INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 1, 2020

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 1, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• President Jimmy Carter is 96

• Julie Andrews is 85

• Stephen Collins (Seventh Heaven) is 73

• Randy Quaid is 70

• Christopher Titus (Titus) is 56

• Model-actor Cindy Margolis is 55

• Zach Galifianakis is 51

• Sarah Drew (Greys Anatomy) is 40

• Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) is 31

• Priah Ferguson (Stranger Things) is 14

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1908: Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.

• 1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.

• 1982: The first compact disc player went on sale for $625.

• 2005: A birthday card was introduced by Hallmark bearing the title “CSI: Topeka” and featured a cartoon of two people standing over a corpse, with one saying, “Looks like he was bored to death.” Inside the card is the message, “Hope your birthday is anything but dull.” Though a company spokeswoman said Hallmark didn’t intend to offend anyone, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas, told a local newspaper he found the card “offensive”.

• 2009: Talk show host David Letterman announced that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by someone threatening to reveal that he had had sex with several of his female employees. He confirmed the relationships on his TV show.

• 2017: A gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Perpetrator Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and leaving 851 injured from gunfire and the resulting panic. About an hour later Paddock was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Coffee Day

• International Day of Older Persons

• International Music Day

• Fruit At Work Day

• Hair Day

• Walk Your Dog Day

• Vegetarian Day

• Vegan Day

• Pumpkin Spice Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

3,300: Breweries in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

The brewery Yuengling and Hershey are teaming up again to make a chocolate beer. [The only way that they could make it any better is to turn it into a breakfast cereal.]

Astronomers may have found another planet that could be suitable for human life. [The temperature is just right, there’s water, and there’s an Olive Garden.]

Astronomers may have found another planet that could be suitable for human life. [And by suitable, I mean it’s got high speed internet]

Disney will lay off 28,000 employees. [The seven dwarves will be OK — they share an apartment.]

Amazon is testing payments with the swipe of the hand at a couple of its retail stores. [The system will also notice if your hands are dry and cracked so the company can ship you some moisturizer.]

National Coffee Day was earlier this week, and today is International Coffee Day. [Which means Solar System Coffee Day is coming soon.]

If your name is Orlando you can fly on Frontier Airlines for free to Orlando. [And if your name is Topeka, United Airlines has some good news for you, also…]

Research shows that just 10 seconds of passionate kissing transfers up to 80 million bacteria. [Eighty million bacteria? I’m not even that crazy about dating a woman with a couple of kids.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

AMAZON ONE USES YOUR PALM TO APPROVE STORE PURCHASES _ On Wednesday Amazon revealed Amazon One, a service that uses your unique palm signature to authenticate purchases and let you into gated locations, such as offices, gyms and stadiums. For now, palm reading is restricted to two Amazon Go stores in Seattle — the type that doesn’t require you to interact with a cashier or self-service checkout. You’ll need to ‘enroll’ on your first visit by inserting your credit card and following the scanner’s on-screen instructions. Once your card and palm have been paired, you’ll able to enter the stores simply by holding your hand above the device for about a second or so.

DAD SUFFERS HEART ATTACK WHILE HELPING SON WITH MATH HOMEWORK _ We’ve all experienced math anxiety at one time or another. However, one Chinese father became so frustrated while supervising his son’s homework that he suffered a heart attack. The nearly fatal incident began when the 45-year-old started helping his third-grader with his nightly math assignments. The dad noticed that he would experience slight chest twinges whenever he became flustered while trying to explain a problem. It came to a head during a particularly trying session on Sunday, when the dad-tutor said he would repeat the same question to his son over and over to no avail. Out of the blue, he experienced an intense chest pain and shortness of breath, before inexplicably fainting. Realizing something was wrong the man went to the hospital where he began convulsing and foaming at the mouth before passing out again. Fortunately, medics were able to revive the man and stabilize his condition.

… Subsequent examinations revealed that dad suffered from a myocardial infarction, in which his main coronary artery was almost completely blocked, effectively cutting off the blood flow to the heart. Cardiologists said dad’s condition was sparked by intense emotion — the frustration he experienced while overseeing his son’s schoolwork.

FLORIDA WOMAN FORCED TO FORFEIT LOTTO PRIZE AFTER USPS LOSES TICKET _ A Florida woman says she was forced to forfeit her lotto prize after the US Postal Service lost her winning ticket in the mail. Sue Burgess said she was thrilled to discover earlier this summer that she snagged $1,000 in the state’s Second Chance Lottery game. But at the time, she couldn’t claim her winnings at any of the local lottery offices since they were closed due to the pandemic. She followed the state lottery’s instructions and went to the post office to send in her ticket via certified mail. Burgess said the ticket never made it to the lottery office in the one-week time frame required to claim the prize. Her tracking information last showed the ticket in transit on August 12. Six weeks later, the winning ticket is still unaccounted for.

32 TONS OF CARROTS DUMPED FOR ART INSTALLATION _ The mystery of nearly 32 tons of carrots dumped onto a street on the campus of a London university was revealed to be an art installation by a student. Londoners took to social media Wednesday with photos and questions about the giant pile of carrots dumped by a truck onto a road through the University of London campus. The school revealed the pile of carrots is an art installation by art student Rafael Perez Evans. A spokesman for the college said the exhibit, titled “Grounding,” is part of a Master of Fine Arts degree show. Evans said in a YouTube post that the installation is designed to raise awareness of food waste stemming from the devaluing of crops. • VIDEO

TATTOOS DAMAGE SWEAT GLANDS AND PREVENT PERSPIRATION _ Do you regret getting that Gangnam Style tattoo? It turns out you may have another regret about your abominable ink — it could harm your sweat glands. A new study titled “Skin tattooing impairs sweating during passive whole-body heating” was just published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study had a mission to find out if tattoos are dangerous. Researchers discovered that skin with tattoos perspires less than ink-less skin. The study of 10 tattooed individuals had the participants wear tube-lined suits that circulate hot water as much as 120 degrees for 30 minutes or more to induce sweating. Researchers found that the tattooed skin produced less sweat than adjacent non-tattooed skin. The inked skin produced approximately 15 percent less sweat than unmarked skin.

PEOPLE WITH NEANDERTHAL GENES HIT HARDER BY COVID _ Scientists say genes that some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increase their likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19. A study by European scientists published Wednesday (by the journal Nature) examined a cluster of genes that have been linked to a higher risk of hospitalization and respiratory failure in patients who are infected with coronavirus. Researchers determined that the genes belong to a group, or haplotype, which likely came from Neanderthals. The haplotype is found in about 16 percent of the population in Europe and half the population in South Asia, while in Africa and East Asia it is nonexistent.

… Modern humans and Neanderthals are known to have interbred at various points in history, resulting in an exchange of genes than can still be found today.

FRONTIER AIRLINES WILL FLY YOU FOR FREE — IF YOU HAVE THIS NAME _ Picture it: you’re flying to Orlando to enjoy the theme parks and other attractions of central Florida and you didn’t pay a cent for your ticket. Also, your name is Orlando. Frontier Airlines has partnered with local tourism association Visit Orlando to offer free flights to Orlando for anyone named Orlando in October. But other people may be able to get in on the freebies too. The budget airline is holding a contest for four round-trip tickets and a four-night stay at Wyndham Orlando Resort. The winner will also receive a rental car. The contest is open to any adult U.S. resident, regardless of name.

… As for the Orlandos of the world, here’s how the free flights work: Frontier will provide anyone with the first or last name “Orlando” with a travel voucher covering up to $250 for a flight to Orlando International Airport from October 13-20. Anyone named Orlando can sign up for the voucher by October 5.

MOOSE VISITS IDAHO MIDDLE SCHOOL WHILE CLASSES ARE IN SESSION _ An Idaho middle school had to devise a special plan to release students from the building when the campus played host to an unexpected guest — a moose. Coeur d’Alene Public Schools said in a Facebook post that the moose wandered onto the Woodland Middle School campus Tuesday afternoon and decided to stick around for a while. The district said the animal did not show any signs of interest in the humans on campus.

HERD OF CHARGING COWS IN ENGLAND KILL SECOND MAN IN MONTH _ A 72-year-old man in England died after being charged by a herd of cows, marking the country’s second such fatality in two weeks. The death of Malcolm Flynn happened while he was walking with a friend and the cows charged across a field.

… Over a week before Flynn’s death, a man named Dave Clark died after cows injured him while he was walking.

… See related in Bits & Breaks.

FLASH IN DARK SKY WAS PROBABLY RANDOM METEOR _ A flash that lit up the skies over parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the wee hours of Wednesday was probably a random meteor. Many social media users around the Pittsburgh area reported seeing a streaking fireball shortly after 4AM Wednesday. It remained in the skies for a short time before disappearing from view. The American Meteor Society, a nonprofit group, said it received more than 200 reports of a bright fireball over eastern Ohio. One member of the society said the fireball was most likely a random meteor not associated with any known meteor shower.

PIZZA PLACE OFFERING ‘COMFORTING WORDS’ AS DELIVERY MENU ITEM _ One pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York, is taking comfort food to an entirely new level. For just one buck, a Vinnie’s delivery person will offer comforting words to go along with whatever else you order. The pizzeria posted images of the new menu item on social media. The item is under a new “positive reinforcement” section of the menu.

… The description reads: “For $1, our delivery driver will look you straight in the eyes and tell you ‘EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OK AND YOU’RE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN.'”

DANCING MAKES US FEEL BETTER _ A survey of adults finds eight in ten feel dancing boosts their mood, with three quarters feeling “happy” after shimmying around their home.

HOTELS ARE OFFERING ‘SCHOOLCATION’ PACKAGES TO DESPERATE PARENTS _ Hotels and resorts across the country are increasingly offering “schoolcation” packages — encouraging frustrated parents to hit the pool while someone else deals with the Zoom calls. The deals come as parents say they’re at their wits’ end working from home while their kids attempt to remotely learn under the same roof.

BLOW UP YOUR LEAF BLOWER _ It’s the must-have power tool of autumn: the electric or gas-powered leaf blower. A real time-saver, right? Not so, says fitness researcher David Powell. Powell says a typical homeowner saves no more time using a leaf blower over a good, large leaf rake — and raking is better for you since you’re burning calories and working a dozen or more muscle groups.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHY YOUR DOG LIKES STICKING HIS HEAD OUT OF THE CAR WINDOW _ Why do dogs leap at the opportunity to stick their heads out of car windows while riding? Discover magazine runs through several possible motives. The first is that dogs’ sense of smell is so strong that sniffing all of that passing air is a exhilarating sensation to them.

… Or, dogs may simply enjoy the passing sights, the air blowing on their faces, and the opportunity to contemplate escape.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OREGON WOMAN DISPUTES WELLS FARGO CLAIM SHE’S DEAD _ Judy Cashner admits being mildly amused when her “estate” received a letter from her bank claiming she had died. But when the Oregon woman and her husband couldn’t refinance their home to help pay for a new septic tank, that’s when the laughs ended. The 76-year-old Cashner later found out her bank, Wells Fargo, had passed along errant information about her “death” to three credit-reporting agencies — making the problem worse. She said the refinancing situation was eventually resolved.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIED TO FLY TO NASHVILLE WITH 87 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN LUGGAGE _ A man attempted to smuggle 87 pounds of marijuana from San Francisco to Nashville and almost made it. Jullian Gioffre took the flight from the pot-friendly San Francisco to Nashville International Airport on Monday. Gioffre was able to get his luggage, stuffed with 87 pounds of weed, through security at SFO. However, things didn’t go as smoothly when he landed in Tennessee. A drug-sniffing dog named “Havoc” got a whiff of the weed. TSA officers opened the bags and found two bales of cannabis — street value $278,400.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CYCLIST RIDES 2,500 MILES FROM POO POO POINT TO PEE PEE CREEK _ A cyclist raising money for Yemen relief said he rode exactly 69 miles per day to travel from Poo Poo Point in Washington state to Pee Pee Creek in Ohio. Ruben Lopez of Chicago said his journey began August 18 at Poo Poo Point and it took him 36 days to arrive at Pee Pee Creek — a journey of over 2,500 miles. Lopez says his trip is still not over — he is planning to complete a 5,000-mile journey at Pee Pee Island in Newfoundland and Labrador.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK STEPDAD MADE 13-YEAR-OLD DRIVE HIM FOR ICE CREAM _ A guy in Texas is accused of making his stepdaughter drive him to get ice cream after he got too drunk to do so himself. The girl caught the attention of police (in Lubbock) after she failed to yield for one of their cruisers which had right of way, and almost crashed into them. Officers pulled the SUV over, and were stunned to discover how old the driver was.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER CLAIMS HIS BLOOD WAS DROPPED ON SCENE BY PLANE _ In Connecticut a man was charged with robbery and assault outside a restaurant. The cops had hard evidence: a DNA match made on blood taken from the parking lot where he got into a scuffle with the man he was trying to rob. With things looking bad, the robber offered up this excuse: While he didn’t deny the blood was his, he said that a phlebotomist who took his blood several years ago dropped his DNA on the scene by airplane.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CAT AND CAT OWNER _ Firefighters rescuing cats from trees is a cliché they are unlikely ever to shake off. But there was a twist when firefighters in England found an owner perched next to his feline friend. The cat had been missing for more than a day when the man’s wife heard it calling from a tree. A neighbor brought out a set of ladders and the man scaled the 30 feet to where the cat was sitting. After he got up to his cat the ladder sort of twisted around the tree’s trunk, which made it awkward to get back down safely. With the man in the same predicament as his cat, firefighters were called to the rescue.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FINDS BURGLARY ACCOMPLICE WITH ONLINE AD _ In Japan a guy was looking for help in pulling off a big burglary. So he posted a help wanted ad online. He hired one of the would-be crooks who applied and together they did pull off the robbery, getting away with a bunch of money. But the Internet robber just didn’t have what it takes. A short time later he turned himself in and gave up his partner, who was also arrested.


ON TELEVISION

BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — A new, 2-hour edition.

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — New. Joel McHale takes on Ben Feldman, and Jesse Palmer goes up against CeeLo Green.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

MYSTERIES DECODED (8p ET, CW) — New. Jennifer teams with journalist Sarah Lyons to investigate the mystery of the Salem witch trials.

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (8p ET, HBO) — This award winning 2020 drama follows a young woman and her cousin traveling from rural Pennsylvania to New York City to get an abortion. It’s a harrowing journey, as the girls navigate the dangers of the city on their own.

PRESS YOUR LUCK (9p ET, ABC) — New.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

SERIES PREMIERE: LET’S BE REAL (9p ET, FOX) — In this new satirical series, from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog creator Robert Smigel, puppets poke fun at politics and pop culture though sketches featuring celebrities.

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New. The panelists are James Van Der Beek, Cheryl Hines, Thomas Lennon, Sherri Shepherd, Dr. Oz and Laura Benanti.

STAR TREK DISCOVERY (10p ET, CBS) — Face to face with Klingon vessels, the U.S.S. Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail.

PREMIERE: SOCIAL DISTANCE (Netflix) — This eight-episode, short-form anthology is set during the first months of the pandemic. The cast includes Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Daphne Rubin-Vega, Steven Weber, Asante Blackk, Guillermo Diaz and more.

SEASON PREMIERE: CARMEN SANDIEGO (Netflix) — Gina Rodriguez returns to voice Carmen for season 3.

PREMIERE: A WORLD OF CALM (HBO Max) — Inspired by the Calm app’s Sleep Stories, these half hour episodes combine tranquil imagery, music, and narrations from stars including Kate Winslet, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, and Keanu Reeves.

OKTOBERFEST: BEER & BLOOD (Netflix) — Set in 1900 Munich, this German series follows a rich newcomer who plans to crash Oktoberfest with his own brewery.

SERIES PREMIERE: GANGS OF LONDON (AMC+) — This new drama series stars Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Colm Meany and Michelle Fairley and follows the explosive power dynamics between the city’s international gangs when the boss to beat dies.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE SALISBURY POISONINGS (AMC+) — This new drama series, based on actual events, tells the story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis in their town. In March 2018, within three days of the assassination attempt on double agent and spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, key agencies discovered that a lethal nerve agent was used. Within four days, hundreds of traces were found across the city, and, just when things were finally thought to be under control, a perfume bottle containing the nerve agent was discovered, throwing the investigation into renewed chaos.


ENTERTAINMENT

IDRIS ELBA TO STAR IN SURVIVAL THRILLER _ Idris Elba will star in Beast, an upcoming survival thriller from Universal Pictures. Plot details for Beast are minimal besides it being in the vein of 2016’s The Shallows, but instead of sharks, a lion will apparently “be involved as the central antagonist.”

EVEL KNIEVEL’S SON SUES DISNEY OVER TOY STORY 4 CHARACTER _ Evel Knievel’s son is suing Disney over a daredevil character in the animated film Toy Story 4. Kelly Knievel has held the publicity rights to his father’s name since 1998. The federal trademark infringement lawsuit claims that Disney-owned Pixar did not ask permission to use his father’s likeness when creating the character Duke Caboom. Knievel is seeking damages of more than $300,000 over allegations including false endorsement and unjust enrichment. Kelly said: “Evel Knievel did not thrill millions around the world, break his bones and spill his blood just so Disney could make a bunch of money.” Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves in last year’s film, was a 1970s toy who rides a motorbike and is “Canada’s greatest stuntman.” An Evel Knievel toy was released in 1973 with a white helmet and jumpsuit, with a motorbike that could be propelled with a wind-up device. Disney and Pixar released a similar Duke Caboom toy along with Toy Story 4.

NETFLIX DROPS NEW TRAILER FOR ADAM SANDLER’S HALLOWEEN MOVIE _ Adam Sandler might’ve surprised a lot of viewers with his incredible role in Uncut Gems, which saw him in rare dramatic territory, but it seems that he’s ready to head back to his comedic roots as the actor’s next effort, Hubie Halloween, is hitting Netflix on October 7. On Wednesday Netflix delivered a new trailer for the horror-comedy. • VIDEO

… The film also stars Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi and Rob Schneider.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN TV SERIES IS IN THE WORKS AT NETFLIX _ Netflix is developing an epic live-action Conan the Barbarian series. Netflix’s stab at a Conan series comes nearly three years after Amazon was developing a Conan the Barbarian series.

ICONIC SCENE FROM FERRIS BUELLER BORROWED FOR LIFTMASTER AD _ Two teenage dudes ogle a classic red sports car. One says: “My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.” The other adds: “It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage.” Sound familiar? It’s an iconic scene from the 1986 John Hughes comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — and a remake of sorts of in a fun commercial selling LiftMaster’s Secure View Garage Opener. This time, however, a built-in camera means the red sports car stays in the garage — so no wild road trip.

… Alan Ruck, who played Bueller’s buddy Cameron Frye, returns in the dad role. • VIDEO (And the original scene)

STEPHEN KING’S GOT ANOTHER GREAT NETFLIX RECOMMENDATION FOR US _ Stephen King sure does love using Twitter. It seems like every day he’s making news with one of his tweets. Whether he’s terrifying his millions of followers with a short story or offering an entertainment recommendation based on his latest viewing habits, the famous horror author certainly knows how to stir the pot and get people talking. Earlier this week, he voiced his support for bonkers Lifetime original movies, including a specifically wacky one entitled Deranged Granny. Now he’s recommending Ratched. King tweeted: “Enjoying RATCHED. The music is positively Hitchcockian.”

… King is referring to the psychological thriller TV series on Netflix that’s captivated audiences ever since it first premiered early in September. The show revolves around a nurse who’s much more sinister than initially meets the eye and is based off of the antagonist of the same name in the classic 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

70th ANNIVERSARY OF PEANUTS _ Tomorrow (October 2) marks the 70th anniversary of Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. First launched in only seven papers, the strip’s last-ever new edition ran on February 13, 2000 the day after Schulz’s death.

USHER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND HAVE WELCOMED A BABY GIRL _ Usher and his girlfriend of two years, Jenn Goicoechea, have welcomed a baby girl. The little princess joins big brothers Usher V (12) and Naviyd Ely (11) from the singer’s previous marriage to Tameka Foster. The couple have named the girl Sovereign Bo Raymond.

KEVIN HART AND WIFE WELCOME BABY GIRL _ Kevin Hart is a dad again after welcoming his second child with wife Eniko Parrish. The 41-year-old actor and 36-year-old model confirmed the arrival of their daughter with a post of a quote on her Instagram page, reading, “9 months preparing to fall in love for a lifetime.” Eniko confirmed the couple had named the tot Kaori Mai Hart and that she’d given birth on Tuesday.

ARMIE HAMMER FORCED TO SEEK THERAPY DUE TO DEPRESSION DURING LOCKDOWN _ Armie Hammer reached out to a therapist as he battled mental health issues while spending the COVID-19 lockdown alone. The actor announced in July he was splitting with his wife Elizabeth Chambers and subsequently spent time on his own in the Cayman Islands after the pandemic paused his filming work. Hammer says he struggled with the isolation and eventually reached out to a therapist.


BITS & BREAKS

WHERE THE BURGLARS GO

According to crime experts, when burglars break into a home they most often begin searching the master bedroom. What they check, in order:

1. Bedroom dresser
2. Bedside table
3. Shoe boxes in the closet
4. Under the mattress
5. Kitchen freezer
6. Kitchen refrigerator

BIZARRE DEATHS!

See the story in News & Nuggets about death by cows.

• In 2005 Mildred Bowman, age 62, and Alice Wardle, age 68, were two sisters killed in Spain after becoming trapped for four days when their fold-up bed collapsed.

• In 1999 a 64-year-old businessman from Minsterworth, England, attempted to light a bonfire with gas but inadvertently lit his clothes on fire. He then ran to a river where he jumped in and eventually drowned.

• In 1927 Isadora Duncan, a dancer, broke her neck when her long scarf caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger.

WHAT YOUR ZODIAC SIGN LOVES ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Source: YourTango

• Aries: They dig traditions.

• Taurus: Sweet treats.

• Gemini: Partying with pals.

• Cancer: Taking the reins.

• Leo: hosting a party.

• Virgo: Gotta have a plan.

• Libra: Being scared.

• Scorpio: Rocking the darkness.

• Sagittarius: Pranking

• Capricorn: Nothing.

• Aquarius: Reading horror stories.

• Pisces: Enjoying a movie night in.

THE THINGS WE BELIEVED AS KIDS

What did you believe as a kid that later turned out to be untrue or a lie?

• When I was little my Dad told me that toys grew under the weeds in the yard and if I pulled them eventually a toy would pop out. And I believed it for a long time.

• My dad, a 2-3 pot a day coffee drinker, had me convinced at age 7 that you had to be 16 to buy and drink coffee. My first time at Starbucks when l was 16 I was so nervous because I thought they would card me.

• My kids are convinced that they have a long lost brother somewhere that I dropped off because he was too loud in the car. I am sure they will figure it out but for the time being our road trips are very quiet and peaceful.

• I convinced my little sister that if she pressed the ‘Diet” button on the top of her plastic McDonald‘s cup lid it would actually change her soda to diet. She cried every time I did it.

• When my sister and l were little we thought eucalyptus trees were actually called ”you could lick this tree” so when we’d see them we’d lick them.

• I’ve always been pretty fascinated with space. When I was a little girl my dad would take his ladder and put it on our lawn every night. and bring me outside to tell me he put the moon up for me. I believed him for years. He passed away a few years ago. and every night when I see the moon I think of him.

LITTLE WHITE LIES PARENTS TELL

Good topic for social media and conversation. It’s an unwritten rule that parents can tell little white lies to their kids to steer them away from wanting something or wanting to do something. Like telling your kids the music from the ice cream truck actually means it’s out of ice cream! What white lies have you told your kid?

BATS! EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW AND MORE!

• There are nearly 1,000 kinds of bats found on every continent except Antarctica. In the U.S., there are about 90 species of bats.

• Vampire bats — the ones that live on blood — are very rare and only found in South America. Each one drinks about 8 teaspoons of blood a night, and mostly from cows and other domestic animals.

• The phrase “blind as a bat” might be a bit misleading. Bats can see, but their vision is not as important to them in communicating as is a process called echolocation, which is actually quite noisy. The cries of a bat have been measured at about 100 decibels just four inches from the mouth. In contrast, a jackhammer operates at about 90 decibels. If humans could hear them, it would be comparable to the roar of a jet engine. We can only hear the lower-pitched cries.

• For humans, daytime brings work and play. For bats it is the time to rest in some secluded shelter, hang head down, groom, sleep, and perhaps even quarrel. When night approaches, bat activity increases; they fly about inside their cave then finally emerge to forage for food and drink water. After feeding for an hour or two they may rest again, then have a second feeding before daybreak.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The U.S. uses 70 billion pounds of this each year (Asphalt)

TRIVIA: Your daughter’s new boyfriend brags at dinner that he’s accomplished at mintonette. What’s he good at? (Volleyball, which was originally called mintonette by its inventor.)

TRIVIA: Each year more than 24,000 home fires are started by what? (Clothes dryers. By the way, October is Dryer Vent Safety Awareness Month.)

TRICK QUESTION

Question: If it takes one man one day to dig a 4-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot hole, how long does it take two men to dig the same hole?

Answer: No time at all. The first man has already dug it.

WHICH ONE DOESN’T FIT?

One of the following geographic locations doesn’t fit my list. Be the first person to tell me why and you win:

• Canada

• China

• South America*

• Iraq

• Ireland

• New Zealand

* South America is a continent, not a country.

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “MAN IN HIS UNDERWEAR HITS DEPUTY IN FACE WITH ______”

Let’s take a trip down to Ocala, Florida, where 39-year-old Robert Hoskins was arrested for breaking into another guy’s house to steal clothes. When officers arrived and confronted Hoskins he was wearing only his underwear and ran at a deputy screaming “I CONDEMN YOU!” before hitting him in the face with a Bible. After a struggle and getting himself tazed, Hoskins was finally handcuffed. Not long after he also pooped himself.



DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 2, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is 72

• Sting is 69

• Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) is 66

• Kelly Ripa is 50

• Elizabeth McLaughlin (Pretty Little Liars) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

• 1950: The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

• 2016: Vin Scully broadcast his last Dodgers game after a record 67 seasons.

• 2016: Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris.

• 2017: Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following an accidental overdose of painkillers for multiple ailments, including a broken hip.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Guardian Angels Day

• Name Your Car Day

• Custodial Workers Day

• World Smile Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

• Chubby Checker is 79. Lindsey Buckingham is 71. Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 58. Gwen Stefani is 51. Neve Campbell is 47. Lena Headey is 47. Seann William Scott is 44. Tessa Thompson is 37. Country singer Drake White is 37. Meagan Holder is 36. Alicia Vikander  is 32. Noah Schnapp is 16.

• Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. Play Outside Day. Techies Day. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Day. Soft Taco Day. Boyfriends Day.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

• Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 91. Anne Rice is 79. Christoph Waltz is 64. Bill Fagerbakke is 63. Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 60. Liev Schreiber is 53. Abraham Benrubi is 51. Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 50. Alicia Silverstone is 44. Rachel Leigh Cook is 41. Melissa Benoist is 32. Dakota Johnson is 31.

• Taco Day. Pickle Day. Ten-Four Day. Vodka Day. Golf Day.