Hot Tamales Are More Popular Than I Thought
Every year there’s a map of which Halloween candy the citizens of each state like the most. I have no idea how accurate these things are, but here’s this year’s map from CandyStore.com, based on 15 years of sales from the site.
The top five candies are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (a fine choice), Skittles, M&Ms, Starburst, and Hot Tamales. I had no idea Hot Tamales were so popular and now I want a box. Not in the top ten? Mr. Goodbar, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, and Twizzlers. Candy Corn comes in at number ten but I’m just going to assume that’s because it’s Halloween and people are using it for decorative purposes, because that many people can’t actually be eating it.
West Virginia really likes Charms Blow Pops, Utah can’t get enough Tootsie Pops, and Georgia is obsessed with Swedish Fish.
I live in Massachusetts and we really love Sour Patch Kids, apparently.
What Is a Globster?
You don’t want to know. But if you do, here you go.
I’d also like to say to the woman interviewed in the piece, WHY WOULD YOU TOUCH IT?
The Emojis You Should Use If You’re Over 40
How about … none?
That would be my answer, even if I did use one in an email the other day. It was the smiley face, though not the fancy emoji kind, just the old-fashioned 🙂
According to a recent poll of 16- to 29-year-olds (which is not a sentence that instills confidence), there are ten emojis that only old people use and shouldn’t be used by anyone anymore. Those emojis include all the basic ones, like the smiley face, a heart, and hands clapping. It also includes the thumbs up emoji, which one 16- to 29-year-old called “hurtful.”
Apparently giving someone a thumbs up is now a hate crime.
This reminds me of something I found out a couple of years ago, that younger people think ending a text with a period means the person is irritated or being sarcastic or passive-aggressive. Which makes me happy that I don’t text (or talk too much to younger people). It’s just punctuation, people, and you shouldn’t attach too much social/cultural significance to it.
Maybe it’s because I’m older now but I have a theory that if there’s anything that makes Gen Z roll their eyes, you should probably keep doing it.
For the Person Who’s So Hard to Buy For This Christmas
RIP Robbie Coltrane, Bruce Sutter, Robert Gordon, Dan Wieden, Jim McDivitt, Ted White, Joyce Sims, and Orlando Busino
Robbie Coltrane played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. He also appeared in two James Bond movies (Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough), Mona Lisa, From Hell, Ocean’s 12, and starred in the British crime series Cracker. He died last week at the age of 72.
Bruce Sutter was a Hall of Fame, Cy Young Award-winning relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He died last week at the age of 69.
Robert Gordon was a New Wave Elvis, a mix of rockabilly and punk who had such songs as “Red Hot,” “Rockabilly Boogie,” and “It’s Only Make Believe.” He also recorded the first versions of both Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire” (which Springsteen played keyboards on) and Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway.” He died Wednesday at the age of 75.
Dan Wieden was the advertising company head who came up with Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan. He died last month at the age of 77.
Jim McDivitt was a NASA astronaut who had roles in two important space missions, Gemini 4 and Apollo 9. He died last week at the age of 93.
This Week in History
Fortran Computer Code Debuts (October 15, 1956)
The first time I heard the word Fortran was in high school. We had a computer class and the languages we were learning were Fortran and BASIC. I can’t remember what they are or which one we studied more (BASIC was more, well, basic and popular, I think), I just remember those names and dreading them at the time. Back then we couldn’t envision why we would need to learn computer code. We weren’t going to use computers! Those were for nerds! And if I was going to be a writer, well, I already use a typewriter! (And absolutely no one was even thinking about emojis.)
Of course, I use a computer every single day now, though I still don’t need to know BASIC or Fortran. Someone who drives a car doesn’t need to know how to take an engine apart either.
“Black Monday” on Wall Street (October 19, 1987)
The historic stock market crash is sometimes called Black Tuesday in other countries because of time zone differences.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Spaghetti (October 18, 1958)
That’s not nearly enough sauce or cheese.
October Is National Pasta Month
We never called it “pasta” growing up. If we were having spaghetti we called it spaghetti, if we were having macaroni we called it macaroni, and if we were having rigatoni we called it rigatoni. I don’t remember a single time we called any of it pasta. I suppose we would have if we were having pasta primavera, but we never had pasta primavera.
Hey, here’s a recipe for Pasta Primavera from Giada De Laurentiis. Here’s one for Spanish Pasta (with saffron, olives, and capers) from The American Institute for Cancer Research, and here’s one from our own Curtis Stone for Spaghetti with Garlic, Lemon, Kale, and Parmesan.
Speaking of pasta, did you know that according to some people, Fortran is an example of “spaghetti code”? Of course you didn’t. Why would anyone know that?
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Mother-in-Law Day (October 23)
This is one day you’d better not forget, and it’s certainly not the day to get mad and call her a “globster.”
World Series Starts (October 28)
Game 1 airs on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.
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