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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
273: Mass shootings in 2017. This is based on the FBI’s definition that a mass shooting involves four or more people shot.
The widow of Steve Jobs is about to become part owner of a couple of professional sports teams. [You’ve heard of the Red Sox and the White Sox. Get ready for the Blue Jeans and the Black Turtlenecks.]
Vladimir Putin is trying to reassure soccer fans by guaranteeing that preparation for Moscow to host the 2018 World Cup is right on schedule. [They’ve only got a few remaining hidden microphones to install.]
The Atlanta city council voted to decriminalize marijuana. [The vote was unanimous but it was difficult to tell which way the council members were voting until the smoke cleared.]
Usually the biggest box office movies are rated G or PG, but the movie industry reports that this year has been an odd one with the highest earning movies mostly rated R. [I can see why. I really enjoyed the animated LEGO John Wick.]
Usually the biggest box office movies are rated G or PG, but the movie industry reports that this year has been an odd one with the highest earning movies mostly rated R. [Unfortunately, so are most of this year’s news headlines.]
A new study finds that skipping breakfast is linked to developing hardening of the arteries. [“But I HAVE to go to Bojangles/Denny’s/Bob Evans. Doctor’s orders!”]
Major League Baseball’s postseason got underway Tuesday. [The best teams go head-to-head to determine which team will get the trophy and the chance to turn down an invitation to the White House.]
Three scientists have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of gravitational waves. [And once again the Nobel Committee completely overlooked by extensive research into wavy potato chips.]
Uber says that it’s determined to fix its problems in London so that it can regain permission to operate there. [For starters, Uber now requires that all of its London drivers stay on the left side of the road.]
LAS VEGAS: MARINE VETERAN STEALS TRUCK, DRIVES VICTIMS TO HOSPITAL _ A 29-year-old veteran used a stolen truck to drive critically injured victims to safety. Taylor Winston, a Marine veteran from San Diego, was among friends at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman from a nearby hotel room opened fire on the audience. Winston was dancing the two-step with his girlfriend just moments before. Once Jason Aldean stopped playing and the stage went dark, he realized popping sounds he first thought were fireworks were actually rapid-fire bursts of gunfire. After climbing over a fence to safety, Winston and a friend looked for ways to help those still in danger. Winston checked nearby trucks for keys.
… The first one they tried opening had keys “sitting right there” and he started looking for people to take to the hospital.
MH370 PLANE STILL MISSING _ More than three years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board, Australian authorities said they had ended their search for the missing aircraft with “deep regret.” The Boeing 777 plane disappeared from radar screens on March 8, 2014, less than an hour after departing from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. Subsequent analysis of data transmissions led investigators to believe it had crashed off Australia’s west coast. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau published its final 440-page report on Tuesday.
… Australia, China and Malaysia conducted a massive $160 million hunt for the aircraft above and underwater ― the largest search in aviation history ― that continued for more than 1,000 days before it was called off in January of this year. Australia led the underwater portion of the search, which scoured about 120,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean floor. Twelve crew members and 227 passengers from 15 countries were aboard the doomed flight.
FOR FANS OF FORKS _ Reviews are one reason the Internet is so great. Before going to a movie or restaurant, or buying a new TV, we read the reviews. So it only makes sense that before you buy a new fork you visit The Fork Review on Instagram. • LINK
TRUMP TOSSES TOWELS _ Donald Trump didn’t help his image while visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday. In addition to pointing out that the island had busted the U.S. government’s budget, and stated that at least they hadn’t experienced a “real catastrophe” like Katrina, he then tossed paper towels to a few hundred people who were desperate for supplies. He didn’t hand them out — he took shots as if the paper towels were basketballs. • VIDEO
WOMAN WHO STOLE BABY PHOTOS FROM INSTAGRAM IS BANNED FROM SOCIAL MEDIA _ A woman in England who copied photos of babies from other people’s Instagram accounts, posted them as her own and claimed they were sick or dead in a bid to get money has been banned from using social media for two years. 21-year-old Kati Ringer targeted two mothers at random and became abusive when challenged online.
INSTAGRAM COPIES POPULAR SNAPCHAT FEATURE _ Polly is a Snapchat integration for polling followers. The popular third-party app connects to Snapchat and allows users to add simple multiple-choice polls in Stories. Instagram has just added the feature to its own Stories feature.
… Instagram announced Tuesday: Today we’re introducing an interactive poll sticker in Instagram Stories that lets you ask a question and see results from your friends and followers as they vote. Whether you’re trying to plan tomorrow’s outfit, choosing which class to take or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it’s easy to share a two-option poll right in your story. After you’ve taken a photo or video for your story, select the “poll” sticker and place it anywhere you’d like — you can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices.
YAHOO: BASICALLY EVERY ACCOUNT WAS HACKED _ Yahoo, the internet company acquired by Verizon Communications this year, now believes a 2013 security breach affected all 3 billion of its users at the time. Yahoo has said it wasn’t able to identify who was responsible for the 2013 breach, though the U.S. government has accused Russia of directing the 2014 hack.
DEALERSHIP GIVES WOMAN NEW CAR _ Having a car stolen — having anything stolen — sucks. After the shock, anger and confusion come the logistics of having to call the authorities and insurance companies — all the while wondering if you’re even going to get your car back. That is what Kate Barnett went through. Kate — a cancer patient dealing with chemo — was doing some grocery shopping when, without her knowing, her beloved Dodge Neon was stolen while in the parking lot. Inside the stolen car was her wallet and her wheelchair. Kate told a Boston TV station: “I won’t press any charges — I just want my car back. I can’t afford to buy another one.” Within moments came an outpouring of calls and messages from concerned strangers, all who wanted to lend their support. One of those strangers in particular decided to go above and beyond to help Kate get through her terrible ordeal. Brian Kelly, president of a big auto dealership, not only gave Kate a new car free of charge, but he brought her to the dealership and so she could pick out her favorite.
SISTERS SOB WHEN THEY LEARN THEY’RE GOING TO DISNEY _ Have you ever been surprised with something so spectacular, it made you start crying — sobbing even? Well, three sisters named Ava, Reese, and Brynn can definitely attest to that. When their parents got all of them in a car together, they announced a special trip in a very creative way. In the video below the girls’ dad starts playing There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow on the car radio. Their mom films the three of them as they wonder what is going on. Eight-year-old Brynn is told to check out a book behind the driver’s seat and she begins flipping through in complete silence. She searches through the Disney book and finds an envelope. When she opens it, she and her sisters read it — and discover they’re going to Disney. Once the sisters let their trip to Disneyland sink in, they can’t stop groaning and sobbing tears of joy. • VIDEO
COLORADO DRAGS DOWN NATIONAL MARIJUANA PRICES _ Good news, pot fans: The price of a pound of legal marijuana continues to plummet. Wholesale cannabis prices dropped 18.6 percent nationwide in the first half of 2017, with Colorado prices dropping by up to 40 percent compared to the first half of last year. Similar to commodities like gold and oil, Denver-based independent price reporting agency Cannabis Benchmarks tracks spot prices — the current value in the marketplace at which an asset can be bought or sold for immediate delivery.
… Wholesale cannabis opened the year at $1,532 a pound, up from the 2016 annual low of $1,386 per pound. However, based on 2015 and 2016 wholesale prices, the firm expects further price declines through November as seasonal fall harvest hits the market.
ARE PUMPKINS HEALTHY? _ October is pumpkin month — we see them on front porches, in homes, in pies, on decorations. But are they good for you? In a word, yes. Pumpkins belong to the winter squash family, along with seasonal favorites like butternut squash, acorn squash, hubbard squash and turban squash. They’re rich in a variety of nutrients including vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin B6, niacin-vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid. All of these nutrients pack a major nutritional punch.
CHEETOS OPENS THE MONSTER GALLERY _ This summer the 2017 Cheetos Museum, an online gallery, asked fans of the neon orange corn snack to submit their most glorious Cheetos shape. Within the walls of their Cheetos bags, over 100,000 snackers found shapes that included a dinosaur, a “possible” mermaid, a dolphin and everything in between. Throughout the contest’s run, submissions were judged weekly on cheese, crunch, cut and color for a $10,000 prize.
… At the end of August, the finals approached and only the Flamin’ Hot Seahorse and a Unicorn made the cut. The brand then asked the public to vote. In a close call the Seahorse missed out on $50,000 and a permanent spot in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium’s family of oddities. According to Cheetos, the decision was a tough one as both the Unicorn and Seahorse, “were the most unique submissions with undeniable likeness to the objects they depicted.”
… If you missed out, the Cheetos Museum just opened The Monster Gallery, another online exhibit that showcase fans’ more spooky Halloween finds. So far, snackers have uploaded a zombie cat, a snake that ate Manhattan, and a squirrel with no head. • LINK
FISHERMEN RESCUE TWO DROWNING WILD BROWN BEAR CUBS FROM LAKE _ Fishermen rescued two drowning wild brown bear cubs in a Russian lake. In a video shot by one of the fishermen, the wild animals had lost their mother crossing the lake after she overestimated their swimming abilities. The cubs were literally sinking and would have perished without the quick-thinking intervention of the Russians. The eyes and expressions of one of the bears showed utter fear and desperation, instinctively knowing only the fishermen could save them. The men picked up the brown bear cubs and towed them to the island to which their mother swam.
SAVE MONEY AT THE GROCERY: SKIP THE CART _ Here’s a quick tip for the next time you make a quick trip to the grocery store: don’t pull a cart, don’t use a basket. If you only need a few items, fill up your arms instead. With no way to cart around extras you’ll limit impulse purchases.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SINGING IN THE CAR _ Have you ever caught yourself belting out a Beyonce/Luke Bryan song while driving down the highway? If you’re a redhead, the answer is most likely yes, according to a recent survey of drivers. The study (commissioned by car-accessory company Auto Expressions) found:
• 53 percent of redheads say they always sing in the car.
• Women are more likely to jam out than men.
• Capricorns are the least likely to sing while on the road
• Eight out of 10 people prefer to sing alone.
• Four out of 10 commuters care when someone catches them singing
• SUV drivers sing the most.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER FIGHT OVER STOLEN PORK ROLL _ Hackettstown, New Jersey, police were called to an apartment about a fight. Police found the victim with swelling on his face. Police say the fight was over a stolen pork roll and possibly a beer.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DECIDES TO TAIL THE POLICE _ In Pennsylvania a guy decided to follow a police car as it made its rounds. He tailed the cops down one street and up another and when they pulled into a private drive, he was right behind them. What he didn’t notice was that the drive was actually the security entrance of the County Jail. The cruiser got through but our man was stopped. After he refused to take a blood alcohol test he was arrested and charged with DUI.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO OUTRUN JOHNNY LAW ON RIDING LAWNMOWER _ In West Virginia a man accused of drunken driving tried to outrun the police — but his vehicle wasn’t up to the task. The guy was driving along about a mile from his home when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over. He sped away. But instead of speeding up to follow, the deputy hopped out of his cruiser and gave chase on foot. The deputy was able to catch up because the vehicle he was running after was a riding lawnmower.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR SELLING BROCCOLI _ Police in Pennsylvania got a call from a guy who said he was beaten and robbed. When cops investigated they found the guy had not been beaten and robbed, though he was scammed. Apparently a drug dealer was supposed to sell him a bag of marijuana for $500 — but it turned out to be broccoli.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SELF-CHECKOUT AT HOME DEPOT SENDS MAN OVER THE EDGE _ A man who went through the self-checkout station at a Home Depot in Seattle accidentally punched the button on the computer for Spanish. The man then apparently became frustrated that the machine was speaking Spanish to him. The first item he was trying to buy was a pry bar so he used it to smash the computer, then walked out with it without paying.
SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New.
THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Liz (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) pursue a billionaire (guest star Owain Yeoman, The Mentalist) who moonlights as a high end art thief.
THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam decides to make a movie about his grandfather for a class assignment.
EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucious sneaks away to find out what type of person he was before the explosion. Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) begins a multi-episode guest starring arc.
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — Two repeats
SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. JJ pushes Kenneth toward romance with his teacher.
SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. In Syria, Jason and the team find innocent civilians in desperate need of rescue.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Hayley gets an unexpected opportunity when she befriends a wealthy female member (guest star Vanessa Williams) at the country club.
LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. Rollins and Carisi suspect a woman’s bizarre rape story is fabricated.
STAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. The new label head demands that the girls rebrand their image.
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (9p ET, CW) — Two repeats
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie receives a lot of pressure about the spring gala.
CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. A patrol officer becomes a suspect when a van explodes during a festival.
CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates three similar crimes in which victims’ remains are discovered in old suitcases.
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Agent Hannah Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd.
JASON ALDEAN CANCELS WEEKEND SHOWS _ Country singer Jason Aldean announced on Tuesday that he would be cancelling his weekend shows after Sunday’s shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. Aldean was performing on stage when the shooting occurred. Aldean shared on Twitter: “I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends.”
… Aldean also gave a shout out his fans for their support: “I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love from my friends and fans we have received over the last couple days. You guys have no idea how much you have helped us get through this tough time.”
UFC DONATING $1 MILLION TO VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS _ Dana White says the UFC will donate $1 million to help the victims affected by the Las Vegas shooting. The UFC honcho said Vegas is his town — it’s where UFC is based and where he lives — and he feels it’s his duty to help the city recover in any way he can. White is calling on other Vegas moguls to donate as well.
CAST OF MEAN GIRLS ASKED FANS TO HELP VICTIMS OF LAS VEGAS _ Tuesday, October 3, was Mean Girls Day. In honor of the special occasion, members of the cast came together to do some good, by raising money for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. The fundraiser video features Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, and Daniel Franzese, who played Karen Smith, Gretchen Wieners, Aaron Samuels, and Damian Leigh. In the video they ask that their fans — in honor of October 3 — donate just $3 each to help them reach their ultimate goal of $300,000. All of the money raised will be donated to the National Compassion Fund, which has previously helped victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, as well as the shooting in Aurora. The GoFundMe link for donating is GoFundMe.com/october3. • VIDEO
… The backstory: In the popular 2004 film there’s scene where Aaron Samuels (portrayed by Jonathan Bennett) turns to Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan) in class and asks her what day it is. She answers, “It’s October 3.” Since then, October 3 has joined other dates made significant by films.
TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS FLOWERS TO COP INJURED IN LV SHOOTING _ Taylor Swift sent well wishes to a female police officer injured in Las Vegas mass shooting with flowers. The 27-year-old Grammy-winning artist had multiple bouquets sent to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Community Police Station in Pacoima, California. LAPD Intel Analyst Kimberlee Binder shared a picture of one of the flower arrangements on Instagram. She wrote in the caption, “Talk about a class act! @taylorswift sent multiple bouquets of flowers and plants to our station, as one of our officers was shot in Las Vegas last night. This is one of the smaller arrangements. Beautiful flowers can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Much respect.”
CONNIE BRITTON CAST AS LEAD IN RYAN MURPHY’S 911 _ Connie Britton has been cast in the lead role of producer Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series 911. The Friday Night Lights and Nashville star is believed to be playing the role of a 911 operator in the 13-episode procedural drama exploring the experiences of first responders such as police, paramedics and firefighters. 911 is set to premiere on Fox in 2018.
TOM PETTY’S DAUGHTER SLAMS ROLLING STONE _ Tom Petty’s daughter, AnnaKim Violette, took aim at Rolling Stone when the legendary website erroneously stated the famed rock star had died when he was technically still alive. She wrote on Instagram: “How dare you report that my father has died just to get press because your articles and photos are so dated…” Due to miscommunication on the part of the LAPD, a number of news sources — including CBS and TMZ — announced Petty’s death before he actually died.
KATE WINSLET JOINS JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR SEQUELS _ Kate Winslet, who can be seen in The Mountain Between Us this weekend, is reteaming with her Titanic director for the Avatar sequels. Cameron said: “Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic … I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.” It is unclear who Ronal is or how many of the four sequels the character will appear in.
… Returning from the original film are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver. Filming started on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25.
STEVEN TYLER DENIES HAVING HEART ATTACK _ Steven Tyler set the record straight on the rumors surrounding his health issues a week after his band Aerosmith called off tour dates to help him recuperate. The 69-year-old rocker gave update on his condition on the band’s website: “I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin’ a rippin’ lead). Sorry to have cut the tour short but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform.”
… Aerosmith canceled their concerts in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.
PADDINGTON 2 TRAILER LANDS _ The new full-length trailer for the live-action Paddington bear sequel, titled simply Paddington 2, has been released. In this movie, Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. • VIDEO
GOOD DOCTOR GETS FULL SEASON _ ABC has given out an early full season order to new medical drama The Good Doctor. The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit.
TOM PETTY’S DEATH LEADS TO CORONER INQUIRY _ The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office is looking into the death of music legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at age 66. Petty died Monday after reportedly being hospitalized Sunday night when he was found unconscious at his Malibu home.
HUGH HEFNER’S CAUSE OF DEATH RELEASED _ Hugh Hefner, who died last week at age 91, died of cardiac arrest, according to the publishing legend’s death certificate. The certificate also noted that Hefner suffered from respiratory failure. According to the certificate, Hefner also suffered from septicemia, a blood poisoning, prior to his death, as well as E.coli, which was “highly resistant to antibiotics.”
JARED LETO WILL PLAY HUGH HEFNER IN BIOPIC _ Jared Leto will play Hugh Hefner in the upcoming biopic about the legendary founder of Playboy. While the project is in the very early stages of development, the news comes less than a week after the death of Hefner at the age of 91.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER TURNS 60 _ ( AUDIO) Sixty years ago today (October 4) Leave It To Beaver premiered on television. One of the shows claims to fame: it was the first to show a toilet. The tank portion of the toilet is what viewers saw.
… Years later the Jack and Jill bathroom the Brady kids shared didn’t show a toilet. Television networks still had strict rules about showing a porcelain toilet bowl onscreen during the Brady years. In order to avoid costly tricky camera angles, the producers opted to forego a commode altogether in the bathroom shared by the kids.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of September 25-October 1.
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.66 million
- Young Sheldon, CBS, 17.22 million
- NFL Football: Indianapolis at Seattle, NBC, 16.73 million
- NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay, CBS, 14.61 million
- NFL Football: Dallas at Arizona, ESPN, 13.7 million
- NFL weather delay, CBS, 13.39 million
- NCIS, CBS, 13.29 million
- This is Us, NBC, 12.94 million
- Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.72 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.46 million
- The Good Doctor, ABC, 11.35 million
- Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick, CBS, 11.34 million
- The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.93 million
- The Voice (Monday), NBC, 10.57 million
- Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 10.26 million
- Will & Grace, NBC, 10.19 million
- Bull, CBS, 10.06 million
- Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.04 million
- Seal Team, CBS, 9.88 million
- Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 9.86 million
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• ERIC PADDOCK TALKS AGAIN: Eric Paddock spoke again about his brother and said some of the rumors and stories about his brother, Steve Paddock, are dumb. He comes off sounding a bit wacky but you can see in the full video he’s clearly confused, distraught, frustrated and even angry.
• TACO SONG: It’s Taco Day.
• TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO: Trump puts both feet in mouth in Puerto Rico.
• CRUISE SHIP CRASH JOKESTER: A guy cracks himself up after watching a Disney cruise ship back into a small dock. Here’s the video. NOTE: It contains not-safe-for-air language. The audio-only version uses bleeps.
• 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.
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A BIT OF PUMPKIN HISTORY
• Pumpkins originated in Central America, and seeds from pumpkin-like plants found in Mexico have been traced back to 5500 B.C.
• The word “pumpkin” actually came from “pepon,” which means “large melon” in Greek. The French then turned “pepon” into “pompon,” and the English further changed it into “pumpion.” American settlers, it’s said, changed the word to the familiar “pumpkin,” as we know it today.
• Native Americans were already growing pumpkins when the American colonists got here. They used pumpkin in stews, soups, and desserts, and even dried the pumpkin shells, then cut them into strips to weave into mats.
• “Pumpkin pie” first came about when the settlers removed the top from a pumpkin, took out the seeds and filled it up with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes, and the resulting pumpkin pudding was eaten. (It’s not known whether they learned this technique from the Native Americans.) The pudding probably tasted a lot like the pumpkin pie filling we know today.
TRIVIA: 57% of us say we’ve experienced what? (Deja vu)
Q: Where can you finish reading several books before you finish even one sentence
A: Prison. You’ll have plenty of time to read plenty of books during a prison sentence.
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
This is day 278 of 2017. There are 87 days remaining.
• Steve Miller is 74
• Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 70
• Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) is 66
• Director Clive Barker is 65
• Bob Geldof is 63
• Neil deGrasse Tyson is 59
• Daniel Baldwin (Homicide: Life on the Streets) is 57
• Josie Bissett (Melrose Place) is 47
• Former NBA star Grant Hill is 45
• Scott Weinger (Full House/Fuller House) is 42
• Kate Winslet is 42
• Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) is 34
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1905: Wilbur Wright piloted Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
• 1921: The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.
• 1947: The first televised White House address was given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
• 1962: In the UK The Beatles released their first single, “Love Me Do.”
• 1962: In the UK, the First James Bond movie, Dr. No, was released.
• 1970: PBS became a television network.
• 1989: Evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150 million.
• 1997: When the First United Methodist Church women’s group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough’s birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party.
• 2001: Robert Stevens became the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
• 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. Turned out she was just complaining about the elevator being broken.
• 2011: Apple founder Steve Jobs died at age 56.
• Rocky Mountain Oyster Day
• Do Something Nice Day
• World Teachers Day
• National Depression Screening Day
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• December 21: First day of winter