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“When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain.”  –Proverbs 16:15


Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! — Philippians 2:5-8


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. — James 1:27




(From VerseOfTheDay.com)

We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. — 1 Thessalonians 4:14


Thought: As horrible as the Cross was, it wasn’t the final chapter of the Jesus story. Jesus died and then rose again. We can believe two things because of Jesus’ resurrection: 1) that Jesus will return in glorious victory for those who have believed in him, and 2) that we will be with those we love who have fallen asleep in Christ when Jesus comes again.


Prayer: Holy and Almighty Father, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead and giving me the assurance of eternal life with you, and with those I love who have already passed from this life into death. I look forward to the day Jesus returns in glory, with the angels of heaven, and brings complete victory over death. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.


The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.




The chapter and verse corresponds to the month and the day!

Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV = But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.




(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)


This is GOODWILL WEEK.  ***MARLAR: To celebrate I’m donating all of my unused jokes today to charity.


Today is NATIONAL ADULT PUBLIC SKIPPING DAY, a day for adults to skip in public to feel like a child again.  ***MARLAR: For additional fun, try skipping to the restroom –that way you can literally “skip to my loo.”


Today is NATIONAL DANCE DAY.  ***MARLAR: Be sure to remember to stop skipping first though, otherwise you might throw something out of alignment.




Arbor Day

Bats Day

International Dance Day

National Hairball Awareness Day

National Teach Your Children To Save Day

“Peace” Rose Day

World Wish Day

Zipper Day





Bob Wills Day

Bugs Bunny Day

International Jazz Day

International Table Top Day

National Animal Advocacy Day

National Go Birding Day

National Herb Day

National Honesty Day

National Kiss of Hope Day

National Rebuilding Day

National Sense of Smell Day

Save The Frogs Day

Spank Out Day

Walpurgis Night

World Day of Animal Laboratories

World Healing Day

World Veterinary Day



Amtrak Day

Batman Day

Executive Coaching Day

Global Love Day

National Infertility Survival Day

Keep Kids Alive! Drive 25 Day

Law Day

Lei Day

Lemonade Day

Loyalty Day

Mariachi Day

May Day

Mother Goose Day

Motorcycle mass & Blessing of the Bikes Day

National Bubba Day

National Purebred Dog Day

New Homeowner’s Day

Rural Life Sunday

School Principals Day

Silver Star Day

Stepmothers’ Day



National Library Legislative Day

Roberts Rule of Order Day



Melanoma Monday

Garden Meditation Day

Hug Your Cat Day

Lumpy Rug Day

National Special-abled Pets Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Paranormal Day

Public Radio Day

World Asthma Day

World Press Freedom Day

National Teacher Day



Childhood Depression Awareness Day

National Life Insurance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Great American Grump Out

Star Wars Day (May The Forth Be With You)

International Firefighters Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

National Day to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy

Occupational Safety & Health Day

Petite and Proud Day

World Give Day



Cartoonists Day

Childhood Stroke Awareness Day

Cinco de Mayo

International Day of the Midwife

International Roller Derby Day

Martin Z. Mollusk Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Day of Reason

Totally Chipotle Day

Revenge of the Fifth (Star Wars Sith)

World Password Day



Child Care Provider Day

Dandelion Days begin

International Space Day

Joseph Brackett Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

No Diet Day

No Homework Day

Nurses Day

Tuba Day



Birthmother’s Day

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Cosmopolitan Day
Free Comic Book Day

Join Hands Day

Kentucky Derby

Start Seeing Monarchs Day

Mariachi Day

Mother Ocean Day

National Babysitters Day

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Homebrew Day

National Scrapbooking Day

Naked Gardening Day




1950: “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas hit #1 in the U.S. and stayed there for 11 weeks, history’s only #1 instrumental featuring a zither.


1974: Phil Donahue’s TV talk show moved from Dayton, Ohio, to Chicago, where it would win nine Emmy Awards in 11 years before moving to New York City in 1985.


1976: Singer Bruce Springsteen climbed the fence at Graceland in Memphis, but security guards grabbed him and tossed him out.  ***MARLAR: You may be the boss, but that still gets trumped by a King.


1981: Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to strike out 3,000 batters.


1986: Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 batters in a nine-inning game against Seattle. That broke Nolan Ryan’s record of 19.


1988: Forrest City, Arkansas, held its first racially integrated high school prom.


1988: Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson were married in Florida. They divorced in 1993.


1990: Surgeons in Jacksonville, Florida, removed a benign tumor from the abdomen of a 47-year-old woman, who went to the emergency room fearing she was having a heart attack. The tumor weighed 65 pounds.  ***MARLAR: That’d sure make losing weight go a lot faster.


1990: A wrecking crane began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the historic Brandenberg Gate. The Wall had divided East and West Berlin since August 1961.


1992: Actor Emilio Estevez married singer Paula Abdul in Santa Monica.


1992: Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.


1995: The longest sausage ever was created in Kitchener, Ontario — 28.77 miles.


1998: A bra once worn by Madonna sold at auction in London for $4,250. At the same auction, an outfit worn by Elvis brought $15,450.


2002: A new Thai company called “Anything You Can Think Of” was formed to provide people to cry at funerals, scream at rock concerts, slap faces, wean children from the Internet, or anything legal. Having someone’s face slapped cost $23.39.


2004: A ruptured pipeline spilled an estimated 85,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Suisun Bay, east of San Francisco.




1380: Italian mystic Catherine of Siena dies from exhaustion brought on by her efforts to bring unity to the church. Her visions, experienced since childhood, and her persistent pleading led Pope Gregory XI to return the papal seat to Rome from Avignon, France.


1429: Joan of Arc, who had experienced mystical visions and voices since childhood, enters the besieged French city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English. The next day, the English retreated, but, because it was a Sunday, Joan refused to allow any pursuit. On a sortie the next year, The English captured Joan and put her on trial for heresy.


1525: Fray Pedro de Cordoba dies. He was a mentor to Las Casas, the “Father of the Indians.”


1535: Monks in England are executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the church.


1607: The first Anglican church is established in the American colonies, at Cape Henry, Virginia.


1848: Thomas Jackson, who became one of the great generals of the Civil War, confesses Christ by public baptism at St. John’s Episcopal church in New York City. He exhibited deep concern for the spiritual condition of each man under his command.


1933: Dawson Trotman begins a work with Navy men that leads to the formation of the Navigators, a discipleship organization.


1945: 500 Greek Catholic clergymen in the cathedral at Lwow, Poland are surrounded by police, arrested, and many shot.


1952: Death of Samuel Zwemer, “Apostle to Islam.” He co-founded The Arabian Mission and served as missionary, field evaluator and author for many years.




  • Actress (Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Batman & Robin, Prime) Uma Thurman 46
  • Tennis pro Andre Agassi is 46
  • Actress (I Am Sam, What Lies Beneath, Stardust, Up Close & Personal) Michelle Pfeiffer 58
  • Actress (Jan on “The Brady Bunch”) Eve Plumb is 58 (audio clip)
  • Actor (The Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood) Daniel Day-Lewis is 59
  • Actress (“The Black Donnellys” , “Star Trek: Voyager”) Kate Mulgrew is 61 (audio clip)
  • Comedian (“Seinfeld”) Jerry Seinfeld is 62 (audio clip)




(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1899 : Duke Ellington

1928 : Carl Gardner (The Coasters)

1929 : Ray Barretto

1931 : Lonnie Donegan

1933 : Willie Nelson

1934 : Otis Rush

1936 : April Stevens

1942 : Klaus Voorman (Manfred Mann)

1943 : Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys)

1947 : Tommy James

1947 : Joel Larson (The Grass Roots)

1949 : Francis Rossi (Status Quo)

1968 : Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips)

1970 : Master P

1973 : Mike Hogan (The Cranberries)

1979 : Matt Tong (Bloc Party)

1979 : Jo O’Meara (S Club 7)




When I watch the Discovery Channel, and they’re talking about testing medicines with blind tests and double blind tests, I begin to wonder what the difference between those two tests really is.

Blind tests. Double blind tests. What’s the difference between those two? Needless to say, what both DO have in common is a group of patients. Some get the new medication while others receive a placebo (a fake drug that doesn’t really do anything). The question is, who knows what was given to whom? In a blind test, the patients do not know if they got the placebo or the real thing. But the doctor administering the medication does know which drug went to which patient. This keeps the patients from having a subjective reaction and skewing the results. But it’s always possible the doctor could unconsciously signal to patients what they were getting. In a double-blind test, patient and doctor are each in the dark about who gets what drug. The doctor doesn’t know to whom she gave the experimental whosamajiggie, and who swallowed peppermint candy. ***MARLAR: Next I guess we’ll see a triple blind study… where the doctors nor the patients know what the drug even is, or whether it’s the patients or the doctors that are getting the drugs. Now that sounds like quality entertainment right there!




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Jimmy Needham has tried a lot of milk shakes but he says one stands above the rest. He posted: I’ve tried milkshakes from just about everywhere, but nothing has come within a hundred yards of Chick fil A’s strawberry milkshake.


Aaron Shust says one of his favorite Bible verses is John 16:33. He posted: When I was 3, I sang my first solo in church. The second verse says, “He never said you would only see sunshine. He never said there’d be no rain. He only promised a heart full of singing about the very things that once brought pain”.



Question of the day from Tobymac: How do you strike up a conversation with a complete stranger … what’s your go-to topic?


Jason Gray on tour life: On any given day on the road I pray for two things: The first is a shower. If I can get a shower, it’s a good day. The second is a good cup of coffee. If I can get a good coffee, then it is a great day.


Moriah Peters recently posted her mom’s response to a picture that Moriah posted of her cat Adelina after she was left home alone.

Moriah’s mom: Moriah, I just saw the tweet of Adelina crying. I’m tearing up. You can’t leave her alone. I am so sadden by her crying for you.

Moriah: Haha, it’s so funny!!

Moriah’s mom: No, it is not funny! I wonder how long she cries for when you and Joel are gone. I feel so sad!

Moriah: Haha!! Mom, it’s sooo funny!! Our neighbors come and check in on her when we’re gone.


It’s a good thing Mat Kearney is an artist and not an author. He posted: I can write songs but I can’t spell the words in them.


Jordan Feliz is getting a workout. He posted: I have walked around the Mall Of America almost 10 times today. I need some new shoes already.


Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is well known for is facial expressions while drumming. Even he admits that his various looks can be quite expressive. In fact, Duncan posted this week as he left the stage in Rockford, Illinois: I think I’m turning into a real life emoji!



Colton Dixon was recently on the red carpet preparing for the release of the movie This Is Winter Jam. Colton talked about his time on American Idol, watching the movie War Room, and showing love to others.



Danny Gokey has been recording some special versions of his songs in Spanish. He says he can’t wait to share the video. Be on the look out for Danny Gokey music in Spanish coming soon.





(No news on the weekends.)



Police say a 32-year-old woman drove a car into the lobby of Comfort Suites in Effingham, Illinois. Witnesses say the woman then got herself a cup of coffee, lit a cigarette, and told employees to go back to work — that everything was fine.  ***Apparently the woman thought she was in Chicago where stuff like this is a daily occurrence.


Animal control officers have captured an apparently domesticated tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood in Conroe, Texas. Animal control officers caught the young, female tiger, which was wearing a collar with a leash attached. Authorities are asking for assistance in locating the tiger’s owner.  ***Which I’m guessing they’ll find soon if they keep following the tiger and sort through the kitty litter.


A JetBlue pilot was arrested after being caught flying under the influence of alcohol during routine testing last year. According to a federal complaint made public Wednesday, Dennis Thomas Murphy Jr. was selected for random testing when the plane he was flying arrived at Kennedy Airport in April of 2015. Murphy allegedly blew a 0.111 for blood alcohol content on a breath testing device. A blood alcohol content of 0.10 or higher is considered under the influence of alcohol for airplane operators.  After being presented with the test results, Murphy reportedly stated the results must have been caused by the gum he was chewing.  ***Ah yes – that vodka-infused chewing gum we’ve all been hearing about.


Donald Trump told supporters this week: “If I lose (the presidency), I don’t think you will ever see me again.”  ***Wow – if there was ever a reason to make sure this guy loses!!!!




Researchers (University College in London) say that eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables is healthier than five, which is the current recommendation.  ***MARLAR: Gee, who’d a thunk it.  Now pass the Kit Kats please.


Why do we keep going back and back and back to Facebook all day? Behavioral researchers (at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria) says it’s because we think we’ll enjoy it. They asked test participants to guess whether spending 20 minutes on Facebook would make them feel better or worse. Contrary to the findings of an earlier experiment, in which using Facebook put people in a worse mood, participants expected that using Facebook would make them feel better.  ***MARLAR: So it’s exactly like going back to your old girlfriend.  You think it’ll make you happy… but it actually makes you miserable.


According to Facebook, the happiest day of the year is Thanksgiving! That’s according to the Facebook Gross National Happiness index. To build the index, Facebook researchers culled the stats from two years of anonymous “status updates” from the site’s 100 million users in the United States.  ***MARLAR: That’s just the number of postings on Thanksgiving Day though – what about the content of those posts?  Maybe people were saying, “I’m sick of turkey”… “I’m sick of football”… “I’m sick of Uncle Karl”…


Giving kids too much candy could lead them to murder, says a new study. Research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who ate sweets daily were prone to commit savage crimes as adults. “Giving children candy and chocolate regularly may stop them from learning how to wait to obtain something they want,” says a study participant. “Not being able to defer gratification may push them toward more impulsive behavior, which is strongly associated with delinquency.” ***MARLAR: So for healthy, well-adjusted kids – don’t give them what they want when they want it.  In fact, force them to wait and open Christmas gifts on January 4th.  Tell them it’s for their own good.








CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S EPISODE… Brad Stine, “Animal Rights Activists”




OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!  When last we left the jungle, all of the animals were tired of paying tolls to Gruffy just so they could use the main path through the jungle.  So they decided to build their own path, with no tolls.  This meant Gruffy wasn’t getting anyone walking past his cave anymore… so he decided to make his path toll free too…


CLOSE: That’s kind of sad.  The main thing Gruffy liked about the location of his cave was that everyone used to pass by every day, and now no one ever passes his cave.  Will he sell his cave and relocate just to see his friends?  Will he build a bigger and better path to attract his friends?  Find out next time, As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: When last we left the jungle, Cheetah Bonita decided to stop singing with her sisters – she wanted to go solo.  Then Cheetah’s band decided to leave and go solo… together.  But then they all broke up because they all wanted solos too.  And now it’s so bad that even individual guitar strings and piano keys are refusing to play together – EVERYBODY wants a spotlight of their own!


CLOSE: How much worse can this solo thing get?  Find out what happens next time, as FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!


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Garrett A. Dalton of Naugatuck, Connecticut is in a bit of hot water after running a 40-yard-dash dressed in women’s clothes and high heels. Oh, there’s nothing illegal with running around in drag — unless you’ve filed for workman’s comp because you supposedly are too injured to work. Garrett made the idiot mistake of participating in the local contest for concert tickets. He was arrested for workman’s comp fraud after being recognized on a TV news report covering the event. Prosecutors say Garret collected more than $5,000 after reporting a work-related injury. And no, he didn’t win the contest.






  1. Wear a top hat.


  1. Throw popcorn in the air, and yell, “It’s snowing!”


  1. During the previews, yell, “Can you fast-forward it?”


  1. Whenever the badguy is doing something devious, say, “Watch out!”


  1. Laugh very loudly at all the corny jokes.


  1. Tell the man selling popcorn that the girl’s bathroom is flooding.


  1. Yell out what is going to happen.


  1. Starting wheezing and ask the person next to you if you can have some Juicy Fruits for your asthma.


  1. Go, “Oooooh…” whenever anyone kisses.


  1. Say that they cannot sit next to you because your invisible friend already is.




There are some places that you just should not rob.


FILE #1: In Merelbeke, Belgium Charles Gerber broke into a church and grabbed the collection box. Unknown to Charlie, the priest at the church had been worried about theft and had rigged up his own burglar alarm. He connected the church’s bells to the collection box and when Chuck tried to carry it away the church bells started ringing. The priest heard the bells and called the cops who caught Chuck red handed.


FILE #2: Some scams are doomed to failure right from the start.  Ronnie J. Allard, a delivery man, had his girlfriend steal Notre Dame season football tickets — valued at $10,000 — from the porch of the house where he had just delivered them.  Allard apparently did not think far enough in the future to realize that he would’ve been caught at the very first home game in South Bend… seeing as the ticket owners would most certainly be wondering who would end up in those seats once they discovered their tickets were stolen.  But, alas, the scam never got that far, because Allard got into a fight with his girlfriend, and, when police came to the house on a domestic disturbance call, she told them about the tickets.


FILE #3: Fingerprints catch a criminal… at the police academy!  A police recruit, after taking part in a standard fingerprinting exercise at the Royal New Zealand Police College, has been arrested when his own prints matched him to an outstanding warrant for a serious assault – and assault that took place just last week!  “By and large, the people we get are top of the line, top drawer,” Superintendent Alistair Beckett said.  “They normally don’t have things from the past they want to hide.”  Starting in October all recruits will be fingerprinted before training begins.


STRANGE LAW: You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time when in the state of Alabama.




Two crooks steal the worst getaway vehicle of all time…

Two men in Askvoll, Norway, broke into an ambulance boat, possibly looking for drugs, but they set off an alarm. The crew came running, and the men tried to escape in a small rowboat, but they had one minor problem: they didn’t know how to row. The ambulance boat quickly chased them down because they were paddling in opposite directions and slowly turning in tiny circles.




If you could change one thing about television, what would it be?




QUESTION: For what occasion did the disciples prepare in a friend’s guest room?

ANSWER: The Passover (Mark 14:14)


QUESTION: According to Matthew, how many generations were in each of the eras from Abraham to David, from David to the captivity, and from the captivity to Christ?

ANSWER: Fourteen (Matthew 1:17)


QUESTION: Name the city that was destroyed at the same time as Ai.

ANSWER: Bethel (Joshua 8:17)




QUESTION: What is the only state that allows voting from space?





Pay attention!  If our next player doesn’t answer all ten T/F questions correctly we start all over from question #1!  First person to answer question #10 correctly is our winner!


  1. Val Kilmer once considered a run for Governor of New Mexico. (True)


  1. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger was ridden by Rogers in every one of his motion pictures. (True, and after the horse’s death at the age of 33, his hide was mounted over a plaster likeness and put on display at The Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri.)


  1. In Morse Code, a sequence of five consecutive dots represents the number five. (True)


  1. There are five “fingers” in a bat’s wing. (True)


  1. The name of the dog in RCA Victor’s trademark is Rex. (False, Nipper)


  1. Henry Fonda has a son named Peter. (True, and he also is an accomplished actor)


  1. The Equator intersects with an imaginary line at zero degrees latitude, zero degrees longitude. That line is called, “The Solarplex.” (False, it’s caled The Prime Meridian)


  1. The American Civil War began in April of 1822. (False, 1861)


  1. Yuri Gagarin of the USSR was the first man in space. (True)


  1. The state of Kansas, originally belonged to France. (False, but Louisiana did)




You have to match the blank in the tabloid headline with the word or phrase that has been removed!


WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense is building “Terminators” to defend the government against enemies – foreign AND domestic.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced the launch of  ”living” computer systems with artificial intelligence that are capable of following orders from military officers.

The U.S. military is no longer satisfied with the speed of analysis and data quality of modern computers and they do not like that soldiers and computers are separated.  They want them to be in one “military unit.”

Thus, they are going to producer “terminators.”





On a recent trip into town I observed a very peculiar thing happening via two city workers. One would dig a hole, walk a few yards, dig another hole, and then walk a few more yards… you get the point.  The second man would come behind the first man and fill the hole that had just been dug, walk a few yards, fill the next hole, and so on. These actions quite puzzled me.  Furthermore, these two men were working very hard! One digging a hole, the other filling it up again.

Finally I couldn’t hold my confusion in any longer-I had to find out what they were doing. “I appreciate how hard you’re working,” I said to the first man, “But why are you digging a hole when your partner comes behind you and just fills it up again?”

“Oh yeah, I guess it must look pretty funny,” the hole digger replied, taking a break to wipe the sweat off his forehead.  “But the guy who plants the trees is sick today.”



Miss Smith and Little Johnny’s father were having a parent teacher conference. Miss Smith said to Little Johnny’s father, “Well, at least there’s one thing I can say about your son.”

Little Johnny’s father asked, “What’s that?”

“With grades like these, he couldn’t possibly be cheating.”



After trying a new shampoo for the first time, Dewey mailed off an enthusiastic letter of approval to the manufacturer.

Several weeks later he came home from work to a large carton in the middle of the floor. Inside were free samples of the many products the same company produced: soaps, detergents, tooth paste, and paper items… with a “thank you” note from the manufacturer.

“Well, What do you think?” asked his smiling wife, Olga.

“I think that next time,” Dewey replied. “I’m writing to Mercedes-Benz”.




Australian researchers have found that eating foods high in fat and sugar reduces anxiety. In lab tests, scientists took two groups of young rats away from their mothers and gave one group junk food and the other healthy food. They found that the rats on junk food were much calmer than the rats that ate healthy foods. The bad news is, junk food still makes you fat and it isn’t good for you. The researchers say they’ll next see if exercise can be as good as junk food at relieving stress. ***MARLAR: I’ll answer that. Uh… no.


A Japanese court has ordered a McDonald’s to pay more than $70,300 to an overworked store manager for years of unpaid overtime. 46-year-old Hiroshi Takano claimed that he had worked more than 100 hours of overtime each month, without taking a day off. He’d come to work at 6:00 a.m. and the increasing number of responsibilities would usually find him heading for home about midnight. ***MARLAR: McDonald’s is planning to McAppeal.





A guy walked into a pro-shop with a gorilla. “Is anyone interested in a little wager?” he said, flashing some large bills around. “I’ve got $500.00 here that says my gorilla can hit the ball longer and straighter than anybody here at this club. In fact, he hits it 500 yards right down the middle . . . every time!”
Everyone in the pro-shop started laughing. After a moment, the newest pro at the club and the longest hitter in the area spoke up, “I got to see this!” he said. “You know, what? I’ll take you up on that wager! Meet you on the first tee.”
When they reached the 585-yard par-5 first tee the trainer led the gorilla to the tee box, put a driver in his hands, set a tee in the ground. The gorilla did the rest.
Sure enough, he smashed his drive right down the middle and clear out of sight. When the ball finally came to rest it was on the green — 6 inches from the cup.
The pro was astonished. “That’s incredible!” he exclaimed. “How did you train him to hit the ball like that?” There’s no need for me to tee off. I couldn’t beat him with a stick. Here’s your money.”
As the pro walked off the green, still shaking his head, he turned back to the trainer and said, “Oh, by the way, how does he putt?”
The trainer responded, “Just like he drives: 500 yards. Right down the middle. Every time.”




Planning on working in the convenience store industry? If so, just make sure you don’t have a super-hero complex, it might get you fired!

Antonio Feliciano was working at a 7-Eleven store in Martinsburg, West Virginia, when a man walked in with a sawed-off shotgun and attempted to rob the place. But Antonio, instead of handing over the cash like most rational people would do, decided to wrestle the gun away from the criminal. He succeeded, no one was hurt, and the robber left without getting a thing. A very brave man, that Antonio, and for his bravery and courage what was his reward? You guessed it, he was fired. 7-Eleven company policy says to let robbers take whatever they want – it’s not worth the risk to your life To make an example of Antonio and to show that 7-Eleven means what it says regarding the robbery policy, they fired him.





Long ago, our family had a canary named Goldie who, one night, had a visitor named Mouse. This rascal, when all was dark and quiet, would run up the canary stand, get into the cage, steal the food, scamp over to the water and steal a drink, and run back down the stand. The canary stayed fast asleep. It was funny as all get-out….

Heard about another alleged robbery…Musicians are up in arms that their copyrighted music is being downloaded free from an Internet Web site. People are ‘stealing’ our music,” they say, and Napster.com found itself in big trouble in the Courts…the case is ongoing, so stay tuned…

Now you may not be a canary or a songbird of any kind, but sure as anything, God’s put a song in your heart–and I know “someone” who is out to steal it. When you hear, in your spirit, the sound of trampling feet trying to get into YOUR cage or YOUR music box, wake up–and know that the enemy of your soul would love to stop the singing in your soul. He CAN’T stop it–unless you let him!

Tell the song-stealer to get lost–God’s given you a song, and no devil in hell can stop the music while you’re serving the Lord! Believe it–sing a NEW triumphant song to the Lord, loud and clear, so that old slewfoot hears it–and have a great day!

PS…Uh…if you’re at work reading this, perhaps you’d better sing SILENTLY….grin!!





Read: 1 Timothy 5:8-16

There are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. —2 Thessalonians 3:11

As I sat looking at my beehives, I was especially interested in the activities of a considerable number of bees that seemed to be busybodies. They were always buzzing, going in and out of the hive, but doing no apparent work. These nonproductive ones are called drones. They are male bees—much larger than a worker or even the queen. Their only function is to fertilize a queen and then die.

While waiting for a new queen to emerge, the drones spend their time visiting one hive after another. But they do no work; they make no honey; they build no comb; they can’t even sting. And they’re noisy! You should hear them buzz, but it’s all bluff.

For a while drones are privileged characters, but when fall comes and the honey flow slackens, the worker bees will kill every drone! Not a one lives through the winter. The time of reckoning comes, and they are denied the reward of the workers.

In the apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, he warned about people who are active in the wrong kinds of activities—going from house to house as busybodies, stirring up trouble instead of serving others (1 Timothy 5:13).

Don’t be a drone if you want to share in the heavenly treasures reserved for the faithful. —M. R. De Haan, M.D.


In service true of any kind,
Lord, happy I shall be,
If by my help some soul may find
The path that leads to Thee. —Anon.


God’s house should be a hive for workers—not a nest for drones.





McDonald’s is having some trouble keeping customers recently… I’ll tell you why.

McDonald’s just can’t seem to keep people happy right now. Is it because people are watching their weight and cholesterol levels? Perhaps.  But according to their own research, McDonald’s says that people are upset with their McService at McDonalds. Seems people aren’t getting treated the way they want to be. And when someone complains to McManagement, 70% of those people are still unsatisfied with the way their complaint is handled. So it’s not surprising why some people may not go back… and even complain about McDonald’s to their friends. Others are upset that they run out of Happy Meals too quickly. This is likely even worse than it appears, because most people that have a problem just don’t come back without saying anything at all. McDonald’s is certain that the problem lies in their hiring young and inexperienced workers at low wages… and say that this lack of customers service is costing them about $750-McMillion a year in lost sales. The figures indicated that 1% of all complaints were from “scammers” looking for a free lunch.




Could chocolate be good for your cholesterol?

Chocolate lovers will love this. While most of us are told candy is bad for us, the Mars candy company says its latest confectionary creation may actually help lower cholesterol levels! The candy giant said it did a study with researchers at the University of Illinois that showed that daily consumption of its CocoaVia dark chocolate bars “significantly lowered total cholesterol by 2 percent and LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by 5.3 percent.” The candy bars have plant sterols and guaranteed levels of cocoa flavanols– natural compounds found in certain vegetable oils, cereals and fruits, which have previously been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol levels, according to some nutritionists.  ***MARLAR: Now if someone could finally get around to inventing the Double-Chocolate Chunk Fudge Diet, we’d be good to go!





And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. And Satan created McDonald’s. And McDonald’s brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Man gained weight.

And Satan said to Man, “You want fries with that?” And Man said, “Super size them.” And Man gained weight.

And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And woman gained pounds.

And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.” And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And woman gained pounds.

And God said, “I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and EPSN2. And Man gained pounds.

And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.” And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery…

And Satan created HMOs…





  • Do these stairs go up or down?
  • What do you do with the beautiful ice carvings after they melt?
  • Which elevator do I take to get to the front of the ship?
  • Does the crew sleep on the ship?
  • Is this island completely surrounded by water?
  • Does the ship make its own electricity?
  • Is it salt water in the toilets?
  • What elevation are we at?
  • There’s a photographer on board who takes photos and displays them the next day, this question is asked: If the pictures aren’t marked, how will I know which ones are mine?
  • What time is the Midnight Buffet being served?





Smartphone users — especially kids, teens, and twenty-somethings — have taken a liking to SnapChat. The app provides “real time picture chatting” that’s supposedly super-private, since the sender of the photos and messages chooses and expiration time, say 10 minutes. Once the time elapses the chat session and photo vanish forever. Sounds private, right? Not so. The guys at the tech website Mashable remind us the recipient can take a screenshot or can simply use another smartphone or camera to capture a screenshot of the image.  Remember folks, if you send it out over the internet, it’s out there forever – no matter what they say.



Who’s more of a grumpy pants in the morning, men or women? If you answered men, you’d be wrong. Women, according to science, wake up much grumpier than men. Reason — she’s not getting enough sleep. Researchers at Duke found that women suffer more on less sleep. More depression, more anger, and more hostility. Women need 20 more minutes of sleep than men.  ***MARLAR: After several years of marriage, I gotta say this is completely accurate.




Next time you lose your phone, a simple Google search may be able to find it.  Google recently announced a new phone-finding feature for Android users tied to its search engine. Simply type “find my phone” into the Google search bar, and the results will show a map with the last known location of your phone. You can also choose to ring the phone from this page to make it easier to find.


An Indiana farmer has turned his farm into a nonprofit to Feed the Hungry.  Indiana farmer Jonathan Lawler decided to donate his entire harvest to people in need. The gesture will reportedly amount to 500,000 pounds of food in the first year. Lawler said he was one of those people who were unaware of the dire food situation in his community. But once he heard the facts, he realized he could turn his 32 acres into a resource for people in need. He has since created the nonprofit Brandywine Creek Farms and partnered with a number of local soup kitchens and food pantries, who will help distribute it.



Americans are generally happy with their home and work life, but are overwhelmingly angry with the federal government. According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly 8 in 10 Americans (78%) said they are dissatisfied or angry with the federal government. The poll also found that 84% of respondents said they are enthusiastic or satisfied with their personal relationships, and 77% said the same about their career. Sixty-four percent said they were satisfied with their financial situation.



How wrong will the Earth Day doomsayers be years from now? Maybe we can take a hint from 1970 and what they were predicting.




The president of the (THE JOCK SHOW) Fan Club just called and said this month’s meeting has been moved to the 31st.




Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 30 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet.  For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org.  Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).


APRIL 29, 2016…


Mother’s Day—Garry Marshall gathers quite a cast here and directs them in a comedy about relationships. The stars include Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant and Jon Lovitz. “Mother’s Day” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for fans.


Rachet & Clank—a 3D, animated film adapted from the game series.  The film has the duo meeting for the first time and how they want to save the Soiana Galaxy from the bad guys. Voices are Rachet (James Arnold Taylor), Clank (David Kay), Paul Giamatti (Chairman Drek), and Sylvester Stallone as Victor Von Ion, a bad guy. “Rachet & Clank” is rated PG. Rating of 2 for fans.


Keanu—This is a comedy about two guys looking for their lost cat, Keanu. It seems as though the cat can really get into trouble.  Stars include Keegan Michael Key, Peele, Method Man, Nia Long and Will Forte. “Keanu” is rated PG 13. No rating.


MAY 06, 2016…


Captain America: Civil War has just about anyone in Hollywood who can hold a shield in the cast. Stars Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man.


Going in Style has Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, in their later years, planning a robbery.


Dark Horse (opening in select cities) is based on a true story of a chess player who is bi-polar. Stars Cliff Curtis.


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