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Film­ing a doc­u­men­tary for ESPN’s 30 for 30, WWE star “Na­ture Boy” Ric Flair said he’s slept with around 10,000 women. He’s also con­fessed to con­sum­ing about 20 al­co­holic bev­er­ages per day dur­ing his wrestling ca­reer. And he’s been struck by light­ning. But af­ter four di­vorces, the 68-year-old says he’s changed his ways and be­come a “onewoman guy” since meet­ing his fi­ancée Wendy Bar­low.


The Chicago home that was used for the ex­te­rior shots of the pop­u­lar ’90s sit­com Fam­ily Mat­ters will be de­mol­ished to make way for a three-unit res­i­dence in the city’s posh Lin­coln Park neigh­bor­hood.


Po­lice in Colorado are look­ing for a jog­ger they say is in­ter­rupt­ing her runs to defe­cate in pub­lic. Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman — whom she’s dubbed “the Mad Pooper” — by her chil­dren, who caught the jog­ger in the act.

Even af­ter apol­o­giz­ing to Budde, the run­ner has left some­thing be­hind at least once a week for seven weeks. Po­lice have asked Budde to take pic­tures of the woman so they can try to iden­tify her.. And the mak­ers of Charmin re­cently an­nounced that if the Mad Pooper would turn her­self in, they’d give her a year’s sup­ply of TP — for use at home.


U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, wanted U.S. Sen. John McCain to be re­called while un­der­go­ing treat­ment for brain can­cer so Repub­li­cans could re­place him with some­one who sup­ported the party’s most re­cent failed ef­fort to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare. The sym­pa­thetic Gohmert went on to say that he was con­cerned about McCain’s health. “Stress is a real in­hibitor to get­ting over can­cer,” Gohmert told Fox & Friends. “I think Ari­zona could help him, and us. Re­call him, let him fight suc­cess­fully this ter­ri­ble can­cer, and let’s get some­one in here who will keep the word he gave last year.”


A re­cent sur­vey finds mil­len­nial par­ents of Gen­er­a­tion Al­pha kids less ner­vous about their kids rid­ing alone in self-driv­ing cars than their kids driv­ing alone. They also say if their kids want a ro­bot pet, they would be likely to get one in­stead of a real pet. And, about 63 per­cent say they’d rather have ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence help them live in­de­pen­dently than rely on their kids in their golden years. The sur­vey re­sults come from IEEE, an in­ter­na­tional technical pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion.


Among the hoax sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing in late Septem­ber was a re­port from Break­ing News 365 that Reese’s Peanut But­ter Cups would be dis­con­tin­ued in Oc­to­ber, just be­fore Hal­loween. Not true, says Her­shey’s, which makes the sweet and salty treat. A com­pany state­ment said, “The only peo­ple re­mov­ing Reese’s prod­ucts from shelves are con­sumers, who are tak­ing them home to eat.”


As CEO of the home­build­ing com­pany KB Home, Jef­frey Mezger might be one of the most pow­er­ful peo­ple in real es­tate. But that doesn’t give him li­cense to hurl out-of-con­trol slurs and threats of gay bash­ing at his neigh­bors. The board of his com­pany slashed his bonus by 25 per­cent af­ter he went on a rough, anti-gay tirade against his neigh­bor Kathy Grif­fin af­ter she and her part­ner re­ported a noise dis­tur­bance com­ing from his home. The scene was cap­tured on a se­cu­rity cam­era. Next time, the board warned, he’s out.


Young Liv­ing Es­sen­tial Oils must pay a $500,000 fine, $135,000 in resti­tu­tion, and make a $125,000 com­mu­nity ser­vice grant for the con­ser­va­tion of pro­tected species of plants used in its es­sen­tial oils. The Utah­based com­pany was sen­tenced for Lacey Act and En­dan­gered Species Act vi­o­la­tions.


Har­vard Uni­ver­sity re­cently hosted the 27th an­nual Ig Nobel awards for ab­surd sci­en­tific achieve­ment. James Heath­coat won the anatomy prize for his re­search on why old men have big ears. The bi­ol­ogy prize went to a team from Ja­pan, Brazil and Switzer­land for their dis­cov­ery of a fe­male pe­nis and male vagina in a cave in­sect. A team of French re­searchers won the medicine prize for us­ing brain-scan­ning tech­nol­ogy to mea­sure aver­sions to cheese. Re­searchers from Italy, Spain and the United King­dom won the cog­ni­tion prize for demon­strat­ing that many iden­ti­cal twins vis­ually can­not tell them­selves apart. The win­ners re­ceived “$10 tril­lion cash prizes in vir­tu­ally worth­less Zim­bab­wean money.”


Of­fi­cials in Brook­line, Mas­sachusetts, are ex­pected to de­cide in Novem­ber whether to re­name the town’s gov­ern­ing board — from the “board of se­lect­men” to the “board of se­lect­women.” Se­lect­women would ap­ply, re­gard­less of the gen­der of the board mem­bers, say ad­vo­cates of the change. A sec­ond op­tion would be to change the name to the board of se­lect­peo­ple.

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