COUNTRY December 8, 2015

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 8, 2015

This is day 342 of 2015. There are 23 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers is 68

• Kim Basinger is 62

• Author/political commentator Ann Coulter is 54

• Teri Hatcher is 51

• David Harewood (Supergirl, Homeland) is 50

• Sinead O’Connor is 49

• Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) is 39

• Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) is 37

• Ingrid Michaelson is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1976: The Eagles released the album Hotel California.

• 1980: John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York City.

• 1993: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by U.S. President Bill Clinton.

• 1995: The first 75-mile-an-hour speed limit signs were erected in Montana and Wyoming.

• 1995: Four months after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up. The group made music for 30 years.

• 1998: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police could not search people and their cars after merely ticketing them for routine traffic violations.

• 2002: A mother took her toddler son to court in Glasgow, Scotland, after officials refused to accept they had made a mistake by charging him for speeding. Lawyers, court officials and police fell over laughing when 16-month-old Jay Mack appeared in court and tried to climb into the witness chair. His $326 speeding fine was immediately canceled. Police said a man caught for speeding obviously gave them the false name, which happened to be the toddler’s.

• 2005: Police captured a man who tried to rob a New Zealand bank by phone. Wellington police said the man first robbed the bank in person but was so disappointed with his haul, he phoned and told the manager to stand outside the bank with more money. The bandit made a second call and told the manager, actually, a plain-clothes police officer, to walk down the street and wait. The bandit never showed, but police traced the phone calls and made the arrest.

• 2007: Someone broke into Ed’s Radiator in Gillette, Wyoming, and stole guns and a bunch of cash. Police knew rather quickly that it was was Peter Matthew Tillotson. Police knew it was Tillotson because he left behind a receipt from a different business. The receipt, from a tire store, had his name, address and other info on it.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hand Washing Awareness Week

• Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

• Computer Science Education Week

• Human Rights Week

• Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day. FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you could time travel, to what time period would you go?

• Brownie Day

UPCOMING

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

• December 23: Festivus

• December 25: Christmas Day

• January 1: New Year’s Day

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

35,000: Museums in the U.S.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Harvard and Princeton have both agreed to stop referring to top professors as master. [The new politically correct term is Darth.]

A 73-year-old man was arrested for trying to snort cocaine during a police traffic stop. [Doesn’t he get any credit for not doing it while he was driving?]

The Grammy nominations were announced. [Donald Trump is nominated for Best Spoken Word Fiction.]

Much is being made of Marco Rubio’s apparent nervous habit of drinking a lot of water during his speeches. [Some think it’s a clever strategy. When the speech is over he won’t have time to stand around and answer a lot of questions.]

Mattel has a problem this Christmas with its Hello Barbie which features a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Hackers have found a way to remotely turn the doll into a piece of plastic spy technology. [Suspects behind the hack include Barbie’s jealous, creepy, stalker ex-boyfriend, Ken.]

The U.S. Postal Service has started emailing people a picture of their mail each morning. [So you can see exactly what it is that will be mistakenly delivered to your neighbor’s house.]

68-year-old Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and his wife are expecting twins. [Mick Jagger can’t wait to spend time with them — and their babysitter.]

In Serbia the defense minister has been fired for making a demeaning sexist remark to a female journalist. [Cultures differ when it comes to sexism. In Serbia you lose your job. In America you lead in the presidential candidate polls.]

A female driver with three times the legal blood alcohol content was arrested while driving in New Jersey. She told police that she was searching for New Jersey. [Yeah, well, anyone who’s spent time in Jersey understands exactly what she means.]

Johnny Depp’s wife will go on trial in Australia next year on charges of bringing her dogs into the country illegally. [It doesn’t look good for her. The Australian government has offered the dogs full immunity in exchange for their testimony.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

TRUMP CALLS FOR ‘COMPLETE SHUTDOWN’ OF ALL MUSLIMS ENTERING U.S. _ On Monday Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The ban, which Trump says he would put in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” would apply to both immigrants looking to live in the United States permanently as well as tourists.

DONALD TRUMP COMMANDEERS JEBBUSH.COM _ The domain JebBush.com now redirects to the official campaign page for Donald Trump’s presidential bid. The URL has been up for grabs since April, at least. Back then CNN Money reported it was on sale for $250,000. Apparently Bush, who’s running for the Republican nomination alongside Trump and many others, didn’t think it was worthwhile to invest in his own-name dot-com domain. His official website is Jeb2016.com.

… Two other Bush-related domains are in the hands of outsiders: JebBushforPresident.com is a blog run by a gay couple, and JebBushforPresident.net is an anti-Bush website that purports to demonstrate the candidate is “actually a radical social liberal.”

APPLE GIVING EMPLOYEES BEATS FOR CHRISTMAS _ If you’re an Apple employee, you’ll be getting a Christmas gift from the company soon if you haven’t seen it already. The gift is a set of black and red urBeats earphones from the Beats product line, with the words “Thank You 2015” on the packaging. The headphones retail for $99.95, and every single Apple employee will get a set. Last year, the gift was an Apple-branded backpack.

… See related in Bits & Breaks.

MORE TREES THAN THERE WERE 100 YEARS AGO _ Sit down, America — I have some scary news. Our country is being taken over by trees. Scientists say there’s more forest now than 100 years ago. Crazy, right? Everywhere you look there are beautiful, made-made structures of pavement, concrete and steel. It’s heaven. But somehow, someone — behind our backs — has been planting trees. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization the U.S. has more trees today than 100 years ago.

WALMART SAY WOMAN’S STORY ABOUT KINDNESS WAS FAKE _ A video went viral over the weekend. A woman shared a story about kindness at a Walmart that included a screaming customer, a broke Walmart employee who’s mom committed suicide that morning, huge hugs and lots of tears. Paige Yore shared on her Facebook that another customer went off on an employee who was having a bad day, but was eventually taken down when the cashier revealed his mom died that morning but he had to work to pay the rent.

… It was a heartwarming story that Yore claims she was a part of — getting a hug from the cashier after delivering kindness to the cashier. But Walmart said Monday the story was fake. The retail giant said, “This is not true.” A rep said that they had spoken to the cashier, and that his mom was alive. He had no idea that someone had made up a story about him. The company also reviewed the security footage from the store, and there was no yelling from another customer, no crying, and no hugging. They said there was some tension with the customer in front of Paige in line, but it was a language barrier issue, and definitely not a big deal. | VIDEO

… Paige appears to be attempting to be some sort of Tony Robbins. Here’s her advice for those who hate their jobs.

NIKE SIGNS LEBRON JAMES TO LIFETIME DEAL _ In 2005 LeBron James told the Associated Press that he wanted to be the first billionaire athlete. It’s starting to look like that’s not out of the realm of possibility. On Monday it was revealed (by ESPN) that LeBron just received a lifetime contract from Nike — the first such deal in the company’s history which makes LeBron the first athlete to get a lifetime endorsement deal. LeBron’s shoe line with Nike brought in $340 million last year.

GRIEVING MOM PUMPS 92 GALLONS OF BREAST MILK FOR SICK BABIES _ When Amy Anderson’s third child was stillborn, doctors provided advice on how to stop the Maine mom’s body lactating. But Amy did exactly the opposite. Despite her grief for her son Bryson, who died in the womb at just 20 weeks, Anderson went on to donate breast milk to help save sick and premature babies.

… Anderson said because Bryson was delivered so early, her breast milk was referred to as pre-term breast milk; it was even more nutrient rich than full-term breast milk, as her body produced it to nourish an extremely small and unwell baby. Because of this the milk bank she donated to decided not to mix her milk with that from any other women, and instead used it to feed the babies most in need of nourishment.

… Anderson pumped for eight months to the day — nearly 92 gallons of milk.

GOOGLE DESIGNS BLOODSUCKING SMARTWATCH _ Google has applied for a patent on a way to draw blood without using a needle. It could be used in a smartwatch to make life easier for people with diabetes. Google’s answer is a tiny cylinder which is configured as a negative pressure barrel filled with a gas and a microparticle. The gas would be triggered with a valve, forcing the microparticle into the skin at high speed causing a tiny puncture. That should result in a tiny amount of blood being ejected, which would be collected in the barrel.

COCA-COLA SORRY FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE VIDEO _ Coca-Cola has apologized for an insensitive ad in which the company showed a group of mostly young, white people visiting Mexico’s indigenous people to bring them soda. The apology came after Coca-Cola received tremendous backlash from Mexican citizens, media outlets as well as several advocacy groups. The soda giant said in a statement: “Our intention was never to be insensitive to or underestimate any indigenous group. We have now removed the video and apologize to anyone who may have been offended.”

… The ad, which was a part of Coke’s “Open Your Heart” campaign, was heavily criticized for white hipster-like people building a Coca-Cola tree for the underprivileged villagers and delivering them coolers filled with soda.

PEOPLE WHO LIKE “PSEUDO-PROFOUND” QUOTES ARE NOT SO SMART _ Researchers (University of Waterloo, Ontario) say people who buy into pseudo-profound quotes are less intelligent. Some examples given by researchers:

• “By maturing, we self-actualize.”

• “We dream, we vibrate, we are reborn.”

• “Choice is the driver of purpose.”

• “A wet person does not fear rain.”

… If you found yourself rolling your eyes at the above quotes, congratulations: Your cynicism may be a sign of intelligence.

WANT TO REDUCE OBESITY? LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA _ Want to take a bite out of the American obesity epidemic? Legalize medical marijuana. That’s the finding of a new study in the journal Health Economics. Researchers (San Diego State University and Cornell University) found that at the state level, passing a medical marijuana law (MML) “is associated with a 2 percent to 6 percent decline in the probability of obesity.” Over the longer term, this effect could be even larger. Taken at face value this doesn’t exactly make sense: Marijuana is a well-known appetite stimulant. Smoke a joint, and before you know it you’re reaching for the Funyuns.

… But researchers says that for older adults, they found that medical marijuana laws “are associated with an increase in physical wellness and frequent exercise.” The possible reason? People are often prescribed medical marijuana for chronic pain, one of the conditions it’s most effective at treating. Older patients are more likely to experience chronic pain. So if medical marijuana reduces pain, it may be allowing those patients to be more active — and hence, burn more calories.

… For younger adults, age 18 to 24, the study found a different dynamic at play. medical marijuana Laws were associated with a 3.1 percent reduction in the probability of alcohol consumption and a 4.8 percent reduction in the probability of binge drinking. They think that medical marijuana availability may lead some younger adults to “substitute away from highly caloric alcoholic beverages toward a lower-calorie marijuana ‘high,’ resulting in lower body weight and likelihood of obesity.”

TO REDUCE WORRYING, USE THE 10-YEAR TEST _ Stress and worry are killing us. We worry about everything. But here’s a test that can reduce worrying: the 10-year test. Something might seem devastating right when it happens, but a decade later you’re unlikely to even remember it. So to stop the worrying ask yourself, “Will this matter in one year, five years, or 10 years?” If it won’t, you need to stop stressing out about it. Move forward.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICIALS ORDER MAN TO KILL ZOMBIE NATIVITY SCENE _ For the second year in a row, Jasen Dixon, manager of an Ohio haunted house, has assembled a zombie nativity scene on his front lawn — and for the second year in a row has been asked to take it down. Last year officials (in Sycamore Township) ordered him to dismantle his display because he didn’t have a permit.

… Unfazed by the squabble in 2014, Dixon began soliciting donations to fund this year’s creepy creation, as well as any potential citations that he predicted he’d get. This year, he took the extra step of securing a permit for his exhibit but received a letter indicating his application had been denied because it violated the town’s zoning code. He has yet to take down the display despite being threatened with a $500 fine for each day he preserves it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVER DIDN’T REALIZE SHE WAS IN NEW JERSEY _ Authorities in New Jersey say a driver who repeatedly told police she was “looking for New Jersey” has been charged with drunken driving.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DEPOSITS MOLDY CASH _ Moldy, wet, torn. No matter how you cut it, cash is cash. And that’s something one man in China took to the bank. The man brought over $750,000 in bills to his bank for deposit. Most of the notes were damp and moldy because he didn’t store them properly. It took bank employees eight hours to count the soggy cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BIBLE STUDY GROUP COMBINES LOVE FOR GOD AND MARIJUANA _ A Bible study group in Colorado says it is “revolutionizing” the concept of sharing God’s Word. Its members smoke marijuana together while discussing the Scripture. Deb Button formed the group after Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana. She posted an invite for the Bible group on Craigslist, and only one attended at first. The first attendee even recalled that Button was “so baked out of her head she forgot that she’d invited me over.” But they talked for four hours during their initial meeting, and both of them knew they were on to something good. The “Stoner Jesus Bible Study” now has several other members including a Mormon, a Catholic, and an atheist. One of its members, Cynthia Joye, said she is certain that if they offered Jesus a pipe, “He wouldn’t say no.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PEOPLE KEPT CALLING COP TO ASK FOR DRUGS _ John Spaans was just trying to enjoy a nice vacation, but people kept calling his cellphone to ask for drugs. Some people even sent text messages with their orders. That might just an annoyance to some people — maybe even funny — but Spaans is a Canadian Mountie. Spaans said at least caller said the actual alleged dealer’s real name. It happened to be the same name as someone police were investigating for possible drug trafficking. So the information inadvertently provided to Spaans was used to obtain a search warrant on an apartment where illegal drugs were found.

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ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — Dolly Parton mentors the artists and performs, and Cassadee Pope performs on tonight’s results show.

THE MUPPETS (8p ET, ABC) — Mindy Kaling appears and Echosmith performs in this new edition. The show will return with new episodes on Feb. 2nd.

SEASON FINALE: SCREAM QUEENS (8p ET, FOX) — The Red Devil is finally unmasked and the killer revealed in the 2-hour finale.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — This is the last new episode of the year. No word on when the show will return with new episodes in 2016.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — This is the last new episode until February 2nd.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.E.I.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — This is the last new episode until March 8th.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — This is the last new episode until January 5th.

IZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — New

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW (10p ET, CBS) — Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge are among lingerie models in this annual special. Scheduled performers include Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — This is the last new episode until January 5th.

SHARK TANK (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST’S SON’S NAME _ Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s newborn son is officially named … Saint West. The couple shared on KimKardashianWest.com the highly-anticipated name. They also revealed that their baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child on Saturday in Los Angeles. Saint joins his big sister North, age 2.

PAMELA ANDERSON TALKS WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN’S CHIEF OF STAFF _ A top Russian official on Monday met with animal rights activist Pamela Anderson at the Kremlin to discuss wildlife conservation. During the televised meeting with President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff (Sergei Ivanov) Anderson expressed her concern about the fate of Russian seals and the prevalence of sea aquariums that keep belugas, orcas and dolphins in captivity. In his opening remarks, the chief of staff praised Anderson for an opportunity to discuss issues of conservation “in the company of beautiful women.”

… Earlier this year, the Anderson wrote to Putin requesting to block the passage of a cargo vessel through the Northern Sea Route, which was said to contain more than 1,700 tons of whale meat traveling from Iceland to Japan.

NETFLIX WILL HAVE 31 ORIGINAL SHOWS NEXT YEAR _ Netflix said Monday it will have more original content in 2016 — lots more. From 16 movies, documentaries and series this year to 31 next year.

CHELSEA HANDLER’S TRAILER FOR NEW NETFLIX SERIES _ The trailer for Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix documentary series has hit the Internet. Chelsea Does is four feature-length documentaries titled Chelsea Does Marriage, Chelsea Does Racism, Chelsea Does Silicon Valley, and “Chelsea Does Drugs. The series launch on Netflix on January 23. | VIDEO

FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR WHO CALLED OBAMA PU**Y SUSPENDED _ (CAUTION) Fox News contributor and former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters was suspended for two weeks on Monday after calling President Barack Obama “a total pu**y.” Peters was asked by Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney to share his initial reaction to the president’s address Sunday night.

… Actress and Fox contributor Stacey Dash was also suspended for two weeks, after deeming Obama’s speech an “epic fail” and saying she felt he “couldn’t give a [blank].”

CONFIRMED: NO JAR JAR OR EWOKS IN STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS _ J.J. Abrams has confirmed that the two most controversial creatures in the six prior Star Wars films — Jar Jar Binks and the Ewoks — won’t appear in the new film.

HUFFINGTON POST DUMPS TRUMP _ Donald Trump’s been knocked out of the Entertainment section of the Huffington Post. HuffPo, which had been covering Trump’s presidential campaign in its Entertainment section, has decided to pull him from the section on Monday, after he called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said in a statement on the website that Trump’s campaign, which began as a “sideshow,” has “also morphed into something else: an ugly and dangerous force in American politics.” While the site will no longer cover Trump’s campaign in the Entertainment section, she added, “that’s not to say we’ll be treating it as if it were a normal campaign.”

ARIEL WINTER HINTS SHE IS SINGLE _ Ariel Winter is ready for her next chapter. In a series of Instagram posts Monday, the Modern Family star revealed that she is apparently now single. She had been dating boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette. She captioned a photo from Beyoncé’s Single Ladies video: “Start of a new week, start of a new chapter #dancinglikebeyoncemood.”

ADELE WASN’T ELIGIBLE FOR A GRAMMY _ On Monday various websites were putting up stories about Adele being “snubbed” by the Grammy Awards or not getting nominated for anything. The Grammy deadline every year is September 30. Adele’s album 25 wasn’t released in time to be nominated for a Grammy. Which means her album will be the big deal in February 2017.

RONNIE WOOD SET TO BE FATHER OF TWINS AT 68 _ Rock ’n’ roll grandpa Ronnie Wood — the Rolling Stones guitarist with nine grandchildren — is about to become a father again at age 68, and this time he’s having twins. Ronnie and his 37-year-old third wife, Sally Humphreys — who is younger than two of his kids — will welcome the two bundles of next summer.

NEW ON DVD TODAY

Minions

Ant-Man

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection

Transporter Refueled

Walt Before Mickey

Doc Martin, Series 7

Family Guy Season 13

Hannibal: Season 3

X-Files: The Collector’s Set

Under the Dome: Season 3

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AUDIO

NEW TO THE PRO AUDIO PAGE

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Bill Gates

• TOPICAL: Fox News commentator fired for calling Obama a bad name (caution).

• SONG: Too Fat for the Chimney by Gisele Mackenzie (1957). Use as an intro to a Christmas break or for a comparison of songs then and now.

• TOPICAL: Ellen recently helped Kim Kardashian with baby names.

• TOPICAL: President Obama speaks to the country on Sunday, December 6.

• REAL CALLER AUDIO: Family Christmas traditions.

• OFFBEAT: President Obama sings Jingle Bells.

• MOVIE: Krampus is in theaters. The mythical character is bigger in Europe. We have Austrian actor Christoph Waltz explaining Krampus to Jimmy Fallon.

• TOPICAL: Roger Ebert in 1983 defends Star Wars.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice: Chelsea Handler

• DROPS: Big package of Friday-related clips.

• CONTEST: Mystery Voice: Taylor Swift

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

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

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

• DROPS: Funny Christmas clips package — many clips!

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BITS & BREAKS

WORST BOSS GIFTS

Business experts say employees shouldn’t be giving gifts to bosses. But bosses can give gifts to employees, and often do. And sometimes they fail. People were asked to share the bad Christmas gifts their bosses gave…

• Boss gave everyone gift certificates to his favorite paintball game location.

• Boss gave everyone three $5 gift cards: one to McDonald’s, one to Taco Bell, one to Wendy’s. On each envelope he wrote “Lunch is on me.”

• Cat-loving boss gave everyone a page-a-day cat calendar.

• Boss gave everyone a holiday greeting card and signed it, “Ho-ho-ho, I’m upgrading our restroom toilet paper!”

• Boss wrapped and gave to employees books she’d finished reading.

ABOUT CHRISTMAS

• Christmas comes from Old English, “Cristes maesse” or “Mass of Christ.”

• A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

• The holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” was originally a box office flop.

• The real Santa Claus was born in 280 A.D. as Nicholas. He commonly wore a red and white Bishop’s robe.

• “Xmas” is considered by some to be a disrespectful abbreviation. But the Old English word for Christmas begins with X. The Greek word for “Christ,” from which the English is derived, begins with the Greek letter chi, or X. So, X is an appropriate abbreviation for Christ.

• The first electric Christmas tree lights were telephone switchboard lights.

• In 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to make Christmas a legal holiday.

• Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces and firs can be eaten.

• “Hot Cockles” was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. In the game, players took turns striking a blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow.

• Boris Karloff was the voice of the Grinch in the animated classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

• Seven out of 10 dogs get Christmas gifts from their owners.

SMALL THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

From Real Simple magazine. Ways to make people feel good this winter that don’t take much money or time.

• Take a dozen cookies to your local fire or police station. Bring the kids along to say thank you for their constant service.

• When guests are leaving your house. Escort them to the car instead of just the front door. If you’re driving someone home, make sure they’re inside the house before you pull away.

• When the temperature dips. Offer the mail carrier or the teenager shoveling your walkway a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Buy disposable cups with lids so they can have them to go.

• Bring a box of donuts in to work for your building’s maintenance staff. They don’t always get properly thanked during the holidays.

• When someone gives you a bottle of wine as a gift, or brings it to a party you’re throwing, jot their name down on the label. Then down the road when you finally pop the cork, dial up your friend to let them know you’re having a drink in their honor. It’s a small gesture, but it packs a big punch in the feel-good department.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA:In a survey of the top 250 restaurant chains, 165 have kids menus. What’s the item on more of those menus than any other? (Chicken fingers)

TRIVIA: The average adult has 14 of these a minute — the average infant 33. What? (Breaths)

MYSTERY VOICE

Question: Who is this guy?

Answer: Bill Gates

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A farmer lived on a quiet rural highway. But as time went by, the traffic slowly built up. The traffic became so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day. So one day he called the sheriff’s office and said, “You’ve got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens.” “What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff. “I don’t care,” replied the farmer, “just do something about those speeding drivers!” So the next day he had the county go out and put up a sign that said: “SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING.” Three days later the farmer called the sheriff and said, “You’ve got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing’ sign seems to make them go faster!” So the sheriff sends out the county and they put up a new sign: “SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.” And that really sped them up. So the farmer called the sheriff again and said, “Your signs are doing no good. Is it all right for me to put up my own sign?” The exasperated sheriff said, “Sure thing, put up your own sign.” Three weeks later, the sheriff drove out to the farmer’s house to see how the farmer had solved the problem. He couldn’t miss the farmer’s sign. It was a whole sheet of plywood. And written in large letters were the bold words: “SLOW: NUDIST RESORT.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Half-court shot fail in Australia.

https://youtu.be/I7ltIN3i3Zc

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Dude Perfect’s RC edition.

• When your radio show prep service gives you a list… do the work.

• Top 25 News Photos of 2015.

• Hard to believe it’s been a year since we got this “special” Michael Bay Edition Star Wars trailer.

• We actually bought these $15 Amazon headphones — and they don’t suck.

Trailer Town is a beautifully designed site featuring a curated feed of the latest trailers.

• Blog: Boomerang is your awesome show producer and digital assistant.

• Time to Elf Yourself again?

• 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.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 8, 2015

• 1956: 11-year-old BRENDA LEE released her debut single, I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus.

• 1963: FLATT & SCRUGGS performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

• 1982: At the age of 57 MARTY ROBBINS died of a heart attack in Nashville. He scored hits on the country charts from 1956-1982 and earned 18 gold singles.

• 1986: WILLIE NELSON’s Greatest Hits And Some That Will Be album was certified double platinum.

• 1997: LEANN RIMES took home four Billboard Music Awards including Top Artist and Top Country Artist of the year.

• 1997: GARTH BROOKS was honored with an Artist Achievement award at the Billboard Music Awards.

• 2003: ALABAMA became the first act from the entertainment industry to receive the United Nations International Achievement Award, which salutes those who have made significant contributions to the well-being of individuals and communities. Previous honorees included Desmond Tutu and the founder of Habitat For Humanity.

• 2003: BROOKS & DUNN received their own poker chip from the Las Vegas gaming commission at the beginning of their three night stand at the Las Vegas Hilton.

• 2005: GARTH BROOKS’ boxed set, The Limited Series, available only through Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, was certified platinum.

• 2005: DIERKS BENTLEY’s album Modern Day Drifter was certified platinum. Hits included A Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do and Come A Little Closer.

• 2009: JASON ALDEAN’s album Wide Open was certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. It was the only country album by a male artist in 2009 released and achieving platinum status that year. Hits included Big Green Tractor and She’s Country.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT’s album Speak Now was certified triple platinum, becoming her third consecutive album to do so.

SHENANDOAH member Marty Raybon is 56.

SAM HUNT is 31.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

NEW TO THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE

• KEITH URBAN talks about his dad.

• KEITH URBAN’s father has died. He helped wife Nicole get through the death of her father in 2014.

• LEANN RIMES sings Christmas tunes with fans using Sing! app.

• KIX BROOKS remembers a certain Christmas Eve call about a baby.

• 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.

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

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Grammy nominations were announced Monday. LITTLE BIG TOWN (Song of the Year for Girl Crush), CHRIS STAPLETON (Album of the Year for Traveler) and SAM HUNT (New Artist) will compete for Grammy Awards in overall categories. The show will air February 15 on CBS from Los Angeles. Here are the country nominees:

• Best Country Album: SAM HUNT, Montevallo; LITTLE BIG TOWN, Painkiller; KACEY MUSGRAVES, Pageant Material; ASHLEY MONROE, The Blade; CHRIS STAPLETON, Traveler

• Best Country Song (award to songwriter): LEE ANN WOMACK’s Chances Are; TIM MCGRAW’s Diamond Rings And Old Bar Stools; LITTLE BIG TOWN, Girl Crush; BRANDY CLARK’s Hold My Hand; CHRIS STAPLETON’s Traveler

• Best Country Solo Performance: CAM, Burning House; CARRIE UNDERWOOD, Little Toy Guns; CHRIS STAPLETON, Traveler; KEITH URBAN, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16; LEE ANN WOMACK, Chances Are

• Best Country Duo or Group Performance: BROTHERS OSBORNE, Stay A Little Longer; JOEY + RORY, If I Needed You; CHARLES KELLEY with DIERKS BENTLEY and ERIC PASLAY, The Driver; LITTLE BIG TOWN, Girl Crush; BLAKE SHELTON featuring ASHLEY MONROE, Lonely Tonight

DAN + SHAY (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) have their first number one (Billboard and Mediabase) this week with their latest single Nothin’ Like You.

KEITH URBAN’s father, Robert, died Saturday night (December 5) after a long battle with cancer. Keith is thankful for all the fan support and says his dad instilled a deep love for America and country music in him.

… Get some related audio from the Country Audio page.

GARTH BROOKS will return to Las Vegas next year for what he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience, and on Monday he extended that experience with additional dates in Sin City. On June 24 and June 25, 2016, Garth will begin his Las Vegas residency at the newly opened Las Vegas Arena. The previously announced dates for this tour stop are July 2 through July 4.

TRISHA YEARWOOD visits CBS’ The Talk today (Tuesday) for a performance.

CHRIS YOUNG visits The Ellen Show today (Tuesday) to perform I’m Comin’ Over.

CHRIS YOUNG has rescheduled the three postponed dates on his I’m Comin’ Over Tour. His concert in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will now take place January 7; he’ll visit Rochester, Minnesota, January 8; and he’ll do Duluth, Minnesota, January 9.

DOLLY PARTON guests this morning (Tuesday) on The Today Show (NBC) as well as today on The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. She’ll also visit NBC’s The Voice tonight to perform Coat of Many Colors.

… CASSADEE POPE returns to The Voice tonight (Tuesday).

RASCAL FLATTS will perform I Like The Sound of That and My Wish as part of CBS’ A Home For The Holidays, airing December 18. The show aims to raise awareness of adoption.

If you ask LORETTA LYNN, the next President will be Donald Trump. Loretta says she’s impressed with the billionaire and thinks he has a good chance to win next year’s election. Loretta has performed for former Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and was also a strong supporter of George H.W. Bush.

Nashville actress CLARE BOWEN is newly engaged to Brandon Robert Young. The couple became engaged Saturday night (December 5) after Clare performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

MARK WILLS has signed a deal with firearm manufacturer Remington. Mark is a life-long hunter will spend part of 2016 helping the gun company celebrate its 200th anniversary.

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DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 9, 2015

This is day 343 of 2015. There are 22 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kirk Douglas is 99

• Judi Dench is 81

• Beau Bridges is 74

• Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 63

• John Malkovich is 62

• Donny Osmond is 58

• Felicity Huffman is 53

• Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is 45

• Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) is 37

• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1793: New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, was established by Noah Webster.

• 1851: The first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec.

• 1907: Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. The proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.

• 1992: Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

• 1994: President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.

• 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.

• 2004: Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.

• 2005: A man accused of burglarizing an auto-repair shop and stealing cash and a digital camera apparently didn’t plan on a fresh snowfall. Lansdale, Pennsylvania, police said footprints in the new snow led to the arrest of David J. Schild Jr. The footprints went right from the scene of the burglary to the front door where he lived.

• 2008: A 3-year-old Virginia boy was rescued after spending the night in the woods with only his puppies to keep him warm. Jaylynn Thorpe was found about a half-mile from where he disappeared after wandering away from his baby sitter’s house. They found him wet with his dogs with him. Officials believe the boy slept sandwiched between the two 12-week-old puppies, which they say helped keep him warm through the 21-hour ordeal.

• 2008: The Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich, was arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

• 2014: The U.S. Senate intelligence committee released its report on CIA interrogation methods after 9/11. The report found that the CIA hid many of its actions from Congress and former President George W. Bush.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cremation Day

• Christmas Card Day

• Pastry Day

• Brownie Day (the food, not the organization for girls)

UPCOMING

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

• December 23: Festivus

• December 25: Christmas Day

• January 1: New Year’s Day

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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