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This is day 276 of 2017. There are 89 days remaining.
• Chubby Checker is 76
• Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 73
• Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 55
• Clive Owen is 53
• Gwen Stefani is 48
• Neve Campbell (Scream, Party of Five, House of Cards) is 44
• Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is 44
• Seann William Scott (American Pie films) is 41
• Ashlee Simpson is 33
• Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, upcoming Tomb Raider) is 29
• Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) is 13
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1789: George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day.
• 1863: Thanksgiving Day was declared as the fourth Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.
• 1955: Captain Kangaroo debuted on CBS.
• 1960: The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS. It lasted eight seasons and continues today in reruns.
• 1961: The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS.
• 1991: A burglar who looted a Newark, New Jersey, home left behind an important clue — his 4-year-old daughter. When police arrived they found the child in the house crying for daddy.
• 1995: O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. An estimated 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.
• 2003: Roy Horn of “Siegfried & Roy” was in critical condition following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.
• 2005: Police in Holland stormed into an 80-year-old woman’s apartment to rescue her after neighbors spotted a sign saying: “Help, I am locked up!” hanging from the window of her seventh floor apartment. Turns out she was just complaining about the elevator being broken.
• 2014: When a man’s defense lawyer stopped in at a Washington state jail to visit his client it was discovered the inmate was missing. His escape had gone undetected for two days.
• Techies Day
• Boyfriend’s Day
• Soft Taco Day
• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• December 21: First day of winter
600,000: Injuries suffered each year by U.S. student athletes who play contact sports.
An Indiana couple admitted that they had conned Amazon out of over $1 million of merchandise with a scam where they claimed that an electronic device wasn’t working and demanded a replacement for free. They then sold the device for profit. [They are also being held responsible for overworking three severely stressed UPS drivers into early retirement.]
The Catalonia region of Spain voted for independence. [That’s just what we need — one more country the average American can’t find on a map.]
A Seattle non-profit has received permission to do human composting where human remains are put into a giant industrial composter and turned into soil for farming. [Call me old fashioned but I would prefer that my ears of corn not have actual ears.]
A man in Montana told his friends that he needed help moving and then tricked them into burglarizing someone else’s house of $40,000 worth of goods. [His friends aren’t very bright. After all, they couldn’t come up with an excuse to get out of helping him move.]
A man in Montana told his friends that he needed help moving and then tricked them into burglarizing someone else’s house of $40,000 worth of goods. [Why didn’t anyone get suspicious when they had to enter through a window?]
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who’s 76-years-old, revealed that she keeps her youthful appearance by bathing only once a week. [She may look youthful, but that’s not the way she smells.]
The fifth largest airline in the UK, Monarch, suddenly went out of business, leaving 110,000 people stranded overseas. [Experts say that they won’t know for certain why the airline failed until they examine its black box.]
LAS VEGAS: WHAT WE KNOW, AS OF MONDAY NIGHT _ (DEVELOPING) The death toll ticked up to 59, while the number of injured rose to 527.
… Gunman Stephen Paddock had 18 firearms, several thousand rounds of ammunition and explosives in his home, in addition to the 16 weapons found in his Mandalay Bay hotel room on the 32nd floor.
… Two Nevada gun shops confirmed that they sold firearms to Paddock in the last year and said he passed all required background checks.
… Paddock spent “tens of thousands of dollars” gambling in Vegas casinos in recent weeks. It’s unclear if he was winning or losing money off these large transactions.
… It took 72 minutes from the first 911 call for police to locate the shooter.
ALL THE HOAXES BEING SPREAD ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING _ BuzzFeed has rounded up some of the Vegas shooting hoaxes. • LINK
GOFUNDME FOR LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS TOPS $2 MILLION _ An online campaign to raise funds to help the victims of the deadly Las Vegas shooting has raised more than $2 million. • CHECK
OAKLAND RAIDERS DONATE $50K TO VICTIMS FROM MASS SHOOTING _ The Oakland Raiders have donated $50,000 to a relief fund for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
GMB SLAMMED OVER ‘UNPROFESSIONAL’ MARIAH CAREY INTERVIEW _ Good Morning Britain was widely criticized for its “unprofessional” interview with Mariah Carey Monday after they broke the news of the shooting in Las Vegas to her live on air. Many viewers were furious with the interview, during which the 47-year-old pop star promoting her upcoming tour. In light of the breaking news, hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid were forced to discuss the tragic events with Mariah, who regularly performs in Vegas. Viewers slammed the segment, which saw Mariah awkwardly posed on a sofa in front of a Christmas tree, appearing to be prepared for a glamorous and light-hearted interview while she fielded questions about the incident. • VIDEO
UBER OFFERS FREE RIDES TO AND FROM VEGAS BLOOD DONATION CENTER _ People have been lining up to give blood at donation centers around Las Vegas since the early hours of Monday morning following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Uber is offering free rides to and from United Blood Services.
DWTS HONORS THE VICTIMS OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTING _ ( AUDIO) The cast of Dancing With the Stars had Las Vegas on their hearts and minds Monday night. ABC’s popular reality show decided to kick off the show with a statement of support to those affected by the Vegas shootings.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 CANCELS RED CARPET _ Tonight’s (Tuesday) world premiere of Blade Runner 2049 has been scaled back due to the Las Vegas mass shooting. The event will take place without a red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
HOW TO AVOID THE AFTERNOON SLUMP _ An afternoon slump in productivity and attention is common and over 200 studies have proven it. Or have they? Recent research challenges this notion and a new study has found that the so-called ‘afternoon slump’ is not what we think it is. Researchers (University of Toronto) monitored more than 16,000 psychology students over four months. They found that the students worked well at any time of the day or night, provided they took breaks and switched up what they were doing.
… A slump comes when you’ve been doing a task for about 50 continuous minutes — no matter the time of day. Researchers aren’t suggesting that we don’t get brain drain, but that it is not for the reason once believed.
10 MILLION PEOPLE SAW RUSSIAN POLITICAL ADS _ Approximately 10 million people saw the ads a Russia-based organization bought on Facebook to sow political discord in the US. That’s one of the things the social network has revealed in a post talking about the 3,000 Russia-linked advertisements it handed over to Congress. Most of them, Facebook said, focused on “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum,” including issues about race, LGBT matter, immigration and gun rights.
… Facebook found around $100,000 in ad spending connected to Pages spreading fake political news leading up to the US Presidential elections.
AN ASTEROID THE SIZE OF A HOUSE HEADING TO EARTH _ A very large telescope in Chile has been tracking an asteroid the size of a house that is on its way toward Earth. The Asteroid is named 2012 TC4 and it is scheduled to wiz by Earth on October 12. As far as asteroids go, the path it is on won’t leave a lot of room between the asteroid and the planet we call home.
… The asteroid was tracked a few years back, but it disappeared in 2012 only to reappear again this year as it makes its way for a close shave with Earth next week — about 27,000 miles from Earth, give or take a few miles.
… While this asteroid is not the size of a state or even a city, it is estimated to be about 100-feet wide. Scientists calculate that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly bt at just “one-eighth of the distance between Earth and the moon, making it a rather close call in comparison to previous asteroids that have made an appearance near the planet.
RESEARCHERS AGAIN STUDY 5-SECOND RULE _ Dear scientists, can we please pledge to stop testing the 5-second rule after 2017? A food scientist and professor at Clemson University has tested the 5-second rule again and re-discovered pretty much what we all assume. A cookie or piece of candy — solid foods — dropped on a clean-looking or hard surface don’t transfer too much bacteria to be harmful. Wed foods or foods dropped on carpet? Toss them.
… Double-dipping? Depending on the type of dip, much higher bacterial populations were found after double dipping. While there was some minimal bacterial transfer in melted chocolate and queso, there was five times as much transfer in the salsa.
… Beer pong: Testing showed the highest levels of bacteria were found on the outdoor balls where the ball may have hit the ground after being hit on the table or handled by the beer pong players. Nearly all of the bacteria on the ball transfers to the beer in the cup.
… Popcorn sharing: The transfer rate of germs is minimal — less than 1 percent increase.
… Blowing out birthday candles: Birthday cake is fine, but you might want to scrape off the icing after someone blows out the candles.
… Water with lemon: Lots of bacteria get transferred, from hands to lemons and lemons — or other fruit — to drinks.
… Menus. Yeah, germs. And the more popular the restaurant the more germs. Common sense.
GETTING CHILLS WHEN YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC IS A SIGN _ If you’ve ever had chills while listening to music, you know how powerful it is when the vocals and chords strike your ears in just the right way. But what’s even more powerful than that? The news that getting those chills during music might mean your brain is special, according to a recent study. Research (Utah State University) found that people who frequently get chills to music have more fibers connecting the auditory cortex to emotional feeling and emotional processing states.
… And that’s not all. Apparently, people with this unique trait have been shown to not only appreciate beauty and nature more, but they also have unusually overactive imaginations and engage with music more.
EQUIFAX SAYS 2.5 MILLION MORE PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED _ Equifax, the consumer-data giant targeted in a hack that exposed the personal data of nearly half the US population, says millions more consumers might have been affected than originally thought. Equifax announced Monday that a cybersecurity company (Mandiant) completed the forensic portion of its investigation of the hack. Equifax said that 145.5 million consumers might now potentially have been impacted by the data breach, 2.5 million more than previously estimated.
IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED FACEBOOK LATELY, YOU’RE IN THE MINORITY _ When Americans reach for their phones, there’s a good chance they’re about to check Facebook. More than half of U.S. mobile users check Facebook’s app several times a day. Other social networking apps and sites are also catching on with consumers. But Facebook has an edge there too. WhatsApp and Instagram, which placed second and fifth in terms of the portion of U.S. mobile users that check them multiple times a day, are also owned by Facebook.
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER WALK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE STREET _ If you’ve made a routine of a daily stroll, congratulations. But there’s one simple mistake that could be putting your life at risk. Almost 129,000 pedestrians went to the ER with car crash-related injuries in 2015, and 5,376 died in such crashes.
… One thing you can do to drastically reduce your chance of dyingwhile out for a stroll is to walk against traffic. A study (Finland) of pedestrian-car accidents between 2006 and 2010 revealed that simply walking against traffic instead of with it cut the risk of getting hit by a car by an average of 77 percent.
CITY LEADERS VOTE TO PASS MARIJUANA PROPOSAL IN ATLANTA _ On Monday Atlanta’s city leaders voted unanimously 15-0 to pass the controversial issue of the decriminalization of marijuana. The measure calls for reducing the penalty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a $75 fine and no jail time. That’s a dramatic drop from the penalty currently in place under state law which calls for up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
MCDONALD’S TO BRING SZECHUAN SAUCE BACK _ Thanks to a cartoon, McDonald’s short-lived, but apparently much-beloved, Szechuan sauce it introduced as tie-in promotion for Disney’s 1998 film Mulan is making a glorious return. On Monday McDonald’s announced that the company would be bringing back Szechuan sauce for one day only on October 7. Not everyone’s getting some, though. According to the statement released by McDonald’s the sauce is “a one-time only, limited-edition, run” and would only be available in select restaurants.
… The return of the sauce happened thanks to a episode of Rick and Morty, titled The Rickshank Rickdemption. In the episode Rick started his mastery of interdimensional travel so that he could one day go back in time and pick up a 20-piece with some of that good sauce.
… Rick and Morty is an adult animated science-fiction sitcom on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim.
NISSAN’S SWEAT-SENSING CAR SEAT SIGNALS DEHYDRATION _ Nissan has shown off a prototype sweat-sensing car seat which it says could help prevent road accidents. The technology, called Soak, changes color if perspiration is high in salt, suggesting dehydration. Research (European Hydration Institute and Loughborough University) found that dehydrated drivers were as error-prone as those who had drunk alcohol. There are currently no plans to bring Soak into production.
50% OF MILLENNIALS WOULD GIVE UP THIS TO GET STUDENT LOANS ERASED _ As the staggering national student loan debt tally sits at an all-time high of $1.33 trillion, many Millennials say they would go to extreme lengths to wipe their slate clean. According to a new survey from Credible, a personal finance website, 50% of all respondents (ages 18-34) said they would give up their right to vote during the next two presidential elections in order to never have to make another loan payment again.
… Other extremes include a willingness to ditch ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft (44%) and giving up travel outside of the country for five years (42%) to have student loans forgiven.
… Only 27% said they would be willing to move in with their parents for five years or give up texting at 13%.
GIVE UP SWEETS, LIVE LONGER _ Giving up sweets and avoiding vitamins could help you live longer, German researchers say. They found that restricting glucose — a simple sugar found in foods such as sweets that is a primary source of energy for the body — set off a process that extended the life span of some worms by up to 25 percent. Scientists have long known that restricting calorie intake in worms and monkeys increases longevity, and the study narrowed that idea further, to glucose.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: DON’T LET KIDS WATCH TV _ More proof that TV is bad for your kids. Children who watch TV on weekdays tend to do worse in school than those who don’t. Weekend viewing appears to have no negative effects on schoolwork. The study of middle school students ranging in age from 9 to 15 years also found schoolwork suffered among those allowed to watch adult, or R-rated, movies and cable channels with adult programming.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EAT MY PORK, FEEL MY FORK _ In the UK, an upset grandmother stabbed her partner after the man ate her pork chops.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRAPPERMAN _ (CAUTION?) The owner of Joey the Jeweler in Crestview, Florida, says his store’s security camera picked up a man who went behind the store, dropped his pants, and defecated between two cars — in broad daylight. Joey the Jeweler didn’t just call the police, he also posted the video to Facebook in hopes of identifying a suspect. Facebook fans of the store named the culprit “Crapperman”. Police are investigating.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS INTO HOME HE THINKS IS HIS _ A man in the Netherlands got home to find his lights on and his inebriated neighbor welcoming him at the front door with a drink. The drunken 53-year old, who lives two doors down, had broken into the wrong house after finding that his key didn’t work. His furniture looked different, his dog was missing, but he’d found a beer in the fridge and that was all right.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO ROB BANK ON ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE _ A man who pulled up to a Wisconsin’s bank’s drive-up window on an all-terrain vehicle and demanded money was not happy about the sweet response: the teller only had candy. Even though the suspect had held up a bag that he said contained a bomb, the bank teller explained the money had already been removed from her station and all she had were suckers. The suspect drove off in frustration.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CASKET-CARRYING HUMMER _ Patrolling police officers in Little Rock, Arkansas, noticed a black Hummer had something a little odd strapped to the roof: a casket. When they pulled over to check that everything was OK, the driver sped off, leading a high-speed chase. Once they had the car cornered, the male driver was charged with reckless driving, fleeing police, and displaying fake license tags. Police do not know what the man was doing with a casket.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Confalone (guest star Laura San Giacomo) before officially work.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The blind auditions continue.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — The 9th and final season begins as S09, Axl returns home from Europe with a new outlook on life.
LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — New. Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the death of a plastic surgeon, drawing them into a case involving an illegal drug ring.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
SEASON PREMIERE: FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — In the season 4 premiere, Jessica gets a chance to compete on Wheel of Fortune. Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Michael Bolton appear as themselves.
BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull agrees to have Benny represent a young man charged with murder for helping his terminally ill girlfriend end her life.
THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. The entire Pearson family visits Kevin on set in Los Angeles.
SEASON PREMIERE: BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — The season 4 premiere is inspired by the musical Hamilton and using music, takes a shot at Columbus Day while also saluting Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Singer Aloe Blacc guest stars as himself.
THE MICK (9p ET, FOX) — New. Mickey’s relationship with Alba is tested when Mickey finds a new friend (guest star Michaela Watkins).
MACHINIMA’S CHASING THE CUP: INJUSTICE 2 (9p ET, CW) — Some of the country’s top eSports players compete in the Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals for the $250,000 grand prize.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE MAYOR (9:30p ET, ABC) — Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party) stars in this new comedy as a local rapper who runs for mayor of his California town as a stunt to promote his music career. But his plan goes very wrong after he ends up winning. Lea Michele (Glee) and and Yvette Nicole Brown also star. Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, who is the exec producer, guest stars in the premiere.
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9:30p ET, FOX) — New. The warden (guest star Toby Huss) asks Jake to investigate Romero’s (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) drug smuggling operation. Tim Meadows and Gina Gershon also guest star.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Tammy partners with former sleeper agent Eva Azarova (guest star Cassidy Freeman, Longmire) to locate a missing operative.
LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Abramson learns more about the Menendez family dynamics.
SERIES PREMIERE: KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10p ET, ABC) — Jason Ritter stars in this quirky dramedy as Kevin, who has gone to stay with his widowed sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) after a recent suicide attempt. While there, Kevin meets an angel guide (Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Vice Principals) who informs him that he’s the last of 36 righteous souls whose job it is to protect humanity.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — New
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NEW ON DVD _ Released October 3.
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
• A Ghost Story
• The Book of Henry
• Cult of Chucky
• Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection
• iZombie: Season 3
• House Of Cards: Season 5
• 2 Broke Girls: Season 6
• American Horror Story: Season 6
• The Middle: Season 7
LAPD CLARIFIES IT CANNOT CONFIRM TOM PETTY’S DEATH _ (DEVELOPING) Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is clinging to life in a Los Angeles hospital. A report Monday first said Petty had died. CBS News reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about the rocker. The LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm information about the singer and that “initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources.” In that statement, the LAPD also apologized for “any inconvenience in this reporting.”
JON HAMM TO PLAY ARCHANGEL GABRIEL IN AMAZON’S GOOD OMENS _ Jon Hamm will be God’s messenger in Good Omens, Amazon and the BBC’s adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel. Hamm has been cast as archangel Gabriel, the primary messenger of God, in the upcoming six-part series, which has just gone into production.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MOVIE _ Paramount Pictures is developing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. The movie, based on the Sega video game franchise, will be a combination of live-action and CGI animation and will be the first time Sonic has ever been adapted for the big screen.
ROCK HALL TO ANNOUNCE NOMINEES FOR CLASS OF 2018 _ The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will announce the nominees for the Class of 2018 on Thursday. Among the leading contenders to earn nominations are newly eligible bands Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine, along with previously nominated artists like Janet Jackson, The Smiths, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J and Nine Inch Nails.
HEIDI MONTAG AND SPENCER PRATT WELCOME FIRST CHILD _ Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are parents. The “Hills” alumni made the happy news public on Twitter, announcing Monday that they had welcomed a baby boy named Gunner Stone.
FIRST WIVES CLUB COMEDY SERIES IN THE WORKS _ A half-hour series based on the 1996 film First Wives Club is in the works at Paramount Network. The series, like the film, will be based on New York City. It will follow a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood — and a little revenge. The movie version starred Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn.
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• LEAVE IT TO BEAVER: The show turns 60 on 10/4. Here’s the theme.
• LEAVE IT TO BEAVER: Jerry Mathers explains how the show showed the first toilet on TV.
• BOY SQUEAKS: Boy squeaks when he breathes after swallowing toy whistle. → October 2 Wacky-But-True
• DROP: You find out about their boyfriends, their husbands, their lovers, their kids.
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AMAZING FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
• Benjamin Franklin wrote a scientific essay about farts titled Fart Proudly.
• The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old.
• The average human produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill two pools.
• McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
• Cheese is the most stolen food in the world.
• There are more golf courses than McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. (Roughly 13,000 McDonald’s vs. 15,000 golf courses.)
HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
Leave It To Beaver is 60 on Wednesday (October 4).
• It was October 4, 1957 that the series Leave It To Beaver premiered. The show first aired on CBS, but the network decided to drop it within a year. ABC picked it up and ran it for another five years, from October 2, 1958 to June 20, 1963. After 234 episodes, Leave It to Beaver ceased first-run production.
• The pilot episode, which aired on April 23, 1957, was titled It’s a Small World. It featured Max Showalter as Ward Cleaver, and Paul Sullivan as Wally Cleaver. TBS re-aired the pilot on October 4, 1987, to commemorate the show’s 30th anniversary.
• A made-for-television reunion movie, Still the Beaver, appeared in 1983. The main original cast appeared, except for dad Hugh Beaumont, who had died the previous year. Ward Cleaver was still a presence, however: the film’s story used numerous flashbacks to the original show, as it followed young-adult Beaver’s struggle to reconcile divorce and newly-minted single fatherhood, straining to cope by what his father might or might not have done, while facing the possibility of his widowed mother selling their childhood home. The reunion was popular enough that cable TV ran with a show called The New Leave It to Beaver (1985–1989), with Beaver and Lumpy Rutherford running Ward’s old firm, Wally as a practicing attorney and expectant father, and June having sold the old house to Beaver himself but living with him as a doting grandmother to Beaver’s two small sons. Eddie Haskell ran his own contracting business and had a son, Freddie, who was every inch his father’s son — right down to the dual-personality.
• In 1997 a movie version hit theaters. Other than Janine Turner as June, it was full of unknown actors. It was panned by many critics, except for Roger Ebert, who gave it a three-star rating. It performed poorly at the box office, earning only $11.7 million. Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond, and Frank Bank made cameo appearances in the film.
• Urban Legend 1 — In the mid 1970s, Mathers appeared on The Tomorrow Show hosted by Tom Snyder. Snyder pointed out that he hadn’t worked for a long time and that there was rumor going around that he had been killed “in the war in Southeast Asia”. Mathers replied that he had heard that rumor and that he had no idea how it got started. The earliest appearance of the story in print was in a student newspaper at the University of Kansas in 1972. The author later admitted that she had only heard the story from someone who had heard it a party in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier that year. The paper printed a retraction, but by then the story had spread throughout the U.S. The story was later attributed to a member of a defunct Omaha comedy improv group whose hobby was concocting outrageous stories and then convincing people they were true.
• Urban Legend 2 — Another urban legend was that actor Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell) became adult film star John Holmes. Holmes took Osmond’s name and did several movies satirically under the name “Eddie Haskell”. It started because there was some facial resemblance between the two men, which film distributors exploited by using the name Eddie Haskell in advertising Holmes’s films. “It was a pain in my butt for eleven years,” says Osmond, who brought a $25 million defamation suit against film houses, producers and distributors. The suit went all the way to the California Supreme Court. The court ruled for Holmes, saying the name was protected as a satire. This case set a precedent in the matter, and is still referred to in other cases in California today.
TRIVIA: At any given time over seven million of these are in progress on the Internet. (Auctions. Like the kind you find at eBay.com, etc.)
TRIVIA: After dropping one of these in the toilet, 57% of those surveyed said they’d still use it. (Their toothbrush)
You throw away the outside. You cook the inside. You eat the outside. You throw away the inside. What is it?
(An ear of corn.)
This is day 277 of 2017. There are 88 days remaining.
• Novelist Anne Rice is 76
• Susan Sarandon is 71
• Armand Assante is 68
• Christoph Waltz (Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained) is 61
• Bill Fagerbakke (Coach, Spongebob Squarepants) is 60
• Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate) is 50
• Alicia Silverstone is 41
• Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That) is 38
• Melissa Benoist (Supergirl, Glee) is 29
• Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1895: The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship run by the United States Golf Association was played on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island.
• 1927: Gutzon Borglum began sculpting Mt. Rushmore.
• 1950: Snoopy first appeared in the Peanuts comic strip.
• 1957: The CBS television show Leave it to Beaver debuted.
• 1983: The first Hooters restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida.
• 1993: The events portrayed in the movie and book Black Hawk Down (a military insurgency in Somalia) occurred.
• 2000: Two Texas students snatched the keys from their school bus driver, suspecting she was drunk. The bus driver, who was weaving on the road, later failed a breath test and was fired by the Smithville School District. School officials praised the students’ actions.
• 2003: A woman was arrested for dangerous driving in Dubrovnik, Croatia, after she drove two miles to a police station with her drunk husband on her car hood. She told police her husband tried to stop her by jumping onto the car’s hood. Police also arrested the husband.
• 2007: A British charity sold a complete set of Harry Potter books autographed by their author J.K. Rowling on eBay for nearly $40,0000.
• 2011: Apple announced the release of it much-anticipated iPhone 4S.
• Blessing of The Animals Day, aka Blessing of the Pets Day, aka World Pet Day
• Improve Your Office Day
• National Kale Day
• Pumpkin Seed Day
• Taco Day – Always the day after Soft Taco Day
• Pet Obesity Awareness Day
• Ten-Four Day
• Vodka Day
• Walk To School Day
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• December 21: First day of winter