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ONE YEAR OLDER: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 _ Jerry Lee Lewis is 86 • Ian McShane is 79 • Bryant Gumbel is 73 • Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 64 • Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing on Love Boat) is 55 • Erika Eleniak (Baywatch) is 52 • Emily Lloyd (Wish You Were Here, In Country) is 51 • Zachary Levi (Chuck, Shazam!) is 41 • Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) is 41 • Kelly McCreary (Greys Anatomy) is 40 • NBA star Kevin Durant is 33 • Halsey is 27

SPECIAL EVENTS _ Mocha Day • Biscotti Day • Women’s Health & Fitness Day

WE SPEND AN HOUR OF EACH DAY ON MUNDANE TASKS _ A new survey finds we spend an hour a day on mundane tasks — like making our bed, cleaning the toilet, mowing the lawn and cooking. You know, grown-up stuff.

THE ORIGINS OF TRICK OR TREAT _ One of the most popular Halloween traditions across the globe apparently originated in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. I’m referring to the infamous Halloween doorstep question: Trick or Treat? Lethbridge historian Belinda Crowson said research has confirmed the term “Trick or Treat” was first documented in the Lethbridge Herald newspaper on November 4, 1927. The sentence in the paper reads: “Youthful tormentors were at back door and front, demanding edible plunder with the words trick or treat.” The origins of the phrase were first documented in 2012 by the online research website Today I Found Out. A day after the research article was published, the Smithsonian Institution also shared Lethbridge’s first reference to the term in its online magazine.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARMED ROBBERS CAUGHT WITH 126 BOXES OF HAIRPIECES _ Two armed robbers arrested in South Africa were found to be in possession of 126 boxes of hair pieces. The criminals were apparently unable to give a reasonable explanation as to why they stole the hair pieces, or where they were taking them.

WHAT WEIRD FOOD CONCOCTION DOES YOUR KID LOVE? _ Share how your kid — or you — likes a weird food concoction, like pickle relish mixed with cottage cheese. Facebook this and use comments to light up the phones.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ Every year this gets about 100,000 tons heavier. (Earth)

WHAT IS THE DUMB REASON YOU HAVE A SCAR? _ 🗣 TOPIC: What’s the dumb reason you have a scar?
• I sat on my hair straightener.
• When I was a kid I was pretending to be a cat, running on all fours. I rammed my head into the dishwasher
• My brother got a burn scar by accidentally hitting a s’more on his cheek when trying to eat it.
• I was on a razor scooter barefoot and braked with my foot.

60% OF BRIDES ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN 24 HOURS _ Pop quiz: A survey found that 60 percent of brides do this within 24 hours of becoming engaged. The answer: announce the engagement on social media. Once engaged, 62 percent of brides said they increased their social media use.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Many states are trying without success  to get drivers to zipper merge — stay in their lane until the last possible minute before merging. It’s supposed to keep traffic flowing and reduce delays. [It’s difficult to believe that it’s an uphill battle to get people to procrastinate.]