PRO October 5, 2015

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 5, 2015

This is day 278 of 2015. There are 87 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• 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

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 6: McDonald’s begins offering breakfast all day (nationwide)

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

450,000: Calories consumed each week by employees eating free M&Ms offered by Google. After the company discovered how many M&Ms employees were going through they started putting them in opaque jars and also offered healthier snacks, like nuts.

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NEWS ATTACK!

There’s mass unhappiness behind the scenes at The Dr. Phil Show. Lots of people were laid off. [But strangely, the show is keeping Dr. Phil’s personal hair stylist.]

There’s mass unhappiness behind the scenes at The Dr. Phil Show. Lots of people were laid off. [They could invite all the disgruntled people back as guests on an episode about dealing with impossible bosses.]

A Michigan farmer found the skeleton of a wooly mammoth that had died in his field. [This strengthens the long-held conjecture that wooly mammoths were allergic to soybean.]

There’s a problem with the water in Flint, Michigan. One resident said that it looks like urine, smells like a sewer, and doesn’t taste normal. [Wait. If it looks like urine and smells like a sewer, why did you even think about tasting it?]

Matt Damon’s new movie, The Martian, is a box office success. [Which means that we’re in for The Martian Identity, The Martian Supremacy, and The Martian Ultimatum.]

The New York Times reports that beard transplants are becoming more and more commonplace. [Finally, something useful that can be done with my excess ear hair.]

Dunkin Donuts is closing 100 of its shops located in Speedway gas stations. [The cashiers are sad. As long as there were fresh pastries around they didn’t have to worry about a cop being too far away.]

The Denver International Airport had an evacuation after a wedding guest showed up with wedding favors in the shape of sticks of TNT. The couple had decided upon the theme because both the bride and groom’s names start with T as in TNT. [Obviously, the middle N stands for nincompoop.]

Two opposing groups of scientists have finally agreed to come together and theorize that it was a combination of both a meteor and exploding volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs. [And gluten.]

Police in Sanford, Florida were called about an escaped monkey eating neighbors’ mail. [That’s weird. People still get mail?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO SHOWER _ Do you scrub it up in the morning, heading to work so fresh, so clean? Or do you wait until the evening before you lay out for the night? It turns out that — depending on your personality and the particulars of your body — there’s a good and bad time to hit the showers.

… First of all, the morning shower. According to Shelly Carson, Ph.D, lathering up after jumping out of bed is the best way to perform at your creative best. When showering, the brain enters into the relaxed alpha brain wave state, similar to after meditation or aerobic activity. When you’re in this state, your cognitive processes relax, allowing ideas to bubble to the surface.

…On the other hand, if you struggle to relax at night, evening showers are the way to go. According to Christopher Winter, M.D., a fellow at the American Academy Sleep Medicine, the rapid cooling after you jump out of the shower is a natural sleep inducer, while the shower itself reduces cortisol levels. Night time showers are also good if you’re trying to keep your skin clear, with most people’s oil production peaking around 1 PM.

WHAT’S HOT ON DATING SITES? PROPER GRAMMAR _ Before you post your profile on Match.com, have someone check your grammar. According to the Wall Street Journal, many singles are picky about the grammar gaffes they’re seeing on dating sites. Improper grammar — like misusing their, they’re and their — bothers some singles so much they’re using and app that ranks the message quality of prospective dates. Called the Grade, the app checks messages for typos and grammar errors and assigns each user a letter grade from A+ to F.

… Think your poor grammar won’t matter? Match.com asked more than 5,000 singles (in the U.S.) what criteria they used most in assessing dates. Beyond personal hygiene — which 96% of women valued most, as compared with 91% of men — singles said they judged a date foremost by the person’s grammar. The survey found 88% of women and 75% of men said they cared about grammar most, putting it ahead of a person’s confidence and teeth.

WOMAN ACCIDENTALLY SENDS TEXT TO STRANGER, THEY’RE MARRIED _ Divorcee Kasey Bergh is 53. She accidentally sent a text to complete stranger 23-year-old Henry Glendening thinking she was contacting a work colleague. Instead of just politely telling Kasey she had the wrong number, he also suggested he would be “down to hang” with her. Kasey replied with an apology and the pair got chatting. They met a week later. That was in 2013. Over the summer they were married in St. Louis by the Mississippi River.

FLOWER GIRL AND RING BEARER MARRY 17 YEARS LATER _ A North Carolina couple walked down the aisle together for a second time recently. Adrian and Brooke Franklin (from Gastonia) were paired as flower girl and ring bearer in their parents’ friend’s wedding when they were just five years old. Brooke says she had a crush from the start, but her future husband took a little longer to come around. The words she used: “He absolutely could not stand me. He said I got on his nerves. I’d tried to play with him at school and at church and he just didn’t want much to do with me at all. That eventually changed and they started dating in high school. Seventeen years after their first trip down the aisle together, the couple married at the same church.

A MAN PROPOSED TO HIS GIRLFRIEND USING VIRTUAL REALITY _ An employee at video game company Valve proposed to his girlfriend while giving her a demo with the HTC Vive headset — a virtual reality headset. The Vive headset lets users walk around their virtual environment. It sn’t on sale yet, but because Valve makes the visuals for it, employee Chandler Murch snagged one to surprise his girlfriend. Kelly Tortorice wrote on her Facebook: “So there I was, typical day… on a sunken ship deck; fixing robots; painting three-dimensional fire; walking through the Alps; and then suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating my way. Chandler told me to grab it. Then told me to take off my headset, and there he really was, on one knee, with a real ring. It wasn’t imaginary anymore.”

FACEBOOK GLITCH LEADS TO COUPLE GETTING HITCHED _ In 2009, Schuler Benson from Arkansas flipped open his flip-phone to log into Facebook. He was not prompted to enter his personal account details, and once in, realized he was posting from inside a complete stranger’s account. Turns out he was in the account of a woman named Celeste Zendler who lived in Boulder, Colorado. For some reason, he was unable to log out of her account. And every time he logged in from his phone that week he found himself in Celeste’s account. Benson and Zendler had never met, never lived in the same state, had no mutual friends in real life or online and shared no Facebook interests. After a lot of confusion and “a little panic on both parts”, Benson managed to log out after Zendler sent him a friend request. The couple kept in touch online and discovered they had a lot in common. They finally met in 2013. Later that year Zendler relocated from Colorado to Arkansas. Fast forward a year and the pair were engaged. They moved to South Carolina, where they were married in June, 2015.

MCGRAW-HILL TO REWRITE TEXTBOOK AFTER MOM’S COMPLAINT _ Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill will rewrite a section in one of its books after a Houston-area mother complained that it whitewashes the role of slavery in bringing Africans to America. Roni Dean-Burren took to Facebook last week to vent her frustration over the wording of a passage in her son’s “World Geography” textbook that calls African slaves “workers” and “immigrants.” She wrote: “The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers … notice the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages … yes?” McGraw-Hill heard the outcry, reviewed the section and concluded that the wording doesn’t live up to the publisher’s standards. The edits will appear in the online version of the book immediately and will be included in the book’s next printing.

FREE CAR FOR GUY WHO WORKS 60 YEARS FOR CAR DEALERSHIP _ When King Kindred first started working at a Birmingham car dealership in 1955, McDonald’s had just opened their first restaurant, Elvis Presley was on the radio with his first hit, and the best-selling car, a ’55 Chevy Bel Air cost a little over $2,000. 60 years later, Kindred still works for that same family of dealerships, and for his years of loyal service, was presented with the keys to his very own 2015 Chevrolet Colorado truck. Kindred said he loves his job because it’s been easy for him to get along with  coworkers — but after six decades of exceptional work, Kindred has decided that it’s time to retire after December.

DEPUTIES STAGE ZOMBIE INVASION FOR TERMINALLY ILL BOY _ Sheriff’s deputies in Pasco County, Florida had a big surprise for terminally ill Spencer Holt, who is a big fan of both law enforcement and zombies. Seven-year-old Spencer suffers from a form of Mitochondrial disease and seizures. His mom says there’s no cure for it and there’s no telling how long or what his future holds. Recently, armed with a badge and a Nerf gun, Spencer helped the deputies take out a zombie invasion — played by local high school drama students. After the zombies were taken care of, the big finale was the deputies putting on the “Thriller” dance for Spencer.

TEEN BATTLING CANCER GETS SURPRISE FROM HOMECOMING DATE _ Houston High School student Allie Allen is fighting her second onset of cancer. But the illness didn’t stop her from attending a homecoming dance with Brayden Carpenter. When Brayden showed up, he had a big surprise for Allie. He had shaved his head because he wanted to make her feel more comfortable.

MOCKED OVER SELFIES, SORORITY STUDENTS BITE BACK _ Last week Arizona Diamondbacks announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume mocked a group of female students from Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State University for taking selfies during the game Wednesday. One of the announcers joked — on live TV — “That’s the best one of 300 pictures I took of myself today!” As it happens, the two minutes of shaming occurred during a T-Mobile Fan Photo promotion that was about getting fans to snap photos during the game and send them in for use during the broadcast. Lo and behold, the students were offered free tickets for the next game.

… But the Alpha Chi Omega women responded on Facebook: “We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight’s game. However, instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence. Today, October 1, marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If everyone who viewed this statement took the time to make a donation in recognition of domestic violence awareness, which is Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, we would be so grateful!”

ASK FOR A MILLION DOLLARS, SEE WHAT HAPPENS _ New Zealand mother Emma Taylor had a crazy idea: ask the public for a million dollars and see if it works. The only thing she asked was for individuals to contribute a maximum of one dollar. She wrote on her fundraising page, “I know this seems outrageous or even impossible but stranger things have happened!” She started the page on the first day of October and has given herself a deadline of six months. Both herself and her partner are in full-time work, but she said they struggle with the rise of living costs. • CURRENT TOTAL

COMPLAINT PROMPTS BEACH BAR TO TWEAK STRAW POLICY _ A Florida (Treasure Island) resident said plastic straws from a beach bar (Caddy’s on the Beach) has become a problem and posted a picture on Facebook that prompted the restaurant to change its policy. The mom said she walks Sunset Beach at least once a week with her 5-year-old son and they always find a lot of straws in the sand near the bar. Initially, Featherston said the restaurant and beach bar ignored her complaint. On Tuesday, Featherston posted a picture of a fistful of straws on Facebook to try to publicly shame the bar. It worked. The post quickly racked up more than 7,800 shares and bar management responded by changing its policy. Now, customers only get a straw if they want one.

MAN LIVESTREAMS MOMENT HE SETS APARTMENT ON FIRE _ In a YouTube clip of a livestream in Japan, a guy is showing off his lighter to the camera and refueling it while smoking a cigarette. After wiping off extra lighter fluid from the lighter onto a tissue and then placing it onto a bag next to his desk, the man then tries to light a match on the side of the lighter, which bursts into flames immediately. The man is able to put out the fire on the lighter but then places the still smoldering match directly onto the bag with the lighter fluid tissue next to him. Unsurprisingly, a fire quickly starts while his back is turned to the flames. For minutes we see him trying to put out the growing flame but then the video ends. • VIDEO

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

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

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DANCES ON CAR SHE NEARLY COLLIDED WITH _ After almost colliding with a car in the middle of a busy intersection, a woman in China for reasons unknown got off her scooter and began dancing on top of the car she nearly crashed into. This scene went on for some time, causing a large traffic jam around the intersection. Only once police had been called did the woman finally call it a day and get off the car.
But after the car had driven away, the woman decided to lie down in the middle of the road.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO PAWN CONSOLE WITH DRUGS INSIDE
_ In Georgia a man tried to pawn an old Sega Genesis console at a pawn shop. When workers at the shop checked the console after receiving it, they found some crystal meth inside the game cartridge slot. They immediately called police, who tracked down the seller and arrested him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEFORE PRISON MAN GETS MARRIED AT COURTHOUSE _ Forty-seven-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced Thursday in a Pennsylvania court (Westmoreland County) for robbing and assaulting an elderly woman during a home invasion. He’s going to prison for at least 20 years. But before being taken away in shackles he married his girlfriend.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DELAYS FLIGHT BY CALLING IN BOMB SCARE _ An Italian man was running late for his flight out of Rome. So he quickly hatched a plan to delay his plane’s take-off — by calling in a bomb threat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE SUES AFTER HUSBAND LOSES JOB FOR FARTING _ A Pennsylvania woman is suing her husband’s former employer over allegations that the man was fired for farting too much. According to the suit filed by Louann Clem, her 70-year-old husband Richard Clem was fired from the Case Pork Roll Company in Trenton last year, all due to complaints about the “extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea” he suffered post-gastric bypass surgery. The smell was apparently so intense it overpowered the pork roll smell, causing “a significant disruption in the workplace.”

… Apparently, the company’s president was pretty cruel about Richard Clem’s uncontrollable flatulence, and he was fired in February. Louann Clem, who also worked for the company, quit in solidarity, claiming the company’s president would frequently make comments to her like, “Tell Rich that we are getting complaints from visitors who have problems with the odors.” Louann is suing under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Law Against Discrimination.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Keith Carradine returns as Penny’s dad in this new episode.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The blind auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — Tonight’s theme is Most Memorable Year, as the celebs dance to songs that represent a significant year in their lives.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) guest stars in this new episode.

SEASON FINALE: PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — Season 2 wraps up tonight. The show will return for a 3rd season.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — The winless Detroit Lions (0-3) travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks (1-2).

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Alana De La Garza and Kevin Weisman return in this new episode, Wade Williams (Prison Break) guest stars.

MINORITY REPORT (9p ET, FOX) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — New

SEASON FINALE: SIGNIFICANT MOTHER (9:30p ET, CW) — Season one ends tonight. No word on if the show will return for a second season.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — New

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) guest stars in this new episode.

BLINDSPOT (10p ET, NBC) — Johnny Whitworth (Limitless) guest stars in this new episode.

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ENTERTAINMENT

THE MARTIAN HAS $55 MILLION DEBUT _ The Martian opened over the weekend with $55 million in ticket sales.

RONDA ROUSEY DOES SOMETHING NO WOMAN HAS EVER DONE _ MMA fighter Ronda Rousey can now add something to her resume that no other woman can: the cover of Men’s Fitness. She posted a shot of the cover to Instagram over the weekend. • IMAGE

MACGYVER REBOOT COMING TO CBS _ MacGyver is coming back to television. A pilot episode for a reboot of the series has been ordered by CBS. Furious 7 director James Wan is the executive producer. • THEME

… The Original MacGyver starred actor Richard Dean Anderson and ran from 1985 to 1992 on ABC. The new version will feature a 20-something MacGyver.

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ FAMILY SETTLES LEGAL BATTLE OVER HIS ESTATE _ The contentious legal battle over Robin Williams’ estate has finally been resolved. Susan Williams, the widow of the late comedian Robin Williams, contested the actor’s will back in December 2014, claiming that she was not receiving enough money to maintain the six-bedroom home she shared with Williams before his suicide in August of last year. Terms of the settlement were not released by the court. Susan Williams’ lawyer stated that, “With an overall estate estimated at more than $100 million, Mrs. Williams will be receiving only a fraction of the overall estate, representing those funds sufficient to allow her to remain in the home for her lifetime.”

ANDY RODDICK AND BROOKLYN DECKER WELCOME FIRST CHILD _ Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker welcomed a baby boy Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Decker and Roddick have been married since 2009.

ALFONSO RIBEIRO TO FILL IN FOR TOM BERGERON ON DWTS _ Though host Tom Bergeron will miss tonight’s (Monday) episode Dancing with the Stars, there will still be a co-host working alongside Erin Andrews. Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro is stepping in while Bergeron is spending time with his ailing father. Ribeiro served as a guest judge just last week.

HASBRO CONFIRMS FOUR MORE TRANSFORMERS SEQUELS _ Hasbro says there will be four Transformers movies. There have been four already, which means we’re going to have eight.

JESSICA SIMPSON SHOWED UP FOR MAGAZINE INTERVIEW DRUNK? _ According to OK!, Jessica Simpson has occasionally given interviews “three sheets to the wind.” An insider tells the tabloid, “Jessica showed up for an interview with a major fashion magazine and couldn’t answer a single question straight. She giggled her way through the entire thing and clearly wasn’t in the right state of mind.” Jessica’s rep and a spokesperson for the magazine call the story false.

THE MOST POPULAR SONGS TO SHOWER TO _ Spotify says there are over 39,000 active playlists named “Shower.” So what are people singing to while they shampoo their hair?

20. Maroon 5 – Unkiss Me
19. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
18. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
17. Colbie Caillat – Try
16. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
15. Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston – It Takes Two
14. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
13. Etta James – At Last
12. The Supremes – Baby Love
11. The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
10. Shawn Mendes – Stitches
9. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
8. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
7. Shawn Mendes – Something Big
6. Fifth Harmony – BO$$
5. Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
4. Ace of Base – All That She Wants
3. MisterWives – Reflections
2. Iggy Azalea – Work
1. Wham! – Wake Me up Before You Go-Go

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. The Martian, $55 million
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2, $33 million
  3. Sicario, $12 million
  4. The Intern, $11.6 million
  5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, $7.6 million
  6. Black Mass, $5.9 million
  7. Everest, $5.5 million
  8. The Visit, $3.9 million
  9. War Room, $2.8 million
  10. The Perfect Guy, $2.4 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Gone Girl.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Social Network.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Flightplan.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Se7en.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

THE WALK (PG) – WIDE RELEASE

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.

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale,
website, trailer, reviews

PAN (PG)

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

• Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
website, trailer, reviews

99 HOMES (R) – LIMITED RELEASE

A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.

• Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
website, trailer, reviews

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. The Martian
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Hillary on SNL
  4. NFL
  5. College Football
  6. Oregon School Shootings
  7. Breast Cancer Month
  8. Hurricane Joaquin
  9. OJ Simpson Trial
  10. Halloween
  11. Max Scherzer
  12. Fantasy Football
  13. Miley Cyrus
  14. The Pope and Kim Davis

BATS: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW AND MORE!

• There are nearly 1,000 kinds of bats found on every continent except Antarctica. In the U.S., there are about 90 species of bats (18 of which are in Colorado).

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

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

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

• If a lone bat flies into your home, simply open all the doors and windows and allow it to find its own way out. If this is not successful, take a large towel or blanket, throw it over the animal, gather it up and put it outside. The bat will free itself from the cloth without any additional handling.

• Removing large numbers of bats from buildings or barns is much more difficult since once they choose a place to roost, they continue to return to that site. Wait until after it has been dark for several hours (when most of the bats are out for food) and cover up the opening or crevice where the bats enter.

• Bats are very clean and groom themselves just like cats. Bats can get rabies, like all mammals, but few ever do. Remember, they are wild animals, and you have nothing to fear if you never touch a bat.

JOCK LINE

I’ve been using health websites more as I get older. According to one I visited yesterday my cold symptoms mean I died 13 years ago.

WORST “TREATS” TO GIVE OUT ON HALLOWEEN

• Homemade Popcorn Balls

• Candy Corn & Candy Pumpkins

• Mary Janes

• Necco Wafers

• Dots

• Taffy

• Good & Plenty

• Circus Peanuts

• Crows

• Tootsie Rolls

• Carmel apples

• Dubble Bubble bubble gum

• Miscellaneous hard candies

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the treat you hand out every year?

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The 1990 Erie County Fair in Pennsylvania featured a cow made from 67,000 of these. (M&M’s)

NEWS QUIZ!

If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• NASA announced it had confirmed the presence of what on Mars? (Water)

• NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden signed up for a social media service. Which one? (Twitter)

• Among others, the Super Soaker, Twister and the Wiffle Ball were announced at candidates for what? (The National Toy Hall of Fame)

• The final lunch menu from this famous journey sold at auction for $88,000. (Titanic)

• Because had tickets a Toronto Blue Jays fan got permission to skip what? (Jury duty)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

An impoverished old man applied for membership in a snobby, rich church. The pastor attempted to put him off with all kinds of evasive remarks. The old man, becoming aware that he was not wanted, finally said that he would pray on it. Several days later he returned. “Well,” asked the pastor, “did the Lord give you a message?” “Yes sir, he did,” was the old man’s answer. “He told me it wasn’t any use. He said, ‘I’ve been trying to get in that same church myself for ten years, and I still can’t make it.’”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Hugo Cornellier took a selfie every day for eight years, documenting his life from 12 years old to 20.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: bits & pieces blog

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How to make your Facebook profile picture into a looping video.

• Get stats about any Instagram account, including yours.

• 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.

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 6, 2015

This is day 279 of 2015. There are 86 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon is 64

• Elisabeth Shue is 52

• Jeremy Sisto is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1927: The era of talking pictures began with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” a movie starring Al Jolson that featured both silent and talking scenes.

• 1945: Chicago tavern owner Billy “Goat” Sianis bought a seat for his pet goat at Game Four of the World Series — they were kicked out of the stadium. Sianis put “the Goat Curse” on the Cubs.

• 1991: Elizabeth Taylor married her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky. It was her eighth marriage.

• 1993: Burglar Craig Dodsworth couldn’t open the cash register at a drugstore in Barnsley, England, so he took the register home with him. Investigating police quickly realized the register tape had unraveled, and followed the paper to Dodsworth’s apartment about 75 yards away.

• 1996: The London tabloid The People reported “reliable” information that Elvis had faked his death in 1977 and run off with a secret lover named Maria. The tabloid said Elvis had paid a dying man to have plastic surgery to become his double, to die at Graceland, and be buried in Elvis’s place.

• 2006: Joel Blanton of Tennessee was arrested after his getaway didn’t go as planned. Officials said he tried to escape through a trap door in his house trailer. Perhaps Joel should’ve done a test run before using the door in a real escape. He was too big for the trap door and got stuck underneath the house.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Libaries Day

• Physician Assistant Day

• Noodle Day

UPCOMING

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 6: McDonald’s begins offering breakfast all day (nationwide)

• October 27: World Series begins

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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