- “Banana Lovers Day”, an annual celebration of the fruit with appeal.
- “Motorist Consideration Day”, because a little bit of consideration by drivers will result in fewer accidents and definitely less stress.
- “Petroleum Day” (aka Oil & Gas Industry Appreciation Day), honoring the world’s first commercially successful oil well, drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania 156 years ago today in 1859.
ON THIS DATE……
1955  “Guinness Book of World Records” is 1st published and sells over 70 million copies
1994  1,592,744 balloons are released by Disney Home Video in England, setting a record
1998  Canadian dollar drops to its lowest point ever … 63.31¢ US (today, about 75¢)
2005, Hurricane Katrina made land for the second time and battered the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle
2007  Then highest-paid NFL star, Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons QB), pleads guilty in his dogfighting case and is sentenced to 23 months in prison
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (36)
Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens (63)
NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter Is Apologizing for Advising Rookies to Have a “Fall Guy” in Their Crew in Case They Get Into Trouble
Former NFL wide receiver CRIS CARTER is in the Hall of Fame, and he serves as an analyst for ESPN and Yahoo Sports. But apparently, he’s also NOT the best person to be giving advice to young players.
A video has surfaced of Carter speaking at an NFL rookie symposium last year . . . and his message is: If you do the crime, be sure someone else does the time.
He said, quote, “In case y’all NOT going to decide to do the right thing, if y’all got a crew, you got to have a ‘fall guy’ in the crew . . .
“You all are not going to all do the right stuff. So I got to teach you all how to get around all this stuff too . . . if you’re going to have a crew, one of those fools got to know he’s going to jail. We’ll get him out.”
He sounded very serious about it, and reiterated the point SIX times in the clip, which is less than two minutes long.
The video is titled: “Rookies learn life lessons from [Warren] Sapp and [Cris] Carter” . . . and up until recently, it was posted on NFL.com. Once it started making waves online, both the NFL and ESPN denounced the message.
Carter also apologized on Twitter
Stray Dog Defended a Woman from Two Guys, So She Adopted It
A 25-year-old English tourist named Georgia Bradley was on vacation with her boyfriend in Greece recently. And while he was at a café, she went for a walk on a secluded beach . . . and got harassed by two random Greek dudes.
One of them even grabbed her by the arm when she wouldn’t have a drink with them. But right then a stray DOG ran up and started BARKING at them. It wasn’t very big, but it stood right next to Georgia and kept barking. So the guys took off.
Then it stuck around . . . followed Georgia back to her place . . . and even chased after her CAR when she left for the airport. So once Georgia got home, she realized she couldn’t let it end that way.
She booked a flight BACK to Greece . . . searched for the dog for FIVE WEEKS . . . finally spotted it on the same beach . . . adopted it . . . and named it Pepper.
She had to spend thousands of dollars to get her home, including flying back to Greece a third time and putting her in quarantine for three weeks.
And if somehow that’s not heartwarming ENOUGH for you, it also turned out Pepper was PREGNANT. A week after they got to the U.K., she gave birth to six puppies.
★ 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”
– MasterCard is testing a new smartphone app that allows people to pay for online purchases with a Selfie or their fingerprints. Users who choose facial recognition will have to stare at their phone and blink once while taking a Selfie. MasterCard is also experimenting with voice recognition
★ “The Voice” is stocking up on superstars for its 9th season. Having already added Selena Gomez, John Fogerty, and Brad Paisley to its lineup, Missy Elliott has now been signed to join the singing competition, serving as advisor to Pharrell Williams’ team. It’s already been announced that Rihanna will operate as the key advisor to all contestants. “The Voice” returns September 21st on NBC-TV.
– E! News
– A new survey by Men’s Health reveals that 46% of women would rather talk to a guy with bad breath than one with long nose hairs
– A Beverly Hills estate is selling for $135 million. It has “360-degree views of Los Angeles, eight bedrooms, $2.5 million of Baccarat chandeliers, hand-woven carpets, a pool, gold-leaf ceilings and a ballroom
★ Today a hat belonging to Hollywood screen icon Marilyn Monroe is expected to fetch up to $35,000 at auction. The floppy black velvet headgear, made by NYC milliner Madcaps, goes under the hammer at a Nate D Sanders auction in Los Angeles, alongside a picture of the actress wearing it. Items owned and used by Monroe are rare. Their value is high primarily because collectors covet anything she has actually worn.
★ Actor Kevin Bacon is set to is make his return to Broadway after 13 years, starring in a new stage version of “Rear Window”. The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie classic has been adapted for the stage by playwright Keith Reddin, with Bacon stepping into the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart, a wheelchair-bound photographer who becomes convinced he’s witnessed a murder. Previews begin October 22nd.– RelaxNews.com
NASA: Earth not facing threat from asteroid
Stop worrying about an asteroid collision in September.That’s the message from NASA, which countered a viral rumor last Wednesday with a news release.
The headline was blunt: “NASA: There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth.”
“There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth” on the rumored dates, said NASA’s Paul Chodas, manager at NASA’s Near-Earth Object office.
Moreover, he said the chances of an asteroid striking in the next century are minuscule.
But that hasn’t stopped panic from engulfing the Internet. The rumor maintains that and area around Puerto Rico will be struck by an asteroid between September 15 and September 28.
Of course, objects hit Earth all the time, usually to little or no effect.
But world-ending catastrophe? You have to go back millions of years to find asteroids that caused that kind of damage. It’s happened, of course – it could be the reason dinosaurs now exist only as fossils — but unlikely.
No double moon in 2015, or ever
Will Mars and the moon will appear the same size at some point in 2015? Gosh, no. What’s really amazing is the staying power of this 12-year-old hoax.
An image is circulating on Facebook, with the claim that Mars will appear as big and bright as a full moon on August 27, 2014. It’s a hoax. Don’t believe it. Mars never appears as large as a full moon in Earth’s sky.
Mars can never appear as large as a full moon as seen from Earth. Although it might come into view in the east before dawn by August 27, 2015, it won’t be anywhere near the July or August full moon.
What’s more, Mars is nowhere near its brightest or closest in July or August of 2015, or at any time in 2015. In 2015 so far, Mars has been relatively inconspicuous in our sky. It’s on the far side of the sun from Earth. That’ll continue to be the case throughout the rest of this year.
So how did this rumor of Mars-as-big-and-bright-as-the-moon get started? It started with an actual event in 2003. On August 27 of that year, Earth and Mars came very slightly closer than they’d been in nearly 60,000 years.
Our two worlds, center-to-center, were less than 35 million miles apart – just over three light-minutes apart. The last people to come so close to Mars were Neanderthals. It looked like a dot of flame in the night sky.
Was Mars as big and bright as the moon, even at its closest in 2003? Never.
But the legend continues …
- The reason so many Asian countries have names that end in “stan” is because it’s an ancient Persian word for “homeland.”
- There was almost another Disney park in America . . . in Ohio. In 1960, Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio made a deal to convert into another Disneyland location . . . but it fell through.
- The Caesar salad comes from Tijuana, Mexico. It was created by an Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini at a restaurant he owned there.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has more bridges than any other city in the world, with 446. Venice, Italy is second.
HOW TO STAY AWAKE AT WORK WITHOUT CAFFEINE:
A few recommendations from the American Chemistry Society …
✓ Viral Videos – The pleasure you get watching animals (or babies) doing cute stuff causes you to feel pleasure, which improves your mood and temporarily makes you pay attention to details. Plus, it helps decrease your cortisol levels, making you less stressed.
✓ Drink Water – Dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, and heart palpitations, all of which may hinder your workday. Water is an important component of the plasma in blood; and blood-flow allows oxygen to be delivered to the brain as well as nutrients to the body.
✓ Take Five – Listening to music, dancing it out, taking a stroll … whatever feels good to you while taking a breather in the middle of your workday will release endorphins to the brain and help you to function better overall.
✓ Light It Up – Several studies show that adding bright light to your day can increase alertness and help you stay awake. That would further make the case for having classes or work take place outside in the sunshine, right?
– Adapted from Bustle.com
• “Ghostbusters” – It’s now confirmed that Bill Murray will appear in the reboot, but in what role is unknown. He starred in the original 1984 film as did Dan Aykroyd, who has written the script and also appears in a scene. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne also has a cameo. The new version starring Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy is scheduled to open in July 2016.
- “Lady Bird” – 33-year-old actress Greta Gerwig (“Mistress America”, opening Friday) is set to make her solo directorial debut with this new film for which she’s also penned the script. The story centers on a young woman’s last year spent in Sacramento, California. That’s Gerwig’s hometown and also where the film begins shooting next March.
- “Michelle Darnell” – Melissa McCarthy’s next role is a corporate professional who tries to rebrand herself as America’s sweetheart after she’s released from jail for insider trading. The film’s a family affair, with McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone directing and their 8-year-old daughter Vivian playing a younger version of the title character. The film’s due in April 2016.
Guy Figured Out a Trick to Get a Free Starbucks Drink 365 Days a Year
A Starbucks employee named Brad Halsey just shared the story about a nightmare customer at his store who figured out a loophole to get free coffee 365 days a year.
When you get a Starbucks gift card, you can register it with your birthday . . . and you get a free drink that day. This guy bought 365 cards and registered each one for a different birthday . . . so he gets a free drink every single day.
He goes to the same Starbucks every time, and there’s a chance the employees would’ve let him get away with it if he’d been cool . . . but he’s not.
He orders an iced quad Venti vanilla white mocha with heavy cream . . . then he takes the marker and draws arrows on it giving the barista a bunch of extra instructions.
For example, quote, “Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge. Make sure to add it before the espresso.”
He sounds horrible.
Now that this story is out, we’d expect that Starbucks will shut down this loophole.