here was a rookie who had just gone all the way with an old dude and her only concern was how big her room was going to be.”

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR YOU COMPLAIN _ Do you have some strong thoughts and feelings about Game of Thrones this season? Well, keep ’em to yourself.  George R. R. Martin doesn’t want to hear any of your complaints or criticisms about the show or books anymore. Yes, he knows the show is deviating from the books in major ways. Yes, he knows you may not like what’s happening onscreen. But stop emailing him about it. Martin wrote on his website: “Yes, I know that The Hollywood Reporter named me ‘the third most powerful writer in Hollywood’ last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I’ve been writing on The Winds of Winter now, thank you very much.”

WWE LEGEND DUSTY RHODES DIES _ WWE superstar Dusty Rhodes — famously known as “The American Dream” — has died at age 69. He passed away Thursday morning. Rhodes, who famously rocked polka dot tights during his legendary career, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

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BITS & BREAKS

LAWN MOWER ON CRAIGSLIST

A North Carolina man is trying to sell his 1980s riding lawnmower on Craigslist — and he’s crafted a solid ad to get it to sell. Asking price is $500. His ad reads (edited):

For sale: one early 80’s Craftsman riding lawn mower with an 11 horse power engine and 30″ mowing deck. Bottom line, this beast is a sick ride! In fact, I’d even say it’s the El Camino of yard whips. … Is it fast? Ever heard of old school 3 on the tree? Well, this whip’s got 8 on the hip. That’s right, 8 screamin’ gears of merciless speed! Just look at this beast. It even has the original factory pin striping. This NASCAR style speed demon will look quick just sitting in your driveway. Don’t dare put this baby in the shed. She deserves the garage. #nooneputsbabyinthecorner. But can I mow with it at night, you ask? Who hasn’t awoken at O’dark:30 to mow their lawn black ops style? No problem with this night rider. It has a fully functioning head light.LINK

THE STRANGEST PRODUCTIVITY KILLERS AT WORK

How do you kill time at the office? If you text, surf the web or use social media, you’re not alone. Surprisingly, if you take a sponge bath, you’re also not alone. A new CareerBuilder survey explores the most common — and the most bizarre — ways that employees waste time at the office.

The most common productivity killers:

• Cell phones/texting: 52 percent

• The Internet: 44 percent

• Gossip: 37 percent

• Social media: 36 percent

• Email: 31 percent

• Co-workers dropping by: 27 percent

• Meetings: 26 percent

• Smoke breaks/snack breaks: 27 percent

• Noisy co-workers: 17 percent

• Sitting in a cubicle: 10 percent

The survey also broke down the strangest activities on the job:

• Employee was taking a sponge bath in the bathroom sink.

• Employee was trying to hypnotize other employees to stop their smoking habits.

• Employee was visiting a tanning bed instead of making deliveries.

• Employee was looking for a mail order bride.

• Employee was playing a video game on their cell phone while sitting in a bathroom stall.

• Employee was drinking vodka while watching Netflix.

• Employee was sabotaging another employee’s car tires.

• Employee was writing negative posts about the company on social media.

• Employee was making a model plane.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the craziest way a co-workers wastes time at work?

► Take it another direction: “Dumbest excuses people use for getting out of work.” From the Pro Audio Archive, here are some ready-to-air calls.

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

JURASSIC WORLD (PG-13)

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

• Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A typical American homeowner will spend 40 hours a year doing what? (Mowing the lawn.)

TRIVIA: Each year the Social Security Administration does this to about 12,200 people. (Declares them dead even though they’re still alive.)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen, I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

New reporter freaks out.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Real-time cyber-attack threat map.

• Play classic Atari games in your web browser.

• Where is the International Space Station right now?

• If the iPhone had been created in 1987.

• The final Jurassic World trailer is pretty terrifying.

Windows 93

• Ex-lovers meet each other for the first time after 30 years.

• How well can you hear audio quality?

• San Andreas without special effects.

• Tarantino’s film homages. A side-by-side comparison.

• Mad Max: Fury Road before and after.

• Companies with the best lifetime warranties.

• Guy replaces pet names in local pet store with new hilarious labels.

• Classic cars next to their modern version.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 15, 2015

This is day 166 of 2015. There are 199 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jim Belushi is 61

• Julie Hagerty (Airplane) is 60

• Polly Draper (thirtysomething) is 60

• Helen Hunt is 52

• Courteney Cox is 51

• Ice Cube is 46

• Leah Remini is 45

• Neil Patrick Harris is 42

• Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

• 1785: The first fatal accident in aviation history occurred when two French aeronauts, attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England in a balloon, died when their balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground.

• 1836: Arkansas became the 25th state.

• 1844: Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.

• 1846: The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest.

• 1849: James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 53.

• 1864: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

• 1923: Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

• 1992: Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, New Jersey, elementary school student to spell potato as “potatoe” during a spelling bee.

• 1995: During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• 1996: Singer Ella Fitzgerald died at age 79.

• 2002: Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

• 2005: The autopsy on Terri Schiavo was released, backing the contention of her husband, Michael, that she was in a persistent vegetative state.

• 2006: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

• 2007: Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show The Price Is Right.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Flag Week

• Universal Father’s Week

• Men’s Health Week

• Animal Rights Awareness Week

• Nature Photography Day

• National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers

• Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles)

• Lobster Day

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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