- CNN says televisions, furniture, clothing, sporting goods and other big-ticket items are about to drop in price because major retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and others have too much stock.
- Chain Store Age magazine says Sears is closing 100 Sears Hometown stores in 30 states. Most of the stores sell appliances and lawn equipment
- TMZ says Ray Liotta's hometown of Union Township, New Jersey plans to honor him in a special way. The city's mayor is looking at several options and will consult with Ray's family before making a final decision.
- Showbiz411 says Tom Hanks' new ''Pinocchio'' movie will start streaming on Disney+ on September 8th. It will not be in theaters
- United Press International says 103 year-old Ruth Larrson, of Sweden, has set a new Guinness World Record for skydiving. She performed the oldest female tandem jump.
- Open the Books says some L.A. lifeguards are earning $510,283 per year.Lifeguard captains earn almost $30,000 in perks and $90,000 in benefits.
Gas Prices Hit Record High: Business Insider says the average price for a gallon of gas hit a record high of $4.62 yesterday. That's up 52% from a year ago. Illinois, California, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Washington all have average gas prices over $5 a gallon. Gas prices are expected to skyrocket because the European Union recently banned most Russian crude imports.
Taco Bell Running Out Of Mexican Pizza: ABC says some Taco Bell restaurants are running out of Mexican Pizza. The company says demand was seven times greater than expected. One fan purchased 180 Mexican Pizza's at one time.
The company released a statement saying, ''We are working as fast as we can to restock Mexican Pizza ingredients. We’ll need some time to replenish our supplies, but when it comes back, we promise it’s here to stay.''
Hollywoodlife.com says Mama June has secretly married her boyfriend Justin Stroud.The couple got married at a courthouse in Georgia. They were previously seen looking at engagement rings. The pair had been dating for five months prior to getting married. June and Justin have been partying in Panama City, Florida.
OK! magazine says Johnny Depp was spending $1,000 a night on fine wine and chicken parm during his defamation trial. He and his legal team ate dinner almost every night at the famed e Palm restaurant. Johnny stayed at the Ritz Carlton
The NY Post says Johnny invited Kate Moss to his London concert last night with Jeff Beck.
Entertainment Tonight says Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are planning a dark wedding. A source tells the TV show, "They want a dark, sexy, very punk rock and glam celebration. They're planning things together as one and looking forward to starting a new chapter together and looking forward to what the future brings and spending their lives together. Their relationship is very intense, dark, romantic and sexy and that's how they want their wedding celebration to be."
Variety magazine says the producers of "Top Gun: Maverick" used 40 Artificial Intelligence models to recreate Val Kilmer's voice. Val lost most of his voice due to throat cancer. The AI company, Sonantic, says, “In the end, we generated more than 40 different voice models and selected the best, highest-quality, most expressive one. Those new algorithms are now embedded into our voice engine, so future clients can automatically take advantage of them as well.”
MarketWatch says no more Elvis themed weddings are allowed in Vegas due to a licensing issue. The Authentic Brands Group, which represents Elvis' estate, sent cease-and-desist letters to several chapels and impersonators. Kayla Collins owns an Elvis wedding chapel and says, “We are a family-run business, and now we’re hanging with the big dogs. That’s our bread and butter. I don’t get it. We were just hitting our stride again through COVID, then this happens.”
Female First says Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian have purchased new diamond wedding rings. A source tells the website, "Kourtney now wears two rings; her original engagement ring which is a 12-carat elongated oval diamond set on a platinum band worth $1 million and a new wedding ring which is a 3mm claw set platinum eternity band worth 1.40 carats, valued at $12,000. Travis' wedding band matches his new wife Kourtney’s, however his is slightly bigger with 2 carats set in a 4mm platinum eternity band, worth $16,000."
TMZ says thieves recently stole Owen Wilson's tires. His Tesla was parked outside of his Santa Monica, California home when thieves took the tires and rims. Cops are investigating the case as Grand Theft because the tires and rims are worth $4,000.
WGTC says Star Wars fans are offering to have Pedro Pascal's child. He was recently doing a Q&A session about "The Mandalorian" when he said, “It's very hard to be separated from Grogu. It's the closest I've come to being a dad, so far anyway. You watch the show and to see a child love his father like that, I get it. Maybe I should have a kid.”
The Internet reacts ....
My uterus is up for grabs.
I don't want to have kids. But I would with Pedro Pascal
Kaley Cuoco tells E! News that she is planning to take the rest of the year off after she films a new movie. "I'm taking the rest of the year off. I've never said those words in my entire career. My priorities are changing. I have different focuses in my life." She plans to spend time with her new boyfriend Tom Pelphrey
TMZ says a "Pirates of the Caribbean" pirate ship was parked outside of the courthouse yesterday where a jury is deliberating the outcome of Johnny Depp's defamation trial. The giant "boat" sat on top of a flatbed truck and featured a banner with Captain Jack Sparrow's face. It also had a pirate mannequin standing in front of a cannon.
A new survey by Ipsos reveals that 65% of men say it is okay for a woman to date a guy that is 10 years younger than them. Other findings:
- 70% of women say it is okay for a man to date a woman, who is 10 years younger than him.
- 60% of single men are open to dating someone who is 10 years older than them
- 40% of single women are open to dating someone who is 10 years younger than them
- Top downsides to dating someone older ...
wouldn't have anything in common with a partner so different in age (25%)
they wouldn't be attracted to them (17%)
their partner wouldn't fit into their social circles (15%),
fear of what other people might think (13%).
Exercise Schedule Study
A new study by Skidmore College reveals that men and women should exercise at different times of the day for the best results. Researchers discovered that women burn more body fat when exercising in the morning. Men burn more fat in the evening. Scientists believe the difference may be related to the way hormones control body clocks and sleep cycles.
Delivery Driver Survey
A new survey by StudyFinds.org reveals that 80% of delivery drivers admit to stealing food from customers' orders. Other findings:
- 23% of drivers admit to intentionally damaging the customer's packages
- 16% of drivers admit to throwing their customer's packages onto their doorstep
Groovy Music Study
A new study by the University of Tsukuba reveals that listening to "groovy" music can boost brain performance. Researchers discovered that "groovy" tunes spark feelings of pleasure while simultaneously increasing "behavioral arousal levels."
Professor Hideaki Soya says, "The results were surprising. Our findings indicate that individual differences in psychological responses to groove music modulate the corresponding effects on executive function. As such, the effects of groove rhythm on human cognitive performance may be influenced by familiarity or beat processing ability."
Best And Worst Cities To Raise A Family … According to a new survey by Wallethub based on 48 metrics including family fun, health and safety, affordability, education and childcare and socioeconomics
Best Cities for Families
Fremont, Calif. (No. 1 in "Health and Safety" and "Socioeconomics" categories)
Overland Park, Kan. (No. 1 in "Affordability" category)
San Jose, Calif.
Worst Cities for Families
San Bernardino, Calif.
My son pulled a senior prank prior to graduation. The school has no idea he did it. They busted several other troublemakers and are now holding their diplomas. They think one of the school's biggest bullies pulled the prank. They may not allow him to graduate. My stomach is in knots because I'm not sure what to do. Do I turn my son in or let the bully get in trouble and allow Karma to strike for all of the other students he intimidated? What would you do if you were me?