COUNTRY December 2, 2015

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 2, 2015

This is day 336 of 2015. There are 29 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Dan Butler (Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on Frasier) is 61

• Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is 55

• Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) is 52

• Lucy Liu is 47

• Rena Sofer is 47

• Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is 45

• Britney Spears is 34

• Daniela Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1862: Circus entrepreneur Charles Ringling was born.

• 1901: Gillette patented the first disposable razor.

• 1927: The first Ford Model A was unveiled in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. It replaced the Model T and sold for between $395 and $495.

• 1952: In what could be called one of the earliest reality shows, Denver’s KOA-TV transmitted the first human birth to be seen on TV to 49 stations on the NBC network. It was a part of the program The March of Medicine.

• 1952: George Jorgensen, a former G.I. who had gone to Denmark in 1950, prepared to return to the U.S. as Christine Jorgensen after undergoing 2,000 hormone injections and six operations performed by sex change surgeons.

• 1969: On NBC’s I Dream of Jeannie, genie Jeannie married her master, Capt. Tony Nelson. Barbara Eden played Jeannie, Larry Hagman was Capt. Nelson. The show ran six years.

• 1969: The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, Washington, to New York City. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers.

• 1978: At a double wedding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a confused father gave his two veiled daughters in marriage to the wrong grooms. Days later, when dad discovered the mistake, both girls said it was okay; they were quite happy with the wrong husbands.

• 1982: In the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark. He lived 112 days.

• 1994: “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was convicted in Los Angeles of three counts of pandering.

• 2001: A New Zealand motorist told police he was driving with his lights off at night because he was looking for a black hole in space. The 35-year-old amateur astronomer lost his driver’s license for 15 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

• 2004: An intense fire consumed half of the roof of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. butter packaging plant in New Ulm, Minnesota, sending melted butter flowing out of the facility. The plant was holding an estimated 3 million pounds of butter at the time of the fire.

• 2010: NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

• National Mutt Day

• Safety Razor Day

• National Fritters Day

UPCOMING

• December 6: Hanukkah begins

• December 7: Pearl Harbor Day

• December 21: Winter begins (11:48 PM ET)

• December 23: Festivus

• December 25: Christmas Day

• January 1: New Year’s Day

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

15: Years since George Lucas has used the Internet.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Students at a high school in Chicago have launched a boycott of the cafeteria because of the horrible rotten food that they’re served. [Every table in the lunchroom is stocked with salt, pepper, and Febreze.]

The pollution has gotten so bad in China this week that the government has ordered factories to shut down. [I guess that would help as long as they stay closed for about another 10 years.]

An American Airlines flight attendant had to be taken into custody after she snapped and began attacking her fellow flight attendants and the air marshals. [Well, who isn’t tired of hearing Adele’s new song?]

A Chinese scientist announced that his cloning factory has the capability of cloning a human. [Oh, please don’t let it be Donald Trump.]

Have you seen that viral photo of the attractive bride still in her wedding dress eating a cheeseburger at a hockey game? [Some guys get all the breaks.]

American Airlines says a glitch sent a dog to Honolulu instead of Mississippi. [And boy is the dog ticked off because who in their right mind wants to be stuck in Honolulu when they could be in Mississippi?]

Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be giving away his fortune in the hopes of making the world a better place for his newborn daughter. [It really doesn’t matter how rich you start off, by the time your kid is leaving the house you’re definitely going to be broke.]

The hottest new trend in baby names is naming the child after the names of Instagram photo filters such as Lux and Valencia. [I’m glad my parents didn’t take that route with the technology of their day. “Hi, I’m Blurry and this is my sister Red Eye.”]

A 44-year-old Utah mom was charged with chauffeuring her daughter and her friends around town so that they could egg homes. [Don’t kids do anything for themselves anymore?]

Medical researchers in Italy have found that medicine works better if the doctor says positive things about it before handing over the prescription. [Researchers also found that the number one positive thing a doctor can say about a medication is: “It’s covered by your insurance.”]

A 72-year-old woman in Romania has purchased her third coffin after outliving the first two she bought. One wooden casket warped after being left on her balcony in the sun and the other rotted after sitting in her garden during a heavy rain. [Proof once again that no matter what the product is, no woman can resist a sale.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

ZUCKERBERG AND WIFE WELCOME BABY DAUGHTER _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday the arrival of their new daughter, Max. In a lengthy note tilted “A letter to our daughter,” Zuckerberg and Chan offered their viewpoints of what the world is lacking, and what the couple plans to do to fix what they see as the planet’s biggest issues. The couple is pledging to donate a whopping 99 percent of their Facebook shares — roughly $45 billion — to solving problems ranging from climate change to curing diseases.

ISIS FIGHTER BLOWS HIMSELF UP WITH ROCKET LAUNCHER _ A new video appeared online Tuesday, appearing to show an ISIS fighter setting up a shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenade launcher, aiming it out a large hole in the wall of what appears to be an empty or abandoned building — and then receiving a very unpleasant surprise. The video shows the rocket exploding before it fires at whatever target was in the alleged ISIS fighter’s sites. The video abruptly cuts as soon as the explosive rocket detonates. The fate of the ISIS fighter and the camera operator recording what may have been an attempt to produce footage for an ISIS propaganda video are unknown — as are any further details on the context of the video, such a where and when the violent and presumably fatal accident was filmed, and who retrieved the footage and released it on the Internet. | VIDEO

WOMAN LOST 4 POUNDS ON 6-DAY TACO CLEANSE _ A writer for EliteDaily.com has introduced us to a new cleanse. There are juice cleanses and broth cleanses and fruit cleanses. A woman named Charlotte Palermino went on a week-long “pizza cleanse” earlier this year and actually lost weight. So writer Kaylin Pound thought she’d do the taco cleanse. For six whole days she followed a strict diet consisting solely of tacos. No coffee. No booze. No supplementary chips and guac. Just racks on racks of tacos. And she lost four pounds in the process.

PARENTS ARE NAMING BABIES AFTER INSTAGRAM FILTERS _ Instagram has been a big deal since it was launched in 2010. Here’s an indication of how influential the photo sharing app is: young parents are now naming their babies after Instagram’s photo filters. In a trend that’s being called “#Instagrambabies,” more and more parents are now giving their kids names like Lux, Amaro, Hudson, Kelvin, Valencia, Juno, Ludwig, and Reyes.

BRIDE GOES TO NHL GAME, EATS BURGER, WINS HOCKEY HEARTS _ A video of a bride eating a burger in her wedding dress at a Minnesota Wild hockey has gone viral. Wild fans Erica Skuta and Lewis Blake attended the game against the Dallas Stars as their “wedding finale.” Blake, a New Zealand resident, had hoped to get on the Jumbotron by holding up a sign that read: “I flew 8,044 miles from New Zealand to be at this game (and to get married).” But it was another moment that caught the eye of many: Blake dabbed the tomato juice dripping from his bride’s chin as she ate a burger. | VIDEO

RUSSIAN DESERTER DETAINED AFTER HIDING IN FOREST _ Police have apprehended an army deserter who hid in a forest in eastern Russia for more than a decade and kept his whereabouts secret from even his family. The 30-year-old man was drafted into the military in 2003 and fled the army after about a year. He lived mainly hiding in the forest and got by with odd jobs. Never once did he try to contact his family. The search for the deserter was stopped when his family erroneously identified a dead body as that of their missing relative a few months after his disappearance.

PEOPLE ARE HANDING OUT “YOU’RE FAT” CARDS _ A woman who rode London’s metro system was handed a card calling her a “fat, ugly human.” Kara Florish said in a tweet the card she was given on the Underground was “hateful” and “cowardly” and “could potentially upset people struggling with confidence.” She tweeted a picture of the card, which on one side said “fat” and on the other read, “Our organization hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves. And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by eating less you will be better off, slimmer, happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even find a partner at all.”

… The card, purportedly from a group called Overweight Haters Ltd, triggered a storm of criticism on social media.

STORE OWNER REPLACING 26 BIKES STOLEN FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL _ Police are investigating after someone stole 26 mountain bikes from a middle school in San Francisco. But a business owner is coming to the rescue to replace the bikes for students. The thieves broke into a school shed and made off with $9,000 worth of bikes used for P.E. classes.

BOY WROTE A SONG ABOUT CANCER, FAMOUS MUSICIANS SANG IT FOR HIM _ Christi Nelson had already been through the ringer— chemo, hospitalization, a mastectomy — when her oncologist delivered the news. Less than six months after being declared breast-cancer-free, the cancer was back. A second round of chemo was the only shot for the 42-year-old. So Christi and her husband, Mike, called a family meeting with their sons, Eddie and Archer, to break the bad news. That’s when Archer decided he had something to say about the situation. He said, “I think cancer is stupid. You know why? Because Mom kicked its butt once, and it came back to get beat up again.”

… Archer channeled his hatred for cancer into a song he wrote titled “Boob Spelled Backwards Is Boob.” Archer’s dad told the story to some colleagues at KFOG, the San Francisco radio station where he works. That’s when his producer recruited various visiting bands and artists to set Archer’s lyrics to music. Among the bands that turned “Boob Spelled Backwards Is Boob” into a song was The Grateful Dead. | SONG

… Sales of the song through BoobProject.org are raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

FAT BUTTS CAUSING MISSED INJECTIONS _ Researchers say fatter rear ends are causing many drug injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach buttock muscle. Standard-sized needles failed to reach the buttock muscle in 23 out of 25 women whose rears were examined after what was supposed to be an intramuscular injection of a drug. Two-thirds of the 50 patients in the study did not receive the full dosage of the drug, which instead lodged in the fat tissue of their butts.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STOLE AMBULANCE, TOOK JOYRIDE _ A call for a breathing problem early Friday morning in York City, Pennsylvania, was a pretty standard one for the EMT and paramedic who dealt with it — until they brought their patient outside and realized their ambulance was gone. Someone had stolen it when no one was looking. A vehicle tracking device helped police track down the ambulance. A video from inside the vehicle showed showed a cheerful young man apparently quite pleased with his joyride. A spokesman for the ambulance company said the thief “”seemed to be having a good time.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S SCOOTER COMBUSTS ON SIDEWALK _ Gulf Shores, Alabama, resident Timothy Cade claims that his hoverboard scooter caught fire just three days after buying it from a seller on Amazon. Cade said, “I came outside, turned it on, came down the sidewalk not even a 100 feet, and it exploded.” | VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CORGI ENDS UP IN HONOLULU INSTEAD OF MISSISSIPPI _ A Pembroke Welsh corgi was headed from a Seattle breeder to her new owner in Mississippi on Saturday when she made a wrong connection in Dallas and ended up in Honolulu. American Airlines says the company is looking at its procedures to figure out how the corgi ended up on the wrong plane.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED WITH 51 LIVE TURTLES IN HIS PANTS _ A Canadian man caught with dozens of turtles in his pants has pleaded guilty to smuggling. He was caught last year at a border crossing with 51 snappers taped to his body. The man ordered turtles online and would travel from Canada to the U.S. to ship them to China. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison after appearing in court in Michigan.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PAYING ALIMONY FOR 10,000 YEARS _ An Iranian man could be paying alimony for more than 10,000 years. Under Iranian law, couples sign a pre-nuptial agreement in which the bride stipulates how much she will demand if they separate or divorce. In this case the woman asked for 15 million dollars worth of gold coins. The court ruled the husband should pay up, but in single monthly installments. If he lives long enough it will take him 10,333 years to pay off the award.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROOKIE MISTAKE AT CONSTRUCTION SITE _ A construction worker in Australia was working on demolishing a walkway using a chainsaw and cut away all of the supports for the portion of the walkway he was standing on. He fell 20 feet and received multiple fractures.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER COULDN’T BE UNDERSTOOD _ A robber in Cologne, Germany, almost botched a hold-up when the clerk at the store couldn’t understand what he was saying because he had his face wrapped so tightly to with a scarf. The clerk asked the tightly-wrapped man to repeat himself, then realized it was a robber and handed over around $2,000.

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ON TELEVISION

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER (8p ET, NBC) — Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales host the 83rd annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York. Performers include Sting, James Taylor featuring Chris Botti, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer and Carly Rae Jepsen.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Cheryl Hines and Jack McBrayer guest star in this new episode.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — Taye Diggs and Nicole Ari Parker (Murder in the First) guest stars in the last new episode of the year. Rosewood will return March 2.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — New

CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 2015 (8p ET, CMT) — Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt are honored in this live special as the top country artists of 2015.

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Judd Hirsch guest stars in this new episode.

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (9p ET, NBC) — Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 animated classic.

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — New

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — This new episode is the fall finale. New episodes will return March 30.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New

A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS (9:30p ET, NBC) — This repeat is a compilation of the funniest holiday sketches.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — New

NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — In the 13th season, the chefs will travel to 6 different cities in California.

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ENTERTAINMENT

BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD _ Movie awards season is upon us and the National Board of Review is first out of the gate with a huge, but amazing, surprise. They’ve named Mad Max: Fury Road the best picture of the year. The National Board of Review named Ridley Scott best director for The Martian, Matt Damon best actor for that film and Drew Goddard best adapted screenplay. Their full list of the best films of 2015, after Mad Max.

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Creed
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton

… Starting in 1930, the NBR was the first group to choose the ten best English-language movies of the year and the best foreign films, and is still the first critical body to announce its annual awards.

… To determine the NBR’s annual awards, ballots are sent in by over one hundred members — select knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, filmmakers, and students in the New York metropolitan area — and subsequently tabulated by a certified public accountancy firm in order to decide the winners.

WATCH ALL SIX STAR WARS FILMS IN JUST THREE MINUTES _ As excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reaches fever pitch, many fans are determined to watch all six prequels before the new film hits theaters on December 18. But who has time to sit through all the movies from The Phantom Menace to the Return of the Jedi? Who wants to spend more time with Jar Jar Binks than absolutely necessary? To help maximize fans’ time, YouTube channel Eclectic Method has condensed all the action of the first six Star Wars films into a three-minute video. | VIDEO

CARRIE FISHER WAS “PRESSURED” TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR FORCE AWAKENS _ In the January issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, Carrie Fisher says she was pressured to lose more than 35 pounds for the new Star Wars film. Lacking a bit of understanding of an actor’s part in movies, Carrie blasts Hollywood by telling the magazine, “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”

STAR WARS-THEMED MOVIE THEATER _ There’s now a movie theater with a permanent Star Wars theme. The new Alamo Drafthouse in La Vista, Nebraska — near Omaha — pays tribute to the the beloved franchise with a lobby devoted to a galaxy far, far away. You can even control the 10-foot Death Star from the Emperor’s Throne.

PUBLIC ENEMY GETS RIDE TO SHOW FROM LUCKIEST FAN EVER _ Public Enemy hitched a ride with a lucky fan to a performance in England on Saturday after a taxi service the legendary hip-hop group called bailed on them. British fan Kevin Wells went viral after he snapped a selfie showing rappers Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and members of the group packed in his Ford Focus. Wells shared, “I was looking in the rearview mirror thinking, ‘Is this actually happening?!'” The 50-year-old fan was rewarded with backstage passes. | PHOTO

SOPRANOS ACTOR JOHN CIARCIA DEAD AT 75 _ John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, who played mobster Albie Cianflone on The Sopranos, died following a brief illness November 21. He was 75. Ciarcia, who was at one time Tony Danza’s boxing manager, was a Manhattan native who grew up in Little Italy. In addition to playing Albie Cianfione, he appeared in films including Goodfellas and Hoffa.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ HOPEFULS CAN NOW AUDITIONS FROM HOME _ America’s Got Talent continues to make things easy for its future hopefuls in the eleventh season. Contestants who cannot make it to the audition points can now do a live audition via video streaming service YouNow. The show’s producers will filter the contestants before the impressive acts are able to perform before the judges. The interactive network will open for one hour on select Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific Time in the course of nine weeks beginning today (December 2). Contestants are asked to develop a 90-second routine. The auditions will also allow performers to communicate with producers in real time and show their acts to viewers at home. This way, the auditions will reach places in the country that the show had not been able to.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO NOT RAPED BY BEAR IN THE REVENANT _ (LOTS OF CAUTION) A lot of horrible things happened to Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant but bear indecency is not one of them. Twentieth Century Fox has quickly denied that the actor was raped by a grizzly bear in the wilderness film. Drudge Report was the first to claim that DiCaprio was raped twice. The site’s source said “the bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling” during the beginning of the movie. It also described DiCaprio ripping open a horse and sleeping naked in its carcass. But the alleged bear scene would not have been possible because the bear was female.

… But the grisly parts are true. The film, to be released in theaters January 8, received extreme reactions during early screenings with some audience escaping to the exits when the actor met the bear and violence began.

ANTI-VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN STOLE KARDASHIAN PHOTOS _ Someone hijacked Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner photos for a #StopViolenceAgainstWomen campaign. The Photoshopped photos depict Kim and her sister with horrific cuts and bruises with the caption, “No woman is immune from domestic abuse.” Neither Kim nor Kendall signed off to join the fight, though Kardashian sources say the sisters do support the cause. | IMAGE

FIRST SURVIVOR WINNER RICHARD HATCH WILL COMPETE ON THE BIGGEST LOSER _ Survivor winner Richard Hatch is taking on the challenge of another reality show to combat his weight problem. Hatch, who won the first show of CBS’ survival series, has joined the Season 17 cast of The Biggest Loser. At 54 years old and 314 pounds, Hatch says that while he doesn’t have a specific weight goal in mind for the NBC show, he does want to improve his overall health, blood pressure and cholesterol.

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AUDIO

NEW TO THE PRO AUDIO PAGE

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice: Taylor Swift

• NEWS: Ted Cruz does his Yoda and Darth Vader impersonations.

• APP: Audio from the Santa’s Watching iOS app. (12/1 issue)

• DROP: Seinfeld clip about Festivus. (12/1 issue)

• DROPS: Funny Christmas clips package — many clips!

• MUSIC BED: Rapid Fire

• REAL CALLER AUDIO: What are you thankful for – the frivolous edition.

• DROP: He’s a good person, he’s smart and witty and talented.

• JIMMY KIMMEL: JJ Abrams shares the first spoken word in The Force Awakens.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – John Malkovich

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BITS & BREAKS

STUFF MY LATE RELATIVES USED TO DO

A cable TV installer truck was in my neighbor’s driveway and it had a single orange cone behind it — as if someone could maybe hit it while sitting in the driveway! It reminded me of my uncle, who used to put wheel chocks under his front tires when he parked in the driveway every day. His driveway slightly declined so I always thought it was funny.

… And my late grandfather used to put his car in park when he got to a red light!

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was something a grandparent used to do that only they did?

TOP TV SHOWS

Delayed because of holiday weekend.

HELP ME DECIDE MY NEW HOBBY!

I saw this unusual request on Reddit. A guy is looking for a new hobby to occupy his free time. He gave two choices: the fiddle/violin or tap dancing.

Uh, no third choice?

But seriously, what unusual hobby do you have that I should try?

A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• It takes about forty-five seconds for a Twinkie to explode in a microwave.

• The average U.S. Home is now 2,349 square feet, a 12 percent increase from 10 years ago.

• There is a county in Georgia called Butts.

• Roughly 56,000,000 people around the world die each year, or about 155,000 a day.

• In Denver, Colorado, it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.

• William Shatner, in Star Trek, was the first man to say the word “hell” on primetime television.

• The average person releases 1 to 3 pints of flatus in 12 to 25 episodes throughout the day.

• The average yawn usually lasts about six seconds.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: China has over 600,000 of these installed every year. (Elevators)

MYSTERY VOICE

Who is this?

Answer: Taylor Swift

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Having arrived at the edge of the river, the fisherman soon realized he had forgotten to bring any bait. Just then he happened to see a little snake passing by who had caught a worm. The fisherman snatched up the snake and robbed him of his worm. Feeling sorry for the little snake with no lunch, he snatched him up again and poured a little beer down his throat and went about his fishing. An hour or so later the fisherman felt a tug at his pant leg. Looking down, he saw the same snake with three more worms.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Adele’s ‘Hello’ sung by movie characters.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

What does “cry flavor” taste like?


Source: Facebook/Dan Preston (Thanks for sharing, Dan!)

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Is it illegal to drive with a dog on my lap?

• Fruity toilet paper.

• Huge Rubik’s Cube. Good luck with that.

• 20 Common Phrases You’re Probably Using Incorrectly.

• This is a terrible (or genius) way to get rid of your fall leaves.

• Tom Harman recently rode an Amtrak train from NYC to San Francisco, taking little videos of the scenery outside all the while.

• For the waffle-loving computer geek.

• Take a break with Wonderputt.

• In 2007, a cruise ship called the Balmoral was brought into the dry docks to be extended.

• Museum of Endangered Sounds. (Play a contest where people have to guess the endangered sound.)

Here Is Today. (Click ‘okay’.)

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 2, 2015

• 1949: Gene Autry’s Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer entered the music charts.

• 1964: BUCK OWENS recorded the hits Crying Time and I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail.

• 1965: MERLE HAGGARD recorded his first Top 5 hit, Swingin’ Doors.

• 1967: Jimmie Rodgers, son of HANK SNOW, was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious auto accident. He recovered, but his career was over. Rodgers had scored three major hits a decade earlier.

• 1967: DOLLY PARTON and PORTER WAGONER debuted on the country charts with their duet, The Last Thing On My Mind. It became the first of their 13 Top 10 hits.

• 1972: TOM T. HALL’s Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine entered the Billboard Country Chart and became the Opry member’s third number one hit.

• 1979: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and RITA COOLIDGE divorced.

• 1999: The DIXIE CHICKS’ CD Fly was certified triple platinum.

• 2000: FAITH HILL and TIM MCGRAW performed at a benefit concert for the USS Cole Fund at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The event was staged to help families of the 17 American sailors killed in the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole on October 12 of the same year.

• 2005: DIERKS BENTLEY held the top spot on the country singles chart with Come A Little Closer.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT’s album Fearless topped the charts in Australia, as did its lead single, Love Story.

• 2012: TAYLOR SWIFT was captured on camera strolling through New York’s Central Park with Harry Styles, of the British boy band One Direction.

• 2013: LUKE BRYAN and BLAKE SHELTON were named among the “Sexiest Men Alive” in People magazine.

JANA KRAMER (I Got the Boy, Why Ya Wanna) is 32.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

NEW TO THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD talks about her song Heartbeat.

• MIRANDA LAMBERT from 2007 on writing from the heart.

• BLAKE SHELTON on when he knew he wanted to be a country singer.

• REBA MCENTIRE always supported her father at the rodeo.

• JUSTIN MOORE discusses how he handled early success.

• BRANTLEY GILBERT was a Civil War reenactor.

• CASSADEE POPE wrote a fan letter to Martina McBride.

• KELLIE PICKER got advice from CARRIE UNDERWOOD for dealing with lies and hurtful stories.

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Smoke Break is her latest No. 1.

• Before The Voice Gwen Stefani didn’t know who BLAKE SHELTON was!

• CAM says people care about Burning House.

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD hopes to continue her run as a CMA Awards co-host.

• CHRIS YOUNG talks about the lyrics of I’m Comin’ Over.

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The 2015 CMT Artists of the Year special airs tonight (Wednesday) on the network honoring LUKE BRYAN, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, LADY ANTEBELLUM, LITTLE BIG TOWN and BLAKE SHELTON for their year of success on tour, the charts and in the video world. KENNY ROGERS will receive a Career Achievement Award while CHRIS STAPLETON will recognized as a breakthrough artist and KELLIE PICKLER will present cast members from ABC’s Nashville with an award for the show’s success.

TRISHA YEARWOOD has been added to tonight’s (Wednesday) taping for Sinatra 100: An All Star Grammy Concert at the Winn Las Vegas. She joins GARTH BROOKS, ZAC BROWN, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, Tony Bennett, Usher, Adam Levine, John Legend and Alicia Keys. The show will air on CBS December 6 and celebrates what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.

LUKE BRYAN has joined the lineup for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He’ll do a medley of hits.

DIERKS BENTLEY has announced the dates and venues for a special series of shows set for Europe in 2016. Dierks has announced four European shows for April of 2016, kicking off in Dublin, Ireland on April 21 and visiting London and Manchester before wrapping up in Glasgow on April 24.

BRETT ELDREDGE announced Tuesday he’s decided to take a trip to the United Kingdom. In February Brett will play Dublin, London, Glasgow and Manchester.

With just over three months to go before the release of the HANK WILLIAMS biopic I Saw the Light, the first full trailer for the movie has been revealed.
The two-minute preview highlights Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Hank, as well as Elizabeth Olsen’s part as Audrey Williams. At various points in the clip, Hiddleston can be heard singing Hey, Good Lookin’ and I Saw the Light. The film is set for release on March 25, 2016. | VIDEO

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has premiered a beautiful music video for her song Heartbeat. Walking barefoot in the grass, heels in hand, Carrie is first shown on the screen in a floor-length gown, humming to herself as crickets chirp in the background. The ballad has Carrie singing of those moments in a loud crowd, when sometimes a simple glance from her husband can express everything she’s feeling. | VIDEO

THE BAND PERRY will perform as part of Christmas in Rockefeller Center tonight (Wednesday) on NBC. They join Sting, Mary J. Blige and stars from other formats of music for the 83rd Annual event.

With I’m Comin’ Over, CHRIS YOUNG becomes only the fourth artist in 2015 to hold the top spot on the Country Singles chart for three consecutive weeks. The other three were KENNY CHESNEY (Save It For A Rainy Day), ZAC BROWN BAND (Homegrown) and TIM MCGRAW (Shotgun Rider).

DOLLY PARTON will be appearing on television in the coming days leading up to the December 10 NBC broadcast of Coat Of Many Colors, based on her life and the song of the same name. She’ll guest tomorrow (Thursday) on CBS’ The Talk, visit The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family December 7 and 8, and The Today Show December 8 and 10.

This year’s No Shave November, chaired by JOSH TURNER, raised $79,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Josh also took home the Most Valuable Beard honor for 2015. In six years, the program has raised over $600,000 for the cause.

This week the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome its 1 millionth visitor of 2015 — the first time in a calendar year the venue has reached the mark. That lucky member, expected to enter the gates Friday (December 4), will receive a prize pack that includes membership for one year to the Hall, tickets to the CMA Music Festival with travel and hotel accommodations paid, tickets to the 50th Country Music Association Awards, and more.

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 3, 2015

This is day 337 of 2015. There are 28 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Ozzy Osbourne is 67

• Daryl Hannah is 55

• Julianne Moore is 55

• Brendan Fraser is 47

• Anna Chlumsky is 35

• Brian Bonsall (Andy Keaton on Family Ties) is 34

• Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black) is 33

• Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 32

• Amanda Seyfried is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1805: The Lewis and Clark Expedition marks its explorations from the Missouri River overland to the Columbia River on a pine tree.

• 1818: Illinois became the 21st U.S. state.

• 1917: After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opened to traffic.

• 1965:  Keith Richards was electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento.

• 1979: In Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans were killed during a stampede for seats before a Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum.

• 1984: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killed more than 3,800 people outright and injured hundreds of thousands of others — some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries — in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.

• 1990: ABC’s “Nightline” aired Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video a week after MTV had banned it.

• 1999: NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.

• 1999: Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. The trip from the Canary Islands to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe took 81 days.

• 2003: Driving mostly on fear and just three tires, a 62-year-old Milwaukee man traveled roughly 5 miles with a bullet in his abdomen after his car was shot. After arriving home and showing the wound to his wife, the man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The bullet was successfully removed.

• 2006: In New Zealand, a police-led initiative of spraying water on state highways to release the trapped spirits of those killed in vehicle crashes was declared a success. A special police convoy carrying Maori elders sprayed 2,600 gallons of river water on the highways in a bid to free the spirits of crash victims.

• 2012: Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, reached the end of our solar system and entered interstellar space.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Day of Persons With Disabilities

National Christmas Tree Lighting

UPCOMING

• December 6: Hanukkah begins

• December 7: Pearl Harbor Day

• December 21: Winter begins (11:48 PM ET)

• December 23: Festivus

• December 25: Christmas Day

• January 1: New Year’s Day

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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