Tuesday Show Prep – Home Alone Edition

A new study by the University of Iowa is shedding light on what age experts say it is OK to leave your kids home alone. A survey of 500 social workers found most of them agreed kids should be at least 12 years old before they are left alone for four hours or more. 12 doesn’t seem completely unreasonable. There weren’t all that many times when one parent or another wasn’t available when I was growing up, plus I had an older brother around. But that seems like about the same age they started trusting my brother to be in charge and not blow up the house.

A South Carolina man, arrested for stabbing a woman, says he feared she would feed him to zombies. He is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Listen, this guy is obviously crazy, but he does point out a flaw in zombie-related stories that has bothered me for a long time. People have been making zombie movies since at least 1968, and every time everyone acts like it’s the first time they’ve ever heard of something like it. No one knows what to do. Give me a zombie movie where someone stands up and says “Listen, we’ve all seen Night of the Living Dead, so lets all get to work and headshots only.”

Speaking of the living dead… An Australian woman was told her ex-boyfriend has died and grieves the loss, only to come across him a few years later, very much alive and working in a local restaurant. Ever been in a relationship so bad that the only real way out was faking your own death? How long before there’s a trend piece on the new “Zombie-ing” dating trend?

BONUS FAKING YOUR OWN DEATH STORY: Utah woman charged with falsely reporting her husband murdered her.

An Arkansas man who was facing charges of aggravated assault and felony possession of a firearm walked out of court Monday while a jury was deliberating his case. He was found guilty on both charges and apprehended a day later. I recently watched that movie about Ted Bundy, and he basically did the same thing and he was already a suspected serial killer, so that’s not exactly a surprise that courthouses don’t have the best security in the world.

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