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DATEBOOK: November 2
• Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart) is 81 (in 2023)
• David Schwimmer is 57 (in 2023)
• Marisol Nichols (Riverdale) is 50 (in 2023)
• Rapper Nelly is 49 (in 2023)
• TV personality Karamo Brown (Queer Eye) is 43 (in 2023)
• Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush) is 33 (in 2023)
• Sunny Sandler (You are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah, daughter of Adam Sandler) is 15 (in 2023)
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1895: The first gasoline-powered race was held in the United States. First prize: $2,000.
• 1920: KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast was of the results of the U.S. presidential election.
• 1959: After being struck in the face with a puck, goalkeeper Jacques Plante returned to play wearing a protective mask for the first time in professional play.
• 1983: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King Day.
• 2000: The first crew arrived at the International Space Station.
• 2013: In Wisconsin, two planes carrying nine skydivers collided in midair; the skydivers used their parachutes to steer themselves clear of the debris, and the two pilots survived with minor injuries.
• 2016 The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 in Cleveland.
• 2020: Baby Shark by Pinkfong became the most-watched video on YouTube with over 7.04 billion views.
• Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day
• Cookie Monster Day
• International Stout Day
• Look For Circles Day
• Men Make Dinner Day
• Deviled Egg Day
• Plan Your Epitaph Day
• Practice Being Psychic Day
60,000: Thoughts per day the typical person experiences.
A new report suggests that Marvel Studios is considering making a new Avengers movie led by the original cast. [In this new movie, an older Iron Man and an older Captain America will fight over the TV remote.]
A new report suggests that Marvel Studios is considering making a new Avengers movie led by the original cast. [Avengers: Retirement Home Edition.]
A new report suggests that Marvel Studios is considering making a new Avengers movie led by the original cast. [I can’t wait to pay 20 bucks to watch the Hulk smash his first car after hip replacement surgery.]
Elon Musk, who owns Twitter, thinks using Instagram leads to unhappiness. [That’s like the owner of a fast-food chain warning you about the dangers of candy bars.]
Elon Musk, who owns Twitter, thinks using Instagram leads to unhappiness. [I’m not taking mental health advice from the guy who keeps wanting to do a cage match fight with the guy who runs Facebook.]
Elon Musk has again challenged Mark Zuckerberg to a fight. [The loser has to use AOL dial-up for a year.]
Recent data shows that 1.4 million wealthy Americans are evading nearly $66 billion in federal taxes. [Hey, those private jets don’t fuel themselves!]
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. [In the spring you set your clocks forward, but in the fall you just watch football for an extra hour.]
NATIONAL BEARD AND MOUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS _ The 2023 National Beard and Moustache Championship kicks off today (Thursday) in Daytona Beach, Florida. • LINK
… At the 2022 event, held in Casper, Wyoming, a Guinness record was set for the Longest Beard Chain.
LIAR, LIAR _ A new study asked respondents to record every social interaction they had that lasted longer than 10 minutes, and then make a note if at any point in that social interaction they made a deception. The study overall found that on average, people tell 1.08 lies per day. The study went so far as to plot the rate at which a given form of communication involved lying. According to the study, 7.8 percent of social interactions over email involved some deception, 8.2 percent of interactions over text, 9.6 percent of face-to-face conversations, 11.8 percent of phone calls, and 12.3 percent of video chats.
OBVIOUS: LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN YOU EXERCISE _ If you’re about to hop on a treadmill, throw in the ear buds and turn up your favorite tunes. It turns out that exercising while listening to music adds 19 minutes to the average workout. That’s 58 minutes with music compared to 39 minutes without.
LIFE HACKS EXPERT SUGGESTS EATING HAMBURGERS UPSIDE DOWN _ You’ve been eating burgers all wrong. If you wondered why you always struggle to get through a Big Mac without blobs of ketchup or rogue lettuce leaves dropping into your lap, there’s a perfectly simple explanation. You’re just not eating it right. According to life hacks expert Grant Thompson, the best way to eat your burger is upside down.
… Usually the top part of a hamburger bun is wider, thicker and sturdier than the bottom half. With particularly saucy burgers, the bottom half of the bun can end up getting soggy and falling apart, having soaked up all the juicy goodness. If you turn it upside down, your filling will start to soak into the top half of the bun rather than out the sides, making it much less likely you’ll suffer any unwanted spillages. Plus the soaked bottom part of the bun will be on the top, meaning it won’t break up mid-munch and fall into your lap. Genius.
59% OF PARENTS FOLLOW THEIR PARENTS’ ADVICE ABOUT PARENTING _ A new survey of 4,000 American and Canadian parents and grandparents of children ages 0-7 has found that only 59 percent of parents follow their mom and dad’s advice about parenting. Many parents find their parents’ advice to be outdated (34%) and have different ideas about how to raise their child (41%).
… Despite the differences, the survey found that most parents still value their parents’ words, with 83 percent saying they’ve learned a lot about raising kids from them.
🗣 TOPIC: What parenting advice did your parents give that worked?
YOU LOOK MOST ATTRACTIVE WHEN SURROUNDED BY YOUR FRIENDS _ Research (University of California San Diego) found that people look more attractive in a group than they do individually (a phenomenon discussed on How I Met Your Mother back in 2009). When confronted by a group of people, your visual system creates “ensemble representations” that blend their features. We’re instinctively drawn to “average” faces, possibly because — in evolutionary terms — they indicate that a potential mate is not a horrifying mutant who crawled out of our nightmares. Lo and behold, the average group face your neurons have Photoshopped for you is more appealing than the group’s individual faces.
ONTARIO MAN GROWS POSSIBLY LONGEST ZUCCHINI ON RECORD _ An Ontario man may have grown the longest zucchini on record, measuring at 8 feet, 4.79 inches long. Henry D’Angela has applied to have his zucchini certified by Guinness World Records. The current record holder is a zucchini measuring 8 feet, 3.3 inches, grown in 2014. D’Angela claims that he did not intentionally try to grow such a long zucchini, but it happened naturally due to the soil in the new area of his garden. He plans to keep the massive zucchini in his garage until he hears back from Guinness.
DOMESTICATED CATS HAVE OVER 275 FACIAL EXPRESSIONS _ A recent study reveals that domesticated cats have an extensive range of facial expressions when interacting with other cats. Researchers from Lyon College and the University of Kansas Medical Center used a coding system specifically designed for cats to analyze 186 feline interactions captured on video footage. The study found 276 morphologically distinct facial expressions, indicating that cat communication is more complex than previously assumed. The researchers were surprised by the variety of expressions, as they expected to see both positive and negative contexts due to cats’ social tolerance and proximity to humans. They found that 45.7 percent of the expressions were friendly, while 37 percent were aggressive.
MAN ARRESTED FOR POINTING GUN AT CHILDREN DURING HALLOWEEN _ A man in Raleigh, North Carolina, was arrested on Tuesday for pointing a gun at children during Halloween. The incident occurred when police responded to a reported assault involving the man pointing a gun at trick-or-treaters. The suspect, 43-year-old Daniel Graham, was taken into custody by responding officers. Additionally, Graham is accused of smacking a basket of candy out of a child’s hand. Witnesses reported that Graham appeared intoxicated and officers detected the smell of alcohol coming from his home.
ABUSIVE LEADERSHIP CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE _ A new study (Stevens Institute of Technology and University of Illinois Chicago) sheds light on the cognitive factors behind the negative impact of abusive leadership on employee performance. The study surveyed employees and supervisors from 42 South Korean companies and US students to understand how abusive supervision impacts “taking-charge” behavior. Surprisingly, the study found that employees who prioritize career advancement are more affected by abusive leadership, while those who prioritize job security remain just as likely to take charge. This finding suggests that ambitious employees may see abusive bosses as having control over bonuses and promotions. The study also found that organizations should focus on empowering employees and making them feel valued and appreciated to mitigate the impact of bad leadership.
HALLOWEEN CANDY HOGS CAUGHT ON CAMERA _ A video captured on a ring camera in Texas has gone viral, showing a mom and her children taking all the candy from a bowl left outside a home on Halloween. The footage shows the family rushing to the bowl and grabbing handfuls of candy, completely ignoring the sign that asked people to take only one piece. The woman, seemingly the children’s mother, smirks at the camera before leading her crew away. The homeowner, musician Cody Tate, posted the video, asking for justice and for the perpetrators to be identified. Thankfully, one of Tate’s neighbors saw the incident and came over to restock the bowl with candy. • VIDEO
WOMAN WINS $912,000 JACKPOT ONE WEEK AFTER WINNING $50,000 IN SAME GAME _ A Virginia woman has beaten the odds by winning not one, but two big prizes in the Virginia Lottery’s Safari Quest online game. Jennifer Minton initially won $50,000 in the game and then just one week later, won the jackpot worth $912,936.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WASHINGTON STATE TROOPER SAVES WAYWARD CHICKEN FROM FREEWAY _ A Washington State Trooper came to the rescue of a chicken who had crossed I-5 in Seattle. The daring rescue was caught on video and shared by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Trooper Rick Johnson made light of the situation, jokingly stating that he attempted to take a mug shot of the chicken but it “chickened out.” The chicken, who was slightly injured, was promptly taken in by Seattle Humane for care. • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGH SPEED CHASE AFTER WALMART COSTUME THEFT _ A woman in Grand Island, Nebraska, is facing several charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase following a shoplifting incident at Walmart. The suspect, Sapphire Utley, was caught shoplifting a costume from the store on Halloween. Authorities say she then fled the scene in a white Dodge Avenger, nearly causing a crash. Grand Island Police Department located and apprehended Utley at a nearby hotel.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR BEDS DOWN WITH DUMMIES _ In Germany, department store staff were shocked after discovering a burglar tucked in bed with some of their plastic female dummies. Staff who opened the store in the morning found the man wrapped up in a window display bed with three mannequins.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF SWAPS CELL PHONES _ In England a man robbed another man on a commuter train, stealing the victim’s phone and some cash. When his victim said he could get by without the money, but couldn’t live without his phone, the thief gave him his phone, which was an older model, in exchange. Think about that for a minute. Police were able to track down the thief through his phone number and photographs on the phone.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BREAKING BADLY INTO POLICE STATION _ A teenager stunned police with his boldness after he broke into a police station in Austria. The 16-year-old was apprehended after officers working in the back of the station heard the sound of breaking glass. A police spokesman said the teen did not give a reason for his actions, but may have had “a bit too much to drink.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUCK ON A TOILET _ In Japan a man who became stuck to a public toilet had to be rushed to a hospital while still attached to the seat. Police think a prankster covered the rim of the stainless steel toilet with super glue. An ambulance service spokesman said, “Despite best efforts it was not possible to remove the 35-year-old man from his position so, with help from … fire and rescue service, the man was removed from the cubicle still attached to the stainless steel toilet.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK, DRUNKER, DRUNKEST _ Police in Germany were amazed after a man drove his car home from the pub after drinking a potentially fatal amount of alcohol. They found the man passed out in the driver’s seat at his house and his blood alcohol level measured almost 11 times over the legal limit.
THE GOLDEN BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) – New.
SEASON FINALE: BUDDY GAMES (8p ET, CBS) – New. The remaining teams face off, showcasing how strong their friendship really is in order to win it all.
HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) – New. The chefs go head-to-head in a soccer-themed fusion cuisine challenge with soccer legend Alexi Lalas.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Prime Video) – The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tennessee Titans.
BACHELOR IN PARADISE (9p ET, ABC) – A new, 2-hour episode.
BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) – New.
LOVE ISLAND GAMES (10:30p ET, Bravo) – This Love Island spinoff features contestants from the British, American and Australian versions of the show.
PREMIERE: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (Netflix) – This four-part limited series, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from 2017, tells the story of a blind French girl and her father who flee German-occupied Paris with a legendary diamond to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. The show alternates between the perspectives of Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) and Werner Pfennig (Louis Hofmann), a German teen who works for the Nazi army. Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie, Marion Bailey, and Lars Eidinger also star.
🔈 ELF TURNS 20 _ The Christmas comedy Elf turns 20 this month. The film stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. • LINK
… Elf was released in theaters on November 7 and grossed $225 million at the global box office.
… Jim Carrey was initially considered for the role of Buddy the Elf before Will Ferrell was cast.
…Director Jon Favreau played multiple roles in the film, including the doctor, the voice of the angry raccoon, and the voice of Mr. Narwhal.
… Many scenes were filmed on location in New York City, with real people in the background.
…. Will Ferrell ate a lot of sugar during filming, which he says caused headaches and troubled sleep.
… The original baby Buddy was played by triplet girls, who replaced twin boys that cried too much.
OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS 2023 _ Oprah has unveiled her annual list of her favorite things. This year the billionaire personality offers up her favorites in eight categories: Stylish Gifts, Cozy Gifts, Kids’ Gifts, Kitchen Gifts, Engaging Gifts, Beauty Gifts, Food Gifts, Wellness Gifts. • LINK
… The priciest gift on her list is the $999 Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven.
🔈 MARVEL STUDIOS CONSIDERS NEW AVENGERS MOVIE WITH ORIGINAL CAST _ A new report suggests that Marvel Studios is discussing possibly creating a new Avengers movie featuring the original star-studded cast. According to Variety, this would entail bringing back actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, even though their characters, Iron Man and Black Widow, died in Avengers: Endgame. The report says Marvel Studios is not fully committed to the idea yet.
… One of the major obstacles to the reunion is the high cost involved. Robert Downey Jr.’s salary for Iron Man 3 in 2013 was around $25 million. Reuniting the original Avengers would likely require a significant financial investment.
YELLOWSTONE SEASON 5 PART 2 UPDATE: FILMING TO BEGIN SOON _ Season 5 Part 2 of Yellowstone, which was delayed by strikes, received a promising update on its release. Filming for Part 2 was supposed to start in March but was continuously pushed back by the actors and writers strikes. Hollywood insider Matthew Belloni revealed that filming will begin “at the beginning of the year” if the SAG-AFTRA strike ends.
… Scripts for Part 2 are already written or in progress, raising the possibility of a spring or summer release.
HEAD OF HBO ALLEGEDLY ASKED STAFFERS TO FIGHT CRITICS ON TWITTER _ HBO CEO Casey Bloys allegedly instructed staffers to create secret social media accounts to respond to critics. This info came out during a wrongful termination lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed by former HBO staffer Sully Temori, claims that he was harassed and faced retaliation after disclosing a mental health diagnosis. Temori’s suit also alleges that HBO senior vice president Kathleen McCaffrey asked him to create fake accounts, with CEO Bloys being “obsessed with Twitter” and always wanting to “pick a fight” on the platform.
TJ HOLMES AND AMY ROBACH GO INSTAGRAM OFFICIAL WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW PODCAST _ Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, former co-hosts of GMA3: What You Need to Know, have confirmed their romantic relationship with an Instagram post. The picture shows the couple beaming with joy and wrapping their arms around each other, accompanied by the caption “How’s this for Instagram official? #silentnomore 🎤.”
… They also made an exciting announcement about their upcoming project, a new podcast called Amy & T.J., set to premiere on December 5. The podcast marks the first time Robach and Holmes are speaking publicly since their relationship made headlines. The duo was taken off the air and later released from ABC following a report of their romantic relationship. They were pulled from their show “GMA3” after ABC News president Kim Godwin called the matter an “internal and external distraction”.
TORI SPELLING SPOTTED KISSING MYSTERY MAN _ Tori Spelling was seen on a romantic night out in Los Angeles with a new mystery man, months after her split from Dean McDermott. The couple was photographed walking side-by-side and passionately kissing. McDermott recently went public with his own relationship with Lily Calo. Spelling and McDermott were married in 2006 and have five children together.
SUCCESSION’S ALAN RUCK CRASHES TRUCK INTO PIZZA SHOP _ A guy named Ruck crashed his truck. Actor Alan Ruck, known for his role in the television show Succession and his part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was involved in a four-way crash in Hollywood that resulted in his truck crashing into a pizza shop. Surveillance video shows Ruck’s truck colliding with another vehicle, pushing it into the intersection and causing Ruck’s truck to crash into the building. Two people were injured in the crash, but they are expected to be okay. There were no pedestrians struck in the accident, and there is no indication of DUI. Ruck was seen outside of his truck after the crash, talking on his cellphone while others assessed the damage.
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Variety reports Marvel is discussing the possibility of creating a new Avengers movie featuring the original star-studded cast. Here’s Captain America’s famous line from Avengers Endgame.
ELF TURNS 20
The holiday comedy Elf turns 20 this month. → November 2 Entertainment.
Here are three popular clips from the film.
WHAT’S THE DUMBEST THING YOU HEARD SOMEONE SAY?
There’s a TikTok podcast called You Should Know and one of the guys asked a serious question: How do they just put a gas station somewhere… where does the gas come from? → NOTE: PRO Audio version is edited for on-air use.
🗣 TOPIC: What’s the dumbest thing you heard someone say?
PHONER: WHAT CONDIMENT OR SPICE ARE YOU LOYAL TO?
🗣 TOPIC: What condiment or spice are you loyal to? → 3 real callers to help jump-start your phones.
POLTERGEIST: THEY’RE HERE
Amazon is working on a Poltergeist TV series, which is best known for the line “They’re here.” → October 31 Entertainment.
I’ve been kicked out of my bowling league. The owner of the alley wanted to charge me extra for wearing out the gutters.
2023 HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Compiled from various sources.
• 74 percent of 2023 holiday shoppers plan to use credit cards to buy gifts, charging an average of $680. However, inflation is expected to impact holiday budgets, with 56 percent of shoppers unable to buy as many gifts as they would like due to rising prices.
• A significant number of shoppers (27%) plan to shop more at local and small businesses to support their communities, and 26% have discussed or plan to discuss limiting holiday gift spending this year with their friends and family.
• 2023 year-end holiday sales for October through December are expected to be up by just low single digits from a year ago. Despite the economic challenges, consumers are still showing resilience and continue to shop for both necessities and discretionary products and services.
• Forecasts by eMarketer suggest that overall retail spending will increase 4.5% to $1.3 trillion for the 2023 holiday season.
• Inc. Magazine reports that for the first time ever, mobile spending will drive more than half of all holiday sales. Another source says mobile devices will account for 71% of all digital traffic and 56% of all digital orders during the holiday season.
• Retailers will hire around 410,000 temporary workers to staff up for the holiday season, the industry’s lowest season hiring total since 2008.
• Four in 10 people have already started their holiday shopping.
5 THINGS YOUR HUSBAND WISHES YOU KNEW (BUT WON’T TELL YOU)
1. He loves you. You are his world though you may not think so. He does not always have an easy time expressing his feelings or sharing verbally with you — though he does show you in other ways. While you may prefer a hug or words of endearment, he may demonstrate his love when he buys you your favorite snack or washes your car.
2. Sometimes he is embarrassed how you talk about him with your friends and/or in public. When you make a joke about how he can’t find anything, that he doesn’t listen to what you say, or that he is a hermit, he doesn’t always find it funny. When you criticize him in public he feels shamed. After awhile, these remarks begin to chip away at his trust in you as his loving partner.
3. He wants to be No. 1 (at least some of the time). Although he loves your devotion to the children, sometimes he feels left out. He wants to feel more important than the kids so that when he is talking to you and the children interrupt, you put him first instead of always attending to them. He is your full partner in parenting but he doesn’t want to compete for supermom’s attention.
4. His entire sense of self-worth is often directly connected to his ability to provide for you. If your husband is currently out of a job and you are experiencing tension in your relationship, it is no wonder why. He needs you to understand how hard it is for him when he can’t provide because he feels like a failure. When you get anxious about your financial situation, it makes him feel even worse because he feels that he has let you down. It may sound old fashioned, but there is nothing more satisfying for a man than providing for his family.
5. He wants to be appreciated. He wants to know that you appreciate him for everything he does for you. He wants to know that you appreciate him for who he is. When you complain about all of the things he doesn’t do right, it is hard for him to feel that you value him. Keep in mind Dr John Gottman’s 5:1 ratio of positive to negative interchanges. For every one negative remark you make, try to think of five positive things to say, to counteract the negative effects of a critical word. This goes both ways, of course!
🗣 TOPIC: Launch this on social media, gather the best comments to discuss on-air, then open the phones.
One of my friends is getting his first tattoo and asked if I would ask the listeners of (YOUR STATION) for any rules he should know and tattoos he should avoid.
EDITOR: A guy on reddit offered up some tips…
• Follow the shirt/short rule. At first only get tattoos in the area of your body covered by wearing a T-shirt and shorts. If you regret one, they can easily be hidden with clothing until covered up with a better tattoo or lasered.
• Unless you’re 90% covered in tattoos, do not get anything on your hands, face and neck. You WILL regret it.
• Do your research especially if you get prominent symbols — religious or political or even ornamental.
• Avoid names, lettering and too fine designs, they just become illegible over then next 50 years. Same goes for colors, especially green and blue, which age not so well.
• Nothing related to your romantic partner.
• Lay off the Roman numerals for dates. It’s idiotic. You’re not Roman and 99% of the time people get it wrong.
• Same goes for text in foreign or ancient languages. Avoid if possible. If you REALLY want something like that, at least get it checked.
TRIVIA: Herbert Hoover was the first U.S. President born west of what? (The Mississippi River. He was born in West Branch, Iowa, August 10, 1874.)
SPY THE LIE
• The most common name in nursery rhymes is Jack.
• There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving — you throw the parachute out of the airplane first, then jump after it.
• To make one ounce of chocolate requires 17 gallons of water. (LIE)
Play Matchgame 100.3 (or whatever your frequency is). You send your co-host out of the room and feed the following lines to a listener. They fill in the blanks. Bring your co-host back into the room; if they can match the words inserted by the listener, the listener wins.
“Okay, (caller), I’ve got some phrases in front of me that are missing words. You need to fill in the blanks with the words you think (co-host) will fill with…”
• (blank) mouse
• Paper (blank)
• Sugar (blank)
• (blank) island
• (blank) cheese
• Notebook (blank)