COUNTRY November 11, 2014

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 11, 2014

This is day 315 of 2014. There are 50 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 61

• Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada) is 54

• Demi Moore is 52

• Calista Flockhart is 50

• TV personality Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) is 45

• Leonardo DiCaprio is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1620: Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”

• 1750: The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity.

• 1921: President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

• 1992: The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.

• 2000: Republicans went to court, seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing in Florida’s presidential election.

• 2005: At a 7-Eleven in Merrimack, New Hampshire, a customer called police to report no one was in the store. Police searched the building and found Sammer Gandhi sleeping in a back office. At most business, that’s grounds for terminations, but Gandhi had a bigger problem. He’d fallen asleep with two bags of pot nearby that police say he was packaging for resale.

• 2006: A Bosnian town announced plans to erect a massive monument to its most important product — cabbage.

• 2008: The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is Veteran’s Day.

• Today is Origami Day.

• It’s Sundae Day.

UPCOMING

• 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

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,460: Average dreams a person has each year.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Researchers have found a virus that makes a person dumber. [Round up all the stupid people because that’s a quarantine I could support.]

Researchers have found a virus that makes a person dumber. [After only 24 hours of having the virus, the infected person is already addicted to daytime television.]

Researchers have found a virus that makes a person dumber. [So, remember to always wash thoroughly after shaking hands with a reality TV star.]

An Egyptian jihadist group has made a public vow of loyalty to ISIS. [I think it’s pretty serious. They exchanged rings.]

American Airline flight attendants have rejected their latest union contract. [They say that they won’t be happy until they’re allowed to arm themselves when working celebrity flights.]

There was an internet rumor that Macaulay Culkin was dead. [Thank heavens it’s not true. The only thing worse than dead former child stars would be former child star zombies.]

The wedding dress Madonna wore to marry Sean Penn has sold for over $81,000. [Sean Penn himself purchased it on the advice of his therapist that burning it would help relieve his reoccurring nightmares.]

A Colorado restaurant is under investigation after a bartender mistakenly prepared the alcoholic version of a drink for a family’s two small children. [They suspected that something was wrong when the two-year-old pinched a waitress, and asked for a cig.]

On Saturday night Justin Bieber attended a Bible study class with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then Sunday the Steelers were defeated by the lowly New York Jets. [Wow. Even God doesn’t like Justin Bieber.]

Next week Al Roker will try to set a new world record with a 34-hour continuous TV weathercast. [Well, that takes care of my viewing plans next week.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

MORE THAN 800,000 POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEES VICTIMS OF DATA BREACH _ The United States Postal Service is the latest victim of a wide-scale online data breach. A USPS spokesman said that more than 800,000 employees may have been affected. In a statement, USPS said “names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, emergency contact information” may have been compromised.

… USPS says customers were affected as well. Although the service couldn’t provide an exact number, it did say customers who contacted their Postal Customer Care Center via phone or email between January 1, 2014, and August 15, 2014, might be vulnerable.

STARBUCKS CEO CRITICIZES VETERAN’S DAY SALES _ The CEO of Starbucks criticized the way America treats its veterans, saying that Veterans Day “has been turned into a weekend sale,” and more needs to be done to understand the military experience. Howard Schultz, speaking at an event for veterans, said, “That’s not respectful for me.” Schultz, who never served in the military, is pushing other corporations to reconsider how they evaluate veterans for jobs. He just released a book, “For Love of Country,” which includes the stories of numerous veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

TESLA CAR GUY WORKING ON SATELLITE CONSTELLATION TO DELIVER INTERNET _ Elon Musk, the billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX, is considering plans to launch a “constellation” of satellites that are capable of delivering Internet access around the world. The plan includes 700 small satellites that would cost less than $1 million each.

TWO FRIENDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME WANT TO MAKE ZOMBIE MOVIE _ Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt are best friends from Rhode Island. They met at the Special Olympics in grade school and instantly clicked. Now, they’re trying to kickstart a zombie movie. Sam and Mattie are currently halfway to their goal of $50,000 (check the latest total here). They’re actually working on two different movies: Their zombie flick and a documentary about the process. Sam and Mattie say their dream cast includes The Rock, John Cena, and Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D.

… In the movie they promise lots of jetpacks and a fight against zombies on a yacht.

VICTORIA’S SECRET ENDS “PERFECT BODY” CAMPAIGN _ Victoria’s Secret recently launched a campaign for its new “Body” bra range called “A Perfect Body.” After much backlash — including a petition on Change.org and an outpouring of support for the petition on social media (with the hashtag #iamperfect) — Victoria’s Secret has changed the ad slogan to “A Body For Every Body.”

SECURITY AGENTS CAN MAKE AIRPORTS SAFER JUST BY TALKING TO PASSENGERS _ A new method of screening airplane passengers for signs they may be dangerous is 20 times more successful at catching deceptive passengers than the screening method traditionally used in the United States and other countries. The new method is based on asking passengers open-ended, conversational questions, whereas traditional screening methods focus on observing people’s body language. In the study, which was funded in part by the British government, 204 mock airplane passengers — including acting students and undercover police detectives — were given cover stories, and asked to attempt to deceive security agents in real airport screenings in Europe. As an extra incentive, the mock passengers were given money if they successfully avoided detection by the security agents. Trained security agents who used the new, conversation-based screening method successfully detected 66% of the mock passengers. On the other hand, security agents looking for signs of suspicious body language — such as lack of eye contact and fidgeting — detected just 3% of mock passengers.

McDONALD’S RECALLS LOLLIPOP WHISTLES OVER CHOKING CONCERNS _ McDonald’s is recalling about 2.5 million lollipop whistles because young children can choke on the parts. The fast food chains has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistles they had sucked into their mouths. One of the children received medical attention.

IS BLACK FRIDAY STILL A BIG DEAL? _ For more than half of Americans, Black Friday is just another day. Last year, 56 percent of Americans stayed home on the big shopping day and over the weekend as well. Why? Mostly because of the maddening crowds. But a third of respondents also felt that the deals being offered were overblown.

… And Black Friday isn’t the only day to get a deal. In the eyes of most retailers, the holiday shopping season starts on November 1. Major merchants such as Walmart, Nordstrom, Home Depot, and Target have already started Black Friday-like preview or early-bird promotions. And just a few days ago, Amazon kicked off its Countdown to Black Friday deals that includes thousands of limited-time specials on hot electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen wares, and other goods.

… Want to find a great deal online? Try bfads.net, slickdeals.net, theblackfriday.comgottadeal.com, dealnews.com and blackfriday.com.

SUNDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING IS BEST DAY FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS _ For all the hype, Black Friday isn’t the day to find the best deals. In a study (by Adobe Systems Inc.) of one trillion visits to 4,500 retailing websites since 2008, we now know the biggest price cuts come on the Monday before Thanksgiving, and shoppers who bought items on Thanksgiving Day snapped up the season’s lowest prices. And the weeks before the Black Friday weekend offered better deals than the weeks leading up to Christmas.

TODAY IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY _ Today is November 11. Or 11-11. Or one-one-one-one. Ones. Singles. It’s Singles Day. And it’s the biggest shopping day of the year. Bigger than Black Friday. Bigger than Cyber Monday. Today is the day when single people in China and the rest of Asia will be out shopping in full force. That’s an estimated 270 million shoppers whose sales “obliterated” last year’s Cyber Monday.

ARTIST RUNS FOR JUSTICE FOR FERGUSON _ Londrelle Hall, an artist and activist from Atlanta, has launched a “Run For Justice” in order to bring attention to issues of racial justice and police violence. Hall began the run on November 3 and has already covered 100 miles of the 500+ mile journey. Using the hashtag #RunforJustice on social media, his goal is to raise funds to offset legal fees for the Brown family. His website is RunForJustice.com.

DON’T RIDE YOUR BIKE DRUNK AND WITHOUT A HELMET _ The number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads climbed 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. The vast majority of cyclists who died were adult men, most were riding without helmets, and more than a quarter were legally drunk.

LOST DOG SEEKS HELP FINDING OWNER FROM POLICE OFFICERS _ Police reunited a lost dog with its owner in China after it wandered into a local police station. When the station’s public doors were opened at 4am the dog simply wandered in as if it knew the police would help. Police posted the dog’s photo on social media and the owner soon contacted them.

VIRUS THAT ‘MAKES HUMANS MORE STUPID’ _ A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered. Those who tested positive for the algae virus performed worse on tests designed to measure the speed and accuracy of visual processing. They also achieved lower scores in tasks designed to measure attention.

WATER-LOVING CAT PIONEERS NEW TREATMENT _ Hydrotherapy for dogs is a thing. As with humans, hydrotherapy offers benefits to a dog’s muscles and blood flow. Now the idea is being tried on cats in England. Polly Noviss, a veterinarian nurse, wants to introduce the water-based classes for cats and is using her pet as a test subject. Polly took in her stray cat, Roy, when he arrived 10 months ago at the veterinarian practice where she works (in Little Coxwell). And it wasn’t long before she had him doing lengths in a therapy pool designed for dogs. Roy paddles along while wearing a special life jacket with a handle on the top so he can be set in and removed quickly.

WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER SPORTS CAR _ Car enthusiasts with deep pockets can now get behind the wheel of a $2 million sports car — and drive it underwater. The revolutionary car is powered by an electric motor which allows it to reach a maximum speed of 75mph underwater. It was inspired by the submarine Lotus driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me and floats when driven into water. The car is fitted with propellers at the rear and two water jets mounted behind rotating louvres at the front provide steering and lift. It has two built-in scuba tanks and diving regulators allow two people to remain underwater for an hour. It’s creator is calling it the Submarine Sports Car.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG RESCUED FROM ROOF — AFTER 3 DAYS _ It took Ohio firefighters about an hour over the weekend to pluck a Rottweiler off the third-story roof on which he’d been stranded — but it took three days and several calls from neighbors before officials apparently took the reports seriously. The dog apparently made it out onto the roof via a hole in the attic; its owner showed up mid-rescue Saturday, explaining that he had been staying with a friend last week after the house had been broken into. The dog warden is hanging on to the Rottweiler for the time being because the owner doesn’t have a license.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOOD TRUCK MASHUP SCATTERS EGGS, MEAT, CHEESE _ A severe crash on an interstate near Chattanooga, Tennessee, left thousands of eggs, pallets of cheese and boxes of meat worth millions of dollars scattered, smothered and covered over the road. The collision involved three eighteen-wheelers and two cars.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR UNDERWATER BENCH PRESSES _ There’s a world record for everything. Every. Thing. Retired professional swimmer Gerald Rioual of France has set a new Guinness World Record for most underwater bench presses. Gerald lifted a 110-pound barbell 36 times in 90 seconds without any assistance from a breathing apparatus — not even a snorkel. The record was previously held by a guy in Italy.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRL SCOUTS TARGETED IN DAYLIGHT COOKIEJACKING ATTEMPT _ In a brazen daylight cookiejacking attempt, two Maryland men tried to steal a “wagon full” of Girl Scout Cookies from two little girls. The 12- and 13-year-old Girl Scouts were selling cookies Saturday afternoon from a street corner when they briefly stepped away from their wagon. One of the thieves grabbed the wagon handle and took off down the street to a waiting car. But one of the scouts gave chase and grabbed the wagon. As both girls yelled out that the men were stealing their cookies, one of them gave chase and grabbed the wagon. Neighbors followed the getaway car while calling 911. The car was later found and the suspects were arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ASSAILANT CONFESSES THEN HIJACKS CAMERAMAN’S VAN _ On his first day filming for an Australian new channel, cameraman Peter Steer got one heck of an assignment. While covering a breaking story Steer was flagged down by a gunman on the run wishing to confess. But only moments after confessing to assaulting his partner, the man quickly change his mind, pulled a gun on the cameraman and hijacking his news van. The man was eventually arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUYS 99 iPHONES TO PROPOSE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND _ China celebrates “Singles’ Day” on November 11 (a date chosen because of the four lonely 1’s  in 11/11), when the singles try to woo a special someone in their life. One Man thought it would be perfect to propose to his girlfriend right before the big holiday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like she was on board. Attempting to have an elaborate and definitely expensive set-up to pop the big question, the young programmer’s marriage proposal included 99 iPhones 6’s placed on the ground and arranged in the shape of a heart. Romantic?! Well, she said no. The arrangement cost the young man two years’ worth of his salary.

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ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Bart McCarthy (Sons of Anarchy), Nikki Deloach (Awkward), and Aaron Abrams (Hannibal) guest star in this new episode.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The remaining Top 20 artists perform as the playoff round continues in this 2-hour edition.

SELFIE (8p ET, ABC) — New

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New

MODERN FAMILY (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Daryl Mitchell (Ed) guest stars in this new episode.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.E.I.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) guest stars in this new episode.

NEW GIRL (9p ET, FOX) — Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Amber Stevens (22 Jump Street) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) guest star in this new episode.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Supernatural celebrates its 200th episode tonight.

THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30p ET, FOX) — Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Allison Tolman (Fargo) guest star in this new episode.

PERSON OF INTEREST (10p ET, CBS) — New

FOREVER (10p ET, ABC) — Jane Seymour and Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill, White Collar) guest star in this new episode.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — This new episode kicks off a two night multi-episode cross-over with Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD.

THE MAN WHO KILLED USAMA (10p ET, Fox News) — In this new special, Peter Doocy interviews the former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden.

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ENTERTAINMENT

STAR WARS EPISODE 8 TO FILM AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS IN U.K. _ Star Wars Episode 8 is booked to film at the legendary Pinewood Studios near London and will be released in 2017. Hundreds of films have been shot at Pinewood, including The Bourne Ultimatum, The Dark Knight, the three Hobbit films, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

CLINIC THAT TREATED JOAN RIVERS COMMITTED ERRORS _ According to a federal report released Monday the New York clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing committed a number of errors, including failing to get Rivers’ consent for all the procedures that were performed. The report, which did not refer to Rivers by name, also found that Yorkville Endoscopy inconsistently documented the amount of the sedative propofol Rivers received before the August 28 procedures, that an ENT doctor without privileges to operate at the clinic performed procedures on Rivers, and that a clinic staffer took a cellphone picture of the comic while she was sedated. Rivers was rushed from Yorkville Endoscopy to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing. While the report said she was resuscitated at the clinic, she did not regain consciousness after arriving at the hospital. Daughter Melissa Rivers had her taken off life support September 4.

‘HUNGER GAMES’ STAR JOSH HUTCHERSON CURIOUS WHAT HUMAN FLESH TASTES LIKE _ Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson tells British GQ he’d be willing to try human flesh. Josh explained: “I don’t want somebody to die for me to eat them. However, if someone happened to die from natural causes and it was not so taboo. I’m curious. … I want to know what it tastes like. Like you want to know what a pigeon tastes like, you know, except it’s a human. We’re all animals.”

STARS COME TOGETHER FOR NEW BAND AID SINGLE AGAINST EBOLA _ Irish singer Bob Geldof on Monday announced a 30th anniversary version of the Band Aid charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with U2 frontman Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and One Direction joining to raise money to fight Ebola. It will the fourth version of the song, which became one of the world’s biggest-selling singles ever after its release in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. The rocker-turned-activist said he had been spurred into action not out of nostalgia but by a call from the United Nations three weeks ago, concerned about not having the necessary funds to combat the epidemic.

PARIS HILTON MAKES TOO MUCH MONEY FROM PERFUME _ Want to guess how much money Paris Hilton has made selling perfume? The company that handles her perfume brand — and there are over 15 different Paris Hilton fragrances now — says they’ve sold $2 billion worth over past decade.

JESSA DUGGAR TALKS CHURCH RUMOR _ In the midst of the growing controversy over an alleged church consummation, Jessa Duggar has finally talked, sort of, about the Internet gossip. Ben Seewald’s wife turned to Bible scripture to defuse the sex-scandal noise. Jessa and Ben’s special day was tainted with rumors that claimed they couldn’t wait to consummate their marriage in their private home. Instead, Jessa and her new husband are said to have done so in the Lord’s House. But Jessa’s taken the high road and posted a scripture from Romans, 12:17-21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

… The rumor began on a blogger site owned by a woman named Ashleigh, who claims to know the Duggars. Evidently, a user, who also claims to know the family, reported that her daughters and Jessa Duggar’s younger sister, Jinger, walked in on something disturbing: Ben and Jessa were allegedly having sex in a backroom of the church during their wedding reception.

JUSTIN BIEBER SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED AT STEELERS BIBLE STUDY _ Justin Bieber’s prayer session with the Pittsburgh Steelers is raising eyebrows in light of the team’s embarrassing loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. While some have been quick to suggest that the controversial singer “cursed” the team, one legendary Steeler Terry Bradshaw is offering a unique perspective. The former NFL quarterback played for the Steelers for his entire pro career, from 1970 to 1983. During that time, the team won four Super Bowls and Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP twice. Bradshaw says: “It’s automatically assumed he’s a jinx. That’s ridiculous. Would Bieber be a disruption? Well, I wouldn’t have had him there. The only time I recall the Steelers teams I played on letting outsiders worship with us was at the Super Bowl… and it was with our families because they traveled with us.” If other “outsiders” are allowed to attend, particularly super famous ones, Bradshaw says “your focus isn’t where it should be.”

STARZ PLANS ‘EVIL DEAD’ TV SERIES STARRING BRUCE CAMPBELL _ An “Evil Dead” TV series is in the works at Starz. Ten half-hour episodes will air on Starz starting in 2015. Titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” it will see Bruce Campbell as the hero Ash, a retail stock clerk who reluctantly embraced his role of protector of humankind.

MARK CUBAN PICKED FOR JURY _ Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban showed up to Dallas County Civil Court Monday and flaunted his jury summons on Instagram. As luck would have it — bad luck — Cuban got picked for a case. According to court records the “Shark Tank” star and 11 other citizens are hearing a case involving a two-car accident from 2012 — one driver is suing another for negligence. The trial was expected to wrap up in one day.

CHARLIZE THERON AND SEAN PENN ARE STILL GOING STRONG _ Almost a year after they started dating, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron are going strong. On Monday, the Oscar winners returned to Los Angeles after a flight from Paris.

THE WWE WILL GET A LITTLE MORE GRUMPY _ Grumpy Cat will host Monday Night Raw on November 17 to promote her upcoming Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.  Aubrey Plaza voices the Internet’s most popular kitty in Grumpy Cat’s film debut, which tells the story of a young girl who gets the grouchy feline for Christmas.

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AUDIO

VETERAN’S DAY CLIPS OVER BED

November 11 is Veteran’s Day. Here are some clips over a patriotic bed. » download

THANKSGIVING DROPS

Dozens of Thanksgiving-related TV and movie clips in one big package. » download

BLACK FRIDAY DROPS

A package of Black Friday and shopping-related drops. » download

WOMEN WEARING MEN’S UNDERWEAR

A recent story out of the UK said more and more women are wearing men’s underwear, especially boxers. Ask the women in your audience if they ever wear their guys’ undies — boxers or briefs. We have two calls to help with the phones. » download

SMELLS OFFENSIVE ONLY TO YOU

It’s a tough time of year if you find the smell of pumpkin to be offensive. A friend hates the smell of pumpkin. Pies, lattes, you name it. What smell is everyone okay with that you hate? Here are six calls to help launch your local phoner. » download

STUFF YOU PUT IN THE DISHWASHER

Lately I’ve been having fun with using the dishwasher to wash stuff other than dishes. Like my toothbrush. And the pop-out rubber insert for my car’s cup holder. Great way to clean the gunk out of that! What stuff do you wash in the dishwasher? Here are a few real calls to help with the phones. » download

SHOULD YOU DISCIPLINE OTHER PEOPLE’S KIDS?

You’ve got a problem. When your friend and her son come over the little guy likes to run around the house and jump on furniture and generally disrespect your space — and mom does nothing. You need advice: Can you discipline other people’s kids? Here are a few calls to help with the phones. » download

HOW DID YOU STINK UP YOUR CAR?

You, the spouse, or the kids left something in the car and it stunk it up. You couldn’t find it for days now the stink won’t go away. Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download

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

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

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW ON DVD TODAY

QUOTES TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY

Veterans Day was created to honor and pay respect to all the men and women that have served our nation. The holiday was originally called “Armistice Day” and was first celebrated November 11, 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. But it was not until 1926 that Congress passed a resolution to observe the day and it became a national holiday in 1938.

… In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the appropriate legislation to have the name changed to ensure every individual that served in all American wars would be celebrated.

… According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 21.2 million military veterans in the U.S. as of 2012.

Quotes to honor those who served our country:

• “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” –Maya Angelou

• “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick

• “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy

• “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” –Mark Twain

• “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” –G.K. Chesterton

• “I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” –Gary Hart

• “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” –Jose Narosky

GIANT DOME ALMOST BUILT TO COVER ENTIRE VERMONT TOWN

During the late 1970s, the former mill town of Winooski, Vermont, population 7,000 and right next door to Burlignton, went to the edge of the possible in urban planning. Winooski’s population was fairly poor since the mills had closed down, and received the second-most federal assistance per capita of anywhere in the US, and was a testing ground for new housing policies. With the town’s heating bill at something like $4 million, a group of young planners decided there wasn’t enough emphasis being placed on energy conservation, and after a couple glasses of wine one night, thought they had the solution: a transparent dome over the entire town that would subsequently reduces everyone’s heating bill by 90%.

… While the city council initially considered the planned dome a nutjob idea, when the planners explained the potential for millions in federal HUD money, they quickly bought into it. The proposal quickly turned into a media sensation, and on-the-fly concepts about the domed town would roll out with every TV interview. First it’d be 250 feet high to clear the highest building, and would be transparent on the South side to let in light and opaque on the North side. Then the dome would have no internal support structure and would stay aloft by keeping the pressure inside slightly above atmospheric pressure. Then if the dome were punctured, it would be designed to decompress slowly, and not collapse. When asked about the effect of automobile exhaust, the planners proclaimed that there would only be electric cars and monorails inside.

… In the midst of a reelection in a terrible economy, President Carter called up the HUD to close off funds for the project before the expenditures became a campaign issue. By the time Reagan won the election and was in office, money for the dome had completely dried up.

via curbed.com

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Although geographically is should probably have five, China has just one of these. (Time zone. The government requires clocks to conform to those in the capital of Beijing.)

TRIVIA: Americans consume over 252 million pounds of this each year. (Pepperoni)

WHICH IS NOT?

• Which is not a musical: Toy Story*, The Lion King or Hairspray?

• Which is not a Jim Carrey movie: The Mask, Mall Cop* or The Cable Guy?

• Which is not a Star Wars character: Darth Maul, Darth Drago* or Darth Bandon?

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What’s the major difference between wives and husbands who are trying to have children?

A: Wives want to video the birth of their child. Husbands want to video the conception.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dog teaching baby to jump.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Dogwoman?


Source: imgur.com

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

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

• The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

• Trailer for sci-fi thriller Chappie.

• The evolution of F1 as shown through a kid’s toys.

• Someone attached a GoPro to booze at a wedding.

• 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.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 11, 2014

• 1996: DEANA CARTER married Chris DiCroce. They’ve since divorced.

• 2001: VINCE GILL, STEVE WARINER and MARTY STUART performed at the Grand Ole Opry’s Veteran’s Day show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

• 2001: The PAX-TV network aired a two-hour episode of BILLY RAY CYRUS’ series Doc, titled Some Gave All, and dedicated to U.S. Veterans.

• 2002: DIXIE CHICK Emily Robison gave birth to her first child, Charles Augustus Robison.

• 2003: MARTINA MCBRIDE’s CD Martina was certified gold just over a month after its release. On the same day her CD White Christmas was certified platinum.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT’s album, Fearless was released. It contained the hits Love Story, White Horse and You Belong With Me.

• 2009: TAYLOR SWIFT won Entertainer of the Year at the 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards. At age 19, Taylor became the youngest artist to win the award. She was the first female solo country artist to win since SHANIA TWAIN over a decade before. Taylor joined an elite group of female artists to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year that includes LORETTA LYNN, DOLLY PARTON, REBA MCENTIRE and SHANIA TWAIN. The DIXIE CHICKS also won in 2001.

• 2012: JO DEE MESSINA ran a half-marathon in San Antonio, Texas.

• 2012: ALAN JACKSON sold his five-bedroom lake house in Smithville, Tennessee, for $3.6 million.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

Because Garth has a new album we are dropping all of this week’s country audio on you at once.

GARTH BROOKS talks about his new album, Man Against Machine. » download

GARTH BROOKS on what’s it’s like being a “traditional artist”. » download

GARTH BROOKS is knocked out by today’s songwriters. » download

GARTH BROOKS says it’s an honor when his music is meaningful in someone’s life. » download

GARTH BROOKS says that his worldview owes a lot to his parents. » download

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KENNY CHESNEY will team with ERIC CHURCH for five stadium shows next summer. They’ll perform together in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, the ZAC BROWN BAND and Metallica will headline the Concert For Valor today (Tuesday) on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor soldiers fallen in the line of courage and duty.

LUKE BRYAN played to 1.7 million fans in 2014. The majority of those fans were ticket holders for his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, with the others coming from his Farm Tour and other small shows he headlined.

CHRIS YOUNG will perform his latest, Lonely Eyes, November 14 on The Late Show With David Letterman. This will be Chris’ first appearance on the show and the television debut of the song.

SAM HUNT will headline the Lipstick Graffiti Tour in 2015. Dates begin January 29 in West Hollywood and are currently scheduled through early April.

T. Boone Pickens is the billionaire chairman and CEO of BP Capital. He also happens to be a huge GEORGE STRAIT fan who strongly believes the singer should be this year’s Texan of the Year. To prove his point, he wrote a letter to The Dallas Morning News laying out his case. In the process of nominating King George, Pickens also revealed that he purchased the guitar George played at his last tour stop earlier this year in Arlington, Texas and expressed why he felt the $135,000 price tag was well worth the cost. He wrote: “Someone once asked why divorces are so expensive. ‘Because they are worth it,’ is the priceless response. That’s how I feel about my new guitar. Expensive? Yes. But it was signed by the greatest musical talent of our generation, my good friend George Strait. On top of that, my $135,000 check wasn’t made out to this native Texan. It went to Park Cities Quail. That’s one of the many reasons I’m nominating George for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. This guy is a class act. He’s an incredibly talented performer. And he’s all about helping good causes — wounded warriors, kids in need and, as I just mentioned, wildlife habitat here in the Lone Star State.”

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 12, 2014

This is day 316 of 2014. There are 49 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Neil Young is 69

• Megan Mullally (Will & Grace, married to Nick Offerman) is 56

• Figure skater Tonya Harding (Olympic ice skater involved in attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan) is 44

• Ryan Gosling is 34

• Anne Hathaway is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1912: The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

• 1933: Hugh Gray took the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster.

• 1934: According to Kentucky legend, the cheeseburger was born at Kaelin’s Tavern in Louisville.

• 1936: In California, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.

• 1946: A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago opened the first drive-up teller windows.

• 1955: Despite high winds and a temperature of zero, the Washington State-San Jose State football game was played on schedule in Pullman, Washington. Total paid attendance was one.

• 1970: The Oregon Highway Division attempted to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now-infamous exploding whale incident.

• 1972: Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons.

• 1989: Student Greg McNeil flew history’s first human-powered helicopter inside a gymnasium at California Poly State University. With Greg pedaling like crazy, the helicopter rose four inches off the floor for two seconds.

• 1990: Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

• 1995: UCLA scientists announced they had germinated the oldest-known seed ever found, a lotus seed from China. The little seed, which had slept for 12-hundred years, sprouted in four days.

• 1997: Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

• 1998: Daimler-Benz completed a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler.

• 2004: In a highly publicized case, a California jury found Scott Peterson guilty of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son. Peterson was sentenced to death.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day.

• It’s Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, created as a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there.

UPCOMING

• 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

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