• Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 84
• Comedian Gallagher is 74
• Robert Hays (Airplane!) is 73
• Michael Richards (Kramer on Seinfeld) is 71
• Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) is 69
• Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) is 55
• Kristin Chenoweth is 52
• Laura Leighton (Melrose Place) is 52
• Jennifer Lopez is 51
• Director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) is 49
• Rose Byrne is 41
• Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man, The Handmaid’s Tale) is 38
• Anna Paquin (The Affair) is 38
• Sarah Steele (The Good Fight, The Good Wife) is 32
• Bindi Irwin (Bindi: The Jungle Girl) is 22
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
• 1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts, two of whom had become the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific.
• 1979: A Miami jury convicted Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.
• 1990: Iraqi forces started massing on the Kuwait/Iraq border.
• 2005: Two Melbourne, Australia, teenagers driving a stolen car were caught by police after stopping to help a motorist. The 13- and 14-year-olds pulled over to help someone with a dead battery. Two officers on a routine patrol stopped to make sure everything was okay, but soon discovered the teenagers were underage drivers and the car had been stolen.
• 2012: A grocery store in Manhattan, New York, introduced a “man aisle.” Westside Market included everything a man would need: beer, barbecue sauce, beef jerky, razors, Doritos, meat marinades, and a non-sissy sounding bottled water.
• Drive-Thru Day. The first drive-thru is believed to have been at Red’s Giant Hamburg on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, in 1947.
• Cousins Day
• Self Care Day
• Lumberjack Day
• Tequila Day
• Amelia Earhart Day
SATURDAY, JULY 25
• Supermodel Iman is 65. Illeana Douglas is 55. Matt LeBlanc is 53. David Denman is 47. Mason Cook is 20.
• Carousel Day (Merry-Go-Round) Day. Hire A Veteran Day. Body Painting Day. Water Gun Fight Day. Hot Fudge Sundae Day.
SUNDAY, JULY 26
• Mick Jagger is 77. Helen Mirren is 75. Kevin Spacey is 61. Sandra Bullock is 56. Jeremy Piven is 55. Jason Statham is 53. Chris Harrison is 49. Kate Beckinsale is 47.
• Americans With Disabilities Day. Aunts and Uncles Day. Parents’ Day. Coffee Milkshake Day.
3,000: Bank robberies each year in the U.S.
The FDA is warning consumers about hand sanitizers from Mexico which may contain a toxic ingredient. Don’t rub it on your hands or ingest it. [However, it works wonders on dandelions.]
54-year-old Mike Tyson will return to the boxing ring for an exhibition fight. [Tyson’s already talking trash to his opponent. On Twitter he said, “I’m gonna rocking chair your world!”]
54-year-old Mike Tyson will return to the boxing ring for an 8-round exhibition fight. [In between each round will be 20 minutes for napping.]
U.S. house sales went up in June. [See, there’s a good side to all those coronavirus divorces.]
Dr. Anthony Fauci climbed to the mound at Nationals Park on Thursday night and lobbed the first pitch of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. [It was free mask night, but with no on in the stands the promotion cost the Nats just $18.]
A study found that boa constrictors and anacondas don’t kill their victims by squeezing the air out of them as we thought, but by cutting off their blood flow. [Well, that changes everything. I think we owe them an apology.]
BMW’s 2021 X7 SUV will come in a limited-edition model called Dark Shadow. It will cost over $120,000. [Which will cast a dark shadow on my kid’s college fund.]
According to a study conducted at Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, older people who exercise their brains are less likely to lose their memory. [The bad news is the more they improve their memories the harder it is to forget that they’re still living in Cleveland.]
The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to start this week in Tokyo. [If mom made you an Olympics-themed mask, hang on to it for next year.]
A survey says we’re washing our hands more than we did before coronavirus. [I’m such a clean freak I have a bar of soap for each finger.]
A study finds office employees need some sort of vacation or break every 43 days. [Which also happens to be how often Netflix refreshes its movie and TV library.]
A guy in Germany admitted to stealing hundreds of pairs of ladies’ underwear because he likes to wear them for work. [Psychologists who questioned the thief say he’s clearly a man who doesn’t know right from thong.]
WASHINGTON REDSKINS WILL CALLED WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM _ Washington’s NFL franchise officially retired their controversial Redskins name Thursday with the announcement that — for now — they will be referred to as the Washington Football Team. The name change is temporary — it’s just the one the teams plans to use until finding a final name.
… The team’s @Redskins Twitter account shifted to @WashingtonNFL. And if you visit Redskins.com you’ll see the old name and logo gone and the name Washington Football Team prominently displayed.
… If you visit WashingtonFootballTeam.com you have the option to click to the DC United soccer team page, or the updated redskins.com.
MIKE TYSON SET TO REENTER RING WITH EXHIBITION FIGHT VERSUS ROY JONES JR. _ Boxer Mike Tyson, who showed off his fighting skills in a video released in May, announced on Thursday his plan to fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match. The 54-year-old boxing legend will fight the similarly aged Jones in a pay-per-view matchup. The fight is scheduled to take place on September 12 in Los Angeles.
… Tyson was 50-6 as a pro. Jones is also known as one of the premier fighters of the sport, holding titles in four separate weight divisions and posting a 66-9 career record.
BEAR CUB, HEAD STUCK IN PAIL, SAVED IN DRAMATIC TREETOP RESCUE _ Trevor Buchmann saw the bear on the tree at a lake’s edge near his house. It’s thought the cub had been wandering with the bucket on its head for five days. The animal had likely become trapped while foraging for food at a local dump. When Buchmann and a friend tried to catch it at the base of the tree the cub climbed higher. Using a pole they were able to push it into the water. Once on shore the men caught the cub, removed the bucket and put it in a dog kennel. The cub was fed and then checked out by a wildlife expert. • MORE
FRIENDS SHARE POWERBALL JACKPOT WIN, KEEPING 1992 PROMISE _ A Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago. Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either one of them ever won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the money. That promise came to fruition last month when Cook bought the winning ticket for a $22 million jackpot (in Menomonie). When Cook called to give his friend the good news, Feeney couldn’t quite believe it. Feeney, said Cook “called me [with the news] and I said, ‘Are you jerking my bobber?'” Feeney is an avid fisherman.
… Cook retired after hitting the jackpot while Feeney was already retired. Neither has any extravagant plans for the winnings but are looking forward to enjoying more family time.
… The men chose the cash option of about $16.7 million, leaving each with nearly $5.7 million after taxes are paid.
MICROSOFT INVENTION MAKES IT SEEM LIKE YOU’RE LOOKING AT CAMERA _ A lot of us are spending more time on video calls than ever before — and perhaps noticing that it can be a lot tougher to maintain eye contact than in face-to-face meetings. If you’re looking at the picture of the person you’re talking to, then you’re probably not looking directly at the camera… so it appears you’re not looking at the person you’re talking to. Microsoft has a fix for that. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build has a new “Eye Contact” feature that “helps to adjust your gaze on video calls.”
… Microsoft says it should work with any app that uses the front camera, whether it’s Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, or something else.
PINTEREST KICKS OFF MAKE A STATEMENT MASK CHALLENGE _ Pinterest teamed up with some of the top creators on its site for the Make a Statement Mask challenge, aimed at encouraging Pinners to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic by turning those masks into vehicles of self-expression. Creators designed one-of-a-kind masks, which were featured under Pinterest’s Today tab, along with instructions on how to follow suit.
… During the first two months of the pandemic, searches for do-it-yourself mask basics exploded on Pinterest.
MARRIEDS LIE ABOUT THEIR SPENDING _ A survey reveals 80 percent of married respondents lie to their partners about spending. The survey found that most people lied about clothing and accessories, with food checking in as the second-most lied-about category. The top reason given for fibbing was that the significant other doesn’t need to know.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did you find out your partner was lying about their spending habits?
THE WORLD SERIES WILL STILL COUNT _ A new poll found that the 44 percent of baseball fans believe that winning the 2020 World Series will be less meaningful than winning a World Series in a typical season.
THE REASONS WE SELL OUR HOMES _ Property owners put their homes on the market for various reasons, including for being haunted. According to a survey (commissioned by online real estate agent Strike), the top reasons we put our homes up for sale are:
1. To have a bigger home
2. Wanting a yard/bigger yard
3. For a change of scene
4. Want a bigger kitchen
5. Want a bigger living room
6. To be closer to friends and family
7. To move into the country
8. For more storage space
9. Don’t like the neighbors
10. Better schools
… Other reasons inside the top 40 include being bored with the area, to be closer to nice cycling routes, to be closer to favorite bars and restaurants and (at the bottom) because the house is haunted.
DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR EYES OPEN? _ You walk over to your friend who is asleep on your couch, snoring away. You bend over to goose him when suddenly you jump back in shock. His eyes are open. Wide open. Yet he’s asleep. Really. It’s a condition called nocturnal lagophthalmos, and according to the National Sleep Foundation as many as one out of five of us have it — including babies. In fact, if you’re among the 20% who have it, it’s possible that your child could as well, because it appears to be hereditary. Most kids grow out of it.
… Nocturnal lagophthalmos happens when the eyelids don’t close enough to cover the eye, either partially or fully. It can signal a serious, underlying medical problem such as stroke, thyroid disease or facial nerve damage.
… Sleeping without eyes shut can also mess up your sleep. Light stimulates the brain to wakefulness, so unless you sleep in a coffin like a vampire, keeping your peeps open all night is likely to wake you. Nor is it good for your eyes. Your eyelids need to fully shut at night so that tears and their moisture can clean and repair your cornea. If not treated, the National Sleep Foundation says, nocturnal lagophthalmos can lead “to dry eyes, blurred vision, infection, and even permanent vision problems.”
… There are things you can do to help your eyes fully closed. It may be as simple as wearing an eye mask while sleeping, or even a specially made goggle that traps moisture. Using artificial tears during the day and a humidifier at night can also help with moisture loss.
QUIT SMOKING, MAKE MORE MONEY _ Are you a smoker? Here’s another reason to quit: you could make more money. Some economists have found (using data from the Tobacco Use Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey) that people who had quit smoking for at least a year earned higher wages than smokers and people who had never smoked. According the data smokers earned about 80 percent of nonsmokers’ wages. Even one cigarette a day triggers a wage gap between smokers and nonsmokers.
GUYS ARE INSECURE _ Ladies, you’re not the only sex that’s insecure — guys are, too. The Huffington Post asked thousands of guys what makes them insecure, and here are few responses:
- Skinny arms
- Previous boyfriends
- Skills in bed
- Hair loss
- Not being in control of their lives
- White hairs in the beard
- Calling or texting too soon or too late
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What is it your man is insecure about?
YOUR BRAIN WANTS TO CHECK FACEBOOK EVERY 31 SECONDS _ Why do we multitask, and how bad is it? It’s really bad, as scientists discovered when they outfitted computers of a study room of a university with a task tracker. This gave them an unfiltered image of what students were doing with their time. Students estimate that they can concentrate on their work for about five minutes at a time. If a five minute attention span seems awfully short, the experiment with a task tracker on a computer showed that in reality students on average concentrate on a task for about 31 seconds.
… A big culprit is, of course, social media.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW WE WASTE BILLIONS EVERY YEAR _ Stop wasting your money and buy generic like the smart kids do. A study (Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Chicago) found 9 times out of 10, doctors buy generic aspirin over the brand-names and the majority of professional chefs buy generic, store-brand sugar and baking powder over the brand name ingredients. The study found Americans waste $64 billion a year on name brands when store brands cost half the price.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How brand loyal are you? Americans waste $64 billion a year on name brands when store brands are available. What brand will you never give up?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: US MARSHALS’ ‘FUGITIVE OF WEEK’ FOUND ASLEEP ON PORCH _ A “fugitive of the week” sought by the U.S. Marshals Service was found sleeping on a porch in New Hampshire. John Cathcart was sought on multiple arrest warrants involving guns and drugs. Authorities said interviews led them to a porch in Laconia, New Hampshire, where they found Cathcart. He was arrested without incident.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAKE SIGNS WARNING CAMPERS OF SATANIC CULT ACTIVITY _ Officials say signs posted around California’s Big Bear Lake warning campers of “satanic cult activity” are fake. According to a City of Big Bear Lake Facebook post, signs reading, “ATTENTION CAMPERS: Due to increased Satanic Cult activity in this area, camping is not advised until further notice.” The fake signs also mention that “several pets have been reportedly sacrificed in satanic rituals,” and that “several missing persons reports have been filed with local authorities.” Officials say there have been no known threats of these types in the area. • LINK
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MORE THAN THREE TONS OF POT FOUND IN TRUCKLOAD OF KETCHUP _ Federal agents in Texas discovered a large quantity of marijuana hidden inside a truck load of ketchup. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that agents encountered a truck hauling what was supposed to be ketchup. With the help of a canine unit, agents discovered that the buckets contained more than ketchup — and found 7,645 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed in 968 packages inside the ketchup containers buckets. The estimated street value of the seized drugs is over $1.5 million.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT OWNER CONSUMES WORM _ A woman in China demanded compensation from a restaurant after her daughter accidentally ate half a worm in her meal. But to prove the worm was harmless the restaurant manager ate the rest of the creature.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: REPAIRMAN HELD HOSTAGE _ In the UK a woman was unhappy that she could not get her new washing machine fixed. After a third repairman also couldn’t fix it, the woman blocked his van in her driveway, saying she would not move until she was given a new machine. Police finally had to respond to negotiate the repairman’s release. The woman got her new machine, and no charges were filed.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DECIDES NOT TO PAY FOR SOME ITEMS _ The loss prevention officer at a Walmart in Summerfield, Florida, watched a woman as she shopped, and then went to the self-checkout line. She scanned and paid for several items, but not, he said, four others. When he confronted her, she admitted “I decided not to pay for them.” The woman (Monica Lynn Beach) was arrested and charged. Among the items she decided not to pay for: ice cream and toilet paper.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DUI ON A LAWNMOWER _ 75-year-old Jack Pritchard was pulled over in Holmes Beach, Florida, and arrested for DUI after nearly hitting officers in the street while driving his riding lawn mower. Mowers are considered “vehicles” under Florida law. It was Pritchard’s sixth DUI arrest, although it was his first one on a lawnmower.
SERIES PREMIERE: THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS (8p ET, CBS) — Cedric the Entertainer hosts this new series that looks at viral home video moments created while sheltering in place.
WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
RAVEN ABOUT BUNK’D (8p ET, Disney Channel) — Raven-Symoné and the gang from Raven’s Home meet up with the summer campers from Bunk’d in this new special.
SEASON FINALE: RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS (8p ET, VH1) — The winner is named and awarded $100,000.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
SEASON PREMIERE: ROOM 104 (11p ET, HBO) — This anthology series returns for Season 4.
ANIMAL CRACKERS (Netflix) — This family-friendly animated fantasy features the voices of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito and Ian McKellen. The story centers on a group of characters who take over a circus after Owen (Krasinski) discovers the secret to the success of his Uncle’s circus: magic animal crackers that turn humans into circus animals.
JIM GAFFIGAN: THE PALE TOURIST (Amazon Prime) — These specials were taken from his Pale Tourist global tour, in which he crafted stand-up sets for each country he visited (in this case, Spain and Canada).
THE KISSING BOOTH 2 (Netflix) — This teen rom-com sequel finds Elle (Joey King), now a senior, juggling a long-distance relationship with Noah (Jacob Elordi) and a new friendship that could upset it.
RADIOACTIVE (Amazon Prime) — Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) stars in this new bio-pic as two-time Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie. The film follows her life, both in the field of science and in love.
ROGUE TRIP (Disney+) — ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff and his son Mack visit conflict zones in search of otherwise overlooked natural wonders in this new six-part series.
NBA COUNTDOWN (8p ET, ABC) — Before the return of pro basketball on July 30th, this special will preview the restart of the season and discuss news from around the league since the March 11 season stoppage.
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (8p ET, HBO) — Edward Norton writes, directs and stars in this 2019 mystery drama as a hard-boiled 1950s detective with Tourette’s syndrome. Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe also star.
48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New.
SURVIVING JOE EXOTIC (10p ET, Animal Planet) — This new special catches up with some of the characters and creatures featured in the Netflix true-crime series Tiger King.
SEASON PREMIERE: WYNONNA EARP (10p ET, Syfy) — The fourth season (shortened for now due to the pandemic) begins, two years after its last season. After escaping the garden in season 3, season 4 will find Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), and Doc (Tim Rozon) returning to Purgatory, only to discover that something is different about their hometown.
SERIES PREMIERE: HELTER SKELTER: AN AMERICAN MYTH (10p ET, Epix) — This new, 6-part Charles Manson docu-series features never-before-accessed interviews from former family members and journalists first on the scene and in the courtroom, with archival footage and newly-unearthed images.
IN THEATERS ONE YEAR AGO _ One year ago Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood was in theaters.
… Here’s a list of movies coming to theaters (maybe) and streaming channels this year.
TAYLOR SWIFT DELIVERED A NEW ALBUM OVERNIGHT _ Taylor Swift surprised the world Thursday with the announcement that she would be releasing a new album at midnight. The album is titled Folklore and it comes with a video for the first single, called Cardigan.
… Taylor says she wasn’t planning to do an album, but, well, she had some extra time on her hands. Among other things Taylor was planning for four big concerts this summer — mega shows at stadiums.
THE CW ORDERS UP NEW STEPHEN KING TV SHOW _ The CW has announced that it’s developing a new Stephen King TV show called Revelations, a one-hour drama based on King’s short story The Revelations of Becka Paulson. First published in Rolling Stone magazine in July 1984, the tale follows Becka Paulson, who accidentally shoots herself in the brain with a nail-gun. She miraculously survives, but post-injury she suffers vivid hallucinations and soon believes she’s been recruited by Jesus Christ as his “chosen one.” The hallucinatory Christ then tasks her with stopping the apocalypse by proving that Earth is worth saving.
TRUE BLOOD’S ANNA CAMP REVEALS HER STRUGGLES WITH COVID-19 _ 2020 hasn’t been kind to the human population for various reasons, but mostly because of COVID-19. It wasn’t until Tom Hanks and his wife Rita announced they’d been infected that some countries finally started to take notice. The latest celeb to announce her battle with the virus is True Blood actress Anna Camp. On Instagram Anna shared that she’s suffered with persistent symptoms like poor sense of smell, extreme fatigue, dizziness and more even after finally testing negative following her initial three week battle with the virus. • IMAGE
TARAJI P. HENSON IN A POTENTIAL EMPIRE SPINOFF ON FOX _ Taraji P. Henson has signed on for a potential Empire spinoff which will likely follow Cookie as she moves to Los Angeles. The spinoff is expected to help Empire have a proper conclusion after its abrupt series finale earlier this year following the coronavirus shutdown.
DISNEY DELAYS MULAN INDEFINITELY, PUSHES BACK AVATAR SEQUELS A YEAR _ Disney has announced a new movie schedule, with the theatrical release of Mulan now pushed back indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s listed as “unset,” after previously being delayed to August 21. The sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar have all been pushed back by a year each, with the new Star Wars trilogy getting the same fate.
… Here’s an updated list of movies coming to theaters (maybe) and streaming channels this year.
SAVED BY THE BELL PODCAST _ Mark-Paul Gosselaar is dipping into the nostalgia well with a new Saved by the Bell retrospective podcast. Gosselaar claims he hasn’t watched a single episode of Saved by the Bell, the cult-favorite teen sitcom on which he played Zack Morris, since he finished shooting his final scene for the NBC show more than two decades ago. Now he’s going to watch all 16 episodes of Season 1 for the podcast series Zack to the Future, on which he’ll be joined by Dashiell Driscoll, creator and narrator of Funny Or Die’s Zack Morris Is Trash. The duo will dissect each episode in the weekly podcast, analyzing iconic show moments and discuss never-before-heard stories from the set with featured guests.
RYAN REYNOLDS TIME TRAVEL MOVIE JUMPS TO NETFLIX _ In yet another sign of the times, the Ryan Reynolds time travel movie is time traveling from Paramount to Netflix. There was a time, not so long ago, where the thought of a major studio movie with a big star going right to Netflix would be unthinkable. The film follows a man who has to travel back in time to get help from his 13-year old self. Together, they run into their late father, who is now the same age as Reynolds.
ELISABETH MOSS TO STAR IN APPLE TV+’S SHINING GIRLS _ Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced adaptation of the bestselling novel The Shining Girls. The book revolves around a time-traveling Depression-era drifter who must murder the “shining girls” in order to continue his travels. Moss will play a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker.
… This is the third TV project starring Moss that announced this month. On July 7, she signed on to play real-life killer Candy Montgomery. Earlier this week, Moss teamed with Hulu for psychosexual neo-noir thriller Black Match.
NETFLIX RENEWS SWEET MAGNOLIAS FOR SEASON 2 _ The Netflix romantic drama Sweet Magnolias has been given a second season order two months after its series premiere in May.
SHARK WEEK IS COMING _ Shark Week on the Discovery Channel begins August 9, and there is a new rival to the toothy crown in the form of Nat Geo’s SharkFest. The 32nd Shark Week will feature 23 hours of new material, while SharkFest will run for five weeks and roll out 17 new documentaries.
HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY, CADDYSHACK _ On July 25, 1980, a little movie called Caddyshack premiered in theaters.
• The original plot for Caddyshack revolved around Danny Noonan’s conflicts with the characters played by Ted Knight and Scott Collomby. Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield were only supposed to have cameo-sized roles, but their improvisational routines were so successful that their characters were continuously expanded. As result, Knight and Collomby’s roles were reduced for screen time — much to their annoyance.
• Bill Murray and Chevy Chase’s one scene together almost didn’t happen. Ramis realized that the movie’s two biggest stars never shared any screentime, so he, along with Murray and Chase, wrote the scene during lunch and shot it later that day.
• By the end of the shoot, Ted Knight could not stand the constant improvisation.
• Caddyshack was Dangerfield’s first major movie role, and despite his years as a hilarious stand-up, he was nervous about his performance; he constantly asked co-stars if he was doing okay.
• In what’s probably the furthest thing from Kenny Loggins, Harold Ramis originally wanted the Caddyshack score to be made up entirely of Pink Floyd songs. The studio rejected that idea.
• The New York Times’ review of the film called it “immediately forgettable.”
• Outside of the U.S., the film’s biggest success was in Denmark.
• The explosion at the end of the film was so big, a pilot reported it to the nearby Fort Lauderdale Airport, thinking it was a plane crash.
• Chevy Chase was the only castmember to return for Caddyshack 2, and later regretted the decision. Producers also begged Rodney Dangerfield to return. Upon reading the script, he threw it in the trash.
IN YOUR LIFE
• You’ll down 86 million calories.
• Your heart will be 3 billion times.
• Your mouth will generate 10,000 gallons of saliva.
• You’ll blink 434 million times.
• You drive 798,000 miles.
• You’ll spend 37,000 hours inside a car.
• You’ll sit at a standstill in traffic for 4,050 hours.
• You’ll spend 9,100 hours commuting to and from work.
• You’ll walk 35,000 miles.
• You’ll spend 18,140 hours talking with others and speak 73 million words.
• 5,365 hours will be spent on the phone.
• You’ll read for 20,748 hours.
• You’ll watch 9 years worth of TV, including 2 million TV commercials.
• You’ll hold an average of 12 jobs and work 122,400 hours for pay.
• You’ll live in 11.7 different homes/apartments.
• You’ll sleep 217,175 hours.
STRANGE PET NAMES
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Is your dog named Piddles or Barky or Max? That’s cool, but I want to hear from those of you who have crazy dog or cat names. Like Woofer McDogbert. This is the name of the dog owned by the guy who I overheard at the (local pet place) yesterday.
WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU LOST?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the last thing you lost?
WHAT’S THE RIGHT NUMBER OF KIDS?
I (you) ran into some friends at the grocery store — they have three little girls — and it was like a mini-parade. Mom, dad, grocery cart, and each of the little kids pushing their own child carts. I said, “You gonna try for a boy?” and my friends said, “No… we’re done!”
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the right number of kids?
🎧 Check out he PRO AUDIO page for some callers.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY
• You are more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark.
• Peas are fruit.
• Some fish hum.
• George Washington never had wooden teeth. He did, however, own false teeth made from walrus tusks, hippo’s teeth and even his own fallen-out molars, but they fit so poorly that he often drooled while wearing them.
• Comets aren’t hot.
• Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander who climbed Mount Everest in 1953, was a beekeeper.
• The longest hiccupping attack lasted 65 years.
• The longest sneezing fit lasted 978 days.
• The longest yawning ordeal lasted five weeks.
TRIVIA: Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport sells more than 2 million of these a year. (Hot dogs)
TRIVIA: Of the incarcerated people in the U.S., 10.4 percent have this in common. (They are female)
TRIVIA: There are about 74,000 of these spread across the U.S. and most are the same color. (Fire trucks)
Which of the following was not a real news headline?
• Woman Says She Lost $21,000 Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Memorabilia Collection to Thieves*
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Old Retired Guys Get Into Fight Over ______”
Two elderly men living in a senior citizens’ home in Romania had to get medical treatment after they hit each other with their walking sticks in a fight over a TV remote control. One of the men, age 85, is a known troublemaker who’s been caught smuggling booze and trying to get it on with female residents.
• 1941: WRBL radio in Columbus, Ohio, hired 17-year-old CHET ATKINS as a staff guitarist.
• 1992: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ debut album, Some Gave All, was certified triple platinum. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore and Wher’m I Gonna Live.
• 2012: A temporary restraining order was issued on behalf of SHERYL CROW against a 45-year-old man who threatened to shoot her after claiming she broke into his house and stole money from him. The order was later extended to three years.
• 2012: DIERKS BENTLEY scored his tenth number one with 5-1-5-0.
• 2015: DEANA CARTER filed suit in Collin County Court in McKinney, Texas, to prevent a man in his 60s from stalking her.
• 2017: KANE BROWN introduced his new puppy, Nash, on social media.
PAM TILLIS is 63. The daughter of MEL TILLIS, she is an accomplished songwriter and has scored a number of hits including Let That Pony Run, Maybe It Was Memphis and Mi Vida Loca. Pam is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
JERROD NIEMANN is 41.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
While the COVID-19 pandemic ended RASCAL FLATTS Farewell Tour plans this year, the trio is still keeping their fans entertained — and included. Rascal Flatts released a new video for How They Remember You, which includes fan-submitted photos from their 20-year career. Rascal Flatts will release a new seven-song EP, How They Remember You, on July 31. The EP includes six brand-new tracks, as well as a rendition of KENNY ROGERS’ Through the Years. • VIDEO
JON PARDI stopped by The Justin Moore Podcast and shared that he’s releasing a “jam record” of eight covers recorded in his workshop. Coming out in August and likely titled Live From My Shop, Jon describes it as an old-school, in-the-moment style live recording, featuring covers of some of his favorite songs by GEORGE STRAIT, KEITH WHITLEY, DWIGHT YOAKAM, JOE DIFFIE, Tom Petty, Prince, and more.
MIRANDA LAMBERT agreed to the conditions around her next tattoo well over a year ago — and now she’s gotta follow through. Luke Dick, one third of the team that wrote her No. 1 hit Bluebird, made a deal with Miranda over a year ago that if and when the song went to the top on the radio airplay charts, they’d get bluebird tattoos together. It’s not that she’s opposed to ink, it’s just that “my arms are getting pretty full already.”
KANE BROWN has a “secret weapon” he’s almost ready to break out: his wife, Katelyn Jae. After teasing a duet with the fellow singer, Kane has revealed more details about a very real, in-the-works collaboration. Kane and Katelyn have recorded a song called Mad at This World. Kane didn’t write the tune, nor has he revealed a release date for the track, but based on his description, it’s a timely one. Kane says it’s “basically a song calling out everything else that’s happened in 2020, from the tornadoes destroying Nashville, California getting hit by those fires, and all of that. It’s basically saying, ‘How could I be mad at this world when this world gave me you?'”
LUKE BRYAN’s 2020 Farm Tour is a no go due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual autumn run of shows on farms across small town America was also a fundraiser to provide scholarships to kids from farming families to attend college.
LUKE COMBS has announced that his What You See Is What You Get Tour will resume in 2021. Luke shared the new tour schedule on Instagram, which shows more than 30 dates taking place June through December of next year. The tour will launch on June 22 in Albuquerque.
VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS and RODNEY CROWELL will join forces on the Opry’s 4,935th show on Saturday, August 1. The singers have crossed paths several times over their multi-decade careers.
TANYA TUCKER’s tequila (called Cosa Salvaje) is now available in select liquor stores throughout the Greater Nashville area.
Just under a week after the release of their brand-new single that Rolling Stone called “a contender for country song of the summer,” A THOUSAND HORSES release the accompanying music video for A Song To Remember. • VIDEO
TOP SONGS (RADIO AIRPLAY)
- Sam Hunt – Hard to Forget
- Luke Bryan – One Margarita
- Miranda Lambert – Bluebird
- Chris Janson – Done
- Moran Wallen – Chasin’ You
- Morgan Wallen – Chasin’ You
- Maddie & Tae – Die From a Broken Heart
- Locash – One Big Country Song
- Justin Moore – Why We Drink
- Thomas Rhett w/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban – Be a Light
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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 27, 2020
• 1978: RONNIE MILSAP topped the country charts with Only One Love In My Life.
• 2002: KENNY CHESNEY’s The Good Stuff began a seven-week ride at the top of the Billboard country chart.
• 2010: LEANN RIMES confirmed on Twitter that she was moving in with Eddie Cibrian.
• 2015: To allow Jimi Westbrook more time to heal from vocal surgery, LITTLE BIG TOWN canceled three additional weeks of shows deep into August.
• 2019: Nearly four years after he announced he was leaving the music business, CHRIS CAGLE came out of retirement to perform during the Guthrie’s River Ruckus Festival in Guthrie Center, Iowa.
BOBBIE GENTRY (Ode to Billie Joe) is 78.
Former GLORIANA member Cheyenne Kimball is 30.
• TV producer Norman Lear is 98
• Bill Engvall is 63
• Julian McMahon (FBI: Most Wanted) is 52
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) is 50
• Maya Rudolph is 48
• Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) is 36
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1940: Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”
• 1994: When Cindy Hartman’s phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away.
• 1995: The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
• 1996: A pipe bomb exploded at a public park during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and injuring more than 100.
• 2001: A new law in North Carolina banned swearing in the presence of dead bodies. The law, intended to foster respect for the dead and bereaved, also outlined how corpses should be transported. The law was prompted after some bodies were carried in the back of an open pick-up truck.
• 2003: Comedian Bob Hope died at age 100.
• 2005: NASA grounded the space shuttles, pending an investigation of the continuing problem with the shedding of foam insulation from the external fuel tank. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery shed a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
• Scotch Day
• Chicken Finger Day
• Walk on Stilts Day
• Take Your Houseplants for a Walk
• Take Your Pants for a Walk Day