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This is day 290 of 2014. There are 75 days remaining.
• Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts is 72
• Michael McKean (Lenny Kosnowski, on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley) is 67
• Margot Kidder is 66
• George Wendt (Cheers) is 66
• Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) is 54
• Animator Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) is 52
• Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) is 51
• Ziggy Marley is 46
• Chris Kirkpatrick of ‘N Sync is 43
• Wyclef Jean is 42
• Eminem is 42
• Chris Lowell (The Help, Private Practice) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1931: Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
• 1933: Physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
• 1979: Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.
• 1989: An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.
• 1997: Whiskey, ham salad and porn magazines were retrieved along with the more conventional gold and paintings when private safes were opened after a blaze at a Paris bank. Bank staff at the bank (Credit Lyonnais) told reporters that one customer kept a bottle of whiskey in his safe and came round to drink behind his wife’s back. Another kept a salad and a slice of ham which he renewed every week. And still another stored tiny bars of soap stolen from hotels.
• 2002: A pub owner in England announced that he had insured his barmaid’s 34D breasts for around $150,000 because he said they were good for business.
• 2003: The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 165 feet and become the world’s tallest highrise.
• 2006: The U.S. population reached 300 million. Looking ahead, the 400 millionth mark is expected to be reached sometime in 2039.
• 2007: The Dalai Lama received the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
• Today is Pasta Day.
• It’s Mammography Day.
• It’s Wear Something Gaudy Day.
• Today is Mulligan Day. Give yourself a second chance today.
• World Series begins: October 21
• NBA season begins: October 28
• Halloween: October 31
• Daylight Saving Time ends: November 2
• Veteran’s Day: November 11
• Final NASCAR race of Sprint Cup season (Ford EcoBoost 400): November 16
• Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 27
• Black Friday: November 28
• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7
• Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day): December 17
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
• Chuck Berry is 88. Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) is 76. Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy) is 64. Erin Moran (Happy Days) is 54. Jean-Claude Van Damme is 54. Wynton Marsalis is 53. Zac Efron is 27.
• It’s Chocolate Cupcake Day, Sweetest Day and No Beard Day.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19
• John Lithgow is 69. Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) is 50. Jon Favreau is 48. South Park co-creator Trey Parker is 45. Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) is 44.
• Today is Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day and Evaluate Your Life Day.
800,000: Shoplifting incidents that occur each day in the U.S.
CBS is starting its own streaming service. [This way they can provide a custom-made NCIS show for each and every city in America.]
A Tennessee (Lenoir City) woman was sent to jail for not keeping her yard neat. [She never cleans up. In her yard this time of year she just plops a witch’s hat on the head of the inflatable Santa.]
A man in Iowa was driving 85 in a 55 mph zone in order to get his pregnant wife to the hospital before she gave birth in the car, but they ended up being chased by the police, having their tires spiked, and having guns pointed at them. [They decided to name the baby Taser.]
A 19-year-old in Florida was arrested after he had sex with a stuffed horse in the aisle of Walmart. [Walmart is highly upset, not to mention PETA.]
Apple has released new iPads. [The bad news is that they come pre-loaded with the new One Direction album.]
A new study finds that American tornadoes are now coming in clusters. [They’re much cheaper that way.]
A new study finds that American tornadoes are now coming in clusters. [For example, in some areas the entire five-day forecast is flying cows.]
A Canadian model was arrested with 50,000 ecstasy pills and 90 pounds of MDMA powder. [Oh, and Vitamin Water.]
Glenn Close revealed that she spent her childhood in a cult. [Well, that explains where she learned how to boil a bunny.]
Glenn Close revealed that she spent her childhood in a cult. [My money would have been on Katherine Heigel.]
PASSENGER WEARS A HAZMAT SUIT TO DULLES AIRPORT _ One passenger at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C. was apparently not taking any chances. The female passenger was dressed in a hazmat suit — complete with a full body gown, mask and gloves — waiting for a flight at the airport. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed of Ebola on American soil, had a layover at Dulles last month while traveling from West Africa to Texas. He died last week.
TERMINALLY ILL BOY WAS POLICE CHIEF FOR A DAY _ Little Sadiq has terminal cancer. When asked what wish the 10-year-old had he said he wanted to be police commissioner for a day. And so the boy from India got to be police commissioner on Wednesday. He wore a khaki uniform and a cap, and beamed with pride when police officers (in Hyderabad) saluted him. He “signed” papers and addressed a news conference. The boy has a number of relatives on the police force so it was no surprise when he told Make a Wish Foundation he wanted to be police commissioner.
POSSIBLY SCARIER THAN EBOLA: A SPIDER LIVING UNDER YOUR SKIN _ Recently I told you about the backpacker who discovered a three-inch-long leech living up her nose (see below). Today I will freak you out with the story of Dylan, an Australian who woke up to a bizarre red trail going from his navel to his chest. When the angry red line grew even longer, he consulted a doctor who advised it was simply an insect bite and gave him some anti-histamine cream. Within hours painful blisters erupted along the red line, sending him back to hospital where a dermatologist determined a tropical spider had burrowed into the 21-year-old’s body presumably through a recent appendix scar.
… And from our October 13, 2014 issue: This is as terrible as terrible things come. A backpacker who suffered from persistent nosebleeds was horrified to discover they were caused by a three-inch-long leech which had been living up her nose for a month. Daniela Liverani had been traveling around south-east Asia when she was involved in a motorbike crash. She had thought that a lump poking from the bottom of her nose was congealed blood from a burst blood vessel after the accident. But days after returning home to Edinburgh, Scotland, she was disgusted to find that it was the head of a huge leech which had set up camp in her nostril. Liverani said, “I tried to blow him out and grab him but I couldn’t get a grip of him before he retreated back up my nose. When I was in the shower, he would come right out as far as my bottom lip and I could see him sticking out the bottom of my nose. So when that happened, I jumped out of the shower to look really closely in the mirror and I saw ridges on him. That’s when I realized he was an animal.” She headed to the hospital to help remove her new friend from her face.
COP GUESSES WOMAN’S iPAD PASSWORD, USES APP TO LOCATE HER _ A woman stuck for 13 hours after her car flipped over was finally located thanks to a guessed password. A 28-year-old woman near San Jose spent hours facedown in a ravine after her car fell hundreds of feet down a California embankment. And while her vehicle’s OnStar system alerted police that she’d been involved in a rollover in an are a few miles from her home, cops couldn’t find her car after two hours of searching. The location the OnStar system had marked wasn’t right. When the woman’s stepmother filed a missing person’s report a police officer who met with the stepmother asked if the woman had the Find My iPhone app, which she did, on her iPad. But once the iPad was located, there was still the matter of gaining access to it. So the cop made an educated guess, based on a series of common numbers people use for passwords. He guessed right after only three to four tries and was able to use the same passcode to unlock the app. Once he activated it, a map of the location where the missing woman’s phone was popped up. Rescuers found her injured but conscious.
PINTEREST USERS LOVE HALLOWEEN _ Halloween season is officially here, and some of the craftier people among us are turning to Pinterest for costume ideas you can make at home. According to Pinterest, there have been 176 million pins dedicated to Halloween so far this year.
THE WORLD’S SMARTEST HAMSTER _ A video of a crafty hamster who worked out how to spin his wheel while lying on his back is going viral. Hundreds of thousands have watched the clip of the hamster chilling on his back underneath the wheel while spinning it with his feet. The 15-second video was posted to YouTube, with the description: “Was in the pet store, and saw this little girl lying on her back under her hamster-wheel. Was worried she was stuck or something, but she just kept running and running… on her back. She seemed perfectly content using her wheel upside-down.” Video
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: “Finish this phrase: My pet’s so lazy it ___________.”
FAMILY SHARES HOME WITH 150 PETS _ A family in England (Norfolk) has redefined the meaning of animal lovers by sharing their home with nearly 150 pets. Mom, dad, 8-year-old Josh and 6-year-old Chloe live with 30 snakes, a crocodile, a monitor lizard and a host of creepy crawlies that live in the garage. Among the family’s 150 friends are house-trained skunks, some chinchillas, a lizard and some birds.
… And small pigs, a raccoon, meerkats, chameleons and more. Feeding the animals costs around $1,600 each month.
“SEE YOUR FOLKS” ESTIMATES HOW MANY MORE TIMES YOU’LL SEE YOUR PARENTS _ This could be one of the most morbid websites out there. See Your Folks will scare you into visiting your parents more by estimating how many times you have left to see them before they die. The site asks you which country your parents live in, how many times a year you visit them, and your parents’ ages. Then, based on the World Health Organization’s life expectancy data, you get a number — the number of times you can expect to see your parents before they die. » web link
KIDS’ HALLOWEEN CANDY SCARE _ Move over razor blades in candy apples. Take a hike pins and needles in the trick or treat bag. This year’s over-blown Halloween scare is all about… marijuana. A report that cops in Denver, Colorado, are concerned that pot-laced candy looks an awful lot like the real thing has gone viral, and parents are in a hoopla over the fear that their kids are going to get high on All Hallows’ Eve.
… Take a chill-pill parents and remember the basics of trick-or-treating: once the candy gets home, inspect it. If it looks home-made or off-brand throw it out. Candy has zero nutritional value for your little ones but as long as you stick with the official ‘Fun Size’ candies they’ll be fine.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the strangest or scariest thing your kid brought home after trick-or-treating?
iPHONE LOST IN ITALY FOUND IN SHANGHAI _ A young man who lost his iPhone four months ago in Italy recently received it in a package — from a police officer in Shanghai. The man was amazed to recover the iPhone 5S he had misplaced while on his European honeymoon in June. The man doesn’t live in Shanghai, but somehow the phone got from Italy to a bus in Shanghai. From there someone looked at the contact list on the phone, tracked the man down and gave the phone to police, who mailed it to another part of China.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CORRUPT OFFICIAL NABBED WITH $245,000 IN CASH ON A TRICYCLE _ A Chinese official charged with corruption attempted a getaway disguised in shabby clothes and riding a tricycle with two bags stuffed with $245,000 in cash. The 55-year-old official was caught near his home after being spotted at a local farmers market.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOX TRASHES PUB AFTER FALLING DOWN CHIMNEY _ Staff at a pub in England (Swindon) at first thought a burglar had broken in and helped himself to snacks. There was broken glass, shredded snack packages and even soot from a chimney all over the pub. After spending two hours cleaning up, the bartender was wiping the floor when his hand came within an inch of a furry ball under a bench. He’d found a fox hiding underneath. A colleague gave the fox a push and guided it toward the front door.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK WOMAN FLOATS DOWN RIVER _ A 57-year-old woman in China thought she was sober enough to swim with friends after guzzling nearly half a liter of booze. She waded into the water and that’s about all she remembers. When she woke up the sky was dark and she was floating on the river with wooden sticks and garbage tangled in her hair. The woman was miraculously unscathed after drifting 10 hours across two Chinese provinces while passed out drunk. Eventually a boat tossed her a buoy and she was rescued.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRLFRIEND BEATS BOYFRIEND, HE WANTS MARRIAGE _ In Florida Andrew Whitaker picked up his girlfriend from work, and they got into an argument because she was highly intoxicated. His girlfriend works as a stripper at a club. They were staying at a nearby hotel, but before they could get there the girlfriend allegedly started punching Whitaker in the face. Once he parked, he ran to their room with the woman in hot pursuit. He ran into the room, and by then she had allegedly grabbed a fire axe and threatened to hit him with it if he called the police. Whitaker said her coordination was terrible and he was able to get the axe away from her. As he went out to call police, he says, his girlfriend resumed punching him in the face. She was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. But Whitaker doesn’t want to press charges — he says he wants to marry her.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LOTTERY WINNER WEARS A BRIGHT YELLOW BEAR COSTUME _ Look around at all the lottery winners you’ve seen on TV in the United States — you always see a smiling person with their spouse, both holding up a giant check. Mr. and Mrs. Regular in everyday clothing — not wearing a costumes. On the other side of the globe they dress up to claim lottery winnings in China, like a guy who wore a huge, bright yellow bear costume to pick up his check for $85 million. As winners are usually broadcast on TV in China, the best way to keep everyone from knowing you’re a sudden millionaire is to dress up. Mickey Mouse scored $62 million in August and a panda won $92 million in 2011.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN ALLEGEDLY STEALS MINI TOUR BUS, PICKS UP PASSENGERS _ A teen in Nashville stole a tour bus and took it for a joyride — picking up passengers along the way. When the parked bus was located about two hours later, the teen was asleep behind the wheel.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FIND MOUSE AT BOTTOM OF MCDONALD’S CUP _ Ron Morais of Canada was removing the lid of his McDonald’s coffee drink to get the last few sips of coffee when he spotted a dead mouse. And he says there were “a few little, shall we say, presents” in there. Most of us would be running fast to an ER — and then to an attorney. But Morais seemed pretty chill about it: “I mean, hey, you know. I’m here. And I’m in better shape than the mouse.” A spokesman for McDonald’s said, well, what you expect them to say: they take allegations like dead mouses in coffee cups seriously… they will look into it… we serve a gazillion cups of coffee a day so a mouse is bound to be in one once in awhile. Okay, I made the last part up.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAMILY GETTING TEXTS FROM DEAD GRANDMA _ When a British family buried their 58-year-old mother and grandmother they buried her with her mobile phone because she’d loved texting her family with nice messages. After her burial the woman’s son called up the phone company and asked that her number be canceled and never used again. He says the company agreed, and the family continued to text her when they felt like being close to her again. But after one text a granddaughter got a reply: “I’m watching over you, and it’s all going to get better. Just push through.” At first the family thought someone may have dug up the 58-year-old woman’s grave and taken her phone. As it turns out, the phone company had given the number to a new customer, who’d been using it for a few weeks. He thought his friends were joking with him at first, so he replied, until he realized maybe that wasn’t the nicest thing to do. The family says they called him up and he was apologetic about the situation. Now the family is trying to get the number deleted for good, but the phone company says the number’s already been sold off to another phone company.
THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New
MARRY ME (8p ET, NBC) — This is a repeat of the premiere episode.
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New
UTOPIA (8p ET, FOX) — New
JANE THE VIRGIN (8p ET, CW) — This is a repeat of the series premiere.
ABOUT A BOY (8:30p ET, NBC) — This is a repeat of the season premiere.
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Anthony Ruivivar (Third Watch) and Lee Tergesen (Oz, The Americans) guest star in this new episode.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
GOTHAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (9p ET, CW) — New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Fredric Lehne (Zero Dark Thirty) guest stars in this new episode.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
MELISSA RIVERS RESPONDS TO JOAN RIVERS’ CAUSE OF DEATH _ Melissa Rivers took to Twitter on Thursday to comment on her mother Joan Rivers’ autopsy results. She tweeted, “In response to NYC’s Medical examiner’s report, we continue to be saddened by our tragic loss. No further comment at this time.” Earlier in the day, Joan’s cause of death was revealed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in a statement, “The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease.”
… Julie continued, “The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”
KING OF POP STILL TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEB _ Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop. Jackson has once again topped Forbes’ list Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. There were 13 late celebrities in all who earned a total of $363.5 million over the last 12 months.
… Michael ranked No. 1 with a whopping $140 million in earnings. His second posthumous album release, Xscape, which debuted at No. 2 on the charts, put him back on top for yet another year. You may also recall, in a controversial move, Jackson “performed” (in hologram form) on stage at the Billboard Music Awards.
… Elvis Presley came in second place with an estimated $55 million in earnings over the 12-month period of October 2013-October 2014. The Presley estate got a boost after Authentic Brands Group bought the rights to everything Elvis last year for a reported $125 million. Besides this, Presley’s estate still makes millions due to the hordes of tourists who visit Graceland annually and Elvis’ extensive music library.
… Snoopy cartoonist Charles Schulz was third with $40 million. His Peanuts characters continue to live on due to online versions of the comic strip. Then there’s the mega merchandising and the MetLife ads featuring Snoopy and the bunch. Late next year there will be a 3D movie.
HALLE BERRY REPORTEDLY WANTS TO CUT EX’S CHILD SUPPORT _ Halle Berry reportedly filed papers to slash her child support obligation to her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, saying it is discouraging him from getting work. Berry currently pays Aubry $16,000 a month to help support their 6-year-old daughter, Nahla, an amount Berry claims Aubry uses as his living stipend which is an abuse of the child support system. Berry said in court documents that reducing the payments to $3,000 will allow Nahla to live a comfortable life supplemented by the child support and Aubry’s own income.
CLOWN CLUB SLAMS ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW’ OVER MURDEROUS CLOWN _ Clown gets the spotlight on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, but not in the way that real professional clowns want. Clowns of America International has slammed the show over the sinister representation of clowns on the series. Glenn Kohlberger, president of the nation’s biggest clown club, claims the show induces “clown fear” by featuring the murderous Twisty the Clown, who stakes out his victims while donning full clown garb. Kohlberger says, “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare. We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear.’ ”
EBOLA TV SERIES IN THE WORKS _ As the Ebola virus continues to spread, producer Ridley Scott and a partner are moving forward with a limited television series about the virus — a project that they’ve reportedly been working on for the past year. The series, which is based on Richard Preston’s 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone. The book covers the Ebola crisis of the 1970s and 1990s, but the series will also cover the most recent outbreak.
JUDE LAW EXPECTING FIFTH CHILD _ Jude Law is expecting a baby with ex-girlfriend Catherine Harding. It will be the first child for Harding, and the fifth child for the British actor.
SOME AREN’T HAPPY AMAL ALAMUDDIN CHANGED HER NAME TO CLOONEY _ Amal Alamuddin has changed her name to Amal Clooney — and some women aren’t happy. There are of course those women who are not at all surprised that Amal took on Hollywood’s sexiest star’s name. E. Jean Carroll, a relationship columnist for Elle magazine wrote, “… what woman would not take George Clooney’s name? I’ve been married several times. I’ve never taken a man’s name in my life, but I would never tell Amal what to do. I’m a radical, radical feminist, and it doesn’t bother me at all.”
… But then, there are also opposing opinions, like Natalie Matthews who also writes for Elle, who admitted she felt “a twinge of disappointment” with Amal, because “women keeping their maiden names is not just a rare phenomenon but a decreasing one.”
BEN AFFLECK SECURES ‘BATMAN’ ROLE IN JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE _ Ben Affleck will reprise his role as the Dark Night in the upcoming Justice League Part One movie. Affleck will first play Bruce Wayne’s alter ego in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, due in theaters in March. And now Warner Bros. decided to keep him for the upcoming film, for which Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will also reprise their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane.
GLENN CLOSE SPENT CHILDHOOD IN A “VIOLENTLY ANTI-INTELLECTUAL” CULT _ Glenn Close spoke in a new issue of The Hollywood Reporter about her childhood spent in what the magazine calls a “violently anti-intellectual and possibly homophobic” cult. The cult, known as the Moral Re-Armament, was led by Rev. Frank Buchman, an evangelical fundamentalist from Pennsylvania. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was an alleged Hitler supporter during and after World War II and believed only those with “special guidance from God” were without sin. Close says she was brought into the cult by her father at age seven, and was moved with her brother and two sisters from Connecticut to the cult’s headquarters in Switzerland. She describes the headquarters as a “very glamorous” hotel, in which they spent two years. Close returned to Connecticut for school at age 15, but remained involved with an MRA offshoot group She left when she was 22. She refused to explain how she broke free of the MRA: “I’m not going to go into all of that. You can’t in an interview.”
CBS: STREAM OUR SHOWS FOR $6 A MONTH _ On Wednesday HBO announced it’s launching a stand-alone web streaming service. Thursday CBS announced CBS All Access, an on-demand service that offers streaming of current and past seasons of popular CBS shows, as well as classic shows, for $5.99 a month. The service offers new episodes of 15 current prime-time shows the day after they air; live-streaming of local CBS stations in 14 markets (with more to be added); full past seasons of favorites like Survivor and The Good Wife; “CBS Classics” like Twin Peaks and Cheers; and the ability to live-stream Big Brother around the clock.
… You won’t find NFL games on the service, though CBS execs are pushing other sports that are available for live-streaming and reportedly talking to the NFL about future possibilities.
JIMMY KIMMEL TO APPEAR ON SHARK TANK NEXT WEEK _ Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel will appear on the business-themed reality program Shark Tank. Kimmel will be seen on the October 24 episode of Shark Tank touting a product “destined to change the future of fashion.” In the episode, Kimmel debuts his revolutionary idea and seeks an investment of $500,000 for a 10 percent stake in his company.
BLACK FRIDAY STARTING ON THANKSGIVING _ Macy’s and Toys R Us will open just as some will be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Launch a phoner with these calls. » download
BLACK FRIDAY FIGHTS _ (From the archive) Ever witness a good Black Friday fight? One call to launch a phoner. » download
SPOOKY MUSIC _ Need some spooky music? We found a bunch on YouTube.
BRIAN WILLIAMS BLEEPED _ On October 13 Brian Williams read an apology statement from NBC’s medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Schneiderman, who left voluntary Ebola quarantine. It sounds better when bleeped. » download
WHAT DO YOU MISS BEFORE THE INTERNET? What do you miss before the Internet? Here’s one I hadn’t thought of: a friend of mine who’s a great cook says they miss cookbooks. She still has some but now it’s just easier to go online for recipes. She used to plop down and go through cookbooks she received as gifts and mark recipes she wanted to try. Now she never touches them. What do you miss from before the Internet? » download
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS. In my garage this morning, staring at me through the dark, was a possum. They are the creepiest animals, aren’t they? What’s your animal encounter story? Two calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
JIMMINY CRICKETS! A female caller exclaims, “Jimminy crickets, that’s great!” » download
RULES FOR TEXTING. I’d like to have a law or rule that when you’re out with your kid your attention should be on him or her. For 30 minutes I saw a mom on her smartphone while her little guy, maybe 4, ran around a coffee shop trying to entertain himself. Every minute or so he’d come back to his mom and ask a question but her iPhone kept winning. What are your rules for texting? Two calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
WHAT DID YOUR PET EAT? We all have those stories of the dog slamming an entire pizza, or a drawer of socks. Share your personal story then open the phones. » download
FILL IN THE BLANK: YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO… This one’s good to launch on Facebook. Simply post: “Fill in the blank: You’re never to old to ____.” Then use the best responses plus these quick calls to get more calls. Three calls to jumpstart the phones. » download
TOP TV SHOWS
Finally provided by Nielsen on Thursday.
Top TV shows for the week of October 6-12.
1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, NBC, 18.09 million
2. NCIS, CBS, 17.3 million
3. The Walking Dead, AMC, 17.29 million
4. The Big Bang Theory, (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 15.94 million
5. NFL Football: Indianapolis at Houston, CBS, 15.85 million
6. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 15.41 million
7. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 14.82 million
8. The OT, Fox, 14.56 million
9. NFL Football: Seattle at Washington, ESPN, 17.29 million
10. The Voice, (Monday), NBC, 12.58 million
11. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 12.32 million
12. Scorpion, CBS, 12.05 million
13. The Big Bang Theory, (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.84 million
14. Madam Secretary, CBS, 11.45 million
15. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 11.42 million
16. Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.09 million
17. How to Get Away with Murder, ABC, 10.81 million
18. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.57 million
19. The Good Wife, CBS, 10.39 million
20. Modern Family, ABC, 10.3 million
- April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
- Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña
- A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
- James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
- Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
- Voice cast: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Cheech Marin
- A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
- Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman
- Fargo Season One
- 2 Broke Girls: Season 3
- Jackass: The Classic TV Collection
- Two and a Half Men: Season 11
HALLOWEEN PRANKS COVERED BY CAR INSURANCE
If you have comprehensive coverage, don’t get spooked if your car is involved in Halloween hijinks.
Egged vehicle. If your car’s paint job is damaged by the volatile compounds contained in eggs, you must have comprehensive insurance to file a claim. If you get to the car in time, you might try to wash the egg off and save yourself from filing a claim. If the damage is done, then don’t be surprised if your comprehensive coverage won’t cover a full-vehicle paint job if only one area has been damaged. The damaged area should receive new paint, which the painters will try to blend in with the rest of the car’s older paint.
Broken car window. Shattered windows are also covered under your comprehensive coverage. In Florida, comprehensive claims for windshields are exempt from deductible payments. Kentucky and South Carolina car insurance companies waive the deductible for all glass replacement claims. In all other states, the deductible will normally be due if you make a glass claim unless you chose a zero deductible for glass coverage.
Sugar in the gas tank. Scientists have debunked the myth that sugar in the gas tank causes significant damage. The sugar should be caught by filters, but if it does get through it could clog fuel injectors. You may need to take the car to a mechanic to clean out the fuel tank and lines, which should be covered under comprehensive insurance coverage.
Halloween decoration causes dents and dings. If an inflatable pumpkin breaks loose, rolls down the street and crashes into your car, causing a dent, that’s a collision claim. However, if a Halloween decoration lets loose due to gusting wind, becomes a flying missile and falls on your vehicle causing damage, it would be a comprehensive claim.
Slashed tires. Tire damage is also covered by comprehensive coverage. Your car insurance company will take into account how much your tires have depreciated. You won’t end up getting paid for a set of new shoes if you’re replacing five-year-old tires with 50,000 miles on them.
Pumpkin chunkin’. If a pumpkin is thrown at your vehicle and damages it, then this would be considered a flying missile and covered under your comprehensive coverage.
Black cat crosses your path. If you hit a cat, or any other animal, and it damages your vehicle, then this would be an animal strike and covered under your comprehensive coverage. However, if a black cat runs across the road, spooks you and causes you to crash into a tree, that would be covered by collision.
Trunk ‘n Treat. Dressing up for Halloween doesn’t have to be left to pedestrians; cars can get in the act, too — and accidents can happen that lead to claims. For example, if a chain you used to decorate a tombstone comes loose from your tricked-out trunk and collides with your vehicle, causing a scratch or dent, collision would cover it. If a prop attached to your vehicle comes loose and damages someone else’s car, then your property damage liability coverage would cover it.
Car gets toilet papered or wrapped in Saran wrap. These pranks may seem relatively harmless, until you undo the TP or clear wrap and find the perpetrator scratched your car. Insurers will typically consider such incidents as vandalism and cover it under your comprehensive coverage.
Car tipped over. Car tipping of sub-compact cars — usually Smart cars — has happened every few months in certain locales. Halloween is likely another night to target these light-weight vehicles. If it happens to yours, know now it is considered vandalism and would be covered as a comprehensive claim. If the tipper only manages to push your car into something, like a fence, it would instead be a collision claim for colliding with something.
TRIVIA: Either at work or at home, you do this about every two weeks. (Change a light bulb)
TRIVIA: Glamour magazine reports 85% of women admit to wearing these, usually once a week. (Dirty clothes)
A co-host leaves the room. You asked a caller answer the following questions. The co-host comes back into the room and tries to match the caller’s answers. While the co-host can look bad for coming up with bad matches (and that’s OK), the listener should do their best to give the most obvious answer.
• Name a sport that requires a participant to hold something with their hands.
• Name a timeless children’s Halloween costume.
• Name a human food dogs love.
• Name something you do to pass time at an airport.
• Name an occasion in which a guy would wear a tuxedo.
Timmy arrived at Sunday School late. His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong. Timmy said, “No. I was going to go fishing but my dad told me that I needed to go to church.” The Sunday School teacher asked, “Did your dad explain why it’s more important to go to church than to go fishing?” “Yes he did,” Timmy replied. “Dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.”
Okay, so the news ain’t all bad.
Source: Facebook (via Dan Preston)
• Ebola Deeply promises to provide non-alarmist news.
• Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead Season 4 (Part II)
• Dozens of movies cleverly tied together by a single basketball.
• A catchy pop song written with iOS 8’s predictive text.
• Somehow no one died in this rally crash.
• Here’s a toy you probably won’t see on one of those annual “hot toys for Christmas” lists.
• The world’s best app!
• It’s 1999. Steve Jobs demonstrates Wi-Fi and the crowd goes nuts.
• What goes through your mind when you show a funny video to a friend.
• The Urban Tricycle.
• Watch as a roomful of people condemn five innocent men.
• Innovative cup holder.
This is day 293 of 2014. There are 72 days remaining.
• William Christopher (M.A.S.H.) is 82
• Tom Petty is 64
• Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) is 56
• Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion is 43
• John Krasinski (The Office, married to Emily Blunt) is 35
• Jennifer Nicole Freeman (My Wife and Kids) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1882: Bela Lugosi was born. He was best known for playing Count Dracula in the Broadway play and subsequent film version.
• 1910: The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
• 1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the motion picture industry.
• 1955: The Return of the King, the last part of The Lord of the Rings, was published.
• 1967: A purported bigfoot was filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.
• 1968: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
• 1977: A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.
• 1979: The John F. Kennedy library opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
• 1992: In the first World Series game to be played outside the United States, the host Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2.
• 2004: A U.S. Army staff sergeant, Ivan “Chip” Frederick, pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. (Frederick was sentenced to eight years in prison.)
• 2006: A British woman who claimed to have been dumped by her cheating husband dumped his entire wardrobe for sale on eBay. The furious mother of two said she would take cash or swap the items for “a decent single man.” The clothes came from her husband’s closet, but she advised buyers that some items “might be slightly damp due to them being chucked out of the window.”
• It’s Freedom From Bullies Week.
• It’s Character Counts Week.
• This is Chemistry Week.
• It’s Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.
• It’s Friends of Libraries Week.
• It’s Massage Therapy Week.
• This is Save For Retirement Week.
• Today is Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day.