- “Dog Days of Summer” end, traditionally the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Ahhh.
- “Perseid Meteor Shower”, when Earth passes through a broad stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. The best time to observe is early this morning, and overnight tonight and tomorrow.
ON THIS DATE……….
1934, Alcatraz received its first prisoners
2002, Jason Priestly crashed his car during practice for a race in the Infiniti Pro Series. He suffered a spinal fracture, a moderate concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and broken bones in both feet.
2012  25-year-old Jamaican runner Usain Bolt wins his 3rd gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, raising his total to 6 Olympic golds
2014, Robin Williams died
Actor – Chris Hemsworth (32)
Joe Rogan of Fear Factor (48)
Retired Wrestler – Hulk Hogan (62)
Apple founder Steve Wozniak (65)
An Instrument Called a Waterphone Makes the Creepy Noises You Hear in Every Horror Movie
We’d never even heard of this instrument before, but you hear it in every horror movie. It’s called a waterphone, and it’s basically a metal plate with a bunch of small, metal poles jutting up from it.
Each pole is a note, and they make different creepy sounds depending on what you play it with. There’s a video where someone makes one sound by hitting it with a mallet. Then it makes a completely different sound when they use a violin bow.
100 People Renovated an Elderly Couple’s House After Two Kids Made Fun of It
75-year-old Leonard Bullock and his wife Dorothy have lived across the street from a railroad yard in Pendleton, Oregon since 1982. And over the years, they haven’t always had the money to maintain their house.
A railway worker named Josh Cyganik has waved to Leonard on his porch almost every day for the last four years, but never actually talked to him until last month, after he heard two teenagers making FUN of the place
They were joking that it looked so bad, someone should just burn it down. And Josh knew Leonard heard them too, when he saw the look on his face.
So a few days later, he asked Leonard if he and some friends could repaint the place for him, and got a hardware store to donate supplies. Then he posted about it on Facebook, and more than a HUNDRED PEOPLE showed up that Saturday to help.
They painted the house . . . fixed up the porch . . . made it wheelchair accessible . . . and bought everything they need to replace the ROOF, which is still in the works.
Josh says one of his friends drove by around 10:00 P.M. that night, and Leonard and Dorothy were both still out on the porch smiling.
Guy Is Busted For Shoplifting From Walmart When His Getaway Car Is Repossessed While He’s Inside
25-year-old Che Hearn of Zion, Illinois went to a Walmart last week and shoplifted a few hundred bucks worth of electronics.
But when he went outside to drive away, he found his car was missing . . . because it had been REPOSSESSED while he was inside.
So he dropped all the stuff he’d stolen and took off running. But the cops tracked him down by the side of the road and arrested him.
The cops also checked with the repo company, and found they really HAD taken his getaway car. They’d followed him to the Walmart and took his car as soon as he went inside.
SIZE AND SHAPE OF YOUR BRAIN CAN IMPACT IF SONGS GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD:
If you’ve never had a song stuck in your head, or an earworm, you’re one of the lucky ones. Researchers are not entirely sure what causes the annoyance, but just discovered that the size and shape of a person’s brain is linked to how often they get earworms.
Scientists from Goldsmith University had 44 participants fill out an online survey made up of two questionnaires. The first questionnaire assessed how they rated the experience of having a song stuck in their head, how much it made them move, whether such an experience helped or interfered with day to day activities, and if the songs related to personal worries or matters.
The second questionnaire determined how musical each participant was. The participants each had their brains scanned in an MRI machine, where their cortical thickness was measured.
They discovered that more musical participants had earworms more frequently, and that people with reduced cortical thickness of the right Heschl’s Gyrus, which is responsible for auditory perception and voluntary musical imagery, also got songs stuck in their heads more often. Researchers write,
“These results provide the first evidence that [earworms are] a common internal experience recruiting brain networks involved in perception, emotions, memory, and spontaneous thoughts.”
★ Actor David Faustino is developing a “Married… With Children” spin-off featuring fellow original cast-members Christina Applegate, Ed O’Neill, and Katey Sagal. The 1987-97 FOX-TV sitcom featured O’Neill as the patriarch of a dysfunctional family in a fictional Chicago suburb. Sagal played his wife ‘Peggy’; Applegate and Faustino starred as their kids ‘Kelly’ and ‘Bud’. The revival is a pilot for a spin-off series, with the original cast appearing in some capacity, perhaps only cameos. More details are coming once legal hurdles are cleared.– E! Online
– Fox is developing an X-Men TV series. CEO Dana Walden tells the Hollywood Reporter: “For X-Men, we’re in negotiations with Marvel. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce something soon. We’ve not closed on a deal yet but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing. The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”
– 16% of US homes with TV sets were tuned in to last Thursday’s debate. 24 million people watched the debate
– 3.5 million viewers watched Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show
– George Clooney will be Stephen Colbert’s first Late Show guest on September 8th
– Ace Showbiz claims Bill Murray will make a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Hot Pursuit” ( PG-13 Action Comedy ): Reese Witherspoon plays an uptight and by-the-book cop who’s trying to protect a deceased drug boss’s widow (Sofia Vergara) as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Oddly, the film was released 28 years to the day after a 1987 John Cusack film with the same title but totally different storyline.
- “Match” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): Patrick Stewart stars as a Juilliard professor who is interviewed by a Seattle WA woman for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s NYC. It becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the woman’s visit. Writer/director Stephen Belber. Co-stars Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard.
- “Unfriended” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): Originally titled “Cybernatural”, this teen-targeted fright-flick centers on a group of online chat room participants who find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
- The tallest mountain in the solar system is on Mars. It’s 16 miles high, or about three times higher than the tallest mountain on Earth.
- YouTube’s official Twitter account has about 53 million followers . . . but YouTube’s official YouTube account only has 23 million followers.
- The longest marriage ever was 91 years. It was a couple in New York, and they were married from 1772 until the woman died in 1863.
- U.S. Congress almost passed a bill in 1910 to import a bunch of hippos from Africa to Louisiana . . . to raise them for MEAT. One newspaper editorial got all excited about the plan, and called the meat, quote, “lake cow bacon.” But the bill failed.
23% of Us Come Back From Vacations More Stressed Than When We Left
Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. At the very least, they’re supposed to be more relaxing than your normal life. Apparently even THAT’S too much to ask.
A new survey found 23% of people say they usually come back from a trip MORE stressed than when they LEFT.
Here are the top five things that stress people out on vacation . . .
- Not having enough money.
- Forgetting something.
- Being delayed.
- Missing a flight.
And women are twice as likely as men to stress about the little details of being vacation.
• “Angry Birds” – Actor Josh Gad says the upcoming film adaptation of the mobile phone game is going to be “surprisingly charming”. It’s said to be subversive and funny and unexpectedly smart. Gad voices the yellow bird named ‘Chuck’. Also in the voice cast: Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage. The film’s set to open next May.
- “Bridget Jones’s Baby” – Some of the first scenes for the eagerly-anticipated 3rd movie in the comedy series were shot at an Ed Sheeran concert at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland last month. In one scene ‘Bridget’ is shown sitting on the shoulders of a mystery man in the audience, although star Renée Zellweger was nowhere to be seen as a stunt double was used.
- “La La Land” – “All of Me” singer John Legend is in negotiations to join the cast of this musical dramedy starring Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone. The pic is written & directed by Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). Gosling plays a jazz pianist and Stone an aspiring actress in the story, in which the duo fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful.