• Garrison Keillor is 78
• Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is 68
• Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) is 65
• David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files) is 60
• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Shape of Water) is 45
• Charlize Theron is 45
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1782: George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
• 1997: Garth Brooks played to 750,000 people in Central Park.
• 1997: Police in Lille, France, warned that the Garden Gnomes Liberation Front had made off with a dozen garden dwarfs in the past week. The 7-member group of night-time commandos, who idolized Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, left notes vowing to “liberate” all Dwarfs from lawns, gardens, and flower beds. Earlier in the year the GGLF had liberated 30 gnomes in Normandy.
• 1999: Boston’s Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit.
• 2007: In Masterton, New Zealand, Darryl Clark got a hold of some stolen checks and decided to try to cash a few of them. He was successful, buying over $150 worth of liquor and pocketing $900 in cash before his little spending spree came to an end. Police caught up with him because, even though he knew the checks were stolen, he still wrote his name, address and phone number on the back of every one.
• 2015: Research said William Shakespeare may have been stoned when writing his famous plays. Research showed that four old pipes found in the garden of Shakespeare’s English home contained residues of cannabis.
• Homemade Pie Day
• Brother’s Day
• International Beer Day
• Lighthouse Day
• Water Balloon Day
• Professional Speakers Day
• Purple Heart Day
• Raspberries and Cream Day
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
• Dustin Hoffman is 83. Connie Stevens is 82. Phil Balsley of The Statler Brothers is 81. Larry Wilcox is 73. Keith Carradine is 71. Donny Most is 67. Deborah Norville is 62. The Edge of U2 is 59. Country singer Mark Wills is 47. J.C. Chasez is 44. Drew Lachey is 44. Michael Urie is 40.
• Cat Day. Hangover Day. Happiness Happens Day. Middle Child Day. Bowling Day. Garage Sale Day. Wear Your Mother’s Jewelry Day. Frozen Custard Day. Zucchini Day.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
• Sam Elliott is 76. Melanie Griffith is 63. Amanda Bearse is 62. Kurtis Blow is 61. Hoda Kotb is 56. Gillian Anderson is 52. Eric Bana is 52. Chris Cuomo is 50. Jessica Capshaw is 44. Anna Kendrick is 35.
• Bagel Day. Book Lovers Day. International Day of The World’s Indigenous People. Rice Pudding Day.
5,300: Museums in the U.S. See related in Bits & Breaks.
Scientists are reminding some social media users that the ability to curl your tongue is not the indication of the presence of a dominant gene. [But it is a sign that you have way too much free time.]
250,000 are expected at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. [Vroom-vroom-cough-cough.]
A historian who has correctly predicted every election since 1980 says Joe Biden will win in November. [Is he a historian… or a time traveler?!]
Forbes says the highest paid influencer on TikTok makes $5 million a year. [So my advice is that she pull herself together, go to college and make something of herself.]
According to a study, our personalities are set by the time we start school. [That explains Bravo’s newest reality show, “The Real First Graders of New Jersey.”]
Presidential candidate Kanye West has chosen a 57-year-old Wyoming spiritual coach as his running mate. [Turns out, of all the candidates she’s probably the most qualified to be in the White House.]
Shark Week begins Sunday. [Or as I like to call it, “Sit on the Couch and Eat Pizza All Week” Week.]
A recent survey shows 18% of pet owners mention their pets in their wills. [All your dog wants is for you to leave him the good couch.]
Here’s an odd study. Research suggests that orgasms are better for your brain than crossword puzzles. [Unless, of course, the crossword puzzle you’re doing is really, really, really good.]
Conspiracy theorists say the pandemic is further proof that human life is simply a digital simulation played by an advanced society of robots. [That’s depressing — being stuck in a computer for all eternity with (Cardi B / Kanye West / Ted Cruz / Adam Sandler / celeb of your choice).]
The stock market is doing well. [I don’t want to brag but my portfolio is growing every day. I’m referring to my portfolio of used paper masks.]
MAN WINS $1 MILLION, FORGETS ABOUT SANDWICH _ A Michigan man said he has a leaky car tire to thank for his winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket. The man told lottery officials he stopped at a gas station (in Webberville) because he was having trouble keeping one of his tires inflated. He got some air for the tire, and bought a sandwich and a scratch-off ticket. He was so excited over his $1 million win he forgot to eat the sandwich.
SHE MAKES $5 MILLION A YEAR ON TIKTOK _ A new ranking by Forbes puts Addison Rae Easterling at the top of the earning chart on TikTok. Forbes estimates she made around $5 million over the past year (ending in June). Her burgeoning empire includes soon-to-launch makeup line Item Beauty, an exclusive podcast deal with Spotify, and a pact to serve as the chief global spokesperson for American Eagle across digital TV, and print. • LINK
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: I see stories about people making millions off of TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and so on. Is there anyone in our audience making a few bucks off of these social media sites? Share some tips with us.
DON’T PUSH YOUR SLOW FRIENDS DOWN TO SAVE YOURSELF FROM A BEAR _ The National Parks Service wants to remind you not to push down your slow friends in an attempt to save your own life. In a recent social media post the NPS wrote: “If you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase ﬂeeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees. Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course). P.S. We apologize to any ‘friends’ who were brought on a hike as the ‘bait’ or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed.”
MEN, YOUNG ADULTS STRUGGLING MOST WITH FITNESS DURING PANDEMIC _ It’s been that much harder to stick to a set exercise routine over the past few months, but the dedicated among us have still found a way to maintain our physical fitness. A recent study looking into which demographics are staying active reveals both men and younger adults are surprisingly far lazier lately than women and older adults. The research (Anglia Ruskin University, Ulster University) asked participants to start filling out exercise surveys online on March 17 of this year.
… In all, 75 percent of participants still met or exceeded the WHO’s official exercise recommendation of either 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week. That said, women, older adults, and participants with a higher annual household income are all significantly more likely to meet physical fitness guidelines.
MAN MOCKS CHILD FOR WEARING A MASK, SPITS IN HIS FACE _ A disturbing story is emerging out of Treasure Island, Florida, where a man is accused of mocking a child for wearing a mask inside a restaurant and then spitting in his face. 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver now faces battery and disorderly conduct charges over the Sunday night incident, but investigators remain baffled over what could have sparked the bizarre outburst. Copenhaver was reportedly dining indoors at a restaurant named Ricky T’s when he approached the boy. He then told the child, whose name and age were not disclosed, to take off his mask. When the boy refused, Copenhaver allegedly asked to shake his hand. Again, the boy refused. But that apparently only incensed the man even more. Agitated, Copenhaver grabbed the boy by his arm and got “close enough to his face that his spit landed on the child.” Seconds later, Copenhaver told the child, “You now have coronavirus.” According to police, Copenhaver was believed to be intoxicated at the time.
MASKHOLE GETS PEPPER-SPRAYED _ A grocery store employee in Los Angeles informed a customer that he was required to wear a mask in the store, or had to leave. The man, who was screaming about masks, used his shopping cart to repeatedly ram the employee. Another shopper tried to push the man away, but he kept slamming into the female employee. Fearing for her safety, she pulled out a can of pepper spray and hosed him down; it quickly stopped the attack.
PENGUIN POOP IN SATELLITE IMAGES LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF NEW COLONIES _ In a bit of news that may just be worthy of throwing on a tuxedo in celebration, scientists just discovered 20 percent more emperor penguin colonies in Antartica. The research team, based out of the British Antarctic Survey, used satellite mapping technology to find emperor penguin guano, or excrement, seen on ice.
CHEW MORE, EAT LESS _ Weight loss experts remind us over and over again that if we eat too fast, our brain might not recognize that we are full until after we’ve already consumed more than enough calories. And, here’s yet another reason to slow down at mealtimes: chewing more could make you eat less. A study showed that participants who chewed about 2½ times more than the typical 15 times caused them to eat almost 12 percent fewer calories.
WHAT’S IN YOUR BELLY BUTTON? _ Research shows if you’re an innie and not an outie, your belly button is home to at least 60 to 100 or more species of bacteria, fungi and yeasts. The findings demonstrate how a belly button can become a haven for complex biodiversity. And although North Carolina State University researchers say they find 60 or 70 species of bacteria in the average belly button, they’ve found more than 1,400 species overall.
WEARING FLIP FLOPS COULD KILL YOU _ Wearing flip flops could kill you. The fashionable footwear are putting the lives of road users at risk. Three in every four drivers have admitted they find it hard to drive in flip flops and road safety experts have warned that wearing the sandals in the car could be a lethal decision. Researchers claim a flip flop, worn by millions, can easily get stuck under the pedals and cause a fatal accident.
COVID-19 SURVIVORS SAY HAIR LOSS IS A LINGERING PROBLEM _ New Jersey resident Theresa Cabrera was so ill with COVID-19 that she had to spend a month in the hospital this spring, much of that time sedated, intubated and on a ventilator. When she finally improved and was able to go home in May, the first thing she did was take a shower. That’s when she noticed her hair falling out.
… She’s not alone. More than a quarter of patients recovering from COVID-19 reported hair loss as one of the lingering problems in a survey of more than 1,500 people in the Survivor Corp Facebook group. Members are sometimes called “long haulers” because they discuss long-term effects of the disease.
… Doctors say telogen effluvium is to blame, a temporary condition where people experience excessive hair shedding after an illness, surgery, high fever, a stressful life event, extreme weight loss or giving birth.
STOLEN BIKE LEADS TO FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OWNER, TEEN _ In a surprising turn of events, the owner of a stolen bike ended up befriending the young man trying to sell it online. When Dan Wille reported his missing mountain bike was for sale online, the Clackamas County, Oregon, sheriff’s office contacted the seller. The seller was a teenager named Rafael Bodnar — who buys broken bikes, fixes them and then sells them as a hobby. Deputies say he was completely unaware that the bike was stolen. The 16-year-old boy was reportedly happy to return the bike to Wille, despite losing the $500 he had paid for it. Since then Wille has been texting Rafael and has offered to help him get a job at a bike shop in order to get more experience working as a mechanic.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SOME PEOPLE SCREW UP CHORES SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO DO THEM AGAIN _ Do you hate doing some chores so much that you’d fake an illness, or worse, screw up so badly that your significant wouldn’t ask you to do them again? That sounds lazy and selfish, but 28 percent of men and 21 percent of women say they’ve put effort into getting out of doing chores.
… The most-hated chores are, in order, washing dishes/cleaning the kitchen; doing laundry; cleaning the bathroom; vacuuming; cooking meals and shopping for groceries.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTORIST BROUGHT SHEEP ALONG FOR MCDONALD’S RUN _ In the UK a driver was pulled over when an officer noticed two of the car’s tires were completely bald. After pulling behind the stopped car the officer soon discovered there was a sheep in the back of the car. The driver told police the sheep in the back of his car was just along for the ride to McDonald’s.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOURIST SNAPS TOES OFF 200-YEAR-OLD STATUE _ A statue of Napoleon’s sister in an Italian museum lost three toes in an unfortunate encounter with a tourist. Police say the man broke off from his tour group so his wife could take a photo of him “sprawled over” the plaster cast model of Pauline Bonaparte, created in in 1804. Three of the statue’s toes were snapped off in the process. The man left the museum in northern Italy without alerting anyone to the damage, but authorities were able to track him down through coronavirus tracing information all visitors were required to submit. Police say the woman they contacted cried and admitted that her husband was the toe-breaker. A local court is now considering charges.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STALKER LIKES CHRISTMAS TUNES _ In Spain a guy pleaded guilty to having stalked a woman for nearly three years. His trial was postponed a couple of times because he would randomly start singing Christmas tunes.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CARJACKERS GETS ANTIFREEZED _ A man in Germany carjacked a guy and put the owner in the trunk before driving off. Then he thought, what if the car’s owner has a phone? He could call for help! So the carjackers pulled over and opened the trunk — and got a face full of anti-freeze, which the car’s owner had left in the trunk. He also had his phone and called police right away.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COLD ICE CREAM _ A woman in Romania made an official complaint to the government consumer protection authority because her ice cream was too cold. Officials there said they’d take her complaint into consideration but there wasn’t much they could do about it.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF WITH NAIL GUN _ A man in Russia survived after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a nail gun. He was nailing down floorboards in his bathroom when he tripped and fell and fired a two-inch steel tack into his chest, barely missing his heart.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG INMATES FREED DURING JAILBREAK _ Everything was going according to plan during a jailbreak in Uganda until the armed raiders discovered they had freed the wrong men. Five men cut their way through a fence to gain access to the facility. Dozens of inmates took advantage of the diversion to run for freedom, but none of the escapees were the gang members that were supposed be freed because hose hard-core criminals were being held in another part of the prison.
THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS (8p ET, CBS) — New.
WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New.
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (8p ET, Starz) — Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in this 2020 film. Vanessa Hudgens, Kate del Castillo and Joe Pantoliano also star.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
SERIES PREMIERE: BEING REUBEN (9p ET, CW) — This new reality series follows 14-year-old Welsh social-media star, singer and makeup artist Reuben de Maid, who shot to fame after appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Little Big Shots.
HOWARD (Disney+) — This new documentary remembers the late Howard Ashman, the lyricist who put words to songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and more. Using archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Ashman’s friends and family, the film examines his creative drive and the process behind the music.
THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS RIDES AGAIN: KIDS IN SPACE (Netflix) — Miss Frizzle (Kate McKinnon) and her young charges are having a blast in this new animated tale.
PAN Y CIRCO (Amazon Prime) — Diego Luna eats with prominent Mexican celebrities, politicians and others as they discuss the issues of the day in this new unscripted series.
WORK IT (Netflix) — This new teen rom-com follows a high schooler (Sabrina Carpenter) with all the wrong moves that starts her own dance squad.
RICHARD JEWELL (8p ET, HBO) — Clint Eastwood directed this fact-based 2019 drama that retells the story of an innocent security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) suspected in the terrorist bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates and Olivia Wilde also star.
48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New.
FRIDGE WARS (8p ET, CW) — New.
AIR JAWS: ULTIMATE BREACH OFF (8p ET, Discovery Channel) — The 32nd installment of Shark Week begins tonight, and will feature a record 24 specials. In Air Jaws, three teams of researchers return to one of the last hunting grounds to count the number of breaches and collect data on hunting techniques to see if the shark population is rebounding.
SURVIVING JEFFREY EPSTEIN (8p ET, Lifetime) — This 2-night, four-hour documentary investigates the billionaire New York financier who is alleged to have used his connections to the rich and famous to shield his predatory behavior with young girls.
60 MINUTES (9p ET, CBS) — New.
TYSON VS. JAWS: RUMBLE ON THE REEF (9p ET, Discovery) — Mike Tyson will square off underwater against a shark in the name of research.
SERIES PREMIERE: APOCALYPSE EARTH (9p ET, History Channel) — This new series examines the catastrophic threat natural phenomena can pose to the U.S. and around the world
SEASON FINALE: PERRY MASON (9p ET, HBO) — Perry Mason has been renewed for a 2nd season.
BIG BROTHER (10p ET, CBS) — New.
RACE IN AMERICA: A MOVEMENT NOT A MOMENT (10p ET, Bravo) — This intimate roundtable discussion features Garcelle Beauvais, Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Gizelle Bryant, Dr. Britten Cole, Gregory Gourdet, Toya Bush-Harris, Dr. Eugene Harris, Leah McSweeney, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Porsha Williams, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.
SEASON FINALE: THE ALIENIST (10p ET, TNT) — Moore (Luke Evans) and Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) struggle with decisions about their future paths.
THE OSBOURNES WANT TO BELIEVE (10p ET, Travel Channel) — New.
SERIES PREMIERE: WE HUNT TOGETHER (10p ET, Showtime) — This new drama explores the intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation.
IN THEATERS ONE YEAR AGO _ Opening one year ago this weekend was The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Kitchen, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
NEW BATCH OF LEGO HARRY POTTER MINIFIGURES COMING SOON _ Two years after launching its Wizarding World minifigures series, LEGO is finally rolling out its second round of Harry Potter characters for the collection. Part two of the series features 16 characters, including many that are new to the LEGO world. Bellatrix Lestrange, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Professor Sprout, Moaning Myrtle, Ginny Weasley, the Weasley twins, Griphook, and Lily and James Potter are now all available as minifigures for the first time.
… The Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures Series 2 will become available in the LEGO shop starting in September.
LIZZO INKS HER FIRST TV DEAL, WITH AMAZON STUDIOS _ Popstar Lizzo has inked her first major television deal, with Amazon Studios. It was announced today that the Grammy-winning pop singer plans to work with the streaming service to develop television series that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.
… Lizzo made her film debut in the 2019 feature film Hustlers and voiced a character in the animated film UglyDolls.
ARIANA GRANDE’S NEW PERFUME, COMING THIS MONTH, IS CALLED R.E.M. _ Not long ago, Ariana Grande teased that a brand-new fragrance is on the way. Now we know a bit more about it. In her Instagram Story, Ariana posted a photo of the fragrance bottle, revealing that it’s called R.E.M., after the song of the same name from her album Sweetener. The box the bottle comes in includes a comic book version of the intergalactic space warrior that Ari played in the 2014 video for her hit with Zedd, Break Free.
… When teasing the new fragrance, Ariana described it as “seductive n sweet … dreamy” and said she’s been wearing it herself every day since March.
… R.E.M. joins Ariana’s other perfumes, which include Thank U, Next; Moonlight; Ari; Frankie; Sweet Like Candy; and Cloud.
ANTEBELLUM IS SKIPPING THEATERS AND HEADING TO VOD IN SEPTEMBER _ Antebellum, the mysterious horror thriller starring Janelle Monáe, is headed to video on demand. The movie was originally supposed to open in theaters in April, but coronavirus ended up making that impossible. After shuffling the date around a bit, movie company Lionsgate has decided to release the film directly to Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on September 18. No word on the price, but it will likely run $20 for the digital copy, which you will “own” on the platform where it’s purchased. • VIDEO
… For an up-to-date list of theatrical-release and streaming films click here.
🎧 KNIGHT RIDER MOVIE SPEEDS BACK INTO DEVELOPMENT _ A new Knight Rider movie is in the works, based on the series which ran on NBC from 1982 through 1986 and launched actor David Hasselhoff to stardom. The show followed a police detective named Michael Knight who fought crime with the aid of KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a high-powered Pontiac Firebird that was basically indestructible.
KANYE WEST HAS A RUNNING MATE _ Presidential candidate Kanye West has named his vice presidential running mate: Michelle Tidball. Never heard of her? Tidball is a 57-year-old spiritual coach who lives on a ranch in Cody, Wyoming.
LOUISIANA MAN CLAIMS ELLEN DEGENERES BULLIED HIM AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD _ A Louisiana man claims Ellen DeGeneres’ alleged behavior goes all the way back to when she worked at his mother’s New Orleans recruitment agency in the late 1970s. The Daily Mail quoted Ben Gravolet saying, “She would criticize my weight. I would try to do homework in the office, she’d call me stupid, she’d call me fat. She would criticize my clothes. I would dread going to [my mom’s] office to see her after school or on a day if I was sick and Ellen was there.”
… “As I watched her meteoric rise to fame, people would say how great she was and all I could think was she must be an incredible actor because she was one of the most vile people I’ve ever met in my life. Who takes pleasure in giving a child pain?”
… Gravolet is now a 52-year-old father of three and vice president of a New Orleans marketing agency.
… The Mail also spoke to Gravolet’s mother, Tana Robinson, who described DeGeneres, now 62, as “extremely rude,” though she said she was unaware of the comedian’s treatment of her son until recently.
TREMORS 7 RECEIVES GETS A TITLE AND RATING _ The original Tremors was one of the best B-movies of the early 1990s. After a brief but successful run in theaters, the horror-comedy became a hit on home video. Since that first film, we’ve had five sequels — and a TV show — and a sixth sequel now has a title: Tremors: Shrieker Island.
… The movie will see the return of the monstrous Graboids, giant subterranean worm-like creatures that detect vibrations on the surface and burst up from below to devour people. This time the plot is that a number of Graboids have been captured by a bored billionaire desperate for some thrills. He’s transported the deadly monsters to an island resort with the intention of hunting them for sport.
… Confirmed on the cast are series mainstay Michael Gross (who’s played kooky survivalist Burt Gummer since the first movie) and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder.
… Tremors: Shrieker Island will hit video-on-demand in October.
GORDON RAMSAY IS CRITIQUING PEOPLES’ MEALS ON TIKTOK _ Gordon Ramsay’s TikTok account is full of fun things like him dancing with his daughter or reacting to audios of his own freak-outs, but these days, it’s mainly full of the TV chef’s bread and butter: telling people their cooking stinks. He’s been reacting to some home cooks’ creations lately and every one of his videos will make you glad you keep your cooking to yourself. Gordon had previously roasted photos of peoples’ food on Twitter, and of course on TV, but now that he has taken his talents to TikTok, his videos have racked up millions of views. • VIDEO
… In one video Gordon shares his reaction to a woman who makes fish and chips — in a microwave.
STEPHEN COLBERT AND JAMES CORDEN TO RETURN TO THEIR STUDIOS NEXT WEEK _ Both CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden are returning to their studios next week, but without a live studio audience. Colbert and Corden follow Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon in moving their shows out of their homes. Conan is currently taping his TBS show at a Los Angeles comedy club (Largo at the Coronet), while Fallon’s Tonight Show has moved to a smaller studio at 30 Rock.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN REBOOT COMING TO AMAZON _ A TV reboot of the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own is coming to Amazon. The movie was about the first female professional baseball league.
There are around 5,300 museums in the U.S., some large and many small. Here are some of the world’s strangest museums.
• The Instant Ramen Museum in Japan. In 1958 — after a year of experimenting in his backyard shed— Momofuku Ando invented the world’s first instant noodles: Chicken Ramen. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum documents this chapter of Japan’s food culture, where visitors can view instant noodles packages from around the world.
• International Spy Museum. Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum features the largest ever public collection of espionage artifacts, shedding light on one of the world’s most secretive professions.
• The Mummy Museum. In the small mining town of Guanajuato, Mexico, hundreds of bodies were buried in the Santa Paula Pantheon’s crypts during the mid-19th century. If families were unable to pay a burial tax imposed by the town, the bodies were exhumed. It was then that they discovered the bodies had been mummified through a natural process, likely due to the region’s unique climactic factors. Their ghoulish corpses — including those of infants — are now on display.
• International Museum of Toilets. Located in India’s buzzing capital of New Delhi, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets details the history of hygiene and sanitation from 2500 B.C. to present day.
• Ventriloquist Museum. In 1910, William Shakespeare Berger bought his first dummy: Tommy Baloney. By 1947, his collection had grown so large he renovated his garage to house the figures, and in 1962, he had to construct a second building. Today, Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, displays more than 800 dummies, photos, playbills, and historical books from Berger’s collection.
• Dog Collar Museum. This museum, in Kent, England, was founded in 1977, when antique collector Gertrude Hunt presented her beloved collection of 60 dog collars to Leeds Castle. Since then, the museum has continued to expand, and there are now more than 130 exhibits, dating from the sixteenth century.
• Museum of Bread Culture. Whether it’s a warm pretzel or deliciously dark rye bread, Germans love their dough-based produce. This museum, in Ulm, Germany, was founded by two entrepreneurs who worked in the bakery trade before opening their first permanent exhibition in 1960. It soon became a museum, which is now run by a charitable foundation.
• Kansas Barbed Wire Museum. Did you know that barbed wire was first patented in 1874? Or that it played a crucial role during the World War I, when its high tensile strength made it a powerful deterrent against enemy tanks? This museum has more than 2,000 types of barbed wire on display.
• Beijing Tap Water Museum. This is an odd one, considering Beijing residents have never thought the water coming out of their taps was safe to drink.
• Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame. Frederick’s of Hollywood, the store that brought unmentionables such as push-up bras and thong panties to the world, has in its hot-pink art deco flagship display a snapshot of Tinseltown literally under wraps. While the ground floor is devoted to retail, upstairs is a who’s who of Hollywood undergarments, from Tom Hanks’ boxer shorts in Forrest Gump to the undies of the entire cast of Beverly Hills 90210.
• Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Andrea Ludden’s obsession is with salt and pepper shakers. A trained anthropologist, she’s writing a definitive study of the condiment dispensers, and displays her collection of more than 22,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers in a building specially arranged for their purpose in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
PHONER: THE SMELLS THAT REMIND YOU OF SCHOOL
🎧 What are the smells that remind you of school? The Pro Audio page has a few real callers to help light up your phones.
DUMB PET HOTLINE CALLS
A pet hotline has released a list of some of the more unusual questions it’s received.
• “My cat just came in from the garage and I was wondering… how many calories are in a mouse?”
• “I have a neutered male cat. How old should he be before I can breed him?”
• “Is it normal for a dog to shed?”
• “How can I keep my cat from stealing my husband’s toothbrush?”
• “How do I stop my cat from giving food to the dog?”
• “Will chewing soda cans remove enamel from my puppy’s teeth?”
• “Where can I get a six-toed cat?”
MY CRAZY PLAN TO ALWAYS SLEEP ON A NEW MATTRESS
Tons of mattress companies with catchy names will now ship one right to your front door — and nearly all of them offer a 100- to 120-day in-home trial with no-hassle returns. Some companies — like DreamCloud, Awara and Nectar — even offers a 365 day guarantee.
So here’s my plan: I’m going to sleep for free for years and year. I found all of the online mattress companies with 100-day-plus returns and added up the days.
• Tuft & Needle
… 365 days divided by 100 is about 3½ mattresses. I’m going to be sleeping “new” for years to come. Great plan, right?
TRIVIA: The average American eats 19,000 calories worth of this each year. (Ice cream)
TRIVIA: What was ESPN’s first televised sporting event? (A slow-pitch softball game, the Milwaukee Schlitzes vs. the Kentucky Bourbons.)
TRIVIA: Twenty percent of single men say they’ve used what to try to pick up women? (Their pet)
WORLD’S EASIEST MULTIPLE-CHOICE RADIO GAME
I have a series of multiple choices for you to make. Do that and you win! (There are no questions. The caller just chooses one from each group and wins all the way through.)
- Wonder Woman
- Shag carpeting
- Bell bottoms
- Open-toed sandals
SPY THE LIE
• It takes 9 seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat to make about 70 loaves of bread.
• Cerumen (seh-ROO-men) is the technical term for earwax.
• In the Ukraine they add olive oil to their coffee. (LIE)
• 1954: JOHNNY CASH married Vivian Liberto. They would have a daughter, ROSANNE CASH.
• 1961: PATSY CLINE topped the country charts with I Fall To Pieces.
• 1981: On his birthday, B.J. THOMAS became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
• 1991: WILLIE NELSON sold his Colorado ranch for $803,000 to help pay off back taxes owed to the IRS.
• 1997: GARTH BROOKS performed a free concert at New York’s Central Park. An estimated 750,000+ fans attended the show, which aired live on HBO.
• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON appeared on the cover of Parade magazine, where he came out in favor of gay marriage: “I have a life, and I want everyone else to have one, too.”
• 2015: JAKE OWEN announced he was divorcing Lacey Buchanan.
• 2018: RONNIE DUNN and K.T. OSLIN were announced as 2018 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
B.J. THOMAS (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head) is 78.
RODNEY CROWELL is 70.
MICHAEL PETERSON is 61.
Raul Malo of THE MAVERICKS is 55.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
CHRIS YOUNG has had to find virtual ways to to collaborate with his songwriting buddies while at home. Chris shares that while he’s writing with other songwriters via Zoom, “[It’s] the same skill set, but a different way of doing it.”
KANE BROWN says he’s grateful his young daughter won’t remember much about this year. Kane says, “2020’s been tough in general. I’m glad my daughter doesn’t know what’s going on, and she’s not going to remember.”
SUGARLAND’s Jennifer Nettles has given her voice to 4-H. This week, 4-H launched its Opportunity4All campaign, focused on closing the educational and economic opportunity gap that exists for millions of young people across the country. To raise further awareness about this issue and the steps that young people and their communities are taking to close this gap, 4-H alum Jennifer Nettles lent her voice to a new public service announcement that will run on various digital channels. • VIDEO
MAREN MORRIS wants to make this school year a little easier for fine arts students in East Nashville — she donated $70,000 this week to the band program at East Nashville Magnet High School. With these funds, the school plans to purchase instruments, uniforms, tuxedos and gowns.
THOMAS RHETT has a new fishing story this summer. Instead of reeling in a record-setting catch, he snagged himself. He wrote on social media: “The day started great! Then I hooked myself in the back of the leg. Had to push it out the other side, cut the barb off then pull it back through!”
… Thomas’ fishing trip in Colorado includes his wife Lauren Akins plus FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley Hubbard.
DARIUS RUCKER’s ready to tune out the world and turn up the good times in his new single Beers and Sunshine. The feel-good track arrived on Thursday and was crafted via Zoom during quarantine. • LISTEN
JERROD NIEMANN’s new song, Tequila Kisses, was produced with just one instrument — the human voice. The song is an a cappella that was created with fifty layers of harmonies. • LISTEN
TOP SONGS – RADIO AIRPLAY
- Chris Janson – Done
- Locash – One Big Country Song
- Maddie & Tae – Die From a Broken Heart
- Luke Bryan – One Margarita
- Sam Hunt – Hard to Forget
- Justin Moore – Why We Drink
- Miranda Lambert – Bluebird
- Florida Georgia Line – I Love My Country
- Thomas Rhett and Friends – Be a Light
- Kane Brown – Cool Again
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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 10, 2020
• 1991: VINCE GILL joined the Grand Ole Opry.
• 1998: PATSY CLINE’s The Patsy Cline Collection boxed set was certified platinum.
• 2002: PORTER WAGONER and Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle were announced as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
• 2006: ALAN JACKSON’s gospel CD Precious Memories was certified platinum.
• 2006: JOSH TURNER scored his second platinum album with Your Man.
• 2009: BROOKS & DUNN announced in a five-sentence note to their fans that they were ending their run as a duo after one last tour.
• 2011: LUKE BRYAN got stitches in his forehead following a skateboard accident in New York’s Central Park.
Mandolin player Gene Johnson of DIAMOND RIO is 71.
JENNIFER HANSON (Beautiful Goodbye) is 47.
• Rosanna Arquette is 61
• Antonio Banderas is 60
• Justin Theroux is 49
• Angie Harmon (Law and Order) is 48
• Lucas Till (MacGyver) is 30
• Jeremy Maguire (Modern Family) is 9
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1846: The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress after $500,000 was given for such a purpose by scientist James Smithson.
• 1981: The head of John Walsh’s son Adam was found in Hollywood, Florida. This event would later prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act, giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation greater authority to track the disappearance of children. It also made Walsh a national spokesman against crime and eventually led to the establishment of America’s Most Wanted.
• 1999: A 32-year-old Egyptian man, pronounced dead after drowning, regained consciousness after spending three hours in a morgue refrigerator.
• 2003: Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space. His bride was on Earth.
• 2005: Lee Seung Seop died from exhaustion in South Korea after playing the computer game StarCraft continuously for 49 hours.
• 2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley.
• 2014: Fossils of a new species of giant penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) were found on Seymour Island in Antarctica. The penguins lived about 40 million years ago and likely weighed about 250 pounds.
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