Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Edition: #5837

Sheet Happens!

★ Trick-or-treating isn’t the only way to score candy this Halloween. For the next few days, “Pokémon Go” is getting into the spooky spirit of things. Today through November 1st the mobile game is celebrating Halloween by doubling the amount of candy rewards and featuring with more frequency some of the spookier characters, including ‘Drowzee’, ‘Gastly’, ‘Gengar’, ‘Haunter’, ‘Hypno’, and ‘Zubat’.
★ Prince’s Paisley Park estate is becoming a permanent museum. The late singer’s Minnesota home and recording studio has been open to the public on a temporary basis for the last month and now the Chanhassen City Council has voted unanimously to allow the exhibit to continue after reviewing concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety. Local business leaders have been backing the proposal to make the estate a permanent tourist attraction.
– Bang Showbiz
★ Idris Elba is heading to Africa to executive produce a new TV drama series entitled “Brazza”. It’s about a Congolese man living in Paris, France who returns to his homeland following his father’s suspicious death. Elba says he’s excited about introducing a global audience to a world and culture that resonates so vibrantly with him. It is unclear if the 44-year-old actor will appear in the show.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ Preschoolers can explore an updated version of “Elmo’s World” when the new season of “Sesame Street” debuts next year. Sesame Workshop says it’s making new episodes of the popular segment for the first time since 2009. Also returning is Tony Award-winning performer Bill Irwin, who plays Elmo’s friend, Mr Noodle. Season 47 of “Sesame Street” premieres on HBO in January.
★ And 60-year-old actor Mel Gibson is expecting another child early next year, but isn’t feeling too nervous about the prospect of his family expanding again. One person who is slightly more excited and nervous about the new arrival is his 26-year-old girlfriend Rosalind Ross. The baby will be the former professional equestrian and writer’s first child. Having fathered 8 other kids Gibson says he’s so used to the birth process now that he no longer gets nervous. Quote: “I’m just there to catch!”
– “Extra!”

• “Chelsea” (Netflix) – Meghan Trainor (“Title”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Tove Lo (“Lady Wood”).
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central) – Phil Collins (“Not Dead Yet: The Memoir”).
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Snoop Dogg (“Coolaid”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Conor Oberst (“Ruminations”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Temples (“Sun Structures”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – One Direction’s Niall Horan performs his debut solo single “This Town”.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Guest co-host Michael Bublé (“Nobody But Me”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Justin Timberlake (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”).
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Classic rocker David Crosby (“Lighthouse”).
• “World Series” (FOX/SNET) – Chicago @ Cleveland for Game 2.

• Carrie Underwood – Her debut album “Some Hearts” (2005) has just been certified 8-times Platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 8 million units.
• Cole Swindell – He’s partnering with CMT on Tour to launch his “Cole Swindell Down Home Tour”. The 3rd annual headlining trek kicks off tonight in Tulsa OK. Opening acts are Cole Taylor, Travis Denning, and Jon Langston.
• Elvis Presley – He’s currently tied with Madonna at 12 chart-topping albums in the UK. But the 2nd collection of orchestral renditions of his hits, “The Wonder of You”, is on course for the #1 spot this weekend, which would give him 13, most-ever chart-toppers by a solo act.
• Prince – His first posthumous release has been announced. Warner Bros will put out a remastered deluxe edition of 1984’s “Purple Rain” next year. It includes a 2nd disc of previously unreleased material.
• Ty Dolla $ign – He’s reportedly been hit with a $181,000 tax lien by the Internal Revenue Service. He apparently owes back taxes for 3 separate years.

Hungry humans are in danger of eating nearly a quarter of all endangered land mammals into extinction, according to a new study. In total, 301 species of land mammals – from bats and primates to rodents and big cats – are being hunted into extinction. And for the vast majority – 285 of them – the reason is food, not poaching or sport hunting. Some estimates claim more than a million metric tons of wild animal meat is collected in Africa every year. And approximately $200 million-worth of wild animal meat is harvested yearly in the Brazilian Amazon. The endangered 285 species are found in poorer countries where protein is hard to find and the study suggest that tens-of-millions of people worldwide rely on wild animals for meat. Solutions include creating more protected land for wild animals, providing legal rights for sustainable hunting, swapping high-protein plants like soy and tubers for wild animal meat, and increasing access to education. (What’s the proper wine to serve with bat?)
– “Quartz”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 60% of adults 40-plus owned a pair of roller skates when they were younger.
• 25% of families have never ordered take-out food.
• 20% of guys have asked for gas money while on a first date.
• 18% of parents say they paid for teeth whitening as part of back-to-school shopping.
• 17% of women say their partner complains about how much they spend getting their hair done.
• 5% of us have asked a stranger to take a picture of us in a restaurant.

It’s still 10 months away, but sky gazers are already bursting with excitement – and booking vacations – over what is predicted to be one of the most spectacular and widely accessible solar shows of a lifetime. On August 21, 2017, America will be treated to a total solar eclipse, the first visible in the continental US since 1979. But whereas the 1979 eclipse was visible only to a relative handful of people, the 2017 version will be the first in 99 years to cross the country, from Oregon to South Carolina, meaning many more eyes will have the opportunity to catch it. Plan now if you need to travel for it. Campsites on the route are already booking up, and you can expect the same of hotels as the big day approaches. As for the event itself: the Sun will disappear for about 2.5 minutes. A look at the route it will take here …
– Mother Nature Network

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Bobu’ – Short for ‘Bohemian Businessperson’. The new breed of freedom-seeking creative entrepreneur who has an alternative lifestyle and rejects the world of conventional employment.
• ‘Gen Z’ – Refers to the group of people born between the late 1990s and the early 2010s. Younger than Millennials, the next generation is more reliant on digital than its predecessor, forcing commercial brands to get more creative in their marketing.
• ‘Stealth Health’ – The practice of making a recipe or food product healthier without advertising the change to consumers. Lowering salt, for instance. Most people don’t think they need to cut back on sodium, so it’s better to say nothing in order not to drive them away.

Imagine a security camera that can understand and analyze the scene it’s capturing. It can spot someone who is leaving a piece of luggage behind at an airport and issue an alert. It can identify a car being sought in connection with a crime based on its color, shape, and dented left bumper, even if the license plate is covered up. And it can spot drivers who are texting, potentially passing this info on to law enforcement so a ticket can be issued. These are some of the advanced security techniques being hyped by Movidius, a chip-maker specializing in artificial intelligence and computer vision. A security camera running its Myriad chip would be able to classify the objects it sees moving – a car would be something that may trip an alarm, while a bush would be something it would ignore. (Future cat burglars take note: you may be able to outwit the world’s most advanced security cameras if you dress up as a very convincing piece of shrubbery.)

• Consider how long it would actually take to walk to work.
• Turn off the phone Tuesday to Thursday so no one can tempt you to spend money.
• Eat the oddest meals. Mmm … bacon, tomato sauce, and rice.
• Consider how much you really need a TV … or any kitchen appliances.
• Come up with Oscar-winning stories when your bank card gets declined.
• Test your reflexes at the gas station. Boom! Bang on $10.
• Only go to the supermarket self-checkout in order to avoid the judging eyes of a cashier.
• Google ‘How to Get Rich Quick’.
• Spend your last dollar on a lottery scratch card.
• Sit down and draw up a budget for next month.
– Adapted from “Metro”

Air India has achieved an impressive feat by launching the world’s longest nonstop flight, connecting Delhi and San Francisco CA. The flight covers 9,500 miles (15,300 km) in 14.5 hours. Even more impressive, the airline has actually managed to shorten the flight time by about 2 hours while covering an additional 870 miles (1,400 km). Air India previously flew the route over the Atlantic Ocean; the new route takes a longer path over the Pacific Ocean. But because wind generally flows west to east, flying across the Pacific allows the plane to fly with the wind, instead of into it. (14-and-a-half hours of your knees banging into the frickin’ seat in front of you … agh!)
– “Times of India”

Donald Trump has insulted 281 different people, things, and locations on Twitter since his campaign kicked off in June 2015.
– “New York Times”


1946 [70] Pat Sajak, Chicago IL, TV game show host (“Wheel of Fortune” since 1981)

1947 [69] Hillary Rodham Clinton, Park Ridge IL, US presidential candidate/Secretary of State 2009-13/US Senator (2001-08)/former First Lady (1992-2000)/wed to Bill Clinton since 1975

1954 [62] James Pickens Jr, Cleveland OH, TV actor (‘Dr Richard Webber’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1967 [49] Keith Urban, Whangarei, New Zealand, country singer (“Wasted Time”, “Raise ‘Em Up”)/wed to actress Nicole Kidman since 2006

1973 [43] Seth McFarlane, Kent CT, TV show runner-writer-actor (“Family Guy” since 1999, “American Dad!” since 2005, “The Cleveland Show” since 2009)

1975 [41] Paula Faris, Jackson MI, TV personality (“The View” since 2015, “Good Morning America Weekend” 2014-15)

1986 [30] Schoolboy Q (Quincy Hanley), LA CA, rapper (“White Walls” w/Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Studio” f/BJ the Chicago Kid)

• “Intersex Awareness Day”, an internationally observance designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people. These are people who do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. They have previously been labeled hermaphrodites or congenital eunuchs.

• “Mincemeat Day”. Odds are you either love it or you can’t stand the stuff. Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits, spices, and sometimes beef suet. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat; many modern recipes use vegetable shortening in its place.

• “Worldwide Howl At the Moon Night”, an annual pre-Halloween tradition. Owoooooo!

2010 [06] Keith Richards releases his autobiography “Life”, which details his drug use and his thorny relationship with Mick Jagger among other things

2011 [05] A coroner’s inquest on the death of Amy Winehouse reaches a verdict of ‘misadventure’, a nice way of saying her blood alcohol content was more than 5 times the legal drinking & driving limit

2015 [01] Justin Bieber cleans up at the MTV European Music Awards, winning ‘Best Male’, ‘Best North American Act’, ‘Best Collaboration’, ‘Biggest Fans’, and ‘Best Look’

[Thurs] Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Thurs] Bring Your Jack-o-Lantern to Work Day
[Fri] Frankenstein Friday
[Sat] Cat Day
[Sun] Mischief Night
[Mon] Halloween
This Week Is … Prescription Errors Awareness Week
This Month Is … Family Sexuality Education Month


• “The Great Grabsy”
• “Belittle Women”
• “The Perks of Being a Wall Builder”
• “The Gropes of Wrath”
• “50 Shades of Orange”
• “The Girl I Grab On the Train”
• “Great Expectations, Really Really Terrific Expectations”
• “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Gross”
• “James & The Yuge Peach”
– #TrumpaNovel

Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the Sun … but I’ve never been able to make out the numbers.

• Whyzit there are no ‘B’ batteries?
• Whyzit McDonald’s doesn’t sell hotdogs?
• Whyzit called 2% milk when it’s 2% fat, not milk?
• Whyzit British people never sound British when they sing?
• Whyzit people say “heads up” when actually you should duck?
• Whyzit ‘Superman’ wears his briefs on the outside of his tights?
• Whyzit called the ‘World’ Series if it is only played in the US or Canada?
• Whyzit ‘blow’ and ‘suck’ mean the same thing when we describe something being crap?

☎ If you could choose any era to live in, which would it be?

Question: If you have trouble sleeping, one expert advises you put THESE on 2 hours before bedtime.
Answer: Sunglasses.

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

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