- “Depression Screening Day”, staged annually on the Thursday of the 1st full week in October by hospitals, clinics, and schools. The program provides free, anonymous screening for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. The goal is to have mental health viewed and treated with the same care as physical health.
- “Touch Tag Day”, an annual salute to the schoolyard game that almost every kid has played in some version. The game that’s variously known as ‘Touch’, ‘Tag’, ‘It’, ‘Chasey’, and ‘Catching’ has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt.
- “World Sight Day”, annual day of awareness held on the 2nd Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
ON THIS DATE…….
1871, The Great Chicago Fire ignited when Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern. 98,000 people were left homeless
2004  Martha Stewart begins her prison sentence after being convicted of securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy in a stock trading case
2014  Buffalo Bills are sold to businessman Terry Pegula for $1.4 billion, the highest price paid in history for an NFL team (late previous owner Ralph Wilson paid $25,000 in 1959)
Actor – Matt Damon (45)
Actress – “Alien” star Sigourney Weaver (66)
Actor – Chevy Chase (72)
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan (76)
– 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
– 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
★ 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.
– Contact Music claims Elvis Presley’s gold piano is being auctioned off and is expected to sell for $700,000
★ Is something up on NBC-TV’s “The Voice”? There’s no doubt coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have chemistry. Both recently single, the stars shamelessly flirt – she called him “sweet” on a recent episode of the singing competition, and he gave her a near lap dance. It may be happening off-screen too. “They’re a real thing,” a source close to Shelton reveals, adding that the fashion-forward mom (46) is rubbing off on the self-proclaimed redneck (39) and his style is changing. Though another pal counters that the duo are not dating– @USWeekly
- Darius Rucker – The Fall leg of his “Southern Style” tour opens tonight in Chicago !L. More than 15 stops are planned through November 20th in Toledo OH.
• Jason Aldean – This week one of the tractor-trailer rigs carrying equipment for his “Burn It Down” tour was involved in a rollover accident in Prince George, British Columbia. The driver suffered only minor injuries; Aldean and his band members were not involved. The incident caused Tuesday night’s show at the CB Centre in Prince George to be delayed until last night.
• Kip Moore – He’s headlining the “2015 Wild Ones Tour” starting tonight in Bethlehem PA and running through early December in Richmond VA. Also on the bill: Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde, and Michael Ray.
Couple Met Because of a Facebook Glitch, and Got Married Six Years Later
Back in 2009, a guy in Arkansas named Schuler Benson signed into Facebook on his phone. But it accidentally logged him into someone ELSE’S account.
Her name was Celeste Zendler and she lived in Colorado. They’d never met, so it was just a weird glitch.
And for some reason, it wouldn’t let Schuler log OUT . . . for a week. So they had to friend each other, and for some reason that fixed it. Celeste says she planned to un-friend him a few days later, but they started messaging each other.
And it turns out they had a lot in common. So over the next four years, they talked more and more . . . finally met in person in 2013 . . . and then started DATING.
A few months later, Celeste moved to Arkansas. And last year, they got ENGAGED. Their wedding was this past June, and there are photos from it online.
We’re only hearing about it now because he posted their story online Saturday . . . the six-year anniversary of the glitch that brought them together.
Some Kids Stole a Mat to Hang Out On . . . Turns Out It’s Actually a Belt Used to Extract Water From Poop?
Some kids in Crediton, England stole a mat from an industrial area a few days ago, so they could sit on it while they hung out in the woods. And a witness called the cops to report them.
Only it turns out it wasn’t a regular mat. It was from a water treatment device . . . and the “mat” was actually a filter that squeezes water out of HUMAN FECES.
So the mat they were sitting on had been sitting there for six months, filtering ungodly amounts of poop.
The kids cleared out before the cops got there, and got away.
But a spokesman for the health department says they REALLY need to go to the doctor to get checked out, after being exposed to all that raw sewage.
A VERY BIG BABY:
An Indian woman gave birth to a 13-pound baby last week. Her doctor tells Barcroft Media: “The baby and the mom are in sound health and doing okay.
In cases where the mother is obese and diabetic, there is considerable risk of [the] child being overweight, too.”
- The first two Super Bowls weren’t officially called the “Super Bowl.” Their official name was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. But fans called the game the Super Bowl, so by the third one that name became official.
- When“The Shining” first came out in 1980, it got mixed reviews, no Oscar nominations, and two nominations at the first Razzie Awards.
- The most expensive house in the world is in Mumbai, India. It’s 27 stories high and cost around $1 billion to build. It was built in 2012 by the richest man in India . . . Mukesh Ambani. He’s worth over $20 billion.
- The San Diego Padres are the only Major League Baseball team that’s never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter. And they’ve been around since 1969.