Def Leppard, and the rest of us for that matter, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the multi-platinum Hysteria album! The deluxe version of the album hits stores on August 4th. Why wait 'til next week? Check out part one of the new Hysteria documentary, Step Inside: Hysteria at 30 below.
A new study asked people to describe the PERFECT job situation. And the answers show we're not THAT greedy. We just want a flexible, part time job that pays almost six figures. That's not too much to ask, right?
Here are the elements of the perfect job . . .
1. 24 hours a week, or about five hours a day.
2. Pays $80,000-a-year.
3. Free food in the office.
4. A dress code that lets you wear jeans.
5. It's only 12 minutes away from where you live . . . but you also have the option to work from home.
6. Six weeks of paid vacation and holidays a year.
7. Flexible work hours.
8. And a cool boss who sometimes wants to go out for a drink.
If I was trying to plan a trip with my friends, I'm pretty sure our top destination would be, "Wherever the hookers are the most discreet." So good for these other guys for being more ambitious than that.
A website with the unfortunate name Mantripping just ran a survey where they asked guys where they would want to go on vacation with their friends.
And here are the top six results . . .
1. An Alaskan cruise, 26%.
2. A golf trip to a Florida beach resort, 18%.
3. Road trip through Kentucky's "Bourbon Trail," 17%.
Firefighters in Bakersfield, California rescued a little white Shih Tzu from a house fire last Wednesday. And when they got it outside, it wasn't moving.
But luckily, they had an oxygen mask specifically made for dogs and cats. So they started using it and basically brought the dog back to life.
And check this out. The only reason they had a mask like that is because a group of GIRL SCOUTS raised $2,400 back in 2015 to buy 37 of them . . . one for every single fire engine in the city.
The fire department posted a video of them giving the dog oxygen. At the beginning, he's not moving. But by the end, he's sitting up. (Here's the video.)
He ended up with some burns to his feet, but should be fine. They posted a photo two days later of him with the firefighter who carried him out.
And here's some more Girl Scout-related good news: The Girl Scouts announced this week that they're adding 23 new merit badges that are all related to STEM education . . . which stands for "science, technology, engineering, and math."
The point is to expose more girls to skills in those fields. They also announced a new cybersecurity badge last month.
(ABC News / Facebook / CNN)
(Here's a photo of the fireman with the dog he rescued.)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES recently went jet-skiing at Lake Lanier in Georgia, and he made the mistake of wearing a diamond earring worth around $150,000. Well, he lost it.
That shouldn't be THAT big of a deal for Julio . . . since he's made over $50 MILLION off his NFL checks alone. But he wanted it back.
So he brought in a two-man diving team to find the earring. He paid them $500, and told them roughly where he thought the earring came off . . . a spot where he had fallen off the jet-ski.
But even then, the divers came back up empty-handed . . . because finding an earring at the bottom of a lake is VERY HARD.
The lake is 65 feet deep, and it's pitch black at the bottom. There's also a lot of debris. The divers said there are a bunch of TREES at the bottom that have been there since the lake was filled back in the 1950s.
Basically, the only hope was that the divers' lights might catch a glint off the diamond . . . but aside from the murky water and the debris, the lake also has a soft bottom, so it could've easily become buried.
One of the divers said, quote. "It's down in crevasses and nooks and crannies. It's impossible . . . absolutely impossible."
Apparently Coca-Cola has finally recovered from the NEW COKE disaster . . . because they're tempting fate again.
They just announced they're killing off Coke Zero next month and replacing it with a new drink called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The cans will look pretty much like traditional red Coke cans, but with the words "Zero Sugar" added.
But it's not just the same stuff with a new name and new packaging . . . it's ALSO got a new formula and slightly different taste.
And they're doing a LOT to make sure this isn't a repeat of the New Coke thing. They spent five years researching it, and then tested it by replacing Coke Zero in 25 countries before bringing it here.
It's still a risk though . . . and based on the reaction on social media yesterday, people aren't thrilled with the idea.
"Coke Zero" was trending pretty much all day on Twitter . . . and it's safe to say most of the tweets were not, "I'm so excited they're getting rid of Coke Zero and replacing it with something new!"
(Here's a picture of the new Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.)
The Dallas Cowboys seem to have a track record of sticking with players who commit horrendous crimes . . . as long as they produce on the field. Like Greg Hardy and Ezekiel Elliott.
And this week, they decided to punish a guy for a CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT. (???) It all started on Monday when cops in Virginia named receiver LUCKY WHITEHEAD as the suspect in a misdemeanor shoplifting incident.
After they issued a warrant because Lucky failed to appear at a hearing, the Cowboys cut him loose. But today, the cops admitted they had the WRONG GUY.
The actual suspect was a man who IDENTIFIED himself as Lucky Whitehead to police, and even had Lucky's personal info, including his Social Security number.
So if the Cowboys were trying to make an example of Lucky, they really just made themselves look like IDIOTS.
But they're sticking to their guns. At a press conference yesterday, Coach JASON GARRETT repeated over and over, quote, "Yesterday we made a decision that was deemed to be in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We're standing by that decision. We're going to move on."
It's a big anniversary for AC/DC's biggest album! Back in Black was release 37 years ago today! July 25th, 1980! Pretty insane how big this album got when you look at all the details. AC/DC was just getting huge with the release of Highway to Hell in '79 when they lose their legendary lead singer Bon Scott. Everyone thought AC/DC was over. Then they find Brian Johnson, release a true classic of hard rock and the rest is history. To celebrate, let's check out some classic AC/DC videos from the album.
Vasectomies are apparently something bros can bond over now. The American Urological Association says hundreds of thousands of men in the U.S. get vasectomies each year, but if men are willing to spend a few thousand they can get the procedure done at clinics that have built-in mancaves, complete with booze and steak. Urologist Paul Turek, who has clinics in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, says group vasectomies, or "brosectomies," are a growing trend. Turek says when a group of men comes in he moves quickly, completing each procedure in about eight minutes. The procedure is basically male birth control, and is considered permanent, though it is reversible. So why are men going together? For one thing, Turek says there is comfort in numbers, and the men also influence one another to get it done. Plus, it's like getting a guaranteed guys night afterwards. (Wall Street Journal/ The Cut)
The first time you got a computer with Windows, you probably found Microsoft Paint . . . their little piece of software that let you make illustrations that were amateurish and crude in a charming way.
So this is kind of weirdly sad: Yesterday, Microsoft announced they're killing off Paint after 32 years of including it standard in every single version of Windows.
The reaction online was nothing short of DEVASTATION, with tons of nostalgic people getting upset that the mediocre painting program from their youth was now going to be history.
The Discovery Channel claims people should NOT be upset that MICHAEL PHELPS didn't race an actual shark in real-time . . . because they never said that's how it would go down.
They say, quote, "The show took smart science and technology to make the challenge more accessible and fun. All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn't a side-by-side race."
Well, that's not 100% true.
It seemed like they were INTENTIONALLY being cagey about the specifics to drum up interest in the race.
Nonetheless, COMMON SENSE should've told you that there was no way Michael could race a real Great White through the ocean side-by-side. I mean, come on.
Foreigner was one of my favorite bands growing up and it was awesome to see the band reunite with original lead singer Lou Gramm this past Thursday night in New York at Jones Beach in New York. According to Ultimate Classic Rock it was all in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. The originals joined in during a three song mini-set consisting of "Long, Long Way From Home," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "Hot Blooded."
Mick Jones issued a statement on the reunion, which read: "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations."
Lou sounds pretty damn good. Check out some video below.
FX has released a trailer for the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Cult. The teaser features a clan of clowns, shrieking, milling around and generally acting spooky and insane. While the assemblage maintains its lockstep uniformity most of the time, there are signs tahat not everyone is happy to be there. A voiceover intones "Do you ever feel alone? Does it seem like no one ever understands you? Do some people just make you sick? Are you afraid? We can set you free. We can make you strong. We want you." Little is known about what horrors are to come next season, but creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that Lena Dunham will appear in at least one episode, and that the presidential election will be a prominent theme.
It's the Megalodon "documentary" all over again: The Discovery Channel and MICHAEL PHELPS played us all when they said he'd be racing a great white shark last night.
Technically, nobody really SAID Phelps would be swimming anywhere near a shark . . . but the advertising did try to make people think that. So did Phelps when he talked to "Entertainment Weekly" earlier this month.
In reality, the whole thing was SIMULATED. They apparently timed some sharks: A great white, a hammerhead, and a reef shark. Then they SIMULATED the races, with Phelps going against computer-animated sharks.
Phelps actually DID race in the ocean though, so at least there was that. But that wasn't quite enough for many, many unsatisfied viewers.
As for the results, he beat the reef shark, but he got crushed by the hammerhead, and he lost to the great white by two seconds.
Last night, the day before Appetite for Destruction turned 30 Guns N Roses played an invitation only show at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. Check out some of the rockin' jams from last night below.
Somehow, the KERMIT THE FROG controversy will NOT die down. Yesterday, two of JIM HENSON's children defended the firing of puppeteer Steve Whitmire, and had some pretty interesting reasons for letting him go.
Cheryl Henson said that lately, Steve had been portraying Kermit as, quote, "a bitter, angry, depressed victim." And over the past few years, he "had not been funny or fun." She also told Steve to, quote, "Stop with the pity party."
Meanwhile, Brian Henson said Steve was making "outrageous demands," and had a "destructive energy" around him. He added that Steve was unprofessional with colleagues, and that these problems were simmering for YEARS.
He didn't specify what demands Steve was making, but he said, quote, "Steve would use 'I am now Kermit and if you want the Muppets, you better make me happy because the Muppets are Kermit.' And that is really not OK."
Without emoji texting would be so dull. Apple announced some emoji it will be adding to its mix yesterday (July 17th) in celebration of World Emoji Day. New additions will include woman with headscarf, breastfeeding mom, a zebra, a T-Rex dinosaur, a sandwich, a coconut, a zombie, an elf, a vomiting face, and an exploding head face, among others. Apple also revealed its five most popular emoji on iOS, which are: thumbs up, smile, laugh, LOL, wink-kiss, and heart. The new emoji will arrive later this year. (Mashable)
Most of us are carrying at least some debt. And a lot of us are dealing with a soul-crushing TON of it. So what's the best order to pay it off? A new survey asked average Americans what they think.
Here are five different types of debt, and how we prioritize them . . .
1. 40% said paying off your CREDIT CARDS should be the top priority. Which makes sense, because they usually have the highest interest rates.
2. 28% said paying your MORTGAGE should be first. You don't want to lose your house, so that makes sense too.
3. 7% said paying off their STUDENT LOANS is #1. Those usually have a lower interest rate though, and you've got a long time to pay them. So it's not the end of the world if you just have to do the minimum monthly payment for a while.
4. 4% said paying down a HOME EQUITY loan should be the top priority. Not all homeowners have those though.
5. 3% said paying off their CAR loan is the most important thing.
Another 17% of people in the survey said they're not sure what the right order is, and the remaining 1% would choose to prioritize some other random debt.
Well here's some good news if you're ever trapped in a "Jurassic Park" scenario or you travel WAY back in time. Which are both equally likely.
According to scientists out of Germany, you could PROBABLY outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Based on their analysis, the T-rex would top out at about 16-and-a-half miles per hour. The average human sprints at 15 miles-per-hour . . . but with the extra adrenaline burst of running for your life, you'd probably speed up enough to get away.
Ozzy Osbourne played his first solo concert since the completion of Black Sabbath's farewell tour on Friday night (July 14th) at the Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ozzy last performed live in February, when Sabbath played its two final concerts in Birmingham, England to conclude its "The End" victory lap. Ozzy was joined for the solo show by guitarist Zakk Wylde, who was Ozzy's regular axeman from 1988 to 2007 and is doing Ozzy's current solo run. Let's check out some video!!
Dashcam video caught an insurance scammer on a motorcycle PURPOSELY crashing into a car. He backed INTO it, and then flung himself on the hood as if he were hit. A bystander with a smart phone, who was obviously his accomplice, walked over to be the witness. But when the driver came out and said she'd recorded it, they ran away. Let's go to the video!!
Sticking to a healthy diet can be a real challenge, and new data from GrubHub proves it. The new report from the food delivery site reveals the two dishes people are ordering more of each day compared to other days of the week. Monday through Wednesday saw various types of salad being ordered most, but by Thursday crab rangoons (27%) and shawarma bowls (26%) rule, and by Friday all thoughts of dieting go out the window as people are ordering red pizza (73%) and cheese pizza (65%.) Monday is the healthiest day of the week with people order cobb salad 52% more than other days of the week. Grubhub spokesperson Kaitlyn Carl explains this may be because "the weekend is a great time to indulge in your favorite foods-- and come Monday, a lighter salad could be preferred." (Money-ish
If you wear contact lenses and you've ever forgotten to take them out before you fell asleep, you know the feeling of waking up to PAINFULLY dry eyes. So I'm not sure how this woman could even function.
A 67-year-old woman went to her optometrist in Solihull, England back in November to have cataract surgery, and she told her doctor she had really dry eyes. And during the exam, the doctor figured out why.
The woman had 27 LOST CONTACTS stuck in her eye socket.
The doctor couldn't believe it was even possible to have that many lenses stuck behind an eye. And when she removed all of them, guess what? . . . the woman said she felt a lot better.
A report about this case was just released in the "British Medical Journal". And the doctor says it's a reminder to get regular eye doctor appointments . . . because you never know what they might find.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES GENRE: Action/Adventure WHO'S IN IT: Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Terry Notary WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A colonel must lead his troops into battle against Caesar and his army of apes. WHAT IT'S RATED: PG-13 RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 19 minutes
This is LEGENDARY passive-aggressive revenge on a bad neighbor right here.
A guy in Sequim, Washington had issues with his neighbors because they painted their house bright purple and pink several years ago. So he mowed the word "A-HOLE" into his lawn, with an arrow pointing at the house.
That's good revenge . . . but here's how it gets way better.
He mowed it large enough that Google Earth's mapping satellite caught it . . . so now it's immortalized forever online and it's going viral.
If this happened to me, I'd be 100% SURE it was some sort of YouTube prank. I wouldn't try to help. I'd just start looking for hidden cameras . . .
Someone in Corpus Christie, Texas was using a Bank of America ATM on Wednesday afternoon. And where the receipt usually comes out, they got a handwritten NOTE instead.
The note said, "Please help. I'm STUCK in here. I don't have my phone. Please call my boss." Then there was a phone number at the end. And it turned out it wasn't a prank. Someone really WAS trapped in there.
A repairman was working in a room behind the ATM when he accidentally locked himself inside. And he left his phone in his truck, so he couldn't call for help.
Apparently he passed several notes through the ATM, and the first few people thought it was a joke. But someone finally took it seriously and called the cops.
When they got there, they could hear the faint sound of his voice through the wall. They had to knock the door down to get him out, and he's okay.
(Here are photos of the note and the ATM he was trapped behind.)
SERENA WILLIAMS sat down for a new interview where she talks about how making a ton of money has never really mattered to her. She only cares about winning. And this actually makes me believe it . . .
The first time she ever got a check for more than $1 MILLION . . . she tried to deposit it at her bank's DRIVE-THRU. (???)
It's not clear if she tried to jam the check in an ATM. But this would've been years ago, so it was probably one of those vacuum tube things. She says the check was so big, they wouldn't let her do it. She had to park and go inside.
PEYTON MANNING made fun of KEVIN DURANT at the ESPY Awards in L.A. last night for signing with Golden State last season . . . just to win a championship. And Kevin did NOT seem amused.
They showed his reaction on the jumbotron . . . so everyone at home AND in the audience could see it. And he never even cracked a smile. He just looked angry.
Peyton's joke was actually pretty solid. He said the U.S. women's gymnastics team was so dominant at the Olympics that Kevin wants to play for THEM next year. Everyone in the audience cracked up, including Kevin's mom Wanda who was sitting right next to him. But Kevin just stared Peyton down.
Then Peyton asked Kevin's former teammate RUSSELL WESTBROOK what HE thought. And Russell MOCKED Kevin by copying him, and shot Peyton the same annoyed look.
The two of them haven't been on the best terms ever since Kevin bailed on the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to join the Warriors. (Here's the video.)
As for the ESPY winners . . . Westbrook won the ESPY for Best Male Athlete, Durant won Best Championship Performance . . . and Durant's future teammate Simone Biles won Best Female Athlete.
This is like the ultimate toothbrush for anyone who's LAZY. Not only does it brush your teeth for you . . . not only does it brush them in record time . . . but you don't even need to move your arm.
There's a product called Amabrush on Kickstarter right now, and it's a new kind of toothbrush that cleans your teeth perfectly in 10 seconds flat.
It looks more like a mouthguard than a toothbrush that you're used to. You put it in your mouth, press a button, and it simultaneously scrubs all of your teeth with just the right amount of toothpaste.
If you want one, you can pre-order it on Kickstarter by pledging $90, plus you'll have to pay $23 in international shipping because they're coming from Europe . . . and they're not scheduled to ship until December.
But isn't it worth it not to have to brush your own teeth anymore?
I know that in my business, we're supposed to tell you to "never touch that dial" . . . but this guy probably should've touched that dial.
A man drove to Kiss 108 in Boston on Monday afternoon to request a song in person: "My Axe" by Insane Clown Posse. But, like every single other radio station in the country and the world, they don't play Insane Clown Posse songs.
And when they wouldn't play his request, the guy pulled out an AXE and some KNIVES, and demanded it.
The SWAT team came, and after a three-hour standoff . . . which included the guy fighting through a shot from a Taser . . . he was arrested without anyone getting hurt.
The police say he's going to have a psychiatric evaluation.
One of the finest duets ever performed, IMHO was between Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. Stop Dragging My Heart Around was recorded in the early 80s for Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna album. Stevie loved working with Tom Petty so much, rumor has it that she wanted to become a member of the Heartbreakers! Tom, believe it or not said "no". Can you imagine? Not letting Stevie Nicks in your band?? I'm just glad the 2 old friends got back together. On Sunday night (July 9th), Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on stage during their joint gig at London, England's Hyde Park to do it again. Catch the video below. 5:30 into the video, Tom introduces Stevie.
Rumors are swirling about iPhone 8. Mobile leaker Benjamin Geskin claims Apple's upcoming iPhone model will be available in four different colors, including one that's a "mirror-like" reflective color. Though there's no way to verify Geskin's claims, it follows predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the new iPhone model could come in limited "boutique" color options. Last week's most prominent rumor was that the new phone may not include TouchID at all. Otherwise, the major iPhone redesign is said to include some form of wireless charging, a faster processor, and a glass body. The "iPhone 8" is expected to be announced in September. (MacRumors)
There's a really weird Facebook post going viral and we'd LOVE it if you didn't fall for it.
People are sharing a message that you shouldn't accept a friend request from someone named Jayden K. Smith . . . because if you do, he's a hacker who will take over your Facebook profile. And, of course, it's not true.
There's no Jayden K. Smith and a hacker couldn't take over your profile just by becoming friends with you. But hey, good news for WILL SMITH'S son JADEN . . . for at least one day, he's only the world's second-most annoying Jaden Smith.
It looks like whatever shame McDonald's felt after "Super Size Me" is totally gone, because they're back to loading up their menu with epic junk food.
A bunch of McDonald's in the Midwest have started testing BACON CHEESE FRIES. They cost $4 and you get a pretty big portion that's supposed to be for two people . . . but come on. Who's REALLY sharing these?
There's no word on if or when these could go nationwide.
A grandma at a Dodgers game was featured on the Jumbotron on Saturday night. At first she was dancing and having fun in the stands . . . then she suddenly pulled up her top and FLASHED the whole stadium. She was wearing a granny bra, but still.
(Careful: You WILL see senior citizen underwear. After the game, she was still being recognized walking through the concourse and giving high fives.)
We know there's a debate over whether it's car-a-mel or CAR-mel . . . coo-pon or queue-pon . . . and peh-KAN or PEE-kan. But here's one I didn't realize: Reese's.
There's a debate going on right now across the Internet about whether it's Ree-cees . . . or Ree-sis. One woman put up a pollon Twitter, and after almost 200,000 votes, Ree-sis is leading Ree-cees, 61% to 39%.
Reese's itself is being totally unhelpful, by the way . . . someone tweeted them to ask for the answer, and they responded, quote, "Just like there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, there's no wrong way to pronounce Reese's." Thanks, guys.
It's EXTREMELY hard to land a good quarterback in the NFL . . . just ask the Cleveland Browns.
In fact, only SEVEN active quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl, and JOE FLACCO is one of them . . . even though a lot of people don't consider him an "elite" quarterback like Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Aaron Rodgers.
But the Baltimore Ravens are PAYING him like one . . . because he's the highest paid QB in the league. He's making over $10 million MORE than Brady, who has FOUR MORE Super Bowl wins.
So, it's no surprise that Flacco tops a "USA Today" list of 'The NFL's 15 Most Overpaid Players.'
Here's the Top 10 . . .
1. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens. He earns $24.6 million, which is #1 among quarterbacks. He's in the middle of an extended nine-year, $187 million deal that he originally signed after winning the Super Bowl in 2013.
2. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers. He gets $15.1 million, which is third among outside linebackers, even though he isn't as good as he used to be.
3. Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams. He makes $15 million, which is third among wide receivers.
4. Brock Osweiler, Cleveland Browns. He earns $16 million . . . making him the 17th highest paid quarterback. Which doesn't sound too bad, until you consider that it's $2 million MORE than Brady gets, and Osweiler is unproven and, well, terrible. Brady's record in games he's started is 208-61, Osweiler's is 14-9.
5. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears. He makes $14 million, which is 20th at quarterback, and TIED with Brady. Glennon's career record is 5-13. (Face-palm.)
6. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys. He is earning $12.6 million, which makes him the highest paid tight-end. And he's 35.
7. Haloti Ngata, Detroit Lions. He makes $7.7 million, which makes him the 16th highest paid defensive tackle.
8. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins. He makes $23.9 million, which makes him the second-highest paid quarterback behind Flacco.
9. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints. He makes $7.5 million, which is sixth among tight-ends.
10. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys. He makes $17 million, which makes him the highest paid receiver.
NIRVANA shot a music video at a Radio Shack in Aberdeen, Washington back in 1988, and 17 minutes of footage from it has surfaced online. The store wasn't open at the time, they apparently got permission to shoot there after hours.
This was very early on. They were calling themselves 'Ted Ed Fred,' so they weren't even Nirvana yet. Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic aren't playing live . . . in fact their guitars aren't even plugged in. They were just synching with a previously recorded demo.
Their drummer at the time was Dale Crover, from The Melvins. He was actually playing live. The whole thing is pretty silly, and there's virtually no production value. (Here's the UNCENSORED video.)
A report has revealed that sex robots would be beneficial to the elderly or sick but helping them overcome anxiety and erectile dysfunction. Professor Noel Sharkey, part of them which carried out the research, said, "Of course the elderly in care homes do want to have sex but it's kind of against their dignity, especially if they have severe Alzheimer's. If somebody has social anxiety about having sex or has problems, they get a personal practice without it involving another human being. Usually you will have a prostitute surrofate so it might be good for healing from that perspective." I wonder if these sex robots would be available for the not so elderly. I'll check and get back to you. Get all the details, including pictures Here!!!!
TOM BRADY turns 40 in a few weeks . . . and yet, a lot of people would argue that he's STILL the best player in the NFL. He's clearly still at the top of his game . . . winning TWO of his FIVE Super Bowls in the past three years.
And yet, 19 teams are paying MORE for their starting quarterback than the $14 million the New England Patriots are shelling out for him. So, it's no surprise that Brady tops a "USA Today" list of 'The NFL's 10 Most Underpaid Players.'
Here's the full list . . .
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots. He earns $14 million . . . but 19 quarterbacks are paid more.
2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots. He gets $6.75 million . . . but eight tight ends are paid more.
3. Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers. He makes $5.08 million . . . but 30 cornerbacks are paid more.
4. Donald Penn, Oakland Raiders. He earns $7.15 million . . . but 18 left tackles are paid more.
5. Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills. He makes $4.92 million . . . but 21 left guards are paid more.
6. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills. He makes $9.71 million . . . but 21 quarterbacks are paid more.
7. Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs. He makes $5 million . . . but 21 safeties are paid more.
8. Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys. He makes $4.51 million . . . but nine centers are paid more.
9. Mario Addison, Carolina Panthers. He makes $4.35 million . . . but 34 defensive ends are paid more.
10. They listed TWO here: Brent Grimes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He makes $8 million, but 23 cornerbacks make more. And Brandon Marshall of the New York Giants. He makes $4.46 million, but 38 wide receivers are paid more.
They lumped those together because they're underpaid for the same reason: They're both aging players who were let go by their former teams in cost-cutting moves . . . but who can still play at a high level.
"USA Today" didn't include players who are still on their rookie contracts, and they didn't count signing bonuses . . . only each player's official salary cap number.
Thrillist.com ranked all 50 states according to how miserable and hot the summers are, factoring in both the weather itself and the available ways people can avoid or enjoy that weather . . .
And almost all of the top ten states are in the South. They had a pretty big advantage because of the whole closer-to-the-equator thing.
But if you want to be the hottest, stickiest, and MOST uncomfortable you can get for three months straight, apparently MISSISSIPPI is the place to be.
The ten states with the most miserable summers are Mississippi . . . Louisiana . . . Arizona . . . Alabama . . . Arkansas . . . Georgia . . . Texas . . . Florida . . . New Mexico . . . and South Carolina.
The state with the mildest, most PLEASANT summer weather is Washington. The rest of the ten most pleasant states in summer are Minnesota . . . Rhode Island . . . Oregon . . . Hawaii . . . New Jersey . . . Michigan . . . California . . . Vermont . . . and Colorado.
Someone posted a list online of common BEER MYTHS. Even if you're a big beer drinker, here are six you might still believe . . .
Myth #1: If you let beer get hot then cold again, it'll get skunked. This one's mostly an issue with terminology. Beers can taste a little bit STALE if you do that. But "skunking" is specifically what happens when beer is exposed to light for too long.
Myth #2: Dark beers are stronger. But the truth is they CAN be, but not always. The color doesn't actually have much to do with alcohol content. The grains they use to make dark beer are just roasted longer.
Myth #3: Beer is best if it's ice cold. The perfect temperature is actually somewhere between 40 and 44 degrees for most beers. Any colder than that, and you can't really taste it. Some heavier beers are better at around 55 degrees.
Myth #4: Lagers and pilsners are the same thing. Not quite. A pilsner is actually a TYPE of lager. It's a light beer, but lagers can also be dark, malty, and really strong.
Myth #5: Craft IPAs taste better if you let them age a little. That's only true for certain beers with a really high alcohol content. Everything else tends to taste better fresh.
Myth #6: Beer always tastes better in a bottle than it does in a can. Obviously it's subjective. But beer actually stays fresher in cans, because they protect it from light and oxygen better than bottles do.
A bunch of guys in upstate New York broke a world record this week for the longest continuous hockey game. And they raised a TON of money for charity in the process.
Forty amateur hockey players in Buffalo, New York played for ELEVEN DAYS STRAIGHT in an event called the 11 Day Power Play. They'd each play for a few hours . . . let someone else take over . . . get some sleep . . . and get back out there for another shift.
They started playing around 9:00 P.M. on June 22nd, and didn't stop until around 8:00 A.M. this past Monday.
Most of the guys who played are in their 40s or 50s. Obviously they weren't going HARD the whole time, but there were still some injuries. And they were all pretty exhausted by the end of it. The final score was 1,725 goals to 1,697.
A guy named Mike Lesakowski organized it with his wife Amy, who's a cancer survivor. And he played to honor his mom, who passed away from cancer about a year ago.
They were hoping to raise $1 million for cancer research, and actually PASSED that goal. They ended up with about $1.2 million.
A crowd of 1,000 people set a new world record for headbanging. It was at a Fourth of July event in Aurora, Illinois . . . in honor of the 25th anniversary of "Wayne's World". That's where the movie's set. An orchestra played "Bohemian Rhapsody", and a cue was given for everybody to start headbanging at the same time.
Anyone who says I can have dessert BEFORE dinner is a hero in my book. And in this case I'M the one who gets to say it. So, you're welcome America . . .
According to a new study, eating CHOCOLATE before dinner might help you lose weight, because it suppresses your appetite. But before you get too excited, it has to be DARK chocolate.
Researchers in England had three groups of women eat a tiny bit of chocolate before meals, and tracked them for three weeks to see how much they ate.
Some of them had dark chocolate, some had milk chocolate, and some had white chocolate. And the ones who had dark chocolate consumed about 20% fewer calories during their next meal than the ones who ate milk chocolate. But they felt just as full.
The ones who ate white chocolate actually ate the MOST . . . about 10% more calories than the milk chocolate group, and 30% more than the ones who ate dark chocolate.
So a TINY bit of dark chocolate before dinner might actually help you lose weight. But obviously too much could do the opposite because of the extra calories.
They think it works because of a compound in chocolate that makes you digest carbs more slowly, which suppresses your appetite. And there's more of the compound in dark chocolate than any other kind.
Yesterday,the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest went down at Coney Island in New York . . . and once again, JOEY CHESTNUT won.
He downed 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes, which was enough to break the previous record of 70 that he set last year.
This is his 10th win in 11 years. Believe it or not, it's been over a decade since the skinny kid TAKERU KOBAYASHI dominated the contest. Joey beat him in 2007 and he's been almost unstoppable ever since.
His only loss came in 2015, when he came in second behind Matt Stonie.
Kobayashi hasn't competed since 2009 because of some sort of contract dispute with 'Major League Eating.' The animosity between them is so intense that Nathan's removed him from their "Wall of Fame" in 2011, despite the fact that he won six straight years, and is basically responsible for making the event a 'thing.'
Kobayashi is still doing other eating competitions, and his personal record is 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes . . . three less than Joey's new record. (Hit up NathansFamous.com for more on this year's contest.)
I'm impressed with this woman's upper body strength AND her cajones. Lady cajones.
Around 6:30 A.M. on Sunday, a woman walked up to a Buffalo Wild Wings in Nitro, West Virginia . . . headed onto the patio . . . unhooked a large TV . . . and then casually walked off, carrying it above her head.
Then she walked across the entire parking lot, loaded it into a Kia Soul, and drove off.
The government released a disturbing fireworks safety video. It starts with a warning that there were over 11,000 injuries and four deaths related to fireworks last year. And then it gets to the business of destroying mannequins with sparklers, bottle rocks, cherry bombs, and M-1000s. Really, it just makes me want to blow up mannequins...but, with that Be Safe! Now, let's go to the video.
There are going to be MILLIONS of pieces of meat slapped down on grills tomorrow. And apparently, most of it will be cow meat . . . not whatever animal meat goes into cheap hot dogs. Pig? Squirrel? Raccoon?
Walmart tracked their sales during the past four weeks to figure out what people are buying for their summer cookouts. And here's what they found . . .
1. Hot dogs are only more popular than hamburgers in 11 states: Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, and Hawaii. Every other state buys more burgers.
2. There's not a single state where mustard outsells ketchup.
3. There are only 14 states where coleslaw is a more popular side dish than potato salad: Alaska, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
I hate to be "That Guy" . . . but maybe you should just let the professionals handle the fireworks shows tomorrow.
A hospital in Seattle just did a study on fireworks injuries between 2005 and 2015 and found some pretty crazy stats on JUST how dangerous they are. Check 'em out . . .
1. Approximately 10,500 Americans go to the hospital every year for fireworks injuries.
2. The average accident involves a man in his 20s, and three-quarters of them wind up with burns.
3. But plenty of them wind up with more serious problems. 59% have soft tissue injuries . . . 43% have a fracture . . . 23% lose at least ONE FINGER . . . and 14% have an eye injury where they lose some or all of their vision. (Watertown Daily Times)
A type of firework called "TNT Red, White, and Blue" got recalled last week, because they're only supposed to smoke . . . but they can EXPLODE when you're not expecting it.
The company that makes them is called American Promotional Events. But the label says "TNT Red, White, and Blue Smoke." And there are three canisters in the bag. A red one . . . a white one . . . and a blue one. (Here's a photo.)
About 36,000 sets were sold in Illinois, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin over the last couple months. And they might have ended up in other states too. So DO NOT use them. You can get a full refund by sending an email to info@TNTfireworks.com.
Here are three more things to keep in mind tomorrow to make sure you have a safe Fourth of July . . .
1. Don't let your kids handle fireworks, and obviously don't do anything illegal. Keep in mind that young kids can even hurt themselves with things like sparklers.
2. Keep a big bucket of water handy in case there's an issue.
And if a firework doesn't go off, NEVER try to pick it up or re-light it.
3. Don't get cocky. Only four people were killed by fireworks last year, but about 11,000 people were injured. 41% of those injuries were to the hands or arms . . . 37% were injuries to the face or head . . . and 69% of injuries involved burns.