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TODAY's Takeaway: Weiner's chances, Billy Crystal looks back

Sep. 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM ET

What you missed TODAY: Weiner talks election, parents pass off their adopted children, Billy Crystal dishes on "I'll have what she's having."
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What you missed TODAY: Weiner talks election, parents pass off their adopted children, Billy Crystal dishes on "I'll have what she's having."

1. Just a day before New York’s primary election, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner sat down with Savannah to discuss his chance at winning (he’s currently polling in 4th place).

One topic he did not want to address: his wife, Huma.

“Let’s dial down this whole, ‘She was a big part of’ thing,” he told Savannah. “This thing was always about me, always about the issues in the campaign and frankly, it was also a lot about the mistakes I made in my personal life.”

Video: The controversial New York City mayoral candidate, who has struggled to keep his campaign on message in the wake of scandals related to sexting, said that in spite of his fourth-place ranking in popular polls, he hasn’t dropped out of the race because he believes the voters should decide whether he gets elected.

2. What happens when parents adopt a child from overseas and aren’t prepared for what’s ahead? A troubling investigation reveals that some parents give their children away, sometimes to people they’ve never met, with little or no government oversight.

Nora Gateley was one of those children.

“’Get out and go dig your own grave,” Gateley, now 26, said her new mother told her. “’I don’t care if you die. Nobody will find you. You were not even here in the first place.”

Video: What happens when American parents adopt internationally and find the challenges of raising an adoptive child overwhelming? Some are turning to underground online chat rooms, where they can advertise their child and send him or her to a new home. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

3. Everyone knows the “I'll have what she's having” scene from “When Harry Met Sally,” right? (Hint: It involves Meg Ryan, orgasms and Rob Reiner’s mom.) Well Billy Crystal is one of the few individuals who knows how the famous scene was born. Check out his behind-the-scenes story:

Video: The legendary comedian has written a new book filled with funny and heartfelt moments from his life. He joins TODAY’s Matt Lauer to talk about his exploration of what it means to be 65.

4. Longtime friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman attempted to solve their dating dilemmas by seeing each other — for 40 days. The duo told Matt and Savannah how it turned out. (Note the body language.)

Video: Longtime friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman decided they could solve their dating problems by having a relationship for 40 days. They documented their entire journey online, and tell TODAY how things turned out.

5. Exactly how long is 1 million seconds? Leave it to Savannah to do the math.

"So, this is kind of your home for the next, what, 11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds?" she asked Ryan Seacrest, host of NBC’s new game show, "The Million Second Quiz." The show airs tonight at 8 p.m. Are you planning to test your trivia knowledge?

Video: Ryan Seacrest, host of “The Million Second Quiz,” tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that the game is a battle of knowledge, strategy and endurance, and takes her on a tour of the new show’s massive outdoor set.

6. Turns out Willie was a cheater in high school. (Or, as he puts it, “collaborative.”) In response to a new survey that revealed 42% of Harvard’s incoming freshman class admitted to cheating on homework, Willie admitted he did too (kind of) in high school.

Did you cheat in high school or college? Let us know!

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Al Roker talk about the buzziest topics of the day, including a Harvard study in which 43 percent of student respondents admitted to cheating on homework.

Tomorrow on TODAY: Savannah interviews President Obama about his plans for Syria.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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