- “International Beer Day”, an annual worldwide celebration of brewskies on the 1st Friday of August. So, the best beer in the world is …?
- “Lighthouse Day”, an annual observance when lighthouse grounds, where feasible, are open to the public. No more lonely lighthouse keepers these days … they’re all automated.
- “National Hobo Convention”, the 113th annual through Sunday in Britt, Iowa. Some 30,000 are expected to take part
ON THIS DATE…………………
1993, In Twinsburg, Ohio, identical twins Phil and Doug Malm married identical twins Jill and Jena Lassen in front of twin ministers with 1,500 sets of twins witnessing the ceremony. It was Twins Day.
1997, Garth Brooks performed in front of 750,000 people in Central Park
2007  Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s MLB career record by hitting his 756th home run finishes career with a total of 762
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (28)
Actress – Charlize Theron (40)
Actor – David Duchovny (55)
Seinfeld star Wayne Knight (60) – (Newman)
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “The Fantastic Four” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): A group of outsiders teleport to a dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The foursome must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend-turned-enemy. Stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell. A sequel is already planned for 2017.
• “The Gift” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a chaos when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. Stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton (also the writer, producer, and director).
• “Ricki & The Flash” ( PG-13 Musical Dramedy ): 66-year-old Meryl Streep plays an aging rock queen (think Melissa Etheridge) who gave up everything for her dream of stardom. The story follows her return home looking to reconnect with family. Co-stars Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer (Streep’s real-life daughter), Rick Springfield. Streep took a guitar lesson from Neil Young.
• “Shaun the Sheep Movie” ( PG Animated Adventure): When ‘Shaun’ decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. He and his pals end up in the ‘Big City’ and it’s up to the flock to figure out how to return home safely. Voice cast features Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber.
– 5.2 million viewers watched the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. That’s down 37% from last year.
- Brad Paisley / Carrie Underwood – It’s been announced they’re returning to host the “CMA Awards” on ABC-TV for the 8th consecutive year this November.
- Luke Bryan – Today his new album “Kill the Lights” is out. The lead single “Kick the Dust Up” is also the name of his Summer tour, starting August 15th in Brownsville OR. Bryan is starting off his shows with this latest hit.
One year before Rio Olympic Games, Guanabara Bay is the biggest problem
SAO PAULO – We are exactly 365 days away from the planet turning its attention to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the 31st Summer Olympics.
While Brazil was able to successfully host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a good part of the Games construction is racing against time in order to be ready by August 5, 2016.
Two things are causing anxiety for the host country and athletes: the pollution of Guanabara Bay and the legacy of the Olympic arenas.
Last week, the Associated Press added to the growing concern with a report on Rio’s highly polluted waters,. According to the AP, some tests of the Olympic water sites produced results that were 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a beach in Southern California.
The picturesque but dirty Guanabara Bay, where sailing events will be held, has had only 10 percent of its waters cleaned despite the Brazilian government spending $3 billion for treatment over the past 20 years. The State Institute of the Environment (INEA) guarantees that Marina da Gloria will be ready to host some sailing, but its waters still show a health standard out of the international acceptable level.
Austria sailing coach Ivan Bujala was quite critical of the situation. “This is by far the worst water quality we’ve ever seen in our sailing careers,” Bujala said. David Hussl, an Austrian sailor, has already fallen ill from competitions on the bay. “I’ve had high temperatures and problems with my stomach,” Hussl said.
Brazilian and 2016 Rio committees guarantee that sailing competitions will take place in Guanabara Bay. However, two other spots applied to host the Olympic sailing. One is 176 kilometers away from the host city but the other is over a thousand kilometers away from Rio.
However, a seaside city in the state of Sao Paulo is most likely to hold sailing events if the International Sailing Federation doesn’t approve Guanabara Bay as a venue. Ilhabela is 340 kilometers from Rio.
Over the next 365 days, questions over Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic venues will persist. However, if the 2014 FIFA World Cup is any indication, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be ready at the last minute.
Cop Saved a Puppy from a Hot Car, and Then Adopted It
A cop named Jeff O’Rear got a call about a Chihuahua that was locked inside a hot car at a strip mall in Kansas City, Missouri last month. And it was one of the hottest days of the year.
A little girl heard it whimpering when she walked by, and told her parents to call 911. It turned out it had been there for about two hours, and wasn’t doing well.
When Jeff got there, the puppy was lying on its back with all four legs sticking up, and it was having convulsions. So he and his partner immediately smashed one of the back windows with a nightstick and got it out. But things still didn’t look good at that point.
Its body temperature was almost 108 degrees, and its heart was racing like crazy. Then it went into shock.
Luckily, there happened to be a veterinary clinic in the same strip mall, where the staff worked on the dog for about 90 minutes . . . got its vitals back to normal . . . and it survived.
The good news is, the dog’s owners are now its FORMER owners. They’re facing charges for animal cruelty, and agreed to sign him over to a shelter.
And now he’ll never end up locked in a hot car again . . . because Jeff surprised his two daughters by ADOPTING him. Last we heard, they were still deciding on a name.
Guy in Court Claimed He Couldn’t Have Been Texting and Driving Because He Doesn’t Have a Phone . . . Then It Rang
A 23-year-old guy named Matt Macadam was in court in Bega, Australia last week, facing charges of texting and driving.
But Matt came up with a brilliant defense. He said he COULDN’T have been using a phone while he was driving . . . because he doesn’t even OWN one.
And as unbelievable as that sounds, MAYBE it could have worked . . . who knows.
There was only one problem. Halfway through his hearing, his phone started RINGING. Right there in court.
It was in his pocket, and he hadn’t turned off his ringer.
He claimed it was his girlfriend’s, but the judge didn’t buy it and hit him with a $735 fine.
Josh Smith Discusses His Upcoming Struggle To Survive On $6.9 Million
Somehow, some way, Josh Smith and his family will have to figure out how to survive on just $6.9 million during the upcoming NBA season.
During a Los Angeles Clippers news conference on Tuesday to introduce the newly signed forward Josh Smith, the former NBA All-Star discussed the challenges he’ll face as a result.
“At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family”” he told reporters. “So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know?”
Smith — who has earned over $97 million from NBA contracts in his 11-year career, according to Spotrac – signed a one year deal with the Clippers earlier this month. for the veteran’s minimum of $1.5 million. His former team, the Detroit Pistons, will also be paying him $5.4 million to not play for them. (Smith was released last December by the Pistons after signing a 4 year, $54 million contract in July 2013.)
That adds up to just $6.9 million next season — a far cry from the over $13 million he was making just two years ago. We weep for you, Josh Smith.
In all seriousness, Smith seems to be paying homage to former NBA star Latrell Sprewell by focusing on his family’s impending financial struggles. Remember when Sprewell deemed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ three-year, $30 million contract offer as “insulting”?
“I’m at risk”. I have a lot of risk here. I got my family to feed,” Sprewell told the Free Republic in 2004. And so does Smith. But another thing that he’s going to “push through” this year? The $100 million mark for total NBA earnings.
Things Everyone Should Clean Every Day
Whether you’ve got a trusted cleaning routine that keeps your home in tip-top shape or not, there are six things you should never let go uncleaned, not even for a day (barring vacation and illness, of course). Every day, take a few moments to tackle this handful of cleaning tasks — you’ll live in a cleaner home for it!
- Dishes (and the kitchen sink)
You’ve heard it said before — don’t let those dishes pile up. Either hand wash them or at the very least stick them in a dishwasher (even if you don’t have enough to load). But then take it a step farther and give your kitchen sink a quick swipe — cleaning this main area will make your whole kitchen feel cleaner.
- Bathroom sink
Because glued on globs of toothpaste aren’t the sort of thing you want greeting you every morning.
- Kitchen counters
A few quick swipes a day keep the “ugh my kitchen is so dirty” feelings away.
- Sweep the kitchen floor
Why so many kitchen tasks?! Because we use our kitchens so much AND because they’re one of the first places bugs will invade when we let the cleanliness slip. You don’t have to mop every day, but a quick sweep of crumbs will not only keep your kitchen cleaner, it’ll help keep the rest of your home’s floors cleaner more often by not letting you track crumbs from the kitchen.
- Make the bed
Not so much a cleaning task as more of a picking up sort of task, this one small action will make coming home from work sooo much nicer and make you feel like your home is cleaner and more put together than it might be.
- The nightstand
This might be an odd one, but we don’t think so: it’s the closest place to your face for hours and hours a day. Letting dust build up can mean more dust being inhaled while you’re at your most vulnerable. A quick swipe will keep dust and grime off this small area.
- The equals sign was invented by a mathematician in Wales in 1557. Before that, people would actually write out “is equal to” in their equations.
- The Rubik’s Cube was originally called the Magic Cube when it came out in 1975. It was renamed in 1980 because they realized a more unique name would make it easier to patent around the world. So it was named after its inventor, Erno Rubik.
- The youngest person to ever bowl a perfect game was a nine-and-a-half year old in Florida . . . she rolled a 300 two years ago. The oldest person was a 90-year-old in California who did it three years ago.
- France was the first country to start using the metric system, in 1795. St. Lucia was the most recent, in 2005.
FITBIT FOR THE FACE:
Retired Super Bowl champ Mike Robinson (Seattle Seahawks) is pioneering the ‘SMRT Mouth’, a mouthguard that tracks players’ hydration, respiration, circulation, and exertion levels to keep them safe in Summer heat.
The gizmo uses sensors to collect real-time data from inside the player’s mouth, then sends it to a tablet monitored by a coach, parent, or team physician. The device is intended for all athletes, from peewee to pro; participating in all sports, including soccer and track as well as football.
Thanks to a crowd-funding campaign, ‘SMRT Mouth’ is expected to launch next year for $159.
With traditional mouthguards costing a tiny fraction of that, it’s a bit of an investment … but one that may save lives.
Heat-related injuries are the leading cause of death and disability among high school athletes. – “New York Daily News”