INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 18, 2016

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 18, 2016

This is day 292 of 2016. There are 74 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Chuck Berry is 90

• Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) is 78

• Mike Ditka is 77

• Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy) is 66

• Erin Moran (Happy Days) is 56

• Jean-Claude Van Damme is 56

• Wynton Marsalis is 55

• Joy Bryant (Parenthood) is 42

• Freida Pinto is 32

• Skier Lindsey Vonn is 32

• Zac Efron (High School Musical) is 29

• Bristol Palin is 26

• Tyler Posey is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1867: The United States took possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million.

• 1898: The United States took possession of Puerto Rico.

• 1922: The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) was founded.

• 1924: University of Illinois Fighting Illini college football halfback Red Grange scored four touchdowns in the first quarter of a game against the University of Michigan Wolverines.

• 1925: The Grand Ole Opry opened.

• 1929: Women were considered “Persons” under law in Canada.

• 1968: A police raid on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s flat found 168 grams of marijuana. They later plead guilty and were fined $300.

• 1986: Football’s Frank Gifford married former Hee-Haw Honey Kathie Lee.

• 1992: As the Toronto Blue Jays met the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, the U.S. Marine color guard presented the Canadian flag upside-down. Toronto won the game 5-4 and the series in six games.

• 2003: A woman called police after hearing somebody scream for help from a building in Germany. When officers searched the building, they found a dentist had left his window open while treating a 10-year-old boy. The boy had been screaming for help, so police tried to calm him down and left.

• 2007: A 106-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman were married in southeastern China. The man met his bride eight years before, and she had taken care of him since then.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chocolate Cupcake Day: 18

• Pharmacy Technician Day

• No Beard Day

UPCOMING

• October 19: Third presidential debate, University of Nevada

• October 31: Halloween

• November 2: CMA Awards

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

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,000: Type of bacteria humans carry around.


NEWS ATTACK!

In upstate New York, a man smashed through a neighbor’s fence with his car, broke open the back door, and grabbed the neighbor’s pet dog to save it from a house fire. Only there wasn’t a fire. The man was hallucinating thanks to a combination of LSD and cough medicine. [When will people finally wake up and recognize the danger of using cough medicine?]

Donald Trump’s son-in-law was seen taking a meeting with investors over a proposed Trump TV network. [So then he can start complaining about the TV ratings system being rigged.]

The hottest trend in gym fitness is crawling around like babies. Advocates say that it strengthens the core. [Sales have really taken off for Lululemon’s new yoga diapers.]

A North Korean official said that North Korea will have no hesitation about launching the first nuclear missile if it becomes provoked. [Or bored.]

On Monday China launched two people into space for a 30-day stay. [Unfortunately, their names weren’t Trump and Clinton.]

For the first time an index of the world’s most empathetic people was taken. Americans finished in the top 10 at number 7. [Some big nations didn’t even make the list. Not that I care.]

An uncompleted Alabama nuclear power plant will go on auction next month. [It’s ideal for that do-it-yourself science hobbyist or your typical globesetting Bond villain.]

In the middle of a concert Beyonce suffered an ugly injury when her earring ripped off, slicing her ear, but she kept on performing. [However, after the song, due to league rules, officials immediately called a timeout to have her assessed on the sideline for a concussion.]

DNA technology has been used to alter grass so that it will be easier for cows to digest thus resulting in the cows needing to belch less often. [Which means that they will suffer far fewer embarrassing moments at future dinner parties.]

In Hamburg, Germany the 44-pound minute hand from a huge church clock tower plummeted 130 feet to the sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was injured. [It’s given city officials a great new idea for celebrating New Year’s Eve.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SCIENCE EXPLAINS WHY REFRIGERATED TOMATOES LACK FLAVOR _ From the dawn of time, food enthusiasts, chefs, and people who eat have been arguing on exactly where their produce should be kept. While experts have said that keeping tomatoes in the refrigerator isn’t a good idea, that recommendation has been confirmed through the power of science. The Washington Post points to a new study (in the Proceedings of a National Academy of Sciences) that found that tossing the red fruits into the fridge does indeed hurt their flavor. The study’s authors say that cold storage of tomatoes might extend their shelf-life, but results in a lackluster flavor. The deterioration in flavor apparently begins, according to the researchers, once temperatures reach below 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature hampers “enzymes that help synthesize flavor-imparting volatile compounds, resulting in relatively fresh but insipid fruits.”

IF YOU DO THESE 3 THINGS ON A FIRST DATE, YOU WON’T GET A SECOND _ According to data from a Singles in America survey, the biggest turn-offs in a romantic encounter are a lot more simple than one would think. For men and women, the biggest top three turn-offs were rather simple:

1. You check your phone way too much.
2. You don’t talk enough.
3. You try too hard to impress them.

HALLOWEEN CHRISTMAS TREES ARE THE NEW FESTIVE TREND _ For many people the first of December — give or take a few days — is when the Christmas tree goes up and the decorating begins. But a new trend is seeing some people putting up their trees a couple of months before the start of December — in time for Halloween. Halloween Christmas trees, as the name implies, are not covered in candy canes, tinsel and festive baubles. Instead, they are decorated with cobwebs, skulls and ornaments shaped like jack-o-lanterns. There may even be a witch sitting atop the tree. • IMAGE

… Once Halloween is over it’s easy to simply swap the spooky decorations for Christmas ones.

WASHING WITH A SOAP APPLICATOR SHOULD BE NORMAL _ Though we humans are not the only animals on this planet to take up tools in the service of survival, we are certainly the most successful at it. So why do we still struggle to apply soap to our filthy bodies with our bare hands when we could more effectively wash with any number of marvelous devices? According to a recent survey, a majority of adults don’t use washcloths, loofas, brushes or other body-scrubbing tools.

VIDEO OF CHILD BEING TOLD MOTHER OVERDOSED GOES VIRAL _ An 8-year-old boy, playing with a Halloween toy, is seated at a picnic table with his father and his grandmother. The man says he has something to tell the boy and both adults hold the boy’s hand. The father, smoking a cigarette, looks down as he clasps his son’s hand across the table. He tells his son: “Your mommy died last night.” The child, at first, appeared not to hear, he was so stricken. The man repeats the words: “Your mommy died last night, okay?” The child said, “My mom?” and then “How?” and his agonizing sobs are heard before the father can even answer. The father tell him, “From drugs.” • VIDEO

… Brendan Bickerstaff-Clark is the dad, and he lives in Youngstown, Ohio. He posted the video last week on Facebook and it’s now surpassed 50 million views across all social media sites and YouTube. While many thought it was heartless to film the boy’s reaction, Brendan says, “THIS FOR ANY AND EVERY ADDICT WITH CHILDREN. TODAY I HAD TO TELL MY 8 YEAR OLD SON THAT HIS MOMMY DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE LAST NIGHT. THIS IS THE REALIZATION…AND REALITY OF OUR DISEASE. DONT LET THIS DISEASE HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE TELL YOUR CHILD THAT YOUR [sic] DEAD BECAUSE OF DRUGS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS IVE EVER HAD TO DO. MY SON HAS NO MOTHER BECAUSE OF HEROIN… KINDA HARD TO HEAR BUT U CAN HEAR WHAT WE’RE SAYING.”

… Brendan adds: “I AM A RECOVERING ADDICT MYSELF WITH 94 DAYS CLEAN TODAY… PLEASE SHARE N MAYBE HELP SAVE A CHILDS PARENTS LIFE.”

‘EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DUCK’ SPOTTED ON AIRPLANE _ We’ve all seen emotional support dogs in public. It’s the norm to spot one at a mall or grocery store. But an emotional support duck? Mark Essig was headed to Asheville, North Carolina, when he noticed a duck wearing a Captain America diaper and red shoes on his flight. After getting some clarification from the ducks owner, Essig realized the duck was an emotional support animal. The duck’s name is Daniel, a 4-year-old Indian Runner that cannot fly. • IMAGE

A WAITRESS PUT A NAPKIN OVER BREASTFEEDING MOM _ Dylan Downing was enjoying some sushi at a Houston sushi and steak place when her infant son Mason also got hungry and began to cry. As Downing began to breastfeed him, a waitress came over and put a cloth napkin over the mother and child, which did not go over well. Downing said, “She got a cloth napkin and placed it over me and my infant. I ripped it off and said, ‘Why are you touching me and covering my child?’” The waitress said she covered up Downing and her son because three men were complaining about her being too exposed, and that seeing a breastfeeding mother didn’t offend her personally.

… Downing retaliated by choosing not to tip her server and sharing a photo of her receipt to the Facebook page of her local news station. The waitress did apologize to Downing. She told a local TV station, “Right away I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I should have asked her first.'”

AUSTRIA DECIDES TO TEAR HITLER’S HOUSE DOWN _ The Austrian government says it plans to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born in order to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. This comes after a long fight with the current owner, who for years has rejected the government’s attempts to purchase the property located in Braunau, near the German border. Now the government intends to confiscate it. Only the foundations will remain and upon them government offices or a community center will be erected. The goal is to eliminate any association with Hitler.

… A local family has owned the home since 1889. The Austrian government has rented the property since the 1970s, using it as a center for people with special needs. The arrangement came to an abrupt end five years ago when the family unexpectedly refused to grant permission for much-needed renovation.

MISSING MAN RETURNS HOME AFTER BEING DECLARED DEAD _ An 80-year-old man who had been missing for nearly 40 years in Taiwan was finally reunited with his family. To the man’s delight, a court also declared him living after being legally dead for 25 years. The octogenarian said he first lost contact with his family in 1978 when he joined a traveling performance troupe. After years on the road he returned to his village, only to find his home replaced by new buildings. Failing to contact his friends or family, he took to the road again. He eventually ended up in Taipei, where on September 4, a patrol officer noticed the old man in a park eating a bowl of instant noodles. Thinking he was lost, the officer ran the old guy’s name and ID through the system. Bot them were shocked to discover he had been declared legally dead on July 26, 1991. Now, thanks to the inquisitive and helpful police officer, the 80-year-old man has been reunited with his family — and is considered legally alive.

OUR FAVORITE SAUSAGE IS LINK, GETS SOME FREE _ While millions of people will be heading to the polls November 8 to pick the next President of the United States, one popular breakfast restaurant conducted their own vote about a debate that has been around longer than Clinton vs. Trump: sausage links vs. patties. Bob Evans asked people to vote for which way they prefer their breakfast meat, with links coming out on top.

… The “election” was decided along generational lines. More millennial and “Generation X” voted for links while baby boomers tended to be all about the patties. And 59 percent of women chose links while 52 percent of men felt the same way.

… As a result of the election, the restaurant chain is offering every customer a free side of sausage. • LINK

NEW STUDY SAYS TAKING MORE SMILING SELFIES INCREASES HAPPINESS _ Selfie-mania is everywhere, whether you’re an A-list celebrity or just feel like one. A new selfie study from the University of California-Irvine says taking more smiling selfies increases your chances of happiness. Forty-one students spent four weeks taking selfies and then reporting their moods. Over time, they noticed an obvious change: They were happier and more confident and that mood lasted the entire day, even when they fake smiled.

CANADIANS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR AMERICANS: ❤️ _ How messed up is this presidential election? So messed up that Canada has sent us a get well card. Some Canadians watching as American politics have hit rock bottom again and again in recent weeks decided that the United States needed a cross-border pep talk. Thus was born a social media campaign called “Tell America It’s Great,” complete with a hashtag, a Twitter account and a series of YouTube videos. It was the brainchild of the Garden Collective, a creative agency based in Toronto, and in the videos, a diverse and polite group of Canadians recite all the things they like about the United States, like our space program, our diversity, and for being the birth place of the Internet and Tupac Shakur. • VIDEO

CARDINALS FLINCH AT McDONALD’S SETTING UP NEAR VATICAN _ The Golden Arches are coming to the Vatican’s neighborhood in Rome. McDonald’s will rent a building near St. Peter’s Square to house one of its fast-food restaurants. But the plan is sparking revolt within the hushed halls of the Vatican. While McDonald’s may provide a quick and cheap meal for some of the thousands of tourists who travel through St. Peter’s Square each day, Catholic Church cardinals who live above where the fast-food joint is set to be located in are not lovin’ it. The Vatican’s real estate agency brokered the deal, which will bring about $40,000 a month.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POOPING PASSENGER FINED FOR DEFECATING ON RUNWAY _ A passenger traveling on a flight from England’s Manchester Airport has been fined for defecating on the runway of an Italian airport. The 68-year-old lowered his pants between the plane and the terminal building. The man was described as being in a state of ‘mild agitation’ as he got off the plane.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SMALL PLANE’S WING STRIKES WOMAN AFTER LANDING _ In Slovenia a 66-year-old woman required hospital treatment after being hit by the wing of a small plane which was taxiing at an airport. The pilot apparently lost control at a small airfield (near Ljubljana) and the plane swerved toward a street and hit the woman, who was walking on a parallel path. Thankfully her injuries were not life-threatening. Police say an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the incident. I’m pretty sure the cause is “Woman hit by plane that swerved onto street.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT SNARES PHONE THIEF WITH BAITED BOOBY TRAP _ A serial phone thief in China was caught red-handed after he fell for a trap set by a fed up college student. The student was attending a concert on campus when she noticed someone had swiped her iPhone placed next to her seat. While searching for the phone she discovered at least four other people were also missing their phones. With a hunch the thief would be back to hit a campus concert the following night, she came up with a plan. Using a non-functioning display phone as bait, the student tied a length of string from the prop to her pinky finger. She then placed the dummy phone on the floor next to her seat and waited. Sure enough, halfway through the concert she felt a tug on the line. She turned and saw a 40-something man taking the bait.  She yelled “Catch him!” and a dozen classmates sprung to action. They held the suspect until police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE DETERMINED TO BE JAR OF OKRA _ After receiving reports of a suspicious package, police in Austin, Texas, shut down a road for some time Monday. The package turned out to be a jar of pickled okra.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF OF ADVIL GETS JAIL FOR HIS 12TH SHOPLIFTING CONVICTION _ A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he’s been convicted of shoplifting. Police say the 51-year-old thief of Advil — Sounds like an old world title: “Ladies and gentlemen may I present the Thief of Advil!” — will serve four months in county prison, five months on house arrest, 14 months on parole and three years on probation.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BATTLE OVER SCHOOL TOILET PAPER BREAKS OUT IN SPANISH TOWN _ A fight over a public’s school’s toilet paper supply has broken out in a small town in Spain. The elementary school south of Madrid recently sent out a list of supplies students need for class this year. Among the pens, notebooks and erasers was an unexpected item: six rolls of toilet paper. One parent complained on her Facebook page that the requirement was “totally surreal.” She said the school told her it didn’t have enough money for toilet paper. The local town hall has offered to resolve the shortage by supplying rolls for the whole school.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. A missing M16 officer is linked to the death of a petty officer. Former NFL star Tony Gonzalez guest stars

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The battles continue in this new edition.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Sue gets kicked out of college after forgetting to renew her financial aid.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The squad pulls out all the stops on Halloween as they compete for the title of Ultimate Detective Slash Genius.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Magenta uses a power to control metal to terrorize the city.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie, exhausted after the kids keep her up all night, has a confrontation with the school crossing guard.

NEW GIRL (8:30p ET, FOX) — New. Jess opens a vote to let Reagan move back into the loft.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kevin auditions for his first Broadway play, while Toby bumps into his ex-wife at a restaurant.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team heads to the small Texas town where Bull experienced the only trial loss of his career while helping a young woman fight a drug patent lawsuit.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. Eddie shows Emery around on his first day of middle school.

SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — New. Dean Munsch, Denise and Hester come up with a plan to catch the Green Meanie by throwing a Halloween party in the hospital.

NO TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New. Xavier gets arrested for his attempt to publicize his apocalypse theory.

THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Kenny starts using a gay dating app.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Members of the squad are in a dangerous situation after responding to a car accident, while Severide befriends a famous socialite.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team has to rescue one of their own after Sebastian is kidnapped while at a restaurant with his mother (guest star Wendie Malick).

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (10p ET ABC) — New. Ghost Rider’s thirst for vengeance results in an explosive confrontation.


ENTERTAINMENT

BILLY BUSH LEAVES THE TODAY SHOW _ Billy Bush and the Today show are done. The host has left the second place morning show in the wake of a lewd 2005 conversation between him and Donald Trump leaked a few weeks ago. Bush released the following statement Monday: “I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead.”

MELANIA TRUMP SAYS HER HUSBAND WAS EGGED ON _ ( AUDIO) Melania Trump says her husband was “egged on” in the 2005 tape in which he made lewd comments about his own sexually aggressive behavior toward women — remarks she says were “boy talk.” Melania was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Coooper last night (Monday). When she first heard the audio of her husband and Billy Bush she says, “I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It’s not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know.” She said they were engaged in “boy talk, and he was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”

STEPHEN COLBERT HEADS TO SHOWTIME FOR LIVE ELECTION NIGHT SPECIAL
_ Stephen Colbert will be taking on Election Day uncensored. Colbert, normally the host of CBS’ The Late Show, is heading to Showtime for an election night special titled Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night – Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This S***. The one-hour special will air live on November 8 at 11 PM ET from New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater and will look a lot like Colbert’s CBS show including an audience, remote segments, and surprise guests.

… The big difference? To use a candidate’s own words, Colbert will have the shackles taken off him. Since he will be on the premium cable network Showtime, which is owned by the CBS Corporation, he’ll be free from the censors he faces at his usual home.

COLBERT ASKS OBAMA IF HE WOULD LIKE A ‘SHRIVELED TANGERINE’ _ ( AUDIO) President Obama sat down with Stephen Colbert for a segment that aired Monday night. He provided the president with two choices of snack: an extra-fiber nutrient bar or a “shriveled tangerine covered in golden retriever hair, filled with bile, that I wouldn’t leave alone with the woman I love.”

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BOB DYLAN? _ The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature. The academy’s secretary says, “Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.” So far the American musician has responded with silence since he won the prize on Thursday. He gave a concert in Las Vegas that very night, but made no mention of the Nobel Prize.

… Every December 10, Nobel prize winners are invited to Stockholm to receive their awards from King Carl the 16th Gustaf and to give a speech during a banquet. The Swedish Academy still does not know if Dylan plans to come to the event. The academy secretary says, “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him.”

WINNIE-THE-POOH GETS A NEW FRIEND _ Winnie-the-Pooh, the fictional teddy bear loved by children worldwide, is celebrating his 90th anniversary with a new feathery friend. The character Penguin makes its first appearance in the book series’ anniversary sequel, Winnie the Pooh: The Best Bear in All the World, which comes out next week (link). The new sequel will include four new tales each set against a season throughout the year. Pooh Bear’s new friend is introduced to a new generation in Winter: In which Penguin arrives in the Forest, written by British author Brian Sibley. He drew inspiration for the character from an old photograph of the book’s original creator, A.A. Milne, and his son playing with a penguin toy. • IMAGE

THREE ‘PRICE IS RIGHT’ CONTESTANTS SPIN $1.00 IN A ROW _ History was made on the Price Is Right on Monday (October 17) when all three final contestants tied on their way to the Showcase Showdown. When it came time to spin the wheel, the contestants all spun numbers adding up to $1.00, meaning they each won $1,000. This is the one of very few times that all three finalists have taken home the $1,000 prize and the first time since Drew Carey took over hosting duties. • VIDEO

ALLISON JANNEY RECEIVES STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME _ The Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded its 2,590th star Monday morning, commemorating the career of veteran stage and screen actress Allison Janney.

LUCASFILM SUES JEDI SCHOOL THAT OFFERS LIGHTSABER LESSONS _ Lucasfilm is using the force of the legal system in an effort to shut down a school that offers lightsaber lessons. The company behind the Star Wars movies filed a lawsuit against Oakland, California, man Michael Brown who, according to the suit, does business under various names including New York Jedi, Lightsaber Academy, and Thrills and Skills. According to the trademark infringement suit Brown’s companies offer “unauthorized ‘Lightsaber’ classes, which purport to teach students how to use ‘Lightsabers’ and/or perform as ‘Jedi.’” Lucasfilm owns the trademarks to things such as “Jedi Traning Academy,” “Jedi” and “Lightsaber.” The suit also claims that Brown uses a logo “that is nearly identical, and confusingly similar, to Lucasfilm’s trademark Jedi Order logo.”

ANGELINA JOLIE IS ALREADY REMOVING BRAD PITT-RELATED TATTOOS _ Angelina Jolie is wasting no time getting rid of any trace of Brad Pitt in her life, starting with the removal of her Brad-related tattoos.

NEW ON DVD _ Released October 18.

• Independence Day: Resurgence
• Alice Through the Looking Glass
• Bates Motel: Season 4
• Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection
• Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• COLBERT: Stephen Colbert interviews President Obama → From October 17 Late Show.

• MELANIA: Melania Trump interviewed by Anderson Cooper → From October 17 CNN.

• MYSTERY VOICE: Matthew Perry.

• DROP: Geez louise, you’re kidding me.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU MADE ON YOUR FIRST JOB INTERVIEW?

FB icon What’s the biggest mistake you made on your first job interview?

• Showed up in person to a phone interview.

• It was at a popular craft store. They asked what crafts I like to do and I have zero craft talent. I lied and said I liked making jewelry because I did so in school once. They hired me and whenever a customer had a jewelry question they always asked me. I eventually learned the ropes.

• I interviewed at a bank. It was going perfectly despite how nervous I was. As a final question the panel asked me, “Why should we hire you?” I word-vomit replied: “Because I probably won’t steal your money!” I was not hired.

• When asked about my hobbies I talked about sewing and reading. A guy pushed a little more and asked if there was anything else. I was confused why he would push this question and said no. I was interviewing at a video store and the correct answer was, obviously, “watching movies”. I will never let myself live that one down.

WHAT’S THE MOST POPULAR TIME OF YEAR TO GET MARRIED?

Picking a wedding date is likely the single biggest planning decision a couple will make. The chosen date impacts the expense of the ceremony, venue possibilities, and the plans of possibly hundreds of people. The conventional decision it to pick a Saturday in the warmer months of the year. And, if possible, to grab a three day weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day. But, of course, not all couples can or want to pick a traditional date.

Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands of couples use the website The Knot to create a wedding page for their big day. On this free wedding page, couples are required to list their names and the date and location of their wedding. 40,000 (U.S.) weddings listed on The Knot were analyzed.

• According to the data, over 70% of couples got married on a Saturday in 2015, and nearly 95% of weddings occurred on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

• About one quarter of the nearly 11% of weddings that occur on Sunday happened on one of three holidays weekends: Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Columbus Day. The Sunday of Labor Day weekend is the most common Sunday, but still ranks 28th overall — all 27 above it are Saturdays.

• About 80% of all weddings happen in the six months between May and October. About two thirds of the weddings in these months happened on a Saturday.

• The week of Columbus Day weekend just beat out the week of Labor Day for the most popular week to get married. Both account for a little over 4% of all weddings. Looking at specific days, the Saturday of Columbus day weekend (October 10 in 2015) was the number one day to get married — it alone accounted for more than 3% of all weddings.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This happens 600 million times every day in the U.S. (A pieces of mail is delivered)

TRIVIA: Even for a million bucks two-thirds of us wouldn’t do this.  (Give up our spouse)

MYSTERY VOICE

Q: Who is this?

A: Matthew Perry


VIDEO OF THE DAY

What happens when you light fireworks inside a van.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Technically a legal parking spot.


source: bitsandpieces.us

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 18, 2016

• 1925: The Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, opened in Nashville.

• 1952: Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in a private ceremony in Louisiana. They renewed their vows in a public ceremony the next day.

• 1968: The CMA Awards, with hosts ROY ROGERS and Dale Evans, was videotaped at the Ryman Auditorium for its first broadcast on television a month later, November 19.

• 1983: The KENNY ROGERS/DOLLY PARTON hit Islands In The Stream was certified gold.

• 1991: NAOMI JUDD and RCA Records announced publicly she’d be retiring from the road due to struggles with Hepatitis B. She had told her band the day before.

• 1992: LYNN ANDERSON was released from jail after serving a 2-day sentence for swearing at her ex-husband in front of her children.

• 2002: The DIXIE CHICKS episode of Country Music Television’s CMT Crossroads with James Taylor aired on CMT.

• 2005: MARTINA MCBRIDE’s Timeless CD was released. The set showcased 18 covers of country classics made popular by Hank Williams, JOHNNY CASH, TAMMY WYNETTE, LYNN ANDERSON and others.

• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON scored his fifth consecutive number one single — and tenth overall — with God Gave Me You.

JOSH GRACIN is 36. The Michigan native has scored hits with Nothin’ To Lose and Stay With Me (Brass Bed).


COUNTRY AUDIO

ON THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE…

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE on having Tim McGraw on their song May We All.

• JUSTIN MOORE is a neat freak.

• THOMAS RHETT says die a happy man changed his career.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The LOCASH song I Know Somebody is No. 1 (Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck). I Know Somebody follows their chart-topping song I Love This Life. Both hits are included on their new album The Fighters.

The 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards has added LUKE BRYAN, KELSEA BALLERINI, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LITTLE BIG TOWN, TIM MCGRAW, KACEY MUSGRAVES and GARTH BROOKS with TRISHA YEARWOOD as performers for the show, airing November 2 on ABC. They join BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, MAREN MORRIS and ERIC CHURCH.

… GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD will be doing a medley of country classics.

In the latest promotional video for the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards, LUKE BRYAN and LITTLE BIG TOWN team up for a mashup of WILLIE NELSON’s On The Road Again and ALABAMA’s Mountain Music. Previous ads have seen BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD covering JOHN DENVER’s Take Me Home Country Roads and DOLLY PARTON’s I Will Always Love You, while KEITH URBAN and MIRANDA LAMBERT do Willie’s Always On My Mind and PATSY CLINE’s Crazy. This year’s show will focus heavily on heritage and classic artists.

Autopsy results show CRAIG MORGAN’s son, Jerry Greer, died from drowning in that tubing accident back in July. The 19-year-old also tested positive for marijuana and low levels of alcohol.

Could wedding bells be in MIRANDA LAMBERT’s near future? E! News is reporting that Miranda and Anderson East have been talking about possibly taking their relationship to the next level. E!’s “source” says: “She wants to get married again and have children soon. That has been an open conversation between her and Anderson. He wants the same.”

During RANDY TRAVIS’ induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night (October 17) he surprised the audience by singing a bit of Amazing Grace. This marks the first time since his 2013 stroke that Randy has sang in public. Among those honoring him were BRAD PAISLEY, ALAN JACKSON and GARTH BROOKS, each with performances of Travis’ classic hits.

If you ask FAITH HILL, one of the sexiest things is laughter. She also feels just being yourself and being real are traits that define the term as well.

Aside from DIERKS BENTLEY’s latest album, Black, his favorite one to make was 2005’s Modern Day Drifter. Dierks says he wrote the entire album while on the road and recorded it in just eleven days, which was grueling but also a lot of fun. The project really captured the vibe of where he was in his personal life at that point.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville celebrated its 56th anniversary October 11 with a lineup of performers that included MONTGOMERY GENTRY, RANDY HOUSER, DARRYL WORLEY, DARYLE SINGLETARY, JOE DIFFIE, LOVE AND THEFT and surprise guests Kid Rock and BILLY RAY CYRUS. The Nashville honky-tonk was the site for all day music and events for the entire family.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 19, 2016

This is day 293 of 2016. There are 73 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Lithgow is 71

• Former boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr. is 64

• Former boxer Evander Holyfield is 53

• Ty Pennington is 52

• Jon Favreau is 50

• South Park co-creator Trey Parker is 47

• Chris Kattan is 46

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: Chief Justice John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

• 1873: Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities drafted the first code of American football rules.

• 1917: In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the front line.

• 1985: The first Blockbuster Video store opened in Dallas, Texas.

• 1987: Black Monday on the stock exchange. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22%.

• 1998: Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after pleading with the Nevada Athletic Commission to stop “torturing” him for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight 15 months earlier.

• 2001: A 23-year-old student teacher, rushing to get ready for class, tripped and swallowed the five-inch, pink toothbrush she had in her mouth. Vania Lucchesi, of Cardiff, Wales, had the presence of mind to take a taxi to the hospital, where a surgeon made a small incision in her stomach and removed the toothbrush within 15 minutes. Doctors said the mishap could have been serious if the brush had stuck and blocked her airway.

• 2003: David Blaine ends his 44-day endurance stunt of being sealed inside a transparent case suspended 30 feet in the air over Potters Fields Park, located in London.

• 2005: The legendary Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, was closed for final demolition efforts.

• 2007: Vincent Michael DeDomenico Sr. died. He was one of the inventors of Rice-A-Roni.

• 2012: Big Tex, a 52-foot statue and cultural icon in Dallas, was destroyed by fire during the final weekend of the 2012 State Fair of Texas.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Evaluate Your Life Day

• Information Overload Day

• Medical Assistants Recognition Day

• Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce

• Seafood Bisque Day

UPCOMING

• October 19: Third presidential debate, University of Nevada

• October 31: Halloween

• November 2: CMA Awards

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

• November 8: Presidential Election

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