- “Chocolate Chip Day”, saluting those tiny little morsels of decadence that make almost any dessert taste better.
- “National Night Out”, the 32nd annual event promoting crime & drug prevention as concerned people in urban neighborhoods across North America ‘take back the streets’ by going out en masse after dark.
- “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”, the 75th annual through Sunday in South Dakota’s Black Hills, when bikers of all backgrounds roll in. The week’s entertainment includes Cole Swindell, Hank Williams Jr, John Michael Montgomery, Lynyrd Sknyrd,
ON THIS DATE……..
1693, Dom Perignon invented champagne
1943, Silly Putty was invented
1992, Charlie Sheen bought the baseball Mookie Wilson bounced through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs, ending Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. He paid $93,500 for it.
Race car driver Kurt Busch (37)
Race car driver Jeff Gordon (44) – (4-time NASCAR champ, 3-time Daytona 500 winner)
Roger Clemens (53)
44th U.S. President – Barack Obama (54)
Billy Bob Thornton (60)
★ Rumors are leaking out about Season 9 of “The Voice”, which premieres September 21st on NBC-TV. Word has it that Selena Gomez will join forces with Gwen Stefani as a mentor for her team, and Missy Elliott will be a mentor for Pharrell’s team. Recording veteran John Fogerty is apparently slated to assist Adam Levine, and country superstar Brad Paisley will mentor Blake Shelton’s singers. – “Us Weekly”
- “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (ABC) – Highlights of the 4-day annual event in June when top country music stars meet & greet and perform for fans. Little Big Town hosts. Performances by Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Child 44″ ( R-Rated Drama ): “The Dark Knight Rises” co-stars Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman reunite in this dark tale about a disgraced member of the Russian military police who is investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Co-stars Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman. Shot in the Czech Republic.
- “Insurgent” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller): In this new installment from the “Divergent” series, ‘Beatrice Prior’ must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart. Stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet.
- “True Story” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): For once James Franco & Jonah Hill play serious. The story follows the cat-and-mouse interplay between a disgraced “New York Times” reporter and an accused killer who has taken on his identity. Co-stars Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol.
– CNN claims Intel’s new computer chip could make gadgets and phones 1,000 times faster. The chip mixes a computer’s memory and data storage together in a new grid structure
★ 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
– TMZ claims William ”The Refrigerator” Perry has sold his 1985 Super Bowl ring for $203,000
– Iran is experiencing a massive heat wave with temps reaching 165 degrees with the heat index
Matt Kenseth WON the Windows 10 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Pocono Raceway yesterday, after race leader Joey Logano, and then Kyle Busch, ran out of gas in the closing three laps. BradKeselowski was second, followed by Jeff Gordon.
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski came in second at the Windows 10 400 in Pennsylvania yesterday. But his pit stop on lap 57 probably would have been the story, even if he’d won . . . because he accidentally RAN over two members of his PIT CREW. (NBC Sports happened to be showing footage from his dash-cam when it happened, so it was from his point of view. Luckily, both guys on the pit crew are okay. One of the guys was carrying a tire and Brad got a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on the road.)
Researchers Wanted to See if a Robot Could Hitchhike Across America . . He didn’t make it
Two weeks ago, researchers from Ryerson University in Toronto started an experiment to see if a ROBOT could hitchhike across America. They called it ‘hitchBOT,’ and put it by the side of the road in Boston with a sign saying “San Francisco or Bust!”
Obviously they hoped different people would take interest, and gradually drive it all the way to California. It came with a bucket list of places to visit . . . like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon . . . and could answer simple questions.
And they had good reason to be optimistic . . . it’s already made trips across Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. Things started out pretty well too. The robot made it to Fenway, visited three cities in Massachusetts, hung out on a fishing boat, and got all the way to Times Square.
Unfortunately it wound up in Philadelphia this weekend, where people DESTROYED it . . . stole the electronics inside . . . and took its HEAD. The researchers said they’re regrouping and that, quote, “bad things happen to good robots.” Since the robot’s tragic end, Smith said the team has been flooded with positive words of encouragement, expressions of grief, and offers to help rebuild the robot.
The offers are coming from friends and fans around the world, said Brigitte Dreger-Smylie, project manager for hitchBOT, mostly, the offers are from strangers who heard about the project on the news or were following hitchBOT’s journey through social media or its website, she added in an email.
When asked if the project is now dead, Zeller responded, “I wouldn’t say it is dead.”
It has collected a lot of data that needs to be analyzed, she added. But she wouldn’t say whether the robot would be rebuilt. “We’re still shaken by what happened,” she said. “So we have to sit down now and see what can be done next… we will make a decision in due course, but it is too early to really say for now.”
Kid Only Had Junk Mail to Read, So Hundreds of People Mailed Him Books
A mailman named Ron Lynch was in the middle of his route near Salt Lake City recently, when a 12-year-old named Matthew Flores asked if there was any extra JUNK MAIL he could have.
It turned out Matthew loves reading more than anything, but his parents couldn’t afford to buy him books, or even bus fare to the library. So the only things he had to read were old newspapers and junk mail. Ron told him he might be able to help.
That night, he went on Facebook . . . posted Matthew’s photo and address . . . and asked his friends to mail him any books they didn’t need anymore. And since then, people from as far away as India have been sending Matthew HUNDREDS of books.
He did an interview and said he’s been “super happy” ever since the books started showing up.
He also promised to read every single one of them, and then share them with other kids who might love reading as much as he does.
Carjacker Tried to Steal an Unmarked Cop Car With Two Cops Inside
27-year-old Dominique Albert of St. Petersburg, Florida spotted two guys parked on the side of the road on Thursday night. So he yanked open the passenger door, pulled out a steak knife, and told them to get out.
Only he didn’t realize the car was an unmarked POLICE CAR . . . and the two guys inside were actually COPS.
They pulled out their guns and identified themselves as cops, so Dominique took off running. But they chased after him, and eventually took him down after a brawl.
He was arrested and charged with carjacking, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Guy Tried to Take a Selfie with a Rattlesnake, and Ended Up With a Hospital Bill for $153,000
Remember the woman last week who tried to take a selfie with a Bison? It ended poorly.
A guy in San Diego named Todd Fassler tried to take a selfie with a RATTLESNAKE back on the Fourth of July. He looks like he’s in his 50’s or 60’s, so he’s not some idiot kid . . . just an older idiot apparently.
He says he feels comfortable around rattlesnakes, since he used to have one as a PET. But the selfie didn’t work out so well, because he got BITTEN.
He ended up in intensive care, and there’s a nasty video of his right arm . . . the whole thing turned dark purple from the venom. But the financial fallout might be worse.
He was in the hospital for almost a week . . . two different hospitals had to use all of their anti-venom to save his life . . . and his bill was more than 153 THOUSAND DOLLARS. More than half of that was for the anti-venom.
He sent a photo of the bill to a local news station, and it looks like he doesn’t have insurance, so he’s responsible for ALL of it.
• “The Cartel” – Ridley Scott is directing an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel that tells the fictional story of a DEA agent and the drug lord he’s obsessed with taking down. Despite only being published last month, the book has received heavy interest from film studios thanks to great reviews and its parallels to the life of recently escaped Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’.
- “Doctor Strange” – Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the title role in this new Marvel production, an arrogant surgeon who’s life is destroyed and then reinvigorated by a sorcerer who trains him to defend the world against evil. Also in the cast: Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Rachel McAdams is considering the female lead. The film debuts November 2016.
Eight Foods That Make You Look Younger
- Watermelon. It has lycopene, which acts like a natural sunscreen and prevents UV damage. One serving is like putting on SPF 3.
- Pomegranates. They have a ton of antioxidants that increase collagen production in your skin, to prevent wrinkles.
- Blueberries. The vitamin C and vitamin E help brighten your skin.
- Lobster and other shellfish. The zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells, and it can help with acne.
- Kale. The vitamin K helps with blood clotting, which can prevent you from getting dark circles under your eyes. It also has a ton of iron, and if you don’t have enough iron in your diet, you start to look pale.
- Cantaloupe. The vitamin A helps prevent your pores from getting clogged.
- Avocados. The omega-9 fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and look young.
- Walnuts. The omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E help keep your hair looking healthy. They’re also loaded with copper, and researchers think that having a copper deficiency is one of the things that causes grey hair.
- Elevators made by the Otis Elevator Company carry almost a billion people a day . . . which means they transport the equivalent of every person in the world in approximately nine days.
- There are five colleges in the U.S. where you’re required to pass a SWIMMING TEST to graduate, including two Ivy League schools: Cornell, Columbia, MIT, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore.
- The longest serving mayor in the U.S. is Charles Long of Booneville, Kentucky . . . he’s 95 years old and he’s been mayor for 56 years.
- The fastest animal in the world is the peregrine falcon, which flies at 242 miles per hour. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, at about 75 miles per hour, but only the ninth fastest overall.
Mission Impossible” Made $56 Million . . . “Vacation” Tanked with $14.9 Million
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” ran away with the box office this weekend, taking in $56 million over three days. “Vacation” was a DISTANT second, earning a mere $14.9 million.
Meanwhile, “Jurassic World” is on the verge of finally dropping out of the Top 10. In its 8th week in theaters, it grabbed $3.8 million, which was only good enough for 10th place.
Here are this week’s Top movies:
- NEW: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, $56 million.
- NEW: “Vacation”, $14.9 million. Up to $21.2 million since it opened on Wednesday.
- “Ant-Man”, $12.6 million. Up to $132 million in its 3rd week.
- “Minions”, $12.2 million. Up to $287 million in its 4th week.
- “Pixels”, $10.4 million. Up to $45.6 million in its 2nd week.
- “Trainwreck”, $9.7 million. Up to $79.7 million in its 3rd week.
- “Southpaw”, $7.5 million. Up to $31.6 million in its 2nd week.
FIRST FEMALE NFL COACH
The Arizona Cardinals has become the first NFL team to add a female coach to their staff. On Monday, they announced that 37-year-old Jen Welter will help coach the team’s inside linebackers during training camp and the preseason.
But the job isn’t long-term because she’ll just be a coaching intern during the summer. It could still lead to more opportunities for women in the NFL though. She played rugby at Boston College and has over 14 years of football experience, mainly with the Women’s Football Alliance’s Dallas Diamonds. Here’s Jen talking about this opportunity opening doors for other women.