July 31st is the 212th day of the year. There are 153 days remaining until the end of the year
There are 147 days remaining until Christmas
Today is National Raspberry Cake Day, Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day, Jump for Jelly Beans Day, Mutt's Day and National Chili Dog Day
The next stop on The Garth Brooks World Tour is Atlanta, GA. Garth will play Philips Arena Sept. 19 at 6:30pm ET with special guest Trisha Yearwood. This follows the 10 dates he'll play in Chicago in early Sept. and it's the first time he's played Atlanta in 18 years. Tickets go on sale Aug.
A water main broke at UCLA, flooding the campus with 10 million gallons of water. [But the summer students are fine. They drifted to safety on empty beer kegs.]
Rebels are planting mines near the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash site so officials won't be able to trace the missile that downed the jet
The South Carolina police are looking for the person, who used a drone to fly cell phones, weed and other contraband into the maximum-security Lee Correctional prison. The drone crashed in some bushes outside the jail.
Buzzfeed claims people are now calling group Selfies 'Usies'
Showbiz 411 claims the Neverland Ranch is going to be sold and has been appraised at $30 million
SAD SADIE VIDEO PASSES 5 MILLION VIEWS - The sweet YouTube video of a 5-year-old crying uncontrollably about not wanting her brother to grow up picked up nearly 3 million new views on Wednesday - putting it over the 5 million views level. (Check for latest total.) The video was posted by Alex Miller, Sadie's uncle, who says she has "a flair for anything dramatic." The Phoenix, Arizona, family also has a 3-year-old daughter named Brooklyn, but it's unclear how she feels about 3-month-old Carson growing up.
COURT KICKS OUT LAZY ADULT SON - A Beijing couple turned to the law to help evict their 29-year-old unemployed son, who they say has long outworn his welcome. The court judge told the son to move out.
Robert Hamilton of Indianapolis may be the luckiest man in America. He has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months. Robert used his first jackpot to pay off debts, buy a home and invest in his business. He now plans to buy a motorcycle.
There's a new website called Leak, where you can send anonymous emails to your friends, family, and co-workers to tell them what you REALLY think. The address is JustLeak.It.
A restaurant in Philadelphia has come up with a new menu item that's half cheeseburger, half cheesesteak. And instead of a bun, they use donuts.
Red Robin's Monster Burger has been named the unhealthiest meal on 200 chain restaurant menus. The double burger comes with "bottomless" fries and a "Monster" shake. The meal has 3,540 calories. In order to burn off the meal you would need to do 12 hours of power walking.
The Huff Post claims some parents are outraged with a male Toys R Us doll because it is anatomically correct. The You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll also cries when its underwear is wet. Critics say the doll's manhood is inappropriate and unnecessary. Some parents want warning labels placed on the doll's box.
The Old Fisherman's Grotto, in Monterey, California, has banned crying children with a sign that reads: "Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and are not allowed in the dining room." Grotto's owner says: "If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining. Well, let's put it this way -- I haven't had a down year for over 20 years and our business continues to grow
The guy in charge of social media for an English-as-a-second-language school in Utah was just fired . . . for writing a blog post on HOMOPHONES. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings (Like: “Witch” and “Which”) . . . but the owner of the school thought the post promoted the GAY AGENDA.
A 23-year-old woman in Nebraska robbed a bank on Monday by claiming she had a bomb, then took off running. At least she TRIED . . . she was so out-of-shape that she ended up COLLAPSING a few blocks away, and needed medical attention. She's facing felony charges for the robbery and bomb threat.
A 27-year-old guy in Michigan did some ACID on Saturday, then went to a pizza place for food. He was just wearing a towel, had his GUN with him, and brought his three kids along. But he thought the pizza place was closed, so he banged on the window . . . and his gun went off and shattered it. The pizza place was actually OPEN though . . . he was arrested on a ton of charges.
Around 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday, police in West Virginia got a call about a woman walking a naked man down the street with a LEASH. When they got there, the 53-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man told the cops they were boyfriend and girlfriend and just playing a harmless sex game. But criminal charges could be coming.
On Saturday, a cop in Maine pulled over an 84-year-old man for speeding. And in the middle of the traffic stop, the guy had a HEART ATTACK. So the cop pulled him out of his car, did CPR, and saved his life.
There's a big difference between the cereal we buy and the cereal we like. The top four best selling cereals in 2013 were Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Cheerios. But the cereals people LIKE the most in pretty much every U.S. state are Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Special K.
TV TONIGHT: THE QUEST - This new reality show, from the executive producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Amazing Race, is a blend of fantasy and fairytales. 12 people are transported to a fantasy world (really Austria) where they must compete to save the (imaginary) kingdom of Everealm. (7p CT, ABC)
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND:
Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13) ... Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro. From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of "Iron Man," "Thor," "Captain America" and "The Avengers," comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Get on Up (Rated PG-13) ... Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer. In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster "The Help," Tate Taylor directs "42's" Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in "Get on Up." Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.