If you’re wondering WHY every place makes you pick a password with at least one capital letter, one number, and one symbol, it’s because of one guy. Bill Burr worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and he was put in charge of coming up with the rules for good passwords, And now, he says he’s SORRY. There’s two reasons: One, because those passwords are super annoying . . . and two, because more research has proven they’re not even that effective. It turns out that passwords that are LONGER are much more secure.
If your password is four random common words . . . like, say, “purple-trombone-dancing-bucket” . . . that would take hackers HUNDREDS of years longer to hack than our current shorter, randomized passwords. Plus it’s easier to remember.
Some guy in North Carolina tried to buy a used van from a government auction, and he ended up getting a fully-equipped FBI surveillance van from the ’80s. Exactly like you see on TV, with no windows in the back, all full of recording gear and disguised to look like a work van. He just sold the thing as-is for almost 19 grand on eBay. (His name is Ginter Senfeldas. In this clip he talks about the cameras and microphones hidden in weird places all over the van.)
MLB : NYY 11 Toronto 5 Detroit 10 Pittsburgh 0
The Royals had a cat come on the field during their game against the Cardinals last night. (Unfortunately for them, Yadier Molina rocked the next pitch into the cheap seats for a grand slam and they ended up losing the game.)
DAVID LETTERMAN is only two years into retirement, and he’s already getting antsy, because he’s hosting a new talk show for Netflix.
There’s no title yet, but it sounds different from what he did on “The Late Show”. It’ll be an hour-long, pre-taped show, where each episode will focus on ONE topic.
Netflix says it’ll feature, quote, “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.”
There’s no guest list yet . . . but he says he’d like to interview President Trump or Pope Francis. He does have one guest booked, but he won’t say who it is.
For now, Dave is only doing six episodes, and they’ll premiere sometime next year. He didn’t say whether or not he’s keeping his big, Santa-like retirement beard.
TODAY IS…../…..ON THIS DATE……….
SPOIL YOUR DOG DAY
69 years ago . . . In 1948, “Candid Microphone”, which you know better by its later title “Candid Camera”, debuted on ABC.
57 years ago . . . In 1960, the original “Ocean’s Eleven” was released, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Angie Dickinson.
COUNTRY MUSIC NOTE
AUGUST 10TH, 1991 Vince Gill joins the Grand Ole Opry
O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco Will Be Featured on “Pawn Stars”
Everyone got a very good look at the O.J. SIMPSON white Ford Bronco on June 17th of 1994 . . . and now, the guys from “Pawn Stars” are checking it out.
The Bronco will be featured on next Monday’s episode. O.J.’s former agent Mike Gilbert has it now, after he bought it from Al Cowlings, who of course was driving O.J. during the notorious slow-speed chase.
Gilbert has had the Bronco hidden away for the past 22 years . . . but now he’s looking to unload it, and he won’t take anything less than $500,000.
The thing is: Rick Harrison from “Pawn Stars” doesn’t usually deal with anything THAT pricey. The most expensive things he’s sold at the pawn shop were $128,000 gold bars.
Youngest Girl to Ever Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
There’s an eight-year-old girl in Punta Gorda, Florida named Roxy Getter, who had open-heart surgery when she was a baby. But she survived it, and now she’s doing way better than anyone ever expected . . .
Last month, she got to go to Africa with her parents and her 10-year-old brother. They were planning to do a safari at first. But then they decided to do something a little more challenging . . . and climb MOUNT KILIMANJARO instead. All 19,341 feet of it.
Her parents checked with her doctors first, and she got the all clear. Her brother also has heart issues, but they said he was good to go too. The ascent took four days. You can’t go too fast, because your body has to acclimate to the altitude. And when they made it to the top on day four, Roxy became the youngest girl who’s EVER DONE IT.
A 7-year-old boy from L.A. made it to the top in 2008. So he still holds the overall record. But we’re assuming he didn’t have a heart condition.
Roxy’s mom says they didn’t know if they’d actually go the whole way when they started. But once they got close, they all really wanted to get there. And Roxy says she’s proud of herself, because, quote, “It was really, really hard.”
Justin Theroux is 46. Actor, writer, and Mr. Jennifer Aniston. He played the Chief of Police, Kevin Garvey, on HBO’s “The Leftovers”. He wrote the insanely underrated comedy “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller.
ANTONIO BANDERAS is 57
ROSANNA ARQUETTE is 58.
STUDY: SPICY FOOD IN CRUCIAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY:
If you’re trying to lose weight you may want to eat some spicy peppers.
In a new study published in the journal American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers, can help combat obesity by preventing gut inflammation and insulin resistance.
All peppers have different amounts of capsaicin, which contributes to their overall spiciness.
The hottest pepper is the ghost pepper, but you should probably stick to chilis as the ghost pepper is so hot it has landed people daring enough to eat it in the hospital.
- The busiest Domino’s Pizza location in the world is the one right outside the Marine Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
- The first build-it-yourself furniture item Ikea created was a leaf-shaped side table called LOVET in 1956.
- The reason doctors wear blue or green scrubs is because those are on the opposite side of the color wheel from red and pink . . . which makes those colors clearer during surgery.
- Disney World and Disneyland employees who dress up as characters and walk around the parks have to go through special training to learn how to do their character’s correct autograph.
George Strait is Getting This Year’s Icon Award at the ACM Honors
We already know GEORGE STRAIT’s a country music icon, but the “11th Annual ACM Honors” is going to make it official. That’s the show where they recognize honorees and off-camera winners from the ACMs back in April.
George will be given the Icon Award, while TOBY KEITH will accept the Poet’s Award, and KELSEA BALLERINI will get the Milestone Award. Other honorees include Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton . . . plus Willie Nelson and Eric Church will be recognized at a later date.
The show tapes August 23rd . . . and will air September 15th on CBS.
If You Could Only Eat One Food the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?
I know a few people whose diet is already 95% pizza. So this isn’t that surprising. If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be? A new survey asked people, and PIZZA was the #1 answer.
- Ice cream.
- Fried chicken.
- French fries.
- Grilled cheese.
- Chinese food. Which is kind of cheating, because it’s not really ONE food.
- Macaroni and cheese.
Cheeseburgers just missed the top ten at #11 . . . nachos at 12 . . . pancakes at 16 . . . donuts at 19 . . . chocolate at 26 . . . and APPLES made the list at #33. That’s pretty much the only “healthy” thing in the top 50.
Here Are the Five Ultimate Food Arguments
A new survey asked people to weigh in, once and for all, on some of the ULTIMATE food arguments. Here’s what it found . . .
- Should pizza be eaten with a knife and fork, or your hands? 92% say hands.
- Should ketchup be used on eggs? 73% say no.
- Which are better: Soft-shell tacos or hard-shell tacos? 64% say soft shell.
- Is mayo a good condiment? 66% say yes.
- And should mac-and-cheese be eaten with a fork or a spoon? 75% say fork.