- “Beatrix Potter Day”, honoring the English author who created the “Peter Rabbit” children’s books, on the anniversary of her 1866 birth.
- “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to cow down!
ON THIS DATE………..
1900, Louis Lassing invented the hamburger ..
1933, the first singing telegram was delivered ..
2006, Mel Gibson launched an anti-Semitic tirade as he was arrested in Malibu for driving drunk; Gibson later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (27)
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (38)
Actress Sally Struthers (68) – (Gloria on All in the Family)
Woman Who Had Two Liver Transplants Is Becoming a Transplant Nurse
26-year-old Laurie Lukianov lives outside Boston, and made the news back in 1992 when she was one of the first people in America to get a liver transplant from a living donor.
When she was three, her dad donated part of his liver and saved her life. Then a donor saved her again when she had to have a second transplant ten years later.
After that one, there were a bunch of complications, and she had to have 13 more surgeries over the next two weeks. Then she spent three months in the hospital, and couldn’t go back to school for a long time, because her immune system was too weak.
But eventually she recovered, and says her nurses had a lot to do with it. They helped keep her spirits up, and some of them even went to her middle school graduation to support her.
Apparently that had a lasting effect, because now she’s following in their footsteps, and just finished her first year of nursing school. She’s studying to be a transplant nurse, and she’ll graduate next year.
She says she knew she wanted to be a nurse after her first transplant 23 years ago, and she wants to help other kids who have to go through the same thing she did.
★ A salt lake in Turkey turned completely red as a result of an algae bloom.
Lake Tuz Gola, the country’s second-largest lake, has been evaporating in the hot summer, Stony Brook University marine ecology research professor Christopher Gobler told media. The evaporation has killed plankton, which eat algae, allowing the sea organisms to thrive. “The algae is thriving and will probably [be] red until the lake fully evaporates, probably next month during the peak of summer heat,” he said.
Tourists often walk across the dry lake during summer, and water returns in the winter.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Water Diviner” ( R-Rated Drama ): Russell Crowe stars as an Australian farmer, who, in 1919, goes in search of his 3 missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Crowe’s directorial debut co-stars Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Jai Courtney, James Fraser.
★ “Pixels” is continuing actor-producer Adam Sandler’s losing streak at the box office. For years, he was one of Hollywood’s most reliable stars, his films earning north of $4 billion in worldwide box office. But he has had a string of recent disappointments, including “That’s My Boy”, “Just Go With It”, and last Summer’s “Blended”. According to insiders, Sandler is now entirely focused on a series of 4 new movies for Netflix. His only upcoming bigscreen pic is “Transylvania 2″, opening September 25th. One analyst suggests Sandler would benefit from going back to basics and giving audiences what made them love him in the first place. –
Google Street View Bust Husband Smoking After He Told Wife He Quit
A man was caught out by his wife after she found an image of him on Google Street View having a sneaky cigarette in their driveway.
Donald Ryding, 58, from Merseyside, U.K., had told his wife that he kicked the habit after his doctor advised him to improve his lifestyle, including his dietary habits, after he had a heart attack.
His wife, Julie Ryding, thought something was up after he stormed out of the house when she confronted him over a stash of empty cookie wrappers in his car. Hearing that the Street View car had been to her street that week, Julie went online and found an image of him smoking in the drive.
According to her, the camera had pictured her husband before Google started blurring out faces. “I couldn’t believe it — there was no denying it now we’d seen him smoking,” she told media. “When Street View first launched, they didn’t blur out faces, but there was no need to with him — he was covered by a cloud of smoke anyway.
Even though the incriminating picture has been replaced by a more up-to-date version, Ryding can still be seen in the archives of Google Map images. “You can’t believe the trouble he caused that day,” she said. “He still smokes, but he has cut down.”
Florida Boys Rescue Two Babies from Burning Mobile Home
Florida boys Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, have proved you’re never too young to be a hero.
The pair are being hailed as local heroes after saving two children from a burning mobile home in Orange County.
“We looked out the window and saw flames coming out of the house,” Grimes said. “[It was] really hot. It felt like 150 degrees in there. I’m just thinking, ‘Stay calm, keep your mind straight, stay focused on what you’re doing.’ ”
Four children and one 19-year-old were in the home when the fire broke out. Grimes and Francis rescued two babies, ages 1 month and 8 months.
“I was freaking out trying to get the babies out before they got hurt or something happened,” Francis said. “I found my way outside and I took the two kids to my house.”
The two children who were injured are in critical but stable condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital, fire officials said.
“I’m happy,” Grimes said of the their heroic act. “As long as everyone is okay, I’m happy.” He also said he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.
• “The Killer Next Door” – James Franco & Ahna O’Reilly co-star in this murder-mystery based on Brit author Alex Marwood’s 2014 novel. The story centers around a group of neighbors who form an unlikely alliance without realizing one of them is a murderer. Franco & O’Reilly have collaborated on a number of films, including “As I Lay Dying” and “The Sound & The Fury”.
- “Rambo V: Last Blood” – 69-year-old Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as Vietnam War vet ‘John Rambo’ but he will NOT be fighting ISIS as has been frequently rumored online. Others have suggested the one-man-army will be taking on a Mexican drug cartel. Whatever the storyline, the film is a follow-up to 2008′s “Rambo”. Shooting (literally) begins in December.
10 MORE TREES ON YOUR STREET CAN MAKE YOU FEEL YOUNGER AND RICHER
Leafy, tree-lined streets aren’t just good for property values; they may also be good for your health, according to a new report.
After analyzing two sets of data from the city of Toronto, researchers report that adding just 10 trees to a single city block could improve how healthy a person feels as much as if they made an additional $10,000 a year or if they were seven years younger.
The study found that residents of neighborhoods with higher tree density are less likely to have cardio-metabolic conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes.
And it’s not just that the well-to-do who live on tree-lined streets can afford a healthier lifestyle. The researchers controlled for demographic and socioeconomic factors and found that living near trees still had an effect on one’s perception of health and overall health.
The tree data in the study came from the Toronto city government, which has cataloged every tree on public land, including the species of the tree and its size.
Although the study found a strong correlation between living on a tree-lined street and health, the researchers still don’t know why.
The study’s author said “Trees remove pollutants from the air, so it could be the cleaner air, or it could be that adding more trees on the street encourages people to go outside and exercise more, Or it could be that the environment is more beautiful, and that contributes to health.”
The study calculated that it takes $500 to $3,000 to add 10 new trees to a single city block, which city planners might see as a pretty good investment.
- Nine people have gotten LEPROSY in Florida this year. And the main reason they’re getting it is from contact with armadillos.
- Canada has a lower percentage of people who speak fluent English than Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands.
- When football first started, there was a 15-yard penalty if a player dropped a pass. And the other team got the ball if a pass hit the ground without being touched.
- About $800 million worth of shopping carts are stolen from stores worldwide every year.
Little Big Town is Canceling More Shows Due to Jimi Westbrook’s Surgery
LITTLE BIG TOWN is cancelling three more weeks of shows because JIMI WESTBROOK needs more time to heal from his vocal cord surgery.
They posted a video on Facebook where they take turns apologizing for “not being out there.” Jimi’s mouth is taped shut, and he’s wearing what looks like that iPad around his neck that he’s been using to communicate with. He wrote “Sorry” on it.
According to their tour page, their next scheduled show is August 22nd in Avondale, Newfoundland for the Eastbound Hoedown Festival.
Someone Stole a $175,000 Willie Mays Baseball Card from Rob Schneider
Actor/Comedian ROB SCHNEIDER is a pretty serious baseball card collector. Unfortunately, he just lost the prize of his collection.
On Friday night, someone broke into his house and stole a mint condition 1951 WILLIE MAYS rookie card worth $175,000. They also got two more Willie Mays cards.
Luckily, those were kept separate from the rest of Rob’s baseball card collection, which the thieves did NOT find. But they also took a Cartier watch, his wife’s engagement ring and some other expensive items.
Rob was in Montreal for the Comedy Film Festival, and his wife was out to dinner with their 2-year-old daughter.
Unfortunately for whoever stole the card, a source says it’s so rare, it’ll be difficult, or even impossible, to sell.