INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 23, 2019

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 23, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer and actor Dwight Yoakam is 63

• Director-actor Sam Raimi is 60

• Weird Al Yankovic is 60

• Neurosurgeon and TV journalist Sanjay Gupta is 50

• Ryan Reynolds is 43

• The View host Meghan McCain is 35

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.

• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.

• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.

• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• TV Talk Show Host Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

• Croc Day. The ugly shoes, not the animal.

• Paralegal Day

• Mole Day

UPCOMING

• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 7: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be cut down.
• November 9: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be raised
• November 9: Sesame Street kicks off its 50th season (HBO)
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• February 2: Super Bowl
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,000: New books each year which sell 1,000 copies or more. Around 3 million new books are published in the U.S. each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

According to an inside source, Lori Loughlin wants to meet with Felicity Huffman to get an idea of what she can expect from prison. [“How late can you get room service? What’s the thread count on the sheets and pillowcases? How’s the wifi?”]

Florida police found a three-bedroom house with 245 animals living there. [Sounds like my old dormitory.]

Japan installed a new emperor Tuesday, and to celebrate millions of bad drivers were pardoned for their traffic violations. [So Japan is a pretty happy place right now. Of course, you definitely don’t want to be on the road.]

A TV station in Dallas has issued an apology after delaying a tornado warning so as not to interrupt a football game. [The station owners say this will never happen again because they’re immediately implementing new procedures to only hire adults.]

According to new research, single people are happier than most married people. [Until they have to move a couch.]

Florida is cracking down on people who illegally trap songbirds. [Experts say that trappers lure the innocent birds away from their habitats with promises of good-paying jobs in the city.]

The NFL has fined Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. $14,000 for wearing his pants above the knee. [Apparently, the NFL has time to concentrate on fashion now that it has completed eliminated the concussion problem.]

In Tennessee, a family of bears opened the doors of an SUV and stole a pack of chewing gum. [When you’ve eaten fish all day you can use a little gum.]

Dennis Quaid, who’s 65-years-old, just got engaged to a 26-year-old. [They have so much in common. Her sleep number is also his bedtime.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE ONE THING ALL CULTURES HAVE IN COMMON _ In an often divided world, new research reveals the factor Americans feels unifies us the most: food. 84 percent of Americans say food genuinely has the power to connect people of different cultures and backgrounds.

HAUNTED HOUSE REQUIRES 40-PAGE WAIVER, PHYSICAL EXAM _ A Tennessee haunted house which calls itself the scariest in the world requires visits to sign a 40-page waiver, pass a physical and undergo a background check — and no one has ever finished the attraction. Russ McKamey, owner of McKamey Manor in Summertown, Tennessee, said the price of admission is only a bag of food for his five dogs, and the prize for finishing is $20,000, but no one has ever collected the prize money.

… Interested visitors must first complete a sports physical, sign a 40-page waiver, pass a drug test, provide proof of medical insurance, and prove they are at least 21 years old.

… The visitors must then watch a 2-hour video called And Then There Were None, which features footage of every visitor from July 2017 and August 2019 quitting before the end of the experience. Visitors leave by uttering the code phrase, “You really don’t want to do this.”

… McKamey said the key to inspiring terror is a “mind game” that relies on hypnotism to have visitors tricked by their own minds. He said each experience is video recorded to prove to visitors — and authorities — that nothing illegal took place.

WATCH A ‘POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS’ ASTEROID FLY BY EARTH _ Asteroids are zipping past Earth all the time, but we’ve got a special one coming Friday. Asteroid 1998 HL1 will be visible to some amateur telescopes. You can also watch on the Virtual Telescope Project as it brings it right to your eyeballs with a live stream starting at 10 AM PT. The asteroid’s visit will bring it within a cosmically close but still super safe 3.8 million miles.

… HL1 is classified as “potentially hazardous” thanks to what NASA calls the “potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth.” No need to panic, though. HL1 won’t get this close again until 2051, and even then it’s still not expected to hit us.

OCCASIONAL NAPS MAY HELP LOWER RISK OF STROKE, HEART ATTACK _ A tranquil nap in the afternoon can be a great way to break up the day and add some pep to your step for the rest of your daily routine. Now, researchers in Switzerland have found another reason why you should consider enjoying a regular daytime snooze: taking a daytime nap once or twice a week may lower your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

… The study authors note that the period of time spent napping didn’t seem to influence this benefit, nor did napping any more than twice per week.

WHAT IF A DELIVERY DRONE FALLS ON YOUR HEAD? _ (Good conversation topic out of the LA Times.) Imagine you’re standing in your front yard when a drone flies overhead, delivering a package to one of your neighbors. The drone goes over your house, flying much lower than a helicopter could. Would that be considered trespassing? After all, you didn’t even order the package. What if the drone took pictures of you and everything else in your yard as it went by; is that allowed? What if it malfunctioned and fell on your head — who would be at fault?

… These are some of the thorny legal questions that will have to be answered as companies such as Google, Amazon and UPS start preparing for a future where delivery by drone is more common. As Arthur Holland Michel says: “Little of the existing law is based specifically on drones.” Michel is co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

… When it comes to drone delivery services, questions about potential trespassing still remain. Some property owners have argued that they own a certain amount of the airspace above their homes, meaning any drones that fly into that area without permission would be unwanted visitors. Others have said you don’t own that when it comes to aircraft. Drones are categorized as aircraft, and the FAA has stipulated that no one has the right to interfere with the flight of an aircraft. Others have expressed concerns about what kinds of data delivery drones could gather on their flights to and from drop-off points. Amazon has a patent for a data analysis system that would use information the drone collected during its flight to help make recommendations for future purchases. For example, if the drone took an image of your dead lawn while it was delivering your package, perhaps you’d get more online ads for fertilizer.

… Then there are liability issues. If a drone has a glitch and drops its package on you, leaving you injured, who’s at fault? In some cases, existing laws could apply. For example, if a delivery drone dropped a package that hit someone, the drone operator and his or her employer would most likely be liable — in line with standard rules on negligence.

… Then there’s the issue of noise.

LOYAL DOG WAITS BY ROADSIDE FOR FOUR YEARS _ In Thailand a stray dog waited four years for his owner to return at the exact spot where the pet jumped from a moving truck. Last month a passing motorcyclist saw the dog twice along a highway. He stopped to check on the dog and was told by the locals that it had been sitting at the same place for the last four years.

… The motorcyclist took the dog to the vet and then adopted him, naming him Leo. But after a couple of days he went missing and was found at the spot along the highway. The motorcyclist let him stay and brought food every day.

… The story of Leo was shared online, which prompted the dog’s owner to come forward. The owner said after her dog — who’s real name is Bong Bong — jumped from the pickup in 2015, she and her husband drove up and down the road looking for him. When the owner of Bong Bong was finally reunited with her dog she said she would be OK if the motorcyclist adopted her instead.

DOGS ARE BAD FOR OUR PLANET (BUT WHO CARES) _ They’re faithful, friendly and furry — but under their harmless, fluffy exteriors, dogs and cats, the world’s most popular house pets, use up more energy resources in a year than driving a car. A study out of New Zealand some time ago said keeping a medium-sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving 6,200 miles in an SUV.

CALORIE LISTINGS DON’T MOTIVATE BETTER EATING _ When it comes to making healthy food and beverage choices, a study shows that people are better off knowing both the number of calories they’re consuming and the amount of exercise it would take to burn them off. In the study when a sign next to a soda read “250 calories, or five miles of walking,” consumers were more likely to leave the soft drink on the shelf than if only the calories were posted.

THE SCIENTIST WHO THOUGHT THAT BIRDS MIGRATE TO THE MOON _ Where do birds go in the winter? South, of course. But centuries ago there were all kinds of theories. One of the more bizarre was that of English minister and scientist Charles Morton, who in the 17th century wrote a surprisingly well-reasoned paper claiming birds migrate to the moon and back every year. And Morton was even aware of how epic this journey would be. He estimated the one-way trip to be 179,712 miles (he wasn’t so far off — the moon varies between 226,000 miles and 252,000 miles away), and reckoned it would take the birds 60 days to reach our satellite flying at 125 mph.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE FORMULA FOR THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP _ A survey has uncovered the formula for the perfect road trip: it involves three people, covers 190 miles and is accompanied by rock music. The study of 2,000 adults found the ideal drive should take place in a VW camper van, Range Rover or Ford Mustang.

… There needs to be at least one bathroom stop every 100 miles, good weather and GPS — even though one in three of those surveyed said getting lost is the fun part of a road trip.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNCLE ACCUSED OF STABBING NEPHEW OVER PORK CHOP _ Food fights can be messy fun. Or they can be violent and bloody. Like the one in Florida. Police arrested a guy for stabbing his nephew. The two were apparently arguing over how many pork chops each person would get to eat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LIBRARY BANS BAGS OF SNAKES _ In North Carolina, the Madison County Public Library new it needed a new policy governing service animals when a man walked into a library branch carrying a bag of snakes. After approaching the card-carrying library member, interim director Peggy Goforth asked him about the bag. He said, “My pets are harmless. Here, let me show you,” and he poured them out on the front desk.

… Goforth said the man “had pythons and boas” and was “very proud of his snakes. He had to pick each one up, tell me their names and how long he had them.” Goforth respectfully explained to the man that snakes were not allowed in the library.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN USED STOLEN IDENTITY TO BUY LUXURY CAR _ California investigators are searching for a suspect who stole another women’s identity and used it to buy a Lexus from a dealership (in Lodi). “The next day the dealership heard from the real person, who said, “Hey, my ID was stolen.” The identity thief not only fooled the dealership, but also the DMV and the bank where she got the car loan from.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $100,000 STOLEN RING FOUND IN SUSPECT’S BODY _ In California a couple of guys made arrangements to buy a $100,000 ring at a jewelry story (in Manteca). Instead they made off with the ring. Someone gave the suspects’ vehicle info to the California Highway Patrol, which was able to locate and arrest the men. Unfortunately, the ring was nowhere to be found. Suspecting that one of men was hiding the ring in his body, police officers obtained a search warrant and found the ring in a suspect via X-ray. The suspect did not swallow the ring. The ring was recovered then by medical officials.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF, VICTIM CROSS PATHS AT BANK TELLER WINDOW _ In China a man stepped up to a bank teller window to report the theft of books of checks. After taking down his information the man stepped away from the teller window and another man took his place. He was there to cash some checks — the same checks that had just been reported stolen. Police were called to detain the suspect after the victim and bank employees subdued him and activated the security doors.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TO AVOID WIFE, MAN WANTS JAIL TIME _ An Italian man who violated his house arrest for dumping waste requested jail to get away from his wife — but the judge sent him back home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD ROBBERS WITH FAKE GUNS _ In Germany some guys attempted to rob a bank. While the tellers were getting the money together one of the robbers dropped his gun. It hit the floor and shattered into several pieces, revealing itself as a plastic fake. Things quickly went downhill from there. As the crooks were making a hasty exit without their cash, another crook dropped his gun. Cops found the men a short time later.


ON TELEVISION

WORLD SERIES GAME 2 (8p ET, FOX) — The Astros host the Nationals.

SURVIVOR: ISLAND OF THE IDOLS  (8p ET, CBS) — New. There’s a surprising tribe swap.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Choi and Dr. Marcel don’t see eye-to-eye over the treatment of a patient’s chronic pain.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Erica tries to fool Beverly into thinking Parents Weekend has been rescheduled to Parents Thursday so the family won’t attend.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. When a bad flu epidemic hits William Penn, Principal Glascott must step it up as the wrestling coach.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Kidd must prove herself at the National Firefighter Leadership Conference.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Jason must select a new candidate to join the team.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

NANCY DREW (9p ET, CW) — New.

SERIES PREMIERE: TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL (9p ET, BET) — This new drama centers on a family placed in the White House by people of power, while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Will is pumped to become the coach of Sophie’s soccer team.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. The locals won’t talk to police after a murder in a Bulgarian neighborhood.

HARRY & MEGHAN: AN AFRICAN JOURNEY (10p ET, ABC) —  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to journalist Tom Bradby about the pressures and challenges they face in the glare of the world’s media.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. Deacon’s family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the team try to bring down its leader.

PREMIERE: BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER FEATURING DAVID CHANG (Netflix) — This new food travelogue features the celebrity chef eating with famous folks like Chrissy Teigen and Seth Rogen.

SEASON PREMIERE: CASTLE ROCK (Hulu) — The second season of this Stephen King horror anthology stars Lizzie Caplan as a younger version Misery’s Annie Wilkes (played in the 1990 film by Oscar winner Kathy Bates).

DANCING WITH THE BIRDS (Netflix) — A new nature documentary


ENTERTAINMENT

MORE CHARGES FILED AGAINST LORI LOUGHLIN _ Full House star Lori Loughlin and several others parents in the college admissions scam are facing more charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other defendants are now accused of conspiring to commit federal program bribery. Loughlin and Giannulli had already pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

… Prosecutors say the couple paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as USC crew team recruits, even though neither are rowers. Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are not currently enrolled at the school. The new charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

LET IT SNOW TRAILER IS HERE _ Fans of Christmas-themed romances: Netflix finally released its trailer for Let It Snow. The film — which is based off the hit novel by Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson, and John Green — follows a group of teens on Christmas Eve after a snowstorm hits their tiny town. • WATCH

GILMORE GIRLS FANS CAN HAVE HOLIDAY LUNCH AT LORELAI GILMORE’S HOUSE _ Gilmore Girls fans, a trip to California may be in order because the Warner Bros. backlot is turning into Stars Hollow once again. Between December 21 and January 5, three Studio Tours will feature a trip to Lorelai’s house, Stars Hollow High, Luke’s Diner, and the iconic gazebo. As with last year’s event, you can fulfill a life dream and have lunch at Lorelai’s, complete with Pop-Tarts, coffee, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL’S HUSBAND FILES FOR DIVORCE _ Zooey Deschanel’s husband has filed for divorce. Jacob Pechenik filed legal documents Tuesday citing “irreconcilable differences” as a reason for ending the marriage. The couple announced their split last month after four years of marriage. Zooey and Jacob met on the set of the Bill Murray comedy Rock the Kasbah, on which Jacob was a producer. They have two kids together.

… Zooey has been dating Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott. They posted their first Instagram pic together Monday.

JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS CHICAGO’S LAWSUIT AGAINST JUSSIE SMOLLETT _ A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago, which is seeking to recoup investigative costs from former Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The judge rejected Smollett’s contention that he should not be made to pay $130,000 in police overtime costs, plus $260,000 in damages, because he could not have foreseen how seriously the police would take his hate crime report. The judge also faulted Smollett’s attorneys for its “attempts to muddy the waters with irrelevant arguments.”

… Smollett told police on January 29 that he had been assaulted on the street by two men. The Chicago Police Department engaged in an intensive investigation, ultimately concluding that Smollett had staged the attack.

THIS YEAR’S ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE HAS BEEN CHOSEN _ The management at Rockefeller Center have their sights set on Christmas. The 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been selected, and will grace the streets of New York City with its dazzling lights in just a few short weeks. This year’s massive Norway Spruce hails from the Village of Florida in Orange County, New York, and will be cut down on Thursday, November 7 before being raised at Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday, November 9. • IMAGE

… The tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on December 4.

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL HAS ITS OWN BOARD GAME _ What could be more marvelous than Mrs. Maisel herself? Ahead of the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hasbro teamed up with Amazon Prime to create a board game inspired by the hit TV series. The Game of Life: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Edition will have players imagining themselves living in 1950s New York City seeking fame and fortune in the entertainment industry. Similar to the original Game of Life, you’ll explore different paths and experience the unpredictable ups and downs that go along with them. The game is $28 on Amazon.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

🎧 Phoner: What’s the creepy thing your kid said or did? Here’s a caller shared by Doug at WREE in Champaign, Illinois. Thanks, Doug!

🎧 Drop: It means I’m stupid, doesn’t it!

🎧 Star Wars: The final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker was released October 21 and we have a few clips.


BITS & BREAKS

WORD SPY

From the website that tracks new words.

PITY FRIEND — On a social networking site, a person whose friend request you accept out of pity.

PAPERPHILIA — A deep appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of paper; a preference for reading items printed on paper rather than displayed on a screen.

BEEHACKER — A beekeeper who uses digital tools and technology to help monitor and manage a collection of hives.

ELDERBURBIA — Suburbs that have a predominantly elderly population.

GARBOFLAGE — To hide a something under other garbage in the trash can so your spouse doesn’t bust you throwing it away.

BAD EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

More than one in three U.S. workers admit to playing hooky from work during the last 12 months. The three major reasons for giving a fake excuse include attending to personal errands and appointments, catching up on sleep and simply relaxing. Among the most unusual excuses workers gave for missing work was, “I was sprayed by a skunk.” A survey of hiring managers included some other creative excuses:

• I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious.

• My bus broke down and was held up by robbers.

• I was arrested as a result of mistaken identity.

• I forgot to come back to work after lunch.

• I was spit on by a venomous snake.

• A hitman was looking for me.

• My curlers burned my hair and I had to go to the hair stylist.

• I eloped.

• My cat unplugged my alarm clock.

• I had to be there for my husband’s grand jury trial.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average American consumes 3 pounds of this a week. (Sugar)

TRIVIA: Sixty percent of women want a man who will do what? (Kiss in public)

TRIVIA: 1918 was the first year the U.S. military began using what? (Dog tags)

TRIVIA: This is the most shoplifted food item in the U.S. (Candy)


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 24, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• F. Murray Abraham is 80

• Kevin Kline is 72

• B.D. Wong is 59

• Hudson Yang (Fresh Off the Boat) is 16

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1939: Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Delaware.

• 1940: The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.

• 2001: The House passed a $100 billion economic stimulus package in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2003: The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

• 2005: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.

• 2006: A man tried to walk through the drive-through window at a Burger King in Salt Lake City, Utah, at around 9:30pm. When the restaurant staff told him they didn’t serve pedestrians at the window, the man beat on the glass and then stepped to a nearby pay phone in sight of the staff. The suspect then called police and made a bomb threat on the Burger King. He was found a few minutes later and was arrested.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Food Day. I’m thinking this is the day when celebrate all those foods that don’t have their own day, like Pizza Day, Donut Day, Pasta Day, etc. When bean sprouts complain, “Why don’t we get our own day” they can celebrate today along with celery and paprika.

• United Nations Day

• Bologna Day

UPCOMING

• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 7: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be cut down.
• November 9: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be raised
• November 9: Sesame Street kicks off its 50th season (HBO)
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• February 2: Super Bowl
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth