- “Cartoonists Day”, kicking off “Cartoon Art Appreciation Week”, to create greater public awareness of and appreciation for the cartoon. Why today? “The Yellow Kid”, the first newspaper comic strip, was first published on this day 120 years ago (1895).
- “Cinco de Mayo”, a Mexican holiday commemorating the 1862 victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Mexicans everywhere celebrate with parades and fiestas. That’s likely the reason today is also called “Totally Chipotle Day”, a celebration of the smoked jalapeno pepper.
ON THIS DATE…………
1904, Cy Young pitched baseball’s first perfect game
1925, John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
1930, the first Mickey Mouse comic strip was published
1978, Pete Rose smacked his 3,000th major-league hit
2002  “Spider-Man” becomes the 1st movie to top $100 million in its opening weekend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron” just topped $187 million)
2004  Picasso’s 1905 painting “Boy With a Pipe” sells for $104 million at Sotheby’s in NYC, setting a new record for an auctioned painting
Man of Steel star Henry Cavill (32)
NBC News anchor Brian Williams (56)
WEB FIND OF THE DAY – AHHHH…..FLUSSSSSSH
A city councilman from Georgetown, Texas took a bathroom break . . . and forgot to take his microphone off. Yep, just like Leslie Nielsen in “The Naked Gun.”
And while the guy was peeing in the bathroom, the council was deliberating about infectious diseases . . . and the mayor, Rachael Jonrowe, couldn’t stop laughing.
She tried to hold it together and keep going, but then he flushed and she lost it. It doesn’t sound like the guy washed his hands either
Veteran Went Back to Vietnam, and Came Home to People Cheering at the Airport
There’s a Vietnam veteran in Indiana named Kent Maxfield, who served over there from 1967 to 1968. That’s when a lot of Americans weren’t very supportive of the troops, so he wasn’t greeted like much of a hero when he came home.
These days he’s battling pancreatic cancer . . . his doctors originally gave him a year to live. But that was two years ago, and he’s still fighting. Before his next round of chemo, he decided to go back to Vietnam and make his peace. So he and a few other veterans went last month for a two-week trip.
They visited some of the places they’d fought, and brought toys to kids at four different orphanages, which Kent says was the best part. But the trip didn’t end when they left.
Because when they landed in Indianapolis on Friday . . . dozens of people were there cheering for them, and holding up signs thanking them for their service. Then they went outside, and a bunch of police cars were waiting to escort them home.
Kent says the whole experience was amazing, and he sees the people of Vietnam in a whole new light now.
– The TV network FYI is producing a new series called ”The Seven Year Switch”. Couples will place their marriage on hold while they separate and shack up with other partners for several weeks
– The NY Daily News claims unopened boxes of Wheaties, with Bruce Jenner on the cover, are selling for $255 on eBay
– A pair of Bruce Jenner’s signed running shoes are selling on eBay for $7,900.Bruce Jenner action figures are going for $1,250
– U.S. President Barrack Obama ran into a group of young children while out for a publicity stroll with the Teacher of the Year.
– The University of Central Lancashire has set up a puppy room so college students can de-stress during final exams. Donations are given to a guide dog charity
– CBC claims this year’s Calgary Stampede is going to serve cockroach pizzas. A $100 hot dog with lobster, Cognac and Kobe beef will also be served
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Black or White” ( PG-13 Drama ): Kevin Costner stars as a grieving widower who is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. Co-stars Gillian Jacobs.
- “Black Sea” ( R-Rated Adventure Thriller ): In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a sunken submarine rumored to be loaded with gold. Stars Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall.
- “Mr Turner” ( R-Rated Bio-Drama ): An exploration of the life of eccentric 19th-century British painter JMW Turner as he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Stars Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson., Dorothy Atkinson.
- “Selma” ( PG-13 Historical Drama ): A dramatic portrayal of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr and the marches of Selma, Alabama that changed the United States for ever. Stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Someone Will Probably Notice if You Wheel an Entire Jewelry Case Out of Kmart
34-year-old Quashanda Wolfe of Kingsport, Tennessee went into a Kmart last Thursday morning to steal some earrings.
But rather than shove them in her pockets or down her pants like a normal shoplifter, she figured it’d be easier to steal an entire CASE of them. The display case was about three feet tall . . . but she just casually lifted it up, put it in her shopping cart, and tried to wheel it out of the store.
Believe it or not, a security guard noticed . . . and stopped her just outside the front door. There were 37 pairs of earrings in the case, worth $250 each . . . who knew Kmart was selling $250 pairs of earrings?
She was arrested for theft of property over $1,000 and vandalism.
Dustin Lynch’s Home Life Consists of Laundry . . . and Ironing
CARRIE UNDERWOOD isn’t the only country artist who doesn’t want other people touching their underwear. DUSTIN LYNCH is weird that way too. He spends way too much time doing his own laundry . . . because he wants to.
He says, quote, “All my life at home consists of is laundry. Off the road, I do laundry for three days straight and then I get back on the road.”
He even turns down free ironing offers. Quote, “LUKE [BRYAN] has a girl that irons his stuff and his band’s stuff, and she’s offered to iron whatever I need, but I feel weird asking her.
“I’d rather iron my own stuff. It’s self-centering and gives me one of those moments to get collected before a show. I have an iron and an ironing board on the bus, because I can’t have any wrinkles on stage.”
There’s a New Shirt That’s 100% Stain Repellant even If You Dump a Pot of Coffee on It
There’s a new white shirt on Kickstarter.com that’s 100% stain repellant. And we really mean 100%.
It uses a special nanotech coating to repel EVERYTHING . . . you can even dump a pot of coffee on it, and it slides right off. But, you know . . . please don’t dump hot coffee on yourself to test that out.
Apparently it’s also extremely comfortable, and won’t stick to you when you sweat.
The bad news is that they’re only offering a women’s version of the shirt right now. You can get one by paying $50 on Kickstarter . . . they’re planning to ship them in September.
The Newest Selfie Stick Is Attached to a Fake Arm . . .
Two designers in New Mexico have created a selfie stick where your phone is attached to the end of a FAKE HUMAN ARM.
You snap the photo by holding the hand at the end of the fake arm. So the arm and the hand appear in the shot . . . and it looks like the person who took the photo is just out of the frame, taking a picture of you.
It’s just a concept right now, but it’s getting enough momentum online that we could see it going into production sooner rather than later.