- “Creamsicle Day”, celebrating those ooey gooey, orange- or raspberry-flavored Popsicles with ice cream inside, an invention of Swedish-born entrepreneur Alexander Frehse in 1923.
• “Acadian Day”, celebrating the French who settled areas of Canada now called Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island in the early 17th century. Many Acadians were later banished by the British to Louisiana, where the name became contracted to ‘Cajun’.
ON THIS DATE……………
114 years ago . . . In 1901, NURSE CLARA MAASS was so determined to prove YELLOW FEVER was spread by mosquitoes, she allowed herself to be bitten by one. And she was right. But, she was dead within two weeks.
1945, World War II ended when Japan surrendered
62 years ago . . . In 1953, David Mullany Sr. noticed his 13-year-old son was having a difficult time playing baseball with tennis balls because he was always breaking windows and / or losing the balls on the school roof . . .. . . The kid also showed no skills throwing a curve ball. So Mr. Mullany took a round-shaped perfume carton and poked holes into both halves of it. When he threw the new “ball,” it curved. His amazing new invention was called the WIFFLE BALL.
2003  A massive power failure in eastern Canada and northeast USA leaves some 50 million people without electricity for up to 2 days
NFL QB – Tim Tebow (28) – (Philadelphia Eagles)
Actress – Mila Kunis (32)
Actress – Halle Berry (49)
Former NASCAR star Rusty Wallace (59)
Actor – Steve Martin (70)
- Zac Efron is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in a new “Baywatch” movie based on the 1990s TV show. Johnson will also produce the pic via his Seven Bucks Productions banner. Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) will direct the movie. Efron would play ‘a young rule-flouting hothead’ opposite Johnson who’s set to play an older, more ‘by-the-book’ lifeguard in what will be a comedic take on life at the beach. Production is expected to start in February.– “Hollywood Reporter”
– 2.73 million viewers watched Sunday’s season finale of True Detective. That’s down 22% from last year
- The CW is adapting “The Notebook” for TV. Originally a Nicholas Sparks novel, then a movie starring Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams, the series will follow the romantic journey of ‘Noah & Allie’ at the beginning of their relationship in late 1940s North Carolina. The original storytelling device – ‘Allie’s dementia – is apparently not a part of the proposed adaptation. The project is at the beginning of the development stage, with no pilot shot as yet. – “Entertainment Weekly”
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS :
• “The Man From UNCLE” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In the early 1960s, CIA agent ‘Napoleon Solo’ (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative ‘Illya Kuryakin’ (Armie Hammer) participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization that’s working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Director Guy Ritchie. Co-stars Alicia Vikander. Based on the 1964-68 TV series.
- “Straight Outta Compton” ( R-Rated Musical Biography ): The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip hop culture with their music and tales about life in the ‘hood. Produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube. Stars O’Shea Jackson Jr (son of Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
The iconic white Testarossa was driven by Don Jonhson’s character, Sonny Crockett, The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Don Johnson in Miami Vice goes on the block Aug. 15 in Monterey, Calif.
Originally painted black — Miami Vice producer Michael Mann had the car repainted white for better visibility during night shooting — the Testarossa is powered by a 4.9-liter 390 horsepower flat-12 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and has been in storage since the series was canceled in 1989. The same car was offered for $1.75 million on eBay last year but didn’t sell.
In the show’s first two seasons, Johnson’s character, Sonny Crockett, drove a Ferrari Daytona Spyder replica built on a Corvette chassis. Ferrari sued the replica maker and offered to supply the show with two Testarossas on the condition that Crockett’s bogus Ferrari was destroyed onscreen.
The Daytona was subsequently blown up by a Stinger missile in the first episode of the third season and thereafter Sonny drove only genuine Ferrari iron.
The auction is one of the events preceding the 2015 Concours d’Elegance to be held this Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif.
A Kid with Cancer Can Only Play in His Backyard, So His Friends and Neighbors Renovated It
There’s a seven-year-old kid in Nova Scotia named Bryan Carroll, who’s been battling leukemia for about a year.
And the only place he could play outside was his backyard, which was basically just a patch of dirt. But his dad didn’t have the time to fix it up.
So while he and his family were out of town last week, one of their friends secretly started a GoFundMe page . . . raised more than $3,000 in four days . . . and got 50 volunteers to completely RENOVATE it.
They put in new grass . . . a swing set . . . a fire pit . . . new patio furniture . . . and bought Bryan a bunch of new toys.
Then they surprised him with it when he got home, and managed to get Sidney Crosby from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon from the Colorado Avalanche to show up for the big reveal.
So now Bryan has a safe place to play where his parents can watch him. His dad says the new yard is a huge hit, and he’s never seen him so excited to be outside.
Guy Got Busted for Cocaine, and Tried to Blame a Powdered Donut
A 30-year-old guy named Octavio Delasuaree got pulled over in Wayne, New Jersey last week. He cut across a lane to make an exit on the highway, and cut off a COP.
Which was pretty dumb for MULTIPLE reasons . . . he’s also a convicted felon who’s not allowed to have firearms, and had a loaded GUN in the car. But somehow, that WASN’T the dumbest part of it.
When the cop walked up to his car, he noticed that Octavio’s hands were shaking . . . and his nose and mouth were covered in COCAINE. But when he asked him about it, Octavio claimed it wasn’t drugs . . . it was because he’d just eaten a powdered DONUT.
Not surprisingly, the cop didn’t buy it . . . shocking, I know. He also found 17 Oxycodone pills in the car.
So Octavio’s facing charges for unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of hollow-point bullets, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Truck Accidentally Leaks 75 gallons of Maple Syrup Onto Highway
Sad news for waffle lovers and New Hampshire commuters: traffic was backed up near Keene, N.H., after a truck carrying maple syrup started leaking onto the highway.
Thankfully, only 75 of the 220 gallons of syrup the truck was carrying leaked, the Keene Sentinal reports.
The driver, who says he doesn’t know what caused the leak, was driving through New Hampshire when officials from the state’s transportation department alerted him to the sticky situation.
Whose job is it to clean up maple syrup anyway? That responsibility has fallen to the fire department, which is using tarps and sand to clean up the syrup
WINDOWS 10 UPDATE:
Further to discovering that Windows 10 has dropped the game of ‘Hearts’, we’ve now found out the reason Microsoft bothered to introduce games into the earliest versions of Windows.
‘Solitaire’ was reportedly added as a way for users to learn basic functions of a mouse – click, double-click, drag, and drop. ‘Minesweeper’ was meant to teach right-clicking; ‘Hearts’ was added to show off networking capabilities, and ‘Freecell’ ran a background test to see if certain hardware was running properly.
Microsoft apparently never intended for the games to stick around, but every time they tried to get rid of them, beta testers would complain and Microsoft would reluctantly add them back.
Any Windows 10 horror stories out there? There are reports it can take upwards of 2½ hours to download the upgrade.– PopBitch.com
- Nike was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports . . . and they didn’t make shoes, they just were a distributor for Asics.
- The most expensive restaurant in the world is called Sublimotion, and it’s in the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, Spain. The average price is around $2,000 per person.
- Jim Carrey got paid 140 times more than Jeff Daniels for “Dumb and Dumber” . . . Carrey got $7 million, Daniels got $50,000.
- Only two silent films have won Best Picture: “Wings” at the first Oscars in 1929 . . . and “The Artist”, 83 years later in 2011.
Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg apologizes for unintentionally hilarious Tom Brady sketch
Courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg had the assignment of a lifetime Wednesday — draw everyone’s favorite crush, Tom Brady.
The New England Patriots quarterback, who was appearing in U.S. District Court in New York for the first hearing in his Deflategate case and she made him look very boxy and Frankenstein-ish.
Rosenberg defended her sketch of Brady in an interview with the Boston Herald. “I don’t try to be different. I try to draw what I see,” she said. “So that’s what I did.”
She said Brady was tough to draw because he “seemed to be on his cell phone most of the time, looking down at his phone for most of the day. He didn’t look up very much.”
Later on Wednesday, Rosenberg actually apologized for the sketch during an interview
“I didn’t make Tom Brady look as handsome as he is,” she said. “I apologize to Tom Brady. And all the NFL fans.”
She added: ““He’s a very handsome guy. It’s very hard in a very short time to get somebody so good- looking to look as good as they look [in person].
Jay Leno Says Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Streak” Keeps Him Down in the Ratings
JIMMY KIMMEL has taken a LOT of shots at JAY LENO over the years . . . including that time when he humiliated him on his own show.
And Jay may be holding a grudge. He was asked if he watches any late night, and he had good things to say about Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and has high hopes for Stephen Colbert . . . but he is NOT a fan of Kimmel.
Quote, “The most [important] element you can have in doing a late night show is kindness . . . because the show makes you arrogant. I think that’s Jimmy Kimmel’s problem. I think he’s a talented guy, I think he’s funny.
“But he has a mean streak, and it comes across. He does this thing where he takes Halloween candy from kids and the kids cry. What am I missing here? It is funny I guess, but it’s mean-based. I think that’s why he’s not higher in the ratings.”
Jay was also asked why he didn’t have a public reunion with David Letterman on one of their final shows. He said he asked Dave to send a brief tape for HIS finale, but he didn’t want to do it. And so they didn’t really talk about anything else.
He added, quote, “[It’s] not anything against Dave, he’s just an odd duck. Kind of socially awkward, I don’t know.” TV Insider dot com has the whole inter