Monday Show Prep – Chat and Chew Edition

A middle school in Illinois decided it was a good idea to separate students by gender and race. It’s part of a program its calls “Chat and Chew” sessions, where they go over academic and behavior data. Parents were also a little upset that they didn’t know about it until it was basically happening without any discussion. If you were a parent and this happened at your kid’s school how would you react?

Shock and aww story of the day: A FedEx worker was walking 12 miles home from work. She had a ride to work but not for the trip home. Her co-workers banded together and bought her a car with the help of a local dealership.

A small plane running out of fuel en route to a Chicago-area airport made an emergency landing on a golf course. They landed on the fairway for the 13th hole before stopping just short of the green. While the two were reportedly shaken up, fortunately no one was hurt.

A guy in Florida wasn’t getting anywhere in his online job search, so he decided to take it to the streets. Literally. He stood in an intersection with a sign reading ‘Masters in Management. Looking for a career. Please take a resume.’ His picture and resume was liked, shared, and commented on by hundreds of people on social media. It worked. At one point he set up 17 interviews in one week. Now he has a job with an engineering company.

Bonus Charlotte’s Web reference: 420-pound pig who lived on Chinese takeout rescued by firefighters… That’s some pig.

Friday Show Prep – Trick or Treat Edition

An Australian anti-vaxxer mom said she was giving trick-or-treaters chicken-pox tainted lollipops for Halloween, claiming the candies would help give kids the infection that her son has so they can get the chicken pox over with and be immune for life. How would you react if you found out after the fact that some genius in your neighborhood did that?

A man dressed in a Jesus Halloween costume allegedly punched a San Diego police officer. The officer suffered a two-inch cut to his eye and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Jesus is still on the loose. I’m just glad to see that someone remembered the reason for the season and was keeping Christ in Halloween.

A California couple planned to having a home birth, but they ran into a little problem… they were displaced by the wildfires. So they moved into a hotel and took their midwife with them. The hotel didn’t even know about the birth until a guest made a noise complaint and the front desk called the room asking if everything was OK.

An electrical engineer in Florida landed his job with a bogus college degree and fake credentials. He even at one point impersonated the Mayor in an email. He wasn’t caught for six years, and only then because he applied for a promotion and their new vetting process uncovered that all of the documents he supplied years earlier were bogus. It’s a little like Catch Me If You Can, except Frank Abagnale was smart enough to keep moving on, so he didn’t get caught for a long time. He’s in jail now and might have to pay back his salary.

And finally, “Woman Gets 20 Years For Sex At Machete-Point.”

Thursday Show Prep – Where The Sidewalk Ends Edition

A homeowner in Virginia is searching for answers after the sidewalk near her home was stolen. She noticed the thievery after she came back from work, and so far no one has been able to tell her what’s happening or why. She’s worried that someone might get hurt. No so much because she’s concerned for her neighbors and more because she’s worried she could get sued or something. Undeniable proof that people will steal anything, even if it is nailed down.

A train rider at a New York station on Monday noticed some suspicious packages sitting around, so did their civic duty and reported it. It turned out the packages were actually devices used to report suspicious items lying around the train station. So, I guess they worked?

The Reagan Presidential Library has been saved from the California wildfires by an unlikely hero: Goats. The Ventura County Fire Department brings hundreds of goats every May to eat the brush around the perimeter of the library. That created a natural fire break.

Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, the folks at Snappy have released a list of the worst gifts employees have gotten from their company. The worst gift I ever got for the holidays was getting laid off right before Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure that counts.

BONUS – Error in Judgement: McDonald’s apologises for ‘Sundae Bloody Sundae’ promotion

Wednesday Show Prep – Haunted House Edition

Analysis by real estate marketplace Zillow finds in most states, home sellers don’t have to disclose if their house is believed to be haunted. Only nine states have laws on disclosing a death on the property within a certain time period. In California, sellers must disclose a death within three years, one year in Alaska, and in South Dakota, sellers must disclose it outright. If you found out the house you were looking at was haunted, would you be more or less likely to buy it? How would you present the house if you were a realtor?

While you’re thinking about buying a new house, a foundation will pay you $10,000 to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The George Kaiser Family Foundation, is offering 250 people the opportunity to make $10,000, if they’re willing to spend one night in a haunted house… I mean, move to Tulsa.

Police in Nebraska are searching for a man who allegedly tried Monday to open an account with a fake $1 million bill. He claimed the bill was real despite bank employees telling him the opposite. He left with the bogus bill — but without a new account. The bank reported the encounter to the police.

A study says a vast majority of American workers have come to the workplace with cold and flu symptoms—and millennials are the most likely to not take a sick day. The study surveyed 2,800 office employees aged 18 or older across 28 U.S. cities. Nine out of 10 reported they came in to their jobs while ill at least once. Thirty-nine percent of employees aged 25 to 40 reported coming to work sick every time they felt symptoms. The group least likely to report always showing up sick was Generation X, at 26 percent.

Tuesday Show Prep – Home Alone Edition

A new study by the University of Iowa is shedding light on what age experts say it is OK to leave your kids home alone. A survey of 500 social workers found most of them agreed kids should be at least 12 years old before they are left alone for four hours or more. 12 doesn’t seem completely unreasonable. There weren’t all that many times when one parent or another wasn’t available when I was growing up, plus I had an older brother around. But that seems like about the same age they started trusting my brother to be in charge and not blow up the house.

A South Carolina man, arrested for stabbing a woman, says he feared she would feed him to zombies. He is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Listen, this guy is obviously crazy, but he does point out a flaw in zombie-related stories that has bothered me for a long time. People have been making zombie movies since at least 1968, and every time everyone acts like it’s the first time they’ve ever heard of something like it. No one knows what to do. Give me a zombie movie where someone stands up and says “Listen, we’ve all seen Night of the Living Dead, so lets all get to work and headshots only.”

Speaking of the living dead… An Australian woman was told her ex-boyfriend has died and grieves the loss, only to come across him a few years later, very much alive and working in a local restaurant. Ever been in a relationship so bad that the only real way out was faking your own death? How long before there’s a trend piece on the new “Zombie-ing” dating trend?

BONUS FAKING YOUR OWN DEATH STORY: Utah woman charged with falsely reporting her husband murdered her.

An Arkansas man who was facing charges of aggravated assault and felony possession of a firearm walked out of court Monday while a jury was deliberating his case. He was found guilty on both charges and apprehended a day later. I recently watched that movie about Ted Bundy, and he basically did the same thing and he was already a suspected serial killer, so that’s not exactly a surprise that courthouses don’t have the best security in the world.

Monday Show Prep – Playground Justice Edition

A part-time umpire filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that a South Carolina mayor had him fired over an argument they had in August about a call at a recreational kickball match. The mayor and his son were playing for a team called “Recreational Hazard” and were kicking in the bottom of the eighth inning when the call happened. According to the lawsuit, Lockilear’s son was running to home plate when the opposing team, the “Toe Jammers,” tagged him in the back of the leg with the ball. The kid was tagged out, the father erupted and even went so far as to proclaim “I own this town.” The umpire is suing Lockilear for slander, conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and tortious interference with a contract. Listen, I’m sure anybody who has any position of authority has a moment where they ponder playing the “Do you know who I am?” card, even if they never actually do it. But can you imagine being an elected official who decides to throw your weight around in a kickball game?

Authorities in Florida said a surfer who jumped off his board received minor cuts when he landed directly on top of a shark. The surfer was treated at the scene for minor cuts and was able to drive himself home after the incident. The Fonz may have jumped the shark, but this guy jumped on-to the shark.

A restaurant in Singapore is taking heat because they had a claw machine for customers to pick their lobster for dinner. The machine had a plastic claw inside it, and a black signboard on top of it that read “Catch lobster, and enjoy it! (Cook with no extra charge)”

The Romeo and Juliet of our time: A teenager has broken into a German prison in an attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend. 18-year-old scaled a 13-foot wall last week to get to his ex’s window. Prison officials intercepted the man. He refused to climb back down, and the fire service was called to bring him down with a ladder. No word on if it actually worked, but if that doesn’t prove your love, what possibly could?

BONUS – The Most Florida Story in History: Deputies arrest man, woman after finding kilo of meth in Tide box.

Thursday Show Prep – Infectious Disease Edition

Did you go to Disneyland last week? Good news, you may have gotten a free souvenir. Guests have been warned that someone infected with measles visited the park. If you aren’t vaccinated, you very well may have contracted the disease from the person behind you on It’s A Small World who wouldn’t stop coughing. You know what would be great? If doctors could figure out a way to keep people from contracting measles. They should totally work on that.

Yet another example of life imitating a Billy Bob Thornton movie: A drunk Santa was found passed out in his car. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both. Police took to social media to share a “message” from the “Drunk Santa Suit Criminal.” “Dear Santa,” the letter began, “I’m sorry I stole your red suit. I was drunk and made some poor choices. I know it’s only October. And it’s hot. Too hot for this suit. But I was drunk. Poor choices.” It was signed “sincerely, Drunk Santa Suit Criminal.”

A hunter in Arkansas died after a deer he shot turned the tables — and reportedly attacked him. Listen, I know lots of hunters and all of the ones in my life are wonderful people who have a tremendous respect for nature. But I find this piece of deer justice to be extremely entertaining. Also, RIP.

A fisherman was lost at sea for 14 days off the coast of Florida and claims mermaids sexually assaulted him. The man was suffering from various health issues, including hallucinations caused by dehydration and toxins from the mussels he ate. When McCallister claimed the assault by the mythical creatures, his mental health was not well from being malnourished and ingesting toxins. It’s just heartbreaking to see that Ariel’s life has gone downhill so much.

Wednesday Show Prep – Lost and Found Edition

Yellowstone’s Thermal Area Preservation Program, which dredges up litter stuck in the park’s iconic hot springs, pulled out an astounding 438 hats this summer alone — as well as 16,404 pieces of litter. I realize they’re basically just collecting garbage, but how cool would it be to say you’re part of the “Yellowstone Thermal Area Preservation team?” Also it’s a National Park not a dumpster. Pack out your trash. What’s wrong with you people?

Edward Snowden was on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and it turns out he didn’t just look into government intrusion into our lives, he also kept tabs on our alien overlords. Unfortunately he says he saw no evidence of hidden alien shenanigans in the government.

A man working in the office spaces above New Holland’s Knickerbocker is getting a steady stream of free beer after putting a clever sign in one of his windows. The sign sits an office window directly above the restaurant’s Tree Room. The sign is several feet tall and reads “PLEASE SEND BEER TO SAM ON FLOOR 3. THANK YOU!” Not all heroes wear capes.

A couple went on a vacation in Florida. Florida being the epicenter of all strange news stories, you have to know it didn’t go well. They woke up to find a snake in their hotel room. Staffers tried to identify the snake and told the couple it looked like a garden snake and it was not a threat

Monday Show Prep – Trick-or-Treat Edition

How old is too old to trick-or-treat? Chesapeake, Virginia has decided they need to crack down on those shenanigans. Anyone over the age of 13 who is caught trick-or-treating can be sent to jail for up to 6 months, and fined! When did you stop trick-or treating? I think it was about 11 or so for me. Certainly if you can drive, it’s a bit of a stretch. At what age do you cut that off? It’s a little tough to judge the age of a kid in a costume, so do you ask them questions? Like their favorite shaver and if they have an answer, they’re out?

A 136-room hotel with a rooftop garden will be built on top of a huge Nazi-era bunker in Germany. The bunker was designed to accommodate 18,000 people during air raids. It features 3.5-metre-thick walls, was built in 300 days in 1942 by 1,000 forced labourers. I’m a history buff and all, but that last one alone might not make it the single greatest idea for a tourist destination, but what do I know?

An Ohio man says local officials cut a building in half to end a property dispute with him. It happened following a complaint which contends township officials constructed a building that was partly on his property. So apparently King Soloman is in Ohio these days. Good for him.

A man is suing NBC Universal after he paid for an “unlimited refill” soda machine deal at one of the company’s theme parks — only to discover he had to wait a whole 10 minutes between each pour. The cups come with a computer chip to show you’ve paid for the bottomless deal — but the park was also tracking how often users top up, and are “programmed” to limit refills to every 10 minutes.