COUNTRY September 28, 2015

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

This is day 271 of 2015. There are 94 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Brigitte Bardot is 81

• Jeffrey Jones (Dean of Students Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 69

• Janeane Garofalo is 51

• Mira Sorvino is 48

• Naomi Watts is 47

• Hilary Duff is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1787: The newly completed United States Constitution was voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the State legislatures for approval.

• 1820: The tomato was publicly proven safe when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson stood on the steps of the Salem, New Jersey, courthouse and ate a large number of them without any adverse effects.

• 1867: Toronto became the capital of Ontario.

• 1892: The first night football game in America was played between Mansfield State Normal School (now Mansfield University) and Wyoming Seminary.

• 1941: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batting average of .406. He was last major leaguer to hit .400-plus.

• 1987: The first episode of TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired.

• 1996: During their wedding at Spokane’s First Presbyterian Church, Craig and Jill Looper’s vow-sealing kiss set off the fire alarm. Or maybe it was an electrical problem. None of the 350 guests was injured, but the wedding cake was ruined. The couple signed their license on the hood of a fire truck.

• 2002: In Korschenbroich, Germany, a dirty diaper saved the life of a 20-month-old toddler after he fell 20 feet from a window and landed on his bottom. Police said the diaper acted like a car airbag, absorbing the shock better than a clean diaper.

• 2002: Chicago police officer Jessie Watts Jr. arrested two men who tried to burglarize the minivan he was occupying during an undercover surveillance.

• 2005: The U.S. Treasury introduced a new $10 bill, featuring splashes of red, yellow and orange.

• 2008: SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

• 2012: Facebook hit 1 billion users.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Drink Beer Day

• Good Neighbor Day

• World Heart Day

• World Rabies Day

• Ask a Stupid Question Day

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1.75 billion: Minutes a day the world is playing Candy Crush.

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NEWS ATTACK!

After only 21 months of marriage Kaley Cuoco has filed for divorce. [Divorce? Out of respect she could have at least waited until the pope left.]

The Dalai Lama has canceled his scheduled trip to the U.S. next month. [He needs to rest. Plus, who wants to follow the pope?]

Johnny Depp’s new wife made him sell his yacht that was named after his ex-girlfriend. [Because no wife likes the idea of her husband climbing aboard his ex.]

The wife of actor Anthony Anderson has filed for divorce after being married for 16 years, and being a couple for 20. They were even high school sweethearts. [Which is gonna make for one awkward class reunion.]

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has challenged Kiss’ Paul Stanley to a man-to-man rock and roll showdown. [Coming to an assisted living facility near you.]

A young couple were arrested after they pulled a heist in Ohio then posted pictures of themselves with the money on Facebook. [Now they have new pictures to post, one from the front and two from the side.]

Singapore had to close its schools Friday and issue masks due to the nation being blanketed by a heavy cover of air pollution. [As a result the government announced that this is the last year that it will allow the nation to be the host of the international Volkswagen car show.]

New York City announced that from now on if a police officer stops a citizen and frisks him, the officer must issue a receipt. [Which includes a 50% off coupon on your next bail.]

Kim Kardashian got into trouble in Argentina when her Twitter message was misunderstood as an attack. She wrote: the pope is dope. [Just like fashion, slang has an expiration date.]

According to a new study, giraffes hum. [Just what the world needs –more noise pollution.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

POPE FRANCIS MEETS A BABY POPE _ Forget Pope Francis — Pope Quinn is the new pontiff taking America by storm. Daniel Madden and his wife Dana dressed up their baby daughter Quinn to look like the pope while attending the real pope’s Saturday parade in Philadelphia. In a video baby Quinn is seen held into the air as Francis turned down the street in the popemobile. The pontiff immediately spotted the baby, and appeared visibly amused by her getup. One of the papal security guards immediately swooped up Quinn and took her over to receive a kiss from the pontiff. • VIDEO

BIG MARS ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY _ NASA is planning a huge Mars announcement today (Monday), widely presumed to be related to water on the Red Planet. Evidence of water would be a big indicator that life existed on Mars (or still does).

HOW BIG COULD A WORLD RECORD PUMPKIN GET? _ Thanks to the efforts of Illinois farmer Gene McMullen, the North American record for the heaviest pumpkin now sits at 2,145 pounds. McMullen’s Cucurbita Maxima Brobdingnag is the second greatest pumpkin the world has ever known, trailing only Beni Meier of Switzerland’s monster fruit, which tipped the scales at 2,378 pounds in 2014. But can we, realistically, see a 3,000 pound pumpkin one day? Most researchers say probably — and within 15 years. The key is breeding for thickness, which means a heavier pumpkin. Today’s 2,378 pound pumpkins don’t have to necessarily get bigger if they get denser.

RUNNER MISSES MARATHON WORLD RECORD BECAUSE OF SHOE MALFUNCTION _ The Kenyan (Eliud Kipchoge) who won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday did so in a personal best time of 2 hours, 4 minutes — just 63 seconds shy of the world record. If not for a wardrobe malfunction he may have set the world record. But the insoles of his shoes started slipping out around the 20k mark, flapping behind him as he ran.

SELFIE STICKS BANNED FROM JAPANESE TRAIN STATIONS _ It was not long ago that selfie sticks were banned from many museums. Over the weekend officials in Japan banned them from train stations.

… 2015 is the year of the banned selfie stick. You can no longer use them at

  • Disney theme parks
  • Six Flags parks
  • Most U.S. landmarks
  • Many museums
  • Most professional and many college sporting events
  • Many state fairs
  • Many conferences, like Comic-Con

COPS ARREST WOMAN WANTED ON WARRANT FOR RIDING SEA TURTLE _ A Florida woman wanted after a picture of her riding a sea turtle went viral on social media was arrested over the weekend. Over the summer police in Florida released a photo that appears to show a woman sitting or riding on a sea turtle. They asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Over the weekend Stephanie Moore was arrested after police (in Melbourne) responded to a disturbance at a home. That’s when they figured out she was also wanted for turtle-sitting or turtle-riding.

COURT TOSSES CHICAGO INMATE’S $10M SUIT FOR ESCAPE _ An inmate who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago has an unusual theory on who’s to blame: He says the government was negligent in enabling the breakout, so he sued for $10 million for damages. On Friday a three-judge panel ruled that Jose Banks “gets credit for chutzpah” but tossed his lawsuit.

COP BUYS BIKE FOR HOMELESS MAN _ In a Kansas City suburb someone saw a man and thought he looked suspicious. The responding officer chatted for a bit with Samuel Meixueiro and discovered he was homeless, living in a church, and waking 5-6 hours round trip each day to get to his job. The officer gave Samuel a ride to work — then went to a nearby store to buy him a bicycle and a backpack. A half hour after dropping off Samuel the officer came back with the bike, which brought him to tears.

RECORD NUMBER OF GUNS FOUND IN U.S. AIRPORT SEARCHES _ We have a new record for dumb people thinking they can take guns on airplanes. The TSA says U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week earlier this month. Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended September 17, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber. The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65 firearms found during a week in May 2013.

… But here’s what’s scarey: Lawmakers recently opened a U.S. House of Representatives hearing after a Department of Homeland Security report found TSA airport screeners did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70 tests at dozens of airport checkpoints. So for every gun found, there are probably many that aren’t.

MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND ON ROLLER COASTER _ The Internet has seen some creative wedding proposals over the years, but this one was a heart-pounder. Austin Crecelius decided to pop the question to girlfriend Allison Boyle while riding on the Voyage, a wooden roller coaster, at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. As the coaster mounts a hill, Crecelius starts off by saying, “At one point in time you had mentioned to me that life is like a roller coaster…” After he popped the question Boyle responded by tearing up as the couple’s friends videotaped the entire moment in front of their coaster seat. • VIDEO

SOLDIER MOVED FROM HOSPITAL WAITING BECAUSE OF UNIFORM _ A British soldier was asked to move from a hospital waiting room last week because staff feared his uniform might offend other patients. Hospital workers told Royal Air Force Sgt. Mark Prendeville the hospital has “lots of different cultures coming in.” Sgt. Prendeville’s father, who was with his son in the waiting room, called the move “shameful.”

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CUSTOMERS BUY 812 BOTTLES OF BEER _ In China, a couple of guys ordered every beer a restaurant had in stock — which came to 812 bottles. The waiters in the restaurant opened every case of beer and then, because they paid for them, opened every bottle. Then the customers paid their bill — which included about $25 worth of food — and left.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARMED ROBBERS CAUGHT WITH 126 BOXES OF HAIRPIECES _ Two armed robbers were arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, and were found to be in possession of 126 boxes of hair pieces. The criminals were apparently unable to give a reasonable explanation as to why they stole the hair pieces, or where they were taking them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIANT PUMPKIN STOLEN FROM SOUTH DAKOTA YARD _ Matthew Murraine has been growing a type of large pumpkin at his home in Spearfish, South Dakota, this summer. A week ago someone stole the largest one in a heist he believes was carefully planned. Matthew said the thief or thieves backed right up to the house. He calls the theft of his home-grown 100-pound pumpkin “brazen”. They brought a saw can cut it right off the vine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FACEBOOK ‘UNFRIENDING’ CAN CONSTITUTE WORKPLACE BULLYING _ A woman in Australia who unfriended a colleague on Facebook after a dispute at work was found by a court to have committed workplace bullying. The decision by Lisa Bird, a real estate agent sales administrator, to unfriend her colleague showed a “lack of emotional maturity.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIGHT OVER CHICKEN BREAKS OUT IN DELI AISLE _ At a Tampa, Florida, grocery store a 59-year-old customer was was being ‘rude’ to a female deli worker as he was ordering a chicken dinner. A verbal exchange escalated and the customer exploded at another employee that was trying to calm him down. Before long fits were flying and customers were wrestling the customer to the ground.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICIALS: PLEASE DON’T EAT CHEESE FROM OVERTURNED TRUCK _ In Alabama, the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency posted an interesting warning to their Facebook page over the weekend: “Please don’t eat cheese you find in the 18-wheeler wreckage on U.S. Highway 11.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STARTS GAS STATION BLAZE TRYING TO KILL SPIDER _ A Michigan man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter. He started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump. The man somehow escaped serious injury and the gas station’s damage was contained to one pump, which was destroyed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN THROWS FIT AT MCDONALD’S OVER BOTCHED ORDER _ Police in New Mexico (Carlsbad) had to stop a public disturbance at a McDonald’s  after a customer began harassing employees over a mistaken order. Employees mistakenly put pickles on his burger.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Melissa Tang (Mom) guest stars in this new episode.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The blind auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — Dancing champ Alfonso Ribeiro is this season’s first guest judge for TV Night, as the couples dance to a song that celebrates iconic shows.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — New

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — The Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) travel to Green Bay to challenge the Packers (2-0).

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Alana De La Garza (Law & Order, Forever) returns as the new head of Homeland Security and Kevin Weisman (Alias) guest stars in this new episode.

MINORITY REPORT (9p ET, FOX) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — TV host Carson Kressley is the guest on tonight’s new edition.

SIGNIFICANT MOTHER (9:30p ET, CW) — Jerry O’Connell guest stars in this new episode.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Mercedes Mason returns as Talia Del Campo in this new episode. Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) guest stars.

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Part two of the season premiere is told from Beckett’s point of view.

BLINDSPOT (10p ET, NBC) — Robert Eli (House of Cards, Fringe) guest stars in this new episode.

PREMIERE: THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (11p ET, Comedy Central) — Comedian Trevor Noah takes over for Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show. Kevin Hart will be his first guest. The first episode will be shown on all Viacom networks, including MTV, TV Land, Nickelodeon, VH1, SpikeTV, BET, Logo and Epix.

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ENTERTAINMENT

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 WINS BOX OFFICE _ Hotel Transylvania 2 was the winner at the weekend box office, making $47.5.

KIM ZOLCIAK WANTS TO RETURN TO DWTS AFTER MINI STROKE _ Kim Zolciak issued a statement on Sunday about her Dancing with the Stars future after her release from the hospital. The 37-year-old reality star wants to get back to the dance floor following her hospitalization for mini stroke. Kim said, “I want to thank everyone for their love and support over the past few days. I am now home with my family, resting and taking care of my health. I can’t express enough how much I love dancing and this whole experience, and I hope this will not be the end of dancing.”

… She didn’t reveal whether she will appear on tonight’s (Monday) episode of Dancing alongside her partner Tony Dovolani. She was released from the hospital Friday after being treated for a mini stroke which left her temporarily paralyzed and unable to speak.

MARK WAHLBERG JOKES ABOUT TED WITH POPE FRANCIS _ Mark Wahlberg is hoping God has a sense of humor when it comes to raunchy comedies. The actor was one of several celebrities who made an appearance at the World Meeting of Families on Saturday in Philadelphia, which was attended by Pope Francis on the tail-end of his six-day tour of the United States. After a young soloist performed for the pontiff and the gathered guests, Wahlberg took to the podium. He said, “That was truly the voice of an angel. But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted. And I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Wahlberg, who is Catholic, said to the pope, “Holy Father please forgive me. I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made.”

HEIDI KLUM MAKES BOYFRIEND BUY HER PLASTIC SNAIL FOR $22K _ Heidi Klum took home a giant plastic snail from a charity auction on Saturday. The 42-year-old Project Runway host, who chaired the benefit event, pleaded with her 29-year-old boyfriend (Vito Schnabel) to purchase the sculpture for her at the fundraiser. As bidding heated up she said from the stage, “Vito, I thought you were going to buy me the snail!” He won the 11-foot snail for $22,000.

FAST AND FURIOUS 8, 9, 10 COMING _ While a director for Fast and Furious 8 has not been locked down, a source says movies 9 and 10 are being planned.

HONEY BOO BOO HOUSE WILL BE DESTROYED _ The owner of the small home in Mcintyre, Georgia, where the Honey Boo Boo family lived is leveling the property. He originally listed the house for $45,000 in June — thinking he could double his purchase price because of the notoriety of the place. Unfortunately nobody bit and TMZ reports demolition begins today (Monday).

GEORGE AND AMAL: THE TABLOID HEADLINES _ George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on Friday. Here are some of the tabloid headlines we’ve seen since they said “I do” in 2014:

• George and Amal’s Baby Joy

• George and Amal’s Nightmare: It’s Over After 87 Day

• George and Amal’s Nightmare: $200 Million Divorce

• George and Amal’s Sham Marriage

• George Dumps Amal on Her Birthday

• George and Amal: Divorce Papers After 6 Months

• George: I’m Finally Going to be a Dad

• Amal: Gold Digger

NEW BATMAN V SUPERMAN TRAILERS PREMIERE DATE REVEALED _ Movie fans across the world are eagerly anticipating Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s release date, which is six months away. And Warner Bros is planning for two teaser trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice to air on Monday October 26. One will accompany the first ever episode of Supergirl on CBS, the other will air on FOX for the first episode of the second season of Gotham.

… It’s rumored that the teaser that will be shown with Supergirl will focus entirely on Superman while the trailer that will be released with Gotham will revolve around Batman.

TLC DUGGAR SPECIALS: MORE COMPANIES PROMISE NOT TO SPONSOR THE SHOWS _ The upcoming TLC Duggar specials have the Internet in an uproar. The family certainly still has a fan following, but much of the public isn’t happy they could be returning to television. Though the specials, featuring the two married Duggar sisters, were announced only days ago, groups and individuals contacting would-be sponsors are already seeing a great deal of success. Over half a dozen companies have responded — some with promises not to support any Duggar specials or shows, others with more vague assurances that the concerns will be passed on to advertising teams.

… One group working to prevent the Duggar specials from ever airing meets on Facebook under the name “Contacting Sponsors: #NoMoreDuggars.” There, members discuss the best ways to contact the sponsors, share sample letters, and share successes when corporations respond.

… Bissell was among the first companies to respond to customer concerns, declaring that it would not support any future Duggar specials or series.

… Benjamin Moore Paints stopped short of a direct promise not to sponsor the Duggar sisters’ specials, but did state that they had ‘alerted appropriate personnel’ about the upcoming shows.

… Esurance says it has no plans to advertise on any upcoming TLC specials.

… Hidden Valley stopped short of expressly declaring that they would not support the Duggar specials, but did point out that they pulled sponsorship from the original show.

KALEY CUOCO DIVORCE RUMORS _ Kaley Cuoco is headed for divorce, and rumors indicate that jealousy and infidelity may have torn the actress apart from husband Ryan Sweeting. The couple announced last week that they were ending their marriage just shy of the two-year mark. They dated for just three months before marrying. Even before the split was announced there had been lingering reports that Cuoco may still have a connection to her ex-boyfriend and fellow Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki. The two had dated for several months. Another report claimed Sweeting was growing tired of the way his wife treated him — always “bossing him around.”

ANTHONY ANDERSON’S WIFE CALLS IT QUITS, FILES FOR DIVORCE _ Alvina Anderson, wife of Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, has filed for divorce. The high school sweethearts wed in 1995 and have two children together.

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BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S THE CREEPIEST THING YOUR YOUNG CHILD’S EVER SAID? 

On Reddit, someone wrote: “My seven-year-old brother just leaned his face all the way up to mine and whispered, dead serious, ‘Can you see New York in my eyes?'”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the creepiest thing your young child’s ever said?

THE BEST MOVIE THAT TAKES PLACE IN EVERY STATE

Lists can be boring — so find your conversation in this before you go on-air. Here’s one idea: Quiz your co-host(s) on your state’s best movie and a handful of the states around you.

There’s nothing quite like seeing your hometown on screen. What movie is the best representation of its state? Thrillist.com came up with a list of 50. There are no documentaries on the list. There are also no straight-up biographical movies, or ones based largely on true stories. The films can be set in the state without being filmed there.

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TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Hotel Transylvania 2, $47.5 million
  2. The Intern, $18.2 million
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, $14 million
  4. Everest, $13 million (opened wider from IMAX)
  5. Black Mass, $11 million
  6. The Visit, $6.7 million
  7. The Perfect Guy, $4.7 million
  8. War Room, $4.2 million
  9. The Green Inferno, $3.4 million
  10. Sicario, $1.7 million (limited release)

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Equalizer.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Se7en.

IN THEATERS WEDNESDAY

THE WALK (PG) – OPENING IN IMAX

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale,
website, trailer, reviews

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

THE MARTIAN (PG-13)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

• Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor
website, trailer, reviews

SICARIO (R) – GOES TO WIDE RELEASE

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

• Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
website, trailer, reviews

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. The Pope
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Trevor Noah
  4. NFL
  5. College Football
  6. Supermoon Eclipse
  7. Volkswagen
  8. Fantasy Football
  9. iPhone 6s
  10. Fetty Wap
  11. Government Shutdown
  12. Danny Pintauro
  13. Pro Gay Doritos
  14. John Boehner
  15. Matt Damon
  16. Tim Cook

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SPYING ON YOUR COLLEGE KID?

Someone wrote an item for the Wall Street Journal sharing her struggle with seeing her daughter go off to college. She admits to stalking her on Facebook and Twitter, use her bank app to see what her daughter’s charging (coffee shops, clothing stores), and peeking in on Yik Yak, a social media service which lets users anonymous messages to other people within a radius of a few miles. Most of the posts come from college students and mom says she’s using Yik Yak’s “Peek” feature to read a stream even if you’re out of town.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How did you keep tabs on your college kid?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Every year this gets about 100,000 tons heavier. (Earth)

NEWS QUIZ!

If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• Which presidential candidate said if he wins he’ll do the job for free? (Donald Trump)

• A report said some people were quitting this because it was boring. (ISIS)

• This social media service said it had reached 400 million active users. (Instagram)

• The winner of this year’s Google Science Fair was a 16-year-old who came up with a 30-minute test to determine if you have what? (Ebola)

• The world record for this classic video game was broken twice in 24 hours. (Donkey Kong)

• The Minnesota Vikings announced it would be installing pods so that new moms could do what in private? (Breastfeed)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Greta was telling her girlfriends, “I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.” “That’s wonderful,” one of the girlfriends replied. “How did your first day go?” Greta tells them, “I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my workout clothes on, the class was over.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Austin Crecelius decided to pop the question to girlfriend Allison Boyle while riding on the Voyage, a wooden roller coaster, at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Pig pen pal.


Source: unknown

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Is your computer powered up?

• The treadmill’s dark and twisted past.

• Finally the answer to, What should we watch tonight?

• Write a letter to your future self.

Peanutize yourself.

• Wedding day from the bride’s perspective.

• A quick personality test called What Did You See First?

iSkelter Tab lap desk looks like an interesting new way to work with your iPad.

• A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.

• 10AppsManager is a tool to uninstall Windows 10 pre-installed Store apps.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

• 1968: JEANNIE C. REILY scored a number one hit with Harper Valley, P.T.A. The song, written by TOM T. HALL, became the number one country song of the year.

• 1984: GEORGE STRAIT’s album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind was released.

• 1991: GARTH BROOKS’ Ropin’ The Wind became the first country album to debut at the top of the Billboard Top 200 all formats chart.

• 1995: GARTH BROOKS’ album The Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 8 million copies.

• 1999: GARTH BROOKS released the album In The Life of Chris Gaines, based on the life of a fictional rock star. It would sell 2 million copies.

• 2000: October was declared Country Music Month by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist and Nashville mayor Bill Purcell. Grand Ole Opry members LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS and MARTINA MCBRIDE were present at the state and city proclamations.

• 2006: KENNY CHESNEY’s album Live Those Songs debuted at #1 on the Country Albums chart and #4 on the Top 200 all formats chart with first week sales of 137,000 copies.

• 2010: KENNY CHESNEY scored his 20th number one with Boys Of Fall.

• 2010: KENNY CHESNEY’s album Hemingway’s Whiskey was released.

• 2010: The Grand Ole Opry held its first show at the Opry House in five months after flooding damaged the building. BRAD PAISLEY, MARTINA MCBRIDE, DIERKS BENTLEY, MONTGOMERY GENTRY and VINCE GILL were just a few of the artists performing.

MATT KING is 49

Karen Fairchild of LITTLE BIG TOWN is 46

MANDY BARNETT is 40

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COUNTRY AUDIO: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28

» To download audio to your computer click here.

TIM McGRAW talks about his upcoming movie The Shack…

THOMAS RHETT on autographs and fans’ strange gifts…

Jon of ELI YOUNG BAND on what the band binge-watches…

A THOUSAND HORSES talks about the song Drunk Dial…

REBA McENTIRE says some people can take her competitiveness the wrong way…

Visit the Country Audio Archive for over 2,000 artist clips.

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

A spokeswoman for MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Eddie Montgomery says the singer has lost his 19-year-old son. The spokeswoman said in a statement that Montgomery’s son, Hunter, died Sunday after an accident that had him on life support in a Kentucky hospital. Details of what happened are being withheld “until the family is ready to release further information.” Eddie said in the statement that he appreciated the prayers from fans and for “giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.” Last August Hunter was engaged to his girlfriend after proposing to her during one of his dad’s concerts.

KACEY MUSGRAVES will help turn the Grand Ole Opry pink for breast cancer awareness when the Opry Goes Pink on October 27. Kacey, TERRI CLARK and MONTGOMERY GENTRY will be among the performers on the show that night.

KENNY ROGERS says his world tour beginning sometime in 2016 will be his final tour. Kenny says at age 77, he wants to spend more time with his wife and kids and cross a few things off his bucket list.

REBA MCENTIRE will host ABC’s The Chew today (Monday).

JOSH TURNER is wrapping up work on his sixth studio album.

MIRANDA LAMBERT kicked off her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour Friday night (September 25) in Missoula, Montana. She showed her reverence for the history of country music earlier that day tweeting part of the lyrics of the MARIE OSMOND-DAN SEALS duet, Meet Me In Montana.

If SUNNY SWEENEY (From A Table Away) could write a song with anyone, living or dead, it would be DWIGHT YOAKAM.

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

This is day 272 of 2015. There are 93 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jerry Lee Lewis is 80

• Ian McShane is 73

• Bryant Gumbel is 67

• Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley on The Addams Family) is 60

• Andrew Dice Clay is 58

• Jill Whelan (sick girl Lisa Davis in Airplane!, Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat) is 49

• Emily Lloyd is 45

• American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1650: Henry Robinson opened his Office of Addresses and Encounters — the first historically documented dating service — in London.

• 1907: The cornerstone was laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.

• 1916: John D. Rockefeller became the first billionaire.

• 1966: The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, was introduced.

• 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who had pulled her over.

• 2005: A British man sunk his $200,000 yacht in southwest England rather than let his estranged wife sell it for a rock-bottom price after the couple decided to break up. Briton Mark Bridgewood was so angry that his wife had put his luxury boat up for a low price that he rowed out to the vessel under the cover of darkness and sank it.

• 2007: A German employee who stole over a million screws from the carpentry company he worked for to sell them on the Internet was arrested after his cut-price online sales raised suspicions. Officers said each night he left for home, the 33-year-old man took with him between 2,000 and 7,000 screws. His illicit selling of the small fasteners over a two year period netted him an estimated $150,000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Coffee Day

• VFW Day

• World Heart Day, part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention.

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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