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A Newscaster Did a Traffic Report Full of Taylor Swift Song Titles . . . and Taylor Loved It


You’ve probably seen those local news reports where the newscasters pack their report full of song titles or lyrics in an attempt to go viral.

Well, Laura Hettiger from “Great Day St. Louis” on KMOV must have been REALLY excited for TAYLOR SWIFT’s new album on Friday, because her traffic report was full of Taylor’s song titles.  (Here’s video.)

She said there was “Blank Space” on the roads heading downtown, and that people could be “Fearless” as they headed out to clear highways.  Taylor saw it, and she Tweeted, quote, “My cousins in St. Louis sent this to me.  I LOVE YOU.”

Speaking of Taylor’s album, some people are making a big deal about how she drops a NAUGHTY word for the first time.  It’s the S-word, and it’s on her song “I Did Something Bad”, which is supposedly about her ex Calvin Harris.

She sings, quote, “If a man talks [stuff], then I owe him nothing.”

Also, “Us Magazine” reprinted a list of 25 things ‘you don’t know’ about Taylor . . . and it reveals she’s double-jointed, she’s never broken a bone except for her little toe, that she hates horror movies and seaweed, and that she can’t do handstands or cartwheels.  


“Thor” Kept the Top Spot at the Box Office

Despite two major debuts this weekend, “Thor: Ragnarok” kept the top spot at the box office with $56.6 million in its second week.  “Daddy’s Home 2” debuted with a solid $30 million, and “Murder on the Orient Express” made $28.2 million. 

Here’s the Top 10 . . .


1.  “Thor: Ragnarok”, $56.6 million.  Up to $211.6 million in its 2nd week.


2.  NEW:  “Daddy’s Home 2”, $30 million.


3.  NEW:  “Murder on the Orient Express”, $28.2 million.


4.  “A Bad Moms Christmas”, $11.5 million.  Up to $39.9 million in its 2nd week.


5.  “Jigsaw”, $3.4 million.  Up to $34.4 million in its 3rd week.


6.  “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween”, $2.1 million.  Up to $45.9 million in its 4th week.


7.  “Geostorm”, $1.5 million.  Up to $31.6 million in its 4th week.


8.  “Blade Runner 2049”, $1.4 million.  Up to $88 million in its 6th week.


9.  “Happy Death Day”, $1.3 million.  Up to $55 million in its 5th week.


10.  “Lady Bird”, $1.2 million.  Up to $1.8 million in its 2nd week.



Are These the 10 Most Popular TV Shows in America?

It’s hard to compare TV shows based on ratings these days, because Netflix and other streaming services don’t release audience numbers . . . and even if they did, binge-watching through subscription apps doesn’t really compare apples-to-apples with weekly TV broadcasts.

So, a data analytics company is measuring the popularity of TV shows using everything EXCEPT ratings.

They use “demand expressions,” which include illegal downloads and streams, along with ratings from fans and critics . . . positive feedback on social media and blogs . . . photo sharing, wikis, and online searches.

They’ve been collecting data for two years now, and recently put out a list of the ‘Top 10 Most Popular TV Shows in America.’ Here it is:

1. “Stranger Things 2”, Netflix

2. “The Walking Dead”, AMC

3. “Game of Thrones”, HBO

4. “Star Trek: Discovery”, CBS All-Access

5. “Preacher”, AMC

6. “Mindhunter”, Netflix

7. “The Big Bang Theory”, CBS

8. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, which is syndicated

9. “Rick and Morty”, Cartoon Network

10. “The Orville”, Fox