Thursday Show Prep – Rapid Unscheduled Descent Edition

A Delta Air Lines pilot had to make a rapid, controlled descent of nearly 30,000 feet after getting an alarm on an Atlanta flight. Delta told reporters that pilots learned of a depressurization issue. The pilots deployed oxygen masks for the passengers and made the “controlled descent.” What’s the scariest experience you’ve ever had on a flight? I ran into some severe turbulence on a flight, during which the flight attendant came on the PA system and started singing the theme to Gilligan’s Island. Plus, there was the time Dan Deibert took me up in a Cessna and my door wasn’t closed. That was interesting.

A Texas man is wanted by authorities after they said he filed for and completed a divorce from his wife without ever telling her. Apparently he forged documents and submitted false information to the court. He also allegedly submitted a waiver of service with a forged signature from a notary. She may have been surprised by it, but I would imagine at this point she’s probably better off without him.

A 19-year-old woman in Nebraska sparked an apartment fire by burning love letters from her ex in her bedroom. She used a butane torch to burn the letters and left some of them of the floor. She then went to another room to take a nap.

The people who live near Area 51 in Nevada are feeling overwhelmed by all of the tourists. They’re bracing for trouble after millions of people responded to the “Storm Area 51” Facebook post weeks ago. The U.S. Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to approach the gates of the Nevada Test and Training Range, but people want to “see them aliens.” Let’s say just for the sake of argument there were aliens at Area 51, they’ve given them months of lead time to move them. Just saying.

Wednesday Show Prep – Missed Promotional Opportunity Edition

A California woman gave birth to a bouncing baby in the parking lot of her local Jack In The Box restaurant. This is a missed opportunity on her part. These stories pop up in the news periodically, and you know the company is going to view it as a marketing opportunity and give them all sorts of swag. So if you’re on the road to the hospital and it becomes obvious that you’re not going to make it all the way there, pick a place that will give you some better stuff. Give birth in the parking lot of a Best Buy, or a Telsa store. What would you pick?

A former Disney employee and his cousin are accused of stealing clothing and wigs from Disney rides and then selling them on the black market. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before. You’d think there would be more disgruntled employees looking to make some money on a potentially illegal side hustle. My guess is most employees are terrified about getting on the bad side of Mr. Mouse.

Authorities in Texas are on the hunt for a bank robber they have dubbed the “Mummy Marauder.” The suspect wrapped white gauze around his face and arms, the FBI said. He also wore a wig and baseball cap. This is clearly Universal grasping at straws to jump start their Monster Cinematic Universe.

The most Iowa news story in history: Farmer Todd Mullis told authorities his wife was an accident saying she was impaled by a pitchfork-type of corn rake at their farm. Police doubted story. That might have had something to do with the fact that her body had six puncture wounds when the rake only had only four prongs. Maybe.

Monday Show Prep – Mutual of Keith’s Wild Kingdom Edition

A Missouri woman is fighting to keep her three emotional support monkeys. She and her doctor say her three emotional support monkeys are vital to her mental well-being, but her neighbors worry the primates are dangerous. says the monkeys would never hurt anyone, and they bring her so much comfort. In addition, her doctor provided a note saying the primates have been “prescribed” as emotional support animals. It’s amazing that there have been so many stories about odd support animals over the past few years, and I don’t know about you but I have never crossed paths with one. No Service Llamas, no Emotional Support Kangaroos. Nothing. How would you feel if a monkey in a service animal vest came to your neighborhood?

Just a friendly reminder that literally everything in Australia is trying to kill you: An Australian bike rider died Sunday after he veered off the road to avoid a swooping magpie. The unidentified 76-year-old man was cycling when a witness saw him careen into a fence post as he tried to avoid the bird.

Did you ever hear that joke about dreaming you were eating the world’s largest marshmallow and then woke up and couldn’t find your pillow? It actually happened to one woman. A California woman was deep asleep when she dreamed that she and her fiancé were on a high-speed train facing off with “bad guys” and during the fight Bobby told her she had to swallow her engagement ring to protect it from them. When she woke up, however, she saw that the ring was gone and immediately knew what had happened. Things took a turn when she could feel the ring in her stomach and it started becoming painful for her. So, rather than let the ring pass through her organs naturally, the doctor suggested that the safest way to retrieve her engagement ring would be to have an upper endoscopy to remove it.

Two men used a Target shopping cart to push a corpse through the streets of Harlem. A passerby on his way to the gym for his morning workout spotted the body because he noticed two feet with socks on protruding from the red carpet. The witness called the police, who found the unconscious and unresponsive man with signs of head trauma and wrapped in a cardboard box inside of the carpet.

Geek/CounterGeek – #140: Misty Watches Howard The Duck For The First time

Misty Callahan and Keith Conrad share their reviews of the new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

For September’s “Pop Culture Blind Spot” segment, Misty watched the movie Howard The Duck for the first time.

Plus, Misty and Keith’s projects were paused for a while because of their move but figure to be shifted into high gear over the next few weeks.

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Friday Show Prep – Ill-Conceived Prank Edition

Guy ran across an unlocked police cruiser and decide it was a good idea to move it. He said he was just trying to be funny. He’s probably lucky he wasn’t shot. I’m sure police laughed as they arrested him. I was tempted to laugh this off as a prank, but then I saw the guy was 24 years old. So he’s a little old to think doing something like that is a good idea. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done just because you thought it would be funny?

Death From Above Update: Scientists say they’ve discovered one of the largest flying animals to have ever lived. Cryodrakon boreas, which translates roughly to “frozen dragon of the north wind,” the now-extinct predator had a wingspan of up to 10 meters, or about 33 feet. That’s roughly three times the size of the world’s biggest bird now alive, the wandering albatross, and about as wide as an F-16 fighter jet. “Frozen dragon of the north wind,” may be the greatest name anyone has come up with for anything ever.

The Coast Guard says someone has been making threats and hoax calls on a marine band radio about a “nuclear attack” off Florida’s gulf coast. Two observations: 1) It’s a little sad that we live in crazy times where a radio call about a nuclear attack could be 100% believable. 2) That may be the greatest prank call in history.

A homeowner rushed out of the shower into his front yard to stop a bulldozer that crashed into his home. Ford Prefect was available for comment.

Scooby Doo is 50 years old. That’s 350 in dog years.

Thursday Show Prep – Storytime Edition

Researchers are sending parents text messages reminding them to take a few minutes and read to their children every night. They even provided an iPad app with stories for the participants. Say what you want about smart phones, people probably spend a little too much time on them, but like just about any technology you can use them for things that make your life better. There’s probably data out there about whether or not reading with your kids helps their school performance, but if nothing else, some of my fondest memories from childhood are reading stories with both parents. Everything from Dr. Seuss to H.G. Wells. I’m sure you can guess which parent was reading us which book.

A Message in a bottle lead rescuers to California hikers stranded on 40-foot waterfall. I’m reminded of that scene in the movie Sahara (Because I’m the only one who saw it) where Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn look at each other and say “There’s no way that should have worked” after they shot a Civil War cannon at Lennie James’s helicopter and shot him down.

Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of another planet with temperatures that could support life. The planet, known as K2-18b, is eight times the mass of Earth, and is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the solar system, or “exoplanet,” known to have both water and habitable temperatures. It’s about 110 Light Years from Earth, so don’t pack your bags quite yet. I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.

A company wants to pay you $1,000 to ditch your favorite corporate coffee shop for an entire month and replace them with locally-owned coffee shops instead. So basically, they’re paying you $1,000 to become a snooty hipster. How much is your self respect worth?

In an effort to show personality and creativity, some millennials are adding emojis, bitmojis and pictures to their resumes. A part of me wants to chime in with some smug criticism, but I work in radio so I’m hardly in a position to offer anyone career advice.

Geek/CounterGeek – #139: Misty and Keith Go To DragonCon in Atlanta

Misty Callahan and Keith Conrad run down the listener responses to the question of what TV show or movie could make for a good reboot.

Speaking of revisiting past franchises, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has landed on Netflix.

Plus, Misty and Keith were not able to make much progress on their creative projects because of their move and the trip to Atlanta, but DragonCon did provide some learning opportunities that could be helpful.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #138: The Reboot Spectacular

Misty Callahan joins Keith Conrad for the rebooted Geek/CounterGeek, and since the podcast is being rebooted and reboots are all the rage these days, Keith and Misty discuss which movies could use a fresh look.

Misty and Keith also discuss the break up between SONY and Disney over Spider-Man, and all of the Marvel and Star Wars news that came out of D23.

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