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Friday, September 28, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Now That's a Tough Decision

In Jamestown, North Dakota, it took 69-year-old Myron Schlafman just moments to make what had to be the toughest decision of his life. Schlafman was using an electric meat mixer to make homemade sausage in his garage. As he removed a chunk of meat from the machine he accidentally stepped on the pedal that powered it, pulling his left arm into the device. He says the bone was severed but the hand remained attached via skin, nerves, and tissue-and that he believed he'd bleed to death if he didn't remove the hand above his wrist immediately. So he did! Schlafman said, "When I cut off my arm, I could feel my nerves jumping. If I would have hesitated, I would have stood right there and bled to death." He says a tourniquet applied by two responding officers further enabled him to survive. Doctors weren't able to reattach the hand so he'll ultimately be outfitted with a prosthetic one. His take on the situation is an amazingly optimistic one saying: "I went through Vietnam. I can handle this." (KFGO)

Wait - You Mean It Wasn't the Great Tribulation?

As for that carload of naked people arrested for kidnapping in a bizarre case in Canada last year, we're finally getting some new information. Apparently they believed they were doing a good deed-saving their neighbors from demons. Two women and a man involved in the incident pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement last week and one of the women also admitted to dangerous driving. According to court documents, the group of five Jehovah's Witnesses had been staying at a house in Alberta, where one of the women had taken her two teen daughters to visit her 27-year-old nephew and his wife. Over three days in early November, the group was apparently overtaken by religious mania and came to believe the Great Tribulation, part of the Biblical "End Times," had occurred. So, obviously believing they were in danger from "wicked people outside or from demons," they ended up fleeing the home so quickly that only the mother had time to get dressed. The group kidnapped a man, his daughter, and her baby son from a neighboring home and drove off at speed chanting "Jehovah." The neighbors escaped when the SUV slowed down. They were then picked up by a truck that stopped to help-which was then rammed by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Court documents state that when police arrived, the group, believing the officers "were monsters who would kill them," refused to leave the vehicle, and "displayed extreme strength" as officers subdued them with pepper spray and Tasers. (Guardiana)

Sometimes It's Best to Just Catch a Later Flight

Over in Dublin, Ireland, one young man now sits in jail - because he really didn't want to miss his plane! The crazy tale starts with an unidentified man in his 20s showing up at the boarding gate Thursday morning too late to board his flight to Amsterdam. Authorities say he argued with Ryanair personnel, then began pounding on an airport window, apparently hoping to get the ground crew's attention in hopes they would hold the plane for him. When that didn't work he reportedly then broke through a door and made his way on to the tarmac trying to flag the aircraft down. The plane was already taxiing at the time and airport security intervened on the tarmac until police quickly arrived to make an arrest. (ITV News)

Yell at Your Kids and You'll Cause Depression and Low Self-Esteem

Goodness knows parenting can be frustrating at times and kids can get downright wild! However, a new report in The Journal of Child Development says constantly screaming at your kids can cause permanent damage. According to the study, children who are yelled at regularly have more depressed and anxious feelings. If you scream at your children, you're setting them up to yell at people or to expect that they will get yelled at when they get older. Yelling can also change the neurological pathways in a child's brain to thinking they are in danger, making them fight, flight or freeze. These types of responses get etched into the child's brain and affects their personality. Ironically, yelling is usually ineffective as it makes the children not want to listen to you and makes the parent appear weak. Dr. Alan Kazdin says calm conversation is how a parent should approach their children. Using a sense of humor while being authoritative and still connecting with them can also help, but they need to know what they've done wrong. This is where positive and negative reinforcement happen. Praise them if they've done what they are supposed to do. If not, they must be given consequences without you yelling at them or being too aggressive. Occasional yelling is fine in extreme situations like kids fighting or hurting each other. They need to get shocked so that the potentially dangerous situation will not occur. However, after getting their attention, you should calm your voice as you remedy the situation. (APost.com)

Come On Japan - Grow Some Stones!

For some reason, many of our Japanese friends find it incredibly difficult to quit their jobs. No worries, "Exit" is a new Tokyo-based startup and will be more than happy to handle that ugly task for you - as long as you've got $350 - $450! Exit's founders said they were surprised that so many people find quitting their jobs so stressful, but they have been more than happy to help hundreds of them get through this process. Once a request for their services is received and the mandatory fee is deposited, Exit employees will contact the client's employer and relay the message that the client has resigned and that, in most cases, will not be coming to work anymore. All necessary paperwork and details such as remaining paid leave or any items that need to be returned are to be handled by mail, with Exit acting as a middleman should any party have any questions during this process. In just one year since its inception, Exit Inc., has already mediated the resignations of around 800 clients all around Japan. With the amount of media attention they've been getting lately, that number is expected to surge in the near future. (Oddity Central)

Something Wrong With Your Sewer Ma'am?

Out in Enfield, North Carolina, neighbors of 69-year-old Donna Sue Hudgins thought maybe she had a sewer problem. The source of the odor ended up being much more horrific. Police say Hudgins kept her mother's dead body in their home for months "because she was curious and wanted to see the stages of death." The strange case began when Hudgins went to a funeral home to make arrangements for her 93-year-old mother, who she said had died that morning. The only problem: Hudgins reportedly said she didn't know where EMS had taken Nellie May Hudgins' body. The funeral home was unable to track down the mother and contacted police. After speaking with the daughter officers entered the residence to do a welfare check and discovered a badly decomposed body in the home. Hudgins was charged with felony concealment of a death and will appear before a judge in November. The mother was ultimately given a proper burial. (News and Observer)

What the What?

Have you ever heard of Moonpig? Well they're an internet company that specializes in creating personalized greeting cards. However, they've got a message that apparently applies to many, many people: Stop sending pictures of your private parts to have put on our cards! And yes, the company says the girls are just as bad as the boys. On their website, Moonpig writes: "Please stop uploading pics of your genitals to our cards it is against our policies." So, if you're that desperate to send a pic of your privates in greetings card, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way - by printing the photo out yourself and gluing it on to the card. Oh - and what's wrong with you?? (Metro)

DID YOU KNOW?

25% of men get tired after 26 minutes of shopping.

Every year 2 million people in the U.S. are caught shoplifting.
33% of women would change their laugh.
The average couple only spends seven minutes a day being romantic. That can mean anything from saying nice things to each other or cuddling on the couch.
One out of three people has had a date ruined by talking politics.
67% of women have dumped a guy because he complained too much.
In a travel survey, 38% of adults (mostly women) say swimsuit shopping is the most stressful thing about going on vacation.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A Colorado pot shop learned their lesson. So, when the latest smash-and-grab took place, all the thieves got away with was Oregano.

Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home has been broken into for the second time in the past couple of months.

The next season of "Jersey Shore" just got real interesting as JWoww is divorcing her husband, Roger Mathews TMZ has confirmed.

There's talk that Papa John is in talks to buy back his pizza chain.

Amazon opened a brick and mortar store in New York City yesterday.

Well, along with October come rumors of a stock market crash. One thing fueling that-executives selling their stocks at a record pace.

Katie Perry and Orlando Bloom seem to be back together.

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum seem to be dating again, too.

The foot injury that forced Childish Gambino to cancel a show last weekend is now forcing him to postpone his tour for a while.

Bill Cosby will have access to a TV and tablet in prison.

Your risk for hearing loss can drop 30% if you eat a diet full of veggies, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fish, according to a 22 year study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Kylie Jenner is selling the first home she ever bought in Los Angeles for $6.7 million. It's being referred to as the "House that Lipstick Built."

America's Got Talent finalist Michael Ketterer will NOT be facing domestic violence charges after last Thursday's arrest.

While shows are being rebooted left and right, Ted Danson says he would have absolutely no interest in a "Cheers" relaunch.

A study says Tampa is the most dangerous place to ride a bike in the U.S.

We told you last week about Prince Charles' cousin, Ashley Hicks who dumped his pregnant American wife, Kata de Solis, for one of her best friends. The lovebirds have already called it quits.

Marcia Cross-Bree, from "Desperate Housewives," says she's lucky to be alive after a battle with anal cancer.

Yes, a novelty store called Archie McPhee's in Seattle is selling Macaroni and Cheese-flavored candy canes.

In the Philippines, the new world record was set as over 7,000 people applied lipstick at the same time.

TODAY IS

Hilary Duff is 31 and remains the only actress ever named after a beer on the Simpsons. Seems like she's been around so long, she should be 41. Did someone quit counting for a while?

Naomi Watts turns the big 5-0 today. It's an even bigger number when you're an actress. I believe that's 245 in actress years. Mira Sorvino turns 51 today. I've got a picture of her hanging up, just so I can wake up every morning and say, "Mira, Mira, on the wall."

Moon Unit Zappa turns 51 today. Wouldn't you think by this age, you might consider changing your name to... oh... anything else? Her big time was back in the days of the "Valley Girl." Totally, for sure.

Janeane Garofalo celebrates her 54th birthday today. She's so far to the left, when she makes a movie, they have to put her on the far right side of the camera just get her in the middle.

Former NFL player and congressman Steve Largent turns 64 today. During his hay day, he caught more passes than a group of Clinton interns at a wine tasting.

Jeffrey Jones, the principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," turns 72 today... and is STILL trying to catch Bueller playing hooky.

Ask A Stupid Question Day -- officially on September 28, but in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. What's the stupidest question you've ever been asked?

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1066, William The Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne. Up until that day, he was known as William the Wanna Be. But you already know by his name how the invasion went. Otherwise he would be known as William the Almost Pulled It Off.

In 1850, flogging was officially abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
We really need to talk with our boss about one of those bans.
Oh, so that's why the boss always says "This ain't the Navy" before our weekly floggings.
Some day, I hope our company will adopt that standard.
That was the inspiration for the old cliche, "If you can't beat 'em, don't."

On this date in 1858 Donati's comet became the first comet to be photographed. Some said it would become famous, while others wrote it off as just a passing star...

In 1892, the very first nighttime football game takes place, in Mansfield, PA, between Mansfield University and Wyoming Seminary. If only they had lights. They thought they were playing completely different teams.

On this date in 1920, eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in what has become known as the "Black Sox" scandal. Can you believe that? They actually played the World Series in September?

Music Calendar...

   In 1928 In Nashville's first commercial recording session, the Binkley
           Brothers record "Dixie Clodhoppers" for Victor Records.
   In 1963 New York disc jockey Murray The K plays "She Loves You" by the
           Beatles. It is believed to be the first time a Beatles' song was
           ever played in the U.S.
   In 1968 Jeannie C. Reily sings "Harper Valley PTA" on TV's "Hollywood
           Palace."
   In 1968 Janis Joplin announces plans to leave Big Brother & The Holding
           Company.
   In 1968 Pete Townshend of the Who appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
   In 1968 The Moody Blues' LP "Days Of Future Past" debuts on the U.S. albums
           chart.
   In 1968 "Hey Jude" by the Beatles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 9 weeks.
   In 1972 David Bowie sells out his first U.S. show at New York's Carnegie
           Hall.
   In 1973 The Rolling Stones appear on U.S. television for the first time
           since 1967 on ABC's "In Concert."
   In 1973 Seals & Crofts host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests
           T-Rex, Arlo Guthrie and Uriah Heep.
   In 1974 John Lennon appears as a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York.
   In 1974 "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" by John Lennon and "When Will
           I See You Again" by Three Degrees both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1974 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1976 A&M Records sues George Harrison after he fails to deliver his LP,
           "33 1/3" on time. Harrison had been suffering from hepatitis.
   In 1976 AC/DC's album "High Voltage" is released.
   In 1976 Jefferson Starship's album "Spitfire" is certified platinum.
   In 1984 U2's album "The Unforgettable Fire" is released.
   In 1987 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson are guests on the TV game show
           "$10,000 Pyramid."
   In 1987 "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" by Michael Jackson is certified gold.
   In 1988 Soviet newspapers report John Denver offered to pay $10 million for
           a ride aboard the Soyuz space shuttle.
   In 1988 REO Speedwagon's album "The Hits" and Joan Jett's album "Up Your
           Alley" are both certified gold.
   In 1989 Jimmy Buffett's book of short stories, "Tales of Margaritaville:
           Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions," is published.
   In 1990 Marvin Gaye receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
   In 1991 Pioneering jazz trumpeter Miles Davis dies at age 65.
   In 1991 "Cream" by Prince enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1991 "Ropin' the Wind" by Garth Brooks becomes the first Country album to
           debut at #1 on Billboard's Pop albums chart.
   In 1992 After 8 years of marriage, Duran Duran's Nick Rhoades and his wife
           Julie Ann announce they would divorce.
   In 1993 Paul Simon's album "1964-1993" is released.
   In 1993 "If" by Janet Jackson is certified gold.
   In 1996 Tiny Tim collapses on-stage having suffered a heart attack during a
           ukulele concert in Montague, MA.
   In 1998 Whitesnake's album "Greatest Hits" is certified platinum.
   In 1999 Jessica Simpon's single "I Want To Love You Forever" and Gloria
           Estefan & 'N Sync's single "Music Of My Heart" are both released.
   In 1999 Eric Clapton's album "Blues" is certified gold.
   In 2000 Barbra Streisand performs her farewell concert at New York's
           Madison Square Garden.
   In 2001 Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel perform at an American Red Cross
           benefit concert at Montreal's Molson Centre for victims of the
           September 11 terrorist attacks.
   In 2004 In a Los Angeles Times editorial, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens)
           blasts the U.S.'s system of screening airline passengers of
           potential terrorists as "indiscriminate" and "unjust" after he was
           barred from entering the U.S. the previous week.

Today In History...

   In 1066 William The Conquerer invades England to claim the English throne.
   In 1542 Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California at
           what is now San Diego.
   In 1781 American forces in the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet,
           begin their siege of Yorktown Heights, Virginia.
   In 1787 Congress votes to send the just-completed Constitution of the United
           States to state legislatures for their approval.
   In 1850 Flogging is abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
   In 1858 Donati's comet is the first to be photographed.
   In 1892 The first nighttime football game takes place, in Mansfield, PA,
           between Mansfield University and Wyoming Seminary.
   In 1920 Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for allegedly
           throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in what
           becomes known as the "Black Sox" scandal.
   In 1924 Two U.S. Army planes land in Seattle, WA, having completed the first
           around-the-world flight in 175 days.
   In 1939 During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a plan to
           partition Poland.
   In 1944 The first TV musical comedy, "The Boys from Boise," is telecast.
   In 1953 Astronomer Edwin Hubble dies at age 53.
   In 1961 "Dr. Kildare," starring Richard Chamberlain and "Hazel," starring
           Shirley Booth, premeire on NBC-TV.
   In 1963 Giuseppe Cantarella roller-skates a record 41.5 kph for 440 yds.
   In 1965 Jack McKay reaches 90 km in the X-15.
   In 1967 Walter Washington takes office as the first mayor of the District of
           Columbia.
   In 1970 Anwar Sadat replaces Egyptian President Nassar when he dies of a
           heart attack at age 52.
   In 1972 Japan and Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic
           relations.
   In 1974 First Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy following the
           discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.
   In 1976 Muhammad Ali keeps his world heavyweight boxing championship with a
           close 15-round decision over Ken Norton in New York.
   In 1980 Jaromir Wagner sets the record for airplane "wing-walking" when he
           wing-walks across the Atlantic Ocean.
   In 1987 U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) announces she would
           not run for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.
   In 1988 President Reagan vetoes legislation designed to toughen curbs in
           textile, apparel and shoe imports.
   In 1989 Deposed Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos dies in exile in Hawaii
           at age 72.
   In 1990 The exiled emir of Kuwait visits the White House, where he told
           President Bush the Iraqis were destroying and looting his country.
   In 1992 A Pakistani jetliner crashes in Nepal, killing all 167 people
           aboard.
   In 1993 First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at Capitol Hill to begin
           selling the administration's health care plan to Congress.
   In 1994 More than 900 people die when an Estonian ferry capsizes and sinks
           in the Baltic sea.
   In 1994 Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, the number 2 man in Mexico's ruling
           Institutional Revolutionary Party, is assassanated.
   In 1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat, chairman of
           the PLO, sign an accord to transfer much of the West Bank to the
           control of its Arab residents.
   In 1996 With the U.S. abstaining, the UN Security Council passes a
           resolution indirectly calling on Israel to close an archaeological
           tunnel in Jerusalem that had touched off fighting between Israelis
           and Palestinians.
   In 1997 Swiss voters endorse their country's liberal drug policies, which
           include state distribution of heroin to hardened addicts.
   In 1997 Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 58th home run on the
           final day of the 1997 regular season (He would set a new home run
           record at 70 the following year.)
   In 1998 Hurricane Georges plows into the Gulf Coast, weakening to a tropical
           storm, but pouring rain at a pace of an inch per hour.
   In 1999 The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a state can give
           visitation rights to grandparents when, after a divorce or some
           other family split, the children's parents say no.
   In 2000 The U.S. government approves use of the abortion pill, RU-486.
   In 2000 Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau dies.
   In 2002 Rep. Patsy Mink, a 12-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, 
           dies in Honolulu at age 74. 
   In 2003 Tennis champion Althea Gibson dies at age 76. 
   In 2004 Award-winning designer Geoffrey Beene dies at age 77.

Born On This Day...

   In 1807 Geologist/geographer, Arnold Henry Guyot
   In 1839 Frances Willard, founded Women's Christian Temperance Union
   In 1841 French statesman, Georges Clemenceau (Treaty of Versailles)
   In 1852 French chemist, Henri Moissan (isolated fluorine)
   In 1856 Author, Kate Douglas Wiggins (founded free kindergarten)
   In 1888 Author, Herman McNeile (created English detective Bull-Dog Drummond)
   In 1889 Country singer, D.P. "Dad" Carter (Chuck Wagon Gang)
   In 1895 Architect, Wallace K. Harrison (Lincoln Center)
   In 1901 CBS Founder, William S. Paley [d: 10-26-90]
   In 1902 Variety show host/columnist, Ed Sullivan [d: 10-13-74]
   In 1905 Heavyweight boxing champ, Max Schmeling (1930-32) [d: 2-2-05]
   In 1907 Animator, Arthur Babbitt (Goofy, Snow White, Mr. Magoo) [d: 3-4-92]
   In 1907 Football player, Glen "Turk" Edwards (Redskins) [d: 1-12-73]
   In 1909 Cartoonist, Al Capp ("Li'l Abner") [d: 11-5-79]
   In 1911 Tennis player/golfer, Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr. [d: 3-17-94]
   In 1913 Tennis player, Alice Marble (US Open 1936, 1938-40) [d: 12-13-90]
   In 1916 Actor, Peter Finch (Network) [d: 1-14-77]
   In 1917 English ballet dancer, Michael Somes [d: 11-18-94]
   In 1919 Football Hall-of-Famer/sportscaster, Thomas Harmon [d: 3-15-90]
   In 1922 Actor/comedian, Joe Silver (Red Buttons Show) [d: 2-27-89]
   In 1923 Actor, William Windom (Murder She Wrote) [d: 8-16-12]
   In 1924 Actor, Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita) [d: 12-19-96]
   In 1925 Engineer, Seymour Cray (transistors in computers) [d: 10-5-96]
   In 1925 Actor, Arnold Stang (Milton Berle, Top Cat) [d: 12-20-09]
   In 1926 Comedian, Jerry Clower (Nashville on the Road) [d: 8-24-98]
   In 1928 Game/variety show host, Fred Robbins (Coke Time) [d: 6-2-92]
   In 1930 Country singer/songwriter, Tommy Collins [d: 3-14-00]
   In 1933 Actor, Robert Hogan (Peyton Place, Operation Petticoat) (85)
   In 1934 Actress/model, Brigitte Bardot (And God Created Woman) (84)
   In 1937 Announcer, Rod Roddy (The Price Is Right) [d: 10-27-03]
   In 1938 Singer/musician, Ben E. King (Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem) [d: 5-1-15]
   In 1941 Football player, Charley Taylor (Redskins) (77)
   In 1942 Baseball player, Grant Jackson (Yankees, Pirates, Royals) (76)
   In 1943 Actor, Joel Higgins (Best of the West, Silver Spoons) (75)
   In 1943 Bassist, Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf) (75)
   In 1943 Actor, J.T. Walsh (Red Rock West, A Few Good Men) [d: 2-27-98]
   In 1944 Actor, Matthew Cowles (Loving, All My Children) [d: 5-22-14]
   In 1946 Actor, Larry Breeding (Who's Watching the Kids) [d: 9-28-82]
   In 1946 Actor, Peter Egan (Chariots of Fire, Bean) (72)
   In 1946 Actress, Fiona Lewis (Stunts, Lisztomania) (72)
   In 1946 Actor, Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Boomer-Battlestar Galactica) (72)
   In 1946 Actor, Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ed Wood) (72)
   In 1950 Drummer, Paul Burgess (10cc) (68)
   In 1950 Actor, John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet) (68)
   In 1951 Sportscaster, Chris Marlowe (Nuggets) (67)
   In 1951 Baseball player, Dave Rajsich (Yankees) (67)
   In 1952 Actress, Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle) [d: 10-18-12]
   In 1954 Football player/congressman, Steve Largent (Seahawks) (64)
   In 1957 Jazz pianist, Kenny Kirkland [d: 11-13-98]
   In 1960 Singer/songwriter, Jennifer Rush (Flames of Paradise) (58)
   In 1962 Playmate, Anne-Marie Fox (February-1982) (56)
   In 1963 Basketball player/coach, Johnny Dawkins Jr. (55)
   In 1963 Actress, Susan Walters (Hotel, Dear John, Melrose Place) (55)
   In 1964 Actress, Laura Ceron (ER, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish) (54)
   In 1964 Actress/comedian, Janeane Garofalo (Truth About Cats & Dogs) (54)
   In 1965 Guitarist, Ginger Fish (53)
   In 1966 Country singer, Matt King (52)
   In 1967 Actress, Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphordite, Beautiful Girls) (51)
   In 1967 Singer, Moon Unit Zappa (Valley Girl) (51)
   In 1968 Singer, Sean Levert (Levert) [d: 3-30-08]
   In 1968 Actress/model, Carre Otis (Wild Orchid) (50)
   In 1968 Actress, Naomi Watts (Mulholland Dr., The Ring, I Love Huckabees) (50)
   In 1972 Dancer, Dita Von Teese (Marylin Manson's ex-wife) (46)
   In 1974 Actor, Todd Rotondi (Bryant-As the World Turns) (44)
   In 1975 Actress, Karan Ashley (Aisha-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) (43)
   In 1975 Country singer, Mandy Barnett (43)
   In 1978 Actress, Marzena Godecki (Neri-Ocean Girl) (40)
   In 1979 Actress, Anndi Lynn McAfee (Bump In The Night, Ice Cream Man) (39)
   In 1982 Actor, Matt Cohen (South of Nowhere, Supernatural) (36)
   In 1982 Singer, St. Vincent (Polyphonic Spree) (36)
   In 1983 Actor, Mathew Botuchis (Little Black Book, I See You) (35)
   In 1984 Singer, Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls) (34)
   In 1986 Drummer, Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons) (32)
   In 1987 Actress/singer, Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGwire, Agent Cody Banks) (31)
   In 1988 Actress, Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2) (30)
   In 1992 Football player, Tyler Lockett (KSU, Seahawks) (26)
   In 1998 Singer, Jenna Rose ("My Jeans") (20)
   In 2000 Actress, Brenna D'Amico (Descendants) (18)
   In 2000 Actor, Frankie Jonas (youngest of the Jonas Brothers) (18)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Music Calendar...

   In 1855 George F. Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle," the second American grand
           opera, opens at Niblo's Garden in New York City.
   In 1942 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time
           at the Central Theatre in Passaic, NJ, prior to Miller's entry into
           the U.S. Army.
   In 1943 The Andrew Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra record "Pistol
           Packin' Mama" and "Jingle Bells."
   In 1962 Then a Detroit secretary, Martha Reeves records "I'll Have to Let
           Him Go" with The Vandellas.
   In 1964 The Beach Boys make their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan
           Show," singing "I Get Around."
   In 1966 Tommy Roe appears on TV's "Where The Action Is."
   In 1968 The Jackson Five opens for Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight at a
           concert in Gary, Indiana.
   In 1969 "Wedding Bell Blues" by the Fifth Dimension enters the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1970 Rare Earth performs "I Know I'm Losing You" on the "Ed Sullivan
           Show."
   In 1972 Legendary Liverpool rocker Rory Storm (of and the Hurricanes fame)
           and his mother kill themselves in a double-suicide pact.
   In 1975 "I'm Sorry" by John Denver is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1976 Greg Allman and Cher appear on the cover of People magazine.
   In 1976 Steve Miller Band's album "Fly Like An Eagle" is certified
           platinum.
   In 1977 Ted Nugent's album "Cat Scratch Fever" is certified platinum.
   In 1979 Suffering from the flu, Elton John collapses midway through a
           Los Angeles concert, but returns 10 minutes later to finish.
   In 1979 Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, 26, is found dead in his apartment only
           days after leaving Paul McCartney's band Wings.
   In 1980 "More Than I Can Say" by Leo Sayer enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1983 Shelley West and Alan Frizzell file for divorce.
   In 1986 Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is killed when the band's bus
           overturns during an European tour.
   In 1986 "Walk Like An Egyptian" by the Bangles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1989 Billy Joel undergoes emergency surgery in New York City to remove a
           kidney stone.
   In 1990 Marvin Gaye is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
   In 1994 Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa makes her TV acting debut on the
           "John Larroquette Show."
   In 1994 The albums "Monster" by R.E.M., "Time Traveller" by The Moody Blues
           and "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band are all
           released.
   In 1994 Barbra Streisand's album "A Collection: Greatest Hits... And More"
           is certified double platinum.
   In 1995 Foo Fighters' self-titled album "Foo Fighters" is certified gold.
   In 1997 Bob Dylan meets with Pope John Paul II after playing at a Roman
           Catholic Youth Rally in Bologna, Italy.
   In 1997 Coolio marries Josefa Salinas.
   In 2000 Quincy Jones' Listen Up Foundation donates $25,000 to five South 
           Central Los Angeles youth organizations. 

Today In History...

   In 1777 General George Washington is defeated by the British in the Battle
           of Germantown.
   In 1779 John Adams is named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms
           with Britain.
   In 1825 The first locomotive to haul a passenger train is operated by George
           Stephenson in England.
   In 1854 The first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurs
   In 1892 Book matches are patented.
   In 1919 The Democratic National Committee votes to admit women.
   In 1923 Yankee great Lou Gehrig hits his first homerun.
   In 1928 The U.S. announces that it will recognize the Nationalist Chinese
           government.
   In 1938 The ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth" is launched at Glasgow.
   In 1939 Warsaw, Poland, surrenders after weeks of resistance to invading
           forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.
   In 1954 "Tonight!" (The Tonight Show) with Steve Allen premieres on NBC-TV.
   In 1959 A typhoon batters the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly
           5000 people.
   In 1959 Soviet leader Kikita Khrushchev concludes his U.S. visit.
   In 1962 The U.S. sells Israel the Hawk anti-aircraft missiles.
   In 1964 The Warren Commission issues a report concluding that Lee Harvey
           Oswald acted alone in the assasination of President John F. Kennedy
           in November 1963.
   In 1973 Soyuz 12 is launched.
   In 1979 Congress gives final approval to forming the Department of
           Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history.
   In 1985 Hurricane Gloria, having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of
           130 mph, proceeds up the Atlantic Coast hitting Long Island and
           Connecticut, killing six.
   In 1986 In Cleveland, 1,429,643 toy ballons are released simultaneously
           setting a Guinness Record.
   In 1986 The U.S. Senate joins the House of Representatives in approving the
           most sweeping changes in the federal tax code since World War II.
   In 1988 3 days after he had finished first in the men's 100-meter dash at
           the Seoul Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson went home in
           disgrace, stripped of his gold medal for using anabolic steroids.
   In 1989 Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi go over Niagara Falls in one
           barrell in the first 2-man plunge to make an anti-drug statement.
   In 1989 Columbia Pictures agrees to a $3.4 billion cash buyout by Sony.
   In 1990 The Senate Judiciary Committee approves the Supreme Court nomination
           of David H. Souter.
   In 1990 Former NBA commissioner and Democratic national chairman Lawrence F.
           O'Brien dies in New York at age 73.
   In 1991 President Bush announces that he would eliminate all U.S.
           battlefield nuclear weapons, and called on the Soviet Union to match
           the gesture.
   In 1991 The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocks, 7-7, on the nomination of
           Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
   In 1993 U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) is indicted on charges
           that as Texas state treasurer, she'd misused state facilities and
           employees. (Hutchison was acquitted in February, 1994.)
   In 1993 Retired General James H. Doolittle dies at age 96.
   In 1994 More than 350 Republican Congressional candidates gather on the
           steps of the U.S. Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a
           10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP
           majority to the House.
   In 1995 The U.S. government unveils its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a
           larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
   In 1996 In Afghanistan, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students,
           drive the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani out of Kabul,
           capture the capital and execute former leader Najibullah.
   In 1997 The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir station to
           drop off American David Wolf and pick up Michael Foale.
   In 1998 Gerhard Schroeder and his Social Democrats win national elections in
           Germany, following 16 years of conservative rule under Chancellor
           Helmut Kohl.
   In 1998 St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire's record-breaking season ends with
           his 69th and 70th home runs.
   In 1999 Tiger Stadium closes in grand fashion after 87 years as the Tigers
           beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-2.
   In 2000 In Sydney, Australia, the U.S. Olympic baseball team beat Cuba, 4-0,
           to capture its first baseball gold medal.
   In 2000 Venus Williams becomes only the second player to win Wimbledon, the
           U.S. Open and the Olympics in the same year with her 6-2, 6-4
           victory over Elena Dementieva.
   In 2003 Actor, Donald O'Connor ("Singin' in the Rain") dies at age 78. 
   In 2004 President Bush asks Congress for more than $7.1 billion to help 
           Florida and other Southeastern states recover from the destruction 
           left by four hurricanes.

Born On This Day...

   In 1601 Louis XIII, king of France (1610-43)
   In 1722 Statesman, Samuel Adams (signed the Declaration of Independence)
   In 1792 English illustrator, George Cruikshank (for Charles Dickens)
   In 1840 Political cartoonist, Thomas Nast
   In 1842 Businessman, Henry Alden Sherwin (Sherwin-Williams paint)
   In 1875 Italian novelist, Grazia Deledda
   In 1885 Magician/illusionist, Harry Blackstone Sr.
   In 1887 Businessman, James Dole (first Hawaiian pineapple canner)
   In 1896 Senator, Sam Ervin (Watergate Committee chairman)
   In 1898 Composer, Vincent Youmans (Tea For Two)
   In 1920 Actor, William Conrad (Cannon, Jake and the Fatman) [d: 2-11-94]
   In 1922 Singer, Raymond Edwards (The Silhouettes) [d: 1997]
   In 1922 Film director, Arthur Penn (Miracle Worker, Bonnie & Clyde) [d: 9-28-10]
   In 1923 Actress/singer, Mary McCarty (Starch-Trapper John, MD) [d: 4-3-80]
   In 1924 Jazz pianist, Earl "Bud" Powell [d: 8-1-66]
   In 1926 Actress, Jayne Meadows (I've Got A Secret, Steve Allen Show) [d: 4-26-15]
   In 1927 Jazz trumpeter, Red Rodney (Charlie Parker) [d: 5-27-94]
   In 1929 Actress, Sada Thompson (Kate-Family, Pursuit of Happiness) [d: 5-4-11]
   In 1932 Actor, Roger C. Carmel (voice of Smokey The Bear) [d: 11-11-86]
   In 1933 Actress, Kathleen Nolan (Kate McCoy-The Real McCoys) (85)
   In 1934 Actor, Wilford Brimley (Gus-Our House, Cocoon, The Firm) (84)
   In 1934 Actor, Greg Morris (Mission Impossible, Vega$) [d: 8-27-96]
   In 1934 Sportscaster/author, Dick Schaap (Instant Replay) [d: 12-21-01]
   In 1935 U.S. basketball player, Jerome Shipp (Olympic-Gold-1964) (83)
   In 1936 TV host, Don Cornelius (Soul Train) [d: 2-1-12]
   In 1939 Golfer, Kathy Whitworth (7-time LPGA Player of Year) (79)
   In 1943 Guitarist/singer, Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (75)
   In 1943 Bassist, Steve Boone (Lovin' Spoonful) (75)
   In 1947 Actor, Denis Lawson (Red Leader-Return of the Jedi) (71)
   In 1947 Singer, Meat Loaf [Marvin Lee Aday] (Bat Out of Hell) (71)
   In 1947 Actress, Liz Torres (All in the Family, John Larroquette Show) (71)
   In 1948 Actor, A Martinez (Whiz Kids, Santa Barbara, LA Law, Longmire) (70)
   In 1949 TV host, Robb Weller (Entertainment Tonight, Home Show) (69)
   In 1949 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Mike Schmidt (Phillies) (69)
   In 1950 Actor, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Lt. A.J. Shimamura-Nash Bridges) (68)
   In 1952 First Romanian space traveler, Dumitru Prunariu (Soyuz 40) (66)
   In 1953 U.S. runner, Benjamin Gene Brown (Olympic-Gold-1976) [d: 2-1-96]
   In 1953 Saxophonist/keyboardist, Greg Ham (Men At Work) [d: 4-19-12]
   In 1953 Bassist/songwriter, Robbie Shakespeare (Sly & Robbie) (65)
   In 1958 Actor/singer, Shaun Cassidy (Hardy Boys/Da Do Ron Ron) (60)
   In 1959 U.S. speed skater, Beth Heiden (Olympic-Bronze-1980) (59)
   In 1962 Comedian/actor, Shang Forbes (Comic View/Bye Bye Love) (56)
   In 1964 Singer, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) (54)
   In 1964 Jazz drummer, Matt Wilson (54)
   In 1965 Basketball player/coach, Steve Kerr (Warriors) (53)
   In 1967 Singer/songwriter, Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) [d: 10-21-95]
   In 1968 Actor, Patrick Muldoon (Melrose Place, Starship Troopers) (50)
   In 1970 Singer, Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd) (48)
   In 1970 Actress, Tamara Taylor (Party of Five, Bones) (48)
   In 1971 Actress, Amanda Detmer (The Majestic) (47)
   In 1972 Actress, Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare In Love, Sky Captain) (46)
   In 1977 Bassist, Patrick Bourque (Emerson Drive) [d: 9-25-07]
   In 1978 Singer, Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) (40)
   In 1982 Actress, Anna Camp (The Mindy Project, Pitch Perfect) (36)
   In 1982 Rap singer, Lil' Wayne (36)
   In 1984 Singer, Avril Lavigne (Complicated) (34)
   In 1986 Model/actress, Arielle Vandenberg (How I Met Your Mother) (32)
   In 1987 Singer, Austin Carlile (Of Mice & Men) (31)
   In 1991 Actor, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) (27)
   In 1993 Puerto Rican tennis player, Monica Puig (Olympic-Gold-2016) (25)
   In 1993 Bassist, Emma Sheppard (Sheppard) (25)
   In 1996 Actor, Stro (Earth to Echo) (22)
   In 2002 Actress, Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin, Stuck in the Middle) (16)
   In 2002 Actress, Jillian Spaeder (Walk the Prank) (16)

WEIRD NEWS

Ouch!

Over in Delhi, India, a husband has been left unable to speak after his enraged eight-month pregnant wife bit off his tongue when he tried kissing her during an argument. The 22-year-old man had to be rushed to the hospital and treated for heavy bleeding. The wife was subsequently arrested after telling police that she was unhappy with her married life as well as her husband's unattractive looks, so she couldn't control her rage anymore. The victim's mother claims they couple had been fighting for the last year. They had been married for two years, during which time they often quarreled, pretty much over everything. It's not clear who called the police, as the young man is still unable to speak due to his injury. In fact, he had to give the police a written statement. As for the eight-month pregnant woman, she remains in police custody and stands accused of "causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means". (Oddity Central)

The President's Ride

President Trump has a new ride - a brand-new presidential limo that NBC News calls "an unprecedented level of security." The 20,000-pound, $1.5 million limo, built by General Motors to look like a stretched version of a Cadillac XT6 sedan, is believed to use a heavily modified platform from GM's heavy-duty Chevrolet Kodiak truck and to have 8-inch thick walls and 5-inch, multilayer windows. A mix of steel, aluminum, and ceramic armors are meant to fend off different types of attacks. And in case of a biochemical attack, well, the car is sealed to protect against those, too. Its doors weigh as much as those on a 757 jet, and it has run-flat tires inside its almost bus-sized wheel wells. Plus there's a night vision system, door handles that can be electrified to shock anyone trying to get inside, and the ability to fire tear gas, lay down an oil slick, or deploy a smokescreen. Among its many communications technologies is the ability to dispatch the nuclear codes. Oh, and in addition to the seven seats it has inside to make sure Secret Service members can surround the president, it also contains a bunch of medical supplies-including a refrigerator full of blood matching Trump's blood type. Its nickname: The Beast! And let the jokes begin! (NBC News)

Teacher Fired For Giving Zeroes!

You might say teacher Diane Tirado was literally fired for nothing. The 52-year-old says West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Fla., let her go when she refused to give students a half-credit for handing in nothing. Apparently the school has a policy of not giving students zeroes. Per the school handbook, the lowest possible grade is 50%! Tirado left students a message on a school whiteboard: "Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. [heart] Mrs. Tirado." The 17-year teaching veteran says she'd given her 8th-grade US history class two weeks to finish an explorer notebook project, but several students didn't hand anything in. That's when she learned about the school's "no zero" policy. So Tirado says she asked school officials what to do, and was told, "We give them a 50." And she said, "Oh, we don't. This is not kosher." But she was still fired Sept. 14 without cause, which the school can apparently do because Tirado had just started teaching there in July and was still in her probationary period. Of course now a media storm has started so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Something says Ms. Tirado gets her job back. (CBS 12)

There's More Than One Way to Skin a Cat... or the NRA

A group of American nuns has won a second victory in their battle to force gun manufacturers to do more to prevent gun violence, convincing shareholders of American Outdoor Brands - formerly known as Smith & Wesson - to require the company to report on what it's doing to advance gun safety. On Monday, Sister Judy Byron, who introduced the resolution during Tuesday's virtual shareholder meeting, said she was not sure if the political will to hold gun companies accountable had dissipated in the seven months since the Parkland shooting. The approval of the resolution suggests that concern over gun violence - and shareholders' worries about what long-term impact America's escalating mass shooting problem might have on gun companies - is holding strong. The nuns bought stock in the company so that as shareholders they'd have the right to propose the resolution. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which announced that the measure backed by the religious groups had passed, did not have immediate information on what percentage of shareholders voted to approve it. A spokeswoman for American Outdoor Brands did not respond to a request for comment. (Yahoo News)

You'd Think the Preacher's Wife Would Make a Good Baby Sitter

You'd think the preacher's wife would be a pretty safe bet for a babysitter. You'd be wrong if you're talking about 31-year-old Jennifer Bunting English of South Carolina. She and her preacher husband, 33-year-old David English, are behind bars on separate charges after Jennifer allegedly kidnapped a 2-month-old baby while babysitting for the infant's mother. According to a press release from the Laurens County Sheriff's office, English was babysitting when she disappeared with the child, and cut off all communication with the mother. When deputies caught up with English, they discovered she had been smoking marijuana around the infant prior to their arrival. During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that her 33-year-old husband and preacher David English, was aware of his wife's drug addiction and admitted to helping obtain illegal drugs in the past. Deputies also learned that David English had assaulted his wife earlier that week, causing "significant injuries." David English was been charged with domestic violence, second degree, and unlawful conduct toward a child. His wife was charged with kidnapping. (WSRZ)

Axe-Throwing Bar Deemed Unsafe. Imagine That!

Hard to believe but Hub Stadium, an Auburn Hills, Michigan bar that features ax-throwing lanes, had its liquor license and permits suspended by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for one day in order to develop new safety procedures and precautions. It seems the commission had several problems with the bar including:
Patrons throwing axes at bottles of spirits, consuming shots from the bottle that was not struck, and a message displayed on the video stating: "Who said don't mix alcohol with axe throwing?"
A person bouncing an axe off the floor to hit the target.
A person flipping the axe in mid-air and catching it with the other hand before throwing the axe at the target.
A person throwing two axes at once. Three people identified in the video as coaches throwing axes at one target at the same time.
A person dropping and catching axes behind his back before throwing two axes at the same time at a target.
A person attempting to balance feet on a strap, walking barefoot (tightrope style), carrying and tossing an axe at the target.
A person juggling two axes before tossing them at the target.
(Michigan Live)

What the What?

In Provo, Utah, 41-year-old Jerrod William Baum is in jail accused of brutally killing a young couple and dumping their bodies down an abandoned mine shaft. And apparently he loves the telephone. According to a recently unsealed affidavit filed in 4th District Court, "Baum has made over 1,000 phone calls" since being incarcerated. Even though both parties are informed "that the calls are recorded and monitored by law enforcement," Baum has allegedly been discussing the murders with others - and in great detail. Most of the calls placed by Baum were to a woman who allegedly lives in Missouri and Baum reportedly has been discussing many specific details of his killings. The case carries a possible death sentence if convicted, though prosecutors have not said yet whether they will pursue that. (KSL News)

DID YOU KNOW?

A new survey found 47% of women say they struggle with picking out what to wear to work most days.

63% of people who like to vacation in the winter, said the boss calling would absolutely ruin their vacation.
A recent survey says the best time to interview for a job is between 9-11am.
25% of people spend more time sitting in the sauna or hot tub at the gym than exercising.
47% of men have accidentally said "I love you" with a new girlfriend.
It's twice as likely that you'll complain in the afternoon at work, than it is in the morning.
Women pride themselves in the unique skill of having a sixth sense.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A new study claims that one in nine people are living in the U.S. illegally.

"NBC Nightly News" declined in ratings during the 2017-18 TV season, suffering its lowest-rated September-to-September year ever. However, it still beat ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir."
A new survey says that Rhode Island is the most "sex crazed" state in the union.
Actress Ellen Pompeo hinted that two years from now she may leave "Grey's Anatomy."
Rosie O'Donnell may take over for Julie Chen on "The Talk."
New research shows more than one-fourth, or 28%, of U.S. broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assistant.
Paul John Vasquez from "Sons of Anarchy" has died of an apparent heart attack at age 48.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have reached a child support agreement. He was asking her for $60,000 a month in child support.
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth have filed for divorce. They made it two years.
Rapper Lil Xan had to be rushed to the hospital after he ate too many Hot Cheetos.
Tom Bergeron had to make it clear what Nikki Glaser said when she was booted off "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night. As she left, Nikki said she'd had "a lot of rejection in my life and a lot of rough sets." She said, "sets"... Tom clarified, just in case people thought she said "sex."

TODAY IS

Less than 90 days until Christmas. 34 until Halloween.

Avril Lavigne is 34. 0-for-2 in the marriage department.

Lil' Wayne is a big 36. And still Lil'... Once again, he'll get mad at his party, because his friends all get him the same thing: Lil' gifts. He plans to party tonight at the Lil Chucky Cheese down the street. His real name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

Gwyneth Paltrow turns 46 today. It's been two years since she and Chris Martin "uncoupled." Lately, she's been seen in the company of millionaire playboy Tony Stark.

Shaun Cassidy turns the big 6-0 today. There was a time he was a teen heart throb. Now, he keeps getting checked for a throbbing heart.

Former 'Entertainment Tonight' host Robb Weller turns 69 today. He's one of the people claiming he invented "the wave." You know, when the crowd cheers in a rolling pattern at a game. Says he got it going at the University of Washington. Go to "Wave (audience)" for the full story on Wikipedia.

Singer Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) turns 71 today. As you would imagine, he's pretty dried out and stale. One of the few singers whose songs go better with ketchup.

Randy Bachman, who sang "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," is 75. Bottom line: by now, you've seen it all.

Ancestor Appreciation Day -- a day for everyone to appreciate their ancestors and a reminder to learn more about those who came before us.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1777, General George Washington is defeated by the British in the Battle of Germantown. Ironically, on that very same day, General George British was defeated by the Germans in Washington.

In 1871, a patent was granted for cement, one of the more concrete ideas of its time. The inventor was later convicted of first-degree mortar. Okay, I'm done.

On this date in 1892, a patent was granted for book matches.
Although, some preferred to wait until the movie came out. That is, once movies were invented.
Back then, a Kindle was what you did to a fire which you started with book matches.
Perfect for anyone who wanted to burn their books.
The critics called the book, "striking."
Ironically, the guy who invented matches was quite a hot head.

On this date in 1919, the Democratic National Committee voted to admit women. Actually, Democrats had allowed them in before, but only through the back door.

In 1928, the U.S. announced it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese government, as long as members didn't wear the funny nose and eye glasses. It made them harder to recognize.

On this date in 1954, "Tonight!" (aka "The Tonight Show") with Steve Allen premiered on NBC-TV. Jack Paar made his debut as the show's host on July 29, 1957. Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar on October 1, 1962, and Jay Leno took over for Carson after his 30-year run on May 25, 1992. Jimmy Fallon took the reins of the show on February 17, 2014.

In 1964, the Warren Commission pronounced that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy. We can't quote what Oliver Stone said.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Most Terrifying Statistic of the Day

Get ready to have your mind blown by the latest FBI statistic: If you murder someone in America, there's a nearly 40 percent chance you'll get away with it. Yep - and f you severely assault someone, there's a 50 percent chance. And if you commit any other crime, there's a good chance you'll get away with that, too. A new report by the Federal Bureu of Investigation shows the clearance rate for cases the FBI is trying to solve and the numbers are bad across the board. For murder, the clearance rate is 61.6 percent. For aggravated assault, it's 53.3 percent. For rape, 34.5 percent. For property crimes, it drops below 20 percent. In short, police aren't making arrests for the majority of crimes in this country. It gets worse. In some communities, the clearance rates are even lower. In some of the worst-off communities the clearance rate for murders and nonfatal shootings can fall all the way down to single digits. At least there's a bit of good news. The crime and murder rates fell in 2017, following two years of increases in violent crime and murder in particular. But the clearance rate numbers suggest that there is room for police to improve. In fact, the low clearance rates might be one thing that helps keep crime higher in the US than it would be otherwise. (Vox.com)

My Facebook Job Gave Me PTSD!

Because Facebook needs more problems, now a former Facebook employee is suing the company for allegedly giving her PTSD! Selena Scola says Facebook doesn't do enough to help its approximately 7,500 "content moderators" cope with the stress of being exposed to the worst the internet has to offer, including "child abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, murder, and other forms of extreme violence," according to her lawsuit. Scola, who did the work for about eight months through a contractor, says that she has been formally diagnosed with the disorder, and that even touching a computer mouse or hearing a loud noise can trigger it. A Facebook spokesperson said, "We recognize that this work can often be difficult," adding that the company has helped set industry standards to protect those who do it. The problem is that Facebook "ignores" those standards and "affirmatively requires its content moderators to work under conditions known to cause and exacerbate psychological trauma," per the lawsuit, which seeks class-action status. While the lawsuit might sound far-fetched to anyone unfamiliar with the work, another former moderator says, "Someone could be being graphically beaten in a video, and you could have to watch it a dozen times, sometimes with others present, while you decide whether the victim's actions would count as self-defense or not, or whether the aggressor is the same person who posted the video." Then it's on to the next video. (Motherboard)

Gucci... Being Gucci

Hey Gucci's got a new swimsuit for you. The high-end one-piece features Gucci's iconic logo across the bust, cross-over straps, and has a vintage air to it that will surely turn heads at the pool. Of course all that designer glory doesn't come cheap. It'll set you back a cool $380 - oh, and there's one more thing - you can't swim in it. Yep, it's made of 80 percent nylon and 20 percent elastane, two materials that just don't get along with chlorine. Ironically, Gucci has been very upfront about the whole "swimsuit you can't swim in" thing and folks on social media have been having a field day at their expense. (Oddity Central)

Seriously Weird 5-Year-Old

Over in Vietnam, little 5-year-old Le Nguyen Bao Trung - known to his friends and family as "Bin" has a most puzzling condition. The very first words he ever spoke were in English despite never having come into contact with the language. Today, Bin speaks and reads perfectly in English, but is only just learning Vietnamese so he can communicate with his mother. Doctors have no answers and Bin's mother said she didn't speak any English and he didn't speak Vietnamese, so in the beginning all they had was sign language. Kindergarten was a tough experience, because Bin didn't understand Vietnamese and also complained that the teacher spoke English incorrectly during English class. His mother talked to teachers at the Foreign Language Center, who, after testing Bin, said that his skills were advanced and he needed to study at an English school in a big city. So she took him to a school in Ho Chi Minh City, where a native English speaker gave the boy a 49-question questionnaire, and he answered every question right. (Oddity Central)

That's One Tough 74-Year-Old

After a fire swept through his senior complex in Washington, DC, leaving his door swollen shut, 74-year-old Raymond Holton waited for help. He waited five days. He was finally found Monday inside his unit at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex when workers assessing the badly damaged building's structural integrity heard him yelling. Rescue workers had to pry the door open with a crowbar. They found Holton sitting on a sofa, in remarkably good spirits. His cell phone had died and the electricity had been cut off. Council member Charles Allen says the building's management company had assured authorities that all residents were safe and accounted for after the Wednesday fire, which devastated much of the four-story complex. He added, "It's completely unacceptable and inexcusable that there was someone in there for five days and we didn't know about it." Fire officials say Holton, whose unit wasn't near the main part of the fire, was apparently missed during a primary search. They are now reviewing procedures. (NBC 4)

Another Mother of the Year

In Scottsdale, Arizona, 29-year-old mother Alexandra Rose Ciliento decided to go out partying... all night long. Nothing wrong with that- well except that she allegedly left her 4-year-old daughter home alone... all night long. The little girl knocked on a neighbor's door at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday and told them her mother wasn't home, according to police. The neighbor told police they waited with the girl for about 45 minutes with no sign of her mother before calling 911. Officers were able to reach Ciliento at 8:20 a.m. after obtaining her number from the child's father. When she returned home, she told the officers she left her apartment at 11 p.m. Saturday for the Scottsdale entertainment district. So now "Miss Party Girl" is facing one felony count of child abuse. (Arizona Central)

Get in a Relationship, Gain Weight! It's the American Way!

Over three out of four Americans in a relationship (79 percent) are carrying around a bit of "love weight," according to new research. A study of 2,000 people in relationships found that the average person had gained 36 pounds since they've first started dating their current partner - 17 pounds of which were gained in the first year alone. Men were also much more likely to report a weight gain during the first year of a relationship than women (69 percent and 45 percent respectively.) The research, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jenny Craig, found this "love weight" phenomenon is due chiefly to the uptick in dining out when starting a new relationship, with 41 percent of participants citing just that as one reason. An increase in ordering takeout or cooking at home while drinking together was the second biggest reason "love weight" occurs (34 percent). Being comfortable in your relationship and no longer feeling the pressure to look your best all the time was cited as a big reason "love weight" occurs as well, with 64 percent of respondents saying it was a factor in their weight gain. (FOX News)

What the What?

A political candidate in Belgium had to change his name because it because he couldn't campaign politically on Facebook with his real name. Yes, we can see why that would be a problem Mr. Luc Anus. Yep - we're not kidding. Mr. Anus is running for city council in south Belgium, but when someone posted a photo of his election poster online, he decided he would have to change his name. He is now listed as "Luc Anu" on the social media site, with Luc telling local reporters: "Facebook just does not accept my name." Of course Facebook users have been having a field day with the name but the 26-year-old says he is unfazed by the jokes, adding: "I can deal with it." According to data from the Belgian civil registry, there are 49 people with Anus as their last name and they all live in the French-speaking Wallonia region of the country. (Metro)

DID YOU KNOW?

A study found that you spend 377 hours a year preparing meals by making breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. (62 hours making breakfast. 94 hours making lunch. 213 hours making dinner. And eight hours making snacks.)

When it comes to driving, women are better at using turn signals than men.
40% of people consider pizza the top "cheat" meal while trying to lose weight.
30% of people in a survey said they would give up dessert for a year to have a nice smile.
20% of women in a recent survey said if they're being honest, they will admit, they have prayed before stepping on a scale.
56% of brides won't book a wedding venue unless it has good Wi-Fi.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Automakers are said to be getting closer to the point where you'll be starting your car with your fingerprint.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Bill Cosby's star won't be removed because it "does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame" because they "are intended to be permanent."

An 897-square-foot home is for sale in Palo Alto, California, for $2.59 million.

Starting in January, Dunkin' Donuts is dropping the word Donuts from its name.

A new study by researchers with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and several universities and science centers has pinpointed the causes of Earth's imperfect spin, or wobbling called "polar motion," and they found that humans are contributing to it.

Johnny Galecki will appear on "The Conners" and Juliette Lewis will play his girlfriend.

And Weight Watchers is changing their name to....WW!

The divorce rate has actually gone down, thanks to Millennials getting married... and staying married.

Michael Kors is buying the Versace brand and will keep on Donatella to run it. Only cost him $2.1 billion.

The company that owns Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby's is buying Sonic!

SNL's Pete Davidson said he gave up social media because not everyone liked his whirlwind romance with Ariana Grande. He was even getting death threats.

Pete also said his sobriety lasted three months, but is now a regular pot smoker.

Smart home research from Parks Associates finds that U.S. broadband households are buying additional smart devices as more purchase channels open to them-16% of U.S. broadband households own two or more smart home devices. According to 360 View: Smart Home Buyer Journey and User Experience, smart thermostats are the best-selling smart home category.

Police confirm that a tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan struck and killed a 91-year-old man in Cleveland Monday afternoon.

Overruling Trump administration officials, a federal judge in Montana has reinstated legal protections for grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park and blocked planned hunts in Wyoming and Idaho.

The third season of "The Crown" is being filmed in London as we speak. Insiders say that Queen Elizabeth has been watching the series, but was particularly upset with episode 9 of season 2, when they were deciding where Charles should attend school. "She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland.

A GoFundMe account for Gilligan Island's star Dawn Wells raised over $195,000, which she will use to pay off medical bills.

Warner Brothers has hired Mel Gibson to direct a remake of "The Wild Bunch."

A pair of candlesticks that Trump once owned are being sold for $6,000.

Eight million people will cut the (cable TV) cord during 2018.

TODAY IS

Three months from today, we'll be hitting the After Christmas sales. Just sayin'...

Serena Williams turns 37 today and is arguing with the line judge about it.
She's a tennis legend. In fact, she's scored more Grand Slams than John Goodman on Denny's All-You-Can-Eat Wednesdays.
She's part of one of the most amazing sister acts since "White Christmas!"
They try to keep her away from the cake after she's blown out the candles.
One year she served it and there was cake everywhere.

Shawn Stockman of Boys to Men is 46 and definitely more closer to men, than boys. Wait, that didn't sound right.

Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest") turns the big 5-0 today. He's the one in the song: "All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased Caviezel..."

Linda Hamilton, from "Terminator" and "Terminator 2," will be back in the next "Terminator" movie with Arnold. Oh, and she's 62 today with most of her original parts. Where's that friggin' time machine when you really need it?

Olivia Newton-John turns the big 7-0. "Have I ever been mellow?" Not with the amount of caffeine I consume.

Bryan Ferry turns 73 today. He was the guy behind Roxy Music, although today, Roxy Music is behind him.

ON THIS DAY

Johnny Appleseed was born on this date in 1774. Johnny, of course, gained his fame by traveling all over the country, scattering his seed. Born John Chapman, Appleseed was considered an American pioneer and legend who planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois). Perfect day to give away an Apple iPhone.

On this date in 1777, British troops began occupying Philadelphia during the American Revolution. They eventually left because the home town fans were so rude. The Eagles later beat the Old England Patriots in a close one, 21-20.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was named our country's first Secretary of State and said he couldn't wait for his first "Secretary's Day." He was the John Kerry of his time.

On this date in 1871, David O. Saylor patented cement for concrete.
You'd think concrete would be strong enough that it wouldn't need cement.
Needless to say, it was a concrete idea.
The inventor wrote his name on the patent with his finger.

The great American composer George Gershwin was born on this date in 1898. George wrote such famous scores as "16-7," "24-15" and the immortal "9-8 in overtime)."

On this date in 1902, the world's richest maker of pants, Levi Strauss died at the age of 73, which was quite a long time back in that day. Apparently, Levi Strauss had very good genes.

In 1960, the first of four Kennedy-Nixon debates took place, even though Nixon wanted to cancel them to deal with the country's problems at the time.

On this date in 1975, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" premiered in Hollywood. Even they thought it was weird.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Of Course Abe Lincoln Owned This Hat! Sure He Did! 

It could be a $6.5 million hat- or not. It seems the crown jewel of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Lincoln's stovepipe hat, one of just three thought to still exist, may just be an old hat. Two reports found insufficient evidence to tie it to Lincoln. One was a 2013 report penned by top curators with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Chicago History Museum who sought to establish its historical provenance: The Springfield, Ill., museum had maintained that Lincoln gave the hat to an Illinois farmer in 1858, though a century later a descendant said the hat was given in 1861 during a visit to DC. The report found "the current documentation is insufficient" to support either story and suggested the museum "soften its claims" or even try to return the hat. That may be tough to do. It was acquired in 2007 as part of a mammoth $25 million purchase of Lincoln items by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, which runs separately from the museum. The foundation in 2014 asked the FBI to see if DNA analysis could establish a tie to Lincoln. It relied on DNA from Lincoln's hair and blood-spattered items from his assassination but found a "limited quantity of remaining DNA data" in the hat; most of what it recovered "was consistent with being contemporary DNA from an individual who had recently handled the item." (Chicago)

That's a Damn Good Psychic!

In Bethesda, Maryland, 45-year-old Gina Marie Marks operated "Readings by Natalie" out of her home. Basically $100 tarot card readings - but that was only the beginning. From there, she convinced clients to withdraw large amounts of cash and hide it in pillowcases or under mattresses so energy from their bodies could travel to the bills; then the clients were to give Marks the cash-the more they gave, the more committed they were to Marks' "spirit guides"-so she could put it on an altar at her church in order to break evil curses placed on the client or carry out spells for the client. She conned five victims out of $341,000 this way and while clients were told the money and items would be returned, they never were. Victims say if they balked at the amount of money they were told to hand over, Marks would accuse them of not taking the work seriously or warn them that their doubts would anger the spirit guides. She convinced them of her authenticity by using phone spoofing-she would tell a client someone (say, an ex over whom the client was heartbroken) would call on a certain day and time, but warn the client not to answer; phone spoofing allowed Marks to place the call from her own number, but make it appear as if it was coming from the ex's number. Well she reached a plea deal and will now be going away for six years. Marks' lawyer insisted to the judge her work was legitimate and that she cared about her clients. To that, the judge said he felt he was being "scammed." (Newser)

20 Years in Prison - For Stealing Cigarettes!

Certainly stealing $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store isn't cool - but does it deserve 20 years in prison? A jury in Pensacola, Florida convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August after he took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager's office last December. He was sentenced Friday to 20 years - but before you go all crazy, you should know that Mr. Spellman also has 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender. That led to the lengthy 20-year prison sentence imposed Friday by an Escambia County judge. Something about not doing the crime if you can't do the time. (Pensacola News Journal)

Maybe Time For a New Boyfriend

Meanwhile over in England, 45-year-old Leigh Ford managed to get himself jailed for 16 weeks and miss the birth of his child, after lying to his pregnant girlfriend that he had been kidnapped, just so he could get drunk with his buddies. The kidnapping-prank-gone-wrong took place in January, when Ford made several frantic phone calls to his pregnant partner Zoe Doyle, telling her that he had been kidnapped and that he was going to be tortured unless she transferred all the money she had into the kidnappers' bank account. At first, the woman thought he was kidding, but he sounded really scared, and there were other men shouting in the background, threatening to cut off Leigh's legs, and pour hot water on him. So she complied, but she also called the police. A helicopter and a trained hostage negotiator were called in for what sounded like a complicated situation, but no one called again until next morning, when Leigh himself came home like nothing had ever happened. Police were waiting for him, and after asking him a few questions, they arrested him for wasting police time and resources. Ford apologized to his girlfriend and she eventually forgave him. Unfortunately for Ford, the judge wasn't that forgiving and sentenced Ford to 16 weeks in jail. (Oddity Central)

Mosquitos to the Rescue

Police in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County have a swarm of mosquitos to thank after arresting a fleeing suspect who surrendered in a cornfield because he couldn't take the pesky insects any longer! Campbellsport Police Chief Thomas Dornbrook said, "When we handcuffed him he asked us to wipe his forehead because he had 15-20 mosquitoes on his forehead at that time." The suspect, John Wilson, now faces charges including felony eluding. Police say he was the getaway driver after a companion left a liquor store with unpaid alcohol. That led to a high-speed chase before Wilson and the other man each bailed from the car. Wilson might have eluded police-a dog, a drone, and officers could not find him-if not for the mosquitoes. Police say they know the identity of the other man and are still trying to pick him up. (ABC 7 Chicago)

What? Sex with My 12-Year-Old Students is Wrong?

Mary Kay Letourneau now works as a paralegal, but the former Seattle schoolteacher apparently didn't know much about law in the 1990s. In an Australian TV interview this past Sunday, she said that when she had sex with 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau, she had no idea it was a crime! She said, "If someone had told me, if anyone had told me, there is a specific law that says this is a crime. I did not know. I've said this over and over again. Had I'd known, if anyone knows my personality. Just the idea, this would count as a crime." Letourneau, who served more than seven years in prison and married Fualaau after her release in 2005, said she "absolutely felt wrongfully convicted." She is currently trying to get her name removed from the sex offenders' register. After interviewer Matt Doran tried to get her to admit that she "should have known better," the former teacher, who is 22 years older than Fualaau, said he was the one who pursued her and had been "the boss" back then. Letourneau-who was living with her husband and four children when the affair with Fualaau began-has two daughters with her former student, one born after her initial arrest and one born while she was in prison. Fualaau actually filed for legal separation last year, but the filing was later withdrawn. (FOX)

No Bath For You!

Police in Memphis arrested Jamal Staples just moments before he was about to take a bath - in the home he broke into! Upon arrival at the scene, officers were told Staples was still on the scene and that a representative from the property management company was on the way with a key to enter the home. After entering the home, Staples was found in inside of the home with multiple lights on and a bathtub filled with water. Police say, he told them he was about to take a bath. He was immediately taken into custody and told police he got a key to the property from a family member who owns the renovation company that he works for. He was charged with criminal trespass and theft of property. (WREG News)

What the What?

Roger D. Washburn of Indiana is 71-years-old and he now sits in jail after allegedly pistol-whipping his friend of 50 years- over a Bruno Mars song. A witness told police that they were all talking when an argument broke out over a song and its artist. The man said the song they were debating was sung by Bruno Mars, but Washburn said that it wasn't. When the man showed Washburn proof that it was indeed a Bruno Mars song, using the app ShaZam, the argument grew more intense. He told police that they both stood up and continued to argue until Washburn pulled a gun on him. The man said he responded to the brandished weapon by calling Washburn a "chicken (expletive)" and Washburn swung the weapon at him, striking the man in the face and arm. The gun went off when Washburn struck the man. The victim said he took a swing at Washburn and missed, and the gun then went off a second time. No one was shot during the incident. When asked why no one called police, the man said he and his other friend were shocked over what happened. They eventually decided to tell the police a few hours after it happened. Police went to Washburn's home and he admitted to hitting his friend in the face with his .38 revolver, according to a police report. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail on suspicion of battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. (USA Today)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • LinkedIn has found that the average person changes jobs four times before they turn 32.
  • In a Parenting.com survey, 66% of parents say 13 years old is a good age to start staying home alone.
  • People are turing grey five years sooner than 40 years ago.
  • Less than 2% of guys know how to properly fold a dinner napkin.
  • Retail studies show that people who are born leaders are the biggest buyers of athletic shoes.
  • According to a recent study, you'll argue less with your partner if you dim the lights.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A deluxe 50th-anniversary edition of The Beatles 1968 self-titled double-album known as "The White Album" will be released on November 9. The set features the record's original 30 tracks, newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and in 5.1 surround audio, as well as an additional 27-seven early acoustic demos and 50 session outtakes, most of which have never been released.

Hollywood producer Gary Kurtz has died following a year-long battle with cancer. Kurtz was a key collaborator with George Lucas in his early filmmaking career, with Kurtz producing American Graffiti, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Kurtz was 78.

It was nice to see Tiger Woods win on Sunday at the PGA Tour Championship.

Carrie Underwood is the first female country artist to have four number one albums at the top of the all-genre charts with "Cry "Pretty, according to Billboard.

Several major Game of Thrones sets in Northern Ireland are going to be converted into tourist attractions.

Michelle Obama was the officiant for a wedding on Sunday in Chicago. It was for the daughter of the Deputy Mayor.

Major oil trade houses are talking about the possibility of $100 a barrel oil again in the near future.

James Woods has been silent on Twitter, and it's not by choice. The actor has been locked out of his Twitter account months after he tweeted a hoax meme in July. The tweet was found to be in violation of Twitter's rules. Woods tweeted a meme that encouraged men not to vote, purportedly created by Democrats.

So, when Harry and Meghan got married back in June, what was the "Something Blue" the bride wore? Meghan arranged to have a piece of blue fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Harry sewn into her wedding dress.

Melissa McCarthy is actually getting Oscar buzz over her new movie, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" in which she plays Lee Israel, a struggling biographer who found financial success forging letters of dead celebrities.

In the UK, an all-Christmas movie channel has launched, with 13 weeks to go.

Some words have been added to the official Scrabble dictionary that will help make it easier to get rid of your letters, including RBI, OK and EW!

J-Lo suffered a fall during her Vegas show Saturday night, but got right back up and kept performing.

They're saying that after a brutally hot, dry summer that caused a potato shortage in Belgium, France and the UK. French fries in Europe could become an inch shorter.

A Michigan mother was arrested for stealing her teenage daughter's cellphone as a form of discipline.

Long Beach State University is dropping their 49er mascot and removing the statue of Pete the Prospector from their campus, because they've decided that the 49ers encroached on the land of California's indigenous people. Their new mascot is the 1949er, in honor of the year the school was founded.

Robert Redford says it was a "mistake" to say he was retiring from acting.

University of Colorado's mascot Chip the Buffalo was carried off the field after a t-shirt gun malfunctioned and shot him in the abdomen.

Ego Nwodim, whose first name is pronounced like "Eggo waffle," is joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for their 44th season and will replace featured player Luke Null, who left the cast this year after only one season.

Al Pacino is dating Israeli actress Meital Dohan. He's 78, she's 39. Yes, half his age.

The 2020 Olympics are in Tokyo, and I saw that Japan wants to light the Olympic Torch with a flying car.

North and South Korea say they want to host the 2032 Summer Olympics together

One Hit Wonder Day --

  • "In the Year 2525" - Zager & Evans (1969)
  • "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam (1969)
  • "Venus" - Shocking Blue (1970)
  • "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Vicki Lawrence (1973)
  • "Brother Louie" - Stories (1973)
  • "Seasons in the Sun" - Terry Jacks (1974)
  • "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" - MFSB (1974)
  • "The Night Chicago Died" - Paper Lace (1974)
  • "I Can Help" - Billy Swan (1974)
  • "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas (1974)
  • "Loving You" - Minnie Riperton (1975)
  • "The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1975)
  • "Welcome Back" - John Sebastian (1976)
  • "Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band (1976)
  • "Play that Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (1976)
  • "A Fifth of Beethoven" - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1976)
  • "Disco Duck" - Rick Dees & his Cast of Idiots (1976)
  • "Don't Give Up on Us" - David Soul (1977)
  • "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" - Bill Conti (1977)
  • "Undercover Angel" - Alan O'Day (1977)
  • "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (1977)
  • "Hot Child in the City" - Nick Gilder (1978)
  • "Knock on Wood" - Amii Stewart (1979)
  • "Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward (1979)
  • "Pop Music" - M (1979)
  • "Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc. (1980)
  • "Baby, Come to Me" - Patti Austin with James Ingram (1982)
  • "Mickey" - Toni Basil (1982)
  • "Come on Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983)
  • "Miami Vice Theme" - Jan Hammer (1985)
  • "Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott (1986)
  • "Don't Worry Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • "When I'm With You" - Sheriff (1989)
  • "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
  • "I'm Too Sexy" - *R*S*F (Right Said Fred) (1992)
  • "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
  • "How Do You Talk to an Angel" - Heights (1992)

TODAY IS

Christmas is three months from today. Just sayin'...

Donald Glover turns 35 today. So does Childish Gambino. What a coincidence!

Catherine Zeta-Jones turns 49 today. Does it matter? Her husband, Michael Douglas, also has a birthday today -- he's 74. A 25-year difference. We're willing to wait for her.

Will Smith turns the big 5-0 today. He's still a prince, just not as fresh. Everyone please look at the memory eraser. (flash) Thank you. Hey, isn't Will Smith's birthday coming up?

Scottie Pippen celebrates birthday number 53 from the 3-point range. Still hittin' 'em. He was part of that magical Chicago Bulls era with Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman. He was vice-Michael Jordan.

Heather Locklear's birthday is today. She turns 57. With any luck, she won't get arrested. Her ex's include Richie Sambora and Tommy Lee. Those are the only ones... so far as we know.

Mark Hamill turns 67 today. Don't remind him how old he is. It really makes him C3PO'd.

Not sure if Jedi's ever get to retire, but if they do, he's there.
Remember, Luke, if your Light Saber won't turn off after four hours, see a doctor.
He'll appear in the new movie as Luke Needswalker.
Anson Williams -- Potsie from "Happy Days" -- turns 69. If you've never heard of any of those things before... well, never mind.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1493, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

The second time around, it wasn't as exciting. And they also didn't write a poem about it.
His mission -- to hopefully track down what happened to his luggage on the first trip.
This time, he made sure he got a cabin with a balcony.
It wasn't nearly as good as the first. Columbus blamed the director.
In 1513, Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean. When you discover anything that big, is it really a big deal? It's not like the next person that came along wouldn't have seen it.

On this date in 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its only issue in Boston. Why just one issue? Their newspaper boy delivered all 34 copies of the paper on the roofs of the subscribers.

On this date in 1882, the very first major league baseball double header was played between Providence and Worcester.

Providence won by a lot. Some say they sauced Worcester. But only the ones that like puns. Hey, that rhymes, add it to my crimes.
One writer described it as "watching twice as much grass grow."
Gee, if they did that every day, the season would be half as long and the playoffs would take place in August. Just mentioning it.
On this date in 1926, Henry Ford announced the 5-day work week. Hard to believe it's been that many years and we still haven't figured out a way to cut it to four. Or better yet, three!

In 1977, the world record for the longest skateboard jump was set at 17 feet. Right before the record was set, the skateboarder was heard yelling, "I can't make it stop!" Imagine riding a skateboard 17-feet in the air and landing safely. I can't even imagine just standing on one for more than 17 seconds.

Monday, September 24, 2018

LOVE IN A DIGITAL WORLD

How soon in a relationship a couple has sex is a very personal decision, but 80% of women and 58% of men say Facebook, texting and other social media tools that help people stay connected lead to earlier first-time sex. That's the word from a survey by Shape and Men's Fitness magazines.

Texting is the number one way lovers keep in touch with one another.

Men text their lover 39% more frequently than phone, while women text 150% more often.

Before the first date, 70% of women and 63% of men use Google and other online search tools for background screening.

65% said they have been asked out on a date via text.

49% said they have been asked out on a date through a Facebook message.

Once a couple clicks, 72% of women say they have looked up their boyfriend's ex-girlfriends on Facebook.

When a couple is having sex and a call or text message is received, 5% of respondents say they glance to see who it is and 1% stop to answer.

Call it digital dumping. 43% of women and 27% of men say they have received a break-up text message.

81% said they do not de-friend the ex on Facebook.

75% admit to constantly checking a former lover's Facebook page.

MAKE A KICK-ASS FIRST IMPRESSION

You'll stand out from the crowd with Cosmopolitan's smart moves.

Shake hands like a pro.

"Many women wait for the other person to extend his or her hand, but reaching out first puts you in control immediately, says Marjorie Brody, founder of Brody Communications, an executive coaching and training firm in Philadelphia.

Groom these key spots.

"Your shoes, hair, and nails are the things people notice first," says Brody. It may not seem like a big deal to have a chipped nail or worn-out pumps, but these things suggest that you're sloppy and not detail-oriented.

Establish eye contact.

"Introductions make many people nervous, and looking away or down is a common reaction," Brody explains. "But eye contact demonstrates that you're comfortable, interested, and engaged."

Show you're prepared.

"Do some research on the person's company," suggests Brody. Mentioning a tidbit like their new CEO in the first five minutes lets them know you're informed.

WOULD YOU RATHER?

Would you rather never be able to drink sodas like Dr. Pepper again or only be able to drink sodas and nothing else?

Would you rather have amazingly fast typing/texting speed or be able to read ridiculously fast?

Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able to talk to animals?

Would you rather have constantly dry eyes or a constant runny nose?

Would you rather be a famous director or a famous actor?

Would you rather not be able to open any closed doors (locked or unlocked) or not be able to close any open doors?

Would you rather give up all drinks except for water or give up eating anything that was cooked in an oven?

Would you rather take amazing selfies but all of your other pictures are horrible or take breathtaking photographs of anything but yourself?

Would you rather use a push lawn mower with a bar that is far too high or far too low?

Would you rather be able to dodge anything no matter how fast it's moving or be able ask any three questions and have them answered accurately?

Would you rather live on the beach or in a cabin in the woods?

Would you rather lose your left hand or right foot?

Would you rather face your fears or forget that you have them?

Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

YES OR B.S.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village." (Yes)

You are more likely to be a target for mosquitoes to bite after eating bananas. (Yes)

12 inches of snow equals one inch of rain. (B.S., ten inches of snow equals one inch of rain)

Coca Cola is the most popular beverage in the world. (B.S., it's coffee with over 400 billion cups being consumed each year)

Clinophobia is the fear of Hilary Clinton. (B.S., It's the fear of beds)

In poker, a Dead Man's Hand is two pairs of aces and eights. (Yes, it's what Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was killed while playing poker)

Europe is the only continent without a desert. (Yes)

The Osmonds made their debut at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 1961. (B.S., it was at Disneyland)

The ZIP code for Newton Falls, Ohio, is the only ZIP code using only one digit. (Yes, it's 44444)

The most watched film in history is "Gone With the Wind." (B.S., it's "The Wizard of Oz." So far, over a billion have seen it.)

When it started, U.S. Mail service was free! (Yes, they started charging in 1863.)

WEIRD NEWS

Yes We Have No Bananas... Hey Wait a Minute!

A Facebook post from the Texas Department of Justice reads: "Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!" They would be referencing an unexpected "treasure" found in the middle of a donation of 45 boxes of bananas that were given to the department on account of being already ripe. However, the officers who picked up the shipment noticed something odd and began inspecting the two pallets. That's when they found 540 packages of a "white powdery substance" tucked amid the bananas; that substance was later confirmed to be about $18 million worth of cocaine. The boxes came from Ports of America in Freeport. If it's yours, you should be hearing from the Drug Enforcement Administration and US Customs and Border Protection anytime now as they are both investigating. (Newser)

Selfie Death... Again!

How many times is this going to happen? In Michigan, a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic after 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen of Sunnyvale, Calif. fell to her death into Lake Superior trying to get that oh-so-cool selfie. Nguyen was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when she decided to stop to snap a few selfies. She apparently got too close to the edge of the 200-foot-high cliff she was perched on and plummeted over the side, into the water below. Two kayakers saw Nguyen fall and rushed to retrieve her. Once back on shore, a kayak company called for help but along with the certainly deadly fall, the lake would've been a chilly 45 degrees when Nguyen hit the water. A park ranger said she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. (WLUC)

Tragic Honeymoon?

A newlywed on his honeymoon in Hawaii was found dead at the tragic end of a 4-day search that began after he failed to return from a hiking trail. Stephen Kramar of Gaithersburg, Maryland was at the Wavecrest Resort in Kaunakakai, Molokai when he told his new wife he was going to check out a trail the morning of Sept. 17 before she joined him in order to ensure it was safe. The 27-year-old texted that he was on his way back that afternoon but never returned. Days later, his remains were found on a hillside in an area called Pia Gulch, just a half-mile from the resort. Family members have since positively identified the body as Kramar's. An autopsy has been scheduled and no official cause of death has yet been determined. A GoFundMeaccount has been set up to raise money that will benefit Kramar's family by offsetting transportation costs and other fees. As of Sunday afternoon, nearly $20,000 had been raised. (WUSA)

Racist Much?

In Texas, Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska school district has resigned after drawing widespread outrage for racist comments he made on Facebook, saying that black quarterbacks were inferior. In the official resignation letter sent Saturday to the president of the school board, Redden wrote: "As an educator, this experience has taught me that I still have a lot to learn. My comments were not only uninformed but also hurtful, and I understand now why they were offensive to so many people." Reportedly, Redden thought he was commenting on a private thread when he wrote on the Chron.com Facebook page in response to a play by black Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson last week: "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback." (Newser)

Apparently Nobody's Interested in Michael Moore's Trump Film

It appears not too many people are interested in a Michael Moore's film about Donald Trump - a film he once claimed would be so powerful, it would end Trump's presidency. If you didn't know, the film, "Fahrenheit 11/9", a satirical film about the President, barely cracked the top ten at the box office bringing in only $3.1 million over its debut weekend. Film-goers were far more interested in "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" -a family picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black- which took the top spot with a surprising $26.8 million debut. Filling out the top five domestically were A Simple Favor ($10.4 million), The Nun ($10.2 million), The Predator ($8.6 million), and Crazy Rich Asians ($6.5 million). (Hollywood Reporter)

Paul Simon Is Done With You

Paul Simon will tour no more. The iconic singer/songwriter ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a Queens, NY, park that their cheers "mean more than you can know." Simon performed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he said was a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up, ending the landmark night with his first big hit, "The Sound of Silence." The 76-year-old Simon isn't retiring, and hasn't ruled out occasional future performances. But he's said this is his last time out on the road, and he isn't alone among his peers; Elton John and Kiss are also doing goodbye swings. The return to New York raised memories of Simon's two iconic shows in Manhattan's Central Park, in 1981 with former partner Art Garfunkel and in 1991 on his own. Simon's only guest this time was wife Edie Brickell, who came out to whistle the solo in "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard." (Newser)

What the What?

In Louisville, Kentucky, State Police arrested Bardstown police officer Matthew Glass on Friday, accusing him of being drunk at a firearms training range. Police say he was drunk while at the Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Madison County and actually had a water bottle filled with a clear alcohol inside his backpack. He was booked into the Madison County Correction Center on Friday afternoon and released a short time later. WDRB)

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