1 Adoptable cats at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center are just $5 during the month of August.
The special deal comes after the shelter received an influx of animals during the spring months, according to Executive Director Julie Johnson.
On Friday, Johnson brought in a one-year-old grey tabby cat to entertain the staff as part of The Californian’s “Pet of the Week.” The segment on KERN RADIO 1180 and Bakersfield.com showcases adoptable animals.
The male cat is just one of many pets looking for a forever home at the shelter this summer. But it was his sweet demeanor and curious personality that set him apart from other adoptables, Johnson said.
She also said she wanted to bring an adult cat because they are less likely to get adopted.
“They really deserve a chance too,” she told webcast listeners.
Those interested in adopting this week’s featured pet or others from the Bakersfield Animal Care Center can call (661) 832-7387.
2 The green diving pool at the Rio Olympics was shut down Friday morning because divers have been complaining of itchy eyes due to the excessive use of chemicals to combat the green coloring and the generally awful smell of the pool, says CBS News.
There was one event, the women’s 3-meter springboard prelims, scheduled at the pool on Friday.
This past week, Rio officials said the color change was a result of a chemical imbalance that changed the pH levels, according to Business Insider. But they insisted the water was safe and would return to a blue color by Wednesday night. We all know that didn’t happen.
And then there’s this. Journalist Tom Steinfort went to Twitter to share this delightful observation: “The Olympic diving pool has been closed again because of water quality issues ... (and) a German diver says ‘the whole building smells like a fart.’" Lovely.
3 The U.S. gymnastics team definitely showed up to Rio in style, wearing flashy red, white and blue shiny metallic leotards. According to USA Today, the leotards they wore last Tuesday night were covered in thousands of tiny Swarovski-made jewels.
The outfits, which cost about $1,200 each, had nearly 4,000 crystals on each leotard, making them shine even more, literally.
"People keep asking me, 'So where do you hide the battery packs? Because it looks like they are glowing,'" Kelly McKeown, executive vice president at GK Elite, said. "I laugh because it’s all the fastening of the crystal."
McKeown said it’s important for elite athletes to have those wow moments.
"They prepared their whole lives to be out there, in the biggest arena in the entire world. You have to feel beautiful, it feeds into how you feel when you walk out there," she said. "It's a combination of moral boost and confidence and everything they are trying to achieve."
4 We no longer have to wait a whole year to get deep-fried Twinkies at the Kern County Fair, or anywhere.
Walmart has started selling prepackaged, frozen Hostess deep-fried Twinkies at some stores, and a Walmart spokesman said the company plans on selling them nationwide by Aug. 16, reports CNN.
Customers will have the option of buying one of two deep-fried Twinkie flavors: original golden and chocolate. And since seven deep-fried cakes come in a box, so you’re set for the week.
John Pearson, senior buyer for frozen foods for Walmart U.S., wrote in a corporate blog the Twinkies "are so good they're worth the calories." There’s certainly enough of them — 420.
5 If you’re a beer lover, this “Thing” will excite you.
San Diego-based Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft brewer in the US, according to Insider, is opening up a "brewery hotel."
The brewery is partnering with Untitled Hospitality to open a hotel in Escondido that’s estimated to cost $26 million, says Insider. The hotel will have 99 rooms and plans to open in early 2018.
It will feature a bar-style lobby, a 10,000 square-foot rooftop garden and pool deck, and of course, beers brewed specially for guests. The hotel will be located next to the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.
According to a press release, "An inlay on the hotel’s driveway artistically displays beer flowing from a tap at the top of the driveway down to Citracado Parkway. Alongside rare historical Stone memorabilia, the watchful eye of the gargoyle will be discretely on guard throughout the hotel, and Stone beers will be available upon a moment’s notice."
Sounds like beer paradise.
6 An ambitious deer decided to crash a swimming lesson and jumped into a pool in Berkeley Thursday morning.
"Our staff were trained in dealing with lots of emergencies -- but never a deer in the pool," said Denise Brown, manager of the city's recreation and youth services.
When Bambi made its debut, children were quickly escorted out of the pool.
"No one was in danger, but we needed time to get the children out of the pool," Brown said. Staff "sprung into action [and] leaped in the pool to keep the deer from swimming up to the children."
Once everyone was out of the pool, ABC News says, two staff members escorted the deer back to dry land by using a life jacket and floater to steer it toward the pool's steps, Brown said.
The "little deer" then "sprung out of the pool and ran into the bushes," she said.
No one was injured. No word on whether Disney sees the incident as possibly serving as inspiration for an animated feature.
7 Congratulations, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles for winning those gold medals. Now, pay your taxes.
America’s Olympic medalists are required to pay a state and federal tax on their prize money. According to CNN, the U.S. Olympic Committee awards gold medalists $25,000, silver medalists $15,000 and bronze $10,000.
And that’s not the end of it. The winning athletes also have to pay taxes on their medals for what they are worth as precious metals.
Gold medals are valued at about $564, and silver is worth about $305. Bronze is exempt.
Apparently the U.S. is the only country that does not provide government funding to the athletes, says CNN.
But it’s surely one of the few countries when endorsement gold can compensate for those annoying taxes.
8 If you didn’t see it in Friday’s paper, here’s a reminder: BPD will run a DUI checkpoint Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
And coincidentally, the personal finance website WalletHub has released an in-depth report on 2016’s strictest and most lenient states on DUIs.
Here’s what the analysts found.
Arizona is the most strict and North Dakota the least. California comes in as 34th-most strict.
Drunk driving results in more than 1 million arrests, nearly 10,000 deaths and more than $40 billion in economic damage each year.
If you’re caught drinking and driving, WalletHub says the average fine for a first DUI is $347, and second offenders face a fine of $757.
If that price tag doesn’t deter you, this might. Repeat offenders spend an average of three weeks longer in jail than first-time offenders.
And California automatically suspends the offender's license for 120 days.
So, don’t drink and drive.
9 Burkinis and other overtly religious clothing have been banned from some of France’s beaches as a terror precaution, according to CNN.
Cannes, a city on the French Riviera, is one of the cities that has banned the religious clothing.
Violators of the temporary ban, which runs from July 28 until August 31, according to CNN, will face fines of $42, said the Cannes mayor's office.
The mayor implemented the law in reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in the country.
"A beach outfit showing in an ostentatious manner a religious affiliation, given that France and religious places are currently the target of terrorist acts, has the nature of creating risks of troubles of public order (mobs, conflicts, etc.) that are necessary to be prevented," said the new law.
Yes, it’s come to this.
10 With Seth Rogen's R-rated, animated comedy “Sausage Party” hitting theaters today, the actor decided to play a prank on everyday grocery shoppers in New York.
Rolling Stone reports Rogen and his team placed fake talking food around the store and spoke creepily through the food to the shoppers to promote his new movie.
When a group of teens spotted a talking cantaloupe but then continued on their way, heading off for more food shopping, Rogen says, "Hey, is there something more interesting than a talking cantaloupe over there?"
In another exchange, a man buying sausage asked the animatronic sausage whether he's ever tried sausage. "No, I'm not a cannibal, have you ever eaten a hipster? How many hipsters you eaten?" the sausage says.
We’re not sure if we want to see the movie now.
Compiled by The Californian’s Elizabeth Sanchez and Charmaine Cleveland.