During Open Lines George offered a special hotline for people to share stories they will never forget. One caller recounted the time he drove his car through a house. The caller said he was driving under the influence of sleep medication and thought he was turning into his own driveway when he smashed into the house. According to the caller, the accident caused $50,000 of damage and the homeowner required therapy for recurring nightmares he had in which people kept crashing into his house.
A caller from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada shared a strange encounter she had in a cemetery while visiting her father's grave. The caller said she had seen a nice wreath and decided to put it on her father's grave. Immediately after picking up the wreath the caller claims to have heard a horrifying and ghostly voice say, "Put that back!" Everyone's favorite demon, Oscar, returned to the show after being away for several months. He said he was behind Hurricane Katrina and has been in hell planning another disastrous event with this father, Satan. Rachel was also allowed to speak and informed George that Oscar has again taken possession of her body.
George in Spokane, Washington shared an experience he had while night flying his single-engine Cessna 150 in Alaska. He said he had a catastrophic electrical failure shortly after take-off which prevented him from reading his instruments. Such a condition, George explained, could have resulted in a crash had it not been for a mysterious green light that came on above his aircraft and illuminated his cabin. George said the light stayed with him for 30 minutes until he landed safely.
In the first hour Marshall Klarfeld, author of Adam, the Missing Link, discussed how new genetic engineering developments could allow humans to embark on deep space missions. Klarfeld cited Cynthia Kenyon's work with the "grim reaper" gene, which allowed her to increase the lifespan of tiny nematode worms by six times. If humans could find the equivalent gene, Klarfeld speculated, they could live for 500 years or more. He also said that Kenyon found this same gene controls hibernation in the worms. Klarfeld believes this discovery could one day allow humans to be placed into a state of "suspended animation" for long space voyages, as astronauts head out into the galaxy to find the next Earth-like planet.
Bumper music from Friday September 16, 2005