COUNTRY October 6, 2015

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 6, 2015

This is day 279 of 2015. There are 86 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon is 64

• Elisabeth Shue is 52

• Jeremy Sisto is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1927: The era of talking pictures began with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” a movie starring Al Jolson that featured both silent and talking scenes.

• 1945: Chicago tavern owner Billy “Goat” Sianis bought a seat for his pet goat at Game Four of the World Series — they were kicked out of the stadium. Sianis put “the Goat Curse” on the Cubs.

• 1991: Elizabeth Taylor married her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky. It was her eighth marriage.

• 1993: Burglar Craig Dodsworth couldn’t open the cash register at a drugstore in Barnsley, England, so he took the register home with him. Investigating police quickly realized the register tape had unraveled, and followed the paper to Dodsworth’s apartment about 75 yards away.

• 1996: The London tabloid The People reported “reliable” information that Elvis had faked his death in 1977 and run off with a secret lover named Maria. The tabloid said Elvis had paid a dying man to have plastic surgery to become his double, to die at Graceland, and be buried in Elvis’s place.

• 2006: Joel Blanton of Tennessee was arrested after his getaway didn’t go as planned. Officials said he tried to escape through a trap door in his house trailer. Perhaps Joel should’ve done a test run before using the door in a real escape. He was too big for the trap door and got stuck underneath the house.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Libraries Day

• Physician Assistant Day

• Noodle Day

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 6: McDonald’s begins offering breakfast all day (nationwide)

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

6.3 billion: Dollars spent annually on men’s grooming products (U.S.).

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NEWS ATTACK!

San Francisco reports that its testing of a pee-resistant paint for public buildings has had overwhelming success. The paint repels water, forcefully bouncing it back. [They’ve just got to figure out what to do should those buildings ever catch fire.]

Disney theme parks in the U.S. will now have a fluctuating price structure. Prices will go up or down depending upon the demand. It’s similar to the practice of airlines. [And loan sharks.]

A 9th grade history textbook in Texas is being recalled because it glosses over the injustice of the slave trade by referring to the slaves as workers. [It also referred to the executions at the Salem Witch Trials as neighborhood bonfires.]

The Wall Street Journal reports that the average fee these days for using an ATM other than your bank’s ATM is $4.52. [Not including the tip.]

The last gun shop in San Francisco is closing its doors for good next month. [So, you’re gonna have to switch to Plan B for mom’s Christmas present.]

American Apparel has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Things haven’t been going too well for the retailer. For the past two years it’s been sleeping on the basement couch of The Gap.]

They’ve started announcing this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize. [There’s no reason whatsoever that executives at Volkswagen should sit by their phone.]

One of the hottest food trucks at the University of Connecticut sells edible crickets. [But professors don’t like the distraction of the students chewing in class. Or rubbing their legs together.]

A Florida woman was arrested for repeatedly calling 911 to report that her roommate was being irritating. [I think that we all have a good idea as to which roommate is the irritating one.]

The CEO of Alaska Airlines arrived at an airline conference without his luggage because his own airline had lost it. [Isn’t that a bit like the director of a hospital having an operation, and then finding out that his own medical staff left a clamp inside?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

AMERICAN AIRLINES PILOT DIES ON FLIGHT _ Monday morning a Boston-bound American Airlines flight had several people scared and confused as the plane that originated in Phoenix landed in Syracuse. As the plane diverted to Syracuse, someone announced, “”We have to make an emergency landing … the pilot is not feeling well.” Turns out the pilot was dead. Passengers say they knew it was serious when the plane was met by emergency crews on the tarmac, and a tarp was put up between the ambulance and the cockpit door. The copilot remained calm and landed the plane safely.

GENERAL MILLS RECALLS 1.8 MILLION BOXES OF CHEERIOS _ General Mills is recalling nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios as they may contain wheat, which can cause adverse reactions in people with gluten allergies. The company is recalling original and honey nut flavored varieties of Cheerios. For more info on the recall visit blog.generalmills.com

FEDERAL INMATES HAVE FOUND GOOD WAY TO ESCAPE _ More than 240 inmates have slipped away from federal custody in the past three years while traveling to halfway houses, including several who committed bank robberies and a carjacking while on the lam. The federal Bureau of Prisons each year permits thousands of inmates it considers low risk to serve the final months of their sentences at halfway houses where counseling, job placement, and other services are offered. These inmates travel unescorted, often by bus, as part of the process of transitioning back into the community.

RUNNERS WILL FINISH CHICAGO MARATHON, RUN TO NEW YORK CITY _ For almost everyone, finishing this weekend’s Chicago Marathon represents the completion of an epic challenge. For Patrick Sweeney and Alex Ramsey, it’s just a warm-up. The two ultrarunners will begin an 846-mile Chicago-to-New York run at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. When they cross the finish line they’re going to keep running — for another 23 miles or so to Beverly Shores, Indiana. Over the next 21 days the pair will travel nearly 850 miles, reaching the Big Apple in time for November 1’s New York City Marathon. They’ll have a car to accompany them on their trip, packed with supplies, including food and water, and tents. Ramsey said they’ll also be staying in hotels occasionally.

FACEBOOK BRINGS SATELLITE INTERNET TO AFRICA _ Facebook is working with a satellite operator to expand Internet access in sub-Saharan Africa.

SHE WATCHED RED CARPET WITHOUT PHONE _ There are two options when attending a live event: either watch events unfold through the camera function on your phone or put down your phone and just enjoy the show. One woman chose the latter option in a viral photo from the Black Mass red carpet premiere in September. In the photo from the Boston Globe, most of the crowd watches the red carpet through their smartphone camera lenses while an older onlooker takes in the event tech-free. Ironically the woman’s lack of technology is exactly what’s made the photo such a viral success. • PHOTO

HOMELESS WOMAN DIES INSIDE MCDONALD’s, NO ONE NOTICES
_ A homeless woman died inside a 24-hour McDonald’s in Hong Kong without anyone noticing. The woman was estimated to be between 50- and 60-years-old. She had entered the restaurant on Sunday morning, slumped on her table, passed away, and remained there for the next 24 hours before people figured out something was wrong with her. Officials are now trying to find out who she is.

WOMAN IS HELPING PEOPLE REPLACE EXES WITH CELEBS IN PHOTOS _ Kaitlin Kelly is a 25-year-old TV writer and freelance photographer from Los Angeles. Like many of us, she has an ex that she wishes she could forget about. One day when Kelly was hanging out with a friend, she was reminiscing on her past and realized she had so many pictures that she loved, but had filed away because her ex was in all of them. Her friend jokingly suggested she replace them with celebs. So that’s exactly what she did. But she didn’t stop there. When an acquaintance reached out to her after seeing her pictures and wanted some of her own, she was happy to oblige. • LINK

PEDIATRICIANS: SCREEN TIME ISN’T SO BAD FOR KIDS _ Screen time isn’t necessarily bad for kids — it really depends what they’re doing on that screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently agreed, dropping strict time-based limits in favor of more open-ended guidelines. The AAP’s old policy was to limit kids’ total screen time — TV, tablets, gaming — to two hours per day; under two years old, the recommendation was zero. New guidelines are still being written, but the AAP has released the “key messages” that they will include. Some of the more notable ones:

• Parenting has not changed. The same parenting rules apply to your children’s real and virtual environments. Play with them. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Teach kindness. Be involved. Know their friends and where they are going with them.

• Content matters. The quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media. Prioritize how your child spends his time rather than just setting a timer.

• It’s OK for your teen to be online. Online relationships are integral to adolescent development. Social media can support identity formation. Teach your teen appropriate behaviors that apply in both the real and online worlds. Ask teens to demonstrate what they are doing online to help you understand both content and context.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What are the screen time rules in your house?

SCIENTISTS IN ANTARCTICA DRINK A LOT _ Working in Antarctica can be one of the most exhilarating jobs on Earth. The beauty and isolation both inspires and crushes. So to stay sane, many scientists, technicians, cooks and drivers at the main U.S. bases — McMurdo Station and the South Pole — employ the social lubricant of alcohol to decompress. But a new teetotaling mandate from Washington D.C. may dampen the spirits of the Antarctic community. And to enforce it, the National Science Foundation is thinking about deploying breathalyzers.

… Here’s what happened: Last year the Office of the Inspector General conducted a health and safety audit of U.S. bases. NSF officials in Antarctica told auditors that drinking has created “unpredictable behavior that has led to fights, indecent exposure, and employees arriving to work under the influence.” But the real problem seemed to be an ongoing culture clash between scientists in Antarctica and contract workers. Auditors found that scientists often get away with breaking the rules more than the contractors who keep the bases running. During a site visit to the South Pole, auditors found a researcher brewing his own beer in one of the science labs. That’s a violation of rules, though it’s true that the South Pole station has a small general store where anyone can buy a six-pack for $6 or $7, as well as the harder stuff. And McMurdo, the largest settlement on the continent, has three bars. But drinking on the job or during work hours is a big no-no. It’s also illegal to distill or brew any spirits on the base. The auditors pointed out that while the university researcher went home, he kept his job.

… So now the party may be over. NSF managers in Washington say they’re still looking at whether shipping a few breathalyzers to McMurdo (which houses about 1,000 people during the busy summer season) or the smaller Scott-Admundsen South Pole Station (150 staff and scientists) is a good idea, or even legal. Even though the U.S. government owns and operates bases there, Antarctica isn’t U.S. territory.

SOME DUNKIN DONUTS EMPLOYEES DON’T LIKE COPS _ “Blacklivesmatter” was scribbled on a cop’s coffee cup by a Dunkin Donuts employee in Rhode Island. The incident happened when a Providence police officer went into a Dunkin’ Donuts store Friday and noticed the slogan written on his cup. He left without saying anything. Another cop posted a photo of the cup on Facebook.

… A similar incident in West Hartford, Connecticut, happened to another cop when he went in to get a cup of coffee. “Blacklivesmatter” wasn’t written on the cup, but the officer was met with a mean-spirited demeanor: an employee looked in his direction and loudly said, “He didn’t get the message. We don’t serve cops here.” He left without saying anything or getting any coffee. The manager and the employee followed the officer out to his car to apologize.

BREATHTAKING VIDEO SHOWS WHALES AROUND PADDLEBOARDER _ An amateur drone pilot filmed the moment when two whales swam right up to a paddleboarder in Esperance, a town in Western Australia. The drone’s operator had showed up to the beach to film the whales swimming when he spotted a paddleboarder. • VIDEO

SPAGHETTI RAT MORE ADORABLE THAN PIZZA RAT _ Pizza rat was a recent viral hit for about 36 hours. Now a rat video from last year has re-surfaced and is stealing Pizza Rat’s thunder. In this video Spaghetti Rat is munching on a mound of spag being fed by its owner. • VIDEO

PEEPLE APP CHANGES COURSE AFTER BACKLASH _ Peeple, a planned “Yelp for people” mobile app, is changing course a bit. Peeple co-founder Julia Cordray says will be a “100% opt-in system. You will NOT be on our platform without your explicit permission. There is no 48 hour waiting period to remove negative comments. There is no way to even make negative comments. Simply stated, if you don’t explicitly say ‘approve recommendation,’ it will not be visible on our platform.”

… One of the biggest complaints about Peeple was that someone could add anyone else to the app and start rating them — and the rated person had no way of opting out. So, this is good news for anyone afraid that anonymous “friends” or co-workers would be reviewing them poorly. Plus, Peeple will be long-forgotten in a month anyone.

WHAT ARE YOU COUNTING? _ Is there something you count? Like the number of times you’ve had a Big Mac? Or the number of times you’ve seen Star Wars? Or the number of times you’ve sneezed? That last one is real. Some guy has been tracking his sneezes since July, 2007. Each sneeze has its own entry, including the time and date, location, strength and a comment. • LINK

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What are you counting?

WHAT YOUR SALARY HAS TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU TWEET _ Your Twitter account reveals more about you than you think. In fact, how much money you make may determine what kind of tweets you send. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined more than 5,000 tweets from 10 million Twitter users to learn more about what salary might have to do with the way people use social media.

… The study found that those with a higher income are more likely to tweet about corporations and politics, and have more followers, than those who earn less than them. Meanwhile, Twitter users with a lower salary are more likely to include links to stories, articles, or videos in their tweets, and are more likely to use swear words.

MAN FENDS OFF GRIZZLY BY SHOVING ARM DOWN ITS THROAT _ Chase Dellwo survived a grizzly bear mauling Saturday morning in Montana. Chase and his brother were hunting elk when they came across a sleeping bear. The 400-pound grizzly attacked Chase repeatedly. After several hard bites and scratches Chase says he somehow remembered an article his grandmother gave him that said large animals have bad gag reflexes. So he shoved his right arm down the bear’s throat. It worked. The bear left. Despite lots of bleeding Chase managed to meet up with his brother who got him to a hospital.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ALASKA AIRLINES CEO SAYS HIS AIRLINE LOST HIS BAG _ Alaska Airlines is so confident in its baggage delivery system that it became the nation’s first major carrier to offer a guarantee to deliver your bag within 20 minutes of reaching the gate. If the airline fails, you get a $25 credit toward a future flight or 2,500 miles in the airline’s reward program. So, Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Bradley Tilden was embarrassed when he attended an airline summit last week in Washington D.C. and admitted on stage that Alaska Airlines misplaced his bag during his flight. The bag was delivered to him the next day.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN RESCUES PIZZA FROM FLOODED APARTMENT _ In the middle of a devastating flood caused by Hurricane Joaquin, a South Carolina woman had her priorities set. Angela described to a reporter what it was like to evacuate her flooded home. She said, “I didn’t grab nothing but two Totino’s pizzas out of the ‘frigerator and my doggy, and we left. That’s it. I tried to grab some other things, but it wasn’t even worth it.” Originally Angela thought they would have 30 minutes to an hour to evacuate, but when that didn’t happen, she was forced to think fast. • MUST-USE AUDIO!

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KUWAITI NABBED FOR 1,645 DRIVING VIOLATIONS _ A Kuwaiti driver who apparently thought having license plates from another Gulf country would help avoid more than 1,600 traffic citations has been hit with a huge fine. The driver racked up 1,645 different driving violations. He’s now facing over $190,000 in fines.

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ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Bart Johnson (High School Musical) guest stars in this new episode.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — This recap of the blind auditions includes previously unseen footage and a preview of the upcoming battle rounds.

GRANDFATHERED (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE MUPPETS (8p ET, ABC) — Nick Offerman, Christina Applegate and Liam Hemsworth appear in this new edition.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) joins the cast for season 2. Also appearing this season is Adam Copeland (Haven), Michael Ironside, and Shantel VanSanten (The Messengers).

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New

THE GRINDER (8:30p ET, FOX) — New

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Leslie Hope (NCIS) guest stars in this new episode.

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

SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — Season 2 kicks off tonight.

LIMITLESS (10p ET, CBS) — Analeigh Tipton (Lucy) guest stars in this new episode.

BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (10p ET, NBC) — Shaquille O’Neal is the guest announcer in this new edition.

QUANTICO (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

NANCY DREW SERIES IN THE WORKS AT CBS _ CBS is developing a new series based on the iconic Nancy Dew, a teenage sleuth created by Carolyn Keene. In a modern take on the character, Nancy — now in her 30s — is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.

… Very recently we’ve learned that McGyver (CBS), The A-Team (Fox) and Lethal Weapon (Fox) are all coming to TV.

NEW DENNIS THE MENACE FILM IS IN THE WORKS _ Dennis the Menace is coming back to the big screen. The annoying neighbor-kid was last seen in theaters in 1993, although there was a direct-to-DVD Christmas special. The character began as a Sunday comic strip by Hank Ketcham in 1951.

ROONEY MARA FEELS BAD ABOUT CONTROVERSY OVER PAN ROLE _ Rooney Mara is speaking out about the controversy surrounding her casting as Tiger Lily in the new film Pan. After it was announced in March that the Caucasian actress would be playing the Native American princess, the Internet went nuts. Well, not really “nuts”. But now that the movie is only days away from opening the Internet is saying the Internet went nuts. Mara says at the time she felt badly about it, but she had confidence that producers and her director knew what they were doing when they cast her.

WARNER BROS. SUED BY THE CONJURING HOMEOWNERS _ A couple who says they own the home that inspired the 2013 horror film The Conjuring, claims they’re being haunted by constant unwanted visitors. Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald R. Helfrich are suing Warner Bros. and others, claiming that ever since the release of the film, their Rhode Island home has been besieged by trespassers. The couple’s claim: “Within days of the July 19. 2013, theatrical release of The Conjuring, the Property was inundated by curiosity seekers and trespassers who, at all hours of night and day, come to and onto the Property, approach and seek to enter the house, take photographs and videos, ignore the ‘no trespassing’ signs, fences, and barriers installed.” The pair say that they have been “harassed and threatened” by the unwanted visitors. Sutcliffe and Helfrich contend that the film’s makers should have realized that people would flock to the house when “they chose to market the movie as based on a true story and identified and published prominently the Harrisville, Rhode Island location of the house depicted in the film and in the marketing and promotion of the movie.”

JIM CARREY’S GIRLFRIEND WAS MARRIED WHEN SHE DIED _ Cathriona White, the on-again off-again girlfriend of actor Jim Carrey who died in a suspected suicide last week, was married to another man at the time of her death. According to an official with the L.A. County Medical Examiner’s office, White’s body will be released to her husband for repatriation to her native Ireland. The Medical Examiner’s office said Monday, “She had a husband, we have a husband as next of kin. We’re not releasing any more information on next of kin, but we do have her as married.”

… A source close to Carrey said that White was indeed married but separated from her husband and was planning on filing divorce proceedings sometime in December.

THE VOICE AND IDOL PRODUCERS DEVELOPING DANCE COMPETITION _ Fox is developing a new couples dancing competition series with the producers of The Voice and American Idol. The series (no title yet) will highlight the lives of real-life couples who each week will participate in intensive training, rehearsals and live performances, until one couple is crowned the winner.

TWO SEQUELS TO MAD MAX: FURY ROAD IN THE WORKS _ Earlier this Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy said he was contractually committed to at least two more films in the series. On Monday director George Miller confirmed that two more Mad Max flicks are in the works. The first sequel, Mad Max: The Wasteland, has already been announced.

… Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron spent eight months shooting in the Namibian desert on a $150 million budget. The film grossed over $375 million worldwide.

WILL SMITH AND JAZZY JEFF PLANNING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER _ Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are possibly going on tour next summer. Smith told Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio station on Monday: “Jeff and I have actually never have done a full tour … I was always on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we’ve never actually done a full tour. So I’m looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour.”

… Even better, Smith say he has about 30 songs ready to go for a new album.

JASON PRIESTLEY ON SLEEPING WITH TORI SPELLING _ Last week we found out that Tori Spelling had sex with two of her Beverly Hills 90210, cast mates. We sort of already figured she’d done the deed with Brian Austin Green, but we were still left wondering if it was Luke Perry or Jason Priestley. She’s since spilled her guts — and someone is not happy about being outed. Aaron Spelling’s daughter was featured on Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector on Saturday on Lifetime, and she apparently has no shame, because she had no problem revealing that she and Priestley had a fling back in the day. Tori said, “It was off-set. It was our version of a summer romance. The 90210 version. And that was it, and we stayed great friends for the rest of the run and beyond that, we had that one summer fling.”

… That friendship may be in question though, as Priestley took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter. “I’m not getting into this … It’s nobody’s business … Either way …” When asked by a fan why he was hating on 90210, he clarified that he was only talking about Tori’s confession and the upcoming Lifetime movie, and that he has “nothing but love for 90210.”

SIMON COWELL APOLOGIZES FOR THE X-FACTOR OUTBURST _ Simon Cowell has apologized to fans for his outburst on Sunday’s episode of The X-Factor U.K. Simon tweeted, “Sorry for swearing on the show tonight. It’s not big and it’s not clever…” Cowell swore and sulked after being assigned a competitor he had no interest in.

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BITS & BREAKS

WHAT WAS HIS MIDLIFE CRISIS PURCHASE?

Our 52-year-old boss just got a Corvette. He says it wasn’t a midlife crisis purchase — his wife says it was!

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was your husband’s midlife crisis purchase?

WHAT DID YOUR PET DO TO EMBARRASS YOU?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Your kids don’t mean it, but they sometimes embarrass you. Your husband doesn’t seem to know better, but he’ll sometimes embarrass you. But pets — they have no clue. What’s the last thing your pet did to embarrass you?

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE MEAN?

Editor: This might be tough for some of you but share your story. How were you mean, when did you realize you were mean, and how did you make it right?

Got some prizes? Tell listeners to tell you how they were recently mean or a jerk to someone. For confessing you’ll hook them up with the prize (movie passes, concert tickets, etc.). The catch — they get the prize in a week after they share how they made it right!

NEW ON DVD TODAY

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

Magic Mike XXL

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl

Dark Places

Batkid Begins

Tremors 5: Bloodlines

Insidious: Chapter 3

Spartacus – Restored Edition

Bewitched – The Complete Series

Duck Dynasty: Season 8

I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series

Mission: Impossible – The Original TV Series

South Park: Season 18

Vikings Season 3

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The cost to use one of these now averages $4.52. (An out-of-network ATM. The Wall Street Journal reports the cost has risen 21% over th past five years.)

TRIVIA: The average American will consume 53.9 pounds of what this year? (Beef)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• We use them to cover our cuts and scrapes. (Bandages)

• A kind of lizard. (Iguana)

• They are essential in math problems and equations. (Numbers)

• Another kind of lizard, one who sells insurance. (Gecko)

• It has eight tentacles. (Octopus)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A woman went to the doctor complaining of insomnia. The doctor gave her a thorough examination, found absolutely nothing physically wrong with her, and then told her, “Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.” “I know,” said the woman, “but I can’t. My husband refuses to sleep alone.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Little dog drives toddler around in toy car.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How fit are you really?

• How to make your Facebook profile picture into a looping video.

• Get stats about any Instagram account, including yours.

• 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.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 6, 2015

• 1990: GARTH BROOKS became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and topped the charts with Friends In Low Places.

• 1990: ALAN JACKSON made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1994: WILLIE NELSON’s album The City Of New Orleans was certified gold.

• 1998: ALABAMA earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 2004: SARA EVANS gave birth to her third child, Audrey.

• 2005: GRETCHEN WILSON’s sophomore album, All Jacked Up, debuted at the top of both the Billboard Country Albums chart and the Top 200 all formats chart.

• 2009: The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution honoring country music “for its contributions to American life and culture”.

• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON, HUNTER HAYES and Julianne Hough walked the red carpet at the Nashville premiere of Footloose at the Franklin Theatre.

• 2011: BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD were awarded a platinum single for Remind Me.

• 2012: PATTY LOVELESS made a surprise appearance during MIRANDA LAMBERT’s concert at Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta, singing harmonies on Dear Diamond.

Tim Rushlow of LITTLE TEXAS is 49.

TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters: Gracie Katherine (born May 1997), Maggie Elizabeth (born August 1998), and Audrey Caroline (born December 2001).

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COUNTRY AUDIO: WEEK OF OCTOBER 5

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CHRIS YOUNG fans react to I’m Comin’ Over.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD appreciates quiet time.

RONNIE DUNN wants to go back to Las Vegas.

MADDIE & TAE on flying and skydiving.

CASSADEE POPE has been songwriting for a year.

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

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

ERIC CHURCH and HANK WILLIAMS JR. will collaborate to open the 2015 Country Music Association Awards. They’ll perform their version of Are You Ready for the Country?, a top ten hit for WAYLON JENNINGS back in 1976. The song will be the first released by Hank on his new label, Nash Icon. Eric is nominated for six awards including Entertainer of the Year. The CMAs will air November 4 on ABC and will be hosted by BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.

CHARLES KELLEY’s new solo project is a new six-song EP that will be released early next year. The lead single is The Driver, which features DIERKS BENTLEY and ERIC PASLAY.

… Charles says he told his LADY ANTEBELLUM bandmates that he would only do the solo project — scratch the itch, as he puts it — if they gave him their blessing, which they gladly did.

… What can fans expect? Charles said Monday, “My influences have always been more, kind of ’70s and Southern rock, Bob Seger, California country kind of feel. So kind of what I wanted to capture with this project and the timing was perfect.”

Listen to The Driver.

Rapper Nelly is setting the record straight on his country album. He tells Rolling Stone, It’s not actually country, so to speak. I love country music. I respect country music so much that I would never think that I can sit down and just as easy do a country album. That’s not it. That’s just like some country artist saying, ‘Hell, I’m just gonna do a rap album.’ What I will say is that, I’m tryna come up with an idea of doing an EP that crosses all boundaries, all genres and it may feature different country artists…”

Brian and Tyler of FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE have paid $3.18 million for a pair of small office buildings in the Hillsboro Village section of Nashville. The four plan to open a Tribe Kelley Trading Post retail store for Brian and Brittney Kelley’s clothing line, along with a “one-of-a-kind” coffee shop. Plans also include a studio as part of what’s been described as a new “hang out” in Nashville.

All six of GEORGE STRAIT’s Las Vegas concerts sold out Friday (October 3) just after going on sale. It’s expected George will add more shows very soon.

When it comes to taking care of his voice, JOE NICHOLS says the choice to quit smoking many years ago was one of the best he’s made. He also doesn’t talk a lot before a show and uses breathing techniques to keep his pipes sounding fresh.

SARA EVANS took a fall down the steps of her bus over the weekend and has a swollen knee.

Joey Feek of JOEY + RORY has completed her radiation treatment and first round of chemotherapy to combat Stage IV cervical cancer. The couple left a Chicago hospital over the weekend and are now spending some time at home in Tennessee. She’ll undergo more intense chemotherapy very soon.

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 7, 2015

This is day 280 of 2015. There are 85 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• TV personality Joy Behar is 73

• John Mellencamp is 64

• Singer Michael W. Smith is 58

• Simon Cowell is 56

• Omar Benson Miller (CSI: Miami) is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.

• 1952: “American Bandstand” debuted on a Philadelphia TV station.

• 1968: The Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system.

• 1982: Cats opened on Broadway. It would run for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

• 1996: Fox News Channel made its debut.

• 1998: Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooden fence post outside Laramie, Wyoming; he died five days later.

• 2001: The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

• 2003: California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him.

• 2006: A Chinese man wanted by police on gun charges gave himself up after hiding in a cave constructed at the back of his house for eight years. The 35-year-old man had tunneled the cave out of a hill behind the bedroom of his house and had put a wardrobe in front of the entrance as a disguise. The man left the cave during the day to read, wash and watch television in the house, but went back into it at night. He told his wife he was hiding from debt collectors. He gave himself up to police after no longer being able to cope with the “psychological pressure”.

2014: Police in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, said they were looking for a man they say approached a woman in a grocery store parking lot and handled her toes.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bathtub Day

• Bald and Free Day

• Emergency Nurses Day

• National Kale Day

• Pet Obesity Awareness Day

• Walk To School Day

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 6: McDonald’s begins offering breakfast all day (nationwide)

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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