INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 31, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 31, 2017

This is day 304 of 2017. There are 61 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Dan Rather is 86

• David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H.) is 75

• Deidre Hall is 70

• Jane Pauley is 67

• Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is 56

• Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 is 56

• Dermot Mulroney is 54

• Rob Schneider is 53

• Mike O’Malley (Yes Dear, Glee) is 52

• Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys is 51

• Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle) is 50

• Piper Perabo is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1926: Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.

• 1938: The day after his “War of the Worlds” broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed “deep regret” but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.

• 1963: At the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis an explosion killed 74 people during an ice skating show. It also injured 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand was blamed.

• 1970: Singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced 8 days later.

• 1987: A professional singles tennis match in Coventry, England, ended after a record eight hours and twenty-one minutes.

• 1988: Pop star Debbie Gibson held a séance, attempting to contact Liberace and Sid Vicious.

• 1990: Singer Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol’s encore.

• 1991: At their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin.

• 2002: A four-year-old Austrian boy was so disgusted by his grandmother’s plum dumplings he dialed 911 for help. The dispatcher pleaded with the boy to give grandmother’s dumplings another chance. He finally agreed and hung up.

• 2003: Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her left arm.

• 2005: British officials announced they were investigating the loss of a satellite phone in Iraq — a phone that may have been stolen by insurgents who ran up an $890,000 bill.

• 2007: Shoppers had to “dive for cover” when a cloud of smoke settled over a neighborhood in London, England. Witnesses said the smoke smelled like “chemicals”. A terror alert was called and a hazmat team responded. It took three hours to trace the cloud to its source: a fire crew smashed through the door of the kitchen of a Thai restaurant, which was cooking up a six-month supply of chili paste.

• 2012: The New York Stock Exchange reopened after a two-day closure due to Hurricane Sandy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Halloween

• Caramel Apple Day

• Magic Day

• Knock-Knock Jokes Day

UPCOMING

• 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

241: Gallons of flatulence the average person releases during their lifetime inside their cars.


NEWS ATTACK!

US News & World Report released its list of the top jobs for millennials. Number one is the field of artificial intelligence where salaries can range from $300,000 to $500,000. [But if you’re really good at what you do, doesn’t that mean that sooner or later you’re going to build a robot that takes over your job?]

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a profanity-laced interview in which he dropped f-bombs on his GOP enemies. [Boehner feels comfortable to speak candidly now that he’s retired… and off the meds.]

Apple fired an engineer after his daughter posted a sneak preview of the iPhoneX. [I thought it was supposed to be the parents who publicly humiliated their children.]

The coast of Wales is being invaded by octopuses. [And the debate over the matter is getting really heated, mainly between the faction that calls them octopuses and those that call them octopi.]

The mugshot of a cute female California gang member has gone viral. [Lonely men everywhere want her number, her measurements and her preferred caliber weapon.]

A serial burglar in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to prison for a series of thefts that include stealing a houseplant he mistook for marijuana. [He has to serve from 7½ to 15 years behind bars while maintaining good behavior and attending a mandatory botany class.]

The International Olympic Committee is looking into possibly making video games an Olympic sport. [The day may come when runners aren’t carrying the Olympic torch but chasing Pokemon.]

In 2018 Saudi Arabia will begin to allow women to attend sporting events. [So I guess that means that it will also be legal for women to curse in public.]

United Airlines is now flying the longest flight of any U.S. carrier —18 hours from Los Angeles to Singapore. [That’s about the same amount of time it takes to drive from one side of LA to the other.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HOW NOT TO APOLOGIZE _ Kevin Spacey’s being hammered not just for Anthony Rapp’s sexual assault allegation but also the way he apologized. Spacey stacked his apology on top of his first public statement about his sexuality, which brought criticisms from many respected people in and out of Hollywood. But the apology itself fell short of a true, heartfelt “I’m sorry” — as so many apologies often do.

… Spacey says he doesn’t remember (casting doubt on the allegation) and was drunk (being drunk doesn’t excuse reprehensible behavior). So what does make a good apology? Psychologist Karina Schumann published a paper on 1) why it’s so hard to effectively apologize and 2) the eight components that constitute a sincere apology. According to Schumann’s paper, there are eight notes you have to hit:

1. You actually have to use the words “I’m sorry.”
2. Acknowledge that you messed up. (As in, “I take full responsibility for my words.”)
3. Tell the person how you’ll fix the situation.
4. Describe what happened, but without foisting the blame off on someone else.
5. Promise to behave better next time.
6. Make sure the person knows you know exactly how you hurt or inconvenienced them.
7. Much like the first rule, it’s important to use some version of the phrase “I was wrong.”
8. Ask for forgiveness.

Bad apologies, on the other hand, tend to suffer from these four shortcomings:

1. Justifying your words or behavior.
2. Blaming the victim.
3. Making excuses.
4. Minimizing the consequences. (“It was just a joke!”)

SURVEY SAYS WE LOVE THE LIKE BUTTON _ It was ten years ago this week that Like appeared on a social media service. The button originally debuted on a platform called FriendFeed. At the time, it just looked like a blue hyperlink with the word “Like” as anchor text. FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook in 2009 and shut down in 2015, may have been the first to debut the feature, but it was Facebook which popularized the feature.

… So how much do online users — meaning all of us — like the Like? A lot, apparently. An online poll shows 88% of regular social media, blog and website visitors say the Like button, or something similar, makes the online experience better.

FACEBOOK DENIES EAVESDROPPING ON YOUR CONVERSATIONS _ Facebook has developed a reputation for doing anything it can to gather your info. That’s why conspiracy theories — like the one that alleges the site is listening to your conversations via your smartphone microphone — are so prevalent. However, a Facebook executive recently came out on Twitter to emphatically deny the practice.

… The theory holds that Facebook is eavesdropping on our conversations in order to gather information about us that it can then use to target super-relevant advertising. PJ Vogt, the host of technology podcast Reply All, put out an open question on Twitter asking his followers to call his show if they believed Facebook used phone mics to spy on them. He received many interesting responses, including one from a user who claimed a coworker received a Facebook ad saying “So you popped the question!” minutes after he proposed. However, Vogt also received a response from a Facebook executive himself: “I run ads product at Facebook. We don’t — and have never — used your microphone for ads. Just not true.”

CONTESTANTS GAVE OUT FACTS ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS AS MEASUREMENTS _ Beauty pageant contestants are used to giving their measurements — bust, waist, hip— in front of a crowd. But in Peru, where women are getting killed in alarming numbers, aspiring beauty queens used their moment on the stage on Sunday to give a different kind of measurement: how many people have been affected by gender violence.

… Contestant Camila Canicoba said into the mic: “I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”

… Juana Acevedo said: “my measurements are: more than 70% of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”

… And Luciana Fernández shared: “my measurements are, 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.”

… It wasn’t just the contestants who wanted to get the point across to their audience — violence against women was the theme of the night. Organizers of Miss Peru 2018 displayed newspaper clippings of prominent cases of murdered and assaulted women as the contestants made their way across the catwalk in bathing suits.

MOM SHOOTS BURGLAR IN THE BUTT TO PROTECT HER FAMILY _ A South Carolina (Spartanburg) mom defended her family by shooting a man in the rear. The man broke into Sharaia Walker’s home around midnight. When the masked intruder threatened her family, she says she knew what she had to do to make him leave. She grabbed her gun and as the intruder fled she shot him once in the leg and once in the butt. The man was tracked by a K-9.

WOULD-BE KIDNAPPER GRABS 13-YEAR-OLD, SHE FIGHTS WITH BACKPACK _ In Memphis, Cynthia Trotter’s daughter was on her way back home from school when something terrifying and totally unexpected happened. The 13-year-old was almost home when a black van pulled up alongside her. A man rolled down the window and said, “Hey, baby girl.” Instantly, the teen looked away and started walking faster, but the man in the van caught up to her and got out of his vehicle. He grabbed the young girl, and she knew she had to do something to escape her would-be kidnapper‘s clutches. She used the only thing she had on her: a backpack. After getting knocked to the ground the 13-year-old made it home unscathed. The creepy guy in the van hasn’t been caught.

JUDGE GIVES ‘NASTY’ TEXTER A WRITING ASSIGNMENT _ A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down a unique sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend. The judge ordered Daren Young to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 “nasty” text messages and calls that he’s accused of sending her. The judge told Daren: “For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing. No repeating words.”

THE STATES THAT CONSUME THE MOST CALORIES ON HALLOWEEN _ We’re all guilty of a little over-indulgence on Halloween. How could we not be? But some folks in some states overdo it more than others. Research (by Achievement) investigated the calories logged on Halloween from various fitness tracker apps. They tallied up the calories logged and the calories burned through walking — racking up steps while roving the neighborhood for candy. The team subtracted the calories burned from the calories eaten and ranked states in order of their net intake for the night. They then compared these numbers to the average calories that each state’s residents usually consumed.

… The state with the No. 1 spot? Florida. New York came in second place, with Arizona in third. The states with the most restraint from Halloween candy temptations were Louisiana and New Hampshire.

… Full list on The Daily Meal.

FRANCE IS RUNNING OUT OF BUTTER FOR ITS CROISSANTS _ France’s much-loved croissant has run up against the forces of global markets. Finding butter for the breakfast staple has become a challenge across France. Soaring global demand and falling supplies have boosted butter prices, and with French supermarkets unwilling to pay more for the dairy product, producers are taking their wares across the border. That has left the French, the world’s biggest per-capita consumers of butter, short of a key ingredient for their sauces and tarts.

126M FACEBOOK USERS WERE SERVED CONTENT FROM RUSSIA-LINKED PAGES _ Facebook says roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by a Russian government-linked troll farm between June 2015 and August 2017. That estimate is equivalent to more than half of the total U.S. voting population and offers a new understanding of the scope of Russia’s use of social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

SOMEONE CREATED STRAWBERRY PIZZA _ Most people like fruit. Most people like pizza. But combine the two, and the results can be controversial. Thanks to Twitter, someone shared a pic and asked, “What about strawberries as an ingredient on pizza?” Twitter user @lebaenesepapi summed up most responses: “Pineapple and non-pineapple pizza eaters must put our differences aside and join forces to defeat this evil.”

MOM INVESTIGATED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AFTER ‘FUNNY’ TWEET _ A Mississippi mom’s tweet about her son landed her in a human trafficking investigation. Alex McDaniel posted a message on Twitter saying her 3-year-old son was for sale for $12 or best offer. She says she meant the tweet as a joke, but someone saw it and reported it to a child abuse hotline. McDaniel says a CPS worker dropped by her office and demanded to see the child. The investigation was eventually dropped. • LINK

MILLIONS ARE GETTING THEIR PETS IN ON THE HALLOWEEN ACTION _ With Americans projected to spend more than $9 billion on Halloween this year, pets are getting in on the action. One estimate shows pet costumes will account for around $440 million in spending. The most popular pet costumes are:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Hot dog
  3. Dog/lion/pirate
  4. Bumble bee
  5. Devil
  6. Batman character
  7. Ghost
  8. Cat
  9. Witch
  10. Star Wars character

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: LET YOUR KIDS EAT ALL OF THE HALLOWEEN CANDY THEY WANT _ Letting your kids engage in a sugar-fueled, Snicker wrapper-strewn free-for-all today may seem like irresponsible parenting, but it turns out not micromanaging your child’s candy consumption can teach them to listen to their hunger cues. Registered dietitian Emily Fonnesbeck lets her kids go to town: “It’s tempting for a parent to believe that if they tell their kids what to do with their candy, their kids will do it and be healthier.” But apparently that doesn’t work. Kids won’t learn to listen to their own hunger cues if you’re constantly telling them what and when to eat, she explained. “They either restrict or they have all of it.”

… This doesn’t mean you have to stand idly by while your little Kylo Ren or Elsa inhales boxes of Nerds. Fossenbeck suggests asking questions that encourage kids to listen to their bodies like “How did all that candy make you feel?” and “What would you do differently next time?”

… Also, remember that Halloween is supposed to be fun. One night of wild sugar consumption isn’t going to derail their existence.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOBCAT IN BATHROOM OF NEWSPAPER STARTLES PUBLISHER _ A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom. The publisher of the paper (Sapulpa Herald) says the wild animal jumped at him one recent morning as he was heading into the restroom at his office. Sumner shut the door and trapped the adult male cat inside until police and a game warden arrived. Wildlife control workers captured the bobcat in a cage and released it in the wild.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA MAN SHOOTS AT IMAGINED INTRUDERS _ A Florida man shot at imagined intruders and is now facing several charges. The Volusia County Sheriff’s office says the 71-year-old fired shots inside his home and wouldn’t let his adult daughter leave the house because he thought the intruders were about to hurt them. The dad eventually let his daughter leave — by climbing out a window.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUSBAND SWALLOWS WIFE’S GOLD MEDAL DURING QUARREL _ Doctors in China had to remove a gold medal from a former athlete’s throat after he swallowed it. The man downed his wife’s 3-centimeter-wide prize during an argument. He soon suffered from severe pains and was taken to a local hospital by his 80-year-old mother. The medal was lodged in his esophagus and operated immediately to remove it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES USE KETCHUP IN ROBBERY _ In Greece, two thieves ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank. The men were armed only with ketchup. Police say the thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car. The man fought with his attackers who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only a fraction of the money he was carrying.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PICKLE ASSAULT _ In Texas two guys were hanging out at a third guy’s house. One of the two went to the fridge and helped himself to some pickles. According to a police report the homeowner said he couldn’t afford to feed everyone and not to eat his pickles. The pickle eating friend began yelling and swearing and stormed out. Later he came back, went into the fridge, pulled out the jar of pickles and threw it at his homeowner friend. Police were called and the pickle eating friend was escorted out of the home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROMEO AND JULIET PLAN FAILED _ In Italy, a 19-year-old felt the spark had gone out of his relationship with his girlfriend. To try to rekindle the flame, he decided to recreate a scene from Romeo and Juliet. With his girlfriend waiting for him on the balcony, he began to climb up the side of the building. But the lovers did not let neighbors in on their little plan and one of them was awakened by the noise. Noticing a strange man climbing up the side of an apartment building, the neighbor called police. The police awakened the girl’s parents and that’s when Romeo decided to fess up. The cops took pity on him and decided not to press charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VANDALS ADVERTISE _ In Texas police didn’t have much trouble finding a couple of teenagers accused of tearing up some lawns. The kids allegedly used a parent’s pickup truck with a business name painted on the side. Seven lawns were damaged by the zigzagging truck early one morning.


ON TELEVISION

WORLD SERIES GAME GAME 6 (8p ET, FOX) — The series moves back to LA as the Astros and Dodgers play game 6. The Astros lead the series 3-2.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. McGee spends hours on a murder victim’s ham radio trying to find a key witness.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — This new episode features the best moments and never-before-seen footage from the season so far. Plus, Kelly Clarkson, joins the coaches for the first ever Voice Halloween Confessional.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Mike asks Sue to put together a romantic evening for his and Frankie’s 25th wedding anniversary.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Barry runs into Ralph Dibny, his former nemesis.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS (8p ET, PBS) — Scarlett Johansson and Paul Rudd learn about their families in this new episode. John Turturro is also featured.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. The family heads to Houston when Jessica’s aunt passes away, and the boys see Jessica’s father for the first time.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull helps his high school sweetheart (Ali Marsh, In Plain Sight) sue a factory that she believes is making people sick by contaminating the water.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Trick-or-treating with the 10-year-olds goes wrong for Jack and Rebecca.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. An incident at school threatens Junior’s future.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p CW) — New. The Legends race back to 1988 to save Ray Palmer.

SEASON PREMIERE: MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — The 6th and final season begins.

THE MAYOR (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Public transportation comes to a halt due to the bus drivers’ union strike.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Lasalle’s father (guest star Michael Pniewski, Madam Secretary) arrives in town to discuss the family business.

LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (10p ET, NBC) — New. The jury hears the brothers testify in court for the first time.

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10p ET, ABC) — New. Kevin looks for a different way to help a single mom with her son’s medical bills.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — New.

DROP THE MIC (10:30p ET, TBS) — Celebs battling in this new episode are James Van Der Beek, Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat), NFL star Rob Gronkowski and Gina Rodriguez.

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER: AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES (Netflix) — This new stand-up comedy special features the former 30 Rock costar.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released October 31.

• The Dark Tower
• Kidnap
• Humans – Season 2
• Orphan Black – The Complete Series
• Sherlock – The Complete Series

NETFLIX CANCELS HOUSE OF CARDS _ The day after Kevin Spacey apologized following an accusation that he made a sexual advance on a 14-year-old boy in the 1980s, Netflix announced that the next season of his show House of Cards would be its last. Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio behind the show, said in a statement Monday they were “deeply troubled by … news concerning Kevin Spacey. Executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”

… A Netflix spokeswoman said the decision to make the sixth season the show’s last had been made months ago. Those episodes are scheduled to be released in 2018.

… Star Trek alums Zachary Quinto and George Takei have joined the ranks of LGBT activists condemning Kevin Spacey’s decision to come out as gay at the same time he apologized to Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp. Spacey was criticized Sunday night by many — including columnist Dan Savage, actor Billy Eichner, and journalist Frank Rich — for linking two things that have nothing to do with each other.

… Quinto tweeted Monday: “It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride — in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments — thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world. But as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.”

… Takei wrote: “The timing of this announcement has raised some eyebrows, to be sure. …  Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”

HARVEY WEINSTEIN BANNED FOR LIFE FROM PRODUCERS GUILD _ Harvey Weinstein got the death penalty from the Producers Guild of America. The PGA announced Monday: “In light of Mr. Weinstein’s widely reported behavior … the Producers Guild’s National Board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban.” Weinstein plans to continue making movies, but he won’t have the guild’s backing if he’s successful in doing so.

LIAM PAYNE AND GIRLFRIEND HAUNTED BY GHOSTS _ One Direction’s Liam Payne was living with his girlfriend, Cheryl, in L.A. last year while she was pregnant with their son Bear, when they were haunted by a ghost. Payne said that it made Cheryl too scared to sleep in their bed, and they began to feel a presence haunting the house, with lights flickering on and off in the middle of the night. The couple apparently ended up sleeping in their theater room.

JAY-Z CANCELS SHOWS DUE TO POOR TICKET SALES _ Jay-Z was to perform in Fresno on November 1, but the concert was abruptly canceled Friday evening without explanation. Based on tickets available online earlier this week, the concert seemed to have slow sales. According to Stubhub.com, some tickets were selling for just $6.

COREY HAIM’S MOTHER CALLS COREY FELDMAN A SCAM ARTIST _ The mother of late actor Corey Haim slammed her son’s friend and co-star, actor Corey Feldman, who recently announced a $10 million fundraising campaign for a documentary meant to expose Hollywood pedophilia. Feldman posted a YouTube video about the project, and already has brought in more than $140,000 from over 3,000 backers. But Judy Haim believes Feldman is a scam artist. She said, “He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died. Now he wants $10 million to do it? Come on. It’s a long con. He’s a scam artist. If he was serious about this, he’d share the information he has with the police.”

74-YEAR OLD MICK JAGGER SEEN WITH 22-YEAR OLD PRODUCER _ According to The Sun newspaper, rock legend Mick Jagger and film producer Noor Alfallah have been dating frequently in Paris. The 74-year-old Rolling Stone star is believed to had hooked up with the 22-year-old socialite two weeks ago in Paris  — and she was also in the crowd at the Rolling Stones show at Paris’ U Arena. The pair met through a mutual friend. Last year Jagger became a father for the eighth time when son Deveraux was born. The mother is 31 year old ballerina Melanie Hamrick.

“FROZEN” ACTRESS KRISTIN BELL DRESSES AS “ELSA” FOR DAUGHTER _ Kristen Bell posted a photo of herself dressed as ‘Frozen’ star ‘Elsa’ with the caption, “When your daughter demands you BOTH be ELSA for Halloween … you GRIN AND FORKING BEAR IT. #halloween”. Bell voiced Elsa’s sister Anna in the hit Disney movie, but made her daughter happy by dressing as ‘Elsa’.

TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM ON ‘SNL’ _ Taylor Swift will perform on the Saturday Night Live stage on November 11. She will be the musical guest while Tiffany Haddish will host the show. Swift’s ‘Reputation’ album will be released the same day, just before her performance on the show.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON AT AMAs _ Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the movie and the soundtrack for ‘The Bodyguard’ by singing Whitney Houston’s big hits from the album at the American Music Awards November 19 on ABC.

SIMON COWELL REVEALS REAL REASON BEHIND HIS FALL _ Simon Cowell has revealed the reason he tumbled down stairs at his London home on Friday. Doctors believe low blood pressure was the cause of the accident.

STRANGER THINGS STAR APOLOGIZES FOR ALLEGED DRUG POSSESSION _ Charlie Heaton is apologizing for his absence at the Stranger Things 2 premiere. The British actor, who portrays Jonathan Byers, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport for alleged cocaine possession. According to law enforcement, Heaton was sent back to the United Kingdom but not arrested.

… He shared in a statement: “My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible. I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and cooperated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere.”

FIXER UPPER STARS HELPING HARVEY VICTIM REBUILD HER HOME _ An 81-year-old woman in Houston was moved to tears as dozens of volunteers arrived to help rebuild her home damaged during Hurricane Harvey. But among the 60 volunteers were two of reality television’s biggest stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, best known from their hit TV show Fixer Upper. The Waco couple came to help lift Doris Davis’ spirits and help restore her home that was destroyed by the flood.

WE ARE GETTING EVEN MORE GREY’S ANATOMY THIS SEASON _ Good news for Grey’s Anatomy fans: ABC has ordered additional episodes for the 2017-18 season, meaning you’re going to get a grand total of 24 this season.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

PHONER: Things you never thought you would have say to your kids.  →  2 real callers

ALIENS: Arizona man selling ranch because of aliens – local TV report.  →  October 30 Wacky-But-True

DROPS: Lots of Halloween clips.

MUSIC BED: Halloween 01

MUSIC BED: Halloween 02


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BITS & BREAKS

IF YOUR CHILD DREW YOUR TATTOO, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Kids love to doodle, draw, sketch and color. Often, depending on their stage in life, they choose to draw the same types of things, people or animals.

In a viral video, some brave parents agree to get permanently tattooed with a drawing from their young kids’ imaginations.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you were putting your child’s favorite drawing on your body what would it be?

WHAT IS ONE ITEM ALMOST EVERYONE HAS BUT NEVER USES?

What’s an item almost everyone has but never uses? This was asked on reddit. Can you add anything to the list?

• The extra buttons that come with a dress shirt.

• That battery at the back of a drawer we aren’t sure is dead or not so you keep it there discovering it every four months or so.

• Those four stray birthday cake candles that constantly roll around in the “everything else” drawer in the kitchen. Those candles that don’t match in color or length, but all maintain the amazing ability to disappear the moment you need one.

• Exercise equipment of some sort.

• A charger for an old device.

• Your high school ring.

• Blinkers. I’m talking to you, (nearby local community).

SUPERSTITIONS THAT REFUSE TO DIE

A new study (by PsychTests) indicates that many people still believe in paranormal phenomena and the potentially adverse effects of superstitions.

Karma
73% of women and 51% of men believe what goes around comes around.

Ghosts
72% of women and 52% of men believe that death is not the end of existence.

Fate and Soul mates
70% of women and 45% of men believe that if two people are meant to be together, no force on Earth — or beyond — can keep them apart. Tying into this is the belief that people do not simply show up in our lives at random: 77% of women and 51% of men believe that we are destined to cross paths with certain people, whether it’s through law of attraction or fate.

Prophecies and Premonitions
64% of women and 45% of men believe that future events can be predicted in advance.

Telepathy and Mind reading
51% of women and 38% of men believe that our thoughts are not private, and that some people are born with the ability to send and receive messages telepathically.

Witches
49% of women and 33% of men still believe that real witches with actual powers exist.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A human uses 200 muscles to do this — and we do this a lot every day. (Take a single step)

HALLOWEEN 9 IN 30

There are 9 letters in the word Halloween. In 30 seconds, your job is to give me a different word that begins with each of the letters in Halloween. There are two Ls and two Es and the words you give for those have to different.

ONE OF US IS LYING

• A typical piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick.

• eBay has more than 25 Betamax videocassette players for sale.

• In the early stages of developing the sitcom Big Bang Theory it was called The Sci Guys. (LIE)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch candy corn perfectly spiral and fall like dominoes.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

McPizza is the scariest thing you’ll see on Halloween.


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 31, 2017

• 1970: LORETTA LYNN’s Coal Miner’s Daughter charted.

• 1982: ALABAMA made its first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1998: SHANIA TWAIN’s Honey, I’m Home became her seventh number one country hit.

• 2005: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Jesus Take The Wheel became the first song by a debut artist to enter the country charts inside the Top 40, coming onto the chart at #39. It would go on to become a multi-week number one.

• 2006: GARTH BROOKS was named Walmart’s best selling artist of all time with over 20 million albums sold.

• 2007: TAYLOR SWIFT went trick-or-treating in Hendersonville, Tennessee, disguised as Star Wars character Chewbacca.

• 2008: MINDY McCREADY was released from a (Williamson County) Tennessee jail after serving 30 days of a 90-day sentence for a probation violation.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS performed for U.S. soldiers in Basra, Iraq.

• 2015: Days after SHANIA TWAIN concluded her final concert tour, her bus sold for $280,000 at the Toronto Classic Car Auction.

DARRYL WORLEY is 53.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• OLD DOMINION: Brad and Trevor disagree on their sound.

• THOMAS RHETT on binge watching shows.

• A THOUSAND HORSES on overcoming obstacles.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

BLAKE SHELTON is hitting the road in 2018 for the Country Music Freaks Tour with TRACE ADKINS, BRETT ELDREDGE and CARLY PEARCE. Shows begin February 15 in Tulsa. Blake calls this tour his “greatest tour yet”.

BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD will address the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1 at next week’s CMA Awards. Brad says, “We’re not going to ignore it, but we’re not going to also dwell on that. We have to make sure we honor those we’ve lost, but we also [have to] celebrate this music, which lives on, and do a good job having the heart we need to have on that night.”

Ticket pre-sales for KENNY CHESNEY’s Trip Around The Sun Tour have helped him surpass 1 million fans played for at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The 2018 installment of the Boston area stop will include special guests DIERKS BENTLEY and BROTHERS OSBORNE.

LUKE BRYAN crashed the wedding party of two of his biggest fans. Luke was taping an American Idol episode nearby in Savannah, Georgia, when he heard fans McKenna Neidlinger Lipski and Austin Lipski had been hitched nearby. Luke and his Idol crew listened outside the doors of the reception until they heard his song Crash My Party begin. When Luke stepped through the door to surprise the bride and groom, he was met with wild whoops and cheers. • IMAGE

KELSEA BALLERINI and KELLY CLARKSON will appear as part of the Nickelodeon Halo Awards, airing November 26 across the Nick networks.

THOMAS RHETT’s Life Changes 2018 Tour is set to begin April 5 and run through mid-May, with a second leg beginning September 13 and running through late October. Supporting acts will be BRETT YOUNG (all dates) and on the spring leg for select shows, RUSSELL DICKERSON (Yours), JILLIAN JACQUELINE and CARLY PEARCE. For the fall leg, MIDLAND will join TR and Brett.

KELSEA BALLERINI’s The Unapologetically Tour is set to get underway February 8 in Birmingham. WALKER HAYES will open the shows.

TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL will receive the Billboard Legends Of Live Award during the November 14-15 conference and touring awards in Los Angeles. The honor recognizes the couple for their steadfast commitment to touring and bringing high quality of music to fans.

JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and COLE SWINDELL will headline Country Thunder Arizona 2018, April 5-8 in Florence, Arizona. Others performing at the event will include TRACY LAWRENCE, BIG & RICH, LINDSAY ELL and NEAL MCCOY.

MAREN MORRIS is planning a spring wedding to fiancée RYAN HURD and says the event will be laid back with margaritas and Motown music.

RANDY TRAVIS has multiple projects on the horizon that include an autobiography and a documentary.

In 2018, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS will release their autobiography, Let Your Love Flow: The Life And Times Of The Bellamy Brothers.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 1, 2017

This is day 305 of 2017. There are 60 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers is 55

• Toni Collette (The United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is 45

• Jenny McCarthy is 45

• Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) is 36

• Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) is 33

• Penn Badgely (Gossip Girl) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1512: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, was exhibited to the public for the first time.

• 1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House.

• 1870: In the United States, the Weather Bureau — later renamed the National Weather Service — made its first official meteorological forecast.

• 1913: The forward pass gained national prominence when used in Notre Dame’s startling upset of Army 35-13. Just a few years before, the forward pass had been authorized by a rules committee of what would become the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

• 1938: Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing.

• 1960: While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announced his idea of the Peace Corps.

• 1990: McDonald’s announced it would replace styrofoam burger boxes with heavyweight paper containers.

• 2005: A 67-year-old Wisconsin man who said he didn’t even like watching movies was sued by the film industry for copyright infringement after a 12-year-old grandson downloaded four movies on their home computer. The Motion Picture Association of America filed a federal lawsuit against Fred Lawrence (of Racine) seeking as much as $600,000 in damages for downloading four movies: The Incredibles, I Robot, The Grudge, and The Forgotten.

• 2012: Scientists detected evidence of light from the universe’s first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• November is Movember, American Diabetes Awareness Month, Aviation Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Novel Writing Month, Vegan Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, National Raisin Bread Month

• All Saints’ Day

• Bison Day

• International Stress Awareness Day

• Calzone Day

• Family Caregiver Day

• Go Cook For Your Pets Day

• Stress Awareness Day

• World Vegan Day

UPCOMING

• 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