- “Waffle Day”, celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the ‘Waffle Iron’ by Cornelius Swartwout of Troy NY on this day in 1869. Other inventions attributed to today’s date include ‘Potato Chips’ (Chef George Crum, Saratoga Springs NY in 1853) and the ‘Motion Picture Camera’ (Thomas Edison in Menlo Park NJ, 1891). It’s no wonder August is tagged “National Inventors’ Month”.
ON THIS DATE…………
1853, potato chips were invented
1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.
1979, The Facts of Life premiered on NBC
1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling
1992, Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane. It had started several days earlier.
2002  Petri Valta of Finland outdistances 90 other contestants from 7 countries by hurling a Nokia 5510 cellphone 219 feet to set a new world record at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Savonlinna, Finland
2006  A meeting of 424 astronomers demotes the former planet Pluto to ‘dwarf planet status’ (it had been designated a planet since its discovery in 1930)
Intensifying ‘El Nino’ has surprises in store for Canadian weather
Climate scientists are keeping a close eye on what this year’s El Nino could mean for Canada’s upcoming winter. They’re saying the phenomenon could bring another warm, dry winter for the Prairies, and Quebec and Ontario may see some relief after last year’s frigid temperatures.
“That warm water displaces the jet stream that causes basically chaos across much of the globe, and shifts where the desert areas are, it also shifts where the flood zones are which is why we get wacky weather in places that aren’t typically used to it.”
This year’s El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year.
The weather phenomenon is so big that Bill Patzert of the U.S. National Weather service has dubbed it a “Godzilla” event.
The mass of unusually warm water is already so big and warm that last month it appeared bigger than it did back in 1997.
That El Nino was blamed for the ice storm that paralyzed large parts of Quebec and Ontario, and brought a mild winter to the Prairies.
It also caused massive floods in California, where Los Angeles saw a year’s worth of rain in a month, causing billions of dollars in damage. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the same type of weather will happen again.
Three Americans Stopped a Terrorist Attack on a Train Headed for Paris
Three American tourists stopped a TERRORIST attack on a train headed for Paris on Friday.
Two of them are U.S. soldiers: 23-year-old Spencer Stone is in the Air Force, and 22-year-old Alek Skarlatos is a member of the Oregon National Guard who was on his way home from Afghanistan.
The third guy is a 23-year-old college student named Anthony Sadler, who was traveling with them when they heard shots, and saw a guy with an AK-47. So Alek immediately said, “Let’s go,” and they attacked him.
Spencer got to him first, and put him in a chokehold while Alek grabbed his gun and beat him with it. Then the guy started slashing Spencer with a box cutter, but he just kept choking him until he passed out.
At that point, Spencer was in pretty rough shape. He ended up with serious cuts to his neck, and almost lost his thumb. But instead of dealing with his own injuries, he saw another passenger who was hurt, and started giving HIM first aid.
Meanwhile, Anthony helped hog-tie the gunman . . . a Moroccan national who’d recently spent time in Syria. In the end, four people were injured, but everyone survived.
- Sugarland – Jennifer Nettles is set to play Dolly Parton’s mother, Avie Lee, in the upcoming NBC-TV movie “Coat of Many Colors”. Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Lee. The special will be set in the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1950s, when Dolly was about 9-years-old.
- 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is the world’s highest-paid movie actress according to a new ranking, raking in $52 million from all sources over the past year. That puts her ahead of all male actors as well, other than Robert Downey Jr ($80 million). Scarlett Johansson ranks 2nd among actresses ($35.5 million); #3 is Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”, “Tammy”) at $23 million; followed by China’s Fan Bingbing (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), the only non-American on the list, with $21 million. Perhaps surprisingly, Jennifer Aniston holds down the #5 slot with $16.5 million, thanks to re-runs of “Friends”, comedy films like “Horrible Bosses” and “We’re the Millers”, plus lucrative endorsement deals with big brands. – Forbes.com
- “Friends” (Comedy Central UK) – All 236 episodes of the 1994-2004 series are being aired in chronological order on weekdays beginning today in Britain.
- “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The top 8 perform with contestants from past seasons, then face elimination. The 2015 cast hits the road for a tour beginning October 13th in Grand Prairie TX.
- Carrie Underwood – She’s announced via Facebook that she’s releasing her 5th album, to be called “Storyteller”, on October 23rd . The new set is highlighted by her brand new single “Smoke Break”.
Guy Punches His Brother For Eating Three Big Macs and Not Saving Him One
58-year-old Matthew Veres of Union Township, Pennsylvania lives with his 47-year-old brother Thomas. Matthew got some Big Macs from McDonald’s early yesterday morning and Thomas wanted him to save one.
But Matthew didn’t . . . he ate ALL THREE Big Macs. That’s a LOT of fast food right there.
Thomas was so upset he started destroying their place . . . then he punched his brother in the face.
He was arrested for simple assault and harassment.
College President Claims He Was Carjacked by Two “Friends” Named Brittany and Luscious . . . Turns Out They’re Hookers
60-year-old Matt McEnany is the president of Kaiser University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and called 911 last Sunday night after he got CARJACKED.
He said two female “friends” who were in their early 20’s asked him for a ride. But when he showed up to get them, a guy attacked him from behind, and then all three of them drove off in his car.
And at that point the cops thought he was just the victim . . . until he revealed the women’s names were “Brittany” and “LUSCIOUS.”
Now, fair or not . . . if you’re a 60-year-old guy hanging out with a woman named LUSCIOUS in the middle of the night, my first question is what does she do for a living?
Which was also the COPS’ first question, and they were eventually able to confirm that yes . . . Brittany and Luscious were actually both HOOKERS Matt was trying to pick up.
He also tried to claim he was picking them up at their “grandmother’s houses,” which sounded made-up. It’s not clear if he’ll face charges, but he’s already been suspended by the university.
• “Our Brand is Crisis” – Sandra Bullock convinced producers to change the lead character from male to female so she could tackle a role originally intended for her longtime pal George Clooney. She plays a political consultant who comes out of retirement after being employed by a much-hated Bolivian president to help his re-election campaign. The film opens October 30th.
- “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2″ – Star & screenwriter Nia Vardalos says fans of the 2002 romantic comedy started asking for a sequel just after the original film’s release. She’s reunited the entire “Greek Wedding” family for the followup, including Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone, John Corbett, and Michael Constantine. The just-wrapped sequel has a March 2016 release date.
LONDON BRIDGE v2.0:
A 25-meter swimming pool ‘bridge’ linking the tops of two 10-story towers is planned to be built in London UK.
The pool, nicknamed ‘Sky Pool’, is touted as a world first and will feature a transparent bottom that will allow swimmers to peer down on pedestrians below from a height of 35 meters (115 ft). Eckersley O’Callaghan, a firm that’s worked with Apple on the design of its stores around-the-world, is engineering the project.
The pool is part of a luxury property development called Embassy Gardens. It’s hoped the pool in the sky will be finished by the Summer of 2019.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/q47jkmf – “The Guardian”
- The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek verb “gymnazo” . . . which means “to train naked.”
- The guy who created the thesaurus,Peter Roget, came up with it when he was 73 years old . . . after he retired from his career as a doctor, scientist, and inventor. He kept on editing new editions of it until he died 17 years later.
- There actually WAS a real Dr. Pepper. When a pharmacist named Charles Alderton created the soda, he named it after Dr. Charles T. Pepper, who he’d worked with earlier in his career. He also may’ve had a relationship with Pepper’s daughter.
- 4. The four guys who founded Outback Steakhouse picked an Australian theme in 1988 because“Crocodile Dundee”was so popular in America . . . none of them had ever even been to Australia.