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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 3: The college football season begins (schedule)

• September 7: Labor Day

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

• September 11: Patriot Day (9/11)

• September 23: First day of autumn

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

650: Weight, in pounds, of the first commercial available Xerox machine. The Xerox 914 produced seven copies per minute.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A woman is suing the New York City Police Department after one of its police horses bit off the tip of her finger. [The police say that it’s not their fault. The woman had one of those orange spray-on tans, and her finger looked like a carrot.]

Law-abiding citizens of Rome are upset that the mafia held a completely over-the-top public funeral for one of its own that included a gold gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals dropped from a helicopter, and a band playing the theme song from The Godfather. [And this is just the beginning. It was so successful that they’re working on parts II and III.]

A woman in New York bit another woman on the subway over a dispute about a seat. The police are looking for her.  [And so is the casting director for The Real Housewives.]

Somebody found $1 million worth of baseball cards in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit. [Really? I thought baseball cards went out of fashion around the same time as Detroit.]

At the National Zoo in Washington D.C. twins were born to one of the giant pandas from China. [But just because they were born in this country that doesn’t mean that they get automatic citizenship, according to President Trump.]

In New Zealand a hunter accidentally killed a rare protected bird. [When are they gonna finally take that gun away from that dentist?]

The suburbs of Dallas are being plagued by packs of hungry roving dogs. [Just in time for the new school year, we have a new excuse: “A pack of wild dogs ate my laptop.”]

A Los Angeles man proposed to his girlfriend while dressed as Michael Myers the serial killer from the Halloween movies. [Usually, marriages begin as romances THEN become horror stories.]

Authorities in India arrested a municipal engineer who had collected $31 million in cash bribes. He had stuffed the money in pillowcases, sofas, and mattresses. The police said they found no evidence that he had spent the money on anything lavish. You know, like a safe.]

A Florida woman faked her kidnapping to avoid going to work. [I wonder if she’ll fake having to go to work to avoid going to court.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: OHIO STATE NO. 1 AGAIN _ College football rankings for the 2015 season are out. The preseason AP poll has been released for college football, rewarding the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes with a No. 1 ranking. TCU comes in at No. 2, Alabama at No. 3, and Baylor at No. 4.

LEWIS KENT WINS BEER MILE WORLD CLASSIC _ The best of the best beer milers competed in the Beer Mile World Classic Saturday in San Francisco. Canadian Lewis Kent was the winner in a time of 5:09. Kent’s record is 4:55:78.

GROOM HAD JUST FOUR MONTHS TO LIVE _ When Jennifer Carter and her boyfriend Solomon Chau started planning their wedding in April 2014 they had no idea of the tragedy that was about to unfold. While the Canadian couple initially planned to get married this month, they had to move the date to April 11 after Solomon was told he had terminal liver cancer.  Then, just four months after tying the knot, and only 26 years gold, Solomon passed away. His funeral was held over the weekend, the same day he was initially supposed to get married.

… Announcing her husband’s death, Jennifer, wrote on Facebook: “The most incredible person I’ve ever known passed away after an eight month battle with cancer.”

… They had been dating for six years when Solomon eventually popped the question in April 2014. They began planning their wedding for August 22, 2015. In December 2014 Solomon was diagnosed with liver cancer, and had surgery to remove a tumor which doctors initially thought had been successful. Then, in March, he was rushed to hospital with unbearable stomach pain. Further scans revealed that his cancer had returned and spread, and was now terminal. Doctors told Solomon that he would likely be dead before the wedding date, so they moved their wedding up to April.

RAISING A BALLERINA WILL COST YOU $100,000 _ If you thought raising a child who loves to play baseball was expensive, just be glad they’re not into ballet. The data website FiveThirtyEight crunch some numbers and estimates that to raise a ballerina will cost you $100,000. The website based the numbers on a student who begins dancing at age 3. If she dances all the way through high school and is accepted into a professional company immediately after graduating — no easy feat — she will have undergone 15 years of ballet education. Those core 15 years of training cost a median of about $53,000. When summer programs, fees, shoes and clothing are added in, it comes to around 100-grand.

TOILET PAPER IS SHRINKING _ If it feels as if you’re running through toilet paper rolls faster than ever before, that’s because you are. But it might not be your fault. Slowly but surely, toilet paper rolls have been shrinking. Toilet paper squares, the individual sheets that connect to make each roll, were once 4.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches long. That standard has shifted to a point where companies are selling sheets that are a half-inch shorter or thinner, or both. Of course, we’re still paying the same price.

… Consumer Reports noticed the trend, too. The consumer advocacy group said that rolls are becoming “narrower,” the cardboard tubes on the inside are getting bigger, and sheets are shrinking in size and number.

COUPLE HAVING SEX ON A CASTLE DIE AFTER PLUNGING INTO MOAT _ A French couple fell to their death while having sex at a historic fortress. The couple apparently fell into the moat from the walls surrounding the castle (on the island of Chausey Archipelago). The drop into the moat is 40 feet high.

IS DEEZ NUTS REALLY THE MOST POPULAR CANDIDATE? _ Google Trends says more people are interested in fake presidential candidate Deez Nuts than other candidates. But not really. Confusion over the fake candidate has people googling ‘Deez Nuts’ to find out what the heck is going on. The real Deez Nuts is a libertarian-leaning Iowa teenager who registered the candidate in his hometown of Wallingford.

WWII VETERAN CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY IN B-17 _ For Warren Widdison, the Caldwell, Idaho, rodeo was extra special this year. Widdison — a World War II veteran who began serving his country at the age of 19 — celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by flying in a B-17, just like the one he flew during the war. During Friday night’s festivities, one of the last B-17s in use flew over the rodeo grounds to celebrate Patriot Night. Widdison said, “Nothing sounds like the B-17 motors when they are running…” There was over 12,000 B-17s in the war, and there are only 11 remaining in flying condition. Of those eleven, only five fly regularly.

THE UNOFFICIAL STATE CARS OF AMERICA _ What’s (your state)’s most popular car? Popular Mechanics combed through sales and registration data. If you were to take a list of the most popular cars in each state in the U.S., it’d be a pretty monotonous list. A bunch of Ford F-150s, some Chevy Silverado, Ram pickups, Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys here or there. But Popular Mechanics wanted to know: What car was the most distinctive in each state? What model of car did, say, California buy far more often than any other state in the Union? Turns out it’s the Kia Soul EV.

… Texas loves the hulking Cadillac Escalade EXT. The New England states love their Volvos. But there are surprises: Georgia, for instance, seems to have a thing for Nissan Leaf — mostly because the state had very, very strong incentives to buy electric vehicles. Until very recently, the Peach State offered $5,000 in state tax credits in addition to $7,500 in federal tax credits to anyone who bought an electric vehicle. So everyone who bough a Nissan Leaf in Georgia saved themselves $12,500.

See which car is unique to your state.

LAWYER WITH FIRETRUCK HELPS FIGHT FIRES _ People in Okanogan, Washington, might never know it, but Alex Thomason might have saved their home. Like so many others, Alex is out fighting every flame he sees, but he’s not a firefighter. In fact, he’s a lawyer. He bought a firetruck less than a week ago and took a mini course, and now he’s out fighting fires. It’s not just fire hoses he uses to fight flames. He also dig fire lines. His wife thinks he’s crazy, but he’s not the only one. In fact, he’s got a whole crew of guys he met through Facebook. It’s something he feels obligated to do for his neighbors.

NATIONAL ZOO PANDA GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS _ The National Zoo’s adult female panda gave birth to twins. The cubs arrived about five hours apart Saturday. Panda mom Mei Xiang’s (may-shong) first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005 and returned to China in 2010. Her second cub, Bao Bao, turned 2 on Sunday and still lives at the zoo.

… The new additions mean that for the first time the zoo has five pandas in residence.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER PURCHASES $4.8 MILLION CAR _ Floyd Mayweather holds numerous titles in the boxing ring, but also holds the title for being the highest paid sportsman in the world. The pro-boxer brings in $300 million a year. With endless amounts of cash, the pro-boxer has created a pretty impressive collection of “toys.” The latest addition is a silver Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita which cost $4.8 million. Mayweather posted images of his new vehicle on his official Instagram account and said that the vehicle was one of only two made in the entire world. • IMAGE

NO DRONES OVER SCHOOL SPORTS _ Washington D.C.-area school sports fans won’t see drones overhead this fall. Virginia high school sports coaches and school administrators are being advised not to allow drones around sporting events or other Virginia High School League activities. Drones have been banned entirely this fall from Maryland public school state tournament contests. A Maryland schools rep said, “In the interest of public safety and competitive equity, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) is prohibited during … district, region, and state tournament competition.”

COMPANY IS DEBUTING AMMO FOR SHOOTING DRONES OUT OF THE SKY _ Drones can be amazing tools for creating videos and conducting search-and-rescue missions. But as drones become more popular, people are starting to do dumber things with them — like flying them near airplanes and decking them out with guns. So Idaho company Snake River Shooting Products has manufactured ammunition for shooting drones out of the sky. “DroneMunition” are shells that appear to be just birdshot, and the company says it’s advertising them for drone hunting as a fun gimmick. The boxes caution against “the invasion of privacy” and tell customers to “prepare for the drone apocalypse!”

… As much as you may be tempted to shoot down your neighbor’s drone, be warned — it’s probably not legal to do so.

GERMAN KILLED BY NEIGHBOR’S POISON ZUCCHINI _ A retired couple from Heidelberg, Germany, was recently given a generous gift of home-grown zucchini from a neighbor’s garden. The couple cooked the zucchini into a stew, but the wife said the stew tasted surprisingly bitter. They didn’t think much of it until they started feeling sick not long after. The wife said she was sick at her stomach, but her husband became much more ill. The couple was rushed to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed the couple as having been poisoned. The wife was well again after a few days, but her husband had eaten much more of the zucchini and died at the hospital.

… Doctors say the couple was poisoned by cucurbitacins, which are toxins that occur naturally in pumpkins and gourds. They have generally been bred out of seeds intended for public consumption, but can still appear in fruit from older plants.

… Curcurbitacin poisoning is rare, because the toxins make the plants taste so bitter people generally do not want to eat the affected plants. In this case, the woman said she only ate a little bit because the stew was so bitter, but her husband cleaned his plate.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEFENSE LAWYER SKIPS HEARING SO WIFE IN LABOR WON’T KILL HIM _ A Pittsburgh defense attorney got a hearing postponed at the last minute after convincing a judge that his wife’s labor was a matter of life — or his death. Attorney Marc Daffner was granted a continuance after he filed a request which read: “Defense counsel’s wife went into labor at approximately 11:15 AM today, and defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.” Daffner says the district attorney and judge agreed to the move.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAIL SPOTS SHEETS HANGING FROM CELL _ When you think jail escapes, you imagine a guy tunneling his way out, or old-schooling it by tying bed sheets together and rappelling down a wall. That second method is what staffers at a jail in eastern Washington saw early on morning. They saw the rope of sheets that nearly reached the ground around 4:30 AM Thursday and put the jail on lockdown. The rope of bed sheets was hanging from the window of a cell housing a suspect in a murder-for-hire plot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PET PARROT DETAINED FOR ABUSING WOMAN  _ Police in India detained a parrot for allegedly berating an elderly woman. The woman who filed the complaints against the parrot claimed it spouted abuses whenever it saw her. The woman claimed her stepson had trained the parrot to abuse her. The cops ‘detained’ the parrot for questioning but while in custody it never said anything abusive.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS PUSH-UP RECORD TO PROVE ‘WELSH ARE SUPERIOR’ _ A guy from Wales has broken his own world record by completing 2,220 push-ups in an hour. Fifty-year-old Carlton Williams, who now lives in Australia, beat his 2014 record by more than 340 reps. He said he did it to “prove for once and for all that the Welsh people are physically, socially and spiritually superior”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ON FLIGHT REFUSED TO STOP SINGING BIRTHDAY SONG _ A man on a flight from one Chinese city to another was kicked off the plane because he refused to stop singing a birthday song to himself. Shortly after boarding, the man announced it was his birthday and told passengers and crew they should bring him free drinks. When no one did he began singing a popular Chinese birthday song loudly, over and over again. He was escorted off the plane before it took off.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CREEP WEARING A CLOAK LEAVING RAW MEAT ON N.C. PLAYGROUNDS _ Someone in Gastonia, North Carolina is covering themselves in a cloak and leaving raw meat at playgrounds.

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ON TELEVISION

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — This “new” edition is a review of the best moments of the season so far.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — The Top 8 perform and 2 more say goodbye in this new, 2-hour edition.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — New

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — New

THE ODD COUPLE (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BACHELOR IN PARADISE: AFTER PARADISE (9p ET, ABC) — Tonight’s guests are TV host Michelle Collins and contestants Dan and Joe.

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — New

SIGNIFICANT MOTHER (9:30p ET, CW) — This new episode features a Weekend at Bernie’s mini-reunion as Terry Kiser (who played Bernie in the 1989 movie) guest stars and is reunited with co-star Jonathan Silverman.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, James Marsden and Bear venture into the heart of Utah’s Rattlesnake Canyon.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE WHISPERS (10p ET, ABC) — New

SEASON FINALE: MURDER IN THE FIRST (10p ET, TNT) — Murder has not yet been renewed for a 3rd season.

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ENTERTAINMENT

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON STAYS ON TOP _ Movie-goers said “no” to the three new movies which opened nationwide Friday — and with good reason. All three R-rated films were poorly received by critics. So instead people saw Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which came in at No. 1 and No. 2 at the box office. It was Compton’s second week at number one and Mission: Impossible’s fourth week in the top two.

ONE DIRECTION TAKING EXTENDED HIATUS _ One Direction fans, prepare yourselves for more than a few changes. The band will kick off an extended hiatus starting in March. A source says the hiatus is designed to allow One Direction members to work on individual projects for a while — but they are not splitting up.

JOHN STAMOS, CANDACE CAMERON BURE MOCK UNAUTHORIZED FULL HOUSE STORY _ The cast and creators of Full House took to social media on Saturday night to poke fun at Lifetime’s airing of The Unauthorized Full House Story. Candace Cameron Bure tweeted simply, “So bad. Just so bad.” Her co-star Andrea Baber, known to fans of the show as Kimmy Gibbler, echoed Bure’s sentiment when she tweeted, “Anything good on TV tonight?”
John Stamos and series creator Jeff Franklin also took a few jabs at the behind-the-scenes story of the popular sitcom.

GUY WHO HAD SURGERIES TO LOOK LIKE JUSTIN BIEBER REPORTED MISSING _ Tobias Strebel, who gained fame after undergoing multiple cosmetic procedures in an attempt to look like Justin Bieber, has been reported missing. Strebel has not been seen since August 18, when he was spotted in West Hollywood. During a 2014 appearance on E!’s plastic surgery show Botched, Strebel revealed that he had spent more than $100,000 on procedures to his cheeks, eyes, lips and other body parts in an attempt to look like the pop star.

MEL GIBSON DID NOT ATTACK PHOTOGRAPHER _ Mel Gibson reportedly attacked a Daily Telegraph photographer named Kristi Miller outside the Australian Israeli Film Festival in Sydney on Sunday, but his rep says the shutterbug “made up the story.” Shortly after Miller took two pictures of Gibson and his girlfriend leaving a movie theater, she claims the actor-director snapped and “shoved my back really hard” before unloading a string of curses at her that left her “shaken.” According to Miller, Gibson would have continued to berate her as “disgusting,” “worthless,” and a “vile person” had it not been for his girlfriend grabbing the star’s shoulder and telling him, “That is enough.”

… Gibson’s rep says there was “no assault,” and that the photographer was “harassing” the actor and his friend, and while he was annoyed by her, he told Miller to “get a real job.”

NINTENDO MAY START MAKING MOVIES AGAIN _ Nintendo made their first and only foray into motion pictures with the positively disastrous 1993 adaptation Super Mario Bros. Since then, the video game company has steered clear of bringing any of their other characters to the big screen. But it’s been 22 years and with a new deal at Universal Studios bringing Nintendo characters to life in a new theme park environment, the company might be interested in coming back to the multiplex.

MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF ROSIE’S DAUGHTER _ Steven M. Sheerer has been hit with two third degree charges in relation to the disappearance Rosie O’Donnell’s 17-year-old daughter Chelsea. Last Tuesday O’Donnell revealed that Chelsea and her therapy dog Bear had been missing for approximately a week. Later that day Chelsea was located by police and Rosie confirmed that her daughter was safe. Chelsea met Sheerer on Tinder, and she was found with him in a house in Barnegat, New Jersey. Prosecutors have charged Sheerer with endangering the welfare of a child and the distribution of obscenity. If convicted of both charges, he faces over five years in jail.

DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SPOILERS AND SPECULATION _ It’s that time of year again, when Dancing With the Stars spoilers and rumors start swirling. Season 21 begins in September, and the cast is going to be revealed a bit differently this time around. While fans were initially led to believe the full cast would be revealed on Good Morning America on September 2, it seems the plan has changed. According to the DWTS Twitter page, the show will start sharing cast reveals today (Monday), but they’ll be spread out.

… The strongest DWTS cast rumors include Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, surfer and television correspondent Bethany Hamilton, and gymnast and American Ninja Warrior star Kacy Catanzaro. There’s a lot of talk about both Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell and Olympic short track speed skater Allison Baver potentially being on the Dancing With the Stars 2015 fall cast, as well.

… There had been some talk of stars like NBA player Anthony Davis, Fuller House actress Jodie Sweetin, I Am Cait star Caitlyn Jenner, Glee star Darren Criss, and perhaps Silver Spoons and NYPD Blue star Ricky Schroder hitting the dance floor.

‘FORCE FRIDAY’ TOY CATALOG REVEALS STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS SECRETS _ Force Friday is set to take place on September 4, and at midnight, Star Wars fans will be able to buy a number of products related to a galaxy far, far away. As StarWars.com notes, these will include toys, books and comics, ebooks, and even apps that will tie in with The Force Awakens.

… Hasbro’s catalog for “Force Friday” has been released online, revealing to fans the world over their first wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.

… The catalog not only reveals the wide range of toys that Hasbro will be offering, but also several interesting details about the film. Side characters like Constable Zuvio show up in the 63-page-long catalog, as well as characters from earlier Star Wars films. Fans will be able to build their own lightsaber in a variety of configurations, or sport a Nerf blaster modeled on those used in the film. In addition to the usual array of action figures, Hasbro is also releasing the key ships from the film, bringing certain details to light.

‘ANAKIN’ IS ONE OF THE TOP 1,000 BABY NAMES IN AMERICA _ Anakin, a.k.a. Darth Vader from Star Wars, is now within the top 1,000 baby names in America, according to the Social Security Administration. An official list from the SSA sees a wave of parents naming their sons after Luke Skywalker’s Sith father. In 2014, Anakin was the 957th most popular name in the U.S. among boys. The list states that 218 babes were born with that name, a number shared with Emmet, Baylor, Judson, and Truman.

… Luke is the 28th most popular name — that’s 10,431 newborns named Luke last year. Similarly, Leia is the 509th most popular name among girls, which had 605 newborns with that name.

SHONDA RHIMES CREATING ABC COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE _ Shonda Rhimes is branching out of her usual drama series and is developing a comedy for ABC about divorce. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom will be titled Splitsville, and will center on a “group of single residents of a suburban cul-de-sac, who in the wake of a wave of divorces join forces to raise their kids and get through it together.”

OWEN WILSON SAYS HIS FATHER SUFFERS FROM ALZHEIMER’S _ Owen Wilson says that while his father having Alzheimer’s disease is “a rough thing,” he also knows that there are things to be grateful for, including that his father is being cared for at home and has people around who love him. Wilson’s interview with the Dallas Morning News was his first public comment about his 74-year-old father’s illness.

VANESSA HUDGENS REVEALS HER FATHER HAS CANCER _ Vanessa Hudgens recently made a heartbreaking announcement to her fans: her father has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. The 26-year-old actress attended the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show in Los Angeles last week. The event directly benefits The Circle Of Hope, a charity that helps dancers who have been diagnosed with cancer. Hudgens used this event to announce that her father Greg was currently battling the disease. Vanessa was attending the event to receive the award for Breakthrough Performer. While accepting the award, she gave an emotional speech where she discussed her father’s diagnosis.

ROSIE O’DONNELL: FATHER DIES AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER _ It’s been a rough month for actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell. Shortly after recovering her 17-year-old daughter who had been missing for days, the 53-year-old’s father, Edward Joseph O’Donnell, passed away. The 81-year-old Edward O’Donnell died after a long battle with cancer. His wife passed away from breast cancer in 1973.

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Straight Outta Compton, $26.7 million
  2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, $11.7 million
  3. Sinister 2, $10.6 million
  4. Hitman: Agent 47, $8.2 million
  5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., $7.4 million
  6. American Ultra, $5.5 million
  7. The Gift, $4.3 million
  8. Ant-Man, $4 million
  9. Minions, $3.7 million
  10. Fantastic Four, $3.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Guardians of the Galaxy.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Expendables.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Mortal Kombat.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

NO ESCAPE (R) — OPENS WEDNESDAY

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

• Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson
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WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS (R)

Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.

• Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
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WAR ROOM (PG) — LIMITED RELEASE

A seemingly perfect family look to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.

• Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie
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WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Back to School
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Ashley Madison
  4. Deez Nuts
  5. Stock Market
  6. Train Attack Heroes
  7. Dr. Dre
  8. Josh Duggar
  9. NFL Pre-Season
  10. National Zoo New Panda
  11. Wiz Khalifa
  12. Tiger Woods
  13. Jimmy Fallon
  14. Rosie O’Donnell
  15. Jared from Subway
  16. Megan Fox Divorce
  17. Bill Cosby
  18. Jimmy Carter

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1939 a Cincinnati Reds-Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game made history for what reason? (It was the first televised Major League Baseball game)

TRIVIA: Cats sleep 12+ hours a day; tigers 16 hours a day; and pythons 18 hours a day. What animal sleeps the most? (The bat, which sleeps about 20 hours a day.)

NEWS QUIZ!

If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• This reality TV personality became the first celebrity victim of the Ashley Madison scandal. (Josh Duggar)

• New emoji candidates were announced, including this popular breakfast food. (Bacon)

• NASA is letting people add their names to a microchip that will head to what planet next year? (Mars)

• NBC made it official: it dropped Donald Trump from what TV show? (Celebrity Apprentice)

• This publication says much of the U.S. is in for a bad winter. (Old Farmer’s Almanac)

• An analysis found that this presidential candidate speeches are on a third-grade level. (Donald Trump)

• Because stoners kept stealing it, this state became the latest to replace a 420 mile marker on a highway. (Idaho)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Two blondes living in California were sitting on a bench. One blonde says to the other, “Which do you think is farther away, Florida or the moon?” The other blonde turns and says, “Hellooo, can you see Florida?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Massachusetts bridge decapitates another truck.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Beat the heat.


source: imgur.com

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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 25, 2015

This is day 237 of 2015. There are 128 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Game-show host Monty Hall is 94

• Sean Connery is 85

• Regis Philbin is 84

• Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences, A River Runs Through It) is 82

• John Savage is 66

• Gene Simmons of Kiss is 66

• Elvis Costello is 61

• Director Tim Burton is 57

• Billy Ray Cyrus is 54

• Joanne Whalley is 54

• Blair Underwood is 51

• TV chef Rachael Ray is 47

• Claudia Schiffer is 45

• Rachel Bilson (The O.C., Hart of Dixie) is 34

• Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline, Gossip Girl, Green Lantern) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1718: Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans.

• 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.

• 1916: The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.

• 1975: The album “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen was released.

• 1985: Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her peace tour of the communist country, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.

• 2004: A man was charged with robbing a Butler, Wisconsin, bank across from the police department. He told investigators he wanted to impress a woman with the stolen money. Instead, he says, he spent most of it at a casino.

• 2008: A newborn baby that was abandoned outdoors by her 14-year-old mother during the Argentina winter was found safe after being kept alive and warm by a mother dog and her brood of puppies. A farmer found the naked baby lying amongst his dog China’s puppies.

• 2012: Neil Armstrong, who commanded the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing and was the first man to set foot on the moon in July 1969, died in Cincinnati at age 82.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Park Service Day (National Park Service Birthday). Free entrance in the National Parks.

• Kiss and Make Up Day

• Whisky Sour Day

UPCOMING

• September 3: The college football season begins (schedule)

• September 7: Labor Day

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

• September 11: Patriot Day (9/11)

• September 23: First day of autumn

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

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