- “Cow Appreciation Day”, a day to celebrate the ‘beauty of the bovine’.
- “Pick Blueberries Day”, they’re good for you – high fiber, no fat, loaded with antioxidants. A good day to visit Parks Blueberries.
- “Shark Awareness Day”, worldwide demand for shark-fin soup and shark-tooth medallions combine to make sharks endangered, with millions killed each year.
ON THIS DATE………..
1972, Honda first started selling the Civic
1981, The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.
2000  “X-Men” opens in theaters with a then-record take of $57.5 million, the largest non-sequel, non-holiday movie opening
1881, Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett
Country star Jamey Johnson (40)
Actor – (Lost) – Matthew Fox (49)
Actress – (Glee) – Jane Lynch (55)
– “Fear the Walking Dead” will debut on August 23rd. “The Walking Dead” will return on October 11th
- Major League Baseball All-Star Game (FOX) – The 86th edition in Cincinnati.
Josh Turner performs “God Bless America”.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ ( PG Action Comedy ): In this sequel to the 2009 comedy hit, security guard ‘Blart’ visits Las Vegas for a vacation with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, ‘Blart’ answers! Stars Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso.
- “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ( PG-13 Dramedy ): In this sequel to the 2011 hit, ‘Muriel’ (Maggie Smith) is newly installed as co-manager of the hotel; fresh arrivals (Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig) find there’s only 1 vacant room; ‘Sonny’ (Dev Patel) pursues his dream of opening a 2nd hotel. Returning ensemble cast includes Bill Nighy, David Strathairn, Judi Dench.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Today “Go Set a Watchman” is released, a novel the now 88-year-old author completed in the 1950s and put aside. Rediscovered last Fall, it’s essentially a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”, although it was finished earlier.
The 304-page book is Lee’s first new work in more than 50 years. The novel features the character known as ‘Scout’ as an adult woman, and her father ‘Atticus Finch’, who’s surprisingly growing hostile to the civil rights movement. Publisher HarperCollins plans a first printing of 2 million copies. It reports that pre-orders for the book are the highest in company history.– AP
This morning we can see Pluto up close for the first time in history … and you can watch it live via NASA TV online. The public has always had an intense affection for Pluto; consider the surprisingly emotional outcry when it was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ by the International Astronomical Union in 2006.
Already better images of ice-covered, atmosphere-evaporating Pluto are being seen and at 7:49 am ET this morning NASA’s New Horizons probe will be just 7,800 miles above the mini-planet. It has traveled for 9 years and 3 billion miles to get this close. As the probe closes in on Pluto and its moons (most notably Charon), images will have 500 times higher resolution than any previously taken during the mission.
Someone Tried to Parallel Park and Crashed Into a Building
Someone in Scotland was trying to parallel park their car recently . . . and somehow crashed into a BUILDING. The person who caught it on cam said they could hear the car revving for a while as they tried multiple attempts to park.
For some reason, they slammed on the gas while they were backing up . . . crashed into the car behind them . . . and then hit the building they were next to. The best part is the space was huge, and their car was tiny.
Then it looks like they were going to try it a second time, but just drove away instead.
Police released the video in hopes of tracking down the driver who will undoubtedly be facing some charges.
Selfie Stick Saved a Girl from Drowning
A 16-year-old girl from Texas named Erynn Johns was with her parents at a beach in Nantucket on Tuesday, when all three of them got caught in a rip current.
And this will probably be the only time I ever say this . . . but thankfully she had a SELFIE STICK.
Erynn was swimming with one, so her dad grabbed the end to keep her from floating away. And her GoPro was attached, so there’s video.
But the current was still pulling them out to sea, and they were all struggling to swim. Erynn’s dad is a former Marine, and says he’s never been so scared.
Luckily, a guy named Tommy Vach saw them . . . jumped in and pulled Erynn out . . . then went BACK in to help lifeguards save her parents.
Erynn and her family went to the hospital, but they’re all okay. And they were able to thank Tommy in person after the local news tracked him down.
An Airline Wouldn’t Let a Girl Board Because She Looked Sick . . . Turns Out She’s Just a Ginger
14-year-old Grace Wain of Cardross, Scotland was trying to get on a flight to the Maldives with her parents last week. And the staff wouldn’t let her on the plane because they said she looked too PALE and SICKLY to fly.
But it turns out she’s perfectly healthy . . . she’s just a GINGER. So pale and sickly is her natural complexion?
Her parents tried to explain that to the staff, but they wouldn’t let the family on the plane until a doctor came and checked her out.
Eventually she DID get cleared, and the family got on their flight . . . but the delays caused a mix-up with their luggage and two of their bags didn’t make it.
As far as we know, they’re not planning to sue. But they say the incident at the airport turned, quote, “the [vacation] of a lifetime into a disaster.”
Want to stay trendy, but actually be healthy? Raise a glass to (and of) beet juice, now being touted as the new super food for heart health.
The bloody beverage reduces high blood pressure, according to a new study published in the journal “Hypertension”, in addition to its already heralded antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer qualities.
Problem is, beetroot’s earthy flavor makes it hard for some of us to swallow. So proponents advise adding something sour to offset the savoriness.
Suggested additives include lemon, orange peel, apple juice, fresh ginger, or hot peppers.
– “New York Daily News”
• “The Last Witch Hunter” – The 1st movie doesn’t even hit cinemas until October and already a sequel and a potential “Axe & Cross” franchise has been announced. Early screeners of the first film are said to have been impressive. It stars Vin Diesel as a witch hunter who is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the worst witches in history. Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood co-star.
- “Meg” – Filmmaker Eli Roth is in talks to direct an adaptation of the best-selling book “Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror”. It centers on 2 men battling a prehistoric Megalodon shark off the coast of California, although reports suggest the film version will shift the location to China. The project was first put into development in 1997 by Disney, but was subsequently shelved.
- “Rampage” – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson will star in this bigscreen adaptation of a videogame. The “Furious 7″ star will reunite with “San Andreas” producer Beau Flynn for the film, based on the 1980s Midway Arcade Game that featured 3 monsters – a gorilla, a lizard, and a wolf – that destroy cities and landmarks. Production on the project begins next year.
WHY WOMEN LIVE LONGER THAN MEN:
Just 2 of the world’s 53 living super-centenarians (110 and older) are men, but a new study has found that women’s superior longevity is a fairly recent phenomenon.
Before 1840, death rates were very similar between men and women. But since those rates began to plummet in 1880 thanks to improved diet, vaccinations, and better healthcare, female death rates have dropped 70% faster than male rates, and heart disease seems to be holding men back the most.
Men seem more biologically susceptible to cardiovascular problems, and their different weight distribution could be part of the reason.
The international team of researchers plans to further explore the differences between male and female biology, genetics, and lifestyles to look for more answers.– LiveScience.com
- Beats headphones cost hundreds of dollars, but only use about $17 worth of parts. And one of the most expensive parts is metal that doesn’t have any purpose . . . except to make them heavier so they don’t FEEL too cheap.
- You’re 50th cousins or closer with every single person on Earth.
- In South Korea, red, white, and blue-striped poles are used for barbershops AND brothels.
- Elton John’s version of “Candle in the Wind” in memory of Princess Diana is the best-selling single in history . . . and he’s only ever performed it in public ONCE, at her funeral.
Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour Has Already Grossed Over $50 Million
Kenny Chesney’s’s ongoing stadium and arena trek, the Big Revival tour, lands in the No. 1 slot on the latest Hot Tours tally with $15.8 million in sales reported from six North American performances.
Three of the shows were stadium dates featuring co-headlining stints by both Jason Aldean and Eric Church. Aldean shared the stage for the June 20 concert at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. as well as a show the following Saturday at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
Church joined the tour for the June 13 Georgia Dome concert in Atlanta, his third stadium appearance on the tour. Along with arena shows in Charlotte and Sioux Falls, S.D., an outdoor event in Canada is also included in the mix. Chesney played to more than 10,000 fans at Vancouver’s Ambleside Park on June 25.
Since kicking off in March, the Big Revival tour has reached $53 million in box office sales from 33 performances. More than 663,000 fans have bought tickets in 30 cities during the 22-week jaunt through the U.S. and Canada. The summer tour will end in August at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the same stadium where Chesney has wrapped his three previous tours.
Kenny Chesney broke his own attendance record at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Saturday with 55,134 fans in the crowd. It was Kenny’s eighth concert at the venue, and it seems his fans in Philly just can’t get enough of him.
“Someone said we could’ve sold 15,000 more tickets easy, which seems crazy,” Kenny says.
Kenny’s special guest Eric Church joined him during his headlining set to perform acoustic versions of Kenny’s hits “When I See This Bar” and “Livin’ in Fast Forward.”