The Price of Bacon Is the Highest It's Been in 40 Years The pandemic is still tough, and if there's ONE THING that Americans can't handle losing at this point . . . it's bacon, obviously. So this is tough news to break. If you haven't noticed, bacon is more expensive than it has been in the past 40 years . . . even accounting for inflation.
Supply chain issues are squeezing the pork market. Pork chops cost about 7% more than 12 months ago. And the average price for a slab of bacon has jumped nearly 28% over the past year. Demand is soaring, but due to several factors, including the disruption to the supply chain, pork production is expected to close out the year 2% lower than last year. And the prices aren't expected to come down any time soon. One expert says we could get some relief by NEXT summer. The Halloween Candy Each State Is Oddly Obsessed With
Someone used Google Trends to find which Halloween candy each state is oddly obsessed with. Here are the results . . .
1. Kit Kats and Twix both have five states that are obsessed with them: Kit Kats in Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, and New Mexico. Twix in Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. 2. Four different candies got three states each: Skittles in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia . . . Jolly Ranchers in California, Florida, and Texas . . . 100 Grand Bars in Kentucky, Missouri, and Oregon . . . and Dum Dums in Idaho, Maine, and Mississippi. 3. Others with multiple states: Milky Ways in Alaska and New Hampshire . . . Nerds in Nevada and Washington . . . Peanut M&M's in Indiana and Kansas . . . Reese's Pieces in New York and Virginia . . . Sour Patch Kids in New Jersey and South Carolina . . . and Tootsie Pops in Iowa and Nebraska. 4. The rest have ONE state: Candy corn in West Virginia . . . Ohio loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups . . . Pennsylvania, Good & Plenty . . . Vermont, 3 Musketeers . . . Hawaii, Crunch bars . . . Louisiana, Starburst . . . North Dakota, Whoppers . . . South Dakota, Snickers . . . Montana, Baby Ruth . . . Illinois, AirHeads . . . Tennessee, Runts . . . Wyoming, Swedish Fish . . . Rhode Island, Heath bars . . . Colorado loves black liquorice . . . Delaware's into Smarties . . . and someone in Oklahoma is actually eating those big orange Circus Peanuts.
A Missing Drunk Man Spent Hours Helping a Search Party Look for Himself
The search efforts for a missing person can be intense, so they're usually willing to accept ANY help they can get. Even if it's the person they're searching for. A man in Turkey was reported missing on Tuesday, after his loved ones lost touch with him for several hours. Apparently, he'd gone out drinking with some friends . . . and then wandered into the woods. While in the woods, the guy saw people looking for someone, so he joined in . . . reportedly for "hours." Eventually, he noticed that they were chanting HIS name, so he responded, "I'm here!" Once the authorities confirmed he was with them, they called off the search and gave him a ride home.
Is It Still Too Early to Put Up Halloween Decorations?
Tomorrow is the first day of October, and people are champing at the bit to put up their Halloween decorations. So is it still too early? In a new poll, 43% of people said the appropriate time is the first half of October. Another 21% said they'd wait until the second half, after the 15th. And 3% said they don't think it's necessary until the day of Halloween. On the flip-side, 13% say it's cool to put them up in September, and 3% are even willing to put them up BEFORE Labor Day. For what it's worth, younger people are more likely to put up their decorations in September than older folks.
Arby's Is Selling Sweatpants and Hoodies That Smell Like Smoked Meat
Sit around a campfire for five minutes, and you can basically get this same effect for free . . . Arby's just added a new menu item called the Real Country Style Rib Sandwich. Basically their version of a McRib. And they're promoting it by selling hoodies and sweatpants that smell like SMOKED MEAT.
Each article of clothing is hand-smoked by real pitmasters at Sadler's Smokehouse in Texas. Then they're immediately vacuum sealed to lock in the smokiness. I guess that means they won't smell like smoke forever. Once you wash them, they'll just be normal sweats. They're one solid color and only come in burgundy. They don't go on sale until Monday at noon eastern, and they'll sell out fast. So be ready to buy at ArbysSmokedSweats.com. The hoodie is $65, and the sweatpants are $50. So 115 bucks for the set.
The Top Things That Would Make You Change Hotels Immediately
Have you ever checked into a hotel, and your room was so gross that you immediately checked out? We're even more demanding now because of covid. Half of people say they've put off travelling due to cleanliness concerns.
Here are the top ten things that would make someone walk out of a hotel, according to the poll . . . 1. Dirty sheets. 2. A disgusting bathroom. 3. Smelly room. 4. Bad smells in general. So important, it needed two spots in the top ten. 5. Rude staff. 6. Horrible food. Couldn't you just order delivery though? 7. Stained carpets. 8. Loud noises. 9. The lobby is gross. 10. No visible cleaning or housekeeping crew present.
Celebrate Halloween in the "Scream" House with a Check-In from David Arquette
Do you like scary movies? How about watching one in the "Scream" house to celebrate its 25th anniversary? Airbnb is offering three opportunities for groups of four to stay one night at the Northern Californian house for only . . . $5. Guests will be able to go back to 1996 . . . with a virtual check-in from sheriff Dewey Riley . . . I mean DAVID ARQUETTE. The house has knife marks on the doors and a phone line in case you want to contact Ghost Face directly. But he might just call the house first or stop by for a visit. You can have a marathon of all four "Scream" movies . . . on VHS, of course. Oh, and all the snacks like Jiffy Pop popcorn and pizza. Guests will also have the chance to win prizes like Woodsboro High gear or a poster of next year's "Scream" movie. Booking opens up on Tuesday, October 12th at 10 a.m PST. for stays on October 27th, 29th and 31st.
Today's Showbiz Highlights
1. BRITNEY SPEARS' father JAMIE has been suspended from his role as her conservator, effective immediately. A hearing on terminating the conservatorship entirely will take place on November 12th. 2. JAKE GYLLENHAAL had his dog neutered, and filled his sack with FAKE testes called "Neuticles". He says, the vet suggested them, and he wasn't interested at first, but he changed his mind. 3. Reviews of KYLIE JENNER's new swimwear line have been brutal so far. One woman on TikTok said, quote, "You can get better quality swimsuits for half the price at Target. And not to mention they're kind of just as cute." 4. MAYIM BIALIK destroyed her friendship with NEIL PATRICK HARRIS back in 1997, when she went to see him in "Rent", and didn't get up for the standing ovation. It turns out she hates musicals. They didn't talk for a long time, but Mayim says Neil has forgiven her. 5. TOM BRADY will probably break DREW BREES' all-time passing yards record during Sunday's game against his former team at his former stadium. Tom only needs 68 yards . . . and Drew says, quote, "I'm a firm believer that records are meant to be broken." 6. Airbnb is offering three one-night stays at the "Scream" house in Northern California for $5. There will be a virtual check-in from DAVID ARQUETTE, scares from Ghost Face, and a movie marathon with snacks. 7. AMC and SyFy released all the horror movies they're running during the month of October. There's also original programming, like the new "Chucky" series on SyFy, and a new season of "Eli Roth's History of Horror" on AMC. 8. MARK HOPPUS shared he is now cancer-free. He was diagnosed back in April with Stage 4-A Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Quote, "Still have to get scanned every six months and it'll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal but today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed." 9. A new DAVID BOWIE album is coming January 7th. "Toy" was recorded back in 2000 and includes reworked versions of songs from 1964 to 1971. 10. Country Quiz: Who Said? "Let's be honest. This wasn't supposed to happen to a 41-year-old dude with a wife, six kids, two dogs, and two gerbils." 11. At a recent show in Vegas KEITH URBAN played a video of gas station singer Bear Bailey covering his song "'Til Summer Comes Around". And then Keith played the rest of the song live.