Show Notes for Wednesday October 31, 2018

Show Notes for Wednesday October 31, 2018

Today we visit with Eric Jay Dolin about his new book "Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates"

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October 31st
National Doorbell Day
National Caramel Apple Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
Girl Scout Founder’s Day


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Police say a Salem, Massachusetts man hit another man over the head with a cauldron near a local witchcraft store. Salem police officers were on patrol around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when the victim, bleeding from the head, ran up to them and said he was attacked by another man. Authorities say the two men had been inside a cottage behind a store that sells witchcraft related items, like decorative cauldrons and candle containers. Police say they found 35-year-old Cory Nelson inside the cottage stumbling around and smelling of alcohol. Nelson was arrested and pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon during his arraignment Monday. The victim suffered a cut to his head, but refused medical attention at the scene. (

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watch Snow White because the kiss at the end sends a bad message to girls about consent. Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will begin his eight month prison sentence for tax fraud in January of 2019. (
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The 10 Best Halloween Candies
10. Hershey Bar
We’re again combining candies here, because there just isn’t that much difference between the original Hershey Bar and the Cookies ‘n’ Cream version. Or maybe there is for your palate. In any case, Hershey bars barely missed the worst list, yet got a few mentions on the best, including two mentions in the 24/7 Wall Street list. Which, since it was based on sales, is pretty good reason to include Hershey Bar on the best list, in our eyes.

9. Skittles
If you’re not eating the entire fun size bag in one mouthful, you’re doing it wrong. None of us here ever minded getting Skittles in our Halloween bags. They’re tasty enough. But they’re nothing special, and if you eat too many your mouth starts to feel all lumpy.

8. Sour Patch Kids
We’re shocked these didn’t rank higher, given their chewiness and sweetness. But after high marks on both the BuzzFeed and Business Insider lists, Sour Patch Kids made zero additional appearances. It’s probably because they’re not that common treats. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen many of the mini bags in grocery stores.

7. Butterfinger
The classic Butterfinger appeared on a number of lists, usually in the second half of the top 10. We’re not going to argue. It’s a personal favorite of mine, but it’s easy to see why it would turn off some candy fans. Still, you’re not going to complain when one gets dropped in your bag, are you?

6. Nerds
I was kinda surprised to see this on the list. The Nerds boxes you get on Halloween are typically tiny. As with Skittles, they’re pointless unless you down the whole thing in one mouthful. But maybe there’s something to that.

5. M&Ms
One list had pretzel M&Ms, which is oddly specific. They weren’t around when I trick-or-treated (it was plain and peanut back then), so I don’t even know that people hand out the fun sized bags of them. In any case, M&Ms are great. You know our opinions about them.

4. Kit Kat
On the surface the Kit Kat is pretty plain. It’s just chocolate and wafer. Yet it works so so well. And it works very well on Halloween, since you’re getting essential half of a full-sized bar. That’s way more than you can say for most of the fun sized versions of our favorite Halloween candies.

3. Twix
If I’m getting a full-sized candy bar on Halloween, make it a Twix, please. There’s just something about them that makes them irresistible. On Halloween you can count on three versions: the aforementioned full-sized version, the one-stick half-sized version, and the fun sized version. We hope you and your kids don’t get the fun-sized version, given the alternatives.

2. Snickers
There is no surprise here. I always preferred Milky Way, but people prefer more heartiness in a candy bar, apparently. Again, it would be so easy for people to go out of their ways and get full-sized versions. They’re not that big. But the fun-sized version is so small, so sad.

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
This was the blowout of the century. Of the seven lists we ranked, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked #1 on six of them, and ranked #3 on the other. And that list had six candies that didn’t appear on any of the other six lists, so yeah, this was just a candy massacre. Do we have to extol the virtues of the Peanut Butter Cup? My siblings and I used to separate them out and hide them, lest they get stolen. Many a tear was shed when someone picked a poor hiding spot.

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Galumph (guh-LUHMF)
-To move along in a heavy and clumsy manner.

Galumph is a 19th-century invention from the mind of Lewis Carroll and is perhaps a blend of gallop and triumphant.

Used in a sentence:
“Rick immediately regretted his poor choice in zombie armor, as it caused him to galumph just as slowly as the zombies from which it was intended to protect.”

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A rickety house fenced off from the public on Highway 55 in Estancia, New Mexico has a haunting reputation. "It's been abandoned now for probably 20 years," Estancia Board of Trustees member and former Estancia Mayor Morrow Hall said. Many locals say the spooky theories behind the now doorless home attract people from across the state to snap a picture with hopes of spotting something eerie. "If you drive by, sometimes you can see ghosts standing in the window," Raul Zubia of Estancia said. Neighbors say they're concerned about trespassers at the abandoned home, adding they often have to "chase people out." "It's kind of a ghost house," Michelle Jones of Estancia said. "People love it for this time of year, for Halloween." Hall adds that how it got to the small town is just as surprising. He said local lawyer Fred Ayers bought the house as a kit back in the 1920s through the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. The Sears Archives website states the retailer sold more than 70,000 of the build-it-yourself house kits in nearly 450 different housing styles between 1908 and 1940.

The "Nightmare King" is Burger King's latest burger, and the chain claims it can induce nightmares. The quarter-pound beef burger is topped with chicken, cheese, bacon, onions and mayo all on a green sesame seed bun. It's "clinically proven to induce nightmares," the chain said. A new ad shows participants hooked up to sleep monitoring machines after eating it. According to USA Today, nightmares increased 2.5 times over the normal rate, due to various proteins. "I remember hearing voices and people walking around talking," one participate said, per People Magazine. The burger debuts on Oct. 22 and will be available through Nov. 1 for $6.39.

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Show Notes for Tuesday October 30, 2018

Show Notes for Tuesday October 30, 2018

John & Heidi share funny stories of people doing weird things... plus it's a Tuesday... so we have everyone's favorite segment... TUESDAYS with Charlie!!!

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October 30th
National Speak Up For Service Day
National Publicist Day

National Candy Corn Day

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An unnamed Texas man, who executed what police are calling “the perfect beer run.” The man was seen on surveillance entering an Arlington convenience store and picking up five cases off Bud Light at once. He walked them towards the register as if to pay and then sprinted out the front door before anyone could even react. Arlington Police are asking anyone with clues to contact them.

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The 10 Worst Halloween Candies10. Mary Janes
Peanut butter is great. Chewy candies can be great. But there’s just something unappealing about this chewy mess. Bit-O-Honey was ranked #11, confirming that some flavors just don’t mix well with chewy candies.

9. Good & Plenty
Since Good & Plenty are pretty much licorice, we see the reason why people don’t like them. I never minded getting a box here and a box there on a Halloween excursion. But they were never my favorites — which meant I ate them first, which is kid logic for ya.

8. Licorice
Note that this does not include Twizzlers, and if you read the lists you’ll see they allude to, if not outright say, black licorice. Around the office the reaction was pretty much the same. Australian licorice, if you can get your hands on it, is great. The style we see at Halloween? Not so much.

7. Smarties
Your kids will get plenty of these on Halloween. It’s inevitable. At first they’re not so bad. But the human tongue can take only so many vaguely sweet, chalky hard candy.

6. Tootsie Rolls
Your kids will also get a lot of these. They’re the easy way out for people who don’t want to spend money handing out candy to kids. You can throw a handful into each kid’s bag and it won’t set you back much. But kids tend not to like them. Note that this is a combination of regular Tootsie Rolls and flavored Tootsie Rolls (which are flat out disgusting). We combined a few items on the lists to make them a bit easier.

5. Peanut Butter Kisses
These are neither Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, nor Hershey’s Kisses. I’ve seen them referred to as Mary Janes, which makes enough sense. You know these because they have a plain orange or black wrapper. My advice is to leave them in that wrapper and move onto the next candy.

4. Necco Wafers
They’re like Smarties, but bigger, not as sweet, and more chalky. So yeah. These took the top spot on one list, and I’m surprised they weren’t on every list. When I started this project, I was sure that they’d be the hands down worst candy.

3. Wax Coke Bottles
The novelty of these is great. The first time you get one. When you’re five years old. Then the realization sets in: you’re biting through wax to get not even a mouthful of sugar water. By age eight you toss them in the trash without even bothering.

2. Candy Corn
Look, if you don’t like candy corn, you can just give it to me. Yes, it’s just sugar. Isn’t that the point? Candy corn is nothing special. There are absolutely better candies out there. But if you can’t enjoy stuffing handfuls of candy corn into your pie hole, well, I don’t even know what to tell you.

1. Circus Peanuts
I’d completely forgotten about these! Or, more accurately, I’d blocked them out. There is no way to describe the vileness that is Circus Peanuts. I have to believe that they weren’t rated as the worst on everyone’s list because they, too, blocked these inedible monstrosities from their memories. 

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The Grandiloquent Word of the Day


Chary (CHAIR-ee)
-Cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something.
-Cautious or careful; wary.

From Old English cearig ‘sorrowful, anxious’, of West Germanic origin; related to care. The current sense arose in the mid 16th century.

Used in a sentence:
“Edna couldn’t help being chary of Hubert’s mellifluous praise and obsequious compliments; she was accustomed to the blandishments of gentlemen callers seeking to purloin her vast fortune.”

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An Arizona man was searching for gold when he fell into a 100-foot-deep mine shaft in a remote desert area, sparking an hours-long rescue mission. 60-year-old John Waddell was pulled from the shaft last Wednesday night, two days after his carabiner clip broke, sending him tumbling 40 to 50 feet into the bottom of the mine. Terry Shrader said Waddell, a close friend, called him on Monday to say he was trekking out to the remote desert area near Aguila, about 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, to search for the precious metal. Shrader and Waddell had made a deal that if Waddell wasn't back by Tuesday, Shrader needed to search for him. Shrader told NBC News that he became worried when he still had not heard from Waddell on Wednesday. Luckily, he knew exactly where to find him. Shrader said he found an area where he could get cellphone service and called 9-1-1. He then dropped water to Waddell as they waited for help. Waddell's dramatic rescue was recorded on video that shows rescue workers' using rope to pull him to safety. (

An Air Force C-17 prematurely dropped a Humvee by parachute into rural North Carolina, miles from the intended target. The parachute opened and the vehicle landed Wednesday in a wooded area between two homes about 7 miles north of Fort Bragg’s drop zones. The drop was part of a test conducted by soldiers.
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