U.S. AND GERMANY IN WORLD CUP SOCCER – With World Cup matches getting huge ratings in the U.S. it will be interesting to see how many workers take early and extra-long lunches today (Thursday) to watch the U.S. play Germany. The game begins at 11 CT.
A new Luis Suarez video game has popped up on the net called Biteman. The game is like Pac-Man and features Luis eating Chiellini heads while refs chase him with red cards. Play the game at http://bitemangame.com/
Sky News claims World Cup soccer fans think Mick Jagger is jinxing their favorite teams. During a concert in Rome on Saturday he predicted Italy would win its next game. They lost and are out. In May, Mick predicted that Portugal would win their first World Cup this year. They are on the brink of elimination. On June 19th, Mick Tweeted: “Let’s go England! This is the one to win!!” England lost and is out. Some Brazilians have taken to social media where they are asking Mick to keep quiet.
UPC CODE TURNS 40 – It was 40 years ago today (Thursday) that the Universal Product Code — the bar code — was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
North Korea now says that if the new Seth Rogen movie about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reaches movie theaters, North Korea will consider it an act of war. [If any Seth Rogen movie reaches movie theaters, it’s an act of war.]
HOW MUCH WE’RE SPENDING ON WEDDING GIFTS – With wedding season in full swing, guests everywhere are asking the same question: How much money should I give the newlyweds? Though most guests will spend an average of $109 this year, the average cost nearly doubles to $200 if the recipient is a close family member (according to the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker).
MADONNA’S DAUGHTER ENROLLS AT U-M – Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Ciccone Leon joins the student body at the University of Michigan this fall.
Diane Sawyer is leaving ABC’s World News Tonight. David Muir will replace her starting on September 2nd
Jillian Michaels is leaving The Biggest Loser
Willie Nelson will have the top selling country album when the Billboard charts are released today. “Band of Brothers debuted at sixth on the overall chart with 37,000 units sold, good enough to lead the country pack.
A new survey asked people to name the last GREAT decade, and the ’80s came in FIRST with 24% of the vote. The survey also found 77% of people believe the U.S. was in better shape in the ’90s than it is today.
A new survey found the average American spends $800 per year on trips they don’t WANT to take . . . but feel like they HAVE to take. Birthdays are the number one reason people take trips out of obligation, weddings are second, reunions are third, and bridal and baby showers are fourth.
The new Hyundai Genesis uses GPS and braking technology to outsmart speed cameras. Company spokesman Guido Schenken tells drive.com: “It knows there is a speed camera there, it knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed. It will beep a half mile before a camera and show the legal speed, and it will beep at you if your speed is over that.”
Showtime was promoting “Dexter” last year with ads on the stairs in Grand Central in New York. And a woman walking up the stairs saw the ad, freaked out, FELL, and broke her ankle. Now she’s suing the New York transit authority and Showtime for an undisclosed amount.
A 45-year-old in Oklahoma recently bought a scratch-off lottery ticket where you have to match up a bunch of symbols. He was one away from winning $20,000, so he bought a second ticket, cut out the symbol he needed, and GLUED it to the first ticket. He tried cashing it in at two convenience stores, then drove three hours to cash it in at lottery HEADQUARTERS. But they called the cops and he was arrested.
A woman in Iowa led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. Then when they finally caught her, she told them it WASN’T stolen . . . she’d traded a bunch of METH for it.