- “Balloons Around the World Day”, the 16th annual event celebrating ‘Balloon Sculpture’. Balloon artists worldwide showcase the art of balloon twisting and decorating and, in the process, deliver thousands of smiles through the act of giving.
- “International Walk to School Day”, the 15th annual observance on the 1st Wednesday of October designed to encourage kids to become more active.
- “Kale Day”, begun in 2014 by Dr Drew Ramsey (co-author of the book “50 Shades of Kale”) as a Change.org petition. Observed on the 1st Wednesday in October, it’s designed to increase awareness, access, and education about the positive health benefits of eating more kale.
ON THIS DATE…………
1828, the bathtub was invented
1965  A 50-mph wind gust helps golfer Robert Mitera sink history’s longest hole-in-one, on the 447-yard 10th hole at Miracle Hill Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska
1982, Cats opened on Broadway
2003  In a State of California recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor
American Idol / X Factor judge – Simon Cowell (56)
Singer – John “Cougar” Mellencamp (64)
– A new survey by Bloomberg reveals that 41% of Americans favor a wall along the Canadian-American border
– Screen Rant claims Sigourney Weaver is going to make a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot
– Keurig has launched a new $369 machine called Keurig Kold. It allows people to make their own single servings of Coke, Sprite and Dr. Pepper.
★ Add “Lethal Weapon” to the list of movies getting the TV treatment. FOX-TV has given the go-ahead for a pilot based on the 1987 action pic that starred Mel Gibson & Danny Glover. The TV incarnation revolves around the unlikely partnership between a former Navy SEAL and a Texas cop who moves to LA. TV networks have been scrambling lately to grab movie titles for TV adaptations due to their built-in name recognition. CBS-TV has a “Rush Hour” redo coming mid-season and ABC-TV has a comedy on tap based on the 1989 John Candy movie “Uncle Buck”.– Variety.com
– The Consumerist claims Nabisco may be developing an Oreo cookie with cupcake filling. Nabisco has yet to confirm the story
– Staples will not open on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Instead, their Black Friday sale will begin at 6 a.m. the following day
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX) – Season 5 debut. Lady Gaga stars as ‘Elizabeth’, owner of the ‘Hotel Cortez’, who has a nefarious plan revealed in Episode 1 which plays out over the season. Also in the cast: Angela Bassett, Chloe Sevigny, Emma Roberts, and Kathy Bates. (
- “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Thomas Rhett
– Uproxx claims the Texas Rangers are going to be selling cotton candy hot dogs at their home playoff games. Each dog will be topped with cotton candy-infused mustard and actual cotton candy. The team is also selling a two-foot long brownie rolled in Rice Krispies and dipped in funnel cake batter. Its costs $26
★ CBS-TV is developing a contemporary new take on teen detective ‘Nancy Drew’. “Grey’s Anatomy” writers & producers have been recruited to develop creator Edward Stratemeyer’s classic character for a new series on the small-screen. The new version will feature the young sleuth grown up and in her 30s, working as a detective for the NYPD. ‘Nancy Drew’ has been adapted for numerous TV shows and films over the years, including the most recent 2007 version starring Emma Roberts as the title character.
4,000 People Did a Flash-Mob Stunt in Central Park
That group in New York called ‘Improv Everywhere’ does a flash-mob series on YouTube called “Mp3 Experiments”, where a bunch of people listen to something on headphones at the same time, and follow the instructions together.
Their latest one was in Central Park, and they got FOUR THOUSAND people to do it. First everyone had to sing the same note all at once . . . which freaked out some people in the park who didn’t know about the stunt.
Then they had to do stuff like run around at the same time . . . fall on the ground and pretend to sleep . . . and get back up and yell, “I am Spartacus”.
Woman Was at Work When She Found Out She Won Lottery, and Immediately Quit
A 50-year-old woman in southwest Michigan named Julie Leach came forward yesterday, after hitting the Powerball lottery for over $310 MILLION.
She’s worked at a fiberglass factory for almost 23 years, and says she was having a worse day than usual last week. She was on her lunch break when she checked the lottery numbers.
Then, after she had her co-workers double check them, she walked up to her boss . . . told him she didn’t need a raise anymore . . . and quit IMMEDIATELY.
Right there on the spot. Which is what everyone always DREAMS of doing, but never does.
When a reporter asked about it, she called it a “nasty, dirty job”, and said she never even considered keeping it.
She’s taking the lump sum, so after taxes she’ll get about 140 million bucks.
Guy Driving With a Bear Avoids a Ticket . . . Because It Was Wearing a Seatbelt
A guy in Yekaterinburg, Russia was driving last week with a small BEAR in his backseat. People even took photos of it with its head hanging out of the window.
Yekaterinburg is above Kazakhstan, which is kind of appropriate. Because if you remember, in the movie “Borat”, he drove around with a bear in his ice cream truck. So Police pulled the guy over, but he avoided a ticket . . . because he was in accordance with RUSSIAN BEAR LAW.
It turns out that in Russia, you can drive with a bear in the car as long as it wears a seat belt. And this bear was, in fact, wearing his.
Also, apparently it’s common enough in Russia for people to put BEARS in their cars, that they have nuanced laws regulating it?
It’s not clear where the guy got the bear from or where he was going with it.
Farmer finds woolly mammoth bones in Michigan field
James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post, caked with mud. Instead, it was part of a pelvis from an ancient woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago.
A team of paleontologists from the University of Michigan and an excavator recovered about 20 percent of the animal’s skeleton this week. Aside from the pelvis, they found the skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae, ribs and both shoulder blades.
“We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it,” Daniel Fisher, the scientist who led the dig, said Friday.
Three boulders the size of basketballs found next to the remains may have been used to anchor the carcass in a pond, he said.
Mammoths and mastodons, another elephant-like creature, were common in North America before disappearing around 11,700 years ago. Remains of about 300 mastodons and 30 mammoths have been discovered in Michigan, Fisher said, although most of the mammoth finds aren’t as complete as the one in Bristle’s field.
Bristle said he bought the property a couple of months ago. He and his friend were digging to make way for a new natural gas line when they found the odd object. “When my 5-year-old grandson came over and saw the pelvis, he just stood there with his jaw wide open and stared. He was in awe,” Bristle said.
The bones will be cleaned and examined by university researchers for cut marks that would indicate human activity, Fisher said. Study of the bones may shed light on when humans arrived in the Americas, a topic of debate among archaeologists.