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This is day 310 of 2014. There are 55 days remaining.
• Sally Field is 68
• Singer Glenn Frey is 66
• Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place, Gossip Girl) is 46
• Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Dead Poets Society) is 44
• Thandie Newton is 42
• Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 42
• Emma Stone (Amazing Spider-Man series, Birdman) is 26
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1947: Meet The Press made its television debut.
• 1861: James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in Ontario, Canada.
• 1976: Pat Tillman was born. Tillman was an NFL player who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.
• 1995: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.
• 1997: Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
• 2001: Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.
• 2006: In Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, a guy awoke in a bed full of flames. The man, a smoker, then tried to drag the burning mattress outside the front door. In the process he spread fire through the home.
• 2007: Managers at a company in Australia weren’t worried when a burglar stole a piece of their equipment — probably because the item stolen was a $13,000 GPS tracking device, used by the company’s customers to track really expensive assets. Sure enough, a few days later the thief plugged the unit in and the company was immediately notified of its location. The company then notified police.
• 2012: Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.
• It’s Nachos Day.
• Today is Men Make Dinner Day.
• Today is Saxophone Day.
• Veteran’s Day: November 11
• Final NASCAR race of Sprint Cup season (Ford EcoBoost 400): November 16
• Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 27
• Black Friday: November 28
• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7
• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17
4: Votes received for “Mr. Potato Head” in the 1985 Boise, Idaho, election.
Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement. [His girlfriend said that yes, she’d marry him with the proviso that in no way on God’s green earth should he ever expect her to take his last name.]
Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement. [Now comes the wedding planning which means that Sherlock Holmes is about to suddenly find out that absolutely nothing in life is elementary.]
NASCAR announced penalties for crew members involved in a brawl last week. [The punishment wasn’t exactly severe. For a week crew members are restricting to using wrenches only with their non-dominant hand.]
A new report says that among industrialized nations South Korea has the most unhappy schoolchildren due to the intense unrelenting academic pressure that they’re under to get high grades and succeed. [American school kids can really relate. Not academically, of course. I was referring to picking out a prom dress.]
A San Francisco woman has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison for operating a phoney college. [How do you know that you’re stupid? You just flunked out of a fake school.]
A researcher says that Google Glass blocks your peripheral vision. [He said that the whole time he was wearing his he was completely unaware of just how many people standing on the side were making fun of him.]
This week a company released a working communicator modeled after the ones that crew members wore on their uniforms on Star Trek. [Why would I be interested in a little lightweight communicator when I can wrap my two hands around my new giant iPhone 6?]
Forbes has once again named Vladimir Putin as the World’s Most Powerful Person. [My money was on that woman who was able to get George Clooney married.]
In England a 19-year-old amateur unlicensed tattoo artist will spend 8 months in jail for giving a 13-year-old girl a neck tattoo that was supposed to read, “Believe” but reads, “Belleve.” He was also sentenced to 120 of community service. [Mostly at local spelling bees.]
FOR FACEBOOK USERS, MARIJUANA WAS THE BIGGEST ISSUE _ Marijuana, one of the biggest ballot issues of the 2014 midterms, was also the most-talked-about topic on Facebook, according to data from the social network. On election day Facebook logged 58 million interactions having to do with the election from 27 million users. Marijuana was one of the biggest issues of the 2014 midterms, appearing on ballots in some form in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C., all of which legalized recreational use of pot. Guam voted to legalize medicinal use of the drug. In Florida, 58% of voters supported legalizing medical use, falling short of the necessary 60%.
… The other issues that lit up Facebook were more general, with taxes, Obamacare, education and voter fraud founding out the top five.
DINERS SHOCKED WHEN ‘$37.50’ WINE ACTUALLY COSTS $3,750 _ A group of Atlantic City diners got a very pricey lesson recently on how to order wine. It all started when Joe Lentini, while at a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata hotel and casino last week, decided to split a bottle of wine with two others in the party of 10. The host of the dinner, who was paying the bill, told Lentini to choose. Lentini told the waitress he didn’t know much about wine and asked her to recommend “something decent”; she pointed to a bottle and Lentini, who wasn’t wearing his glasses, asked how much. Her response: “Thirty-seven fifty.” Imagine the group’s surprise, then, when their bill totaled more than $4,700 — because the wine, Screaming Eagle’s Oakville 2011, actually cost $3,750. After discussions with the waitress and the manager, the restaurant would only bring the price down to $2,200, which Lentini and two others split so they could leave.
… The three wine drinkers say the waitress definitely said “thirty-seven fifty,” not “three-thousand, seven-hundred and fifty.” After an investigation, the executive VP of the restaurant says it was determined that “both the server and sommelier verified the bottle requested with the patron,” and that’s that.
… The New York Post says you can snag a bottle of the same wine online for $1,000.
BASKIN ROBBINS INTRODUCES CAMOUFLAGE ICE CREAM _ Baskin Robbins has announced that its flavor of the month will be “First Class Camouflage” in honor of Veterans Day to pay tribute to the troops. It might sound a little strange, but it’s amazing — a combination of chocolate, salty caramel, and cake-flavored ice cream. The company also says it will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO).
JEEP HISTORY IS LITERALLY BUILT INTO CAR DEALERSHIP’S FOUNDATION _ Hamilton, Ontario’s Bay King Chrysler is one of several dealerships across the country who have capitalized on our thirst for nostalgia by finding themselves a vintage piece of machinery to display in their showroom. Bay King could have just put their 1943 Willys MB jeep out there on the floor and got plenty of attention with it. Then they talked about doing something a little more interactive and wrapping a kids’ jungle gym around it. Instead they went for a third option: a glass floor that looks down into the jeep. Now as customers walk over the 1943 Willys they can pause to take in a bit of history. Video
MORE VIOLENT GAMES HAVEN’T RESULTED IN MORE YOUTH VIOLENCE _ Here’s another card to pull out of your deck, the next time someone sees a mass shooting reported on television and says “Actually, it’s about video games.” Christopher Ferguson, a researcher from Stetson University in Florida, tried to determine whether there was any connection between violent video game content and increased levels of youth violence. Ferguson’s study, which uses data collected over a 15 year period, indicates that increased availability of violent video game content actually coincides with drops in youth violence. Ferguson used game ratings from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) to measure availability of violent video game content in a given year, and compared this data to federal statistics on youth violence.
… Ferguson points out that he’s not arguing that playing violent video games in and of itself decreases levels of youth violence. If violent games did cause youth violence, however, he says one would expect to see some relationship between availability of violent content and acts of violence committed by youths. Especially when the data sets were taken over a decade and a half.
SURVEY FINDS PEOPLE TEXT AND DRIVE KNOWING DANGERS _ Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway. In a survey of drivers who text daily — regardless of where they are — 98 percent said they were aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel. Nonetheless, three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving. More than a quarter of those who texted while driving believed they “can easily do several things at once, even while driving.”
MAN OFFERS FREE PLANE TICKETS TO WOMAN WHO FITS VERY SPECIFIC CRITERIA _ Want to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world with a handsome but heartbroken guy who’s offering a free plane ticket to the right gal? What’s the catch? Two things: 1) You must be Canadian, and 2) your name must be Elizabeth Gallagher. Here’s how 27-year-old Jordan Axani is offering this sweetheart of a deal. Back in March, the Canadian bachelor booked around-the-world plane tickets for himself and his girlfriend at the time — Elizabeth Gallagher. The pair has since parted ways, leaving Axani with the itinerary of a lifetime but no traveling companion. Why not just exchange the ticket and bring a buddy? Axani explains on his Reddit page: “Anyone familiar with with the archaic system that is modern air travel will know that a name change on a ticket is damn near impossible. After months of thinking, this is really the best idea I could come up with. Don’t fail me now, internet.”
… The 18-day whirlwind tour, which begins December 21 and leaves from New York’s JFK airport, includes visits to Milan, Paris, Bangkok, and New Delhi, before landing in Toronto in early January. Alexi says: “I am not looking for anything in return. I am not looking for companionship, romance, drugs, a trade, or to take selfies with you in front the Christmas Market in Prague.”
DUMBEST DRUG SMUGGLER EVER _ A woman named Sylvia Mashiah was just chilling, working her way thorough a customs checkpoint at the Mexican border near San Diego with an alleged 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her car. Then she did something really stupid. After being found clean during the primary inspection she was released to head on her merry way — then she reportedly made a wrong turn, right into a lot reserved for suspect vehicles to be examined by federal agents. This secondary inspection involves a more thorough questioning of the driver, a closer inspection of the vehicle, and a canine review of the auto. It was there that they found 12.45 kilos of methamphetamine in 17 packages concealed in her 2006 Ford Focus’s rear quarter panels.
DORITOS TESTING CHRISTMAS TREE-SHAPED CHIPS IN JAPAN _ Do you think that seasonal snacks have gotten out of hand here in the United States? Maybe they have, but that doesn’t make a new holiday themed product from Doritos in Japan any less amazing. They’re selling soup-flavored green tortilla chips… shaped like Christmas trees. Soup-flavored corn chips might sound kind of wacky, but they aren’t anywhere near as wacky as the previous version of tree-shaped Doritos that was sold in Taiwan a few years ago. Those were made of yellow corn and turkey flavored. These chips are colored green with white corn cream stew flavored powder on them. Christmas is celebrated in Japan, as a secular holiday with parties, decorations, and now special tortilla chips.
SCHOOL’S ROBOCALL-GONE-WRONG TELLS PARENTS THEIR KIDS ARE ALL MISSING _ The parents of 717 students at John Adams Elementary School in Corona, California, recently suffered a collective near-heart attack after receiving an automated phone message saying that their child was missing from class. The calls went out because of a glitch. But imagine getting that automated message: Your child is missing. Wouldn’t you freak out? Now think of parents like Angel Lomeli, who has four kids at the school and received a separate call about each. Parents described the eight minutes between the robocall and its retraction as the longest of his life. The incident was blamed on “human error coupled with technology error.”
FIREMEN FORCED TO DON GAS MASKS TO RESCUE OBESE MAN _ Firemen in Germany were forced to don gas masks to rescue a bedridden obese man who had not washed in five years. Neighbors of the 350-pound man thought their apartment block (near Stuttgart) had been targeted in a chemical attack when firemen turned up wearing bio-hazard suits and respirators. But it was because of conditions inside the 65-year-old’s apartment. The place was knee deep in garbage, from rotting pizza boxes to old food and food cans. Firemen had to break down the front door to his apartment down because there was too much trash behind it to push open. A neighbor had called police after hearing rhythmic tapping on her ceiling — his SOS for help. The man was too fat to exit through the door to his home and had to be lowered with a crane to a waiting ambulance.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WILD BOAR BREAKS INTO GERMAN HARDWARE STORE _ German police said a burglar alarm at a hardware store early Wednesday was triggered by a wild boar that broke in by ramming the glass doors. The store’s manager arrived and opened the front doors allowing the boar to escape.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY WOKE UP WITH 20 LIVE MAGGOTS LIVING UNDER HIS SKIN _ Flies are annoying, am I right? Tumbu flies — they’re creepy and disgusting. What’s a tumbu fly? Why it’s a fly whose larvae feeds on living human tissue. Yes, living. As in, not dead. And a guy in China was found to have 20 maggots living under his skin after he complained of sore and itchy blotches on his body. The man had spent six months working in Africa. When he returned home, he went to see local doctors about his itchy skin but his condition did not improve. He endured the itching for another two weeks before seeing a dermatologist. The dermatologist examined the man’s sores and determined that maggots were nestled underneath under the skin of his abdomen and right thigh. The man later underwent a minor surgical procedure to extract a total of 20 wriggling live maggots from his body. He can thank a tumbu fly for gifting him with the creepy maggots.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS OUT WIFE IS PREGNANT AFTER USING HER URINE FOR HIS DRUG TEST _ An Egyptian bus driver found out that his wife was two months pregnant after submitting her urine in place of his own for a mandatory drug test. After he assured officials that the sample was his own, he was reportedly told, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant.”
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New
GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — Geena Davis, Kelly McCreary (Dr. Emily Owens, MD) and Connie Ray (The Big C) guest star in this new episode.
BONES (8p ET, FOX) — Downton Abby star Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) guest stars in this new episode.
THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) — NFL stars Michael Irvin, Donald Driver and Willie McGinest visit the ranch in this new edition.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New
MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Jaime Pressly and Kevin Pollak guest star in this new episode.
SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — Michael Trucco (Revenge) guest stars in this new episode.
TWO AND A HALF MEN (9p ET, CBS) — New
BAD JUDGE (9p ET, NBC) — Rachel Harris (The Hangover) guest stars in this new episode.
GRACEPOINT (9p ET, FOX) — New
REIGN (9p ET, CW) — New
PROJECT RUNWAY ALL-STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — The designers must create feminine looks from the materials at a construction site. Snooki & JWoww are the guest judges.
SEASON PREMIERE: WHITE COLLAR (9p ET, USA) — The 6th and final season begins tonight.
THE MCCARTHYS (9:30p ET, CBS) — New
A TO Z (9:30p ET, NBC) — New
ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Sonya Walger (Lost) and Zak Orth (Revolution) guest star in this new episode.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New
PARENTHOOD (10p ET, NBC) — New
COVERT AFFAIRS (10p ET, USA) — Covert Affairs returns with new episodes to finish out its 5th season.
TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘1989’ IS NO. 1 ON THE U.S. ALBUM CHART _ Taylor Swift’s 1989 is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, selling 1.287 million copies during its first week in release. Taylor’s fifth studio album has sold the most records in a week since 2002 when The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million copies. Although it has only been available since last week, 1989 is already the second best-selling album of the year, behind only the soundtrack to the animated phenomenon Frozen, which has sold 3.2 million copies.
PIPPA MIDDLETON TO BE ‘TODAY’ SHOW CORRESPONDENT _ Pippa Middleton might soon become a special correspondent for NBC’s Today show. A source says Kate Middleton’s younger sister has been in talks with NBC since her first ever television appearance aired on the network in July and she’s working on a test piece that will determine if she’d be a good fit.
KALEY AND RYAN HAVE ‘SPLIT,’ IF SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS COUNT _ The rumors about Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting are coming in rapid-fire fashion. The latest buzz about the newlywed couple is Kaley and Ryan have split… sort of. According to a report by Star Magazine, the Big Bang Theory star and her husband are no longer sharing a bed together, and are sleeping in separate rooms. Kaley and Ryan have only been married less than a year,and allegedly they are already feuding. Moreover, some tabloids and online media sites have claimed the couple is on the verge of divorce. So why is Ryan supposedly bunking in a guest room of their Los Angeles mansion? Because he is “tired” of Kaley’s “erratic behavior.”
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH ENGAGED TO SOPHIE HUNTER _ Benedict Cumberbatch got engaged to Sophie Hunter. He’s an up-and-coming actor who’s had bit parts in a couple of TV shows and movies, she’s a 36-year-old actress and theater director.
JON GOSSELIN WOULD GO BACK ON TV WITH KATE AGAIN _ Father of eight and former reality TV star Jon Gosselin was recently evicted from his rural Pennsylvania home because, reportedly, he couldn’t keep a job and pay rent. On Wednesday he said he’d happily go back on TV with his ex-wife Kate, for the kids. He explains: “I would consider appearing on Couples Therapy with Kate … We’re divorced, but why can’t we co-parent? I was thinking Kate and I could do a televised sit-down with a doctor and work out our differences, because our kids are suffering.” Jon went on VH1’s Couples Therapy last season with his now-ex-girlfriend, some 20-something named Liz. Kate has not responded to Jon’s offer.
A MICHAEL JACKSON CLONE MAY SOON BE COMING TO OUR PLANET _ The King of Pop won’t be rising from the dead, but there could be several replicas. MSN News reports The King of Pop passed away in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but in the years leading up to his demise he paid millions of dollars to European scientists engaged in cutting edge genetic research to create replicas of himself. Michael’s wish was that the replicas would be able to carry on his legacy after his passing and he made “safe deposits” of his sperm in three different medical facilities across the world to be used if he died. Director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research Michael C. Luckman has made this claim, revealing the information was given to him by late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier, who designed stage costumes for Michael and his sister Janet Jackson, and was friends with their sibling La Toya Jackson.
ROYAL PAINS’ RENEWED THROUGH SEASON 8 BY USA NETWORK _ The life length of “Royal Pains” has just been extended by two more seasons. USA Network announced on Wednesday that it has given the doctor drama a green light for season 7 and 8.
NBC ORDERS EXTRA MARRY ME EPISODES _ NBC is sticking with Marry Me, for better or for worse. The network has ordered five more episodes of its freshman comedy, bringing its first-season count to 18 episodes. The series debuted October 14 to 7.5 million total viewers.
KEVIN SPACEY, MICHAEL SHANNON SET FOR ‘ELVIS AND NIXON’ _ Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon will star in “Elvis and Nixon,” the historical drama based on a real meeting between the King of Rock and onetime President of the United States. Shannon will play Elvis Presley and Spacey will portray Richard Nixon. “Elvis and Nixon” recounts the morning of December 21, 1970, when Presley showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world. He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS HAVING A BABY BOY _ Carrie Underwood let out a big secret at Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards. Actually, her CMAs co-host Brad Paisley did the spilling, revealing the sex of her baby. Brad said during their opening monologue, “We’re pregnant. Can you please just tell me what we’re having?” Carrie whispered into Brad’s ear, and he cried, “I’m so happy! I know something y’all don’t know.” A short time later Brad said, “We could name him Garth.” Carrie shot back, “What are you doing? What’s wrong with you? You gotta be kidding me. You kept that secret for a whole two minutes.”
‘LEMONY SNICKET’ SERIES COMING TO NETFLIX _ Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is getting a small-screen version. Netflix announced that it has acquired the rights to produce a series based on the 13 best-selling novels by Daniel Handler, who often writes under his pen name Lemony Snicket. Netflix will be producing the series in association with Paramount Television. Paramount Pictures was the studio behind 2004’s movie “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” starring Jim Carrey. The actor is not expected to reprise his role for the TV project.
AC/DC DRUMMER CHARGED IN ATTEMPTED MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT _ AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to arrange a murder in New Zealand, along threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Rudd, the 60-year-old drummer of the legendary rock group, allegedly attempted to procure the murder of two men, and was arrested Thursday. His Taraunga home was reportedly raided Thursday morning. Rudd joined the Australian band in 1975, but was subsequently kicked out in 1983. He rejoined in 1994 and has been with the band ever since.
MINNIE DRIVER ADDED TO NBC’S ‘PETER PAN LIVE CAST _ A month before its scheduled premiere, “Peter Pan Live!” hired another actor. The show has added Minnie Driver to its cast ensemble to portray grown-up Wendy Darling. The actress will also serve as narrator of the NBC holiday musical event.
… Adapted from the classic Broadway musical which was based on the famous classic tale, the holiday musical event will air Thursday, December 4 on NBC.
SMELLS OFFENSIVE ONLY TO YOU
It’s a tough time of year if you find the smell of pumpkin to be offensive. A friend hates the smell of pumpkin. Pies, lattes, you name it. What smell is everyone okay with that you hate? Here are six calls to help launch your local phoner. » download
STUFF YOU PUT IN THE DISHWASHER
Lately I’ve been having fun with using the dishwasher to wash stuff other than dishes. Like my toothbrush. And the pop-out rubber insert for my car’s cup holder. Great way to clean the gunk out of that! What stuff do you wash in the dishwasher? Here are a few real calls to help with the phones. » download
SHOULD YOU DISCIPLINE OTHER PEOPLE’S KIDS?
You’ve got a problem. When your friend and her son come over the little guy likes to run around the house and jump on furniture and generally disrespect your space — and mom does nothing. You need advice: Can you discipline other people’s kids? Here are a few calls to help with the phones. » download
HOW DID YOU STINK UP YOUR CAR?
You, the spouse, or the kids left something in the car and it stunk it up. You couldn’t find it for days now the stink won’t go away. Here are four calls to help with the phones. » download
I KNOW IT’S FALL WHEN
Ask your listeners to complete this sentence: “I know it’s fall when…” You can get things going with the help of these three calls. » download
WHY DID YOU NEED STITCHES?
Who just got stitches: you? A co-worker? Ask your listeners how they got their stitches and use these real calls to help with the phones. » download
BLACK FRIDAY STARTING ON THANKSGIVING Macy’s and Toys R Us will open just as some will be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Launch a phoner with these real calls. » download
BLACK FRIDAY FIGHTS
(From the archive) Ever witness a good Black Friday fight? One real call to launch a phoner. » download
WHAT DO YOU MISS BEFORE THE INTERNET?
What do you miss before the Internet? Here’s one I hadn’t thought of: a friend of mine who’s a great cook says they miss cookbooks. She still has some it’s just easier to go online for recipes. What do you miss from before the Internet? Some real calls to help launch the phones » download
In my garage this morning, staring at me through the dark, was a possum. They are the creepiest animals, aren’t they? What’s your animal encounter story? Two real calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
DROP: JIMMINY CRICKETS!
A female caller exclaims, “Jimminy crickets, that’s great!” » download
RULES FOR TEXTING
I’d like to have a law or rule that when you’re out with your kid your attention should be on him or her. For 30 minutes I saw a mom on her smartphone while her little guy, maybe 4, ran around a coffee shop trying to entertain himself. Every minute or so he’d come back to his mom and ask a question but her iPhone kept winning. What are your rules for texting? Two calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
WHAT DID YOUR PET EAT?
We all have those stories of the dog slamming an entire pizza, or a drawer of socks. Share your personal story then open the phones. » download
FILL IN THE BLANK: YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO…
This one’s good to launch on Facebook. Simply post: “Fill in the blank: You’re never to old to ____.” Then use the best responses plus these quick calls to get more calls. Three calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
“We were talking about this stuff one year ago…”
• WOMAN HAS NEVER EATEN A PIECE OF VEGETABLE OR FRUIT _ Faye Campbell shared she had eaten nothing but junk food for the last 16 years. While most women would probably have serious weight problems by sticking to this eating habit, Faye is actually regular-sized and weighs about 136 pounds. Faye’s daily diet consists only of chips, pizza, toast, cheeseburgers and basically any other type of junk food you can imagine.
• WOMAN GREW A MUSTACHE FOR MOVEMBER _ A UK woman, 29-year-old Sarah O’Neill, was growing a mustache for Movember to raise money for cancer. O’Neill was able to do so because she has polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes her to have excess facial hair.
• SCHOOL SWITCHED FROM MEATBALLS TO MEAT CUBES _ A school in Sweden switched from traditional round meatballs to meat cubes. Cafeteria workers said constantly rolling thousands of meatballs by hand was both time-consuming and potentially injury-causing due to the strain it put on their wrists. Workers were given the go-ahead to cut the meat into small cubes instead of having to roll it into balls.
• JOE BIDEN CONGRATULATED WRONG MARTY WALSH _ Marty Walsh won the race for Boston mayor in 2013. But it was another Marty Walsh of Boston who received a congratulatory call from Vice President Joe Biden. Biden called Walsh on his cellphone and said, “You son of a gun, Marty! You did it!” Walsh said he thanked Biden, but explained that he had the wrong Marty Walsh. Walsh is president of a government relations firm in Boston.
• HOW YOU PICK YOUR NOSE REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY _ A researcher claimed those who pick their noses in private lack openness, while people who do it in public “are extremely open, imaginative, curious, creative, adventurous, original and artistic.” Dr. Victor Laszlo said those who pick “as though excavating a mine are neurotic, anxious, insecure and emotional, with excessive cravings or urges and unrealistic ideas,” while “those who roll the snot up into a little ball and eat it are extroverts… in need of excess stimulation.”
• ASK HER OUT ON A SUNNY DAY _ Check the forecast, guys. Researchers in not-so-sunny Brittany, France, said they’d sent five handsome business students to approach hundreds of young women in a park to ask them out. On sunny days, positive responses hit 22%; it was 14% on overcast days.
VIRAL MOMENTS THAT TURNED OUT TO BE MARKETING STUNTS
There have been a lot of questions about whether or not overnight Internet darling ‘Alex from Target‘ is a real viral sensation or a just a marketing ploy. Okay, the whole thing’s a marketing play — but by what company? Target? Starbucks? Some other company that’s been taking credit?
Here are some other viral sensations that broke our hearts when we found out they weren’t real:
DUMB STARBUCKS – The tweet read: “We’re now open for business! Visit us at 1802 Hillhurst Ave in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/WnVefrYM9b — Dumb Starbucks (@dumbstarbucks) February 7, 2014”. Not only did the Internet freak out, but people actually got out from behind their computers to line up around the block to order Dumb Espressos and buy Dumb Norah Jones CDs. Then it turned out to be part of a Comedy Central show hosted by comedian Nathan Fielder.
BAR FOR PREGNANT WOMEN – The Internet was horrified when pictures of Gestations, the self-proclaimed “first bar for pregnant women,” began making the rounds on Twitter. Gestations, soon replaced by Blackbox bar for on-duty pilots, was just a way for an app called Bartendr to drum up publicity.
WORST TWERK FAIL – A YouTube video showing a girl catching on fire after attempting to twerk upside down racked up 9 million views in just six days. It was featured on The View and The Today Show. And then Jimmy Kimmel revealed it was all a stunt for his show, and the woman was a literal stunt woman.
HOVERBOARD WAS A LIE – In March, people were convinced that hoverboards were about to become a reality. And then Funny or Die released a statement declaring that the ad was fake.
20 STRANGERS KISSING – A seemingly sincere video showing strangers meeting and then kissing garnered 42 million YouTube views in four days. And then the world found out that it was actually an ad for a clothing company.
EVAN LONGORIA’S BARE HAND CATCH – Baseball player Evan Longoria saved a reporter’s life by catching a ball speeding towards her head with his bare hand. Except he didn’t because it was a stunt for Gillette.
THE 25 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO FORBES
Forbes has dclared Russian President Vladimir Putin to be the most powerful person on Earth. Forbes says, “As the undisputed, unpredictable, and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would ever call him weak.” For the second year in row, Putin edges out US President Barack Obama for the top spot. With the exception of Pope Francis, the top six people are all in politics.
Here are the world’s 25 most powerful people:
- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
- Barack Obama, President of the US
- Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
- Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church
- Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
- Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System
- Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Cofounders of Google
- David Cameron, Prime minister of the United Kingdom
- Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia
- Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
- Li Keqiang, Premier of China
- Carlos Slim Helu, Honorary chairman of América Móvil
- Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
- Francois Hollande, President of France
- Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, Grand Ayatollah of Iran
- Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil
- Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric
- Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
- Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg
- Charles Koch and David Koch, CEO and EVP of Koch Industries
- Timothy Cook, CEO of Apple
TRIVIA: The average restaurant loses 12 of these a week. (Pieces of silverware)
TRIVIA: An estimated 8 million of these are tossed into landfills each day. (Disposable diapers)
Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.
• A rolled Mexican dish. (Burrito)
• When you’re wrong, you’re… (Incorrect)
• Men and women have them on their chests. (Nipples)
• Another term for holding on to a golf club or baseball bat. (Grip)
• In an election the the tally of votes reveal this. (Outcome)
So how, exactly, did the turkey come be at our Thanksgiving table? Well many, many years ago a Pilgrim woman told her husband to go hunting and catch a nice big pheasant so they could have a celebration of thanks for all they had. The husband, having just gotten off the boat, wasn’t much of a hunter, but he did his best and set a snare along a small path in the woods. A short while later, a pheasant came down the path and noticed the circle of strings. “Gee,” it said, “That looks like a trap. Someone could get hurt in one of those.” And the pheasant gingerly stepped around the trap. Soon, another pheasant came down the path and saw the snare. “Gosh!” it said. “A bird could get caught in one of those. These things shouldn’t be left lying around!” The pheasant carefully stepped around the trap and went on its way. Then, a turkey came down the path. Upon seeing the snare, it said, “Wow! A trap! I wonder if it works…”
Close, close call.
Pun fun with furniture.
• Trailer for sci-fi thriller Chappie.
• The evolution of F1 as shown through a kid’s toys.
• Someone attached a GoPro to booze at a wedding.
• Best review of Google Glass.
• 1980s Wendy’s training video.
• Ebola Deeply promises to provide non-alarmist news.
• Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead Season 4 (Part II)
• Dozens of movies cleverly tied together by a single basketball.
• A catchy pop song written with iOS 8’s predictive text.
• Somehow no one died in this rally crash.
• Here’s a toy you probably won’t see on one of those annual “hot toys for Christmas” lists.
• The world’s best app!
• It’s 1999. Steve Jobs demonstrates Wi-Fi and the crowd goes nuts.
• What goes through your mind when you show a funny video to a friend.
This is day 311 of 2014. There are 54 days remaining.
• Evangelist Billy Graham is 96
• Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 71
• Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) is 57
• Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is 44
• Yunjin Kim (Lost) is 41
• Singer Lorde is 18
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1874: The Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant for the first time, in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly magazine.
• 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
• 1989: Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the nation’s first elected black governor.
• 1991: Basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.
• 1994: WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.
• 2000: Republican George W. Bush was elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin. The winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida.
• 2000: Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.
• 2002: In Bulgaria, 77-year-old Kolio Botev, claimed a world record after living for 60 years with a bullet lodged behind his right ear. He’s refused repeated offers from doctors to have the bullet removed for fear the operation would kill him.
• 2005: Residents of a retirement home in Sweden had to deal with drunk, rowdy animals when a pair of intoxicated moose invaded the premises. The moose had become drunk by eating fermented apples they found outside the home.
• Today is Today is Hug A (Stuffed) Bear Day.
• Veteran’s Day: November 11
• Final NASCAR race of Sprint Cup season (Ford EcoBoost 400): November 16
• Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 27
• Black Friday: November 28
• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7
• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
• Singer Bonnie Raitt is 65. Alfre Woodard is 62. Rickie Lee Jones is 60. Leif Garrett is 53. Courtney Thorne-Smith is 47. Parker Posey is 46. Tara Reid is 39. Lauren Alaina (American Idol) is 20.
• Today is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day and Cappuccino Day.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
• Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) is 63. Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa is 45. Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) is 42. Nick Lachey is 41.
• Today is World Freedom Day and International Tongue Twister Day.