INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 6, 2017

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 6, 2017

This is day 310 of 2017. There are 55 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sally Field is 71

• Journalist Maria Shriver is 62

• Lori Singer (Ariel Moore in Footloose) is 60

• Ethan Hawke is 47

• Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (The Taste, Chopped) is 47

• Thandie Newton is 45

• Rebecca Romijn is 45

• Zoe McLellan (NCIS: New Orleans) is 43

• Emma Stone is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1947: Meet The Press made its television debut.

• 1861: James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in Ontario, Canada.

• 1976: Pat Tillman was born. Tillman was an NFL player who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

• 1995: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.

• 1997: Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

• 2001: Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.

• 2006: In Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, a guy awoke in a bed full of flames. The man, a smoker, then tried to drag the burning mattress outside the front door. In the process he spread fire through the home.

• 2007: Managers at a company in Australia weren’t worried when a burglar stole a piece of their equipment — probably because the item stolen was a $13,000 GPS tracking device, used by the company’s customers to track really expensive assets. Sure enough, a few days later the thief plugged the unit in and the company was immediately notified of its location. The company then notified police.

• 2012: Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.

• 2012: Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fill Our Staplers Day

• Saxophone Day

• National Nachos Day

UPCOMING

• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

361,000: Number of people who watched all nine Stranger Things episodes within the first 24 hours of their release.


NEWS ATTACK!

Lou Diamond Phillips stopped the police to ask for directions and was arrested for drunk driving. [The moral of the story is never volunteer to be the guy who leaves the party to get more ice.]

Popular Twitter stars have been unmasked as the work of Russian agents. [Sometimes I get the feeling that the internet is only Russian spies talking to robots who are flirting with 45-year-old men masquerading as 13-year-old girls.]

Scientists have found the chemical in the brain that allows us to be able to suppress unwanted thoughts. [Let’s hope that they have a pill ready by the 2020 election.]

According to a new survey, half of the people who are obese don’t recognize themselves as obese. [Despite the fact that they put the survey taker on hold an average of three times to go to the refrigerator.]

An amazing 28% of doctors said that they don’t consider it their job to tell their obese patients to lose weight. [“Blast it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not an infomercial!”]

A Florida woman was rejected as a potential juror in a murder trial because she said that the defendant was so attractive that it would affect her judgment. [She said that even though he’s accused of killing four people, no one’s perfect.]

Sears announced that in addition to the 250 Sears and Kmart stores it has already scheduled to close, it’s closing an additional 45 Kmart and 18 Sears locations. [Is this crazy? I might one of those stores and convert it to either a Radio Shack or a Blockbuster.]

In California a semi carrying millions of bees overturned on the highway. [Drivers became stuck in a river of honey, which wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t been for the bears.]

Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to remove the minimum age restriction for hunting. [That explains those new rifles with the training wheels.]

Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to remove the minimum age restriction for hunting. [It’s not every day that you see a hunter’s vest decorated with Spongebob.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FIRST US WOMAN TO WIN NY MARATHON SINCE 1977 _ Shalane (shuh-lane) Flanagan on Sunday became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. Flanagan finished second in New York for her first marathon in 2010 but hadn’t run the race since.

MOM QUIT CLEANING UP AFTER HER KIDS _ How many years of your life have you spent picking up toys? Two? Three? A billion? In a viral Facebook post, one mom shared why she’s officially done picking up after her kids and she’s “shutting the door” on the never-ending battle to have a clean house. Heidi Hamm wrong her Facebook page (Her View From Home): “I love a clean house. I do. It’s the one thing in my life that I feel like I have complete control over. If my environment is organized, life is just, better. But, kids. They don’t care. I don’t get it. Clearly they are lacking in the clean gene department. I don’t know how many times I have had the same conversation with them. Me: ‘How can you stand it? You can’t even walk in here.’ Kids: ‘Yes we can! We just play hopscotch around the toys.'”

… Hamm reveals that one night while she was picking up Lego bricks off of the floor and trying to put them in their color-coordinated boxes, her husband came in with a novel suggestion: “Why don’t you just shut the door?” It sounds easy enough, but we all know it’s not. But on that particular night, Hamm writes, she decided to take her husband’s advice.

… Now Hamm cleans up her kids’ playroom once a week. The rest of the time it looks like a gigantic mess, and she’s okay with that.

WOMAN’S BABY WAS DELIVERED BY THE JOKER _ A Nashville doctor delivered a baby dressed as the Joker. When expectant mom Brittany Selph arrived at the hospital to give birth on Halloween night her doctor, Paul Locus, was dressed up like Heath Ledger’s joker in The Dark Knight. Brittany and her husband arrived at the hospital early in the day to get her labor started and Dr. Locus left to hand out candy in his costume, vowing to change before he returned. But the parents-to-be told Dr. Locus there was no need to change; they hoped he would come back dressed as the Joker. And he did, and that’s how he delivered the couple’s daughter, Oakley Saige. Dr. Locus stayed in costume through the entire delivery. • IMAGE

FOR EVERY TWO POUNDS YOU GAIN, YOU LOSE THIS MUCH TIME OFF YOUR LIFE _ We already know maintaining a healthy weight is important. Now, according to new research, just a few extra pounds here and there will shorten your life. The study (University of Edinburgh) found that people who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every two pounds of weight they carry.

TESLA’S LATEST SOFTWARE UPDATE: ‘CHILL’ ACCELERATION MODE _ High-tech electric vehicle automaker Tesla is rolling out a new feature in its cars that’ll be perfect for anyone looking for a calmer, more relaxing ride. It’s a new acceleration model titled Chill, designed to soften and smooth out the more dramatic, surging acceleration speed. After the software update rolls out there will be two acceleration modes, a “Standard” one for those who like the rapid acceleration and instant torque and a “Chill” one for people who prefer a slower, more gradual speed increase.

WOMAN INJECTS LOVER WITH MERCURY OVER BREAKUP _ In China a woman was sentenced for drugging her boyfriend’s coffee and then injecting him with mercury as he slept to stop him from leaving her. The 35-year-old woman received six years in prison. The victim began showing signs of illness but was unaware he had been poisoned until his ex texted him almost two weeks later. The ex-boyfriend now faces years of lengthy treatments for heavy metal poisoning.

TJ MAXX’s PARENT COMPANY STILL PAYING EMPLOYEES IN PUERTO RICO _ The parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods is still paying their employees in Puerto Rico, despite the fact that their stores remain closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria. A spokesman for parent company TJX said: “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.”

… There are 29 TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegood stores in Puerto Rico.

‘INFERTILE’ WOMAN AND 77-YEAR-OLD HUBBY ARE PARENTS_ Love works in mysterious ways, and this story is definitely proof of that. Kat King is 39 and thought she was infertile and had given up on the idea of ever having children. But in 2007, the German woman was backpacking around Australia and fell in love with a man she met at a campsite. She’s a bit younger than her man and the two have had a great ten years together. And now, to their surprise, they’re going to be parents. As I said, Kat is 39 and her husband is 77.

DYING MOTHER GIVEN MONTHS TO LIVE IS SAVED BY EX-HUSBAND’S NEW WIFE _ A woman in the UK who was given four months to live by doctors has been told her Stage Four cervical cancer has almost disappeared — after her ex-husband’s new wife led a fundraising campaign to pay for pioneering treatment in Turkey.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING NUNS’ CHEESECAKES _ New York State Police have charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. The theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete (skeet) monastery in White Creek, New York. The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery’s unstaffed gift shop. Surveillance cameras caught the woman and her 21-year-old daughter taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box. The daughter wasn’t charged.

WHY DOES CHRISTMAS START SO EARLY? _ During World War II it was necessary to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe. Merchants joined the effort to encourage customers to shop and mail early, and the protracted Christmas shopping season was born. So if you’re already tired of seeing Christmas ads… blame World War II.

SANTA CLAUS SCHOOL GRADUATES 80th CLASS _ If you want to be successful, it pays to go back to school now and again. Just ask the graduates of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan. The 80th class of Santas graduated over the weekend. The school was started in 1937 by Charles W. Howard — who served as Santa for Macy’s — in order to instill the utmost values and etiquette in those looking to take on the role. Each year over 100 students from across the world gathered for the three-day intensive course. The $500 tuition gets students all kinds of hands-on training, lectures, and field trips geared toward prepping the Santas for every possible scenario:

• The History of Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus
• Proper dress and use of make-up
• Experience for radio and television interviews
• Santa Sign Language
• Live reindeer habits
• Newest toys and gadgets on wishlists

… Not all of it is warm and fuzzy. The school also helps Santas protect themselves and helps them navigate their rights during the crazy holiday season, from contract issues to making sure they are entitled to regular bathroom breaks.

… The golden rule? Keep your hands where everyone can see them. Even better, wear white gloves so there’s no mistake about it. Liability issues are sadly a part of the biz.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM CRUSHES DAUGHTER’S PHONE WITH PLIERS AT SCHOOL _ During a parent-teacher conference in China, the mom of a 17-year-old was upset that her son wouldn’t stop playing with his phone in class. So, during the parent-teacher meetup the mom pulled a pair of pliers out of her purse, took her daughter’s phone and crushed it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LADY CAUGHT ‘DRUNK-DRIVING’ A HORSE _ A woman in Polk City, Florida, was arrested for DUI last week. She was caught drunk driving a horse.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOLEN CAR ACTUALLY ROLLED INTO RIVER _ In Germany a man was driving along when he had to go to the bathroom. So he parked his car, got out and went to relieve himself. When he got back, his car wasn’t there. He called the police to report it stolen. When the cops showed up, they figured out it hadn’t been stolen — it had rolled away. Apparently he had parked the car on a hill but it wasn’t fully in park. The car rolled down the hill and into a river. It was a total loss.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN REPORTS WWII BOMB, POLICE FIND ZUCCHINI _ An 81-year-old German man called police to tell them he found a World War II-era bomb in his garden. When officers showed up, they instead found a large zucchini.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS WWII GRENADE WHILE GARDENING _ A British police station was evacuated after a man left a hand grenade on the front desk. Officers called in explosives experts after the World War II device was brought in by the man, who found it while working in his garden. A police spokesman said, “In retrospect we would have preferred him to leave it where it was and give us a call.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOSPITAL TOSSES BOY’S FINGER TIP INTO TOILET _ A Malaysian hospital has acknowledged that it was a mistake to flush a severed fingertip down the toilet. The hospital said in a statement that throwing away a boy’s fingertip that could not be reattached was “against procedures,” and the fingertip should have been returned to the family. The 11-year-old accidentally sliced off part of his left forefinger while cutting a coconut.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOBSTER RESCUE _ In Virginia a woman called animal control to ask that an officer speak with her six-year-old son. She said that she was about to boil some lobsters for dinner, but the boy didn’t want his mother to kill them, so he grabbed them, ran into his bedroom, and wouldn’t give them back. The animal control staff person who took the call suggested that she try to calm him down by explaining the food chain. If that didn’t work, the mother was advised to ask a neighbor to cook them or take the lobsters back to the store.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Knockout rounds continue.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin and Vanessa get locked in the store after hours.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Past season’s winners or finalists are paired with each couple to compete.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer and Ella go to Las Vegas to find Candy after she goes missing.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Morgan Edge blames Lena’s lead bomb when multiple children get sick.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Randy gets aggressive during a traffic stop.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — New. Lauren encounters a new friend with useful powers.

VALOR (9p ET, CW) — New.

RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS (9p ET, AMC) — In the second episode of season 2 (the premiere was Sunday), The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus and comedian Dave Chappelle ride from Charleston to Savannah.

ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE (9p ET, HBO) — This 2 night documentary looks back at 50 years of the pop-and-politics magazine. Part 1 (airing tonight) tackles the years from Jann Wenner’s creation of the magazine (celebrating its 50th anniversary) through the death of John Lennon, while Part 2 (airing Tuesday) goes from the birth of punk until the present.

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE (9p ET, Starz) — This 2016 documentary shows the importance of investigative journalism.

9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — Me, Myself, and I has been pulled from the schedule. This new episode replaces it. Andrew lands a local TV job as a medical correspondent.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team meets their new neighbor (guest star Tina Majorino, Grey’s Anatomy) after she sends smelly chemicals through their shared ventilation as a warning to keep the noise down.

LIVING EVERY DAY: LUKE BRYAN (10p ET, ABC) — In this new special, Robin Roberts visits country superstar Luke Bryan and his family at their Tennessee farm as he prepares to launch his new album, “What Makes You Country,” and join American Idol as a judge. The special also features an interview with CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

THE BRAVE (10p ET, NBC) — New. The team heads to Paris on a mission connected to Amir’s undercover past.


ENTERTAINMENT

THOR: RAGNAROK WINS BIG _ Thor: Ragnarok had one of the year’s best box-office debuts with an estimated $121 million across North America. The 2011 Thor debuted with $65.7 million; 2013’s Thor: The Dark World opened with $85.7 million.

… Thor: Ragnarok brought in $427 million globally.

… The weekend’s other new nationwide release, A Bad Moms Christmas, opened with $17 million.

JIMMY FALLON’S MOTHER GLORIA DIES _ Gloria Fallon, mother of The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, died Saturday at a hospital in New York City of an undisclosed illness. She was 68 years old. In light of the news, The Tonight Show will not air new episodes this week.

PATTON OSWALT MARRIES _ Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger were married Saturday. The happy couple broke the news to fans in a series of posts to Twitter and Instagram Sunday morning that included shots of Oswalt’s 8-year-old daughter, Alice.

UMA THURMAN’S RESPONSE TO WEINSTEIN ALLEGATIONS _  ( AUDIO)  Uma Thurman will not comment on the string of sexual assault allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein until she is “less angry.” The Kill Bill star, who has worked on seven Weinstein films, was asked about the allegations but refused to comment. Uma said, in part, “So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”

NETFLIX OFFICIALLY SEVERS TIES WITH KEVIN SPACEY _ Netflix, one of the studios behind House of Cards, is officially severing ties with the show’s star and executive producer Kevin Spacey. And the company is also no longer moving forward with Gore, a film Spacey was set to star in.

… So will the sixth and final season of House of Cards go unfinished? The company that co-produces the drama said in a statement: “While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”

AMAZON WANTS A LORD OF THE RINGS TV SHOW _ It appears that Amazon wants to beat HBO by taking a page out of their playbook. Amazon wants to have their own Medieval Europe-esque fantasy TV show like Game of Thrones and would like to do so by creating a The Lord of the Rings TV series. Amazon Studios are in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a LOTR TV series.

SEAN COMBS CHANGES NAME AGAIN _  ( AUDIO)  Rapper turned businessman Sean Combs has confounded the internet by changing his name for the umpteenth time. The man who has gone by Puff Daddy and P. Diddy and more recently just Diddy on Saturday proclaimed that he now wants to be called “Love” or “Brother Love.” He made the announcement in an online video posted on his 48th birthday.

TOM HANKS HELPS MAN PROPOSE AT BOOK FESTIVAL _ The world may be a troubling place right now, but over the weekend, Tom Hanks lent his talents to spreading some joy by helping one very lucky couple get engaged at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. On Saturday, the two-time Oscar winner was at a talk about his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, and at the end of the event, the superstar had a question-and-answer session. During the Q&A, Hanks read out a question from a man named Ryan McFarling: “Here’s Ryan’s question, and it’s for Nikki Young…’Nikki, will you marry me?'” Hanks then brought the pair on stage and Ryan proposed to his lady love in front of the 1,000-person audience. She said yes.

KATE UPTON MARRIES JUSTIN VERLANDER IN ITALY _ Kate Upton exchanged wedding vows with her fiance Justin Verlander in Tuscany, Italy over the weekend. The couple tied the knot at an old medieval church at the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort.

… It’s a double celebration for the couple as the wedding came just days after Verlander’s team, the Houston Astros, won 2017 World Series.

MARGULIES ACCUSES WEINSTEN AND SEAGAL OF HARASSMENT _ Julianna Margulies has revealed her own terrifying encounters with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as action star Steven Seagal. The ER and Good Wife actress said that she’d narrowly avoided potential assaults by the two men, who have been the subject of similar allegations of harassment and assault by other women in the industry. Regarding Seagal, Margulies revealed that she’d been convinced to meet with him when she was 23. When the female casting director who’d coordinated the meeting and promised to be present for it didn’t show up, Margulies was left alone with the actor. She says, “He made sure that I saw his gun, which, I’d never seen a gun in real life. I got out of there unscathed. … I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. … I sort of squirmed my way out.”

… Years later, that incident would inspire her to insist that an assistant escorting her to a hotel room to meet with Weinstein come with her upstairs. Margulies recalled, “He opened the door in a bathrobe. I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at [the assistant]…” Weinstein complimented Margulies on her audition and sent the two on their way. Margulies says she was not given the supposedly Academy Award-worthy role that she’d been brought in to discuss.”

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE RIPS LARRY DAVID’S ‘SNL’ MONOLOGUE _ The Anti-Defamation League has ripped Larry David for his SNL monologue in which he joked about Jewish sexual predators and dating in a concentration camp. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, which fights anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, tweeted on Sunday, “Watched #LarryDavid #SNL monologue this AM. He managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at same time. Quite a feat.”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING: The man who pursued the Texas shooter as the suspect fled from church explains what happened.

SEAN COMBS: Sean Combs would like you to call him Love.

UMA: Uma Thurman responds to question about Harvey Weinstein.

TWITTER: A Twitter tune for when you’re talking about tweets.

THOR’S BEST JOKE: By now you’ve probably seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and the scene where Thor is in a gladiator-type situation about to do battle with someone or something — which turns out to be The Hulk. When Thor sees Hulk he’s excited and tells the crowd, “He’s a friend from work!” It turns out the best part of the joke is actually the story behind it. Chris Hemsworth was hosting a Make-A-Wish kid onset that day and the kid pitched in with an idea. Hemsworth said, “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid, on set that day. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!’”


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Thor: Ragnarok, $121 million
  2. A Bad Moms Christmas, $17 million
  3. Jigsaw, $6.7 million
  4. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, $4.6 million
  5. Geostorm, $3 million
  6. Happy Death Day, $2.8 million
  7. Thank You for Your Service, $2.26 million
  8. Blade Runner 2049, $2.23 million
  9. Only The Brave, $1.9 million
  10. Let there be Light, $1.6 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Doctor Strange.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Wreck-It Ralph.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was American Gangster.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was I Know What You Did Last Summer.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) – A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG-13) – Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg), now co-parenting Dusty’s kids, have to deal with their own fathers (Lithgow and Gibson) visiting for the holidays. Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Will Ferrell, John Lithgow

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Daylight Saving Time
  2. Kevin Spacey
  3. iPhone X
  4. NFL Week #9
  5. College Football
  6. Larry David
  7. Veterans Day
  8. Country Music Awards
  9. House of Cards
  10. Selena Gomez
  11. Stranger Things 2
  12. Papa Johns
  13. North Korea
  14. Jimmy Fallon
  15. Kate Upton/Justin Verlander
  16. Health Care Open Enrollment
  17. Harvey Weinstein
  18. Thanksgiving

WHO CHEATS MORE — THE GUYS OR THE GIRLS?

Cosmo conducted an online poll of 1,000 single men and 1,000 single women, and 55 percent of guys and a shocking 59 percent of ladies said they have cheated on a partner. Relationship therapist Bonnie Eaker Weil, Ph.D. explained why women are more apt to wander:

WOMEN GET OFF ON THE RUSH — Women crave the endorphin high from the initial attraction they feel toward a new guy.

THEY WANT ATTENTION — Girls may cheat because they feel taken for granted. A new lover gives them the TLC that their beau doesn’t.

THEY FEEL PRESSURED — When women stress (especially over their guy), they may seek out another stud to lean on as a distraction.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What American symbol weighs the equivalent of 11,093 tacos? (The Liberty Bell)

SOLVE THE MYSTERY

A man walks into his bathroom and shoots himself right between the eyes using a real gun with real bullets. He walks out alive, with no blood anywhere. And no, he didn’t miss and he wasn’t Superman or any other crusader wearing a cape. How did he do this?

Answer: He shot his reflection in the mirror.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Guy creates a commercial to help girlfriend sell her 1996 Honda.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 6, 2017

• 1947: HANK WILLIAMS recorded his best-known version of Honky Tonkin’ for MGM Records.

• 1948: LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1956: WEBB PIERCE recorded I’m Tired for Decca Records, which spent 22 weeks on the Country Chart.

• 1964: TEX RITTER was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 1992: REBA MCENTIRE escaped injury when her twin engine jet crash-landed in Nashville. No one on board was hurt.

• 2002: ALAN JACKSON won five Country Music Association Awards, something accomplished by only three other artists: JOHNNY CASH (1969), VINCE GILL (1993) and GEORGE STRAIT (1996).

• 2002: PORTER WAGONER and Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2003: ALAN JACKSON took home three Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. JOHNNY CASH posthumously won three awards.

• 2003: Pianist FLOYD CRAMER and CARL SMITH were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2003: SHANIA TWAIN was voted country star most fans would like to see pose in Playboy magazine in a poll conducted by Playboy.com.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS’ The Ultimate Hits three disc set was released. It contained 33 hits and a DVD of music videos.

• 2007: SUGARLAND released a deluxe edition of their album Enjoy The Ride with five bonus holiday tracks, one of them an original song.

• 2010: MARTINA McBRIDE was joined by train to shoot an installment of CMT Crossroads.

• 2011: KICK BROOKS and ALAN JACKSON were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

• 2012: RAY PRICE confirmed he was battling pancreatic cancer. Ray died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on December 16, 2013.

STONEWALL JACKSON (Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, Waterloo) is 85.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• BRETT YOUNG and what his sister thinks of his music and country music.

• DAVID LEE MURPHY and KENNY CHESNEY: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.

• BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD were on The Chew and Brad was being a bit harsh.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE BRYAN is featured on ABC tonight (10p ET) on the Robin Roberts special Living Every Day, a close-up look at his life, family and rise to stardom.

KENNY CHESNEY is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his latest live collection, Live In No Shoes Nation. The collection is a compilation of live versions of 29 of Kenny’s biggest hits and fan favorites. Kenny first reached the peak of the all-genre Billboard 200 in 2002 with No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.

On the same day his new album was released, BLAKE SHELTON revealed that the lake house where it was recorded was hit by a car. On Friday, Blake shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan: “This is a weird moment for me. I’m talking about Texoma Shore, and I made the album at my lake house There is a studio at my lake house in Oklahoma, and I just got a phone call. Somebody drove their truck through the front of my lake house, so if this album doesn’t hit, then that’s bad luck.”

… Blake celebrated the release of Texoma Shore by surprising a fan who pre-ordered it on Amazon. Blake dropped by a Nashville-area Amazon hub and hand-delivered the CD to a fan named Scott. • VIDEO

LADY ANTEBELLUM was honored last night (Sunday) by performing rights organization SESAC with the Humanitarian Award for their work through their Lady Aid Foundation.

DARIUS RUCKER will perform November 30 as part of the Disney Magic of the Holidays special on the Disney Channel.

KELSEA BALLERINI will visit ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (November 8).

MICHAEL RAY has helped feed more than 100,000 shelter dogs and cats through his Wrigley Cares initiative at his concerts. In each city, Michael has asked fans to donate wet and dry food and towels. The campaign will continue on the next leg of the tour starting November 24.

…Michael was inspired to start a drive to help animals in need after rescuing a pup he named Wrigley.

LUKE COMBS was in Houston late last week to help the Country Music Association announce a $1 million donation to Houston Independent School District. The money will go toward music education, the purchase of instruments and aid for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

GEORGE STRAIT’s seventh annual golf tournament in Texas (Vaqueros Del Mar Invitational, October 26) raised $1.5 million. The money goes to Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, for military personnel wounded in action.

TUCKER BEATHARD (Rock On) will release his debut album, Dear Someone, November 17.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 7, 2017

This is day 311 of 2017. There are 54 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Evangelist Billy Graham is 99

• Johnny Rivers is 75

• Joni Mitchell is 74

• Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) is 60

• Yunjin Kim (Lost) is 44

• Adam DeVine (Modern Family) is 34

• Lorde is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1874: The Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant for the first time, in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly magazine.

• 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

• 1989: Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the nation’s first elected black governor.

• 1991: Basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.

• 1994: WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.

• 2000: Republican George W. Bush was elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin. The winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida.

• 2000: Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

• 2002: In Bulgaria, 77-year-old Kolio Botev, claimed a world record after living for 60 years with a bullet lodged behind his right ear. He’s refused repeated offers from doctors to have the bullet removed for fear the operation would kill him.

• 2005: Residents of a retirement home in Sweden had to deal with drunk, rowdy animals when a pair of intoxicated moose invaded the premises. The moose had become drunk by eating fermented apples they found outside the home.

• 2015: Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Merlot Day

• Hug A Bear Day (The stuffed kind, not the forest kind.)

• Chocolate with Almonds Day

UPCOMING

• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52