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This is day 286 of 2017. There are 79 days remaining.
• Melinda Dillon (A Christmas Story) is 78
• Paul Simon is 76
• Sammy Hagar is 70
• John Ford Coley of England Dan and John Ford Coley is 69
• Beverly Johnson is 65
• Marie Osmond is 58
• Kelly Preston is 55
• Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy) is 50
• Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids, Martin) is 49
• Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 48
• TV personality Billy Bush is 46
• Sacha Baron Cohen is 46
• Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) is 16
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1792: In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) was laid.
• 1962: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway.
• 1999: A 12-year-old Fairfax, Virginia, boy sent to the principal’s office for misbehaving left school went to the airport, boarded a TWA plane without a ticket and flew to St. Louis. The boy called his mother from St. Louis, and TWA flew him back home the next day.
• 2002: An Oklahoma car thief drove 1,750 miles to get arrested for trying to sell a stolen Corvette on the internet auction site eBay. The alleged buyer was a New York City detective who knew the car was stolen. The detective said the thief probably set a record for driving the longest distance to get arrested.
• 2005: A New Jersey man duct-taped his roommate to a bed and stole his car. Several hours and 200 miles later he surrendered to police after stopping for a few beers.
• 2008: Rhode Island began offering tours of several wastewater treatment facilities. Tours of treatment plants were available in East Providence, Bristol and Narragansett.
• 2015: Basketball player Lamar Odom was hospitalized after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada.
• 2016: Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
• International African Penguin Awareness Day
• Family Bowling Day and Kids Bowl Free Day
• National Chess Day
• World Egg Day
• Yorkshire Pudding Day
• M&M Day
• October 24: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• December 21: First day of winter
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
• Ralph Lauren is 78. Harry Anderson is 65. Greg Evigan is 64. Thomas Dolby is 59. Lori Petty is 54. Steve Coogan is 52. Natalie Maines is 43. Usher is 39. Stacy Keibler is 38. Jay Pharoah is 30. Mia Wasikowska is 28.
• Be Bald and Be Free Day, I Love Yarn Day, Motorcycle Ride Day, Spider-Man Day, National Dessert Day.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
• Linda Lavin is 80. Penny Marshall is 74. Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) is 58. Emeril Lagasse is 58. Paige Davis is 48. Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town is 48. Dominic West is 48.
• Blind Americans Equality Day, Global Handwashing Day, International Day of Rural Women, Aesthetician Day, Cake Decorating Day, Grouch Day, Mushroom Day, Red Wine Day.
90: Percentage of the (U.S.) canned or processed pumpkins produced in Illinois.
The Economist has named the world’s safest big cities. The top three are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka. [Not coincidentally, none of them are home to any of the offices of Harvey Weinstein.]
Bad news from Yellowstone: The latest research shows that the supervolcano underground is likely to erupt a lot sooner than previously predicted. Once it erupts, life as we know it will be in serious danger as the supervolcano smothers the entire North American continent in a thick blanket of ash… [and buffalo].
Palestinian rival groups Hamas and Fatah have signed a historic unity deal. [They’ve even agreed to carpool.]
A fisherman in the UK had to be saved from choking after he kissed the fish that he was so excited to catch and it jumped out of his hand and down his throat. [The fish was six inches, but it’ll be a foot-and-a-half the next time he tells the story.]
A fisherman in the UK had to be saved from choking after he kissed the fish that he was so excited to catch and it jumped out of his hand and down his throat. [It took the paramedics quite a while to get the fish out. They had to find the right bait.]
Have you seen that video of the Florida doctor who cursed out a patient and then kicked her out of the office for complaining about her long wait? [It seems that the White House’s new insurance plan is already kicking in.]
The AP has released an audio recording of the mysterious noise that has made U.S. diplomats in Havana seriously ill. [The noise sounds a lot like (crappy local TV newscast).]
The family that owns the house used in Breaking Bad have installed a six-foot fence to keep fans from throwing pizza onto the roof. [And, as a bonus, this year the family won’t have to purchase so much Halloween candy.]
A beachfront wedding in Massachusetts was disrupted by another couple that went skinny dipping in full view of the wedding party. [One bridesmaid caught the bouquet and another caught the Speedo.]
POSTAL WORKER STILL DELIVERS MAIL IN WILDFIRE ‘HOOD _ Wildfires have consumed over 170,000 acres in California since Sunday and thousands have taken refuge in shelters as their homes have burned. But for the United States Postal Service, the deliveries must go on. In a devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, a professional drone cinematographer caught some astonishing footage of one mail carrier’s surreal shift. • VIDEO
… Douglas Thron is a freelance cinematographer who was getting drone footage of the Coffey Park neighborhood for The Today Show when he noticed the carrier continuing to do his job. He called what he saw “a trippy thing … I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked off, but he obviously had access.”
HUMANITY’S DUMBEST RITUAL: TURNING BACK THE CLOCKS _ ( AUDIO) On Sunday, November 5, at the stroke of 2AM, most clocks in North America and Europe will roll backward one hour to end daylight-saving time (DST) until next year. This gives many people one more hour of sleep, making the sun rise an hour earlier by our clocks’ count. However come March 11, 2018, the invisible time vampire will return to suck away an hour of sleep in the dead of night.
… Daylight Saving time (it’s not daylight “savings” time) was created by during World War I to decrease energy use. The practice was implemented year-round in 1942, during WWII. Not waking up in the dark, the thinking went, would decrease fuel use for lighting and heating — and help conserve energy supplies to win the war.
… Nearly 100 years later, most Americans are done with Daylight Saving Time. In a recent survey, around 8 in 10 U.S adults say DST is disruptive and doesn’t save energy. The energy thing is a myth. Back n 2006, when Indiana joined the Daylight Saving Time gimmick, researchers found energy actually increased in that state by 1%.
NEW SENSOR PILL YOU CAN SWALLOW TO MONITOR YOUR STOMACH _ Researchers have developed a flexible sensor meant to be rolled up into a dissolvable capsule and swallowed so it can detect gastrointestinal problems and monitor food intake and digestion. The sensor is a 2 x 2.5 centimeter polymer that’s printed with electronics, eventually to include wireless radio circuitry. Additional material enables the device to convert the movement from the stomach into enough electrical energy to power itself.
WINSTON CHURCHILL’S HALF-SMOKED CIGAR SELLS FOR $12,000 _ A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for around $12,000 during an online auction. The 4-inch cigar was bought Wednesday evening by a collector from Palm Beach, Florida. The buyer’s name was not released. The auction company says Churchill smoked the cigar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bourget Airport. Included in the auction was a photo signed by the prime minister that shows him with the cigar in his hand at the airport.
CLEVELAND’S BREWNUTS MAKES DOUGHNUTS WITH BEER _ The craft beer craze has been going strong for over a decade, and more recently doughnuts have been a hot category. But very few places have thought to combine the two trends, which is what makes Cleveland’s new Brewnuts bar and bakery so special. The recently opened hot spot is not just swapping coffee for adult beverages. Instead, beer is used in every single doughnut.
… On any given day there are 12 or 13 varieties. All the doughnuts are made by hand in small batches, using no machines, and all have beer as in ingredient, either in the dough, the glaze, the toppings or all of the above, and are described as safe for children and pregnant women since all the alcohol is cooked off.
… The doughnut and beer combo immediately calls The Simpsons to mind, so both Homer and Marge have doughnuts named after them.
WOMAN ALMOST DIES AFTER UNBORN BABY KICKS A HOLE IN HER WOMB _ An unborn baby in China kicked so hard it tore a hole in her mom’s womb. The woman was 35 weeks pregnant and doctors at the Peking University Shenzhen Hospital had to act quickly after she arrived at the hospital with stomach pains. The mom was experiencing extreme pain and had problems with her blood pressure, pulse and breathing. At first, specialists thought her womb had been ruptured and performed an ultrasound. What they found was surprising. It showed that the baby had “kicked through” the uterus wall into the mom’s abdominal cavity. Doctors said the tiny baby’s thighs were stuck. They delivered the baby via an emergency c-section.
… After examining the woman’s medical history, it was discovered the mom previously had fibroids removed from her womb. That operation had resulted in a womb scar, leaving a weak spot on her uterus’ wall. Both mom and baby are doing well.
WOMAN TRADES PACKET OF SZECHUAN SAUCE FOR VW _ The McDonald’s Szechuan sauce story is still alive — and making dreams come true. In a bizarre trade, one woman happened to acquire a 2004 Volkswagen GTI. One Szechuan fan, Rachel Marie from Macomb, Michigan, was looking to trade her sauce for a collection of pins but was surprisingly offered something even better. She is now the proud owner of a 2004 Volkswagen GTI.
VINTAGE FARM TAKES IN ANIMALS RESCUED FROM WILDFIRES _ At a 10-acre small farm in north Napa, California, Vintage High School students learn the skills of farming. But in the days since wildfires began those same teenagers have become doers rather than learners, taking in livestock and pets. Wednesday afternoon at Vintage Farm, dogs snatched from outside homes menaced by flames were the temporary residents of the wooden turkey pens. Another pen was filled with 10 goats trucked in that same morning. And pipe fences, nets and improvisation had created space for dozens of horses that had arrived at the farm from every fire-battered corner of the county.
… Students at Vintage High School are looking after more than 150 animals and taking in gifts of hay, feed and supplies — with the surplus going to other farms in need.
BOY WITH CANCER RECEIVES 1,000 HALLOWEEN CARDS _ Back in February seven-year-old Brock Hardwick was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a high-grade cancer in his brain and spine. He’d been taken to hospital after feeling unwell for two weeks, when an MRI test showed multiple tumors in Brock’s brain and spine. Brock had to undergo brain surgery to remove one of the larger tumors, but unfortunately they came back. He’s now spending his days at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine.
… One thing is lifting Brock’s spirits while he receives treatment: The knowledge that Halloween is almost here. Brock loves Halloween. He plans to dress up as Hulk this year. So to keep him going, his family came up with a plan: Brocktober, a month-long Halloween celebration just for Brock. As part of that, Brock’s parents put a call-out on Facebook, asking people to send Halloween cards with funny messages for Brock to read. He’s now received nearly 1,000 cards from strangers around the world, along with sweets, toys, Halloween decorations, and drawings.
THERE’S A REASON YOU REALLY LOVE CHOCOLATE _ If you’ve got a never-ending craving for chocolate, it could be because of the type of bacteria in your body. Swiss scientists linked the type of bacteria living in people’s digestive system with a desire for chocolate. Everyone has microbes in their stomachs, but people who crave daily chocolate show signs of having different colonies of bacteria from people who are immune to chocolate’s appeal.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: FAMILY SENDS PIZZA DELIVERY MAN TO CHECK ON GRANDMA _ Family members spread out over three states couldn’t reach their grandmother in Florida to make sure she was all right after Hurricane Matthew. Eric Olsen of Omaha, Nebraska, called police and fire multiple times over the weekend but couldn’t get through. On Sunday, when he still wasn’t able to reach her, he decided to get creative. Eric ordered a pizza for his grandmother thinking if they could deliver it, he’d know she was alive. Eric wrote a special instruction when he placed the pizza order, asking the delivery person to call his phone when the pizza was delivered. Eric says when he heard his grandmother’s voice on the other line, he felt “relief, absolute relief.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BUS DRIVER FORCES TODDLER TO STAND BECAUSE OF CAT IN STROLLER _ A mom in England was ready to board a bus when she says the bus driver told her that she couldn’t ride unless her toddler stood up. The driver told the mom there was no space for her stroller because the space reserved on the bus for baby strollers was taken by a cat in a stroller. The but driver told the mom to fold her stroller or wait for another bus. Some of the other bus passengers tried to help the mom but the bus driver refused to compromise.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE CAUGHT HAVING SEX IN BAR BATHROOM, PORTA-POTTY _ A man and a woman were caught having sex in a bathroom at a Tennessee bar. At first, police ordered the couple to leave and get a taxi home, but the two had other ideas. As they left the bar, officers kept an eye on them to make sure neither tried to drive. Instead, they both entered the nearby porta-potty. Officers banged on the door several times before they opened it up. According to the police report: “It was clear they were attempting to fornicate again.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER TELLS TROOPERS CAR CHASE WAS ON BUCKET LIST _ A man pulled over in Des Moines after a pursuit told state troopers that he wanted to be chased because it was on his bucket list.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUG DEALER PROVIDES VIDEO EVIDENCE _ Florida sheriff’s deputies (Martin County) got a tip that someone at a house was selling drugs. After doing their own drug buys to confirm the report, they got a search warrant and raided the home and arrested its owner. The search turned up plenty of evidence: deputies noticed the drug dealer had six security cameras, which not only recorded his sales but also where he was hiding his stash.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF ROBS HOME OF HOT POCKET _ Wisconsin police received a call reporting a burglary in which no valuables were taken. The burglar apparently entered an unlocked apartment and walked away with a pizza, six eggs, a can of beef ravioli, a can of peaches and one chicken-and-broccoli Hot Pocket.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ATTACKED WITH KARAOKE MACHINE _ A crazed attacker broke into New York City man’s home, beat him up with a karaoke machine and bit his ear. The victim attempted to defend himself with a vacuum cleaner hose. The attacker did not flee the scene after the incident, but instead crouched in the hallway until police arrived.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOT DOG BOMB _ In Tennessee a guy walked into a bank and pointed a small silver object at the teller and told her to hand over all the cash. If she didn’t, he told her, he would set off the bomb he was carrying. The robber got away with a small amount of money but police quickly caught up with him and his “bomb,” which turned out to be a hot dog wrapped in aluminum foil.
MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. MacGyver and the team go undercover to steal diamonds from a vault before a terrorist group gets there.
ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New
THE BRAVE (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat
HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
SEASON PREMIERE: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (8p ET, CW) — In the Season 3 premiere, Rebecca is plotting her revenge after being left at the altar by Josh who has run off to train to be a priest.
HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team enlists an old friend when a crime boss is murdered.
MARVEL’S INHUMANS (9p ET, ABC) — New. The search for Black Bolt continues on Earth.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition
THE EXORCIST (9p ET, FOX) — New. Andy tries to help his foster daughter overcome her agoraphobia.
SEASON PREMIERE: JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — Former Telenovela star Alex Meneses joins the cast in a recurring role in season 4.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Erin’s trial against a human trafficker is jeopardized when the presiding judge is found dead.
THE BABYSITTER (Netflix) — This new horror comedy film stars Robbie Amell and Bella Thorne. 12-year-old Cole falls head-over-heels for his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), but discovers that Bee is actually a blood-thirsty member of a satanic cult and he is their next target.
LORE (Amazon) — The hit podcast is now a six-part anthology series exploring the origins of classic terror tales.
THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) (Netflix) — Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson costar in this original Netflix dramedy film about an estranged family that gathers in New York for an event celebrating their father’s artistic work.
MINDHUNTER (Netflix) — This new fact-based psychological thriller series takes place in the late 1970s and follows two FBI agents as they expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder. Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallanay, Anna Torv, and Hannah Gross star.
College football matchups here.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER (8p ET, HBO) — Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in this 2017 sequel.
SERIES FINALE: HALT AND CATCH FIRE (9p ET, AMC) — This tech-industry drama wraps up
48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New
ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE! (10p ET, NBC) — Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony organized this telethon to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and others affected by the hurricanes. Hosted by Lopen and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, the telethon will feature performances by Lopez, Anthony, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige, and many more. There will also be many celeb appearances. The telethon starts at 8p ET on Telemundo and Univision. NBC will air the 3rd hour of the special.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:29p ET, NBC) — Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) hosts this new episode, with musical guest P!nk.
NFL Football schedule.
AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (8p ET, ABC) — New
WISDOM OF THE CROWD (8:30p ET, CBS) — New
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:30p ET, NBC) — The 0-5 Giants play the 3-1 Broncos in Denver.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured in this new episode include professional football player Rob Gronkowski and his brothers pitching an insulated sports bottle.
SEASON FINALE: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — A 2-hour finale wraps up the season.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (10p ET, ABC) — New
SEASON PREMIERE: GOOD BEHAVIOR (10p ET, TNT) — Season 2 begins
MADAM SECRETARY (10:30p ET, CBS) — New
IN THEATERS TODAY _ Happy Death Day is expected to make $15 million to $20 million Friday through Sunday, taking the No. spot.
• The Foreigner (R) – A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. Jackie Chan
• Happy Death Day (PG-13) – A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. Jessica Rothe
• Marshall (PG-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, James Cromwell
• Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (R) – The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Connie Britton
• Gnome Alone (PG) – When Chloe discovers that her new home’s garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs. Voice cast: Tara Strong, Olivia Holt, Josh Peck, Jeff Dunham, George Lopez
… Opening next weekend: Geostorm, Only the Brave, Same Kind of Different as Me, The Snowman, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.
JAMES VAN DER BEEK: ‘I’VE HAD MY ASS GRABBED BY OLDER, POWERFUL MEN’ _ James Van Der Beek has come forward as a victim of sexual harassment, saying he’s had “my [butt] grabbed by older, powerful men.” Without naming names, the actor made the stunning disclosure early Thursday in a series of tweets about Harvey Weinstein’s sex scandal. Van Der Beek wrote: “I’ve had my [butt] grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger … I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”
… Earlier this week, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews told the public that he was sexually assaulted by an unnamed Hollywood executive.
TOM HANKS CALLS OUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN _ As celebrities continue to express their disapproval and distance from Harvey Weinstein, known Hollywood Good Guy Tom Hanks spoke about the ongoing scandal. In the New York Times, Hanks called out Weinstein’s statement directly: “You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore…’ [Because ] I did, too.”
ROSE MCGOWAN RETURNS TO TWITTER AFTER SUSPENSION _ Rose McGowan is back on Twitter after she posted a message to Instagram late Wednesday saying that the company had suspended her account. In a statement on Thursday, Twitter said that McGowan had been temporarily blocked from tweeting after she posted someone’s phone number. Once the offending tweet was removed, the company said, the ban was lifted.
… Twitter said: “We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.
… After Twitter lifted the suspension of her account, McGowan sent a new tweet questioning Twitter’s priorities.
ROSE MCGOWAN CLARIFIES: HARVEY WEINSTEIN ‘RAPED ME’ _ Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter Thursday that Harvey Weinstein raped her, and that she told the head of Amazon Studios repeatedly and nothing was done. McGowan was named in last week’s explosive New York Times story along with other women who alleged the movie mogul committed sexual assault, but this is the first time she has definitively called the encounter a “rape.”
… On Thursday, McGowan aimed a series of tweets at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “@jeffbezos I told the head of your studio HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.” … “I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored.” She continued to say that after speaking with her attorney about getting her script back, she heard from Amazon that her “show was dead.” She then called on Bezos to “be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth.”
GEORGINA CHAPMAN RETURNING TO PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS _ Georgina Chapman is returning to the Project Runway All Stars judges table when season 6 premieres. The 41-year-old designer has appeared as a judge on the show since it premiered in 2012. Confirmation of Chapman’s return follows her split from Harvey Weinstein.
JASON MOMOA CLARIFIES ‘RAPE’ JOKE IN 2011 _ A 2011 video from San Diego Comic-Con, which featured Jason Momoa speaking on the Game of Thrones panel while joking about rape, has caused an uproar on Twitter, especially in the wake of the explosive allegations against now-former Weinstein Company executive Harvey Weinstein. During a Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, Momoa was asked what, precisely, he liked being on the hit HBO show. He replied: “As far as sci-fi and fantasy… there is so much you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it. And rape beautiful women.”
… Shortly after the video re-surfaced, Momoa clarified that he did not want to be associated with the comments, and that just because his character, Khal Drogo, was a rapist, it didn’t mean that he was, or that he condoned the act of rape itself.
BLUE CRUSH DRAMA SERIES IN THE WORKS _ TV’s endless wave of remakes and revivals keeps coming: NBC is developing a drama series based on the 2002 surf movie Blue Crush. Like the original film, NBC’s Blue Crush will follow a young female surfer on Hawaii’s North Shore who looks to rebuild her career as a competitive surfer after surviving a life-threatening accident.
SEAL TEAM GETS A FULL SEASON AT CBS _ CBS announced Wednesday that it’s giving a full season order to SEAL Team, the military drama starring David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, the head of a Tier 1 operator military team.
JENNIFER ANISTON DONATES $1M TO PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORTS _ Add Jennifer Aniston to the list of celebs who are making huge efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico. The actress has made a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief services and also donated $500,000 to the Ricky Martin Foundation to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria.
WEIRD AL ANNOUNCES 2018 TOUR _ Weird Al Yankovic shared on his Facebook page that he’ll be announcing dates today (Friday) for a North American Tour. Weird Al said, “THIS WILL NOT BE OUR NORMAL KIND OF TOUR. I decided we should try something different, just for a change of pace. So next year we’re scaling way, way back. No costumes, no props, no video screens, no computer servers. We’re just going to walk out on stage, sit down on stools, and play a bunch of old songs. Oh, and we’re going to be performing almost exclusively originals (i.e. not parodies). The deep cuts and obscure tracks. The songs that were never hits. The ones you barely remember. … We’re calling it THE RIDICULOUSLY SELF-INDULGENT, ILL-ADVISED VANITY TOUR.” • MORE
DESPACITO IS FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO TO SURPASS FOUR BILLION VIEWS _ The Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee mega hit Despacito just became the first YouTube video to pass four billion views. According to Google, the video surpassed the four billion mark on October 10 at 10 PM (ET). It is not the Justin Bieber version. • VIDEO
… The Despacito video has nearly 851 million views more than the second highest-viewed video: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa.
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• DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: From Last Week Tonight’s “Why is this still a thing?”
• TV BOSSES: October 16 is Boss’ Day. For contesting or a co-host quiz, here are seven TV bosses.
• DAISY RIDLEY: While visiting New York City, Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley invited Vogue inside her hotel room to answer 73 Questions. Listen as Daisy spits some bars from Eminem’s Lose Yourself.
MISLEADING FOOD NAMES
• Bear claw – Is an almond-flavored, yeast-raised pastry shaped in a large, irregular semicircle with slices around the outside, evoking the shape of a bear’s claw
• Hawaiian pizza – This version of pizza does not come from Hawaii at all. It is a pizza with toppings of pineapple and ham, and sometimes onions or peppers. The name probably came from the pineapples that grow in Hawaii, as well as the traditional place of pork in the native Hawaiian diet.
• Head cheese – is a traditional sausage made from gelatin and beef or sheep head parts and contains no cheese.
• Boston cream pie – It’s not a pie, but a cake.
• Buffalo wings – They are not made from buffalo, but are fried chicken wings coated in a hot pepper sauce. Named after the city of Buffalo, New York where the recipe originated.
• Elephant ear – It’s a deep fried thin pastry that is lightly coated in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. The name is derived from the final shape of the dough thought to resemble the ear of an elephant.
• French fries – They probably originated in Belgium.
• French dressing – Unknown in France.
• German chocolate cake – It’s not German, but a wholly American layer cake deriving its name from Sam German, who invented the sweet baking chocolate German’s Baker’s chocolate in 1852.
• Italian dressing – It’s unknown in Italy, where oil and vinegar are usually served separately.
• Puppy chow – It’s peanut butter and chocolate covered cereal coated with powdered sugar. It is intended for humans.
TRIVIA: The average size of this room in an American home has increased 50% in the last three decades. (Master bedroom)
QUIZ: TV BOSSES
October 16 is Boss’ Day. For contesting or a co-host quiz, here are seven TV bosses.
This is day 289 of 2017. There are 76 days remaining.
• Angela Lansbury is 92
• Barry Corbin (One Tree Hill, Northern Exposure) is 77
• Suzanne Somers (Three’s Company) is 71
• Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead is 70
• Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Shawshank Redemption) is 59
• Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 55
• Kellie Martin (Christy, Life Goes On) is 42
• John Mayer is 40
• Caterina Scorsone (Grey’s Anatomy) is 37
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1793: Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution.
• 1962: The Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
• 1987: Rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl who had been trapped in an abandoned well for 58 hours in Midland, Texas.
• 1995: Some 400,000 black men gathered in Washington for the “Million Man March” led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
• 2002: President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
• 2004: In Italy, a driver fell off his locomotive, which then sped unmanned through three separate regions before it could be stopped. The unmanned vehicle gathered speed until it was running at some 60 miles an hour. Railway officials were unable to stop the vehicle, which kept going for three hours. Stations along the line were evacuated as the engine smashed its way through heavy obstacles piled on the track in an attempt to stop it. The locomotive finally came to a stop when rail workers managed to divert the vehicle onto a dead-end track, but not before it smashed through buffers, brought down an electrical pylon and derailed before finally coming to a halt.
• 2006: In Malaysia, a man has paid $54,300 for a car license plate bearing his surname. The license plate, which read “TAN”, went to a businessman named Tan.
• 2008: A couple in Glencoe, Illinois, received a parking ticket in the mail because they parked longer than allowed in the downtown area. The ticket said Barbara and Lee Mitchell were entitled to a hearing on the matter, or they could simply mail in payment — but not cash. Which would be tough anyway, since the ticket was for $9.5 million. Upon receiving the notice, Lee Mitchell said he was eager to talk with his wife about the incident. Glencoe police voided the ticket.
• 2011: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was formally dedicated in Washington, D.C.
• 2016: Ed Whitlock at 85 became the oldest person to complete a marathon in under four hours, at Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Ed (now deceased) finished in 3 hours 56 minutes.
• Food Bank Week
• Character Counts Week
• Cake Decorating Day
• Department Store Day
• Dictionary Day (Noah Webster’s birthday)
• Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
• World Food Day
• Boss’ Day
• October 24: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• December 21: First day of winter