INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 23, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 23, 2017

This is day 296 of 2017. There are 69 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former soccer player Pelé is 77

• Director Ang Lee is 63

• TV talker Nancy Grace is 59

• Weird Al Yankovic is 58

• Former NFL player Doug Flutie is 55

• Neurosurgeon and TV journalist Sanjay Gupta is 48

• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) is 41

• Ryan Reynolds is 41

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

• 1925: Comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.

• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.

• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.

• 2002: Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.

• 2006: Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to 24 years, four months for his role in the company’s collapse.

• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.

• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

• 2014: Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola after recently returning to New York from Sierra Leone. Spencer rode the subway, went bowling, and took a taxi the day before he began displaying symptoms.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Lung Health Day

• TV Talk Show Host Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

UPCOMING

• October 24: World Series begins (Game 1 – Astros at Dodgers, Fox TV)
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

20 million: Pounds of candy corn purchased in the US each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

The president is going to sign an executive order making it possible for the Air Force to immediately call back to active duty around 1,000 retired pilots. [The Air Force is busy retrofitting its planes with bifocal windshields.]

The president is going to sign an executive order making it possible for the Air Force to immediately call back to active duty around 1,000 retired pilots. [All flight missions will be shortened however, to allow for more bathroom breaks.]

A new study finds that dogs make those sad pathetic expressions to humans on purpose to get us to do what they want. [If we’re ever invaded by space aliens who look like puppies, they could completely take over the planet while all we did was give them tummy rubs.]

A Georgia state lawmaker asked if people with HIV could be quarantined. [How about quarantining people who ask stupid questions?]

Consumer Reports has released its annual list of the most reliable vehicles. [I always pick a car from that list. The last thing I need is a car that won’t start in the middle of the night when I’m trying to outrun the repo man.]

Fox News apologized for broadcasting an interview with a fake Navy SEAL who lied about all his combat experiences and all his medals. [But he swears that he really did once work with Captain America.]

An investigation revealed that chocolate companies have been secretly paying for so-called medical studies that show that chocolate is good for you. [So, you can stop eating chocolate now. Apparently, it does absolutely nothing for athlete’s foot.]

The Art Institute of Chicago says the Renoir painting it has is the original, and that the one in Trump Tower is an imitation, but Donald Trump claims that his version is the real one. [Because you know it would be just like an art museum to publish fake news.]

The forecast is calling for most of the country to have a warm winter. [In fact, the top-selling turkey stuffing is expected to be one made by Ben & Jerry.]

The World Series is all set. It starts tomorrow (Tuesday). [Now I just have to decide which team to lose money on.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

US PREPS TO PUT NUCLEAR-ARMED BOMBERS ON 24-HOUR READY ALERT _ A new report (defenseone.com) says The Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. Senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come.

GIRL FOUND $2 ON THE STREET, TRIED HARD TO FIND ITS OWNER _ A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military. Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk (in Pequannock) on Wednesday and her mother, Alyssa, says that Isabella insisted on bringing the money to the police. They politely declined to take it since there was no way to prove ownership of such a small amount.

MAN SPENDS 8 YEARS EMBROIDERING _ A man living in China spent eight years making an enormous embroidered scroll, a hobby that distracted him from playing cards. The traditional Chinese-embroidered scroll, about 84 feet long, is a detailed copy of a famous Chinese art piece. The middle-aged man took up embroidery to distract him from playing card games. The man says, “Embroidery makes my family happier. We seldom fight now because I don’t play cards anymore.”

SOME DUDE CONNECTED AN AMAZON ECHO TO BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS _ Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass era? Roughly 20 years years someone thought it would be hilarious to invent an animatronic fish on a plaque that sang Take Me to the River. It was a funny trend for maybe five seconds before it became sort of annoying. Fast forward to today’s era of the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant era of Amazon Echo — featuring Alexa. Now some clever and twisted mind married the two in an unholy union. • VIDEO

SCIENTISTS GAVE FISH MARIJUANA TO SEE IF IT WOULD MAKE THEM RELAX _ You’ve probably heard of edibles — tasty treats fortified with marijuana oil for medicinal or recreational use in humans. But what if there was an edible designed for animals? Scientists in Lebanon fed Nile tilapia fish pellets laced with cannabis oil to test whether the drugs could make the fish chill out and maybe even grow faster. But what does a tilapia have to be stressed about? Tilapia is farmed intensively, and in a bid to maximize the amount of product fish farmers can bring to market, some fish pens have become incredibly congested. Living in such close quarters can lead to all kinds of nastiness for the fish, including reduced water quality, more incidences of disease, and fish bullying. All of which is why it would be nice if there were something we could feed the tilapia to take the edge off. Unfortunately, the pot pellets didn’t quite have the mood-altering effect the scientists had hoped for.

MAC AND CHEESE FEST _ Mac and cheese lovers are preparing to flock to Chicago in just under two weeks for the fourth annual Mac & Cheese Fest. Mac & Cheese Fest (November 4) celebrates the dish by featuring variations spanning continents and cultures. For $65 you get unlimited samples, five drink tickets, and a chance to vote for the best mac and cheese. And top chefs will compete for the Golden Noodle.

NEW ZEALAND MEN RATED WORST LOVERS IN THE WORLD _ A global survey completed by more than 22,700 members of online dating site Saucy Dates has rated New Zealand men as the world’s worst lovers, while Australian, South African and American men have come out on top.

… Saucy Dates members were first asked to rank the last person they slept with from 0 (worst ever) to 10 (best ever), and then reveal which country their lover had hailed from. Those surveyed gave New Zealand guys a rating of 4 out of 10 — well below men from the United Kingdom who were the next lowest with a 6/10.

… New Zealand women did marginally better, rating 6 out of 10, but still sitting at the lowest of the 11 countries included in the survey, along with Australian and Spanish women.

… Women from the US, Canada, France, and Italy were voted the best female lovers, with all nabbing the ‘very good’ eight score.

TEXAS MAN TAKES DOWN 416-POUND WILD HOG IN BACKYARD _ If you’re a feral hog, don’t mess with Texans. That’s the lesson learned by a 416-pound wild hog that was killed by an East Texas man after wreaking havoc on his property for the past five years. A man, Joe Clowers in Union Grove, Texas, killed the hog with an AR-15. Clowers says his “property lays between some populated areas and I try to maintain an environment like a sanctuary or nursery for the deer to raise fawns.” The hog had been preying on the fawns in the area and Clowers said he always stayed armed when visiting his deer feeders in case the beast charged him. The departed hog will live on as a trophy mounted on the wall in his home.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE INTERNET ISN’T ALWAYS USED FOR IDENTITY THEFT _ Worried your identity will be stolen off the Internet? Not likely. A new study says identity thieves are typically young, work solo and rely on the Internet for fewer than one-fifth of their crimes. The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection also found that “insider” employees were the offenders in one-third of the cases.  The most frequently used non-technological method was the rerouting of mail through change of address cards. Other prevalent non-technological methods were mail theft and dumpster diving. Of the 933 offenders studied, 609 said they initiated their crime by stealing fragments of personal identifying information, as opposed to stealing entire documents, such as bank cards or driver’s licenses.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOMEOWNER CALLS 911 OVER OVERGROWN ALLIGATOR _ Some Alaska homeowners called 911 when they realized their four-foot pet alligator had outgrown their bathtub. A rescue group has taken the gator and is considering moving it to Florida.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN BUYS APOLOGY CAKE FOR OFFICER AFTER ARREST _ A Louisiana woman tried to bite a police officer after she had too much to drink, and she wants everyone to know she feels really, really bad about it. Celina Dally has tried to make amends by bringing a cookie cake to the officer, along with a sincere apology. The message on the cake — “Sorry I Tried To Bite You.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHARGED IN UNDERWEAR THEFTS _ Police in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada say they want to hear from anyone in the area who has been a victim of underwear theft. Investigators say they’ve seized a number of bras and panties after a search of an accused’s home in Renfrew. They say a 61-year-old man was initially charged after a person brought evidence to police allegedly showing a man breaking into their home and stealing underwear. Police say a search warrant was obtained after a second person came forward with evidence allegedly showing a man taking underwear from their home during a break-in. A quantity of bras and panties was seized and investigators say they believe this has been occurring for a number of years.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 65 POUNDS OF WEED INCLUDED WITH COUPLE’S AMAZON ORDER _ Some Amazon customers in Orlando got a surprise when they opened the package that arrived on their doorstep. They ordered plastic storage bins, but the bins came with 65 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was in boxes inside the totes and as soon as they opened the boxes, they were hit with a strong odor. They called police, who seized the drugs and launched an investigation. The couple said that after going back and forth with Amazon for more than a month they got a $150 gift card and the following message: “I am unable to do anything else at this time.” The customers said what they wanted was an apology and an explanation about how this could happen.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANKER’S DUMPED GIRLFRIEND DRIVES HIS CAR INTO POOL _ The dumped girlfriend of a banker in the Bahamas got her revenge by driving his Mercedes into his swimming pool. She was upset because he wouldn’t help her start her own business.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 13-INCH PLATE LEFT INSIDE SURGERY PATIENT _ A hospital in Canada left a 13-inch metal plate inside a patient after surgery. The plate was left inside her body during her hysterectomy in May. In the two months that followed, she complained to hospital staff about severe pain, but was told it would be normal to experience some post-surgical discomfort. It was only when she went in for an X-ray that the metal plate was discovered.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GIVEN TICKET FOR SINGING ’90S DANCE SONG WHILE DRIVING _ In Montreal, a guy’s love of music is proving costly after he said he was given a $149 ticket for singing Everybody Dance Now while driving. Last month he was on his way to get a bottle of water when he heard a police siren behind him. When the officers approached they asked him if he screamed. He said, “No, I was just singing.” Police checked his license and registration and came back with the ticket for screaming in his car. He’s contesting the ticket.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS PUPPY BY STUFFING IT DOWN HIS PANTS _ Is there any technique more clever — or degrading — than stuffing a puppy down your pants? That’s what police say a man did in a Florida pet store. The man first put the puppy in his shirt, but then he looked for a better place to conceal it. He pushed it into the front of his pants and left the store. A few hours later employees realized that they were one puppy short. The crime was caught on video on the man was busted.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED AND ARMED WITH A BOTTLE _ A guy had a bottle of Bud Light in his left hand, $5 in his right hand and nothing on in between when he decided to rob a store in Austin, Texas. As he threatened the clerk with his beer bottle he failed to notice there was a cop in the store who cornered him and slapped on the handcuffs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CRIMINAL FOOLED BY BLIND DATE _ A German policewoman snared a wanted criminal after she arranged a blind date with him. The criminal was wanted for crimes worth a total of three years behind bars if convicted. The policewoman arrested the man at the end of the date, surrounded by other police officers that had been posing as fellow partiers.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The battle rounds continue.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. Sheldon and Raj confide in Bernadette when they can’t handle Amy and Howard working together.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The teams attempt to capture the spirit of a specific movie genre.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer and Chloe venture into the world of high-end reform programs to find a killer.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. Eliza (guest star Helen Slater) throws Alex and Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) a wedding shower.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The Washington Redskins are in Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

9JKL (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Josh learns a monthly racquetball game is actually a cover for a steak and scotch dinner.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (9p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin lies to get out of working on a Sunday to attend a football game.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — New. The mutants devise a plan to take down Sentinel Services

VALOR (9p ET, CW) — New. Ian and CIA officer Thea work to figure out the next step in the rescue mission.

ME, MYSELF, & I (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Midlife Alex is tempted to find his biological father.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team is taken hostage by a group attempting a virtual heist.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. Dr. Murphy encounters a young patient who looks eerily similar to his deceased brother.

THE BRAVE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Ambassador Charles Webb (guest star Ben Cain) is in danger while stationed in Nigeria.


ENTERTAINMENT

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WILL HEADLINE HALFTIME SHOW _ Justin Timberlake confirmed Sunday that he will headline the Super Bowl 52 halftime show next year. Goofing around with pal Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake broke the news on Twitter. Last month, Variety reported that the singer was the frontrunner to headline the halftime show on February 4, 2018. • VIDEO

TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN IS TOPS _ The holiday comedy Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was the No. 1 movie in North America over the weekend, earning $21.7 million. Coming in at No. 2 was Geostorm with $13.3 million.

EWAN MCGREGOR AND HIS WIFE EVE SPLIT _ Scottish actor Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis have separated after 22 years of marriage. The couple are the parents of four children.

… A source says Ewan is now dating his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

PRISCILLA PRESLEY SAYS SHE HAS NOT QUIT SCIENTOLOGY _ Despite reports to the contrary, Priscilla Presley has not left the Church of Scientology. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported that the 72-year-old, who is believed to have been a member of since the death of her ex-husband Elvis Presley, told friends she had quit the controversial religion. According to the site, a source said that she quit in 2014 and that originally, “Priscilla reached out to John Travolta after Elvis died in 1977 and that’s how she ended up in the church.” But Priscilla’s rep says she’s still a part of the church.

NETFLIX RATINGS LEAK: 200,000 START GREY’S ANATOMY EACH MONTH _ While verifiable Netflix viewer data is nowhere to be found, one of TV’s top executives says that every month 200,000 people watch Episode 1 of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. The executive is with Disney/ABC and said that “2.4 million people a year discover Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix,” which “has propelled Grey’s, now in its 13th season on ABC, to great success.”

THE LAST JEDI BOX OFFICE PROJECTION _ When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December of 2015, it shattered tons of box office records, including setting the opening weekend high with $247 million and riding a wave that raked in over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi end up breaking as many records? The long range box office projections for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are in and it’s expected to have opening weekend of $215 million, which would be enough for it to have the second highest opening weekend of all time, just behind The Force Awakens.

CELEBRITY AUCTION INCLUDES ELVIS’S PINK CADILLAC, BOYHOOD HOME _ Years before Elvis Presley became the King of Rock and Roll, the story goes, he lived in a small house up a hill from his elementary school in northeastern Mississippi and played with other kids in a nearby field. Fans now have a chance to buy that old home and land. The white, wood-frame house and more than 16 acres of adjoining property are part of an upcoming celebrity auction that includes everything from actress Marilyn Monroe’s dresses to Michael Jackson’s dark fedora.

… Want the Army uniform that Tom Hanks wore while filming Forrest Gump? It’s in the sale. What the umbrella with a parrot-shaped handle that Julie Andrews carried in Mary Poppins? Or Hugh Hefner’s 1973 BMW? The memorabilia are part of an online auction set for November 11 by GWS Auctions, a Southern California company which specializes in the sale of items including estates, fine art and celebrity collectibles.

BILLIE LOURD PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE MOM CARRIE FISHER _ Saturday would have been Carrie Fisher’s 61st birthday. And with nearly a year having passed since the Star Wars actress’ tragic death, Billie Lourd paid tribute to her mother in more ways than one, taking to Instagram to share a series of throwback mother-and-daughter pictures, and getting a very similar ankle tattoo to the one Fisher had.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

AMAZON POT: Amazon customer received marijuana.

DROPS: Contest clips package.

PHONER: What are you afraid of?  →  4 real calls!

DROP: Sounds so dull, and the more you say it the duller it gets.


IN THE PROSHARE FACEBOOK GROUP


BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, $21.6 million
  2. Geostorm, $13.3 million
  3. Happy Death Day, $9.3 million
  4. Blade Runner 2049, $7.1 million
  5. Only The Brave, $6 million
  6. The Foreigner, $5.4 million
  7. It, $3.5 million
  8. The Snowman, $3.4 million
  9. American Made, $3.1 million
  10. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, $3 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Boo! A Madea Halloween.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Paranormal Activity.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was 30 Days of Night.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was I Know What You Did Last Summer.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

Jigsaw (R) – Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years. Tobin Bell.

Suburbicon (R) – Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns — the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac.

Thank You for Your Service (R) – A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. World Series
  2. iPhone X
  3. NFL Week #7
  4. College Football
  5. Harvey Weinstein
  6. Pumpkin Spice
  7. Halloween
  8. JFK Files
  9. Aaron Rodgers
  10. The Walking Dead
  11. Kelly Clarkson
  12. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  13. Justin Bieber
  14. Ed Sheeran
  15. Amazon HQ2
  16. Taylor Swift

IS YOUR PET IN YOUR WILL?

A new survey shows 18% of pet owners mention their pets in their wills…

… Is your pet in your will?

… If you went today, what would you want to leave your pet?

… If you had a choice, would you leave more money for the care of your pet or the care of your spouse?

SCORPIO ZODIAC SIGN

If you were born today (October 23) through November 21, you’re zodiac sign is scorpio.

• Your best days are Tuesdays

• Your lucky numbers are 8, 11, 18, 22

• Your strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend

• Your weaknesses: Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent

• Your likes: Truth, facts, being right, longtime friends, teasing, a grand passion

• Your dislikes: Dishonesty, revealing secrets, passive people

WORLD SERIES FIRSTS

• The first World Series was in 1884. The Province Grays (NL) swept the New York Mets (AA) 3-0. Charles Radbourn pitched all three games for Province and did not allow any earned runs.

• The first World Series between the AL and NL was in 1903. Cy Young and the Boston Braves beat Honus Wagner and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3.

• In 1912 the facade of the Times Square building posted a 16′ by 7′ high electric scoreboard broadcasting the play by play of the Boston Red Sox versus New York Giants World Series. Someone with a megaphone announced the game. New York lost the series.

• In 1922 the World Series was broadcast over the radio for the first time. It was the second ever subway series and the Yankees were beaten by the Giants 4-0 with one tie. Ruth had only two hits in the loss.

• In 1947 the first World Series was televised for the first time, but only in New York. It was the second meeting between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. The Yankees won a thrilling seven game series.

• In 1951 the World Series was broadcast coast to coast in another subway series. The Yankees beat the New York Giants 4-2. Willie Mays had only four hits in the loss.

• In 1955, the World Series was first broadcast in color. It was another subway series and it was the year those bums in Brooklyn finally beat the Yankees.

• In 1971 the first night game was played in a World Series. It was game 4 between Pittsburgh and Baltimore with the Pirates tying the series in that game with a 4-3 win.

THINGS PEOPLE DO ON THE JOB BUT SHOULDN’T

What are some of the biggest workplace sins, and how many people commit them? CareerBuilder.com crunched the numbers.

• Falling asleep at work (45 percent)

• Kissing a co-worker (39 percent)

• Stealing from the office (22 percent)

• Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent)

• Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent)

• Snooping after hours (18 percent)

• Lying about an academic background (4 percent)

• Taking credit for someone else’s work (2 percent)


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What body part lasts just ten days? (The taste bud)

TRIVIA: If you live in Arizona and own one of these, it picks up about 20 pounds of dust a year. (Swimming pool)

TOUCH-TONE TRIVIA

I’ll ask a series of questions, which you’ll answer with a press on your telephone keypad. Get all three right and you win. Since you won’t be able to distinguish which number is pressed, you yell out the correct answer and keypad number on every one. Yep, they win no matter what!

Q1: According to folklore, if your corn shucks are thicker than usual this year, this means what?

  • press 1 for a rough winter is ahead*
  • press 2 for a short winter is ahead
  • press 3 for corn will be yellower
  • press 4 for corn cob pipes will be everywhere

Q2: Which physical feature do more wives say they’d like to change?

  • press 1 for face
  • press 2 for weight*
  • press 3 for hair
  • press 4 for thickness of wallet

Q3: Which is the oldest river in North America?

  • press 1 for the Neosho River in Kansas
  • press 2 for the New River in West Virginia*
  • press 3 for the Geezer River in Manitoba
  • press 4 for Joan Rivers in Hollywood

Q4: Each year the Moon moves away from the Earth by what distance?

  • press 1 for 2 miles
  • press 2 for 2 feet
  • press 3 for 2 inches*
  • press 4 for 2 hard to know

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Baby Leo sees mom for the first time.

BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dad builds amazing Groot costume for himself and Rocket costume for daughter.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Stairs to nowhere.


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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 24, 2017

This is day 297 of 2017. There are 68 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 81

• F. Murray Abraham is 78

• Kevin Kline is 70

• B.D. Wong (Jurassic World, Law & Order: SVU) is 57

• Reality star Korie Robertson is 44

• Drake is 31

• YouTube star PewDiePie is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1861: The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln.

• 1939: Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.

• 1940: The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.

• 2001: The House passed a $100 billion economic stimulus package in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2003: The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

• 2004: Ten people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, were killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

• 2005: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.

• 2006: A man tried to walk through the drive-through window at a Burger King in Salt Lake City, Utah, at around 9:30pm. When the restaurant staff told him they didn’t serve pedestrians at the window, the man beat on the glass and then stepped to a nearby pay phone in sight of the staff. The suspect then called police and made a bomb threat on the Burger King. He was found a few minutes later and was arrested.

• 2011: The Northern Lights become visible over much of North America due to a coronal mass ejection.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• United Nations

• Bologna Day

UPCOMING

• October 24: World Series begins (Game 1 – Astros at Dodgers, Fox TV)
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• February 4: Super Bowl 52