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Halloween Fun Factoids


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.

7. Boo!

Samhainophobia is the intense fear of Halloween.

8. Ghosts like candy, too!

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.

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STRIVE AT WORK TO CRUSH THIS NUMBER IN HALF!

 

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!



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.  

Meantime...call me if you need anything. 

--Chuck

 
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Some reading at The Doud's by my Son, Charlie.

Well, it's back to school time and one of our favorite past times at the Doud's is
reading from a fun book...usually one I used to read to the kids before they were 
so astute with the spoken word. 

Here's my son Charlie reading from the epic passages of the misguided siamese 
sword-fighter, Skippy-John Jones.  ...He's such a great kid!   


Char Reading SkippyJohn Jones from Chuck Doud on Vimeo.

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