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Born on this day!! Actor Sonny Shroyer (“The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Enos”) is 88. Actor Marla Adams (“The Young and the Restless”) is 85. Actor Ken Jenkins (“Scrubs”) is 83. Actor David Soul (“Starsky and Hutch”) is 80. Actor Barbara Bach is 77. Actor Debra Mooney (“The Practice,” ″Everwood”) is 76. Singer Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds is 72. Actor Daniel Stern is 66. Actor Emma Samms is 63. Actor Jennifer Coolidge is 62. Actor Amanda Tapping (“Stargate: Atlantis,” “Stargate SG-1”) is 58. Country singer Shania Twain is 58. Actor Billy Boyd (“Lord of the Rings”) is 55. Actor-singer Jack Black of Tenacious D is 54. Actor Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210″) is 54. Actor Daniel Goddard (“The Young and the Restless”) is 52. Actor J. August Richards (“Kevin (Probably) Saves The World,” ″Angel”) is 50. Singer-bassist Max Collins of Eve 6 is 45. Actor Carly Pope (“Outlaw,” ″24,”) is 43. Country singer Jake Owen is 42. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 41. Actor Kelly Theibaud (“General Hospital”) is 41. Actor Armie Hammer (“The Lone Ranger,” ″The Social Network”) is 37. Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is 37. Actor Shalita Grant (“NCIS: New Orleans”) is 35. Singer Cassadee Pope (“The Voice”) is 34. Actor Katie Findlay (“How to Get Away With Murder”) is 33. Actor Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) is 32. Actor Kyle Massey (“Cory in the House,” ″That’s So Raven”) is 32. Actor Quvenzhane Wallis (“Annie,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) is 20. Reality TV personality Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) (“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”) is 18.


1955 – Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted and killed by white men after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The case was reopened in 2005.
1609 – Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.
1850 – Richard Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin, premiered at Weimar, Germany.
1922 – The first commercial to be broadcast on radio aired on station WEAF in New York City. The ten minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Company cost $100.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial to civil rights demonstrators.
1968 – Anti-Vietnam war protesters and police clashed in the streets of Chicago while the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.
1981 – The Centers for Disease Control announced a medical task force had been formed to look into the incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men. AIDS was later found to be the cause.

Today Is: Crackers Over The Keyboard Day, National Power Rangers Day, National Thoughtful Day, National Weed Out Hate Day, Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, Radio Commercials Day, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, Read Comics in Public Day  

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – NCIS  /  9:00 – NCIS Hawaii  /  10:00 – NCIS: Los Angeles
NBC – 8:00 – American Ninja Warrior  /  10:00 – Weakest Link
ABC – 8:00 – Claim To Fame  / 10:00 – $100,000 Pyramid
FOX – 8:00 – Stars On Mars /  9:00 – Master Chef
CW – 8:00 – Son Of Critch  /  8:30 – Run The Burbs  /  9:00 – Children Ruin Everything  /  9:30 – Bump

TV Talk Shows

**Due to the ongoing writers/ actors strike most shows are in reruns. (Stay Tuned!)


WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!

QUESTION: WHY are smash-and-grab robberies continuing to sweep southern California? The mayor of L.A. says it’s YOU!! “Stop buying this stuff online!!”


QUESTION: Looking forward to some GREAT TV and MOVIES next year?? Not so fast!! Here’s a look at which productions have been postponed by the strike!!


QUESTION: WHY did Adele collapse backstage during her Las Vegas residency?? “They had to pick my whole body up off the floor!!” Get the scary details!!


QUESTION: How do we know that MEGHAN MARKLE has done a deal with the DEVIL? Her mom Doria is attending charity events with the Kardashian Koven!
Meghan's Kardashian connection! Her mother Doria Ragland poses with Kris Jenner and Kim at

QUESTION: Think you’ve given YOUR pet a bizarre name?? Check out this list of the WEIRDEST PET NAMES OF 2023!! “Lieutenant Banana Legs???” Really?
More food-related names on the list include: 'Banana Doughnut,' 'Obi Bun Kenobi' and 'Captain Toebeans' (stock photo)

Longtime “The Price Is Right” Host Bob Barker Dies At 99

********He was also an animal activist, and at times, a real animal!!
*****He was 99. but his hair plugs were only 55!!
******His publicist called him the World’s Greatest MC!! Alex Trebek’s publicist called a press conference and said, “Wait just a minute!!”
******He retired from The Price is Right in 2007, at the age of 83!!
*****One thing you do NOT want to hear when you die: “COME ON DOWN!!”

Meghan Markle Eyes Return To Social Media

*****Don’t keep us on pins and needles!! We need you!!
*****Her handle on Insta is “Bagged the Big One!!”
******Page Six says she’ll get $1 million per post on Instagram!! Uh.. for what??
******Right now, she has 82,600 followers. Doesn’t sound like $1 million audience!!
*****Her publicist says there’s “BIG BUZZ” in Hollywood over Meghan’s new account. Funny.. we don’t hear much buzzing!!

Steve Harvey Clears Up Dumb Tweet and Marriage Rumors

See the video HERE.
*******The tweet said, “Name a comedian that does not make you laugh!!” It was put out by Steve’s “social media manager!!”
*****Steve does NOT do negative! “That don’t even make no damn sense. My whole brand is to be motivational, and I’mma turn around and say something like that??”
*****Why even have a “social media director?” We can put out stupid tweets all by ourselves!
****If that wasn’t enough, social media was spreading rumors that his wife was cheating with the chef AND the bodyguard and wanted a divorce!!
*****Steve’s “friend” denied the rumors, but neither Steve nor his wife Marjorie have commented!!
*****This is not the kind of Family Feud he wanted!!

Kevin Costner’s Estranged Wife Wants More Child Support

*****He’s only paying $129,000 a month!! Of COURSE she wants more!!
*******She’s asking for $175,000 a month. Seems fair!!
******In California, that number is based on his cash flow for 2021 and 2022, which was $1.6 MILLION a month!!
*****Of course, she also gets a $1.5 million settlement according to their prenup. But for people like her, that’s a drop in the bucket!!
*****Right now, she’s focused on meeting Ben Affleck, just in case the marriage to J Lo goes south!!




Stinky Kanye Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test!-(National Enquirer)

Rank rapper Kanye West, 46, is parading around in his trademark masks and heavy layers in the searing summer heat-but it’s messing with his hygiene and the stink is a serious turnoff for new wife Bianca Censori, 28, insiders snicker.  “He wears these outfits partly because he genuinely believes they showcase his fashion genius and forward thinking,” says a spy, “but it’s also to cover his moon face and man boobs, which are out of control.  It’s a serious stench when the layers come off and he’s dripping in sweat head to toe-especially as he’s not big on showering-and poor Bianca’s nostrils are on the receiving end.”




What’s the best thing that happened to you this summer?
Songs with rock in the title
Weird pet names




Remote Controlled Jet Car Sets Speed Record At British Airstrip

See the video HERE
********He got his little remote-controlled car up 94.7 mph on the first try, beating the old record of 93.1 mph!!
*******Then he went for a second time to see if he could do better, got it up to 137 mph, but got DQ’ed when the nose fell off!!
******On the third try, he hit 141 mph, but the wind picked it up, it tumbled and exploded!!
****But hey: he had fun!!!

Tanker Truck Spills Red Wine On Washington Freeway

See the pics HERE.
*****They rushed out a truck full of cheese and crackers, but it was too late!!”
******The tanker full of red wine was heading to a party at the University of Washington!!
******Now every time we buy a bottle of wine, we’re gonna wonder whether it was once in a tanker truck!!

Wisconsin Meat Company Makes Longest Meat Stick

****Oh yeah?? Hold our beer!!
*******Their meat stick was 314 feet long!! OK, we give up!!
*******It will now become a roadside attraction.. until someone gets hungry!!

Man With Parrot On Shoulder Robs Customer At Virginia McDonald’s

********He had two parrots on the brim of his cowboy hat and one on his shoulder!!
*****He only wore the cowboy hat because his pirate hat was at the cleaners!!
******A nearby convenience store has a surveillance video of a guy with three parrots on his hat and shoulder, but they’re not sure it was same guy!! Because a lot of guys walk around like that!!
******When they arrest him, the parrots will be asked to testify!!









The Wild Backstories Of Allan And All The Discontinued Barbie Dolls In ‘Barbie’



If Ken is “just Ken,” Allan is … only Allan. And literally the only Allan, since his character in the film is the only one of his kind, unlike the many Kens and Barbies.  Allan was introduced as Ken’s best friend in 1964. According to History, Mattel actually used the fact that he could fit into all of Ken’s clothes as a selling point, but Attitude notes that this also led to rumors that Ken and Allan were a little too close. After a very brief life of living in Ken’s shadows (and in the same striped shirt as in the film), Allan was discontinued that same decade before being rereleased as Midge’s husband in the ’90s.  After watching Michael Cera’s awkwardly endearing turn as the lonesome sidekick, we wouldn’t be surprised if he went promptly back into production today.  In the film, “Allan is sort of like a person without a group that he belongs to, he’s kind of a loner, in a way,” Cera said in an interview. “I think the joke about that, at least how I interpret it, is that Allan the doll … didn’t have a very successful run. [He’s] sort of this marginalized person in this world of Kens.”  Attitude reports that “conspiracists” think Allan was paired with Midge in the ’90s to “canonise Allan as heterosexual,” but it hasn’t stopped Allan from becoming something of a queer icon over the years.  “As a non-binary person I relate to Allan a lot!” said one TikToker in a slew of comments. “I see him as my rep not quite Barbie, not quite Ken. Just Allan”

Pregnant Midge

As we mentioned, one of the more refreshing aspects of seeing Barbie Land through Gerwig’s pink-tinted lens was the director’s unwillingness to shy away from the toy company’s missteps.  We’re reintroduced to Pregnant Midge early on in the movie, and she comes back to haunt the Mattel execs later on in the film, too. A not-yet-pregnant Midge originally debuted in 1963, and there’s even a Wedding Party Midge gift set from some 30 years later that includes Midge and Allan (for some reason renamed “Alan”) alongside Barbie and Ken as bridesmaid and best man.  In 2002, Pregnant Midge was released; the doll featured a removable pregnant belly, prompting people to accuse Mattel of “promoting teen pregnancy,” even though, as CNN reported, she was by then canonically a married woman with a 3-year-old child.

Earring Magic Ken

A companion to Mattel’s Earring Magic Barbie figure, Earring Magic Ken was released in 1993. After people pointed out how gay he seemed (a necklace that looked like a cock ring didn’t help), he was actually recalled by the company.  What’s less boring than Ken? A Ken in a mesh purple shirt and pleather vest, with slicked-back bleached-blond highlights, an earring, of course, and a … necklace.  This 1993 model of Ken, long referred to as the time Mattel “made Ken gay,” quickly became one of the company’s best-selling dolls and a true queer icon before being recalled just months later after then-manager of marketing and communications, Lisa McKendall, was forced to give one of the greatest corporate statements of all time.  “We’re not in the business of putting cock rings into the hands of little girls,” the statement read. There’s at least one Earring Magic Ken currently available on eBay for $154. (Just saying.)

Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken

His release wasn’t the most puzzling Barbie decision (see Growing Up Skipper below), but it was strange nonetheless. Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken, which is exactly what it sounds like, was a 2009 doll marketed to adults wearing a lime-green jacquard blazer and toting a tiny white dog named Sugar. He also came with swim trunks, slides and sunglasses, and apparently retailed for a whopping $82. In the film, he claims that his name is a misunderstanding — he’s merely Sugar the dog’s daddy. Uh-huh. Sure.

Video Girl Barbie

“I have a TV in my back,” Video Girl Barbie quips in the film, deadpan, while showing off her embedded screen to the human visitors in Barbie Land. This version of Barbie may seem innocuous, if not a bit weird, but the FBI said differently.  The agency put out a “cyber crime alert” following her release in 2010, citing her ability to stream up to 30 minutes of recording onto a computer as a potential “dangerous tool for pedophiles.” Yikes.

Growing Up Skipper

Skipper, Barbie’s little sister, was first released in 1964. In 1975, Mattel decided it was time to let her grow up before your very eyes. This strange doll was advertised as two dolls in one: Skipper as the girl we knew, and, by twisting her arm around, a teenage Skipper who grew upward and also outward. Yes, her breasts enlarged as she got taller. You can see this in action in a commercial for the doll, which was perhaps predictably discontinued in 1977.

Tanner The Dog

When Barbie, err, Margot Robbie, enters Weird Barbie’s house, she is greeted by a strange-looking dog. A strange-looking pooping dog. “That surely can’t have been real,” you might have thought to yourself.  And you would have thought wrong. Tanner the dog came with Barbie and did things a real dog does, like accepting treats that make their way through his digestive tract and out of his body by way of tiny brown pellets.  A recall for the Barbie and Tanner play set was issued because its poop scoop accessory contained a small magnet that could come loose. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that if multiple magnets were swallowed by a child, they could attract each other and cause a potentially fatal intestinal perforation or blockage.


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