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Friday, October 19, 2018

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SIGNS YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME

(Men's Health)
  • Any weather small talk that lasts longer than 4 seconds (unless it involves a car floating away). If you have nothing to talk about other than the weather, face it, you have noting to talk about.
  • Two years. No raise.
  • The person running the meeting asks, "Could someone get the lights?"
  • You hit triple digits on the cable box, decide to cycle through once more and realize that "What Women Want" is still the best option.
  • You spend more than an hour and a half a day in the gym. What's the point of building all those muscles if you don't get out once in a while and use them?
  • You've been introduced to someone three times, and he still doesn't remember your name.
  • She says it's enough to have seen the Eiffel Tower in Vegas.
  • You watch any movie featuring a mischievous kid who advises adults.
  • You look at your watch during any activity. Either find something you really want to do or stop wearing a watch.
  • You give your honest feedback to someone who says, "I want your honest feedback."
  • You read any e-mail with the subject line "This is not a hoax."

DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEY

If you want to win her favors, guys, don't call her "babe." Or baby. Or muffin. Or sexy pants. That's the word from the British company Siteopia.com, which surveyed 2000 Brits recently to find out the pet names they hate the most and the ones they actually like to be called. Of all the pet names women deplore, "babe" got the most votes, while "gorgeous" was the number one preferred endearment.
The top 20 pet names women hate the most:
  1. Babe
  2. Sweet cheeks
  3. Snookums
  4. Baby doll
  5. Baby girl
  6. Muffin
  7. Ducky
  8. Baby cakes
  9. Sexy pants
  10. Pudding
  11. Muffin
  12. Angel pie
  13. Pumpkin
  14. Puppy
  15. Sugar lips
  16. Treacle
  17. Baby
  18. Pickle
  19. Honeybun
  20. Sugar pie

The top 20 pet names women find acceptable:
  1. Gorgeous
  2. Beautiful
  3. Lovely
  4. Love
  5. Darling
  6. Honey
  7. Sexy
  8. Angel
  9. Dearest
  10. Precious
  11. Treasure
  12. Snowflake
  13. Blossom
  14. Sweetie pie
  15. Sexy legs
  16. Lover
  17. Buttercup
  18. Flower
  19. Princess
  20. Sweetness

FINEST WORDS FOR DRINKING

From "jingled" to "crapulous," we have some real doozies that describe drinking alcohol and the effects thereof -- all thanks to the editors at Merriam-Webster. And these are just a handful. There are hundreds of such words in the English language! From "merry widow" to "pretties," find out the top 10 weirdest words or underwear.

1. Jingled
Definition: mildly drunk

2. Pot-valiant
Definition: bold or courageous under the influence of alcoholic drink

3. Half-seas over
Definition: drunk; originates from an 1869 English ditty titled "Half-Seas Over," which extols the benefits of getting a little soused before attempting to romance a woman.

4. Crapulous
Definition: 1.) marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking. 2.) to be sick from excessive indulgence in liquor

5. O-be-joyful
Definition: intoxicating drink

6. Katzenjammer
Definition: the nausea, headache and debility that often follow dissipation or drunkenness

7. Vandyke
Definition: to stagger, weave or wander in the zigzag course of one drunken or irresolute

8. Bug juice
Definition: inferior whiskey or other strong liquor

9. Glorious
Definition: hilariously drunk

10: Angel's share
Definition: an amount of an alcoholic drink (such as cognac, brandy or whiskey) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in porous oak barrels

GROSS THINGS COUPLES DO TOGETHER

Beginning with this list of disgusting things that most couples eventually do in a relationship. Please feel free to ad to the list.

Sharing toothbrush
Looking up the other person's nose
Chatting while one person is on the toilet

SIGNS YOUR PET NEEDS THERAPY

(Health) Know when barking, scratching, or other bad behavior is a problem and when to get help. Just like humans pets act out every now and then. But when is it time for an intervention? Any behavior that's atypical or presents in unusual contexts is worthy of veterinary attention, says Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic. Here's, how to tell if it's time to send a furry friend to behavioral therapy:

She chews everything in sight
Shoes, books, pillows. Ideally, your pooch shouldn't be ruining stuff past puppyhood. According to Borns-Weil, ongoing excessive chewing can result from fear, insufficient mental stimulation, or too little exercise. Try placing your pup in doggy day care to help banish boredom-induced gnawing, and puppy-proof your pad to avoid property damage. If neither do-it-yourself option helps, you'll want to consult a behaviorist for further assistance.

He has severe separation anxiety
Keeping your pup in a crate can make this problem even worse. "Most dogs find it upsetting to be confined when they're stressed," says Carlo Siracusa, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. "If they try to escape, they can cause serious injuries to themselves." Instead, leave him in a room with a gated doorway, with treats and toys. Use a camera to monitor him via an app during the day: "If his anxiety isn't improving, talk to your vet," says Siracusa.

She's overly aggressive
Animal aggression can manifest in many ways, from biting and yowling to hissing and scratching. "the majority of bites tend to happen with people whom dogs know and from dogs that have no previous history of biting. Siracusa explains, "If your dog is growling and barking at you or a family member, take her to a behaviorist immediately because these behaviors can turn into biting." Cats typically aren't as social as dogs, so a less friendly attitude isn't usually cause for concern.

WEIRD NEWS

Humanity at Its Best

And our hero of the week award goes to Jake Tobin, a cross country runner and a sophomore at New York's Cazenovia High School. Tobin was in the lead in the final stretch of Saturday's boy's junior varsity race in Auburn when Fairport High School's Luke Fortner came into view. Fortner, who is legally blind and runs with an aide guiding him, headed up the hill past Tobin, but then slipped. As Fortner's aide moved to help, Tobin didn't blink. He "got down and lifted his opponent up with his guide, and then helped push him up the hill.'' Fortner went on to win the race, crossing the finish line 2 seconds before Tobin, who could be seen clapping and cheering. Tobin's coach, Jason Hyatt said, "It was touching to see, and ... a great example of true sportsmanship." Fortner's coach was also impressed and sent an email to the school praising Tobin's selflessness writing: "It was an awesome display of sportsmanship and kindness. Jake deserves to be commended!!!!" (Syracuse.com)

Yes, You Are Getting Way More Robocalls!

When your phone rings today, odds are high it will be a robocall - and you will probably get more than one of them in the next 24 hours. In fact, you may feel like you've gotten more of them than ever this year. Well you wouldn't be wrong. The number of robocalls placed nationwide increased 50 percent from February to July, according to data from YouMail, a company that provides voicemail and call-blocking services to iPhone and Android users. Robo-dialed and unwanted telemarketing calls were the top consumer complaint to the Federal Communications Commission last year, and they are again this year. This puts those complaints ahead of billing disputes, service availability and program indecency. The FCC encourages consumers to let unknown calls go to voicemail, or to hang up on calls that ask them to press a button to stop receiving future calls. The FCC also recommends joining the National Do Not Call Registry, which prevents callers from being bothered by lawful telemarketers. But don't expect that to fix everything. While the Do Not Call list will stop calls from legitimate businesses, experts said illegal callers have no problem ignoring the list. Mobile carriers and phone manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to fight robocalls as well. The nation's four largest carriers, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, all offer robocall-blocking services. (NBC News)

The Most Famous Paper Jam in History?

Remember that $1.4 million painting from artist Bansky that partially shredded right after it sold at auction? Well the shredding stunt at a London auction house might be the most lucrative paper jam in history. A new video from the artist suggests that a hidden shredder was supposed to destroy the entire painting, not leave it partially intact. A caption in the video reads: "In rehearsals it worked every time." But because the shredder apparently malfunctioned, the red balloon in "Girl With Balloon" remains visible, and the anonymous person who bought the spray-painted work for $1.4 million decided to keep it. The AP notes the fact the shredding stopped right above the girl's head "drew speculation that the act was a stunt to increase the value of the painting." Things may have gone awry, but the piece, renamed "Love is in the Bin," is indeed believed to be more valuable now. (CNN)

Paralyzing Sex?

Over in the UK, 46-year-old Claire Busby is suing the Berkshire Bed Company, claiming that a faulty bed caused her to be catapulted from the bed while she was having sex - an accident that left her paralyzed. Busby says the bed had been delivered a week prior and while she and her partner were "getting' busy" the bed somehow collapsed and she was thrown from it, falling off the end and landing on her head. She says, "I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back of the bed. I fell to the side and heard what felt like a spring in my body snap." Her then-partner testified that he saw her roll backward off the bed and initially laughed when she told him she couldn't feel her limbs, thinking she was joking. In fact she received a severe spinal injury from the fall. She's looking for seven figures over the 2013 incident, but lawyers for the company say the bed was properly assembled and not faulty. A lawyer for the firm says, "It is overwhelmingly likely that, whatever her actions, they were too close to the edge of the bed and she simply lost balance and toppled backwards." (Guardian)

It Must Suck to Get Beaten By a Dead Pimp

Despite being found dead on Tuesday, Nevada's most famous pimp will most likely still win a Nov. 6 election to the state legislature. The body of Dennis Hof, who marketed himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican in his race for a heavily GOP Assembly district, was found at his Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas following a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. No foul play is suspected, but it could be six weeks before a cause of death is determined. Voting begins tomorrow (Saturday), but it's too late to change the ballots, which have been printed and mailed. Even though officials will post notices at the polls that Hof died, he seems likely to get elected, meaning another Republican will be nominated to fill the vacancy. Friend Heidi Fleiss told reporters, "It's too bad that he didn't get to see this through. He saw it as going all the way to governor one day." (Newser)

Eat Fresh!

Police in Norcross, Georgia are searching for a robbery suspect from one of the strangest stories in robbery history. Allegedly, 34-year-old Zachary Miller ordered a sandwich at a Subway restaurant. Then, while waiting for the sandwich, he suddenly jumped over the counter, demanded cash and opened the cash register. He got a whopping $100 before fleeing but then realized he had left the sandwich behind. So he actually went back to get it! He then fled the scene again- in a black, 2003 Acura 3TS with the Tennessee license tag R9230J. Be careful with this guy. Miller has multiple warrants in Tennessee and Georgia. (WGCL News)

What the What?

His name may be Gardner, but he's definitely not one. In Salem, Massachusetts, a man police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" was captured on a surveillance camera actually stealing hanging plants from a porch. It's more serious than you think. After pleading guilty, 43-year-old Joseph Gardner was sentenced to one year in jail. Tips to police lead them to Gardner's girlfriend's home where they found two of the three missing plants. (Newser)

DID YOU KNOW?

According to Psychology magazine, studies show that not only does an unhappy marriage make you miserable, it also makes wounds heal more slowly.

The average working woman hits the snooze button roughly 20 times a week.

92% of frequent flyer miles go un-used every year.

A study found that people hate looking at other people's selfies unless it came from them.

68% of women feel guilty if they leaving dishes in the sink in the morning when going to work.

A survey asked Americans to name the most stressful thing in their lives. Number one was the mortgage payment. Number two was having family come visit from out of town for the holidays.

Half of all women have bought outfits that are too small even though they can't wear them (in hopes that one day they will fit into them).

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Mariska Hargitay has listed her 6-story New York City town home on the market for $10.75 million.

Just a reminder that the odds of you winning the Mega Millions lottery tonight are one in 302.5 million.

Fans of "The Golden Girls" can now munch on a box of cereal inspired by the four famous women. The limited-edition multigrain Os, created by pop culture brand Funko, are bright blue. Plus, each package comes with a tiny collectible figurine.

Rihanna reportedly turned down an opportunity to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 53 because she "supports Colin Kaepernick," according to US Weekly's Nicholas Hautman.

Burger King is introducing it's "Nightmare King" on Monday -- saying it's "clinically proven to cause nightmares." It features a quarter pound of flame-grilled beef, a white meat crispy chicken fillet, melted American cheese, thick-cut bacon, creamy mayonnaise and onions on a glazed green sesame seed bun. Yes, a green bun.

In her first appearance since their breakup, Ariana Grande showed up with her Pete Davidson tattoo covered up.

A roasted pig head was seized from a traveler's luggage at Atlanta's airport.

Iconic character Lex Luthor will be introduced in the current season of "Supergirl." The character was last seen on the former WB Network turned CW's "Smallville" played by Michael Rosenbaum.

34% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers changed their service in the past year.

The L.A. Angels are opting out of their lease with Anaheim Stadium.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have submitted their 2017 federal income tax returns after filing a six-month extension in April.

Third Eye Blind's ex-guitarist Kevin Cadogan is suing the band and its frontman, Stephan Jenkins, saying they owe him money from album sales.

If you're planning to head to the new "Halloween" movie, you should know that all AMC theaters have banned wearing masks.

Even though Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof died this week, he's still expected to win an election to the Nevada state Legislature in less than three weeks.

A majority of Americans believes the U.S. is in a trade war with other countries, according to the most recent @Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.

Caroll Spinney is retiring after nearly five decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Florida Atlantic University football coach Lane Kiffin has offered a scholarship to an 11-year-old sixth grader.

If you're a fan of "Orange is the New Black," it'll officially end after the 7th season.

Target is offering an Advent Calendar this year with cheese in the boxes you open each day.

TODAY IS

Baseball slugger Jose Bautista turns 38 today. He's a Blue Jay and migrates south during the off-season.

SNL alum Chris Kattan turns 48 today. We'll always have the Night at the Roxbury.

Trey Parker, half of the duo that gave us "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon," turns 49 today. I would think those two accomplishments alone would be enough... but noooo! I'm pretty sure he's offended everyone possible and are having to go back to the beginning of the list and start over.

President Carter's daughter, Amy, turns 51 today. That piece of AARP junk mail is waiting for her in the mailbox.

Mr. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington, turns 54 today. He's about due for one himself!
He plans an extreme birthday party, home edition.
Almost time to tear him down and start over.
He doesn't blow out the candles on his cake, he just "moves that bus!"

Evander Holyfield turns 56 today. Well, what Mike Tyson didn't bite off turns 55 today.

Singer Jeannie C. Riley is still feuding with the Harper Valley P.T.A., even at age 73.

John Lithgow from "Third Rock from the Sun" turns 73 today in earth years. Lithgow and Jeannie C. Reilly both turn 73 today. You know, you never see them together at the same time.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1216, King John of England died after eating too many peaches washed down with beer. Just proves what I've always said: peaches are bad for you.

In 1781, British troops surrendered at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War. Suddenly, red coats were out.

The Star Spangled Banner was sung publicly for the first time at the Halliday Theater in Baltimore way back in 1814. Immediately afterwards, someone yelled out, "Play ball!" which was strange, since baseball hadn't been invented yet. 

On this date in 1859, Wilhelm Tempel discovered diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope. Reaction was the same all around the world: "Huh?"

In 1872, the world's largest gold nugget was found in New South Wales. It was the loudest anyone ever said the word, "Mine!"

On this date in 1874, the very first wedding ever to take place in a hot balloon occurred over Cincinnati, Ohio. Sadly, three people perished going for the bouquet.
Things were going great until the groom decided to carry the bride over the threshold. So sad.
Things went really well until they went to leave down the aisle.
The bride said she felt like she was on a cloud, but she had to come down some time.
Unfortunately, the groom was in such a rush to get to the honeymoon, he fell to his death.
No chance of a runaway bride at that one. Yes, their honeymoon plans were up in the air.

In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected his invention of the light bulb. Unfortunately, it was during the daytime, so not as impressive as it would have been at night. Some of the earlier versions wouldn't work and then all of a sudden, a light bulb came on!

Time to play "Who Invented It?" Ready? Lets play.
Gas Burner (1855) Weisbach, Bunsen *** or Edison
Tupperware (1945) Tupper ***, Hewitt or Hoffman
Microphone (1877) Taylor, Edison or Berliner ***
Polaroid Camera (1948) Eastman, Land *** or Braun
Dynamite (1866) Carrier, Browning or Nobel ***
Revolver Pistol ((1836) Colt ***, Maxim or Browning
Stock Ticker (1870) Edison ***, Marconi or Bell
Frozen Food (1924) Birdseye ***, Edison or Sperry
Gasoline Automobile (1889) Daimler ***, Duryea or Bosch
Neon Lamp (1909) Edison, Claude *** or Braun


On this date in 1953, Julius LaRosa, a regular on the CBS television program "Arthur Godfrey Time," was fired on the air by Godfrey... years before Donald Trump fired people for entertainment.

In 1998, the U.S. Government opened its antitrust case against Microsoft, which is about the time my computer started acting up.

Music Calendar...

   In 1845 Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" is performed for the first time.
   In 1929 "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" by Nick Lucas is #1 on the charts.
   In 1935 "Truckin'" by Fats Waller is #1 on the charts.
   In 1949 "That Lucky Old Sun" by Frankie Laine is #1 on the charts.
   In 1955 Elvis Presley and Pat Boone appear in concert together in Cleveland.
   In 1955 Jim Reeves joins the Grand Ole Opry.
   In 1963 The Beatles record "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
   In 1966 Jeff Beck quits the Yardbirds and is replaced by Jimmy Page.
   In 1967 The Miracles' single "I Second That Emotion" is released.
   In 1968 Jimmy Page's "New Yardbirds" rename themselves "Led Zeppelin" after
           the Who's Keith Moon says they'll go over like a lead zeppelin.
   In 1968 At the invitation of Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton of the Herd
           joins the Small Faces during a performance in London. This sets the
           stage for Humble Pie, the group Marriott and Frampton will form.
   In 1968 "Love Child" by Diana Ross & The Supremes enters the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1973 David Bowie's album "Pin Ups" is released.
   In 1974 Al Green is severely scalded when his girlfriend throws boiling
           grits on him. She would later kill herself.
   In 1974 Mike D'Albuquerque quits the Electric Light Orchestra.
   In 1974 The Who's album "Odds and Sods" is released.
   In 1974 "Laughter in the Rain" by Neil Sedaka and "Angie Baby" by Helen
           Reddy both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1974 "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston is #1 on the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1977 Styx's album "The Grand Illusion" and Debby Boone's single "You
           Light Up My Life" are both certified gold.
   In 1977 "Strawberry Letter 23" by the Brothers Johnson is certified gold.
   In 1979 The Beatles' "Rarities" album is released in the UK.
   In 1983 "Little River Band Greatest Hits" is certified gold.
   In 1984 Duran Duran's single "The Wild Boys" and Julian Lennon's album
           "Valotte" are both released.
   In 1984 Bruce Springsteen's album "Born In The USA" is certified triple
           platinum.
   In 1985 "Sleeping Bag" by ZZ Top enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1985 "Take On Me" by A-ha is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1987 Melissa Etheridge begins recording her debut album.
   In 1989 The Rolling Stones' single "Rock And A Hard Place" is released.
   In 1990 During 2 Live Crew's obscenity trial in Florida, the jury asks the
           judge if they can laugh out loud.
   In 1991 Country Music Hall-of-Famer and Grand Ole Opry announcer Grant
           Turner dies.
   In 1994 Bon Jovi's album "Keep The Faith" is certified double platinum.
   In 1995 After hearing Madonna had won the starring role, Argentina President
           Carlos Menem commissions a second "Evita" movie. He calls Madonna's
           casting "a total and utter disgrace."
   In 1995 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble "Greatest Hits" is released.
   In 1996 Kinks' founder Ray Davies begins a U.S. tour.
   In 1997 On stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honors his late friend
           and influence, John Denver, singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
   In 1999 Barry White's autobiography, "Love Unlimited: Insights on Life and
           Love," is published.
   In 1999 The Eurythmics' CD "Peace" and Paul McCartney's third classical
           album, "Working Classical are both released.
   In 1999 The albums "Best Of Santana" by Santana and "The Freedom Sessions"
           by Sarah McLachlan are both certified gold.
   In 2001 Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his
           home town of Modena, Italy.
   In 2004 Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead
           performers on the "Alfie" soundtrack, released on Virgin.

Today In History...

   In 1765 The Stamp Act Congress draws up the declaration of rights and
           liberties at a meeting in New York.
   In 1781 British troops surrender at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War.
   In 1812 French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte begin their retreat from
           Moscow.
   In 1859 Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope.
   In 1864 Confederate General Jubal A. Early attacks Union forces at Cedar
           Creek, Virginia, during the Civil War. The Union troops were able to
           rally under General Phil Sheridan and defeat the Confederates.
   In 1872 The world's largest gold nugget (215 kg) found in New South Wales.
   In 1874 The first wedding in a balloon takes place above Cincinnati, Ohio.
   In 1879 Thomas Edison perfects the light bulb at Menlo Park, New Jersey.
   In 1936 H.R. Ekins of the New York World-Telegram beat out Dorothy Kilgallen
           of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of The New York Times in a
           round-the-world race on commercial flights that lasted 18 1/2 days.
   In 1943 During World War II, the foreign ministers of the U.S., the Soviet
           Union and Britain open a conference in Moscow to discuss broad
           principles of cooperation between the countries.
   In 1944 The U.S. Navy announces that black women would be allowed into Women
           Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
   In 1950 United Nations forces enter Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
   In 1951 President Truman signs an act formerly ending the state of war with
           Germany.
   In 1953 Julius LaRosa, a regular on the CBS television program "Arthur
           Godfrey Time," is fired on the air by Godfrey.
   In 1960 Martin Luther King and 52 black "sit-in" demonstrators are arrested
           in a "whites-only" restauarant in Atlanta, Georgia.
   In 1960 The U.S. imposes an embargo on exports to Cuba.
   In 1977 The supersonic Concorde makes it's first landing in New York City.
   In 1977 The body of West German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer, who had
           been kidnapped by extremists, is found in the trunk of a car in
           Mulhouse, France.
   In 1982 Automaker John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles on possession of
           cocaine. He is later cleared of all charges.
   In 1983 Grenada's Prime Minister Maurice Bishop is killed in a coup.
   In 1983 The U.S. Senate approves a bill establishing a national holiday in
           honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
   In 1983 Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed when their airplane
           crashes during heavy rains in El Salvador.
   In 1986 The Soviet Union expells five U.S. diplomats, five days after the
           last of 25 Soviet U.N. envoys ordered out of the U.S. return home.
   In 1987 The stock market crashes as the Dow-Jones industrial average plunges
           508.32 points, more than 4 1/2 times previous record.
   In 1987 U.S. warships destroy two Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf
           in retaliation for an Iranian missile attack on a U.S.-flagged
           tanker off Kuwait.
   In 1988 Eight Israeli soldiers are killed in a suicide car bomb attack in
           south Lebanon.
   In 1989 The earliest recorded heavy snowfall hits the Midwest.
   In 1989 The U.S. Senate rejects a proposed constitutional amendment barring
           desecration of the American flag.
   In 1990 The Supreme Soviet votes to approve President Mikhail Gorbachev's
           economic reform plan.
   In 1990 Iraq orders all foreigners in occupied Kuwait to report to
           authorities or face punishment.
   In 1992 In their third and final presidential debate, President Bush,
           Democrat Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot squared
           off in East Lansing, Michigan.
   In 1993 The U.S. intercepts its first ship bound for Haiti since an oil and
           weapons embargo was reimposed by United Nations.
   In 1993 Benazir Bhutto is returned to the premiership of Pakistan.
   In 1994 A terrorist bomb in a bus kills 22 and wounds 46 in the heart of Tel
           Aviv's shopping district.
   In 1994 Entertainer Martha Raye dies in Los Angeles at age 78.
   In 1997 Special U.S. envoy Dennis Ross arrives in Israel in an effort to
           push the Mideast peace process forward.
   In 1998 A class-action suit filed by smokers against five cigarette
           manufacturers goes to trial in Miami, seeking $200 billion.
   In 1998 A fire in Nigeria sweeps through villages killing 500.
   In 1998 Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson gets his boxing license back
           after he lost it for biting Evander Holyfield's ear.
   In 1998 The U.S. Government opens its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.
   In 2002 In York, PA, former mayor Charlie Robertson is acquitted and two
           other men were convicted in the shotgun slaying of Lillie Belle
           Allen, a young black woman, during the 1969 race riots.

Born On This Day...

   In 1605 Physician/author, Thomas Browne
   In 1748 Martha Wayles Jefferson, wife of U.S. president Thomas Jefferson
   In 1856 Biologist, Edmund Beecher Wilson (embryology, cytology)
   In 1862 Inventor, Auguste Lumiere (made the first movie)
   In 1868 Bertha Landes, first woman mayor of a major U.S. city (Seattle)
   In 1885 Financier, Charles E. Merrill (co-founded Merrill Lynch)
   In 1890 Businessman, Walter Mack (founded Pepsi Cola)
   In 1895 Cultural historian, Louis Mumford
   In 1899 Poet/novelist, Miguel Asturias
   In 1908 Jazz musician/bandleader Spike Hughes [d: 2-2-87]
   In 1909 Actor, Robert Beatty (Amorous Mr. Pawn) [d: 3-3-92]
   In 1909 Actor, Dan Tobin (My Favorite Husband, Perry Mason) [d: 11-26-82]
   In 1911 Arranger/composer, George Cates (Lawrence Welk, Bing Crosby) [d: 2-12-02]
   In 1911 Actor/lecturer, Will Rogers Jr. [d: 7-9-93]
   In 1916 Actor, David Lewis (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital) [d: 12-11-00]
   In 1918 Former U.S. ambassador, Robert S. Strauss (Russia) [d: 3-19-14]
   In 1918 Actor, Bob Sweeney (Fibber McGee, Our Miss Brooks) [d: 6-7-92]
   In 1920 Actress, LaWanda Page (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Son) [d: 9-14-02]
   In 1921 Actor, George Nader (Adventures of Ellery Queen) [d: 2-2-02]
   In 1922 Columnist/journalist, Jack Anderson (Washington Post) [d: 12-17-05]
   In 1925 English actor, Bernard Hepton (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) [d: 7-27-18]
   In 1931 Author, John Le Carre (Little Drummer Girl) (87)
   In 1932 Actor, Lloyd Haynes (Pete Dixon-Room 222) [d: 12-31-86]
   In 1932 Actor, Robert Reed (Mike Brady-The Brady Bunch) [d: 5-13-92]
   In 1936 Actor, Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection) (82)
   In 1937 Actor, Sean Garrison (Up Periscope, Splendor in the Grass) [d: 3-2-18]
   In 1937 Artist/designer, Peter Max (psychedelic posters) (81)
   In 1940 Actor, Michael Gambon (Sleepy Hollow, The Gambler) (78)
   In 1941 English actor, Simon Ward (Four Musketeers) [d: 7-20-12]
   In 1944 Singer, George McCrae (Rock Your Baby) [d: 1-24-86]
   In 1945 Political activist, Patricia Ireland (NOW) (73)
   In 1945 Actor, John Lithgow (Cliffhanger, Third Rock From The Sun) (73)
   In 1945 Country singer, Jeannie C. Riley (Harper Valley PTA) (73)
   In 1946 Songwriter, Keith Reid (Procol Harum) (72)
   In 1947 Singer, Wilbert Hart (Delfonics) (71)
   In 1948 Actress, Pat Klous (Judy-Love Boat, Marcy-Flying High) (70)
   In 1948 Singer/guitarist, Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) (70)
   In 1949 Football player, Lynn Dickey (Packers) (69)
   In 1952 TV host, Charlie Chase (Crook & Chase, Music City Tonight) (66)
   In 1955 Singer, Nino DeFranco (DeFranco Family) (63)
   In 1955 Basketball player, Lonnie Shelton (Knicks, SuperSonics) [d: 7-8-18]
   In 1957 Singer/keyboardist, Karl Wallinger (World Party) (61)
   In 1960 Singer/actress, Jennifer Holliday (Dream Girls) (58)
   In 1960 Drummer, Dan Woodgate (Madness, Voice of the Beehive) (58)
   In 1962 Heavyweight champ, Evander Holyfield (Olympic-Bronze-1988) (56)
   In 1964 TV host, Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) (54)
   In 1964 Football player, Webster Slaughter (Browns, Oilers) (54)
   In 1965 Basketball player, Bradley Daugherty (Cavaliers) (53)
   In 1965 Singer, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) (53)
   In 1966 Playmate, Anna Clark (April-1987) (52)
   In 1966 Actor, Jon Favreau (Pete-Friends, Deep Impact, Daredevil) (52)
   In 1966 Actress, Amy Linker (Lewis and Clark, Lauren-Square Pegs) (52)
   In 1967 Daughter, Amy Carter (U.S. president Jimmy Carter) (51)
   In 1969 Singer/actor, Trey Parker (EYC, Hull High, South Park) (49)
   In 1970 Actor/comedian, Chris Kattan (SNL, Night At The Roxbury) (48)
   In 1972 Actor, Tony Crane (Dr. Winters-As the World Turns) (46)
   In 1972 Rap singer, Pras Michel (Fugees) (46)
   In 1976 Actor, Omar Gooding (Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy) (42)
   In 1976 Actor, Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Ghost Ship) (42)
   In 1976 Country singer, Cyndi Thomson (42)
   In 1978 Rap singer, Chris Sellers (Another Bad Creation) (40)
   In 1980 Baseball player, Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) (38)
   In 1980 Actor, Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton Sheffield-The Nanny) (38)
   In 1982 Actress, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Favorite Ensemble) (36)
   In 1991 Singer, Colton Dixon (American Idol) (27)
   In 1992 Rap singer, Lil Durk (26)
   In 1993 Actress, Hunter King (Hollywood Heights, Rebound) (25)
   In 1996 Singer, Kayden Stephenson (22)
   In 1998 Actress, Katie Douglas (Spooksville, Defiance) (20)
   In 1998 Actor, Ty Parker (Life at These Speeds, Mono) (20)
   In 2001 Actor, Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones) (17)

For All You Starbucks Fans!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • According to Nielsen preliminary broadcast nationals, the premiere of the "Roseanne" spinoff "The Conners" averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating, which translates to nearly 3 million adults 18-49.
  • It's estimated that Americans will spend half a billion dollars this years on Halloween costumes... for their pets.
  • The World Bank says that over half of the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day.
  • Lyft has started offering an all-access monthly subscription that'll get you 30-rides in a month for $299.
  • Sunday night's ratings for "The Walking Dead" hit an all-time low for the series. The end could be in sight.
  • Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson may have called off their engagement, but friends say the relationship may not be over.
  • With no winners Tuesday night in the Mega Millions lottery, that means Friday's jackpot is now up to $868 million and climbing.
  • Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments.
  • New data from Parks Associates shows 12% of smart home device owners in U.S. broadband households report technical problems going unresolved in 2018, compared to approximately 5% in the previous three years.
  • There's talk of a "royal miracle" as Harry and Meghan visited a drought-stricken area of Australia. Yet, while they were there, it got a rainstorm.
  • YouTube had an outage for over an hour on Tuesday night.
  • Historians have long believed that Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD, destroying the nearby Roman city of Pompeii. But now, an inscription has been uncovered dated to mid-October - almost two months later.
  • 7 million more subscribers joined Netflix over the past few months. Cords are being cut.
  • Almost half of births in the U.S. now happen outside of marriage.

TODAY IS

Two months from today, we'll be exactly a week away from Christmas. Just sayin'...

Bristol Palin turns 28 today, going on 50. Basically, she's a conservative Kardashian. Zac Efron turns 31. Doesn't it seem like he should at least be in his 40s? He's been around forever!

Rap singer Nonchalant (Tanya Pointer) turns 48 today. We don't care one way or the other. She's unconcerned and planning a low-key party and not to get very excited.

Jean-Claude Van Damme is facing his 58th birthday today. Get out of that one, tough guy!

Pam Dawber of the old "Mork and Mindy" show turns 67 today. But that's old nanu-nanu's. I'm sure working with Robin Williams all those years aged her the most. She's been married to Mark Harmon for over 30 years.

Singer Joe Egan turns 72 today. He was the non-Gerry Rafferty half of the group, Stealer's Wheel who sang "Stuck in the Middle With You."

Dawn Wells, Maryann from Gilligan's Island, turns the big 8-0. Wow. She spent three years stranded on "Gilligan's Island" and then the next 30 years stuck in reruns.

No Beard Day --

ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1715, Peter II of Russia entered the world. Yep, it was on this day, a czar was born! On this date in 1767, the Mason-Dixon Line was created... which lead to the invention the following week of Mason-Dixon Line Dancing.


In 1842, Samuel Morse laid the first telegraph cable in New York Harbor. The first message sent was to his very dear friend: "Mr. Watson, I've been mugged!"

On this date in 1867, the U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.

Of course, the day after they got the keys, the refrigerator and the dishwasher went out.

We bought it for $7.2 million, plus tip.

The deal cost $7.2 million, which included the land and an unlimited supply of ice and was handled by Century 19 Real Estate.


In 1870, the sand-blasting machine is patented.

Finally, when bullies kicked sand on wimps at the beach, they had a way to fight back!

Before then, people had a blast but didn't know what to call it.

If you ever wanted to feel like you were at the beach during a windstorm, it was now possible.

Before that, people had to destroy their sand castles by hand.

On this date in 1922, the BBC began in England. Without it, American television would never have had the ideas to steal for most of our shows.

Thomas Edison died on this date in 1931. The light bulb finally burned out.


On this date in 1953, Willie Thrower became the first African American NFL quarterback, much to the relief of the his receiver, Willie Catchit.


In 1967, the "Jungle Book" hit movie theaters, featuring the adventures of a bear named "Baloo." The movie featured such songs as "Counting Baloo Cars," "Suite Judy Baloo Eyes" and "Baloo Hawaii."

Music Calendar...

   In 1925 The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville.
   In 1952 Hank Williams marries Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in New Orleans.
   In 1964 The Animals perform on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."
   In 1966 Jimi Hendrix makes his Paris debut at the Olympia Theatre.
   In 1966 "Cherish" by The Association is certified gold.
   In 1967 The film "How I Won The War" featuring John Lennon, an anti-war
           black comedy by Richard Lester, premieres in London at the Pavilion.
   In 1968 John Lennon is arrested for possesion of cannabis in London.
   In 1968 Bob Wills is inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame.
   In 1969 Rod Stewart joins the Small Faces, replacing Steve Marriott, who'd
           left to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton.
   In 1969 Jefferson Airplane guitarist Pauk Kantner is busted in Hawaii for
           possession of marijuana.
   In 1969 David Crosby appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1969 "Something" b/w "Come Together" by the Beatles enters the U.S. top
           40 chart.
   In 1969 "And When I Die" by Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Yester-Me, Yester-You,
           Yesterday" by Stevie Wonder and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
           by Steam all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1971 "Superstar" by the Carpenters is certified gold.
   In 1973 "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight & The Pips is certified
           gold.
   In 1975 Simon & Garfunkel reunite and sing "My Little Town" on NBC-TV's
           "Saturday Night Live."
   In 1976 The Captain & Tennille appear on the cover of People magazine.
   In 1983 Cyndi Lauper's single "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" is released.
   In 1985 The Cars' album "The Cars Greatest Hits" is released.
   In 1986 Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie marries composer Eduardo DeMendonca.
   In 1986 "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis & The News enters the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1989 While opening for the Rolling Stones in Los Angeles, Axl Rose
           announces he'll quit Guns 'N Roses, but then changes his mind.
   In 1992 Lynn Anderson is released from jail in Nashville after serving a
           2-day contempt of court sentence for swearing at her former husband
           in front of their teenage children.
   In 1992 Canadian Tom Cochrane sings both National Anthems at the
           Toronto-Atlanta World Series game.
   In 1994 John Denver's lawyer asked that Denver's blood alcohol test (taken
           after an August car crash in Aspen, Colorado) be thrown out because
           the singer was suffering from a concussion and in no condition to
           give permission for a blood test.
   In 1994 Bon Jovi's album "Crossroad" is released.
   In 1994 Styx's album "Classics" is certified gold, while Soundgarden's album
           "Superunknown" goes triple platinum.
   In 1995 Linda McCartney's veggie burgers are recalled in Britain after a
           study found that the fat content was 20-to-23 percent instead of the
           11 percent listed on the package.
   In 1995 Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform at the Montreal Forum.
   In 1995 Natalie Merchant's album "Tigerlily" is certified platinum.
   In 1996 A federal court in Los Angeles issues a preliminary injunction
           barring former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival from using a
           similar name for their new group.
   In 1996 The album "Unplugged" by Kiss is certified gold.
   In 1997 Hanson sings the National Anthem at the opening game of the World
           Series.
   In 2001 Mexican singer Paulina Rubio is the big winner at the third annual
           El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Music Awards, winning Album Of
           The Year and Best Female Artist Of The Year.

Today In History...

   In 1685 Louis XIV revokes the Edict of Nantes and outlaws France's legal
           toleration of Protestantism.
   In 1767 The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and
           Pennsylvania, is established.
   In 1867 U.S. takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million).
   In 1870 The sand-blasting machine is patented.
   In 1873 The Ivy League (Columbia, Princton, Rutgers and Yale) draws up the
           first rules for college football.
   In 1892 The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York
           is formally opened as Chicago Mayor Hempstead Washburne greeted New
           York Mayor Hugh J. Grant.
   In 1898 The American flag is raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain
           formally relinquished control of the island to the U.S.
   In 1910 40 ships were grounded when hurricane winds partially emptied
           Tampa Bay.
   In 1917 Mata Hari is shot as a spy by a French firing squad.
   In 1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is established.
   In 1931 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies in West Orange, NJ, at age 84.
   In 1944 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during World War II.
   In 1950 Connie Mack, the "Grand Old Man" of major league baseball, announces
           he would retire as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
   In 1953 Willie Thrower becomes the first black NFL quarterback.
   In 1962 Dr. Watson of the U.S. and Doctors Crick and Wilkins of Britain win
           a Nobel prize for work in determining structure of DNA.
   In 1967 Walt Disney's animated feature "Jungle Book" is released.
   In 1967 Soviet Venera 4 is the first probe to send data from Venus.
   In 1968 Black U.S. Olympic team members Tommie Smith and John Carlos are
           suspended from the Mexico City games for giving a "black-power"
           salute as a protest during a victory ceremony.
   In 1969 The U.S. government bans the use of artificial sweetners known as
           cyclamates because evidence revealed they caused cancer in
           laboratory rats.
   In 1969 Soyuz 8 returns to Earth.
   In 1977 Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees ties Babe Ruth's record of
           three home runs in one world series game.
   In 1982 Former first lady, Bess Truman dies at her home in Independence,
           Missouri, at the age of 97.
   In 1983 General Motors agrees to hire more women and minorities for the next
           five years as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment
           Opportunity Commission.
   In 1984 Air Force II carrying VP George Bush has a near miss over Seattle.
   In 1985 Despite international appeals for clemency, South African
           authorities hang black activist Benjamin Moloise, who had been
           convicted of murdering a police officer.
   In 1988 South Korean President Roh Tae-woo calls for a summit with North
           Korea's president to sign a non-aggression pact.
   In 1989 Americans set the one-day calling record of 140 million long
           distance calls after the San Francisco earthquake.
   In 1989 After 18 years in power, Erich Honecker is ousted as East Germany's
           leader by the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
   In 1989 The space shuttle Atlantis is launched on a five-day mission that
           included deployment of the Galileo space probe on a course for
           Jupiter.
   In 1990 Huffamn Prairie in Dayton, Ohio, where the Wright Brothers first
           learned to control their airplanes is dedicated as a national
           historical landmark.
   In 1991 Following a long confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee
           Clarence Thomas swears to uphold the Constitution during an
           oath-taking ceremony at the White House.
   In 1992 In the opening ceremony of game 2 of the World Series, featuring the
           Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves, a U.S. Marine Corps color
           guard presents the Canadian flag upside-down, prompting baseball
           officials, the Marines and even President Bush to apologize.
   In 1993 Two defendants are acquitted of most of the felony charges in the
           beating of trucker Reginald Denny and other motorists at the start
           of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
   In 1994 U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, nearing the end of a four-day
           visit to China, said Beijing had agreed to brief the Pentagon on its
           overall military strategy and defense spending plans.
   In 1996 Democratic Party fundraiser John Huang is ousted following days of
           attacks by the Republicans over what they called improper and
           possibly illegal contributions.
   In 1997 A monument honoring American servicewomen is dedicated at Arlington
           National Cemetery.
   In 1997 Coca-Cola Co. chairman Roberto Goizueta dies at age 65, and
           broadcast journalist Nancy Dickerson dies at age 70.
   In 1998 Pope John Paul II celebrates mass at the Vatican marking the 20th
           anniversary of his election to the papacy.
   In 1999 Career prosecutor Robert Ray is sworn in to replace Independent
           Counsel Kenneth Starr and wrap up the wide-ranging investigation of
           President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
   In 1999 The New York Yankees win a record 36th pennant, beating the Boston
           Red Sox 6-1 in game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
   In 2000 President Clinton honors the 17 sailors killed in a suicide bomb
           attack against the USS Cole at the Norfolk Naval Station in VA.
   In 2000 Singer-actress Julie London dies in Los Angeles at age 74.
   In 2002 The Vatican demands that America's Roman Catholic bishops revise
           their hard-line crackdown policy on sexually abusive priests.

Born On This Day...

   In 1404 Religious leader, Pope Pius II (1458-64)
   In 1595 Edward Winslow, founded the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts
   In 1787 Inventor/architect, Robert L. Stevens (railroad track innovator)
   In 1799 Chemist, Christian Friedrich Schonbein (discovered ozone, 1840)
   In 1854 Swedish explorer/balloonist, Salomon Andree
   In 1859 French philosopher, Henri Bergson (Creative Evolution)
   In 1878 Historian, James Truslow Adams
   In 1904 Journalist/author, A.J. Liebling
   In 1906 Muralist, James David Brooks [d: 3-9-92]
   In 1915 Actor, Victor Sen Young (Hop Sing-Bonanza) [d: 11-9-80]
   In 1918 Pianist/actor, Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early-Emergency) [d: 2-7-99]
   In 1919 Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 15th Canadian Prime Minister [d: 9-28-00]
   In 1921 U.S. Senator, Jesse Helms (R-NC) [d: 7-4-08]
   In 1923 Actress/singer, Melina Mercouri [d: 3-6-94]
   In 1922 U.S. sculptor, Richard Stankiewicz [d: 3-27-83]
   In 1924 Bandleader, Allyn Ferguson (Andy Williams Show) [d: 6-23-10]
   In 1926 Singer/songwriter, Chuck Berry (Johnny B. Goode) [d: 3-18-17]
   In 1927 Actor, George C. Scott (Patton, Taps, Hardcore) [d: 9-22-99]
   In 1928 Sportscaster, Keith Jackson (ABC) [d: 1-12-18]
   In 1930 U.S. Secretary of Defense, Frank Carlucci (1987-89) [d: 6-3-18]
   In 1933 Football Hall-of-Famer, Forrest Gregg (Packers, Cowboys) (85)
   In 1934 Actress, Inger Stevens (The Farmer's Daughter) [d: 4-30-70]
   In 1935 Actor, Peter Boyle (Frank-Everybody Loves Raymond) [d: 12-12-06]
   In 1938 Singer, Ronnie Bright (The Coasters) [d: 11-26-15]
   In 1938 Actress, Dawn Wells (Mary Ann-Gilligan's Island) (80)
   In 1939 Football Hall-Of-Famer, Mike Ditka (Cowboys, Bears, Saints) (79)
   In 1939 Kennedy assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald [d: 11-24-63]
   In 1942 Baseball player, Willie Horton (Tigers) (76)
   In 1943 Singer/guitarist, Russ Giguere (The Association) (75)
   In 1946 Keyboardist/singer, Joe Egan (Stealer's Wheel) (72)
   In 1947 Basketball player, John Johnson (SuperSonics) [d: 1-7-16]
   In 1947 Actor, Joe Morton (Terminator II, Scandal) (71)
   In 1947 Singer/songwriter, Laura Nyro (Eli's Coming, Stoney End) [d: 4-8-97]
   In 1948 Drummer/singer, Keith Knudsen (The Doobie Brothers) [d: 2-8-05]
   In 1948 Dramatist/poet, Ntozake Shange (70)
   In 1949 Guitarist, Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) [d: 9-13-15]
   In 1950 Writer, Wendy Wasserstein [d: 1-30-06]
   In 1950 Actress, Sheila White (I Claudius) [d: 9-7-18]
   In 1951 Actress, Pam Dawber (Mindy-Mork And Mindy, My Sister Sam) (67)
   In 1956 Tennis player, Martina Navratilova (62)
   In 1957 Actor, Jon Lindstrom (General Hospital, Port Charles) (61)
   In 1958 Boxer, Tommy Hearns (60)
   In 1960 Playmate, Emily Arth (June-1988) (58)
   In 1960 Actor, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Nowhere To Run, Timecop) (58)
   In 1961 Actress, Erin Moran (Joanie-Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi) [d: 4-22-17]
   In 1961 Jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis (Grammy, 1983) (57)
   In 1962 Actor, Vincent Spano (Rumble Fish, City of Hope) (56)
   In 1968 Tennis player, Michael Stich (50)
   In 1970 Rap singer, Nonchalant (48)
   In 1972 Actor, Kurt Caceres (Mateo Santos-All My Children) (46)
   In 1974 Guitarist, Peter Svenson (Cardigans) (44)
   In 1977 Actor, Chris McKenna (Joey-One Life To Live) (41)
   In 1978 Actor, Wesley Jonathan (Gary Thorpe-What I Like About You) (40)
   In 1979 R&B singer, Ne-Yo ("So Sick") (39)
   In 1981 Country singer, Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) (37)
   In 1981 Actor, Richard Vuu (The Last Emperor) (37)
   In 1984 Actor, Tod Fennell (Jeff-Lassie) (34)
   In 1984 Actress, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) (34)
   In 1985 Baseball player, Yoenis Cespedes (A's, Mets) (33)
   In 1985 Singer, Andrew Garcia (American Idol) (33)
   In 1987 Actor, Zac Efron (High School Musical, Hairspray, Baywatch) (31)
   In 1990 Actor, Jordan Calloway (Unfabulous, Beyond) (28)
   In 1990 Reality star, Bristol Palin (Sarah Palin's daughter) (28)
   In 1990 Actress, Carly Schroeder (General Hospital, Port Charles) (28)
   In 1991 Actor, Toby Regbo (Mr. Nobody, Maleficent) (27)
   In 1991 Actor, Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Jane the Virgin) (27)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

For God's Sake - Don't Call Poopsie Slime!

It's definitely one of the popular items expected to be on many children's Christmas wish lists this year. It's Poopsie Slime Surprise, but a family from Florida is warning about a lurking danger for the kiddies! Shari Leveille and John Corbett picked up the slime-making kit for their kids last week and were shocked when they found a phone number on a collectible milk carton that came with the toy, which connected them to a phone sex line! When the couple called the number and were greeted by a message asking if they "want me to send you a sexy pic of me?" MGA Entertainment, the company that makes Poopsie Slime Surprise says they are working to fix the problem adding, "Providing safe and wholesome play experiences are of upmost priority to us. Upon learning about this issue, we immediately implemented a course of action. We are offering an ultra-rare exchange product to anyone who currently has a Bessie Cowpie, at no expense to the customer. We are also talking with retailers to address whether this one particular character is currently on stores shelves, particularly since it's an ultra-rare style." (WSRZ)

Shark Tank + Naked Man = Oh Boy!

Toronto police are looking for the man who jumped naked into the massive shark tank at Ripley's Aquarium, and then took a swim among the 14 sharks to cheers and jeers before barely escaping. After his unexpected one-man show last Friday night, he was told police were on their way and then yanked on his pants, held his shoes in his hand and fled with a woman - leaving his hoodie and T-shirt behind. Police issued an alert and a photo of the man, although only showing his face. While the stunt was greeted largely with merriment by onlookers and on social media, the aquarium is not amused. Peter Doyle, general manager of Ripley's Aquarium of Canada said, "We hope to have this gentleman apprehended and charged to the fullest extent of the law, because what he did was foolish and dangerous. And it was definitely premeditated and intentional." Monday night the story took an unpleasant turn when police said the swimmer is believed to also be a man wanted for a serious assault two hours before and a few miles away. Police said David Weaver, 37, of Nelson, B.C., is wanted for mischief for the nude swim as well as assault causing bodily harm after a man was attacked outside Medieval Times dinner and show. (National Post)

Maybe Lay Off the Squirrel Brains

If you need another reason to not eat squirrel brains, a new report says a 61-year-old man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains. In 2015 the man was brought to a hospital in Rochester, New York, after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality. He also lost the ability to walk on his own. An MRI of the man's head revealed a rare disease called vCJD, a fatal brain condition caused by infectious proteins called prions. Only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported, and most were tied to consumption of contaminated beef in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s (what they called mad cow disease back then). His family said he liked to hunt, and it was reported that he had eaten squirrel brains which ultimately did him in. Another problem with vCJD is that diagnosis may be delayed, in part, because it's so rare and is not "on the tip of the physician's mind" when assessing a patient. (Live Science)

Help!

It's a plot line straight out of Gilligan's Island! An innovative Floridian, his sharp-eyed niece, and some high-tech images combined for one of the more unusual rescues after Hurricane Michael. When Ernest Gee and his wife were trapped on their property in Youngstown, Gee used downed trees to spell out the word HELP in the yard. On Saturday, three days after the storm hit, niece Amber Gee was poring over satellite map images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to check on relatives' homes when she spotted the SOS. Gee, who credits her uncle with "thinking outside the box," alerted the Dade County Sheriff's Department, who cut through downed trees and made it to the home around 2am Sunday to rescue Ernest Gee, his wife, and a friend staying with them. (USA Today)

Clearly There Are Not Enough Guns in New York City

Well one thing's clear. New York City needs more guns. For the first time in decades there were no shootings in New York City on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Mayor Bill de Blasio attributed it to the NYPD's strategy, training and continual push to get better. Shooting incidents citywide have dropped this year as compared to last year. Blasio said, "Isn't that amazing? You know, when you think about the history we came from and the challenges that had to be overcome by this NYPD, it's absolutely extraordinary." There have been 600 shootings across all five boroughs so far this year as of Oct. 7. It's a 2 percent drop compared to the same time period in 2017. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill called the shooting free weekend "something all New Yorkers can be proud of." On the other hand, what a sad comment on our society when we get giddy because our largest city went three whole days without shooting anyone! (PIX 11)

Where Have All the Insects Gone?

The insects are disappearing from an American rainforest-and scientists are terrified! A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that there has been a staggering decline of biomass in Puerto Rico's El Yunque rainforest over the last 40 years. Sweep samples caught 4 to 8 times fewer insects and other arthropods than a previous expedition in 1977-and sticky traps on the forest floor caught up to 60 times fewer creatures. The researchers say there have been parallel declines in the numbers of frogs, lizards, and birds that eat insects, signaling that life in the rainforest is dying out from the bottom up. University of Connecticut invertebrate conservation expert David Wagner said, "This is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read. The gravity of their findings and ramifications for other animals, especially vertebrates, is hyper-alarming." As El Yunque is well-protected as part of the US National Forest System, the study's researchers attribute the problem to climate change -and increased exposure to extreme temperatures in particular. (Newser)

What the What?

In Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 24-year-old Jesse Vaughn Lawson was on the run with a warrant out for him alleging burglary and receiving stolen property. He might have gotten away if he had been smarter than a four-year-old. Sheriff's deputies in Westmoreland County had been looking for Lawson and when they checked at an apartment in Greensburg, Lawson's girlfriend told them she hadn't seen Lawson in five days. Too bad for him her little boy was more than happy to help. The toddler told deputies, "Come on, I'll show you," and led them to an electrical closet where Lawson was hiding. Now our friend faces additional charges of flight to avoid apprehension, child endangerment and a drug offense. (WJZC-TV)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • If you're a doctor, you are most often late for a doctor's appointment.
  • If you're average, you have nine keys, three of them are completely useless.
  • When asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, 70% of elementary school boys said they would rather be a bartender than the President.
  • If this is an average year, over 20,000 kids under 18 will be injured using a sled during the winter months.
  • Adults are three times more likely to yell at someone in the morning, compared to at night.
  • Most of the time when you're eating ice cream, you're sitting on the couch.
  • According to a recent survey, 85% of women admit to re-wearing dirty clothes once a week.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

New York City experienced its first shooting-free weekend in 25 years last weekend.

In France, they're creating a new TV show where contestants would have sex together first, then decide if they like each other.

Tina Turner has a new book out, telling her life story. Among the bigger revelations -- she attempted suicide once while married to Ike Turner. He took her to a brothel on their wedding night. He ordered goons to shoot up her house when she filed for divorce. In recent years, she's had a stroke and a kidney transplant.

Stephen Hawkings' final book, "Brief Answers to the Big Questions," came out yesterday.

The 2018 NBA season got underway last night.

Taco Bell is bringing back their "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion for the World Series. If someone steals a base, it means a free taco for you!

As far as the breakup goes, Pete Davidson got back the $100,000 engagement ring he had bought for her, while Arianna will keep the pet pig they had gotten together.

Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the president has been tossed out.

Michael Buble says that story about him retiring from show biz was just tabloid fodder.

A spokesperson for Melania Trump is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office.

Sunday night's premiere of "The Alec Baldwin Show" on ABC earned a mere 0.4 rating among adults 18-49. Even with Robert De Niro as a guest, it was still the lowest-rated program in the demo of any broadcast network -- including the CW.

They're talking about taking an Amy Winehouse hologram on a tour, performing her hits. Would you go?

Hulu is producing at 10-part series with the Wu-Tang Clan, called: "Wu-Tang: An American Saga."

The half-sister of Julia Louis-Dreyfus was found dead of a drug overdose. It happened in August, we're just finding out.

The world's oldest woman at 129 says her long life is a punishment from God.

The Los Angeles Angels are giving managerial candidates a two-hour written exam.

Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa, gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. Almost 9 pounds!

Lady Gaga has confirmed she's engaged!

TODAY IS

Time to get out there and hit those "After Boss's Day Sales!"

Felicity Jones turns 35. She starred in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." That's the Star Wars movie where not a single life insurance agent would go near any of the characters.

Eminem is 46 today. Plain and peanut.

I've got to say, one of his biggest crimes, is that, everything he says, always rhymes! Oh my, it's contagious!
For old times' sake, he's going to celebrate by marrying and divorcing his wife again.
Time to turn the baseball cap around the right way.
Wyclef Jean, one-time Fugee, turns 49 today. Actually, he was a Fugee lots of times.

Ziggy Marley turns the big 5-0 today, mawn. He has a tradition of blowing out the candles on his cake and then inhaling the smoke.

Mike Judge turns 56 today. He gave us Bevis and Butthead and King of the Hill, but will like him anyway.

Country singer Alan Jackson turns the big 6-0 today... and is thankful, on a daily basis that he has absolutely no connection to Tito Jackson, LaToya Jackson and Janet Jackson.

Comedian Bill Hudson is 69. So what? Hey, he fathered Kate Hudson, so we'll always owe him for that.

George Wendt, forever known as Norm from "Cheers", celebrates the big 7-0! And if you just yelled out, "Norm," everyone's going to know you're older than you've been saying. One of the most famous people ever to come out of a bar, besides Lindsay Lohan.

Wear Something Gaudy Day -- How much is too much jewelry? Where's the line between style and gaudy bling?

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1492, Columbus sighted the isle of San Salvador. Or is that he met a guy named Sam Salvador. One of those. It was a huge day for the San Salvador Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Johnson, one of our country's earlier vice presidents, was born in 1781. As a boy, he vowed to one day become famous... but instead, he chose to be a vice president.

On this date in 1879, Georgia adopted its state flag, but shhhh... it never told the flag it was adopted.

In 1888, Thomas Edison filed for a patent on the "optical photograph" -- the motion picture.
There were some that opted to wait for the book to come out.
His first movie was called, "The Sneeze." Critics called it "exciting, but hopefully not contagious."
Shortly afterwards, he trademarked the phrase, "$8 for a bag of popcorn." He was a forward thinker.
Critics called it "jerky, poorly acted and in black and white."
Remember, his first movie showed someone sneezing. The only cost to shoot it was hiring an actor and whatever the price of pepper was at the time.

On this date in 1904, the bank of Italy opened its doors. What's the big deal? It became known as "Bank of America." Or, if you prefer, "Indigenous People's Bank."

In 1931, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion. Like THAT was the worst thing he ever did.

On this date in 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany. It also marked the first time anyone ever said the phrase, "Great job, Einstein!"

In 1964, the song "She's Not There" by the Zombies entered the U.S. top 40 chart. It wasn't easy having a group called the Zombies. People kept trying to hit them in the head.

On this day in 1983, the EPA issued a report warning of the "Greenhouse Effect." Good thing we listened...

Hollywood Squares premiered way back in 1966

Music Calendar...

   In 1960 Dion and the Belmonts break up.
   In 1960 "New Orleans" by Gary U.S. Bonds enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1960 "Save The Last Dance For Me" by the Drifters hits #1 on the U.S.
           top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
   In 1964 "She's Not There" by the Zombies enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1964 "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
           chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1965 The Rolling Stones' album "Out Of Our Heads" is released.
   In 1965 The musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," with a score by
           Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, opens on Broadway.
   In 1967 A memorial service is held for Beatles manager Brian Epstein at New
           London Synagogue.
   In 1967 "Hair," the musical, opens at New York Public Theatre.
   In 1969 Joan Baez is arrested in a blockade of an Army Induction Center.
   In 1969 The Kinks begin their first U.S. tour in 4 years.
   In 1969 Led Zeppelin's album "Led Zeppelin II," containing the single "Whole
           Lotta Love," is released. Also, the band begins their third U.S.
           tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.
   In 1970 "After Midnight" by Eric Clapton and "The Tears Of A Clown" by
           Smokey Robinison & the Miracles both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1970 "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5 hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart
           and stayed there for 5 weeks.
   In 1975 Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) marries his second wife, Yvonne Spencely.
   In 1975 David Bowie's single "Fame" is certified gold.
   In 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd's album "Street Survivors" is released.
   In 1978 Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand record "You Don't Bring Me
           Flowers."
   In 1981 Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash and "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart
           both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1981 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross hits #1
           on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
   In 1983 Michael Jackson appears on the cover of People magazine.
   In 1984 Blues singer Alberta Hunter dies at the age of 89.
   In 1986 "Sid & Nancy," the film biography of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious
           and his girlfriend, opens nationally.
   In 1987 "Lost In Emotion" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam is #1 on the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1988 The Traveling Wilbury's single "Handle With Care" is released.
   In 1990 Eric Clapton's album "Crossroads" is certified platinum.
   In 1991 The Judds announce Naomi Judd's retirement from Country music due
           to chronic hepatitis.
   In 1991 John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy
           spells. His doctor later attributes the problem to "too much coffee,
           stress and not enough breakfast."
   In 1994 Billy Joel performs the opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena.
   In 1994 The album "No Quarter" by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant is released.
   In 1994 Neil Diamond's album "Love At The Greek" is certified double
           platinum, while Billy Joel's album "An Innocent Man" goes platinum
           for the seventh time.
   In 1995 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers on stage
           at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. It was the club where
           Springsteen began his career.
   In 1995 Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of cheating the singer
           out of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in
           prison.
   In 1997 The TV series "Players" starring rapper Ice-T debuts on NBC.
   In 1997 Warren G files suit against Garth Brooks alleging that Brooks
           infringed on the rapper's trademarked circled "g" logo.
   In 1997 More than 2000 jam into an Aurora, Colorado, church for John
           Denver's funeral service.
   In 1998 The Wilkinsons made their first official appearance on the Grand
           Ole Opry.
   In 1998 "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1999 Johnny Cash is readmitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville,
           suffering from pneumonia. He nearly died from it a year earlier.
   In 1999 Santana's album "Supernatural" jumps to #1 in retail sales. It was
           the group's first #1 release in 28 years.
   In 2000 John Lennon's piano, used to compose "Imagine," tops the list of
           items available on a live and Internet Beatles auction.
   In 2001 Oscar-winning songwriter Jay Livingston dies at age 86.
   In 2001 Rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in a New York court to stabbing producer
           Lance "Un" Rivera in December, 1999.
   In 2008 Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs dies in Detroit. He was 72.

Today In History...

In 1492 Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador.

In 1777 British forces surrender to American troops in Saratoga, NY, in what

proved to be a major turning point in the Revolutionary War.

In 1887 Gustav Kirchoff, discoverer of the laws of spectroscopy, dies.

In 1888 Thomas Edison files for a patent for the optical photograph, the

first movie.

In 1894 The Ohio National Guard kill 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man.

In 1904 The Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors.

In 1919 The Radio Corporation Of America (RCA) is created.

In 1931 Chicago mobster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion and is

sentenced to 11 years in prison. (He was released in 1939.)

In 1933 Albert Einstein arrives in the U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany.

In 1939 Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," starring Jean Arthur

and Jimmy Stewart premieres in Washington, DC.

In 1941 The U.S. destroyer Kearny is torpedoed by a German submarine off the

coast of Iceland, killing eleven.

In 1945 Colonel Juan Peron stages a coup in Buenos Aires, becoming the

absolute ruler of Argentina.

In 1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit the White House.

In 1957 French author Albert Camus is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1966 TV's "Hollywood Squares" premieres.

In 1973 An Arab oil embargo begins in retaliation for American aid to

Israel. It lasts until March, 1974.

In 1977 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu Somalia

freeing all 86 hostages aboard and killing 3 of the 4 hijackers.

In 1978 President Carter signs a bill restoring U.S. citizenship to

Confederate President Jefferson Davis who died in 1889.

In 1979 Mother Teresa of India is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her

years of work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.

In 1983 The EPA issues a report warning of the "Greenhouse Effect."

In 1985 Italian Premier Bettino Craxi resigns in the wake of a dispute

concerning his handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking.

In 1985 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1986 The U.S. Senate approves and sends to President Reagan an

immigration bill prohibiting the hiring of illegal aliens and

offering amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who had entered the

U.S. prior to 1982.

In 1987 The first World Series game in a covered stadium is played at the

Minnesota Metrodome.

In 1987 First lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy.

In 1989 A 7.1 earthquake strikes Northern California killing 67 people,

injuring 2500 and causing $7 billion in damage.

In 1990 In testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

Secretary of State James Baker says that Iraqi President Saddam

Hussein "must fail if peace is to succeed."

In 1991 Entertainer Tennessee Ernie Ford dies in Reston, VA, at age 72.

In 1991 The Atlanta Braves win their first National League pennant.

In 1992 Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori, 16, is shot and killed by

Rodney Peairs in Center, LA, after Hattori and his American host

mistakenly knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween

party. (Peairs was acquitted of manslaughter.)

In 1993 In a CBS interview, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole said he would

offer legislation restricting President Clinton's authority to send

troops to Haiti.

In 1994 Leaders of Israel and Jordan initial the peace treaty.

In 1994 Negotiators for the Angolan government and rebels agree to a peace

treaty to end their 19-year-old civil war.

In 1995 In the first known violent border clash in years, an armed North

Korean agent is shot to death just inside South Korea.

In 1995 A bomb explodes on a Paris subway car, wounding 29.

In 1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires security chief Alexander

Lebed, one day after the former general was accused by rival of

building his own rogue army.

In 1997 The remains of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who roamed the world as

revolutionary, were laid to rest in his adopted Cuba.

In 1998 A pipeline explosion and fire in southwest Nigeria kills some 700

people.

In 1999 Former nurse Orville Lynn Majors is convicted of murdering six

patients at a western Indiana hospital. (Majors is now serving a

360-year prison sentence.)

In 2000 Israeli and Palestinian end an emergency summit in Egypt, agreeing

to publicly urge an end to the ongoing conflict.

In 2001 Israel's tourism minister, Rehavam Zeevi is shot to death in the

first-ever assassination of a serving Cabinet minister by

Palestinians.

In 2003 Fire kills six people in a high-rise county building in Chicago.

Born On This Day...

   In 1711 America's first black poet, Jupiter Hammon
   In 1780 Richard Mentor Johnson, 9th U.S. vice-president (1837-1841)
   In 1848 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, William "Candy" Cummings (curve ball)
   In 1880 Industrialist, Charles Kraft (co-founded Kraft Foods)
   In 1886 Scientist, Ernest Goodpasture (developed mumps vaccine)
   In 1893 Actress, Spring Byington (Lily-December Bride, Daisy-Laramie)
   In 1901 John Paul I, 263rd Roman Catholic Pope [d: 9-29-78]
   In 1901 Actress, Irene Ryan (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies) [d: 4-26-73]
   In 1904 Comedian, Jerry Colonna (worked with Bob Hope) [d: 11-21-86]
   In 1905 Actress, Jean Arthur (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington) [d: 6-19-91]
   In 1906 Businessperson, Joseph A. Albertson (Albertsons) [d: 1-20-93]
   In 1906 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, William "Buck" Ewing (Giants) [d: 10-20-06]
   In 1909 Drummer, "Cozy" Cole (Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong) [d: 1-29-81]
   In 1914 Actor, Robert Lowery (Pistols 'n Petticoats) [d: 12-26-71]
   In 1914 Cartoonist, Jerry Siegel (Superman co-creater) [d: 1-28-96]
   In 1915 Playwright, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman) [d: 2-10-05]
   In 1916 Actor, John Marley (Cat Ballou) [d: 5-22-84]
   In 1916 Cartoonist, Virgil Partch (Big George) [d: 8-10-84]
   In 1918 Actress, Rita Hayworth (Gilda, I'll Cry Tomorrow) [d: 5-14-87]
   In 1920 Actor, Montgomery Clift (From Here To Eternity) [d: 7-23-66]
   In 1921 Actor/comedian, Tom Poston (Mork & Mindy, Newhart) [d: 4-30-07]
   In 1922 Musician, Luiz Floriano Bonfa (founded bossa nova) [d: 1-12-01]
   In 1924 Football coach, Don Coryell (Chargers) [d: 7-1-10]
   In 1925 Actor, Jack Wagner (voice of Disney, Ozzie & Harriet) [d: 6-16-95]
   In 1926 Actress, Julie Adams (Away All Boats, Black Rose, Code Red) (92)
   In 1926 Actress, Beverly Garland (My Three Sons, Scarecrow & Mrs. King) [d: 12-5-08]
   In 1926 Astronaut, Karl G. Henize (STS-51F) [d: 10-5-93]
   In 1930 Columnist/talk show host, Jimmy Breslin (NY Post, Newsday) [d: 3-19-17]
   In 1932 U.S. weightlifter, Paul Anderson (Olympic-Gold-1956) [d: 8-15-94]
   In 1933 Astronaut, William A. Anders (Apollo VIII) (85)
   In 1938 Motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knievel [Robert Craig] [d: 11-30-07]
   In 1941 Country singer, Earl Thomas Conley (77)
   In 1941 Singer/guitarist/violinist, Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) (77)
   In 1942 Singer/guitarist, Gary Puckett (and the Union Gap) (76)
   In 1946 U.S. pole vaulter/actor, Bob Seagren (Olympic-Gold-1968/Soap) (72)
   In 1946 Guitarist, Jim Tucker (The Turtles) (72)
   In 1947 Actor, Michael McKean (Lenny-Laverne & Shirley, Grand, SNL) (71)
   In 1948 Actress, Margot Kidder (Lois Lane-Superman, Amityville Horror) [d: 5-13-18]
   In 1948 Actor, George Wendt (Norm-Cheers) (70)
   In 1949 Comedian, Bill Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) (69)
   In 1950 Actor, Howard E. Rollins (Virgil-Heat of the Night) [d: 12-8-96]
   In 1955 Actor, Sam Bottoms (Apocalypse Now, East of Eden) [d: 12-16-08]
   In 1956 Astronaut, Mae C. Jemison (STS-47) (first black woman in space) (62)
   In 1957 Actor/comedian, Norm MacDonald (SNL, Norm MacDonald Show) (61)
   In 1957 Football player, Steve McMichael (61)
   In 1957 Actor, Vincent Van Patten (Apple's Way, Three For The Road) (61)
   In 1958 Playmate, Gig Gangel (January-1980) (60)
   In 1958 Country singer, Alan Jackson (Don't Rock The Jukebox) (60)
   In 1960 Golfer, Jay Delsing (58)
   In 1962 Animator, Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) (56)
   In 1967 Singer, Rene Dif (51)
   In 1968 Reggae singer/songwriter, Ziggy Marley (50)
   In 1969 Golfer, Ernie Els (49)
   In 1969 Rap singer, Wyclef Jean (Fugees) (49)
   In 1970 Actress, Shauna O'Brien (Showgirls) (48)
   In 1971 Singer, Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) (47)
   In 1972 Actress, Sharon Leal (Guiding Light, Boston Public) (46)
   In 1972 Rap singer, Eminem (The Real Slim Shady, 8 Mile) (46)
   In 1977 Bassist, Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) (41)
   In 1979 Auto race driver, Kimi Raikkonen (Formula One-2007) (39)
   In 1980 Actress, Angel Parker (Lab Rats) (38)
   In 1980 Actor, Justin Shenkarow (Eerie Indiana, Matthew-Picket Fences) (38)
   In 1983 Actress, Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) (35)
   In 1985 Actor, Max Irons (Red Riding Hood, The White Queen) (33)
   In 1986 Singer, Chris Motionless (Motionless in White) (32)
   In 1992 Actor, Jacob Artist (Glee) (26)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

The Latest "Living While Black" Atrocity

In St. Louis, Hilary Brooke Mueller decided she would attempt to block D'Arreion Toles from entering the condo building where he lives. His only "crime" - was apparently being a black man. Mueller, who was outside with her dog, repeatedly asked Toles what unit of the Elder Shire Lofts condominium complex he lived in. After he managed to get past her and into the building, she followed him into the elevator and all the way to his door, then she called police. About 30 minutes later, police arrived at the unit and told Toles that Mueller had reported being "uncomfortable" with his presence; he told police he rented the unit and had shown Mueller his key fob. He posted videos of the unbelievable encounter with Mueller on Facebook and she quickly became known as "Apartment Patty." Eventually her identity was uncovered and that led to getting her racist butt fired. Real estate management company Tribeca-STL, posted a statement on its website saying she had been fired. Neither Mueller nor the police have yet commented on the situation, but Toles told reporters he felt unsafe, even concerned he could end up like Botham Jean, the black man shot dead by a police officer in his own Dallas apartment. Even so, he asked supporters not to attack Mueller saying, "I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that. I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her." That's an amazing man. (KMOV)

Catholic Reverend in the Headlines. Wanna Guess Why?

A reverend for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City was arrested after allegedly trying to pick up a prostitute. Two Salt Lake City police officers saw 63-year-old Andrzej Pawel Skrzypiec repeatedly driving around a parking lot. Officer Palmer and Officer Roop were working undercover as street prostitutes and at one point Skrzypiec approached Palmer and accused the officer of being a cop. Palmer denied the accusation and asked if Skrzypiec was looking for a date. Skrzypiec admitted he was and then asked Palmer and Roop to get into his vehicle. Skrzypiec later explained what he wanted to the undercover officers and he agreed to pay for the sexual encounter. A third officer was signaled and Skrzypiec was taken into custody. After reading the suspect his Miranda rights, Skyrzpiec told the two officers that they were too pretty to be prostitutes. He later denied making a sex deal and claimed he roaming the area to get a taco from a nearby taco stand. The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City's website says Skrzypiec is on temporary leave from his duties. (KUTV)

Well Grandpa Won't Be Flying Out for a While

It seems 56-year-old Hatam Hamad had a few too many during a flight from New Orleans to London and at one point in the flight allegedly exposed himself and slapped another passenger. Hamad, who has 25 grandchildren, was taken into custody when the plane landed at Heathrow Airport. In court, the prosecutor read a statement from Joel Vilmenay, the man who was assaulted, which described the bizarre incident. Vilmenay said he was flying with his wife and two children when Hamad walked down the aisle of the plane with his genitals hanging out, putting them "within three inches of my face." Vilmenay stood up to confront Hamad, who responded by "grunting" and then exposing himself to another passenger. He then back-handed Velmenay across the chest before he was escorted to the back of the aircraft, where members of the flight crew guarded him until the plane landed. Hamad initially pleaded not guilty but changed his mind and was given a six-week jail sentence suspended for one year after admitting to the assault. (WSRZ)

Stephen Hawking's Final Warning From Beyond the Grave

A new Stephen Hawking book comes out today and the late physicist has a warning that sounds straight out of a dystopian sci-fi movie. Hawking worries that genetic editing will allow the rich to turn themselves into "superhumans" who will eventually dominate the world and perhaps the universe. In the book Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Hawking writes: "Once such superhumans appear, there will be significant political problems with unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete. Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate." Looking further out, "if the human race manages to redesign itself, it will probably spread out and colonize other planets and stars." As for our No. 2 threat? Hawking says climate change. (Newser)

Mother of the Year - For Real This Time

For once we've got a real mother-of-the-year contender. In Queensland, Australia, 23-year-old Fiona Simpson was driving home with her 4-month-old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother when it started raining. As the rain started to come down harder, she pulled over. Then, it started to hail-and the hail shattered the window next to the infant. That's when Simpson decided to act as a human shield for the baby, shielding the girl with her own body and later trying to also help her grandmother when hail broke the front window of the car. The trio was caught in a "supercell thunderstorm," that caused giant hail and a tornado. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said or Simpson, "She's one of the bravest people I've read of lately," and recommend her for a hero award. Simpson says she's been overwhelmed with supportive messages since her story made headlines: "People are offering to help, offering to send me ointments and creams, offering to buy me a massage, a few insurance companies have offered to replace my car." (ABC Australia)

Sleep More! Earn Rewards Points!

Japan is known for keeping some of the world's longest working hours, but some companies are starting to realize that their workers also need to sleep in order to be productive. One such company is actually encouraging employees to sleep more by rewarding them with points that can be spent at cafeterias and shops. CRAZY, a Tokyo-based wedding planning company, recently announced the implementation of a "sleep remuneration system." Workers who install the Sleep Analysis app on their smartphones and share their data with the company are eligible to receive points according to how many hours of sleep they get ever night. All employees have to do is place their smartphones by their beds and start the Airweave Sleep Analysis app, and it will take care of the rest. The software can track body movements during sleep, measure sleep depth and sleep time, among other things. If the app shows that an employee has slept the minimum of 6 hours per night, for five nights a week, they will receive 500 points ($4.50). If they manage to do that 6 times a week, they get 600 points ($5.40), and reaching the 6-hour threshold for a full week yields 1,000 points ($9). Employees also get a bonus of 1,000 points if they share their sleep data with the company for a full month, even if they don't meet the set sleep goals. (Oddity Central)

What the What?

In Bradenton, Florida, police arrested 22-year-old Hermes Callijas-Gasperin who allegedly pelted his mother with sausages because she accidentally bumped into him while making his dinner. According to the police report, the food fight erupted when Callijas-Gasperin demanded his mom make him dinner, and she said she was busy. When she did begin to cook his meal - sausages - she accidentally bumped into her son. He expressed his outrage by throwing the sausages at her, hitting her in the eye, and then put his hands on her neck and pushed her. Somebody wasn't raised right! (Metro)

DID YOU KNOW?

According to a recent survey, almost half of women say a beautiful house is the ultimate status symbol.

When women were asked what food reminds them of their husband in another survey, one third of them said a potato.
People relax all the time on weekends, but rarely on weekdays.
A survey found that 31% of couples have never gone on a romantic trip together. And get this, the average couple only spends seven minutes a day being romantic.
When it comes to the holidays, almost half of us say that money is no object when it comes to staying in a hotel rather than with relatives.
According to one study, men can reduce their risk of a stroke by shaving every day.
When it comes to physical activity, more people end up in the emergency room because they were doing yoga.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they're pregnant! Harry and Meghan say they're expecting the newest royal in the spring.

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, has died from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his family announced. He was 65.

Micheal Buble says he's quitting showbiz to focus on his family, after his youngest's battle with cancer.

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They'll be closing 142 more stores before the end of the year.

BBC announced that its Dracula three-part miniseries set in 1897, which was first teased back in 2017, is at long last moving forward with Netflix.

"Keeping up with the Kardashians" has hit its lowest ratings ever.

Nepal has blocked 25,000 porn sites in a big crackdown.

TMZ.com Reports that Tara Reid flew into a rage on a L.A. flight to New York flight, prompting the captain to toss her, and her little dog, off the plane. She allegedly loudly complained about being given the wrong seat.

"American Idol" season 6 contestant Antonella Barba has been arrested and charged with dealing heroin. That was the year Jordan Sparks won the competition.

Bill Coors died peacefully in his home over the weekend. He was 102 and spent 65 years with the brewing company.

Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for firearms violations.

The Diamondbacks are making the switch to synthetic turf at Chase Field next year.

A new study links memory loss to poor eyesight and hearing.

A U.S. postal worker reportedly stole $630,000 of stamps to sell to fund a gambling habit.

A study says Texas is among the best places to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

What's Nick Cannon been up to? He's finishing his Master's Degree at Howard University and set to host a weekly late night show on FOX beginning next year.