INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 26, 2017

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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 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• 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

1,000: Hours of video collected each day by body cams worn by police in Washington, DC.


NEWS ATTACK!

Since 1988 Queen Elizabeth’s stable of racehorses have taken home nearly $9 million in prize money. The horses have won 451 races. [But the queen is looking for a new talented young jockey because, as she announced, due to age, this is the last year that she will personally ride the horses.]

Fees are likely to double at the country’s most popular national parks. [Well, times are very expensive and Smokey the Bears has several cubs in college.]

The new U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa was counseled about not being culturally sensitive and making insulting remarks at an event he attended on Samoa. [He asked his hosts, “What’s for dinner? I hope it’s not me.”]

The prince who’s heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia said that he’s moving the country toward a more moderate policy that welcomes cultures from the outside world. [That explains the prince new women’s roller derby league.]

Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that a London casino doesn’t have to pay a gambler the $10 million he won because he cheated. [Picky, picky, picky.]

New Zealand’s National Party has been ordered to pay $415,000 plus interest for ripping off an Eminem song for a political commercial. [After the judge made his ruling he dropped the mike.]

Police were called to a wedding reception in Florida after a woman crashed the event and started a fight that included the bridesmaids. [If this sort of thing happened all the time, women wouldn’t have such a hard time getting men to go to weddings.]

A Utah burglary suspect on the run from police had to call 911 for help after he hid himself in a vacant church’s old boiler room and couldn’t open the door to get out. [In other words, he called the police to get him out of a locked room so that they could transport him to another locked room.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

WOMAN FINDS HERSELF ONLY PASSENGER ON FLIGHT TO GREECE _ Karon Grieve had not just the seat next to her empty on her trip from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete — and not even just both seats next to her. Every other seat on the plane was empty, meaning there were 188 empty seats. When Grieve checked in for the flight and asked how many people were scheduled to be on board, a staffer at the desk told her there would be just three. But the other two would-be passengers never showed up, leaving Grieve with what she calls a “surreal” experience on her $61 flight.

… Grieve says the plane’s captain “came and sat beside me while the first officer did all the flight checks” and then said “Hi there, Karon” from the cockpit every time she made an announcement. When the flight landed, Grieve’s baggage was handed to her rather than sent to the baggage carousel.

MOM SAYS STOP ASKING PEOPLE WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE KIDS _ Adele Barbaro is the mom behind the blog Real Mumma. She is known for her raw and honest views when it comes to the subject of parenthood, and one of her most recent posts certainly backs that up. In the post Adele appears in a selfie holding up a sign that simply reads “Stop asking couples when they are having kids!” Adele and her husband have two kids now, but recalls the things people would say when they were still childless. She also admits to being occasionally nasty when the question was asked. One day she responded by saying, “It’s not that [bleeping] easy, you know.”

… Adele also goes off of the people who offer  words of “comfort” that she hadn’t asked for, like “You’re not going to be young forever.”

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS GAME HAS BEEN GOING FOR 35 YEARS _ A guy in London, Ontario, says he’s been playing the same game of Dungeons & Dragons since he was 14 — that was 35 years ago. Based out of Robert Wardhaugh’s basement, people from all around the country gather each week to join in the decades-long campaign. And with over 20,000 figurines and dozens of terrains, Wardhaugh keeps the game fresh and exciting, adding to the everlasting adventure. • VIDEO

NEW HOTEL IS COMING TO DISNEYLAND RESORT _ It has been almost two decades since the Disneyland Resort has had a brand new Four Diamond hotel open on their property, but that is all about to change. It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that a 700-room hotel is going to open on the west end of the Downtown Disney District in 2021, and it is set to transform that entire area and open a new gateway into the resort. On Wednesday, the Disney Parks Blog announced the big news that a new resort would be joining the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and Grand Californian.

SWEETS ON HALLOWEEN DO NOT AFFECT A CHILD’S LONG-TERM HEALTH _ Good news, kids: Eating candy instead of raisins on Halloween does not make a difference to a child’s long-term health. A University of Auckland health education lecturer (Darren Powell) says while eating and food choice discussions have become a “minefield,” “Children have already got enough worries and concerns” and parents should, for Halloween, let them be kids and have some candy. He says, “It doesn’t make a difference to a child’s long-term health to give sweets on Halloween…”

A GEORGE H.W. BUSH SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION _ Earlier this week, actress Heather Lind said in a now-deleted Instagram post that former president George H.W. Bush had sexually assaulted her: “He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.” That is not the end of things. Jordana Grolnick, a New York actress, has a story to tell that doesn’t sound very different at all.

… In a statement, a Bush spokesperson said Wednesday: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

NPS WANTS TO CHARGE MORE FOR VISITS TO PARKS _ Most national parks are free to enjoy, but some of the most popular destinations overseen by the National Park Service charge entrance fees of around $25 to $30 for a full vehicle. On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a proposal to more than double some of those fees for visitors during peak seasons. The White House contends that these increased fees are necessary to pay for maintenance that the park system has deferred for too long.

… Raising fees for 17 of the most-visited parks would mean that the NPS would collect an additional estimated $70 million per year, with at least 80% of that sum required to be spent on the park where it is collected. Less than one-third of all national parks charge admission fees, and annual passes would still be available individual parks and for all federal lands for just a bit more than it would cost to enter a park with one passenger vehicle.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE JFK ASSASSINATION FILES _ Today (Thursday) the National Archives are expected to release thousands of files containing tens or hundreds of thousands of unredacted documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Donald Trump, who has the power to postpone the release of any of the documents for military, intelligence, law enforcement, or diplomatic reasons, has said that he will allow them to be released on schedule. Here’s what you need to know.

… The Files Are Required To Be Released By A 1992 Law: After Oliver Stone released his conspiracy-theory-inspired film “JFK” in 1991, Congress passed a law requiring the National Archives to release all government documents related to the Kennedy assassination by October 26, 2017. Over the years, the National Archives has released most of the documents, either in full or partially redacted. But one final batch remains, and only the president has the authority to extend the papers’ secrecy past the deadline.

… Trump Is Reportedly Under Pressure From The CIA To Block Part Of The Release: A congressional official who has been closely monitoring the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump had been under pressure from the CIA to block the release of some of the assassination documents on national security grounds, possibly to protect CIA tradecraft and the identity of agency informants who might still be alive.

… Trump Tweeted — With A Caveat — That He Will Release The Files: On Sunday, Trump announced on Twitter that he will not block the release of the files “subject to the receipt of further information.”

… The Files Are Not Expected To Contain Any Bombshells: JFK assassination experts say that the files probably don’t contain any information that will challenge the consensus conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK. However, they might contain information about a trip to Mexico that Oswald took not long before the assassination. Many [of the files] are known to involve a mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination — a six-day trip that JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the CIA’s Mexico City station. Previously released FBI documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.

SEARS BRINGS BACK HOLIDAY “WISH BOOK” _ Sears might be selling off brands, taking loans and ending relationships with long-standing partners, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving up just yet. In an apparent effort to strike a nostalgic chord with customers who remember flipping through the Sears catalog and flagging the things they wanted as gifts, the struggling department store chain is resurrecting its once-popular holiday Wish Book.

… The Wish Book — which launched in 1933 and was scrapped in 2011 — makes its return in both physical and digital form with 120 pages of what Sears deems “top quality” products. The company says that it decided to bring back the catalog because customers apparently wanted it.

… The online version of the book allows customers to hover over photos to see product details, create wish lists, and access continually updated prices. You know, like Amazon.com. While the online catalog is already available, Sears says that its “best members” will receive a limited edition printed 2017 Wish Book.

COPS CALLED AFTER SHOPPER ACCIDENTALLY SWIPES BABY _ An absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation. Portland police say the shopper was mortified when he realized his mistake but didn’t bother to alert anyone. Instead, the shopper left the cart in another part of the store and retrieved his own cart. Police say store video backs up his claim. Police determined the conduct didn’t warrant criminal charges. The baby was restrained in a car seat and slept through the entire scare.

SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH _ A new Gallup poll finds the highest level of public support for marijuana legalization since the organization first posed the question almost five decades ago. In the survey released Wednesday, 64 percent of Americans favor making marijuana legal ― up four percentage points from last year and 52 points from 1969, when Gallup began taking the public pulse on the issue.

… In another first for the poll, a majority of Republicans ― 51 percent ― back legalizing marijuana, an increase of nine percentage points from the 2016 survey. Majorities of Democrats and independents have supported legalization since 2008 and 2010, respectively.

WOMAN WHO MARRIED HERSELF HAD AN ‘AFFAIR’ _  ( AUDIO)  A woman in the UK who married herself in 2015 says she’s since cheated on herself. Sophie Tanner says marrying yourself doesn’t necessarily exclude someone from being intimate with another person again, but instead is just a means of rejecting bad relationships. Tanner says, “Self-marriage is about self-love. It’s saying that self-compassion and self-care is as important as romantic relationships. It doesn’t mean you’re rejecting all other meaningful relationships in your life and becoming a nun forever more. It means you’re rejecting bad relationships. If only there was more self-love in the world, we wouldn’t need ceremonies like this.”

COP CELEBRATES CHILD’S BIRTHDAY AFTER CHILD IS LEFT AT SCHOOL _ A Green Bay, Wisconsin, police officer brought a little light to a boy in a tough situation. Officer Darryl Robinson was called to a local elementary school. He was there to help a child who was not picked up at the end of the day. The child’s parents were both in jail and the school had no other contacts for the child. It was also the child’s birthday. So, as police tracked down someone to care for the child, Officer Robinson treated him to McDonald’s and gave him a ride in his cruiser. • LINK

YOUNG FAN SENDS £5 TO SOCCER PLAYER WHO SCORED GOAL _ What do you do when you find a fiver but your dad has always told you to “not keep what is not ours”? You send it to your favorite soccer player instead. That’s what a young soccer fan in the UK did when he made the discovery at the soccer stadium. The 9-year-old sent the £5 note as a reward for playing well and scoring.

MISSISSIPPI TO RESUME TEACHING TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD _ A Mississippi school district will resume teaching To Kill A Mockingbird after the book was pulled from a junior high reading list. Biloxi School District administrators removed the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum earlier this month after the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.” School officials say they’ll begin teaching it again in class starting Monday. Students have to ask to participate and return a permission slip signed by a parent.

… The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOST-GOOGLED AILMENTS REVEAL WHY AMERICA’S CALLING IN SICK _ A new study showing which US cities search for which health conditions most will make you feel sorry for Columbus, Ohio. Researchers (at Sunbelt Staffing, a health care recruitment company) recently examined data revealing which health conditions were most-searched on Google by computer users in different US cities and states.

… Americans search for medical conditions like depression, eczema and anxiety up to 10 times a minute on Google.

… Depression leads the pack, with 450,000 average monthly searches. And the same city tops the list for searches on depression and its frequent companion, stress: Columbus, Ohio.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TAPES FISH TO ATM TO GET A LITTLE HELP FIXING IT _ There’s no arguing that our culture is one of convenience. From cars to smartphones, thousands of produced are constantly being refined to make them easier to use. And when it comes to our money, we want zero glitches. One Australian was so frustrated with his ATM he taped a real fish to the machine. He shared a photo on Facebook with the caption: “Hey COMMONWEATH bank, how about you SERVICE your [freaking] ATMs … I have more fish and tape … FIX THEM NOW.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED 91-YEAR-OLD CONFRONTS INTRUDER _  ( AUDIO)  A Massachusetts couple said their dog helped stop an intruder who had broken into their house. 91-year-old Patricia Mulkeen said she knew something was wrong when Pepper the dog woke her up by barking. Mulkeen said she grabbed a flashlight to look around, thinking Pepper may have seen a raccoon outside. As Mulkeen walked into the dining room, she found a man standing there.

… Mulkeen’s husband said the intruder was probably surprised to see his wife: “My wife at 91 years old gets out of bed and she’s stark naked. And here’s this young guy in his 20’s looking at a naked 91-year-old woman. That’d be enough to make him faint; it’s a shock.” The intruder said, “Sorry, ma’am” to Mulkeen and immediately left her house. Her husband then called police and officers arrested the intruder nearby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPAN POLICE UNMASK 74-YEAR-OLD ‘NINJA’ BURGLAR _ Japanese police have finally nabbed a nimble “ninja” thief who dressed in black and scrambled over walls to commit scores of break-ins over an eight-year career. They were astonished to find the ninja burglar is 74 years old. The thief made a mistake when part of his disguise slipped and his identity was revealed on camera.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE BACKS OFF PLAN TO CALL BABY LUCIFER _ A baby in Germany won’t be named Lucifer. A registrar in the city of Kassel suspected the name could endanger the child’s well-being. The parents were persuaded to change their plan during a closed-door hearing at the local court and decided to call their son Lucian instead. That saved the court from having to decide whether Lucifer was acceptable.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HIDING FROM COPS CALLS FOR HELP _ A Utah man who was hiding from police and fled arrest had to call 911 to be rescued after getting stuck in his hiding spot. Salt Lake City police say the 46-year-old called 911 more than six hours after he accidentally locked himself in a church’s boiler room.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY GETS DRUNK AT WALMART _ A Wisconsin man told police he couldn’t help himself when he took seven bottles of a spiked lemonade drink from the shelf at a Walmart and drank them in the liquor aisle. He’d been shopping with his wife, who was not aware of what he was doing. Security video caught the man drinking the 12-ounce bottles over a 15-minute period. He placed the empty bottles back on the shelf.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO STRIKES AND THEY WERE OUT _ In Sweden two guys, armed with a handgun and a crowbar, attempted to rob a bank. Unfortunately, they failed to read the sign on the front door stating that this was a “cashless” bank and there was no cash on the premises. Undaunted, they left and headed to a nearby grocery store but were foiled by a quick thinking employee who saw them coming and locked the doors before they could get inside. The same employee also got the license plate number of their car as they attempted to escape.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR TAKING JELLY BEANS _ A Florida man was charged with petty theft after being caught on a surveillance camera taking jelly beans out of a bin and eating them before he got to the cash register. A deputy, who was working an off-duty detail, confronted the suspect after he had paid for the rest of his groceries and asked him if the candy was good. “Yes,” the suspect replied. The deputy told a manager that the suspect had taken about 10 of the candies. The man denied taking more than two. He added that he’d been shopping at the store for 30 years and that he was just trying the candy to see if he wanted to buy it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WET POT _ Police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, arrested a man who tried to dry out his marijuana in the microwave of a convenience store. The man stopped at the convenience store, completely ignored the police car parked outside, put a big bag of pot in the oven and hit ‘Start’.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD BURGLAR CAUGHT BY CLOSET _ In Los Angeles a burglar broke into a duplex. Unfortunately, things went bad as soon as he got inside. First, the people who lived there were home at the time. He tried to run out, but picked the wrong door and ended up in a closet. When he finally made his way downstairs and found the front door to make his exit, the police were there, responding to the 911 call from the owners.


ON TELEVISION

NFL THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (8p ET, CBS) — James Brown hosts this pre-game show with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. Events leading up to Megan’s kidnapping are revealed in a flashback.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. A dead body is discovered in the store on Halloween, causing panic.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Gordon and Bullock hunt a serial killer who has been dressing victims with pig heads.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Sam helps Jack learn how to control his powers.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, CBS) — The Miami Dolphins are in Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

THE GOOD PLACE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. The neighborhood experiences a small glitch.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New. Mellie prepares for the upcoming Nuclear Summit.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Grace (Debra Messing) gets a job decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul (guest star Max Greenfield, New Girl).

THE ORVILLE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Ed sends a team to find missing anthropologists on a planet similar to 21st-century Earth.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. A rogue team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal.

PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. The designers create looks inspired by women who battled breast cancer.

GREAT NEWS (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Katie tries to impress her friends by going to a hip Halloween party.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Casey and Severide are at odds over how to save a teenager entangled in barbed wire.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Bonnie goes to surprising lengths to get answers about Annalise’s big case.


ENTERTAINMENT

MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR BOXING MATCH SOLD 6.7 MILLION PPVs _ UFC President Dana White was recently in New York to promote Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view. Once White finished speaking about the three title fights at the top of that card, he spent some time talking about the promotion’s biggest star, Conor McGregor. More specifically, he looked back on the financial success of McGregor’s August boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. White said, “We broke the (pay-per-view buy) record. The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally.”

… The number White spoke about is much higher than the number a Showtime executive told USA Today shortly after the fight took place. According to Showtime the event sold in the “mid to high” four million range in the U.S. and Canada. However, White says the 6.7 million number he gives is “globally”.

IT’LL BE A BOY FOR KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN _ Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are going to be parents to a son. The reality star and her NBA beau — who have been dating since September 2016 — will welcome a baby boy together early next year. This will be Kardashian’s first child. Thompson has a 10-month-old son named Prince Oliver from a previous relationship.

IT’LL BE A BOY FOR JESSICA ALBA _ Jessica Alba is having a boy. The actress and Honest Company co-founder announced Wednesday that she and husband Cash Warren will be welcoming their first son. The couple is already parents to daughters Haven Garner, age 6, and Honor Marie, age 9.

HULK HOGAN IS CONSIDERING CUTTING OFF ALL HIS HAIR _ Hulk Hogan has revealed that he is strongly considering cutting off all of his hair. At 64, Hogan is apparently focused on taking care of his beach shop in Tampa instead of keeping up with his character on television.

KIT HARINGTON SAYS GAME OF THRONES PILOT DIDN’T LOOK RIGHT _ Kit Harington’s first go as Jon Snow didn’t quite work out. In a new interview (with the UK’s Guardian) the actor explained that the original pilot that he shot for the HBO series Game of Thrones didn’t quite get the look and feel of Westeros right the first time. Harington says the show’s creators “made a lot of mistakes. It didn’t look right, didn’t feel right, had nothing different about it.”

… Harington’s character, Jon Snow, for instance, wore a wig and was clean-shaven for the part, a vast departure from the more rugged appearance that GoT fans are now familiar with. As it turned out, the original pilot fell flat, and so the show’s creators tried a different approach their second go-round, this time giving the entire series and its characters a grittier look more fitting to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. To this day, Harington added, not many people have seen the original pilot — not even himself.

ELLEN DEGENERES UNDER FIRE FOR KATY PERRY BREAST-OGLING TWEET _ Did Ellen DeGeneres make a boob of herself on social media Wednesday? The TV host came under fire after wishing singer Katy Perry a happy birthday — by tweeting a photo of herself staring at Perry’s breasts. The tweet came under fire from some critics who seemed to believe that it constituted a double standard.

… Piers Morgan tweeted: “If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’” And Michael Rapaport tweeted: “Imagine if Cam Newton or any other Man sent out this tweet & photo. If a DUDE said this the World would stop.”

… Wrote another critic, “Ellen DeGeneres sexually harasses Katy Perry. Wonder how she interviews female employees?”

ACTRESS ACCUSES VAL KILMER OF PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING HER _ Actress Caitlin O’Heaney claims Val Kilmer hit her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors. O’Heaney detailed the alleged incident to Buzzfeed, saying that she was inspired to come forward by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She also claims she is breaking a nondisclosure agreement by speaking out. She told the website, “I finally have the confidence to speak about this. It’s too long that I’ve sat on this story.”

… O’Heaney alleged that she and Kilmer were arguing while reading a scene for the Oliver Stone movie, and that he struck her in the face. “When I got to the room and Val Kilmer picked me up and shaked me, throwing me down to the floor, Stone just stood there the whole time laughing.” After the incident, she said, “I went down to my car and I cried for about 20 minutes.” The film’s casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, reportedly disagrees with O’Heaney’s account of the audition. Bramon Garcia told Buzzfeed that O’Heaney and all other actresses were warned that they would be reading a volatile scene that could result in physical contact.

BAD BOYS SPINOFF SERIES STARRING GABRIELLE UNION _ Add Bad Boys to the list of movies which may see a resurgence on TV as a spinoff series. This one could feature Gabrielle Union’s character from the cop dramedy. Union made her debut in Bad Boys II, the 2003 sequel to the original Will Smith-Martin Lawrence buddy cop action comedy which released in 1995.

… The timing of a new TV series works for Union, who is coming off a four-season run on her own series, Being Mary Jane, which will end in 2018 on BET with a two-hour sendoff movie.

REGAL CINEMAS TO TEST CHARGING MORE FOR BLOCKBUSTERS _ Regal Entertainment Group plans to experiment with its own form of Uber-like “surge pricing”. The company’s CEO said this week the chain “expect[s] to conduct a ticket pricing test in several markets in early 2018”. She outlined a pricing model that charges more for blockbuster movies during peak periods and charging less for duds.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

SHE MARRIED HERSELF: A woman who married herself cheated by dating a guy, but says that’s OK.  →   October 26 News & Nuggets

NAKED 91-YEAR-OLD: 91-year-old in Mass was naked when she confronted intruder.  →  October 26 Wacky-But-True

DROP: Let the carnage begin.

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.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

WEIRD THINGS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GOOGLING

Some of the weird things people have been googling lately, according to the search company:

• Is it healthy to drink your own urine?

• Are there people who are attracted sexually to Pokemon?

• Does your virginity grow back?

• What’s a boyfriend and where can I download one?

• Can Jesus microwave a burrito?

• Why isn’t 11 prounced “onety one”?

WAYS TO CONFUSE TRICK-OR-TREATERS

• Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When trick-or-treaters come to the door, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!”

• Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your dishwasher. Insist that it makes an unnatural “whirring” sound.

• After you give them candy, hand the trick-or-treaters a bill.

• When you answer the door, hold up one candy bar, throw it out into the street, and yell, “Crawl for it!”

• Insist that the trick-or-treaters each do ten push-ups before you give them any candy.

• Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.

• Get a catapult. Sit on your porch and catapult pumpkins at anyone who comes within 50 yards.

• Answer the door dressed as a pilgrim. Stare at the trick-or-treaters for a moment, pretend to be confused, and start flipping through a calendar.

• Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only thing you had left over from Easter.

• Answer the door dressed as a dentist and give the trick or-treaters a lecture on tooth decay.

• Answer the door with a mouthful of M&M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Act surprised, and close the door. Open it again in a few seconds, and insist that you don’t have any candy.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: When putting on our socks, 90% of us do what? (Put the left sock on first.)

SOLVE THE MYSTERY

Teddy was found dead in his study by Wally. Wally explained his discovery to police: “I was walking by Teddy’s house when I thought I would just pop in for a visit. I noticed his study light was on and I decided to peek in from the outside to see if he was in there. There was frost on the window, so I had to wipe it away to see inside. That is when I saw his body. So I kicked in the front door to confirm my suspicions of foul play. I called the police immediately afterward.” The officer immediately arrested Wally for the murder of Teddy.  How did he know Wally was lying?

Answer: Frost forms on the inside of the window, not the outside. Wally could not have wiped it off to discover Teddy’s body.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Redneck floor jack.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

PHONER: Is it OK for parents to drive into other neighborhoods and drop off the kids for trick-or-treating?


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2017

• 1936: ROY ACUFF conducted his first recording session.

• 1969: WAYLON JENNINGS and JESSI COLTER were married in Phoenix.

• 1988: WAYLON JENNINGS was hospitalized in California following a concert due to chest pains.

• 1992: COLLIN RAYE made his acting debut on the FOX series Street Justice.

• 2000: Capitol Records held a party celebrating GARTH BROOKS’ 100 million albums sold.

• 2002: THE STATLER BROTHERS gave their final concert in Salem, Virginia.

• 2004: MARTINA MCBRIDE sang the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the World series in St. Louis. The next night, the Boston Red Sox won game four to clinch their first World Series title in 86 years.

• 2005: DOLLY PARTON’s album Those Were The Days became her 25th album to chart on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

• 2006: REBA McENTIRE was celebrated in the first CMT Giants concert at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. Participants include BROOKS & DUNN, FAITH HILL, TRISHA YEARWOOD, WYNONNA, MARTINA MCBRIDE, BARBARA MANDRELL, DOLLY PARTON, JENNIFER NETTLES and LEANN RIMES.

• 2015: CARRIE UNDERWOOD graced the cover of the new People magazine.

KEITH URBAN is 50.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• BRAD PAISLEY performs the national anthem before Game 2 of the World Series.

• 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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

( AUDIO)  BRAD PAISLEY was at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles last night (Tuesday) to sing the national anthem prior to Game 2 of the World Series.

GEORGE STRAIT, CHRIS STAPLETON, LITTLE BIG TOWN, KACEY MUSGRAVES and MIDLAND will perform as part of the 2018 Bayou Country Superfest next May in New Orleans.

DOLLY PARTON will appear on the Dr. Oz Show today (Thursday) talking about a variety of topics, including her struggles with kidney stones. The segment will also include footage of Dolly’s recent visit to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

TRACE ADKINS is sporting a new look after cutting his long hair. He posted an Instagram video of himself wandering through Home Depot sporting a ball cap with no long locks coming out.

LADY ANTEBELLUM has composed an original song, Chop To The Top, for the SpongeBob Square Pants Broadway production beginning this fall.

LUKE BRYAN and wife Caroline will be spending their 11th wedding anniversary in New York, because that’s where Luke will be to promote the release of his sixth album, What Makes You Country, which comes out December 8, the same day the two exchanged vows eleven years ago.

REBA McENTIRE’s former Nashville estate has been purchased by a Tennessee businessman. The 18 acres includes a 12,000-plus square foot home with eight car garage, tennis court, pool, movie theater and more. Deron Lichte plans to use the venue for events like wedding receptions, songwriter retreats, family reunions and more.

SHANIA TWAIN wrote all 12 songs on her latest album, Now, by herself for the first time and says when she’s writing, she isolates herself from everyone because she doesn’t want anyone to hear her creative process. On the road, that likely means finding a walk-in closet, but at home her go to place is in the bathroom because it’s the most quiet.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 27, 2017

This is day 300 of 2017. There are 65 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Cleese is 78

• Director Ivan Reitman is 71

• Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 59

• Marla Maples is 54

• Kelly Osbourne is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon.

• 1997: The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

• 2004: The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4.

• 2004: A theater in Hamburg, Germany, began offering live commercials for anything from soap to beer to kitchen appliances performed by actors before and after performances.

• 2006: On Long Island, New York, Patrick Conaway donned a ski mask and attempted to hold up a gas station. He made the mistake of not trying the mask on before pulling the heist, and in the middle of the crime he got so frustrated at not being able to see that he pulled the mask up to get a better view. Unfortunately, he also gave the clerk a better view. The clerk recognized him as a former employee of the store.

• 2007: Officials put online a 16 billion pixel image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. The high resolution allowed experts to examine details of the 15th century wall painting that they otherwise could not — including traces of drawings Leonardo put down before painting.

• 2014: Walmart said it was sorry for labeling women’s plus-sized Halloween costumes as ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ on its website.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cranky Co-workers Day

• Frankenstein Friday, recognizing author Mary Shelly, the novel Frankenstein, her characters, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster.

• Bread Sticks Day

• Navy Day

• Black Cat Day

• Potato Day

• American Beer Day

UPCOMING

• 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 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• 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


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

• Joan Plowright is 88. Country musician Charlie Daniels is 81. Dennis Franz is 73. Wayne Fontana is 72. Caitlyn Jenner is 68. Annie Potts is 65. Bill Gates is 62. Daphne Zuniga is 55. Lauren Holly is 54. Jami Gertz is 52. Andy Richter is 51. Julia Roberts is 50. Ben Harper is 48. Country singer Brad Paisley is 45. Joaquin Phoenix is 43. Justin Guarini is 39. Frank Ocean is 30. Nolan Gould is 19.

• Champagne Day. Make A Difference Day. National Chocolate Day. St. Jude’s Day. Hug a Sheep Day.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

• Melba Moore is 72. Richard Dreyfuss is 70. Kate Jackson is 69. Dan Castellaneta is 60. Joely Fisher is 50. Winona Ryder is 46. Gabrielle Union is 45.

• Internet Day. National Cat Day. Visit A Cemetery Day. Oatmeal Day.