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Feel Good Story

It’s a feel good story and here’s the best part, it’s true.  At least I hope it is.  A car in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel in Branson caught the eye of a couple of regulars.  The auto was old, battered and in such bad shape, the couple thought it was abandoned.  They asked around and were told the car belonged to one of the restaurant’s waitresses.  The couple decided something needed to be done about the sad-looking ride, so they showed up the next day with a 2008 Ford Fusion complete with a red bow on the roof.  When the waitress found out it was for her, she said, “There are good people in the world watching… that care… and you might not even know them.”

Sony Hackers’ Demand

A group that claims to have hacked Sony wants the studio to pull “The Interview.”  The comedy stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.  They play entertainment journalists who get recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.  A group calling themselves Guardians Of Peace warned Sony to “stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the war.”  They claim Sony and the FBI can’t find them.

We’ll see.

Peppermint Potato Chips?

Pringles has released five seasonal flavors that include White Chocolate Peppermint, Milk Chocolate and Tortilla Cinnamon Sugar.  The exotic chips will only be on store shelves for a few weeks, because having products available for a limited time has become a proven way to attract customers.

I’m a potato chip lover, but I just don’t know.

Why did she do it?

Singer Annie Lennox questions why 56-year-old Madonna decided to do a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine.  Although 59-year-old Lennox has no issue with women wanting to show off their bodies, she says she isn’t sure about the message Madonna is trying to send other than to shock people.  She said, “What is Madonna telling us?  Anybody know?”

Maybe the message is “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”

Price of Gas Will Continue to Drop

There are eight states that will soon see their gas prices fall below $2 a gallon.  The states are close to large refineries and have low gas taxes.  Here’s the list: Alabama, Louisiana, MISSOURI, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  Prices are dropping dramatically because the price of oil is dropping.  During the summer, the cost of oil went from $100 a barrel to $66 a barrel.

Thanksgiving Pet Tips

The Humane Society of Missouri says you should avoid feeding your pet anything they’re not used to eating.  Just because your dog eats chicken, that doesn’t mean turkey won’t upset his belly.

Poultry bones can be harmful to dogs.  Turkey and chicken bones are hollow and shatter easily, causing little shards to possibly get caught in your pet’s throat.

Fat drippings from your turkey pan are too much for your pet to handle.  Don’t pour this over his regular food as a treat.

Pumpkin is a natural stool softener for dogs and cats.  Need I say more?

Left out leftovers can be too much of a temptation for your pet.  He could easily overeat when no one is watching.

Tell your guests about the pet rules when they arrive.  That way they won’t try to get on your doggie’s good side through food.

Text Neck for Real

People who hunch over their phones to text, tweet, and send emails could suffer from back and neck pain.  Bending the head at a 60 degree angle to look at a phone can put an extra 60 pounds of pressure on the cervical spine.  Doctors say the extra wear and tear could lead to a person needing surgery.  A 45 degree tilt adds 49 pounds of pressure.  A 30 degree tilt equals 40 pounds and 15 degrees adds 27 pounds.

A trick to promote good posture is to put a sign at eye level in front of your desk reminding yourself to gently squeeze your shoulders together and not to slump when you are sitting.

Triple Play Possibility?

If you tuned in one morning and heard “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” back to back to back, what would you do?  Shake that boom-boom??  Let me know because I just might do it!

Two Patriots, One Family

For the first time in over 35 years, a mother and son have enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the same time.  Michelle Medina and her son, Ezekiel Chavez, will head to basic training at the Great Lakes in Chicago.  The mom will ship out this Thursday.  Her 18 year-old son will follow in February.  Medina explains, “It allows me to show my kids that you’re capable.  There are still goals that you set and accomplish no matter how old you are.”

Macaulay Culkin is not dead… only his acting career

A story broke over the weekend that former child star Macaulay Culkin was found dead at the age of 34.  But it was just a hoax.  On Sunday he posted a picture with a “Weekend at Bernie’s” caption.  Culkin is best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone” and sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Recently Culkin has been fronting a comedy rock band named The Pizza Underground.  During a summer tour of England, he was pelted with beer bottles while in the middle of a kazoo solo at the Rock City nightclub in Nottingham, England.