Five Things to Look Forward to in September
1. In sports: Tennis fans have the U.S. Open through September 12th. And the new NFL season starts in about a week. There's also lots of college football this month. And if you're a golf fan, the Ryder Cup starts September 24th. 2. In movies: The new "Cinderella" remake with Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, and James Corden hits Amazon Prime on Friday. And Clint Eastwood's new movie "Cry Macho" arrives on HBO Max September 17th. 3. There's so much new TV, we can't list it all. But here are a few shows coming back: "Billions" . . . season two of "The Morning Show" . . . "Dancing with the Stars" . . . "NCIS" . . . "The Voice" . . . "The Conners" . . . "The Masked Singer" . . . "Survivor" . . . ABC's "Wonder Years" reboot . . . "Law & Order" . . . "The Simpsons" . . . "Family Guy" . . . "Bob's Burgers" . . . and "Grey's Anatomy". 4. Some big awards shows happen this month: The MTV Video Music Awards are on the 12th. The Emmys are the 19th. And the Tony Awards are September 26th. 5. And finally, the holidays: Monday is Labor Day, and the 22nd is the first day of fall. Here are some other holidays to look forward to . . . Beer Lovers Day on the 7th . . . Grandparents Day on the 12th . . . Yom Kippur on the 15th and 16th . . . Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th . . . Pepperoni Pizza Day on the 20th . . . National Pancake Day on the 26th . . . and National Coffee Day on the 29th.
Mumbling Makes Men More Attractive, but Not Women
If you've been striking out with the ladies, shove a couple cotton balls in your mouth and see what happens . . . A new study found women might find men more attractive if they MUMBLE a lot. Researchers recorded 42 people speaking, and had a separate group rate how attractive their voices were. People who mumble tend to blend their vowels together. So they ran all the audio through a program that looked at speech patterns and how far apart different vowel sounds were. And they found that guys who mumbled a lot got higher ratings than men who spoke clearly and were easy to understand. The opposite was true for female voices though. Men thought that women who spoke clearly were more attractive than ones who mumbled.
64% of Americans Go Down Every Aisle When They're Grocery Shopping
Are you one of those people who has to go down EVERY aisle at the grocery store . . . or do you try to go down the FEWEST aisles possible? In a new survey, 64% of Americans say they must walk down every single aisle at the grocery store. Those people were also more likely to identify as early birds . . . adventurous . . . introverted . . . and fans of horror movies. The survey also found that 80% of grocery shoppers make a list, compared to 20% who do not. And 78% say they have a tendency to leave the store with MORE than they intended to buy. The survey implied that the shoppers who go down every aisle are MORE likely to come with lists, but it didn't draw a direct line between the two. On one hand it seems ridiculous to go down every row, every visit. But it might actually save time. Even if you have a list, how many times are you circling back to aisles that you skipped to find stuff?
Is the Left Lane for Passing or Driving Fast? Here's a classic question we'll never agree on: When you're on the highway, what should the LEFT LANE be used for? Is it for people who want to drive fast, or is it just for passing people? A new poll asked 27,000 Americans, and the most popular answer was BOTH. 40% say it's for passing OR driving fast . . . 36% say it should only be used for passing . . . and 13% say it's mainly for people who want to drive faster than the flow of traffic. 2% chose none of the above. So I guess those are the people who like to plant themselves in the fast lane and drive UNDER the speed limit. (Here's a chart on how each state handles left lane driving.)
Bud Light Unveils Pumpkin Spice and Marshmallow Hard Seltzers for Fall
We've been bombarded by pumpkin spice products the last few weeks, and it's just not stopping. Now Bud Light is releasing a pumpkin spice HARD SELTZER, along with three other fall flavors. Next week, they'll start selling variety packs called their "Fall Flannel" collection. Each 12-pack has four different flavors: Pumpkin Spice . . . Maple Pear . . . Apple Crisp . . . and Toasted Marshmallow.
Apple Crisp is supposed to taste like "drinkable" apple pie. Maple Pear is a combo of pear and maple syrup. And Toasted Marshmallow tastes like marshmallow with a hint of chocolate. They hit stores nationwide on Monday.
82% of Us Plan to Celebrate Halloween This Year
Is it too early to start talking about Halloween? Well, deal with it . . . because the first big Halloween survey of the year just landed. The National Confectioners Association says 82% of people plan to celebrate Halloween in one way or another. 80% plan to trick-or-treat, or take their kids trick-or-treating. And 79% will buy candy in case trick-or-treaters show up at their door. They also asked people about different types of Halloween candy. And most of us prefer chocolate over non-chocolate treats, but it's close. 60% said chocolate, and 40% said non-chocolate. If you break it down a little more, chocolate is our favorite type of candy, followed by gummy-style candy, and then candy corn is third. The survey also looked at HOW people eat candy corn. 52% eat the whole piece at once . . . 31% bite off the narrow, white end first . . . and 17% start with the wider, yellow end.
The Top Reasons People Hate Their Job Include Low Pay and Bad Bosses
A new poll of 1,000 workers in the U.S. found exactly HALF of people don't like their job. Here are the top ten reasons . . . 1. You're not paid enough. Almost 30% of people who hate their job agreed with that. 2. You're underappreciated at work. 3. There's a lack of communication, or you can't voice your opinion. 4. You're overworked. 5. There's no opportunity for advancement. 6. The hours suck. 7. Your boss sucks. 8. The work itself isn't enjoyable. 9. Your coworkers suck. 10. A tie between low job security and bad benefits. A long commute and being micromanaged both barely missed the top ten.
Today's Showbiz Highlights
1. JAMIE SPEARS asked for $2 million in exchange for exiting BRITNEY's conservatorship. But her lawyer calls it extortion and says he's not getting a penny more than, quote, "the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears' estate by Mr. Spears and his associates." 2. THE ROCK has seen pictures of Alabama cop Eric Fields, that lookalike who went viral. He thanked him for his service and said they should have a drink sometime.
3. ROSE MCGOWAN was stung by a Murder Hornet in a jungle in Mexico. She documented her symptoms on Twitter like fuzzy vision, a numb arm and leg, profuse sweating, and stomach cramps. 4 SCOTT DISICK is apparently jealous of KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN dating TRAVIS BARKER. He messaged another of her exes to complain about Kourtney and Travis' PDA. But the other guy took a screenshot and posted it publicly.
5 A list of movies to get into the back-to-school spirit includes: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" . . . "21 Jump Street" . . . and "Mean Girls". 6. MIKE RICHARDS was let go as Executive Producer of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune". An executive said they hoped the controversy would end when Mike stepped down as host . . . but, quote, "That clearly has not happened." 7. PAUL STANLEY has recovered from COVID, but now GENE SIMMONS has tested positive. His symptoms are reportedly mild, but KISS has canceled its shows through Sunday. 8. LIL NAS X is naked on the cover of his upcoming album "Montero". And Nas revealed that his inspirations for the cover were a painting based on the Biblical book of Genesis, and a SpongeBob meme. 9. CHASE RICE has been dating KRISTIN CAVALLARI from "The Hills" for a little over a month. They were introduced by a mutual friend and are "having fun together." 10. 81-year-old DAVID ALLAN COE has COVID-19. He's been hospitalized, but is said to be improving. His September shows are postponed. In related news, DAVID LEE MURPHY also tested positive and his shows for tomorrow and Saturday are canceled.