INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 69

• Colin Firth is 59

• Ryan Phillippe is 45

• Ballerina Misty Copeland is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1846: Elias Howe received a patent for the sewing machine.

• 1963: Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Alabama, following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace, who resisted integration.

• 1989: Hungary stopped enforcing East German visa restrictions and opened its borders, beginning a flood of emigration that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall two months later.

• 2001: In Thailand, three men broke into a store and stole several items. But since they were low on cash, they decided to try returning one of the items for a refund. But when they went to the store the shop owner explained that she had just opened for the day and didn’t have any money in the cash register yet. So the three thieves lay down in hammocks outside the store, waiting for the owner to earn enough money to hand it over to them. That’s where the cops found them, asleep.

• 2017: At the 74th Venice Film Festival The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Suicide Prevention Day

• Swap Ideas Day

• Alpaca Day

• TV Dinner Day

• Sewing Machine Day

UPCOMING

• September 12: Third Democratic Debate (Night 1)
• September 13: Third Democratic Debate (Night 2)
• September 13: Friday the 13th
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Octoberfest begins in Munich, Germany
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• September 23: First day of Fall
• September 28: SNL Season 45 begins
• October 1: Major League Baseball playoffs start
• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

85,000: Highway maintenance workers in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

British Airways cancelled nearly all its flights on Monday and Tuesday due to a pilots’ strike over pay. [The pilots are demanding that they be paid in cash rather than beer.]

A python that escaped at a Wisconsin high school nearly a week ago was finally found. [It was in the boy’s bathroom, vaping.]

A sixth grade teacher in Colorado suddenly went into labor and gave birth on the sidewalk in front of the school. [She won her own show-and-tell.]

WalletHub says that Hawaii is the state where people are the happiest. [That’s because they’re the farthest away from the federal government.]

The latest study finds that coffee may lower the risk of gallstones. [The study is based on the case histories of the cast of Friends.]

New research shows that a high-fat diet changes the brain, making you want to eat more. [That explains why when I eat a cheeseburger it makes me want French fries, which make me want a milk shake, which makes me wonder why I only ordered one cheeseburger.]

A man in Pennsylvania was bitten by a bat with rabies. [Fortunately, he was treated in time, and he’s now at home resting comfortably upside down.]

A couple in Connecticut was in court Monday after they blew more than $100,000 that the bank had accidentally deposited into their account. [How did these two spend over $100,000, and it didn’t occur to either one of them to purchase a plane ticket?]

A fight among three women at a nail salon in Wisconsin ended with the salon owner getting shot in the toe. [Don’t you hate when that happens right after you’ve gotten a really good pedicure?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES SQUIRREL STOPPING TO SMELL A FLOWER _ A photographer in Vienna, Austria captured the moment a small ground squirrel stopped to smell the flowers. Photographer Dick van Duijn, from the Netherlands, said he spent two hours and took roughly 200 photos in order to capture the moment.

… In the photos, the squirrel reaches for a yellow daisy, touching the flower to its face. Its eyes close as it seemingly inhales the floral scent. Moments later, the rodent leaned in for a tasty bite. • 3 PHOTOS

SARAH PALIN’S HUSBAND HAS FILED FOR DIVORCE _ The husband of Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 US presidential election, appears to have filed for divorce. In a filing in Anchorage Superior Court, a plaintiff listed only as T.M.P. with the same birth date as Todd Mitchell Palin lodged a “complaint for divorce (with children).” The defendant is listed in the online record as S.L.P. and has the same birthdate as the former governor, whose middle name is Louise. The filing also includes a child custody jurisdiction affidavit. The Palins have five children, the youngest of whom is a minor, age 11. The couple have been married since 1988.

🎧 AUDIOTEACHER GIVES BIRTH ON SIDEWALK OUTSIDE HER SCHOOL _ A sixth-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado, just had her second child, only this one came into the world in an unusual location. English teacher Lindsay Agbalokwu thought she had a little more time before her daughter was due to arrive later this month. But on Friday, she had a surprise when her baby girl decided to come early, and the teacher suddenly gave birth on the sidewalk outside her school.

… Agbalokwu wasn’t due until September 17, which is why she initially dismissed the labor pains as Braxton Hicks contractions. But as it turned out, she was mistaken. Agbalokwu went about her Friday as usual, even handing out an award at a school assembly. At that point, she realized she’d misjudged her own pain. Once the ceremony was over, she went back to her classroom and things “went from zero to 100.” 911 was called but the baby wasn’t going to wait.

ONE IN FOUR WOMEN SUFFER FROM ‘GYMTIMIDATION’ _ Why aren’t more women going to the gym? The biggest reason — shared by over a quarter of women in a survey — is money. And close behind is ‘gymtimindation’ — feeling too intimidated by the gym.

INFLUENCER COUPLE TAKES PHOTO DANGLING OFF A CLIFF _ An attention-grabbing couple has been blasted for sharing a dangerous photo of themselves dangling off a cliff in a desperate attempt for Instagram fame. Travel bloggers Kelly Castille and Kody Workman uploaded a photo of themselves precariously posing above the Humantay Lagoon in Peru. While Kody sits with his legs hanging off the edge of a cliff, his daring girlfriend holds his hands and places one foot on the rock as she dangles off the side. The influencers — who share the account Positravelty — then urged their 162,000 followers to “push past negativity” in their own lives in the caption of the image.

… The image has sparked fierce debate among the couple’s followers who argued that they were promoting stupidity. In response to the couple encouraging their followers to be “brave” and face their fears, one replied: “Brave? Brave is going out to fight war. Not this.” • IMAGE

UPDATE: STARBUCKS-OBSESSED MAN VISITS 15,000 LOCATIONS IN 22 YEARS _ That guy who goes by the name of Winter and is trying to visit every Starbucks on the planet has visited 15,000. It’s taken him 22 years and he’s got another 15,000 to go. His 15,000th Starbucks was in Peru.

…. In March, Starbucks opened its 30,000th store in Shenzhen, China.

… When asked if it would take another 22 years to hit 30,000 stores, Winter said it might actually take longer: “Given that Starbucks growth in North America has peaked, thus requiring me to spend more time overseas to rack up stores, I predict that it will take closer to 30 years.”

PRINCETON, WILLIAMS TOP 2020 BEST COLLEGES RANKINGS _ U.S. News has released its annual Best Colleges rankings. Out Monday, the rankings provides data on more than 1,900 colleges.

1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
3. Yale University (CT) (tie)

14-YEAR-OLD GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN _ A 14-year-old is taking classes at George Washington University this fall as a college freshman and just about everyone cannot believe their eyes. Curtis Lawrence III says his topic is “Africa and the African diaspora.” Though he cannot declare a major yet, Curtis knows he’ll choose biology and computer science. He wants to be a paleontologist.

… In addition to African History, Curtis is also taking college Calculus, astronomy, and writing.

🎧 AUDIODRIVER RESCUES KITTEN AFTER HEARING HER CAR ENGINE PURRING _ Theresa Hudson was on her way to work in Kendall, Florida, when she heard a cat meowing. She looked around her car but was unable to find a cat. Then she heard meowing again. So Hudson pulled over, popped the hood and found a kitten in her engine. The kitten, who’s been named Lucky, rode along for at least 20 miles in the hot engine compartment.

TALLER PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER _ Researchers (Princeton University) suggest tall people lead happier lives than those of lower stature. The researchers analyzed data from 450,000 people over the age of 18. The findings indicate taller people are more likely to be positive about their lives and describe themselves as happy and are less likely to complain of persistent sadness or physical pain.

… Men who described their lives as the “worst possible,” tended to be more then eight-tenths of an inch shorter than average and women who said the same about their lives tended to be about half an inch shorter than the female average.

MEN LIKE TO LOOK AT NAKED FEMALE BODIES _ A study (out of New Zealand) says men look at a naked woman’s breasts or midriff before her face. About half of the men in the study, 47 percent, first looked at women’s breasts; one in three looked at the midriff; less than 20% of first glances were directed at a naked woman’s face.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: A VILLAGE THAT REQUIRES YOU TO REMOVE YOUR APPENDIX _ Villas Las Estrellas is one of the few settlements in Antarctica where people live for years and raise children. The core population is made up of scientists and workers from Chile’s military, but they stay long enough to bring their families along. There’s a school, a post office, a bank, and a Russian Orthodox church. But the nearest hospital is 625 miles away, so if you want to live there, you must have your appendix removed first — children included.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CORONER INDICTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SENDING WIFE ON DEATH INVESTIGATIONS _ Colorado’s Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent has been indicted on a petty criminal offense after he allegedly sent his wife to conduct numerous death investigations. Kent’s wife was not a sworn deputy when Kent sent her to investigate deaths in the county.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE:  MAN ALLEGEDLY BREAKS INTO PROPERTY, LEAVES BEHIND PHOTOCOPY OF HIS FACE _ A Canadian man broke into a building and photocopied his face — and then left the selfie behind. Police say 54-year-old Gary Lambe allegedly broke into a commercial property (in Toronto), ate “some food items” and then left — but not before making a photocopy of his face.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ARRESTED AFTER STUMBLING UPON POLICE DRUG SEARCH OF A HOUSE _ A man from England was arrested after coming to a house as officers carried out a search. The search at the house was for drugs. The man who showed up while cops were there was carrying drugs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SURVIVES BEING RUN OVER BY TRAIN _ In Russia an intoxicated man was unhurt after a train drove over him. The man was passed out between the rails of the train tracks.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOG BUSTED FOR ROBBERY _ In Norway, a hungry dog with a sweet tooth left his home to make a night raid on a gas station. The store’s security cameras recorded the dog’s stealthy hunt for his favorite type of chocolate, and a security guard busted the pooch without incident.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. The Semi-finals continue.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour episode.

SEASON FINALE: FIRST RESPONDERS LIVE (9p ET, FOX) — New.

MYSTERIES DECODED (9p ET, CW) — New. In response to the storm Area 51 viral event, ufologist Ryan Sprague joins Jennifer Marshall to investigate what sparked the movement.

BRING THE FUNNY (10p ET, NBC) — New. In part 1 of the season finale, the remaining finalists have one final performance to impress the judges and America.

SEASON PREMIERE: MR. MERCEDES (10p ET, AT&T Audience Network) — Brendon Gleeson returns for season 3, with a storyline inspired by the Stephen King book Finders Keepers.

BILL BURR: PAPER TIGER (Netflix) — This new standup special features the comic at London’s Royal Albert Hall.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOM HANKS WILL PLAY TOY ASTRONAUT MAJOR MATT MASON _ Tom Hanks has played an astronaut (in Apollo 13) and a toy (Woody, in the Toy Story series). But how about combining space and toys? According to Variety, Hanks will play Major Matt Mason, the 1960s-era space action figure, in an upcoming feature film.

… Major Matt Mason was a Mattel action figure introduced in 1966 who lived and worked on the moon. • VIDEO

HAWKEYE DISNEY+ SERIES EYES HAILEE STEINFELD FOR LEAD ROLE _ Hailee Steinfeld could soon be part of the Marvel family. Variety reports the that the Bumblebee and True Grit star has been offered a lead role in the upcoming Hawkeye series at Disney Plus.

… The limited series will see Jeremy Renner back in the role of the bow-wielding hero that he has played through multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Should Steinfeld join the series, she would play Kate Bishop.

POST MALONE FANS HAVE NO IDEA WHO OZZY OSBOURNE IS _ A few Post Malone fans just found out who Ozzy Osbourne is. Malone, who just released his third studio album, collaborated with many big names for the album, including Travis Scott, SZA, Meek Mill, and the legendary “Prince of Darkness,” Ozzy Osbourne. After the album’s release, it became apparent that some of Malone’s younger fans had no idea who Ozzy Osbourne was, and instead, credited Malone for bringing attention to the “unknown” rock pioneer.

… Osbourne has sold over 100 million albums from his solo work and his days in the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

JENNIFER GARNER’S PRETEND COOKING SHOW HAS A REAL CHEF _ Jennifer Garner hosts a semi-regular Pretend Cooking Show on Instagram where, despite the name, she actually cooks. And for her latest episode, the actress gave a tutorial with her “first and possibly only” guest: the head chef at an actual L.A. restaurant hotspot. Garner invited chef Daniele Uditi to help with a pizzana recipe from his restaurant, and to share a step-by-step for fans. • VIDEO

FACE/OFF REBOOT IN THE WORKS _ Face/Off is coming back to theaters. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage starred in the 1997 action-thriller about two arch enemies exchanging each other’s identities — and faces. The story follows FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta), who is tracking down terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). When Troy boards a plane in Los Angeles that crashes and is severely injured, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s in order to go undercover as the criminal. In a twist, Troy then awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery give him Archer’s face.

KELLY CLARKSON SHOW LAUNCHES WITH STEVE CARELL AS ANNOUNCER _ The Kelly Clarkson Show made its debut on Monday with an iconic moment straight out of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. As the hour opened, Steve Carell appeared on stage to introduce the singer/host with his infamous “Kelly Clarkson!” cry from the movie. • VIDEO


AUDIO

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🎧 A teacher in Denver gave birth on her school’s sidewalk.

🎧 Cat found in engine compartment of Florida woman’s car.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK GROUP

Stop by and share your input: How does your station recognize the anniversary of 9/11?

PALINDROME WEEK!

The next 10 days are palindromes:

  • 9-10-10
  • 9-11-19
  • 9-12-19
  • 9-13-19
  • 9-14-19
  • 9-15-19
  • 9-16-19
  • 9-17-19
  • 9-18-19
  • 9-19-19

… A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sequence of words that reads the same backwards as forwards. Punctuation and spaces between the words or lettering is allowed. Examples of palindromes:

  • Civic
  • Kayak
  • Racecar
  • Radar
  • I did, did I?
  • My gym
  • Step on no pets
  • Top spot

HOW YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS REVEALS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

• Sunny-side up: You are optimistic and easygoing.

• Hard-boiled: You’re a no-nonsense type. You’re quick to form opinions.

• Soft-boiled: You’re gentle, sensitive, neat — but you’re not always easy to please.

• Scrambled: You’re agreeable and very steady. You go with the flow.

• Over easy: You are very precise. You know exactly what you want out of life.

• Poached: You are very orderly — you don’t like to see anything out of its place.

• Omelets: You enjoy taking risks.

TOYS PARENTS LOVED AS CHILDREN THAT THEIR KIDS STILL PLAY WITH

Play Doh, Mr. Potato Head and Trolls have been named as the toys most likely to stand the test of time, according to a survey of American parents. Nearly half of parents said their favorite childhood toy is still on the market in some version and 84 percent of those plan on or have purchased that toy for their child.

… Toys that stand the test of time (played with by parents and their children when growing up):

  1. Play Doh
  2. Mr. Potato Head
  3. Trolls
  4. My Little Pony
  5. Furby
  6. Puzzles
  7. Toy phone
  8. Bop It
  9. Building blocks
  10. Bicycle
  11. Yoyo
  12. Guess Who?
  13. Water blasters
  14. Teddy bear
  15. Scrabble
  16. Tricycle
  17. Candy Land
  18. Game Boy
  19. Spinning tops
  20. Toy cash register
  21. Plastic animals
  22. Monopoly
  23. Mouse Trap
  24. Game of Life
  25. Transformers
  26. Clue
  27. Baby Alive
  28. Plastic food/kitchen supplies
  29. Scattergories
  30. Perfection

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year Americans buy around 900,000 tons of what? (Charcoal briquettes)

TRIVIA: According to a survey a third of people believe their best ideas come while where? (In bed. Just 10 percent think their best ideas happen at work.)

TRIVIA: It’s estimated that 80 percent of these will be lost after being buried. (Time capsules)

FILL IN THE BLANK

To move to the remote Antarctic village of Villas Las Estrellas you are required to leave your ______ behind.

• Smartphone

• Appendix*

• Children

• Undergarments

* Villas Las Estrellas is one of the few settlements in Antarctica where people live for years and raise children. The core population is made up of scientists and workers from Chile’s military, but they stay long enough to bring their families along. There’s a school, a post office, a bank, and a Russian Orthodox church. But the nearest hospital is 625 miles away, so if you want to live there, you must have your appendix removed first — children included.


DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Virginia Madsen (Sideways, American Dreams) is 58

• Kristy McNichol is 57

• Harry Connick Jr. is 52

• Taraji P. Henson (Empire) is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1954: The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC.

• 1962: The Beatles recorded their first singles, Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You, at EMI studios in London.

• 2001: Coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

• 2002: The Pentagon was rededicated after repairs were completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.

• 2017: Hurricane Irma left 7 million U.S. homes without power in Florida and Georgia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Day of Service and Remembrance

• Patriot Day

• Make Your Bed Day

• Hot Cross Bun Day

UPCOMING

• September 12: Third Democratic Debate (Night 1)
• September 13: Third Democratic Debate (Night 2)
• September 13: Friday the 13th
• September 20: Storm Area 51
• September 21: Octoberfest begins in Munich, Germany
• September 22: Emmy Awards (Fox)
• September 23: First day of Fall
• September 28: SNL Season 45 begins
• October 1: Major League Baseball playoffs start
• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters