- “Fire Prevention Day”, a highlight of the annual observance of “Fire Prevention Week”.
- “UN World Post Day”, honoring the founding of the Universal Postal Union in 1874. Today the UPU, with 189 member countries, oversees the co-ordination of the global postal service.
- “World Egg Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Friday of October to salute the many uses of chicken embryos. Events are held across the world celebrating the egg.
ON THIS DATE…………..
1946, the first electric blanket was sold for $39.50
2006, Google announced it was buying YouTube for $1.65 billion
2010, Chile’s 33 trapped miners cheered as a drill punched a hole into their underground chamber where they had been stuck for 66 days
2011  Germany’s 24-year-old Sebastian Vettel of Germany becomes the youngest driver to win the Formula One World Championship … twice
Country Singer – Scotty McCreery (22)
Superman star Brandon Routh (36)
– Barack Obama, who is from Chicago, tells the Chicago Tribune that he is rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. “With the White Sox out, I’ll be rooting for the Cubs to win the Seriesl.
- Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction (Nashville TN) – Sunday Rosanne Cash, Mark James, Even Stevens, and Craig Wiseman are the latest inductees. They’re being added to the other 196 members of the writing fraternity.
- “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Comedian Amy Schumer makes her hosting debut
- “The Walking Dead” (AMC) – Sunday in the 6th season debut, “First Time Again”, a new threat arises that could bring the group closer together.
• Toby Keith – His new album “35 MPH Town” is released today. It includes “Drunk Americans” and his latest single, the title track. Keith co-produced and co-wrote most of the songs.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Big Stone Gap” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): In a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, self-proclaimed spinster ‘Ave Maria Mulligan’ finds her life shaken up and forever changed after learning a long-buried family secret. Stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey.
• “Pan” ( PG Fantasy Adventure ): How ‘Peter’ became ‘Pan’ is given the blockbuster treatment in this re-imagining of the JM Barrie story. As a 12-year-old orphan ‘Peter’ is spirited away to the magical world of ‘Neverland’ where he ultimately discovers his destiny. Stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara.
A guy in Texas named Ed Zamora has been with his wife for 33 years, and picked her up at the airport last month. But instead of getting her at the curb, he showed with his TRUMPET, and played “What a Wonderful World” as she came down the escalator.
He says he did it because they always hear that song when they’re traveling for some reason. But she was traveling without him this time, and she said she hadn’t heard it when they talked on the phone.
Guy Found Out He Had a Tumor After Getting Attacked by a Shark
A guy from Massachusetts named Eugene Finney was vacationing in Huntington Beach, California in July, when he got rammed in the back by a shark.
Luckily it didn’t bite him, but he ended up with a foot-long scrape on his back. Then after he got home, he was having back and chest pains. So he went to the emergency room, and they found some internal bruising.
But while they were running tests, they also found a cancerous TUMOR on his kidney about the size of a walnut.
Doctors removed it about two weeks ago, and say he probably won’t need radiation or chemo because they caught it so early.
Robber Tries to Cover His Face With a Maxi Pad . . . But Gets Caught Anyway
51-year-old Gary Victor robbed an auto parts store in Apple Valley, California last Monday. And he tried to disguise himself by wearing a MAXI PAD over his face.
I mean, he stuck the thing RIGHT on his grill, to shield his eyes from the camera.
But there were a few problems. He’d been in the store earlier that day WITHOUT a maxi pad on his face, so the police were easily able to find what he looked like on the surveillance tapes.
And they recognized him, since they’ve dealt with him before.
He was arrested the next day. The police say they recovered all the stuff he stole . . . AND the maxi pad.
Australian polar bear makes home in Northern Ontario
From Down Under to the Great White North — a polar bear has flown halfway across the world to take up residence in a northern Ontario facility.
Henry, a two-and-a-half-year-old polar bear who was born in Australia, is the newest addition to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, where he was set to arrive Wednesday morning.
In a way, Henry’s journey is somewhat of a homecoming. His father was orphaned in the wild in Quebec before being given a home at Sea World Australia — which isn’t affiliated with the American facilities of the same name. Henry was subsequently the first polar bear to be born in Australia in almost 30 years.
His current separation from his mother is part of his natural development, “In polar bear families, it’s not quite like human families. The mother decides the cub has got to get out of the house,” she said. “They do it pretty aggressively.” Sea World, which doesn’t have the capacity to house more adult polar bears, began searching for a new home for the 300 kilogram animal and settled on the facility in Cochrane.
The Cochrane habitat, which has been running since 2004, describes itself as the only captive bear facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. In addition to being open to the public, the facility promotes conservation and provides non-invasive research opportunities for scientists studying polar bears. Henry will be the 3rd male polar bear at the facility.
Henry was first transferred from Sea World to an Australian military base near Brisbane for a flight to Sydney aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft. The air force’s involvement cut about 15 hours of transport time for Henry, which made a world of difference, said Cummings.
Once in Sydney, Henry, a bear keeper and Sea World’s director of marine sciences boarded a Cathay Pacific flight to Vancouver, with a brief refuelling stop in Hong Kong. Upon landing in Vancouver, Henry was set to be transferred to a chartered aircraft that would fly him to Timmins, Ont., after which a customized vehicle would take him the final hour and a half to Cochrane.
- HILLARY CLINTON worked at a salmon cannery in Alaska after she graduated college, but got fired for being too slow at scooping out salmon guts.
- The first text message ever was sent on December 3rd, 1992 by a British engineer. And it said “Merry Christmas.”
- Slot machines show fruit symbols because when they debuted in the late 1800s, some of the prizes really WERE those fruits. By giving away fruit instead of money, companies avoided breaking gambling laws.
- The Havasupai Indians have a reservation near the floor of the Grand Canyon. It’s the only place in America that gets mail delivered every day by MULE.