August 5, 2016

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Friday, August 5, 2016 – Edition: #5790

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★ This weekend one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasters is set to begin screening … drone races. ESPN begins its coverage today with the 3-day International Drone Racing Association event being held in NYC through Sunday. An ESPN rep claims the activity is poised to become the next behemoth racing sport alongside NASCAR and Formula One. (What do you think … is this going to fly?)
– BBC Sports
★ JK Rowling’s script for the London stage production “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child – Parts One and Two” has sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in just its first 2 days of publication. That’s well below the 8.3 million copies sold in 2007 on the first day of “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows”, but it’s still among the fastest-selling works in history and a remarkable number for the script to a play. (A text edition of “Hamilton” has also been a bestseller this year.)
– AP
★ And Amber Heard has been cavorting in London this week but will be back in LA for her deposition at 10 am Saturday morning. Johnny Depp’s lawyers plan to grill her on her claim he physically attacked her. The deposition could last 7 hours, and the range of inquiry includes statements from cops and witnesses who say she showed no signs of injury and nothing was broken in their downtown LA loft. Depp must sit for his own deposition next week. If the case is going to settle, this would be the time. Settlement discussions are said to be ongoing. (Notice how he’s been liquidating his real estate lately? Caching the money in safe havens, maybe?)

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Christina Aguilera (“Lotus”). Rerun.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today X Ambassadors (“Suicide Squad: The Album”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Colin Hay (Men at Work). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Soft Moon (“Deeper”). Rerun.
• “The Little Prince” (Netflix) – Debut of a new animated movie interpretation of the classic French children’s story about a little girl whose neighbor introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. Voice cast includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today guest co-host Nick Lachey (w/98 Degrees).
• Mixtape Festival (Hershey PA) – Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium this throwback fest includes Boyz II Men, Dream, Paula Abdul, New Kids On the Block, 98 Degrees, and O-Town.
• “Olympic Games Opening Ceremony” (CBC/NBC) – As the seemingly snakebit games get underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s iconic Maracana Stadium hosts the spectacular opening that promises to highlight the country’s many cultures.
• Outside Lands Festival (San Francisco CA) – The 9th annual 3-day bash in Golden Gate Park features Brandi Carlile, Duran Duran, Halsey, J Cole, Lana Del Rey, Miguel, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, Major Lazer, Zedd and lots more. Also included: ‘Beer Lands’, ‘Festival Market Place’, ‘Taste Of the Bay Area’, ‘Wine Lands’, etc.
• Rise Above Fest (Bangor ME) – Saturday rock band Seether’s 4th annual festival at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion has Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat and more. Proceeds go to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Blake Shelton (“If I’m Honest”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Jason Derulo (“Platinum Hits”, out August 10th).

• David Bowie – His posthumous album “Blackstar” has been short-listed for the 2016 Mercury Prize, the annual cash award for the best UK album of the year. The overall winner from 12 nominated albums will be announced September 15th.
• Frank Ocean – Word has it he’ll release his long-awaited new album “Boys Don’t Cry” today, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning 2012 album “Channel Orange”. The album is expected to have a 2-week Apple Music exclusive window.
• Katy Perry – She’s on vacation in Italy with actor-boyfriend Orlando Bloom and nude photos of him frolicking on the beach have been posted online. The couple is also photographed embracing while Orlando is still wearing shorts on the beach in Sardinia.
• “Suicide Squad: The Album” – The soundtrack includes tracks by Lil Wayne w/Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, Panic! At the Disco, Skrillex w/Rick Ross, and Twenty One Pilots. The soundtrack is out today, the same day that the film arrives in theaters.

• “Nine Lives” ( PG Family Comedy ): Kevin Spacey stars as a stuffy businessman who finds himself somehow trapped inside the body of a cat, ‘Mr Fuzzypants’. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for a family pet. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Cheryl Hines. Director Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black” films.)
• “Suicide Squad” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In this DC Comics presentation, a secret government agency recruits imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. Stars Will Smith (‘Deadshot’), Jared Leto (‘The Joker’). Co-stars Margot Robbie (‘Harley Quinn’), Viola Davis (‘Amanda Waller’). Shot in Toronto ON.
• Opening in limited release: “Five Nights in Maine” (Drama); “Front Cover” (Rom Com); and “Little Men” (Family Drama).

People want to make healthier food choices these days, and that means marketers are trying to put a healthy spin on their products. Grocery shelves feature plenty of labels that make foods seem healthier than their nutrition data would suggest. A few examples …
✗ “Antioxidants” – May refer to nutrients that otherwise sound pretty mundane: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
✗ “Artisanal” – It doesn’t really mean anything. Despite aesthetics, it certainly doesn’t guarantee ‘better’.
✗ “Made With Real Fruit” – Often lower-cost fruit juices or purée plus a lot of sugar.
✗ “Multigrain” – Rather than ‘whole grains’, they may be refined and stripped of nutrients.
✗ “Wholesome” – A meaningless claim. When the word appears on a bag of gummy bears, you know it’s a stretch.
✗ “Yogurt-Covered” – Perhaps a little yogurt powder, but it would be more accurately described as “sugar and palm oil covered”.
– Condensed from BuzzFeed News

This week the International Olympic Committee has announced that 5 new sports are being added to the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. They are …
✓ Surfing
✓ Skateboarding
✓ Sports Climbing
✓ Karate
✓ Men’s Baseball
✓ Women’s Softball
Currently, there are 28 Olympic sports. The addition of these 5 new ones is the biggest in modern history. (What sport would you add to jazz things up? Tetherball? Dodgeball?)

The practice of eating insects is called entomophagy. There are 1,462 recorded species of edible insects … and they’re quite nutritious. For instance, 100 grams of cricket contain only 121 calories, less than half that of beef. 100 grams of cricket contain only 5.5 grams of fat, compared to 21.2 grams in beef. Beef contains about twice the protein but cricket also has carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorous, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. (“Pass the bugs, please.”)


1959 [57] Pat Smear, LA CA, rock guitarist (Foo Fighters-“Walk”, Nirvana-“You Know You’re Right”)

1963 [53] Mark Strong (Marco Salussolia), London UK, movie actor (“The Imitation Game”, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) UP NEXT: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, now shooting.

1968 [48] Terri Clark (Sauson), Montréal QC, country singer (“Girls Lie Too”, “You’re Easy On the Eyes”)

1978 [38] Whit Sellers, Roanoke VA, country drummer (Old Dominion-“Snapback”, “Break Up with Him”)

1980 [36] Jesse Williams, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Dr Jackson Avery’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2009)

Screenwriter-director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) is 46; Pop singer Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) is 44; TV-movie actress Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) is 43; Pop-rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 35; Broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr (“Hamilton”) is 35; Pop-rock bassist Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 32.

Metal singer Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) is 58; TV-movie actor David Duchovny (“Aquarius”) is 56; Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) is 50; Movie actress Charlize Theron (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) is 41; Rock drummer Barry Kerch (Shinedown) is 40; NHL superstar Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) is 29.

• “International Beer Day”, an annual worldwide celebration of brewskies on the 1st Friday of August. So, the best beer in the world is …?
• “Oyster Day”, celebrating the shell-shucked crustacean enjoyed by many as a delicacy. (What brave soul could have first decided to eat one of these icky-looking things?)
• “Underwear Day”, the 13th annual organized by online retailer, which normally attracts hundreds of underwearers to NYC’s Times Square. It’s a good excuse to take a vote: Boxers, Briefs, Boxer-Briefs, or Commando?
• “Twins Days Festival”, the world’s largest annual gathering of twins through Sunday in Twinsburg, Ohio. They’ll be seeing double in this town all weekend!
• “Work Like a Dog Day”, an opportunity to recognize those individuals who work especially hard.

• “Fresh Breath Day”, a gentle reminder to maintain oral hygiene. If you’re average, you have over 10 billion bacteria in your mouth right now. Some of them churn out stinky chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide, the same gas that gives rotten eggs their odor.
• “International Hangover Day”, the day after “International Beer Day”. What’s your best cure?
• “Jamaican Patty Day”, celebrated annually on the 1st Saturday in August to salute the turnover-style pastry which can be stuffed with seasoned ground beef, chicken, or seafood. The crust is flaky and half-moon shaped, and the fillings are usually spicy.
• “Mustard Day”, the 26th annual honoring the ‘condiment of kings’. It’s sponsored by Middleton, Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of mustard memorabilia.
• Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction, as the NFL’s Class of 2016 is formally enshrined at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton OH.
• “Root Beer Float Day”, saluting the yummy taste-treat that involves plopping ice cream into a flagon of root beer. Did you know root beer started out as a health tonic?
• “Sandcastle Day”, an annual celebration of the enjoyment provided by granular construction.
• “Wiggle Your Toes Day”, a chance to air out your piggies, wiggling them around for all to see. The best place to wiggle your toes on a hot August day is in a swimming pool. Or, sit on a dock and stick your wiggly digits in the water.

• “Beach Party Day”, a great excuse to grab a picnic basket, a beach blanket, and set your sails for the nearest shoreline for a midsummer getaway.
• “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.
• “Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day”, an annual observance to draw attention to the environmentally unfriendly over-packaging of consumer goods. Which are worst for this?
• “Professional Speakers Day”, an annual salute to those who move us and inform us through the magic of their oratory talents. To speak and to speak well are two different things.
• “Sisters’ Day”, a day to show appreciation to female siblings. It’s a good day to ask listeners for the worst dirty tricks pulled on them by sis’.

2013 [03] Privately held newspaper “The Washington Post” is purchased by founder & CEO Jeff Bezos

2007 [09] DNA tests prove that at least 2 of 12 claimants to the estate of recently deceased soul legend James Brown are legitimate (his will had already named 6 known children)

2013 [03] In London, the world’s 1st bovine stem-cell lab-grown burger is cooked and eaten at a news conference (one food critic says it’s “close to meat, but not that juicy”)

2008 [08] Elvis Presley’s white jumpsuit with a plunging V-neck and high collar featuring a blue-and-gold peacock design sells at auction for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia ever

[Mon] “Game of Thrones” Season 1 reboot (CTV)
[Mon] International Cat Day
[Mon] Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
[Tues] International Day Of the World’s Indigenous People
This Week is … Bargain Hunting Week
This Month Is … Get Ready for Kindergarten Month


Take a sip …
• Every time they introduce a new country into the stadium.
• Whenever they show footage from past Olympics.
• Each time you see someone wearing a uniform you would never wear, under any circumstances.
• Any time someone mentions the zika virus.
• Every time you see the mascots for the Rio Games.
• Also, whenever the hosts explain what the mascots signify.
• Each time fireworks are on the screen.
• When someone mentions the Russian doping scandal.
• For every half-hour the ceremony goes past your bedtime.
– Adapted from

☎ What is the biggest physical challenge that you have ever faced?

Besides ‘bilingual’, a person who speaks 2 languages can be called which?
a. Bipartisan.
b. Diglot [DIE-glot]. [CORRECT. ‘Di’ meaning two; ‘Glot’ meaning tongue.]
c. A Stereo Speaker.

Tonight’s weather: Dark with continued darkness until dawn.

Question: Almost half of homeowners have 2 of THESE on their deck or patio right now.
Answer: BBQ grills.

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

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