- “French Fries Day”. The ‘french’ has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. It’s thought that french fries most likely originated in Belgium.
- “International Town Crier’s Day”, an annual salute on the 2nd Monday of July to the ‘ancient and honorable art of town crying’.
ON THIS DATE………..
1568, the Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London perfected a way to bottle beer.
1930  1st ‘World Cup’ soccer competition begins in Montevideo, Uruguay with 14 countries participating (2 weeks later Uruguay takes the championship, defeating Argentina)
1985  An estimated 2 billion worldwide watch or listen to “Live Aid” rock concerts in Philadelphia PA and London UK, donating more than $225 million to the cause of Ethiopian famine relief
1990  The romantic-thriller “Ghost” opens in movie theaters, starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg (who wins the Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress’)
Hangover star Ken Jeong (46)
Actor – Harrison Ford (73) – UP NEXT: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, opening December 18th.
Actor – Patrick Stewart (75) – (Captain Luc Picard – Star Trek Next Generation)
Man unable to fly home because of outdated ID
Ed Didham was flying home to Newfoundland from visiting his son in Iqaluit when he was stopped at the gate in Ottawa.
He had accidentally taken an outdated driver’s license with him on the trip, and although he had no trouble getting up north, he ran into serious problems on the way home. Although he had other ID the agents in Ottawa told him there was nothing they could do. They suggested Didham go to the motor vehicle registry in downtown Ottawa.
Didham and his wife, who are both due for a hip replacement and have mobility issues, went into the city. However, the motor registry were similarly unhelpful. From there, the couple tried location after location, becoming more and more frustrated — and cash strapped — as they went. But when the couple took their final taxi, they met a cab driver who Didham calls their “guardian angel.” “The taxi driver said, ‘I’m going to see what I can do for you people because you look like you’re in trouble and I want to help out,'” he said.
The driver, who was from Iran, drove the couple around Ottawa free of charge and insisted that they come to his house for dinner. From there, the driver brought them to his brother’s office to help them get their papers. “They were fantastic, unbelievable,” said Didham. “Here I am, a Canadian citizen, I can’t get on a flight home. And an Iranian here who’s supposed to be from the ‘bad country’ looking after us there like we were kings.”
The driver and his family looked after Didham and his wife completely, helping them contact Newfoundland and get their paperwork in order so that Didham could finally fly home. “We didn’t know what to say to thank them. We were so surprised. For people like that to do that for us.”
Didham said he and his wife will be keeping in touch and sending the man thank-you gifts from Newfoundland. He said he hopes that someday he can repay the favour.
“There’s good people everywhere. That’s one thing the world’s got going for them. I’ll never forget them, ever,” he said.
– Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka has created the world’s most expensive toilet.It is encrusted with 72,000 Swarovski crystals and costs $128,000.
★ Former Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith have reportedly sold their Los Angeles property for a whopping $15.94 million, $10 million+ over what they paid for it. The 54-year-old actor and his 57-year-old estranged wife, who tied the knot in 1996, opted to sell the Hancock Park enclave after announcing their decision to divorce ‘in a loving and friendly manner’ a year ago. The property – which dates back to the 1920s – has reportedly been sold to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix.
– MasterCard is testing a new smartphone app that allows people to pay for online purchases with a Selfie or their fingerprints. Users who choose facial recognition will have to stare at their phone and blink once while taking a Selfie. MasterCard is also experimenting with voice recognition
★ Actor John Stamos has entered rehab for substance abuse. Reports say he checked himself into a residential treatment program following his arrest and hospitalization for DUI in June. Production on Stamos’ next project, “Grandfathered”, is not expected to be affected. The FOX-TV comedy is slated to premiere September 29th, with production scheduled to begin in mid-August. Stamos pulled out as co-host of the 2015 Emmy Awards nominations on Friday afternoon. Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) will now announce the nominees this Thursday.– People.com
- Easton Corbin – His new album, “About to Get Real”, has debuted atop the ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart.
- “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – A Thousand Horses (“Southernality”). Rerun.
- “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The top 20 perform for the judges in the season’s first live show; a special secret performer (shhh!) takes the stage.
Guy Tore His Knee Doing the “Dirty Dancing” Lift at His Wedding, and Almost Died
One of the most famous movie scenes ever is the end of “Dirty Dancing”. You know . . . when Jennifer Greyjumps up, Patrick Swayze lifts her above his head, and spins her around to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.
Well, 36-year-old Mike Snell of Hampshire, England got married last summer. And right after he and his new wife Cerise had their first dance, the DJ put on “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.
Out of nowhere, one of Mike’s coworkers ran at him and tried to jump up to recreate the lift. But when he caught her, his knee SNAPPED.
He went to the hospital and doctors found he’d torn pretty much all the ligaments in his left knee. So he needed surgery, and had to cancel his honeymoon in Jamaica.
Then things got even WORSE. He got an infection in the hospital that was so severe it almost KILLED him. Fortunately, he managed to beat it and fully recovered from his knee surgery.
He’s taking all this pretty well, but he says, quote, “If I never hear ‘Time of My Life’ again I’ll be a happy man.”
If this story sounds familiar well we told you about another guy who did the same thing at a wedding back in January.
THINGS THAT MAKE YA GO HMMMM:
• 93% of dog-owners are convinced their pooches have the ability to smile.
- 56% of kids eat mac & cheese at least twice a month.
- 25% of married drivers have kept a traffic ticket secret from their partner.
- 17% of women would give up their best friend for a week rather than their smartphone.
- 12% of us dream in black & white.
- 7% of guys have ruined a date by locking the keys in the car.
THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NUTELLA:
✓ One jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds.
✓ You can circle the world 1.4 times with the amount of Nutella sold every year.
✓ It wasn’t always Nutella. It was ‘pasta gianduja’ when it originally came in a sliceable loaf.
✓ Nutella was introduced to the European market in 1964, but not until 1983 elsewhere.
✓ Michele Ferrero, owner of the Nutella brand, has an estimated net worth over $26 billion.
✓ Nutella uses 25% of the world’s hazelnut supply.
✓ There are over 6 million pictures on Instagram tagged #nutella.
✓ You’re saying it wrong. The correct pronunciation is ‘new-tell-uh’ not ‘nuh-tell-uh’.
– Condensed from BuzzFeed.com
Luke Bryan Compared Outlaw Country to “Laying in the Gutter, Strung Out on Drugs” . . .
WAYLON JENNINGS’ daughter-in-law wants LUKE BRYAN to apologize for saying Outlaw Country was all about drugs and partying. Luke made the comments in an interview
Here’s some of what he said, quote, “I think that people who want Merle [Haggard], Willie [Nelson] and Waylon [Jennings] just need to buy Merle, Willie and Waylon. I’m not an outlaw country singer. I don’t do cocaine and run around.
“So I’m not going to sing outlaw country. I like to hunt, fish, ride around on my farm, build a big bonfire and drink some beers . . . and that’s what I sing about. It’s what I know. I don’t know about laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs.”
Well, Kathy Jennings is married to Waylon’s son, Buddy. And she wrote a Facebook post demanding he apologize for “disrespecting” Waylon. So Luke defended himself in a series of Tweets, saying he’d “never speak against any artist.” He called Willie, Waylon, and Merle his musical heroes.
For some reason, people questioned the validity of Kathy’s post, so she recorded a video of her reading the same stuff.
OMAR SHARIF PASSES AWAY
Legendary actor Omar Sharif died on Friday from a heart attack. He was 83. His real name was Michael Demitri Shalhoub, and he started working in the ’50s in the Egyptian film industry, which was considered the Hollywood of the Middle East.
His big break came when he was cast as Sherif Ali in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Originally, he had a different part, but the director couldn’t get his other choices, so he got the role and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for it. After that, he was “DoctorZhivago” and “Funny Girl” with Barbra Streisand.
In the ’90s, he was considered one of the most handsome men alive, and had his own perfume and brand of cigarettes named after him.
In 2003, he won a Cesar, which is a French Oscar, for a French film about a Muslim man who becomes friends with a young Jewish boy. (Here’s a clip from “Lawrence of Arabia, where Omar helps Peter O’Toole pick a name.)