A New Contraceptive for Men Uses Magnets to Shrink Your Junk – LINK
62% of People in Relationships Have Someone Else on Stand-By, Just in Case – LINK
Google is kicking ‘sugar dating’ apps out of the Play Store – TheVerge
Two-Thirds of Couples Now Start Out as Friends – LINK
Man who performed a botched DIY castration on a eunuch fetishist at his home jailed for 3 years – Insider
What you need to know about MLB’s Field of Dreams ballpark in Dyersville – LINK
Man charged with DUI, neglect after police say he left child alone at business – News4Jax
Jay Pickett, an actor on the daytime soap operas Days of Our Lives (link), Port Charles and General Hospital (link), died Friday while making a movie in his home state of Idaho. He was 60. Pickett was portraying a cowboy in search of his long-lost daughter in the movie, which he also wrote. He died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy. He’d been around since the late ’80s on such shows as China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman and Matlock before playing Dr. Chip Lakin on NBC’s Days of Our Lives in 1991-92.
Speaking of heart attacks…BOB ODENKIRK issued a health update on Twitter (link). He said, quote, “I had a small heart attack. But I’m going to be okay thanks to [the] doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery . . . I’m going to take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon.”
Speaking of heart attacks…Kevin Smith is celebrating (link) his 51st birthday TODAY. And coincidentally, it’s also the first day of filming for “Clerks 3”. He came by the house Saturday to help me with my weed whacker and was telling me about it. Kevin (link) suffered a heart attack in 2018, got surgery, and then lost 50 pounds on his doctor’s advice. He’s now in great health. He also has an actress daughter named Harley Quinn (link).
Disney’s Jungle Cruise pulled in $34.2 million in its opening weekend. It also earned another $30 million on Disney+ and $27 million internationally. But, a rising concern of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Paramount is delaying“Clifford the Big Red Dog” in theaters. It was going to be released September 17th. No new date yet. Paramount still has the new “Top Gun”, the new “Scream” movie, and “Mission: Impossible 7 coming too (link)
Who should be permanent host of Jeopardy? (link)
- Ken Jennings(23%)
- Executive producer Mike Richards(14%)
- LeVar Burton(10%)
- Mayim Bialik(8%)
- Aaron Rodgers(5%)
- Katie Couric(5%)
- Anderson Cooper(5%)
- Dr. Oz(4%)
- Robin Roberts(3%)
- George Stephanopoulos(2%)
Recall the new look Fred Durst debuted? That wavy salt and pepper hair and a handlebar mustache. He was still rocking it onstage during Limp Bizkit’s Lollapalooza set on Saturday, even wearing red aviator shades. Twitter tried to figure it out. By which I mean they made jokes…”Fred Durst looks like the owner of the haunted record store Scooby and the gang investigate and find out it was him all along”, “I love that Fred Durst just looks like he lives in the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” music video” and “Fred Durst looks like Chris Jericho filming Undercover Boss.”
Honoring bassist Dusty Hill’s last wishes, ZZ Top have continued their tour with longtime guitar tech and friend Elwood Francis joining the band on bass guitar….and, yes, Francis does have an epic ZZ Top beard. He was clean-shaven the entire 30 years he acted as a tech for the band until he told ZZ Top he wasn’t going to shave during the pandemic. Now he has a long ass beard to fit right in. Guitarist Billy Gibbons had to go pull it on stage because fans didn’t believe it was real
Kurt Cobain’s (link) childhood home has been declared a Washington state landmark. The current homeowner is planning to turn it into a museum with private tours available starting in early 2022. Kurt lived there from 1968 to 1984, long before Nirvana (link). The one-and-a-half story house was approved for the Washington State’s ‘Heritage Register,’ which preserves culturally important buildings. The owner, Lee Bacon cant make it a full-time museum, but he will open the house for the occasional private tour. Bacon purchased the home from the Cobain family in 2018 for a reported $225,000. Original furniture from the Cobains remains in the home, with input from Kim Cobain (Kurt’s sister) being considered for the museum. Bacon has also purchased a 25,000-square-foot building in downtown Aberdeen with the intent of creating a 8,000-square-foot ‘Tribute Lounge and Gallery Cafe’ dedicated to Cobain.
Yesterday was MTV’s 40th anniversary. It premiered at midnight, August 1, 1981. Here is how they launched that night, with a rocket launch, and the spaceman placing the MTV flag on the moon. Here are the first five videos (link) ever played on MTV on August 1st, 1981. (“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles, “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar, “She Won’t Dance with Me” by Rod Stewart, “You Better You Bet” by the Who, and “Little Suzi’s on the Up” by Ph.D. Three of five still tour 40 years later.) And to celebrate “Rolling Stone” came out with an UPDATED list of the GREATEST music videos. Here are the Top 20:
- “Formation”, Beyoncé
- “Hurt”, JohnnyCash
- “Vogue”, Madonna
- “This is America”, Childish Gambino
- “The Perfect Kiss”, New Order
- “Sabotage”, Beastie Boys
- “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”, D’Angelo
- “Sledgehammer”, Peter Gabriel
- “November Rain”, Guns N’ Roses
- “Billie Jean”, Michael Jackson
- “Freedom ’90”, George Michael
- “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Beyoncé
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana
- “Take on Me”, A-ha
- “Fell in Love With a Girl”, The White Stripes
- “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, Missy Elliott
- “Hungry Like the Wolf”, Duran Duran
- “Kiss”, Prince
- “Paranoid Android”, Radiohead
- “Nobody Speak”, DJ Shadowfeaturing Run the Jewels
The Senate officially announced (link) the passage of a resolution that will make August 11th “Hip-Hop Celebration Day.” August 11th is the day in 1973 that DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell held a back-to-school party at in the Bronx. And it was THAT party that many have claimed as the birth of hip-hop’s music and culture. Naturally, hip-hop won’t have August 11th to itself. It’s also National Son and Daughter Day . . . and it’s “National Mountain Day (link)” in Japan.
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Singer Charli XCX is 29.
Edward Furlong from Terminator 2 is 44.
Sam Worthington is 45. Jake Sully in the “Avatar” movies, Marcus Wright in “Terminator Salvation”
Director Kevin Smith is 51.
Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds is 57.
Apollonia is 62. Prince’s girlfriend in “Purple Rain”.
Guitarist for the band Garbage and the guy who produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, Butch Vig is 66.
Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster, is 68.
OJ Simpson trial judge Lance Ito is 71.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 110 fine films, including:
– 40 Year Old Size Queens 19
– Big Black Butts 2
– Big Pimpin
– Black and Stacked
– Boobstravaganza 6
– Cash for Chunkers 2
– Worship My Giant Black Ass 2
– And who can forget her role in 2007’s Momma Wants Sum Whitey
Ms. Panther is 36 years old.
Yesterday the Cardinals took Game 3 and the series win against the Twins at Busch. Adam Wainwright improves to 9-6 on the year. And in the win, Yadi jumped Albert Pujols for the 4th most hits in Cardinal history with his 2074th hit. In 3rd? Rogers Hornsby with 35 more hits. Stan the Man sits on top of that list with 3,630 hits. Tonight the Cards welcome the Braves into town. Newly acquired John Lester gets the start. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM. Before the trade deadline, the Cardinals also picked up JA Happ from the Minnesota Twins.
Here’s a fun little fact to keep in your back pocket. Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant all started the year as Chicago Cubs. Rizzo was traded to the Yankees. Baez traded to the Mets. And Bryant traded to the Giants. And, in the first game in their new jerseys….all three hit a homerun.
Phoenix Suns (link) star Chris Paul (link) has formally declined the $44 million player option on his contract for next season, but both Paul and the Suns are motivated to negotiate a new deal. Most think he will remain with the Suns. Kawhi Leonard has declined his $36 million player option for next season to become a free agent. The expectation is that Leonard will negotiate a new deal to remain with the LA Clippers. Leonard can potentially sign a four-year, $176.2 million deal or could do a one-and-one and become a free agent in 2022, when he could sign a five-year deal worth $235 million.
Miles Robinson headed home an extra-time winner as the United States beat Mexico 1-0 in the 2021 Gold Cup final Sunday night. The U.S., which secured its seventh Gold Cup title, beat Mexico in the inaugural Nations League final with a Christian Pulisic extra-time winner on June 6 in the teams’ last meeting.
Simone Biles did withdraw from the individual floor exercise final, as well as the individual vault and uneven bars finals. However, it is being reported this morning and that SHE compete in the individual balance beam finals.
A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart added 17 to help the U.S. beat France 93-82 in women’s Olympic basketball play Monday. The win was the 52nd in a row for the U.S. dating to the bronze-medal game of the 1992 Olympics. The U.S. went undefeated in group play and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Americans (3-0) haven’t lost a game in group play since women’s basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976.
United States women’s national team goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was forced off with an injury in the first half of their Olympics semifinal against Canada. Naeher looked to have suffered a knee injury in the 20th minute, landing awkwardly after challenging Canada’s Nichelle Prince to claim a cross in the penalty box. Naeher tried to continue but was replaced in the 30th minute by Adrianna Franch. Naeher was the USWNT’s star player in their quarterfinal win over the Netherlands. She saved a penalty in normal time and then saved two spot kicks in the shootout to help the USWNT through to the Olympic Games semifinals.
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan experienced a runner’s worst nightmare on Sunday when she fell during the first round of the women’s 1500 meter but did the improbable and recovered. The Ethiopian-born runner stumbled and fell with roughly 350 meters to go and somehow got back up to not only catch up but win her heat of the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:05.17. She safely advances to the semifinals on Aug. 4th.
Elation erupted on the track on Sunday night in Tokyo as Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi decided to share the Olympic gold medal. Barshim and Tamberi did not miss any jumps and cleared 2.37 meters. They both did not get over the 2.39-meter mark after three respective attempts. The official asked them whether they wanted to go forward with a jump-off to decide who would win but Barshim asked whether they could share the gold. Once the official nodded, Tamberi leaped into Barshim’s arms to celebrate. Belarus’s Maksim Nedasekau will leave Tokyo with the bronze medal.
It was a big weekend at the Olympics, and the U.S. is still in the overall medal lead . . .
We added a bunch of golds in swimming, as those events finished up: Katie Ledecky dominated the women’s 800-meter freestyle . . . Bobby Finke snagged gold in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle . . . and Caeleb Dressel won THREE more gold medals. He snagged one in the 100-meter butterfly . . . 50-meter freestyle . . . and was part of the men’s team that set a new WORLD RECORD in the 4-by-100-meter medley relay. Also, golfer Xander Schauffele took home gold. And we added a bunch of silvers in swimming, track-and-field, BMX, gymnastics, and weightlifting.
- USA: 60. . . 20 gold, 24 silver, 16 bronze.
- China: 51. . . 24 gold, 14 silver, 13 bronze.
- Russia: 44. . . 12 gold, 19 silver, 13 bronze.
- Great Britain: 32. . . 10 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze.
5. Japan: 31 . . . 17 gold, 5 silver, 9 bronze.