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ONE YEAR OLDER: MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 _ Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates is 75 • Joan Cusak (Addams Family Values, voice of Jessie in Toy Story films) is 59 • Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) is 56 • Lennie James (The Walking Dead) is 56 • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ally McBeal) is 53 • Constance Zimmer (UnREAL, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is 51 • Emily Deschanel (Bones) is 45 • Matt Bomer (Magnificent Seven, TV’s White Collar) is 44 • Rhett McLaughlin (Rhett and Link) is 44 • Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Inspector Gadget) is 36 • Rapper Cardi B is 29

SPECIAL EVENTS _ World Rainforest Week • School Lunch Week • National Police Week (begins October 13) • Indigenous Peoples’ Day • Native American Day • Columbus Day • National Coming Out Day • Southern Food Heritage Day • Sausage Pizza Day

SAYING THESE TWO WORDS MAKES PEOPLE LIKE YOU MUCH MORE _ When we were young kids were taught to magic phrases: “Please” and “Thank you.” New research shows it pays to use them throughout life. Specifically, a study (University of New South Wales conducted) on the phrase “thank you” proved those two words provide “a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high quality relationship could be formed.”

DIGITAL DATERS CAN TELL IF THEY HAVE A CONNECTION AFTER 30 SECONDS _ Digital daters can tell if they have a connection with someone after just 30 seconds of a video call. Virtual dates have soared by at least 36 percent during lockdown. A study found that in addition to first impressions, virtual dating speeds up relationships on several accounts. Dating from a desktop takes an average of 60 minutes, compared to 86 minutes in person. It’s cheaper too, saving singletons $24 per date, with the removal of time and cost barriers giving daters more bang for their buck.

THE CAR COLORS WITH THE BEST RESALE VALUE _ What color cars get the most money at resale time? In order: white; red; burgundy; blue. Avoid gold and brown cars.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR PASSES OUT IN RECLINER _ In the UK a man came home to find a burglar in his favorite reclining chair. But he didn’t have to worry about the crook harming him — he was passed out drunk. Seems the intruder put down his stolen merchandise and enjoyed a bit of brandy and then fell asleep.

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.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ON FACEBOOK THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED WITH A CALL OR TEXT? _ One of my friends found out his brother’s getting married when he saw a Facebook update posted by the brother’s girlfriend. Turns out my friend’s brother has done this before — even moving to another state and Facebooking it before calling family. 🗣 TOPIC: What’s the biggest news you should have heard about in person or on the phone that you discovered on Facebook?

OBVIOUS SCIENCE _ These discoveries were reported in the following respected science journals:
• Psychonomic Bulletin and Review: It’s easier to identify someone if he’s standing near you as opposed to 450 feet away.
• Journal of Economic Psychology: People experience greater job satisfaction if they choose their careers carefully instead of on a whim.
• Clinical & Experimental Research journal: College students drink more alcohol than they realize.
• Archives of Internal Medicine: If you voluntarily report to your doctor the bad side effects of a drug, you are more likely to be switched to a safer one than if you don’t.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Research finds autumn is the time of year we’re most likely to fall off our diet. [It doesn’t help that everything is pumpkin spiced. When they added it to celery a few years ago I gave up on losing weight.]