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UCN DailyPrep for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Today’s Audio

Bacon

Song Parody: Guns N' Roses - Patience
Monday is National Bacon Lover’s Day and all we need just a little bacon in this parody of “Patience” by Guns N Roses.




Incredible Discoveries - Turn Signal

Drop In
This new UCN feature called "Incredible Discoveries" treats every day common sense as an incredible discovery.




The Weekly Weed News with Cheech & Chong - Trade War

Feature
Your cannabis correspondents are here to report on what a trade war could mean for marijuana.




The Greatest Day Ever - August 20th (08-20)

Almanac
This GDE is for MONDAY August 20th, the day professional football was born.




The Greatest Day Ever - August 21st (08-21)

Almanac
This GDE is for TUESDAY August 21st, the day System of a Down's lead singer Serj Tankian was born.




Show Starter - Get This

Drop In




Show Starter - I Was

Drop In




Show Starter - I Do

Drop In



Found Sound

Drinking Beer and Smoking Cigarettes

Found Sound
Poisonous Perry Martel only wants to do two things, drink beer and smoie cigarettes. Well, three if you count partying and having fun.




Queen's 'We Will Rock You' Meets Metal

Found Sound
YouTuber and fleet-fingered guitarist 331Erock beefs up one of Queen's most iconic songs into a massive metal monstrosity.




Boney M's 'Rasputin' Arranged for Recorder Ensemble

Found Sound
The appropriately titled YouTube Channel, Recorder Legend, provides this most glorious rendition of Boney M's 1978 disco tribute to Russia's greatest love machine.



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Written Prep For Monday, August 20, 2018

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Today’s One-Liners

WOULD THE MARRIAGE BE VALID? LOOK IT UP ON JOHN WICK-IPEDIA
Winona Ryder said in an interview that a real Romanian priest was used in her onscreen wedding to Keanu Reeves in 1992’s “Dracula,” so the two may actually be married.***

***The two are starring in “Destination Wedding” out on Friday. Since it’s a movie out in August, the movie will have a Destination of the DVD Bargain Bin.

***Winona restarted her career with “Stranger Things” on Netflix. And what’s stranger for a woman than being married to Keanu Reeves?

 

YOUR BROTHER’S DAUGHTER IS MARRYING BIEBER SO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Alec Baldwin disapproved of daughter Ireland posting a racy picture on Instagram over the weekend, adding a negative comment.***

***Ireland is in a bikini riding on a motorcycle. For a more embarrassing ride, Alec is 60 and his wife is 34.

***Alec is not pleased with the picture and wants it to disappear. If only it were his upcoming Sunday night talk show on ABC. That’ll vanish in no time.

 

THERE ARE SECURITY CAMERAS. DON’T TRY A FOUR-FINGER DISCOUNT
The very first real life Kwik-E-Mart convenience store from “The Simpsons” TV show debuted over the weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.***

***You can get a Squishee drink or a Heat Lamp Hot Dog. But if you’re politically correct, the character of Apu might still leave a bad taste in your mouth.

 

THANKS TO CRAZY RICH ASIANS, THE SHARK IN “THE MEG” IS NOW SUSHI
Weekend box office: “Crazy Rich Asians” was #1, “The Meg” was #2, “Mile 22” was #3, “Alpha” was #4.***

***Critics say “Crazy Rich Asians” is a terrific romantic comedy. And the people in the film are really rich. In several scenes, you can see them filling up their gas tanks.

***MMA fighter Ronda Rousey co-starts in “Mile 22,” about CIA agents racing against time. A Hollywood producer hit on Ronda during filming…so she’s dropping off flowers before his funeral is over.

***In “Alpha,” a prehistoric man meets the very first pet dog. Naturally, the back story is that his kids told him they’d totally take care of their new puppy. But suddenly they’re soooo busy….

 

ALSO FROM OUTER SPACE: EX-HUSBAND RUSSELL BRAND
To mark the end of her “Witness” tour, Katy Perry shared an outer-space-themed tattoo with fans on Instagram.***

***The final dates are in Australia and New Zealand. Then Katy returns to the new American Idol”” next year. The ratings will continue to be Down Under what ABC hoped for.

***The tattoo is of the planet Saturn. Previously, Katy got tattoos showing a peppermint and a strawberry. Her tattoo artist just hopes she never finds out about using emojis instead.

 

IRONICALLY, KEVIN WAS UNABLE TO FILL SEATS
Kevin Spacey’s new movie “Billionaire Boys Club” was released in ten theaters nationwide over the weekend and pulled in just $126.***

***The movie is set in the 1980s. When it was filmed, Kevin was still in the closet. But there are hints, like he’s always listening to George Michael music and watching Bette Midler in “Beaches.”

***The movie is about young men from LA who come up with a plan to get rich quick. As young men, I assume it involves getting hush money from Kevin Spacey.

 

CHILDISH GAMBINO IS UP FOR BEST “DAD BOD” IN “THIS IS AMERICA”
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will be held Monday night from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Top nominees include Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Drake and Childish Gambino.***

***Cardi B recently said her new daughter was born raising her middle finger. So with that attitude, the baby plans to guest star on “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”

***Beyoncé and Jay-Z had that video where they rented the Louvre Museum in Paris and posed with the world’s greatest artworks. So wow, will they ever be proud to put a few MTV tinfoil moonmen on the mantelpiece at home.

***The Backstreet Boys will perform during the pre-show, for the first time in 20 years. However, when Fox News covers it, they’ll probably use a picture of N’SYNC.

Celebrity News

KEVIN SPACEY’S NEW MOVIE GROSSES JUST $126 ON OPENING DAY
Kevin Spacey’s new movie “Billionaire Boys Club” is in theaters now, but barely anyone saw it. The film opened in 10 theaters around the country on Friday after being available on VOD for the past month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie only grossed $126 total for the full opening day. That means about 13 or 14 people went to see the movie. Movies available first on VOD don’t generally gross that much in theaters, but this is an amount much lower than usual. Spacey was accused of sexual assault by many men over the past year, but distributor Vertical Entertainment decided to release the movie anyway because it was produced well before the allegations were publicly known. The studio said, “In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film.” Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Billie Lourd, and others star in the film and Spacey plays a small, supporting role.

 

STORMY DANIELS PULLS OUT OF ‘CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER UK’ HOURS BEFORE PREMIERE
Stormy Daniels is no longer appearing on “Celebrity Big Brother UK.” The 39-year-old adult film star was set to appear on the show beginning on Thursday night, but bailed last minute, with early reports suggesting it was due to “demanding and not getting more dough,” according to TMZ. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, denies the allegation and tells TMZ the reason was “because producers wanted Stormy to stick to a script.” Her ongoing custody dispute with her estranged husband, Glendon Crain, is also reportedly partially to blame.

 

ASIA ARGENTO REPORTEDLY PAID OFF HER OWN ACCUSER FOLLOWING HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSATIONS
Asia Argento, who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct last year and became a vocal member of the #MeToo movement, reportedly reached a settlement with her own accuser according to a bombshell report by The New York Times on Sunday. The accuser, 22-year-old Jimmy Bennett, once played her son in 2004′s “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” The report claims that after Asia made the allegations against Harvey, she paid a $380,000 financial agreement with Jimmy, who claimed that Asia sexually assaulted him two months after his 17th birthday years ago in a California hotel room. The report also alleges that Asia’s former boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, “helped Ms. Argento navigate the matter.” Among the documents that the NYT received was reportedly a selfie of Asia and Jimmy lying in a bed together from May of 2013.

 

DAVE BAUTISTA BLASTS DISNEY
The crew of “Guardians of the Galaxy” has come out swinging for director James Gunn after Disney ousted him for decade-old tweets he sent out making light of pedophilia and rape. Dave Bautista has been one of Gunn’s most vocal defenders, and the WWE wrestler-turned-actor “thanked” the company in a tweet that likened Disney to President Donald Trump. “Thanks Disney!! Making America Great Again,” Bautista wrote alongside an article on the subject. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have also rallied to Gunn’s side, but Disney has said repeatedly that it will stand by its decision.

 

HEATHER LOCKLEAR RETURNS TO INSTAGRAM
Heather Locklear returned to social media Saturday night for the first time in four months amid the legal and personal struggles she has been facing in the past year, including trips to rehab and multiple arrests. “Sun shining day,” the 56-year-old captioned the picture of her dog wearing sunglasses. She is next scheduled to appear in court August 30th.

 

LILY ALDRIDGE EXPECTING SECOND CHILD WITH CALEB FOLLOWILL
Lily Aldridge is pregnant. The 32-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel announced the news on her Instagram, showing off her baby bump in a bikini and captioning the photo with, “SURPRISE.” This will be the second child for Lily and her hubby, Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill. The couple are parents to a six-year-old daughter named Dixie Pearl Followill.

 

COMEDIAN ANDY GROSS STIRS OUTRAGE AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Comedian Andy Gross stirred outrage at Indiana’s Purdue University, which says the Los Angeles-based performer’s act during a student orientation was inappropriate. Some students walked out of Saturday’s performance and accused the comedian of harassing a female student who was called on stage to assist with part of his routine. They say he made a crude reference to his own genitalia and requested that the student touch his leg, among other comments they found distasteful. A representative for Gross, a ventriloquist who also does magic tricks, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. School officials said in a statement accounts differ as to exactly what happened, but that parts of the performance were “clearly inappropriate and contrary to the university’s values.”

Music News

LOGIC TACKLES IMMIGRATION AND WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW VIDEO FOR ‘ONE DAY’ FEATURING RYAN TEDDER
Logic has released a poignant and timely new video for his song with Ryan Tedder, “One Day.” The video tackles issues of immigration, family separation and white supremacy. It begins with a Mexican family being detained the border, and the children separated from the parents. One of the children goes on to live with an American foster family. We see him through the years, as he works hard to excel in school and eventually becomes a doctor. As the immigrant child’s journey plays out, we also see the child of a white supremacist family whose life takes a darker path. In the end, when the white supremacist’s violent ways result in him being injured, he finds himself on the operating table, his life in the hands of the Mexican doctor. The clip features appearances by Michael Peña, Judy Reyes and Luis Guzman. Logic and Ryan will perform “One Day” on the MTV Video Music Awards tonight.

 

SLASH SHARES NEW SOLO TRACK, ‘MIND YOUR MANNERS’
Slash and his solo band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, have shared a new song called “Mind Your Manners.” The track is taken from Slash’s new album, “Living The Dream,” which will be released on September 21st via Slash’s own label Snakepit Records. Slash said about the song, “I wrote this song on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January. It’s just a go-for-it type of song. Pretty straightforward rock and fun to play.” “Living The Dream” is Slash’s fourth solo album and third since putting together the Conspirators, which also features drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and guitarist Frank Sidoris. The group’s North American headlining tour begins September 13th in Los Angeles, visiting 20 major cities before ending on October 14th in Sacramento.

 

BACKSTREET BOYS FANS TREATED FOR INJURIES AFTER STORM
An Oklahoma casino says 14 people suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys. Kym Koch-Thompson, spokeswoman for the WinStar World Casino and Resort, says the concertgoers were treated at the scene following Saturday’s storm, then taken to hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas. She says they were all treated for minor injuries and released. The casino says a storm packing winds of up to 80 mph struck the venue about 5:30 p.m. and blew down entrance trusses on about 150 concertgoers who didn’t heed earlier evacuation warnings. Koch-Thompson says the concert was postponed. A new date hasn’t yet been set.

 

R KELLY SUED FOR $200K IN DAMAGES TO HOMES HE RENTED IN GEORGIA
R. Kelly is reportedly being sued for causing over $200,000 in damages to two homes he rented in Georgia. Kelly is the target of a civil suit filed by the SB Property Management company. The company claims that Kelly rented a 23-room mansion for $10,000 a month, and a four-bedroom home for $3,000 a month in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta. According to court documents, Kelly moved out of the homes in February 2017. When SB Property Management inspected the house with 23 rooms, it found extensive damage to the electrical system, and several missing items, including a stove, bedroom furniture, ceiling fans, six mirrors and 22 light fixtures. The suit also claims that the four-bedroom house had broken windows and trash inside. Alfonso. L. Walker, a former associate of Kelly, was found to be responsible for the damages and stolen items. He was arrested in December 2017 for theft and burglary. Kelly agreed to pay $170,000 for the damages, but according to the suit, he only paid $20,000.

 

MARILYN MANSON CUTS HOUSTON CONCERT SHORT DUE TO ‘FOOD POISONING’
Marilyn Manson cut short his performance on Saturday night in The Woodlands, Texas, due to a reported case of “food poisoning.” Manson’s tour manager escorted photographers from the pit prior to the start of Manson’s set, explaining that the singer was ill and did not want his picture taken. Manson played four songs and was reported to be “visibly shaking at times” before he collapsed on a monitor, ending the show. Manson’s tourmate Rob Zombie played his usual set, although their planned duet didn’t materialize. Late last month, Manson canceled a show in Toronto minutes before showtime because he was suffering from “the flu.”

 

YOUNG THUG ARRESTED AT HIS ‘SLIME LANGUAGE’ MIXTAPE RELEASE/BIRTHDAY PARTY
Young Thug was celebrating his 27th birthday Thursday night at his “Slime Language” mixtape release party in Los Angeles, but it wasn’t exactly a happy birthday: He got arrested at the event. The rapper, born Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was booked for possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, according to the LAPD. Bail was set at $35,000. Four other people were also taken into custody at the party, held at the Dave & Buster’s sports restaurant in Hollywood. Young Thug dropped the 14-track “Slime Language “project, featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Jacquees, and Lil Baby, last week.

 

SCOTTY McCREERY ANNOUNCES ‘SEASONS CHANGE’ FALL TOUR
Scotty McCreery will head out on his headlining “Seasons Change” tour this fall with newcomers Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan. He announced the trek during his appearance on “Fox & Friends’” “All-American Summer Concert Series” on Friday. The tour will kick-off at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on November 29th. Scotty said, “Even though I’m always performing on the road, I really wanted to put together a specific tour surrounding /Seasons Change’ because it is my favorite and most personal project yet. I am so excited to bring Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan out with me. They are such talented singer/songwriters and I know the fans are going to love them.” Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday. Dates on the “Seasons Change” tour:

Nov. 29   Dallas, TX   House of Blues
Nov. 30   San Antonio, TX   Aztec Theatre
Dec. 01   Houston, TX   House of Blues
Dec. 07   St. Paul, MN   Myth Live
Dec. 08   Indianapolis, IN   Egyptian Room
Dec. 09   Chicago, IL   House of Blues
Dec. 13   Cincinnati, OH   Bogart’s
Dec. 15   Grand Rapids, MI   20 Monroe Live
Jan. 17   Atlanta, GA   Buckhead Theatre
Jan. 18   Charlotte, NC   Fillmore
Jan. 19   Raleigh, NC   The Ritz
Jan. 25   Boston, MA   House of Blues
Jan. 26   Westbury, NY   NYCB Theatre at Westbury

 

FUNKO POP! LINE ADDS FOUR VERSIONS OF PRINCE
The makers of Funko Pop! figures announced the latest additions to the line: four different versions of late musician Prince. Funko said the figures, part of the Pop! Rocks line, feature three different styles inspired by different eras of the musician’s long-running career. The line also includes an FYE exclusive figure that’s a sparkly “Glitter” variant. The Pop! Rocks line also includes figures of musicians including Amy Winehouse, Axl Rose, Alice Cooper, Ed Sheeran, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Elton John.

 

KENNY CHESNEY SETS A RECORD AT METLIFE STADIUM
Kenny Chesney set a new sales record Saturday night at MetLife Stadium on the outskirts of New York City. Chesney packed the venue with 58,642 fans, beating his own best number. He also outsold Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift by 10,000 tickets if you add up the attendance in the same number of appearances. Even though the show started 45 minutes late after an evacuation and a storm delay, that couldn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. “When they told me, I couldn’t really get my head around it,” Kenny says of his record. “Those are big numbers. But you know, to me, when we hit that stage, and I saw all those people, soaking wet, who’d hung through the evacuation and had come for the music; to me, that was the greatest sight in the world – and it’s why we come back year after year. They rock us harder than we rock them!” Massachusetts.

 

ERIC CLAPTON TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM IN OCTOBER
Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album. “Happy Xmas” will arrive October 12th, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist. “Happy Xmas” will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called “For Love On Christmas Day.” Clapton tells Billboard, “I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals.” He reveals that, once he nailed the guitar parts, “one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.” One of the songs, Clapton’s take on “Jingle Bells,” is dedicated to the memory of the late superstar deejay Avicii, who died earlier this year. According to Billboard, Clapton was a great admirer of his. “Happy Xmas’” cover features a color illustration of Santa Claus, drawn by Eric himself. Preorders are being taken now for a $60 deluxe edition boxed set, which includes the CD, a 7-inch picture flexi-vinyl, a USB copy of the album that doubles as a Santa-shaped Christmas ornament, and a dog-shaped Christmas ornament. You can check out the deluxe edition at SurfDog.com “Happy Xmas” track listing:

  1. “White Christmas”
  2. “Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)”
  3. “For Love On Christmas Day”
  4. “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday”
  5. “Christmas Tears”
  6. “Home For The Holidays”
  7. “Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)”
  8. “Christmas In My Hometown”
  9. “It’s Christmas”
  10. “Sentimental Moments”
  11. “Lonesome Christmas”
  12. “Silent Night”
  13. “Merry Christmas Baby”
  14. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

 

FARM AID 2018 TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON AXS-TV
This year’s Farm Aid benefit concert for family farmers will take place at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on September 22nd. Cable network AXS TV will broadcast the event live from Hartford starting at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 22nd and running through midnight. This year’s show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.

 

JANET JACKSON PERFORMS ‘MADE FOR NOW’ IN FIRST LATE NIGHT APPEARANCE IN 14 YEARS
Janet Jackson hasn’t appeared on a late night talk show in 14 years, but she’s back and better than ever. The 52-year-old entertainer performed her new single “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday. Later that night, Janet and Daddy Yankee walked the red carpet together at an event to celebrate their new song.

 

SELENA GOMEZ SHARES INSPIRING MESSAGE ABOUT HER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT DURING WE DAY
Selena Gomez opened up about her kidney transplant during WE Day. The 26-year-old singer took the stage during the annual event, which took place in April, but aired on television on Friday night. During the show, Selena helped introduce eight-year-old Nellie Mainor, who suffers from a rare kidney disease. “You are focusing on making the world a more hopeful place and you encourage me and all of my friends to do the same,” Selena said to the audience. She continued, “As maybe some of you know, I had a kidney transplant this year and so many people from across the country reached out and they offered their support. And others told me how hearing my story helped them find their own courage and helped other people want to get involved and donate. They reminded me how lucky I am to have a platform where I can share with you guys and I can pay the love forward.”

 

KORN’S JONATHAN DAVIS WIFE DIES
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis’ wife Deven Davis has died. “The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis,” a statement from a publicist reads. “We ask that you respect their privacy – and the privacy of those close to the family – and allow them the space to mourn in private. We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time.” The couple married in 2004, and have two children together: Pirate and Zeppelin. According to TMZ, her death comes on August 17th – the same day her husband filed a restraining order against her; no cause of death has yet been revealed. Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016. TMZ reports that a judge granted a temporary order blocking Deven from child custody or visitation. In the restraining order, Jonathan reportedly alleged that Deven’s drug use, which she had long struggled with, was causing “emotional harm” to their children, and that she’s “constantly under the influence” of drugs including cocaine and nitrous oxide. According to TMZ, the documents state that Deven hadn’t been seen for a week after leaving a sober home.

 

ARETHA FRANKLIN’S FUNERAL SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 31 IN DETROIT
The funeral for The Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31st. Aretha Franklin’s publicist announced Friday that the music legend’s service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City. However, there will be public viewings on August 28th and 29th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, also in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett. Franklin died last Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

 

STING AND SHAGGY RELEASE ANIMATED VIDEO FOR ‘JUST ONE LIFETIME’
Sting and Shaggy have released their new animated music video for their song “Just One Lifetime.” The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a beach, with other animated characters. The look is much more old school than modern, and would fit in just fine in a ‘70s-era Saturday morning cartoon lineup. The pair hit the road this fall on their joint tour.

 

SISQO MARRIES LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND ELIZABETH PHAM
Sisqo is a married man. The 39-year-old “Thong Song” crooner tied the knot with longtime love Elizabeth Pham on Friday in Minneapolis. The “intimate Catholic service” took place at a venue that was “kinda like a castle-ish from the outside,” Sisqo said. The ceremony was attended by members of Sisqo’s R&B group Dru Hill as well as Tao, who sang “A Ribbon in the Sky” as the couple lit their unity candle. Sisqo proposed soon after their after their daughter was born in 2014.

 

LIAM PAYNE’S EP ‘FIRST TIME’ GETS RELEASE DATE & TRACK LISTING
Liam Payne’s upcoming EP, “First Time,” now has an official release date and track listing. Payne will drop the EP this Friday. The lead single and title track, “First Time,” will feature French Montana. The other three new songs are “Home With You,” “Depend On It,” and “Slow.” Liam recently let fans know that he would be putting his debut album plans on the back burner, opting for this shorter EP instead.

 

FOO FIGHTERS LAUNCHING CALJAM POP-UP SHOP
Foo Fighters are launching a special pop-up shop to celebrate the upcoming second edition of the band’s CalJam festival. It’ll be open August 26th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palladium in Los Angeles. The pop-up will feature exclusive merch and a performance from Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal. Admission to the event is free. CalJam 18 will be held October 6th in San Bernardino, California. Along with the Foos, the festival will feature performances from Iggy Pop, Greta Van Fleet, Garbage, Silversun Pickups and Manchester Orchestra.

 

2 CHAINZ MARRIES KESHA WARD
Rapper 2 Chainz married his longtime girlfriend Kesha Ward in Miami Saturday. The couple tied the knot at the Villa Casa Casuarina boutique hotel, which was the home of fashion designer Gianni Versace from 1992 until he was fatally shot outside of it in 1997. Us Magazine said they have been dating since 2006 and are the parents of Heaven, 10, Harmony, 5, and Halo, 2. The couple got engaged in May at the Met gala in New York. Guests at their weekend wedding included Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, and Gucci Mane.

 

WILLIE NELSON, WYNONNA JUDD TO APPEAR ON USA NETWORK’S ‘REAL COUNTRY’
Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich are to appear on USA Network’s “Real Country” competition show this fall. Radio star Graham Bunn is set to serve as host of the eight-part series, which features a permanent panel of artists comprised of Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. The series is set to debut on the cable network November 13th.

 

NICK JONAS, PRIYANKA CHOPRA CONFIRM ENGAGEMENT
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra and recording artist confirmed their engagement on social media Saturday. “Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love,” Jonas captioned a sweet photo of him and Chopra face to face with Chopra’s hand on his chest and a large diamond visible on her ring finger. “The only way to do this… with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” Chopra wrote alongside an Instagram photo collage of her and Jonas praying and celebrating while wearing traditional Indian attire. “Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” she wrote in another post. reports began circulating in late July that the 25-year-old singer and 36-year-old “Quantico” star got engaged in London after two months of dating, but the couple did not publicly announce their intention to wed until this weekend.

 

ALICE IN CHAINS TO PERFORM ATOP SEATTLE’S SPACE NEEDLE
Alice In Chains will perform on Tuesday atop the iconic Space Needle in Seattle to commemorate this week’s release of the band’s sixth studio album, “Rainier Fog.” The quartet will be the first band ever to perform on the Space Needle’s brand-new “Loupe,” the world’s first and only revolving glass floor located 500 feet in the air. Part of the Space Needle’s recent $100 million renovation. the Loupe is powered by 12 motors and offers 360-degree views over the city. The Space Needle performance will be part of a week of Alice In Chains-themed events in Seattle to celebrate Friday’s release of “Rainier Fog.” Tonight, the Seattle Mariners will host “Alice In Chains Night” at Safeco Field, while a pop-up shop and retrospective exhibit will open on Thursday and Friday at the Crocodile, featuring limited edition merchandise, rare photos, memorabilia, music gear and more.

Water Cooler Talk

TRUMP SLAMS D.C. OFFICIALS FOR PARADE’S ‘RIDICULOUS’ $92M PRICE TAG
President Donald Trump said Friday he canceled his long-wanted military parade in Washington, D.C., because of its “ridiculous” $92 million price tag. The Pentagon, which offered the price estimate, postponed the parade last week to an undetermined date in 2019. On Friday, Trump twitted: “Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN.” The cost is considerably higher than the $10-$30 million originally estimated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, which was based on the cost of a 1991 Gulf War victory parade in Washington. That parade cost about $8 million. After adjusting for inflation and factoring in security, transportation and other expenses, estimated costs ballooned to $92 million – considered the uppermost estimate. About $50 million would have come from the Defense Department and $42 million the Department of Homeland Security. Some have criticized the parade as excessive. “There is only one person who wants this parade,” a senior U.S. official told NBC News, referring to Trump.

 

MICHAEL COHEN INVESTIGATED FOR BANK FRAUD EXCEEDING $20 MILLION
Federal investigators are looking into whether Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, committed bank and tax fraud when securing more than $20 million in loans and if he violated campaign finance laws when arranging financial deals with women who said they had affairs with Trump, several people familiar with the matter told The New York Times. Two people said the probe is in its end stages, and prosecutors are mulling filing charges by the end of August. Investigators are trying to figure out if Cohen misrepresented the value of his assets in order to obtain loans from two banks for his taxi business, and if he failed to report income from that same business to the IRS, the Times reports.

 

BODY FOUND INSIDE BURNING CAR AT DISNEY WORLD
A dead body was found inside a burning car that was in the parking lot of a Disney World miniature golf course in Florida, officials said Saturday. The Reedy Creek Fire Department was called to the parking lot near the Fantasia Gardens golf course at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to put out the fire. After the fire was extinguished, the body was found inside the vehicle. Officials have not released the identity of the victim or the name of the car’s owner. The incident is still under investigation.

 

THOMAS MARKLE LIKENS THE ROYAL FAMILY TO A CULT
Meghan Markle’s father Thomas, 74, is talking to the press again. The 74-year-old described the royal family as “cult-like” to The Sun. “They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family. They are cult-like – like Scientology – because they are secretive. They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.” The Duchess of Sussex’s father reportedly last spoke to his daughter the day after she wed Prince Harry and has since been “cut off” from the family. “I used to have a phone number and text number for her personal aides at the palace, but after I said a few critical words about the royal family changing Meghan, they cut me off,” he said.

Last Week in Fake News

DON’T FALL FOR THESE FAKE NEWS STORIES
Just because you read it on Facebook or somebody’s blog or in an email from a friend or relative doesn’t mean it’s true. Here’s few of the most widely-spread – and completely fake – “news” circulating:

Bogus News: “Queen Elizabeth Declares Prince William And Kate Middleton As The Future King And Queen Consort”
The Truth (
As Reported By AP): “Queen Elizabeth II has not announced that she will pass the crown directly to her grandson Prince William, despite what articles circulating online claim. The popularity of the younger royals – Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan – has spurred speculation that the 92-year-old monarch might make William king rather than her 69-year-old son and heir, Prince Charles. Charles’ image is sullied in some eyes by his messy divorce from the late Princess Diana, his second marriage to the also-divorced Camilla Parker Bowles and his tendency to share his strong opinions on everything from the environment to modern architecture. But it’s wishful thinking. The line of succession is governed by centuries-old rules, and the deeply traditional queen has no intention of altering it. Even if the queen did want to change it, she doesn’t have the power to do so unilaterally. The royal family’s official website explains that “the succession to the throne is regulated not only through descent, but also by Parliamentary statute.” Altering it would need approval from lawmakers, not only in Britain but in 15 other countries where the British monarch is head of state. Also contrary to some reports, the queen has not announced that William’s wife Kate, currently the Duchess of Cambridge, will be known as Queen Consort once her husband takes the throne.”

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Bogus News: “Tell Us Your Favorite Topping And Get TWO Free Large Pizzas From Little Caesars!”
The Truth (
As Reported By AP): “Little Caesars is not giving away two large pizzas to users who share their favorite topping on Facebook, despite a coupon circulating on social media. Awkward wording and a misspelling on the promotion hint that it is a hoax: ‘We need Your Opinion! Tell us what is Yor Favorite topping and get two free large pizzas!’ It asks users to share their opinion on Facebook and ‘like’ the page to get their pizzas. Little Caesars warned customers on its Facebook page not to click on the fraudulent ad, saying it was not generated nor distributed by the company. The fake offer is similar to several others that have circulated online recently, including ones for free dinners at Red Lobster and gift cards for Chipotle.

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Bogus News: “Kohl’s Department Stores Are Distributing Free $150 Coupons Online As Part Of A ‘Back To School’ Promotion”
The Truth (
As Reported By Snopes):

Kohl’s department stores are not distributing $150 “Back to School” coupons as part of an online promotion. A scam is tempting Facebook users with a free Kohl’s department store $150 “Back to School” coupon began spreading on social media: This fake offer was just another variation of a long-running form of scam with a familiar pattern.

Our Weird World

TIRES DAMAGED AS NAILS SPILL ACROSS HIGHWAY LANES
Numerous drivers had to pull over on a California highway when a case of nails spilled onto the roadway and damaged their tires. The California Highway Patrol said multiple vehicles stopped on southbound Highway 101, near the Conejo Grade, so nails could be removed from their tires. Authorities said the nails, first reported to police about 3:49 p.m., apparently spilled into the two leftmost lanes of the road. It was unclear how the nails came to be spilled.

Caltrans crews were summoned to the scene to clean up the nails and assist drivers with removing them from their tires. CHP said the nails were cleaned up by 6 p.m.

– One-Liner: It was nails but the whole thing was kind of tack…y

– One-Liner: As tires rolled over the nails, the story leaked.

– One-Liner: Whoever spilled the nails might end up in the…pokey.

 

BABY BOOM AT ARIZONA HOSPITAL WITH 16 PREGNANT NURSES
Sixteen nurses who work in the intensive care unit of an Arizona hospital are pregnant – and the majority of them are due between October and January. “They’re wondering what’s in the water,” nurse Ashley Atkinsm said. The nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, just east of Phoenix, said they didn’t know so many were expecting until members kept getting added to a Facebook group chat that the nurses created. Nurse Jolene Garrow described it as “one after another after another.” Hospital officials noted that the Banner medical center chain has a pool of floating nurses that should ensure shifts are covered when their ICU nursing specialists begin taking their 12-week maternity leaves starting in the fall.

– One-Liner: Things should work out. It’s a just a baby bump in the road.

– One-Liner: The hospital is literally hoping for a….pregnant pause.

 

WHATABURGER SUPERFAN GETS DORM ROOM MAKEOVER
A Texas college student who expressed his love of Whataburger received a fast food-themed dorm room makeover courtesy of the chain. Whataburger said Enrique Alcoreza, a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, came to the eatery’s attention last year when he became a resident assistant at the college and decorated a hallway in handmade Whataburger signs and logos. The chain thanked Alcoreza by decking out his dorm room with Whataburger-branded pillows, blankets, artwork and clothing. The restaurant said some of the items were custom-made for the student, while others are available at Whataburger’s online store.

– One-Liner: He loves their burgers and the decorating. They’ll even set him up with a patty..o

– One-Liner: Thanks to the burger makeover, he’s planning to flip the property.

– One-Liner: If he didn’t like fast food decorating, he’d be in a real pickle.

 

WITNESSES RAID BRANDY FROM OVERTURNED TRUCK
A truck that overturned while taking a sharp corner in the Philippines spilled hundreds of bottles of brandy, many of which were taken by locals. Video from the scene shows drivers and locals grabbing the bottles from the road. ‘‘People who saw what happened casually took a bottle and called for others so they can help with the ‘scavenging.’ The accident caused commotion and a lot of traffic,” a Gumaca Municipal Police spokesman said. No one was injured in the crash.

– One-Liner: If you think a bad driver was involved, this is…proof.

– One-Liner: People were complaining about the liquor spill. They should put a cork in it.

– One-Liner: The truck had brandy but the clean up crew was the…chaser.

– One-Liner: Lots of booze was spilled because the truck over….shot the turn.

 

DEER SWIMS TO NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, WANDERS BOARDWALK
Witnesses at New York’s Coney Island boardwalk said they were shocked to encounter a highly unusual tourist – a deer that apparently swam to Brooklyn. Coney Island swimmers were the first to spot the deer on Thursday as it swam up to the beach and climbed out onto dry land to wander the boardwalk. Witnesses said the deer may have swam all the way from Staten Island. Authorities said the deer is the mother of an injured fawn that was taken for veterinary care.

– One-Liner: It’s a tourist attraction where your….buck goes further.

– One-Liner: The animal had to swim for its….deer life.

 

SURFACING WHALE CAPSIZES FISHING BOAT OFF NEW JERSEY
Police in New Jersey said two people were thrown into the water when a whale surfaced beneath their boat and capsized the vessel. New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post that the two people were fishing about a mile off Deal, Monmouth County, when a whale surfaced directly underneath their 20-foot boat. The boat flipped upside-down and its occupants were thrown into the water. The two men, William Sobeck Jr., 64, and Jonathan Swingle, 64, were fished out of the water by witness Gary Szabo, a retired firefighter who was also out in his boat Thursday. “And suddenly the great beast was before them! He was ten stories high if he was a foot!” police wrote, referencing a classic episode of Seinfeld. Police said the men were not injured and the New Jersey State Marine Services Bureau is investigating the accident. “Charges against the whale are pending its apprehension,” police said.

– One-Liner: When the boat flipped, it was obvious the tide had turned.

– One-Liner: Rumors say the whale orca-strated the whole thing.

– One-Liner: In case the poor animal was injured, police sent out a “Get Whale Soon” card.

Lifestyles

YOUR PERSONALITY CHANGES AS YOU GET OLDER
There’s a cliché that says the more things change the more they stay the same, but is that true of our personalities over time? Researchers from several universities looked at data from U.S. high school students who answered a series of questions to assess personality in 1960, and answered it again 50 years later. Study leader Rodica Damian sums up the findings, saying, “The rankings (of personality traits) remain fairly consistent. People who are more conscientious than others their age at 16 are likely to be more conscientious than others at 66. But, on average, everyone becomes more conscientious, more emotionally stable, and more agreeable.” Still, the scientists did find individual differences in personality changes across time, with some people changing more than others and some changing in more harmful ways. Another interesting find: men and women changed at the same rates across the lifespan.

 

SCIENCE SHOWS THAT LUCK IS A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY
A new study find the luckier you think you are the more luck you’ll have. For a study published in the journal Philosophical Psychology, researchers had study participants complete the Life Orientation Test, which revealed if participants were optimists of pessimists. Next, participants rated the luck of people in ambiguous real-life stories as unlucky, somewhat unlucky, somewhat lucky, or lucky. The scientists found a connection between how optimistic a participant was, and how lucky they thought others were. In other words, the more optimistic the participant, the more they think others are lucky, and the more of a pessimist they were, the more likely they were to see others as having bad luck. Ultimately, researchers have found that two people with identical experiences may frame the same facts completely differently, and the way they tell themselves their story will dictate how they feel, how others feel about them, and even their future luck, or lack thereof.

 

NEARLY ONE IN TEN AIRBNB HOSTS IS A TEACHER
If you’re renting an Airbnb there’s a pretty good chance it’s owned by a teacher. A new report form Airbnb reveals nearly 10% of hosts in the U.S. is a teacher. Several teachers who talked to the company said the supplemental income from renting out their homes allowed them to live on a teacher’s salary (averaging $40,000 to $50,000 per year.) They typically earn $6,500 in annual supplemental income for renting out their homes. In all, teacher hosts earned around $160 million from Airbnb rentals in 2017.

 

MANY AMERICANS SAY THEY WOULD STILL WORK OUT EVEN IF THEY COULD BE FIT WITHOUT IT
According to a study conducted by Zoom, 84% of fitness-conscious Americans would still work out even if they could be fit and healthy without doing so. This is up from 76% when the same question was asked in 2017. Other findings:

  • 75% cited an improved mental state/stress relief as a top reason they work out
  • More than 50% said prioritizing fitness is a requirement in a potential partner
  • 84% said they do or plan to teach fitness as a priority to their children

Who Am I?

I interned at the White House during the Clinton administration.

I founded a software company after college.

I worked as a producer and copywriter for the NPR program Weekly Edition.

On Twitter, I refer to my followers as “minions.”

Founder of GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen) I set a Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of hugs, with the help of thousands of participants around the globe.

Misha Collins

Impossible Question

29% of men said they did this emulate celebrity icons. What? (Manscape)

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Year New York City banned this 1961 – and didn’t lift the ban until 1997. What? (Tattooing)

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What word is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese? (Taxi)

Box Office Report

1. “Crazy Rich Asians” Warner Bros. $25.2 million
2. “The Meg” Warner Bros. $21.1 million
3. “Mile 22” STX Entertainment $13.6 million
4. “Alpha” Sony $10.5 million (Tie)
4. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Paramount $10.5 million


Best TiVo Bets For Monday, August 20, 2018

Daytime Lineup:
Live! With Kelly & Ryan (Syn) J.K. Simmons, Danielle Brooks, Kevin Pereira
The View (ABC) (repeat)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) (repeat)
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) (repeat)
The Talk (CBS) (repeat)
The Real (Syn) (repeat)
Steve (Syn) (repeat)
Harry (Syn) (repeat)
 
Primetime Lineup:
Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met Mccartney Live From Liverpool (CBS) Unaired footage from the Paul McCartney segement on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
Salvation (CBS)  Harris, Grace, and Darius uncover a very dark secret.
Elementary (CBS)  Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a zoologist.
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) The top 30 competitors face obstacles.
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (repeat)
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) A dancer is sent home.
Bachelor In Paradise (ABC) A woman confronts a man who cheated on her; a bachelorette figures out she’s still pining after a former love interest.
The Proposal (ABC) TBA
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) Featured magicians include Eric Dittelman and Will Bradshaw.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) Guest comic Jeff Davis.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) (repeat)
The Real Housewives Of Orange County (Bravo) Vicki embarrasses her son; Kelly goes on a date with a milkman.
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) (repeat)
Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) (repeat)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS) (repeat)
Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) (repeat)
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) (repeat)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) (repeat)
Conan (TBS) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jimmy O. Yang, Emmy Blotnick
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) Pre-empted
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo) (repeat)


Timeline For Monday, August 20, 2018

  • 1890P. Lovecraft is born.
  • 1866 The president formally declares the Civil War over.
  • 1866 The National Labor Union in the U.S. advocated an eight-hour workday.
  • 1896 The dial telephone is patented.
  • 1913 The first pilot parachutes from an aircraft (Adolphe Pégoud, in France)
  • 1920 The first commercial radio station begins operating in Detroit, Michigan with call sign 8MK (Now WWJ (Newsradio 950)).
  • 1974 Gerald Ford names Nelson A. Rockefeller as his vice president. Ford was sworn in on August 9,1974, after Richard Nixon’s resignation.
  • 1977 The U.S. launches Voyager Two, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
  • 1977 “Best Of My Love” by the Emotions peaks at No. 1.
  • 1979 Diana Nyad succeeds in her third attempt at swimming from the Bahamas to Florida.
  • 1980 John Lennon begins recording what would be his last album, “Double Fantasy.”
  • 1981 “The Waltons” go off the air after a 9-year run.
  • 1983 “Love Song” by the Oak Ridge Boys peaks at No. 1.
  • 1985 Hanspeter Beck of Australia finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip on a unicycle.
  • 1986 Huey Lewis & the News releases the album “Fore!”
  • 1988 “Bluest Eyes In Texas” by Restless Heart peaks at No. 1.
  • 1989 “Saved By The Bell” debuts.
  • 1989 Jose and Kitty Menendez are shot to death in their Beverly Hills mansion by their sons Lyle and Erik.
  • 1991 “Ten” album by Pearl Jam is released.
  • 1992 Sting marries Trudie Styler.
  • 1996 President Clinton approves the first minimum wage increase in 5 years, raising the hourly minimum by 90 cents to $5.15 per hour.
  • 1997 A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 in Alabama is dedicated to the memory of Hank Williams.
  • 2004 Regis Philbin enters the record books after logging an unprecedented 15,188 hours on TV.
  • 2005 The ashes of Hunter S. Thompson are launched into the sky from a 153-foot tower as relatives and a stars gather in Colorado to bid farewell to the founder of Gonzo journalism.
  • 2007 Billionaire Leona Helmsley dies from heart failure. She was 87.
  • 2011 Two U.S. hikers accused of spying and illegally entering Iran are sentenced to eight years in jail by a Tehran court. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal both denied the charges, saying they accidentally entered the country in July of 2009 while hiking near the border.
  • 2011 Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California. They divorce in 2013.
  • 2012 Phyllis Diller dies at the age of 95 in Los Angeles.
  • 2012 The man known primarily for gatecrashing the White House, Tareq Salahi (42) divorces socialite Michaele Salahi (46) due to adultery, desertion and construction desertion.
  • 2016 Chris Hardwick (31) weds actress Lydia Hearst (44) in Pasadena, California.
  • 2017 Jerry Lewis (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91.

Today: Cupcake Day – National Radio Day – World Mosquito Day

– Trivia: Which president formally declared an end to the Civil War? (President Andrew Johnson)

– Trivia: What was the names of the kids on “The Waltons? (John-Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim-Bob & Joseph (twins) and Elizabeth. Jim-Bob’s twin brother, Joseph, died at birth.)

– One-Liner: On this day in 1913, Adolphe Pegoud became the first pilot to parachute from an aircraft. Sadly, his two passengers were too busy fighting over the armrest to notice.

Holiday Spotlight
Today is National Radio Day, a time to honor one of the most longstanding electronic media and its role in our everyday lives. Radio delivers information, news, entertainment and company to millions of Americans every hour of every day. Here are some fun facts about radio:

According to a National Today Survey:

  • 71% – More than two-thirds of people surveyed listen to the radio in their car.
  • 67% – Two-out-of-three people surveyed listen to the radio every single day!
  • 48% – Nearly one-in-two love to sing along to the radio.

National Radio Day History Tidbits:

  • The Radio was invented by an Italian named Gugliemo Marconi in 1895. It was originally called the wireless telegraph and used radio waves to transmit Morse code.
  • According to the UN, there are about 44,000 radio stations operating around the globe.
  • It is estimated that approximately 75% of homes in developing nations have access to a radio.
  • Reginald Fessenden broadcast the first radio program: some violin playing and passages from the Bible on Christmas Eve 1906.
  • Although radio was invented in the 1800s, the first commercial radio station is widely recognized as Pittsburgh’s KDKA, which started broadcasting in 1920 out of Frank Conrad’s garage. The earliest broadcasts were for the purpose of announcing election returns.
  • In 1922, Warren G. Harding was the first president to have his voice heard on the radio. He was addressing a crowd at a dedication for a memorial site for Francis Scott Key, composer of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Three years later, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to issue a radio-specific address to the American people.
  • Around the world, there are more than 2 billion radio sets in use. That’s about one radio for every 3 people.

CeleBirthdays For Monday, August 20, 2018

  • Don King (Boxing promoter)-87
  • Connie Chung (Broadcast journalist)-72
  • Jim Pankow (Chicago)-71
  • Ray Wise (Reaper: The Devil / X-Men: First Class: Secretary of State)-71
  • John Noble (Fringe: Dr Walter Bishop / Sleepy Hollow: Henry Parrish)-70
  • Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)-70
  • Rudy Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers)-66
  • John Hiatt (Singer/songwriter)-66
  • Peter Horton (Thirtysomething: Prof. Shepherd)-65
  • Al Roker (Today Show)-64
  • Jay Acovone (Stargate SG-1: Major Charles Kawalsky)-63
  • Joan Allen (Bourne Supremacy: Pam)-62
  • James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike)-56
  • KRS-One (Rapper)-53
  • Colin Cunningham (Falling Skies: John Pope)-52
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly: Mike Biggs)-49
  • Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit)-48
  • Brad Avery (Third Day)-47
  • Jonathan Ke Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Short Round)-47
  • Misha Collins (Supernatural: Castiel)-44
  • Monique Powell (Save Ferris)-43
  • Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia films: Prince Caspian)-37
  • Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time: Red Riding Hood/Ruby Lucas)-36
  • Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker/Spider-Man)-35
  • Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars: Noel Kahn)-33
  • Demi Lovato (Singer)-26

– Trivia: What rock band did James Marsters front? (Ghost of the Robot)

– Trivia: Brant Daugherty had a recurring role as “Brian” in what long-running daytime drama? (Days of our Lives)

– One-Liner: NBC Today show weatherman Al Roker is 64 today. It’ll be a quieter office birthday party than in recent years. When they brought out the cake, Matt Lauer would start telling the female interns about his candle.

 



 

Large List of Links

‘The devil’s aspirin’: why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?

 

Your taste in music says a lot about your bank account

 

Professor says emails were ‘gay-coded,’ not sex harassment

 

‘So much blood’ after angry golfer’s club flies into crowd

 

Terminally ill dog is completing a bucket list before she dies

 

 

People are sharing the brilliant hidden messages they’ve found on products from a zip warning to an SOS from a factory worker

 

Couple in China offers to give away daughter to save son with leukemia, has crowdfunding efforts frozen

 

School removes ‘sexist’ quote that told girls to ‘act like a lady’

 

Police officer praised for breastfeeding ‘smelly and dirty’ neglected baby 


I’m 32 and an alcoholic, and accepting that has made me happier than I’ve ever been

 

Whale capsizes boat, tossing 2 men into the sea. Police joke about charging the whale

 

BLOTTER: Convenience store customer gets into brawl with cashier over slow computer

 

Man upset with loud music brandishes gun at high school dance

 

Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

 

Teenage boy rushed to hospital after being hit by falling sheep while hiking on Slieve Bearnagh in Mourne Mountains

 

Flushing your contact lenses down the drain is adding plastic waste to oceans

 

Witnesses raid brandy from overturned truck (AUDIO-BRANDY)

 

Woman Arrested After Terrorizing Neighbors by Playing Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ for 16 Years (AUDIO-ANNOYING)

 

 

Cool Stuff to Share on Social Media

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10 Beautiful Places in the World (That Actually Kinda Suck)

SOCIAL BLURB: Bait & switch!

LINK TO SITE

 


Meet the World’s Fastest Backwards Runner

SOCIAL BLURB: He don’t know if he’s coming or going.

LINK TO VIDEO

 


This Log is Quite the Wildlife Hot Spot

SOCIAL BLURB: Catch you at the log later?

LINK TO VIDEO

 


This Scientist is Holding Pieces of the Moon and Mars on Earth

SOCIAL BLURB: An astronomical hat trick.

LINK TO SITE

 


Sausage Doggo Gets Heckin’ Bamboozled in a Sweatshirt Sleeve

SOCIAL BLURB: A little help, fren?

LINK TO VIDEO

 


Photos of KFC Fried Chicken as Fiery Explosions

SOCIAL BLURB: Crispy is in the eye of the beholder.

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