February 04, 2017: Saturday ONAIRprep

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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on. –I Peter 1:3

As it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. — 1 Corinthians 2:9

God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. — Psalm 53:2

HEARTLIGHT DAILY VERSE, PRAYER & THOUGHT

(From VerseOfTheDay.com.)

Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17

Thought: “A man’s got to take care of himself!” Yeah, we do have to be responsible folks. But, part of being responsible, part of being blessed — at least as God sees it — is to care for others, to stick up for the disadvantaged, and to intervene when someone else is being exploited. After all, we are our “brother’s and sister’s keeper!”

Prayer: Remove the heart of selfishness, O God, that keeps me from caring for the downtrodden, abused, forgotten, and broken. Give me your eyes of concern and Jesus’ heart of compassion to see them and minister to them. In his name, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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

BIRTHDAY VERSE” OF THE DAY (The chapter and verse correspond to the month and day!)

Philippians 2:4 NIV = not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

TODAY IS SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 04, 2017

(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)
WEIRD, WACKY, STRANGE, ZANY, ODD, BIZARRE, QUIRKY, UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS!
THERE ARE ONLY
326 SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

Today is HOMEMADE SOUP DAY.  ***The only thing I can make at home are grilled cheese sandwiches or frozen pizzas, and it’s next to impossible to eat pizza out of a soup bowl.

Today is NATIONAL STUFFED MUSHROOM DAY.  ***Get creative – stuff it with homemade soup!

Today is NATIONAL THANK A MAILPERSON DAY. ***Make an offering of mushrooms stuffed with pizza and soup.

Today is NO ONE TO BLAME DAY. In 1789 George Washington was elected the first president of the United States.  ***I think George Washington probably had the toughest presidency of anyone – because when he took office, there was no one before him to blame.

TODAY IS ALSO…
Barber Day
Facebook’s Birthday
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day Link
Take Your Child To The Library Day
Liberace Day
Medjoola Date Day
Quacker Day
USO Day
World Cancer Day Link

COMING UP NEXT (Just a list, we are not endorsing the holidays posted below.)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05

Adlai Stevenson Day Link
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
Popcorn Day Link
Shower With A Friend Day Link
Super Bowl 51
Weatherman’s [Weatherperson’s] Day
Western Monarch DayLink
World Nutella Day Link

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06

Canadian Maple Syrup Day Link
Lame Duck Day
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Link

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07

African American Coaches Day
Ballet Day
Dry Bean Day Link
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Link
“e” Day (math) Link
Laura Ingalls Wilder Day
Man Day
National Periodic Table Day Link
Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor’s Day

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08

Boy Scout Anniversary Day Link
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Opera Day

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09

National Bagel Day Link
National Pizza Day Link
Read in the Bathtub Day
Toothache Day Link

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Plimsoll Day
All The News That’s Fit To Print Day

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Be Electrific Day
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day Link
Get Out Your Guitar Day
Pro Sports Wives Day
National Shut-in Visitation Day
Satisfied Staying Single Day
Stress Awareness Day Link
White Shirt Day or White T-shirt Day Link
World Day of The Sick Link

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Autism Sunday Link
Darwin Day
Lincoln’s Birthday
NAACP Day
Oglethorpe Day
Paul Bunyan Day
Safety Pup Day
World Marriage Day Link

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Clean Out Your Computer Day Link
Desperation Day Link
Employee Legal Awareness Day
Galentine’s Day Link
Get a Different Name Day
International Condom Day Link
Madly In Love With Me Day
National Wingman’s Day
World Radio Day Link

ON THIS DAY

1861: The Apache Wars began at Apache Pass, Arizona, when army lieutenant George Bascom arrested Apache chief Cochise for allegedly raiding a ranch. Cochise escaped and declared war, which lasted 25 years.

1873: Methodist evangelist and composer George Bennard was born. Of some 300 gospel songs, his biggest hit was “The Old Rugged Cross.”

1938: Walt Disney released the classic children’s movie “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.” (audio clip)

1969: John Madden was named head coach of the NFL Oakland Raiders.

1974: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the so-called Symbionese Liberation Army.

1977: Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” celebrated its 25th anniversary with a TV special that included “Roll Over Beethoven” played by a jamming Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, Seals & Crofts, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione, Doc Severenson, and Booker T and the MGs.

1980: The CBS soap opera “The Young & The Restless” expanded from a half-hour to a full hour each weekday.

1983: Singer Karen Carpenter died at the age of 32.

1990: Seattle police said a 68-year-old woman arrested for shoplifting cigarettes blamed the episode on Judge Wapner. She said she heard the judge tell talk show host Pat Sajak that “everybody steals, at least once in their life.”

1997: A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. He had been acquitted in criminal court.

1998: The SPCA opened a $7-million state-of-the-art animal shelter in San Francisco with color TV in every room, unlimited tennis balls, and regular peer group sessions “with lots of hugs.” Officials couldn’t decide which was more luxurious, Lassie Lane or the Cat Rotunda.

1998: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was hit in the face with a pie in Brussels.

2002: The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized B.D. Tyagi of Bhopal, India, for having the world’s longest ear hair. The hair sprouting from the center of Tyagi’s outer ear measured 4.015 inches (10.2cm).

2003: Lawmakers dissolved Yugoslavia and replaced it with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.

2006: Nearly 100 people were killed and more than 250 injured in a stampede at a Philippine stadium where thousands were on hand for a popular game show.

TODAY IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY

856: Rabanus Maurus, a theologian and educator mentored by Alcuin, dies at age 80. His “retirement” from school administration at age 66 was followed by a career as archbishop of Mainz, Germany.

1555: John Rogers was bound to a stake at Smithfield, England, and burned to death. Among the onlookers who encouraged him were his own children. What monstrous crime had earned him this cruel death? He had renounced Catholicism and embraced the Protestant faith. At the stake, Rogers was offered a pardon if only he would recant his beliefs and return to the Catholic church. He refused. The fire was lit and Rogers washed his hands in the flames as though he did not feel them. He was the first of many such martyrs.

1787: Bishop White of Pennsylvania is consecrated in the apostolic succession of the Church of England for the United States, allowing the US church to function independently of the parent body. The churches became known as Episcopalian.

1874: During a night of praise and prayer, Frances Havergal writes the hymn “Take my life and let it be.”

1885: The Cambridge Seven, young men of the upper class, publicly testify to God’s work in their lives, stirring people world wide to follow Christ.

1906: Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is born in Breslau, Germany. Author of The Cost of Discipleship (1937) and Letters from Prison (1944), he opposed the Nazis as one of Germany’s Confessing Church leaders. Believing that Hitler was like a madman “driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders,” he joined a plot to kill him, but the plot was discovered and Bonhoeffer was arrested and eventually hanged; just days before Allied troops liberated the concentration camp where he was held

1968: Thirty-four Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries are rescued by U.S. forces in Vietnam after their station at Dalat is overrun by the Viet Cong during the Tet offensive.

HOLLYWOOD, SPORTS AND CELEBRITY FIGURE BIRTHDAYS

  • Actress (several single-episode roles, particularly in the various “Law & Order” shows) Lisa Eichhorn 65

  • actor (“Houston Nights”, The Warriors) Michael Beck 67

  • former Vice-President Dan Quayle is 69

BEE-BOP BIRTHDAYS

(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1900 : Jacques Prévert

1941 : John Steel (The Animals)

1944 : Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension)

1948 : Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier)

1951 : Phil Ehart (Kansas)

1952 : Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie)

1962 : Clint Black

1975 : Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World)

1975 : Natalie Imbruglia

1976 : Cam’ron

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Just how poisonous is a poisonous mushroom?

It’s amazing that we eat mushrooms all over the world… we eat them stuffed, fried, baked, with steak, on pizza, they’re everywhere… and yet many mushrooms are poisonous! But really, just how poisonous is a poisonous mushroom? Should we even be worried? Well, the fungus fatality rate from those unfortunate enough to eat the Amanita phalloides is about 50 percent. In other words, 2 out of 4 people that eat the deadliest of mushrooms will die. However, that rises to approximately 75 percent if you eat it in spaghetti sauce accompanied by my aunt Fran’s meatballs. (Source: THE HANDY SCIENCE ANSWER BOOK, by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)

CHRISTIAN ARTIST NEWS

This is just a tiny sample of the 5-6 pages of material you could be receiving three days a week from ChristianRadioShowPrepServices.com!

While on her “Dare to Be” tour, Natalie Grant donated thousands of dollars to a woman and her husband who changed their lives to help a family in the midst of tragedy. According to Christianpost.com, Stephanie Meeker’s family went from a family of four to a family of eight after she and her husband adopted the four children of a friend who had been murdered. Natalie blessed Stephanie with a check for $5000 to help with expenses and also sent Stephanie and her husband on an all expense paid vacation to the Florida Keys. 
http://www.christianpost.com/news/natalie-grant-moved-by-heartbreaking-story-of-fan-donates-thousands-of-dollars-173804/

Hawk Nelson will be joining Mercyme for a new tour later this spring. Frontman Jon Steingard this week announced plans for the tour in April and May and he said it will be especially emotional for him since it will be his first tour as a new dad.  https://twitter.com/hawknelson/status/826136479646769152

Jamie Grace posted this week as she and her family continues to adapt to their new home in California. She shared on Instagram: moving to LA has been the biggest leap of Faith. We know there are better doctors for mom, that getting out of the cold is ideal for a nerve condition and that Morgan Nickols and I will be still be able to work.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BP801A6lr0O/

A prayer for today from Mandisa: “Lord, thank You for reminding me today of exactly who You are—a loving and faithful God. I know how prone I am to panic when I forget Your promises. Especially when I’m in the midst of painful and difficult circumstances. So I’m asking You to help me keep Your promises ever before me. And help me remember that You will fulfill every single one. You are the faithful One. You are the sure One. And I can safely place all of my hope in You.  
https://www.instagram.com/p/BP5VO9QFo08/

A reminder from Moriah Peters to think about others. She posted: It’s 3:26 AM. Someone is practicing their clarinet solo on their apartment balcony.

NEWS KICKERS

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AS THE JUNGLE TURNS

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MOMENT OF DUH

Getting tattoos can be dumb… and sometimes, so are the people that give them!

While we all know the dangers of having the name of a significant other tattooed on your person, another good rule of thumb when opting for body art is finding a tattoo artist who knows how to spell. Sadly, this was a lesson learned the hard way for Britain’s Mallory Draycott. The 18-year-old decided to have the word ‘Addictive’ tattooed on her tummy. However, what Mallory got was the word ‘Additive.’ The tattoo parlor refused to give her a refund so now Mallory plans to have the tattoo altered to read ‘Additive free.’

TOP TEN

TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG

10. There are so many signs of trouble… How does one keep track of them all?

9. Your accountant’s letter of resignation is postmarked Panama.

8. You have to hitchhike to the bank to make your car payment.

7. Your suggestion box starts ticking.

6. The simple instructions enclosed aren’t.

5. You take an assertiveness training course and you’re afraid to tell your wife.

4. The pest exterminator crawls under your house and never comes out.

3. Your pacemaker has only a thirty-day guarantee.

2. You see the cruise captain running toward the railing wearing a life jacket.

1. They pay your wages out of petty cash.

THE FILES OF LAW & DISORDER

A used car dealer in California doesn’t need other dealers to give him a bad name – he’s up to the task all on his own.

FILE #1: 42-year-old former car salesman Andrew Bamberg decided to fight a $215 ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign in Redwood City, California. Not that anyone would doubt a car salesman’s honesty, but Bramberg submitted photographic evidence to the court that there were no stop signs at the intersection where the alleged infraction took place. But, it turned out that Bramberg presented photos of another intersection and lied about it in court. When the traffic commissioner said she would go to the scene herself to investigate, prosecutors say Bamberg switched the street signs. He now faces up to a year behind bars for perjury.

FILE #2: Jennifer Hunt of Sweetwater, Tennessee, was arrested on burglary-related charges after a policeman noticed her lurking around a church parking lot. She claimed she’d just stopped to use the bathroom, but as she started to walk back to her car to get her ID, a crowbar dropped out of her pants and clattered to the pavement.

FILE #3: A Newaygo, MI, man was captured and arrested BEFORE he was able to rob a West Michigan Credit Union. That’s because he had just robbed it a few days earlier and everyone at the credit union recognized him. So, as he began to enter the building to rob it a second time, employees called the police, who arrested him before he could drive away.

STRANGE LAW: The fine for publicly waving a gun in Columbus, MS, is higher than actually shooting said gun.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS

If ever you had a reason to give up alcohol for good, this would seem to be a good reason.

…Apparently, this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he’d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. Seems the liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

PHONER PHUN

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means the chick flicks are coming out of the video cabinets for a nice romantic evening. In your opinion, what is THE most romantic movie of all time?

BIBLE BRAIN BUSTER!

QUESTION: The first judge of Israel was Othniel. Who was the second?

ANSWER: Ehud (Judges 3:15)

QUESTION IMPOSSIBLE

QUESTION: The average baby will spend 2.2 hours a day doing what?

ANSWER: Crying

TRUE OR FALSE

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. The human heart weighs less than a pound. (True)

2. There are approximately 25 species of scorpion. (False, there are close to 500 – but only 25 of them are deadly.)

3. The most disliked vegetable by Americans is Brussels sprouts. (True)

4. In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs. (True)

5. In the first century, people used to drink cat milk to sweeten their breath. (False, but they did used to drink goats milk for that purpose.)

6. The Snickers chocolate bar was invented in 1930. (True)

7. The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota. (True)

8. Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed “wickies” because they tended the lamps wick. (True)

9. The sea is foggiest on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland where on average, 120 days of the year are foggy. (True)

10. The sport with the most number of officials with relation to players is tennis. (True – there are 13 officials for two players.)

TABLOID MATCH GAME

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

LIAM NEESON CONVERTS TO _______ ? (ISLAM)

Irish actor, Liam Neeson  has reportedly given up on his Catholic faith and is converting to Islam.

The Hollywood star was recently filming in Turkish city Istanbul and became fascinated with the Muslim faith during his stay.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

“There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”

Soon after speaking with The Sun,  Liam met with prominent Muslim clerics and mullahs from Turkey and reportedly has begun the conversion.

THE WAY TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO UNDERSTAND THE PUNCHLINE EVEN AFTER TWO CUPS OF COFFEE JOKE OF THE DAY 

JOKE #1

An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was.

“Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”

“Praise choruses,” said his wife, “What are those?”

“Oh, they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different,” said the farmer.

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The farmer replied, “Well it’s like this. If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn,’ well, that would be a hymn. If, on the other hand, I was to say to you, ‘Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn,’ well, that would be a praise chorus.”

JOKE #2

An honest 7-year-old admitted calmly to her parents that Billy Brown had kissed her after class. “How did that happen?,” gasped her mother. “It wasn’t easy,” admitted the young lady, “but three girls helped me chase him down and catch him.”

JOKE #3

The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn’t paying attention in class.

She called on him and said, “Johnny! what are 4, 2, 28 and 44?”

Little Johnny quickly replied, “NBC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network!”

USELESS FACTS

Prof. Timothy Holy of Washington University discovered that male mice sing to attract female mice. Using ultrasound technology, he recorded the mice singing in high-pitched chirps similar to birdsongs. He said it’s not clear whether singing helps the male mouse attract females. ***Singing like mice worked for the Bee Gees!

In Davenport, Iowa, a suspected bomb found in a house turned out to belong to an ex-tenant who said it was just a device made by an astrologer friend that emits vibrations to scare away underground space aliens.  ***See now, there’s a simple explanation for everything!

FEATURED FUNNIES

WHAT AM I?

A blind rabbit and a blind snake meet each other. Neither one remembers what kind of animal they are, so they decide to feel each other.

The rabbit says, “You feel me first.”

The snake says okay, and he starts feeling the rabbit. He says, “Well, you have fur all over, and a little cotton tail, and two long ears, and big back feet…” The rabbit says, “I know! I’m a rabbit! Yippee!”

Then the rabbit feels the snake. He says, “Okay, you’re long and thin, and slimy all over, and there’s a little forked tongue…” The snake says, “Oh no, I’m a lawyer.”

IT MUST BE TRUE BECAUSE I HEARD IT ON THE RADIO!

MIRACULOUS WINDFALL

A woman returns a found money clip, and receives a $10,000 reward – but not in the way you might expect!

We’ve all heard that God works in mysterious way, but how often do you have a great example of that? Well, now you do! Doing the honest thing really paid off for Kathleen Healy. Kathy found a large amount of money at a department store and instead of keeping it for herself she decided to do the right thing and turn it in to the store. Turns out the store had been searching for that money clip all day after a customer reported it missing. Kathy decided she did not need any reimbursement for doing the right thing and refused a cash reward from the store and the owner of the lost money. But the store insisted that Kathy at least take a free box of Frango mints -Marshall Field’s signature candy. So she reluctantly took the box of mints. When she opened the mints, she found a ticket saying she’d won $10,000 in a Frango Mints contest.  Kathy said she plans to use some of the money for her daughter’s college tuition and religious missionary work. Like I said, God works in mysterious ways.

INSPIRATIONAL INSPIRATION

THE WAY WE AFFECT OTHERS

We may not always realize that everything we do,
Affects not only our lives, but touches others too.

A single happy smile can always brighten up the day,
For anyone who happens to be passing by your way.

And a little bit of thoughtfulness that shows someone you care,
Creates a ray of sunshine for both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer someone a helping hand,
Every time you show a friend that you understand,

Every time you have a kind and gentle word to give,
You help someone to find beauty in this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness and loving ways bring love,
And giving is the treasure, that contentment is made of.

–Author Unknown

DRIVE TIME DEVOTIONAL

THE WORLD IS WATCHING

Read: 1 John 2:1-11

He who says he abides in [Jesus] ought himself also to walk just as He walked. –1 John 2:6

If the people in your community were asked about the Christians who live there, what do you think they would say? Would they say they recognize Christians by their love, or because of something else?

Consider these two true situations: In one small town a restaurant decided to close on Sunday nights because the staff refused to work for the after-evening-church crowd. The people who came from church were rude, messy, and left small tips.

In another town, the manager of a store that sold concert tickets reported that some of the rudest people she had ever met were several who had bought tickets to hear a well-known Christian singing group.

Sometimes we don’t realize it, but the non-Christian world is watching us. Our neighbors and acquaintances and others we encounter notice our behavior. They know that if we claim to be followers of Christ we are supposed to be kind and compassionate. They know that our lives should reflect love and Christlikeness (John 13:35; 1 John 2:6). They know that we shouldn’t be so busy with our own interests that we don’t love other people.

Let’s make sure the people who are watching our lives will want to get to know our Savior. —Dave Branon

I want my life to shine for Jesus
So that everywhere I go
The watching world will see He loves them
And His saving grace will know. —Hess

Nothing is so attractive as being like Christ.

LEFTOVERS

WHY CAN’T THIS HAPPEN TO ME?

Imagine your back account growing and growing – and you don’t know why! This happened to one New York woman!
Susan Madakor of Brooklyn, New York started noticing that her bank account was growing by leaps and bounds. In fact money was pouring in from other countries, like Italy, France, Belgium, Finland and Turkey. The only problem was that the money wasn’t supposed to be going to her — the money was supposed to go to the United Nations environment fund, but someone messed up the account number. In all, $700,000 was deposited into her account. Chase Manhattan bank recently noticed the error and are now trying to get the money back. However, Madakor, who has already spent almost all of it, may get to keep it because, according to her attorney, such errors must be corrected within 90 days of the transfer. As for why Mrs. Madakor didn’t say anything about the mysterious money showing up in her bank account? She says she thought the money was coming in from a lottery she had entered.  ***MARLAR: Yeah… the lottery that never formally informs you that you won, the one that never has you fill out tax papers and it just surprises you by finding out your bank account number on its own and depositing the cash for you — yeah, that lottery!

LIFE… LIVE IT

DEPRESSING SOAP OPERAS

Not only are the people in soap operas often depressed – they might be making YOU depressed too!

TV Soap operas may not be good for one’s mental health. The more times a young woman or teenage girl spends watching a TV soap opera, the more likely she is to suffer from depression. A new study suggests the shows create unrealistic expectations in some watchers, who lapse into depression when those expectations aren’t fulfilled.  ***MARLAR: It’s true – our lives don’t always have dramatic cliff hangers that end with an extreme close up for an uncomfortably long time, and then fade to black.

JUST FOR FUN

A quick tip on snacking just in time for this weekend.

If you feel sick after the Super Bowl, it could be because, as a Clemson University study found, double-dipping chips just a few times can transfer 10,000 mouth bacteria to a dip bowl. Just thought you’d want to know.

FUN LIST

REJECTED COMMERCIALS FOR SUNDAY NIGHT’S SUPER BOWL

Every year there are a list of commercials that are banned from airing during the Super Bowl. Here are a few that were banned for this year’s big game…

  • The Pepsi Can-grenade

  • The Geico Gecko Roadkill Spot

  • Mismatch.com

  • The Apple Guy Finally Beats The Tar out of the PC Guy

  • The new “UPS Trucks Double Park Because They Can” Campaign

  • The Geico Cavemen get shaved

MORE SHOW PREP STUFF…

HOW TO SURVIVE BEING LOST

Now is the time to plan your spring or summer vacation – one thing to plan is what to do if you get lost in the wilderness!

Should you end up being lost in the wilderness this spring or summer, here are a few pieces of advice on how to survive.

  • Stay put as soon as you realize you’re lost. Rescue crews will find you faster if you stay in one spot. If you have no idea where you are or how to get back to where you started, further movement is just wasted energy.

  • Make yourself visible. Move to a clear area and do whatever you can to make a signal. Flags or markers can be made from food wrappers, clothing or anything that is colorful. If you’re in the snow, stomp out a large X. In the desert, form an X with rocks.

  • Stay dry. Avoid crossing streams unless absolutely necessary. If you get warm, take off excess clothing before you become sweaty. Build a fire and dry wet clothes if possible. Getting wet can quickly lead to hypothermia, the inability of your body to warm itself. Don’t wear cotton clothes in cold weather. Cotton retains water, providing little or no insulation when wet.

  • Stay hydrated. It’s harder for your body to maintain the proper temperature if you’re low on fluids. This is also very important if you’re injured and have lost some blood: You need liquids in order to maintain normal blood pressure.

  • Make a shelter. Where it’s hot, find shade. Where it’s cold, create warmth. Tree branches, snow, sheets of plastic or cloth — almost anything can be fashioned into a basic shelter.

  • Treat any injuries. Dislocations, such as to a shoulder, should be replaced at the earliest opportunity. This will be extremely painful but will reduce overall trauma. Severe bleeding to an arm or a leg can be reduced with a tourniquet, a tight wrap of cloth around the limb above the wound. Study basic first aid before embarking on any potentially hazardous adventures.

  • Carry extra food. Energy bars and candy bars are easy to stash in pockets and provide many needed calories.

  • Avoid the most common cause of delayed rescue: forgetting to tell anyone where you’re going. Always leave a detailed description of your trip route and schedule with a responsible person. Direct that person to call the authorities if you don’t return by a specific time or date.

  • Carry fire-starting equipment such as a cigarette lighter and toilet paper. In wet weather, your best bet for finding dry wood is to look for small dead branches at the base of evergreen trees.

  • You need to consume more calories in a cold climate than you do in a warm one.

OTHER STUFF I WANT TO CRAM INTO TODAY’S PREP

Need a good laugh? Check out Turning Point’s SOS Estates and then take the quiz to find out which couple you are most like. My test said that my bride and I are “Dwayne & Peanut: It was love at first sight with this country duo! Yes, a match made in heaven with Dwayne being a rodeo cowboy and Peanut a rodeo barrel racer! It’s not the titanium pins and plates in your rodeo cowboy’s battered body that holds your love together, but your true admiration and devotion to one another!” Take the test yourself at http://ow.ly/IfvWr

Dogs might be better at ignoring bad advice than humans are according to a new study out of Yale. Researchers trained dogs to get a treat out of a box by moving a lever and then lifting the lid. Then they left the dogs on their own, and a significant number of them soon figured out the truth: There was no need to move that lever; they merely needed to lift the lid and get their treat. Contrast that with a similar experiment conducted several years ago with kids. In that one, the human subjects went right on pulling that lever, because they had been told to do so. Lead author Laurie Santos of Yale’s Canine Cognition Center in a release: “Humans often fall prey to the bad advice of others. Children tend to copy all of a teacher’s actions, regardless of whether they are necessary or not.” The dogs, however, were all about ruthless efficiency. (New York)

Women who wear makeup are not only seen by others as more likeable, but also perceived as more attractive, competent and trustworthy. Led by Nancy Etcoff, a team of Harvard University researchers determined that makeup significantly alters how women and their character traits are perceived by others, both at first glance and over time. The team conducted two studies in which 100 photos of 25 women’s faces were judged without makeup and with three different applied makeup looks. When viewed for 250 milliseconds, all three makeup looks increased ratings of attractiveness, competence, likability and trust compared to the ratings of the same faces without makeup. In addition, participants in the second study who had unlimited time to inspect the faces gave both the natural and professional makeup looks increased ratings of attractiveness, competence, likability and trust. But beware! Women who wear too much makeup and look too glamorous are viewed as less trustworthy and as having less social warmth.

Last Saturday, Ron Hill took a break from running – for the first time in 19,032 days! The 78-year-old had run at least a mile every day since Dec. 20, 1964 — a streak of 52 years and 39 days. He even kept running despite having a plaster cast on his foot for six weeks following an operation. The streak even survived a car crash that broke Hill’s sternum (he got the day’s run in before the crash). All total he’s run over 160,000 miles — more than enough to circle the globe six times. But during his daily run Jan. 28, Hill started feeling a pain in his chest and says, “I thought I was going to die.” He still managed to finish his mile, but he realized it was time to hang up his running shoes — at least for now — for the sake of his family and friends. In a statement, he said he was ending his streak “with great sadness.” In addition to his truly impressive streak, Hill competed in three Olympics, was the first British citizen to win the Boston Marathon, set multiple world records, ran in at least 115 marathons, and started his own running gear company.  ***Wow, Mr. Hill… sounds like you’ve EARNED a break!

Charlotte McCourt sold over 15,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and did by doing something unusual – being gut-level honest. The 11-year-old tells customers: Trefoils? “Kind of boring.” Toffee-tastic? “As flavorless as dirt.” But not all her reviews are negative. She calls Savannah Smiles “divine.” The New Jersey sixth-grader was dismayed that only two of the boxes she had sold were marked to be donated to US military troops, so her father suggested she write a letter to a wealthy family friend who might be willing to donate a bunch. The result? A letter that described each cookie in brutally honest terms. It worked and the friend did indeed send 25 boxes of cookies to the troops, but it was a Facebook post that made Charlotte’s cookie sales hit warp speed. Charlotte’s dad, a writer and producer on the podcast “The Way I Heard It,” showed the letter to the show’s star, TV host-turned-podcaster Mike Rowe, who posted on his Facebook page a video of himself reading the letter and asking viewers to reward Charlotte’s honesty. “Send the message that when you tell the truth, good things happen,” Rowe said. She has now sold more than 15,000 boxes, and the video has more than 8 million views.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF4X_r7ByVM.

And here’s a quick update video from Mike Rowe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LFbkHyhTc.

The more vegetables you eat, the less weight you gain over time a recent Harvard study found so there’s no healthier diet hack than “eat a veggie at every meal.” Not a huge fan? There’s a painless way to do it: Hide frozen spinach in a smoothie. The operative word here is hide. Into a powerful blender toss a package of frozen spinach, kale or Swiss chard, a banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter, a half cup of water or almond milk, and a scoop of protein powder, and pulverize. Believe it or not, you’ll barely even taste the spinach. (Men’s Fitness) ***At least that’s what I hear.  I’ve not been brave… or desperate… enough to try this.

Churches fitted with ornate stained glass windows may not be a thing of the archaic past just yet. The stained glass industry has been experiencing a decline in business in recent years, but research among younger Americans indicates that stained glass could experience a comeback. An architect with the Aspen Group, a company that specializes in building churches, says stained glass is seen more favorably by younger generations.” He cited recent research which found that Millennials preferred more traditional looking sanctuaries instead of so-called trendy buildings. http://bit.ly/1w0AIyq

Looking for a unique vacation site? How about the White Desert, the Antarctic’s only luxury resort? The self-proclaimed “most remote hotel on this planet” is just a short trek from the South Pole. Visitors sleep in one of six heated fiberglass sleeping pods. Gourmet meals are dished up in the dining room. Activities include exploring blue ice caves, kite skiing, a sauna or visiting a local colony of 6,000 penguins. However, it isn’t cheap. The 8-night adventure costs about $72,000 per person.  If you’re just curious though, you can read more about it at http://huff.to/2cHnFkv.

AND I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THOUGHT

In a survey on the Worksafe internet site: 78 per cent of employees have a good relationship with their boss. I get along great with the boss. As a matter of fact, he told me if I do a good show today — I can use his parking space all weekend.

THE TICKET Movie Reviews with MARIE ASNER

Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 35 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).

FEBRUARY 03, 2017…

Opening moved ahead from an earlier date) The Space Between Us—On a colonization voyage to Mars, it is discovered that one of the female astronauts is pregnant.  This results in the first child, a boy, being born on Mars, but in that atmosphere, gravity, etc. Fast forward to teen years, and the kid (Asa Butterfield) knows about Earth and even has a girl friend, Britt Robertson (Skype) he writes to.  However, something happens and Asa ends up on Earth. “The Space Between Us” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for fans.

Rings—Johnny Galecki is one of the stars in a remake/new episode of the Japanese supernatural film about a haunting that occurs seven days after you have viewed a video tape. “Something” comes out of a dark hole and comes after you. This film is set thirteen years after the original. Can’t keep a good DVD down. The original was popular and here we go again.  Also in the cast are Vincent Onofrio, Alex Rae, and Matilda Lutz. “Rings” is rated R. Rating of 2 for fans.

The Comedian—Comics sometimes have a dark streak in them and such is the theme in the film starring Robert De Niro. He is a comedian who tries a comeback but gets into trouble. This film is directed by Taylor Hackford who is also Helen Mirren’s husband.  No, she is not in this film, but Leslie Mann, Danny De Vito and Edie Jolie are. “The Comedian” is rated R. No rating.

FEBRUARY 10, 2017…

Fifty Shades Darker continues the romance between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dorman. Adult film.

John Wick: Chapter 2 with Keanu Reeves as the action guy with an attitude. The first film was surprisingly successful.

The Lego Batman Movie and with the popularity of “The Lego Movie,” this one is sure to have appeal.

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