THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 10/14/20-

October 14th is the 288th day of the year. There are 78 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 43 days remaining until Thanksgiving

Today is .. National Dessert Day, National Fossil Day, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day, National Curves Day, National FRUMP Day, National Lowercase Day, National Stop Bullying Day and Be Bald & Be Free Day

— On this date in 2003, Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman became known as the scapegoat for the Cubs losing Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series to the Florida Marlins. This has become known as the Steve Bartman incident.

Starbucks is celebrating Halloween with a Candy Corn Frappuccino. It’s made with a pumpkin creme Frappuccino base, pumpkin sauce, caramel drizzle and whipped cream.

Kraft Heinz just launched a three-pack of games based on Kraft Mac and Cheese . . . Heinz Ketchup . . . and Jell-O.  The first two are dice games and the third is a card slapping game.  And their game boxes look like the food packaging. The three-pack of games is being sold exclusively at Target for $20.  So buy it for someone this Christmas to get that coveted, “Hmm, thanks, I guess?” reaction. 

Volvo has patented a sliding steering wheel that moves across the dashboard and can be placed on the left side, in the middle or the right of the car.

A mom did a taste test challenge with her four-year-old son, probably because he gave a thumbs-up to the strangest stuff . . . like pickled beets, cottage cheese, olives, raw onion, and kippered herring.  The few things he didn’t like included horseradish and balsamic vinegar.  

Someone used Google Trends data to find the horror movie that each state searched for more than any other state.  Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” showed up four times, more than any other film.  Oregon is the state that’s MOST interested in horror movies, while Florida is the LEAST. Minnesota searched for “Psycho” the most and in according to this survey the movie that Wisconsin searches for the most is: “The Love Witch.” (?!?!?)

A new study found the most disproportionately popular Halloween costume in every state. They used Google data to figure out what costume people were searching for WAY MORE than average in a particular state. The results include things like “mermaid” in the aquatic paradise of South Dakota . . . “1980s” in Florida and New York . . “Ninja Turtles” in Arizona, Minnesota, and Indiana . . . and “Carole Baskin” in Utah and Connecticut. In Wisconsin it’s “Cobra Kai.”

A recent survey for Halloween found about half of us like candy corn, and half don’t.  Older people are slightly more likely to enjoy it than younger people.

Walking at least six miles a week may be one thing people can do to keep their brains from shrinking and fight off dementia. A study of nearly 300 people who kept track of how much they walked each week showed that those who walked at least six miles had less age-related brain shrinkage than people who walked less.

According to a survey, 18% of parents allow their kids to use technology at the dinner table. 

Tonight’s Billboard Music Awards will take place at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. There will not be a live audience because of the coronavirus. Kelly Clarkson is hosting the show for the third consecutive year.

”Coming to America 2” is going to premiere on Amazon Prime on December 18th. Amazon bought the film for $125 million.