This Afternoon's Odd News 11/2/18

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Are You Going to More Than One Thanksgiving This Year? Plus, the Five Foods We're Already Looking Forward To

Wasn't Halloween just the other day? Now the Thanksgiving stories are already rolling in . . .

A new survey on Thanksgiving trends looked at how many people plan to attend at least TWO Thanksgiving dinners this year. Like maybe you're visiting different sides of the family, or fitting in an extra 'Friendsgiving'.

62% of people under 35 said they're doing more than one Thanksgiving this year. For people over 35, it's 38%. Here are five more Thanksgiving stats from the survey . . .

1. The foods we're looking forward to the most are mashed potatoes, pie, bread rolls, gravy, and green bean casserole. (Was turkey not an option?)

2. As far as the turkey goes, 52% only like white meat . . . 25% prefer dark meat . . . 21% like both . . . and 2% said they don't eat turkey.

3. The top thing that stresses out men on Thanksgiving is being around family. For women, it's cooking.

4. As always, the #1 thing we DON'T want to discuss at the table is politics.

5. More PHONES will be allowed at the table this year. 45% of people said they'll be allowed, compared to 35% last year.

(Meyocks)

Here's How to Keep Your Sleep on Track After Changing the Clocks this Weekend

We turn the clocks back this weekend, which means we get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. But the time change can still mess with you and make you feel more tired than usual. Here's how to prevent that . . .

1. Stick to your sleeping pattern. Luckily having the clocks "fall back" is easier on your body than when they "spring forward." You SHOULD wake up Sunday morning more refreshed since you gained an hour overnight. It's falling asleep Sunday night that might be trickier.

2. Don't use technology in the bedroom. If falling asleep on Sunday is a struggle, it might be tempting to flip through your phone in bed or watch a few more episodes of something on Netflix.

But the blue light from the screens will just confuse your body even more. So try not to use technology for at least an hour before you want to go to bed . . . and definitely don't use it BECAUSE you can't fall asleep.

3. Avoid naps. Naps seem like a good idea when your body clock is out of sync, but it can lower the quality of your actual sleep later that night. If you HAVE to nap, make sure it's short, like 10 to 20 minutes.

(Express / WebMD) 

A Woman Is So Sick of Negative Political Ads That She Runs Her Own Negative Ad About Negative Ads

The midterm elections are on Tuesday, and that means wall-to-wall political ads. And since the vibe in the country isn't "may the best candidate win" and more "I hate you and everything you stand for" . . . negative ads are HOT.

Well . . . there's a woman in Brazil, Indiana named Linda Messmer. And she says she's SICK of all the negative ads she's been hearing, especially for the big senate race in Indiana.

So her answer was . . . to make her own negative ad to criticize negative ads.

She bought a little ad time on WVIG, which is a country station in Terre Haute, Indiana.

And her ad says, quote, "I am sick and tired of being bombarded with all the negative, hateful, mean-spirited ads. I say to all the politicians running these ads, stop it!"

She says she's hoping to have a small part in getting ads to trend toward being positive again.

(CW 8 - Indianapolis)

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