INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

This is day 272 of 2016. There are 94 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Brigitte Bardot is 82

• Jeffrey Jones (Dean of Students Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 70

• Janeane Garofalo is 52

• Mira Sorvino is 49

• Naomi Watts is 48

• Hilary Duff is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1787: The newly completed United States Constitution was voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the State legislatures for approval.

• 1820: The tomato was publicly proven safe when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson stood on the steps of the Salem, New Jersey, courthouse and ate a large number of them without any adverse effects.

• 1892: The first night football game in America was played between Mansfield State Normal School (now Mansfield University) and Wyoming Seminary.

• 1941: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batting average of .406. He was last major leaguer to hit .400-plus.

• 1987: The first episode of TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired.

• 1996: During their wedding at Spokane’s First Presbyterian Church, Craig and Jill Looper’s vow-sealing kiss set off the fire alarm. Or maybe it was an electrical problem. None of the 350 guests was injured, but the wedding cake was ruined. The couple signed their license on the hood of a fire truck.

• 2002: In Korschenbroich, Germany, a dirty diaper saved the life of a 20-month-old toddler after he fell 20 feet from a window and landed on his bottom. Police said the diaper acted like a car airbag, absorbing the shock better than a clean diaper.

• 2002: Chicago police officer Jessie Watts Jr. arrested two men who tried to burglarize the minivan he was occupying during an undercover surveillance.

• 2005: The U.S. Treasury introduced a new $10 bill, featuring splashes of red, yellow and orange.

• 2008: SpaceX launched the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

• 2012: Facebook hit 1 billion users.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Drink Beer Day

• Women’s Health & Fitness Day

• Ask A Stupid Question Day

• Good Neighbor Day

UPCOMING

• October 4: Vice presidential debate, Longwood University

• October 9: Second presidential debate, Washington University

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 19: Third presidential debate, University of Nevada

• October 31: Halloween

• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

7: Age most people stop believing in politicians.


NEWS ATTACK!

Paris is creating a clothing-free zone for nudists. [If they want to attract more tourists, they should create a snob-free zone.]

A Tennessee woman returned home to find burglars having sex on her couch. [She then had absolutely no problem with them taking it.]

A 16-year-old boy in Siberia tried to impress a girl by swinging from the railing of a balcony on the 23rd floor. He lost his grip and fell, miraculously surviving in good shape. [Needless to say the same can’t be said for the relationship.]

New research shows that riding a roller coaster helps people to pass their kidney stones. [Of course, the ride has to be shut down quite often for cleaning.]

There’s controversy brewing over the new LED streetlights that cities have been installing. Evidence shows that they may cause medical problems such as sleep problems. [So now when the police tell somebody in the city park that they can’t sleep there it’ll be true in two different ways.]

The Hubble Space telescope has picked up images of water shooting up from surface of one of Jupiter’s moons. Scientists think that this gives hope to discovering life. [All they need to find is evidence of little alien children in bathing suits running back and forth through the sprinklers.]

After 11 years together Liev Schrieber and Naomi Watts are splitting up. [Wow. That Marion Cotillard must really get around.]

Elon Musk says that his company, SpaceX, is planning to colonize Mars. [Some people will do anything to get away from these presidential debates.]

Katy Perry promoted voter registration by appearing nude in a skit on the Internet. [The nudity makes sense. During any big election the candidates are usually big boobs.]

A 90-year-old woman is walking from Texas to the White House. [And yet my kids have to use the car to pull the trash can to the curb.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DREW 83.8 MILLION VIEWERS _ The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night drew 83.8 million viewers, and was the most-watched in the history of televised debates. 12 television channels carried the debate.

… The last time ratings for a TV presidential debate came even close to that was over 35 years ago, when 80.6 million tuned into the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

END ROBOCALLS CAMPAIGN CLOSES IN ON 1 MILLION SIGNATURES _ As if auto-dialed, pre-recorded robocalls weren’t bad enough, scammers are now blasting out robocalls that use poorly synthesized text-to-talk programs in an effort to try to frighten people into thinking they are being sued. Maybe you’ve received one. An especially scary one talks about a “criminal lawsuit” and provides some bogus docket number, but no reference to any actual crime; others have claimed to be from the FBI, IRS, or other agencies. • AUDIO

… Consumers Union — the people who publish Consumer Reports — recently launched the End Robocalls campaign, gathering some 750,000 names from American consumers who want the phone companies to know they are tired of answering the phone and not knowing if that unfamiliar number is a friend, family member, some other important caller, or a jerk trying to con them out of their money or personal information.

… The campaign — a petition to get the phone companies to block robocalls — hopes to reduce the calls. 70% of consumers get at least six robocall a week. An estimated $350 million a year lost to telemarketing scams.

UBER FOR BIKE MECHANICS _ There’s an Uber for cars. You need someone to give you a ride you fire up an app… called Uber. There’s an Uber for phone repair. Drop your phone and need a new screen? Fire up the app and someone comes and fixes it. Handyman? App. Food? App. Bicycle repair… now there’s an Uber-like app for that, called Velotooler (vello-tooler). Currently in beta testing, Velotooler, connects bike riders with independent bike mechanics. After a consumer requests a mechanic for a specific task, the job goes out to nearby participating mechanics, who can choose whether to accept the job.

MICHAEL JACKSON SONG INSPIRES GUY TO MOONWALK ACROSS EUROPE _ Travis DeRose says seeing an old video of Michael Jackson performing the Moonwalk gave him an idea. So this year DeRose spent a few months on a two-month long trip to Europe. DeRose and his friends visited 13 countries, saw 22 cities, and rode 21 trains… while making sure to moonwalk along the way. • VIDEO

… Many famous European landmarks and scenic vista were given the Michael Jackson moonwalk treatment as DeRose glided right on by. Much of the European continent is represented — Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and other countries.

THE WORLD’S FIRST THREE-PARENT BABY _ The world’s first baby born using DNA from three people is happy, healthy and making history. Abrahim Hassan, now five months old, has the typical packages of DNA from his mom and dad, but he also has a tiny bit of donor DNA acquired through a new in-vitro fertilization technique, called three-person IVF. He was born to Jordanian parents and treated by a US-based team in Mexico.

… Three-person IVF allows parents with rare genetic mutations to prevent passing them onto their offspring. In this case, the mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal mitochondrial disease that affects the developing nervous system. The mutation claimed the lives of the couple’s first two children, so the they sought help from New Hope Fertility Center in New York City.

GROUP HACKS $6M IN SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS _ A group of ex-supermarket employees in Beijing are in police custody for stealing $6 million by hacking into and recharging used supermarket gift cards. Beijing police said that between May, 2015 and June, 2016, the six suspects managed to skim the cash from 6,000 gift cards at supermarkets across the city.

IDENTITY THEFT VICTIM SHOCKED TO FIND SHE OWNS 6 COMPANIES _ A young woman in China called police after suddenly finding herself the owner of six businesses in a case of identity theft. The woman learned of the theft after a bank rejected her loan application. Loan officers told her records showed a total six businesses registered in her name. The companies have a total value of $1.3 million.

HATE STANDING IN LINE? JAPAN NOW HAS SELF-DRIVING CHAIRS _ Hate standing in line at your favorite restaurant? Japanese carmaker Nissan has invented self-driving chairs that recognize each other. So instead of standing in line to get into your favorite restaurant you can sit — and the chair will move as the line moves. The system, which is similar to the kind used in Nissan’s autonomous vehicle technology, is being tested at select restaurants.

DON’T DRILL INTO YOUR iPHONE 7 _ A prank video is apparently tricking some people into making a small hole in the bottom of their iPhone 7s so they have a standard headphone jack. The new iPhone has only a lightning port. The prank video shows a man drilling a 3.5mm hole into the bottom left edge of the iPhone 7 held in a vice. It points to the row of small holes on the left side that replaced the headphone socket present on the iPhone 6S and claims that drilling into the second hole on the left reveals a hidden socket. Once the hole has been drilled the video shows an iPhone 7 playing music, although the sound comes out of the speakers, not the white headphones now inserted in the DIY hole. • VIDEO

… Bottom line: Don’t drill holes in your new iPhone.

MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY IS ACTUALLY A GOOD SIGN _ Morning sickness sucks. Also, the term “morning sickness” is a total lie — it makes you feel sick all day. Luckily for pregnant women a new study has provided a silver lining to the misery. Turns out, morning sickness is a positive sign for the health of your baby (according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine).

… Researchers (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) monitored a group of women involved in a separate study. They looked at women who had one or two miscarriages previously, and had a positive pregnancy test. These participants recorded their symptoms every day. Out of 797 women with positive pregnancy tests, 188 of those pregnancies ended in miscarriage. By eight weeks of pregnancy, 57.3 percent of the women reported nausea while 26.6 percent reported nausea with vomiting. The women in these two groups were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have a miscarriage.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR SCANNING CARROTS INSTEAD OF APPLES AT CHECKOUT _ A man in Northern Ireland admitted to stealing apples from a grocery store by pretending he was buying carrots — which are less than a third of the price. He was doing it at the self-checkout lane and has plead guilty to 12 charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY GETS TEXTS FOR GIRL WHO GIVES FAKE NUMBER TO MEN _ Ladies, have you ever given a fake phone number to a guy in a bar? Joey Royle’s number has been given out by a young woman — so he pretended to be her. Joey, from Melbourne, Australia, says he gets a few texts and calls from would-be daters. In one case a guy was sending him texts of clay replicas of male body parts he’d made in an art class.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WALKS IN HOME, FINDS BURGLARS HAVING SEX _ A Tennessee homeowner caught two burglars having sex in her house. The woman was arrested. The man fled before police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE: ‘BEING MAD AT A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS NOT A REASON TO CALL 911’ _ A Kansas police department is asking people to refrain from misusing the 911 system. Specifically, according to a tweet: “We realize politics can make emotions run high, but being mad at a presidential candidate in a debate is NOT a reason to call 911.” That was tweeted by the Lawrence, Kansas PD shortly before Monday night’s debate.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THONG BURGLAR FORGETS CAMERA _ A Kentucky man wearing only a thong and carrying a knife videoed himself attempting a burglary, then accidentally left the camera behind.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARGUMENT ENDS IN MACHETE ATTACK _ In Texas a 73-year-old used car salesman allegedly ended an argument with a customer by pulling out a machete and whacking the man’s arm.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN ROBS FOR GREATNESS _ In China, a 17-year-old robbed a driver on a remote country road just to show his parents that he could. He told the driver he was robbing who he was, where he from and the name of his father. Questioned by police, he said that he wanted to show his ability to do something “great” for his parents.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — Heat exhaustion strikes one of the competitors in this new edition.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Barry decides he wants to be a gym teacher and begins an apprenticeship with coach Mellor.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — A series of New York City bombings has Weller and the team racing against the clock in this new episode.

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a noise complaint at a party at a heavyweight boxer’s (guest star Jason Derulo) home in this new episode. Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) and Michelle Mitchenor (Chi-Raq) also guest star.

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Maya’s fear about allowing Kenneth to be J.J.’s full-time aide is confirmed in this new episode when J.J. misses a physical therapy appointment.

SEASON PREMIERE: CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) joins the cast for the 12th season, and Aisha Tyler has been promoted to a series regular after a guest starring recurring role last season. Paget Brewster will also return as Prentiss later this season. Thomas Gibson will appear only in the first two episodes, after being fired from the show.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET ABC) — This new episode features the first openly transgender child actor on TV, as Cam and Mitch allow daughter Lily to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date. Tom will be played by 8-year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, a convicted rapist (guest star Henry Thomas, E.T.) is exonerated after 16 years in prison. But a day later, Fin (Ice T) investigates a shocking crime and must once find the man he arrested years ago. Vice President Joe Biden makes a special appearance as himself.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, Jamal teams up with a businessman (guest star Taye Diggs) to talk about gun violence and host a summit for awareness.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is the guest in this new edition.

CNN PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL: AMERICA’S MILITARY AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF (9p ET, CNN) — Jake Tapper hosts a town hall discussion with President Obama, American troops, veterans and military families at Fort Lee, Va.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Bow’s brother (recurring guest star Daveed Diggs, Hamilton) comes to stay with the Johnsons and aggravates Dre.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, Voight and the team search for answers after discovering a man badly beaten and his fiancee is missing.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — President Kirkman steps into his role as commander in chief and struggles to hold the country together in this new episode.

SEASON PREMIERE: CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Some cast changes for season 2, as Rob Lowe joins, and last season stars Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey (Christa and Neil) are now gone.

FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE (10:30p ET, TBS) — This new episode is on a special night, recapping the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


ENTERTAINMENT

BRAD PITT RELEASES STATEMENT _ Brad Pitt narrated the documentary Voyage of Time, but he won’t be attending a screening for it. In a statement released Tuesday Pitt said, “Terrence [Malick]’s Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time. I’m very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see.”

BRAD PITT DEATH HOAX STORY COULD HARM YOUR COMPUTER _ Brad Pitt is alive and well and if you click on a story claiming otherwise it could expose your phone, computer or other device to hackers. Facebook is warning users not to click on what appears to be a Fox News report about Brad’s death. If you do fall for it, and enter the requested info, the bad guys can get your passwords and control of your account.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA WEIGHS IN ON POSSIBLE ‘HAMILTON’ MOVIE _ Will Hamilton come to the big screen? Lin-Manuel Miranda tells Variety, “I haven’t had one meeting with one director. It’s something that I’m really trying to keep out of my mind until much later.”

RYAN LOCHTE’S DANCING WITH THE STARS PROTESTERS CHARGED _ The two protesters that stormed the stage after Ryan Lochte’s performance on the season 23 premiere of Dancing with the Stars have been charged.  The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal complaints against 59-year-old Sam Sotoodeh and 25-year-old Barzeen Soroudi who were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor: the first for leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage, and the second for interfering with a performance. Both men could each face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Their arraignment is set for October 4.

… Sotoodeh told ABC News their mission was to “get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar and, under Brazilian law, a criminal.”

PHELPS TO LOCHTE BEFORE RIO: ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT’ _ Michael Phelps says he was less than amused by teammate Ryan Lochte’s post-competition, early morning drunken antics at the Rio Olympics. Phelps says he had “a talk with him about two days before about not doing anything bad. I told him, ‘Just keep your head on straight. Have fun.'”

… Lochte was banned from competition for 10 months, forfeited $100,000 in medal bonuses, was dropped from the Olympic team’s White House visit and was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. His three teammates were given four-month bans and dropped from the White House visit.

ACAPELLA COVER OF SIMPSONS THEME SONG IS PRETTY AMAZING _ The Simpsons 28th season has begun and I told you last week, cable channel FXX will all 600 episodes beginning on Thanksgiving day. To celebrate the Los Angeles-based comedy group The Warp Zone teamed up with YouTuber Brizzy Voices to perform the theme song from from the long-running animated sitcom. • VIDEO

DANNY GLOVER LANDS ROLE IN COME SUNDAY FOR NETFLIX WITH ROBERT REDFORD _ Danny Glover is joining Robert Redford and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday, a new film for Netflix. The film is based on the real-life story of evangelical minister Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor) from Tulsa, Oklahoma. When he claims there is no hell, he loses his church and must rediscover his family and his faith. Glover will play Gilbert Pearson, Carlton’s uncle, while Redford is set as televangelist Oral Roberts.

THIS IS US GETS FULL-SEASON ORDER FROM NBC _ NBC has given a full-season order to This Is Us. The first season has been extended to 18 episodes.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER HINTS AT SEX AND THE CITY REUNION _ Sarah Jessica Parker says a Sex and the City reunion could happen. Parker said that there’s “always a possibility, definitely” of a third reunion. She added, “I don’t know whether it’s a series or the movie. I think that remains an open question and discussion that will continue until it’s been resolved.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE FAN CELEBRATION IS COMING TO THE REAL TWIN PINES MALL _ Last year brought endless amounts of celebration revolving around Back to the Future. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original time travel film from director Robert Zemeckis, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. There were endless screenings, fan gatherings, and tons of new memorabilia released. But fans aren’t done celebrating.

… The first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration is coming next month, and the festivities will be happening at a location that will be very familiar to fans of the time travel franchise: Twin Pines Mall. The Back to the Future Fan Celebration will take place in the parking lot of the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. For those of you who don’t know, this was the real location used for Twin Pines Mall, which becomes Lone Pine Mall after Marty travels back in time and knocks down one of Old Man Peabody’s pine trees in the original Back to the Future.

… Fans will appreciate that it’s scheduled for October 25, which marks 31 years since the DeLorean time machine first traveled through time. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 1:16 am, which is when Marty arrived at the mall to help with Doc’s experiment. There aren’t a lot of details on the event yet, but a press release (via HitFix) has promised live ’80s music, food trucks, contests, DeLoreans on display, book signings, vendors celebrity autographs and an outdoor screening of Back to the Future.

ELTON JOHN TO PERFORM FOR HILLARY CLINTON IN FINAL L.A. FUNDRAISING SWING _ Hillary Clinton is returning to Los Angeles on October 13 for a round of fundraising including a concert performed by Elton John. This is expected to be her final visit before the November 8 election. Tickets for the event are $33,400 per person, and include dinner. The $100,000-per-person tickets include a co-chair reception and premium dinner seating.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of September 19-25.

  1. NFL Football: Chicago at Dallas, NBC, 20.62 million
  2. NFL Football: Houston at New England, CBS, 17.55 million
  3. NCIS, CBS, 16 million
  4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.82 million
  5. Bull, CBS, 15.57 million
  6. NFL Pregame, NBC, 15.41 million
  7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.36 million
  8. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 12.29 million
  9. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Chicago, ESPN, 12.14 million
  10. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 12.1 million
  11. Football Night in America, NBC, 11.5 million
  12. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 11.12 million
  13. NFL Pregame, CBS, 11.084 million
  14. Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 11.08 million
  15. Empire, Fox, 10.87 million
  16. MacGyver, CBS, 10.73 million
  17. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 10.72 million
  18. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.55 million
  19. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.34 million
  20. Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 10.22 million

AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• LEARN TO AUCTION: The CEO of Ohio Real Estate Auctions has uploaded a YouTube video that teaches you how to auction. Here’s a radio edit version you can have some fun with.

• FROM JAPAN: Pen-Pineapple Apple-Pen → News & Nuggets September 27

• MYSTERY VOICE: Mark Wahlberg.


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BITS & BREAKS

ROAD RAGE

Are yelling, horn-honking and creative hand gestures a regular part of your commute? You’re not alone!

• 59% of workers surveyed by CareerBuilder.com admit to experiencing road rage while traveling to and from work.

• 10% report they usually or always experience road rage during their commute.

• Women were slightly more apt to feel road rage than men.

• 60% of women reported road rage compared to 57 percent of men.

Some tips for a calm and enjoyable commute:

• Lose the lead foot — lost tempers and traffic weaving are often signs of running late. Leave a few minutes early to give yourself extra time in case you come across heavy traffic, bad weather, train crossings and other morning disasters.

• It’s nothing personal — remember, the other drivers aren’t out to get you. People who hit the brakes without apparent reason, drive well below the speed limit, daydream, sit still while other cars are moving, etc. are usually just bad drivers.

• Early to bed — yawning drivers tend to get more agitated behind the wheel. Try to work in a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast, so you can go to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on rush hour.

• Easy listening — seventy-two percent of workers say they listen to music to pass the time in transit. Soothing music or books on tape can help you to relax during bumper to bumper delays.

• Breathe — the next time you want to emphatically inform a fellow commuter of how he/she drives, take a few deep breaths instead. It can help you keep centered and control stress levels.

FB icon What’s the worst bit of road rage you’ve seen on your way to work?

BIRTH ORDER

What your birth order says about you.

FIRST BORNS — Natural leaders and high achievers.  Often have a sense of entitlement and superiority. They pay attention to detail and are organized. But they can be moody and insensitive to others’ feelings. They’re also bad at delegating, because they don’t trust others as much as they trust themselves.

MIDDLE CHILDREN — The classic middle child is a people pleaser who hates confrontation. They’re usually calm, down to earth and great listeners. Make excellent negotiators. Eager to be liked.

LAST BORNS — The babies of the family. The world’s cheerleaders. They usually have great people skills and love to entertain. They make friends easily and are good at making people feel at home. Last borns are also more likely to take risks — probably because they get bored quickly. They also fear rejection and have a fairly short attention span.

ONLY CHILDREN — They’re task-oriented and tend to be well organized and dependable. Only children feel comfortable with responsibility, but they can be demanding and unforgiving — and they hate to admit they’re wrong. They’re also sensitive, and their feelings are easily hurt.

FB icon Does your birth order fit your personality?

COFFEE, PLEASE!

Tomorrow (September 29) is International Coffee Day.

COFFEE WAS ORIGINALLY CHEWED. Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible energy balls.

INSTANT COFFEE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY 250 YEARS. Instant coffee has been around for a while, making its first appearance in England in 1771. But it would take another 139 years for the first mass-produced instant coffee to be introduced (and patented) in the U.S. in 1910.

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS MORE THAN $1,000 ON COFFEE EACH YEAR. You’d think that spending an average of $1,092 on coffee each year would be enough to make America the world’s most caffeinated nation. You would be wrong.

FINLAND IS THE WORLD’S COFFEE CAPITAL. Though Finland does not produce any beans of its own, its citizens drink a lot of the brown stuff — the most of any country in the world.

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO BAN THE BEVERAGE ENTIRELY. As recently as the 18th century, governments were trying to eradicate coffee. Among the many reasons for outlawing the beverage were its tendency to stimulate “radical thinking.”

17TH-CENTURY WOMEN THOUGHT IT WAS TURNING THEIR MEN INTO “USELESS CORPSES.” In 1674, the Women’s Petition Against Coffee claimed the beverage was turning British men into “useless corpses” and proposed a ban on it for anyone under the age of 60.

THE FIRST WEBCAM WATCHED A COFFEE POT. Though it was hardly what one might described as “action-packed,” it allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation in the Trojan Room without ever leaving their desks. After the webcam portion of the Trojan Room coffee pot experiment was pulled, the pot itself — a non-working Krups ProAroma pot that would normally retail for about $50 — was put up for auction on eBay, where it sold for just under $5,000.

IT WOULD TAKE 70 CUPS OF COFFEE TO KILL A 150-POUND PERSON. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. It would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a roughly 150 pound person.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White, over 3,500 men have done this. (Proposed marriage)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. there are roughly 1,600 surgeries to reduce the size of what? (Nipples)

RIDDLE ME THIS

I shine when it is dark.
I am sometimes full.
When I am, I light up the night.
There is a blanket around me,
But often at night I am cold.

What am I?

(Answer: The Moon)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Golf trick shot unlike any other.

BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dad gets light up shoes for his birthday.

https://youtu.be/5a08koNlBVI


IMAGE OF THE DAY


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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

This is day 273 of 2016. There are 93 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jerry Lee Lewis is 81

• Ian McShane is 74

• Bryant Gumbel is 68

• Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley on The Addams Family) is 61

• Andrew Dice Clay is 59

• Jill Whelan (sick girl Lisa Davis in Airplane!, Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat) is 50

• Emily Lloyd is 46

• Zachary Levi (Chuck) is 36

• American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1650: Henry Robinson opened his Office of Addresses and Encounters — the first historically documented dating service — in London.

• 1907: The cornerstone was laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.

• 1916: John D. Rockefeller became the first billionaire.

• 1966: The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, was introduced.

• 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who had pulled her over.

• 2005: A British man sunk his $200,000 yacht in southwest England rather than let his estranged wife sell it for a rock-bottom price after the couple decided to break up. Briton Mark Bridgewood was so angry that his wife had put his luxury boat up for a low price that he rowed out to the vessel under the cover of darkness and sank it.

• 2007: A German employee who stole over a million screws from the carpentry company he worked for to sell them on the Internet was arrested after his cut-price online sales raised suspicions. Officers said each night he left for home, the 33-year-old man took with him between 2,000 and 7,000 screws. His illicit selling of the small fasteners over a two year period netted him an estimated $150,000.

• 2010: A Montana woman fended off a bear attack with a garden vegetable. Police say a 200-pound black bear attacked one of the woman’s dogs on the back porch of her home. When the woman tried to separate the animals, the bear bit her in the leg. So the woman reached for the nearest object at hand — a large zucchini that she had harvested from her garden. The woman flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it and forcing it to flee.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Biscotti Day

• International Coffee Day

• World Heart Day

UPCOMING

• October 4: Vice presidential debate, Longwood University

• October 9: Second presidential debate, Washington University

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 19: Third presidential debate, University of Nevada

• October 31: Halloween

• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)

• November 8: Presidential Election

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