The text messages that made my Monday - 01/13/14

You never know when something is going to happen that could spark something pretty awesome.  That's an over-simplified way of saying it, but it's true.

Take, for example, this morning when I was added to a group text thread - by mistake.  I scrolled through 90-some txt messages.  I NEVER have that many text messages!  I read through them all and realized they were teenagers.  I contemplated whether to respond.  The last text message said "did anyone ever say who the 417 was?"  Well, that was me.  So I responded, "Hey, this is Jennifer Waddell from Fox17.  Good morning!!  PS love the cow pic!"  By the way, the cow pic was of a girl who works at Chik-fil-A and it cracked me up.

Well that sparked a whole conversation with a group of high-schoolers.  Come to find out, they are part of the news crew at Mt. Juliet High School.  What are the odds?  We ended up putting this whole interaction in the newscast as a "talker".  They got to watch it live from their classroom and now I'm planning a visit to their class to talk about journalism.  I've attached a photo the students sent me from their own green screen.  How cool is that?

This was one of the most random, fun and inspiring mornings that all started with a message that wasn't even meant for me. 

Thought for the day:  If you get the wrong message how will you respond?


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PARIS (AP) -- Customs agents at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris had a hairy situation to deal with. They seized 115 live scorpions. The creepy crawlers were hidden in two shipments from Cameroon to the U.S. Customs officials say the scorpions were declared as samples for medical research. But the intended recipient is identified as an individual in the U.S. who sells a number of "new animal companions" on the Internet.


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- In Bradenton, Florida these days, the big buzz is about a big batch of bees. A beekeeper removed about 50,000 bees from a tree on the town's Main Street. They will be relocated to help with pollination efforts in other areas of the country. The Bradenton Herald reports the bee expert began removing the bees yesterday from a hive just outside an Irish pub. It's unclear where the bees will be shipped. The beekeeper says in the past, he has sent groups of honey bees to Maine, California and other states.

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