Happy Friday!

Data Dump: Morning Intel

Friday (07-21): National Junk Food Day, Invite an Alien to Live with You Day and Take a Monkey to Lunch Day.# # #

Birthdays include: Actress JUNO TEMPLE ("The Dark Knight Rises" --28); actors JOSH HARTNETT (39), and JUSTIN BARTHA ("The Hangover" movies --39); DIANE GUERRERO ("Orange is the New Black" --31); Comedian JON LOVITZ ("SNL" --60) "Doonesbury" cartoonist GARRY TRUDEAU (69) DeANDRE JORDAN (LA Clippers --29); soccer's BRANDI CHASTAIN (49), Miss USA 1996, ALI LANDRY (44), "Dancing With The Stars" pro CHELSEA HIGHTOWER (28); musicians ERIC BAZILIAN of The Hooters (64), TACO (''Puttin' on the Ritz' --62), BLAKE LEWIS, who lost to Jordin Sparks on the sixth season of "American Idol" (35), and CAT STEVENS (now Yousef Islam and not 'so very young' at 69). Former Attorney General JANET RENO (79).

   The late ROBIN WILLIAMS would be 66, and the late EDWARD HERRMANN ("Gilmore Girls") would be 74. Violinist ISAAC STERN was born on this date, as was the immortal DON KNOTTS, and the late NY Times' cartoonist AL HIRSCHFELD. Novelist ERNEST HEMINGWAY was also born on this date in 1899.# # #

An Ohio family heard a fisherman in distress and jumped into action to save him.

Adam Shannon was out fishing alone when he fell into Dohner Lake in Chippewa Township, Ohio. Luckily, he was only in the water for about 15 minutes and he credits his prosthetic leg and an Eagle Scout for rescuing him.

As Shannon was struggling to stay afloat, the air in his prosthetic leg helped keep him up and he grabbed his soaked phone from his pocked to call 911. He couldn’t hear them to know if the call went through, so he was yelling for help and thankfully, the Krause family was having dinner on their deck nearby and heard his cries.

Emily Krause, 14 heard Shannon and spotted him with her binoculars. So her dad and brother, Jeffrey andMatthew, took off in their boat to save the man in distress. Eagle Scout Matthew gave Shannon a life jacket and helped him cling to the boat until they got to shore. The teen doesn’t consider his family heroes, but Shannon says, “If they hadn’t been there, I really don’t know that I’d be doing this interview right now.”

Source: News 5 Cleveland

California firefighters found a dog while battling wildfires and posted a picture to their Facebook page, reaching the dog’s owners almost right away.

As firefighters battle the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County, California, they rescued a dog discovered wandering in the blaz. Cal Fire posted a photo of the pup on Facebookand turned it over to an animal rescue group so they could help find its owners.

And they really didn’t have to wait long. Around 20 minutes after the pic was posted, two sisters saw it and recognized their parent’s pooch. Jolee Peterson and Lynette Peterson McDonald knew it was their parent’s dog, Sandy.

“Thank you so much for taking care of my parents dog and all that you are doing,” Peterson McDonald wrote to CAL FIRE. “We are very thankful. As soon as they can be home they will get her.” We love it when the power of social media is used for good!

Source: KCRA

When a huge set wave nearly trapped the safety boat in the impact zone at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, they skillfully skirted disaster by ripping their way across the big green wall.


Watch as this kid realizes that the woman (Nancy Cartwright) who just bought a bunch of candy voices Bart Simpson.

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