Every Wednesday, News 4 This Morning takes a look at an assortment of the stories from our show that viewers and readers are talking about on our webchannel and related social media.
Last week, a middle school in the state of Connecticut said they wanted to stop students from saying the expression, “Hump Day!” Why? They say the saying, in this case imitating a popular commercial from GEICO Insurance, was disruptive. The story went viral from our site, with thousands of hits and hundreds of Facebook likes. There were many comments on the article. Krystal Summers responded, saying, “Common sense has been thrown out. The school administrations are now just plain stupid.” And, Sam Breth added, “It's a funny commercial. What's next, schools banning kids from having fun?”
October 4th's unofficial holiday was national golf day, a day that's been sponsored since the 1950's by the PGA. On Facebook, we asked if you had any amusing or interesting stories involving golf. Leslie Warden shared hers: “My husband and I were at the beach for a week, it started raining and rained for 2 days. When it finally stopped we decided to go out and find something to do. We drove by a mini golf place and decided to stop, we played mini golf while the whole coarse was covered in puddles of water and every time we hit a ball in we had to get it out of a hole of water. Fun memories!”
Another recent unofficial holiday was Name Your Car day and many of our viewers shared the names of their ground vehicles on Facebook. Michael McClean explains, “I had a 1989 Honda and my girls named it Kermit, b/c it had headlights that popped up on the hood when they were turned on. The [kids] thought it looked like frog eyes!” Jill Creamer says, “I have a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe named Blue Buttah. She's blue and smooth. Love her!” Brandi Barnett has a “2005 Suburban named BOB aka...." Big ol' Boy" because its a large car!” Donna Tharp has a white minivan she calls Vanna White. And, Thomas Ratcliff says his “Chrystler Sebring... Sebrings me here and there.”
On October 3rd, 1960, The Andy Griffith Show debuted on CBS. The half-hour, live-action situation comedy would go on for eight seasons and continues to be a hit in repeats to this day. On Facebook, we asked viewers for their favorite episodes. Dave Herbert likes the one where Barney is “dressed up as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police - classic!!” Dallis Dalinger boils it down to two words: “Citizens arrest!” And, Renae Nance says, “All of them. We are big fans. I have all the seasons on dvd!”
Last week, we reported on twelve toys had been selected for potential inclusion in the national toy hall of fame, and two of those will be picked to join the others in November. We wanted to give you an update on the on-line poll on the hall of fame's web-site. For the top spot, its a race between the tortoise and the mare! Specifically, the top spots are claimed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and My Little Pony, both of which are currently tied with 22 percent of the vote!
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