- “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go!
- “Midsummer’s Eve” (aka “St John’s Eve”), celebrated in much of Northern Europe. In Sweden, Finland, and Estonia, it’s considered one of the greatest festivals of the year. Its origins go back to the ancients.
- “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic that you post at #runnersselfie.
ON THIS DATE……..
1846, the saxophone was invented
1868, the typewriter was invented
1985  1st-ever bombing of a 747 jumbo jet as Air India Flight 182, which originated in Montréal, explodes and crashes into the Atlantic while in Irish airspace (on this day flags across Canada are flown at half-mast to honor the victims)
2010, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest game in Wimbledon history. The score was 59-59 in the fifth set when play was suspended because of darkness. The men had been playing against one another for 10 hours.
2013  Nik Wallenda becomes the 1st to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, while millions watch on TV
Actress – Selma Blair (43)
Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson (59)
HE’S KEEPING THE BALL
Alex Rodriguez hit a home run on Friday night for his 3,000th career hit. He’s the 29th player in baseball history to hit that many.
So naturally, he’d like that ball. But the Yankee fan who caught it has NO intention of giving it up. His name is Zach Hample, and he’s a well-known “ballhawk”, who’s snagged more than 8,000 balls in 51 major league stadiums since 1990.
He even wrote a book called “How to Snag Major League Baseballs: More Than 100 Tested Tips That Really Work”, as well as two other books about baseball. He said the team offered him a package that included memorabilia, a press conference, and a chance to meet A-Rod.
He said he doesn’t think A-Rod should automatically get the ball back. He’s not sure what he’s going to do with the ball yet. He might keep it in his collection, he might sell it, or he might do something for charity. One expert claims the ball could be worth $200,000, but no one really has any idea.
Swimming Coach Jumped Into 40-Degree Water to Save a Drowning Woman
Mike Clark is a swimming coach at Marymount University in Virginia. He’s also spent 30 years working as a lifeguard and is trained in CPR. But above all else, apparently he has an AMAZING tolerance for cold.
This happened a few months ago, but the story just came out.
Back in April, Mike was at a marina in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, getting something out of his trunk, when he heard a SPLASH in the water. He ran over, and realized a woman had just fallen off her boat. He jumped into the water, which was a brutal 40 degrees, and swam out to her. She wasn’t breathing, and he was worried she had a neck injury, so he didn’t want to pull her onto the shore.
So he stayed with her in the cold water and performed mouth-to-mouth on her. He shouted for help in between breaths, and fortunately his wife heard him from their boat and called 911.
Thanks entirely to Mike, the woman survived. She woke up FOUR DAYS later in the hospital and couldn’t remember what happened but she says she’s eternally grateful to him.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Children of Giant” ( PBS Documentary ): Explores how the making of the classic Hollywood movie “Giant”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, transformed the lives of residents of the small Texas town of Marfa in the Summer of 1955.
- “Survivor” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): A Foreign Service officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit NYC, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit. Stars Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan.
★ Today 84-year-old actor William Shatner is embarking on a different sort of ‘star trek’, setting off across America on a 3-wheeled motorcycle in support of military veterans. The 8-day journey with members of the American Legion is a collaboration with motorcycle builder American Wrench. Shatner partnered with American Wrench designers to create the new Rivet motorcycle. The trip is designed to raise awareness of the Legion’s work by traveling 2,400 miles (3,860 km), starting in Aurora, Illinois and finishing up in Los Angeles on June 30th.
Is This Mountain Lion Trying to Play with a Housecat, or Eat It?
A comedian named Tom Mabe recently saw a mountain lion while visiting friends in Colorado, and started recording after it walked right up to the sliding glass door.
Then it pawed the glass while the cat just sat on the other side staring at it.
Apparently this cat is FEARLESS.
Someone Broke Into a Car and Stole a Pair of Sunglasses . . . Left a Lottery Ticket
Someone in Seattle broke into a car a few weeks back, but there wasn’t much to steal. The only thing they took was a pair of sunglasses.
Or at least they THOUGHT that was the only thing worth stealing. After the break-in, the couple who own the car started going through it, and found an old Powerball ticket . . . that turned out to be worth a MILLION BUCKS. When they bought the ticket back in February, the jackpot was up to $500 million. And at that point, they DIDN’T win. So they forgot about it.
But it turned out no one won, so there was a second-chance drawing, and that’s when their numbers hit. They didn’t even know about the second drawing until after the break-in happened.
And the best part is, whoever broke into their car wouldn’t have had to search very hard to find the ticket . . . the sunglasses they stole were sitting right on top of it. Police are still looking for them . . . I assume it’s mostly so they can point and laugh.
Family Was Arrested For Cheering at a High School Graduation
Senatobia High School in northwest Mississippi had its graduation a few weeks ago, and the program said, “Hold your applause.”
But when a girl named Lanarcia Walker was graduating, they called her name and her four family members went nuts for her anyway.
So the superintendent had them THROWN OUT. Then he went to the COPS, and asked if there was any legal action he could take. The cops said yes, and all four just got ARREST warrants for disturbing the peace.
The school says it banned cheering so every kid would have a fair chance to hear their name called.
Lanarcia’s family still thinks this is an ABSURDLY overboard reaction. Her brother Henry says, quote, “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs for expressing my love, it’s ridiculous, man.”
UPDATE………All charges against the family have since been dropped
BOT CAN BE BOUGHT:
‘Pepper’, the humanoid robot that its makers say can recognize and respond to human emotions, has gone on sale this week in Japan. Featuring more than 20 motors and highly articulated arms, it’s being touted as a household bot for family use or for assisting the elderly.
SoftBank, the company behind the robot, is planning to release 1,000 of the bots every month. They’re selling for a little over $1,500 or can be rented to businesses for $12-an-hour.
Although the up-front price is relatively cheap for a sophisticated robot (SoftBank is actually selling it below manufacturing costs), customers also have to pay monthly service fees circa $200 and sign a contract for up to 3 years.
So far, there are 100 apps available to download on the device. No date has yet been set for when ‘Pepper’ will go on sale outside of Japan. (Which household chore would you most appreciate a bot taking over?)– BBC Technology
• “The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen” – Fox is taking a look at developing the flop movie into a potential new franchise. The 2003 film, based on graphic novels about a group of Victorian literary characters-turned-superheroes (‘Allan Quatermain’, ‘Captain Nemo’, ‘Tom Sawyer’, etc) starred Sean Connery. A planned sequel was scrapped due to bad box office.
- “The Legacy Of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” – Josh Brolin is set to star in this new offbeat comedy alongside comic actor Danny McBride. No details about the plot have yet been released. Brolin has a slew of films coming out this year and will next be seen in the crime drama “Sicario”, followed by the mountaineering thriller “Everest”.
- “Maleficent 2″ – Disney has confirmed it’s making a sequel to the 2014 hit ($760 million), but it’s not yet known whether Angelina Jolie will return to the lead role. A script for the follow-up to the re-imagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” story is being prepared in such a way that the actress could reprise her role, though she has no contract in place for a sequel.
The Red Eyes You Get in a Pool Are From People Peeing in the Water
The CDC just released a statement on why you sometimes get red, itchy, or burning eyes when you go swimming in a pool. We all assumed for years that it was a reaction to the chlorine, right? Nope.
It’s actually because of all the people PEEING in the water.
It turns out that chlorine binds itself with the bacteria it’s trying to kill . . . and that includes all the bacteria in your pee and your sweat. Those chemical bonds are irritants that can sting your eyes.
There’s really nothing you can do to avoid it . . . but you CAN be part of the solution by showering before you swim. And, you know, having the basic human decency not to pee in a pool.
- School busses are yellow because you pick up that color in your peripheral vision at least 1.24 times faster than any other color. You pick up red the second fastest.
- Less than two-thirds of people in the U.S. with law degrees are actually working as lawyers.
- Ernest Hemingway had 52 cats and 16 dogs.
- The Swedish government owned Absolut Vodka until 2008. They sold it for approximately $6.3 billion to Pernod Ricard . . . the company that makes Seagram’s, Chivas Regal, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, and Malibu rum.
The Composer of “Titanic” Died in a Plane Crash
Composer JAMES HORNER died in a plane crash yesterday morning. You may not recognize his name, but you WILL recognize his music.
He composed the music for “Titanic”, and won two Oscars for it in 1998: Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Original Song, for CELINE DION’s “My Heart Will Go On”.
But he also did “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, “Aliens”, “Glory”, “Braveheart”, “Apollo 13”, “Avatar”, and tons of other famous movies. Plus a lot of his music gets used in trailers for movies he DIDN’T score.
Horner was flying a single engine plane when he crashed in California’s Los Padres National Forest. He was 61 years old.