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Post Week in Review: October 26-November 1

Published: October 31, 2014

The Giants Win the Series! The Giants Win the Series!

Baseball's Glory Years

And I thought the Boston Red Sox were a dynasty because they’ve won three World Series in the past decade. On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series of the past five years, beating the Kansas City Royals (who surprised a lot of people this season) in Game 7 by the score of 3 to 2.

We have a special collector’s edition of The Saturday Evening Post, Baseball’s Glory Years. Not only does it have fantastic illustrations by Norman Rockwell (of course) and rare photos, it has historic interviews with people like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial.

The Google Pill

We are moving closer and closer to the world of Star Trek and The Jetsons. Google is working on a pill that would travel through your body and search for cancer and other illnesses. The pill would send its findings to a sensor that you wear on your body. This could not only help doctors treat an illness you have but maybe even catch it early.

This sounds a lot more useful than Google’s self-driving car, though I’m really hoping someone is working on the Jetson’s Foodarackacycle.

New J.K. Rowling Story Debuts Today

Fans squealed in delight when it was revealed that author J.K. Rowling was going to publish a new short story based on the Harry Potter universe. Well, it will be up at Rowling’s Pottermore site today and focuses on villain Dolores Umbridge.

Inventor of Operation Can’t Afford Real Operation


The definition of the word irony always seems to change, so I’m not sure if this story qualifies as an example of it, but it’s at least close. The man who invented the classic board game Operation in 1964, John Spinello, is now sick and can’t afford an operation. Some friends of his have made a video and there’s also a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the operation. Hasbro recently purchased the original prototype from the Spinello family.

People Spend $350M Every Year on Costumes (for Their Pets)


Somehow Halloween has become the new Christmas for many adults who seem to be dressing up in costumes as much as their kids do (only with more alcohol). According to the National Retail Federation, adults are going to spend an average of $77.52 on Halloween this year, up from $48.48 in 2005. And some of that money is going to be spent on costumes for their dogs and cats. I wonder if pets can feel embarrassment?

By the way, if you’re near a Krispy Kreme while in costume, stop in today: They’re giving away free donuts. I’m dressing up like I always do, as a middle-aged, balding writer who doesn’t have much of a social life.


Lost Orson Welles Film to Be Released

Orson Welles

Portrait of Orson Welles in 1937 (Carl Van Vechten/Library of Congress)

The great director and actor only filmed 45 minutes of his final movie, The Other Side of the Wind, but after many years and legal battles, The New York Times reports the film might be released as early as May 6 (the anniversary of Welles’ birth). Welles worked on the film in the 1970s and early ’80s (he died in 1985), and it stars John Huston, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper, Lilli Palmer, and Peter Bogdanovich, who is one of the people working on getting the film released. It’s about a famous director trying to complete a film while battling with a studio.

Alfred Hitchcock Hated Spoilers Too


Spoilers aren’t a new thing. Even the great director Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want his fans to be spoiled. At the bottom of the New York Times ad for the movie Psycho, Hitchcock implored people who went to see the movie not to give away the ending to people who hadn’t seen it yet. In a line that should be used on social media and blogs today, Hitchcock said “Please don’t give away the ending. It’s the only one we have.”

Halloween TV


Psycho was on Turner Classic Movies the other night. If you missed it, don’t worry, there’s plenty more Halloween TV to keep you entertained. MeTV is airing an all-day marathon of Halloween episodes of your favorite shows today, including I Love Lucy, Leave It to Beaver, That Girl, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Andy Griffith Show.

AMC will air several of the Halloween movies this weekend, as well as The Walking Dead. ABC will have a Halloween episode of Cristela tonight, while CBS has a Halloween-themed Hawaii Five-0. COZI will air the original 1931 Dracula, followed by The Bride of Frankenstein. TCM has the original Night of the Living Dead, followed by Curse of the Demon and House of Wax.

On ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live will have its 9th Annual Half & Half Costume Pageant.

Halloween Recipes

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

You could stuff your family with peanut butter cups and Clark Bars tonight, or you could make something a little more elaborate. How about some Spicy Vampire Bat Wings? Maybe some Pumpkin Muffins? Or how about a creepy cookie called Spooky Witches’ Fingers?

You can wash it all down with a Ghostly Pudding Milk Shake.

Turn the Clocks Back This Weekend!


A lot of people seem to hate this time of year, when it starts to get dark really early. Am I the only person who actually loves it? I love it when it gets colder and the holidays are approaching and the early darkness makes things cozier (it helps that I hate summer heat and avoid sunlight like a vampire).

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. You get an extra hour of sleep. Or you could not turn your clocks back and tell people you’re from the future!

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