COUNTRY October 1, 2015


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This is day 274 of 2015. There are 91 days remaining.


• President Jimmy Carter is 91

• Julie Andrews is 80

• Stephen Collins (Seventh Heaven) is 68

• Randy Quaid (National Lampoon’s Vacation movies) is 65

• Esai Morales (NYPD Blue) is 53

• Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 50

• Zach Galifianakis is 46

• Brie Larson (United States of Tara) is 26


• 1896: The U.S. Post Office established Rural Free Delivery.

• 1903: The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Americans 7-3 in the first World Series game. (The Americans, forerunners of the Boston Red Sox, won the best-of-nine series 5-3.)

• 1908: Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.

• 1961: Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60 set in 1927.

• 1962: Johnny Carson debuted as regular host of NBC’s “Tonight” show.

• 1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.

• 1982: The first compact disc player went on sale for $625.

• 1993: Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted from her Petaluma, California, home during a slumber party and murdered. Her case inspired California’s three-strikes law.

• 1993: ESPN2 went live.

• 2001: The Supreme Court suspended former President Bill Clinton from practicing before the high court.

• 2005: A birthday card was introduced by Hallmark bearing the title “CSI: Topeka” and featured a cartoon of two people standing over a corpse, with one saying, “Looks like he was bored to death.” Inside the card is the message, “Hope your birthday is anything but dull.” Though a company spokeswoman said Hallmark didn’t intend to offend anyone, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas, told a local newspaper he found the card “offensive”.

• 2008: In Malaysia, two armed robbers hijacked a security van with $1.3 million inside but were forced to abandon more than half the cash because their small getaway car could not carry it all.

• 2009: Talk show host David Letterman announced that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by someone threatening to reveal that he had had sex with several of his female employees. He confirmed the relationships on his TV show.


• October is Adopt A Shelter Animal Month, Billiard Awareness Month, Class Reunion Month, Eat Better, Eat Together Month, Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month, Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, Go Nuts Over Texas Peanuts Month, Halloween Safety Month, National Book Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Pajama Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Roller Skating Month, Eat Country Ham Month, National Seafood Month, Frozen Food Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month, Zombie Preparedness Month

• CD Player Day

• International Day of Older Persons

• International Music Day

• National Book It! Day

• World Vegetarian Day

• National Walk Your Dog Day

• Kale Day


• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.



2,175+: How many CNN reports have focused on Donald Trump since he announced his intention to run for president.



The National Toy Hall of Fame has released its list of this year’s finalists. It includes Battleship, Whiffle Ball, the coloring book, the puppet, the scooter, and the top. [Sadly, Pete Rose is still ineligible.]

The owner of a pair of parrots in New Jersey (Avalon) was in court on a noise citation after a complaint was lodged about the birds which stay on the owner’s porch and chat with people walking past on their way to the beach. [The trouble started when a vacationing lawyer walked past, and the birds began humming the theme to Jaws.]

Researchers have found that the reason some long-time smokers don’t develop severe lung problems is because they have a special set of genes. [Smokers with those genes can smoke several packs a day for many years and still have enough wind to walk all the way to the dentist’s office for dentures to replace their rotting yellow teeth.]

After an argument a man in Louisville drove off with his ex-boyfriend still clinging to the roof of the car. He finally shook him with a sharp turn. [The man who fell off is doing fine, and dating a really cute EMT.]

On The Simpsons Smithers is going to come out as gay this year. [Didn’t we already suspect that about Smithers? That’s like Homer coming out as fat.]

On The Simpsons Smithers is going to come out as gay this year. [The Simpsons keeps coming up with stunts to keep the show relevant. Next Maggie will crawl away to join ISIS.]

A baseball fan’s lawsuit has been thrown out. He sued ESPN for $10 million for defamation after he was shown on camera asleep during a game. [The judge threw the case out after the plaintiff fell asleep in court.]

A recall is in effect for 1.5 million bicycles due to a defect that could cause the bikes to come to a surprising and sudden stop. [Which explains Mormons now wearing helmets AND shoulder pads.]

Brian Austin Green wants spousal support from Megan Fox. [Well, hey, so do I.]

Pope Francis, the meek man of tolerance, blasted the Mayor of Rome as someone only pretending to be Catholic. [The two have a history of not getting along ever since the Popemobile was issued a series of parking tickets.]



FACEBOOK: ADD A 7-SECOND LOOPING VIDEO AS A PROFILE PIC _ Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles which are viewed 4 billion times per day:

1. The option to pin Featured Photos to the top of the profile
2. Temporary profile pics
3. Easier visibility controls for About info including a new 100 character Bio field
4. A mobile-focused design with centered profile photos plus big sections for photos and friends
5. The ability to use a 7-second looping video as your profile pic

… The features begin rolling out and testing today for some users.

TOY HALL OF FAME RELEASES LIST OF TOYS UP FOR INDUCTION _ The National Toy Hall of Fame has released a list of 12 iconic toys up for induction. Up for induction are American Girl dolls, Battleship, the coloring book, Jenga, the Playmobil series, puppets, scooter, the Super Soaker, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, the spinning top, Twister, and Wiffle Ball.

… The hall will announce which two toys will be a part of the Class of 2015 on November 5. There are four criteria that need to be met to be inducted into the toy hall: longevity, icon-status, discovery, and innovation.

PARIS TO FINE SMOKERS FOR LEAVING BUTTS ON STREET _ Paris will fine smokers who throw their cigarette butts onto the street, the latest effort to clean up the French capital. Each year 4,900 City of Paris employees collect 350 ton of cigarette butts on the city’s sidewalks and roads. $75 fines begin today (Thursday).

SCANS SHOW POMPEII VICTIMS ‘IN GOOD HEALTH’ _ A recently launched project that is performing CAT scans on the remains of Pompeii victims contained within plaster casts has revealed that good health was widespread among people of the ancient city. One of the researchers in Pompeii, orthodontist Elisa Vanacore, said, “For sure, they ate better than we did. They have really good teeth — they ate a diet that contained few sugars, and was high in fruit and vegetables.”

WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF COFFEE CUP LIDS _ Architects Louise Harpman and Scott Specht own the world’s largest collection of disposable plastic coffee cup lids. They began their collection during college in 1984 when coffee cup lids began to appear with more frequency. Up until that time, coffee drinkers who wanted a drink-through lid had to go do-it-yourself

Harpman is professor at New York University Gallatin. She says their collection of more than 500 cup lids reflect a kind of collective cultural movement in the United States over the modern era toward “on-the-go” consumerism. But her true obsession is design, and coffee cup lids, she says, are a perfect examples of “visual literacy.”

… Harpman’s favorites include a filter-type lid that fits into the cup, rather than onto the lip, that was designed to prevent sloshing, and “Darth Vadar”-style lids, which she says can look like mini skateparks.

Editor: Pretty interesting video.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your strange collection?

FLORIDA COUPLE WANTS YOU TO CRASH THEIR WEDDING _ Looking for Columbus Day weekend plans? A Florida couple has announced that anyone can come to their wedding. Lee County sheriff’s deputy Paul Johnson and Shelly Osterhout will be married in a private ceremony on October 10 and the two are planning for up to 1,600 guests at their wedding reception in Fort Myers. Why the open invitation? Osterhout said said, “The more the merrier.”

‘ANIMALS DON’T HAVE RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY DON’T PAY TAXES’ _ Ever hear of Princess Michael of Kent? Me neither. But she’s a bit more famous now that she’s claimed that animals don’t have rights because they don’t pay taxes. The outspoken royal told an audience at a literary festival that despite being an animal lover she did not believe they had rights as “you only have rights if you pay your taxes”. She said, “They don’t have bank accounts. They don’t vote. We have obligations. We have obligations to animals, but to say they have rights? They don’t have rights. You only have rights if you pay your taxes. You earn your rights.”

… Statements like these, made by attractive rich people who wear crowns, are just fuel for The Twitter, and so The Twitter delivered on Tuesday.

SCIENTIST INJECTED HIMSELF WITH REALLY OLD BACTERIA _ Russian scientists say they are making progress in the search for a youth potion by investigating a bacteria named Bacillus F which has remained alive in the permafrost for millions of years. Experiments are underway on mice and human blood cells but the man who made the discovery says he injected himself with the ancient bacteria (found in the Sakha Republic, Siberia). Anatoli Brouchkov at Moscow State University said he has become a guinea pig for the bacteria. Anatoli says after he injected himself he started to work harder with more energy, and he’s not had a flu shot in two years.

TWO DIE IN CAR CRASH AFTER AIR BAG REPLACED WITH COCAINE _ Police in northern Mexico say two people died car crash because the air bags had been replaced with bricks of cocaine. The passenger-side air bag compartment was apparently being used to smuggle 55 pounds of cocaine. The driver’s air bag apparently did deploy. In total police recovered 23 packages of cocaine from the car after it crashed.

BAR OFFERS FREE BEER UNTIL CENTRAL FLORIDA WINS A GAME _ Orlando’s hottest bar is the Basement. Because… free beer. Just two seasons after a Fiesta Bowl victory and one season after a 9-4 record, Central Florida is 0-4. The Knights rank dead last nationally in total offense. They’ve also given up seven touchdown passes without an interception. And so the Basement is offering free beer to Central Florida’s fans, or anyone else who dares watch them play at the Basement. But Central Florida’s so bad the bar’s marketing director says that only 50 people showed up to watch last weekend’s loss at a bar that holds 150.

NEW OUTREACH SET FOR PANHANDLERS IN ALBUQUERQUE _ Panhandlers across Albuquerque may soon find a van pulling up next to them, and instead of being offered a quick buck they will be offered employment for the day. As part of a pilot program panhandlers who are willing may be able to earn $9 an hour for working on such things as city beautification projects and weed and litter control. The van will pick up the panhandlers early in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the end of the work day, the van will take them to a partner hospital where they will be paid in cash, and where staff will help connect them with services for food, temporary shelter, substance abuse, mental health issues and housing. The goal is to transfer them into full-time employment.

MEALWORMS CONVERT STYROFOAM WASTE INTO USABLE SOIL _ Researchers have found a way to handle the 33 million tons of plastic dumped each year in the US: mealworms. A team from Stanford and China’s Beihang University found that the beetle larvae stay perfectly healthy eating just Styrofoam, which is normally considered non-biodegradable. Better still, the worms convert the plastic to CO2 and waste that’s safe to use as soil for crops.

NEW JERSEY WOMAN TOLD TO QUIET DOWN HER PARROTS _ Elaine Scattergood was ticketed in May after someone complained that her parrots, Edmund and Arthur, were too loud. Scattergood would place the parrots on the porch of her New Jersey (Avalon) home because, she thought, people liked them. She says people would say hello to the birds and the parrots would reply with a greeting. But someone complained. A judge this week told Scattergood the noise complaint will be dismissed if there are no violations reported in the next 90 days.

CAFFEINATED PEANUT BUTTER FOR BREAKFAST, PLEASE _ A Massachusetts company (Steem) has mixing powdered green coffee beans with peanut butter. Only enough time to make either a slice of toast OR a pot off coffee? Now you can have a caffeine kick with the company’s new caffeinated peanut butter.

THERE ARE ABOUT 1,000 PROFESSIONAL MERMAIDS IN THE U.S. _ According to Fast Company, about 1,000 people are mermaids in the U.S. That’s the number of people employed as full-time professional mermaids. One of those merpeople: Rachel Smith, head mermaid at Dive Bar, a lounge in downtown Sacramento, California, where she and other women perform in a 7,500-gallon aquarium. Smith explained to Fast Company: “It’s really hard. Our legs are tied together, the fish are running into us, and it’s dark. Our tails can weigh up to 35 pounds, but the saltwater makes us float, so we have another five to 10 pounds strapped between our legs; the movement is all from your core, so your abs are really working as you go through the tank.”



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEAR REPELLENT SPRAY CAN PUNCTURED IN CAR _ A California driver shared video of what happened when his girlfriend accidentally punctured a can of bear spray while they were in the car. The video (uploaded to YouTube by user LastMangoOnEarth) features dashboard camera footage with the audio of a man driving while his girlfriend accidentally punctures the can by moving her seat back. The bear spray became wedged between the seat rail and the floor. The man says they got out of the car on the side of the road and “spent a while dry heaving and pouring water in our eyes, and then started throwing anything that the bear spray touched into a plastic garbage bag that we could seal up.” After letting the car air out for about 20 minutes they continued on their way.

… The man described the bear spray has having a “spicy odor combined with the most sickly chemical sweet smell you can imagine. And wherever it touches your skin it will burn. Dish soap to get the oils off and rag soaked in milk to stop the burning will be your best friend.” • VIDEO (NSFW language)

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STEALS FORKLIFT IN FAILED ATM HEIST _ ATMs tend to weigh quite a bit, that may be why would-be thieves often rely on the help of big machinery when attempting to make off with one of the money dispensing devices — or its contents. Once such case occurred early Wednesday morning in North Dakota where someone commandeered a forklift and tried to drive off with an ATM. While no money was stolen, the ATM sustained about $2,000 in damage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAXI PAD BANDIT SUSPECT ARRESTED _ Police in California have arrested the “Maxi Pad Bandit” accused of burglarizing an auto parts store with a feminine hygiene pad on his face. The man’s face was partially obscured by the pad when he broke into the store after it closed Monday, but surveillance footage was clear enough for officers to identify him as 51-year-old Gary Victor.

… Are you ready for this? Police said they believe he may have been under the influence of intoxicating substances at the time of the break-in. Yup!

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE: DON’T CALL US FOR FACEBOOK OUTAGES _ Police departments around the world are reminding citizens that they should not call 911 when there’s a Facebook outage. Departments in Houston, Texas, Kingston, England and Queensland, Australia cops had to post messages on Facebook that, when outages occur, there is nothing local police can do. Facebook has experienced a couple of sizable outages over the last week or so.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN USES RACCOON TO START CAR _ A San Diego man who needed to blow into a breathalyzer to start his car was too drunk to do so. So he used a breathalyzer double — someone, or something that had a sober person’s breath. Since the drunk man had no human friends around he used a raccoon he found going through the garbage. Apparently the drunk man’s plan worked, but then the story gets foggy. For some reason the racoon became unconscious. The man left the raccoon in the car and drove off. A short time later the raccoon woke up and started to attack the driver.



NFL THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (8p ET, CBS) — James Brown hosts, with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher.



SEASON PREMIERE: BONES (8p ET, FOX) — Season 11 begins 6 months after the events of the season finale. Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy, 24) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Revenge) guest star.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

NFL FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, CBS) — The Baltimore Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — Picking up right where season 2 ended, Red and Liz are on the run as Season 3 begins.

SEASON PREMIERE: SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines), Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga), and Lance Gross (Crisis) are joining the cast for season 3.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — The designers must create ready-to-wear looks to be reproduced and sold online. Singer Ciara is the guest judge.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — Famke Janssen guest stars in this new episode.

THE PLAYER (10p ET, NBC) — New



THERE IS NO GAME OF THRONES MOVIE COMING _ Bad news, Game of Thrones fans: Rumors of a movie started flying after the UK’s Daily Star claimed that series creator George R.R. Martin, speaking at HBO’s Emmys afterparty, revealed that his world would be coming to the big screen. “There will be a movie but I will not be involved,” he supposedly said, while a “production insider” added that the film would likely go “back in time.” But this week on his blog, Martin responded to a commenter asking about the quotes: “Completely false. No one is working on any movie just now. And if there was a movie, it would not be about Robert’s Rebellion.”

JUNGLE BOOK TRAILER IS UP _ The official first trailer for The Jungle Book, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and others, is online. • VIDEO

MATT DAMON’S ASTRONAUT COULDN’T SURVIVE MARS _ Matt Damon’s stranded astronaut in The Martian would still have been a goner despite the just-discovered presence of water on the red planet. A NASA spokesperson said, “You wouldn’t want to use as it as drinking water. The water is full of perchlorates that are actually toxic to humans.” Perchlorate is a salt that helps keep the water in a liquid state in the planet’s very low temperatures.

… On Monday, just days before the release of The Martian, NASA reported the discovery of flowing water on the planet.

LENA DUNHAM APOLOGIZES _ Lena Dunham is apologizing to fans after comparing certain websites to domestic violence. In a lengthy Instagram post, the Girls star shared a photo that read “sorry” with an explanation of her word choices. “When I heard my own quote I was like ‘Jesus, Lena, no.’ I wasn’t making a joke about domestic violence — I was over-emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities). … I’ve met a lot of my best friends there. It’s allowed for so much magic. But it also makes room for so much hate and a new kind of violence. I’m not the first to say it. I shan’t be the last.”

… For those who missed the comments, Dunham recently sat down for a special hour-long interview (with Re/code) as she tried to promote her new newsletter, Lenny. As she tried to explain why she doesn’t run her own Twitter account after being body-shamed on certain websites, the actress made a remark that upset some readers: “I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, ‘I can’t wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me. And it’s like, it’s literally, if I read it, it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face — it just doesn’t make any sense.”

CAITLYN JENNER WILL NOT BE CHARGED IN FATAL CAR ACCIDENT _ Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged with vehicular manslaughter or any other crime in fatal car accident that left a woman named Kim Howe dead in February. According to TMZ, the L.A. County D.A. has rejected the case, saying there is not enough evidence to charge Caitlyn as the office “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that her “conduct was unreasonable.”

… According to the D.A., “While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy, suspect rear ended victim’s vehicle causing the victim’s car to veer into the opposing traffic where victim’s car was hit by a second vehicle, resulting in her death. Suspect was traveling at a speed slightly below posted speed limit and minimally slower than victim. At 4.2 seconds before impact, victim engaged her breaks and started to slow…”

NBC SCRAPS 1970s MINISERIES FROM ADAM LEVINE _ NBC won’t be going back to the 1970s after all. The network has scrapped plans for The 1970s, a miniseries produced by Adam Levine. The 1970s was to explore the decade through the eyes of the music executives and artists who helped create some of the most influential music of the era. Hayden Christensen and Kelsey Grammer were talked about as leads.

KIM KARDASHIAN’S DUE DATE IS CHRISTMAS DAY _ Kim Kardashian is due to deliver her second baby on Christmas Day.

SERIAL IS COMING TO TV _ Last year’s buzzy podcast is coming to TV. The scripted show will follow the events surrounding the successful podcast, meaning that it will focus on the reporters trying to make a successful podcast and NOT on the case of Adnan Syed.

CATHRIONA WHITE’S SUICIDE NOTE CONTAINED JIM CARREY’S NAME _ When Cathriona White, Jim Carrey’s on-off-girlfriend, was pronounced dead at her L.A. residence on Monday night, it was characterized as a possible suicide due to evidence found on the scene. The coroner’s report noted that not only were there pills located near her, but there was also a suicide note — and the note contained Carrey’s name. Further details of the note, including who it was addressed to, remain unknown. White’s official cause of death cannot be determined until an autopsy is performed.

GEORGE CLOONEY’S EX ELISABETTA CANALIS WELCOMES BABY GIRL _ A baby girl has arrived in the lives of Elisabetta Canalis and her orthopedic surgeon husband Brian Perri. The pair, who wed in September last year, welcomed a newborn baby girl named Skyler Eva Perri on Tuesday.

PARAMOUNT REMAKING THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE _ Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of the classic John Wayne-James Stewart Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

QUIZUP IS BECOMING AN NBC TV GAMESHOW _ NBC has revealed that a new 10 episode trivia show based on the popular app QuizUp is in the works. The show will put in-studio contestants in direct competition with viewers at home using their mobile devices. The in-studio players can win up to $1 million if they are successful in the eight rounds. At-home players will receive the money allocated to the round they win only. To be one of the at-home players, you will need to qualify through the app. And even if you don’t make the grade, you can still play along with the TV show in real time on the app.

BLAKE LIVELY’S E-COMMERCE WEBSITE IS SHUTTING DOWN _ Last summer, celebrity Blake Lively launched n e-commerce site called Preserve.Us. Preserve was part-lifestyle blog and post-e-commerce store. You could buy things on the site like $10 salt and a $95 wooden bike crate. Now it appears the website is shutting down. Lively told Vogue magazine that Preserve is closing down on October 9 because the website has not “caught up to its original mission. It’s not making a difference in people’s lives, whether superficially or in a meaningful way.”

NEW TIVO DVR WILL SKIP THROUGH ENTIRE COMMERCIAL BREAK _ You hate TV commercials. Who doesn’t? So the commercial skip or fast forward buttons on DVRs are awesome. Except you usually have to press them multiple times. Now TiVo has a new DVR called Bolt that, with one press of a button, will skip an entire commercial break when users watch recordings. TiVo will tag the start and end of commercial breaks so that viewers can skip that section when watching on their recordings. The feature will work with about 20 over-the-air and cable channels, including the major broadcast networks, mostly during prime-time hours.

… Dish has had a similar feature on its Hopper DVR, which has prompting lawsuits from several TV channels. But Dish has been settling some of those lawsuits. In an agreement with CBS, for instance, Dish’s commercial-skipping feature is blocked for the first seven days after a program is broadcast on a CBS-owned station.

… TiVo claims it won’t have legal issues because it won’t auto-enable the commercial-break-skip feature. Users will still have to press ‘skip’ manually.

… The TiVo Bolt also has a “quick mode” that plays back recordings 30 percent faster. The pitch on the audio is adjusted using software so that it won’t sound odd. With this and the commercial skipping, it will be possible to watch an hour-long show in roughly a half-hour.




FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: A hotel room in Manhattan is $75,000 a night. What amenities would you demand to justify the price?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: A food you’ve never eaten that your ashamed to admit because everyone thinks you’re crazy!


When you search for anything on Google, the top results are often paid results. So a search for the keyword “bike repair shops” will include a few ads for local bike repair places. The more advertisers pay, the more often they show up in search results.

Can you guess which category dominates keyword search terms on Google? Attorneys. And the single most expensive paid search term so far in 2015 is: “San Antonio car wreck attorney,” which costs advertisers $670.44 every time a person searching on Google clicks on that term.

Here are the most expensive google keywords/keyphrases in the u.s.

1. San Antonio car wreck attorney – $670.44

2. Accident attorney Riverside VA – $626.90

3. Personal injury attorney Colorado – $553.08

4. Top personal injury attorneys – $551.32

5. Motorcycle accident attorney Los Angeles – $551.11

6. Structure settlements – $539.82

7. Car accident attorney Orange County – $507.54

8. Austin drug rehab – $463.05

9. Orange County accident attorney – $450.91

10. West Palm Beach criminal lawyer – $435.81



FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What did you believe as a kid that later turned out to be untrue or a lie?

• When I was little my Dad told me that toys grew under the weeds in the yard and if I pulled them eventually a toy would pop out. And I believed it for a long time.

• My dad, a 2-3 pot a day coffee drinker, had me convinced at age 7 that you had to be 16 to buy and drink coffee. My first time at Starbucks when l was 16 I was so nervous because I thought they would card me.

• My kids are convinced that they have a long lost brother somewhere that I dropped off because he was too loud in the car. I am sure they will figure it out but for the time being our road trips are very quiet and peaceful.

• I convinced my little sister that if she pressed the ‘Diet” button on the top of her plastic McDonald‘s cup lid it would actually change her soda to diet. She cried every time I did it.

• When my sister and l were little we thought eucalyptus trees were actually called ”you could lick this tree” so when we’d see them we’d lick them.

• I’ve always been pretty fascinated with space. When I was a little girl my dad would take his ladder and put it on our lawn every night. and bring me outside to tell me he put the moon up for me. I believed him for years. He passed away a few years ago. and every night when I see the moon I think of him.



TRIVIA: The U.S. uses 70 billion pounds of this each year (Asphalt)


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An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Walmart. “Walmart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Walmart?” She told him, “Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.”



Cat shuts up barking dog.



I see. It’s going to be one of those days.




• September’s Best News Bloopers.

• 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.



• 1969: LORETTA LYNN recorded her song Coal Minors Daughter.

• 1979: DOLLY PARTON appeared on the cover of Life Magazine.

• 1980: President Jimmy Carter declared October Country Music Month.

• 1991: CLINT BLACK’s album Put Yourself in My Shoes was certified double platinum. Hits included Loving Blind, One More Payment and the title track.

• 1997: TRISHA YEARWOOD’s Songbook: A Collection of Hits was certified gold and platinum.

• 1997: CBS cable acquired CMT, TNN and

• 2005: FAITH HILL participated in Mississippi Rising, a concert in Oxford to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief.

• 2007: KEITH URBAN was involved in a motorcycle accident while being followed by paparazzi in Sydney, Australia, on his way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He was unhurt.

• 2011: LADY ANTEBELLUM sang We Owned The Night and Just A Kiss on Saturday Night Live.



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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…

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Despite reports linking 19-year-old Hunter Montgomery’s death to a drug overdose, there has been no official finding at this point, says the coroner’s office. Toxicology reports are expected within three weeks. Eddie Montgomery also reached out on Facebook Wednesday, to thank fans for their outpouring of support following the death of his son: “I would like to sincerely thank the thousands of people that have overwhelmed us with an outpouring of support and love following the death of my son, Hunter. My family sincerely thanks everyone for our continued privacy as we grieve.”

LORRIE MORGAN’s Nashville-area home is for sale for $1.2 million. The four-bedroom, 7,372-square-foot structure is located east of Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee, and situated on a tributary of the Cumberland River. With its outdoor stone oven, swimming pool and boat dock, it’s perfect for entertaining a lot of guests.

GARTH BROOKS is bringing his world tour to San Jose, California, November 13-14.

LUKE BRYAN’s album Kill The Lights returns to the top of the Country Albums chart this week. ALABAMA’s Southern Drawl, their first album of new material in 14 years, enters the chart at No. 2.

It’s been ten years since DIERKS BENTLEY joined the Grand Ole Opry and while he may be the same person, he’s not the same artist. Dierks says he’s evolved musically and tried to grow as both a singer and songwriter, relating his personal experiences to his music.

LEANN RIMES’ holiday album, Today Is Christmas, will hit stores October 16 and she’s revealed a few more details. There are 12 tracks including collaborations with Aloe Blacc and Gavin DeGraw. While many of the songs aren’t holiday traditional, there are a couple of medleys that incorporate holiday classics.

PARMALEE bassist Barry Knox and girlfriend Kristin Joyner are engaged. The couple have set an October, 2016 wedding date. Kristin is a videographer and has worked with MONTGOMERY GENTRY, RANDY TRAVIS and DOLLY PARTON.

RHONDA VINCENT will release a new holiday album, Christmas Time, October 30. The set will contain four originals co-written by Rhonda as well as several holiday standards like Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard On High. In addition, an all-star version of The Twelve Days of Christmas is included with guest appearances by PAM TILLIS, DOLLY PARTON, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, RONNIE MILSAP, CHARLIE DANIELS and more.

On October 30 T.G. SHEPPARD will release Legendary Friends And Country Duets, a 14-track album of duets with GEORGE JONES, CONWAY TWITTY, MICKEY GILLEY, LORRIE MORGAN, MERLE HAGGARD and others.



This is day 275 of 2015. There are 90 days remaining.


• Critic Rex Reed is 77

• Singer Don McLean is 70

• Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is 67

• Fashion designer Donna Karan is 67

• Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics is 65

• Sting is 64

• Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) is 61

• Kelly Ripa is 45

• Tiffany is 44

• Motorcycle designer and TV personality Paul Teutul Jr. (American Chopper) is 41


• 1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

• 1950: The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

• 1985: Actor Rock Hudson died at age 59 after a battle with AIDS.

• 1996: Mark Fuhrman was given three years’ probation and fined $200 after pleading no contest to perjury for denying at O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial that he had used a racial slur.

• 2002: A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Maryland, the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area, that left 10 dead.

• 2006: An man took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, killing five and wounding five others before committing suicide.

• 2007: In Martinsburg, West Virginia, a man accused of drunken driving tried to outrun the police — but his vehicle wasn’t up to the task. Michael Ginevan was driving along about a mile from his home when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over. Ginevan allegedly sped away. But instead of speeding up to follow, the deputy hopped out of his cruiser and gave chase on foot. He was able to catch up to Ginevan because his vehicle was a riding lawnmower.

• 2008: It was reported that thousands of Buddhists were paying to ‘die’ and re-emerge as a new person in a bid to escape their economic woes. They believed that by paying $5 to ‘die’ in a pink coffin at the monastery in Thailand — that meant sleep for five minutes — they were reborn without any bad karma. As people ‘died’ in the coffins a group of monks chanted spells over them to help them wake up happy and free of worries about the slowing Thai economy or government troubles.


• International Day of Non-violence

• National Custodial Workers Day

• National Denim Day

• National Diversity Day

• World Smile Day

• Name Your Car Day


• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.




• Chubby Checker is 74. Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 71. Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 66. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 64. Jack Wagner is 56. Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 53. Gwen Stefani is 46. Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys is 44. Neve Campbell is 42. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is 42. Seann William Scott (American Pie) is 39. Ashlee Simpson is 31.

• Techies Day; Virus Appreciation Day; National Golf Day; Soft Taco Day.


• Susan Sarandon is 69. Christoph Waltz (upcoming Bond movie Spectre) is 59. Producer Russell Simmons is 58. Hobie Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 55. David W. Harper (Jim Bob on The Waltons) is 54. Liev Schreiber is 48. Heidi Newfield (formerly of Trick Pony) is 45. Alicia Silverstone is 39. Rachel Leigh Cook is 36. Melissa Benoist (Supergirl, Glee) is 27. Dakota Johnson is 26.

• Blessing of the Pets Day; World Pet Day; Improve Your Office Day; National Taco Day; Ten-Four Day; Vodka Day; Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day.