Today is PARK(ing) day, where cities around the world, including Nashville, transform parking spaces into mini parks. It's a one-day annual event to remind us to plan for more green spaces in urban areas. There are more than 30 spaces downtown that'll be transformed.
STUDY: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAY RAISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
If you're drinking diet soda or eating products with artificial sweeteners, there's yet another study that says, "not good."
Researchers found the sweeteners can interact in a complex way with bacteria in your gut and lead to higher blood sugar and health issues. The sweetener industry is disputing the research.
AIR FOR SALE
A jar that allegedly contains the breath of actor Kevin Spacey is up for sale on Craigslist in Canada. A guy says he asked the actor to blow into the jar as a gift for his mother. She passed away and now he's selling Spacey Breath online. (Craigslist)
YOUR GOOD NEWS STORY OF THE DAY
TEXAS CHICK-FIL-A LOCATION OF A 1,000-DOLLAR PAY-IT-FORWARD
Something pretty cool just happened at a Chick-fil-a in Abilene, Texas. A guy in the drive-through paid his bill, then handed over a thousand dollars more to pay for the food of everybody in line. For at least an hour, customer after customer pulled up to the drive through and tried to pay but was told, "No. No charge." One lady said she'd had such a hard day, that when she was told someone had paid for her meal out of kindness. she started crying.
he good samaritan said, "Mondays are tough and I want to help everyone have a good day."
Mission accomplished, sir. Mission accomplished.
The United Kingdom stays united. Scotland is staying with the UK... by a vote of 55% to 45%
CALIF FIRE SUSPECT ARRESTED
The man suspected of deliberately starting what is now California's massive King Fire has been arrested, and not for the first time. Police say Wayne Huntsman has a long arrest record and has served time for assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft and buying and receiving stolen property.
BROTHER OF HOLLY BOBO MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED
26-year-old John Adams, the brother of Holly Bobo murder suspect Zachary Adams, is now also facing charges in the HOlly Bobo case for allegedly getting rid of evidence, on the day Bobo went missing.
BEST. COFFEE. CUP. EVER: triple-chocolate-dipped waffle cone!
There's a coffee shop that's started serving a coffee that comes in an edible waffle cone that's been triple dipped in chocolate. They call it the Alfred. I don't know why they call the waffle cone coffee Alfred, but I love Alfred, and I want him to marry me.
fREE KRISPY KREMES TODAY FOR TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Krispy Kreme is celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate" day, and will give you a free donut today if you go there, and talk like a pirate. A dozen if you also DRESS like one.
OKAY CUPID STAR'S EPIC PROFILE SHOTS
And if you're thinking about online dating, there's a guy who's doing it "like a boss." You may want to take notes. Reddit blew up this week over a photo of 32 year old guy named Taylor. He's wearing a ladybug shirt, on a ladybug background, and one woman wrote, "I'd date the hell out of you just for that pic alone." "Funny and creative gives you serious bonus points."
So what's Taylor's best tip for being successful on online dating sites? "Don't take the whole thing too seriously. I think a lot of people (especially men) tend to way overanalyze every minute detail of the messages they send," he said. "Just keep things lighthearted. Dating should be fun. If you're stressing about it, you're doing it wrong." And in case you're wondering, Taylor is still single and no, he doesn't wear that ladybug shirt on dates. (Sorry, ladies.)
"I've never worn any wacky shirts on my first dates," he told us. "I like to have fun and create things, but I am a reasonable person who wears reasonable clothes to meet strange women from the internet."
ARMPIT HAIR FIRE TRIGGERS CAR CRASH
Of course YOUR teenager would never do this, but HERE'S why teenagers are NEVER supposed to drive in a car with other teens, and no adult: their chances of crashes go up 400%.
Five teens in Idaho are recovering today because a 16-year-old in the front passenger seat set the armpit hair of the 18-year- old male driver on fire. Oh, and NONE of the five teens were wearing seatbelts, so two were ejected from the SUV. They're lucky. They'll survive.
PIZZA HUT TESTING SKINNY SLICE PIES
Pizza Hut is testing out a new Skinny Slice Pizza: less dough, lighter toppings, 250 calories or less.
POT LEGALIZATION HELPS PAPA JOHNS' BUSINESS
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who owns 21 Papa John's pizza places in Colorado, says legalized pot has been really good for his pizza business.
SNL NEW ANNOUNCER IS FORMER REGULAR
Former "Saturday Night Live" castmember Darrell Hammond has been named as the show's new announcer. Hammond replaces Don Pardo, who died last month. The new season of SNL starts in a couple of weeks.
JILL (DUGGAR) DILLARD: WE'RE REGISTERING FOR DR. PEPPER
Jill Duggar Dillard one of the former KIDS from the hit reality show 19 KIDS and Counting, says now that she and her hubby are expecting, she's learned from her fertile mother: like, how to be practical. She says she's got her baby shower gift registry, at Walmart, and she wanted to put Dr Pepper on the gift list, because if you're gonna be up late with a new baby, you're gonna need caffeine.
IPHONE 6 FALL
Some people are SO excited about the new iPhone 6! One guy actually FLEW from the U.S. to Australia, so he could get his sooner. He became the first consumer to hold his iPhone 6 in his hand, and... the first person to DROP the new IPhone 6...
iIt did not break, but the video of the entire crowd gasping in horror, has gone viral.
NASHVILLE SOUNDS TO BECOME OAKLAND ATHLETICS AFFILIATE
The Nashville Sounds are getting a new ballpark and a new major league affiliate. The team says it's split with the Milwaukee Brewers, and signed a deal with the Oakland A's that'll run through 2018.
BORDER PATROL TO USE BODY CAMERAS
The U.S Border Patrol will soon be using body cameras. The move comes after Customs and Border Patrol released a critical review of the handling of use of force incidents, concluding some incidents lacked justification.