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July 30, 2015 9:11 am
Today's FBPQ answer is the name of the character to the left.
July 29, 2015 9:38 am
Today is National Cheesecake Day, National Father-In-Law Day and International Day of Friendship.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: Elvis debuts as a solo act, opening for Slim Whitman at a concert in Memphis.
1986: RCA records fires John Denver over the controversial song "What Are We Making Weapons For?"
2003: To prove that the city is still safe to visit after a recent SARS outbreak, Toronto puts on the largest concert in the country's history featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers with total attendance around 450,000.
2004: Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke and is admitted to a local hospital. He fully recovers.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks to throw money at this weekend in case you can't find anything else to do include stuff like A Lego Brickumentary (G), The Seventh Dwarf (PG), Jenny's Wedding (PG-13 and Extinction ®. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.
AND SPEAKING OF NEW FILMS! A new Janis Joplin documentary will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival September 2-12th. The film, titled Janis, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27. Click here for the details.
BEN AFFLECK'S NEW SQUEEZE? Is Ben Affleck dating his children's former nanny? The Benster says don't believe the rumor. According to US Weekly, the actor had been the nanny but when Jennifer Garner found out, she was fired. Get the tabloid trash.
FART FILTER! The company that makes a line up underwear designed to hide the fact that you just passed gas has expanded their clothing line to include pajamas and jeans infused with the same cutting edge wind-breaking tech. But remember. The company hasn't yet invented a silencer for your farts. Click here to get the stink.
July 28, 2015 10:37 am
FBPQ answer: the lungs.
Today is National Lasagna Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1961: Dick Clark presents his very first Caravan of Stars in Atlantic City, NJ.
1965: The Beatles' second movie, Help!, premieres in London.
1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident.
1966: Cream makes their stage debut, in Manchester, England.
1968: Gram Parsons leaves the Byrds on the eve of a South African tour.
1970: The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca expires, and the group splits with manager Allen Klein.
1980: David Bowie makes his stage debut in The Elephant Man.
1987: Michigan governor James Blanchard declares today "Four Tops Day."
1987: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream introduces their new flavor, Cherry Garcia.
VACATION REBOOT! The new Vacation reboot opens in theaters today. Ed Helms stars as is a grown-up Rusty Griswold who decides to take his wife, played by Christina Applegate, and their two sons on a cross-country trip to Walley World. Click here for the review.
FRAMPTON FALL TOUR! Peter Frampton will head out on an acoustic 12-date tour this fall kicking off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, through October 24th. The tour will mark the first time Frampton will play entire sets unplugged. Meanwhile, he's currently on ta joint tour with Cheap Trick through August 29. Get the itinerary.
HOW INDIANA JONES CHANGED ARCHAEOLOGY! Discover how the movie broadened the scope of archaeology and made the field more relevant. Click here to check out the traveling exhibit that combines movie memorabilia with actual artifacts.
July 27, 2015 9:21 am
FBPQ answer: Rock & Roll All Night.
Today is National Milk Chocolate Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: Elvis' first interview is published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
1956: Gene Vincent makes his national TV debut on The Perry Como Show.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his national TV debut on The Steve Allen Show.
1968: The Beatles hold their "Mad Day Out," an all-day group photography session across London.
1970: Mick Jagger makes his acting debut in Ned Kelly.
1973: One of the last outdoor rock festivals is held at Watkins Glen racetrack.
1985: Portland, OR, declares today "Kingsmen Day" in honor of their garage-rock native sons.
FARM AID 30! Farm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago featuring Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp among others. The date is set for September 19 at Chicago's FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.For more information, visit FarmAid.org.
CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! The Doobie Brothers are suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark arguing that the use of "Doobie" in their band?s name exhibits "willful intent to trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers." Get the dirty details.
SMART PHONES! A smartphone can tell you a lot about its owner, like their schedule, contacts, social media presence -- and now, their mental health. According to a new study smartphones can help determine whether users are depressed by using a simple sensor. Researchers says the sensor has an 86% accuracy. Click here to get the results of the study.
GREATEST MOMENTS IN GUITAR ROCK HISTORY! Check out 56 of the greatest moments in guitar history. Click here to get rockin'!
BURNING QUESTION! Finally the answer to the question nobody asked. What makes a firefly glow? Click here for the fascinating answer.
July 24, 2015 9:11 am
FBPQ answer: Panama, Kashmir and China Grove.
DEAD CELEB! Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown passed away yesterday. She was 22 years old. Brown, an aspiring actress and singer, was found unconscious in her bathtub January 31 and remained in a coma since then. Get the obit.
Today is Take Your Pants For A Walk Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: A study by Esso oil finds that drivers speed more when listening to rock and roll music, and therefore waste more gas.
1968: A riot erupts at Chicago's Grant Park after Sly & the Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.
1974: After 23 years, Dinah Shore leaves the NBC-TV network after it cancels her show.
1976: After four years, John Lennon gets his green card.
1976: Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband of sixteen years, Ike.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Ant-Man crawled past the competition to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. The video game-themed Adam Sandler flick Pixels opened in second place while Southpaw bowed in fifth followed by Paper Towns in sixth. Click here for the rest of the rankings.
COSBY ACCUSERS! After months of reports from dozens of women who claim Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, New York magazine has published 35 of those women on the cover of their July 27 issue. Cosby has never formally been charged with sexual assault. Click here to see the cover.
CELEBRITY STROKE! Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson has reportedly suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Brazil. The father of the musical Jackson siblings was celebrating his 87th birthday yesterday when he suffered the stroke. Get the prognosis.
CELEBRITY REHAB! John Stamos out of rehab. Earlier in July, Stamos checked himself into a residential program for substance abuse after he was charged in June with a DUI. Stamos is now focusing on his Full House spin-off, Fuller House, set to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Get the prognosis.
TOILETS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! If you're planning to travel overseas, you might want to prepare yourself for some unusual toilets. Click here to discover the fascinating, and sometimes shocking restrooms from around the world.
July 23, 2015 8:55 am
FBPQ answer: 1982.
Today is Amelia Earhart Day and Cousin's Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: After ten years to the day, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis break up their comedy act.
1967: The Beatles take out a full-page ad in The Times calling for the legalization of marijuana.
1978: The musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens in New York.
1985: A stretch of Detroit's Washington Boulevard is renamed "Aretha Franklin's Freeway Of Love."
1987: The movie La Bamba, opens in the US.
BILLY JOEL AT NASSAU! Billy Joel will be performing a show at Nassau Coliseum on August 4 to close out the arena before it undergoes a massive overhaul. Joel says his set will be tailored to the local Long Island crowd. Joel also played the last concert at Shea and more stadium shows coming up include Wrigley Field, Philadelphia?s Citizen Bank Park and San Francisco?s AT&T Park. Click here for the dates.
NEW STONES ALBUM! Keith Richards has revealed that The Rolling Stones will hit the road for more tour dates this year and, after that, will begin work on a new album. The Stones started discussing a new recording project before they launched their recent Zip Code Tour. Get the album details. In the meantime, Keef's new album Crosseyed Heart hit stores September 18.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! If the rumors are true, Sofia Vergara will be getting married on November 22 in Florida. Vergara and her beau, Joe Manganiello, got engaged last December, and celebrated with a party in Hollywood last month. Click here for the wedding planner.
BREATHING BOOZE! Wish you could get a buzz without filling up on booze? Now you can, courtesy of a new store set to open in the U.K. where you can actually inhale alcohol by walking through a cloud of misty cocktails. Click here and inhale deeply.
FREAKY FLYING MACHINES! Check out four freaky airplane designs that re-imagine the golden age of air travel. Click here to take flight.
July 22, 2015 10:24 am
FBPQ answer: Bad Company and The Kinks.
Today is National Hot Dog Day and Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1963: Neil Young's high school band, the Squires, record their first single, "The Sultan."
1968: The Iveys, later known as Badfinger, sign with Apple Records.
1969: Los Angeles declares today "James Brown Day."
1979: Iran's new leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, bans rock and roll.
1989: Ringo begins his first tour since the Beatles by introducing his "All-Starr Band" in Dallas.
2001: Paul McCartney gets engaged to Heather Mills.
2003: Sun Studios in Memphis is declared a historic landmark.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks to check out this weekend in case you need something to fill a couple of hours include The Vatican Tapes (PG-13), SMOSH: The Movie! (PG-13) and American Heist ®. Click here for the rest of the new stuff opening nationwide tomorrow.
CELEBRITY SURGERY! Donny Osmond will undergo surgery to treat a hemorrhagic polyp on his right vocal cord. Because of that, Osmond will reschedule several concert dates in September, but should return to the stage in October. Get the prognosis.
YES & TOTO TOUR? YES! Yes will continue following the death bassist Chris Squire. The group will launch a North American co-headlining tour with Toto on August 7 with former Yes member Billy Sherwood filling in on bass. As for the possibility of Yes making new music without Squire, that's still undecided. Click here for the tour dates.
BEN TO RENT BROOKE'S OLD ABODE! After splitting with Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck will be paying rent on the former digs of Brooke Shields. But it's only temporary until the estranged couple finishes renovating their 8,800-square-foot mansion, after which Affleck will be relegated to a much smaller building on the property. Click here for the details of their strange arrangement.
MR. SPACEMAN! Let's take a little timeline trip through the evolution of NASA's space suits. Click here to get suited up.
MAN HEADBUTTS BUS! A Florida man who became angry when a bus driver told him he would have to pay more to get back on the bus he just got off, headbutted the bus in retaliation. The dude managed to evade arrest but shouldn't be hard to find after a surveillance camera caught it all on tape. Watch it now.
July 21, 2015 8:47 am
FBPQ answer is: Ray Liotta.
Today is Hammock Day and Ratcatcher's Day. Does anyone ever tie a hammock to two trees anymore?
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1967: Vanilla Fudge makes its concert debut in New York City.
1968: Elvis begins filming his twenty-ninth movie, Charro! on location in Arizona.
1972: The summer variety replacement TV series, The Bobby Darin Amusement Company, debuts.
1987: Morris Albert is found guilty of plagiarising his song "Feelings" from a French song called "Pour Toi."
1994: Billy Joel and Elton John begin the first of five duet concerts at Giants Stadium.
1996: Donovan is denied entry to the US due to a decades-old marijuana possession conviction.
ANN WILSON THING! Ann Wilson's new solo project, The Ann Wilson Thing, will release an EP next month. Meanwhile, the tour has six dates scheduled at small venues beginning September 21 in Solana Beach, California. Some of the shows will feature guest performers. Click here for the itinerary.
VANILLA FUDGE TOUR! Their new album, Spirit of '67, salutes the music released during the year they became famous with their psychedelic version of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On." The vinyl edition of Spirit of '67 will be in stores this Friday. Meanwhile, the Fudge is going on tour starting August 7th in St. Charles, IL. Click here to check out the dates.
HISTORY OF ALIENS IN FILM! Our depictions of aliens in films has evolved dramatically over the past 112 twelve years. Click here to watch a time lapse video of alien evolution in films.
SHARKNADO 3! The third installment of the franchise premieres tonight on the SyFy channel and this time the killer sharks are wreaking havoc and mass destruction up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No also stars David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek and numerous cameos.Click here for the scathing review.
SKIN-FO-GRAPHIC! It's summer, and we've heard time and time again about the dangers of not protecting our skin from the sun. But just how strongly does the sun affect our skin? Check out this skin-fo-graphic for a technical explanation and more nagging.
July 20, 2015 9:04 am
FBPQ answer: Tumbling Dice.
Today is National Junk Food Day. Time to get the Twinkies out of storage.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout airs its final show on CBS.
1960: Brian Hyland appears as a guest on To Tell The Truth.
1967: Jimi Hendrix begins the first of three nights at the Cafe Au Go-Go in New York.
1973: "Mary Wilson Day" is declared in Detroit in honor of the Supremes member.
1977: Linda Ronstadt, who's just released a cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," hops onstage at the band's Tucson, AZ concert to sing it with them.
1999: Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
ZOMBIES ON TOUR! The Zombies will launch their first U.S. tour since the late 60s. This fall, the band will hit the road for 18 dates beginning September 30th in Dallas featuring the original surviving members. Get the itinerary.
MARIAH'S SHOES! Mariah Carey's extravagant taste knows no bounds. And to prove just how crazy she is about shoes, she posted an Instagram photo of her massive shoe closet, which features 24 shelves filled with boots and strappy sandals in an array of neutral shades. She puts Imelda Marcos 3000 shoe collection to shame. Click here for Mariah's hoard.
McCARTNEY'S NOTES! Heather Mills reveals in a recent interview that she taught their 11 year old daughter how to play saxophone because Sir Paul doesn't know how to read music. Mills also claims Beatrice also is "a brilliant poet," something that she "obviously gets that from him." Click for the interview.
CELEBRITY SEX SCANDAL! Bill Cosby detailed his extensive extramarital affairs in a full deposition from a 2005 civil case in which he admitted to having encounters with at least five women whom he met on the set of The Cosby Show. Cosby danced the line between permission and rejection during the encounters. Click here for the dirt.
DO YOU DRINK TOO TOO MUCH...water? It's summer and it's good to stay hydrated. But is it possible to drink too much water? Apparently, yes. Too much water can lead to overhydration which dilutes the blood. Click here to bust some myths about water intake and the truth about staying hydrated.
July 17, 2015 10:25 am
Today is National Lollipop Day, Moon Day and Ugly Truck Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1920: In Detroit, WWJ 950 AM goes on the air as America's first radio station.
1960: Connie Francis begins filming Where The Boys Are, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
1969: The Beatles last recording session at Abbey Road studios takes place.
1987: Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac after refusing to tour behind Tango In The Night.
1987: Alabama dedicates a section of its Interstate 65 as the Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
The hot new movie over the weekend was Ant Man, debuting at the top spot and shoving the beloved Minions down to second place. The weekend's other major debut was the comedy, Trainwreck, which debuted in third place. Mr. Holmes was a disappointment, debuting way down at #10. Get the full rankings by clicking here.
KINKS REUNION QUESTION! Ray Davies was recently asked again about a possible Kinks reunion and said "Whether we do anything else as the Kinks depends on what people want out of it." He also revealed that his series of U.K. shows this summer "will probably be the last time people will hear certain [Kinks] songs." Get more revelations.
DEAD CELEB! Actor Alex Rocco, who portrayed casino owner Moe Green in The Godfather died Saturday of cancer. He was 79. His other credits include a recurring role in the 1980s series The Facts of Life, as well as a guest star in shows like The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, Get Smart and Murder, She Wrote. Click here for his career on the IMDb.
DEAD DUDE IN DEMI'S POOL! A 21-year-old was found dead from an apparent accidental drowning in the pool of a home owned by Demi Moore. LA police received a 911 call around 5:30 am on Sunday. Apparently Moore's assistant had a party at the home the night before and the man was a guest. Click here for the deadly details.
AMAZING MAZES! Check out some of the coolest mazes from around the world. Click here to be amazed.
July 14, 2015 9:32 am
Today is Peach Ice Cream Day and Yellow Pig Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: The Newport Jazz Festival debuts on the tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.
1955: Disneyland opens in Anaheim, CA.
1967: After only seven dates as opening act for the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix leaves the tour.
1968: The Beatles' fourth film, Yellow Submarine, premiers in London.
1974: The Moody Blues opens their new recording studio capable of producing "Quadrophonic" sound.
1974: John Lennon's appeal for US citizenship is denied.
1991: Lynyrd Skynyrd reunites for the first time since the 1977 plane crash.
ROLLING STONES RELEASE! A new Stones' From the Vault archival series featuring footage from their Hyde Park concert in July 1969, will be released on July 24. From the Vault: Hyde Park Live 1969 features behind-the-scenes segments and interviews with the band's members, concertgoers and some of the Hell's Angels who served as security for the event. Get the details.
QUEEN BOXED! A new 18-disc box set featuring colored-vinyl versions of Queen's 15 studio albums will be released on September 25th. Queen: The Studio Collection contains remastered editions of each of the band's albums. All of the remastered albums also will be available for purchase separately on black vinyl. Click here for the collection.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! New flicks in theaters to check out this weekend include Mr. Holmes (PG), Ant Man (PG-13) and Irrational Man ®. Click here for the rest of the new stuff.
WEIRD FEATURES OF OLD CARS! From the swivel seat to the Highway Hi-Fi phonograph, check out some odd features for cars that looked good at first, but were soon found to be just bad ideas. Click here for the cars
MONDAY FUN DAY!
July 13, 2015 9:12 am
FBPQ answer: Crazy On You.
Today is Bastille Day
, Pandemonium Day
and National Nude Day
. Everybody get naked!
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1964: The Rolling Stones score their first #1 hit in the UK with "It's All Over Now."
1967: The Who begins their first large-scale American tour.
1973: Gary Glitter makes his live stage debut in Mecksham, England.
1980: Former Beatles and Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein begins a two-month jail term for income tax evasion.
1987: Steve Miller receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1988: Michael Jackson begins his first-ever UK tour at Wembley Stadium in London.
BB KING AUTOPSY RESULTS!
An autopsy did not uncover evidence that B.B. King was poisoned. Two of King's children had alleged that he died prematurely after being poisoned, and that King's business manager and his personal assistant were involved. The actual cause of death was Alzheimer's disease, coronary disease, heart failure and Type 2 diabetes. Get the sordid details
John Fogerty has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford regarding "the authorized use of the band's name along with a financial arrangement based on touring and merchandising." Cook and Clifford initiated a lawsuit last year as a preemptive measure after Fogerty threatened a breach-of-contract suit against them involving the same apparent claims. Get the confusing details
GREATEST RACE CARS OF ALL TIME!
Check out eleven of the greatest race cars of all time and see if you agree. Click for the cars
July 8, 2015 10:01 am
Today is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day and Fool's Paradise Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1958: Buddy Holly nearly drowns while skiing on Lake Rhinelander.
1959: The movie Hound Dog Man, starring Fabian, goes into production.
1973: Phil Everly walks off the stage during one of the final Everly Brothers performances at Knott's Berry Farm in California.
1985: The 18-hour Live Aid concerts are held in Philadelphia and London.
1996: A Guinness World Record for largest jam session ever is broken when over 2,000 guitarists play a version of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" for 75 straight minutes.
DOOBIES BOXED! A 10-CD box set gathering all nine studio albums by The Doobies, as well as the 1983 live record Farewell Tour, will be released on July 24. The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 includes The Doobie Brothers' 1971 self-titled debut, through 1980's One Step Closer. Meanwhile, the Doobies 2015 tour stops in Quebec City, Canada tonight. Click here for the itinerary.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! As expected, Minions was the weekend's biggest movie. It was also the second-biggest opening ever for an animated film, behind Shrek the Third in 2007. Minions knocked Inside Out out of the top spot. Meanwhile, the next highest new movie debut was The Gallows in fifth place. Click here for the rankings.
DEAD CELEB! Roger Rees, the actor who appeared on Cheers and The West Wing, passed away last Friday following a battle with cancer. Rees was famous for playing English millionaire Robin Colcord on Cheers and British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He was 71. Click here for his career on the IMDb.
CELEBRITY REHAB! John Stamos has entered a rehab facility for substance abuse. The news comes on the heels of his DUI arrest last month, followed by a brief hospitalization for an unknown medical condition. Stamos is set to star in and produce Netflix's Full House spin-off, Fuller House. Get the prognosis.
ANN WILSON SOLO TOUR! Ann Wilson recently announced dates for her first-ever solo tour set to kick off September 21 in Solana Beach, California. "The Ann Wilson Thing" will feature tunes from the worlds of blues, soul and rock. Meanwhile, the Wilson sisters will be at Freedom Fest this Saturday. Click here for the rest of the itinerary.
AGE OLD QUESTION! Why do women outlive men? Finally the answer to this burning question. Click here for the informative answer.
EAGLE NIGHT AT THE LOGGERS TONIGHT!
July 7, 2015 9:35 am
Today is Video Games Day. Time for a round of Roller Coaster Tycoon.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips is the first to play Elvis' "That's All Right (Mama)."
1958: The RIAA awards its first ever gold record for an LP -- for the soundtrack to Oklahoma!
1965: The Dave Clark Five's first movie, Having A Wild Weekend, opens in London.
1967: Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees on their latest tour.
1970: The Everly Brothers debut their ill-fated summer TV series.
1978: After six months at #1, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack relinquishes the top spot to Gerry Rafferty's City To City.
1985: Chuck Negron is hospitalized for drug addiction.
1988: Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992.
2003: A tooth from the mouth of Elvis fetches over $100,000 at auction.
ELTON JOHN'S SOLO PIANO SHOW! Elton John will be performing at the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid. Sir EltonElton will open the week-long festival with his "Solo Piano Show" on July 20.
The festival runs from July 20 to July 27. Click here for the lineup.
DENNIS DeYOUNG! Dennis DeYoung is getting ready for a tour that will extend into the fall. He'll launch it this Saturday, July 11, in Mansfield, Ohio and select dates will include Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Boston, Pat Benatar and Night Ranger. Click here for the itinerary.
NEXT STAR WARS MOVIE! The next installment in the Star Wars Anthology series will focus on a Han Solo backstory. No casting information has been released, but apparently the movie is slated for "a May 25, 2018 release." The Star Wars Anthology series is stand-alone Star Wars films, beginning with Rogue One, which hits theaters in December 2016. Click here for the details.
CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! Amid rumors that Scott Disick has fallen off the wagon, rumor has it that he and Kourtney Kardashian have called it quits after nine years together. They have three kids. Meanwhile the dirty Disick was spotted with an ex-girlfriend last week. Kardashian's social media has fallen silent, but does anybody really care? Sorry, I have no link for this pitiful sob story.
RECORD LEGO TOWER! LEGO maniacs in Italy have set a Guinness World Record for building the tallest structure ever made out of Lego bricks. The 550,000 brick, 114-foot, 11 inch-tall tower took 5 days and 18 volunteers to build it. The structure beat the old record by a foot. Click here for a time lapse video.
ABSURD ALICE! Think you know all there is to know about Alice In Wonderland? Think again. Click here to check out twelve distorted details about this distorted children's story.
July 6, 2015 9:34 am
Hope to see you tonight at the Lumber Yard for all the fun!
Today is Chocolate Day and National Strawberry Sundae Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1956: Johnny Cash makes his first appearance at the Grand Old Opry.
1968: Peter, Paul, and Mary appear as the "mystery guest" on What's My Line?
1968: The Yardbirds disband.
1971: Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA are married.
1971: The Carpenters debut their variety summer replacement TV series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music.
1989: Compact discs begin to outsell vinyl records for the first time.
MICKY'S MONKEES! Micky Dolenz is getting ready to debut a new show on Broadway that features him performing Monkees hits and tunes from the world of musical theater. A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll, plays tonight, Friday and Saturday at the 54 Below supper club in New York City. Click here to Monkee around.
RINGO'S BIRTHDAY BASH! Ringo turns 75 today and to celebrate he'll appear at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood to lead fans in his trademark "peace and love" salute. Joining him will be his wife, Barbara Bach, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx and others at the noon PT celebration. Get more peace and love.
PAULA DEEN CONTROVERSY! Paula Deen recently posted a picture to her Twitter account of herself with her son, Bobby, dressed as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Drawing the controversy is the fact that Bobby is in brownface. So far, Deen has not responded to all the negative public bashing. Click here for the photo.
BACKPACK WASHING MACHINE! It's a hiker's dilemma. How do you wash your clothes when you're miles from civilization? The solution? The Scrubba Wash Pack, the washing machine on the go, dubbed "the world's smallest washing machine." Click here to see a demo.
July 2, 2015 8:58 am
The answer to today's FBPQ is: This Is Spinal Tap.
Today is International Kissing Day and National Fried Chicken Day.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Weak competition again over the weekend meant that Jurassic World has maintained its grip on the top spot for a fourth week in a row. Meanwhile, the latest movie in the Terminator franchise, Genisys, was a huge disappointment, managing only a #3 debut. Magic Mike XXL debuted at #4. Click here for the rest.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Billy Joel is a married man again. The shotgun wedding took place on the 4th of July at his Long Island Estate. The happy couple met back in 2009, about the time he divorced his third wife, what's her name. He's 66 and she's 33 with a bun in oven. Click here for the glowing details.
ANOTHER FAB 4, PHENOMENON? FORGETABOUTIT! Paul McCartney recently shared his opinion on The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again. He says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was all in the timing and talent. Get the inside story.
BEST VINYL! Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon may be more than 40 years old, but, according to Nielsen Music, it's one of the 10 top-selling vinyl albums for the first half of 2015. The album landed at #7 on the 2015 Nielsen Mid-Year Report after selling 22,600 copies. Click here to see what other vinyl is hot.
TAXIDERMY GONE AWRY! Check out some shocking pictures of taxidermy jobs gone horribly wrong. Click here to see the "stuff."
June 30, 2015 8:43 am
Once again I'll be broadcasting live from the park from 2-6 this afternoon!
FBPQ answer: Summertime Blues, Summer In The City and In The Summertime.
Today is World UFO Day and I Forgot Day. I don't know about you. But I completely forgot that today was World UFO Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1955: The Dodge Dancing Party debuts on TV. It was later renamed The Lawrence Welk Show.
1958: Elvis' fourth movie, King Creole, opens in US theaters.
1962: Jim Reeves has his last recording sessions before he is killed in a plane crash one month later.
1962: Jimi Hendrix receives an honorary discharge from the US Army.
1967: Rick Nelson's new TV series, Malibu U, premieres on .
1969: Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell leave the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1976: After a twelve year hiatus from performing, Brian Wilson joins his band onstage at a gig in Anaheim.
1979: The Walkman is introduced by Sony.
BILLY JOEL RECORD! Billy Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency. Last night he performed a record 65th show, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. Get the recap.
RINGO'S BIRTHDAY BASH! Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering will take place this Tuesday, July 7, in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. It's open to the public, and fans can join Ringo and his pals. Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx and current All Starr Band members in giving the "peace and love" salute. Click here for the details.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! If you want to take a break from all of the many Riverfest activities to catch a movie, Terminator Genisys opened yesterday to get a jump the holiday weekend. Flicks opening nationwide tomorrow include Jackie & Ryan (PG-13), Jimmy's Hall (PG-13) and Amy ®. Click here for the rest of the news stuff.
CANADIAN INVENTIONS! If you've ever thought that the Canadians have never come up with any good inventions, think again. Click here to check out 19 things invented by our neighbors to the north.
June 29, 2015 1:51 pm
Today's FBPQ answer is: Princeton.
Today is Meteor Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1966, The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan.
1975, Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono.
1975, The Jackson Five announced that they were leaving Motown Records for Epic.
1977, Marvel Comics launched a comic book based on the rock group Kiss.
1978, The Buzzcocks single 'Love You More' is released. At 1:29 it was the second shortest single ever released. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs 1960 #1 hit 'Stay' holds the record, clocking in at 1:28.
TOP TOURING ACTS! The Rolling Stones leads Billboard's Hot Tours list, having raked in $52 million in box office ticket sales on their Zip Code tour in just six dates this month. Since 2012, The Stones have grossed $320 million on the road. Bette Midler comes in at #2 followed by U2. Click here for the earnings.
ANT-MAN! Last night the world premiere of Marvel's latest superhero hit, Ant-Man, took place in L.A. at a star spangled red carpet event. Ant-Man tells the story of a thief who unwittingly steals a suit that gives him the power to shrink down to the size of of an ant. Ant-Man opens nationwide July 17. Get a preview.
THE TORTOISE & THE BLUE HAIRS! A tortoise is acting as an unconventional therapy animal for a Florida nursing home. The 65-pound tortoise, appropriately named Shelly, was rescued after found wandering on a local road. Shelly, who is around 20 years old, could live to be 100. That'll be a long life of helping patients get out of their shells. Click here to see some slow motion action.
THE ART OF COFFEE! Check out a machine that "prints" images onto your coffee. Click here to be amazed.
June 26, 2015 2:16 pm
Today is Camera Day, Hug Holiday Day, International Mud Day and Waffle Iron Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1957: Iran bans rock and roll after declaring rock dancing "as harmful to health."
1959: Dick Clark announces his first series of four "Caravan of Stars" concerts.
1967: Graham Nash writes "Marrakesh Express."
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their last gig at the Denver Pop Festival.
1974: Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.
1976: The Memphis City Council votes to change Highway 51to "Elvis Presley Boulevard."
1978: Peter Frampton is severely injured in a car crash in the Bahamas.
1995: Ringo Starr's first-ever TV commercial, for Pizza Hut, debuts in the US.
1998: George Harrison announces that he is being treated for throat cancer.
2000: The casket holding Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, FL.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! The lack of worthy competition at the box office has allowed Jurassic World to hold on to the top spot fort a second week in a row. The best debut for a new release was Ted 2 at #3, right behind Inside Out which held on to the #2 spot. Click here to get the complete rankings.
TRUMP GETS FIRED! In a twist of irony, NBC has fired The Donald after his derogatory statements toward Mexicans regarding immigration. In the fallout, NBC will no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between Trump and the network. In addition, Trump also will not be a part of The Apprentice, but Celebrity Apprentice. Get the pink slip.
Katy Perry reportedly wants to buy a convent, but the nuns are none too happy about it. The elderly sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are praying that L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez won't sell their former digs to her. In a feeble effort to win the support of the nuns during a recent meeting, Perry dressed conservatively, sang ?Oh Happy Day? and showed them her ?Jesus? tattoo. The nuns were less than impressed. Get thee to the nunnery
FACES OF FACEBOOK!
According to its employee demographics, the staff at Facebook is largely male and largely white. 68% of Facebook?s employees are men, Hispanics comprise just 4% and 2% are African-American. Meanwhile, 55% are white and 36% are Asian. Click here
for more demographics.
SCIENCE OF BACON!
Watch a video and discover some fun facts about bacon and why we love it so much. Mmmm. Click here
to start your mouth watering now!
June 24, 2015 9:47 am
FBPQ answer is: Tony Clifton.
Today is Beautician's Day and Forgiveness Day.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1954: Sam Phillips calls a young singer named Elvis Presley and asks him to record two songs.
1961: The Marcels make their US TV debut on American Bandstand.
1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney write "She Loves You" in their hotel room.
1975: Cher's divorce from Sonny Bono becomes final.
1977: Elvis performs what would be his last concert, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN.
ROLLING STONES PLAQUE! A plaque memorializing the historic meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at a train station in England will be corrected at the request of Bill Wyman. Wyman says Jagger and Richards did meet on the train. But he says Brian Jones was the one who recruited each member into the band, and the plaque should reflect the truth. Click here to get it.
PRECISION HOT DOG MAKING! Check out a guy making a hot dog using an 8.5 ton excavator. Click here to watch it now!
FBPQ Answer: Huggy Bear.
Today is Swim A Lap Day. Sorry, not gonna do it.
THIS DAY IN ROCK!
1966: John Lennon's book, A Spaniard In The Works, is published in England.
1966: The Richard Carpenter Trio wins the Hollywood Bowl's "Battle of the Bands" contest.
1966: The Rolling Stones' 1966 tour beginsin Lynn, Massachusetts, inciting yet another riot.
1967: Pink Floyd makes its TV debut on BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1967: The 5th Dimension makes their TV debut on American Bandstand.
1967: Zal Yanovsky quits the Lovin' Spoonful.
1977: On tour in Madison, Elvis spots an altercation between two young men and a gas station attendant and immediately gets out of his limo, striking a karate pose, shouting "I'll take you on!" When all three get a glimpse of their intruder, however, they immediately forget the fight and ask for pictures and photographs.
1989: The Beatles get a #1 Country hit with Rosanne Cash's version of "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party."
1999: Eric Clapton auctions off 100 guitars to raise money for his Crossroads drug rehab clinic.
Graceland Auctions is putting a bunch of Elvis memorabilia up for bid during Elvis Week beginning August 13. The auction features a record 174 lots authenticated by the staff of Graceland Authenticated. Some of the items include the light blue jumpsuit worn in 1973 at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is expected to fetch between $100,00 and $150,000. Click here for a preview
Two ten-CD box sets featuring Chicago's entire collection of studio albums will hit record stores next month. The Studio Albums 1969-1978 and The Studio Albums Vol. 2 1979-2008 will be available on July 10 for $79.98 each. The set includes Chicago V, Chicago VI, Chicago VII, Chicago VIII, Chicago 17, the best-selling album of the band's career, and the Grammy award winning Chicago X.
The debate over the Confederate flag has extended into the world of pop culture. Warner Bros. says it will no longer sanction the manufacturing of Dukes of Hazzard merchandise featuring the Confederate flag, known for it's placement on the roof of The General Lee. But you'll still be able to see General Lee with the flag in Dukes of Hazzard reruns. Click here
to be P.C.
BLUES BROTHERS FUN FACTS!
Check out 18 bits of trivia you may not know about the movie. Click here
to go on a mission.