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This is day 275 of 2015. There are 90 days remaining.
• Critic Rex Reed is 77
• Singer Don McLean is 70
• Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is 67
• Fashion designer Donna Karan is 67
• Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics is 65
• Sting is 64
• Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) is 61
• Kelly Ripa is 45
• Tiffany is 44
• Motorcycle designer and TV personality Paul Teutul Jr. (American Chopper) is 41
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.
• 1985: Actor Rock Hudson died at age 59 after a battle with AIDS.
• 1996: Mark Fuhrman was given three years’ probation and fined $200 after pleading no contest to perjury for denying at O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial that he had used a racial slur.
• 2002: A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Maryland, the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area, that left 10 dead.
• 2006: An man took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, killing five and wounding five others before committing suicide.
• 2007: In Martinsburg, West Virginia, a man accused of drunken driving tried to outrun the police — but his vehicle wasn’t up to the task. Michael Ginevan was driving along about a mile from his home when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over. Ginevan allegedly sped away. But instead of speeding up to follow, the deputy hopped out of his cruiser and gave chase on foot. He was able to catch up to Ginevan because his vehicle was a riding lawnmower.
• 2008: It was reported that thousands of Buddhists were paying to ‘die’ and re-emerge as a new person in a bid to escape their economic woes. They believed that by paying $5 to ‘die’ in a pink coffin at the monastery in Thailand — that meant sleep for five minutes — they were reborn without any bad karma. As people ‘died’ in the coffins a group of monks chanted spells over them to help them wake up happy and free of worries about the slowing Thai economy or government troubles.
• International Day of Non-violence
• National Custodial Workers Day
• National Denim Day
• National Diversity Day
• World Smile Day
• Name Your Car Day
• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin
• October 27: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
• Chubby Checker is 74. Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 71. Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 66. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 64. Jack Wagner is 56. Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 53. Gwen Stefani is 46. Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys is 44. Neve Campbell is 42. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is 42. Seann William Scott (American Pie) is 39. Ashlee Simpson is 31.
• Techies Day; Virus Appreciation Day; National Golf Day; Soft Taco Day.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
• Susan Sarandon is 69. Christoph Waltz (upcoming Bond movie Spectre) is 59. Producer Russell Simmons is 58. Hobie Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 55. David W. Harper (Jim Bob on The Waltons) is 54. Liev Schreiber is 48. Heidi Newfield (formerly of Trick Pony) is 45. Alicia Silverstone is 39. Rachel Leigh Cook is 36. Melissa Benoist (Supergirl, Glee) is 27. Dakota Johnson is 26.
• Blessing of the Pets Day; World Pet Day; Improve Your Office Day; National Taco Day; Ten-Four Day; Vodka Day; Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day.
32 million: Dollars spent annually by Kellogg’s advertising Pop Tarts alone.
The FBI was waiting when a plane arrived in Hawaii with a woman who argued with the flight crew over using her e-cigarette, tossed a half full can of soda that hit a male flight attendant, and flashed the entire cabin. She was interrogated then let go. [Wow. I know Hawaii is laid back, but what do you have to do to get arrested there?
Donald Trump’s rare 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster is for sale. [It’s showy, loud, and impossible to steer.]
Have you seen video of that three-year-old leopard in India that got its head stuck in a pot? They had to shoot it full of tranquilizers before they could safely set it free. [They had to do the same for me when I was three, and got my head stuck in the rails of the staircase.]
A Russian scientist says that he’s discovered the secret to eternal life. He’s injected himself with a 3.5 billion year-old virus. [At least that’s what we think he said. He’s pretty much at the point now where he just grunts and groans and throws rocks at anyone who comes to close.]
A fight broke out on a female prisoner transport bus when one of the inmates reportedly farted. [Just because these women are murders and thieves that doesn’t mean that they don’t expect others to abide by the rules of good etiquette.]
The first private moon landing is now scheduled for 2017. [Oh, excuse me. I meant to say that the first private FAKE moon landing is now scheduled for 2017.]
NASA announced that in 2022 scientists will crash a space probe into an asteroid to see if they can make it change course. [Crash stuff into other stuff to see what happens. In other words, some really smart guys will get together and do what really stupid guys get together to do every Saturday night.]
According to a new study, psychotherapy doesn’t work as well as you think. [Well, this should give me plenty to talk about with my therapist.]
Police in Philadelphia had no trouble catching a suspect in a pair of burglaries since he was wearing the same Superman T-shirt. [Apparently, intelligence is his kryptonite.]
Engineers have created a lithium-ion battery that uses Portobello mushrooms. It runs more efficiently than traditional batteries. [And is a lot less fattening.]
45 SHOOTINGS IN SCHOOLS IN 2015 _ A gunman opened fire on the campus of a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday, killing multiple people and injuring many more and according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group pushing for reforms to reduce gun violence, it was the 45th shooting at a school in 2015.
… Since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been at least 142 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week. • CHART
‘BREXTING’ IS THE NEW FEEDING TREND _ Have you heard of ‘brexting’? Because every activity has to combine two or more words into a new slang word — brexting describes the practice of using a smart phone while breast or bottle-feeding. But there’s a dangerous side to brexting as women who do it are being warned that it may be interfering with the bonding process. Wait, this actually makes sense.
… Terry Bretscher, a nurse lactation supervisor at Pomona Valley Medical Centre in California, told Southern California Public Radio that it’s hard to bond and talk to your baby if you are on the phone. Bretscher also notes that her nurses often see new moms using their phones when they’re trying to support them with learning to breastfeed.
GIRL SCOUT–STYLE BADGES FOR ANYONE WHO’S SURVIVED FAT-SHAMING _ Remember that “Dear Fat People” video? When a woman named Stacy Bias watched it, she said she woke up the next morning and said to herself, “I should get a merit badge for not flying to Canada and sitting on her!” So, she decided to go ahead and make herself one. And now you can have one, too. They’re called “Rad Fatty Merit Badges.” The idea of a merit badge to acknowledge the abuse fat people — particularly overweight women — are subjected to every day struck a nerve with fellow fatties from around the world, and in just eight hours, Rad Fatty Merit Badge Sticker Sheets racked up more than $3,000 in donations. The sticker sheets sold so quickly, Bias has also been able to launch a series of pins. • LINK
… The tongue-in-cheek stickers and pins say things like “broke chair don’t care” and “flew while fat”.
TITANIC’S LAST LUNCH MENU SELLS FOR $88,000 AT AUCTION _ A menu for the last luncheon served to the first-class passengers aboard the Titanic has sold for $88,000 at an online auction. The menu, which was saved by a first-class passenger, was sold this week to a private collector. Stamped with a date of April 14, 1912 and the White Star Line logo, the menu included grilled mutton chops and custard pudding; corned beef; mashed, fried and baked jacket potatoes; a buffet of fish, ham and beef; an apple meringue pastry; and a selection of eight cheeses.
… The menu was saved by Abraham Lincoln Salomon, one of the passengers who escaped on the so-called “money boat” lifeboat that was filled with wealthy people. It is thought to be one of only three or four menus from the ship’s last lunch that still exist.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HIKING ENTRY FEES AT 130 PARKS _ Before you head to Yosemite or Yellowstone for your next trip, check the price of admission: the National Park Service is hiking entry fees at 130 locations in order to raise money it needs to fix trails, bridges, and buildings visitors use every day. In some cases, prices will double, or even triple. Passes for Yosemite in California, for example, will jump from $20 to $30 for a single vehicle entry. The Rocky Mountain in Colorado will see an annual pass go from $40 to $80. An annual pass for the Everglades will now cost $40 instead of $25. Fees for camping, showering, paddleboating, and cave tours at 176 parks will also see a hike. The National Park Service needs $11.5 billion to do all the repairs necessary to keep up with the 293 million people who visit the parks each year.
SAN FRANCISCO STILL AMONG MOST DANGEROUS FOR PEDESTRIANS _ If future travel plans include a trip to San Francisco, don’t go for a stroll while you’re there. San Francisco averages 200 pedestrian injuries per year and 30 deaths. This is almost double the number of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain which has about the same population. The city started a program to try and educe and ultimately eliminate pedestrian deaths by 2024. But after a year-long education push called Safe Streets SF, whose key message is that pedestrians always have the right of way, the results have been modest. Now there are banners on light poles in one neighborhood with the message: “Slow down! We live here!”
… On vacation over the summer we went to a beach community. Lots of residents had red-and-white lawn signs that read, “Drive like your children live here.”
BLUE JAYS FAN GETS OUT OF JURY DUTY TO WATCH PLAYOFFS _ A prospective juror successfully used the Toronto Blue Jays’ upcoming playoff run as a reason not to be a jury member in an Ottawa murder trial. The man, who had already been selected as a juror on a previous day, sent a note to Justice Patrick Smith explaining he has tickets to the October 8 playoff game in Toronto. The man wrote, “I’ve waited 20 years for a moment like this.” The judge and the lawyers agreed to release the man from his civic duty.
WOMAN SAYS SHE IS HAPPIER THAN EVER BECOMING BLIND _ A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after she fulfilled her lifelong wish of becoming blind. Jewel Shuping has Body Integrity Identity Disorder. BIID is a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. She says her fascination with blindness started when she was a child. Shuping says that when she was a teenager, she started wearing thick black sunglasses, and even got her first cane when she was 18. By the age of 20, Shuping says she was fluent in braille. She says, “I was ‘blind-simming’, which is pretending to be blind, but the idea kept coming up in my head and by the time I was 21 it was a non-stop alarm that was going off.”
… By 2006 she claims she found a psychologist who was willing to help her. She says the psychologist put numbing eye drops into her eyes, and then a couple of drops of drain cleaner. She says, “It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin. But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'” She says it took about half a year for the damage to take full effect. Shuping says she originally told her family it was an accident, but they later found out the truth. She says her mother and sister have since cut contact.
… Shuping is hoping her story will help raise public awareness of BIID and encourage people with the condition to seek professional help. • VIDEO
ARE YOU GUILTY OF PHUBBING? _ We’re all guilty of “phubbing” once in awhile. Phubbing is a combination of the words “phone” and “snubbing.” To be phubbed is to be snubbed by someone using their cell phone while in your company. The ‘phubb’ could be an interruption of your conversation with someone when he or she uses their cell phone or is distracted by it instead of paying attention to you.
SCRATCHING NOISE IN WOMAN’S EAR CAUSED BY SPIDER _ A woman in China who sought medical attention for noises that only she could hear had to have a live spider removed from her left ear canal. She at first put off calling a traditional medical doctor because she was afraid that the scratching noise that she heard at night was possibly evil spirits. Eventually, the pain became so great that medicine stopped helping, and she consulted doctors at a hospital. An ear nose and throat specialist discovered that a spider had been weaving a web in her ear canal. The spider was resting on her eardrum. Each attempt doctors made to remove the spider caused it to react violently, resulting in more pain. Eventually doctors subdued the spider with medicine and pulled it out with tweezers.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN UNDERWEAR TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT AIRPORT _ A man was taken into custody after taking his clothes off at a ticket counter at Virginia’s Richmond International Airport Wednesday evening. The man left three bags unattended, walked to the ticket counter and asked to buy an international ticket. He reportedly handed over some cash, became agitated and stripped down to his underwear. Police say he showed more strange behavior that ultimately led him to a mental health evaluation at an area hospital. Bomb crews inspecting the man’s bags decided to detonate them.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SMASH INTO CAR WINDOW TO RESCUE DOLL _ A car was parked outside a hospital in England (Dudley, West Midlands). Two officers on patrol happened to look in the car and thought they saw a baby inside — alone. The officers asked the advice of nurses who agreed it was a real baby. After they smashed their way into the car they learned it was really just a doll wrapped in a blanket. When the owners of the car returned to their vehicle they found the back window broken with a note to call police, who said they will pay for the window.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FILM CREW ROBBED AT ‘WE LOVE HOUSTON’ SIGN _ A production crew shooting a promotional film for the city of Houston got robbed at gunpoint while shooting the famous “We Love Houston” sign. The man fled with two video cameras being used by the crew and a GoPro they were using to shoot behind-the-scenes footage. The suspect got away in a Nissan Altima, but not before he dropped the GoPro, which recorded a clear shot of the suspect’s face as he fled.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARSON ATTEMPT BLEW UP IN SUSPECT’S FACE ON CAMERA _ Colorado Springs officers and firefighters responded to a bank on a report of a gas smell in the building and the investigators located a jar of suspected gasoline in an overnight drop box. Police looked at security footage from that side of the building and discovered video of a man attempting to light the jar and push it through the slot, but the apparent attempted arson went wrong when the jar shot flames toward his face. Police are working to identify the suspect, who may have been burned in the incident.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TV REPORTER DROPS HIS MIC IN A TUBA _ In Phoenix an enthusiastic TV reporter was reporting from a local high school when he decided to walk his way through the band. Because apparently tubas aren’t loud enough the reporter put his wireless microphone into the tuba — and dropped it. His report back to the TV station went from loud and musical to quiet static. • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TELEPHONE POLE IS COUGAR’S PERCH _ A freakish sight happened in a California desert when a mountain lion was spotted on a telephone pole. Reports say that a school bus full of screaming children frightened the cougar, prompting it to run away and climb a utility pole. A witness called it hilarious because other birds that consider that pole their territory were harassing the large cat. The cougar got down on its own.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN STRIKES DEAL WITH BURGLAR _ A woman arrived at her Florida (Manatee) home to discover a man inside, carrying a backpack. She not only confronted him, she grabbed him and held on, dumping the backpack out. Her jewelry and credit cards were among the items spilled. She wouldn’t let the man go until he agreed to let her take several photos of his face with her cell phone camera, and remove the socks covering his hands so he would have to open the door with his bare hands, leaving fingerprints. He complied, and fled. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they looked at the photos and identified the suspect, thanks in part to the distinct tattoo on his chest that she included in the photo. Deputies discovered he was due to appear for a drug test the next day, required by an earlier probation. He showed up and was arrested.
THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) —
THE PLAYER (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat
GRANDFATHERED (8p ET, FOX) — A repeat of the premiere episode.
SEASON FINALE: MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — The season wraps up with an hour long episode.
SERIES PREMIERE: DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — Ken Jeong (Community) stars in this new comedy as a cranky doctor juggling his job and his family. Suzy Nakamura (Go On), Tisha Campbell Martin (My Wife and Kids), and Dave Foley also star.
THE GRINDER (8:30p ET, FOX) — A repeat of the premiere episode.
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30p ET, CW) — Repeat
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Mixed martial arts Hall of Famer Randy Couture guest stars in this new episode.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition
SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (9p ET, CW) –New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Mary Stuart Masterson guest stars in this new episode.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
HILLARY CLINTON WILL APPEAR ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE _ Miley Cyrus is hosting the premiere of Saturday Night Live on Saturday, and she’s got a very special guest joining the fun: Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to The New York Times. Clinton’s campaign has yet to confirm the appearance. But according to the paper, she’s going to be joining her cast member look-alike Kate McKinnon, who does a mean Hillary impersonation, in the opening scene.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: TRUMP PRESIDENCY WOULD BE “END OF THE WORLD” _ In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Lawrence said, “If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world.” She expressed hope that it was all some freakish publicity stunt: “I genuinely believe that reality television has reached the ultimate place where now even things like this might just be for entertainment. … It’s either that or it’s Hillary [Clinton]’s brilliant idea.”
NEVER SHAKE JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S HAND _ Celebrities. So clean. So beautiful. So perfect. It’s all a hoax. Jennifer Lawrence revealed to MTV that one her most disgusting habits is almost never washing her hands after using the bathroom.
ABC RENEWS 500 QUESTIONS FOR SEASON TWO _ Game show 500 Questions has been picked up by ABC for a second season. The series will return in 2016 at an undisclosed date. 500 Questions, which aired in May as a seven-night primetime event, challenges the smartest people in the country to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised. There’s only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row — or you’re gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice.
REPORT: SANDRA BULLOCK HAS JUST ADOPTED A BABY GIRL _ Sandra Bullock has reportedly just finalized an adoption of a baby girl. Radar Online (iffy source!) reports the new adoption comes five years after the Oscar winner adopted her son Louis. An insider says Sandra has brought the baby into her Los Angeles hone and has been slowly taking the child out in public.
SANDRA BULLOCK: BYE BYE HOLLYWOOD _ Some crazy celeb news from the National Enquirer: Sandra Bullock is going to ditch Beverly Hills to buy a bar in Wyoming with new boyfriend Bryan Randall. Their plans include moving into Sandra’s $1.5 million Jackson Hole hideaway full time with her 91-year-old ailing dad, John.
COMMUNITY’S FUTURE “BLEAK” _ A Yahoo executive’s recent departure could mean that school’s out for Community fans. Dan Harmon, the show’s creator, says that Yahoo chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt having left last month means that the show is without its primary champion at the company, which could affect its chances of landing a seventh season.
HBO IN PRELIMINARY TALKS FOR WATCHMEN SUPERHERO SERIES _ HBO is in early talks with Zack Snyder to develop a Watchmen television series, based on the superhero comic book series from DC Comics. Snyder directed the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL’S SOUTHPAW BACK IN THEATERS _ In an attempt to pick some pre-awards season buzz, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw is back in theaters today (Friday), on about 300 screens.
FOR ALEK SKARLATOS, OREGON SHOOTING HITS CLOSE TO HOME _ Terror train hero Alek Skarlatos was rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars when he got the wrenching news — his college was under attack from the shooter who killed 13 people on Thursday. Sources at Dancing with the Stars say Skarlatos was in the middle of rehearsals with Lindsay Arnold when he got a phone call about the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College. Alek immediately left the studio when he got the news, and was making calls back home to make sure his friends were safe. Skarlatos, who’s an Army National Guardsman in Oregon, is studying at Umpqua Community College for a career in law enforcement. Shortly after leaving the studio, he tweeted, “Everyone send prayers out to ucc.”
HONEY BOO BOO IS BACK _ And it’s bad news.
TORI SPELLING: CELEBRITY LIE DETECTOR SHOW _ File this one under an odd way to make a buck and seek attention. Tomorrow (October 3) Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector will air as a one-hour special where she will air all of the things her fans are “dying to know” about herself and her castmates on Beverly Hills 90210. She will literally be hooked up to a polygraph and answer questions. The special will air after Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story, and Tori Spelling will answer questions about what happened behind the scenes, including cast fights and hook-ups. The special promises a ‘no-holds-barred’ conversation that is “raw, unfiltered, and provides an inside look unlike any other celebrity-profile.”
… A source close to the special says Lifetime hooked Spelling up to a lie detector for eight hours in order to shake out as much gossip as possible.
TAYLOR SWIFT DENIES MANSION RUMORS _ Rumors have been circulating about the state of Taylor Swift’s relationship status with Calvin Harris. The couple hasn’t been photographed together for some time, causing some to wonder and reports to claim that their relationship is doomed. There are also other reports that claim that both Swift and Harris are in a hurry to get married and have children. So what’s the truth? Taylor tweeted this week: “What the press says I’m doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle, What I’m doing: Playing a show in St. Louis.”
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 3 CASTS FORMER LAW & ORDER STAR _ It looks like the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III will feature the voice and likeness of Law & Order actor Christopher Meloni. The story trailer features a character, John Taylor, who looks and speaks exactly like Meloni. Meloni is having fun with his Twitter followers about the news. Asked about what his character does in Black Ops III, Meloni said, “Run around. Bake a few cakes. Pick flowers… U know, actiony stuff.”
… Last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare featured Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, while past games have featured people like Gary Oldman, Kiefer Sutherland and Sam Worthington, among others.
NEW IN THEATERS TODAY
THE WALK (PG) – IMAX ONLY. GOES WIDE IN A WEEK.
In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
THE MARTIAN (PG-13)
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
SICARIO (R) – GOES TO WIDE RELEASE
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
OPENING NEXT WEEK
• Friday: Pan
• Friday: The Walk (expands from IMAX)
NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND
• Cop Car
SIDE EFFECTS OF YOUR SMARTPHONE ADDICTION
You constantly look at it. When you aren’t around it, you feel anxious, and when you have it, it’s all you can think about. Yes, we’re talking about your smartphone. Our obsession with mobile gadgets has become epic — 1 in every 5 people in the world own a smartphone these days. And now there are a handful of new syndromes that come with that addiction.
Text Claw and Cell Phone Elbow. “Text Claw” is a nonmedical term used to describe all the finger cramping and sore muscles that come from continuous scrolling, texting, and gaming on smartphones. An even more common side effect: Using your phone too much can cause inflammation in your tendons and enhance existing conditions, like tendinitis and carpal tunnel. Similarly, “Cell Phone Elbow” describes tingling or numbness in ring and pinky fingers after bending your elbow for long periods of time.
iPosture and Text Neck. Slouching over your phone for hours at a time is ruining your neck and hurting your back muscles. “iPosture” or “Text Neck” are just two of a few phrases doctors throw around to describe the excessive stress on neck muscles.
Computer Vision Syndrome. Staring at the tiny font in your texts and scrolling through dozens of tweets can lead to eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness, and dry eyes. And blurred vision plus sore neck muscles can also cause headaches.
Nomophobia. Short for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” this is exactly what it sounds like: the fear of being without your cell. According to a study (in the U.K.) 66 percent of smartphone users fear losing or being without their phones at any given time.
Phantom Pocket Vibration Syndrome. No, you didn’t just get a text message! A professor at Indiana University found that 89 percent of the undergraduates in her study experienced phantom vibrations when their phones weren’t actually vibrating. The study also found that students who were dependent on text messages and social media updates were more anxious when their phones weren’t really vibrating.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN?
Hey grown-ups, what makes you feel like a kid again? Someone asked this question on an Internet message forum (Reddit). Some of the responses:
• For me, it’s probably cats. And horses. I’ve always loved animals.
• Music. Listening to a song from my younger years really hits my nostalgia hard.
• Insect collecting. I feel just so energetic whenever doing it.
• Halloween. I loved playing pretend as a kid, and Halloween is the one day that not only is it okay for me to do it, everyone else plays along with me.
• Swings. It is impossible to feel sad or too grown up when sat on a swing.
• Eating cereal and watching Netflix on the weekend.
• Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What makes you feel like a kid again?
TRIVIA: It takes 2,072 gallons of water to make four of these. (Standard vehicle tires)
TRIVIA: The average woman owns 34 of these. (Pairs of underwear)
HOLLYWOOD OR HOO-HAH?
I’ll give you a term, you reply with “Hollywood” if it’s a real term used by Hollywood filmmakers, or if it’s a bunch of Hoo-Hah:
• Key Grip (Hollywood. The chief of a group of grips, often doubling for a construction co-ordinator and a backup for the camera crew.)
• Lense Blower (Hoo-hah)
• Fake Shemp (Hollywood. Anyone appearing on screen whose face is not seen (either because of heavy makeup or camera angles) and who has no lines; can include stand-ins and extras.)
• Whip Pan (Hollywood. An extremely fast pan, incorporating much motion blur.)
• Branch Actor (Hoo-hah)
A 97-year-old man goes into his doctor’s office and says, “Doc, I want my sex drive lowered.” “Sir,” replied the doctor, “you’re 97! Don’t you think your sex drive is all in your head?” ” You’re right. it is!” replied the old man. “That’s why I want it lowered!”
Genius baby is already an expert at problem solving.
• September’s Best News Bloopers.
• Is your computer powered up?
• The treadmill’s dark and twisted past.
• Finally the answer to, What should we watch tonight?
• Write a letter to your future self.
• Peanutize yourself.
• Wedding day from the bride’s perspective.
• A quick personality test called What Did You See First?
• iSkelter Tab lap desk looks like an interesting new way to work with your iPad.
• A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.
This is day 278 of 2015. There are 87 days remaining.
• Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 72
• Karen Allen (Indiana Jones movies) is 64
• Director Clive Barker is 63
• Daniel Baldwin is 55
• Josie Bissett (Melrose Place) is 45
• Kate Winslet is 40
• Jesse Eisenberg is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1905: Wilbur Wright piloted Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
• 1921: The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.
• 1947: The first televised White House address was given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
• 1962: In the UK The Beatles released their first single, “Love Me Do.”
• 1962: In the UK, the First James Bond movie, Dr. No, was released.
• 1970: PBS became a television network.
• 1989: Evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150 million.
• 1997: When the First United Methodist Church women’s group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough’s birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party.
• 2001: Robert Stevens became the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
• 2005: Police in Holland stormed into an 80-year-old woman’s apartment to rescue her after neighbors spotted a sign saying: “Help, I am locked up!” hanging from the window of her seventh floor apartment. Turned out she was just complaining about the elevator being broken.
• 2011: Apple founder Steve Jobs died at age 56.
• Emergency Nurses Week
• National Physicians Assistant Week
• Fire Prevention Week
• International Post Card Week
• Mental Illness Awareness Week
• National Metric Week
• National Work From Home Week
• Customer Service Week
• Drive Safely Work Week
• Financial Planning Week
• National Health Care Food Service Week
• National Heimlich Heroes Week
• Techie’s Day
• World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day
• World Teachers Day
• Do Something Nice Day
• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin
• October 27: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.