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Thursday, October 25, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

White Supremacist Hater is a Wife Beater? Who Knew?

Here's a shocker: The estranged wife of Richard Spencer says the prominent white nationalist was "physically, emotionally, verbally, and financially abusive" and attacked her on more than one occasion. In divorce filings from Montana, Nina Koupriianova describes being hit, grabbed, dragged around by her hair, and "held down in a manner causing bruising." Koupriianova, who married Spencer in 2010, says much of the abuse happened in the presence of their two young children. She says he tried to punch her in the face when she was nine months pregnant in 2017. She alleges that one of his favorite statements is: "The only language women understand is violence." In the divorce filings, Koupriianova also alleges that Spencer often failed to pay bills or buy groceries for his family because he wanted to save his money for "the cause." She says he started keeping a loaded gun on a table in their bedroom, easily accessible to their toddler daughter, after he was punched in the face on the day of President Trump's inauguration. The filings state that Koupriianova, who has links to the far right in Russia, has been living apart from Spencer since July last year. Spencer, who popularized the term "alt-right," denies the accusations saying he is "not an abusive person" and his wife was "never in a dangerous situation." (BuzzFeed)

No, No - We Want a Challenging Dog!

Binx, the shelter dog, is a very good boy. Apparently too good. The family who adopted him just a few days ago has returned the 1-year-old mutt to the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA in Phoenix. In a Facebook post, the shelter said the family included notes saying Binx was "potty trained, good with kids, fun to play with, and good with dogs in the home!" So why in the world would they return him? The shelter wrote that the family was looking for a dog that was more of a challenge. Hopefully they will find a more suitable pooch to shred their sofa cushions, defile their carpets and ignore their commands. In the meantime, Binx still needs to be adopted by someone who appreciates a well-behaved dog who likes to run, chase a ball or two and go on walks. Good grief! (SFGate)

Getting Old Sucks... Wait, Maybe Not

A group of elderly female residents at the Milton Lodge retirement home at Colchester, Essex, England got a special treat. They were served up a three-course meal by butlers in the buff - basically male strippers - all at the request of the residents! There were 23 guests in total with 11 of them being residents. Claire Martin, activities co-coordinator at Milton Lodge, said it was the staff that raised the money to grant the wishes of residents - something initiated by 89-year-old Joan Corp. Claire said: "They all had a massage, the butlers went around asking the ladies if they wanted a massage and they all said yes. They didn't stop laughing the whole night, they absolutely loved it." One 99-year-old resident said she loved it so much she wanted them back for her 100th birthday! (Metro)

Our US Embassy Hard at Work in Australia!

The U.S. embassy in Canberra, Australia issued an apology on Sunday for a fake meeting invitation that was emailed from the State Department that featured a picture of a pajama-wearing cat. It seems the cat in question appeared beneath the title "cat pajama-jam," wore a blue Cookie Monster outfit and held a plate of chocolate-chip cookies. Gavin Sundwall, the public affairs counselor at the U.S. Mission to Australia, chalked the ordeal up to a "training error" that was made by a new staff member who was "testing out our email newsletter platform." In a follow-up email Sundwall wrote: "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam' party," but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise." (Huffington Post)

What's the Only Thing Worse Than Michael Moore's Donald Trump Movie?

Michael Moore's latest movie, Fahrenheit 11/9 was supposed to be the thing to bring down Donald Trump - at least that's what Moore said. The truth is, it's one of the biggest bombs in modern movie history - so far bringing in just over $6 million since it opened over a month ago. In fact, the only movie doing worse is, well, Steve Bannon's new movie about Donald Trump. Only 38 people showed up for a screening of the former White House chief strategist's film "Trump @ War" at a hotel in Staten Island on Monday. But Bannon, who also gave a speech to the tiny crowd, was reportedly unashamed about the lack of turnout. He said, "You don't need massive events. This is all about human contact. This is about getting grassroots people excited to either walk precincts, to work phone banks, etcetera." Reportedly Bannon's documentary is "designed to portray Trump supporters as being under siege" and to "galvanize Republicans to embrace the midterms as Trump's ‘first re-elect.'" Is it perhaps possible that nobody from either side is too excited about watching a movie about Donald Trump? Just asking for a friend. (Axios)

Farting Felon

Being interrogated by police is apparently a real gas for one Kansas City man facing federal gun and drug charges. Police say 25-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. farted repeatedly while being questioned after his arrest. This week Sykes Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and using a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. The plea gave journalists a chance to look back to his original interrogation, which occurred in September 2017, after a routine traffic stop. The detective questioning Sykes said the suspect engaged in some very stinky behavior during the interrogation. At one point, when the detective asked Sykes for his address, the suspect "leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address." When Sykes wouldn't stop farting, the detective said he ended the interview. Sykes will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is completed. (Kansas City Star)

There Are Really Dumb Criminals... and Then These Guys!

A group of six delinquents have been dubbed "the dumbest robbers in Belgium" after falling for a trick so stupid that nobody can believe it. The six armed men walked into an e-cigarette shop on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Charleroi. They asked the owner to empty the register and give them the money. It was the middle of the afternoon, so the quick-thinking salesman told them that he had barely sold anything, and that if they really wanted to make some money, they should come back at closing time. He even tried to sweeten the deal by telling the robbers that they could probably walk away with 2,000 to 3,000 euros if they followed his advice. Believe it or not, they actually did - and found plain-clothes policemen were waiting for them. Five people were arrested, including a minor, while the sixth offender managed to escape. They now face spending several years in prison. (Oddity Central)

What the What?

Meanwhile in Pensacola, Florida, Krissa White started a butterfly garden in her front yard six years ago. It's a place where caterpillars and butterflies are nurtured throughout their growing cycle. Krissa is a retired teacher with a passion for nature and her front yard is filled with butterfly-friendly plants and trees. Everything was great until she received a letter of final notice from her HOA - the Crown Pointe Property Owners Association. They told her she was violating neighborhood covenants by breeding and raising live animals. According to the letter White could be fined $25 every day. A local television station is fighting for her and the community outrage is also starting to rumble. This ain't over yet. WEAR TV)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Apparently, when you fall in love you will lose two friends.
  • The average U.S. 7th grader will never use a tape recorder.
  • 22% of college students their parents are the reason that their last relationship ended.
  • Over 175 million Girl Scout cookies are sold in the U.S. each year.
  • In a recent survey, women said that they wished their man learned better table matters when he was still living with his mother.
  • People lose their keys more on a Monday than any other day.
  • According to a recent survey of women, they say his laugh is the most annoying thing about their husband.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

In Oak Park, Michigan, they have banned kids from dressing up as clowns for the city's Halloween party.

Dorcas Reilly passed away this week at the age of 92.She was credited with invented the green bean casserole!

Parents in Colorado are upset, after a middle school Career Day, where a drag queen was among the speakers: Jessica L' Whor.

Megyn Kelly is apologizing for her question when she asked, "What is racist about dressing up in blackface for Halloween?"

A study says breathing through the nose can help people's memory.

The first "Twilight" movie is turning 10 next month.

The Abba song, "I Wonder" was cut from "Mama Mia 2," but it's making its way around YouTube
these days.

USA Today reprinted their terrible review of a certain movie from 25 years. Yes, at that time, they just didn't like "Hocus Pocus."

The Villa Italian Kitchen chain offered a free slice of pizza to anyone with a losing Mega Millions ticket yesterday.

The longest sea bridge in the world, linking Hong Kong to mainland China, opened to traffic yesterday. It's 34-miles long and took 9 years to build.

Meghan Markle had to cut her visit short to a Fiji public market because of "crown management issue." Just too many people wanted to see the Duchess.

Interesting governor's race in Nevada, where 12 relatives of the Republican candidate wrote an op-ed piece in the Reno newspaper, calling his campaign a big lie!

Mariah Carey is heading back to TV, as an adviser on season 15 of NBC's "The Voice."

New Hampshire police are looking for a suspect who poured maple syrup all over a police cruiser.

Brandy Glanville says she's thankful that no one was hurt after thieves broke into her home while she and her two sons were at home.

Jamie Lee Curtis is opening up about her opioid addiction that she said no one knew about for 10 years.

In Florida, a woman with a butterfly garden was told that she was in violation of the homeowner's association rules and claimed she was raising livestock.

In the U.K., police are on the lookout for a beer thief show who was caught on surveillance camera and is a dead-ringer for Ross from "Friends."

A suspected explosive device was discovered yesterday at the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, while a suspicious package was also reportedly sent to the office of former President Barack Obama. This just days after a bomb was sent to the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros at his New York home.

McDonalds is introducing some new breakfast sandwiches next week to hopefully lure you back in.

Triple Breakfast Stacks will hit menus on November 1. They're modified versions of the Egg McMuffin - and they will include two slices of American cheese, two sausage patties, bacon and an egg, The sandwiches are available on a McMuffin, biscuit, or as a McGriddle. It's their first new breakfast sandwich in 5 years.

National Sourpuss Day --

Don't bother telling a grouch to cheer up, he was born that way. A study conducted by psychologist Dr. David Zald, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville reveals that grumpy people's brains are wired to make them more cantankerous than others. The villain is a postage stamp-size portion of the brain about an inch or two behind the right eye called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. The more activity in that area, the more likely a person is to be a sourpuss. "It looks like it's this part of the brain's activity that regulates people's moods," Zald explains. "It's also a part of the brain that controls sweating, stomach acidity, heart rate and other physical feelings associated with stress and bad moods.

TODAY IS

I'm not saying what's two months from today.

Ciara -- Mrs. Russell Wilson -- turns 33 today.

Katy Perry turns 34 today. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, technically speaking.

Actor Mechad Brooks turns 38 today. He was in "Desperate Housewives" and "True Blood" but, these days has gone into hiding... and is on "Supergirl" as James Olson.

Samantha Bee celebrates her 49th birthday. Happy full-frontal birthday to you! She has been much more successful than her sister, Samantha A.

Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers turns 57 today. Getting close to those Mylanta years.

Singer Helen Reddy turns 77 today. She once sang, "I Am Woman. Hear Me Roar." These days, she's singing, "I am woman, hear me wheeze... could you hold that door for me, please?" She's still a woman, just not roaring like she use to.

Former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair at his 78th birthday cake. His friends plan to throw a party for him... Bobby plans to throw a chair at them. Old habits die hard.

Marion Ross, "Mrs. C" from Happy Days, turns the big 9-0 today. She's still wearing that apron. Yes, Mrs. C is now Mrs. Senior.

ON THIS DAY

The great composer Johann Strauss was born on this date in 1825. He wrote over 400 songs, all in Waltz time. It doesn't say here, "Walt who."

In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place... when an English brigade of 600 soldiers took on the entire Russian army. That was the year that the Light Brigade used their credit cards to get their shopping done early. To think, we never would have heard of it, had they paid cash.

On this date in 1870, the very first American post cards were issued. They were for people who didn't mind having their personal correspondence read. Up until that time, when we went on vacation, we wished people weren't there with us makes you wonder what you sent back from vacation before that.

Painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso was born on this day way back in 1881.

It was on this date in 1903, the U.S. Senate began investigating the Teapot Dome scandals of the Harding administration. Yes, there were emails missing, but only because they hadn't been invented yet.

In 1954, the U.S. Air Force officially ended "Operation: Bluebook," which was their investigation into UFO's. Which means, of course, everything found was hidden in a hanger in area 51.
The general in charge came to the conclusion there weren't any visitors here from other worlds and that the investigation should be wrapped up, so as not to anger the Great Melmar.
Just goes to show that mind control works.
To me, "Operation Bluebook" makes it sound like people wanted to know how much they could trade-in their UFO at a dealer.
Probably because someone controlling their minds told them to. The voice in my head is saying I should stop talking about this, so I will.

On this date in 1960, the very first electronic wrist watch, a Bulova, went on sale in New York City.
They were a big hit, but the extension cords were awkward.
The first watch you didn't have to wind. And as long as you didn't mind being hooked up to a car battery, it was great!
It was convenient not having to replace batteries, but the extension cord was a pain.

In 1971, Roy Disney dedicated the brand-new Disney World in Florida!

The world's largest omelet was created on this date in 1986. After cracking the 54,763rd egg, the customer said, "No, I said I wanted them over easy."

Music Calendar...

In 1964The Beatles sweep the British Music Awards.
In 1964The Rolling Stones give their first performance on the "Ed Sullivan
In 1964Show."
In 1967Aretha Franklin performs on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show."
In 1968Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby.
In 1969Three Dog Night make their first network TV appearance performing
In 1969"Easy To Be Hard" and "Eli's Coming" on ABC's "American Bandstand."
In 1969"Leaving On A Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Mary, "Eli's Coming" by
In 1969Three Dog Night and "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater all
In 1969enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969"Laughing" by the Guess Who is certified gold.
In 1970Pink Floyd's "Atomic Heart Mother" becomes the group's first #1
In 1970album in Britain.
In 1973John Lennon sues the U.S. Government for illegal surveillance
In 1973hindering his deportation suit.
In 1974Paul McCartney & Wings' single "Junior's Farm" is released.
In 1975Elton John is the second rock & roll act to play at Dodger Stadium.
In 1976Stevie Wonder appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1976"Let 'Em In" by Paul McCartney & Wings is certified gold.
In 1980Paul Kantner suffers a brain hemorrhage during a recording session
In 1980for Jefferson Starship's "Modern Times" album. He was hospitalized
In 1980for two weeks in Los Angeles, but recovered completely.
In 1980"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" by Police enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980Barbra Streisand's LP "Guilty" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and
In 1980stayed there for 3 (nonconsecutive) weeks.
In 1984The albums "Love At First Sting" by the Scorpions and "Uh-huh" by
In 1984John Mellencamp are both certified double platinum.
In 1986"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
In 1986stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1990REO Speedwagon's album "You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't Tuna
In 1990Fish" goes double platinum.
In 1991Pioneering concert promoter Bill Graham, 60, is killed in a
In 1991helicopter crash following a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, CA.
In 1991The Rolling Stones concert film "At The Max" opens in IMAX theaters.
In 1992Tiny Tim's ukelele is stolen from a Des Moines, IA, hotel lobby. It
In 1992was found hours later in a trash bin.
In 1992Singer/songwriter Roger Miller dies of throat cancer at age 56.
In 1993Elvis Presley fans unveil a plaque at an airport near Glasgow,
In 1993Scotland, marking the only visit he ever made to Great Britain.
In 1993It was an 1-hour stopover in 1960 enroute home from Germany.
In 1994Aaliyah's single "At Your Best" is certified gold.
In 1995Cliff Richard is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1995Alanis Morissette's album "Jagged Little Pill" is certified triple
In 1995platinum.
In 1996Singer/dancer Paula Abdul marries sportswear manufacturer Brad
In 1996Beckerman.
In 1997After opening for the Rolling Stones on the "Bridges to Babylon"
In 1997tour, Blues Traveler resumed their own tour in Utica, NY.
In 1997Will Smith, Beck and Courtney Love are winners at the "VH1 Fashion
In 1997Awards."
In 1998R.E.M. plays an exclusive concert for BBC Radio 1 at the Radio
In 1998Theater in Broadcasting House, London.
In 1999Brooks & Dunn's album "Tight Rope" is certified gold.
In 2000Billy Ray Cyrus collects food for Second Harvest Food Bank's Harvest
In 20002000 when his tour bus stops in 16 different locations on Nashville's
In 2000Music Row throughout the day to collect food.
In 2004Stevie Wonder wins the 2004 Billboard Century Award.

Today In History...

In 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, author of "The Canterbury Tales," dies in London.
In 1675 Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, is discovered by Giovanni Cassini.
In 1760 George III ascends to the British throne upon the death of his
In 1760 grandfather, King George II.
In 1812 The U.S. frigate United States captures the British vessel
In 1812 Macedonian during the War of 1812.
In 1854 The "Charge of the Light Brigade" takes place during the Crimean
In 1854 War as an English brigrade of 600 men charged the Russian army
In 1854 against hopeless odds and suffered heavy losses.
In 1870 The first American postal cards are issued.
In 1903 The U.S. Senate begins investigating the Teapot Dome scandals of
In 1903 the Harding administration.
In 1918 The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hits a reef off Alaska
In 1918 killing nearly all 400 aboard.
In 1929 Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall is convicted of taking a
In 1929 $100,000 bribe.
In 1939 "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan opens in New York.
In 1951 Peace talks aimed at ending the Korean War resume in Panmunjom after
In 1951 63 days.
In 1954 The Air Force closes "Operation Bluebook," a UFO study.
In 1960 The first electronic wrist watch, a Bulova, is placed on sale in
In 1960 New York City.
In 1962 U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presents photographic evidence
In 1962 of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.
In 1962 American author John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize in
In 1962 literature.
In 1971 The U.N. General Assembly admits Mainland China and expels Taiwan.
In 1971 Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
In 1975 USSR Venera 10 lands on Venus.
In 1983 The U.S. invades Grenada, assisted by soldiers from six Caribbean
In 1983 nations, at the order of President Reagan, who said the action was
In 1983 necessary to protect U.S. citizens.
In 1985 Argentine President Raul Alfonsin declares a 60-day state of siege
In 1985 in order to meet legal requirements for holding 12 rightist army
In 1985 officers suspected of trying to undermine his government.
In 1986 At the time, the world's largest omelet (54,763 eggs/531 pounds of
In 1986 cheese), is whipped together in a 30-foot skillet in Las Vegas.
In 1986 The Boston Red Sox come within one strike of winning the World
In 1986 Series, but ended up losing to the New York Mets, 6-5, on a wild
In 1986 pitch and an error in the tenth inning, forcing a seventh game.
In 1988 In a UN speech, First lady Nancy Reagan says the U.S. is
In 1988 responsible for its own drug problem, and charged that every
In 1988 American drug user was "an accomplice to every criminal act"
In 1988 committed by drug barons.
In 1989 Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev begins a 3-day visit to Finland.
In 1989 Novelist and critic Mary McCarthy dies in New York at age 77.
In 1990 Evander Holyfield knocks out Buster Douglas in the third round of
In 1990 their fight in Las Vegas to become the undisputed heavyweight
In 1990 champion of the the world.
In 1992 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot says he dropped his
In 1992 announced bid the previous July because he was told Republican
In 1992 operatives were planning to smear his daughter.
In 1993 Actor Vincent Price dies of lung cancer at age 82.
In 1994 In South Carolina, Susan Smith says a carjacker drove off with her
In 1994 two sons in the back seat (she later confesses to killing them and
In 1994 is sentenced to life in prison).
In 1994 Three defendants are convicted in South Africa of murdering American
In 1994 exchange student Amy Biehl.
In 1995 Tennis pro Bobby Riggs dies of prostate cancer at age 77.
In 1995 John J. Sweeney is elected AFL-CIO president.
In 1995 A commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, IL,
In 1995 killing 7 students and injuring 28.
In 1996 Federal judge Richard Matsch grants Oklahoma City bombing defendants
In 1996 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials.
In 1997 Hundreds of thousands of women join the Million Woman March in
In 1997 Philadelphia.
In 1998 Vice President Al Gore participates in a groundbreaking ceremony for
In 1998 a memorial dedicated to victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
In 1999 Golfer Payne Stewart and five others are killed when their Learjet
In 1999 flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota.
In 1999 Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan exits the GOP to
In 1999 mount a bid for the Reform Party nomination.
In 2000 Divers find and remove the first bodies from the wreckage of the
In 2000 nuclear submarine Kursk in the Barents Sea. It sank on August 12
In 2000 with the loss of all 118 sailors aboard.
In 2002 Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) is killed in a plane crash in
In 2002 northern Minnesota along with his wife, daughter and five others,
In 2002 just 11 days before the election.
In 2002 Actor/singer, Richard Harris (MacArthur Park) dies in London at 72.
In 2003 The Florida Marlins win the World Series in Game 6 against the New
In 2003 York Yankees, 2-0.

Born On This Day...

In 1789 Astronomer, Heinrich Schwabe (discovered 11-year sunspot cycle)
In 1795 Novelist/presidential aide, John Pendleton Kennedy
In 1800 English essayist/historian, Thomas Babington Macaulay
In 1811 French mathematician, Evariste Galois
In 1825 Austrian composer/violinist, Johann Strauss
In 1838 French composer, Georges Bizet
In 1843 Author, Gleb Uspensky (Power of the Soil)
In 1877 Astronomer, Henry Norris Russell (temperature-luminosity graph)
In 1881 Artist/sculptor, Pablo Picasso (Cubism)
In 1888 Polar explorer, Richard E. Byrd
In 1890 Aviator, Floyd Bennett (piloted Richard E. Byrd over the North Pole)
In 1890 Baseball player, "Smokey" Joe Wood (Red Sox, Indians)
In 1892 Actor, Leo G. Carroll (Alexander Waverly-The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)
In 1902 Historian, Henry Steele Commager (Atlas of Civil War) [d: 3-2-98]
In 1902 Jazz guitarist, Eddie Lang [d: 3-26-33]
In 1909 Actor, Whit Bissel (General Kirk-Time Tunnel) [d: 3-5-96]
In 1912 NFL team owner, Jack Kent Cooke (Washington Redskins) [d: 4-6-97]
In 1912 Actress/comedian, Minnie Pearl (Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw) [d: 3-4-96]
In 1914 Radio actor/game show host, John Reed King (Sky King) [d: 7-8-79]
In 1915 Actress, Maudie Prickett (Rosie-Hazel) [d: 4-14-76]
In 1923 Baseball player, Bobby Thompson (Giants) [d: 8-16-10]
In 1924 Actor, Billy Barty (Foul Play, Under the Rainbow) [d: 12-23-00]
In 1926 Actor, Biff McGuire (Serpico, Heart is Lonely Hunter) (92)
In 1926 Russian soprano, Galina Vishnevskaya (Madama Butterfly) [d: 12-11-12]
In 1927 Stage singer/actress, Barbara Cook (Music Man) [d: 8-8-17]
In 1928 Actress, Jeanne Cooper (Kay-Young & Restless) [d: 5-8-13]
In 1928 Actor, Tony Franciosa (Death Wish III, Matt Helm) [d: 1-19-06]
In 1928 Actress, Marion Ross (Marion-Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge) (90)
In 1930 Educator/historian, Hanna Gray (88)
In 1933 Actor, Eugene Gordon Lee (Porky-Our Gang) [d: 10-16-05]
In 1935 Astronaut, Russell L. Schweickart (Apollo IX) (83)
In 1940 College basketball coach, Bob Knight (Indiana) (78)
In 1941 Singer, Helen Reddy (I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, Angie Baby) (77)
In 1941 American novelist, Anne Tyler (Accidental Tourist) (77)
In 1943 Guitarist/singer, Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) [d: 12-24-16]
In 1944 Singer/drummer, Jon Anderson (Yes) (74)
In 1944 Singer, Kathy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) (74)
In 1947 Guitarist, Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) (71)
In 1948 Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Dave Cowens (Celtics, Bucks) (70)
In 1949 Country singer/songwriter, Walter Hyatt [d: 5-11-96]
In 1949 Actor, Brian Kerwin (The Chisholms, King Kong Lives, Lobo) (69)
In 1950 Football player/actor, John Matuszak (Raiders) [d: 1-17-89]
In 1955 Guitarist, Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) (63)
In 1957 Guitarist, Robbie MacIntosh (Manfred Man, Pretenders) [d: 6-16-82]
In 1958 Swimmer, Kornelia Ender (Olympic-4 Gold-1976) (60)
In 1958 Country singer, Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) (60)
In 1959 Singer, Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) [d: 4-21-13]
In 1960 Actor, Tom Eplin (Jake-Another World, As The World Turns) (58)
In 1961 Drummer, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (57)
In 1962 Actress, Darlene Vogel (Melanie-One Life to Live) (56)
In 1963 Bassist, John Leven (Europe) (55)
In 1963 Actress, Melinda McGraw (Mac-Pursuit of Happiness) (55)
In 1963 Actress, Tracy Nelson (Father Dowling, Melrose Place) (55)
In 1964 Actor, Michael Boatman (China Beach, Carter-Spin City) (54)
In 1968 Rap singer, Speech [Todd Thomas] (Arrested Development) (50)
In 1968 Actress, Lisa Trusel (Lizette-Father Murphy, Days Of Our Lives) (50)
In 1969 Actress/comedian, Samantha Bee (The Daily Show, Full Frontal) (49)
In 1970 Actor, Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan) (48)
In 1970 Guitarist, Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) (48)
In 1970 Country singer, Chely Wright (48)
In 1971 Actress, Leslie Grossman (Mary Cherry-Popular) (47)
In 1971 Violinist, Midori (47)
In 1971 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) (47)
In 1971 Actor, Craig Robinson (The Office, Mr. Robot) (47)
In 1972 Actress, Persia White (Girlfriends) (46)
In 1973 Actor, Lamont Bentley (Moesha) [d: 1-18-05]
In 1973 Actor, Michael Weston (Coyote Ugly, Lucky Numbers) (45)
In 1979 Actress, Samantha Becker (Saved By The Bell) (39)
In 1989 Wrestler, Rosa Mendes (WWE) (29)
In 1979 Actress, Sarah Thompson (Dana-Boston Public) (39)
In 1980 Actor, Mehcad Brooks (True Blood, Supergirl) (38)
In 1980 Actor, Ben Gould (Nicky-Saved By The Bell) (38)
In 1981 Actor, Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives, Dallas) (37)
In 1981 Singer, Jerome Jones (Immature) (37)
In 1984 Singer, Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl") (34)
In 1985 Singer, Ciara ("Goodies," "Promise") (33)
In 1989 Reality star, Loren Jordan (Bad Girls Club) (29)
In 1989 Actor, Seth Mumy (Three Wishes, Paulie) (29)
In 1994 Actress, Chloe Rose (Rookie Blue) (24)
In 1995 Actor, Garrett Backstrom (Hello Herman) (23)
In 1995 Actress, Conchita Campbell (The 4400) (23)
In 1997 Actor, Tyler Alvarez (Every Witch Way, Orange is the New Black) (21)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This sounds like a plot from the Netflicks television series "House of Cards."

Call me Cynical! But I believe someone connected with the Democrat Party is responsible for these so called pipe bombs. President Trump's approval rating is rising and the Democrats are hell bent in trying to change that upward climb. So how does the Democrat Party stop that? Target the Outspoken Democrats and the media. Make them appear to be victims. What a plausible, devious political plan. I wouldn't be surprised if they called on their friends from the Hollywood Prop Departments for pipe bombs made to order. Ricin was sent to the President's family and I saw no moral outrage from the Democrats or the media on that! The Democrats and the media have been promoting liberal hate towards conservatives for months. Now. they are trying to shift the blame for civil unrest? I'm sorry I don't buy this shit! Just like I have problems not knowing the political affiliation of the dip shit that fired multiple rounds from a high rise in Las Vegas into a country music crowd! I guess the public doesn't have a need to know about his political affiliation. But you can bet if he was a conservative it would have been the top story on all of the newscasts.  Let's bring back some civility!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Over in India, the rise of the planet of the apes has begun. A 72-year-old man was stoned to death by a group of rogue monkeys who apparently stockpiled bricks they took from a nearby dilapidated building. Dharampal Singh was collecting wood in Tikri when the apes began to throw their weapons. He was struck multiple times in the head and chest and later died in a hospital. The victim's family, including a brother who told reporters the monkeys threw some 20 bricks at Dharampal, has lodged a complaint about the nuisance turned deadly. However, villagers have complained before to no avail. Defending themselves against suggestions they've failed to act, local police lamented that it's not within their power to charge animals with a crime, nor can authorities do anything that might harm the protected animals. (Times of India)

Two Waters and a $10K Tip!
An unidentified man walked into Sup Dogs hot-dog eatery in Greenville last Friday and asked for two waters while he was looking at the menu. He left before ever ordering but left a note behind that read: "Thanks for the delicious water." Oh - and he also left a $10,000 tip! Server Alaina Custer said, "I picked it up and it was a giant stack of hundreds! This is crazy!!" Owner Bret Oliverio says it's the biggest tip anyone on his staff has ever received; the one that comes closest was a still-impressive $500. He later discovered the generous tipper was YouTube star MrBeast, who's known for making big donations, and that two men were filming Custer's reaction. Also pretty cool: Custer kept $800 of the huge tip for herself, but she split the rest among her co-workers. (WRAL)

We're Ryanair: We'll Fly Your Nasty Racist Butt Anywhere
Discount airline Ryanair is in a PR nightmare thanks to their poor handling of a man who engaged in what a fellow passenger describes as a "disgusting" outburst of "racial slurs and foul language." Passenger video from the flight shows the man insulting, threatening, and racially abusing a 77-year-old black woman, apparently because she didn't get out of her aisle seat quickly when he wanted to get to his window seat. He calls her an "ugly black bastard" and, after she speaks to him in a Jamaican accent, tells her: "Don't speak in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow." Flight attendants and the woman's daughter intervened but all they did was move the woman to another seat and allowed Mr. Racist Pig to remain in his seat for the Barcelona to London flight. Passenger David Lawrence, who filmed the incident, said he was shocked when the man remained on the flight. The woman's daughter, who had taken her to Barcelona to raise her spirits on the first anniversary of her husband's death, says her mother moved slowly to let the man in because she has arthritis. She also said, "I know that if I was behaving like he was or any other black person, for that matter, police would've been called and we would've been kicked off of the flight." A little too late, now Ryanair says it "will not tolerate" this kind of behavior and it has referred the incident to police. (BBC)

The Transgender Wars Have Begun
An American woman has cried foul after losing out in the Masters Track Cycling World Championships to a transgender rival from Canada. The controversy began after Rachel McKinnon won gold this month, edging out competitors including bronze finisher Jennifer Wagner. When a conservative media UK media personality expressed outrage over the win on Twitter, Wagner chimed in to agree. "I was the 3rd place rider. It's definitely NOT fair," Wagner wrote. What followed was a bitter and public spat that also roped in second place finisher and McKinnon supporter Carolien van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands. But van Herrikhuyzen wrote: "No one is a transgender to steal anyone's medal. We had an honest race under UCI rules. If you compete you accept the rules, otherwise, don't compete." But Wagner fired back: "Just because it's a CURRENT UCI rule doesn't mean it fair or right. And rules can be changed." However, a few days later Wagner was backpedaling saying, "After having some time to reflect, I realize my twitter comments earlier this week unintentionally fanned the flames on a controversial situation, and that I regret." Wagner, who identifies on her Twitter account as a "hand surgeon," also asked fans and followers to stop directing transphobic comments toward McKinnon. Meanwhile, McKinnon has said she's not accepting the apology, citing another tweet in which Wagner told followers that she and a group of like-minded cyclists are fighting to get the officials rules changed to exclude athletes like McKinnon. What the world needs now, is love, sweet... .oh nevermind. (FOX News)

The New Tetris King
A California 16-year-old is the new world champion of Tetris. Joseph Saelee beat Jonas Neubauer in the Classic Tetris World Championship grand final Sunday night in Oregon. It was a definite stunner as Neubauer, a 37-year-old taproom manager, has come out on top seven times in the eight years the tournament has been held. Saelee, on the other hand, just started playing after watching the 2016 championships! And yes, he plays the iconic video game on an original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console. Saelee, it should be noted, is 13 years younger than the NES version of the block stacking game. If you have no idea what we're talking about it means you have a life and we congratulate you on joining the human race. (BBC)

We're the Bible Museum! So What if We Make Stuff Up?
Bad news for fans of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Turns out five of its most valuable artifacts -- once thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls -- are total fakes and will not be displayed anymore. German-based scholars tested the fragments and found that five "show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed at the museum." CNN raised questions about the museum's Dead Sea Scroll fragments in an article published last November, as the Green family prepared to unveil their new, $500 million museum. At 430,000 square feet, and with views of the Capitol, the Bible museum represents a significant investment for its evangelical founders. Now scholars say the Dead Sea forgeries could be part of the most significant sham in biblical archeology since the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife," a fiasco that hoodwinked a Harvard scholar and made worldwide news in 2012. Some scholars estimate that as many as 70 forged fragments have hit the market since 2002. Oklahoma billionaires, the Greens are best-known for their chain of Hobby Lobby craft stores and their religious freedom battle with the Obama administration over covering contraception in company health care plans. Their spin - per Jeffrey Kloha, the chief curatorial officer for Museum of the Bible, "Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency." The new revelations are not the first time the Greens have courted controversy with their artifacts collection. In 2017, the Green family's company, Hobby Lobby, agreed to pay $3 million and return artifacts smuggled out of Iraq as part of a settlement with the Justice Department. (CNN)

What the What?
Great news! After settling a financial dispute which held up the $500 million project for several years, Blue Star Line says it's replica of the original Titanic, the Titanic II is now scheduled to make its two-week maiden voyage in 2022 after construction on the vessel is completed. It will feature the same cabin layout as the original in an effort to create an "authentic Titanic experience," and "follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York. She will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits." The original RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, April 10, 1912 and sank on April 14, 1912, three hours after sideswiping an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 people perished in the disaster, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. Just what everyone wants - an authentic Titanic experience! (Global News)

Monday, October 22, 2018

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Approximately 22,000 kids are injured in their house each year with bunk beds.
  • 65% of households still have a telephone answering machine (only 21% of the machines still work).
  • Nearly 2% of the population is allergic to cheese.
  • If you live to your 80s you will have acquired 6 1/2 feet of nose hair over your lifetime.
  • Elevator buttons have 39 times more germs than a public toilet seat.
  • Dancers and choreographers have the highest divorce rate in America.
  • 45% of women base their impression of another woman on her shoes.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Marissa English is in hospice care and couldn't attend Keith Urban's sold-out concert despite having tickets to the Toledo, Ohio, show. So, before the concert, Keith went to her and performed a couple of songs at her hospital bed.
  • Two years after losing her father, Tara Reid's mom passed away over the weekend.
  • Over in Australia, Chris Hemsworth and his buddy Luke decided to stop and pick up a hitchhiker. It was a musician, trying to get to a surfing beach. The guy accepted their offer, then found out Hemsworth and his friend were traveling by helicopter.
  • Paula Abdul fell off the stage while performing in Mississippi over the weekend. Just got too close and down the floor she went. She's fine.
  • Elon Musk says the first of what he hopes are many tunnels under Los Angeles will open to the public on December 10.
  • Ozzy Osbourne says it was a staph infection in his thumb that forced him to postpone some of the concert dates on his tour.
  • Jeff Bezos is said to be considering buying the Seattle Seahawks following the death of owner Paul Allen.
  • New research shows 11% of U.S. broadband households say they plans to buy a smart speaker within the next 12 months.
  • Canadian pot company Aurora Cannabis is planning to trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Cardi B and Fran Drescher say they may team up for a reboot of "The Nanny."
  • Amy Schumer says she will not make any Super Bowl ads this year because of her support of Colin Kaepernick.
  • The man who played the Utah Jazz Bear mascot for nearly 25 years has been fired.
  • PETA is now saying that milk is a symbol of white supremacy.
  • Derek Jeter is selling his 11,000-square-foot castle in New York that he used as a summer vacation home. It can be yours for a mere $14.75 million.
  • Liam Neeson's son Micheal is remembering his late mother Natasha Richardson by legally changing his last name from Neeson to Richardson.
  • Actress Selma Blair has revealed she is battle multiple sclerosis.

TODAY IS

Taylor Spreitler from "Melissa and Joey" and "Kevin Can Wait" turns 25 today. Yeah, I've never heard of her either.

Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones" turns 32 today. She is the highest-paid actress on a network TV show, earning -- are you ready for this? $2.6 million per episode.

Ryan Reynolds turns 42 today, although he is Deadpool to me. He plans a quiet night at home, sitting around and blowing out his Green Lantern. He's married to Blake Lively, so don't even bother to send him a gift.

Cat Deeley, the host of "So You Think You Can Dance?" turns 42 today. That's one show I'll never appear on. I already know. Allow me my delusions.

Retired quarterback Doug Flutie turns 56 today.
He's probably the person second most known for "Hail Mary" besides the Pope. If you don't believe me, ask Mary.
He threw one of the most famous "Hail Mary's" of all time... outside of St. Peter.
He's also known as being on the only NFL quarterback ever to sit on the bench in a booster seat.

Weird Al Yankovic hits birthday number 59 today... and it's probably hitting back.
Paul McCartney once refused Yankovic permission to record a parody of Wings' "Live and Let Die," titled "Chicken Pot Pie," because, according to Yankovic, McCartney is "a strict vegetarian and he didn't want a parody that condoned the consumption of animal flesh."
The guy has made fun of more songs than Simon Cowell in a bad mood.
He's had quite a career. And it all started with "My Bologna."

There was a time when the biggest soccer player known around the world had one name: Pele. Turns turns 78 today. Yes, he's hit another goal. He was sort of the Babe Ruth of soccer, except he was in shape. And, Babe Ruth didn't play soccer.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1910, Blanche Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet as she sailed across a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Some people congratulated her, but most people just yelled, "Duck!" And even though she was just 12-feet off the ground, her luggage still ended up in Cleveland.

In 1941, the Disney classic "Dumbo" hit theaters.
It gave people a chance to see an elephant fly without drinking.
It wasn't the first time that a flying elephant was seen, but it was the first time without any alcohol involved.
Yep, he misjudged where the door was, and hit the theater. Flew right into it!
Lots of people wonder how "Dumbo" got his name. It was right after he suggested that a government shutdown was a good idea.

In 1946, the United Nations met in New York for the very first time. Of course, being the first day, nothing was really accomplished, and the streak has now reached 60 years.

On this date in 1956, the very first videotape recording was made. Sadly, the researcher wasn't kind and didn't rewind.

In 1956, the ill-fated revolt in Communist Hungary started... but was later crushed by Soviet tanks. The leader of Hungary said, "I led this revolt and this is the tanks I get?"

On this date in 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn over his secret White House tape recordings. Like Michael Strahan's teeth, there were some gaps. They were on his on his own, "I'm notta crook" label.

In 1979, the U.S. government approved a stand-by gasoline rationing plan. See, it could be worse.

Music Calendar...

In 1941 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra record "Clarinet a la King."
In 1954 "Sh-Boom" by Stan Freberg debuts on the charts.
In 1961 Fats Domino appears on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1961 "Crazy" by Patsy Cline enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1961 "Runaround Sue" by Dion hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1962 12-year-old Stevie Wonder records his first single, "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."
In 1964 David Box, one of Buddy Holly's successors as lead vocalist with the Crickets, is killed in a plane crash.
In 1964 "The Beatles Story" album is released with narration and song excerpts in the U.S.
In 1964 The Rolling Stones fly to the U.S. for 12 dates, including the Academy of Music and the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1965 Sonny & Cher perform on TV's "Hollywood Palace."
In 1965 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 The Supremes become the first female group to top the U.S. albums chart with "The Supremes A Go Go."
In 1971 "Baby I'm A Want You" by Bread enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1978 CBS raises its list price of albums to $8.98, an increase of $1.00.
In 1978 Billy Joel's album "52nd Street" is certified platinum.
In 1978 Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempts suicide while awaiting murder charges (for killing girlfriend Nancy Spungen) at New York's Rikers Island Detention Center.
In 1978 Neil Young's Zuma Beach, CA, house is destroyed by a forest fire.
In 1987 The film "Who's That Girl?" starring Madonna opens in London.
In 1988 In an Oakland Tribune interview, Eddie Money says "I've sold 5 million records and I'm still broke."
In 1991 Janis Joplin's collection of lyrics, photos, posters and personal items are donated to the future Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
In 1991 Kid 'N Play's second movie, "House Party II," is released.
In 1992 George Strait makes his acting debut as "Pure Country" opens.
In 1993 "Hero" by Mariah Carey enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1995 Rapper Tone-Loc is ordered to take an anger management class after fighting a pizza delivery person over a pizza he didn't like.
In 1995 The Beatles appear on the cover of Newsweek with the caption "Meet The Beatles (Again)."
In 1995 A jury in Houston convicts Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena.
In 1996 Aaliyah's album "One In A Million" is certified gold.
In 1997 Barbara Mandrell gives her final performance at the Grand Ole Opry, quitting music to concentrate on acting.
In 1998 Madonna wins the Best Personal Style award in the artist category at the VH1 Fashion Awards. Janet Jackson won Most Stylish Music Video for "Got 'Til It's Gone."
In 1998 Paul McCartney tells BBC Radio that he'd "softened" his opposition to animal research after his late wife Linda "had to take drugs tested on animals" to treat breast cancer.
In 1999 Garth Brooks performs at VH1's "Save The Music" benefit concert at the White House.
In 2001 R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, owned by guitarist Peter Buck and wife Stephanie Dorgan.
In 2004 Ashlee Simpson is caught lip-synching on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
In 2004 Opera singer Robert Merrill dies in New York.

Today In History...

In 1864
Forces led by Union General Samuel R. Curtis defeat Confederate General Stirling Price's army in Missouri, during the Civil War.

In 1910
Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet as she sailed across a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In 1915
25,000 women march in New York City demanding the right to vote.

In 1941
Walt Disney's full-length animated feature "Dumbo" is released.

In 1942
During World War II, Britain launches a major offensive against the Axis Powers at El Alamein, Egypt.

In 1944
During World War II the Japanese navy, unable to halt American landings on the island of Leyte, suffer the staggering loss of 34 ships in the battle.

In 1946
The United Nations convenes in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.

In 1956
The ill-fated revolt in Communist Hungary starts and is later crushed by Soviet tanks.

In 1956
First video recording on magnetic tape is televised coast-to-coast.

In 1958
Soviet poet and author of "Dr. Zhivago," Boris Pasternak is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1973
"Pipin" opens on Broadway.

In 1973
President Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.

In 1977
By majority, Panamanians vote to approve the new Canal treaties.

In 1978
China and Japan sign a treaty ending 4 decades of hostility.

In 1979
The U.S. Congress approves a standby gasoline rationing plan.

In 1980
Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin resigns, due to illness.

In 1983
241 U.S. Marines and sailors are killed by a suicide truck-bomber who crashed into the U.S. compound at Beirut International Airport.

In 1984
"NBC Nightly News" airs BBC-TV footage of the drought in Ethiopia, resulting in an outpouring of charitable contributions.

In 1985
Chrysler Corp. and the United Auto Workers union reach a tentative agreement on a new contract.

In 1986
The Reagan administration declares a cease-fire in its diplomatic dispute with the Soviet Union, saying it would not retaliate for the expulsion of five more American diplomats from Moscow.

In 1987
The U.S. Senate rejects, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

In 1989
Racial tensions mount in Boston after Charles Stuart called to report the shooting of himself and his pregnant wife by a black robber. Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died; Charles Stuart later died, an apparent suicide, after being implicated.

In 1989
Twenty-three people are killed in an explosion at Phillips Petroleum Company's chemical complex in Pasadena, Texas.

In 1991
Cambodia's warring factions and representatives of 18 other nations sign a peace treaty in Paris.

In 1992
President Bush announces that Vietnam had agreed to turn over all materials related to U.S. personnel in the Vietnam War.

In 1992
Japanese Emperor Akihito begins a visit to China, the first by a Japanese monarch.

In 1992
A French court convicts 3 former health officials of charges they knowingly allowed blood tainted with the AIDS virus to be used in transfusions.

In 1993
The Toronto Blue Jays repeat as baseball champions as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6, in Game 6 of the World Series.

In 1993
An IRA bomb explodes in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 10 people, including an IRA operative.

In 1994
A suicide bomber in Colombo, Sri Lanka, kills 50 people including Gamini Dissanayake, the opposition candidate for president.

In 1995
After a meeting in the Hudson Valley, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announces accord with President Clinton that Russian troops would help enforce peace in Bosnia.

In 1996
Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole tries to persuade Ross Perot to quit the race and endorse the GOP ticket, but Perot refuses.

In 1996
The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opens in Santa Monica, CA (Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman).

In 1997
America's Makah Indians win the right to resume their traditional whale hunts for the first time in 70 years.

In 1998
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough land-for-peace West Bank accord.

In 1998
Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, is murdered in upstate New York home.

In 1999
16 members of the Ku Klux Klan hold a silent rally in New York City as thousands of counter-demonstrators jeered them.

In 2000
Actors who appear in TV and radio commercials ended 6-month strike against the advertising industry.

In 2000
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright holds talks in North Korea with communist leader Kim Jong Il.

In 2001
The Irish Republican Army says it had begun to disarm for the first time.

In 2001
After two back-to-back failed Mars missions, a NASA team celebrates as the 2001 Mars Odyssey went into orbit around the Red Planet.

In 2004
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan kills 40 people.

Born On This Day...

In 1750 Politician/diplomat, Thomas Pinckney (negotiated with Spain)
In 1752 Food canning inventor, Nicolas Appert
In 1762 Inventor, Samuel Morey (rotary steam engine, windmill)
In 1835 Adlai Stevenson, 23rd U.S. vice president (1893-1897)
In 1844 Poet, Robert Seymour Bridges (The Testament of Beauty)
In 1861 Manufacturer, Marquis M. Converse (Converse Shoe Company)
In 1868 Engineer, Frederick Lanchester (first British gasoline automobile)
In 1869 College football coach, John William Heisman (Heisman Trophy)
In 1873 Inventor, William Coolidge (x-ray tube, incandescent lamp bulb)
In 1904 Golfer/author, Harvey Penick (Little Red Book) [d: 4-2-95]
In 1905 Nuclear physicist, Felix Bloch (Nobel-1952) [d: 9-10-83]
In 1906 U.S. swimmer, Gertrude Ederle (Olympic-Gold-1924) [d: 11-30-03]
In 1910 Actor, Hayden Rorke (Dr. Bellows-I Dream of Jeannie) [d: 8-19-87]
In 1914 Football Hall-of-Famer, Frank Kinard (Brooklyn Dodgers) [d: 9-7-85]
In 1917 Actor, Robert Bray (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West) [d: 3-7-83]
In 1918 Actor, James Daly (Dr. Lochner-Medical Center) [d: 7-3-78]
In 1918 Actress, Peggy Moran (Marta-The Mummy's Hand) [d: 10-25-02]
In 1920 Cartonnist, Bob Montana (Archie) [d: 1-4-75]
In 1920 Philadelphia mayor, Frank Rizzo [d: 7-16-91]
In 1922 Actress, Coleen Gray (Apache Drums, Window on Main Street) [d: 8-3-15]
In 1923 Actor, Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter-Gomer Pyle USMC) [d: 6-28-74]
In 1925 Former talk show host, Johnny Carson (Tonight Show) [d: 1-23-05]
In 1931 Baseball player, Jim Bunning (Phillies, Pirates) [d: 5-26-17]
In 1931 Actress/author, Diana Dors (Berserk!, Steaming) [d: 5-4-84]
In 1932 Actress, Dimitra Arliss (Rich Man Poor Man) [d: 1-26-12]
In 1935 Golf Hall-of-Famer, Juan Chi-Chi Rodriguez (83)
In 1938 Drummer, Eric Budd (The Fireballs) [d: 1981]
In 1940 Actor, Jordan Christopher (Return of the Seven) [d: 1-21-96]
In 1940 Songwriter, Ellie Greenwich (Da Doo Ron Ron, Chapel of Love) [d: 8-26-09]
In 1940 Drummer, Freddie Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers) [d: 12-9-06]
In 1940 Soccer legend, Pele (New York Cosmos) (78)
In 1942 Author, Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Lost World) [d: 11-04-08]
In 1943 Singer, Barbara Ann Hawkins (Chapel of Love-Dixie Cups) (75)
In 1944 Actor, Warren Burton (Guiding Light, Bold & the Beautiful) [d: 10-2-17]
In 1947 Bassist, Greg Ridley (Humble Pie) [d: 11-19-03]
In 1948 Broadcast journalist, John Holliman (CNN) [d: 9-12-98]
In 1949 Guitarist, Wurzel [Michael Burston] (Motorhead) [d: 7-9-11]
In 1956 U.S. archer, Darrell Place (Olympic-Gold-1976) (62)
In 1956 Country singer, Dwight Yoakam (Honky Tonk Man) (62)
In 1957 Playmate, Louann Fernald (June-1979) (61)
In 1959 American legal commentator, Nancy Grace (CNN) (59)
In 1959 Singer, Weird Al Yankovic (Eat It, My Bologna) (59)
In 1962 Football player, Doug Flutie (Bears, Patriots, Bills, Chargers) (56)
In 1962 Football player, Mike Tomczak (Bears, Steelers) (56)
In 1963 Playmate, Katherine Hushaw (October-1986) (55)
In 1965 Baseball player, Al Leiter (Toronto Blue Jays) (53)
In 1966 Drummer, Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd & The Monsters) (52)
In 1966 Actress, Yvonne Perry (Rosanna-As the World Turns) (52)
In 1969 Actress, Brooke Theiss (Just the 10 of Us, Beverly Hills 90210) (49)
In 1970 Actor, Steve Wilder (Days of Our Lives, Alex-Melrose Place) (48)
In 1972 Country singer, Jimmy Wayne (46)
In 1974 Actress, Kaleena Kiff (Love Sidney, New Leave It To Beaver) (44)
In 1975 Actress, Boti Bliss (Maxine Valera-CSI Miami) (43)
In 1976 TV host, Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) (42)
In 1976 Actor, Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Deadpool) (42)
In 1982 Actress, Sarah Laine (Sarah-General Hospital) (36)
In 1983 Singer, Matt Shultz (Cage the Elephant) (35)
In 1984 Actress, Jessica Dunphy (Alison-As the World Turns) (34)
In 1985 Actress, Masiela Lusha (Carmen-George Lopez Show) (33)
In 1985 Singer, Miguel Jontel Pimentel (33)
In 1986 Actress, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys, Solo) (32)
In 1986 Actress, Briana Evigan (Sorority Row, Stash House) (32)
In 1986 Actress, Jessica Stroup (90210, Prom Night) (32)
In 1987 Wrestler, Carmella (WWE) (31)
In 1990 Actress, Elise Bauman (Carmilla, Young Badlands) (28)
In 1993 Actress, Taylor Spreitler (Melissa & Joey, Kevin Can Wait) (25)
In 1997 Singer, Drew Ramos (Boy Band) (21)
In 1998 Actress, Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) (20)

Friday, October 19, 2018

The NRA Great American Outdoor Show Returns Feb. 2-10, 2019!

SIGNS YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME

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

DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEY

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

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

FINEST WORDS FOR DRINKING

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

1. Jingled
Definition: mildly drunk

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

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

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

5. O-be-joyful
Definition: intoxicating drink

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

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

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

9. Glorious
Definition: hilariously drunk

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

GROSS THINGS COUPLES DO TOGETHER

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

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

SIGNS YOUR PET NEEDS THERAPY

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

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

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

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

WEIRD NEWS

Humanity at Its Best

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

Yes, You Are Getting Way More Robocalls!

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

The Most Famous Paper Jam in History?

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

Paralyzing Sex?

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

It Must Suck to Get Beaten By a Dead Pimp

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

Eat Fresh!

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

What the What?

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