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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Just random stuff I found to be interesting.

Birthdays to name a few.

July 31


Actress born July 31, 1989


Actress born July 31, 1975


Author of Harry Potter born July 31, 1965







1911 – George Liberace
musician: violinist, conductor; administrator of Liberace Museum; brother of pianist/entertainer Liberace; died Oct 16, 1983

1919 – Curt Gowdy - sports commentator: ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO; voice of NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox [1949-1966]; TV play-by-play: AFL, NFL, major league baseball, World Series, All-Star Games, Rose Bowls, Super Bowls, Olympics, NCAA Final Fours; host: The American Sportsman; radio station owner: WCGY-FM, Lawrence [Boston] MA; recipient of George Foster Peabody Award for achievement in radio and TV [1970]; Curt Gowdy Award presented by Hall of Fame Board of Trustees for meritorious contributions by the media; Curt Gowdy State Park [Wyoming] named after him [1971]; died Feb 20, 2006

1922 – Hank (Henry Albert) Bauer
baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958: 4 home runs/all-star: 1952, 1953, 1954], KC Athletics; manager: NY Yankees, KC Athletics; died Feb 9, 2007

1946 – Bob Welch

guitarist, singer: group: Fleetwood Mac; solo: Sentimental Lady

1947 – Karl Green
musician: guitar, harmonica: group: Herman’s Hermits: I’m into Something Good, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry VIII, I Am, Listen People, A Must to Avoid, Leaning on the Lamp Post

1956 – Michael Biehn

actor: The Rock, Breach of Trust, Blood of the Hunter, Tombstone, A Taste for Killing, Timebomb, Aliens, The Terminator, The Fan, Coach, The Runaways

1957 – Leon Durham

baseball: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1982, 1983], Cincinnati Reds

1962 – Wesley Snipes

actor: Demolition Man, Rising Sun, Major League, Sugar Hill, White Men Can’t Jump, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, One Night Stand, U.S. Marshals

1966 – Dean Cain

actor: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

British cougars favour Barcelona | Orange UK.

British cougars heading to Barcelona.

British cougars heading to Barcelona.










HONOLULU (AP) — Holy pot! A federal judge in Hawaii is considering whether Roger Christie can use a religious freedom defense in his pot case. Christie is the founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry. He claims that marijuana is a sacrament and is charged with selling weed. A judge heard oral arguments yesterday on the religious freedom angle. Prosecutors say the judge should have a preliminary ruling tomorrow.


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Wanna race? To jail? The Washington State Patrol reports busting a 24-year-old driver they say tried to race another car on I-5. Police say the young driver took off at 120 miles per hour. The would-be racer got quite a surprise when the driver of the other car hit the flashing lights. Turns out a state trooper was driving an unmarked car. The Olympian reports the young driver was arrested for investigation of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.


DALLAS (AP) — That old movie poster turns out to be worth big bucks. Keith Johnson had a poster that was sitting in his closet for more than 30 years. It was printed to promote the 1931 film “Frankenstein.” Now, that poster has sold for a record price of nearly $293,000. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the winning bidder doesn’t want to be named. Johnson says he bought the poster as a teenager for just few dollars.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Flames? Sure. Smoke? No problem. Snakes? Yikes! Firefighters got quite surprise while fighting a kitchen blaze north of Salt Lake City. Authorities report there were 28 snakes in home, six of them deadly. The snakes were inside cages in a separate room and were safely taken out of the duplex. The snakes include five rattlers and a gaboon viper, considered one of the most dangerous in the world. North Davis Fire Chief Mark Becraft says about the only danger his firefighters faced was “the creep factor.” State wildlife officials seized the venomous snakes. Authorities say the owner could face charges.


NEW YORK (AP) — Hello … hello … hello. Can you hear the echo? An artist is turning a New York City tunnel into a 1,300-foot-long echo chamber and light show. City officials will close the Park Avenue Tunnel between 33rd and 40th streets to traffic. It’s happening on three consecutive Saturdays, starting this coming weekend. The New York Times reports visitors will walk to middle of the tunnel and speak into a silver intercom. Their short messages will be accompanied by an arching light until the echoes disappear. The creator is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, who’s known for large, interactive projects.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s capital city is turning chicken. There are 17 chicken sculptures lining the streets of Annapolis, with more to come. There’s a six-foot-tall chicken cyborg, a firefighter and even a Mona Lisa chicken. The Capital newspaper reports it’s all part of a campaign called “Hatching the Arts.” Sponsors pick up the tab for the $1,000 plastic birds and have artists decorate them.

I didn’t compile any of this data I am simply giving my readers the info that was found on various websites, if you want to know where contact me.

Come on out and enjoy some thinking and drinking Wednesday night. Fun begins 8 PM. Study your birthdays and Illinois trivia.

UNDERDOG POP / EXISTENTIAL R&B / DIGITAL GOSPEL / KALEIDOSCOPIC MINIMALISM this what genre that Caged Animals has on their Facebook profile. I don’t know what this means but I do enjoy listening to the music. Give them a listen. I enjoy having it on my speakers.

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July 24
1802 – Alexandre Dumas (La Pailleterie)
playwright, novelist: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers; died Dec 5, 1870

1897 – Amelia Earhart
aviator: 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; 1st woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California; disappeared July 2, 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific during a round the world trip from Florida to California

1936 – Ruth Buzzi
comedienne, actress: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Entertainers, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, That Girl, Sesame Street, Finders Keepers, Freaky Friday

1947 – Robert Hays
actor: Airplane!, Airplane 2, Take This Job & Shove It, Starman, FM, Angie

1951 – Lynda Carter
actress: Wonder Woman, Partners in Crime, Hawkeye; Miss World-USA

1953 – Steve Grogan
football: New England Patriots quarterback: Super Bowl XX

1962 – Kevin Butler
football: Chicago Bears kicker: Super Bowl XX

1982 – Anna Paquin
actress: X-Men, The Piano, Jane Eyre, Amistad, Almost Famous, Finding Forrester, Buffalo Soldiers

July 24
1956 – After a decade together as the country’s most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called it quits this night. They did their last show at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City. The duo ended their relationship exactly 10 years after they had started it.

1969 – Hoyt Wilhelm, pitching for the Chicago White Sox, set a major-league baseball record by pitching in game number 907 of his career. Wilhelm went on to lead all major-league hurlers (number of games pitched) with 1,070 in his career (1952-1972).

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak. When she got to the top, she was heard to say, “Hey, dudes — how do I get down from here?”

1998 – “In the last great invasion of the last great war, the greatest danger for eight men … was saving
2001 – The city of Detroit, Michigan celebrated its 300th anniversary with a historical reenactment of city founder Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landing on the shores of the Detroit River. Included in the tricentennial party, the unveiling of a statue of Cadillac: a gift of the French-American Chamber of Commerce to the city of Detroit. Happy birthday Motor City
On this day in 1983, Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett slammed a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Royals a 5-4 lead over New York. Or did he?
Seconds after Brett crossed home plate, New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin came out of the dugout to protest that the pine tar on Brett’s bat was more than 18 inches up the bat handle. The umpires measured Brett’s bat, using home plate as a measuring rod, and came to the conclusion that Martin was correct — and called Brett out — erasing the Royals lead. Or did they?

The president of the American League, Lee McPhail, later reversed the umpires’ decision on the pine tar and ruled that the game was suspended — with the Royals leading, 5-4. The game was completed 3 1/2 weeks later, on August 18, 1983, in Yankee Stadium. The outcome of the game? It only took 12 minutes to play the remainder of the contest with the Royals tarring the Yankees 5-4.

DETROIT (AP) — A judge in Detroit has taken the side of an area university — in a beef with one of its students. The student — who is 57 — was suspended after writing he had a thing for one of his teachers. Federal Judge Patrick Duggan says Oakland University doesn’t have to put up with Joseph Corlett’s writings — and that suspending him didn’t violate his right to free speech. Corlett was suspended last year for going on about his writing instructor. He described her as “tall, blonde, stacked” — and compared her to “Ginger” on the old TV show “Gilligan’s Island. He even titled his essay: “Hot For Teacher” — the name of a Van Halen song. Corlett, who lives in Florida, sued the school. But the judge dismissed the lawsuit.


REGINA, Canada (AP) — This is an animal that gives new meaning to the phrase “bloodshot eyes.” Those who visit a national park in Saskatchewan, Canada may get a glimpse of our northern neighbor’s version of the iguana. The Greater Short-Horned Lizard is on the list of “at-risk species.” But the lizard does have one trick that might make it less “at risk” when attacked. It spurts blood out of its eye at approaching enemies. Don’t expect to see that trick if you get close. A biologist says the lizard isn’t afraid of humans, so they save their blood squirting for when they are picked on by a predator like a coyote or fox. And the spurting isn’t just done to freak enemies out. Scientists believe there are chemicals in the lizard’s blood that might be noxious if predators taste it.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — We have all been told what wild bears do in the woods — especially when we ask a question that has an obvious “yes” answer. But do you know what bears might end up eating so they end up “going” in the woods? Quite a bit, if you go by information from Ohio officials who have to house wild animals that are confiscated or surrendered under the state’s exotic animal law. Officials kept two bears recently. And feeding logs show their meals included chicken breast, nuts, cookies and bagels. The other bear dined on hot dogs, lettuce, corn and fish. Before their state-imposed diets, their preferred meals included doughnuts, dog food and Gatorade, as well as pizza and Mountain Dew.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — You’ve probably heard of the smelly plant that recently bloomed in Washington D.C. But did you know there’s a similar plant ready to burst out with funk at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The so-called corpse flower is due to bloom next week. Unlike other flowers that rely on bees for pollination, this one counts on flies. It attracts them with the smell of rotting flesh, and they in turn spread its sticky pollen. The plant gets its smell from sulfur-producing chemicals in its leaves.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here are some thieves with an eye for high-end cars. Authorities say they have recovered a Bentley and a yellow Lamborghini that had been stolen from an apartment building garage. They say the thieves broke into an apartment, swiped the keys and left with the luxury cars. The Lamborghini had a Batman sticker on it — apparently to set off the yellow exterior. Besides the cars, the thieves made off with about $2,500 in cash and a pair of flat-screen TVs. Though the cars have been recovered, police say no one was in them when they were found — and they have no suspects.


CALGARY (AP) — The Calgary Zoo is getting rid of its elephants. Zoo officials have announced they are moving a male Asian elephant named Ganesh. His new home will be Busch Gardens in Florida. That elephant had been on extended loan from the Miami Zoo after the area was hit by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Zoo officials say moving the elephants will be best for them — since other facilities have more full-time space and elephants prefer to be part of a large social group.

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Trivia at Flat Rock Tap LIVE TONIGHT July-24-2013

Music starts at 8 PM and trivia set to start at 8:20 PM.

Come as a group or play by yourself, we don’t judge (actually I do judge your answers to determine if they are correct.) Teams up to 4 or 5 MAX.

Cost is FREE, Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams plus the winner gets their team name etched on the “Cup of Stioux” Trophy.

Great food and wonderful staff await your presence  at Flat Rock Tap 6732 Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN. Remember no parking on Mulberry Street next to the bar, the neighbor is a major league d.bag  and the Hammond Police have no choice but to ticket your car. Thanks a lot J.V.

Topics vary from born on this day, sports, movies, food, books and much more.

Now here is some random pics of things:

Totally 80s by J. Scott Campbell

Totally 80s by J. Scott Campbell


Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter

Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter


Upper Deck card of Charlie Hough on the Chicago White Sox

Upper Deck card of Charlie Hough on the Chicago White Sox

Amanda Bynes is CRAZY

Amanda Bynes is CRAZY