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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 21, 2015

This is day 233 of 2015. There are 132 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kenny Rogers is 77

• Jackie DeShannon is 74

• TV journalist Harry Smith is 64

• Kim Cattrall is 59

• AOL founder Steve Case is 57

• Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is 45

• Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 42

• Alicia Witt (Cybill) is 40

• Brody Jenner (The Hills) is 32

• Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) is 26

• RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr. on Breaking Bad) is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1858: The first of seven debates between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas was held in Ottawa, Illinois.

• 1878: The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, New York.

• 1912: Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout, by earning 10 badges of his choice and 11 specific badges. During the past 100 years more than 2 million scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

• 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

• 1987: Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Virginia, of passing secrets to the KGB.

• 1997: Hudson Foods Co. closed a plant in Nebraska, agreeing to destroy some 25 million pounds of hamburger after the largest meat recall in U.S. history.

• 2000: Rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of the 118 sailors had survived.

• 2003: At the most prestigious theater in Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian director dropped his pants on stage and mooned the audience after it booed his latest production. It didn’t have the effect he wanted, because the audience cheered the mooning.

• 2006: A Kenosha, Wisconsin, man got trapped in a waist-deep vat of liquid chocolate. The 21-year-old employee of Debelis Corporation claims he crawled into the tank to unplug it and only realized he was stuck when he tried to get out.  It took co-workers, police and firefighters two hours to complete the rescue, eventually using coco-butter to thin down the chocolate and pry him free.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Men’s Grooming Day

• Spumoni Day

• Poet’s Day

• Senior Citizen’s Day

• Iced Tea Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

• Valerie Harper is 76. Cindy Williams is 68. Country singer Holly Dunn is 58. Country singer Collin Raye is 55. Brooke Dillman is 49. Ty Burrell is 48. Melinda Page Hamilton is 44. Kristen Wiig is 42.

• International Tongue Twister Day. Take Your Cat To The Vet Day. Eat a Peach Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

• Barbara Eden is 84. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 68. Shelley Long is 66. Rick Springfield is 66. Jay Mohr is 45. Joanna Froggatt (Downton Abbey) is 35.

• Go Topless Day. National Spongecake Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4: Times Donald Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy (1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009).

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NEWS ATTACK!

A new poll finds that the majority of Japanese voters think that the country should stop apologizing for its role in World War II. [And start apologizing for its role in developing karaoke.]

Another Olympic athlete has been taken ill after exposure to the polluted waters of Rio. A South Korean windsurfer was overcome with dizziness and vomiting. [Fortunately, he was safely pulled to shore by a giant rat.]

Donald Trump said in a new interview that a low minimum wage isn’t such a bad thing. [Unless you’re one of those people who’s developed the habit of eating every day.]

Authorities at Denver International Airport arrested a man who opened a security door, set off the alarm, and ran onto the concourse to prevent his flight from leaving without him. He was trying to get back to Ohio for a reunion at his high school. [Most people would only go to that that much trouble to prevent having to attend a high school reunion.]

Florida treasure hunters found $4.5 million of ancient Spanish coins. [Most people are excited about the news, but Donald Trump is completely conflicted. On one hand he loves money, but on the other hand, they’re foreign coins.]

A family visiting the beach in the UK investigated a buoy that had washed ashore, and even took selfies with it, only later to discover that it was an unexploded bomb. [It’s a good thing that they didn’t have enough people for a beach volleyball game.]

According to a new study, you increase your risk of a stroke by 33% if you routinely work more than 55 hours per week. [Well, Congress is definitely safe.]

Josh Duggar has become the first celebrity victim of the Ashley Madison scandal. He admitted that he cheated on his wife. [Well there goes Josh’s chance of being the new spokesperson for Subway.]

Scientists say that experiments show that one of the reasons that the norovirus spreads so rapidly on ships is that when people vomit some of the virus is aerosolized, meaning that it travels through the air and can be innocently swallowed by someone else. [So, explain to me again why we pay to go on cruises?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

MOM DITCHES 11-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER SHE FORCED TO SHOPLIFT _ A Detroit mother who allegedly coerced two children into helping her shoplift from an Old Navy store refused to pick up her 11-year-old daughter from police after the girl was busted. Police the mother enlisted three people — her daughter, a young boy, and a 61-year-old woman — to help her shoplift clothing and other items from an Old Navy. Security camera footage showed the four entering the store and then fanning out to different areas, where they proceeded to stuff items into various bags. Security guards were able to catch the 11-year-old girl and 61-year-old woman, but the girl’s mother and the young boy got away.

… Officers called the woman at home. She initially denied being at the store in the first place, but then called back and admitted that she lied about the incident because she was scared. The woman still refused to turn herself in or pick up her daughter, who was retrieved by an aunt later that night. The woman is now wanted for retail fraud, child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

COUPLE EATS 60-YEAR-OLD WEDDING SLICE _ A Florida couple — married 60 years — are still enjoying a tradition from their wedding day. Every anniversary they take a bite from the top layer of their wedding cake stored in a coffee can in their freezer. Ann and Ken Fredericks said they pour brandy over the dark fruitcake to moisten it and break off a piece. Ann Fredericks says her children are appalled, but she says it’s actually quite tasty with the brandy and has never made them sick.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Got a long-running anniversary tradition?

EARTH IN JULY WAS HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD _ Weather officials (with NOAA) say July was the planet’s warmest month on record, smashing old records. And it’s almost a lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record. July’s average temperature was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit, beating the previous global mark set in 1998 and 2010 by about one-seventh of a degree. That’s a large margin for weather records, with previous monthly heat records broken by a 20th of a degree or less.

NEW EMOJI CANDIDATES FOR 2016 _ Thirty-eight emoji are being considered for release next year by the Unicode Consortium, the group overseeing emoji standards across platforms. Among the other candidates on the list are bacon, a pregnant woman, a cowboy, a clown and a person taking a selfie. The list of emoji making the final cut in this round will likely be released sometime next year. From there, Apple, Google and Microsoft, which oversee the three biggest mobile platforms, are free to put their own design touches on the emoji before deploying them to users. • IMAGE

BEER MILE WORLD CLASSIC _ The Inaugural Beer Mile World Classic is tomorrow (Saturday) in San Francisco. The event, run by Beermile.com, the recognized authority on the sport, will take place at Treasure Island, a small island between San Francisco and Oakland dotted with warehouses.

… A beer mile involves a runner completing a mile, usually on a track, chugging a beer between each lap, for a total of four beers and four laps. Other official Beermile.com rules include a penalty lap for vomiting, as well as other restrictions. For example, the beer must be at least five percent alcohol by volume, for example.

80% OF AMERICANS THINK THEY’RE GOOD SPELLERS _ Dictionary.com on Thursday announced that four out of five adults claim to be good spellers. The site released its “Grammar Gripes 2015” report detailing Americans’ biggest pet peeves and how they feel about their own spelling.

… Females are the most confident (87 percent) in their spelling abilities. The Northeast (83 percent) was the region most confident in its spelling.

… Millennials — adults 18-34 — were the most annoyed by grammar mistakes. They said finding a spelling mistake on social media bothered them (74 percent).

… Misspellings of February (as Febuary) annoyed survey participants the most, with 38 percent of those polled saying it bothered them. Definitely (definately), receive (recieve), grateful (greatful) and weird (wierd) rounded out the top five.

… For commonly confused terms, it’s no surprise their vs. they’re vs. there won, with 46 percent of participants saying the incorrect usage annoyed them the most. Your vs. you’re, to vs. too vs. two, me vs. I and accept vs. except were among the confused words that most irked Americans.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What misspelled word drives you crazy?

PREGNANT METEOROLOGIST SLAMS BODY-SHAMERS _ A pregnant meteorologist who’s gotten body-shamed for her weight gain — called a “sausage in casing” and “disgusting” — is fighting back. Katie Fehlinger, a meteorologist at a Philadelphia TV station, is expecting twins. Some people made some pot shots about her bump, and Katie didn’t feel like keeping quiet about it. She posted a retort to her haters on Facebook: “The nature of my job makes me an easy target for criticism. I will always understand that, and I will most typically just ignore it. However, after someone blatantly called me a ‘sausage in casing’ and another declared that ‘sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting,’ I felt a need to draw a line and speak up.”

… “These particular nasty-grams were directed at a pregnant woman. So this little manifesto of sorts is dedicated to every mother out there — other pregnant moms-to-be, moms reading this while their toddlers play on the swing set, moms whose kids have long since gone off to college … You are beautiful.”

iPHONE THEFT VICTIM MAY LOCATE THIEVES USING SELFIES _ A woman whose iPhone was stolen from her bag at an amusement park in Ohio wants to find the people who have her phone, and they’re helping her out with it. Not intentionally, of course. The phone is still attached to her iCloud storage account, which means that the selfies they snap turn up on the woman’s other devices.

EXTREME CLIFF JUMPER SETS NEW WORLD RECORD _ A seemingly rational man jumped off a 193-foot high cliff into a pool of water 26 feet deep — and set a new world record. Laso Schaller did the jump in Switzerland, hitting the water at 76.4 mph after free-falling for 3½ seconds. • VIDEO

… How’d he survive the planned jump? Schaller and his team first built a platform to give him a clean, controlled exit, with enough projection to clear the rock wall.Then they explored the area with scuba gear — and set six tanks in the pool to aerate the water and soften the landing. Finally, they did a number of rock drops — timing the landing, seeing the fall line.

… All was not perfect with the jump. Schaller missed the aerated portion of the pool and thus, landed on harder water. Perhaps as a result, Schaller dislocated his hip briefly.

WORLD’S OLDEST MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TURNS UP _ What is likely the oldest message in a bottle in history has turned up on a beach in Germany nearly 110 years after it was launched by a British scientist. The bottle’s story starts in 1906 at the end of a two-year span during which George Bidder of the Marine Biological Association in England released more than 1,000 bottles into the North Sea to learn more about currents. Most of the bottles, specially designed to float just above the seafloor, were found within months, and Bidder used them to prove, among other things, that the deep sea current in the North Sea flowed east to west. More than a century later, vacationing Marianne Winkler was walking on the North Sea island of Amrum when she found one of Bidder’s bottles.

… Winkler says that the bottle she found in April contained a postcard with instructions to mail it back to the Marine Biological Association in return for a shilling. So she did. The association, which hadn’t had a bottle returned in many years, is waiting for confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records that the message in a bottle is the oldest ever found. The record is currently held by one found in 2013 after just over 99 years. Record or no, the association was true to its word, sending Winkler an old shilling it found on eBay.

HILTON TO REMOVE ON-DEMAND PORN IN ALL HOTELS WORLDWIDE _ International hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has just decided to ban all on-demand pornographic videos from all of its properties, stating that “adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward. … While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts. We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices.”

‘COOL DAD’ GETS PRISON FOR LETTING 15-YEAR-OLD DRIVE _ A New York father who allowed his underage daughter drive his SUV, resulting in a crash that killed three of her friends, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday for what a judge called “reckless, stupid, and selfish” behavior. Michael Ware had let his 15-year-old daughter drive on multiple occasions, including from New York to Pennsylvania. On the day of the crash, his daughter used the SUV to take friends to breakfast before losing control on the way home. The mother of one of the killed teens said Ware’s “desire to be the cool dad devastated an entire community.” Another said, “He basically gave his daughter a gun and put the bullets in it for her.”

WAITRESS TELLS DINER LEAVING DOG IN CAR IS ‘WRONG’ — RESTAURANT FIRES HER _ Cristal Perez was a waitress at a New Jersey eatery called Longhorn Steakhouse. Last week she saw a dog locked inside a car in the parking lot on a hot day — and she told the couple who owned the dog exactly what she thought about it. According to what Perez told a local newspaper (Press of Atlantic City) she wasn’t the only person in the steakhouse worried about the dog. She says that another couple called the police to report the possibly distressed animal. So what did she say to the dog-owning diners? She simply told them, she says, that it was “wrong” to confine a dog inside a car for an hour on a hot day, and for good measure, added that the couple “was lucky to be leaving before the cops came.”

… The diners, it appears, took exception to the young server’s remarks and griped to the restaurant’s management — who promptly sent Cristal Perez home, first on a four-day suspension, followed by a quick pink slip. The restaurant claims that it was following its own policies in giving Perez the axe. A Longhorn spokesperson said: “The decision to terminate the employment of this team member had nothing to do with her concern for the dog, which our management team confirmed was unfounded. She was terminated for mistreating our guests.”

… The spokesperson claimed that the air conditioning in the car was on and that the dog inside “was never in any danger,” and the police did not bother to show up.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHARGED WITH TRYING TO HALT PLANE AT AIRPORT _ A man who arrived late for a flight is accused of running onto a concourse at Denver International Airport in an attempt to stop the departing plane. Denver authorities say Marc Rehmar found his Ohio-bound United Airlines flight pushing back from a departing gate. He then “forcibly” opened a locked emergency exit door, triggering an alarm, and allegedly ran onto a secured ramp area. He then chased down the guy who was pushing the plane away. He police he was going to Ohio to attend his 40-year high school reunion.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTORIST TRIED TO FRAME HER OWN DOG IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT _ A suspect in a Florida hit-and-run accident blamed the crash on her dog, telling a patrolman that he should arrest the pooch. Police say the woman smelled of booze.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT PROMISES FOOD THAT TASTES LIKE CRAP _ It’s getting harder and harder to be truly original these days, and nothing much seems to surprise anymore. And then something like Curry Shop Shimizu opens in Tokyo. This is a real curry restaurant that specializes in poo-flavored curry. But WHY? The owner of Curry Shop Shimizu says he set out from the start to be “the world’s first” something. After extensive brainstorming it appeared that curry which tasted like literal crap probably isn’t being sold anywhere else in the world.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER TOSSES PARKING FINE, IS PROMPTLY FINED FOR LITTERING _ A driver in Wales who threw a $90 parking ticket out of his window was promptly fined another $110 for littering.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROLLER DERBY WOMAN CHASES PURSE THIEF _ Bill Erwin was in a Spokane, Washington, grocery store with his wife when he heard her scream, “He’s got my purse!” The thief bolted out the door. Heidi Muat was outside and gave chase. The thief and Heidi ran over to a freeway. They had to dodge some traffic. At one point Heidi yelled, “I can outrun you!” That’s when Ronald Warner looked back and tossed the purse. Police charged Warner with the theft. Heidi’s physical fitness is no surprise — she’s a member of a local roller derby team.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLITE CANADIANS REFUSE TO STEAL FROM DISABLED _ In Vancouver (Canada) a police sergeant went undercover in an attempt to arrest those who target disabled people in wheelchairs. He borrowed a $16,000 wheelchair and went around various trouble spots, flashing cash and expensive items. After five days the only person to reach for his wallet was a man who covered it up for him, and warned him to be careful. Others gave him food, money, or a kind word. After the five days the officer gave up. There were no arrests.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRAPPED IN CLOTHING DONATION BOX _ Firefighters in Georgetown, Washington, found a 26-year-old woman with her leg trapped inside a clothing donation station. The woman allegedly told the rescuers she had crawled into the 4 x 4 x 6-foot box to gather some clothes for herself, but when she tried to climb back out, her leg got caught by the box’s anti-theft mechanism.

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ON TELEVISION

WE DAY (7p ET, ABC) — This special is designed to empower youths to make a difference by showcasing the efforts of young activists from around the country. The lineup of performers includes Common, Jennifer Hudson, Macklemore and Demi Lovato.

ELEMENTARY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A 2-hour repeat

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New

COLD JUSTICE (8p ET, TNT) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

GOTHAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

COLD JUSTICE: SEX CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — New

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

JOSH DUGGAR: “BIGGEST HYPOCRITE EVER” _ On the Duggar family website, Josh Duggar posted Thursday, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.” The post came a day after it was revealed that he’d had an active account on adultery website Ashley Madison. Duggar wrote: “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

… His statement also said: “I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust. The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.”

… In the paragraph leading into Josh’s statement, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued one of their own: “When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken.”

JARED FOGLE’S HIGH SCHOOL DUMPS HIM, TOO _ In what is probably the least of former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle’s concerns, his high school has removed his photo from its alumni hall of fame. Fogle’s photo was taken down from North Central High School in Indianapolis after he agreed to plead guilty to having sex with a minor.

WILL JON STEWART MODERATE A 2016 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE? _ The Internet really, really wants Jon Stewart to moderate a 2016 Presidential debate. A petition encouraging the recently retired host of The Daily Show to moderate an election debate has surfaced on Change.org. So far, more than 90,000 people have penned their names in support. He certainly has some experience. According to the petition, Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives and scores of other national and international political leaders.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE TOPS LIST OF BEST-PAID ACTRESSES _ Which actress is making over $50 million? Forbes magazine says Jennifer Lawrence pulled in that much over the last 12 months.

… Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Sandra Bullock, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow all made between $6 million and $10 million.

… Cameron Diaz, Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, and Angelina Jolie each made $11 million to $15 million.

… Making $16 million and more: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Melissa McCarthy. Scarlett Johansson made $35.5 million over the past year, while Lawrence made $52 million.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. NEGOTIATES FOR PAY RAISE DURING IRON MAN 4 CASTING _ Iron Man 4 is happening, and Robert Downey Jr. will be the man behind the mask, but first the actor and the studio have to hammer out his fee. Director Shane Black confirmed Downey will star in the fourth installment of the Iron Man franchise, putting to rest fears the actor would retire. Downey is reportedly asking for an increase in his $50 million fee, something Marvel is considering as Iron Man 3 was a huge success earning $1.22 billion at box offices worldwide. Until Marvel and Robert can work out an agreement on his fee, however, the movie remains grounded.

… Recently ranked as the world’s highest paying actor for the third year in a row, Robert Downey Jr. reportedly made $80 million from his role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The huge payday was thanks to a profit-sharing deal that netted him a nice chunk of the movie’s profits. He was also reportedly paid $40 million for playing Iron Man in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

TWO MORE BILL COSBY ACCUSERS STEP FORWARD _ Just when you thought Bill Cosby couldn’t be any worse, two more women have stepped forward with harrowing accounts of sexual assault at the hands of The Cosby Show star. People reported Thursday that Gloria Allred — who is representing the victims — held a press conference with two new women, Charlotte Fox and “Elizabeth,” who had a familiar story to tell about Cosby. Fox said in a statement that she met Cosby in the 1970s while she was a 23-year-old extra on the set of Uptown Saturday Night. He asked her to join him for a jam session at a local jazz club and then invited her to the Playboy Mansion. She said she grew ill after eating and drinking the food Cosby served her: “The next thing I remember was that I was sort of awake, in a bed, with no clothes on and there was Mr. Cosby, in a robe, crawling from the bottom of the bed.” She continued: “I was incapacitated and couldn’t say no. He engaged in sexual activity with me. It was not consensual.”

… The woman who called herself “Elizabeth” — a pseudonym to protect her identity — was 20 years old and working as a flight attendant when Cosby was one of her passengers.

ICE CUBE AND SON MAY STAR IN THRILLER SET DURING 1992 LA RIOTS _ Straight Outta Compton, produced by Ice Cube based on his own life and starring his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., is a box-office champ. And now the duo may work together on another film, called April 29, 1992. It’s a thriller set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of police offers in the Rodney King beating case. The story follows a father and son caught up in their own problems as the riots rage, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. are in talks to star.

CAITLYN JENNER COULD FACE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES _ Caitlyn Jenner is making headlines again. Back in February, Jenner was involved in a deadly car crash on California’s Pacific Coast Highway, which resulted in the death of 69-year-old Kimberly Howe. Now there’s a possibility that Jenner could see the inside of a courtroom. A detective involved the case said: “Jenner’s case is going to go to the district attorney next week to see if it is worthy of a misdemeanor violation for involuntary manslaughter. We did determine in the investigation that Jenner was going at an unsafe speed for the prevailing conditions, even though he was traveling under the posted speed limit.”

… On February 7, Jenner’s SUV hit Howe’s car from behind. Howe went barreling into oncoming traffic, where she was hit by another SUV.

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BITS & BREAKS

DOWNLOAD THIS APP: VHS CAMCORDER

Your throwback Thursday videos are about to get a whole lot more legit. A new app called VHS Camcorder almost perfectly recreates the experience of shooting video with old school cameras — crappy video and all.

The app’s creator says VHS Camcorder was designed to “look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for 30 years.”

VHS Camcorder also has a “tilting device makes things worse” feature so the more you move your device while recording, the worse the video gets. You can also drag your finger around the frame while recording to achieve a similar grainy effect.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true camcorder-style video without an obnoxious date stamp.

Download VHS Camcorder

THESE ARE THE HIGHEST-PAYING JOBS OF 2015

The job search website Career Cast has released a list of the “highest paying jobs of 2015.” The site says the data on annual median wages is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and says the rankings were based on factors like stress, income potential, and conditions of working environments.

1. Surgeon – Annual Median Wage: $352,220

2. Psychiatrist – Annual Median Wage: $181,880

3. Physician (general practice) – Annual Median Wage: $180,180

4. Corporate executive (senior level) – Annual Median Wage: $173,320

5. Dentist – Annual Median Wage: $146,340

6. Petroleum engineer – Annual Median Wage: $130,050

7. Orthodontist – Annual Median Wage: $129,110

8. Data scientist – Annual Median Wage: $124,150

9. Air traffic controller – Annual Median Wage: $122,340

10. Pharmacist – Annual Median Wage: $120,950

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

AMERICAN ULTRA (R)

A stoner — who is in fact a government agent — is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

• Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

HITMAN: AGENT 47 (R)

An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

• Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

SINISTER 2 (R)

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

• Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: You’ll do this 2,900 times during your life. Hint: You probably do it more when you go off to summer camp or go away to college. (Call your mother)

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Conference 3 listeners and then read the description of the item and let the bidding begin. The contestant with the highest bid without going over the retail price wins. (Here’s a hip version of the Price Is Right theme.)

Today’s item: Alien vs. Predator Wood Burning Stove

Give your yard a menacing look that’ll scare off all the neighbors by lighting one of these Alien vs. Predator wood burning stoves. When lit, each of these wicked metallic monstrosities come alive to awe and keep you warm. Choose a large metal head in the shape of the creature from Alien or the creature from Predator. Large enough for multiple pieces of wood, scarey enough to keep neighbors from wanting to come over to your yard.

How much for the Alien vs. Predator Wood Burning Stove? ($460)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, “Why are you crying?” The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living. The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, “No.” The Lord again went down and came up with a silver axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, “No.” The Lord went down again and came up with an iron axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, “Yes.” The Lord was pleased with the man’s honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy. Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, “Why are you crying?” “Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!” The Lord went down into the water and came up with Salma Hayek. “Is this your wife?” the Lord asked. “Yes!” cried the woodcutter. The Lord was furious. “You liar! That is not your wife!” The woodcutter replied, “Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said ‘no’ to Salma Hayek, you would have come up with Jennifer Aniston. Then if I also said ‘no’ to her, You would have come up with my wife. Had I then said ‘yes,’ you would have given all three to me. Lord, I am a poor man, and I am not able to take care of all three wives, so that’s why I said ‘yes’ to Salma Hayek!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Insane cliff jump. (See News & Nuggets for info.)

https://youtu.be/j5uXL4w90yU

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

Married since 1952, she’s a Giants fan, he’s a Cards fan. The two teams played August 17 in St. Louis. (Cards won.)

• Guy plays 100 TV theme songs on his guitar in 11 minutes.

Chair Capes: Be the hero your office deserves.

• Ghostbusters theme gets metal makeover.

• Prepared to be terrified after you use your smartphone as a blacklight.

Steal these bits from Morning Show Boot Camp.

• Make your images stand out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with animated text using the Legend app.

• Random useful websites.

• Electric car can go virtually anywhere.

• Infamous Kirk vs. Gorn scene made funnier with squeaky rubber suit sound effects.

• Millennium Falcon snack tray.

• Why CGI sucks. Except it doesn’t.

• Search Google like it’s the ’80s.

• How many superhero films will be made before you die?

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 24, 2015

This is day 236 of 2015. There are 129 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in Star Wars) is 81

• WWE CEO Vince McMahon is 70

• Ann Archer is 68

• Steve Guttenberg is 57

• Craig Kilborn is 53

• Marlee Matlin is 50

• Dave Chappelle is 42

• Rupert Grint is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash.

• 1814: British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.

• 1853: Potato chips were first prepared.

• 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel

• 1891: Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.

• 1909: Workers started pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.

• 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

• 1979: The Facts of Life premiered on NBC, a spin-off from Diff’rent Strokes.

• 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

• 1992: Thieves armed with a frozen rabbit smashed through the glass doors of a pub in Devon, England. They left the rabbit thawing on the bar.

• 2007: In Smyrna, Tennessee, Matthew Robinson had been a very busy thief, stealing DVD players, iPods, a couple of air compressors, a power washer, power tools, a scooter, leaf blower, fishing equipment, a Nintendo game and a Bible from seven residences. And he had all this loot in his pickup truck when he pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot and fell asleep. The manager thought something might be amiss and called police.

• 2008: Three men are arrested in Denver for in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate United States presidential candidate Barack Obama.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Waffle Iron Day

• International Strange Music Day

• Peach Pie Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

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