Eavesdropping In: Phelps Breaks Records In Most Olympic Medals Ever; Gore Vidal Dies; Huckabee, Santorum Deem Today "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day"; Robert Pattinson Crashing At Reese Witherspoon's Ojai Ranch; Photos Of Crying Olympians

by Emily Green · August 1, 2012

Following his gold medal win with Team USA in the 4x200 relay, Michael Phelps now holds the record for most Olympic medal wins in the history of Olympians with 19 total, as well as the record for most Olympic gold medals with 15, and the record for most gold medals won in individual events with nine. [TMZ]

Prolific American author, essayist, playwright and political commentator Gore Vidal dies at age 86 of complications from pneumonia. [CNN]

In the wake of the widespread anti-Chick-fil-A movement prompted by the restaurant chain president's comments against same-sex marriage, former GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have organized a campaign in support of the restaurant and its stance on the issue by dubbing today "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," calling the public to dine and participate in rallies at Chick-fil-A locations across the nation. [KTLA]

Robert Pattinson is currently crashing at Water For Elephants costar Reese Witherspoon's sprawling $7 million ranch in Ojai in the aftermath of longtime girlfriend Kristen Stewart's affair with her married director Rupert Sanders exposed. [UsWeekly]

Want to see some of the most physically fit, athletically gifted people on the planet weep in public? You're in luck with this photo gallery of crying Olympians. [BuzzFeed]

[Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson with an elephant via]