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ONE YEAR OLDER: MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 _ Susan Sarandon is 75 • Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is 65 • Bill Fagerbakke (Spongebob Squarepants) is 64 • Jerry Minor (Dr. Ken, Community) is 54 • Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate, Salt) is 54 • Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, The Baby-Sitters Club) is 45 • Melissa Benoist (Supergirl, Glee) is 33 • Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey, The Peanut Butter Falcon) is 32

SPECIAL EVENTS _ Fire Prevention Week • No Salt Week • Work From Home Week • Customer Service Week • Financial Planning Week • National Taco Day • Vodka Day • World Animal Day • Architecture Day • Day of Bullying Prevention • Improve Your Office Day

STUDY FINDS WRITING BY HAND MAKES KIDS SMARTER _ While your kids love being on computers and iPads, getting them to pick up a pencil has some big benefits. Brain activity differs when one writes by hand instead of typing — this goes for both adults and kids. Researchers with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology strapped 250 EEG electrodes to children and had them do some handwriting. Brain waves were found to be significantly more active in participants when writing by hand. A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning. We both learn better and remember better.

MANY PET OWNERS ARE JEALOUS OF THEM _ A survey finds more than half of pet owners are jealous of their four-legged friend. The reasons are obvious: because their pets never have to work, have no enemies, get to sleep whenever they want, don’t have to pay for things, and get more affection from loved ones. A third of the dog and cat owners polled believe their partner actually prefers their pet’s company to them.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ The first male in this profession started in 1922; the first female in this profession started in 1930. Name the profession. (Flight attendant)

WHAT’S HOT ON DATING APPS? PROPER GRAMMAR _ Before you post your profile on a dating website or app have someone check your grammar. Match.com asked more than 5,000 singles (in the U.S.) what criteria they used most in assessing dates. Beyond personal hygiene — which 96% of women valued most, as compared with 91% of men — singles said they judged a date foremost by the person’s grammar. The survey found 88% of women and 75% of men said they cared about grammar most, putting it ahead of a person’s confidence and teeth.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CURTAIN THIEF HANGS THEM AT HIS HOME _ In Britain, a burglar who stole his next-door neighbor’s curtains was caught when he put them up in his own window.

SIGNS YOU’RE TOO OLD FOR TRICK-OR-TREATING _ Every year it seems like I see a few over-40ers putting on costumes, trying to relive their childhoods by going door-to-door on Halloween with their kids. Well knock it off, grandpa, ’cause Halloween is for kids. Your job, moms and dads, is to carry the candy and light the way. Some signs you’re probably too old to be trick-or-treating:
• You get winded from knocking on the door.
• When someone drops a candy bar in your bag you lose your balance and fall over.
• By the end of the night you have a bag full of restraining orders
• You’re the only Spider-Man in the neighborhood with a walker.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL POPCORN MONTH _ Why do we eat popcorn in movie theaters? One possible reason: During the Depression, popcorn at 5 or 10 cents a bag, was one of the few luxuries down-and-out families could afford. An Oklahoma banker who went broke when his bank failed bought a popcorn machine and started a business in a small store near a theater. After a couple years, his popcorn business was booming.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Baseball’s getting serious. [You can tell because fans are starting to stay awake the whole game.]