- “International Chess Day”, an annual observance since 1966 honoring the game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for people of all ages.
• “Lollipop Day”, celebrating the 1908 invention of the famous candy on a stick. Pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for kids to nibble much earlier than that, but the treat had no name. So here’s to lollipops!
- “Moon Day”, the anniversary of the 1st lunar landing in 1969. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon as nearly 700 million TV viewers tuned in. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above.
- “Ugly Truck Day”. Sure a brand new, shiny truck with all the gadgets working is a great thing, but an old ugly truck is something to cherish with pride!
ON THIS DATE……
1926, Don Juan was released. The film contained a record 127 on-screen kisses
1981, 700 million TV viewers watched Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed
2005  Canada becomes the 4th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (after Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain)
2012  “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in movie theaters (in Aurora CO a gunman opens fire while it’s showing, killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 70 others)
 Sandra Oh, Nepean ON, TV actress (“Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-14)
Country Singer – Martina McBride (49)
★ Cuban-American actor and former model William Levy is fronting “Cuban Chrome”, a new docu-series about classic cars abandoned in Havana before the 1959 revolution. Many of the vintage autos have been maintained ever since via makeshift repairs using parts from other models. Producers were granted permission to shoot the series as ‘professional research for an educational documentary’ while the US embargo on Cuba was still in place. “Cuban Chrome” is airing Monday nights on Discovery Channel
– Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is now the 9th wealthiest person in the world with an estimated worth of $42.9 billion. Facebook is the eighth most profitable company in the world with a market value of $274.95 billion
– Someone recently hacked an electronic traffic sign in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It read: ‘EBOLA OUTBREAK AHEAD.’
★The “Jurassic World” sequel will take the action outside of theme parks. Director Colin Treverrow has announced the release date for the sequel will be June 2018. The movie has become one of Universal’s biggest-grossing of all-time and Treverrow has hinted he wants to explore military possibilities in upcoming sequels, whereby the dinosaurs are weaponized for combat. Chris Pratt is already confirmed to be returning to star in “Jurassic World 2″.– Wired.com
– Kevin Bacon and his band were recently performing in New Jersey when a woman jumped on stage in a bacon costume. Kevin sang “Footloose” as the woman danced
– Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats have sold out in New York
★ An estimated 25,000 girls aged 8-to-12 have shown up at London’s ExCeL Conference Centre to audition for the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”. The line-up, estimated to be a mile-long, is all about landing the role of ‘Modesty’, described as ‘a haunted young girl with an inner strength’. Set 70 years before ‘Harry Potter’, “Fantastic Beasts” features a whole new cast of characters led by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as ‘Newt Scamander’. The movie begins shooting in August. It’s due for release November 18, 2016.– “Evening Standard”
★ And “Fuller House”, the upcoming Netflix reboot of classic sitcom “Full House” (1987-95), has officially begun production with the cast’s first table read. The 13-episode series is expected to hit the streaming service next year, beginning with an hour-long reunion special. The Netflix series features many of the original stars, including Candace Cameron-Bure (‘DJ’); Dave Coulier (‘Joey Gladstone’); and Jodie Sweetin (‘Stephanie’). Producer John Stamos is also set to guest star (‘Uncle Jesse’), as will original cast members Bob Saget (‘Danny Tanner’) and Lori Loughlin (‘Rebecca’).– ContactMusic.com
Woman Rescued Her Dog From a Seven-Foot Alligator
Lori Beiswenger owns the Point O’ Woods Golf Course in Inverness, Florida.
And she was on the property with her nine-year-old dog Hope earlier this week, when a seven-and-a-half foot alligator ATTACKED it, and dragged it into a pond. So Lori jumped in TOO . . . up to her neck.
She grabbed the gator by the TAIL . . . kept it from getting away . . . then yanked on it three times until the gator let go. At that point Hope was just floating in the water, and all they could see was the top of her nose. And the gator had disappeared.
So a volunteer used a shovel to help pull Hope’s body back to the bank. Then she was able to get up and run out of the pond . . . but the GATOR tried too.
Hope had to have three hours of surgery, and got some stitches for a severed artery and other injuries. The gator was trapped and killed, and its meat was sold off.
Lori’s fine, but she’s calling it, quote, “the dumbest bravest thing I ever done. I just kept pulling and saying, ‘You’re not getting this, you’re not going out there,’ because I knew what he had in mind.”‘
It’s actually the third time she’s rescued Hope. The first was when he was scheduled to be put down at a local dog shelter, and the second was when he survived being run over by a car.
Couple on a First Date Got Lost Hiking and Had to Be Airlifted Out
I hope these two wind up getting married, because they have an unbeatable “bad first date” story.
A guy and girl in Los Angeles had their first date on Friday, and decided to go on a hike through Angeles National Forest. Their ages weren’t released, but the sheriff’s department says they were young.
Well . . . somehow they got lost in the forest. REALLY lost. It got so bad that they wandered around until they could find cell phone service, and called for help.
Then the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had to send a HELICOPTER out to rescue them, and they were airlifted out of the forest.
There’s no word if they’re planning to go on a second date.
DAVE AND CHERYL’S PEOPLE’S COURT:
Tiffany Mestas, of Fairfield, California, is suing Therese Weczorek for custody of her cat.
Tiff says her cat went missing seven years ago before Therese illegally adopted him from a shelter. Tiff calls the cat “David” while Therese says his name is “Whiley”.
Tiff tracked “David” down through an identification chip. Therese’s attorney says: “This is her cat.
She’s had it a long time. It’s part of her family and her life.”
California law states that shelters must scan microchips before placing pets up for adoption.
The shelter allegedly failed to do that. Tiff hired a P.I. to find her cat.
The Facekini . . . a Ski Mask for the Beach
Any interest in buying a ‘Facekini’? It looks like a SKI MASK, only it’s for the beach.
It’s made out of a bathing suit material, and you wear it over your head to protect yourself from the sun . . . and from any jellyfish stings you might get when you swim.
It’s been popular in China since it was invented in 2012 . . . of course it has. And yes, it looks BEYOND ridiculous.
And now . . . it looks like the Facekini is coming to America.
Some fashion designers in New York have been working on a line of Facekinis to break them into the American market.
There’s no word on when they could come out . . . or if any of us would even want them once they do.
- “The Silence of the Lambs” is technically a sequel. “Manhunter” is the first Hannibal Lecter movie, but it only made $8.6 million when it came out in 1986. And it didn’t have Anthony Hopkins. They remade it as “Red Dragon” in 2002.
- TheBaha Men had been together for 21 years before they released “Who Let the Dogs Out?” in 2000. They formed in London in 1979 as a group called High Voltage and switched their name to Baha Men in 1991.
- Daryl Hall and John Oates have always hated the name “Hall and Oates”. Which is why all of their album covers feature their first and last names.
- “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” were both released in 1939 and both directed by Victor Fleming. He suffered a brief nervous breakdown from directing “Gone With the Wind” during the day and editing “The Wizard of Oz” at night.
BEET JUICE IS THE NEW GATORADE
Want to exercise longer without feeling wiped out? A new study suggests adding beet juice to your diet.
The research zeros in on nitrate, which is found in beet juice and converted to nitric oxide in the body; the molecule has the ability to more easily dilate our blood vessels and increase blood flow.
A press release on the study explains exercisers who consumed beet juice experienced this effect both while doing a progressive cycling exercise and while at rest. Blood pressure was lowered and the heart needed less oxygen during the workout, which led researchers to conclude that beet juice is “capable of enhancing O2delivery and reducing work of the heart” so exercise can be “performed at a given workload for a longer period of time before the onset of fatigue.”
Better still, this bump can apparently be achieved in short order: The study’s 14 male participants drank beet juice for just 15 days. The findings contrast those in another study from January; researchers found the juice “had no effect on the dilation of the brachial artery” among volunteers tasked with doing handgrip exercises, though they did find an “artery de-stiffening effect.”
Researchers did note some potential contributing factors: participants were very young and healthy, for instance, so their “vascular endothelial function” was in great shape to begin with.
Second, they completed “a relatively small range of forearm exercise intensities”; it’s possible dilation would occur during a higher intensity workout.
Tom Brady’s Four-Game Suspension Has Been Upheld . . . Because He Destroyed His Cell Phone?
The NFL announced yesterday that they’re upholding TOM BRADY’s four-game suspension over the “Deflategate” scandal.
That means his season will start with a night game on Sunday, October 18th, against the Colts in Indianapolis. Ironically, the last time these two teams played was in the AFC Championship . . . the game that spawned Deflategate.
In announcing the decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Brady, quote, “engaged in conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.”
And here’s something we hadn’t heard before: Goodell said Brady destroyed his cell phone, even though he KNEW investigators wanted to look at it.
He did it on March 6th, the day he was supposed to meet with investigators . . . and didn’t tell them it had been destroyed until June 18th . . . almost four months after they’d first told him they wanted it.
Brady’s excuse is that he got a new phone, and he always destroys the previous phone and its SIM card when he does.