COUNTRY October 27, 2014


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This is day 300 of 2014. There are 65 days remaining.


• John Cleese is 75

• Actor/director/producer Ivan Reitman (Stripes, Ghostbusters, Dave) is 68

• Author Fran Lebowitz is 64

• Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 56

• Actress/model/famous ex Marla Maples (was married to Donald Trump) is 51

• Blogger Matt Drudge is 48

• Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) is 47

• David Walton (About a Boy) is 36

• TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 30


• 1938: Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon.

• 1997: The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

• 2004: The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4.

• 2004: A theater in Hamburg, Germany, began offering live commercials for anything from soap to beer to kitchen appliances performed by actors before and after performances.

• 2006: On Long Island, New York, Patrick Conaway donned a ski mask and attempted to hold up a gas station. He made the mistake of not trying the mask on before pulling the heist, and in the middle of the crime he got so frustrated at not being able to see that he pulled the mask up to get a better view. Unfortunately, he also gave the clerk a better view. The clerk recognized him as a former employee of the store.

• 2007: Officials put online a 16 billion pixel image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. The high resolution allowed experts to examine details of the 15th century wall painting that they otherwise could not — including traces of drawings Leonardo put down before painting.


• This is International Magic Week.

• It’s Cranky Co-workers Day.

• It’s Navy Day.

• Today is Potato Day.

• Today is American Beer Day.


• NBA season begins: October 28

• Halloween: October 31

• Daylight Saving Time ends: November 2

• Veteran’s Day: November 11

• Remembrance Day (Canada): November 11

• Final NASCAR race of Sprint Cup season (Ford EcoBoost 400): November 16

• Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 27

• Black Friday: November 28

• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7

• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17



4.5: Time, in seconds, most people believe silence becomes awkward.



National Geographic reports on a python at the Louisville Zoo that gave birth without having been in contact with any male snake. [Or at least that’s what she told her parents.]

JK Rowling will release a new Harry Potter story on Halloween. [What? She’s burned through all that money already?]

Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet. [Something about Renee Zellwegger’s new face.]

A British historian believes that the controversial Shroud of Turin dates back only to the medieval period, and was a prop used in Easter plays. [He says that what is commonly mistaken for blood is actually the residue of melted chocolate bunnies.]

The President of the Professional Golfers Association was forced to resign after he responded to golfer Ian Poulter’s criticism of other golfers by tweeting that Poulter was a little girl. [Tweets — that’s how they settle things among the country club set. If this was NASCAR, they would have jumped off their golf carts and started swinging.]

Televangelist Pat Robertson is in trouble after saying negative and inaccurate things about people suffering from AIDS. [Then he went off to scale the White House fence.]

Rafael Nadal has cut short his season for appendicitis surgery. [Finally, a professional tennis player with a legitimate reason for grunting.]

That latest guy who jumped the White House fence had been arrested there twice before. [But this time the Secret Service response was much faster. The guy only had time to make one sandwich in the White House kitchen.]

A school district in Nebraska has given the okay for high school seniors to take their senior photos posing with their favorite firearm. [The yearbooks will now come with a mandatory waiting period and background check.]



NEIGHBORHOOD DOES 2 HOLIDAYS FOR CHILD WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS _ Last week, the Van Leuvens of West Jordan, Utah, learned that their little boy’s battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia was coming to an end, as doctors found he had weeks, maybe days to live. For their neighborhood, the prognosis meant the 4 year old was going to celebrate some holidays early. It started with Halloween on Tuesday. Families on the blocked dressed up for an early evening of trick or treating, cheering Ethan along as his family pushed him in a stroller. The festivities continued with Christmas Eve on Thursday. When the Van Leuvens walked outside, they found their entire block had traded in the Halloween decorations for holiday lights. Not long after a crowd arrived on their front lawn to celebrate, a fire truck pulled up with Santa and Mrs. Clause on board.

COUPLE WITH LIMITED TIME CREATE TRUE LOVE BUCKET LIST _ Andrew and Alicia have been married for almost ten years. They have had many trials during their time together, but they also enjoy enduring laughter and love. They knew that they were made for each other right away. Alicia hadn’t dated for five years when she agreed to a date at the Franklin Cinema in Franklin, Tennessee, with Andrew. In less than a week after their first date, they returned to the Franklin Cinema, where Andrew put on the marquee, “Will you marry me Alicia?”

… Drew and Alicia are madly in love. Drew has been given a fatal diagnosis, but they are determined to spend every moment they have together fulfilling their true love bucket list.

The prognosis given by the medical professionals is “months to years.”  Andrew and Alicia have made the firm decision to spend every moment they have together loving each other with everything they have within them. They want the world to look at them and not see a struggling couple who have been given a terrible trial; They want the world to see true love, peace, and happiness.

… They’ve created the True Love Bucket List and shared it with the world. » website

FREE MOBILE LAUNDRY SERVICE FOR THE HOMELESS _ There’s an ambitious project that’s lifting spirits of those living on the streets of Brisbane, Australia. It’s the country’s first mobile laundry service to give the homeless free access to washing and drying facilities. The co-founders of Orange Sky Mobile Laundry hope to achieve three things: Restore respect, raise health standards and reduce strain on resources.

MAN FIGHTS $30K CHILD SUPPORT BILL FOR CHILD THAT’S NOT HIS _ The State of Michigan is ordering a Detroit man to pay tens of thousands of dollars, or go to prison. The reason? He owes back child support for a child that everyone agrees is not his. Carnell Alexander says he learned about the paternity case against him during a traffic stop in Detroit in the early ’90s. The officer told him he is a deadbeat dad, there was a warrant out for his arrest. But he knew he didn’t have a child. The state said he fathered a child in 1987, and ignored a court order to pay up.  It was the first Carnell had heard of the court order. He’d never even met the child. The court told him to get a DNA test but it wasn’t easy. Alexander didn’t know where the woman was that had claimed he fathered a child. He only had an 8th-grade education, off-and-on employment at the time, and no money to hire help. He asked the court for help, but the court couldn’t help him in the way he was asking. Friend of the Court employees are not allowed to give legal advice.

… Eventually he, by chance, ran into someone he knew would know where the woman was, and got a DNA test. It proved what he had been saying all along: the child he had never met was not his. The mother had realized that, and the real father was in the child’s life. Alexander took this information to court. The judge was unmoved.

… Carnell’s ex had a baby, and didn’t know who the father was. She was struggling to care for the child. When she applied for state assistance, the case worker told her she had to name the father. She said she didn’t realize the state would go after the father to pay the support given to the child. She asked the court to forgive his debt. They forgave the portion of child support allocated for her, but not the other half.  Alexander still owes about $30,000 to the state. He has refused to pay, and now is being threatened with legal consequences.

COUPLE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO SELL CHILD AT GAS STATION _ Police in Hammond, Louisiana, are still trying to figure out exactly what happened after a bizarre 911 call that sent them searching for a man and a woman who may have been trying to sell a girl at a gas station Friday morning. The woman is accused of trying to sell her daughter, who is believed to be around 10 years old. A female 911 caller stated while she was at the gas station, there was a dark-colored van with Florida license plates. The van was occupied by a man, a woman and a girl. The caller added the woman appeared to be pregnant. They were begging people for money for food and gas and ultimately came to one person and offered to sell the 10-year-old child. A BOLO (“be on the lookout”) alert was put out for a 2005 blue Dodge Caravan with a Florida license plate (BSXR89).

DRUNKS POINT LASER AT POLICE CHOPPER _ Some drunk revelers at a backyard party near Birmingham, England thought it would be fun to point a laser at a helicopter flying over their house. Unfortunately for them, that helicopter belonged to the National Police Air Service, who guided a beat cop to their house. Laser strikes can temporarily blind pilots. In the U.S., where laser strikes are a felony, 3,960 laser incidents were reported in 2013. This past March, a California man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for pointing a laser at a helicopter belonging to the Fresno Police Department. Video

NEIGHBORS LEAVE ANONYMOUS NOTE ABOUT CRYING BABY _ Young moms have enough on their hands, but imagine coming home one day to find a nasty, anonymous note stuffed into your mailbox from a neighbor complaining about your crying baby. But that’s exactly what happened to 26-year-old Trish LaForty last Thursday when, after a family day out at the beach, she came back to find a handwritten message: “You may be able to ignore your baby crying but we are tired of listening to him crying non-stop all day.” LaForty, who lives in the small town of Coolum Beach in Queensland, Australia, says she has no idea who left the note.

… But LaForty didn’t take the insult lying down. She posted the note on her Facebook page along with a response of her own — a response that received hundreds of Facebook “likes” along with a string of supportive comments. She Facebooked: “To whoever wrote this note: thanks. Like being a parent isn’t tough enough… You didn’t even have the guts to come knock on our door. FYI Our baby doesn’t cry ‘all day’, he cries when he doesn’t want do go to sleep, when he’s getting his nappy changed and when I say ‘no’ because I refuse to let him be spoiled and run around like he owns the joint. If you’d like to chat more, feel free to pop in. You obviously know where we live.”

IS THE SEXY EBOLA NURSE COSTUME FOR REAL? _ (See today’s Image of the Day.) Someone tweeted a twisted Halloween costume: sexy Ebola nurse.  The price, supposedly on a British website, was 45 pounds. While the UK website Metro claims it’s fake, someone found a site that appears to be selling an actual “sexy ebola nurse costume” for $60. » site link

SISTERS ACCUSED OF ROBBING 85-YEAR-OLD ‘SUGAR DADDY’ _ An 85-year-old man from New York City reportedly decided he wanted to enjoy the company of a much, MUCH younger woman. So Paul Aronson reportedly set up a profile on, otherwise known as that website you go to when you either want to find a sugar daddy or sugar mommy OR are a sugar daddy/mommy who wants to find a much, MUCH younger companion who won’t expect you to walk down an aisle with her anytime soon. In this case, Aronson reportedly got more than he had bargained for: 17-year-old twin sisters responded that they wanted to hook up with the senior — before allegedly tying him up and stealing his money.

… After exchanging messages with Shalaine Foster on the website, he reportedly asked her twin sister Shaina to dinner in Manhattan. The sisters, both of whom reportedly have been in trouble with the law before, showed up at the restaurant together. Aronson allegedly asked them both to return with him to his townhouse so they could have a few cocktails. Once at his house, the man reportedly gave them raspberry-flavored Bacardi rum and, according to the girls’ attorney, the man had more in mind for them than just dinner and drinks. Police say the girls tied Aronson to a coffee table, where he remained alone for 20 hours until a friend found him. After tying him up, the teens allegedly stole his credit cards and $470 in cash. They then went on a shopping spree and purchased makeup. Shalaine and Shaina have been charged with kidnapping, robbery, burglary, grand larceny and assault.

BRITISH WOMAN DIES AFTER SHADY BANGKOK BUTT SURGERY _ A 24-year-old London woman died on a Bangkok operating table during a follow-up to butt augmentation surgery. Joy Williams traveled to Thailand earlier this month for bargain-basement $3,000 butt implant surgery. Unfortunately, rear soon became infected and she returned to the clinic last week to have it removed. After being given aesthetic, Williams stopped breathing. The doctor was charged with negligence in connection to Williams’ death. The clinic was properly licensed for the procedure, but the doctor — a general practitioner — was “not qualified to perform surgery.”

CHIHUAHUA THROWN AGAINST STARBUCKS WINDOW _ A Chihuahua thrown against a Starbucks window in Houston has shocked animal lovers. A man callously threw a four-pound dog against the glass of the coffee shop so hard it sounded as if the glass was about to break. Police say the dog is recovering and in good care. Larry McHale was arrested. It’s unknown if the dog belongs to McHale. He allegedly threw the innocent dog in a spiteful rage against the store’s manager, Jasmine Hyder. He accused him of caring more about animals than humans. Hyder says he banned McHale from going into his Starbucks store for the last three months because he was harassing customers all the time and would start chaos.

WOMAN CLAIMS SHE FAKED DEAFNESS TO KEEP BOYFRIEND _ Some people go to outrageous lengths to keep something from their boyfriend or girlfriend, but few go as far as a waitress in Kodiak, Alaska. The waitress, identified only as “Tina,” dated a fisherman for nine months and pretended she was deaf the entire time without her guy finding out. The woman narrates this bizarre story in a frankly ridiculous reenactment on My Crazy Love, a new series debuting October 28 on Oxygen. Tina says the first meeting was like slow-motion, mainly because she was shocked there was actually an attractive single guy in Kodiak, Alaska. “I was frozen,” she said on the episode. “I don’t know why … but I look at the guy and say, ‘I’m deaf.’ He just looks down at me, grabs my shoulder and yells ‘My name is Chris.'” Tina says it was a whirlwind romance where the couple communicated by texts and body language. Tina kept up the charade, which was made easier when Chris went on a three-month fishing trip. It was tough to stay in character: “If a door slams, you’ve got to not look. If a dog barks, you have to be really careful not to look or anything. Cross the street and you have to pretend you can’t hear the horn honking at you.”

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HOMOPHOBIC DUDE GETS TAKEN DOWN BY PASSENGERS AT AIRPORT _ If there wasn’t enough to worry about at airports these days with the threat of terrorism and Ebola, we really shouldn’t have to worry about some jerk starting fights in the terminals. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a guy began verbally abusing a fellow passenger for wearing a pink shirt. He began spouting homophobic slurs and then kicked the man in the groin and punched him in the head. That’s when several bystanders jumped on the homophobic idiot and tackled him to the ground. Video

OLD ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION NOTEBOOK FOUND UNDERNEATH ICE _ During his second expedition to Antarctica, British explorer Robert Scott — and most of his team — died from overexposure to the elements. Over 100 years after their deaths, an artifact from his journey has surfaced. New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust reports that they have found a notebook which tracked Scott’s last Terra Nova Expedition. The notebook belonged to a surgeon, photographer and zoologist named George Murray Levick, who accompanied Scott.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BUSTED WITH $70K IN HER STOMACH _ Dominican Republic officials arrested a woman who was carrying nearly $140,000 — $69,000 in her suitcase and $70,000 in her stomach. The money in the woman’s stomach was divided up among 16 capsules and the cash is likely tied to drug trafficking.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVING DRUNK ON LAWN MOWER _ A 36-year-old Michigan man was arrested for driving drunk along a dark road on a lawn mower. Flashlights were attached to the front of the mower, but there were no lights or reflective materials on the back.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN RUNS VAN OVER HIS OWN HEAD _ A Colorado man is in critical condition after his vehicle rolled over his head in a freak accident involving a lit cigarette. The man dropped the lit cigarette down the front of his jacket as he pulled out of the driveway of his home (in Aurora). The man jumped from the driver’s seat as the cigarette burned him, but his van rolled backward and knocked him down. The vehicle then rolled over his head. He’s in the hospital and doctors say he will likely survive.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS STRANGER SLEEPING BESIDE HIM _ Tyler Sullivan was arrested after wandering drunk into a stranger’s apartment in Connecticut and getting into bed with him. Sullivan claims he thought he was in his mother’s apartment, which is located in the same complex.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE CHASE GOLF CART ON FREEWAY _ Early Friday morning Cory Pearson, in a stolen golf cart, stopped in front of a residence and began ramming the golf cart into the rear of a parked car. Witnesses called police and gave a good direction of travel and description as Pearson fled the scene. California Highway Patrol officers began looking for the golf cart — and spotted it as Pearson was entering the southbound lane of a busy highway. CHP officers positioned their patrol vehicles behind the golf cart with emergency lights and sirens on. Pearson attempted to evade the officer at speeds of 10 miles per hour. After several attempt to evade cops — at 10 miles per hour — Pearson eventually hopped out of the golf cart and ran. Cops quickly caught up with him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD BANK ROBBERS _ In Germany some guys attempted to rob a bank. While the tellers were getting the money together one of the robbers dropped his gun. When it hit the floor it shattered into several pieces, revealing itself as a plastic fake. Then, as the crooks were making their getaway without their cash, one of the other guys dropped his gun. Cops are looking for them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GRANDMA LOSES LAWSUIT AGAINST SON _ A regional court in China has rejected a woman’s lawsuit against her son and his ex-wife for $18,000 in back wages owed for taking care of her grandson. The court ruled against the grandmother, citing a lack of contractual evidence or proof of expenses. The judge also invoked “Chinese tradition” in the decision, saying the grandmother is obligated to help in raising her family’s next generation.



THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — Taylor Swift works with the coaches and their teams as the knockout rounds begin.

SEASON PREMIERE: TWO BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — Kim Kardashian appears in the season 4 premiere.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — DWTS celebrates Halloween this week as the final eight couples have to complete two dances. Ella Henderson and Nikki Yanofsky will perform.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — Washington (2-5) is in Dallas to play the Cowboys (6-1).

THE MILLERS (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — NCIS: Los Angeles’ Linda Hunt (Hetty) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand) guest star in this new episode.



NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — John Billingsley (True Blood) and Magician Bill Malone guest star in this new episode.

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — New

THE BLACKLIST (10p ET, NBC) — Peter Fonda guest stars in this new episode.



OUIJA WINS WEAK BOX OFFICE _ Halloween is on the minds of many because Ouija topped the box office over the weekend, pulling in a modest $20 million in its first week. Keanu Reeves revenge thriller John Wick debuted in second with $14 million. Brad Pitt’s World War II drama Fury dropped to third.

KEANU REEVES WANTED TO PLAY BATMAN AND WOLVERINE _ Keanu Reeves is no stranger to large box office hits, including one of the most successful action franchises, The Matrix. And Keanu says there were two other franchises Reeves wanted a shot at: Batman and Wolverine. Keanu says, “I always wanted to play Wolverine, but I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight, but I didn’t get that one. They’ve had some great Batmans. So now I’m just enjoying them as an audience.”

CLAIM: CRACK PIPE AT ASHLEY GREENE’S APARTMENT AFTER FIRE _ Twilight star Ashley Greene’s apartment in West Hollywood burned down last year, taking the life of Greene’s beloved toy fox terrier as well as damaging several apartments near her unit. In a deposition obtained by TMZ, Greene’s building manager says a glass crack pipe was found during cleanup. In the building manager’s (Adrian Mayorga) sworn deposition, he says that the crack pipe was discovered while the apartment was being searched for her remaining possessions. The fire was reportedly started by a lit candle igniting nearby fabric.

… ASHLEY GREENE: CRACK PIPE STORY NOT TRUE _ Sources close to Ashley Greene are fighting back against claims by Adrian Mayorga, the manager of her West Hollywood apartment building, who alleges in court papers that a crack pipe was found in the aftermath of the March 2013 fire that started in her home. The building’s owners and several tenants are suing Greene, along with Mayorga, who says he suffered permanent respiratory damage and that a glass crack pipe was found in the actress’ apartment. The building manager says in his court papers that as Greene, her brother and her “current boyfriend, Ryan Phillippe” made it out of her apartment, they looked “disoriented,” as if they had been “drunk or under the influence of something.”

… Phillippe, however, has sworn in a deposition that not only wasn’t he in the apartment that night, but  also that he’s never been in that building. And a Greene insider says that Mayorga’s claims are false and that he’s “looking for money” (according to Gossip Cop).

STAY IN A HARRY POTTER-THEMED HOTEL ROOM _ Muggles rejoice: There’s a new Harry Potter-themed hotel suite in London where you can get a glimpse of wizarding life. The Georgian House recently opened two Hogwarts-themed “Wizarding Chambers.” The gothic-looking rooms are decked out with four-poster beds, spell books, cauldrons, potion bottles, and even school trunks. Although the hotel designed the suite to attract families, young couples who grew up with the series have been the ones booking the rooms.

… And if that’s not enough, you might see an actual ghost during your stay, as the 163-year-old hotel is known to be haunted.

KATY PERRY’S BOYFRIEND TO BE A FATHER AGAIN _ Katy Perry’s boyfriend, DJ Diplo, is going to be a father again, but the mother will not be Katy. Diplo, whose real name is Wesley Pentz, and his ex-girlfriend, Kathryn Lockhart, broke up earlier this year when she was already pregnant. He started dating Perry in April after the two met at the Coachella music festival. Lockhart is due to give birth in the next couple weeks. Diplo and Lockhart already have one child together, 4-year-old Lockett.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY CAN’T STOP MAKING REAL CLOWNS MAD _ There have already been a couple of professional clown associations that have voiced their opinion of this season’s American Horror Story. And the latest group to speak out against the anthology series on FX is the World Clown Association. This follows closely on the heels of the Clowns of America International wanting television shows and movies to stop casting clowns as villains in scary shows. In the current season of American Horror Story Twisty the Clown is the murderous man who wanders around the Florida countryside. World Clown Association spokesman Randy Christensen came out against American Horror Story, and wants everyone to know that scary clowns are not real clowns. Christensen adds that people should stop dressing like these particular performers in order to scare people.

JUDD NELSON ISN’T DEAD _ Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite rumors that swept the Internet on Sunday morning, the Breakfast Club star is alive and well. His manager and agent even hustled to Nelson’s home Sunday morning to take a photo of the actor with the front page of the day’s newspaper.

MARCIA STRASSMAN DIES AT 66 _ Actress Marcia Strassman, who is known for her roles in such hits as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “M*A*S*H,” died on Saturday after a long fight with breast cancer. She was 66. Along with her many TV credits, Strassman is also recognized for her roles in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and sequel “Honey I Blew Up the Kids.”

HANDWRITTEN JOHN LENNON LETTER SOLD AT AUCTION FOR $28,000 _ A letter handwritten by John Lennon to television host Joe Franklin sold at auction for more than $28,000. Rolling Stone reports that the letter was penned on Apple Records stationary in 1971, with Lennon encouraging talk show host Franklin to listen to his wife Yoko Ono’s latest album ‘Fly’.

JOHN DENVER HONORED WITH STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ 17 years after his death, John Denver has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Denver was best known for penning and performing such songs as Country Roads, Take Me Home, Annie’s Song and Rocky Mountain High. Popular throughout the 1970s and frequently in the charts, Denver appeared in numerous television shows both as an actor and in cameos. He was 53 when he died in a plane crash in 1997.

JEP ROBERTSON TWEETS ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE _ Duck Dynasty’s Jep Robertson posed for pictures in his hospital bed and joked on Twitter after having a seizure while deer hunting last week. He tweeted: “Well, I about died this past Sunday…I’m doing much better now. Thanks for all the prayers!” A rep for the reality TV family on Saturday said the A&E star is “doing well now.” Luckily he was in the stand with friends. Jep was rushed to the hospital and received immediate treatment.

MARVEL PRESS EVENT: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED TUESDAY _ Marvel studios has scheduled a special press event for this coming week, and news outlets are speculating that major information regarding the future of its popular film franchises could be revealed. The event will be held on Tuesday (October 28). The invitations reportedly specify that the gathering will concern Marvel Studios, leading to speculation that any announcement will have little to do with Marvel’s comics.

JON GOSSELIN SHOWS UP AT KATE GOSSELIN’S YARD SALE _ Kate Gosselin and her kids held a yard sale on Saturday, and someone surprising showed up: Kate’s ex, Jon Gosselin. Jon was at the event to check out some of the items that Kate had decided to sell. TMZ reports Jon wanted to be sure that none of his things were being sold without his knowledge. Since he’s reportedly “broke,” chances are he wanted some of his stuff back — or maybe he wanted to make sure that if any thing he previously bought was there, he’d get the money for it.

… Kate Gosselin took to Twitter after several negative comments about her yard sale surfaced. She wanted everyone to know that she wasn’t selling her old things to actually make a profit. In fact, Kate said that a portion of the proceeds from her yard sale would be donated to an animal rescue league.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 TRAILER IS COMING WITH LIVE FAN EVENT _ The Fast & Furious 7 trailer is just days away from premiering. In order to continue with the emphasis on the passionate fans, Universal decided to launch a campaign called 7 Days of 7 to gear up for the first official trailer for the new film, made in honor of Paul Walker’s passing. Universal said in a statement: “On Saturday, November 1, the cast, joined by their loyal fans, will introduce the first trailer and let us all begin the journey to the film’s release on April 3, 2015. It will all unfold LIVE at the Road to Furious 7: Trailer Launch Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.” Fans have the opportunity to submit their questions to the cast by using the hashtag #AskFurious7 for a chance to have them asked live at the event. The event will be broadcast live on the official Facebook page.

THERE GOES HONEY BOO BOO _ The rags-to-riches fairy tale of the Honey Boo Boo clan has turned into a nightmare, as the reality TV show was suddenly and without warning cancelled by TLC, the cable station that carried the highly popular program since August 8, 2012. The reality TV show was dropped like a hot potato in the midst of allegations that June Shannon (“Mama June”), mother and personal manager of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, had taken up with a former boyfriend, Mark McDaniel, recently released from prison after serving 10 years for child molestation. June and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson separated in September.

… (CAUTION) TMZ broke the story that Mama June’s eldest daughter, Anna, was molested by Mark McDaniel, who forced her to perform oral sex on him when she was 8-years-old. Anna Caldwell — known as “Chickadee” on the show — is now 20 and married with a child of her own. TLC has reached out to Anna offering her help and counseling.

… Mama June took to Facebook to blast the dating rumors, calling them false.

… MAMA JUNE EXPOSES HONEY BOO BOO TO CHILD MOLESTER _ Mama June has not only been lying — she’s been exposing her young daughter to a child molester. A pic taken last month shows a smiling June sitting on a staircase as her 9-year-old daughter, Honey Boo Boo, is touched gently by the hands of a man who forced oral sex on another one of June’s children — who was a year younger than Honey Boo Boo when she was violated.

… June lashed out after TMZ posted a pic of Mark McDaniel — fresh out of prison — and her in a hotel room, claiming she hadn’t seem him since he was released from prison in March. But then the site posted pics of the two of them shopping for a house.  And then a pic of June buying him a car.

NEIL DIAMOND REVEALS STORY BEHIND ‘SWEET CAROLINE’ _ For years the lore has been that Neil Diamond’s 1969 song “Sweet Caroline” was an ode to the then young daughter of late president John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. Diamond says not true. Neil explains: “I was writing a song … I needed a three-syllable name. The song was about my wife at the time — her name was Marsha — and I couldn’t get a ‘Marsha’ rhyme.”



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I KNOW IT’S FALL WHEN Ask your listeners to complete this sentence: “I know it’s fall when…” You can get things going with the help of these three calls. » download

WHY DID YOU NEED STITCHES? Who just got stitches: you? A co-worker? Ask your listeners how they got their stitches and use these real calls to help with the phones. » download

WHAT KIDS WILL BE FOR HALLOWEEN Here are a handful of kids talking about what they’re going to be for Halloween. Good quality and real cute. » download

HALLOWEEN DROPS A big package of Halloween-related TV and movie drops. » download

BLACK FRIDAY STARTING ON THANKSGIVING Macy’s and Toys R Us will open just as some will be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Launch a phoner with these real calls. » download

BLACK FRIDAY FIGHTS (From the archive) Ever witness a good Black Friday fight? One real call to launch a phoner. » download

SPOOKY MUSIC Need some spooky music? We found a bunch on YouTube.

WHAT DO YOU MISS BEFORE THE INTERNET? What do you miss before the Internet? Here’s one I hadn’t thought of: a friend of mine who’s a great cook says they miss cookbooks. She still has some it’s just easier to go online for recipes. What do you miss from before the Internet? Some real calls to help launch the phones » download

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS. In my garage this morning, staring at me through the dark, was a possum. They are the creepiest animals, aren’t they? What’s your animal encounter story? Two real calls to jumpstart the phones. » download

JIMMINY CRICKETS! A female caller exclaims, “Jimminy crickets, that’s great!” » download

RULES FOR TEXTING. I’d like to have a law or rule that when you’re out with your kid your attention should be on him or her. For 30 minutes I saw a mom on her smartphone while her little guy, maybe 4, ran around a coffee shop trying to entertain himself. Every minute or so he’d come back to his mom and ask a question but her iPhone kept winning. What are your rules for texting? Two calls to jumpstart the phones. » download

WHAT DID YOUR PET EAT? We all have those stories of the dog slamming an entire pizza, or a drawer of socks. Share your personal story then open the phones. » download

FILL IN THE BLANK: YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO… This one’s good to launch on Facebook. Simply post: “Fill in the blank: You’re never to old to ____.” Then use the best responses plus these quick calls to get more calls. Three calls to jumpstart the phones. » download




  1. Ouija, $20 million
  2. John Wick, $14.1 million
  3. Fury, $13 million
  4. Gone Girl, $11.1 million
  5. The Book of Life, $9.8 million
  6. St. Vincent, $8 million
  7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $7 million
  8. The Best of Me, $4.7 million
  9. The Judge, $4.34 million
  10. Dracula Untold, $4.3 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Bad Grandpa.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Paranormal Activity.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The Grudge.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Pulp Fiction.


BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (R) score/reviews

  • A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
  • Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

NIGHTCRAWLER (R) score/reviews

  • A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

SAW 10th ANNIVERSARY (R) score/reviews

  • With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
  • Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Shawnee Smith, Monica Potter


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

  1. Ebola
  2. Halloween
  3. Daylight Saving Time
  4. Honey Boo Boo
  5. NFL
  6. College Football
  7. Midterm Elections
  8. Political Ads on TV
  9. Flu Shots
  10. Dumb and Dumber To
  11. World Series
  12. Fantasy Football


Get a note up in the studio: Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. When we go to bed Saturday night we’ll move our clocks back one hour.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If Daylight Saving Time didn’t come back next spring, would that be okay with you?


This week I challenge you to give 100% at work.

• 12% on Monday

• 23% on Tuesday

• 40% on Wednesday

• 20% on Thursday

• 5% on Friday



TRIVIA: Most women use it but 1 out of 5 don’t know it has an expiration date. (Makeup)

TRIVIA: With 76% the United States has the highest number of these. Europe comes in a distant second with 17%. (Serial killers)


It’s Halloween week. Let’s see if you know your horror films.

• What was the actual name of Ghostface’s costume in “Scream”? (Though the costume’s packaging is only shown once, and partially obscured, the name of Ghostface’s costume is “Father Death”.)

• How many people associated with “The Exorcist” died during the film’s year-long shoot? (There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran (who played Burke Dennings) and Vasiliki Maliaros (Father Karras’ Mother) died before the film was released.)

• What is Michael Myers’ middle name? (It is revealed in the extended TV version of “Halloween” that Michael Myers’ middle name is Audrey.)

• In the “Friday the 13th” films, which state houses Camp Crystal Lake? (Located in or near Sussex County, New Jersey, Camp Crystal Lake was most infamous for being the home of serial killer Jason Voorhees and the site of many of his murders.)

• What was the original title of “The Evil Dead”? (Sam Raimi originally wanted to title this film “Book of the Dead,” but producers changed the title for fear that kids would be turned off seeing a movie with a literary reference.)

• Which one of these famous slashers has accumulated the highest body count: Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, or Freddy Krueger? (Jason Voorhees takes home the top prize with a total 156 kills.)

• Within 5 minutes, how much screen time did Anthony Hopkins receive as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”? (Critics were impressed with Hopkins’ performance despite a screen time that is only a little more than 16 minutes.)



When a husband returned to the house one evening, his wife announced that the new cleaning woman they had hired had stolen two towels. “Yeah?” said the husband totally disinterested, “that wasn’t very nice of her to do.” “It certainly wasn’t,” his wife replied. “They were two of the best towels we had… the ones we took from the Hilton Hotel while we were on vacation!”



Giant pothole-sinkhole thing takes down cement truck.



Just. Plain. Wrong.




• Two great tools for stunts, promotions and sales in 2015. Here’s one, here’s the other.

• Best review of Google Glass.

• 1980s Wendy’s training video.

The Walking Drunk.

Ebola Deeply promises to provide non-alarmist news.

Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead Season 4 (Part II)

• Dozens of movies cleverly tied together by a single basketball.

• A catchy pop song written with iOS 8’s predictive text.

• Somehow no one died in this rally crash.

Here’s a toy you probably won’t see on one of those annual “hot toys for Christmas” lists.

• The world’s best app!

• It’s 1999. Steve Jobs demonstrates Wi-Fi and the crowd goes nuts.

• What goes through your mind when you show a funny video to a friend.

The 5 New Skills Today’s On-Air Radio Talent Should Have.

• The Urban Tricycle.

• Watch as a roomful of people condemn five innocent men.

• Innovative cup holder.



• 1936: ERNEST TUBB conducted his first recording session.

• 1984: ALABAMA topped the charts with If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You’ve Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band).

• 1991: LORRIE MORGAN married CLINT BLACK’s bus driver, Brad Thompson.

• 1999: SHEDAISY made a guest appearance on ABC’s General Hospital.

• 2002: BROOKS & DUNN topped the charts with Only In America.

• 2005: TOBY KEITH was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

• 2009: KELLIE PICKLER was voted Most Beautiful Woman in Country Music by readers of Country Weekly for a second straight year.

• 2009: ANNE MURRAY’s autobiography All Of Me was released.


Jack Daniels of HIGHWAY 101 is 65.

J.D. McFadden of THE MAVERICKS is 50.



CARRIE UNDERWOOD had a blast making the Somethin’ Bad music video with MIRANDA LAMBERT. » download



In the week of the debut of her fifth album, TAYLOR SWIFT is joining The Voice as an adviser. She’ll appear in the Knockout Round episodes airing tonight (Monday) and Tuesday, and also on Monday, November 3.

KENNY CHESNEY will kick off The Big Revival Tour March 26 in Nashville.

REBA MCENTIRE’s father, Clark, passed away October 23 after a lengthy illness. The 86-year-old was a champion barrel racer and had suffered a stroke in 2011.

The ELI YOUNG BAND has teamed with Pizza Hut and will perform a November 1 concert at a Japan military base where U.S. troops consumed the most Pizza Hut Chicken Wings.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s 7th Annual Cause For Paws concert in Las Vegas raised $628,148 for homeless pets.

DIERKS BENTLEY hopes to open two more branches of his Whiskey Row Bar. The first establishment opened in July of last year. One of the new branches will be in downtown Tempe, Arizona. The other branch is set to open soon in Chicago.

DOLLY PARTON was asked earlier this year if she would pose for Playboy magazine and turned them down. Dolly, who posed for the magazine back in 1978, says she feels like because of her involvement with children’s causes, it just wouldn’t be appropriate.



SAM HUNT’s debut album, Monteballo. He says the lead single, Leave The Night On, is a good representation of the entire album.



This is day 301 of 2014. There are 64 days remaining.


• Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 70

• Actress-singer Telma Hopkins (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 66

• Reality TV personality and former Olympic star Bruce Jenner is 65

• Annie Potts is 62

• Bill Gates is 59

• Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place) is 52

• Lauren Holly (NCIS, Dumb & Dumber) is 50

• Actor-comedian Andy Richter (Conan) is 48

• Julia Roberts is 47

• Singer Ben Harper is 45

• Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Her) is 40

• Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy on Modern Family) is 16


• 1636: Harvard College was founded.

• 1929: Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which also saw major stock market upheaval.

• 1936: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

• 1942: The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) was completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.

• 1961: A customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for “My Bonnie” by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later.

• 1965: The Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It would open to the public the following summer.

• 1980: Republican nominee Ronald Reagan asked voters during a debate with President Jimmy Carter in Cleveland, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

• 1986: The centennial of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication was celebrated in New York Harbor.

• 2002: A Turkish man with four wives and 50 children announced he didn’t want any more kids. Sirin Yavuz fathered 14 children with his first wife, 12 with the second, 14 with the third and ten with his fourth. The Istanbul tobacco farmer said he’d had enough.

• 2006: Fried-chicken giant KFC announced plans to reduce the artery-clogging trans fat in its fast-food. The chain was swapping solid shortening for liquefied cooking oil in its kitchens.


• Today is National Chocolates Day.

• It’s Plush Animal Lover’s Day.


• NBA season begins: October 28

• Halloween: October 31

• Daylight Saving Time ends: November 2

• Veteran’s Day: November 11

• Remembrance Day (Canada): November 11

• Final NASCAR race of Sprint Cup season (Ford EcoBoost 400): November 16

• Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 27

• Black Friday: November 28

• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7

• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17