COUNTRY October 21, 2015

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 21, 2015

This is day 294 of 2015. There are 71 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Joyce Randolph (Trixie Norton The Honeymooners) is 91

• TV judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) is 73

• Guitarist Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go’s is 62

• Carrie Fisher is 59

• Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver on Growing Pains) is 39

• Michael McMillian (True Blood) is 37

• Kim Kardashian is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1797: The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston Harbor.

• 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

• 1988: A federal grand jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering.

• 2001: Washington postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr. died of inhaled anthrax.

• 2001: The “United We Stand” benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims was held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The event, organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featured pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.

• 2005: A Florida woman found an unpleasant surprise in her family’s dinner — a bullet. Diane Johnson, of Ormand Beach, Florida, said her son-in-law found the bullet in the pork roast she served. She said she bought the meat at a nearby grocery store.

• 2007: Virginia motorists heading out of downtown on Interstate 264 may have thought they’d run into a blizzard near Norfolk State University. It wasn’t meteorological mayhem, however — just feathers from some of about a dozen pillows spilled on the highway just after the lunch hour. Many of the pillows burst into giant clouds of white feathers as they were run over by vehicles.

• 2014: Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Back to the Future Day. The date Doc Brown and Marty McFly visit Hill Valley, California via time-travel in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II — and a date that has become something of an Internet holiday. • VIDEO

• Information Overload Day

• Medical Assistants Recognition Day

• Reptile Awareness Day

• Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

• Count Your Buttons Day

• Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

UPCOMING

• October 21: Back to the Future Day. The date Doc Brown and Marty McFly visit Hill Valley, California via time-travel in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II — and a date that has become something of an Internet holiday. • VIDEO

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30: Length, in feet, of a massive treadmill at the Wolf Science Center in Austria, installed to study cooperation among dogs and wolves. The scientists are interested in whether the animals are more likely to share food after going on a run together.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Prince William asked the Chinese to please stop sponsoring the poaching of elephants through their purchase of traditional medical products made from slaughtered elephants. [However, he changed his mind when they mentioned that one of the products cures baldness.]

Kaley Cuoco’s husband has now officially filed for spousal support.  He wants money. [And Star Wars tickets.]

Gwen Stefani, who recently split with her hubby Gavin Rossdale, has recorded a breakup song. [She purchased the rights to the song at a Taylor Swift yard sale.]

Next month Hershey will introduce the Hershey Kisses Deluxe. It’s twice as large as a normal Kiss with a hazelnut center and filled with rice crisps. [It says: I love you so much that I don’t care how fat you get.]

Zooey Deschanel has revealed the name of her new daughter — first name, Elsie; middle name, Otter. [That’s a crazy name? Who in their right mind would name their daughter Elsie?]

A new study finds that our dogs can all trace their ancestry to dogs that once lived in Mongolia and Nepal. [Whether Donald Trump likes it or not man’s best friend is an immigrant.]

Canada has thrown out its conservative prime minister and chosen a liberal one. [So, I guess President Trump really will be building that wall.]

Netflix is bringing back the Gilmore Girls for four original episodes. [They’ve listened to the fans, and are bringing back all the characters you love, but leaving out Jar Jar Binks.]

When a policeman gave a New Jersey man a summons the man wiped it between his butt cheeks, and threw it at the cop. The man was quickly arrested [and treated for paper cuts].

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NEWS & NUGGETS

HALLOWEEN ASTEROID: HOW CLOSE IT WILL PASS BY EARTH _ An asteroid that was only just discovered on October 10 will zip past Earth on Halloween, marking the closest encounter our planet has had with one of the massive speeding rocks since 2006. Coming within 310,000 miles the asteroid, called 2015 TB145, will brush past Earth but be of no threat to humans. The asteroid has an estimated diameter of between 525 feet and 2,000 feet. The asteroid will zoom past Earth at 78,000 miles per hour.

… TB145 will zoom by Earth once again in August 2027.

MORE MEN ARE WEARING MAKEUP _ I’m not making this up. The Internet says more men are starting to embrace makeup. BeautyCon NYC 2015 was Saturday. Beautiful people and products were everywhere, and while the crowd was mostly female, there was a noticeable increase in male attendance compared to previous years.

… Seriously, do you know any guys who regularly wear makeup? Super-skinny jeans, pierced ears, polished nails — maybe, sorta okay. But as much as women say they dislike the hassle of putting on makeup each day, why are guys doing this?

DAD FORCES TODDLER TO DRINK AND SMOKE _ A Romanian toddler was filmed being made to smoke a cigarette and drink a beer in a video that has outraged the Internet. and now his father is being hunted by police. The video shows a man, presumed to be the toddler’s father, sitting with the young boy on his lap and repeatedly forcing the child to take drags of a cigarette and swigs from a glass of beer. A man seated next to him is heard laughing at what’s going on. • VIDEO

STUDY SAYS MOST EARTH-LIKE WORLDS ARE YET TO BE BORN _ Some new Hubble Space Telescope and Kepler space observatory info suggests most Earth-like exoplanets are yet to be born. Earth-like worlds are defined as rock planets orbiting within their host star’s habitable zone, the region in which water might exist in liquid form.

AMAZON TO HIRE 100,000 TEMPS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON _ Need a temporary holiday job? Amazon plans to nearly double its workforce this holiday season, adding 100,000 temporary workers. The new short-term employees will join about 90,000 current workers (human and robot) at the company’s 70 warehouses and shipping hubs around the country. Last year Amazon hired about 80,000 short-term workers.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Have you ever been a “seasonal employee”? Got any good or bad stories about being one?

PHOTOGRAPHER PUBLISHING FIRST INSTAGRAM NOVEL _ Photographer Rachel Hulin is working on a 9-month project in which she’s publishing an entire novel through Instagram. Titled Hey Harry Hey Matilda, it’s being called “the world’s first true Instagram novel.” The story is about a pair of fraternal twins in their 30s named Matilda and Harry. Matilda is a wedding photographer, and Harry is an English professor. Each installment is an email exchange between the two, and through the correspondence — and the photos that appear alongside the text — the story unfolds.

25-YEAR-OLD WITH SUDOKU-INDUCED SEIZURES _ A 25-year-old student was on a skiing vacation when just about the worst thing that can happen on a skiing vacation happened: an avalanche. The young man was buried under the snow, and his brain was without oxygen for 15 full minutes. He survived, but the ordeal caused him difficulties when he tried to walk or talk. And then, a few weeks after the accident, something weirder happened: Every time he tried to pass the time with a nice game of sudoku, he had a seizure. A case report based on the student’s experience was published online this week in the journal JAMA Neurology.

… When — and only when — the man played sudoku, filling out the little puzzle with his right hand, his left arm would shake around involuntarily. But when he stopped the sudoku, the seizure stopped. He could read and solve math problems without a problem, but when he tried a task somewhat similar to sudoku — putting a set of numbers in order from smallest to largest — the seizures started again.

… His doctors at the University of Munich in Germany determined that he had reflex epilepsy, seizures that are caused by some kind of external stimulus. You’ve heard of this kind of epilepsy — it’s a version of the kind triggered by flashing bright lights, like that episode of Pokemon that gave hundreds of Japanese children seizures in the ’90s. As for the skiing student, he gave up the sudoku and his seizures went away.

ROB GRONKOWSKI HAS NEW GYM EQUIPMENT LINE _ Rob Gronkowski wants to pump you up. The entire Gronk family is involved in Gronk Fitness — selling everything from push sleds to battle ropes, squat racks and more. Turns out, Gronk’s dad used to own fitness retail stores and spent 25 years in the business — and since his kids are bona fide muscle heads, they decided to put together their own gym equipment company. Rob’s brother, Dan Gronkowski , says the idea came about last year: “We said if Rob wins the Super Bowl, we’ll do it. And he did. So we did.”

SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN CAUGHT TRYING TO SELL HER BABY ONLINE _ Gumtree is a for-sale site like Craigslist that’s popular in UK, South Africa and elsewhere. People sell stuff like bikes and cars and flat-screen TVs and ping-pong tables. And like Craigslist, you can buy almost anything on Gumtree. One thing you should be able to buy on either website is babies. In South Africa a young mother offered her 19-month-old boy for sale for $400. An undercover police officer met the mom and there was an exchanges of money. She was arrested. The 20-year-old mom’s excuse for attempting to sell her son: the father was not prepared to pay for the child anymore, so she wanted to get rid of the boy.

WOMAN WROTE 150,000-WORD BOOK WITH HER EYES ONLY _ A 62-year-old woman in China has just written her first book, a 150,000 word autobiography. What’s incredible is that the woman has almost complete paralysis because of ALS. She’s suffered with ALS for the past 12 years. But that didn’t stop he from writing a book about her life. For 10 months, from 8AM to 11PM every day, she used her eyes to control a special keyboard. The book is titled Beautiful Frozen and it recounts her 12-year journey with ALS, while most people with the disease only survive three to five years.

FIREFIGHTER MARRIES THE WOMAN HE RESCUED _ When Julia Sbardella’s frying pan caught fire, the last thing on her mind was marriage. She was so relieved when firefighter Rod Rodwell turned up in her kitchen that she flung herself into his arms. The UK couple kept in touch and love blossomed — and now they’ve tied the knot.

23-YEAR-OLD LIVES IN A TRUCK IN GOOGLE PARKING LOT _ When 23-year-old Brandon headed from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work as a software engineer at Google, he opted out of settling into an overpriced San Francisco apartment. Instead, he moved into a 128-square-foot truck. The idea started to formulate while Brandon was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night — roughly $2,000 a month. Because he knew he’d be returning to work full time in San Francisco, Brandon started laying the groundwork for living out of a truck immediately. A school year later, he was purchasing a 16-foot 2006 Ford with 157,000 miles on it. It cost him an even $10,000, which he paid up front with his signing bonus. His projected “break-even point” is today (October 21).

… If you’re wondering how he goes to the bathroom, having 24-hour access to any Google building helps. As for food and showers, that’s all on Google’s campus. He eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner at work and showers every morning in the corporate gym post-workout. (Here’s a blog post on such things.)

FOR OFFENDERS WHO CAN’T PAY, IT WAS A PINT OF BLOOD OR JAIL _ In September a judge in Alabama gave hundreds offenders who owed fines or fees the option of “paying” with blood. During the hearing Judge Marvin Wiggins told defendants, “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside. If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.” For those who had no money or didn’t want to give blood, the judge said,, “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”

… This week the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an ethics complaint against Judge Wiggins, saying he had committed “a violation of bodily integrity” and calling his proceeding unconstitutional.

AT 100, WOMAN STILL WORKING 11 HOURS A DAY _ Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours day, six days a week at a Buffalo laundromat and says she has no plans to quit working. Sounds like the life of a lot of hard-working Americans. Felimina is different. She’s 100. She got her first job at 15 during the Great Depression and has been working ever since. Felimina works from 7AM to 6PM washing clothes and handling dry cleaning at the College Laundry Shoppe. She says she hasn’t considered retirement and will continue working as long as her health is good. But she’s no longer working for the money. Felimina says she likes being out and working because it gives her something to do. In fact, Felimina says too many people retire too soon. Her advice to the rest of us: “Get out and do some work.”

ANOTHER CHURCH TIPS BIG _ Just a couple of weeks after a church congregation in Ohio tipped a pizza delivery driver $1,000, a church in Anchorage gave a hefty tip. When Ken Felber delivered a pizza to Chugach Covenant Church on Sunday, the pastor asked him what was his best-ever tip. Felber said that in 14 years his best was $100. Pastor Dan Krause asked him, “How does a tip of $1,900 sound?” Felber plans to spend the money on new snow tires and has medical expenses. And he plans to take his wife out for dinner.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARY SUSPECT TRAPPED IN PIZZA OVEN VENT _ Police in Michigan said a burglary suspect spent hours trapped in a restaurant’s pizza oven exhaust vent. Investigators said the man apparently tried to enter the building through a rooftop exhaust vent and ended up trapped in the duct for 11 hours.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUYS HELD FAKE FUNERAL FOR FRIEND WHO SPENT TIME WITH GIRLFRIEND _ Last weekend, 20-year-old Keiran Cable from Rhondda, Wales, thought he was going to a pub to watch the Rugby World Cup. When he got there he discovered that about 50 of his friends had organized a fake funeral for him. Cable’s friends put the funeral together because they said he’d been spending so much time with his new girlfriend. The funeral included a fake coffin and funeral service. The friends even borrowed a hearse.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUBWAY EMPLOYEES IGNORE ROBBER UNTIL HE LEAVES _ A suspect attempted robbery of a Subway in Coventry, Rhode Island, on Tuesday. He failed because employees ignored his demands until he got fed up and left.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘UFO’ CRASHES ONTO ROAD _ Officers win Kingston, England, were called about an unknown item on fire near the median strip of a road. Initially officers said the item resembled a UFO. Police were so confused by the object they posted photos on Facebook and asked the public to help identify the item, which was flat on the bottom, round on top, tiled and had a single opening. Further investigation revealed it was a pizza oven that must have fallen off a truck. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN, WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT LEFT NAME IN GALLERY GUESTBOOK _ A man and woman stole $6,000 worth of jewelry from a South Florida art gallery. They were caught after police discovered the woman’s name and telephone number in the guestbook of the gallery.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STOLE TAXI BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO WALK _ When you don’t want to walk somewhere one of your options is to call a taxi. A guy in Des Moines, Iowa, used a taxi to get home after he stole it outside a hospital where he was just discharged. Police say Luis Orellana-Rivera drove off with the vehicle shortly after he was released. The unoccupied taxi had the key in the ignition at the time. Orellana-Rivera was spotted about a half hour later.

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ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (8p ET, NBC) — New

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — Adrian Pasdar and Nicole Ari Parker guest star in this new episode.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — New

NLCS GAME 4 (8p ET, TBS) — The Cubs host the Mets for Game 4.

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Stephen Monroe Taylor (Texas Rising) and Benito Martinez (The Shield) guest star in this new episode.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Ron Perkins (House M.D.) and Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) guest star in this new episode.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — Virginia Madsen guest stars in this new episode.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — Ne-Yo and Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami, The Night Shift) guest star in this new episode.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New

NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — New

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL (10p ET, FX) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

CONGRESSMAN CALLS ON ‘SNL’ TO DUMP TRUMP _ Donald Trump may be preparing to go “live from New York” next month when he hosts Saturday Night Live, but a Democratic lawmaker is calling on NBC to disinvite the Republican presidential candidate. Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez says allowing Trump to host Saturday Night Live would be a “huge corporate blunder.” Gutierrez to the president and CEO of NBCUniversal and the Chairman and CEO of Comcast. His letter said, “It is a level of endorsement that says to America that every hateful and racist thing Donald Trump has said since the moment he launched his campaign is acceptable and no big deal.” NBC ended its business relationship with Trump in June, citing disparaging comments he made during his campaign announcement about Mexican immigrants. Trump is scheduled to headline Saturday Night Live on November 7.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL REVEALS BABY DAUGHTER’S NAME _ Zooey Deschanel has revealed her baby daughter’s name. The 35-year-old actress and husband Jacob Pechenik told People magazine they named their firstborn Elsie Otter. Why otter? Because — for real — both Zooey and Jacob love otters. Zooey said, “They’re very sweet and they’re also smart … They hold hands while they sleep, there’s so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”

SONY REACHES SETTLEMENT AFTER 2014 HACK _ Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to pay out roughly $8 million to settle the class action lawsuit prompted by a massive database breach in 2014. In addition to cash payouts, almost half of which will go to legal representatives, Sony will also provide employees with increased identity theft protection through 2017 free of charge.

YOUTUBE PREMIUM WILL INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS _ YouTube’s not just launching a premium ad-free version. It now appears it will also have some exclusive content for paid subscribers. The $10 monthly fee will cover the removal of ads, give access to a music service that allows offline play, and give access to specially-created videos which aren’t available to the general public.

TRACY MORGAN PLANS COMEDY TOUR FOR 2016 _ Tracy Morgan is heading out on his first comedy tour since his car accident. Morgan tweeted Tuesday morning about his planned tour, titled Picking Up the Pieces. Morgan’s tour will run from February 5 through May 28. The first stop will be in Hammond, Indiana.

CHRIS ROCK IN TALKS TO HOST THE 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS _ The 2016 Academy Awards are still months away, but the rumor mill is already heading into overdrive over who will host the awards show. According to Variety, Chris Rock is currently in talks to host the Oscars on February 28.

… Rock hosted the prestigious awards show back in 2005 and sparked plenty of controversy after poked fun at several actors’ talents, including Tobey Maguire, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.

… Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the 2015 Oscars, was recently asked again about the possibility of taking on the task another time. He said, “I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it. It’s a beast.”

LEA THOMPSON STILL HAS HER BACK TO THE FUTURE PROM DRESS _ As fans celebrate Back to the Future Day today (Wednesday) Lea Thompson says she still has the ’50s-style pastel pink prom dress she wore as part of the first film’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. She admits while it no longer fits, she still loves it. The dress was made-to-order for her.

STAR WARS TOPS LISTS OF MOST POPULAR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES _ Major online costume retailers are reporting that the top-selling costumes for this Halloween have largely been Star Wars related ahead of The Force Awakens premiere. BuyCostumes’ list of top 10 costumes in the men’s, women’s, children’s and group categories all feature Star Wars characters, namely Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper and Priness Leia. Kylo Ren, the main villain in The Force Awakens, is also popular.

… Costume Super Center is also predicting a Star Wars victory this year. The company’s Stormtrooper costume is projected to be one the top sellers on the site this season. This will be the first time Star Wars has entered the company’s top five costumes in at least eight years.

… Spirit Halloween said that “growing anticipation” for the J.J Abrams-directed sequel is driving fans to purchase costumes of both new and old characters. Staples like Boba Fett and Chewbacca are available, but fans can also dress up as Finn and Rey, the new characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley respectively.

EVIL DEAD MOVIE MARATHON COMING TO STARZ _ Setting the stage for the premiere of the STARZ Original series Ash vs. Evil Dead, Starz will have a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30, hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. The Evil Dead movie marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead.

… The Evil Dead movie marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead. The marathon continues with the 1987 sequel, Evil Dead 2. The Evil Dead movie marathon concludes with the 1992 third installment, Army of Darkness.

BOB BARKER SPLITS HEAD OPEN IN NASTY FALL _ Bob Barker split the side of his forehead open Tuesday morning, and lucky for him cops saw it happen. Bob was taking a walk at around 10:30 AM near his Hollywood Hills home when he tripped on the sidewalk. LAPD cops happened to be in the neighborhood responding to a nearby incident. The officers actually saw Barker fall and the officers jumped out of their car and rendered first aid until paramedics arrived. The 91-year-old suffered a 1-1/2 inch laceration on the right side of his forehead. He also hurt his knee. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He went home Tuesday afternoon.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN BLOGS ABOUT LAMAR _ For the first time since rushing to the hospital to be by Lamar Odom’s side, Khloe Kardashian has released a statement regarding the incident. She wrote on her website that Lamar’s health is improving, but he still has a long way to go. Khloe’s statement reads: “The past week has been incredibly difficult. I am so thankful to family, friends, and fans, who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. … You can never be prepared for an experience like this, but without the outpouring of love and endless prayers that Lamar has received and the strength I was given from my loved ones, it would have been difficult to endure. Thank you for your continued support…”

TOP TV SHOWS

Week of October 12-18.

1. NFL Football: New England at Indianapolis, NBC, 22.82 million

2. NFL Pre-Game Show, NBC, 16.3 million

3. NCIS, CBS, 16.04 million

4. Democratic Presidential Debate, CNN, 15.79 million

5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 14.96 million

6. NFL Football: Atlanta at New Orleans, CBS, 14.78 million

7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 13.79 million

8. Democratic Debate Preview, CNN, 12.69 million

9. Democratic Debate Analysis, CNN, 12.67 million

10. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 12.47 million

11. Empire, Fox, 12.22 million

12. The Walking Dead, AMC, 12.183 million

13. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at San Diego, ESPN, 12.182 million

14. Football Night in America, NBC, 12.01 million

15. The Voice (Monday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 11.96 million

16. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 11.64 million

17. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.61 million

18. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.14 million

19. Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.61 million

20. Scorpion, CBS, 9.41 million

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BITS & BREAKS

#ScaryStoryIn5Words

It’s Halloween season again, and #ScaryStoryIn5Words is back. Most of the more popular #ScaryStoryIn5Words tweets are funnier than scary — things like, “My science midterms are tomorrow” or “My new girlfriend is late.”

If you want to go scary, it’s best to stick to twists on the classics: “Scratching from under the bed” or “Then I heard it again.” Five words that inspire scary imagery: “The graves were all empty.”

Then there are these:

• “Trump wins in a landslide”

• “Jar Jar’s in Force Awakens”

• “Your card has been declined”

• “The wifi is not working!”

• “I ate the last slice”

• “Stuck in traffic with diarrhea”

• “I just installed Windows 10”

• “Son, the school called today”

• “Where did that spider go?”

EVERYTHING THAT’S ILLEGAL IN SINGAPORE

What if you woke up tomorrow and you heard on this station that chewing gum was now illegal. Well, of course you’d turn to Facebook to make fun of the new law. But it’s a reality in Singapore. In fact, Singapore law is full of odd restrictions on personal acts:

• It is illegal to litter in many countries, but the punishments for doing it in Singapore could get you as much as a $1,000 fine and a “community work order” to pick up trash in public.

• Obviously everyone hates an elevator that smells like urine, but Singapore officials really hats it. Some elevators are equipped with Urine Detection Devices. These UDDs can actually detect urine odor in elevators, which set off an alarm. Once this alarm goes off, the doors of the elevator close until the police arrive and arrest the pee-petrator.

• There is a lot of censorship in Singapore and this includes the ban on pornography in all forms, from pictures to DVDs. Magazines that discuss sex like Cosmopolitan are allowed, but require special “parental warnings” on their covers.

• Here’s a fine I can agree with: In Singapore, if you’re caught failing to flush a public toilet after using it, you can expect a nice fine of around $150.

• It is illegal to walk around your house naked. However, it is unclear how  a law like this is enforced.

• Along with throwing cigarette butts on the street, spitting is banned in Singapore.

• You can be arrested for taking drugs before entering the country. In fact, Singapore officials have the power to submit anyone to a drug test, whether they are residents of the country or just tourists.

… And know this if you ever plan to travel to Singapore: Its justice system is different from the U.S. as certain laws can have mandatory sentences. And Singapore courts do not have juries, only judges.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Don’t you agree… “There ought to be a law against not flushing a toilet.” What other laws should we have?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year 150 American injure themselves while trying to open what? (Yogurt containers. And those are just the 150 who seek medical attention.)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN: HALLOWEEN EDITION

I’ll give you some movie titles with missing words. To win this game you need to give me the wrong answer.

• A__________ on Elm Street

• The __________ Family

• It’s The Great __________ Charlie Brown

• The __________ Before Christmas

• Little __________ of Horrors

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A construction worker goes to the doctor and says, “Doc, I’m constipated.” The doctor examines him for a minute and then tells him, “Lean over the table.” The construction worker leans over the table, the doctor whacks him on the ass with a baseball bat, and then he sends him into the bathroom. The guy comes out a few minutes later and says, “Doc, I feel great. What should I do?” The doctor says, “Stop wiping your ass with cement bags.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dog on a giant waterbed.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


Source: reddit

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Another reason to nap at your desk?

• Six things everybody should do to secure their Facebook account.

Use this to self-destruct a tab you only want to be in for a short time, like Facebook.

• Real-time facial expression reenactment. Track the facial expressions from one person and put them on the face of a second person in real-time.

• Write in a more polite, friendly tone.

• A new fact every minute.

• Mark Davis worked at a Kmart in Naperville, Illinois in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each month, the corporate office mailed a cassette tape to all the stores, which contained easy-listening elevator music and in-house advertisements. Davis saved all 56 cassettes.

• Paste any YouTube link and it speeds it up 2x to the tune of the Benny Hill theme song.

• 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.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 21, 2015

• 1968: At the second annual Country Music Association Awards JEANNIE C. RILEY earned Song Of The Year honors for Harper Valley P.T.A., while JOHNNY CASH’s album Folsom Prison was named Album of the Year.

• 1987: DWIGHT YOAKAM’s album Hillbilly Deluxe was certified gold.

• 1999: The DIXIE CHICKS’ Wide Open Spaces album reached 8 million in shipments.

• 2001: ALAN JACKSON, BROOKS & DUNN, GEORGE STRAIT, MARTINA MCBRIDE, TIM MCGRAW and HANK WILLIAMS JR. were among the artists who performed at the Country Freedom Concert at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. The event, which aired live on Country Music Television, raised money for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2008: TOBY KEITH scored his 24th number one country hit with She Never Cried In Front Of Me.

• 2012: GARTH BROOKS, CONNIE SMITH and session keyboard player Hargus “Pig” Robbins officially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony in Nashville.

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COUNTRY AUDIO: WEEK OF OCTOBER 19

» To download audio to your computer click here.

CHASE RICE built a fan base on the road before he had hits songs.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD needs TV time.

REBA McENTIRE talks tour buses.

MADDIE & TAE’s Maddie on her favorite Bible verse.

A THOUSAND HORSES on what “southernality” is.

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

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE BRYAN will launch his 2016 Kill The Lights Tour February 16 in Evansville, Indiana. Special guests will be LITTLE BIG TOWN and DUSTIN LYNCH.

On November 2, ABC will air Countdown To The CMA Awards with Robin Roberts. This year the show focuses on country’s biggest crossover hits and will include appearances and performances by BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DARIUS RUCKER, LADY ANTEBELLUM, BRETT ELDREDGE, KEITH URBAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, THE BAND PERRY, RASCAL FLATTS and others.

It was a strong first week on the country albums chart for JANA KRAMER’s sophomore album, Thirty-One, which debuted at No. 3.

MIRANDA LAMBERT has shared what she calls her Saturday Night Mix. The playlist of her favorites is available on Spotify.

… It includes tunes by Hunter Hayes (21), Florida Georgia Line (Here’s to the Good Times), Dierks (5-1-5-0), Lady A (Downtown), Little Texas (God Blessed Texas), Frankie Ballard (Drinky Drink) and Miranda’s own song with Little Big Town, Smokin’ and Drinkin’.

TRAVIS TRITT will appear on the October 29 episode of the Lifetime Movie Network’s The Haunting Of… He’ll talk about paranormal activity at his lakeside cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and psychic Kim Russo visits the home to uncover its deep historic secrets.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD tells Shape magazine her favorite workout routine is Tabata, something most people do for about four minutes at a time, but for Carrie it’s a 30 minute process.

BRAD PAISLEY has extended his Crushin’ It World Tour. Dates will resume January 21 in Jonesboro, Arkansas and will run through mid-March with special guests ERIC PASLAY and CAM.

SHANIA TWAIN’s hotel rider for her tour is quite extensive. She requests three bouquets of white or cream roses with lilies. The bouquets are to be in the living room, bedroom and master bath. She also wants at least one candle in every room with scents of citrus, lavender or grapefruit. Candles must be made of natural materials like soy or beeswax. She also requests an ovo-lacto vegetarian menu with at least six options that don’t include meat, fish or poultry. (Ovo-lacto vegetarians do eat milk and cheese.) Shania sends a personal assistant the day before each stop to ensure these things are taken care of.

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 22, 2015

This is day 295 of 2015. There are 70 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) is 77

• Catherine Deneuve is 72

• Jeff Goldblum is 63

• Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) is 53

• Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Modern Family) is 40

• Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner on Roseanne) is 34

• Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little, Jerry Maguire) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1746: Princeton University in New Jersey received its charter.

• 1797: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet.

• 1934: Bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

• 1968: Apollo 7, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, returned to Earth.

• 1976: Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it was discovered that it caused tumors in the bladders of dogs.

• 2002: A bus driver was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the 13th and final attack by the Washington-area sniper.

• 2004: In Germany some guys attempted to rob a bank. While the tellers were getting the money together one of the gun totin’ knuckleheads dropped his pistol. It hit the floor and shattered into several pieces, revealing itself as a plastic fake. As the crooks were making a hasty exit without their cash, yet another crook dropped his gun.

• 2007: A small brewery in New Zealand said it was offering a lifetime supply of beer in return for a stolen laptop. The computer, containing designs, creative work, contact details and financial information, was stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company. The owners were so desperate to get it back, they offered free beer to whoever turned in the person responsible for the burglary.

• 2012: Based on the findings of a systematic doping investigation, Lance Armstrong was banned for life from participating in International Cycling Union-sanctioned events and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Caps Locks Day. Creators of this day continue to campaign for the removal of the caps lock button from standard keyboards

• Stuttering Awareness Day

• National Nut Day

• Smart is Cool Day

UPCOMING

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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