- “Automotive Service Professionals Day”, begun in 2005 by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to salute auto mechanics and others involved in vehicle maintenance.
- “Peanut Butter Cookie Day”, a good time to dig out Grandma’s famous recipe and bake up a dozen. The treat first became a favorite in the early 1900s.
• “Kitchen Klutzes Day”, celebrating not-so-accomplished cooks by encouraging them to prepare a recipe that contains no more than 4 ingredients, not including water, salt & pepper.
- “World Naked Bike Ride”, the 11th annual clothing-optional bike ride in which participants ride together en masse. Affiliated events are now held in 70 countries.
• “Canadian Rivers Day”, a yearly salute on the 2nd Sunday of June to the source of what is arguably Canada’s greatest resource … freshwater. Canada has 20% of the world’s supply.
ON THIS DATE………….
1939, The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York
1987, Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA Championship
1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found .. O.J. Simpson was eventually acquitted of the killings
2014  World Cup begins in Sao Paulo, Brazil as the home team wins the opening game against Croatia 3-1
Country singer- Chris Young (30)
Sports Announcer – Marv Albert (74)
Former U.S. President – George Bush (91)
Guy Has Saved Two Million Babies by Donating Blood
A 78-year-old in Australia named James Harrison had to have a lung removed when he was 14, and needed 13 units of blood. So he decided that when he was old enough, HE’D start giving blood. And it’s a good thing he did.
Once he started donating in 1955, doctors realized that his blood had a rare antibody that could fight a disease called Rhesus. (Pronounced “REE-suss”). It’s when a pregnant woman’s blood attacks her baby’s blood cells.
Thousands of kids in Australia were dying from it every year . . . until doctors used James’ blood to make a vaccine in 1960. Over the past 60 years, he’s given blood almost 1,100 times, which is a world record.
And he’s saved the lives of more than TWO MILLION babies all over the world. Even one of his grandkids ended up needing the vaccine.
His blood is still being used to make it, so he keeps donating. And after 60 years, he STILL has to look away when they jab him with the needle. In fact, he’s NEVER looked, because he hates the sight of blood.
They don’t know why James has the antibodies naturally . . . it might have been the transfusion when he was 14. And there are other people who carry them, including 50 in Australia. But James was one of the first carriers in the world to be identified.
So every single vaccine in Australia is derived from him.
- “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) – Today the streaming service releases the entire Season 3 of its popular prison drama starring Taylor Schilling as ‘Piper Chapman’. A new inmate named ‘Stella’ (played by Ruby Rose) joins the gang at ‘Litchfield Penitentiary’.
- Taste of Country Music Festival (Hunter NY) – Headliners for the 3rd annual 3-day country bash at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Catskills are Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith.
- “Yukon for Sale” (CMT Canada) – Saturday the debut of a new real estate show with a twist. Yukon home-buyers don’t go for typical luxuries; they seek views of the Northern Lights, acres for hunting & fishing, and of course … the perfect outhouse. Narrated by George Canyon.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Jurassic World” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Adventure ): 22 years after the events of “Jurassic Park” (1993), this 4th movie in the series takes us back to a world of rampaging dinosaurs and mad science at a cloned-dinosaur theme park. The ensemble cast includes Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Steven Spielberg is executive producer.
– CNN claims American Pharoah’s owners will receive between $100,000 for every foal he fathers. He is the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
– LeBron James gave his teammates Apple Watches before the NBA Finals
– E! claims Chris Pratt and Jimmy Buffett sang “Margaritaville” at a “Jurassic World” premiere party
★ Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams are returning as coaches on Season 9 of “The Voice”. Levine and Shelton have been aboard since Season 1, while Stefani and Williams joined the program in Season 7. Stefani was brought on to replace Christina Aguilera, who is reportedly ‘focusing on motherhood and other projects’. The NBC-TV reality competition premiered in 2011, and will return for its 9th season this Fall.
★ “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the receptionist in director Paul Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” movie, confirming speculation that the role made famous by Annie Potts in the original 1984 film would be subject to a gender reversal. He joins a cast that already includes comedy stalwarts Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, as well as Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The “Ghostbusters” reboot is emerging as one of the bigger releases of 2016.
Guy Runs from the Cops and Ends Up in a Marathon . . . That 90 More Cops Are Running In
Two cops in New York were chasing a guy on foot last week, and he ended up joining a half-marathon that was going on in Central Park.
We don’t know if he was TRYING to be clever, but it does sound like a good way to hide . . . you get to blend in AND keep running.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him . . . because 90 of the people running were ALSO cops
They were off-duty police officers from England, who’d flown in to raise money for a cancer charity. The best part is they were running in UNIFORMS . . . they all had those British police helmets on.
One of them is a 28-year-old named Alex Courts, who was about ten miles into the race when he saw the two cops chasing the guy.
He says he didn’t even have to break his stride. He just kept running . . . waited until the guy was right in front of him . . . and tackled him to the ground.
Then after the dude was in handcuffs, Alex finished the last three miles of the race.
Crystal Pepsi Might Be Coming Back
Remember Crystal Pepsi? It came out in 1992, and tasted like regular Pepsi. Only they didn’t add any food coloring, so it was clear. Then they stopped selling it about a year later, because no one was buying it.
But some people are still REALLY passionate about it. And if you’re one of them, get excited . . . because it might be coming back.
A guy named Kevin Strahle goes by the name “L.A. Beast” on YouTube. He posts videos where he eats incredible amounts of food . . . like two pounds of butter or 26 ghost peppers in six minutes. He also did one two years ago that got about 11 million hits: He went on eBay, bought a 20-year-old bottle of Crystal Pepsi, and chugged it….he got sick!
Anyway, he started a campaign in April to bring Crystal Pepsi back, and his 1.2 million followers got on board. They started calling the Pepsi hotline, and flooding their Instagram page with comments. He’s even raising money to put up billboards about it next to a huge Pepsi bottling plant in New York. And it looks like it might actually WORK.
Yesterday he got a letter from Pepsi thanking him for being so enthusiastic. And the last line was, quote, “We definitely hear you and your followers, and we think you’ll be happy with what’s in store. Stay tuned.”
- The number of women who hurt themselves wearing high heels almost doubled in the U.S. from 2002 to 2012. There were 123,355 total emergency room visits because of high heels . . . 80% were ankle sprains or foot injuries.
- The average iPhone user has 119 apps.
- England and Portugal have the oldest alliance in the world . . . they’ve been allies since 1386. That’s a 629-year relationship.
- New Coke has a terrible reputation, but before it launched, it actually beat original Coke and Pepsi in blind taste tests.
Fewer People Buy Father’s Day Gifts, and Spend Less Than Mother’s Day . . .
A new survey found that fewer people buy Father’s Day gifts than Mother’s Day gifts . . . and when they do buy them, they spend less.
73% of people are buying their dad a gift this year, versus 83% who bought one for their mom.
We aren’t sure if the survey only asked people whose parents are both alive or are both part of their lives. Obviously either of those things would skew the numbers.
And the average person spends $57 on Father’s Day versus $85 on Mother’s Day.
The survey also found the number one thing dads want is to spend time with family, followed by gift cards, clothes, big electronics, and gadgets. Father’s Day is a week from Sunday, so get on it.