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I didn’t think I was going to make it in today. The boss had all the locks changed.


We’re already out of #Halloween candy and have to make an emergency run to the store to replenish our supply. #NoDiscipline




“Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” –1 Peter 3:8


Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2




All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. — 1 Peter 1:24-25


Thought: As the seasons change, the leaves fall, and the grass dies, we are reminded once again of how short our lives are. Despite the rapid advancements of technology, our deepest needs are addressed only by the eternal and proven will of God in Scripture. Whether you get your Scripture off the Bible on disk or from an old family Bible, access it today. Don’t you need a dose of the eternal today?


Prayer: As I age, I am constantly reminded, O God, of my transitory stay on earth and your eternal reign in heaven. Give me a sense of my place before you as I seek your will in your Word. In Jesus’ name 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.




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

John 10:29 NIV = My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.




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


LAUGH A LOT SUDDENLY FOR NO REASON DAY. ***MARLAR: We encourage that around here – even if the jokes aren’t funny.


NATIONAL DISGUSTING LITTLE PUMPKIN-SHAPED CANDIES DAY. ***MARLAR: And they are. Disgusting, that is. So, I want you all to take this pledge with me right now. Raise your right hand and repeat after me… “I, (state your name), do now solemnly swear. . . not to pass out those disgusting little pumpkin shaped candies. . . to anyone knocking on my door. . . I swear that I will not present. . . those disgusting little pumpkin shaped candies. . . to friends that visit because our children refuse to eat them. . . I swear not to bring. . . those disgusting little pumpkin shaped candies. . . to work and try to make my coworkers eat them. . . I will take those disgusting little pumpkin shaped candies. . . place them in the kitchen sink. . . and run scalding hot water over them until they melt away. . .” Thank you.




Internet Day

National Cat Day

World Psoriasis Day





Checklist Day

Create a Great Funeral Day

Devil’s Night / Mischief Night

Frankenstein Friday

Haunted Refrigerator Night

International Bandanna Day

National Breadsticks Day

National Candy Corn Day



Beggars’ Night

Books For Treats Day

Day of the Seven Billion

Girl Scout Founder’s Day

Halloween (All Hallows Eve)

National Caramel Apple Day

National Forgiveness Day

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

National Magic Day




All Saints Day

Hockey Mask Day

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

Extra Mile Day

Give Up Your Shoulds Day

National Authors Day

National Family Caregiver Day

National Family Literacy Day

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day

Prime Meridian Day

Day Saving Time Ends (Turn Clocks Back One Hour)

World Vegan Day



All Souls Day

Cookie Monster Day

Fill Our Staplers Day

Job Action Day

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Plan Your Epitaph Day



Cliché Day

Election Day

Sandwich Day


Traffic Directors Day



National Chicken Lady Day

National Candy Day

Use Your Common Sense Day



National Love Your Red Hair Day

National Men Make Dinner Day (No BBQ allowed!)




1923: The musical ‘Runnin` Wild’ opened on Broadway. It introduced a new dance called “The Charleston.”


1945: The first ballpoint pens went of sale at Gimbels department stores for $12.95.


1966: The National Organization for Women was formed.


1991: A news release from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa mistakenly referred to the visiting Princess of Wales as “the Princess of Whales.”


1995: A Tehran court sentenced a 31-year-old Iranian man to 20 lashes after he dressed as a woman and rode in the segregated women’s section of a bus. The women already had beat him up during the ride. He said he did it to win a $33.00 bet with his father.


1997: Comedian Bob Hope, who had entertained American troops overseas for decades, was made an honorary U.S. veteran at age 94. The congressional resolution bestowing the title was the first of its kind.


2006: Dan Smith finally caught the big one in Texas’ Trinity River at Fort Worth, a 40-pound blue catfish. He phoned his brother and asked him to drive over his fishing scale and camera – 40 pounds, 42 inches long with a 27-inch girth. Then the brothers threw the big one back.




1869: Birth of E. O. Sellers, American Baptist musician. At various times the song evangelist for R.A. Torrey, Gipsy Smith, A.C. Dixon and J. Wilbur Chapman, Sellers is remembered today for his two original hymns: “Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart” and “Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus.”


1870: Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist. In 1901 he influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman (authors of “Streams in the Desert”) to come to Japan, where in 1910 they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society.


1889: New York City missions pioneer Albert B. Simpson, 46, incorporated the International Missionary Alliance. Combined in 1897 with a group formerly also organized by Simpson, it became the Christian and Missionary Alliance, one of the most missions-minded denominations in modern American Protestantism.


1919: The Apostolic Christian Association was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. It later merged with what is now the International Pentecostal Church of Christ, headquartered in London, Ohio.


1955: American missionary Jim Elliot, 28, wrote in his journal: ‘First time I ever saw an Auca–1500′ is a long ways if you’re looking out of an airplane.’ Ten weeks later, on January 8, 1956, Jim and four other missionaries would be speared to death by these same Indians they had come to Ecuador in hopes of evangelizing.




  • Actor (Scary Movie, Meet the Parents) Jon Abrahams, 38
  • Actress (Bring It On) Gabrielle Union, 42
  • Actress (Mr. Deeds, Edward Scissorhands) Winona Ryder, 44
  • Actress (“Ellen”) Joely Fisher, 48 (
  • Actress (Aspen Extreme, “Blossom,” “All My Children,” “General Hospital”) Finola Hughes, 55 (
  • Actress (“Scarecrow & Mrs. King,” Sabrina Duncan on “Charlie’s Angels” TV show) Kate Jackson, 67 (
  • Actor (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland’s Opus) Richard Dreyfuss, 68
  • Actor (Harry Potter films, “All Creatures Great and Small”) Robert Hardy, 90




(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1904 : Vivian Ellis

1922 : Neal Hefti

1925 : Zoot Sims

1937 : Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers)

1944 : Denny Laine (The Moody Blues, Wings)

1945 : Melba Moore

1946 : Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

1949 : David Paton (Pilot)

1955 : Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)

1955 : Roger O’Donnell (The Cure)

1961 : Randy Jackson (The Jackson 5)

1962 : Einar Orn Benediktsson (The Sugarcubes)

1965 : Pete Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)

1970 : Douglas “SA” Vincent Martinez (311)

1970 : Toby Smith (Jamiroquai)




Where in the world is it said to have the best climate?

Quito in Ecuador, South America, is said to have the most pleasant climate in the world. It is called the “Land of Eternal Spring”. The temperature rarely drops below 46 degrees Fahrenheit during the night, or exceed 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.




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Newsboys member Jeff Frankenstein is considering a new blog. He tweeted: I want to start a blog called, “DLSAHSA.” That stands for: Dads Left Standing Alone Holding Stuffed Animals.” Jeff says: I’d be in it for sure.


The Afters Josh Havens fulfilled a childhood dream this week. He was able to play some ball at the Field Of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa! https://instagram.com/p/9J3HvgiLX7/


Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey says Donkey Kong is making his presence known. Dave shared a picture of a pile of bananas found on the bands bus and reported: After the show I realized Donkey Kong is officially on our bus this tour, and he brought his supplies.


Christian Artist Beckah Shae released a video announcing her pregnancy earlier this month and it’s going viral. Beckah enlists the help of her family in making the announcement that has been seen by more than a half million people on Youtube.



Kari Jobe is getting just a small taste of what life will be like after her baby is born. She shared on line this week: Wide awake at 2:15am. My little baby in my belly was hungry so I got up and ate some cereal, after eating a pb&j before bed, and dinner 2 hours before that. This little one must be growing and just wants to eat. Kari’s baby is due in three months.


Kutless member James Mead says his new puppy broke her leg this week. James says she was running and jumped off the couch. He heard a snap and her back left leg broken.


Jon Steingard was giving lessons this week but it wasn’t guitar lessons. The Hawk Nelson front man was giving his wife Jess her first motorcycle lessons.



When Nancy Leigh Demoss gets married next month the wedding will be streamed online. The host of Revive Our Hearts said the events of November 14, her wedding day, will be streamed on the programs web site. The live stream will run from 12:30 to 2:30 and 6 to 7pm CT.


Jamie Grace was in Detroit this week raising money for a shelter that provides beds for homeless women and children. The fund raising effort was just one of the things she does to be a light through the Jamie Grace Foundation. In the two years since it’s formation the foundation has also provided beds for children who were previously sleeping on floors and renovated Sunday school rooms for churches that were underdeveloped.


The Building 429 song “Impossible” is being featured outside of Christian radio. Fans reported hearing the song on Sunday Night Football this past Sunday!




Tow company charges man $48K to pull his Jeep out of mud pit
WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him $48,000. Joel Ramer says the Jeep landed in a mud pit last week in Walpole, near Boston. It took 12 hours for police and Assured Collision to…


Owner hears ‘kaboom,’ finds car on roof of Michigan home    photo
WOODHULL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — When Joyce Kingsley heard “kaboom” while at her Michigan home, she immediately thought about extreme weather. The 83-year-old needed to look up: A Ford Mustang was parked on the roof of her home after the driver had a medical problem Monday and lost control on…
‘I boo’: Couple gets married at haunted theme park    photo
LITCHFIELD, N.H. (AP) — The bridesmaids wore black and the flower girl showed up in a skeleton costume at a wedding held at a haunted theme park in New Hampshire. Melissa Cote and Tom Cowern, who both work at SpookyWorld/Nightmare New England in Litchfield, tied the knot Monday night in front…
Cops: Indiana Jones arrested after 100 mph chase in New York
RUSHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Indiana Jones couldn’t outrace his pursuers this time. Authorities say a 21-year-old man named Indiana Z. Jones led police on a chase that topped 100 mph on a road in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike says the chase started late Sunday…
From kung fu to California cops: Nunchucks make comeback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sgt. Casey Day was skeptical. The chief of his rural Northern California police department wanted him to find out if an ancient martial arts weapon made famous in 1970s Bruce Lee movies could be used to subdue unruly suspects. But it only took a few days of training with…
Russian police find half a ton of caviar in speeding hearse
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia’s far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway — only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside. The Interior Ministry’s department in the Khabarovsk region said on Tuesday the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, not far the…
Diver removes famous fake skeletons from Colorado River    photo
PARKER, Ariz. (AP) — A diver who felt he didn’t get his fair share of the credit for discovering two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs at the bottom of the Colorado River has removed them from their watery grave. HASH(0x13d91e0) He alerted the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, and…
Dog named Trigger shoots owner during Indiana waterfowl hunt
NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a northern Indiana woman is recovering after being shot in the foot by her dog. And the dog’s name? Trigger. Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd says 25-year-old Allie Carter of Avilla laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without the safety…
Robber flees when elderly woman yells, ‘There’s the police’
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman being robbed in a Pennsylvania parking lot shouted, “There’s the police!” and the spooked suspect dropped his gun and ran away. Punxsutawney police Chief James Borza says police are still searching for the robber, who approached the…
From kung fu to California cops: Nunchucks make comeback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sgt. Casey Day was skeptical. The chief of his rural Northern California police department wanted him to find out if an ancient martial arts weapon made famous in 1970s Bruce Lee movies could be used to subdue unruly suspects. But it only took a few days of training with…
School on historic register boasts prominent pup’s gravesite    photo
ROLLINSFORD, N.H. (AP) — A school named to the National Register of Historic Places has an unusual feature on its grounds: the gravesite of a dog considered to be the father of the American Cocker Spaniel. The marble block at the edge of the Rollinsford Grade School’s playground marks the…





Uncle: Dead Vegas cryotherapy spa aide had ownership dream    photo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — That’s his niece, Albert Ake said of the woman photographed in promotional photos featuring a chamber the size of a phone booth bubbling with a cottony cloud of liquid nitrogen at a Las Vegas cryotherapy center. Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion liked working at Rejuvenice…


Family stunts disabled daughter’s growth to expand her world    photo
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Whether Charley Hooper has any concept of the space she occupies in the world is an enigma. She is so disabled that her mother considers her “unabled.” At 10, her brain is believed to function at the level of a newborn’s. She cannot speak, cannot walk, cannot see…
Prosthetic eye maker brings relief to wounded Gazans    photo
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Imad Abu Wadi barely slept after losing his right eye during the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The 26-year-old, then engaged, was waiting eagerly for his wedding. But with a red, hollow eyeless socket, he imprisoned himself at home….
UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer    photo
PARIS (AP) — Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts’ warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too. Meat producers are…
A look at other common cancer-causing substances
PARIS (AP) — Hotdogs, bologna and other processed meats now rank alongside tobacco, alcohol and around 100 more substances on the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s list of Group 1 carcinogens. In 2012, 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 8.2 million cancer deaths were…
WHO removes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The U.N. World Health Organization is formally removing Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, meaning the entire African continent is free of the crippling disease. A WHO statement said Monday’s move comes after Nigeria reported no new cases for 15 months…
Another challenge to health overhaul heads to Supreme Court    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails. A new appeal being filed Monday by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends the law violates the…
Obama administration unveils health care premiums for 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — When consumers turn on their laptops and tablets Monday morning, they should be able to check premiums for 2016 under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Rates are going up in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season starts Nov. 1. But people have options if…
Justices grill attorneys in New Mexico assisted suicide case    photo
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Justices with New Mexico’s highest court aggressively questioned attorneys Monday in a landmark lawsuit that could decide if the state will join a handful of others in allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor. The legal…
Carson: Can a man of great surgical skill lead a nation?    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson is the only 2016 candidate for president who has never led a state or company or run for political office. No matter, he says. Surely someone who can perform life-or-death surgeries can run the country. Carson challenged the medical status quo as a storied…
UN: More studies needed on new malaria shots before using it
GENEVA (AP) — Vaccine experts advising the World Health Organization have recommended that further studies be done on a new malaria vaccine to figure out if officials can actually administer the four doses needed. The new vaccine, Mosquirix, received an approval recommendation from the…





(None on the weekends)



A comedian has been elected president of Guatemala.  *** No word yet on when Al Franken is making the official move from Minnesota for the new gig.


The Internet just shut down a North Carolina police department’s public relations plan. The Chapel Hill Police Department announced Monday that this month it would start “ticketing” law abiding citizens by giving them coupons to area restaurants and businesses for good behavior. The plan aimed to both promote public safety on the roads and strengthen the relationship between Chapel Hill residents and the police force. But on Wednesday, the city mayor’s office announced the plan was being canceled due to negative public reaction to the article and also misinformation about the plan.  *** Well, yeah.  Not only are you pulling people over for driving badly – now you’re pulling people over for driving politely.  How about instead of giving me a coupon for driving safely, you just let me get to my destination without interruption – is that too much to ask?



Well this will likely change the way you eat at the state fair – and at gas stations – and barbecues.  Clear Foods uses special technology to analyze foods at a molecular level, ingredient by ingredient. When it looked at 345 hot dog and sausage products from 75 brands and 10 retailers, the company says it found “human DNA in 2% of the samples, and in two-thirds of the vegetarian samples.”  *** Soylent Green Hot Dogs are People!!!!


Starbucks is selling Halloween themed Frappuccino.  ***And they’re selling it at a frighteningly high price.  But then, that’s because it’s Starbucks.




A new study seems to show that drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills.  ***MARLAR: Oh yeah?  Well, tell that to the crew of the Battlestar Galactica.


A study has found that the attention span of the average American is two seconds.  ***I would never have guessed it was that long.


Are you a very ticklish person? It may mean you have a high IQ. If the slightest tickle makes you limp with laughter, it’s actually a good thing. A Harvard study shows that ticklish people have IQ’s that are on average 48-points higher than their non ticklish friends. Apparently men like Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein were all so ticklish that sometimes just being touched was pure agony for them.  ***MARLAR: So how do you explain Elmo?


Trust your doctor? A survey finds that some doctors aren’t always completely honest with their patients.   More than half admitted describing someone’s prognosis in a way they knew was too rosy. Nearly 20 percent said they hadn’t fully disclosed a medical mistake for fear of being sued. And 1 in 10 of those surveyed said they’d told a patient something that wasn’t true in the past year.  ***MARLAR: One of their biggest lies to patients… aspirin really costs $5 per pill.












OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns! When last we left the jungle, Cheetah Bonita decided she no longer wanted to sing with her sisters and decided to go solo. So the Cheetah Sisters held auditions to find a replacement. And that wasn’t going very well. And Cheetah Bonita’s solo career was also having difficulties, because the BAND wanted to be solo too!


CLOSE: Now even the individual band members want to have solos? If this keeps up everybody will be doing solos – but nobody will be listening, because they’ll be too busy with their own solos! Tune in again next time for As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns! Last time, Marvy Snuffleson’s little sister Katie was pretty unfeeling towards Marvy and his having a cold. In fact, she showed no compassion at all. And just about that time, the snow outside began melting really fast – and it flooded the backyard, then into the house, and now she’s been swept onto the high seas!


CLOSE: Sounds like Candyland is going to be a really fun – and tasty place to visit! But what does all of this have to do with compassion? We’ll find out next time as our story continues, on As the Jungle Turns!


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What’s in a name? 

Three men have been arrested in Toronto after a truck full of gumballs was hijacked, almost a week before Halloween. But as dumb as stealing gumballs is, the true Moment of Duh in this story are the parents of two of these creeps.  Along with their accomplice, Emmanuel, also arrested were Uthaanathan and Thirugnanasambanthar.  ***MARLAR: I think the parents of those last two kids also deserve jail time just for giving their kids those names!  Yikes!





In a poll of hiring managers, AccounTemps.com asked, “What is the wackiest or most unusual pitch you’ve heard from a job seeker about why he or she should get the job?” Here are the top ten from job hunters:


  1. “…told me to hire him because he was allergic to unemployment.”


  1. “… said that we should hire him because he would make a great addition to our softball team.”


  1. “…said he should get the job because he had already applied three times and he felt that it was now his turn to be hired.”


  1. “…said we had nice benefits, which was good because he was going to have to take a lot of leave in the coming year.”


  1. “… drafted a press release announcing that we had hired him.”


  1. “… explained that he had no relevant experience for the job he was interviewing for, but his friend did.”


  1. “… delivered his entire cover letter in the form of a rap song.”


  1. “…told me she wanted the position because she wanted to get away from working with people.”


  1. “…brought his mother to the interview and let her do all the talking.”


  1. “…when our company moved to Texas, gave us his resume in a ten-gallon hat.”




A crook tries to elude the police by running through the woods and straight onto a golf course!


FILE #1: Stephen Tarver was spotted by local police officers acting suspiciously near the back of the local Wal-Mart. When he saw the cops, he took off in the direction of a wooded area nearby. As it turns out, the wooded area was the Columbia Country Club Golf Course. Stevie burst out of the woods and ran up to a cart full of golfers, asking them if he could borrow their vehicle. Bad idea. The golfers were also off duty cops attending the Officer’s Benevolent Fund golf tournament. They were more than happy to detain him until the other police arrived.


FILE #2: After making off with DVD players, computers, radios, TVs and other electronic gear, one of three burglars that struck a Memphis (Tennessee) home realized that a parrot in the home had heard him use the nickname “J.J.” for one of his accomplices… and was repeating it. Afraid the bird would tell on them, they went back for it and were loading it into the getaway car when police arrived. The chase ended a few blocks away when the men crashed their car. The light-green parrot named Marshmallow flew away when its cage broke open in the crash. Owner Felicia Cobb and her children have not seen their pet since then.


FILE #3: A Texas woman tried stealing a chicken from the meat counter of a local grocery store. She placed the chicken inside her jumper suit and left the store. Only moments later a police officer approached her and asked her about the theft of the chicken. Surprised that she had been caught, she made up the story that the chicken had fallen from the sky and had landed in her arms. She explained that she concealed the chicken because she didn’t want to be blamed for stealing it. This woman kept insisting that this story was true, but admitted the theft when police showed her a security video that caught her in the act of boosting the chicken.


STRANGE LAW: Restaurants in Connecticut are required to provide customers with a nose-blowing and a non-nose-blowing section.




When is it NOT a bad idea to sell illegal drugs?  Never. And it’s an even dumber idea to sell those illegal drugs in the presence of a police officer.

Here’s a tip to aspiring drug dealers: Never sell marijuana at your high school when local police are on campus to give a drug awareness presentation. Detective Darrell Thornburg was giving just such a talk to students at a Muncie, Indiana high school when he got a call. It seems there was at least one student on campus who was already well aware of drugs. Thornburg quickly excused himself and busted the 16-year-old student for selling drugs on campus.





Would you put little tiny robots in your body if they helped you live forever? Nanotechnology is a technology that is based on developing tiny robots that would go into your body and help restore your blood cells. These “Nano Smart Bombs” are structured in such a way as to evade the body’s natural immune system, allowing them to find and kill dead / diseased cells. Would you want to live forever if it were possible?




QUESTION: David attacked Jebus, which is also called what?

ANSWER: Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 11:4)




QUESTION: According to Mars, Incorporated, approximately how many peanuts are in each Snickers candy bar?

ANSWER: Approximately 28.




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. In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47. (True)


  1. It takes a lobster approximately 2 years to grow to be one pound. (False – it takes seven years.)


  1. Despite the reputation, on average only about 15 couples get married in Las Vegas each day. (False – it’s 150 couples each day!)


  1. A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift. (True – on average)


  1. The Lord’s Prayer appears twice in the Bible. (True – in Matthew 6 and Luke 11)


  1. Some china is called “bone” china because some powdered animal bone is mixed in with the clay. (True – it gives the china a special kind of strength, whiteness, and translucency.)


  1. The apple is the world’s most popular fruit. (False – it’s the tomato. Yes, just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana. Apples are the third most popular at 36 million tons, then oranges at 34 million tons and watermelons at 22 million tons. Tomatoes were first cultivated in 700 AD by Aztecs and Incas. Explorers returning from Mexico introduced the tomato into Europe, where it was first mentioned in 1556. The French called it “the apple of love,” the Germans “the apple of paradise.”)


  1. A person afflicted with hexadectylism has a fear of spells and hexes. (False – hexadectylism causes a person to have six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet.)


  1. A poll of 3,000 Americans found that for 41 percent, the thing they’re most afraid of is speaking before a group of people. (True. 32 percent stated they were afraid of heights.)




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

“Man Arrested With _____ Blood Alcohol Level!” (.491)

And the health department says he should have been dead. 34-year-old Stanley Kobierowski’s .491 blood alcohol record set a new state record for Rhode Island when he was arrested for DUI. The legal limit there is 0.08. A level of 0.30 is classified as stupor, 0.4 is comatose and 0.5 is considered fatal.





A couple was having some trouble, so they did the right thing and went to a marriage counselor. After a few visits, and a lot of questioning and listening, the counselor said that he had discovered the main problem. He stood up, went over to the women, asked her to stand, and gave her a hug and then a long kiss. He looked at the man and said, “this is what your wife needs, at least once a day!”

The man frowned, thought for a moment, then said, “Ok, what time do you want me to bring her back tomorrow?”



A man was driving along a rural road when he saw a three legged chicken. He was amused enough to drive along side it for a while, as he was driving he noticed the chicken was running 30 mph.

“Pretty fast chicken,” he thought, “I wonder just how fast it can run.” So he sped up and the chicken did too! They were now moving along the road at 45 mph! The man in the car sped up again, to his surprise the chicken was still running ahead of him at 60 mph!!!
Suddenly the chicken turned off the road and ran down a long driveway leading to a farmhouse.

The man followed the chicken to the house and saw a man in the yard and dozens of three legged chickens. The man in the car called out to the farmer “How did you get all these three legged chickens?”

The farmer replied, “I breed ’em. Ya see it’s me, my wife and my son living here and we all like to eat the chicken leg. Since a chicken only has two legs, I started breeding this three legged variety so we could all eat our favorite piece.”

“That’s amazing!” said the driver “How do they taste?”

“Don’t rightly know, can’t catch ’em.”



A man walked into a restaurant in a strange town. The waiter came and asked him for his order. Feeling lonely, he replied, “Meat loaf and a kind word.”

When the waiter returned with the meat loaf, the man said “Okay, so where’s the kind word?”

The waiter put down the meat loaf and sighed, bent down, and whispered gently, “Don’t eat the meat loaf.”




Seven people died by drowning in 300,000 gallons of spilled beer during the London Beer Flood of 1814. ***MARLAR: Well, if you gotta go…


Good news for dieters – you now have a reason to quit.  A UCLA-UC Irvine study found that starving yourself doesn’t help you live longer.  ***MARLAR: It just makes life FEEL longer.


Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, are searching for a man who robbed a bank while dressed as a tree.  Witnesses describe him to be about 45 years old, wearing glasses.  ***MARLAR: And smelling of dog urine.





The father was very proud when his son went off to college. He came to tour the school on Parents’ Day and observed his son hard at work
in the chemistry lab. “What are you working on?” he asked.
“A universal solvent,” explained the son, ” a solvent that’ll dissolve anything.”
“The father whistled, clearly impressed, then wondered aloud, “What’ll you keep it in?”





While most people say how much they hate their in-laws and can’t stand to be around them, Italy has decided to have a mother-in-law contest to reward the good ones!

Sure, it’s great to make jokes about the in-laws; I’m sure our in-laws find them funny as well because they have in-laws of their own. But actually CELEBRATE your mother-in-law? That’s just not natural, is it? But those Italians have gone and ruined it for the rest of us and have shown that not all mothers-in-law are worth the trouble that we give them. A 56-year-old Italian woman has been awarded the title of “Miss Mother in Law International”. Lucia Brugnone won the contest for her singing performance of “O sole mio”, which was described as “stunning”. Some 50 mothers in law showed off skills ranging from singing to sock-mending and cat-walking in the contest in Italy. (Because, a good mother-in-law does those kinds of things in Italy, I guess.) Mothers in law were judged by the lifeguards association of Rimini, which organized the contest. The second prize was won by Maria Cascinari, who is 87, for the “longest running activity in taking care of her sons’ family”. ***MARLAR: So FIRST prize goes to someone that can sing beautifully, but SECOND prize goes to someone that sacrifices her time and resources to take care of her son’s family? Is it really more important for a mother to SING than to be nurturing, caring, and responsible?




“When people boast about themselves, it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that’s different!” 2 Corinthians 10:18

Boasting is verbalized pride. It is self-commendation, bragging to others of our accomplishments. However, all that actually matters is what God thinks of us, not what others think. Boasting is the exact opposite of the meekness and gentleness of Christ. Paul refused to boast about his personal appearance, power, or accomplishments. Instead, he pointed out that his strength was a hidden force, unnoticed by the world but divinely powerful (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Paul used his God-given authority, not for destruction, but for building up (2 Corinthians 10:8). He gave reports about the mission work he had accomplished, not to brag about what he had done, but to show what had been done by the grace of God. Without a doubt, Paul knew that “the person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done” (2 Corinthians 10:17). Isaiah foresaw a day in which “pride will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted” (Isaiah 2:11). Satan’s proud, boasting spirit will one day be brought low, and no one will dare utter a boast against the Lord.

By Larry Stockstill





Constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. —Acts 12:5

When I was a pastor, I often visited residents in rest homes. I’ll never forget one dear elderly lady I met. She was blind and had been bedridden for 7 years, yet she remained sweet and radiant. One day she told me about a dream she had. She was in a beautiful garden, where the grass was a luxuriant carpet beneath her and the fragrance of flowers filled the air.

She dropped to her knees, entranced by the scene. As her thoughts were drawn heavenward, she felt the need to pray for her own pastor, for me, and for others. When she awakened, however, she discovered that she was still in her hospital bed. With a smile she said to me, “You know, Pastor, at first I was a bit disappointed. But in a sense the dream was true. This old bed has been a garden of prayer these 7 years!” Prayer had made her room a holy place of meditation and blessing.

Prayer also made a difference when Peter was in prison (Acts 12). It isn’t always easy to pray, for real intercession takes self-discipline. Many of us lapse into saying fine-sounding words without truly praying. God often drives us to our knees through the press of circumstances, where we are to “seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore” (1 Chron. 16:11). —Herbert Vander Lugt


There’s a beautiful garden of fellowship sweet,
Where our prayers plant the seeds of reward;
And if there we will frequently make our retreat,
We shall gather rich store from the Lord! —Bosch


God and prayer go together; to neglect one is to neglect the other.





The classic horror flick “Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff as the monster, is celebrating its 84th anniversary this year. Here’s some trivia about the movie from the Internet Movie Database:

  • Not long before filming began, Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) broke a leg in a horse riding accident. Consequently, most of Dr. Frankenstein’s scenes were shot with him sitting.
  • When filming the scene where the monster emerges from the burnt windmill, Boris Karloff slipped and fell into the water-filled well. Upon being helped out, he realized he had broken a leg in the fall. The metal struts used to stiffen his legs (for the famous “monster lurch”) helped keep the bones in place until they could be properly set.
  • The musical soundtrack for this film proved so popular, it was used again in the “Flash Gordon” serials starring Crabbe, Buster.
  • When Frankenstein’s castle is self-destructing, the Doctor can be seen against the far wall. Yet he is next seen outside in the arms of his beloved, watching the explosions. The reason is due to their being two endings shot for the film. The original ending had Doctor Frankenstein dying within the castle.       But much later it was judged to be too harsh and they opted for a happier ending – so they shot the extra footage of Dr. Frankenstein outside of the castle with his love, but it was too expensive to re-film the explosions and burning down of the castle.
  • The movie was shot in 46 days at a cost of approximately $400,000. Boris Karloff sweated off 20 pounds laboring in the hot costume and makeup.
  • The “body count” in the original cut was 21. This was trimmed to 10 after pressure from the censors.
  • Director James Whale originally did not want to do a sequel to the movie.
  • Bela Lugosi (known for his Dracula roles) was originally offered the role of the Monster, but refused on the grounds that his character would not speak (though he eventually played the role in “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” in 1943. Lugosi also insisted on creating his own makeup for the Monster, but his design was rejected.
  • John Carradine turned down the part of the Monster because he considered himself too highly trained to be reduced to playing monsters.





  • The average lifespan in America was 47 years.
  • Only 14% of homes in the U.S. had a bathtub!
  • Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 paved roads!
  • The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 a year!
  • More than 95% of all births took place at home.
  • 90% of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press as being “substandard!”
  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee cost 15 cents a pound.
  • The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were 1) Pneumonia and influenza, 2) TB, 3) Diharhea, 4) Heart disease, and 5) Stroke.
  • Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet. And to make matters worse, Scotch Tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet!
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at your corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Boy have things changed!)





People always say it’s good to laugh at yourself from time to time but how often should you do it? Now research says we do it probably more often than we think.

A new study from the University of Maryland has claimed that most laughter comes from men enjoying their own jokes. Scientists found people laugh at their own gags up to 50% more than they laugh at other people’s. The team also discovered the majority of those giggling over their own jokes were men hoping to impress women.  ***MARLAR: And the majority of women’s laughter is a result of laughing at pathetic jokes told by men in order to be polite.





If you want to impress the neighborhood kids on Halloween, you had better take a look at this list from Bon Appetit, which has ranked the top 10 best and worst Halloween candies of all time. The top 10 best Halloween candies of all time are:

  1. Hershey’s Krackel
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin
  3. Take 5
  4. Pop Rocks
  5. Anything sour or hot
  6. Blue Razz Blow Pop
  7. Whoppers
  8. Snickers
  9. Candy Corn
  10. Anything full-size


The top 10 worst Halloween candies of all time are:

  1. Candy Corn
  2. Circus Peanuts
  3. Raisins
  4. Smarties
  5. Necco Wafers
  6. Werther’s Original
  7. Plain Hershey’s
  8. Dum Dum Pops
  9. Milk Duds
  10. Tootsie Rolls





A judge in Montana used a Beatles loving band against him during sentencing for the crime of stealing beer. When Judge Gregory Todd asked 20-year-old Andrew McCormack what he thought his sentence should be, Andrew wrote, “Like The Beatles say, Let it Be.” Judge Todd replied by saying, “Your response suggests there should be no consequences for your actions and I should ‘Let it Be’ so you can live in ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. If I were to overlook your actions I would ignore that ‘Day in the Life’ on April 21. That night you said to yourself ‘I Feel Fine’ while drinking beer. Later, whether you wanted ‘Money’ or were just trying to ‘Act Naturally’ you became the ‘Fool on the Hill’. After you stole the beer you decided it was time to ‘Run For Your Life’ and ‘Carry That Weight’. But the witness said ‘Baby it’s You’, the police said ‘I’ll Get You’ and you had to admit ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’. You were not able to ‘Get Back’ home because of the ‘Chains’ they put on you. Although you hoped the police would say ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’ and ‘We Can Work it Out’, you were in ‘Misery’ when they said you were a ‘Bad Boy’. As a result of your ‘Hard Day’s Night’ you’re looking at a ‘Ticket to Ride’ that ‘Long and Winding Road’ to prison. Hopefully you can say both now and ‘When I’m 64’ that ‘I Should Have Known Better’.” Mr. McCormack got probation, community service and a fine. (Ananova)




(Mondays Only)




8 Mistakes I’ve Made in Marriage (from Mark Merrill)

  1. Thinking my wife was responsible for my happiness.
  2. Wishing my wife would be more like me.
  3. Trying to control my wife.
  4. Reflecting my wife’s emotions instead of regulating my own.
  5. Being obsessive about things that don’t matter.
  6. Being critical.
  7. Acting like we are not on the same team.
  8. Having an “if, then” mentality.



Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that the distraction drivers experience using voice activated technology or their smartphones to make a call, change music or send a text can linger for almost 30 seconds after the task is complete. Researchers studying different push to talk technologies found that potentially unsafe levels of mental distraction lasted for as long as 27 seconds after completing a task in the worst-performing systems. And, at the 25 MPH speed limit in the study, drivers traveled the length of nearly three football fields during this time.


Over a third of Americans don’t celebrate Halloween or at least avoid its pagan elements. According to a Christian Today report, LifeWay Research found that most Americans don’t have a problem with Halloween and say “it’s all in good fun”. Halloween has exploded in popularity over the last few years and Americans are expected to spend $6.9bn on Halloween this year. However, according to the study, 21 per cent of Americans said they avoid Halloween completely. A further 14 per cent said they try to avoid the pagan aspects.





The other day a friend of mine was explaining his reason for being a vegetarian. He said, “I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals, I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”




(Updated as it comes available. The Way WE Work is written by Mark Elfstrand from 1160Hope.com in Chicago.)

Security Checkup

(*I’m traveling this week, so this blog’s topic may look slightly familiar.)
In recent days, we’ve learned of another invasion of privacy with the hacking of two well known persons’ email accounts. Regrettably, these two people have a lot to do with our nation’s security! I’m speaking of the personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The New York Post revealed it was a teenager who was the cultprit. And what did he get? How about access to documents such as Social Security numbers for more than 12 US intelligence officials. This came from Brennan’s account. The hacker claims his tapping into Brennan’s AOL information contained the CIA director’s own application for top security clearance — a trove of nearly 50 pages of who knows what. Well, now the hacker does.
There appears to be a pro-Palestinian motivation behind the hacker. He claims to be non-Muslim but disapproved of US policy. He threatened more action if his views of needed change aren’t met. Even government is becoming a hacker’s paradise.
But it’s everywhere. It’s been reported that the “real problem is that so many breaches occur in the first place. Credit and debit card fraud has nearly quadrupled in past decade.” Staying a step ahead of thieves is hard work.
Security breaches in our modern age put our finances, medical history, and loads of personal information up for grabs. A news story several months back in the New York Times offered an eerie glimpse into new ways of enhancing personal security. A bank in Britain now provides voice analyzation for added security to high net worth individuals. In Japan, some ATMs scan vein patterns in a person’s palm before money is released. Fingerprint sensors on computers and smartphones are becoming more common.
As we know, pets are now commonly sold and adopted with microchips to reveal their identity in the event they are lost or stolen. Radio Frequency identification tags (RFID) are being encouraged in various parts of the globe for humans. Proponents say these devices embedded under people’s skin could help curb identity theft, improve medical care, and even help identify disaster victims.
It would seem obvious to most of us that more people are willing to sacrifice personal privacy for this sense of personal security. Cameras, for example, are everywhere. We are monitored at every turn.
So what is a person to do? Tough decisions may be ahead. How far will people go to give themselves these earthly personal protections?
Many also believe that all of this activity is connected to events leading to what are called “the end times.” One of the most difficult instructions Jesus gave his followers had to do with reading the signs of the times. Note these words of his … “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:24-26) So … are you ready?
Oddly, it seems the vast majority of people on our planet are more concerned with personal security than eternal security. We’re more worried about a credit or email account breach than a spiritual breach in our own lives. The kind that could rob us of eternal reward.
I suggest you take the best precaution possible regarding your greatest asset: YOU! Protect yourself with a “living trust.” Make a day by day decision to abide in Him. Put your faith in Jesus.
There is no more sound investment strategy. And it never needs an upgrade.
That’s The Way WE Work.




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).


OCTOBER 23, 2015…


Bone Tomahawk (opening in select cities)— Kurt Russell is in a western where there are cannibals and weapons made out of bones?  You read that right and remember Halloween isn’t far away.  Someone’s wife is kidnapped and the chase leads into spooky territory. “Bone Tomahawk” is rated R. No rating.


Burnt—Bradley Cooper takes on the role of a chef this time, in fact, one who lost his career due to drugs and now wants to get back on top again. He goes to London and gets help from Sienna Miller. Wonder if Miller and Cooper can really cook?  “Burnt” is rated PG 13. No rating.


*The Bronze does not have an opening date now.


Jem and the Holograms—Coming from the 1980’s TV series, Aubrey Peeples stars as a young singer who gets fans through the Internet. With family in tow, she goes to the big city only to meet a life different from her own. Also in the cast are Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. “Jem and the Holograms” is rated PG 13. No rating.


The Last Witch Hunter— Vin Diesel comes from the Middle Ages, where he kills an important witch, only to be cursed with not being able to die.  Fast forward, and now he is in New York City, trying to get this curse off him. Also in the cast is Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones.”) “The Last Witch Hunter” is rated R. No rating.


Nasty Baby (opening in select cities)— In this film, Kristen Wiig is one of three people who try three-way parenting.  It is a novel idea, but will it work?  Along comes problems and the scenario turns into a spook fest.   Also in the cast is Tunde Adebimpe. “Nasty Baby” is rated PG 13. No rating.


Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension— Brit Shaw is here and another installment in the saga of “Paranormal Activity.“  Sigh..yawn.  Guess there will be more film footage discovered, . and close to Halloween, so what do you think?  “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is rated R. No rating.


Rock the Kasbah— Bill Murray in Afghanistan trying to get new music talent? Yup, you read that right. The story has Murray as a has-been manager and his only star (Zooey Deschanel) leaves him in Kabul, so he tries to find someone there to take him to the top again. Apparently, there is a version of “American Idol” there, also.  “Rock the Kasbah” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for Bill Murray fans.


Suffragette— Meryl Streep sinks her teeth into another role, this time as Emmeline Pankhurst who is trying to get women’s right to vote in England.  Carey Mulligan is middle class and decides to help the cause. This is about 1911. You can imagine the mayhem caused by the idea of women voting.  “Suffragette” is rated PG 13. Rating of 3 for fans of the stars.


OCTOBER 30, 2015…


Our Brand Is Crisis is a Central American political story starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a horror film starring Tye Sheridan.


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