I found some really cool info on Halloween while surfing the web. So...tell me...Did 'ja know?!?!....
1. Hope you have enough candy!
In 2010 there were an estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14.
2. That's a lot of pies.
More than 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were grown last year in major pumpkin-producing states. Illinois led the way with an estimated 427 million pounds of jack-o-lanterns.
3. It's great to be a dentist.
The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010 was 24.7 pounds.
4. That's the spirit!
According to a recent survey, in 2011, 43.9 percent of Americans plan to dress in costume, 34.3 percent will throw or attend a party and nearly 23 percent plan to visit a haunted house. Another 49.5 percent will decorate their home or yard, 47.8 percent will decorate a pumpkin, and 73.5 percent will hand out candy.
5. How did they carve that?
Believe it or not, the first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
6. Poor Thanksgiving.
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will shell out $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy in 2011, up from $66.28 last year.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
9. Talk about your wet blanket.
Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.
10. Want to see a witch?
According to an old tradition, if you want to see a witch on Hallloween, put your clothes on inside out and then walk backwards.
I'd like you to look at this number from a calculation I did today....
This number, experts say is possibly the most inefficient misuse of personal energy our generation has ever known...
So much so, that many individuals and even corporations are saying THIS number is way too high and must be stopped.
If you are still reading this and are wondering "what the heck is Chuck drinking?", well, if you must know...I am drinking water, no ice...straight up.
This number came from a business consultant's equation, in which, I tallied my email over the past year.
It is also a number that those same consultants are saying is the reason "business" is losing efficiency....
TOO MUCH EMAIL AND NOT ENOUGH TALKING!
So, what is 7.1787234? That is the average number of emails I got per day over the last advertised calendar year when I began this research...FROM ONE PERSON. YES! ONE PERSON.
Now, while this number or 'public outing' is by no means meant to impugn or defame this person, here is why email is slowing the world down....
EACH RESPONSE TAKES AN AVERAGE OF 3.2 minutes to respond to, and, experts say it takes an employee almost 70 seconds to be able to refocus on the present task at hand after the email.
So for each email, the cost to the company was nearly 20 minutes of time that could have been communicated in less than 5 minutes of 'face to face' time. IT’S EVEN HARD TO EXPLAIN, PEOPLE...LOOK AT THE FACTS!
â¨â¨Yes, it's true, and experts in the fields of communication like (and you may have heard of these guys) FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and many others call email "the great productivity burglar" of today's business world.
So, what's the solution? That's part 2.....meantime, if you care to do your own research, here is how I came to that number.
Sort and count by "sender" (using OUTLOOK or another email client) the number of emails one particular person sent you in the last WORKING (example: Monday through Friday) calendar year, and minus your vacation and company holidays from that number.
The numbers I got were:
PERSON X: 1687 emails
WORKING DAYS: 235
Divide emails by working days and that is how many emails any given person sends you a day. ...and this is ONLY Monday through Friday without counting vacation or company holidays...WOW! To send 1687 emails averaged 7.17 emails a day! When did they eat?!?!
In part two, which is coming up, you’ll be amazed at what many companies the world over are doing to stop this inefficient use of communication, get people talking, and more importantly, working towards DOMINATING in each of their respective fields.
GOOD MORNING! Long time - no blog. I know...I apologize!! More blogs to come soon. I promise.
Just wanted to let yo uknow about a SUPER AWESOME event happening this Sunday in Virginia Beach. It is the 34th Annual VBSPCA Walk for the Animals. Its a great community event - fun for the entire family! And best of all - PETS ARE ALOWED!! I will be there from 10AM-12PM and you can register to win an amazing gift basket full of goodies from Chef Michael's. VBSPCA will also host the 1st ever PUPCAKE 5K RUN! We will also have costume contests, games, vendors & treats for the kids! I hope you can join me. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. The event is Sunday at 31st Street Neptune's Park in VB. See ya there!! I am bringing my family. Husband McCoy. Daughter Maggie. Dog Murphy. Have a GREAT Thursday!!!!
Sean "Diddy" Combs was a passenger in an SUV that was hit by a Lexus sedan in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He complained of pain, but did not go to a hospital. Photos showed him lying on grass. He made no mention of the accident on his Twitter account.
Bobby Brown arrested in Los Angeles; DUI suspicion
Bobby Brown has been arrested on a DUI for the second time this year. His car was stopped in the Topanga area of Los Angeles around 1 a.m. Wednesday. He was booked at the Van Nuys jail and released. He was also arrested in March. He checked into rehab in Aug.
Swift, Minaj to perform at American Music Awards
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the American Music Awards Nov. 18. All are also up for awards. Minaj and Rihanna have 4 nominations each. Fans can pick the winners by voting online. Christina Aguilera will also perform at the Nokia Theatre.
Tayor Swift talks to Katie Couric about love life
Taylor Swift on Wednesday chatted with Katie Couric. She admits, "I don't really know that much about love, it turns out." She previously dated Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer. She’s now with Conor Kennedy. The episode of Katie airs Friday. She’s on Ellen’s show today.
Justin Bieber, Oprah chat, then hit the town
Justin Bieber has hit a record 3 billion page views on his YouTube page. His “Believe” tour is #1 in the world. Tuesday night, he and Oprah Winfrey met in a restaurant in Chicago, then went shopping at a Ralph Lauren store. His Oprah’s Next Chapter episode airs Nov 25.
Jessica Simpson's parents separate
Tina and Joe Simpson, the parents of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, have separated and plan to divorce. The couple has been married 35 years. Their rep said it is an amicable split and there is no third party involved: “The family appreciates your respect for their privacy.”
Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson top-earning dead celebrities
They may be 6 feet under, but they're still raking in more than six figures. The past year's highest-earning eternally resting star: Elizabeth Taylor, who earned $210 million thanks to auctions of her jewels, costumes and art. Michael Jackson pulled in $145 million.
Cruise files $50M suit against magazine publisher
Tom Cruise has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Life & Style magazine. Articles claimed he abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Cruise's attorney called the accusations a "vicious lie." Cruise said "sleaze peddlers" are trying to make money on them.
Alicia Keys launches storytelling app for kids
Alicia Keys is launching an app for kids. The app is loosely based on her relationship with her wise grandmother. Keys produced music for the interactive app, which will be released today for $3.99. It allows users to read books, play music and write in a journal.
Alicia Keys Buys Eddie Murphy's New Jersey Home
Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz have an exclusive new address. They have purchased Eddie Murphy's Bubble Hill estate in New Jersey for $12 million. They are still trying to sell the New York City pad they bought from Lenny Kravitz in 2010.
Wyclef Jean To Open His Own New York Club
Rapper Wyclef Jean is planning to launch his own restaurant and club in New York next year. It will be called “The Refugee Lounge." The former Fugees star wants fans of all cultures to gather to have a good time and “enjoy good food, music and vibe.”
Kanye West inspired Kim Kardashian's energetic perfume
Kanye West had a huge influence on girlfriend Kim Kardashian's new perfume 'Glam.' Her previous perfume 'True Reflection' came out after her split from Kris Humphries. Kim and Kanye have been dating for around 8 months. She says life with him is perfect.
Jessica Biel legally changing last name to Timberlake
Jessica Biel is legally changing her last name to Timberlake. She will continue to use Biel professionally. She and Justin Timberlake married in Italy last Friday. The couple presented their guests with lavish hampers containing locally made olive oil, bread and fine wine.
Justin Timberlake ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Justin Timberlake has rescheduled his trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He had to cancel it two years ago due to a movie commitment. He and new wife Jessica Biel are on their honeymoon. The climb is to bring attention to unsafe drinking water in developing countries.
Lil Wayne: I've recorded 90 tracks with Dr. Dre
Lil Wayne has recorded 90 unreleased songs with Dr. Dre. He doesn't know when they will be released. Wayne is preparing for the release of his 10th solo album, 'I Am Not a Human Being II' in December. Kanye West is included in the album.
Britney Spears’ father allegedly threatened to kill ex-manager
Britney Spears’ father allegedly threatened to kill her former associate Sam Lutfi before assaulting him. Lutfi is giving evidence in his defamation and breach of contract lawsuit. Britney's lawyer argued Sam was never legally her manager and has no grounds to sue.
'Pulp Fiction' headed back to theaters
Quentin Tarantino's classic crime dramas "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" will be screened in select theaters one night this December. Each showing includes a special feature about his career. His next film, "Django Unchained," will be released Dec. 25.
Snoop Dogg stops swearing
Snoop Dogg has toned down his explicit lyrics for his new reggae album, 'Reincarnated.' He is hoping to spread a new message of positivity with his music. ''As an older man, I have to speak on things that make a difference - using my power the right way to say something.''
Melissa Rycroft was hospitalized Sunday after suffering head and neck injuries while rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars. Her dance partner is Tony Dovolani. Doctors will decide today if she can compete tonight. She is one of 8 remaining contestants.
Adele gives birth to baby boy, details kept private
Adele is no doubt singing lullabies these days: The Grammy Award-winning singer is a new mom. The baby boy is the first child for Adele, and the second for boyfriend Simon Konecki, who has a 5-year-old daughter. The baby was born Friday.
Donald Trump's Son Welcomes Fourth Child
Donald Trump is a grandfather again after his oldest son welcomed a fourth child. Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa gave birth Sunday, a year after son Tristan Milos was born Oct 2 of 2011. The couple is also parents to daughter Kai Madison and Donald John Trump III.
Chris Brown launches new website with Rihanna at his side
Chris Brown and Rihanna enjoyed a romantic date at the launch party of his new website “Qubeey” Saturday night. They kissed & shared drinks at Playhouse nightclub in Beverly Hills. Friends close to the couple insist they are taking their relationship slowly.
Tom Hanks a surprise 'Saturday Night Live'
Tom Hanks wasn't the host of this week's "Saturday Night Live," but he dropped by for a special guest appearance anyway. He turned up near the tail end of the overly long Presidential debate sketch that opened the show. His new film "Cloud Atlas" opens Friday.
Lindsay Lohan's dad says he tried to surprise her with an intervention
Lindsay Lohan apparently got an unwanted knock at the door Friday. Dad Michael Lohan attempted to stage an intervention. He was worried she had relapsed. She failed to show up for postproduction work on "The Canyons." He was turned away.
Lea Michele starts recording new pop album
Lea Michele of "Glee" has started work on her first solo album. The Bronx native took to Twitter Friday to tell fans about the new album, though she's keeping mum on the details. She’s recording in the studio next to "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato. It will be a pop album.
President Obama gives Jay-Z parenting advice
Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but getting parenting advice isn't one. During a radio interview in Cleveland, the president passed along his own advice: “Help out. Don’t leave it all with the mom and mother-in-law." The couple recently hosted a campaign event for him.
Travis Barker wrongly accused of being in a gang because of his tattoos
Travis Barker believes his tattoos make police suspicious of him. Last Wednesday, he was pulled for not having a front license plate. The officer asked if he was a gang member. His car was searched. He was given a ticket, then released. It’s the 2nd time he was asked.
Madonna Upsets Colorado Fans Through Gun Use in Concert
Madonna used guns during a performance Thursday in a concert in Colorado. The state has endured a mass shooting at a local theater, and the unsolved slaying of a 10-year-old girl. The song "Gang Bang" includes the shooting of a man and blood spattering on a screen.
Halle Berry Almost Re-broke Foot On Cloud Atlas Set
Halle Berry almost re-broke her foot a day after getting her cast off. She slipped on a wet rock in a river while shooting new movie Cloud Atlas. She broke a bone in the foot earlier this year when she tripped in a house she was renting in Spain. She completed the scene.
Rascal Flatts Celebrate 7 Million Concert Tickets Sold
Rascal Flatts was honored at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry Friday night. They were presented with a commemorative ticket to celebrate seven million tickets sold since they became a headlining act in 2004. Their first charting hit was "Prayin' For Daylight" in 2000.
Pippa Middleton Opens Up About Fame Struggle
Pippa Middleton has opened up about her life in the spotlight. She’s still struggling to "make sense" of her new-found fame. She wrote in her new book she’s famous for “my sister, my brother-in-law and my bottom.” Her part-planning book is out Oct 30.
Christina Aguilera Going Country With The Voice Co-star Blake Shelton
Christina Aguilera has teamed up with Blake Shelton to record a new track for her upcoming album. “Just A Fool” will be featured on her seventh studio album, Lotus. Last year she paired up with Adam Levine on “Moves Like Jagger.” Cee Lo Green also duets on Lotus.
Dolly Parton Eyeing A Spot On The Voice
Dolly Parton is eager to land a job on The Voice. She turned down offers to be a judge on American Idol and The X Factor. She would jump at the chance to coach acts on the rival series. She said, “You don't have to judge that much and I hesitate to judge people.”
Emma Roberts Accidentally Doused In Champagne At Publicity Event
Emma Roberts was doused in champagne by a clumsy partygoer at a fashion event in NYC last Thursday. She was promoting the launch of her new Emma shades at the Sunglass Hut. An attendee tripped over a lighting chord. Emma dried herself off, then posed for pictures.
James Blunt Eyes Career Break
Singer James Blunt is eyeing a career hiatus. He recently wrapped up a world tour. He has spent several weeks on a Spanish party island with his girlfriend of 9 months, model Sofia Wellesley. He says this summer was the first he has taken off in seven years.
Michael Buble Gets Cold Feet At Ice Charity Hockey Game
Michael Buble backed out of a charity hockey game in his native British Columbia last week. He was to lace up skates and hit the rink with the Vancouver Canucks as part of a benefit game. He pulled out at the last minute. He donated $100,000 to the spotlighted charities.
Bristol Palin and dance partner Mark Ballas were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" last night. They made it through 4 weeks. Season 9 champ Donny Osmond and Susan Boyle sang a duet from her new album “Standing Ovation”, out Nov. 13.
Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime show
Beyonce will be the halftime show performer at the next Super Bowl. The Big Game is Feb. 3, 2013 at the Superdome in New Orleans. She sang the national anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl in her hometown of Houston. Madonna performed at this year's Super Bowl in Feb.
Tyga Welcomes His First Baby
Rapper Tyga has a new title: father. He and girlfriend Blac Chyna welcomed their first child, King Cairo Stevenson, on Tuesday. He tweeted a photo of him cradling the newborn in his arms. Chyna tweeted she carried the baby 40 weeks. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
Katy Perry celebrates John Mayer's birthday
Katy Perry and John Mayer stepped out to celebrate his 35th birthday together yesterday. The on-again/off-again couple enjoyed a romantic lunch at New York's trendy ABC Kitchen. They went clubbing together Sunday night. Katy celebrates her 28th birthday October 25.
Paul Ryan washes soup kitchen dishes…but why were they clean?
Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan visited a soup kitchen in Ohio last Saturday and washed dishes…or did he? Photos show nearly every pot and pan he washed appeared clean. The charity’s president insists Ryan did, in fact, scrub dirty dishes, along with his wife and son.
Sandra Bullock, Chelsea Handler in nude shower scene on Chelsea’s show
Social media is talking about Monday night’s nude shower scene on the season opener of “Chelsea Lately.” Chelsea and guest Sandra Bullock were in a shower together…nude. The private parts were pixilated. Sandra told Chelsea to “quit drinking and sleeping with guests.”
Kris Jenner makes Fox and E! accept terms to put Khloe on X Factor
Kris Jenner sealed the deal for Khloe Kardashian to co-host "X Factor." E! and FOX couldn't work out a deal to allow Khloe to appear on both networks. Kris forced both networks to sit down with her and hash out a deal. Kloe and Mario Lopez make their debut in November.
Halle Berry's custody battle set to end
Halle Berry's custody battle is expected to end this week. The judge is ready to decide if she can move her daughter to France for privacy. Nahla is now 4. Nahla's father is Canadian model Gabriel Aubry. Halle has put her wedding to French actor Olivier Martinez on hold.
Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera Record Duet
Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera have teamed up on the 1948 classic, "Steppin' Out With My Baby." It’s on his latest collaboration collection, "Viva Duets" out Oct 22. They previously performed it twice: on his 2006 NBC special, and for the 2007 Emmy Awards.
Kate Gosselin loses online job
Kate Gosselin has been fired from her job as a coupon blogger. She had been working for CouponCabin.com, offering advice to bargain hunters. A public statement from the website noted, "Ms. Gosselin is simply not a good fit with our team & culture. We wish her well.”
'Bachelorette' couple confirm breakup
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm from "The Bachelorette" confirmed Tuesday they have ended their courtship. The proposal episode aired in July but was taped months earlier. In a statement, Emily said, "ultimately, we are just at different points in our lives."
Tyler Perry Wows Fans With New Slimmed-down Look On Magazine Cover
Tyler Perry has wowed fans by showing off his 30-pound weight loss on the cover of fitness magazine Men's Health. He exercised vigorously daily to slim down for his new action thriller Alex Cross and admits he has never felt better. He is 43.
Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Sleeping In Separate Hotel Rooms
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may be back together, but movie bosses are not taking any chances. They are booked into separate hotel rooms for their promotional tour for Breaking Dawn 2. Kristen recently bought a new $2.1 million home near Rob's place.
Chris Rock reveals tour possibility with Dave Chappelle
Comedian Chris Rock was a guest on NBC’s Today Tuesday morning. He talked about the home release of "Madagascar 3" on DVD and Blu-Ray. But he also revealed he and Dave Chappelle are planning to tour together. Their managers are working out the details.
Nadya Suleman breastfeeds baby dolls, nurses one with vodka
Details of Octomom Nadya Suleman’s appearance at a New York drag show have been revealed. She simulates explicit acts on a drag queen while feeding a baby doll with a bottle of vodka. She then breastfeeds two dolls while bouncing up and down.
Next time your wife wants you to do the dishes, tell her no . . . to SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE.
--According to a new study, the divorce rate for couples who split housework and chores equally is almost 50% higher than the divorce rate for couples where the woman does most of the housework. The researchers say they were surprised at the result. Quote, "One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite." They have two theories why this happens. One is that relationships might work better when both people, quote, "have very clear roles with lots of clarity. There could be less [arguments] than if both have the same roles and one has the feeling the other isn't pulling his or her weight." The other theory comes off sounding WAY more sexist. The researchers say couples that evenly divide the housework are usually more, quote, "modern" couples where the woman works and makes good money. That means she's less financially dependent on her husband like, ya know, women were 50 years ago . . . so she's not afraid to get a divorce.
> I'm def going to bring this up at dinner tonight? Do you agree?
The RELATIONSHIP 911...Can Chuck and Woo Woo Help You?
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10/01/12 Dear Chuck and WooWoo, As most of these go, please do not use my name. My one year anniversary with my bf is tomorrow. I don't believe he is aware of it and he wants to, as every week, meet up with his best guy friend to play golf. I love playing golf myself. Is it selfish of me to ask to spend the day together? He would prefer for both of us to play with his "best friend" for 9 holes. Am i being selfish in asking that he give up ONE day to enjoy our anniversary together?