COUNTRY December 9, 2014

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 9, 2014

This is day 343 of 2014. There are 22 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kirk Douglas is 98

• Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough) is 86

• Judi Dench is 80

• Beau Bridges is 73

• John Malkovich is 61

• Donny Osmond is 57

• Felicity Huffman is 52

• Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is 44

• Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) is 36

• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1793: New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, was established by Noah Webster.

• 1851: The first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec.

• 1907: Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. The proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.

• 1992: Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

• 1994: President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.

• 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.

• 2004: Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.

• 2005: A man accused of burglarizing an auto-repair shop and stealing cash and a digital camera apparently didn’t plan on a fresh snowfall. Lansdale, Pennsylvania, police said footprints in the new snow led to the arrest of David J. Schild Jr. The footprints went right from the scene of the burglary to the front door where he lived.

• 2008: A 3-year-old Virginia boy was rescued after spending the night in the woods with only his puppies to keep him warm. Jaylynn Thorpe was found about a half-mile from where he disappeared after wandering away from his baby sitter’s house. They found him wet with his dogs with him. Officials believe the boy slept sandwiched between the two 12-week-old puppies, which they say helped keep him warm through the 21-hour ordeal.

• 2008: The Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich, was arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Today is Christmas Card Day, honoring Sir Henry Cole of England who created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843.

• Today is Pastry Day.

UPCOMING

• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17

• Christmas Day: December 25

• New Year’s Day: January 1

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

80 million: Estimated number of fake Facebook accounts.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A U.S. Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing after passengers and crew developed red eyes and vomiting. [The vomiting part is new, but we’re used to crew members with red eyes.]

American Airlines is spending $2 billion to upgrade its planes. [Cupholders would be nice.]

American Airlines is spending $2 billion to upgrade its planes. [Two words: free breadsticks.]

General Mills is bringing back its cereal French Toast Crunch. [So, you can now cross it off your bucket list. Of course, if you eat too much of that stuff, odds are you won’t be around long enough to get to the other things on that list.]

Olympic officials are passing a package of new reforms. For example, all the events of a particular Olympiad no longer have to be held in the same country. [You know what this means for the Winter Olympics–  Jamaican bobsledding in Jamaica.]

NASA’s New Horizon robotic space probe has been traveling for nine years toward Pluto, and has just come out of hibernation. [After nine years the first thing it did was check for updates on its MySpace page.]

Leo DiCaprio was seen leaving a South Beach party with 20 women. [Because 21 would have been showing off.]

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat has earned nearly $100 million in the past two years. [It’s success has given ISIS a new idea for raising money. Check out their hilarious new YouTube videos of Cantakerous Camel.]

In New Jersey a deer broke down a woman’s front door then rampaged through her home, destroying every room it entered. [It’s sad when celebrities fall from grace. One day you’re leading Santa’s sleigh, and the next you’re a down-and-out drunken home invader in New Jersey.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

ANOTHER COSBY ACCUSER _ Another woman is accusing Bill Cosby of rape. Now there are at least 26 different victims. On Monday, Rosie O’Donnell shared details about the latest allegations from the new accuser on The View. The 52-year-old comedian-actress revealed she received a “private message” from an alleged victim who reached out to her personally. Unlike many of the previous accusers, this woman who reportedly desires to remain nameless, has no aspirations for public attention or financial gain. So there’s reportedly no hidden agenda or ulterior motive behind this woman’s allegations.

… Rosie said on Monday’s show: “I got a private message from one of the Bill Cosby accusers. Twenty-six women now have accused Bill Cosby. One of them wrote me privately. She is an older woman in her 70s and she lives in the Southwest and she has never been on camera and she was saying she knows at least one is true. Her. And she has sought no financial gain and wants no attention. So it’s interesting that people who do come forward are sometimes seen as people having an alternate agenda.”

TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR SHORT LIST _ What does pop singer Taylor Swift and Russian President Vladimir Putin have in common? Not a lot unless you’re a Time magazine reader. Swift and Putin are on the short list of finalists for Time’s 2014 Person of the Year recognition. Other nominees are:

  • The Ferguson protesters
  • The Ebola caregivers
  • Alibaba CEO Jack Ma
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani
  • National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell

… The 2013 winner was Pope Francis. The final decision will be announced Wednesday.

WIFE HONORS LATE HUSBAND BY GIVING WEDDING RINGS TO SALVATION ARMY _ A woman, whose identity is anonymous, has decided to honor her late husband’s life by sharing their most significant possessions. The woman decided to send drop the wedding rings — her engagement ring and his wedding band — into a Red Kettle just outside of a Boston train station. The donation to the Massachusetts Salvation Army was made a week ago (December 3), along with a note from the woman. In the note, the woman wrote that she wanted to commemorate her husband’s “joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need.”

… The diamond ring is valued at $1,850. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle goal is $3.36 million for the year.

VILLAGE DIVORCES 400-YEAR-OLD CUSTOM _ A 400-year-old custom that forbade villagers from tying the knot with those from different villages has officially ended. Governments of eight villages in Fujian Province jointly announced the decision to break with the local tradition that for centuries limited marriages to partners of the same village.

TWO STARS ARE ABOUT TO MERGE INTO A SUPERMASSIVE STAR _ Scientists are reporting the discovery of a pair of huge stars that are circling each other and are starting to merge. The scientists say the two stars, which are already touching, weigh the equivalent of 38 and 32 Suns, respectively.

NEW YORK RANGERS SIGN 15-YEAR-OLD DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER _ The New York Rangers announced a new signing on Monday, coming to terms on a one-day contract with 15-year-old Chris Falzone. Falzone, a diehard hockey fan, was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning of his freshman year of high school. Needing a full hip replacement, he was told he would never be able to play the sport he loves again. However, after extensive therapy that included a semi body cast, he was cleared to resume hockey activities earlier this summer. Falzone got to practice with the Rangers and joined the team on the ice prior to Monday night’s game against the Penguins.

HONDA TO ADD ANOTHER 2.6 MILLION VEHICLES TO AIR BAG RECALL LIST _ Honda plans to replace the driver’s air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. The Japanese automaker is the only company to comply with demand from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to do repairs nationwide. Air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel. At least five people have died due to the problem.

NEW WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST HUMAN FLAG _ India set a new world record for the largest human flag, formed by over 50,000 volunteers, beating the previous record held by Pakistan.

AMAZON IS TESTING BIKE MESSENGERS FOR QUICK DELIVERY IN NEW YORK CITY _ One day Amazon hopes to deliver your orders quickly using a fleet of drones. The FAA has put that plan on hold — for now. But in many places there’s still a quick way to get packages to customers lickety-split: bike messengers. Amazon has been testing the idea of using bike messengers to help deliver packages within an hour in New York City.

WRAPPING PAPER RECALLED AFTER SWASTIKA FOUND IN PATTERN _ A swastika on Walgreens wrapping paper has caused the company to recall the product. A customer in a Walgreens store in Northridge, California, noticed that the pattern on a particular wrapping paper made a swastika, so she said something to a store employee. The swastika at Walgreens received a quick response from the store, and from the company nationwide. The company has already put measures in place that will keep people from purchasing the items. A store spokesperson said that the company is working on getting all of the offensive wrapping paper out of their stores across the country.

FEAR OF A BOURBON SHORTAGE PUTS ENTHUSIASTS OVER A BARREL _ Panic has gripped bourbon enthusiasts across the country, and they are amassing stockpiles of it, hoping to guard against shortages and price hikes. Greg Gilbert of Lovettsville, Virginia, built a basement bunker for his 700 bottles of bourbon. Joe Conner, a warehouse worker from Rockford, Illinois, created a spreadsheet for his 120 bottles of bourbon so he could keep track of what he bought, what he opened and what he needed to purchase. Sales of bourbon are growing at a dizzying rate. Domestic sales of Kentucky-made bourbon have increased 36% in the last five years to $1.5 billion. Exports rose 56% to $300 million from 2010, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. All this makes bourbon aficionados worried. Prices of their favorite brands are rising.

… Rationing is increasing. Buffalo Trace Distillery, in Frankfort, Kentucky, has hired an allocation manager to make sure its bourbon is distributed evenly nationwide. Willett Distillery, in Bardstown, Kentucky, this year began rationing the amount of whiskey it sent wholesalers for the first time since prohibition ended in 1933.

… Anxiety has also intensified since Japan-based Suntory paid $13.5 billion in January for the maker of Jim Beam, Knob Creek and Maker’s Mark bourbons. A main reason for the acquisition was to export whiskey.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Do you hoard a specific food or beverage in case there’s ever a shortage?

PASTA PRICES COULD GO UP _ Global output of durum wheat has fallen to a 13-year low. That’s a problem for pasta lovers. The smaller harvest of the high-protein grain, which makes up the bulk of pasta ingredient expenses, is triggering cost increases that threaten to add to the near-record prices U.S. consumers are already paying. Durum has very high gluten content, which is the glue that holds pasta together and gives you a nice firm al dente bite. Prices of durum wheat have jumped 71 percent in 2014 to a three-year high.

LIONS FAN BUSTS CHEATING GIRLFRIEND AT THANKSGIVING GAME _ It seems these days that the world is filled with people who are only looking out for themselves, but there are still a few good people out there. One of those guys was at the Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving, and he was watching out for his fellow man without him even knowing it. He tipped off a guy sitting in front of him that the girl he was with may or may not have been cheating on him while they were at the game. The man spotted the woman in front of him looking at her phone and texting some dude named ‘Jason’ the entire game, telling him how badly she wished she was with him. This inspired the man to write out a note and give it to the woman’s friend before they left Ford Field.

… The eves-dropping fan wrote in the note the unsuspecting boyfriend: “Hey bro, I don’t know you and you don’t know me. When you get home check your girl’s phone. She’s been texting ‘Jason’ saying she wishes she was with him all day! Take care, wish you the best.”

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHURCH PLANS SUNDAY SERVICE AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS _ Beer, hot wings and Jesus. In an effort to reach the unchurched, Riverchase United Methodist Church plans to launch a new worship service at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Hoover, Alabama. And since waiters and bartenders will be preparing to open for business, the atmosphere may not be conducive to church praise music, so there will be no band. The service will start at 9:45am and conclude around 10:30. Restaurant customers are allowed in at 11.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MYSTERY MAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC WITH FROZEN PEAS _ Police in Australia were called about a man who was standing in the middle of the busy road directing traffic. But when they arrived the man had left the area and couldn’t be located. Witnesses say the man was directing traffic with a bag of frozen peas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROCKET ENTHUSIASTS LAUNCH PORTABLE TOILET _ A group of rocket enthusiasts have successfully launched a portable toilet into the sky in a project they called “Thrusting the Throne”. The unusual flying object made an arc in the sky before narrowly missing a spectator’s pickup truck. The Michiana Rocketry club was behind the launch. Members had been planning the project for more than two years as a way of increasing awareness of rocketry as a hobby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN UPSET ABOUT SANDWICH THROWS SNAKE BEHIND COUNTER _ Two men are in police custody in Saskatchewan, Canada after one of assaulted a coffee shop (Tim Hortons) employee with some wildlife. Police say two 20-year-old men stopped by the restaurant and began arguing with an employee at the counter over the crucial issue of whether onions should be diced in a sandwich or not. One of the men reached into the other man’s coat pocket and hurled a snake. The snake turned out to be a small, completely non-poisonous, garter snake.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LAWMAKER APOLOGIZES FOR PLAYING ‘CANDY CRUSH SAGA’ AT HEARING _ If you dislike meetings, you might empathize with Nigel Mills. He’s a British lawmaker who had to apologize after being caught playing Candy Crush Saga on his iPad during a hearing. And Mills wasn’t just playing to kill a few minutes during a break — the BBC reports that he played for 2 1/2 hours.

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ON TELEVISION

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (8p ET, CBS) — This classic celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year! On Dec. 6, 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired on TV for the first time. The longest-running Christmas TV special of all time, Rudolph has been telecast every year since its debut.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — On tonight’s results show, three will advance and a wild-card twist allows an eliminated vocalist to return.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (8p ET, ABC) — In this animated special, a mailman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains Santa to the children.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE FLASH (8p ET, FOX) — New

NCIS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New

MARRY ME (9p ET, NBC) — New

NEW GIRL (9p ET, FOX) — Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street) guest stars in this new episode.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New

ABOUT A BOY (9:30p ET, NBC) — New

THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30p ET, FOX) — Julia Stiles (Dexter) guest stars in this new episode.

VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW (10p ET, CBS) — Filmed in London for the first time, this special includes performances by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

UNBROKEN: THE REAL STORY (10p ET, NBC) — Tom Brokaw goes behind-the-scenes of the film Unbroken with director Angelina Jolie. The movie is the true story of Olympic track star turned World War II hero Louis Zamperini. The special will also feature Brokaw’s series of rare interviews with Louis Zamperini and his family, Japanese POW camp survivors and Unbroken author Laura Hillenbrand.

FOREVER (10p ET, ABC) — New

SERIES FINALE: SONS OF ANARCHY (10p ET, FX) — After 7 seasons, Sons of Anarchy says goodbye.

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ENTERTAINMENT

LEN GOODMAN TO LEAVE DANCING WITH THE STARS _ Len Goodman says he plans to leave Dancing with the Stars after the upcoming season. Goodman says traveling back and forth to England has become too overwhelming. Goodman is also the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the original, UK version of Dancing with the Stars. Goodman explains: “I’ve got my wife, I’ve got my son, my mother is still alive and she’s in hospital — I’ve had virtually no time to go and visit her. So, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life.”

ADDAMS FAMILY’S PUGSLEY DIES _ Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on The Addams Family TV show, died at his home Sunday in California after having a heart attack. He was 59. Addams Family theme

KATE HUDSON AND MATT BELLAMY CALL OFF ENGAGEMENT _ After four years as a couple, Kate Hudson and Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy have called off their engagement. Their son, Bingham Hawn Bellamy, was born in July 2011. Hudson was previously married to Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. The pair split in November 2006 after tying the knot in December 2000.

HENRY CAVILL AND GINA CARANO SPLIT _ Henry Cavill and mixed martial artist-turned actress Gina Carano have split. The two, who began seeing each other in 2012 and then broke up before reconciling in late 2013, appear to be done again.

NATALIE PORTMAN PASSES ON STEVE JOBS BIOPIC _ After beginning discussions to join Jobs before the Thanksgiving break, Natalie Portman has parted ways with the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic. Jobs currently stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script. The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography.

ARE LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND TONI GARRN DONE? _ Leonardo DiCaprio had the look of a single man while partying in Miami over the weekend. A source says that he and Toni Garrn have broken up after more than a year of dating and that Leo left a nightclub with “20 girls” who’d been with him in a night club VIP section.

AMAL ALAMUDDIN IS NOT PREGNANT _ No baby Clooney — yet. George Clooney and his wife Amal denied rumors that they are expecting a baby together. Photos of the lawyer wearing a loose-fitting dress in Hollywood fueled pregnancy speculation over the past weekend.

CLAIM: GRUMPY CAT IS WORTH $100 MILLION _ Grump Cat, the Internet’s most famous (and fussy) feline, has an estimated $100 million fortune to her name. However, her owner Tabatha Bundesen slams the report as “completely inaccurate” — but she declined to comment on her cat’s specific earnings.

DISCOVERY’S ‘EATEN ALIVE’ DEVOURS 4.1 MILLION VIEWERS _ Discovery’s Eaten Alive was a bit of a hit. The “documentary” — a term we use very loosely — pulled 4.1 million viewers on Sunday night, making it the most-watched Discovery nature program since 2010’s Life. Conservationist Paul Rosolie attempted to be swallowed by an anaconda in a “snake proof suit”. Eaten Alive also drove a lot of social activity as well — though much of that centered on the fact that Rosalie ultimately was not swallowed by the snake that constricted him for more than an hour.

AFI NAMES BOYHOOD, INTERSTELLAR & MORE AS THE TOP FILMS OF 2014 _ The American Film Institute (AFI) has named its top ten films of 2014. AFI’s best, in alphabetical order:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

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AUDIO

Audio Archives

CHRISTMAS CLIPS

Our annual clips package continues to grow. Loads of offbeat, funny Christmas drops — updated for 2014. » download

CHARITY CLIPS

Got a charity event or fundraiser coming up? Here are some random clips. » download

KID GIFTS GONE WRONG

When kids make gifts, or are in charge of them, funny things can happen. What’s the kid gift gone wrong you remember? Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BEST WORST MOVIE?
What’s the best worst movie? A move you love even though it’s horrible? Here are three calls to help with the phones. » download

DROP: SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT!

Men yells, “Something is not right!” » download

PHONER: FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOYS

It’s toy-buying season. Share the story of your favorite toy and invite listeners to tell you their stories. We have three calls to help with the phones. » download

PHONER: WHAT DECADE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?

If you could go back to a different decade which one would it be? Three calls to help launch the phones. » download

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW ON DVD TODAY

WHAT TO INCLUDE AND WHAT TO DITCH IN YOUR DATING PROFILE

If a relationship is what you seek in 2015, YourTango has five things to include and five things to ditch in your online dating profile.

Five Things to Include in Your Dating Profile

1. Honesty is the best policy. I’m sure you’ve heard this before countless times, but if you were meeting someone offline, you wouldn’t want them to be dishonest with you right at the start, right? The same applies to your online dating profile. Don’t be afraid to express who you are and what makes you, well, you!

2. You don’t have to make your profile “mysterious.” If you don’t want to include information that is private to you, then you don’t have to. However, there’s no need to act mysterious. Being straight-forward only means you know what you want. You don’t have to cover up who you are by playing a game of Clue with a potential man/woman.

3. Make what you don’t like clear. Showing people what you don’t like isn’t a negative aspect of your profile. It’s allowing you to say what you don’t like in a person. Knowing what you want is never a bad thing.

4. Don’t worry about being too cliché. So what if you like dogs — nearly half the population in America is a dog-person. Who cares if you enjoy what pop-culture has to offer? The main message in any kind of dating is to be who you are. If you’re covering up certain aspects of your joys in life and personality, that’s not exactly being you now, is it?

5. A photo that best describes you. This doesn’t mean spending hours taking a selfie, wearing makeup and looking pretty. It might be best to show you among a group of friends, or doing something that you find fun just to give who you’re looking for a visual.

Five Things Not to Include in Your Dating Profile

1. Anything negative. We’re all sad sometimes in our lives, but displaying it on your profile won’t be as great of an attention-grabber as being positive and showing that you have a great attitude. Being nice also falls into this category. Putting “no losers” on your list of dislikes will push others away from you instantly.

2. Anything mentioning your ex. If you’re on a dating site, chances are it’s to move on from past experiences and to gain new ones. If you mention an ex in a positive or negative way, it’ll drive away people from talking to you. Talking about exes is fine when you’ve known a person long enough to be comfortable talking about that.

3. Your sex life. Having sex isn’t a bad thing, but talking about your past sex moments as if they’re “triumphs,” or because you think it makes you seem like a better person than anyone else, that ego will push people away. It’s also never a good thing to say how good you are at it. Many people will look at that, insult you with a select choice of words, and never look back at your profile.

4. Personal information like your phone number or home address. Unfortunately, stalkers and people with bad intentions do exist. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you do find someone you like and want to meet up with them, suggest a neutral location instead of your home if you aren’t comfortable with giving that information out right away.

5. Unnatural expectations like expecting the other person to pay if date happens. Yo’’re not going on a date for solely your enjoyment, but to also meet a new person and give them a pleasant night to enjoy as well. Come to a date prepared—showing independence and confidence like this is usually a plus when going on a date.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the scariest or weirdest thing someone’s had in their dating profile?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Dating profile lie! They said this in their dating profile but when you met them in person you found out they were lying.

SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT FLATULENCE

• You produce about 15 to 45 ounces of gas per day, and expel it in 10 to 20 farts

• 99 percent of the gas you produce does not smell.

• Gum and soda can make you fart more. A significant proportion of your flatulence is simply made up of inadvertently swallowed air. It doesn’t smell — it’s mostly nitrogen and oxygen — but it sounds and feels the same coming out. Some of this swallowing goes on while you’re asleep, but it can be increased by drinking carbonated beverages and by chewing gum.

• Farting is the result of a healthy, complex ecosystem in your intestines.

• There’s a simple reason why you don’t mind the smell of your own farts. The reason: we become habituated to all smells over time. That’s why you might notice a scent walking into a stranger’s house, but seldom do for your own.

• You can’t hold a fart in until it disappears. At times, after holding in a fart for a while for social reasons, it can seem to disappear. However, this isn’t actually possible. It might seem to vanish because you stop being conscious of it, and it leaks out gradually, but the physics of flatulence are pretty straightforward. A fart is a bubble of gas, and there’s ultimately nowhere for it to go besides out of your bottom.

WORD SPY!

From the website that tracks new words.

RENOVACATION – A renovation undertaken while on vacation.

DRONESTAGRAM  – A photo or video shot from a drone.

HICKSPLOITATION – A TV or film genre that features stereotypical depictions of rural people, particularly those from the American South.

CONFOODSION – Confusion caused by an overabundance of nutrition and diet advice.

BUDTENDER – A person who dispenses marijuana in a cannabis shop or medical marijuana clinic.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Americans do this 350 billion times a year. (Make phone calls)

TRIVIA: The average woman does this twice a year. (Cuts herself while shaving her legs)

MATCH ME!

A co-host leaves the room. You ask a caller answer the following questions. The co-host comes back and tries to match the caller’s answers. While the co-host can look bad for coming up with bad matches (which can be fun), the listener’s goal is to give the most obvious answer. No losers in this – it’s all about being entertaining.

• Name something you decorate the outside of your house with for Christmas.

• Name something in a car designed to keep the driver comfortable.

• Make the sound of a popular zoo animal.

• Name something you find pre-printed on a personal check.

• Name something airport security would confiscate.

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JOKE OF THE DAY

After her husband asked his wife to help him shed some unwanted pounds, she stopped serving fattening TV snacks and substituted crisp celery. While he was unenthusiastically munching on a stalk one night, a commercial caught his attention. As he watched longingly, a woman spread gooey chocolate frosting over a freshly baked cake. When it was over, the husband turned to his wife and said, “Did you ever notice they never advertise celery on TV?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Are cheerleaders really athletes? Uh, yes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSeZkd2RcuY

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Thanks to Doug for sharing this in our Facebook group

Source: Facebook

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Two idea-packed books for sales, promotions and stunts in 2015. Here’s one, here’s the other.

• Esther Anderson just wanted to sleep, but her baby had other plans.

• Trailer: Terminator: Genisys.

• Star Wars: Episode VII teaser trailer (Michael Bay Edition).

Poo Doh.

• Download Our Boring Radio Station App.

• In one minute, this model goes through 100 years’ worth of hair and makeup trends.

• Random request generator.

• If toddlers texted.

• Remove your personal info from data brokers.

• What if George Lucas was making the new Star Wars movie instead of JJ Abrams?

• The safest gift to get anyone on your holiday list.

• The world sends us garbage, we send back music.

• So you want to own a food truck?

• Comedian does spot-on impressions of celebrities stuck in traffic.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 9, 2014

• 1950: EDDY ARNOLD’s Top 10 hit Prison Without Walls charted.

• 1980: WAYLON JENNINGS earned a gold record for The Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard.

• 1989: RODNEY CROWELL became the first artist to score five number one country singles from the same album, Diamonds & Dirt.

• 1989: GARTH BROOKS scored his first chart-topping hit with If Tomorrow Never Comes.

• 1992: TANYA TUCKER’s album Can’t Run From Yourself was certified gold.

• 1996: FARON YOUNG committed suicide. Apparently depressed over health problems, Young shot himself.

• 1998: SHANIA TWAIN’s album Come On Over was certified multi-platinum for sales of 7 million copies.

• 2001: The Diamond Trio, a bluegrass subset of DIAMOND RIO, debuted at a Christmas benefit for the homeless at Nashville’s Station Inn. Trio members: Marty Roe, Dana Williams and Gene Johnson.

• 2003: DOUG SUPERNAW was found guilty in Brenham, Texas, of resisting arrest following a brawl with police outside a nightclub in September 2002. He was fined $1,500 and sentenced to 14 days in jail.

• 2005: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD applied for a marriage license at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore, Oklahoma. They married December 10.

• 2011: Advil began running a new commercial featuring Who Says You Can’t Go Home songwriter — and Advil customer — Jon Bon Jovi.

• 2013: A Massachusetts man showed up at TAYLOR SWIFT’s home in Westerly, Rhode Island, and blocked her driveway with his pickup truck. Police forced him off the property.

It’s the 58th birthday of SYLVIA, born Sylvia Kirby in Kokomo, Indiana. She scored 18 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country Singles Chart from 1979-1986 including Nobody, Drifter, and Snapshot.

Keyboardist Jerry Hughes of YANKEE GREY is 49.

DAVID KERSH is 44. Born in Humbolt, Texas, his best-known songs include Goodnight Sweetheart and If I Never Stop Loving You.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD says that it’s a little surreal to get to have her own greatest hits album. » download

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

NEW AND OUT TODAY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1. The two disk set contains 25 songs spanning Carrie’s career, along with two new songs: Something In The Water and Little Toy Guns, plus a live rendition of the gospel classic How Great Thou Art, recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD visits The Today Show this morning (Tuesday) to promote her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album and her new line of workout clothing, called Calia. She’ll also visit CBS’s The Talk and ABC’s The View later this week.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says she and Mike Fisher didn’t plan on having their first child — they just left the timing up to God and she became pregnant around the time they would have started planning anyway. Carrie says as her son reaches school age, she plans to slow things down with her career so he’ll have a reasonably normal life.

JASON ALDEAN’s latest album has become just the fourth album released in 2014 to go Platinum for one million sold. Old Boots, New Dirt is the only country album on the list, accomplishing the feat in just two months. All six of Jason’s studio albums have gone Platinum.

… The only other artists to sell a million or more copies in 2014 are Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith.

HUNTER HAYES will headline a January 2 concert at Nashville’s Bluebird Café as part of the Alive At The Bluebird Café concert series. The concerts will benefit Alive Hospice, a Nashville area provider that offers end of life care and family support. Over the years the concert series has raised more than $600,000.

TAYLOR SWIFT says she has no interest in recording tunes penned by other writers. Taylor simply can’t imagine singing someone else’s words and says she wouldn’t be a singer if she wasn’t also a writer of her own material.

SARA EVANS will perform a holiday tune this morning (Tuesday) on ABC’s Good Morning America.

COLLIN RAYE has released an album of pop covers called Everlasting. He covers tunes by Dan Fogleberg, Billy Joel, Elton John and others. The collection is available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

On January 27 T. GRAHAM BROWN will release a Christian album called Forever Changed. Special guests on the project will include VINCE GILL, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, and others.

MIRANDA LAMBERT is talking in the latest issue of Marie Claire — about her 20-pound weight loss and husband BLAKE SHELTON. Of her marriage, Miranda says, “I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness.”

BLAKE SHELTON had a chat with People magazine:

• First concert: “Sawyer Brown and a guy named B.B. Watson came to Ada, Oklahoma … it was the first time I ever saw somebody in person that I’ve seen on TV. … Mark Miller even had a broken leg. I remember he came out, and he had to sit on a stool the whole time to perform. It was probably the worst show of his life because he couldn’t dance, but to me it was just so cool.”

• All-time favorite song: “A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Jr. It just covers it all for my lifestyle.”

• Song he wishes he had recorded: Chris Young’s Neon.

• Song he sings in the shower: The Love Boat theme. “‘Love, exciting and new…’ — the reverb in the shower really sounds good on that one.”

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 10, 2014

This is day 344 of 2014. There are 21 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer-songwriter Gloria Loring is 68. Gloria and then-husband Alan Thicke co-composed the theme songs to Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

• Susan Dey is 62

• Kenneth Branagh is 54

• TV chef Bobby Flay is 50

• Drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 40

• Raven-Symone (That’s So Raven, The Cosby Show) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1817: Mississippi became the 20th U.S. state.

• 1868: The first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

• 1869: Wyoming granted women the right to vote.

• 1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.

• 1906: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize of any kind.

• 1935: The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, was given to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago. This award was given to the best college football player east the Mississippi River.

• 1958: The first passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about two and a-half hours.

• 1963: Six-year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on “The Andy Williams Show.”

• 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

• 1971: Jim Hart throws a football for a record 98 yards, the longest recorded throw.

• 1989: The government-owned Ugandan phone company cut off service to the Ugandan government for failing to pay its overdue bill of $5.4 million.

• 1993: Donald Trump married Marla Maples in the Grand Ballroom of Trump’s Plaza hotel in New York City. Guests included Susan Lucci, Howard Stern, Bianca Jagger, Evander Holyfield, and O.J. Simpson.

• 2003: A man who stole a police car from outside a Sao Paulo police station in Brazil was arrested after he crashed into a tree just a few yards away. The 23-year-old thief was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by police. The man was treated for minor injuries and taken straight to jail.

• 2008: A study reported that women feel sexiest when they’re 34 years old.

• 2012: Google began selling $99 laptops.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• It’s Human Rights Day.

• Today is Lager Day.

UPCOMING

• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17

• Christmas Day: December 25

• New Year’s Day: January 1

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