THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 10/26/20-

October 26th is the 300th day of the year. There are 66 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 60 days remaining until Xmas

Today is .. National Pumpkin Day, Howl at The Moon Day, Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, National Mincemeat Pie Day and National Mule Day

— On this date in 1858, the washing machine was invented

Sales of Barbie dolls have jumped by 29% during the pandemic.

Hormel is now selling Ranch dressing-flavored thick-cut bacon. It’s available at Walmart 

The newest random pumpkin-flavored product on sale now is . . . PUMPKIN PIE MILK.  It’s made by the convenience store chain Rutter’s that’s mainly in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.  There’s no word on how it tastes.

Heinz just created “TOMATO BLOOD” ketchup . . . which is just regular ketchup in a vampire-themed bottle.  And they’re giving out 570 bottles this week.  You can win one by submitting a TikTok video featuring you and a regular bottle of Heinz ketchup. 

While you might think delicious-looking food is pretty harmless, a review of studies suggests you’ve got it all wrong. Turns out regular exposure to virtual foods could encourage you to feast regardless of your actual hunger level. Spend too much time scrolling through a food-heavy Instagram feed and you could end up eating excess calories that contribute to weight gain.

Washington state has destroyed the first murder hornet nest it found, which included vacuuming several giant murder hornets out of it. 

Oreo has built a secure vault on permafrost in Norway to keep some cookies secure if an asteroid hits the planet.  This is a marketing stunt, by the way, not some serious move to protect Oreos. 

A guy broke into a house in Oregon and the cops found him walking down the highway with a stolen gallon of milk and can of beets.

Instead of Halloween decorations, a guy in Nashville put a big sign in his front yard that says “2020.”  And he put another sign next to it that says, “It was the scariest thing I could think of.”

“Silence of the Lambs” tops a list of movies with the most evil basements.  It’s followed by “Get Out”, a 1978 movie called “The Evil”, “Psycho”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. 

An 18-year-old guy in Germany was busted trying to break into a prison to win back his ex-girlfriend who had dumped him by phone.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 10/22/20-

October 22nd is the 296th day of the year. There are 70 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is .. National Nut Day, Eat a Pretzel Day, National Make a Dog’s Day and National Scar Appreciation Day

06There are 10 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends

— On this date in 1797, the world’s first parachute jump took place

Mountain Dew is more than a soda — it’s also a candle. The Mountain Dew-scented candle comes from Etsy shop 716 Candle Co. The candle comes in an upcycled Mountain Dew can.

Burger King restaurants in Canada are bringing back cheesy tots for a limited time.

Last year, Kellogg’s released an Elf on the Shelf cereal.  And apparently people like the idea of eating a creepy toy elf . . . because the cereal was popular enough that they’re bringing it back this year AND making a second flavor. The original flavor is sugar cookie-flavored cereal pieces with marshmallows.  This new flavor is candy cane cookie-flavored pieces with marshmallows. The new version is going on sale right now exclusively at Walmart.  The original flavor should be available everywhere. 

Jack in the Box restaurants are offering free chicken-scented coronavirus masks. The masks are free and available on the restaurant’s website starting tomorrow. Jack in the Box created the mask to promote their new Unchicken Sandwich.

Babycenter.com just released its report on the most popular baby names of the year.  The top name for girls is Sophia . . . the top name for boys is Liam . . . and the name “Karen” is down 13% in popularity. 

Pre-orders for the new electric Hummer, which costs $113,000, sold out in 10 minutes. The Hummer will be available starting in the Fall of 2021.

The average person takes just 38 seconds to judge your home — and they will notice if you have vacuumed, if your windows are dirty, and if there is a ‘funny smell’.

A man in China was so desperate to escape the constant fighting between his girlfriend and ex-wife that he robbed a store to deliberately get himself arrested.

25% of people say they’ve already FINISHED their holiday shopping for the year, according to a new survey.  48% of people say they haven’t started their shopping yet.

Paramount+ is turning Jennifer Beals’ Flashdance movie into a TV series. The movie will follow an exotic dancer, who wants to become a ballet dancer.

The famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is going to take place outdoors this Spring because of the coronavirus. The dogs will still perform, but with social distancing guidelines 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 10/21/20-

October 21st is the 295th day of the year. There are 71 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 10 days remaining until Halloween

There are 65 days remaining until Xmas

Today is .. International Day of the Nacho, National Apple Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, Back to the Future Day (Back to the Future Day is celebrated on October 21st. In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly travels to October 21, 2015, to save his children), Garbanzo Bean Day, Reptile Awareness Day, National Check Your Meds Day and Love Your Body Day

— On this date in 1985, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, a 325-pound offensive lineman, ran for a touchdown as the Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 23-7 on Monday Night Football. Perry soon became a national folk hero.

— On this date in 1991, Captain Kangaroo was inducted into the Navy as an Admiral

Butterball Turkey says 26% of people are planning to host a Thanksgiving dinner this year. That’s down from 30% during a typical year.

Darth Vader being Luke’s dad tops a list of the best TV and movie plot twists.  It’s followed by the Red Wedding from “Game of Thrones” and Bruce Willis being dead in “The Sixth Sense”.

Dim romantic lighting can actually make food taste WORSE, according to a new study.  The researchers say it’s because food is really a “multisensory” experience . . . so it helps you enjoy your food if you can really SEE it.

Did you know your weight can fluctuate by as much as five or six pounds a day?  Studies show we tend to be at our lowest weight on Friday mornings, and our heaviest on Sunday nights.  If you want your most accurate weight, you should weigh yourself on a Wednesday. 

A restaurant in Budapest, Hungary is socially distancing by serving meals on a ferris wheel. The Costes restaurant  recently offered a four-star dinner on the wheel. The meal cost $155. The dinner sold out.

According to a new survey by Dating.com, almost three-quarters of people say FUNNY costumes are the most attractive.  The distant runners up were “cute” costumes and scary costumes. More than half of people say POLITICAL costumes are the least attractive. The survey also found about one in five single people use a picture of them in a Halloween costume as one of the pictures on their online dating profiles. 

In honor of the spookiest month of the year, Americans were asked (by YouGov) about their belief in various paranormal entities. Turns out more than four in 10 Americans believe that ghosts, demons, and other supernatural beings do exist.… More than one-third of Americans (36%) say that they have personally felt the presence of a spirit or ghost. Women (41%) are more likely than men (31%) to say that this has happened to them.

The Fast and the Furious franchise is going to end with the 11th film.

A town called Asbestos in Quebec, Canada has voted to change its name.  It will be called Val-des-Sources, which means Valley of the Springs.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 10/20/20-

October 20th is the 294th day of the year. There are 72 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 11 days remaining until Halloween

There are 12 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends

Today is .. International Sloth Day, World Osteoporosis Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, National Flex Day, National Eggo Day and National Suspenders Day

Walmart is going to start selling a party-size Twinkie on November 1st. The baking kit contains a cake mix, a cream filling mix, a baking pan and instructions. It costs $15 and is the size of a large Swiss Roll 

A study found that babies born in the summer grow up to be healthier adults

A Chicago company called Ghost Express is mailing ghosts and spirits to people for Halloween. Matt Jakubowsky founded the company in 2018. He charges $9.99 plus shipping to send a ghost, a relic he’s collected from a haunted house, and a card describing what type of ghost is in the package. Relics include jewelry, children’s toys, keys and teeth.

A survey of adults reveals that the average person feels “perfectly healthy” less than half the year. The average adult enjoys just 12 days each month without suffering from any aches or pains. That equates to 144 days, or about 39% of the year.

Only 46% of people say they’ll definitely go back to shaking hands once the pandemic is over.  26% will not, and the rest aren’t sure.

David Bush, of Idaho, recently set a new Guinness World Record when he ran for 29 miles while juggling. David holds more than 150 world records.

There’s a Blockbuster in Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada that shut down in 2011 but still has all the signs up and looks like a regular Blockbuster.  So now there’s a petition going around to preserve it forever as a MUSEUM.

Someone studied the heart rates of people watching dozens of horror movies, and they determined that “Sinister” from 2012 is the scariest horror movie of all time.  It’s followed by “Insidious” and “The Conjuring”.  

Disney+ may do a Darth Vader TV series. The show would delve into the world of the Sith Order and would be set after ”A New Hope.” Hayden Christensen may star on the show 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 10/19/20-

October 19th is the 293rd day of the year. There are 73 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 15 days remaining until Election Day

Today is .. National Seafood Bisque Day, Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day, International Gin & Tonic Day, Slow Down/Move Over Day, Dress Like a Dork Day

— On this date in 1959, The first discothque opened

Here are this past weekend’s box office results:
1 Honest Thief … $3.7 million
2 The War With Grandpa …. $2.5 million

Coca-Cola announced it’s discontinuing Tab cola 57 years after it debuted in 1963.  Here’s the old jingle they used in the 1970s when it was marketed as a low-calorie drink for “beautiful people.”

Burger King restaurants i
n Germany are selling an Oktoberfest Burger. The beef patty is topped with a Bavarian-style cheese spread, pickles, onions and mustard. It is served on a sesame seed bun 

Starbucks is celebrating Halloween with a Scarecrow Frappuccino. It’s made with a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino base, two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup and a light mocha drizzle 

A new study looked into Google data to figure out what people in every state FEAR the most right now.  And overall, the most common fear in the country is . . . anthropophobia, which is a fear of other people.  It’s up 500% from last year. In Minnesota it is The Fear of Being Alone. And in Wisconsin it is the Fear of Spiders.

The average kid born today will be more tech-savvy than their parents by the time they turn 10, according to a new study. 

While no country has a definite plan for a manned mission to Mars, some people think we’ve already been there. A survey found 7 percent of adults think man has already stepped foot on Mars.

Sales of pinball machines are up during the pandemic, because people have been stuck at home with nothing to do.  One company in Illinois that makes them says it’s sold five times more than usual.

A paralyzed man in Russia jumped into the ocean to save a guy in the water.  And it turned out he was paralyzed when he jumped in that same ocean 13 years ago to save someone else who was drowning. 

Two parents in Europe named their baby “Twifia,” after an Internet provider called Twifi . . . because the company was promising free Internet service for 18 years for anyone who did that. 

Consumers are looking to add another freezer to their household because of the second wave of the coronavirus. Shoppers are hitting stores for canned goods, pasta, baked goods, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, frozen dinners, frozen pizzas, beer, liquor and wine 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 10/15/20-

October 15th is the 289th day of the year. There are 77 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 16 days remaining until Halloween

Today is .. National Mushroom Day, National Grouch Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, National Cheese Curd Day, National Pug Day, Sewing Lovers Day, Global Handwashing Day and National Lemon Bar Day

— On this date in 1951, I Love Lucy premiered

Starbucks is celebrating Halloween by adding a Chucky (Child’s Play) Frappuccino to its secret menu. The drink is made with a white mocha Frappuccino base, strawberry puree, pumpkin spice and whipped cream.

Coffee Mate has created an M&M’s-flavored coffee creamer. The new creamer will hit store shelves in January 2021 

The grocery store chain Wegmans is selling an ice cream called Friendsgiving.  It’s an almond ice cream with blackberry and sugar cookie dough.

A brewery in Texas has released a beer that’s flavored with Buffalo wing sauce.

Walmart is going to hold THREE Black Friday sales in stores this year.  One on November 7th and one on November 14th, which are both Saturdays . . . and one on Black Friday itself on November 27th. 

If you ordered a bunch of stuff off Amazon for its Prime Days this week, it’s going to come in some new boxes . . . that can do tricks. The boxes have the outline of a pumpkin on them.  You draw a face on the pumpkin, then hold up a special app . . . and the pumpkin you drew will “come to life” through augmented reality. Amazon says they’re doing it because it’s a, quote, “low-cost way for customers to celebrate . . . and reuse boxes before dropping them in the recycling bin.” 

An Ikea in Spain held a contest where people could pick the name for the street next to the store . . . and the winner was I’m Missing a Screw Street.

Have you spent time fixing up your home during the pandemic?  A guy in upstate New York was working on his house this month, and found a bunch of 100-year-old whiskey hidden in the walls.  The bottles date back to 1923.  He said he’d heard that a bootlegger used to own the house, but thought it was just a rumor.  It’s not clear how much the whiskey might be worth.

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.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 10/13/20-

October 13th is the 287th day of the year. There are 79 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is … National M&M Day, National Train Your Brain Day, International Skeptics Day, Navy’s Birthday, Treat Yo’ Self Day, National “That’s What She Said” Day and Silly Sayings Day

There are 45 days remaining until Black Friday

— On this date in 2008, In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer had time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all.

Dunkin Donuts is celebrating Halloween with a Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut. It comes with strawberry icing for dipping. The donut goes on sale tomorrow 

McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong are adding vegan Spam to their menus. The Spam will be used in breakfast dishes, burgers and pasta.

Shoppers are expected to spend $10 billion today and tomorrow on Amazon’s Prime Day sales. Over $6 billion will be spent in the U.S. alone.

A rare 14 karat purple-pink diamond is expected to be auctioned off for $38 million on November 11th. The diamond was cut from the largest pink crystal ever found in Russia.

A new study debunked an old theory that couples start to look more alike over time.  But it did find couples look alike at the beginning . . . because we’re naturally drawn to people with similar facial features. 

Livability.com just released its annual list of the best cities to live in based on things like safety, affordability, the job market, outdoor activities, and growth.  And here are the top 10 . . .

1.  Fort Collins, Colorado

2.  Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.  Madison, Wisconsin

4.  Portland, Maine

5.  Rochester, Minnesota

6.  Asheville, North Carolina

7.  Overland Park, Kansas

8.  Fargo, North Dakota

9.  Durham, North Carolina

10.  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

A guy is suing Caribbean Airlines after he said someone there planted cocaine in his suitcase for his flight from Guyana to the U.S. 

Here’s a study that didn’t need to be done: Parents with kids under the age of 18 start their day earlier than non-parents. A majority of parents with children under 18 wake up by 6AM (56%), compared with 37 percent of non-parents.

The NHL has discussed starting the opening of next season with an outdoor game on Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. The outdoor game would lessen the chances of any coronavirus spread

A website analyzed all of the car tattoos on Instagram to figure out which brands and models are the most common.  The top brands people get tattooed on themselves are Volkswagen and Jeep . . . and the top models are the Chevy Impala and DMC DeLorean.

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.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 10/09/20-

October 9th is the 283rd day of the year. There are 83 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is World Egg Day, International Beer & Pizza Day, Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day, National Moldy Cheese Day, National Haunted House Day, Scrubs Day & National Sneakers Day

There are 25 days remaining until Election Day

— On this date in 1946, the first electric blanket was sold for $39.50

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Starbucks is celebrating Halloween with a ‘Carrie’ Frappuccino. The drink is inspired by the 1976 horror film starring John Travolta and Sissy Spacek. It’s made with a vanilla bean Frappuccino, raspberry syrup, strawberry puree and whipped cream.

The Taco Cabana restaurant chain is cashing in on the pumpkin spice craze by serving a frozen pumpkin spice margarita 

KFC is releasing a new dipping sauce that looks like a creamy barbecue sauce.

A new study found humans are better at remembering where junk food is stored than healthy food.  Possibly because we evolved to prioritize high-calorie foods so we wouldn’t starve.

Stores around the country are stocking up on smaller Thanksgiving turkeys this year because of the pandemic.  They expect a lot more smaller gatherings with fewer people around the table.

Half Christmas Trees have become a hot seller this Fall. People are buying the trees because they cost less and require less effort to decorate. The average Half Christmas Tree costs $40. A product description for one half tree reads,   “This may look like a regular Christmas tree, but it’s been cleverly designed so that one side is completely flat, so no matter how limited your space might be, you and your family can still enjoy the magic of having a tree in your home. It also means you don’t have to worry about any of your favourite decorations being out of sight at the back!”

There’s a new challenge going viral on TikTok right now that’s called “my place versus his place.”  Women are filming their nice, clean places . . . then filming the horrors of their boyfriends’ places.

A new study tried to figure out the most stressed out city in every state. They based the pick on five factors:  Unemployment . . . average hours worked . . . commute times . . . income-to-home-price ratio . . . and the percent of the population that doesn’t have insurance. Based on all of that, the most stressed city in the country is . . . Mead Valley, California, which is located in between Los Angeles and San Diego. In Minnesota the most stressed city is Minneapolis…In Wisconsin it’s Whitwater.

Best Buy is going to kick off their Black Friday sale next Tuesday. They will be offering televisions at $200 off and laptops starting at $120. Tuesday, October 13th is also Amazon Prime Day.

”The Walking Dead” season 10 finale was only watched by 2.7 million viewers last Sunday. That’s the lowest ratings number ever in Walking Dead history.