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ONE YEAR OLDER _ Jackson Browne is 72. Sharon Osbourne is 68. Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is 67. Scott Bakula is 66. John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) is 66. Brandon Routh (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Superman Returns) is 41. Melissa Villaseñor (SNL) is 33.

$1 MILLION OR YOUR PET _ If you could have $1 million or your pet, which would you take? 100 men and women were asked that question.

… 90% of women said there’s no way they’d trade in their pet for a million. In other words, only 10 percent would take the cash.

… 60% of men said they’d keep theirs over the million-dollar jackpot.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Scientists found that the actual chemical responsible for a distance runner’s high is the same chemical that’s responsible for a pot smoker’s high. [But runners then shower, get dressed, and go to work.]

TOPIC: DO YOU BUY EXTRA HALLOWEEN CANDY FOR YOURSELF? _ A survey asked, “When buying Halloween candy, do you buy extra for yourself?” Just over one in four of respondents replied yes. Get on the subject. It’ll lead to talk about eating all the candy and having to buy more before Halloween… whether or not you should buy good candy (mini Snickers bars) or bad candy (hard candy), etc.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY WANT TO NAME HIS KID @ _ A father in central China was refused permission to name his son ‘@’ (at-sign).

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THEY’VE SEEN A GHOST _ From seeing ghost children with jet black eyes to experiencing otherworldly green flashes to witnessing the TV mysteriously flicker on and off, a Halloween study found that most people have a stronger connection to the paranormal than one might think. Just over 60 percent of people admit to having seen a ghost in their lifetime.

… One in three people have either lived or stayed in a house they felt was haunted.

… The study also identified America’s top 10 fears as: snakes, spiders, sharks, drowning, heights, public speaking, failure, bees, cramped spaces and rejection.

DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON REACHES INSTAGRAM MILESTONE _ On Thursday Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce that he is now the most followed man in the world with over 200 million followers on Instagram and over 300 million followers across all of his social media platforms. The Rock dressed for the momentous occasion in a white button down shirt and black bow tie while holding a chilled bottle of Teremana tequila.

PUMPKIN ADVICE _ Here’s a real simple lesson for finding the perfect Halloween pumpkin: Thump it with your finger. If you hear it thump back, it’s haunted.