1.) The final presidential debate takeS place tonight at 9. As the election gets closer, what are Americans trying to find out about the candidates? The New York Time did a study of Google searches related to the election and found a few ridiculous things. There are an average of 5,000 Google searches each month for “Mitt Romney underwear.” People Google “Michelle Obama ugly” three time as often as “Michelle Obama beautiful.” And, searchers are 9 times more likely to Google “Paul Ryan shirtless” than “Paul Ryan budget.”
2.) Veteran police officers are calling it “the new purse-snatching.” Thefts of cell phones, especially smartphones, are soaring nationwide, and now make up close to half of all robberies in cities, including New York and San Francisco. In Los Angeles, cell phone theft are up 27% this year and Oakland city council candidate Dan Kalb became one of his city’s 1300 victims this year when his device was stolen after an anti-crime meeting. Part of the solution may be a national database the F.C.C. and major wireless carriers are looking to set up to track the stolen phones, but that plan won’t be in place until at least next year.
3.) History was made over the weekend in London, England. At the Destination Star Trek London convention, 1,083 people showed up in Star Trek outfits, setting the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from the TV series. The new record broke the mark set just this past August at the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. The new record is expected to be officially verified by Guinness World Records within a few days.