Are You In The Loop? Pumpkin Goods, the Second Presidential Debate, and Lance Armstrong’s Week from Hell.
Sunday (October 14th, 2012)
Foodies everywhere, and by that we really mean New York Magazine, agree that pumpkin is the new bacon. [Source]
A flier was posted in a dorm bathroom at Miami University in Ohio. The title of it? “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape.” [Source]
The Koch brothers of Koch Industries sent an email to their employees about the upcoming election and endorsed Romney. [Source]
Felix Baumgartner broke records when he jumped from an altitude of 128,100 feet at a speed of 833.9 miles per hour, which is faster than the speed of sound. Watch the video here.
Monday (October 15th, 2012)
Jason Thompson, son of Senate candidate Tommy Thompson of the state of Wisconsin, was recorded on video saying that “we have the opportunity to send Obama back to Chicago – to Kenya.” Later, Tommy Thompson’s representative said that Jason Thompson said something that he shouldn’t have and apologizes. [Source]
Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to hold a vote in 2014 for Scottish independence. [Source]
The American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, is encouraging parents in the south to keep their children at home on October 30th, Mix It Up at Lunch Day, because the anti-bullying day “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.” [Source]
Tuesday (October 16th, 2012)
One of JFK’s doodles during the Cuban Missile Crisis. [Source]
Paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, and Freud were stolen from a Dutch museum. The combined total of these paintings are worth hundreds of millions of euros. [Source]
Remember when the White House released the recipes for two of its home brews? Apparently, the beer is delicious. [Source]
The second presidential debate was held on Tuesday. Obama edged out Romney in the poll results but no one can deny that the most memorable part of the debate was Romney’s “binders full of women” remark. What ensued was a lot of tweets, Facebook posts, and a new Tumblr.
Wednesday (October 17th, 2012)
Various polls have been conducted asking Americans about foreign policy and the results are embarrassing. 25% of the people polled did not know that the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. [Source]
A couple was caught having sex on a table in the middle of a restaurant in front of other adults and children. [Source]
Thursday (October 18th, 2012)
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are under fire for their low nutritional value and how addictive the snacks can be. Overindulging on the snack can lead to red stool samples, which has led to more hospital visits than the public would like. [Source]
In what is likely to be the most adorable news story you will hear of in a long time, a young boy with Down Syndrome went missing and was later found. Authorities believe that puppies kept the boy warm overnight. [Source]
A special-edition barbecue sauce from McDonald’s recently was sold on eBay for $9,995 for one gallon of it. The sauce is twenty years old and was used in a limited edition Michael Jordan burger only sold in the Chicago and Minneapolis area. [Source]
Friday (October 19th, 2012)
Kim Jong Il’s grandson sat down for an interview and actually referred to his uncle as a “dictator.” Kim Han Sol was also said to be wearing “hipster glasses” during the interview and basically seemed like the opposite of what a North Korean is like. [Source]
Speaking of pumpkin being the new bacon… Do you like burgers? Do you like pumpkin? Do you also live in Japan? Well, in that case, you’re in luck! Because Burger King Japan has revealed a new burger for the fall season that is basically your average burger but with a few slices of pumpkin. [Source]
Banana Boat recently recalled half a million bottles of sunscreen because a few people who had used the sunscreen had caught on fire after being exposed to an open flame. [Source]
Saturday (October 20th, 2012)
New Yorkers for the most part would rather not see Alec Baldwin, who plays Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, run for mayor. In fact, they would rather see Anthony Weiner (known for sending inappropriate pictures on Twitter by accident) and Eliot Spitzer (who was caught in a prostitution scandal) as mayor than Baldwin. [Source]
Think you had a bad week? The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is saying that not only did Lance Armstrong use steroids, he was also caught in the most elaborate and intricate doping ring “the sport has ever seen.” On top of that, Armstrong lost major sponsors in Nike, RadioShack, Anheuser-Busch, and other companies.