INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 30, 2018

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 30, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Henry Winkler is 73

• Harry Hamlin is 67

• Kevin Pollak is 61

• Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is 48

• Nia Long is 48

• Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1969: The first connection was made on what would become the internet. The first two computers linked were at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute — part of a Defense Department program called ARPANET. Within a year, 10 sites were connected.

• 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“Rumble in the Jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title.

• 1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

• 2005: The body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda.

• 2008: A historian discovered the oldest known recipe for German sausage, a list of ingredients for (Thuringian) bratwurst nearly 600 years old. German historian hobbiest Hubert Erzmann found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment while doing research in an archive in a small town in eastern Germany.

• 2012: George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Checklist Day

• Create A Great Funeral Day

• Devil’s Night or Mischief Night

• Haunted Refrigerator Night, a time for you to put on your protective gear and bust the ghosts of dinners past that still lurk in your refrigerator.

• Candy Corn Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,010: Number of decisions a bride and groom must make in preparation for the wedding and its related events.


NEWS ATTACK!

In Japan, a pop-up restaurant recreated the last meals of famous executed murderers. [It was a morbid idea but very successful. Well, except for the guy getting shivved at the salad bar.]

New research shows that the raw ingredient of chocolate, called cacao, has been around longer than previously thought — as long as 5,400 years. [That’s about the same age as that Twix bar in the company vending machine.]

NASA’s Parker Space Probe is now flying closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft. [Of course, this completely voids the warranty.]

China’s first private sector space rocket has failed. [Officials believe that they may have accidentally stolen the wrong specifications.]

Stephen King released a new book but even though it’s near Halloween the book isn’t scary. [I guess he fingered the world was already frightening enough for everyone.]

The city of Boston will hold a parade Wednesday to celebrate the Red Sox winning the World Series. [That’s good news for the local bars because we all know that the people of Boston need a really big occasion before they even consider having an adult beverage.]

A woman in Utah gave birth while stopped at an intersection. [Some of these red lights are way too long.]

Google is going to give away $25 million to projects that promote the use of artificial intelligence to build a more humane society. [In other words, the robots won’t be modeled in any way after humans.]

Kim Kardashian said that Kanye wants to have seven children. [One for each mood.]

Protestors wearing KKK outfits showed up in Northern Ireland. [When we finally export something it has to be something stupid.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GOOGLE HOME WANTS TO ADD MUSIC AND SFX TO BED TIME STORIES _ Part of the fun of reading a bed time story to your child is adding your own amazing sound effects. So naturally Google and Disney want that creative tradition to go away. Now Google Home can play ambient music and sound effects as you read select Little Golden Books aloud. All you have to do is say “Hey Google, let’s read along to Disney,” and start reading a compatible story. Google Home can detect when you stop reading or skip ahead.

… The first wave of compatible Little Golden Books includes modern Disney favorites like Moana, Coco and Toy Story 3, as well as classics like The Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan and Cinderella.

OBVIOUS: MEN LOOK AT WOMEN’S BODIES MORE THAN THEIR FACES _ A study found men look at women’s bodies more than their faces. They also found that women do it too — as in women check out other women’s bodies. This is the only reason mirrored sunglasses were invented, by the way.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT IS A BUSY NIGHT FOR FOOD DELIVERY _ According to the food industry, Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for food delivery.

PET STORE OFFERS ‘DOG RENTAL’ SERVICE _ A pet store in China allows customers to rent dogs and other animals by the day. The “pet-sharing” service charges people $4 a day to take home the dog of their choice on a trial basis. The owner of the pet store said his service gives potential pet owners a chance to consider the responsibility that comes with raising animals.

A CHINESE FARMER COULDN’T FLY A PLANE, SO HE BUILT ONE _ When a Chinese garlic farmer’s dream of flying an airplane didn’t pan out, he decided to build one instead. The full-scale replica of the Airbus A320 built by the farmer is now nearly finished, permanently parked on a short piece of tarmac surrounded by wheat fields in northeast China. The farmer says he didn’t finish middle school but only recently realized he may never be able to fly a plane. So he spent over $370,000 to build the model Airbus A320 shrunken to one-eightieth its original size.

INSTAGRAMMER TEACHES WOMEN HOW TO BAG A BILLIONAIRE _ Ever wished you could land yourself a rich boyfriend, quit your job and live a life of luxury? Anna Bey says she can teach you how to do just that. Instagram star Bey, who has been dating her own banker boyfriend for the past two years, says she teaches women how to “transform themselves” and “live up to their potential,” entering a life of high society and wealth. Bey founded her business JetsetBabe.com to teach women how to bag their own billionaire. She says her own interest in living the high life came at the age of 19 when the Swede traveled to Italy and got a taste of a life of luxury while hanging with a rich friend. She said that once she’d had a taste of that lifestyle, it was hard to turn her back on it.

RESTAURANT CREATED MENU OF DEATH ROW LAST MEALS _ A pop-up restaurant in Tokyo, Japan launched a menu of morbid meals for a limited time. Ningen Restaurant served the last meals requested by famous death row inmates — like double-murderer Gary Mark Gilmore, who requested a hamburger, baked potato, hard-boiled egg and three Jack Daniels shots; “Black Widow” Judy Buonoano, who dined on asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries; and killer clown John Wayne Gacy’s bucket of KFC, french fries, pound of strawberries and fried shrimp. The special menu ended October 28.

UNKNOWN FECES CULPRIT CONTINUES TO PLAGUE COLLEGE _ Rockefeller College in Albany, New York, is trying to track down a mystery pooper. Last week human feces were found in the trash can in a men’s bathroom. Human feces were also found in a shower stall and human urine was found in several trash bins.

BREWERY LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST CRAFT BEER AIRLINE _ Over the summer I told you about the craft beer hotel opened by BrewDog in Columbus, Ohio — it includes a built-in shower beer mini-fridge, in-room beer taps, and IPA hot tubs. BrewDog has now created the first ever craft beer airline. On its maiden voyage, passengers will be drinking their way across the Atlantic from the company’s headquarters in the UK to Ohio where they will spend 4 nights at the beer hotel. The flight will feature some limited edition craft beers including some special high-altitude brews, along with food pairings to complement all the beer you’ll be drinking.

86% OF PARENTS HAVE EATEN THEIR KIDS’ HALLOWEEN CANDY _ A survey says 86% of parents steal candy from their children’s Halloween haul. This means 14% of parents are lying.

INDIA WILL SOON UNVEIL A STUPID-EXPENSIVE STATUE _ Tomorrow (October 31) India will unveil what is being billed as the world’s tallest statue, standing 600 feet high. The statue is of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a Founding Father of India and leader of its struggle for independence. The statue cost a reported $430 million to build. Farmers in the area, who say they lack basic irrigation facilities, are unhappy with how the money was spent. FYI: India is 9½ hour ahead of New York City.

OVER HALF OF US ARE BRAND SNOBS _ Despite loving the idea of bagging a bargain, 54 percent of us are happy to fork out the extra cash for a well-known brand.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What brand is your spouse loyal to? What about you?

7-YEAR-OLD CONVINCES TOWN TO CHANGE NAME FOR HALLOWEEN _ A Long Island town is changing its name to “Hauntington” for Halloween — and it’s all because of a 7-year-old resident. Second grader Angelica Dee Cunningham blurted out the idea during a car ride awhile back and was urged by her parents to write Huntington town officials. The town unanimously approved the switch and tomorrow (October 31) Huntington will, for one day, be known as Hauntington.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: YOUR NEIGHBORS HATE YOUR LEAF BLOWER _ Fall is here and that means we’re enjoying a host host of mostly pleasant seasonal sights, sounds and smells. And at least one that’s not-so-pleasant. If you’re a homeowner or landscape pro with a leaf blower, consider turning it off an picking up an old-fashioned rake. A study shows…

• More and more communities and HOAs are banning the noisy leaf blower, or restricting when it can be used.

• 68% of homeowners in communities that don’t have leaf blower restrictions would welcome one.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN MEETS FATHER-IN-LAW ON DATING SITE _ A woman in China went online to arrange an extramarital affair. Her Romeo turned out to her father-in-law.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ZOMBIE HALLOWEEN COSTUME TEETH GET STUCK AUDIO  An Alabama woman’s $3 finishing touch to her zombie Halloween costume got her a terrifying trip to the dentist. Anna Tew’s fake vampire fangs wouldn’t detach from her actual teeth. Anna claims she used the temporary glue that came with the store-bought fake teeth. She said her efforts to remove the teeth, which had grown uncomfortably tight in her mouth, went on until around 2AM. At one point she even took a pair of wire clippers and cut off the tips of the fake teeth.

… Her growing pain led her to search for an emergency dentist who could see her right away. She wound up at Dr. John Murphy’s chair at Alabama Family Dental on Saturday. He said that the natural shape of teeth and gums can sometimes cause a product to get stuck.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RECREATING A SCENE FROM THE MOVIES _ A drunk man ruined a Mini Cooper by driving up a flight of stairs in an attempt to recreate a scene from the movie The Italian Job. He ended up busting his front tires, blowing up the radiator and causing the airbags to explode. He was arrested for drunk driving.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMEN GET INTO FIST FIGHT OVER PARKING SPACE _ Two elderly ladies got into a fist fight over the last handicapped parking spot at a California hospital. The fight happened between a 67-year-old and an 88-year-old. The older one broke a hip during the fight — naturally.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LEOPARD FALLS ASLEEP WATCHING TV _ A leopard sneaked into a house in northern India, climbed on to a bed and watched television before dozing off. Authorities tranquilized the leopard with a dart pistol and carried it to a zoo.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Jimmy thinks his lab is haunted after objects keep mysteriously moving.

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

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. An email from the school banning certain costumes, including Mark’s, sets off an argument between Dan and Darlene.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Struggling with Toby’s depression, Kate seeks Rebecca’s advice.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. The twins opt out of the family Halloween costume.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. A senator’s daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom. Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show) guest stars.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Pride turns to his friend (guest star Geoffrey Owens, The Cosby Show) for medical and spiritual guidance.

NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — New. Max faces the pressure of his first fundraising gala.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan and Talia lose control of a crime scene.


ENTERTAINMENT

A FOURTH THAI CAVE RESCUE MOVIE IN THE WORKS _ The inspiring story of the boys soccer team that was rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand will be coming to the big screen — again. Universal has optioned the rights to a still-unpublished book titled Into the Dark, about the triumphant rescue.

… At least one Thailand production company is already working on a big-screen adaptation, while the faith-based Hollywood studio Pure Flix is racing to make its own. And Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu announced he would be making his own.

THOSE BOXES OF GOLDEN GIRLS CEREAL ARE GOING FOR $100 ON EBAY _ Golden Girls-themed breakfast cereal introduced at Target stores in September sold out fast. Now, resale prices for boxes of the fruity Os are hitting $100 on eBay. The cereal’s cute cartoon packaging and weird, blue color aren’t the only draw. Each box also contains a collectible, vinyl figurine depicting one of the show’s iconic principal characters: Dorothy Zbornak (played by Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) or Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty).

… White, 96, is the only surviving member of the core cast.

AVATAR 4 AND 5 ARE FILMING _ We’re almost a decade removed from the record-breaking box office success of James Cameron‘s Avatar, and we’re still roughly two years away from Avatar 2 coming to theaters. But it’s full steam ahead on the entire franchise, with parts 4 and 5 already filming.

PRINCE HARRY REVEALS CUTE NICKNAME FOR BABY WITH MEGHAN _ Prince Harry brought some sunshine to a rainy day during the couple’s New Zealand visit by revealing what he is calling his child with Meghan. Harry referred to the upcoming royal as “our little bump”, prompting smiles and a awwws.

YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS DOGS TRAILER _ Netflix is giving dog lovers the feels. The streamer will soon debut a six-part documentary series about dogs. All kinds of dogs, from all over the world. Cosmopolitan dogs. Dogs born to run. Dogs who help the disabled. A dog that is trapped in Syria and can sing. Good luck saying no to this. Dogs comes to Netflix November 16. • TRAILER

SHAUN WHITE APOLOGIZES TO SPECIAL OLYMPIANS _ Shaun White is apologizing for his Halloween costume. Over the weekend, the three-time Olympic gold medalist was slammed by the Special Olympics for dressing up as Simple Jack, a character with a disability played by Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder. Sean said on social media: “I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice of Halloween costume the other night. It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one. The Special Olympics are right to call me out on it. They do great work supporting many tremendous athletes and I am so sorry for being insensitive. Lesson learned.”

… Special Olympics said: “Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination.”

TYLER PERRY WILL END THE MADEA FRANCHISE NEXT YEAR _ Tyler Perry’s character Madea is extremely hard to kill — she even came back to life in Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. But Perry says he’s finally retiring the character for good in his upcoming Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral. Perry said, “This is it. It’s time for me to kill that old [witch]. I’m tired!”

… Family Funeral, which opens in theaters on March 1, 2019, will be the eighth and final film in the Madea franchise and the 11th film in which Perry’s portrayal of Madea has appeared.

WORLD SERIES RATINGS FALL 23 PERCENT FROM 2017 _ The Boston Red Sox-Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 World Series on Fox saw a noticeable drop in viewership compared to last year. Over five games, the 2018 World Series averaged 14.3 million viewers. That is a drop off of 23% compared to the 2017 average of 18.7 million. In fairness, the 2017 World series — which also featured the Dodgers — ran all the way to Game 7 so the comparison is an imperfect one.

… This year was also the least watched World Series since 2014, when the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals averaged 13.9 million viewers over seven games.

NEW TRAILER FOR NORWAY’S EPIC NATURAL DISASTER MOVIE THE QUAKE _ A new US trailer for The Quake, the “next big disaster movie from Norway,” is online. This movie is about a massive earthquake that hits Oslo, centered on a fault-line underneath the city of 1.7 million people. They had a big quake in 1904, but they still aren’t prepared. The story follows various people trying to survive, of course. • VIDEO


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• ZOMBIE TEETH: An Alabama woman’s zombie teeth got stuck to her real teeth.  →  October 30 Wacky-But-True

• HALLOWEEN: A random caller answers your question, “What are your favorite Halloween treats?” She likes ’em all… and even some non-Halloween candy.

• HALLOWEEN: What kids are dressing as for Halloween.

• HALLOWEEN: What kids want in their bag.

• PHONER: What condiment or spice are you loyal to?

• HALLOWEEN: A big collection of Halloween related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S YOUR STATE EXERCISE?

This is a fun conversation starter or can be used as trivia. It’s a website with a list of each state’s designations.

• Your state’s beverage.

• Your state’s exercise.

• Your state’s fruit.

• Many more!

LINK

HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS

• The first Halloween celebration in America took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.

• More than 93% of children under the age of 12 will go out trick-or-treating

• 86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween; most keep it ultra simple with a carved pumpkin or a light post decoration.

• Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States. It is the largest candy-purchasing holiday, bigger than Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day.

• The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920s.

• About 99% of pumpkins that are marketed domestically are turned into jack-o-lanterns

• Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes

• More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces.

HALLOWEEN IS ‘DEADLIEST NIGHT FOR PEDESTRIANS’

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians. AAA has several suggestions for drivers to use to help keep the roads safer on Halloween:

• Slow down. A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 30 mph compared to 25 mph.

• Buckle up. If you’re driving trick-or-treaters, always use appropriate restraints and child seats. Also, have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle. No exceptions for large or bulky costumes.

• Keep watch. Look for kids walking on streets, driveways, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may have reduced visibility, may not pay attention to traffic and may cross mid-block or between parked cars.

• Avoid distractions, including text messaging and cell phone use, in order to keep 100 percent of your focus on safe driving.

AAA recommends parents and caregivers keep their ghouls and goblins safe with the following tips:

• Trick-or-treat together. Parents and caregivers should accompany young trick-or-treaters. Make a plan by mapping out the route ahead of time.

• Stay visible. Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow stick, or reflective tape in order to enhance visibility.

• Be costume smart. Avoid costumes that drag, and carry flexible props. Too-long costumes can pose a tripping hazard. Props such as swords and knives should be carried in a way that will not pose an injury hazard in the event of a fall.

• Think twice about masks. Masks can restrict breathing and obscure vision, creating a safety hazard to trick-or-treaters. If your child’s costume includes a mask, consider cutting larger openings around the nose and mouth as well as the eye areas. Or, as a safer bet, skip the mask altogether and instead opt for costume makeup.

• Discuss safety with kids. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in the excitement of trick-or-treating and forget about safety. Review safety rules before they head out for the night. Highlight the importance of sidewalk use and crossing the street safely. AAA is an advocate for the safety and security of all road users.

WAYS TO CONFUSE TRICK-OR-TREATERS

• Wait behind the door until some people come. When they get near the door, jump out, wearing a costume, and holding a bag, and yell, “Trick or Treat!”

• Get about 10 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.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• Answer the door with a mouthful of M&M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Insist that you don’t have any candy.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person will eat two miles of what in their life?  (Licorice)

TRIVIA: Every 5 minutes the world consumes 2,083,333 of these. (Cups of coffee)

TRIVIA: In 1980, more than 35% of cars had one of these; today the number is less than 3%. (Manual shifted transmissions)


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 31, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Dan Rather is 87

• Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives) is 71

• Jane Pauley (CBS Sunday Morning) is 68

• Director Peter Jackson is 57

• Rob Schneider is 54

• Mike O’Malley (Glee) is 53

• Vanilla Ice is 51

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 2017 A judge in Maui, Hawaii ordered a man to write his ex-girlfriend 144 compliments after violating a protection order and sending 144 nasty text messages.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Halloween

• Books For Treats Day

• Magic Day

• Caramel Apple Day

• National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

UPCOMING

• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day