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Chewing Gum Day
Consumption of chewing gum/bubble gum in the U.S.
Most chewed flavor of chewing gum/bubble gum in the U.S.
Number of Americans who have chewed 16 or more pieces of chewing gum in the last 7 days
Orange Shirt Day
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day
International Blasphemy Rights Day
International Podcast Day
International Thunderbirds Day
International Translation Day
National Hot Mulled Cider Day
National Love People Day
National Mud Pack Day
National PrepareAthon! Day
National Women's Health and Fitness Day
The Time for Yoga
World School Milk Day
When they were first released, Q-tips were initially called 'Baby Gays.'
Q: 13% of guys say this is one of their fondest memories of growing up. What is it?
A: Shaving for the first time!
Food For Thought
Enjoy life today, because yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is never promised.
In 2006, William Shatner raised $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity by selling his kidney stone.
Let’s Link Up
LinkedIn averaged 8.7 million monthly visitors—or 27.1% of internet users—in Canada across all platforms, including the mobile app
17% of women have fallen asleep with a tissue in their hand.
A recent survey says that the main things we feel guilty about throwing away are greeting/birthday/anniversary cards.
Four in 10 Gen Z women have experienced a wake-up call during quarantine that made them realize what they want to pursue in life, according to new research. As 44% of respondents have experienced a wake-up call during this time, and a further 41% shared they’ve reevaluated their professional career goals because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On average, you'll have 3000 thoughts every day.
Disney is developing a follow-up to its 2019 photo-realistic remake of The Lion King with filmmaker Barry Jenkins attached to direct. The sequel will touch on the early years of Mufasa, who was originally voiced by James Earl Jones in the 2019 film and the animated film from 1994. Disney has not announced a release date or production start date for the sequel. It remains unknown if any of the cast from the 2019 film will be returning.
The new Saved By the Bell series will premiere on Peacock on Nov. 25, the streaming service said Tuesday. The sequel of the original 1989 sitcom of the same name about high school rivalry and friendships at California's Bayside High School will have a new twist, but also reprise some roles of the original cast. In the sequel to premiere on NBC Universal's Peacock streaming service, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, a main character as the student Zack Morris on the original, will now play Gov. Morris.
The new series also reprises the roles of Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively. Lopez's Slater, a high school jock in the original, is now the Bayside High gym teacher, and Berkley's Spano, a feminist, is now the guidance counselor.
Airline offering free flights to Orlando for people named Orlando
A budget airline is offering free flights in the month of October to central Florida-bound passengers who share the name of the city of Orlando. Frontier Airlines announced it partnered with Visit Orlando, the city's tourism authority, to offer free flights to Orlando between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 for anyone with the first or last name Orlando. The airline said passengers not named Orlando can buy tickets for the same period of time for discounted prices starting at $39. Applications for the free flights are being accepted through Oct. 5.
'Hocus Pocus'-themed wines arriving in time for Halloween
“Hocus Pocus”-inspired wine is here. Wine-maker Besa mi Vino teamed up with beverage and design shop Eliqs for the beverages which come in two varieties—a rosé and a white wine—with a 12.5% ABV. The Hocus Pocus rosé comes in cans that each feature a different witchy Sanderson sister, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, with punny takes on lines from the Halloween-themed film. The Winifred can, inspired by Bette Meddler’s character, reads: “I put a spell on you, and now you’re wine!” And a can inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character says, “My lucky rose! Just where I left it.” The rosé wine is said to be “bright and lightly bubbly with flavors of cherry, dried roses, and lychee.” The "Hocus Pocus"-inspired white wine is described as having “fragrant aromas with a smooth blend between dry and sweet on the palate.” Six-packs are $36, but fans may have to act fast -- the wines are already selling out.
Many US Adults Plan to Keep Digital Subscriptions They Started in March
Subscription services are still holding strong amid the pandemic. According to an April 2020 survey from The Harris Poll, many US adults said they plan to keep their music subscriptions (72%), exercise/fitness/wellness subscriptions (64%), and digital learning subscriptions (54%). News outlets are also seeing success, as 58% of US adults cited that they will maintain their subscription post-pandemic. The New York Times gained 669,000 digital subscribers in Q2 2020
Millions of shoppers believe being green is too expensive
Millions of shoppers believe being green is too expensive. A study of adults found 17 per cent think it costs more money to be sustainable, claiming they can’t afford to be more eco-conscious with their purchases. And 23 per cent think green produce is too expensive for most people. Shoppers are more likely to consider price, convenience and the brand ahead of whether a product is sustainable when deciding what to buy. As a result, just a third of adults consider themselves to be green, although 62 per cent said it has become more of a consideration during the past five years.
The study also found the average adult estimates 38 per cent of the groceries they purchase are eco-friendly – along with 23 per cent of gadgets and 32 per cent of clothes. And food is the main area in which they actively try to shop sustainably (55 per cent), ahead of clothing (31 per cent), cleaning products (26 per cent) and gardening supplies (18 per cent). But the amount of packaging used is also a hindrance with 81 per cent believing shop-bought items are ‘still’ over-packaged. Almost six in 10 (58 per cent) also said packaging influences their purchase decision, with 69 per cent consciously buying items which have less packaging – if there’s a choice. And 75 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, feel they would be ‘much more’ sustainable if more companies made their packaging eco-friendly.
The Quarantine Face
According to a poll from Neutrogena, a survey found that all of this uncertainty about the future has caused 67% of respondents to feel more stressed than ever before. And as women are experiencing increased stress levels, 27% shared their acne has increased along with it. Thirteen percent of women surveyed shared that quarantine was the first time they’ve experienced acne.
43% said the key to keeping their confidence up during quarantine was their skincare routine.
74% of respondents are reevaluating their skincare routines while they self-isolate.
The average Gen Z woman surveyed has tried seven new products during quarantine, specifically three new skincare products, two new acne-specific products and they’ve tried an average of two DIY-products.
The survey found that Gen Z women do tread lightly when trying new skincare products, however, as 59% shared their top concern when trying something new is whether it will actually do more harm than good and make their acne worse. Over half of women surveyed also shared they worry that they’ll have a bad reaction to the product and 51% worry the product will be a dud and not be as successful as they hoped.
TOP CONTRIBUTORS TO ACNE & BREAKOUTS DURING ISOLATION
1. Increased stress levels - 51%
2. Inconsistent sleep schedules - 43%
3. Hormonal changes related to my menstrual cycle - 43%
4. Change in diet - 38%
5. Use of protective face-coverings / masks - 37%
6. Uncertainty about my day-to-day routines - 30%
People's top five biggest gripes with new tech: according to a poll from musicMagpie’s Annual Phone Depreciation Report:
1. It’s overpriced
2. New charging cables no longer fitting old tech
3. It stops software updates on older devices
4. Having to upgrade other tech items to be compatible – for example, speakers
5. It leads to more e-waste
More than half of us are now officially ‘bored’ of trying to keep up with the latest releases and ‘must-have’ gadgets
More than half of us are now officially ‘bored’ of trying to keep up with the latest releases and ‘must-have’ gadgets, a survey has found.
Research found three quarters are no longer willing to pay ‘extortionate’ amounts for the newest tech when it’s released.
Eight in 10 don't like to feel pushed by manufacturers into moving with the times – opting instead to get their tech as and when they need it.
62 per cent feel their hands are often forced as they believe the lifespan of tech has become shorter and shorter.
88 per cent of adults think it's financially wasteful buying or upgrading to the latest smartphone the moment they’re released.
Three in 10 of the adults polled intend to spend less on smartphones and other forms of tech over the next two years.
73 per cent are happy to buy older models at a lower price, while nearly half are content to pick-up refurbished or second-hand tech items to reduce cost.
Eight in 10 adults believe new models often aren't noticeably different to older ones, while 71 per cent avoid newer types of tech because they believe there’s a tendency for them to have bugs initially.
And 42 per cent find it difficult to learn how to use new tech and would rather stick to what they’re familiar with.
Kids have said 'I'm bored' at least this many times a day since the pandemic began
The average parent has heard their child announce “I’m bored” six times per day since the beginning of quarantine, according to new research.
They’ve also dealt with five temper tantrums each day, as well as six “career-best” messes from their kids over the course of the past few months.
Eighty-four percent of parents said that they’ve allowed their child to have more screen time than usual during quarantine.
Eight in ten say their child has morphed into “a bit of a screen zombie.”
And while 69% are concerned that remote or hybrid schooling isn’t conducive to their child’s learning style, 78% agree they are optimistic that the time their child has spent at home gave them the opportunity to learn and experience things they might not have been able to in a classroom setting.
Seventy-seven percent of respondents agreed with the statement “I know my child is up to something when they are too quiet.”
Eighty-one percent of respondents say that, at least once during quarantine, their child has made an inexplicable thud or similar noise, followed by “It’s nothing!” or silence.
The average parent will wait seven minutes before investigating the noise.
Four in 10 parents actually say that their child's behavior has improved during quarantine.
The ways that parents and kids have gotten creative together just might have something to do with it.
Nearly half of respondents (48%) recreated an intended vacation destination at home through crafts, decorations, special food or other means.
Four in 10 have camped in the backyard as a family.
Thirty-seven percent have recreated summer camp activities at home, and 33% have recreated summer sports leagues or competitions at home as well.
On days when parents were home with their child since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve made them laugh seven times.
And 81% say they’ve bonded more with their child than they would have otherwise during this time.
TOP KID CREATIVITY IN QUARANTINE
1. Completed a painting or drawing (84%)
2. Completed a puzzle (81%)
3. Wrote a story (73%)
4. Built a pillow fort (73%)
5. Created an obstacle course or indoor game (72%)
6. Whipped up a concoction, edible or otherwise, in the kitchen (72%)
7. Performed a show for other family members (71%)
8. Completed the Mentos-in-soda experiment (65%)
9. Built a baking soda volcano (64%)
10. Disassembled an electronic device to modify or experiment with it (64%)
11. Made jewelry (61%)
According to MSN Poll:Time Travel
We're traveling back in time. What's your favorite '80s movie?
7%Terms of Endearment
29%Back to the Future
Now, let's talk music. Which '80s musician or band is your favorite?
Which fashion trend from the '80s should make a comeback?
73%None of the above, please
Which '80s TV show do you like the most?
What do you think is the greatest invention from the '80s?
Which famous person from the '80s would you most like to meet?
Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Try This Breathing Technique
One way to trick yourself into falling asleep fast is finding something to concentrate on other than how long you've been awake. For nights when your thoughts just won't stay quiet, try the 4-7-8 technique. According to Simplemost, the 4-7-8 breathing method is meant to combat anxiety, restlessness, and other enemies of a good night's sleep. The actual technique is simple: Just inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale for eight seconds. Like counting sheep, measuring out your breaths gives your brain something to do that isn't obsessing about your hectic day or the day ahead.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique functions as both a distraction from your thoughts and a way to combat any anxious sensations that may be keeping you awake.
Did You Know?
With birth rates plunging in South Korea, rural schools are running low on kids. In order to have more students, several schools have invited illiterate grandmas to the classroom, where they learn how to read and write.
Things of Interest
This One Thing Can Tell You If a Man Wants Love or Sex, Study Says
When it comes to dating, your potential partner's intentions are often shrouded in mystery. You may be wondering whether a man is interested in you as a potential relationship partner, or if instead, he's only interested in sex. The answer, scientists say, is simple and observable: what a man wants is all in the eyes. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, tracking a man's eye movements can reveal "whether love or lust is in the cards." They claim that in as little as a half a second, a person's brain makes a snap judgement about others as part of an "automatic attentional process" to biomarkers in that person's appearance. If the basis of a person's attraction is solely physical, their eye patterns should reveal that they spend more time stealing glances at their date's body. If instead they're interested in romantic love, they're likely to focus on their date's face.
Tel Aviv To Become First City With Electric Road That Charges Public Transportation
The construction of an electric road will make Tel Aviv the first city worldwide to institute the large-scale rollout of a technology that can charge vehicles as they drive.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in partnership with ElectReon and Dan Bus Company, has launched a pilot to install wireless electric roads for charging public transportation in the city.
The project will be carried out between Tel Aviv University Railway Station and Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv—a two-kilometer route including 600 meters of electric road.
According to a statement, the project will enable specially equipped electric buses, capable of being charged directly from under-road electric infrastructure, to travel on the route.
This means the buses won’t need expensive, heavy batteries. They won’t need to go to charging or gas stations. When traveling along the necessary infrastructure, they’ll actually have unlimited journey times.
This Day In Music
Today Is October 1
Bring Your Bible to School Day®
CD Player Day
Homemade Cookie Day
International Coffee Day
International Day of Older Persons
International Music Day
International Raccoon Appreciation Day
Less Than Perfect Day
Model T Day
National Black Dog Day
National BOOK It! Day
National Fire Pup Day
National Hair Day
National Lace Day
National Poetry Day (UK)
Native Women's Equal Pay Day
World Vegetarian Day
Nearly half of Americans have become at-home baristas during quarantine
Half of Americans have become “quaristas” during 2020, according to new research.
A survey of coffee drinkers revealed 49% of respondents have become at-home baristas during quarantine, using their time inside to develop their coffee-making skills.
Two-thirds (66%) of those have so much faith in their newfound talent, they plan to continue using their barista knowledge to make coffee in their own kitchen — even once the pandemic is over.
Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by the Mr. Coffee® brand ahead of International Coffee Day, the survey revealed the dedication it takes to get a perfect cup and the skills needed to make your favorite brew – cold or hot.
Seventy-six percent of respondents spent time perfecting their coffee drink of choice during quarantine — and, of those, the average respondent spent two hours and 10 minutes on the endeavor.
What were they working on? Results revealed 57% of respondents picked up a new coffee-related skill, and of those, 18% learned how to make iced coffee.
And in the process, many found iced coffee was harder to make at home than hot coffee (38% vs. 19%).
The top concern while making iced coffee at home was that it wouldn’t taste right (39%) — followed by it being too watered down (38%).
Twenty-eight percent thought it would end up too warm, and 21% believe it’s too much of a process to make iced coffee at home.
Still, some respondents love their iced caffeine, and 63% believe iced coffee season is year-round.
Other respondents focused on a hot cup adding new skills to their barista abilities.
Of those who picked up a new coffee-related skill (57%) — 25% learned how to use an espresso machine and another 20% learned how to use a traditional drip coffee machine.
And results found 42% of respondents would now consider themselves a “coffee connoisseur,” a slight increase from before quarantine began.
In addition to exploring the increase in at-home coffee making, the survey looked at what had been holding respondents back from making their own coffee prior to the pandemic.
Results found 38% of respondents said they had been ill-equipped to make coffee at home. Part of that is not having the right tools — results found 24% didn’t have the right equipment, while others worried it wouldn’t taste good (22%) or that they would mess it up (21%).
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