THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 11/11/19

November 11th is the 315th day of the year. There are 50 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is National Sundae Day and Veterans Day

There are 17 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 44 days remaining until Xmas

The Word War II adventure Midway — starring Aaron Eckhart and Nick Jonas — was the No. 1 movie in North America over the weekend, earning $17.5 million.

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

1 Midway — $17.5 million
2 Doctor Sleep — $14.1 million
3 Playing With Fire — $12.8 million
4 Last Christmas — $11.6 million

The National Weather Service says 170 records could be broken between today and Wednesday for lowest temperatures on record in the U.S.. An Arctic blast is hitting the Plains and the Great Lakes.

This morning beginning at (6:35 AM CT) the planet Mercury will glide across the sun. You can’t see it with the naked eye — don’t try or you’ll damage your eyesight — but Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot for about five and a half hours. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory will post images and video in near real time.

Gold Emblem is selling limited-edition stuffing-seasoned almonds ahead of Thanksgiving. They are available at CVS 

Oreo will start selling two new flavors in January 2020 called Caramel Coconut and Chocolate Marshmallow.

Ben & Jerry’s is facing a lawsuit accusing the ice cream maker and its parent company of false advertising by saying the milk and cream in its products comes from “happy cows.”

A group of about 50 turkeys have been harassing the residents of an over-55 community in New Jersey.  People can’t get from their car to their front door without being attacked.  They say it sounds like a funny story, but it’s not funny if you live there.

Pat Sajak successfully underwent surgery to open a blocked intestine. [Apparently he has a “vowel” obstruction)

Here’s another story about a gender reveal gone wrong.  A pilot in Texas was recently hired to fly his crop-dusting plane over a gender reveal party and dump blue or pink water, but accidentally crashed the plane.  Fortunately, no one was killed. 

A new study asked 2,000 people to name the foods they secretly hate, but still eat because of tradition or just to be polite. 68% said there’s at least one classic Thanksgiving food they secretly dislike but eat anyway.  And the most popular answer was . . . canned cranberry sauce. Some people hate the taste, and some find the can shape revolting.  Almost 30% said they secretly dislike it, but still eat it if it’s served.  Here are the top five answers . . .

1.  Canned cranberry sauce.  29% hate it but eat it anyway.

2.  Green bean casserole, 24%.

3.  Sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole, 22%.

4.  Pumpkin pie, 21%.

5.  Turkey, 19%.  So almost 1 in 5 people secretly hate eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

The survey also found 23% of us have no interest in leftovers.

Here’s the first “word of the year” for 2019.  Collins Dictionary went with “climate strike” which is, quote, “a form of protest in which people absent themselves from education or work in order to join demonstrations demanding action to counter climate change.”