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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

• Jerry Lee Lewis is 86

• Ian McShane is 79

• Bryant Gumbel is 73

• Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 64

• Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing on Love Boat) is 55

• Erika Eleniak (Baywatch) is 52

• Emily Lloyd (Wish You Were Here, In Country) is 51

• Zachary Levi (Chuck, Shazam!) is 41

• Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) is 41

• Kelly McCreary (Greys Anatomy) is 40

• NBA star Kevin Durant is 33

• Halsey is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1650: Henry Robinson opened his Office of Addresses and Encounters — the first historically documented dating service — in London.

• 1907: The cornerstone was laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.

• 1916: John D. Rockefeller became the first billionaire.

• 1966: The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, was introduced.

• 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who had pulled her over.

• 2005: A British man sunk his $200,000 yacht in southwest England rather than let his estranged wife sell it for a rock-bottom price after the couple decided to break up. Briton Mark Bridgewood was so angry that his wife had put his luxury boat up for a low price that he rowed out to the vessel under the cover of darkness and sank it.

• 2007: A German employee who stole over a million screws from the carpentry company he worked for to sell them on the Internet was arrested after his cut-price online sales raised suspicions. Officers said each night he left for home, the 33-year-old man took with him between 2,000 and 7,000 screws. His illicit selling of the small fasteners over a two year period netted him an estimated $150,000.

• 2010: A Montana woman fended off a bear attack with a garden vegetable. Police say a 200-pound black bear attacked one of the woman’s dogs on the back porch of her home. When the woman tried to separate the animals, the bear bit her in the leg. So the woman reached for the nearest object at hand — a large zucchini that she had harvested from her garden. The woman flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it and forcing it to flee.

• 2018: Rapper Kanye West announced on Twitter he was changing his name to Ye.

• 2020: Scientists confirmed the existence of three new underground lakes.

SPECIAL EVENTS

•Mocha Day

• Biscotti Day

• Women’s Health & Fitness Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

41: Required percentage of actual tomatoes in ketchup in the country of Israel. Heinz is 21 percent actual tomatoes.


NEWS ATTACK!

The original Law & Order is coming back with new episodes. [But with the same New York City smell.]

The original Law & Order is coming back with new episodes. NBC hasn’t said which cast members will return. [So get vaccinated, Chris Noth.]

A study shows that marrying a happy person will make you happier. [Of course, you probably will get sick and tired of those smiley faces on your morning pancakes.]

A study found that if a girl’s ring finger is exceptionally long, she stands a good chance of becoming an athlete. [And if her middle finger is exceptionally long, she stands a good chance of becoming a Professional Karen.]

In New Zealand, a naked man was arrested after he was spotted stealing a potted shrub from outside a house. [It doesn’t say what kind of plant it was but it’s a safe bet it wasn’t a cactus.]

ABC has announced a new host for The Bachelor. [Congratulations Mike Pence.]

Almost a third of women said they fell in love with their current man almost instantly. [“I saw he had a full set of teeth and knew he was the one.”]

The reviews for No Time to Die are mostly positive. The film is 2 hours, 43 minutes. [I don’t want to spoil it but an action movie that long means the villain is Thanos.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

POWERBALL IS BIGGER _ Tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball jackpot has grown to $570 million. 🗣 TOPIC: If you play, how do you choose your numbers?

… The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005, produced 110 second-prize winners. Officials initially suspected fraud or a reporting error. However, all 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City, New York. The factory had printed the numbers “22, 28, 32, 33, 39, 40” on thousands of fortunes. The “40” in the fortune did not match the Powerball number, 42. None of the employees of Wonton Food played those numbers.

VACCINATION STATUS IS THE NEW MUST-HAVE ON YOUR RESUME _ Job seekers are considering a new addition to their résumés: COVID-19 vaccination status. As employers make vaccine rules for workers and some limit hiring to the vaccinated, people are starting to volunteer their vaccination status on job applications, in résumés and on their LinkedIn profiles.

… In an August survey of 1,250 hiring managers (by ResumeBuilder), nearly 70 percent said they were more likely to hire somebody who indicates on their résumé that they have had the shot. A third of hiring managers surveyed said they were automatically eliminating résumés that don’t spell out vaccine status.

IT’S ALMOST COFFEE DAY _ Friday is International Coffee Day. For all of coffee’s historic popularity, some consumers respond negatively to its caffeine jolt. The solution is decaf coffee, which dates to early in the 20th century, when Ludwig Roselius, a coffee merchant in Bremen, Germany, leached caffeine from coffee beans. He moved to America before World War I and received his patent in September 1908. He described his process as “sans caffeine,” which he shortened to the familiar name Sanka. Roselius sold his process and trade name to General Mills in the 1930s.

UPDATE: WOMAN ACCUSED OF STARTING FOREST FIRE WAS BOILING BEAR URINE TO DRINK _ Alexandra Souverneva, who is suspected of starting the highly destructive Fawn Fire in Shasta County, California, last week, was trying to boil bear urine so she could drink it. The 30-year-old woman’s bear-urine-boiling fire is what allegedly ignited the blaze that scorched more than 7,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Souverneva had been hiking to Canada on September 22 and was seen in the Mountain Gate community in Northern California. She was told she couldn’t be on the property by quarry employees, but kept walking.

… She then became thirsty and found a puddle of water in a dry creek bed, but the water allegedly had bear urine in it so she tried to filter the water with a tea bag. She said that didn’t work so she attempted to make a fire to boil the water. She stated it was too wet for the fire to start. She said she drank the water anyway and then continued walking uphill from the creek bed. If convicted, she could spend 9 years in prison.

McDONALD’S EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR ALLEGEDLY POURING SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE OVER CUSTOMER’S DESSERT _ Working in the restaurant industry can be tough, especially when you have disgruntled or difficult customers that can test your patience. It’s not, however, well-advised or even legal to use that as grounds to purposely mess up their order. One TikToker has gone viral after posting a video of himself doing just that before reportedly being fired from his position at McDonald’s. In the video the man makes a McDonald’s frappe behind the counter. The text overlaying the clip reads: “When the customer has an attitude but u remember I only make 8.50 an hour.” After pouring whipped cream on the top of the drink, the employee opens a packet of sweet and sour sauce and begins to drizzle it over the whipped cream, presumably to replace the caramel drizzle that is typically used.

… In a follow-up video posted nearly two weeks later, the same employee posted a video of himself standing in the parking lot of McDonald’s waving at the building. The text overlay reads: “Ladies and gentlemen you did it. You got me fired…” Understandably, not many people in the comments had sympathy for the worker.

METEOR SOARED OVER NORTH CAROLINA AT 32,000 MPH _ A video newly released by the American Meteor Society shows a fireball moving across the sky above North Carolina last Friday. According to NASA Meteor Watch, the phenomenon was seen over North Carolina after 7:30PM and was one of several fireball sightings in the U.S. that night. An analysis from NASA said the meteor “skimmed the coast of North Carolina,” noticeable to viewers when it was some 48 miles above the ocean near Jacksonville, North Carolina, as it blazed across the sky at 32,000 mph.

… Meteoroids typically enter Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 to 160,000 mph; however, they “rapidly decelerate” as they travel through the atmosphere. The fireball traveled 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere, later disintegrating 28 miles above Morehead City, North Carolina. Up to 150 people across Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia also reported seeing a streaking fireball go across their states. • VIDEO

AMAZON IS TESTING ITS FLYING INDOOR DRONE CAMERA IN REAL HOMES _ Amazon first announced the Ring Always Home Cam almost a year ago during its 2020 hardware event, but Tuesday it confirmed that the product is real and can be purchased — by invitation only. The Ring Always Home Cam is pretty basic as far as a concept goes: it’s a small camera attached to a drone that works with the Ring network. The idea is that rather than being required to set up a host of cameras all around a home so that every angle can be captured, the Home Cam would instead allow users to take a quick perusal of the house through the flying indoor camera.

… Amazon says the indoor flying camera as equipped with navigation sensors so that it can navigate the paths of a home without crashing and allows users to get a “flexible point of view” when they are not in the house. Fully autonomous, it can’t actually be “flown” in the traditional sense of the word, but simply commanded to run pre-determined paths. It is able to stream and record video in Full HD 1080p that is watchable via the Ring app.

… After a year of testing the drone camera is now ready to be tested in actual people’s homes, though the device can only currently be purchased if a buyer is selected for the invite-only test program.

WOMAN WRITES 4,000 THANK-YOU NOTES TO COPS _ Queens, New York, resident Coretta James has spent the last four years quietly handing out handwritten thank-you notes to New York’s Finest — and she’s on a mission to give one to every member of the NYPD. James says, “I have tremendous respect for the uniform: military, firemen and cops. They are not used to being thanked. And I feel for them. They need encouragement.” The idea came to James after she volunteered with the New York City fire department to send thank-you cards to service members stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the troops started to return home, she decided to turn her pen and gratitude toward the NYPD.

… To date, she has written more than 4,000 cards that she’s given to officers in all of the city’s 77 precincts and some working details at Yankee Stadium. She keeps a list of everyone she has thanked so far. She said, “There are 36,000 cops, so I have a lot of writing to do.”

SHE’S NOT DREAMING ABOUT YOU _ What percentage of our dreams are sexual in nature? According to the University of Montreal — 8 percent. Sound about right? So why do we dream about sex? It’s not too hard to figure out. Sexual dreams compensate for what is lacking in real life. A psychologist says they help uncover deep secrets about a person. For example, dreams involving sex with someone other than your partner mean there’s dissatisfaction with the physical side of your relationship. The study also discovered that women tended to dream about real-life partners, both past and present, and women are more likely than men to dream about celebrities.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW LONG TILL YOU FELL IN LOVE? _ A blog for women asked: “How long did it take for you to fall in love with your current man?”
• 30% said it happened almost instantly
• 30% said it took several weeks
• 26% said it took several months
• 8% said six months to a year
• 4% said it took over a year to fall in love.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARTIST PAID 84K TO USE IN ARTWORK DELIVERS BLANK CANVAS _ A Danish artist was given $84,000 by a museum to use in a work of art. When he delivered the piece he was supposed to create, it was not as promised. Instead, the artist, Jens Haaning, gave the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art (in Aalborg, Denmark) two blank canvases and said they were titled “Take the Money and Run.”

… The museum said while the pieces weren’t what they had agreed on, they got new and interesting art.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOW AND ARROW CARJACKING SUSPECT SHOT BY OFFICERS _ Police in Atlanta shot and wounded a man suspected of using a bow and arrow to carjack a woman. About an hour after the carjacking police responded to a crash involving the vehicle. The The 29-year-old suspect allegedly pointed his bow and arrow at an officer, who fire a single shot at him. He was taken to the hospital.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEAR TURNS ON LOST GOPRO _ A hilarious video of a bear who turned on a lost GoPro was discovered by a hiker in Wyoming. Once the hiker was able to view the contents of the device’s SD card, he was treated to unique footage. The majority of the video is just the bear trying to eat the GoPro, with the animal trying to gnaw on the device for a little while. • VIDEO

… The hiker who found it — in early June — said the GoPro had been sitting in the snow in Wyoming for a long time.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WHO GLUED HIMSELF TO JET GOES TO PRISON _ The man who glued himself to the top of a British Airways plane two years ago has been sentenced to one year in prison. A court in England deliberated less than an hour before rendering its verdict, finding that his actions disrupted more than 300 passengers and cost British Airways around $54,000.

… The convicted is former Paralympian James Brown, who caused major upheaval in October 2019 when he climbed onto the roof of a British Airways plane. Brown, who is visually impaired, had a ticket for the flight to Amsterdam, but surprised the crew by climbing onto the roof of the plane while boarding. Brown had stuck his phone in the door to keep it from closing, and then used a bottle of glue that he had hidden in his luggage to glue his right hand to the plane.

… Brown said his stunt was necessary to “do something spectacular” to raise awareness of the climate crisis.


ON TELEVISION

BRITNEY VS. SPEARS (Netflix) — This new exposé takes a deep dive into the controversial conservatorship that has controlled Britney’s personal life as well as her career for over a decade.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New. A new idol is introduced that has a special twist.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam is distraught to discover he’s been wait-listed at NYU, so he courts the dean of admissions, hoping she will change her mind on his deferral.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Vanessa and Archer disagree on how to handle the victim of a motorcycle accident.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Group B members make their debut.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

THE WONDER YEARS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dean reckons with his first taste of heartbreak and betrayal.

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

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. A video of Casey from the roof rescue goes viral.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Darlene starts to ponder why she tends to be so negative in life, prompting her to start a journey of self-discovery, which leads to Pastor Phil (guest star Jason Alexander).

ALTER EGO (9p ET, FOX) — New.

IN THE DARK (9p ET, CW) — New.

NOVA (9p ET, PBS) — This edition deals with The Cannabis Question, and examines America’s relationship with cannabis and delves into what scientists have discovered about its effects on the body and brain, including the potential risks and medicinal benefits.

HOME ECONOMICS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Tom considers ghostwriting a memoir for a celebrity chef.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. When a P.D. informant is murdered, the team digs in to track down the perpetrator only to learn a shocking truth.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (10p ET, ABC) — Gary takes steps forward with Darcy and continues to distance himself from anything involving Peter.


ENTERTAINMENT

NETFLIX’S TOP 10 MOVIES AND SERIES _ Netflix has released an updated list of its most-watched movies and series by total hours watched.

MOVIES

• Extraction – 99 million accounts watched
• Bird Box – 89 million
• Spenser Confidential – 85 million
• 6 Underground – 83 million
• Murder Mystery – 83 million
• The Old Guard – 78 million
• Enola Holmes – 77 million
• Project Power – 75 million
• Army of the Dead – 75 million
• Fatherhood – 74 million

SERIES

• Bridgerton: Season 1 – 82 million
• Lupin: Part 1 – 76 million
• The Witcher: Season 1 – 76 million
• Sex/Life: Season 1 – 67 million
• Money Heist: Part 4 – 65 million
• Tiger King: Season 1 – 64 million
• The Queen’s Gambit – 62 million
• Sweet Tooth: Season 1 60 million
• Emily in Paris: Season 1 58 million

NETFLIX BOSS ON SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S BLACK WIDOW LAWSUIT _ Scarlett Johansson’s ongoing dispute with Disney over the handling of Black Widow‘s release has generated a lot of discussion, from fellow actors to other members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the case potentially representing a landmark in how stars negotiates with studios over their back-end compensation from theatrical and streaming releases, it’s attracted commentary from industry heads, including Netflix boss Ted Sarandos. Speaking at a conference this week, Sarandos gave his reasonably diplomatic response to questions about the lawsuit: “I watch these things as a spectator, ‘I would have said this or said that.’ I’m fortunate that we have not been in those shoes … talent has to be respected and compensated.”

GEORGE LUCAS IS OFFICIALLY A STORMTROOPER _ Star Wars began with the original trilogy, which introduced Luke Skywalker to the world —and the entire concept of the Jedi and the force. That success eventually brought forth George Lucas’ vision for the prequel trilogy — and eventually another bunch of films. And with each film came more merchandise.

… Despite not owning the rights to the world or characters anymore, Lucas has not been forgotten: the mastermind behind the force itself is getting his own 6-inch action figure — in a Stormtrooper outfit no less.

… The figure is part of the Star Wars Black Series line and is being released in celebration of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary. For those that want to pick one up, the figure is expected to hit shelves in 2022.

YELLOWSTONE’S ‘LONG LINE OF ENEMIES’ TEASER _ Fans can’t wait for November 7 — the Season 4 premiere of Yellowstone. The Paramount Network just delivered another trailer titled “A Long Line of Enemies,” detailing ever single person that dared to cross John and the Dutton Family. • VIDEO

🔈 THE ORIGINAL LAW & ORDER IS COMING BACK TO NBC _ On Tuesday NBC announced that the original Law & Order will be revived for a 21st season at the Peacock Network. This news comes 11 years after the police procedural, which first premiered in 1990 and ran for 20 seasons, went off the air.

… The upcoming reboot will pick up where the drama left off in 2010, with a closer look at “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

… As to whether beloved cast members — played by Chris Noth, Sam Waterston and others — will return to the show? NBC teased that this news will come at a later date. There’s currently no premiere date either.

NO TIME TO DIE: THE REVIEWS _ No Time To Die won’t open in the U.S. and Canada until October 8, but it’s already showing overseas — and we have our first batch of reviews.

… Most critics seem to like the film, though Scott Mednelson of Forbes says the Bond film “stumbles in the back half.” He gave it 5 out of 10. By the way, who rates films on a 10 scale? Isn’t the unofficial scale 1 to 5?

.. The BBC.com’s critic gave it 5/5. Empire magazine 4/5. The Guardian 5/5. CindemaBlend 5/5.

JESSE PALMER TAKES OVER AS BACHELOR HOST _ Jesse Palmer is the new permanent host of The Bachelor — replacing Chris Harrison, who was cut loose after his racism scandal. The move keeps it all in the family, so to speak, because Jesse’s a former Bachelor himself, and now he’ll be the face of the ABC franchise for its upcoming 26th season.

DEMI LOVATO TALKS ABOUT INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH ALIENS _ Demi Lovato is once again is talking about her encounters with aliens, discussing the “beautiful and incredible experience” with aliens while in the desert in Joshua Tree as she is out promoting her new show on Peacock, Unidentified With Demi Lovato. Lovato said, “We went out into the desert in Joshua Tree and I basically saw this blue orb that was about 50 feet away, maybe less, and it was kind of like floating above the ground, just like 10 or 15 feet, and it was kind of keeping its distance from me. It was a beautiful and incredible experience.”

… Lovato says the experience “definitely changed the way that you see the world. You have an inkling and then all of a sudden that inkling is confirmed. It changes your reality, for sure.” In a separate interview, with E! News, Lovato said, “I had a pretty profound experience … I made [alien] contact, and it was a pretty mind-blowing experience.”

… What are the aliens like? According to the singer: “I think they’re very caring, very intelligent beings that are just looking out for the best interest of our planet, because we need some help.”


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MYSTERY VOICE

George Clooney. Can tie it in with International Podcast Day, which is September 30.

DROP

This is the most important conversation in America.

LAW & ORDER

September 29 Entertainment: There’s new Law & Order news. Here’s the show’s famous ‘dun-dun’ sound.

WHAT DOES YOUR PET DO WHEN YOU’RE AT WORK?

Jenva shared on social media that her English Bulldog basically does nothing all day while she’s at work. Share this audio with your audience and open the phones!

DROP

I don’t want to blame anyone in particular. I think everyone’s to blame.

NO TIME TO DIE

No Time To Die is premiering this week in many parts of the world. Here’s the 007 theme.

PHONER

Share the story of the guy in your “sales department” who has a small collection of something in their cubicle (maybe little green Army men). What weird things does a coworker have in their space?

… Light up the phones using the two calls in this file.


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S A PERSONAL RULE THAT YOU’LL NEVER BREAK?

🗣 TOPIC: What’s a personal rule that you’ll never break?

What people shared on social media…

• Never do anything that you aren’t willing to explain to the paramedics.

• Never work for family. Money makes it weird. Help, volunteer, whatever, but cousin Joe shouldn’t be the boss.

• If you hold other people to a certain standard then you’d better hold yourself to that same standard.

• Never insist on taking the check more than once.

• If you’re not sure what exactly is the best way to deal with someone, err on the side of kindness.

• People first. It’s not “autistic child” but “child with autism”. Not “stroke patient” but “patient who had a stroke”. So on and so forth.

DON’T FAIL YOUR MARRIAGE

Four ways to maintain a healthy marriage (from YourTango.com).

1) Be a Student — If you think you have your spouse figured out, you’ve stopped being interested. Continue to ask questions and learn. How are they feeling? Are they interested in a new hobby?

2) Make Time — Life happens and marriage takes a back seat. Literally write time for the both of you in your schedule.

3) Teamwork — If one person on the team loses, the whole team loses. Set goals and work together to achieve them.

4) Intentional Communication — Generic answers leave room for interpretation. Get specific and deeper: What’s bothering you? How do you feel?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Sending men and women to the space station takes billions of dollars. This famous historical trip only cost $7,000. (Columbus’ trip to America)

TRIVIA: Around one million Americans have only this for breakfast every day. (Coca-Cola)

TRIVIA: 21 percent of all U.S. medical costs have this in common. (They are tied to obesity)

TRIVIA: A small one weighs just over 200,000 pounds. (Cloud)

TRIVIA: The 1948 Lincoln Continental was the last car produced in the U.S. with what? (A 12-cylinder engine.)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• You see a podiatrist when you’re having a problem with what part of the body?

• What’s the hot, gooey stuff that comes out of a volcano?

• What famous TV family lives in Springfield?

• Name a year that was in the ’90s.

• Name something you’d grow in a backyard garden.

DISNEY TRUE OR FALSE

Walt Disney World in Orlando opened 50 years ago (October 1). Let’s play Disney True or False.

• Pre-pandemic, Disney World had about 58 million visitors a year. (True)

• Over 500 babies have been born to women visiting Walt Disney World. (False. Just over 70 births have been documented.)

• Ice cream is the most popular food at Disney world. (False. The most popular food at Disney world is the hamburger.)

• Disney World is about the same size as San Francisco. (True)

• Disney World is so large that 12 Disneylands could fit inside it. (False. You could fit 51 Disneylands in the space used by Disney World.)