This Afternoon's Odd News 11/5/18

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Four Weird Things to Do with Your Leftover Halloween Candy

If you still have a bunch of leftover Halloween candy, why not get WEIRD with it? Here are four strange things you can do with your leftover candy . . .

1. Bake it into a cake. Peanut butter cups and fun-sized candy work great in cakes or brownies. Just google "Halloween candy cake recipes."

2. Save it and work it into Thanksgiving. Marshmallows on the yams are the norm. But "Parenting" magazine claims candy corn on the yams might be even better. (???)

3. Use it in an advent calendar for Christmas. It's pretty easy to make one with your kids. The website AlphaMom has instructions on how to do it with little paper cups and tissue paper.

4. Flavor your own vodka. Just put a few pieces of candy in a glass container with a lid, like a mason jar. Then fill it the rest of the way with vodka . . . close the lid . . . wait a few days . . . and boom, you've got Skittles vodka.

(Parenting)

People Who Decorate Early For Christmas Are Happier Than People Who Wait

I know it's only November 5th, but you need to go HARD on tinsel as soon as possible.

According to a psychoanalyst named Steve McKeown, people who decorate for Christmas early are HAPPIER than people who wait for a more reasonable time to put them up, like, you know, after Thanksgiving.

Why? Quote, "In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate [with] things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.

"[They're] simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up Christmas decorations early extends the excitement."

(Popsugar)

You're Going to Spend $75,000 on Your Cell Phone in Your Lifetime?

I know it's hard to picture life without your phone, but you'd be SO much RICHER if you could do it.

A company called Flipsy just analyzed what having a phone is going to cost you in your lifetime. And the answer is . . . more than $75,000.

Here's the breakdown:

The phones, buying one every two or three years for 60 years: An average of $567 per phone, for a total of $12,474.

Your monthly bill for the next 60 years: $960 per year, for a total of $57,600.

Apps and accessories: $88 per year, for a total of $5,280.

Now . . . this study assumes that we'll still be using phones in the year 2078, and not just sending telepathic messages or whatever. But it also uses today's prices, so it's not banking on inflation or general price increases.

So let's just say it all balances out, and boom, 75 grand on smart phones. 

Which doesn't sound so smart to me!!

(Flipsy)

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