INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 25, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2017

This is day 298 of 2017. There are 67 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Marion Ross (Happy Days) is 89

• Former basketball coach Bobby Knight is 77

• Helen Reddy is 76

• Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is 60

• Michael Boatman (The Good Wife) is 53

• Samantha Bee (Full Frontal, The Daily Show) is 48

• Craig Robinson (Darryl on The Office) is 46

• Katy Perry is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”.

• 1970: The wreck of Confederate submarine Hunley was found off Charleston, South Carolina, by underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence. Hunley was the first submarine to sink a ship in warfare.

• 1982: The TV show Newhart debuted. It starred Bob Newhart as Dick Loudon. Also on the show: three lovable brothers named Larry, Darryl and Darryl.

•  2001: Windows XP was released.

•  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.

•  1999: Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was 42.

•  2002: The Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed Robert Paul Rice’s claims that the Utah State Prison was violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a “vampire” diet. The so-called vampire diet apparently would have involved a conjugal visit from a “vampress.”

•  2007: According to a British paper, human branding had become the latest twisted fashion trend for young professionals who regard straightforward tattoos and piercings as passe. They were happily paying up to $140 to have red-hot metal brands or cauterizing pens, which burn at more than 1,800 degrees, permanently scar their skin with a design.

• 2010: Sony took its original cassette Walkman off the market.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day

• International Artists Day

• Sourest Day, for fans of sour foods

• World Pasta Day

• Punk for a Day Day

• Greasy Food Day

UPCOMING

• October 26: Full release of Kennedy assassination papers
• 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
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

7.5: Calories in each kernel of candy corn.


NEWS ATTACK!

The World Series started last night (Tuesday) in Los Angeles and boy, was it hot. [Players substituted their sunflower seeds for ice cubes.]

Critics are calling for an investigation into why Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, warrants a huge 30-person security team at a cost of $2 million a year. [It’s probably has to do with all the death threats he’s gotten after he okayed coal-fired daycare centers.]

The dogs of an Iditarod champ have tested positive for pain-killers. [If I had to pull a sled at top speed in the cold for days on end, I’d test positive for more than pain-killers.]

A group of men in Australia swam to a crocodile trap and got inside with the bait. [That’s how stupid people die — then they aggravate everyone else with their six-block-long funeral procession.]

According to a new study, massive floods that used to hit New York City only once every 500 years could start occurring every 5 years. [That explains why the new taxicabs have outboard motors.]

Kim Cattrall said in a new interview that she and her fellow cast members of Sex and the City were never friends. [And I seriously doubt the interview is going to change things.]

A fired Nickelodeon producer apologized for sexually harassing female coworkers. [It’s sad when a woman can’t even work at a kids TV network without being slimed.]

A former Canadian TV sports anchor was arrested for robbing two banks in two days. [In the criminal sports world that’s called a doubleheader.]

Scientists have engineered pigs with low body fat. [“No chicken and fish for me. My doctor has me on a strict bacon-only diet.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SONY REPORTEDLY ANNOUNCING NEW ROBOT DOG NEXT MONTH _ Sony is planning next spring to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot similar to its discontinued Aibo with updated components that could allow it to control home appliances. Wall Street Journal reports Sony is preparing for a media event in November to show off the product. Last year Sony’s CEO said that the company was developing “a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers, and able to grow to inspire love and affection.”

JUDGE WROTE AN EVICTION NOTICE FOR MOM’S OVERDUE BABY _ If you’ve never experienced the agony that is being pregnant and past your due date, you should count yourself lucky. There’s the extreme discomfort, the nervousness, and the strong desire to finally, finally see your baby. Those feelings can lead to some extreme actions, like getting a judge to issue an eviction notice for your overdue baby. Kaylee Bays was expecting her third child when she went into labor last week. Unfortunately, her labor stalled and she was sent home by the hospital. The next day, tired and eager to bring her baby into the world, she went back to her job as a judicial assistant at the Fourth District Court in Utah and jokingly asked Judge Lynn Davis to draft up an eviction notice for her unborn child. Surprisingly, the eviction notice worked! A little less than 12 hours after the notice was signed and officiated, Kaylee’s daughter, Gretsel, was born.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Moms, when you were past your due date what did you do that made you go into labor?

A CAFE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE TO EAT AVOCADOS ALL DAY _ If you’ve ever dreamt of swapping your commute to become a professional avocado taster, you could be in luck. The avocado is set to be the main attraction at the world’s first avocado café opening in Sydney, Australia, next week. The Head of Avo Control (yes, that is a real job) will have the task of taste-testing 20 avocado options on the menu. The job description reads: “The Head of Avo Control will also be an avocado “avocate” willing to snap, gram, tweet and FB your avo experience…”

Thought it was too good to be true? You’re probably right. It’s an unpaid gig — the person who gets the job will just be able to eat for free and get their avo fix for the entire month the pop-up is open.

SAUDI ARABIA WILL BUILD $500B MEGA-CITY 33 TIMES THE SIZE OF NYC _ Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter, but falling oil prices have made it more difficult for the country to pay its oil workers. Now the Saudi Arabian government has come up with a project that could give its economy a boost: a $500 billion mega-city that will connect to Jordan and Egypt and be powered completely by renewable energy. The business and industrial-focused city will span 10,230 square miles. To put that size in perspective, 10,230 square miles is more than 33 times the land area of New York City.

TRAIN BLOCKS MICHIGAN RAILROAD CROSSING FOR NINE HOURS _ Commuters in a Detroit-area city faced an unexpected detour the other day when a train blocked a railroad crossing for nine hours. The city manager of Plymouth, Michigan, called the train’s owner, CSX, who told him the situation should be resolved in a week to 10 days. But they didn’t tell the city what the situation is.

REPORTER HELPS NEW COP PROPOSE TO GIRLFRIEND LIVE ON AIR _ Phillip Santana had just been sworn into the NYPD as a new police officer. His girlfriend Jennifer waited to congratulate him. After meeting and congratulating him, Jennifer joined Phillip when he was being interviewed by a reporter with a TV station about graduating police academy. Little did Jennifer know, the reporter and Phillip had joined forces for a very special surprise. While asking him about his new role as a police officer, the reporter asked Phillip to spell out his name and that of his fiancée. Of course, both Phillip and Jennifer were taken aback; she was his girlfriend, not his fiancée. “Fianceé?” Phillip asked, turning to Jennifer… and then to the officer next to him. Then Phillip turned back around with an engagement ring box in his hand. Live, on TV, he proposed and she said yes.

LISTEN TO TUNES WHILE YOU WORK OUT _ People who listen to tunes while exercising put more “umph” into their workout. A study finds music is a mood-enhancer, distractor, and makes you more likely to push yourself.

RAMEN FORK WILL PLAY NOISES TO COVER UP YOUR GROSS SLURPING _ A new invention out of Japan is taking on the problem of “noodle harassment,” which basically involves the rather unpleasant slurping sound that accompanies eating ramen. Japanese company Nissin, makers of the Cup Noodle, has invented the Otohiko — a tech-enhanced fork that will detect slurping noises and camouflage them with other sounds. The tech-enhanced fork can detect multiple types of slurping sounds. When the fork hears you engaging in noodle harassment, it will connect to an app on your smartphone and direct it to play customizable sounds to cover up your shame.

COUPLES IN THESE STATES ARGUE LESS THAN REST OF U.S. _ A new study (by Mattress Clarity) says couples in Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and West Virginia fight the least. — nine times a month. The national average is 19 times. Hawaii couples fight the most — 47 times per month.

… The study also found that the average couple in the U.S. spends the night in separate beds 5.5 times per month.

Find the rest of the map here.

BAD WEATHER MIGHT MAKE US BAD DRIVERS _ A study has found bad weather may make drivers more hostile. On cloudy days, people are more likely to feel angry and irritable behind the wheel than on sunny days.

PRINCE HARRY REVEALS HE’S NEVER TOASTED A MARSHMALLOW _ Prince Harry hung out with a group of teens at a U.K. nature reserve on Monday and revealed a personal tidbit that left many baffled. Prince Harry told the kids: “I’ve never toasted marshmallows over a campfire. They’re too sweet for me.” To his credit, the former military man says he’s “made campfires and slept under the stars more than I’ve slept in a bed.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What food has everyone but you eaten?

COUPLE CROWDFUNDING FOR WHISKEY-BASED DEODORANT _ A Colorado (Loveland) has launched a Kickstarter for a deodorant called Pit Liquor — all-organic spray deodorant using whiskey and essential oils. Jason and Erica Feucht are looking to raise $12,000. • LINK

WE’RE NOT LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION _ If you love the Matrix movies and often think you’re living in a computer simulations, you can relax. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the UK have shown that life and reality cannot be simulations generated by a massive extraterrestrial computer. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, researchers show that constructing a computer simulation of a particular quantum phenomenon that occurs in metals is impossible — not just practically, but in principle.

COMMANDER OF FIRST FLIGHT OF SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER DIES _ Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Weitz died at his retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona. A NASA biography says Weitz was among the class of 19 astronauts who were chosen in April 1966. He served as command module pilot on the first crew of the orbiting space laboratory known as Skylab during a 28-day mission in 1973. Weitz also commanded the first launch of the shuttle Challenger in April 1983. The five-day mission took off from the Kennedy space Center in Florida and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The Challenger was destroyed and seven crew members killed during its 10th launch on January 28, 1986.

MAN PAYS OFF $85,000 IN DEBT BY LIVING IN CAMPER FOR 4 YEARS _ A man in Calgary has paid off more than $85,000 of debt by spending nearly four years living in a 20-foot-long camper parked on city streets. Geoffrey Westlock says he was working in a warehouse in late 2013 when his boss frightened him by suggesting the business might shut down. He was renting a two-bedroom townhouse, making payments on a pickup truck, owed tens of thousands of dollars to a friend and was barely making the monthly minimums on three credit cards. Westlock crunched some numbers and says he realized “if I just got rid of my rent I’d be fine.” He traded rent checks for lower trailer payments and cut his spending to nearly nothing. Westlock says his humble home was very cold in winter and it needs to be moved frequently to avoid parking fines, but the sacrifice has been worth it. Now that the debt is gone, Westlock says he plans to sock away savings until he can buy a piece of land.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHY WE PROCRASTINATE — AND HOW TO FIX IT _ Learning a new thing or doing something you would rather not do can be stressing. This can cause anxiety at first. This activates the area associated with pain in the brain. Your brain looks for a way to stop that negative feeling by switching your attention to something else more pleasant. That’s procrastination.

… The solution: Just start. Researchers discovered that not long after people start actually working out what they didn’t like, that neuro-discomfort disappeared.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ROBS STORE WEARING SCUBA MASK _ A man wearing a mask used a knife to commit a robbery at a Largo, Florida, convenience store. Police caught the man — who was wearing a scuba mask as a disguise — as he exited the store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GARBAGE TRUCK HITS STORE NAMED A BEAUTIFUL MESS _ A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named A Beautiful Mess. The truck caused extensive damage.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SAYS SHE SLIPPED ON SANDWICH LEFTOVERS _ A Delaware judge says a woman who says she slipped on the remnants of a sandwich can continue her lawsuit against a popular convenience store chain. Lisa Donovan says she slipped and fell on “hoagie guts,” or discarded sandwich pieces, in the parking lot of a store in 2014.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PILFERED PANTIES _ Cops in Nevada say they received a call from a woman reporting her underwear had been taken from the laundry room at her apartment building. When police investigated they found other women whose panties had also been stolen. Through a little investigating, cops found a man that had more than 65 pairs of stolen panties. Cops are looking to speak with anyone who is missing panties. They also hope to reunite the missing panties with their rightful owners.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MISSED MARRIAGE PROPOSAL _ A Malaysian woman missed a giant banner announcing a marriage proposal from her boyfriend because she didn’t take her usual route to work. The girlfriend started getting phone calls from her friends asking her if she had seen the banner. She freaked when she found out — and then accepted her boyfriend’s offer.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HALLOWEEN THIEVES LEAVE PAINT TRAIL _ In Michigan some teens tried getting ready for Halloween by stealing several large blow-up Halloween ornaments from the front yard of a home. They might have gotten away with it if they had not decided to paint a few choice words on a nearby building. In the process, they spilled some paint and then stepped in it, giving the police a nice paint trail to follow right to their house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLERK TELLS ROBBER SHE’S TOO BUSY _ In the U.K., a woman was behind the cash register at a gas station when a man with a gun came in and demanded everything in her drawer. But instead of surrendering the cash the 51-year-old turned to the robber and told him she was too busy to deal with him.


ON TELEVISION

WORLD SERIES GAME 2 (8p ET, FOX) — The Dodgers and Astros play game 2.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Red and Hawkins (guest star Aida Turturro) lay the groundwork for their new business venture.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The Goldbergs celebrates its 100th episode.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New. Jughead befriends a Southside Serpent on his first day.

2017 AMERICAN HUMANE HERO DOG AWARDS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Beth Stern and James Denton host the seventh annual ceremony.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. After eating old candy, the DiMeo kids have bad dreams.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team must protect the American Embassy in South Sudan when the ambassador refuses to evacuate.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Phil and Claire start to question their enthusiasm for Halloween.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. An old kidnapping case is reopened when a young woman is found in Central Park.

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New. Fallon fights to use the family name in her new business venture.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. A meth lab bust uncovers a scam involving children adopted from foreign countries.

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Morgan (Shemar Moore) returns to to help Penelope deal with a case.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. MI-6 agent Damian Rennett joins FBI agent Hannah Wells to solve an international murder.


ENTERTAINMENT

CLINT EASTWOOD’S THE 15:17 TO PARIS IS ARRIVING IN FEBRUARY _ Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris will arrive in theaters on February 9, 2018. The film tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

… In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris — an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The 15:17 to Paris follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

PAUL WALKER’S DAUGHTER MEADOW SETTLES WITH PORSCHE _ It’s been almost four years since the world lost Paul Walker in a high-speed car crash while he was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT. Three years and 11 months after the actor’s death, his 18-year-old daughter Meadow Walker is still missing her father, but one important chapter has come to a close — her wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has finally been settled. The lawsuit was settled with the German car company on October 16. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but documents state that now that a settlement has been reached, both parties have requested for a dismissal of the suit.

JAMIE FOXX JOINS JOHNNIE COCHRAN MOVIE _ Jamie Foxx has been cast as Black Panther leader Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt in Signal Hill, the Johnnie Cochran biopic starring Anthony Mackie. Signal Hill will be centered on the 1981 wrongful death case of college football star Ron Settles. Signal Hill police ruled that Settles had hanged himself in a city jail cell in despair over his arrest for speeding, but Cochran suspected foul play and persuaded the Settles family to request that the body be exhumed for an autopsy, which showed Settles had been choked to death.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSER HITS WEINSTEIN CO. WITH $5M LAWSUIT _ A woman accusing Harvey Weinstein of behaving inappropriately with her has filed a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company, claiming that the company was aware of accusations against Weinstein well before her encounter with the disgraced film mogul. In her suit Huett says that, as an aspiring actress in 2010, she arranged a meeting with Weinstein at the Peninsula Bevery Hills hotel, where Weinstein was living at the time. Huett says she wanted to discuss the possibility of Weinstein helping her procure roles. Instead, she says, he asked to see her breasts and asked if she had a “boob job,” cautioning her that breast-augmentation surgery would be detrimental to finding work.

… The pair went to Weinstein’s room, the suit says, where Weinstein went to the bathroom and returned “wearing only a bathrobe.” According to the suit, Weinstein demanded a massage from Huett and asked for sexual favors.

KARDASHIANS SIGN RENEWAL DEAL WITH E! _ The Kardashians are staying put at E! The reality TV family has inked a rich new multiyear deal with the channel. An inside source said the deal runs through 2020 but disputed the $150 million-dollar price tag reported by TMZ, instead estimating the new pact is south of $100 million.

JUSTICE LEAGUE RUNTIME REVEALED _ The runtime for Justice League has been revealed, and it’s the shortest of all the DC movies so far. Justice League — featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman — will top out at 1 minute over 2 hours. The next-shortest DC flick was Suicide Squad, which clocked in at 123 minutes. The longest — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — was 151 minutes in length. Man of Steel was 143 minutes, Wonder Woman was 141

ROBERT GUILLAUME, BENSON’ STAR, DIES AT 89 _ Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series Benson, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89. His wife Donna Guillaume said he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.

MARK WAHLBERG SAYS HE HOPES GOD FORGIVES HIM FOR BOOGIE NIGHTS _ Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for his role as a porn star in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with a Chicago’s Cardinal that he hopes “that God is a movie fan and also forgiving” because he says he’s made “some poor choices” in the past. Wahlberg listed Boogie Nights when asked if he’s prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies. Boogie Nights follows the career of Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler through the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

CATE BLANCHETT ON ‘LOOKING SEXY’: IT’S NOT AN INVITATION _ On Monday night at the InStyle Awards, freshly anointed 2017 ‘Style Icon’ Cate Blanchett stood up with a message that cut through the news noise. Though Harvey Weinstein’s name went unsaid during the glittery evening at the Getty Center, Blanchett subtly addressed one of the criticisms directed at women who have accused the movie mogul of harassment. She took the podium and outlined a reality in which women dress for themselves, not because they’re ‘asking for it.’ Blanchet said, “It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear it. I mean, you know we all like looking sexy but it doesn’t mean we want to (boink) you. No one says to Steve Bannon: ‘You look like a bag of trash, do you want want me to throw you out?'”

TOP TV SWS _ Week of October 16-22.

  1. NFL Football: Atlanta at New England, NBC, 19.24 million
  2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.58 million
  3. NFL Football: Kansas City at Oakland, CBS, 14.39 million
  4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 13.85 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.08 million
  6. NCIS, CBS, 12.85 million
  7. The Walking Dead, AMC, 11.44 million
  8. This is Us, NBC, 10.65 million
  9. The Good Doctor, ABC, 10.6 million
  10. Bull, CBS, 10.49 million
  11. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 10.44 million
  12. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 10.37 million
  13. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 10.03 million
  14. Major League Baseball: ALCS, Game 7, New York Yankees at Houston, Fox Sports, 9.92 million
  15. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 9.58 million
  16. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.54 million
  17. Blue Bloods, CBS, 9.07 million
  18. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.67 million
  19. NFL Football: Indianapolis at Tennessee, ESPN, 8.44 million
  20. NCIS Los Angeles, CBS, 8.18 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

DOG BRAINS: In life, there are many questions that have yet to be answered. And then there are universal facts that are backed up by science, which we must accept. One blogger decided to address one of these facts in her own colorful way. The question of the day? Whether or not dogs have brains. The blogger goes on a rant about how she doesn’t believe that dogs have brains — because they cannot talk to us.

PHONER: What do you want to be buried with? A recent survey said we want to be buried with pets ashes, team jerseys, a favorite piece of jewelry.  →  2 real calls for launching a phoner

DROPS: Contest clips package.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

THE BEST TIME

There’s an optimal time to do everything. When is the best time to…

THE HARDEST THING YOU’LL DO ALL DAY: Early morning — Your stress hormone cortisol rises just before waking, increasing your blood-sugar level, giving you the energy and momentum to manage difficult situations effectively.

MAKE A PRESENTATION: 10am — Morning is the time of day when your voice is most rested. And by 9 or 10, you’ve had a chance to drink some water; a good dose of hydration will help eliminate early-morning raspiness.

MAKE MAJOR STRATEGIC DECISIONS: Late morning –Your body temperature is rising. Your alertness is up. Your brain’s ability to process information is at its best.

BEST TIME TO MAKE YOUR MOVE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX: 11:55am — If you are lusting after a coworker, ask him or her out just before lunch — when his or her mood is likely to be best. People are usually more receptive right before they leave for lunch, because their minds aren’t cluttered with what they have to do that day or what they’re planning to do when they get home.

BEST TIME TO READ TEDIOUS REPORTS WITH LOTS OF NUMBERS IN THEM: Early afternoon — Your vision is often a bit blurry in the early morning and sharpens over a few hours.

BEST TIME TO SNACK: 2pm — Eat a handful of nuts. The protein will increase your energy, and the fat will keep you full until dinner.

BEST TIME TO FIRE SOMEBODY: Mid-afternoon — Even if you have to ruin your employees’ day, you don’t have to ruin their lives. Heart attacks are more likely to hit in the first three hours after you wake up than at any other time.

BEST TIME TO TEE OFF WITH CLIENTS: 4:50pm: Typically, hand-eye coordination reaches optimal levels in the late afternoon.

BRAIN AEROBICS

If you want your brain — and your memory — to work better, you have to exercise it. Stretch it in new ways. At least that’s the word from neurobiologists at Duke University who say you need to cross-train your brain to keep it limber enough to remember names, master new skills, and stay creative. Here’s a sample of things you can do to keep your brain fresh.

• When you get ready in the morning (you know the drill — shower, shave, eat breakfast), use your non-dominant hand.

• Find things like the shower faucet, the soap, your car keys, and the ignition with your eyes closed.

• Learn the Braille numbers for some floors in your office building.

• Visit the spice aisle and use all your senses to experience the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells.

• Fill small bottles with different aromatic herbs and sniff up the scent when you dial a new phone number. Why? This may help you recall the number.

• When you travel, avoid American-style hotels and eateries. Go local and try what’s new and different.

THE 15 WORST TV SHOWS EVER MADE

According to Rotten Tomatoes.

15. 2011 – I Hate My Teenage Daughter, starring Jaime Pressly

14. 2009 – Hank, starring Kelsey Grammer

13. 2014 – Friends With Better Lives, starring James Van Der Beek

12. 2012 – Rob, starring Rob Schneider

11. 2016 – Hunters, starring some people on the SyFy network

10. 2014 – Saint George, starring comedian George Lopez

9. 2016 – Damien, starring some guy

8. 2015 – Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong

7. 2011 – Charlie’s Angels, starring, uh, who knows

6. 2013 – Dads, starring Seth Green

5. 2015 – Rosewood, starring Morris Chestnut

4. 2017 – The Kennedys: After Camelot, starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear

3. 2011 – Allen Gregory, an adult animation created in part by Jonah Hill

2. 2013 – We Are Men, starring Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn an Tony Shalhoub

1. 2012 – Work It, starring two guys who dress up like women to find employment in St Louis


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average one of these has 127 layers. (Onion. And that’s just an onion the size of a tennis ball.)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• They give you gas. (Beans)

• Cleveland’s baseball team. (Indians)

• When Ronald Reagan was president, she was the First Lady. (Nancy)

• The three-letter gadget that tells you exactly where you are. (GPS)

• An eye care professional who provides lenses for the correction of vision defects. (Optician)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Airport employee dances while directing plane on runway.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Chicken socks.


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2017

• 1912: Sara Ophelia Colley was born in Centerville, Tennessee. She was better known to the world as MINNIE PEARL.

• 1984: ALABAMA’s albums Mountain Music and Feels So Right were certified triple platinum while The Closer You Get and Roll On each achieved double platinum status.

• 1992: ROGER MILLER died in Los Angeles at the age of 56 of lung cancer.

• 1997: The DIXIE CHICKS made their chart debut with I Can Love You Better.

• 2000: VINCE GILL and DOLLY PARTON hosted a television taping honoring the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th birthday.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT’s Speak Now album was released.

• 2015: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, THE BROWNS and guitarist Grady Martin were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

SAWYER BROWN frontman Mark Miller is 59.

CHELY WRIGHT is 47.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• On Tuesday’s The Voice Natalie Stovall faced off against fellow Team Blake member Adam Cunningham while performing LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Boondocks, before Stovall was eliminated.

• MADDIE AND TAE’s Maddie is in to couponing.

• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is inspired by old sounds.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Country Music Association has revealed collaborations between KELSEA BALLERINI and REBA MCENTIRE, DIERKS BENTLEY and RASCAL FLATTS, MAREN MORRIS and Niall Horan, and BRAD PAISLEY and KANE BROWN will take place during the 2017 CMA Awards, airing November 8 from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show will also include performances by GARTH BROOKS, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON PARDI, LUKE BRYAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD, who will co-host with Brad once again.

MAREN MORRIS is the first country artist to sign a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. She will partner with the agency as a celebrity model to showcase various fashion looks that will include future album artwork and more.

JASON ALDEAN’s Concert For The Cure raised more than $330,000 for the Louisville chapter of Susan G. Komen.

ERIC CHURCH will release a 15 LP vinyl set of his 61 Days In Church Tour. Pre-orders begin October 27 at 61daysinchurch.com. The first shipment, which will go out December 15, will include the first three LPs, a tour book, special poster and road case. An additional LP volume will ship once a month throughout the month of 2018.

LUKE BRYAN will be the focus of Living Every Day: Luke Bryan airing November 6 on ABC. The documentary style special, hosted by Robin Roberts, follows Luke on his farm as well as how he juggles his music career and new gig as a judge on American Idol. The show will include an interview with CMA Awards hosts BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD along with Luke’s family.

LUKE BRYAN is the 2017 Songwriter/Artist of the Year from Nashville Songwriters Association International. He took home the honor Monday night.

KENNY ROGERS’ final concert, All In For The Gambler, is set for tonight (Wednesday) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In addition to his final performance with DOLLY PARTON, the show will also includes performances by REBA MCENTIRE, LADY ANTEBELLUM, CHRIS STAPLETON and Lionel Richie.

It’s two in a row for LUKE COMBS, whose tune When It Rains, It Pours, tops the Country Airplay (Billboard) chart this week, following the number one success of his debut, Hurricane, back in May.

KIP MOORE scores his fourth number one this week (Mediabase) with More Girls Like You.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2017

This is day 299 of 2017. There are 66 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels) is 72

• Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 71

• Hillary Clinton is 70

• Rita Wilson is 61

• Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is 56

• Cary Elwes is 55

• Jeff Probst is 55

• Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, ‘Ed) is 49

• Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) is 44

• Jon Heder (Blades of Glory, Napoleon Dynamite) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona.

• 1951: Boxer Joe Louis came out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.

• 1965: The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

• 1984: In Loma Linda, California, a baboon’s heart was transplanted into “Baby Fae,” a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart.

• 1984: John D. McCollum shot and killed himself after spending a day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records; a lawsuit was later filed by his parents over the song “Suicide Solution” but the case was eventually thrown out.

• 1990: Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points.

• 1996: Prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

• 1997: St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors, including even Packer blankets and quilts.

• 2006; A pole-dancing kit was removed from the toys and games section of a British store’s web site after getting complaints from parents who didn’t want there kids to learn how to “Unleash the sex kitten inside.”

• 2006: In Maryland, Don Fitzhugh was fishing with his wife and three others on the Chesapeake when they came upon a buck swimming near an island. They new the deer had no business being out there, and they say it looked disoriented. Only the deer’s head was above water and his nose was shaking from the cold. So someone grabbed a fishing net to hold one antler and another guy grabbed another. The two held on while the boat’s captain drove slowly toward shore. Half an hour later, they released the deer near shore.

• 2010: Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and utilization project, announced its water levels had reached full capacity.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Howl at The Moon Night

• National Day of The Deployed

• Pumpkin Day

UPCOMING

• October 26: Full release of Kennedy assassination papers
• 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
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52