THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 10/10/18

October 10th is the 283rd day of the year. There are 82 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 43 days until Thanksgiving

There are 87 days until the NFL Playoffs begin (1/5)

Today is National Curves Day, Emergency Nurses Day, Hug a Drummer Day, International Walk to School Day, National Angel Food Cake Day, National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day, National Cake Decorating Day, National Handbag Day, National Love Your Hair Day, National Metric Day, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, National Stop Bullying Day, National Tuxedo Day, and World Porridge Day

No one won last night’s $470 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot so Friday’s drawing is worth $548 million with a lump sum cash payout of $309 million

A West Allis, Wisconsin brewery has created Candy Corn Cream Ale in honor of Halloween. The Weststallion Brewing Company says their beer is a typical cream ale with sugar and candy corn flavoring mixed in. The beer is on tap at the brewery through the end of the month

Skittles is coming out with a new line of candy called Zombie Skittles. Flavors include Petrifying Citrus Punch, Mummified Melon, Boogeyman Blackberry, Chilling Black Cherry, and Blood Red Berry.

A five-month-old baby from Canada is about to become the youngest person ever to visit all 50 states.  Both parents got parental leave after she was born, and she was only eight weeks old when the road trip started.

Sleeping too much is JUST as bad as sleeping too little, according to a new study.  The researchers found that when people who slept four hours a night took a test, they performed like their brains were nine years older.  BUT . . . they saw the same effect on people who slept for over 10 hours.

In honor of Halloween, here are the top phobias in every state. In Wisconsin & Minnesota it is The Fear of People. In Texas it is the Fear of Everything. In Kansas it is The Fear of Love.

To prepare for flu season, parents are buying signs to attach to car seats telling people not to touch their kids. The signs say ..Please don’t touch Please look, don’t touch! “Stop! No touching! You germs are too BIG for me!”

Yellowstone National Park’s typically quiet geyser is making some noise after spewing garbage dating back to the 1930s.  After the geyser erupted last month, employees found a Hamm’s beer can, a vintage pacifier, a shoe heel and dozens of coins next to its vent (Sounds like a FUN night to me!). Live Science was able to put a date on the pacifier, creating a timeline for how long the items had been resting just below the surface.  A cinder block, a broken bottle, old signs and cigarette butts were also among the contents barfed up by the geyser.  Curators are reminding visitors not to use the springs as a trash can, as they can cause damage.

Google just announced a new feature for their Pixel phones.  It’s called “call screen.”  When you get a call, you can have a ROBOT answer it for you . . . it’ll transcribe what the person is saying . . . and then you can pick a reply for the robot to say to them.