THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 10/12/20-

October 12th is the 286th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 20 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends

Today is Columbus Day, National Pulled Pork Day, National Gumbo Day, National Farmers Day, Thanksgiving Canada, National Kick-Butt Day, National Hug A Bassist Day, International Moment of Frustration Scream Day and Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is Columbus Day, and a new survey found 32% of people say Christopher Columbus is more of a hero and 40% say he’s more of a villain.

Here are this past weekend’s box office results. The War With Grandpa—$3.6 million. The movie cost $24 million to make.

You would think Monday would rank number one as the most miserable day of the week, but it’s not. Turns out it’s Tuesday. Researchers at the London School of Economics monitored the moodswings of roughly 22,000 people and found the second workday of the week is our least favorite. Over a two-month period volunteers registered their state of mind with the help of an iPhone app. Researchers think that on Monday the weekend has not quite worn off. But by Tuesday we are well into the working week and the following weekend is not yet in sight.

If you’ve been on the lookout for the perfect late night snack, researchers (Florida State University) say that cottage cheese before bed has a positive effect on the metabolism and overall health, helps promote muscle recovery, and doesn’t result in any body fat gains. If cottage cheese isn’t exactly your snack of choice, the study’s authors say any helping of 30 grams of protein about a half hour before turning in for the night should do the trick.

Hugging cows and hanging out with them is the hot new health trend.  Their body temperature is a little higher than ours, their heart rate is lower, and they’re really docile.  So people pay to go to farms and hang out with them, or just lean on them and take a nap.

Do you have more trouble waking up in the winter?  According to a new study, it’s not your fault . . . the researchers found it’s harder to get our brains to wake up and activate when it’s cold outside. Basically, they found the parts of our brain that are normally activated by daylight in the morning get shut back down by the cold . . . so it takes a lot of extra effort to wake up and get out of bed. 

A woman in Chicago took the bar exam while she was in labor . . . gave birth . . . then finished her test.

A bride is going viral for her plan to have seven first dances at her wedding, including costume changes, hoverboards, and roller skates.

Police in China arrested a man who used his chainsaw to cut a hole in his boss’ office door and then destroy his furniture. The disgruntled employee managed to buzz through the desk, an armchair, a coffee table and a lamp before police arrived.

Dollar General is opening a new chain called Popshelf where everything is going to be less than five dollars. Most of the stores will open in 2021 and will compete with Five Below.

Versace is selling a $250 pool float. The inner tube is black and gold and is sold out on Versace’s website. Fashion Week Daily writes: “Because those flamingo pool floats that were all over Instagram last Summer are très basic.”

The Lakers won their 17th NBA title last night by beating the Miami Heat 106-93. The team has postponed their victory parade until after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Vanessa Bryant tweeted:  “Go Lakers! Congratulations Uncle P [Rob Pelinka, Kobe’s former agent and current Lakers VP]. Congrationations @lakers. Kobe was top, RP! ‘Stay the course, Blockout the Noise.’ Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”

Broadway shows have been postponed until May 2021 due to the coronavirus.