Pelosi Attack, Tom Brady Divorce, and Creepy Catacombs 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, Oct. 29, and in this weekend edition, we're covering an attack on the House speaker's husband, the divorce of an NFL star, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected]

First time reading? Sign up here.



'Where is Nancy?'

A 42-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attacking 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12), at the couple's San Francisco home early morning Friday. The suspect, identified as David DePape, faces charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and burglary, among other felonies. 


DePape was allegedly searching for the House speaker when he broke into the home shouting, "Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?" before striking her husband with a hammer. Paul underwent surgery at a hospital for a skull fracture and injuries to his hands and right arm. He is expected to recover. The House speaker was in Washington, DC, with her protective detail at the time of the attack. The incident is the latest in a series of crimes or threats to political figures (see data). 


Officers were dispatched to the Pelosi residence around 2:27 am local time when they encountered DePape and Paul. The assailant's motive is under investigation. 



Rock 'n' roll pioneer and 'Great Balls of Fire' singer Jerry Lee Lewis dead.

Lewis, who skyrocketed to fame in the 1950s with hits like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” died Friday at 87. The singer-songwriter and pianist was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, received the 2005 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2022. See his life in pictures here.


NFL star Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen file for divorce.

The split comes after months of reports about the couple's marital issues, following Brady's decision to retire from football in February, then unretire in March and return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team lost to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, dropping Brady to 3-5 as a starter for the first time in his 23-year NFL career. Brady and Bündchen had been together for more than 13 years and have two children. 


Philippines hit by deadly floods, landslides from Tropical Storm Nalgae.

At least 42 people are dead after heavy rains struck southern portions of the country upon Tropical Storm Nalgae's approach. The storm is expected to move northwest over the next few days, further impacting the Philippines this weekend, then Taiwan and southeastern China next week. See photos from the flooding here.


Brazilians vote Sunday in tightly contested presidential runoff elections.

Ahead of election day, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro faced off in a televised debate last night. Polls show da Silva, popularly known as "Lula," in the lead (see here). Da Silva served as president from 2003 to 2010 but was imprisoned in 2018 on corruption charges. 


Miami Beach condo evacuated near site of former building collapse.

Residents of a 14-story, 164-unit Port Royale building were forced to evacuate immediately Thursday evening after officials determined the structure was unsafe. The oceanfront condo is 1.3 miles south on the same avenue as the Champlain Towers South condo building, which collapsed in June 2021 and killed 98 people. 


NASA releases another James Webb image of the Pillars of Creation.

The space agency likened the image of the ancient gas and dust to a ghostly hand. This week's image was captured by the James Webb telescope's mid-infrared instrument, whereas last week's image (see here) was captured by its near-infrared camera. The Pillars of Creation is in the Eagle Nebula, about 6,500 light years away.

In partnership with Huckberry



Giving a great gift is an art. It's an act of recognition, appreciation, and thoughtfulness. It’s also why holiday shopping for the people in your life can be stressful.

This season, Huckberry has you covered with their Holiday Outpost, the ultimate gifting destination. To make your life easier, they've curated a list of 2022's most coveted gifts. Grab an unexpected gift for the impossible-to-shop-for men in your life. The Chef. The Outdoorsman. The Indoorsman. Blow them away with small-but-mighty stocking stuffers and retro ornaments. Grab cold-weather gifts to fend off winter and travel-friendly gifts for that person always on the go. Huckberry has something for everyone. And if you really can't decide, let your loved ones choose with a guaranteed-to-fit E-Gift Card!

No more last minute shopping for the special people in your life. Head over to the Huckberry Holiday Outpost now and raise the bar on your gift giving this holiday season!

Please support our sponsors!



Teen invents support pillow for breast cancer patients to travel comfortably. (More)


Coal miner still covered in soot takes son to his first basketball game. (More


Mom of autistic son starts monthly dance club for people with disabilities. (More)


An 8-year-old boy aims to become youngest to climb Yosemite's El Capitan. (More


Group bike rides catch on as a happy, healthy way to commute to school. (More)


Salt Lake City approves tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness. (More)

From our partners: Free large canvas?! Bring beautiful photos from the camera roll to the living room, with CanvasPeople. They print your favorite images onto high-quality canvases, and today they're giving 1440 readers one free 16x20 canvas print (over $120 in value). Just pay S&H; create yours today!



Today, we're sharing a story from reader Trisha T. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


"I had just finished doing some shopping when I approached the exit and saw it was pouring rain outside. As I was standing there, contemplating to keep waiting or to run out to my car, a woman approached me with an umbrella. She asked me where my car was and I told her I had parked it a fairly good way out in the parking field but she said that was OK, that I should tie my shopping bag up so my items wouldn't get wet, and she walked me all the way out to my car, covering me with her umbrella. I thought she was some kind of angel."


What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us.




> Powerball jackpot rises to $825M—fifth largest ever—ahead of tonight's drawing.

> Bar-tailed godwit bird sets record with 8,435-mile flight from Alaska to Australia.
> Thai businesswoman buys Miss Universe pageant for $20M from IMG Worldwide



> America's safest states (in 2022). 

> Visualizing our happiness at work.

> ... and the 100 most valuable brands.

The world's fastest vertical-launch roller coaster.



> The unintended consequences of working from home.


> Harvard negotiator explains how to resolve difficult conflicts.

> What triggers procrastination—and how you can overcome it.

... and now sea otters holding hands while they sleep. (via Twitter)


Long Read 

> Inside the world's creepiest catacombs. (w/photos)
> Six cursed objects and the spooky legends behind them.

> The people whose guts produce alcohol

> How genes can leap from snakes to frogs in Madagascar


Best of the Week: Watch the ultimate backyard squirrel Olympics

Historybook: Sir Walter Raleigh is executed (1618); "Joy of Painting" host Bob Ross born (1942); Actress Winona Ryder born (1971); Actress Gabrielle Union born (1972); Astronaut John Glenn becomes the oldest NASA astronaut in space at age 77 (1998).


"Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you."

- Bob Ross

Why 1440? The printing press was invented in the year 1440, spreading knowledge to the masses and changing the course of history. Guess what else? There are 1,440 minutes in a day and every one is precious. That’s why we scour hundreds of sources every day to provide a concise, comprehensive, and objective view of what's happening in the world. Reader feedback is a gift—shoot us a note at [email protected].

Interested in advertising to smart readers like you? Apply here!

Join a community of over 3.6 million intellectually curious individuals.

100% free. Unsubscribe anytime.

Don't miss out on the daily email read by over 3.6 million intellectually curious readers.