Here’s The Things You’ll Want To See Hear and Know Today:
The Big Picture
The trial of George Zimmerman started yesterday. If you don’t remember who he is, he’s accused of shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s lawyer, a guy named Don West, started off by talking to the jury . . . and telling a joke that REALLY fell flat. And to make things worse, he followed up by saying how funny he thought the joke was. Here’s a clip of West telling the joke. The joke was: “Knock-knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Alright, you’re on the jury.”
There was also a controversial moment in the George Zimmerman trial during the opening statement from the prosecutor, who dropped several F-words while he was quoting Zimmerman. In fact, aside from “good morning,” the F-word was the first thing he said to the jurors. MSNBC was covering it live, and cut away after he said it twice. Then after MSNBC’s Chuck Todd apologized and said they were putting in a seven-second delay, they cut back to the courtroom . . . and allowed a THIRD F-word to slip through.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night . . . winning the series and the Stanley Cup. It was their third straight win in the finals. They got one goal in the second period to tied up the game, then followed that with two more goals in the third period, winning the game.
So Edward Snowden is now officially a fugitive from justice, after the U.S. charged him with espionage. Secretary of State John Kerry put pressure on Russia yesterday to release Edward Snowden to the U.S. He made it sound like Russia owed it to us, because we’ve been returning prisoners to them.
If you watched Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon on Sunday, you know he’s extremely religious. That’s because he was wearing a microphone, and referenced God 152 times during the 23-minute stunt.
Sandra Bullock is starring in a new movie called “The Heat”, with Melissa McCarthy from “Bridesmaids”. She told “Access Hollywood” that Melissa is so girly, it actually makes her self-conscious. (She said she went to Melissa’s house, and the decor is so girly that it makes Sandra, quote, “feel like a dude.”)
Gary David Goldberg died of cancer on Saturday. He was the creator of “Family Ties” and “Spin City”. He founded Ubu Productions, named after his dog Ubu. That’s Gary’s voice saying, “Sit, Ubu, sit,” at the end of every episode of their shows. (Gary was 68. He died at home in Montecito, California. He won a writing Emmy for “Family Ties” in 1987, and also won two Writers Guild Awards during his career.)
Here’s how cool JOHNNY DEPP is: Whenever he travels, he brings his Captain Jack Sparrow costume from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies with him . . . just in case he wants to visit a children’s hospital. He says, quote, “Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that.
“I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards . . . It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.”
Q Country Closeup
JAY DEMARCUS is in talks to have a recurring role on ABC’s “Nashville”. He says, quote, “I’ve met with the casting director. They’re trying to find a part for me so I’m not playing Jay from RASCAL FLATTS. It’d be great to be recurring, but they’re just gonna find a role for me at some point.”
GARY ALLAN and SHERYL CROW have announced the first set of dates for a co-headlining tour. They’re calling it the Free And Easy tour . . . and it’ll kick off September 13th in Santa Barbara, California. You can find updates at GaryAllan.com.
The Backside of the News
This sounds like a VERY EXPENSIVE . . . and VERY DISGUSTING . . . fur coat. A company in England has made a fur coat that’s 100% MALE CHEST HAIR. It’s actually from a milk company, who did it to remind men to be manly . . . or something. But that’s not really the point: It’s a COAT of CHEST HAIR.
There’s no word how many men’s chests were shaved to make this coat happen. But they say it took 200 hours to put together . . . and they’re selling it for around $3,900.
An eight-year-old boy in Cleveland overheard his parents saying they didn’t have enough money to give his grandmother a proper funeral. So last Thursday, he set up a stand selling Kool Aid to raise money. He made $55 . . . but the local news found out, did a story on him, and by Monday he’d sold $5,500 worth of Kool-Aid.
Time-lapse footage from the Manchester Museum in England has some people freaked out, because it shows a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue SPINNING inside its glass case . . . seemingly on its own.
According to one physicist, it’s probably the result of something called “differential friction.” Or in other words, the statue is turning little by little because of tiny vibrations from people walking around, or from street traffic.
But one of the museum’s experts isn’t buying it, and seems to think there might be a more supernatural explanation.
Quote, “In Ancient Egypt, they believed that if [a] mummy is destroyed, then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit.”
Although, from watching the video, it does seem to only move when there’s traffic outside or people walking around.
Around 13 million viewers tuned in to watch NIK WALLENDA tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night.
Here are some brand new stats on LIGHTNING DEATHS in the U.S. over the past seven years. 238 people have died after being struck by lightning since 2006 . . . 82% were male . . . 64% were doing a leisure activity like fishing or camping . . . and the majority of the deaths happen during the summer.
Fruit stickers seem to be on their way toward EXTINCTION. Soon, companies will be able to mark their fruit by BRANDING it with a LASER. The process was just approved in Europe, and since it’s cheaper, easier, and more environmentally friendly than producing millions of stickers, it’s only a matter of time until it makes its way over here.
A new study says video games and smartphones are causing “digital dementia” . . . but what they mean is that because of cell phones, we don’t remember phone numbers as well anymore.