- “Kiss Your Car Day”, observed annually on the 1863 birth date of Henry Ford. It’s a day to show your vehicle how much you really, really love her.
- “Paperback Book Day”, marking the start of the paperback book revolution with publication of Penguin #1, “Ariel, The Life of Shelley” by Andre Maurois in London this date in 1935.
ON THIS DATE……….
1898, Corn Flakes were invented
1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen or heard from again.
1990, The first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
2003, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line in Mexico
Actress – Hillary Swank (41)
Actress – Lisa Kudrow (52) – (Phoebe on “Friends”)
Country Singer – Neal McCoy (57)
Actor – Arnold Schwarzenegger (68)
★ On “Live! with Kelly and Michael” yesterday, the show was offering a trip to a caller if she could answer a question about the previous day’s show. But Michael Strahan jumped the gun. (He asked, “What sport did Jeremy Renner say he once taught as a part time job?” The caller asked “Sport?” And Michael misheard her, and said, “Bowling! You got it!” After Michael realized he’d accidentally given up the trip, Kelly Ripa said, “The least you could do is bring Michael with you.” The caller then proved she knew the answer by saying Jeremy taught it because his parents owned a bowling alley.
– 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
– 8 million viewers watched The Bachelorette finale on Monday
– Local media claims two 10-foot high snow piles are still melting in Buffalo. They are from last Winter’s massive storms
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.
YOU CAN NOW INHALE CAFFEINE
Forget coffee and energy drinks—now you can inhale your caffeine.
Perhaps taking a cue from increasingly popular e-cigarettes, marketers have now created a way for people to vape their energy. The NY Times reported on Wednesday that products like Eagle Energy Vapour allow people to forgo their morning cup o’ joe and puff their caffeine instead.
Each inhaler boasts a pretty small amount of caffeine, which the company says comes from natural stimulants (guarana, taurine, and ginseng) that are also common among energy drinks. As the Times describes it: “Think of it as a Red Bull for the lungs.”
No surprise, some experts in the medical community find this trend problematic. America is, evidently, a nation in need of a pick-me-up, at least if you consider the boom of products that contain caffeine, like energy drinks, caffeinated water and snacks and powdered caffeine.
The U.S. energy drink business is estimated to grow more than 11% by 2019 to an estimated $26.6 billion in yearly revenue.
“What troubles me most about this particular product is that the flavor composition appears to be similar to candy; thus, it could be attractive to children and adolescents,” says Steven Meredith, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
While the FDA says it’s continuing to investigate caffeinated products, it may be in your best interest to stick to stimulants that most medical experts can get behind: coffee.
11-Year-Old Who Stood Up to Bullies on YouTube Will Get to Visit the White House
An 11-year-old in Michigan named Logan Fairbanks posts a lot of YouTube videos with his dad, and noticed he was getting a lot of mean comments about his weight recently.
But instead of feeling bad about himself, he called the people out . . . and now he gets to visit the WHITE HOUSE because of it.
He posted a video last Tuesday where he looks straight into the camera and reads the nastiest things people have said. He says he did it to encourage people to STOP bullying, and to support other people being bullied.
That caught the attention of Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s senior advisors. She tweeted something about it on Saturday, and then sent another tweet that said to swing by the White House if he’s ever in D.C.
Logan and his dad were able to raise some money for the trip, and they’ll be touring the White House on July 20th.
A Guy Called 911 Pretending to Have Chest Pains . . . To Get Help Fixing His Air Conditioner
27-year-old Travis Turner of Indiana, Pennsylvania called 911 on Sunday afternoon, and said he was having chest pains. And that’s a pretty believable story, since Travis is 4-foot-11 and 380 pounds.
So paramedics rushed out to his apartment. But when they got there, he told them he was fine . . . he ACTUALLY just needed help fixing his air conditioner.
They left to go to a real medical emergency at a Chinese restaurant nearby.
Then the police headed over to Travis’s place and arrested him for obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct. They say he’s made at least SIXTY fake 911 calls over the past three years.
Dentist From Minnesota Is in Hiding After Killing a Famous Lion
A 55-year-old dentist from Eden Prairie, Minnesota named Walter Palmer paid $55,000 to go on a big game hunting trip to Africa earlier this month. He’s gone on these types of trips before and whether or not you ethically agree with them, they ARE legal.
Except what Walter ended up doing WASN’T. He shot and killed a lion, but it wasn’t just any lion. It was a FAMOUS lion named Cecil who was the top attraction at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Cecil was the leader of the entire pride of lions.
The two guides who took Walter on the tour had permits for him to kill a lion . . . but not one that had a GPS tracking collar. Those lions are part of a research program and off limits.
They lured Cecil out of the park with bait and Walter shot him with a crossbow tracked the wounded lion for 40 hours, then finished him off with a rifle. After he killed Cecil, the guides cut off his head and illegally removed his collar.
When the story got out people were OUTRAGED . . . He was the number one trend on Facebook. People started leaving terrible reviews of his dental practice.
People in Minnesota have been putting stuffed animals outside of his office in protest.
Walter and his family have gone INTO HIDING because of the backlash. He issued a statement yesterday saying he had no idea Cecil was famous and, quote, “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
That being said, it’s not the first time he’s gotten into trouble for an illegal hunt. He was caught shooting a black bear outside of a hunting zone in Wisconsin in 2006 and lied to a federal agent about it. He pleaded guilty to making material false statements in 2008 and could’ve been facing up to five years in prison but ended up with probation.
The fallout from this hunt might not go so well. His two tour guides are going to be in court this week facing poaching charges and the police in Zimbabwe say they want to talk to Walter.
The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force says all three could be looking at up to 15 years in prison.
Cecil’s death could lead to millions of dollars in losses for Zimbabwe in tourism since he was such an attraction. Also, now that he’s gone, experts say the new leader of the pride will most likely kill all six of his cubs.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Says “Killing a Lion Isn’t Ballsy . . . Joining the Military Is”
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has a reputation as a tough guy, but even he doesn’t get why that Minnesota dentist felt the need to pay $55,000 to have some African locals lure a protected lion out of a park, so he could kill it.
Arnold Tweeted, quote, “Killing a lion isn’t ballsy. Going into the octagon or joining the military . . . that’s ballsy. Try that before you kill a lion.”
Meanwhile, JIMMY KIMMEL has created something positive out of this story. During his emotional coverage of the lion-killing on Tuesday night, he asked that people make a donation to Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
They’re the group that had helped turn Cecil the Lion into a pseudo-celebrity, by having him equipped with a GPS for tracking and research purposes.
And in less than 24 hours, more than 2,600 people had made donations totaling over $155,000.
Chia seeds are the superfood of the moment thanks to their high fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Yep, the seeds once known solely for being the gross grime inside a ‘Chia Pet’ are now showing up in salads, being added to Greek yogurt, and sprinkled in smoothies. They’re touted as a multipurpose, high-fiber, and high-protein substitute for eggs.
They contain anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and also help slow digestion to make you feel fuller longer. On top of all that, they have a long shelf life, lasting up to 2 years without refrigeration.
Mainstream retailers like Walmart are now hawking chia seeds at about $4.50 for 12 ozs.– @DailyNews.com
• “Collateral Beauty” – Producers are hoping Johnny Depp will step in to fill the lead role vacated by Hugh Jackman due to his commitment to “X-Men: Apocalypse”. The story centers on a NYC advertising executive who is plunged into a deep depression following a personal tragedy. Jason Segel and Rooney Mara co-star. Production had been due to begin this Fall.
- “Genies” – Disney is reportedly working on another live-action version of one of its animated hits, this one a prequel to “Aladdin”, re-telling the classic story brought to the screen in 1992. It also explores the back-story of how the wish-granting, friendly blue ‘Genie’ ended up being trapped in a lamp. The comedy-adventure is still in the early stages of development.
- “Passengers” – Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”) is joining previously signed Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in this futuristic sci-fi film set on a spacecraft where thousands of passengers are in cryogenic sleep while heading to a new planet. A love story develops when one passenger awakens 90 years before the rest and decides to awaken a female passenger.
North Carolina Is Now Offering an Online Gym Class
North Carolina has a virtual public education system, where kids who want to get ahead or need an alternative schedule can take classes online. That sounds great and well intentioned . . . but this is a WEIRD twist.
They just announced that this fall, they’ll be rolling out an online GYM GLASS. Yes, kids will be able to take Phys Ed from behind their computers, for actual high school credit.
Uh . . . how does that work? The description says, quote, “Teachers will provide video demonstration of a physical activity or sport, then students will practice those skills and build their own video portfolios to document their progress and display mastery.”
In other words, teachers will show videos of different activities, and the kids have to upload their own videos doing them.
We’re not sure how you practice things like basketball or relay races by yourself, but no one asked us. Really, something here just doesn’t quite feel right.
Kids in Macon County and New Hanover County, North Carolina will get to try the classes this fall. If they’re successful, kids around the state could get them by the spring.
Garth Brooks is Country Music’s Top-Earning Artist
The list makers at Forbes.com have put out a list called “Country Cash Kings: 2015” . . . and GARTH BROOKS came out on top, earning an estimated $90 million. TOBY KEITH was a distant second at $53 million.
Here’s the list, along with the money they made from things like: Album and merchandise sales, concerts, licensing, publishing royalties, and other business interests. The money was earned between June 2014 and June 2015.
- Garth Brooks, $90 million
- Toby Keith, $53 million
- Jason Aldean, $43.5 million
- Luke Bryan, $42.5 million
- Kenny Chesney, $42 million
- Tim McGraw, $38 million
- Florida Georgia Line, $36.5 million
- Zac Brown Band, $32 million
- A tie betweenMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, with $28.5 million apiece. (No indication of an even split because of marriage . . . so the tie is ironic, and sad.)
Here’s 11 through 15 in order: Keith Urban at $28 million, Eric Church at $26 million, Brad Paisley had $24 million, Rascal Flatts with $19.5 million, and Lady Antebellum at $17 million.