INTERPREP PRO ★ OCTOBER 28, 2020

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 28, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 76

• Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women) is 68

• Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place) is 58

• Lauren Holly (NCIS) is 57

• Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 54

• Julia Roberts is 53

• Joaquin Phoenix is 46

• Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars films) is 42

• Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy on Modern Family) is 22

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1929: Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which also saw major stock market upheaval.

• 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

• 1961: A customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for “My Bonnie” by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later.

• 1965: The Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It would open to the public the following summer.

• 2002: A Turkish man with four wives and 50 children announced he didn’t want any more kids. Sirin Yavuz fathered 14 children with his first wife, 12 with the second, 14 with the third and ten with his fourth. The Istanbul tobacco farmer said he’d had enough.

• 2006: Fried-chicken giant KFC announced plans to reduce the artery-clogging trans fat in its fast-food. The chain was swapping solid shortening for liquefied cooking oil in its kitchens.

• 2019: A Hong Kong businessman set a new record for the city when he sold a coveted downtown parking space for a total $969,000. The space was attached to an office building, which had only 40 total parking spaces available.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Champagne Day

• Chocolate Day

• Internal Medicine Day

• World Stroke Day

• Plush Animal Lover’s Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

10,000: Ballpoint pens sold the first day available at Gimbel’s department store on October 29, 1945. The store’s entire stock — at $12.50 each — sold out.


NEWS ATTACK!

To be sure your Christmas gifts arrive on time, shipping experts say they should be mailed no later than December 18. [And remember to check the box that says valuable — so you get reimbursed if the green and red hand-sanitizer goes missing.]

Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend. [After everything that 2020 has thrown at us I don’t know that I have the energy to turn my clock back.]

Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend. [I’m not saying (jock) is slow, but he still can’t figure out why, when you turn your clock back an hour on Saturday, his favorite show on Sunday doesn’t change to 120 Minutes.]

When a New York bookstore asked for help, 25,000 online orders flooded in. [I ordered three pop-ups for myself.]

A survey shows women prefer shoes over men. [Which is why I’m changing my name to Birkenstock.]

Conan O’Brien’s TV studio was burglarized. [Because all these guys are doing their shows from their walk-in closets, the burglars made off with three neckties and an old can of shoe polish.]

The election is less than a week away. [Doctors recommend you give your tweeting fingers a complete rest this weekend so they’re ready to go next week.]

A poll shows most Americans would rather spend a week in jail than be president. [It depends — can I still get Netflix in jail?]

The average adult man has enough fat to make seven cakes of soap, phosphorous for 2,000 match heads, carbon for 8,500 pencils, enough iron to make one nail, and enough water to fill a 12 gallon barrel. [And my wife tells me I’m worthless.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

GET A FREE DONUT WITH YOUR I VOTED STICKER _ For at least a generation, Americans who’ve taken the time to head to the polls, wait in a (usually long) line and cast their ballots for president have enjoyed a small but significant mark of recognition: the “I Voted” sticker. The adult equivalent of the star that grade school teachers stuck on your graded tests, the stickers enabled voters to walk a little taller for the rest of Election Day.

… Now comes the Krispy Kreme donut chain, which just announced that it it will offer a bonus to those who vote: a free glazed donut. The chain will be giving out its stickers and donuts on an honor system.

MIT DESIGNS HEATED COPPER-MESH MASK TO NEUTRALIZE COVID-19 _ Everyone over the age of 2 is encouraged to wear a mask to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. And in this dystopian reality we now live in, designers and scientists are playing with the face mask to make it both more desirable and more effective. A team of MIT researchers have designed a mask that uses a heated copper mesh to sanitize the air on contact. If it stands up to real-world testing, it could equate to a millionfold reduction in virus particles. To make it work, however, the scientists have to heat the mask to a scalding 194 degrees Fahrenheit.

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S ‘SECRET BODY DOUBLE’ HAS BEEN REVEALED _ There have been rumors of Queen Elizabeth using a body double for years, but as it turns out, the situation is a bit more complicated than that. In reality, Elizabeth uses a stand-in — and now that stand-in is speaking out about what working with the royal family as the Queen’s substitute is really like.

… Queen Elizabeth has a stand-in named Ella Slack. Ella isn’t really a body double — she doesn’t look like Elizabeth enough to serve that purpose. Instead, for the past 30 years, she’s worked as her stand-in. Because she’s a similar height and weight to the Queen, she’s able to be there for rehearsals for big events — especially to help figure out blocking and lighting for events that will be televised and feature the monarch. • PHOTO

THE EARTH IS PULSATING EVERY 26 SECONDS _ Every 26 seconds, the Earth shakes. Not a lot — just enough that seismologists on multiple continents get a measurable little “blip” on their detectors. And even though this pulse has been observed for decades, researchers don’t agree on what’s causing it. The pulse — or “microseism” in geologist lingo — was first documented in the early 1960s by a researcher named Jack Oliver. He figured out that the pulse was coming from somewhere “in the southern or equatorial Atlantic Ocean” and that it was stronger in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months.

… Lots of research has been done since then but no one has really confirmed the cause of the regular seismic activity. Though many assume it’s caused by waves, some hold out that it’s caused by volcanic activity.

PARENTS LOSE CUSTODY OF GIRL FOR NAMING HER TALULA DOES THE HULA FROM HAWAII _ A nine-year-old girl whose parents named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that her name could be changed. A family court judge gave the order after hearing that the child was embarrassed about her name and had refused to reveal it to friends. The child’s lawyer told the judge: “She told people her name was K because she feared being mocked and teased.” The judge criticized parents who give their offspring bizarre names, saying it exposed children to ridicule among their peers.

… Apparently the practice of giving kids odd names is pretty common in New Zealand. In the judge’s written ruling, he said names such as Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, and Sex Fruit were prohibited by registration officials. One mother tried to use text language for her child’s name.

MAN PLUMMETS INTO SINKHOLE AS HE WAITS FOR BUS _ A New York City man was waiting for a bus recently when he fell into a sinkhole that held another horrific surprise for him ― a swarm of rats. Leonard Shoulders suffered a broken arm and broken leg in the 12- to 15-foot plummet after the ground gave way on a Bronx sidewalk. He couldn’t move, and the rats were crawling all over him. He didn’t scream, because he didn’t want the rats going into his mouth. Emergency crews took about a half-hour to rescue Shoulders, who had to spend some time in the hospital.

NEW NIGHTLY PILL TO END SNORING BEING TESTED IN UNITED STATES _ What if a single pill could help your whole household sleep better? If you’re one of the many millions of Americans who snores — or suffer from sharing a space with a partner, parent or roommate who does — a new drug entering clinical trials in the United States could be a slumber saver. A 2018 study found that a once-a-night tablet which combines two non-sleep related drugs effectively reduced snoring frequency for 20 research volunteers by 74 percent — from an average of 28.5 breathing interruptions per hour to just 7.5. Two years later, the remarkably simple therapy is being put to the test in a clinical trial.

DENNY’S IS SELLING A BLUE HALLOWEEN BREAKFAST SANDWICH _ There are a bunch of chain restaurants offering deals for Halloween, but Denny’s is offering something that might be the most creative yet. In honor of the holiday and the blue moon taking place on October 31, Denny’s is turning their popular Moons Over My Hammy breakfast sandwich blue. The Halloween blue moon will be the first blue moon on the day across all time zones since 1944, so it really is a momentous occasion that deserves to be celebrated. Denny’s Moons Over My Hammy sandwich features ham, scrambled egg, Swiss cheese, and American cheese. The special edition version is all packed between two pieces of specialty bright blue sourdough bread.

OBVIOUS: OBESE KIDS WHO CUT SUGAR GET HEALTHIER _ You ready for some earth-shattering health news? A study says obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days.

SCRATCH-AND-SNIFF CAMPAIGN MAILER _ Be thankful this political campaign idea never took off. Back in 2010 a Republican running against a Democratic California representative sent out a flier with a scratch-and-sniff “stench of Washington.” Van Tran, who was running against Loretta Sanchez, sent out a flier to some Orange County voters with the scratch-and-sniff section labeled, “something smells rotten about Loretta. It’s the stench of Washington.” Tran’s campaign manager said the scratch-and-sniff section was supposed to smell like trash. Tran lost to Sanchez.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WE HAVE FREE TIME TO EXERCISE, BUT CHOOSE SCREEN TIME INSTEAD _ When confronted about neglecting physical fitness, many Americans blame their busy schedules, demanding jobs, and family responsibilities as reasons why they can’t seem to make it to the gym on a regular basis. Well, according to a study (by RAND Corporation), the average American actually has about five hours of free time each and every day. So what’s really taking up all that time? You probably know already: televisions, smartphones, and other electronic devices.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRIES TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST HERSELF _ A New Hampshire (Littleton) filed bogus documents with court officials declaring that the drug possession and stalking case against her had been dropped. To do this, the woman allegedly impersonated a Hillsborough County prosecutor. Lisa Landon faces one charge of false personation and six charges of falsifying physical evidence.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 200-POUND TORTOISE IS BACK HOME AFTER ESCAPING ALABAMA PEN _ A 200-pound tortoise that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and a soybean field. The 60-year-old African spurred tortoise pushed its way out of a fenced pen on Thursday. A motorist who spotted the animal on the side of the road was able to track down its owner on social media.

… Best part of the story: the tortoise’s name is Sparkplug.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ATTEMPTS TO ROB ATM WITH DRINKS _ A guy in China attempted to rob some automated teller machines by using a method he’d seen in movies. The guy tried to short-circuit the ATMs by pouring beverages into them. He was caught and is charged with causing over $20,000 in damage to three ATMs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCIDENTALLY RECORDS HIMSELF INSTALLING SPY CAM _ Police in Beijing police busted a man who set up a hidden video camera to spy on his female roommates. He basically turned himself in because he accidentally recorded himself putting in the device, which was eventually found by the roommates.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUG CUSTOMERS WANT TO TRADE GRENADE _ In New Jersey, two guys were in the market for some drugs and contacted their local dealer. It was what they tried to use to pay for the drugs that got them into trouble. In exchange for the drugs the guys offered up a hand grenade. Apparently this isn’t legal tender, even in the drug business. The dealers called police.


ON TELEVISION

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly tries to find a new purpose in her life as she seeks political office as the city comptroller.

THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New. The teams are in Manaus, Brazil, where they face the first U-turn of the race.

SEASON FINALE: THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. The final group takes the stage for their first performances.

DEVILS (8p ET, CW) — New.

NATURE: AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RESCUE (8p ET, PBS) — This new documentary digs into the recent Australian bushfires to focus on some of the heroic men and women who dedicated themselves to rescuing and caring for animals who were affected.

SEASON PREMIERE: MARTHA KNOWS BEST (8p ET, HGTV) — Season 2 finds Martha Stewart showcasing her seasonal gardening, landscaping and décor at her Bedford, N.Y., property. The 8 episodes will feature preparations for fall and winter on the farm, as well as festive holiday ideas to help families safely celebrate at home.

SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — The season 5 premiere finds Taylor (Meg Donnelly) graduating from high school. The show then jumps ahead a few months and finds her attending the same college where dad Greg (Diedrich Bader) teaches.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Mark goes toe-to-toe with another kid at school who doesn’t believe in wearing a mask.

SEASON FINALE: BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — The winner is announced in the 2-hour finale.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — New. The competition moves into the Finals round.

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (9p ET, FOX) — New. The guest panelists are Yvette Nicole Brown and Bob Saget, with the chosen contestant performing with Pat Monahan.

CORONER (9p ET, CW) — New.

BIG NIGHT (AT THE MUSEUM) (9p ET, YouTube) — This free concert event, hosted by Marty Stuart, features country stars playing historic instruments from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Artists performing include Brad Paisley, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire paying homage to Patsy Cline, Tim McGraw, Carlene Carter (playing the 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar that belonged to her grandmother Maybelle Carter) and more. Donations to the Hall of Fame are encouraged, to help the museum recover from the financial setback of 2020 and to support its exhibits and preservation and educational work.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dre underestimates how hard of an adjustment operating during a pandemic will be.

THE CON (10p ET, ABC) — New. This episode focuses on the high-profile college admission scandal known as The Varsity Blues Con.

HOLIDATE (Netflix) — Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star in this new holiday film as strangers who make a pact to be each other’s dates for the holidays. Kristin Chenoweth also stars.

NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT (Netflix) — In this new horror film, a group of technology-addicted teens go to a rehabilitation camp in the forest, where a sinister force intends to take them offline forever.

SECRETS OF THE SAQQARA TOMB (Netflix) — This new documentary follows a team of archaeologists as they excavate never before explored shafts and passageways in Egypt.


ENTERTAINMENT

SAVED BY THE BELL TRAILER _ On Tuesday, streaming network Peacock debuted the first trailer for the Saved by the Bell revival series, premiering November 25. Fan-favorite stars are back, including Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren as Jessie Spano, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as now-California Governor Zack Morris, and Tiffani Thiessen as first lady Kelly Kapowski-Morris. The new series also brings in a whole new generation of students, including Zack and Kelly’s son Mac. • VIDEO

CHRISTIAN BALE ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA FOR THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER _ Thor: Love and Thunder doesn’t start shooting until January, but the cast and crew are already heading to Australia in preparation for the God of Thunder’s fourth solo outing. Of course, leading man Chris Hemsworth was born and raised in the country, so he doesn’t have as far to travel, but the rest of the movie’s major players have started flying in from all over the world.

… Natalie Portman was rumored to have set up camp as early as last month to get her family settled for what promises to be an even lengthier production than usual, due to the stringent health and safety protocols required as a result of the pandemic, and Christian Bale has now touched down in Australia, too. He’ll be be playing a Marvel villain.

NETFLIX IS MAKING A LIVE-ACTION ASSASSIN’S CREED SERIES _ A live-action adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed video game is coming to Netflix. The live-action show is still in early stages. It’s also unclear when it will take place or what it will be about; the game franchise is known for combining historical settings with modern narratives and has tackled everything from the Crusades to Vikings.

T-MOBILE EXPANDS INTO LIVE INTERNET TV _ After years of chatter, T-Mobile is finally getting into the live TV business with the launch of a new internet-based streaming service called TVision, launching on November 1. TVision is a traditional streaming service, just like YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV service, Fubo TV, and Sling. But what sets TVision apart is its pricing, which aims to offer lower costs and more flexibility than its competitors.

… Three TVision Live plans include a cloud-based DVR, which stores up to 100 hours of recordings.

A GIRL TRAPPED IN A SERIAL KILLER’S BODY? _ Sadly, there’s no Friday the 13th in October. Perhaps that’s why Universal decided to wait until November to release Freaky, a wild body swapping horror comedy starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn as a high school girl and serial killer who accidentally end up trapped in each other’s bodies. The newest trailer was released Tuesday. Freaky is schedule to hit theaters on November 13, which is Friday the 13th. • VIDEO

GWEN STEFANI AND BLAKE SHELTON ANNOUNCE ENGAGEMENT _ The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani announced their engagement in a post on both artists’ Instagram pages Tuesday. The singers have been dating since 2015. Both Shelton and Stefani posted a photo in a loving kiss. Stefani’s caption simply read, “Yes please.” Shelton wrote, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

… Stefani was previously married to Gavin Rossdale and Shelton to Miranda Lambert. Stefani joined The Voice in 2014. Shelton had been a coach on NBC’s music competition show since its inception in 2011. They confirmed their relationship in 2015 following Shelton’s split from Lambert and the finalization of Stefani’s divorce.

JON STEWART TO HOST CURRENT AFFAIRS SERIES AT APPLE TV+ _ Jon Stewart is returning to the world of news with a current affairs series at Apple TV+. Apple has ordered multiple seasons of the new show right out of the gate. The one-hour series will explore a single topic with each episode, with each topic being part of current national events as well as Stewart’s advocacy work. Each season will be accompanied by a companion podcast.

WHITNEY HOUSTON VIDEO REACHES A BILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE _ The late Whitney Houston has joined the Billion Views Club on YouTube. The singer’s rendition of I Will Always Love You has reached one billion views on the video streaming platform, making it the first time a music video from the ’90s by a solo artist reached that milestone. It’s the fourth ’90s music video to reach a billion views, following Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and The Cranberries’ Zombie.

… I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, but found huge success in 1992 when Whitney recorded it for The Bodyguard soundtrack.

DEMI LOVATO WILL HOST THE 2020 E! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS _ Demi Lovato, who’s won five E! People’s Choice Awards, will emcee the ceremony live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on November 15. This year’s music nominees include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Dan + Shay, The Weeknd, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and others. Jennifer Lopez will receive The People’s Icon award and Tyler Perry will receive The People’s Champion of 2020 award at the ceremony.

OPRAH WINFREY TO INTERVIEW MCCONAUGHEY ON APPLE TV+ SHOW _  Oprah Winfrey will interview actor Matthew McConaughey on her Apple TV+ show today (Wednesday). McConaughey will discuss and share the stories of his life in his memoir, Greenlights, released last week.

ROSE BYRNE AND SETH ROGEN ARE REUNITING FOR APPLE TV+ COMEDY PLATONIC _ Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen are reteaming on a half-hour comedy series that explores the inner workings of a platonic friendship. The 10-episode series revolves around “a pair of former best friends who met in their youth reconnecting as adults and trying to mend the rift that led to their falling out.” Platonic, coming to Apple TV+, is envisioned as an anthology series, focusing on a different couple each season.

CONAN O’BRIEN REVEALS HIS CONAN SET WAS BURGLARIZED _ Conan O’Brien says his Conan set was burglarized. Conan said the burglar stole several laptops and the show’s wooden clapperboard.


BITS & BREAKS

THE BIGGEST DEAL-BREAKERS ON A FIRST DATE

The life of a dating adult is less than ideal these days thanks to the pandemic, which means it’s important to make a great first impression. So, before shower up — and mask up — what turns singles off?

Top turnoffs for women:

1. Bad smile
2. Flakiness
3. No job
4. Cockiness
5. Too flirty with others
6. Doesn’t drink

Top turnoffs for men:

1. Bad smile
2. Flakiness
3. Over usage of cell phone
4. Cockiness
5. Too flirty with others
6. Political ideologies

TURN YOURSELF INTO A ZOMBIE

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STOP SCREWING UP SCRAMBLED EGGS

Apparently we’re screwing up our scrambled eggs because Bon Appetit’s website editor talked to it’s expert editors and came up with five common scrambled eggs mistakes.

• Don’t be wimpy with your eggs. Whisk well and be vigorous about it — you want to add air and volume for fluffy eggs. And whisk the eggs right before adding to pan; don’t whisk and let mixture sit (it deflates).

• Don’t add milk, cream, or water to the eggs. People think it will keep the eggs creamy while cooking, but in fact, the eggs and added liquid will separate during the cooking process creating wet, overcooked eggs.

• Don’t use high heat. It’s all about patience to achieve the soft curd. Whether you want small curd (stirring often) or large curd (stirring less), you need to scramble eggs over medium-low heat, pulling the pan off the heat if it gets too hot, until they set to desired doneness.

• Don’t overcook them. Take them off the heat a little before you think they are done. The carryover heat will keep cooking them for a minute or so. Also: Use a cast-iron or a nonstick skillet. If you don’t, there will be a rotten clean-up job in your future.

• And last but not least, ditch the fork. Scramble your eggs with a heat-proof spatula, a flat-topped wooden spoon, or for the perfect curd, chopsticks.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your secret to great scrambled eggs? Should I add anything special?

RUDE THINGS PEOPLE SAY TO NEW MOMS

• When are you going to have another one?

• Cherish every moment. He/she will be grown up before you know it.

• My kids are everything. I could have never gone back to work.

• I could have never been a stay-at-home mom. I’d have gotten so bored.

• (When baby’s crying) Why don’t you try _____?

• When I had a baby, we did things differently.

PARANORMAL JOBS

As we close in on Halloween, time to enter the world of the creepy, the paranormal, and the downright strange. But enough about the election. Here are some of the top paranormal jobs out there:

GHOST HUNTER — This more specialized brand of paranormal researcher focuses on locating and discovering the reasons spirits or energies exist where they do.

MEDIUM/PARAPSYCHOLOGIST — The term medium is derived from the person’s middle man/woman status, relaying communication from the dead to the living.

METAPHYSICIST — Metaphysics is a philosophical outlook that strives for answers to the world’s unexplained mysteries.

BROADCAST AND SOUND ENGINEER — Electromagnetic phenomena is captured on digital recording devices and then analyzed on computers.

HISTORIAN — Understanding the history of a region helps to tap into the possible paranormal footprint.

FORENSICS ANALYST — The ability to collect and break down evidence from the scene of a possible paranormal event is essential, but requires the skills of a scientist


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Experts say that women are more creative and productive when they have what nearby? (Flowers)

TRIVIA: These are classified by the measurements of 30 ounces, 27 ounces, 24 ounces, 21 ounces and 18 ounces. (Egg sizes. If a dozen eggs weighs 30 ounces they are classified as Jumbo; 27 ounces = Extra-Large; 24 ounces = Large; 21 ounces = Medium; 18 ounces = Small.)

WHO SAID IT?

“My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”

• Carrie Underwood

• Julia Louis Dreyfus

• Oprah Winfrey*

• Matthew McConaughey

SPY THE LIE

• 14 percent of us brush our teeth at work.

• Each year 52,000 Americans go to the emergency room for holiday decorating injuries. (LIE. It’s around 9,000.

• A 103-year-old cracker saved from the Titanic sold at auction in the UK for $23,000.

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “FLORIDA MAN STEALS ______, USES IT TO RUN DOWN BIDEN SIGNS!”

A 26-year-old man has been accused of stealing a bulldozer from a Florida construction site, driving it into a neighborhood and knocking down campaign signs for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. James Blight was charged with grand theft auto and trespassing.



DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 29, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Dreyfuss is 73

• Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels) is 72

• Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) is 63

• Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) is 49

• Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) is 48

• Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Being Mary Jane) is 48

• Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, 3:10 to Yuma) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1390: The first trial for witchcraft was held in Paris.

• 1886: The ticker-tape parade was invented in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

• 1969: The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

• 1998: Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. He became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962.

• 2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera aired an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and referenced the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

• 2007: In Athens, Greece, two thieves ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank. The men were armed only with ketchup. Police say the thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car. The man fought with his attackers, who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only a fraction of the money he was carrying.

• 2019: A woman in Wisconsin made a 911 call on herself. She told a dispatcher, “Somebody’s really drunk driving.” The dispatcher asked if she was behind the drunk driver, to which she replied, “No, I am them.” The dispatcher asked, “Okay, so you’re calling to report you’re driving drunk?” The woman replied, “Yes.” The dispatcher told her to pull her vehicle over and she complied.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Internet Day

• Cat Day

•Oatmeal Day

• World Psoriasis Day

• World Stroke Day