Top of the List: The debate by the numbers, tiny dino and Ashton punk'd
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Below are the stories making the top of our list for October 4:
SECOND LOOK: Polls are in and pundits agree, Mitt Romney led a hostile takeover of Wednesday night's debate in Denver right from the opening bell.
Numbers back up that claim. In 97 minutes, Obama was on camera for 4 minutes more, but Romney delivered 500 more words, indicating an aggressive debate strategy. Obama's most used phrase was “middle class” which he said 18 times. While Romney preferred to use “middle income” and he said that nine times.
The debate generated more than 4 million tweets, and Big Bird was tweeted 17,000 times per minutes after Romney pledged to cut funding to PBS, though he did say he liked PBS and Big Bird.
The vice-presidential candidates face-off next Thursday in Kentucky.
ANCHOR CRITIC IDENTIFIED: Kenneth Krause and his bulging biceps responded to the fat debate he started. The Wisconsin personal injury lawyer prompted a viral backlash from local plus-sized TV anchor, Jennifer Livingston, after he questioned her suitability as a role model because of her weight.
His written response was: "I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year."
A PUNK IS PUNK'D: A Los Angeles SWAT team descended on Ashton Kutcher's home after a 911 message said shots had been fired and people injured or killed.
Kutcher's staff were held at police gunpoint until it was revealed that it was a practical joke known as "Swatting.” The Punk'd host tweeted he was safe and sound on the set of “Two and a Half Men.”
THE FACE OF FACEBOOK: Mark Zuckerberg was on NBC's "Today" talking about everything from the future of his company to sharing a wardrobe closet with his new wife.
"You're telling me you have one drawer to keep your stuff?” asked Matt Lauer.
“Like men everywhere,” said Zuckerberg.
Though in fairness, how much storage do you need when you wear the same gray t-shirt every day?
TINY DINO: They found a new dinosaur and it’s kind of cute. The newly identified Pegomastax Africanus was two feet long and weighed less than a house cat. It had the beak of a parrot, the fangs of a vampire, lightning quick speed, and quills like a porcupine.
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