- “Make Your Bed Day”, an annual observance encouraging us to make tidying up the bedroom part of our daily routine. A recent study has found that those who make their beds daily describe themselves as happier overall than those who don’t.
- “Sewing Machine Day”, on the date that the sewing machine was patented in 1846. The first sewing machines were actually made in France in the 1830s.
ON THIS DATE………….
1953, Swanson sold its first TV dinner
1963, 20 black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Mobile and Tuskegee, Alabama after President John F. Kennedy sent National Guardsman to end the standoff with Alabama Governor George Wallace.
2000, Cats closed on Broadway
2012  At the US Open, Andy Murray of the UK wins Men’s Singles, becoming the 1st Brit to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry 76 years previously
Actor – Ryan Phillipe (41)
Actor – Colin Firth (55)
Golfer – Arnold Palmer (86)
WEB FIND OF THE DAY – ONE TOUGH NAME
There’s a Town in the U.K. with a 58-Letter Name . . . and a Weatherman Pronounced It Perfectly
There’s a village in Wales that has the longest name of any location in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The name is 58 letters long, and they adopted it in the 1860’s as a promotional thing to get more tourists.
We’re not even going to TRY to pronounce it. But a weatherman in England named Liam Dutton had to say it live on the air on Tuesday . . . and he somehow pronounced it perfectly.
By the way, a hill in New Zealand has the longest name of any location in the world. It’s 85 letters long.
Strathroy Fire Chief a Hero
A southern Ontario fire chief is being hailed for risking a possible injury in order to stop a runaway truck in a Winnipeg shopping centre parking lot.
Brian George, who lives in Strathroy was heading home on Saturday after visiting his daughters in northern Manitoba.
George was fixing a tire in the west-side lot when he heard a strange noise and looked up to see a driverless pickup going in circles backwards.
He says the desperate owner was part way into the vehicle and was knocked over, but not hurt.
The truck hit a luxury car and George feared it might slam into a light pole and cause further damage, so he managed to get in and hit the brakes.
He says after 30 years as a firefighter, his immediate thought was to do something to help.
George said he tried a few times to jump in, trying not to get hit by the truck, when it slowed down enough for him to get aboard.
“There was a whole bunch of people taking pictures with their phones, not one offering to help the poor guy, so I jumped in. I had to get it done, much to my wife’s chagrin.”
Dale Longclaws was coming out of a bank when he heard a crunching sound and spotted the truck spinning around. “It slammed into a Mercedes, scratching up the whole side of it and then kept going around and around until that guy jumped in,” he said.
Video that Longclaws shot of the unusual incident has gotten thousands of hits on Facebook.
- Luke Bryan – When his brother-in-law died late last year, Luke took his nephew and 2 nieces in and made them part of the family. He admits to “People” that it was hard for everyone, but his own 2 boys have now adjusted just fine.
- Garth Brooks – A plan to record a 25th anniversary version of his breakthrough hit “Friends in Low Places” has run into a legal roadblock due to problems with royalty payments. The new rendition was to include Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban but it seems the idea is now dead in the water.
– US Weekly claims Magic Johnson, Sir Richard Branson and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are in the running to replace Donald Trump on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
– Kellogg’s is celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking reign of 63 years and 7 months by creating a special cereal called Queen Flakes. The cereal will only be available in the UK
– James Bond’s submarine car is being auctioned off for $1 million. The Lotus was used in the 1977 movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
- “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Toby Keith (he & Stephen have a long history that includes 4 appearances on “The Colbert Report”, the Christmas special, and the show’s finalé).
- “NFL Kickoff 2015″ (NBC) – The 96th season gets underway with a concert in San Francisco CA featuring Ellie Goulding and Train, followed by the season-opening Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots game.
- “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Carrie Underwood (“Storyteller”, out October 23rd).
- Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto ON) – The 40th edition reels through September 20th. This year’s slate includes a slew of music-themed documentaries: “The Reflektor Tapes” about Arcade Fire; the Janis Joplin bio “Janis: Little Girl Blue”; and “Miss Sharon Jones!”, about the R&B queen’s battle with cancer.
- Thomas Rhett – He’s playing AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys, on September 23rd in an event dubbed “Tangled Up in Texas”. It heralds the release of his new album “Tangled Up” (September 25th) and features an attempt at a world record for the largest game of Twister.
15-Year-Old Got Arrested for Packing an Alarm Clock in His Carry-On
A 15-year-old kid got pulled out of line at an airport in Toronto on Saturday, when a screener checked his carry-on bag and saw what looked like seven sticks of DYNAMITE taped together. It even had a timer and a bunch of wires attached to it.
So police shut down the screening area for three hours . . . evacuated the building . . . and called in the bomb squad. But they eventually figured out it was actually a CLOCK that’s make to LOOK like a bomb.
According to a website that sells them, they’re used as movie props, and for things like paintball competitions where you have to get into a building and pretend to diffuse a bomb before it goes off.
And the website specifically says not to bring one anywhere CLOSE to an airport.
The 15-year-old hasn’t been identified, but apparently he did it just to see what would happen. So he’s facing charges for mischief.
- When Pluto was discovered, some of the potential names were Minerva, Zeus, Atlas, Persephone, Kronos, and Onehtn. “Pluto” was suggested by an 11-year-old girl in England.
- The guy who invented the Slinky had a nervous breakdown, moved to Bolivia to be a missionary . . . or possibly join a cult, the details are sketchy . . . left his company to his wife, and never came back.
- More than 80 countries celebrate Labor Day on May 1st, and call it International Workers’ Day. The U.S. and Canada are the only two that celebrate it on the first Monday of September.
- The first player ever drafted in the NFL never played in a game, because of a contract holdout. Jay Berwanger was taken as the first pick in the first NFL Draft in 1936 by the Philadelphia Eagles, but they refused to pay him a $15,000 salary.
- The Sahara desert is bigger than the entire continental U.S. The Sahara is about 3.6 million square miles . . . America is about three million.