As most folks know, (and we HOPE it shows) we spend a lot of time preparing each day's Morning Show.We read a lot of material, and as time and situation permit, we use it on the broadcast. Some days we get to utilize a lot of the material, some other days, not so much.   But some things are just too good to let pass.  Lost, forgotten and unknown for evermore.  And that's just not right.

Here's a few things I liked that I did use today, and a few that I didn't.  I included the links to the stories if you wanted more information.  AND, I end with a GOOD story.  I think yesterday, I grossed out a few people with my whole germs thing.

1.  Here are a few random facts for you.  In the 1960s, there was a brief OCTOPUS WRESTLING fad.  The President gets free rent at the White House but has to pay for everything else, including food and housekeeping.  And ELLEN DEGENERES was originally offered the role of Phoebe on "Friends", but turned it down, so it went to LISA KUDROW.  (Full Story)

2.  According to a new study, there actually IS such a thing as having "a case of the Mondays."  The study found that 71% of women and 62% of men show legitimate signs of ANXIETY and possibly even DEPRESSION on Sunday nights, because they're THAT down about having to go back to work.  (Full Story)

3.  A new survey found the average person can barely keep a secret from their significant other for three hours.  And the secrets that are HARDEST to keep are:  A friend having an affair . . . someone admitting to telling a big lie . . . two coworkers getting-it-on . . . someone who's pregnant . . . and someone who was arrested.  (Full Story)

4.  What's the most awkward situation you've ever encountered?  A few of our favorites are a waiter who saw a guy's marriage proposal get rejected, but the couple just kept sitting there . . . and a guy whose parents got into an argument at dinner that ended with his mom yelling, "See, this is why I never want to have sex with you anymore."  (Full Story)

5.  This probably won't come as a surprise, but according to a new survey, two-thirds of pet owners post more photos of their PETS online than PEOPLE.  They average six photos of their pets a week, compared to just five photos of friends and family.  (Full Story)

6.  Here are some pop culture references people make without realizing it.  "Don't mess with Texas" comes from an anti-littering ad campaign . . . the word "meh" was created by "The Simpsons" . . . and the word "nerd" was created by DR. SEUSS.  (Full Story)

7.  Bad news, America . . . apparently we're facing a NATIONWIDE CLOWN SHORTAGE.  The old generation of clowns is dying out, and a new generation isn't stepping up to take their place.  The number of working clowns in the U.S. has dropped from about 3,500 in 2004 to 2,500 now.  (Full Story)

8.  On Thursday, a 58-year-old woman in South Carolina called 911 to report her 72-year-old husband.  They'd been having sex problems, so he suggested a solution:  His WIFE get-it-on with his SISTERS.  So she asked a cop to ban her sisters-in-law from the house, so they wouldn't put the moves on her.  He told her he couldn't, but explained trespassing laws to her for future reference.  (Full Story)

9.  Police arrested a 44-year-old woman at a grocery store in Ohio earlier this month, for throwing two STEAKS at a 64-year-old butcher . . . who apparently made fun of her husband's WEIGHT.  One of the steaks hit the employee in the EYE, but she refused medical treatment.  (Full Story)

 And now a HAPPY story.  Just to show that the whole world doesn't totally suck. 

10.  A 55-year-old homeless man in Hungary hit the lottery for $2.8 MILLION in September.  And after making a huge donation to a homeless shelter, he just announced he's using another big chunk of his winnings to start a charity for recovering addicts and abuse victims.  (Full Story)