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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

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

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

Shark Tank + Naked Man = Oh Boy!

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

Maybe Lay Off the Squirrel Brains

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

Help!

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

Clearly There Are Not Enough Guns in New York City

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

Where Have All the Insects Gone?

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

What the What?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

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

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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

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

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

The 2018 NBA season got underway last night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Gaga has confirmed she's engaged!

TODAY IS

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

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

Eminem is 46 today. Plain and peanut.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON THIS DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hollywood Squares premiered way back in 1966

Music Calendar...

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

Today In History...

In 1492 Columbus sights the isle of San Salvador.

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

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

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

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

first movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Jimmy Stewart premieres in Washington, DC.

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

coast of Iceland, killing eleven.

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

absolute ruler of Argentina.

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

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

In 1966 TV's "Hollywood Squares" premieres.

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

Israel. It lasts until March, 1974.

In 1977 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu Somalia

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

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

Confederate President Jefferson Davis who died in 1889.

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

years of work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.

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

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

concerning his handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking.

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

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

immigration bill prohibiting the hiring of illegal aliens and

offering amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who had entered the

U.S. prior to 1982.

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

Minnesota Metrodome.

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

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

injuring 2500 and causing $7 billion in damage.

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

Secretary of State James Baker says that Iraqi President Saddam

Hussein "must fail if peace is to succeed."

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

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

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

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

mistakenly knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween

party. (Peairs was acquitted of manslaughter.)

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

offer legislation restricting President Clinton's authority to send

troops to Haiti.

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

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

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

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

Korean agent is shot to death just inside South Korea.

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

In 1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires security chief Alexander

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

building his own rogue army.

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

revolutionary, were laid to rest in his adopted Cuba.

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

people.

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

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

360-year prison sentence.)

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

to publicly urge an end to the ongoing conflict.

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

first-ever assassination of a serving Cabinet minister by

Palestinians.

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

Born On This Day...

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

The Latest "Living While Black" Atrocity

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

Catholic Reverend in the Headlines. Wanna Guess Why?

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

Well Grandpa Won't Be Flying Out for a While

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

Stephen Hawking's Final Warning From Beyond the Grave

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

Mother of the Year - For Real This Time

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

Sleep More! Earn Rewards Points!

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

What the What?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

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

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

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dictionary Day --

When you insult people using words they have to look up in the dictionary, you can rise above the fray with great satisfaction, while showing off your advanced intelligence. You will leave them red-faced and flummoxed, thinking, "What did he just call me?" An example, you say? Instead of calling someone "a pain in the a**," call them a Coccydynia. It means exactly the same thing. Quizlet.com has helpfully provided 10 such words and here are 10 insulting words you should know:
  1. Bescumber: to spray with poo
  2. Buncombe: a ludicrously false statement that means bulls*** or nonsense.
  3. Cacafuego: a swaggering braggart or boaster
  4. Coccydynia: a pain in the butt
  5. Corpulent: very fat
  6. Feist or Fice: a person of little worth or someone with a bad temper
  7. Frenchify: to contract a venereal disease
  8. Hircismus: offensive armpit odor
  9. Microphallus: an unusually small penis
  10. Ninnyhammer: a fool or a silly person

TODAY IS

Singer John Mayer turns 41 today.
For the record, he was never elected Mayer. Just calls himself that.
If nothing else, you could buy him a new bed post. His old one has a lot of notches on it.
The frustrating part about being a popular singer is that no one wants to sing "Happy Birthday to You"... they want to hear you sing it to yourself.

Former "E.R." co-star Kellie Martin celebrates her 43rd. We need a birthday cake in here, STAT!

Wendy Wilson of Wilson-Phillips turns 49 today. That scraping sound you hear is the bottom of the birthday barrel. Being a member of Wilson-Phillips is like being a Kardashian, without all that messy fame. She was half of the group, Wilson-Phillips. Yes, I know there were three members.

Pamela Bach, the ex-Mrs. David Hasselhoff, is 55 today. Hard to believe.

Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, turns 56 today. I suppose he could have had a worse name. Like Tick or Gnat. Funny, but every time he's around, Snoop Dogg tries to scratch him.

Tim Robbins turns the big 6-0 today. I'm so happy he finally got out of Shawshank.

Bob Weir, one of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, turns 71 today and is grateful he's not dead.

Suzanne Somers turns 72 today. Somers gave us "Krissy" and the Thigh-master. Where's the Nobel prize when you need it?

Angela Lansbury turns 93 today. She's still with us. Who? The teapot in "Beauty and the Beast" turns 92 today. That's who.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1701, Yale was founded. The professor yelled out, "Yale!" The students responded, "Yale" and the professor said, "The gang's all here!" "What the heck do we care?" didn't come until later.

It was on this date in 1793, during the French revolution, that Marie Antoinette had more than just a little taken off the top. Yes, the King of France and his wife, Marie Antoinette separated... after Marie and her head separated. Well, let's just say she never had a bad hair day again.

On this date in 1869, a hotel in Boston became the first in the nation to have indoor plumbing. As fancy hotels go, it was quite flush.

Oh, others had outdoor plumbing but it was like, "Uh, what's the point?"
But it was a little on the run-down side. When you stayed there the place was so cheap, they'd steal your towels.
Up until that time, there were no towels to steal.
Baked beans will inspire things like that.
Back then, you could have a fire break out in the bathroom and would only have to worry if it might reach the house.

On this date in 1899 that Marconi demonstrated radio for the very first time. Actually, he didn't do much... he just flipped the switch and the "(your oldest resident jock) show came on the air.

In 1941, the football penalty flag was first introduced. Up until that time, the referees just tossed out a very strong verbal, "Uh, excuse me?"

It turned out to be a much safer alternative to the football penalty lawn dart.
Up until that time, the referee simply blew his whistle and said, "Hey! You cheated!"
Of course, up until that time, there were much fewer penalties in every game.

On this date in 1968, a group called "The New Yardbirds" played their first concert at a club in London. They later changed their name to Led Zeppelin. A little catchier.

Music Calendar...

   In 1926 "Baby Face" by Jan Garber is #1 on the charts.
   In 1951 Little Richard holds his first recording session in Atlanta.
   In 1951 Johnnie Ray records "Cry."
   In 1956 Elvis Presley's first movie "Love Me Tender" is released.
   In 1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records.
   In 1961 "Goodbye Cruel World" by James Darren enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1962 The first Motown revue hits the road with the Miracles, Supremes,
           Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and Little Stevie Wonder.
   In 1964 Songwriter Cole Porter dies.
   In 1965 Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in New York.
   In 1966 Joan Baez is one of 124 anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland.
   In 1967 "Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee is certified gold.
   In 1968 Jay & the Americans record "This Magic Moment."
   In 1968 The New Yardbirds play their first concert at a club in London. They
           later change their name to Led Zeppelin.
   In 1969 Leonard Chess, founder of Chess records, dies of a heart attack.
   In 1971 "Theme From Shaft" by Issac Hayes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1974 Billy Preston's single "Nothing From Nothing" is certified gold.
   In 1976 Stevie Wonder's album "Songs in the Key Of Life" is released.
   In 1978 The Cars' self-titled album "The Cars" is certified gold.
   In 1980 Pat Benatar appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1981 Bob Dylan begins his "Shot of Love" tour with a concert at the
           Milwaukee Auditorium.
   In 1982 "Maneater" by Hall & Oates enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1986 Eric Clapton and Keith Richards perform at a birthday bash for Chuck
           Berry, who turned 60 two days later.
   In 1986 Dizzy Gillespie donates his trumpet to the Smithsonian.
   In 1986 Lionel Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling" becomes the first album
           to be certified gold, platinum, double and triple platinum on
           the same day.
   In 1990 2 Live Crew's Florida obscenity trial begins. The group is found
           innocent of violating obscenity standards four days later.
   In 1991 Vanilla Ice makes his movie debut in "Cool As Ice."
   In 1991 Tom Petty's album "Into The Great Wide Open" is certified platinum.
   In 1992 Sinead O'Connor is booed off the stage at a show honoring Bob Dylan
           at Madison Square Garden. The crowd was reacting to O'Connor's
           attack on the Pope, whom she had torn up a picture of on "Saturday
           Night Live" two weeks earlier.
   In 1993 Aretha Franklin sings the U.S. National Anthem at the World Series
           in Toronto, Ontario.
   In 1996 A London tabloid reports Mick Jagger's wife, Jerry Hall, had
           retained Princess Diana's divorce lawyer to begin proceedings
           against him. The couple were divorced in July, 1999.
   In 1997 Alice Cooper is honored with the first Eye-gore Award from Universal
           Studios for contributions to the world of fantasy and horror.
   In 1997 Bob Dylan accepts an award from the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
           Trust in New York.
   In 1997 Chicago's album "Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997" is certified gold,
           while Fleetwood Mac's album "The Dance" goes gold and platinum.
   In 1999 Mariah Carey surpasses the Beatles for most cumulative weeks at the
           top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart when "Heartbreaker" marks a
           second week at #1, giving her a combined 60 weeks at the top.
   In 2001 Jazz singer Etta Jones dies of cancer in New York at age 72.
   In 2002 Dolly Parton begins her first tour of the UK and Ireland in some
           19 years.
   In 2003 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for their first concert tour in two
           decades, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Today In History...

   In 1701 The Collegiate School of Yale is founded in Killingworth, CT.
   In 1793 During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette is beheaded.
   In 1846 Dentist William T. Morton demonstrates the effectiveness of ether
           as an anesthetic by administering it to a patient undergoing jaw
           surgery in Boston.
   In 1859 Abolitionist John Brown leads a group of 20 men in a raid on
           Harper's Ferry.
   In 1869 A hotel in Boston becomes the first to have indoor plumbing.
   In 1899 Marconi demonstrates radio in the U.S. for the first time.
   In 1913 San Francisco hits 101 degrees, an October high-temperature record.
   In 1916 Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic, in New York
           City, New York.
   In 1941 The comic strip "Gordo," by Gus Arriola, first appears in
           newspapers.
   In 1941 The football penalty flag is first introduced.
   In 1943 Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens the city's new subway system.
   In 1946 10 Nazi war criminals condemned during the Nuremberg trials are
           hanged.
   In 1957 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive in Virginia
           and begin a tour of the United States.
   In 1962 The Cuban missle crisis begins with an advisory to President
           Kennedy that missle bases were spotted in Cuba.
   In 1964 China becomes the world's 5th nuclear power when it explodes its
           first atomic bomb.
   In 1964 Harold Wilson of the Labor Party assumes the office of Prime
           Minister of Great Britain, succeeding Conservative Sir Alec
           Douglas-Home.
   In 1969 Yhe New York Mets win the World Series, defeating the Baltimore
           Orioles in game five, 5-3.
   In 1969 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth.
   In 1970 Anwar Sadat is elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal
           Abdel Nasser.
   In 1973 Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are jointly awarded the Nobel peace
           prize for negotiating the Vietnam cease-fire agreement.
   In 1976 Soyuz 23 returns to Earth.
   In 1978 The College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chooses
           Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the new pope.  He takes the name of
           John Paul II.
   In 1981 Israel's General Moshe Dayan dies at age 66.
   In 1984 Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
   In 1985 Americans Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle win the Nobel Prize
           for chemistry.
   In 1986 American industrialist Armand Hammer returns home from the Soviet
           Union in his private jet, bringing with him Jewish scientist David
           Goldfarb after securing permission for him to emigrate.
   In 1987 Stocks drop 108.36 points on the Dow Jones Exchange.
   In 1987 175 kph winds cause a blackout in London and much of southern
           England.
   In 1987 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued 58 1/2 hours after she fell
           22 feet into a well shaft in Midland, Texas.
   In 1987 In the Persian Gulf, an Iranian missile hit a re-flagged Kuwaiti
           ship in the first attack on the tanker fleet guarded by the U.S.
   In 1990 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev submits to the Soviet
           legislature a scaled-back plan to transform the Soviet economy to a
           free-market system.
   In 1990 Actor/comedian Steve Martin and his wife, actress Victoria Tennant,
           visit American troops in Saudi Arabia.
   In 1991 A deadly shooting rampage takes place in Killeen, TX, as George
           Hennard crashed his pickup truck into a Luby's Cafeteria and opened
           fire, killing 23 people before taking his own life.
   In 1992 Actress Shirley Booth, best known for her role as TV's "Hazel,"
           dies at age 94.
   In 1994 Heavy rains drench southeast Texas, leaving 20 people dead and
           forcing 14,000 from their homes in 35 counties before flooding ends
           a week later.
   In 1994 German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is re-elected to a fourth term.
   In 1995 Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses an estimated
           400,000 black men at the Washington monument as part of his Million
           Man March.
   In 1996 Soccer fans trying to squeeze into Mateo Flores National Stadium in
           Guatemala City and trample over 84 people, killing them.
   In 1996 Bob Dole challenges President Clinton's ethics and honesty in the
           final presidential debate before the November elections.
   In 1996 Soccer fans trying to squeeze into Mateo Flores National Stadium in
           Guatemala City stampede, killing at least 83 people.
   In 1997 In what may be the first such U.S. case, a Georgia woman gives birth
           after being implanted with previously frozen eggs.
   In 1997 Author James Michener dies in Austin, TX, at age 90.
   In 1999 A 7.1 earthquake in the Mojave Desert shakes three states and
           derailed an Amtrak train, but caused no serious damage or injuries.
   In 1999 An Air National Guard plane rescues Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South
           Pole research center after she'd spent 5 months isolated in the
           Antarctic, which forced her to treat herself for a breast lump.
   In 2000 Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and his son are killed in a plane
           crash south of St. Louis while en route to a rally for Carnahan's
           U.S. Senate campaign.
   In 2001 12 U.S. senate offices are closed as hundreds of staffers underwent
           anthrax tests.
   In 2004 Pierre Salinger, a journalist who served as press secretary in the
           Kennedy and Johnson administrations, dies at age 79.
   In 2018 National Boss Day.

Born On This Day...

   In 1981 Singer, Keyshia Cole (37)
   In 1708 Scientist, Albrecht von Haller (experimental physiology)
   In 1758 American teacher/lexicographer, Noah Webster (Webster's Dictionary)
   In 1854 Irish poet/playwright, Oscar Wilde
   In 1863 British foreign secretary, Sir Austen Chamberlain (Nobel-1925)
   In 1886 Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion (1948-53, 55)
   In 1888 Dramatist, Eugene O'Neill (The Ice Man Cometh) (Nobel-1936)
   In 1890 Photographer, Paul Strand
   In 1898 U.S. Supreme Court justice, William O. Douglas (1939-75)
   In 1886 Israeli Prime Minister, David Green Ben-Gurion (1948-53, 55)
   In 1900 Actor, Lloyd Corrigan (The Idaho Kid, Lone Star) [d: 11-5-69]
   In 1900 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Leon "Goose" Goslin (AL bat champ 1928) [d: 5-15-71]
   In 1903 Singer/comedian, Ford Lee Washington (Buck & Bubbles) [d: 1-31-55]
   In 1905 Actor, Rex Bell (The Idaho Kid, Lone Star) [d: 7-4-62]
   In 1911 Actress, Molly O'Day (Our Gang) [d: 10-22-98]
   In 1919 Actress, Alice Pearce (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched) [d: 3-3-66]
   In 1921 Actor, Michael Conrad (Delvecchio, Hill St. Blues) [d: 11-22-83]
   In 1921 Actress, Linda Darnell (Unfaithfully Yours) [d: 4-10-65]
   In 1923 Singer/bandleader, Bert Kaempfert (Wonderland By Night) [d: 6-21-80]
   In 1925 Actress, Angela Lansbury (Mame, Jessica-Murder She Wrote) (93)
   In 1927 German novelist/poet, Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) [d: 4-13-15]
   In 1927 Actor, Lee Montague (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust) (91)
   In 1929 Commentator/journalist, Nicholas Von Hoffman (60 Minutes) [d: 2-1-18]
   In 1931 Presidential adviser, Charles W. Colson (Nixon) [d: 4-21-12]
   In 1932 Conductor, Henry Lewis (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1955-59) [d: 1-26-96]
   In 1937 Actor, Tony Anthony (Treasure of 4 Crowns) (81)
   In 1938 Singer/actress, Nico (The Velvet Underground) [d: 7-18-88]
   In 1940 Actor, Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, The Closer) (78)
   In 1940 Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Dave DeBusschere (Knicks) [d: 5-14-03]
   In 1941 Baseball player/sportscaster, Tim McCarver (Mets) (77)
   In 1943 Bassist, C.F. Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (75)
   In 1944 Actor, Johnny Washbrook (Ken-My Friend Flicka) (74)
   In 1945 Football player, Dwight Douglas Lewis (Cowboys) (73)
   In 1946 Actress, Suzanne Somers (Three's Company, Step By Step) (72)
   In 1947 Singer/guitarist, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) (71)
   In 1948 Football player, Richard Caster (Redskins) (70)
   In 1951 Actor, Daniel Gerroll (Big Business) (67)
   In 1951 Actor, Morgan Stevens (Fame, Bare Essence, Melrose Place) (67)
   In 1952 Actress/playmate, Martha Smith (Animal House/July-1973) (66)
   In 1953 Singer/songwriter, Tony Carey (Fine Fine Day) (65)
   In 1953 U.S. swimmer, Susan Pedersen (Olympic-Gold-1968) (65)
   In 1955 Actress, Ellen Dolan (Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT) (63)
   In 1956 Swimmer, Melissa Belote (62)
   In 1956 Astronaut, James H. Newman (STS-51, STS-88, STS-109, STS-69) (62)
   In 1958 Actor, Tim Robbins (The Player, The Shawshank Redemption) (60)
   In 1959 Guitarist, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) (59)
   In 1960 Singer, Bob Mould (Sugar, Husker Du) (58)
   In 1961 Actor, Randy Vasquez (Gunnery Sgt. Galindez-JAG) (57)
   In 1962 Basketball player, Manute Bol (Golden State Warriors) [d: 6-19-10]
   In 1962 Bassist, Flea [Michael Balzary] (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (56)
   In 1962 U.S. slalom skier, Tamara McKinney (Olympic-4th-1984) (56)
   In 1963 Actress, Pamela Bach (Route 66, Castle Rock, Baywatch) (55)
   In 1968 Actor, Randall Batinkoff (David-Christy, The Peacemaker) (50)
   In 1969 Jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove (49)
   In 1969 Actress, Terri J. Vaughn (Steve Harvey Show) (49)
   In 1969 Singer, Wendy Wilson (Wilson-Phillips) (49)
   In 1975 Actress, Kellie Martin (Life Goes On, Lucy-ER) (43)
   In 1977 Singer, John Mayer (41)
   In 1978 Singer, Abel Talamantez (Menudo-Cannonball) (40)
   In 1980 Actor, Jeremy Jackson (Hobie Buchannon-Baywatch) (38)
   In 1981 Actress, Caterina Scorsone (Grey's Anatomy, Missing) (37)
   In 1987 Actor, Eddie Karr (One Life to Live, Promised Land) (31)
   In 1991 Singer, Joey Stamper (Anthem Lights) (27)
   In 1992 Baseball player, Bryce Harper (Nationals) (26)

Monday, October 15, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Well Somebody's Not Getting a Father's Day Card This Year!

Talk about a dysfunctional family! About three months ago, 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson of Bristol, Tennessee, allegedly attacked his own son with a chainsaw. This happened in the yard while the son was mowing his grass. The son used the lawnmower to protect himself and ended up running over his father with the mower. Ferguson sustained severe head and leg injuries which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg. No motive was given for the attack although police report the men had been involved in a long-running feud. Ferguson has finally recovered enough so that police can officially arrest him - which they did and charged him with attempted murder. He remains in jail on a $25,000 bond. (Kingsport Times-News)

It's the Biggest Raise Ever! $39 a Month!
The Social Security office is calling it the biggest raise in benefits in years! The truth is tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will indeed get a 2.8% boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher - and it is the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have ever gotten. And it amounts to an average of a whopping $39 bucks a month. Last time we checked, that won't even buy one tank of gas for the average car. Of course most retirees and their advocates say the annual adjustment is too meager and doesn't reflect higher health care costs for older people. Federal budget hawks take the opposite view, arguing that increases should be smaller to reflect consumers' penny-pinching responses when costs go up. The estimated average monthly Social Security payment for a retired worker will be $1,461 a month next year. President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but the government is running $1 trillion deficits, partly as a result of the Republican tax cut bill Trump signed. Mounting deficits will revive pressure to cut Social Security, advocates for the elderly fear. (Newser)

Tragedy Strikes Mr. Rogers Movie Set
Sad news out of Pennsylvania, where a biopic about Fred Rogers (aka "Mister Rogers") is filming. A 61-year-old crew member for You Are My Friend died after falling off a second-story balcony at a Mount Lebanon apartment building. Police say James Emswiller, described as a sound mixer on his IMDb page, had gone out onto the balcony for a smoke in between shooting scenes for the film and apparently plummeted over the balcony's brick wall about 7:30pm Thursday. No one saw him fall, but others nearby heard a sound and soon discovered Emswiller on the ground below. Police believe he suffered from a medical emergency while on the balcony. He was initially listed in serious condition, but he soon deteriorated and was pronounced dead at a local hospital about an hour after the fall. (WPXI)

Bills Fan Gets the Last Word
Talk about a parting shot. Lifelong Buffalo Bills fan Lee Merkel, died last week at 83 and stipulated that his obituary include the line: "Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pall bearers so they can let him down one last time!" Of course it's not the first time for a stunt like this and Merkel son says indeed, his dad got the idea from a Cleveland Brown fan's obit. Taking the trolling a step further, Merkel, a longtime season ticket holder, will be buried in a Bills t-shirt bearing the words, "Just one before I die." Though Merkel's beloved team didn't win a Super Bowl in his lifetime, "my dad has several grandkids so he never lost hope that they will see the Bills win the big one," his son says. In addition to being a Bills super-fan, Merkel was a member of the Utica Optimist Club, an "avid fisherman," and an Army veteran, according to his obit. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, three sons, and seven grandkids. (WKBW)

Too Polite to Be a Robber
Japanese people are renowned for their good manners and politeness, but this bizrre incident shows just how far that politeness can go. In Ogori City, a man entered a convenience store about 1:40am and told the manager, "I've come with the intent to intimidate you and rob this store, may I ask you to please cooperate with me?" in the most unintimidating way possible. Well, the manager said, "No," so our friend quietly left and about five minutes later walked into a nearby police station and confessed to the robbery attempt. After searching the man, officers discovered a kitchen knife that he had never even pulled out during his polite exchange with the convenience store manager. He's been charged with attempted robbery, but police are still investigating the motives for the crime. (Oddity Central)

Clearly Neanderthal Parents Didn't Warn Their Kids About the Giant Birds

When researchers discovered the oldest human remains ever found in Poland a few years ago, they didn't realize that the bones were hiding a grisly secret. In fact, it wasn't until this year that they realized the bones were human at all, because they were found among animal bones. Further lab analysis has revealed that the two tiny phalanges, or digital bones of the hand, are about one centimeter long and belonged to a Neanderthal child who was between 5 and 7 years old, and that the bones has passed through the digestive system of a large bird. The researchers believe that the bird either attacked and partially consumed the child, or fed off of the child after it died. Unfortunately, the bones are poorly preserved, which eliminates the possibility of a DNA analysis. However they do believe the bones are 115,000 years old. Previously, the oldest human remains uncovered in Poland were three Neanderthal molars estimated to be about 52,000 years old. The findings will be published this year in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. (CNN)

What the What?

Meanwhile, in Walterboro, South Carolina, 65-year-old Kirby Evans was asked to leave a convenience store because of his disfigured face. The poor man underwent surgery seven years ago to remove basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. He lost both his nose and left eye as a result. Mr. Evans says he visited the Forks Pit Stop to buy a snack and a drink. His daughter, Brandy Evans, says when her father sat down at a table in the store to eat, the manager allegedly "grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him into her office," telling him to either cover his face or leave. Brandy said, "He left and went home in tears to tell me what happened." On Facebook she added that her father has trouble wearing an eye patch because "it rubs the eye socket raw and where his nose was," and is on a fixed income and can't afford reconstructive surgery. Someone created a GoFundMe account for Mr. Evans, raising more than $2,500 of its $10,000 goal as of Friday morning. No comment yet from the fine folks at Forks Pit Stop. (WCIV News)

TODAY IS

American celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse celebrates his 59th birthday. He's accomplished quite a bit in his lifetime. Especially considering he's a chef with the word "gassy" in his name.

Britain's Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, turns 59 today. Her nickname was "Fergie" and her daughter Princess Eugenie of York got married last Friday.

Tito Jackson turns 65 today. He's one of the other unsuccessful brothers.

Chris DeBurgh, the one-hit wonder who sang "Lady in Red," celebrates birthday number 70 today.

Richard Carpenter turns 72 today. Back in the 70s, he and his sister were "The Carpenters." But when he went solo, he was known as "The Carpenter" and most of his phone calls were for roof repair and siding jobs.

Penny Marshall, director and half of Laverne and Shirley, turns 75 today. "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" if you've always wondered what they were saying.

Linda Lavin, who played the mom on Sean Hayes' show "Sean Saves the World," turns 81 today. Her first big TV hit was a show called "Alice," where she worked in a diner with a southern waitress named, "Flo," who was famous for the line, "Kiss my grits." Just filling your head with useless information. You could get on Jeopardy one day.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1783, a Frenchman, Pilatra deRozier, became the first man to fly in a hot air balloon.
  • His first words in the air were, "I thought I told you not to let go of that line!" This was back in the days before bullies had school lockers to stuff you into.
  • Another guy was the first to fly in an untethered balloon, but he got away before we could hear his name.

In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that he would look better with a beard.
  • She actually said, "Free the shaves" which gave him another idea.
  • Imagine how different our $5 bills would look, if it weren't for that 11-year-old.
  • Ironically, generations later, her great-great grandson just wrote a similar letter to Hillary Clinton.

On this date in 1914, the Clayton Antitrust Act was passed. Ever since then, we've never trusted anyone named Clayton, either.

In 1917, Mata Hari, a Dutch dancer who had spied for the Germans, is executed by firing squad outside of Paris. They shot her outside of Paris because inside of Paris was too crowded. She died of lead poisoning.

Music Calendar...

   In 1914 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is
           founded.
   In 1955 Les Paul and Mary Ford are the guests when the Grand Ole Opry is
           televised for the first time.
   In 1955 Buddy Holly's band, Buddy & Bob, opens for Elvis Presley at the
           "Big D Jamboree" in Lubbock, Texas.
   In 1956 Little Richard records "Good Golly Miss Molly" for Specialty Records
           at the J&M Studios in New Orleans.
   In 1958 Jackie Wilson records "Lonely Teardrops."
   In 1959 Opera singer Mario Lanza dies at age 38.
   In 1960 Loretta Lynn gives her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
   In 1960 The Miracles' "Shop Around" is released. It would become Motown's
           first gold record the following February.
   In 1966 Australia bans "I Can't Help Myself" by the Troggs calling the song
           terribly obscene.
   In 1966 The Monkees record "I'm a Believer" at New York's RCA studios.
   In 1966 "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops hits #1 on the U.S. top
           40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1967 Simon & Garfunkel perform on CBS-TV's "Smothers Brothers Show."
   In 1968 Led Zeppelin makes their performance debut in Surrey U, England.
   In 1968 "The Association's Greatest Hits" album is released.
   In 1968 Janis Joplin's album "Cheap Thrills" is certified gold.
   In 1969 Gene Autry is elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
   In 1970 Derek & the Dominoes kick off their first U.S. tour.
   In 1970 Rolling Stone features a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, who died of a drug
           overdose the previous September.
   In 1971 Rick Nelson is booed for performing new material at an Madison
           Square Garden Oldies show. The incident inspires him to write
           "Garden Party."
   In 1973 Keith Richards and girlfriend Anita Pallenburg are given suspended
           sentences and fines after being convicted on drug charges in Nice,
           France.
   In 1973 Elvis Presley is hospitalized in Memphis for two weeks with
           pneumonia.
   In 1973 Chet Akins and Patsy Cline are inducted into the CMA Hall Of Fame.
   In 1974 "Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits" album is certified gold.
   In 1976 RKO Radio bans Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" for suggestive
           lyrics.
   In 1976 After 19 years, Ike & Tina Turner end their professional
           relationship.
   In 1977 "Slip Slidin' Away" by Paul Simon and "You Make Loving Fun" by
           Fleetwood Mac both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1977 "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
           and stayed there for 10 weeks.
   In 1980 The Cars' album "Panorama" is certified platinum.
   In 1982 "The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits" album is released in the U.S.
   In 1983 "Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney and "Crumblin' Down" by John Cougar
           Mellencamp both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1986 John Denver is among those awarded Ellis Island Medals of Honor in
           1986 by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
   In 1986 Bon Jovi's album "Slippery When Wet" is certified gold and platinum.
   In 1988 Debbie Gibson sings the National Anthem at the Dodgers-A's World
           Series game.
   In 1988 Tone Loc's single "Wild Thing" is released.
   In 1988 "Red Red Wine" by UB40 is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1991 John Fogerty and wife Julie become parents to Shane Cody.
   In 1991 "Emotions" by Mariah Carey is certified gold.
   In 1993 Mariah Carey's single "Hero" is released.
   In 1995 Paul & Linda McCartney make guest voice appearances on "The
           Simpsons" on Fox. They counsel Lisa Simpson on vegetarianism.
   In 1996 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is charged with attacking a cameraman
           who was trying to take pictures of Lee and his wife Pamela Anderson
           Lee outside an Los Angeles club.
   In 1996 Paula Cole's album "This Fire" is released.
   In 1997 John Denver's remains are cremated in California and his ashes then
           flown to Aurora, Colorado, for a memorial service.
   In 1997 AC/DC's album "Bonfire" is released.
   In 1997 Mariah Carey's album "Butterfly" is certified gold, platinum and
           double platinum.
   In 1998 Puff Daddy plays his first-ever UK show at the official opening of
           the new London venue Sound Republic in Leicester Square.
   In 1998 311's album "311" is certified triple platinum, while Bon Jovi's
           album "Crossroad" goes quadruple platinum.
   In 1999 The Temptations' album "Greatest Hits" is certified gold, platinum
           and double platinum.
   In 1999 The albums "Supernatural" by Santana and "My Love Is Your Love" by
           Whitney Houston both go triple platinum.
   In 2000 U2's single "Beautiful Day" is #1 in the UK.
   In 2001 Former GNR guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) marries Perla Ferrar in
           Maui, Hawaii.

Today In History...

   In 1783 Pilatra deRozier becomes the first man to fly, in a tethered
           balloon.
   In 1860 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY, writes a letter to
           presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he would look
           better with a beard.
   In 1914 The Clayton Antitrust Act is passed.
   In 1917 Mata Hari, a dutch dancer who had spied for the Germans, is executed
           by firing squad outside of Paris.
   In 1928 The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehust, New Jersey, on
           its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.
   In 1937 The Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have And Have Not" is published.
   In 1939 New York Municipal Airport, later re-named LaGuardia Airport, is
           dedicated in New York City.
   In 1940 Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, "The Great Dictator" opens.
   In 1945 The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, is executed.
   In 1946 Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisons himself, one day before he
           was to be executed.
   In 1951 "I Love Lucy" premieres on CBS television.
   In 1959 The crime drama "The Untouchables" premieres.
   In 1964 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev is removed from office and is
           succeeded as premier by Alexei Kosygin and as Communist Party
           secretary by Leonid Brezhnev.
   In 1965 The first public draft card burning takes place.
   In 1966 President Johnson signs a bill creating the Department of
           Transportation.
   In 1969 Peace demonstrators stage activities across the country, including a
           candlelight march around the White House, as part of a moratorium
           against the Vietnam War.
   In 1976 In the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential
           candidates, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole face
           off in Houston, Texas.
   In 1981 The New York Yankees win the American League pennant, downing the
           Oakland A's in game three of their series, 4-0.
   In 1985 Franco Modigliani of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is
           named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
   In 1988 The baby carriage pushing record is set at 350.23 miles in 24 hours.
   In 1989 Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpasses Gordie Howe's
           scoring record of 1,850 points, during a game against the Edmonton
           Oilers.
   In 1990 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
   In 1990 South Africa's Separate Amenities Act, which barred blacks from
           public facilities for decades, is formally scrapped.
   In 1991 Despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate
           narrowly confirms the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S.
           Supreme Court, by a vote of 52-48.
   In 1992 The U.S. State Department acknowledges that it had improperly
           handled requests for the passport file of Democratic presidential
           nominee Bill Clinton.
   In 1993 President Clinton sends 6 warships to the waters off Haiti to
           enforce trade sanctions.
   In 1994 Democracy is  restored to Haiti as Aristide returns after three
           years in exile.
   In 1995 Six Israeli soldiers are killed in Israeli-occupied southern Lebanon
           in an ambush blamed on the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah.
   In 1996 CSX Corp. announces plans to buy Conrail Inc. for $8.4 billion to
           create the nation's third-largest railroad.
   In 1997 Richard Noble drives a British jet-powered car twice the speed of
           sound, officially shattering the world land speed record.
   In 1999 The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders is named winner of
           the Nobel Peace Prize.
   In 2000 President Clinton leaves Washington for emergency talks in Egypt
           with Israeli and Arab leaders.
   In 2001 A letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tests positive
           for anthrax.
   In 2001 Bethlehem Steel Corp. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
   In 2002 Five Japanese kidnapping victims who were abducted in their youth
           by North Korean spies finally return home after a quarter century.
   In 2003 People's Republic of China becomes the third country to launch a

Born On This Day...

   In 1608 Scientist, Evangelista Torricelli (invented the barometer)
   In 1829 Astronomer, Asaph Hall (discovered the moons of Mars)
   In 1844 German philosopher/poet, Friedrich Nietzsche
   In 1858 Boxer, John L. Sullivan (heavyweight champion, 1882-92)
   In 1872 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of President Woodrow Wilson
   In 1880 Scientist/educator, Marie Stopes (birth control advocate)
   In 1881 English author/humorist, Pelham Wodehouse (created Jeeves)
   In 1896 Actor/panelist, Melville Cooper (I've Got A Secret)
   In 1904 American social activist, Marty Mann [d: 7-22-80]
   In 1906 Editor/publisher, Alicia Patterson (founded Newsday) [d: 7-2-62]
   In 1908 Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith [d: 4-29-06]
   In 1909 Baseball player, Melvin Harder (Indians) [d: 10-20-02]
   In 1909 Broadcast journalist, Robert Trout (ABC News) [d: 11-14-00]
   In 1917 Actress, Jan Miner (Madge in Palmolive commercials) [d: 2-15-04]
   In 1917 Author/historian, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. [d: 2-28-07]
   In 1918 Playwright, Robert Edwin Lee (Inherit The Wind) [d: 7-8-94]
   In 1920 Sportscaster, Chris Economaki (ABC Sports) [d: 9-28-12]
   In 1920 Author, Mario Puzo (The Godfather) [d: 7-2-99]
   In 1920 Actor, Robert Rockwell (Our Miss Brooks, Growing Pains) [d: 1-25-03]
   In 1924 Automobile executive/author, Lee Iacocca (ex-Chrysler Corp) (94)
   In 1925 Singer/songwriter, Mickey Baker (Mickey & Sylvia) [d: 11-27-12]
   In 1926 Writer/novelist, Evan Hunter (The Blackboard Jungle) [d: 7-6-05]
   In 1926 Actress, Jean Peters (Viva Zapata!, Apache) [d: 10-13-00]
   In 1928 Actor, Mark Lenard (Sarek-Star Trek) [d: 11-22-96]
   In 1932 Actress, Abby Dalton (Falcon Crest) (86)
   In 1934 Actor, Peter Haskell (Bracken's World, Rich Man Poor Man) [d: 4-12-10]
   In 1935 Track athlete, Bobby Morrow (Olympic-3 Gold-1956) (83)
   In 1937 Actress/singer, Linda Lavin (Barney Miller, Alice) (81)
   In 1937 Singer/actor, Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction) (81)
   In 1938 Singer/composer, Fela Kuti (Afrobeat) [d: 8-2-97]
   In 1941 Drummer, Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) (77)
   In 1943 Actress/director, Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley) (75)
   In 1945 Sportscaster, Jim Palmer (Monday Night Baseball) (73)
   In 1946 Drummer/keyboardist, Richard Carpenter (The Carpenters) (72)
   In 1948 Singer/songwriter, Chris de Burgh (Lady in Red) (70)
   In 1948 Drummer, Lance Dickerson (Commander Cody) (70)
   In 1951 Tennis player, Roscoe Tanner (67)
   In 1953 Singer/guitarist, Tito Jackson (The Jacksons) (65)
   In 1953 Comedian/actor, Larry Miller (Pursuit of Happiness, Dilbert) (65)
   In 1954 Actor, Jere Burns (Kirk-Dear John, Mommies, Something So Right) (64)
   In 1955 Actress, Tanya Roberts (Charlie's Angels, A View To A Kill) (63)
   In 1958 Actress, Renee Jones (Lexie-Days Of Our Lives) (60)
   In 1958 Actress, Jayne Modean (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center) (60)
   In 1959 Author, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York) (59)
   In 1959 Chef, Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live) (59)
   In 1962 Musician, Mark Reznicek (Toadies) (56)
   In 1966 Singer, Eric Benet (52)
   In 1966 Actor, Jeffrey Jacquet (Eugene-Mork and Mindy, Whiz Kids) (52)
   In 1968 Actress, Vanessa Marcil (Brenda-General Hospital, The Rock) (50)
   In 1969 TV host, Paige Davis (Trading Spaces) (49)
   In 1970 R&B singer, Ginuwine (48)
   In 1973 Actor, Paul Logan (Days of Our Lives) (45)
   In 1978 Actor, Devon Gummersall (Brian-My So Called Life, ID4) (40)
   In 1979 Actress, Samantha Becker (Maria-Saved By The Bell) (39)
   In 1982 Actor, Toran Caudell (Rod-7th Heaven) (36)
   In 1985 Dancer, Dominic Sandoval (America's Best Dance Crew) (33)
   In 1989 Boxer, Anthony Joshua (Olympics-Gold-2012) (29)
   In 1990 Actor, Brennan Mejia (American Horror Story, 90210, iCarly) (28)
   In 1992 Actor, Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris) (26)
   In 1994 Actress, James Lastovic (Days of Our Lives) (24)
   In 1995 Actor, William Brent (Lab Rats) (23)
   In 1999 Actress, Bailee Madison (Wizards of Waverly Place) (19)
   In 2004 Actress, Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven) (14)

COCHISE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - 6TH ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD STARING AT 7AM.


Friday, October 12, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Buh-Bye Kraft American Singles

Kraft American Singles have been a staple in US kitchens for decades, but may not be for much longer. It seems millennials aren't interested in buying or eating the processed stuff, preferring instead natural cheeses that taste way better even if they are pricier. In addition, restaurant chains such as Wendy's, Cracker Barrel, and Panera Bread are either ditching Kraft American Singles-a champion melter-or at least offering alternatives. US sales of processed cheese are on track to dip for the fourth consecutive year. A solid 40% of US households still buy Kraft Singles, but sales are flat according to one company exec. (Esquire)

So You Think Your Kid is Smart?

So, you think your kid is smart? Well, did he or she start a bank - when they were a second grader? Meet Jose Adolfo Quisocala Condori, a Peruvian boy who started a children's savings bank when he was only 7. Today, his bank serves over 2,000 clients and offers various financial services. Jose got the idea after noticing that many of his peers were spending their money on sweets and toys, instead of saving it for more meaningful purchases. Despite his young age, he understood that saving money and accessing the financial system were two ways that adults - like his parents - solved many of their financial and social problems, so he decided to make them available to kids as well. Jose says, "At the beginning, my teachers thought I was crazy or that a child could not undertake this type of project. Luckily, I had the support of the school principal and an assistant in my classroom. I also had to endure the jokes and bullying of my classmates for the work I was doing." Jose founded the Bartselana Student Bank and even reached an arrangement with local recycling companies that offered his clients a higher price per kilogram of recyclable waste, with all proceeds deposited straight into their accounts. To make sure that the children were the only ones who benefited from their work, he also made a rule that nobody except the clients themselves, not even their parents, could make withdrawals. For his achievements, Jose has received several honorary awards, has been featured in documentaries and has been invited to events in countries all over the world. (Oddity Central)

Teacher Out for Tweet About Kavanaugh

This week Brett Kavanaugh started his new job as a Supreme Court justice. Also this week, a Minnesota teacher lost her job - over a Tweet she wrote about Justice Kavanaugh. The unnamed Rosemount special education teacher's resignation was announced Tuesday, the same day Kavanaugh joined the bench. It seems last Saturday night she Tweeted: "So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?" Her Twitter account is no longer active. Independent School District 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek says the district began fielding complaints the next day and the teacher was placed on paid leave so the situation could be investigated. She then voluntarily resigned. A rep for the FBI in Minneapolis tells the Star Tribune it was made aware of the tweet but it's unclear whether authorities will probe this incident. Forget about the threats - she should be fired for being a teacher and not knowing the difference between whose and who's! (FOX 9)

Guess Who Owns BrettKavanaugh.com?

In other Brett Kavanaugh, news, our newest Supreme Court Justice is probably wishing he had purchased the domain that bears his name. But he didn't, so somebody else did. So now if you go to BrettKavanaugh.com you'll find a webpage titled "We Believe Survivors." The website declares: "The start of Brett Kavanaugh' s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another, but, more importantly, it is putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault-and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support those who have experienced it." It then offers links to resources for survivors of sexual assault. Turns out Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, bought a number of domain names three years ago that he "thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles. BrettKavanaugh.com was one of them. Fix the Court is an organization that wants Supreme Court reforms including term limits for justices. Comedian Dave Weasel also recently revealed he bought honbrettkavanaugh.com (Honorable Brett Kavanaugh) and redirected it to point to the website for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (Newser)

No Wonder the Post Office Is Broke!

They're calling it one of the biggest internal thefts in US Post Office history. It seems 46-year-old postal worker Ryan Cortez is being accused of a massive theft of stamps-more than $630,000 worth-from the Kenner, Louisiana post office where he works. Cortez makes about $70,000 a year but lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years according to casino records. Federal prosecutors say they now know how he got the money to support his habit. Cortez was arrested Wednesday and charged with misappropriation of postal funds or property. The criminal complaint against Cortez says he admitted to stealing the stamps, then hawking them on eBay. USPS investigators got wind of the alleged scheme when both eBay and PayPal notified them of "significant quantities" of stamps being sold on the former's site. So 630K worth of stamps goes missing from one post office, and it takes you seven years to figure this out? Man, we're in trouble. (Times-Picayunne)

Cheating, Lying Wine Snobs!

If you're a big wine lover, maybe you know that to achieve the rank of Master Sommelier (Sum-all-YAY) is about as big as it gets in the world of wine experts. It's no easy undertaking and the exam is known to be notoriously difficult. It usually takes years, even decades, of study to conquer the three-part test of wine knowledge-broken down into theory, table service, and tasting. How hard is it? Well less than 300 people have passed over the last 49 years. Now 23 sommeliers who thought they had made the grade just found out they've got to take that monster test again. The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas announced this week it would invalidate the results of the blind tasting administered in St. Louis because of "clear evidence" of cheating. The court says an unnamed court master "breached the confidentiality" of the test by releasing "detailed information concerning wines in the tasting flight" ahead of time. (Let's pause here for an audible gasp) The offending master will be stripped of his title and court membership, and 23 of 24 newly minted masters must retake the tasting test-in which they're asked to identify six wines, down to the year, grape, and region. CMS board chairman Devon Broglie is sympathetic and says, "I can only imagine how hard it hit everyone to learn that something they worked so hard for was tainted by the actions of a single individual." Somehow I keep picturing the scene in Mary Poppins when Mr. Banks gets fired and one of the bank executives takes his top hat and punches a hole through it. (Washington Post)

Sleep Better - Wear Wool!

Scientists in Australia say they've found an effective remedy for insomnia and it has nothing to do with counting sheep, but more to do with shearing sheep. Experts say wool helps keep the body in the "thermal comfort zone" and wearing wool pajamas is very conducive to restful sleep. Study participants who wore pajamas made of wool rather than cotton,took 11 minutes to fall asleep, while those who didn't took 15 minutes or longer. However, we should point out that the research was funded by the wool industry's Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), and has not yet been published. (Metro)

What the What?

An idiot in South Carolina will most likely be spending a lot of time in prison over a bag of salt-and-vinegar potato chips. Authorities say 19-year-old Ryan Dean Langdale had warned his 17-year-old cousin not to eat his bag of chips, but when he did, Langdale shot him! Now, along with attempted murder, Langdale now faces additional charges after lying to police. The sheriff's office said Langdale told deputies his cousin had accidentally shot himself by dropping a hunting rifle while cleaning it, but Maj. J.W. Chapman said, "We knew from the beginning that something wasn't right." Langdale now faces charges of obstruction of justice after authorities learned he switched weapons while on the scene, plus charges of using a firearm in a violent crime. Throw your damn life away for potato chips. OMG you are stupid! (FOX News)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Channing Tatum is dating Jessie J after his split earlier this year with Jenna Dewan.

In Florida, a woman had to be escorted off of a Frontier Airlines flight because of problems with her emotional support squirrel.

Ah, the stock market. As result of last Thursday's drop, Amazon's Jeff Bezos lost $9.1 billion.

On Thursday, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library debuted three holograms of the 40th president to the public, bringing him to life in a way never before seen.

The FBI and police arrested a New York man last week who was planning to build a 200-pound bomb and blow himself up on Election Day in Washington, DC, to protest the direction the country is going.

Disney is working on a live-action version of Aladdin that will feature Will Smith as the blue genie.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has ruled that Verne Troyer's April 21 death was a suicide, through intense alcohol intoxication. He played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series.

Buy your Forever Stamps now. The post office is seeing a 5-cents a stamp increase.

Singapore Airlines have launched non-stop service between Newark Liberty and Singapore on

Thursday. The 9,500-statute mile route is now the world's longest regularly scheduled flight, clocking in with a flight time of nearly 19 hours.

Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized for the times he "stepped over the line" over the years with the women he worked with.

Meghan Markle's first husband has married heiress Tracey Kurland -- after just one year of dating.

There's a guy named Bruce Pascal, who started collecting Mattel Hot Wheels cars when he was a kid. He now has 3500 Hot Wheels, with a value of over $1 million... including a rare one worth $150,000.

A report says 5 of the top 30 web destinations are adult sites.

The country of Montenegro is now going to fine people who don't stand for their national anthem.

A study says one third of gluten free restaurants in the U.S. serve food containing some gluten.

115,000-year-old bones discovered in Poland appear to be from a child that was eaten by a large bird.

LeBron James' old locker in Cleveland has been remodeled to be a towel closet.

Another change in our world thanks to Millennials -- the disappearance of American Cheese.

Wendy's is offering asiago. A & W's Canada locations switched to real cheddar. McDonald's is selling the Big Mac's soft, orange square of American cheese with a version that doesn't contain artificial preservatives. Panera Bread ditched its old-fashioned grilled cheese made with American and replaced it with a four-cheese combo of fontina, cheddar, monteau and smoked gouda.

A grand jury in New Jersey indicted former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on drug and other charges stemming from an altercation with an Uber driver in May.

Selena Gomez has been to the hospital twice in the past week and has now been admitted for Mental Health treatment at an east coast psychiatric facility.

ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived on the Bahamian Island of Guanahani, which he renamed El Salvador, which for those of you who don't know Spanish means, "The Salvador."

Little known fact: The first thing he said to his men was, "Does anyone know something that rhymes with 'ocean blue'?"

When his three ships arrived... only to find the banks closed.

Yes, this is the actual date in 1492 that Christopher Columbus landed in America and ruined everything.

Yes, kids, that's where Indigenous People's Day all began.


On this date in 1681, a London woman was publicly flogged for involving herself in politics.

Now they just do it when they run for office.

Back then, it was much tougher for "Saturday Night Live" actors to impersonate politicians.

Afterwards, she went on a tour blaming Ezekiel Trump.

See, there were things more painful to watch than a Republican debate.

In 1871, President Grant ordered the largest-ever roundup of KKK members. Unfortunately, there was a huge typo and the people actually arrested were AAA members.

On this date in 1892, the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing. Of course, since then, schools no longer recite it, the phrase "under God" is under fire and Columbus Day is now "Indigenous Peoples' Day." Otherwise, things are still the same.

On this date in 1942, President Roosevelt gave on of his so-called radio "fireside chats," where he recommended drafting 18- and 19-year old men. 18 and 18-year-old women said, "Sounds good to us!"

In 1969, Soyuz 7 was launched. It was either a spaceship or vodka, one of the two.

On this date in 1972, the American satellite "Mariner IX" took pictures of the Martian north pole. I'm just imagining a space toy shop with a green Santa Claus.

Music Calendar...

   In 1957 After a concert in Sydney, Australia, Little Richard announces he
           wanted to give up rock and roll. He becomes a minister and records
           gospel albums, but returns to rock in 1962.
   In 1959 "Oh! Carol" by Neil Sedaka enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1962 The Beatles open for Little Richard in Liverpool.
   In 1963 "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs hits #1 on the U.S.
           top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
   In 1966 The "Jimi Hendrix Experience" is formed in London.
   In 1966 Guitarist Denny Laine quits the Moody Blues.
   In 1968 Mick Jagger appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1969 WKNR/Detroit DJ Russ Gibb plays the Beatles "Revolution" backwards
           and listeners hear the phrase "Turn Me On Deadman," adding fuel to
           the "Paul Is Dead" hoax.
   In 1970 Composers Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice introduce their new rock
           opera "Jesus Christ Superstar."
   In 1971 Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") dies from a bleeding ulcer.
   In 1972 "Use Me" by Bill Withers is certified gold.
   In 1972 Creedence Clearwater Revival officially disbands.
   In 1972 "Lady Sings The Blues" starring Diana Ross premieres in theatres.
   In 1973 Cher's single "Half-Breed" and Elton John's album "Goodbye Yellow
           Brick Road" are both certified gold.
   In 1974 "If You Love Me Let Me Know" by Olivia Newton-John is #1 on the U.S.
           albums chart.
   In 1975 Rod Stewart & the Faces play their last gig together at New York's
           Nassau Coliseum.
   In 1976 "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" by England Dan & John Ford
           Coley is certified gold.
   In 1977 Linda Ronstadt's album "Simple Dreams" is certified platinum.
   In 1979 Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull suffers a minor eye injury when a fan
           throws a rose at him at a Madison Square Garden.
   In 1981 Barbara Mandrell receives CMA's Entertainer of the Year award, for
           the second year in a row.
   In 1982 The Who play their last performance at Shea Stadium.
   In 1984 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" album and Tom Petty's "Damn The
           Torpedos" LP are both certified double platinum.
   In 1985 Founding member and B-52's guitarist Ricky Wilson dies at age 32 of
           an AIDS-related illness.
   In 1985 "Oh Shelia" by Ready For The World is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1987 George Harrison's single "Got My Mind Set On You" is released.
   In 1988 Duran Duran's album "Introspective" is released.
   In 1991 "The Statler Brothers Show" premieres on TNN.
   In 1991 "Emotions" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 3 weeks.
   In 1991 Nirvana's CD "Nevermind" is certified gold.
   In 1992 AC/DC's album "Live" is released.
   In 1992 Michael Jackson breaks his own record for album sales when
           "Dangerous" sold more than 15 million copies in 10 months.
   In 1996 The December 1968 film documentary, "The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll
           Circus," is released.
   In 1996 Hootie & the Blowfish join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John
           Mellencamp and 45,000 fans at Farm Aid '96 in Columbia, SC.
   In 1997 John Denver, 53, is killed in the crash of his privately built
           experimental aircraft in Monterey Bay, CA.
   In 1998 Elton John turns down an offer to serve as a United Nations
           "messenger of peace," citing a lack to time to do the job justice.
   In 1999 Eric Clapton's album "Clapton Chronicles" is released.
   In 1999 The Backstreet Boys' album "Finally" is certified gold.
   In 2002 More than 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley is #1 on the
           Billboard 200 with RCA Records' "Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits."
   In 2002 Grammy-winning composer and conductor Ray Conniff dies at age 85
           from injuries to his head sustained from a fall.

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