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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.
• Sesame Street turns 45: November 10
• 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.
22: Tons of leaves that fall each autumn in New York’s Central Park.
According to a new study, if you have an extraordinary experience you’ll be disappointed when you try to tell other people about it because they won’t be interested, but would rather discuss some mundane experience that they’ve all had. [Which explains why students will sit in the back of the class, and text each other about what happened at lunch while some old boring guest lecturer is putting the class to sleep with his story about walking on the moon.]
Hugh Jackson, who’s in a play on Broadway, accidentally cut himself during a performance. [He forgot that he was dressed as Wolverine and picked his nose.]
Hugh Jackson, who’s in a play on Broadway, accidentally cut himself during a performance. [A female fan in the audience, who was a doctor, stopped the bleeding. We have no idea what the mouth-to-mouth was about.]
When a Columbian fisherman’s boat capsized he survived by hanging onto one of those styrofoam coolers. [It’s like I’ve said for years — beer is a real lifesaver.]
Someone paid $65 million for a painting (by Manet). [But I believe that includes the frame.]
An art critic thinks that the mysterious graffiti artist Banksey may be a woman. [Makes sense when you consider that Banksey seems to have no urge to paint half-naked large-breasted women riding dragons.]
The Los Angeles Zoo was shocked when its hippopotamus gave birth because she’s been on birth control. [Just another hard earned lesson about not buying medications off the Internet.]
Hollywood announced that the title for Star Wars Episode VII will be The Force Awakens. [I was leaning toward “Hark! The Sound of Cash Registers!”]
Downton Abbey will return for a sixth season. [I can’t wait to see if Ross and Rachel finally get together.]
In December the Discovery Channel will air a special where a man in a so-called snake-proof suit allows himself to be intentionally swallowed by a giant anaconda. [This happened to a kid at my summercamp. Oh wait — the snake didn’t eat him, he ate a snake.]
HOME DEPOT HACKERS STOLE 53 MILLION EMAIL ADDRESSES _ Home Depot says hackers who stole payment-card details of millions of customers also stole 53 million email addresses. The company had previously revealed that 56 million debit and credit card details were also stolen in the hack. It is one of the largest data breaches on record, surpassing a similar incident at Target. Home Depot insisted on Thursday that the file containing the email addresses did not contain passwords or other sensitive personal information.
AMERICAN EXPRESS PICKS SIX CARD MEMBERS TO TAKE OVER ITS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT _ The Instagram account for American Express will be taken over starting Sunday (November 9) by six of its card-carrying members. Amex says: “Six talented photographers, entrepreneurs and tastemakers” will bring their talents to @AmericanExpress for a two-week period. All six are creative types, which means the usual Instgram snooze-posts from American Express will be pushed aside for two weeks.
HOA PULLS PLUG ON WOMAN’S CHEVY VOLT _ A condominium owner in Waterford, Michigan, is upset after her homeowners association told her she was no longer allowed to plug her hybrid vehicle, a Chevy Volt, into the electric outlet in her garage. Natalie Forte says she loves her Chevy Volt, but the board of her homeowners association voted to cut off power to her garage. But she’s paying for her own electricity, right? Yes, but no. She pays for the electricity in her condo, but electricity in the garages is a shared expense. The issue is over the extra amount Forte is willing to pay vs. what the HOA says she should pay.
… Things have gotten nasty, with the HOA cutting off power to her part of the garage. So now she’s run a 100-foot extension cord from her condo to her car. The extension cord runs from her unit, drapes down a flight of stairs, and is laid across walking paths.
WOMEN WEARING MEN’S UNDERWEAR IS NOW COOL _ Women wearing her man’s clothing can often be sexy. Like the button-down dress shirt she wears instead of a nightgown. Grrrrr. And now, supposedly, women are wearing men’s underwear. At department store Marks & Spencer, the barometer of underwear in the UK, women are now buying more men’s underwear than men, and while it can’t be confirmed how many girls are buying for their guys, they do know that a particular line of boxers is walking out the door and ending up on women.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Ladies, do you wear your guy’s tighty-whities or boxers? Or do you just buy guy underwear because it’s more comfy?
FATHER OF 8 EXPLAINS WHY HE WON’T FUND CHILDREN’S COLLEGE _ David T. Fagan is a marketing executive who lives in Orange County, California with his wife, two dogs, and eight children. And he’s become famous for publicly stating that he’s not saving one single cent for college education for any of his kids. As a matter of fact, he would prefer his children didn’t go to college at all. Fagan and his wife detail their financial parenting philosophy in a new book titled Guerilla Parenting, coming out in January.
… David encourages his kids to strike out on their own and create businesses from the time they’re in elementary school. If any of his children are set on going to college David expects them to work, save up, and earn scholarships.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What do you think of David’s method? Have you considered not funding your kid’s college and making them work for it — or skip college altogether?
DUH: THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IS BUSY FOR AIR TRAVELERS _ Here’s a shocking headline: “Airports Brace for Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers.” Yuh think? The trade group Airlines for American says 24.6 million people are going to try to make their way through airports in the week and a half around Thanksgiving. That’s one and a half percent more than last year. Analysts predict that 2.6 million of those people will try to board U.S. airlines just on the Sunday immediately after Thanksgiving. We say they’ll “try” because — between weather delays, boarding delays, and bad luck — the number of passengers who actually board planes that Sunday sometimes falls short of predictions.
RESTAURANT OFFERS DISCOUNT FOR DINERS WHO PUT AWAY PHONES _ The owners of Sneaky’s Chicken were getting tired of customers sitting around in silence on their phones while enjoying a meal. So they decided to do something about it. The Sioux City, Iowa restaurant is giving a 10 percent discount to all customers who willingly put their phone into a box for the duration of their meal. The Wright family, who own the restaurant, say that they’ve gotten quite a lot of support for their anti-cell phone idea.
WHY MARK ZUCKERBERG WEARS THE SAME T-SHIRT EVERY DAY _ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his first-ever public question-and-answer session on Thursday. He answered a lot of different questions, but the one that got a lot of interest was, “Why do you wear the same T-shirt every day?” For those who haven’t noticed yet, Zuckerberg wears the same gray T-shirt at most public events. While many expected a playful response, Zuckerberg gave a pretty serious answer for his penchant to wear the same gray shirt: “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.” Zuckerberg added that he has “multiple same shirts.”
ANTI-FLU, ANTI-EBOLA JACKET _ The subway, the bus, office door handles, water fountains — everything is load with germs. But a company called gravitytank thinks its Germinator jacket can help keep you healthy this winter. The jacket doubles as microbe-resistant armor. The waterproof outwear comes in softshell fleece with silver-infused microbial fabric on the sleeve cuffs and collar, which can be used as shields for your hands and mouth. Both are removable and washable, as is the hood.
… If someone near you sneezes, there’s a zipable high collar with a removable and washable antimicrobial liner that helps you discreetly protect yourself.
… To avoid touching handles and doors Fold out cuffs provide a layer of protection so you never have to them again. Video
H.S. FOOTBALL PLAYERS TEAM UP WITH KIDS GETTING BULLIES _ 5-year-old Keison was being bullied at his school in Texas, coming home with bruises from being kicked, and tear-filled eyes from name-calling. After hearing about Keison’s troubles, a high school varsity football player decided to do something about it. At first, it was just having lunch with Keison and giving him an autographed football from the team. But Chris Kuykendall says it blew up after that, with other players volunteering to hang out with bullied kids. Now they’ve formed an organization called Eagle Buddies, named after the high school mascot.
DRUG MONEY TO PROVIDE BOOKS FOR KIDS _ In Michigan the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department is using forfeited drug money to help local children make good choices. The department designed and printed children’s books titled “Be the Best You Can Be” using $20,000 in confiscated cash. They plan to give one book to every fourth grade student in the county. It has four short stories about gangs and stealing and drugs and making smart decisions.
DECEASED WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATOR HEADED FOR RE-ELECTION _ An incumbent Democratic state representative in Washington was headed for a decisive re-election victory on Wednesday even though he died last week. Roger Freeman, a first-term representative from Federal Way, a city between Seattle and Tacoma, had 53 percent of the vote, compared with 46.9 percent for his Republican challenger, Jack Dovey. Freeman was 48 when he died last week after a battle with cancer. His death came after ballots were mailed to Washington state voters, where all voting is done by mail. Once all ballots are finalized in coming weeks, if Freeman wins the vote, Democrats still will hold on to his seat in the state House of Representatives.
MAN BUYS FORECLOSED HOME, FINDS BODY INSIDE _ Longtime Cape Coral, Florida, resident William Wilson acquired a worn-out looking pink house at auction this week. He paid just $96,000. He arrived the next morning to evaluate his purchase, trim the hedges and mow the lawn. When he went inside he found a body. The corpse was on the floor of the master bedroom next to the bed. Longtime neighbors say an older woman last lived at the home with her sister, but they hadn’t seen or heard from her for several years. Some thought she moved, others said she just disappeared. Outside, the grass grew long and the community speculated. One next-door neighbor said he used to park his van in the driveway because no one was ever around. He said he had a hunch that it was either a “grow house” for marijuana or “there was a dead lady in there.”
MISSING BOY FOUND ON ISLAND 7,000 MILES FROM HOME _ 9-year-old Billy Hanson’s mom reported him missing after he didn’t come back from a visit with his father in Seattle, so authorities focused on finding the yacht belonging to Jeffrey Hanson, an experienced sailor who’s traveled around the South Pacific and Mexico. An international search ultimately located father and son on Niue, a coral atoll 1,500 miles northeast of New Zealand and 7,000 miles from Billy’s Pennsylvania home. The 46-year-old dad was arrested by the island’s police force after a tip from a local who recognized him from a wanted poster, and he was brought back to the U.S. this week to face charges of international parental kidnapping. After his dad’s arrest 9-year-old Billy stayed on the island for a few days while authorities arranged to return him to his mother, and according to the editor of the Niue newspaper he seemed none the worse for wear.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DIDN’T LIKE FACEBOOK PHOTO TAGGED BY POLICE _ When someone “tagged” a photo of Monica Hargrove on Facebook, the online service popped up a notification to the woman, who didn’t like it one bit: it was “unflattering” to her, she thought. She called the person who posted it to complain — a detective with the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department. It was a “Wanted” poster. The detective offered to take the photo down if Hargrove came in to talk with him. Sure enough, she went to police headquarters, where she was promptly arrested on charges of robbery, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping. And the detective kept his word — he took her photo off Facebook.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KIDNAPPER HIDES IN BASEMENT 17 YEARS _ A gang kidnapped a man in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, years ago, beating him and accusing him of stealing two pounds of marijuana. The gang’s leader shot the man’s dog and threatened to do the same to him, but they finally dropped him off at a hospital for treatment for his severe injuries. Most of the gang was rounded up by police, but they never got the “mid-level” drug dealer who lead them. Benjamin Louis Young, who was 33 at the time, was on Canada’s Most Wanted list for years. Police found that Young has been hiding the entire time in the basement of his house, and just never bothered to look there. When they finally checked there, they found and arrested him. He’d been living in his basement for 17 years. His wife worked to support the family, and Young was a stay-at-home dad. He’s now 52 and is facing the charges filed against him 17 years ago.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOPPING THIEVES WITH STEAMED BUNS AND SOY MILK _ On a bus in China, two pickpockets were caught in the act by one of the passengers. They were trying to steal the purse from a woman. The bus driver was alerted and he immediately called police. As the bus driver pulled over and waited for the cops the thieves attempted to escape. Passengers kept the pickpockets away from the by pelting them with steamed buns and soy milk.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER IGNORED DURING HOLD-UP _ In Spain a robber entered a pharmacy just before closing time. As an employee goes off to help a couple of customers, the man wearing glasses and a hat can be seen on surveillance video approaching the counter where he pulls out a gun and points it at a pharmacist. The pharmacist told him he wasn’t going to get anything. The robber “looked completely dumbfounded and repeated the demand” while pointing his gun. The pharmacist pushed it away and said no. While this was gong on, just feet away the customers and other pharmacists carried on their business completely oblivious to the robber. The frustrated crook then walks over to the other pharmacist who also tells him to go away. Unsure of what to do, the crook stands in an aisle looking at the pharmacists who pay him little attention, before he finally gives up and walks out.
THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New
DATELINE (8p ET, NBC) — New
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New
UTOPIA (8p ET, FOX) — New
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — A new episode is followed by a repeat.
CRISTELA (8:30p ET, ABC) — New
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Hawaii Five-O celebrates its 100th episode tonight. William Sadler returns as McGarrett’s father and musician Gavin Rossdale guest stars.
GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black) guest stars in this new episode.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New
GOTHAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (9p ET, CW) — The models travel to Seoul, Korea, in this new edition.
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell guest stars as herself in this new episode.
CONSTANTINE (10p ET, NBC) — New
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
NEW STAR WARS MOVIE IS CALLED ‘THE FORCE AWAKENS’ _ The new Star Wars film that’s being made by director J.J. Abrams has a name: The Force Awakens. Disney released that detail Thursday. The new film is set decades after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Force Awakens will feature some of the same cast as the 1983 film -– including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. The Force Awakens will also kick off a new trilogy, with new films appearing in two-year increments.
A PRINCE CHARLES BIOGRAPHY IS IN THE WORKS _ A top secret Prince Charles biography is happening. A writer was hired a while back to compile a year of research on Prince Charles, and was given access to the man himself to write a full fledged biography. Although we don’t know many details about the Prince Charles bio, we do know that it will be called Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor and will hit shelves in February.
KATE MIDDLETON’S BABY GENDER HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN CONFIRMED _ Ever since the news broke that she’s expecting her second child with Prince William, we’ve all been on the edge of our seats waiting to hear more and more details about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy. And of course the main thing we’re curious about is whether little Prince George will be gaining a baby brother or sister once his sibling makes his or her entrance in April. If a new report about the sex of Kate and Wills’ baby is true, it looks like we won’t have to wait until the spring to find out. According to the National Enquirer, Kate is expecting a baby girl, and the gender has been confirmed by a prenatal DNA test.
… So, yes, the Enquirer isn’t always the most reliable of media sources, but the tabloid claims to have a rock-solid source.
RACHEL BILSON AND HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN NAME THEIR BABY _ Actors Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen became parents October 29 to a girl. Just announced: they’ve given her the name “Briar Rose.” Briar Rose is a Disney princess and also a star of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale written in 1812.
TOY STORY 4 IS COMING IN 2017 _ Pixar is planning a Toy Story 4 for 2017. The last Toy Story, #3, made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
WANT TO EAT LASAGNE AT BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HOUSE? _ Bruce Springsteen helped to raise money for US veterans by auctioning off a lasagne dinner at his own home. Bruce sold two such packages at an event in New York City this week. But they didn’t come cheap. In fact a lasagne dinner with Bruce Springsteen would have cost you $300,000 if you were interested.
… But that’s not all that you would have received if you’d decided to part with your hard earned cash just to enjoy some grub with The Boss. You would also have had an opportunity to have an hour long guitar lesson with the musical icon, plus you’d have been able to ride in his motorcycle sidecar too.
… Overall the night raised more than $1
JENNIFER LOPEZ SAYS BEN AFFLECK WAS HER ‘FIRST REAL HEARTBREAK’ _ Jennifer Lopez says Ben Affleck caused her first real heartbreak.
The 45-year-old singer dished on the 42-year-old actor and more in her new memoir, True Love. Lopez and Affleck got engaged in November 2002, and the singer was crushed when they called off their engagement three days before the wedding in September 2003. Jennifer writes: “Ben and I split up at the moment when I thought we were committing to each other forever. It was my first real heartbreak, it felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest.” Not long after Lopez and Affleck broke up she got involved with Marc Anthony. They would wed six months later, and Lopez admitted the relationship may have been a quick fix in hindsight.
IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS STILL DATING CHRIS MARTIN _ Despite rumors that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin broke up and that he was partying with an actress wearing no pants, it seems that Jennifer and the Coldplay singer are possibly still an item. A source says Chris will join Jennifer in London at the world premiere of her new film Mockingjay on Monday night. He’ll accompany her to the event, but will not join her on the red carpet.
PHIL RUDD MURDER-FOR-HIRE CHARGE DROPPED _ A murder-for-hire charge against Phil Rudd has been dropped, just one day after his arrest in New Zealand. The AC/DC drummer was taken into custody after allegedly plotting to kill two individuals with hired help. At the time, Rudd’s home was raided, and he was charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. But authorities say that the attempting to procure a murder charge has been dropped due to insufficient evidence. He had faced up to 10 years in prison on that charge alone. Rudd, however, is still facing the other charges, of threatening to kill and drug possession. He has been released from jail after posting bail.
MARC ANTHONY ENGAGED TO MODEL SHANNON DE LIMA _ The ink is barely dry on his divorce from Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony is already planning a third trip down the aisle. The 46-year-old Latin singer is set to marry his model girlfriend, Shannon De Lima, in the Dominican Republic this month. They got engaged in March.
FOX BRINGS BACK ‘ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?’ _ Prepare to find out “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” FOX is reviving the popular game show which ran for three seasons from 2007 to 2009 on the network and then another two years in syndication. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will once again host the show with Mark Burnett returning as executive producer.
HEIDI MONTAG OFFERS AMANDA BYNES A PLACE TO STAY _ Heidi Montag offered Amanda Bynes to stay at her place after the troubled actress said she did not have money to stay in a hotel. Montag took to Twitter on Thursday to reply Bynes’ online rant, writing, “You are more then welcome to crash in our guest house in Santa Barbara if you need somewhere to stay! DM me!” The offer came shortly after photos of Bynes sleeping on a couch at The Beverly Center in Los Angeles were published by TMZ. The photos reportedly were taken on Thursday morning. Following the emergence of the photos, Bynes sent out a series of tweets saying that her parents did not give her any money and she could not afford to stay in a hotel.
LINDSAY LOHAN PROBATION FOR NECKLACE THEFT ENDS _ Lindsay Lohan has successfully finished the informal probation period stemming from her infamous necklace theft case. Lohan was accused of stealing a $2,500 piece of jewelry from a Venice boutique in early 2011, just days after leaving rehab. She ultimately pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor theft, and was put on an extended probation sentence, since she was already under probation for her prior drunk driving cases. Lohan was ordered to obey all laws until the informal probation ended in 2014. A judge on Thursday said he had received favorable progress reports from the Lohan’s therapist and the agency with which she’s currently doing community service in London. Lohan, however, is still required to finish the full 240-hour community service commitment, and continue counseling, as part of her other probation that was enacted last year, after she took a plea deal for reckless driving and lying to police.
LINDSAY LOHAN TO MOVE IN WITH HER SISTER ALI IN NYC _ Lindsay Lohan is reportedly coming back to the United States once she’s finished her run at London’s West End theatre. LiLo has resided in London for most of this year as she prepared to star in David Mamet’s play Speed-the-Plow. Lohan stumbled her way through her debut performance in late September, and has skipped a couple of shows since. She’s looking to move back to the Big Apple when her run with the show ends on November 29. Sources say Lohan’s mother, Dina, has been looking for possible apartments for the actress and her younger sister, Ali, with a real estate broker. Lohan lived in NYC while shooting her OWN docu-series, Lindsay, in late 2013 and early 2014.
CLAIM: JESSA AND BEN SEEWALD CAUGHT DOING THE DEED RIGHT AFTER WEDDING _ Gotta love these tabloid stories! I mean, did you ever think the words “Duggar” and “sex scandal” would be in the same sentence? Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald shocked their wedding guests last Saturday by opting to share their first kiss in private. They left the altar to go to a private room for the kiss, but it’s being reported that way more than kissing went on behind that closed church door. One alleged wedding guest, calling herself Mary B., is claiming that the newlywed 19 Kids and Counting stars were caught red-handed consummating their marriage just after the ceremony. Mary B. left a comment on the blog My Life as a Stay at Home Wife and Mom saying that what Jessa and Ben were doing in that private church room was the talk of the ceremony. According to her, Jinger Duggar went to retrieve the couple for the reception, and what she saw shocked her.
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
- A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
- Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn
- The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
- Voice cast includes Ryan Potter, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
- Step Up All In
- Planes 2: Fire and Rescue
- A Most Wanted Man
- White Collar: Season 5
- Reno 911: The Complete Series
- Quantum Leap: The Complete Series
- Hill Street Blues: Season Three
- Hot in Cleveland: Season Five
- Law & Order: The Fifteenth Year
- Law & Order: The Sixteenth Year
- Law & Order: The Seventeenth Year
- The Newsroom: Season 2
TRIVIA: Researchers say infidelity is not the leading cause of divorce. While an affair can destroy a marriage, the main reason for divorce is this. (Money)
TRIVIA: The average woman uses a dozen of these a day, while men use about six. (Personal care products)
• _______ says sales are up thanks to its TV commercials starring Matthew McConaughey. (Lincoln)
• The celebrity cast for _______ has been announced. Kate Gosselin, Vivica A. Fox, Geraldo Rivera and Ian Ziering will be a part of it. (Celebrity Apprentice)
• CNN anchors were caught using iPads during election coverage when they were supposed to be using the _______ Surface. (Microsoft)
• Bruce Willis says he pretty sure they’re going to make another _______. This will be the sixth. (Die Hard)
• This week Ellen was infatuated with a social media viral star and had him on her show. People know him as _______ from Target. (Alex)
• Meghan Trainor showed up on the Country Music Association Awards to sing her hit All About That Bass with _______. (Miranda Lambert)
The 45th anniversary of Sesame Street is Monday!
Q: What did Ernie say to Bert when he asked for ice-cream?
A: Sure, Bert!
News anchor can’t stop dancing.
Source: bits & pieces blog
• The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
• 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 314 of 2014. There are 51 days remaining.
• Singer/songwriter Dave Loggins (Please Come to Boston and the theme music “Augusta” that is used on broadcasts of the The Masters Golf Tournament) is 67
• Actor-comedian Sinbad is 58
• Mackenzie Phillips (American Graffiti, One Day at a Time) is 55
• Michael Jai White is 50
• Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is 46
• Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) is 45
• Josh Peck (Drake and Josh) is 28
• Mackenzie Foy (Twilight) is 14
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1775: The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.
• 1871: Journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
• 1951: Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called his counterpart in Alameda, California.
• 1958: The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston.
• 1969: Sesame Street made its debut on PBS.
• 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors in Washington, D.C.
• 1999: When Albert Foulkes Jr. told his New Jersey neighbors about being in the CIA and making secret weapons, they took it with many grains of salt. Then cops busted in his place and found a 600-pound operational homemade flame-thrower mounted on wheels, which he was planning to sell for $10,000.
• 2003: In Pretoria, South Africa, an unidentified man robbed an office, taking a computer, cell phones and cash and then fleeing in one of the workers’ cars. The thief must have been really proud of that car, since the cops spotted him later that day washing and waxing it in full view of any and everyone in his front yard. He’s under arrest.
• 2008: Police say the contents in an oversized purse saved Elizabeth Pittenger, a 22-year-old Middle Tennessee State University student, by stopping a bullet during an attempted robbery. Pittenger was walking to her car when a man confronted her and demanded her purse, cell phone and laptop. She fought the man off, but he fired a gunshot before fleeing. The bullet was found inside the purse, along with a calculator, umbrella and small case that had been punctured. Pittenger was not injured.
• Today is Sesame Street Day. It premiered November 10, 1969.
• It’s World Orphans Day.
• It’s USMC Day, celebrating the birth of the United States Marine Corps which was created during the Revolutionary War.
• Today is Vanilla Cupcake Day.
• Sesame Street turns 45: November 10
• 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