A whopping 72 percent of all candy purchased on Halloween will come in the form of chocolate, according to a survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association. And if you really want trick or treaters to like you, your best bet is to hand out Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms, which are the first and second most popular treats in the country, respectively. Snickers, Hershey's and Kit-Kats round out the top five.
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You've heard of peak oil, right? Well, get ready to seriously contemplate an even more serious threat to humankind: peak wine. Wine production around the world has weakened of late, and can't keep up with runaway demand. Last year, there was a 300-million-case undersupply, the largest such deficit in 50 years. At the current pace, a global shortage of wine is fast approaching, says a new report conducted by Morgan Stanley Research. “Data suggests there may be insufficient supply to meet demand in coming years, as current vintages are released,” the report says.
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Disgraced Dr. Conrad Murray made a beeline for the closest In-N-Out Burger after his release yesterday from a downtown Los Angeles lockup, where he served two years for his role in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. “I’m very happy to be released,” Murray said following his snack. “I will reunite with my family.” Oh, for sure, but not before reuniting with a scrumptious Double Double first.
According to a poll of HuffPost Taste readers, here are the nine Halloween "goodies" that people find very bad to receive in their trick-or-treat bags -- along with some choice reader quotes about why they're so hated:
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A Halloween-themed stage show at Universal Studios Hollywood has been cancelled amid criticism that it is insensitive to gays. In Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, one scene depicts Superman getting sprinkled with fairy dust and turning into an ultra-effeminate character who eventually gets beat up by his nemesis, General Zog. A statement posted yesterday on the park's website reads, "After thoughtful consideration, Universal Studios Hollywood has made the decision to discontinue the production... for the remainder of its limited run." A GLAAD representative said the show's content amounted to "outdated stereotypes."
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Sometime during Boston's 8-1 trouncing of St. Louis last night during Game One of the World Series, Cardinal minor-leaguer Tyler Melling noticed a funny green substance on the inside of Red Sox pitcher John Lester's glove, and sent out a tweet insinuating that Lester was rubbing Vaseline on his fingers--a clear violation of major-league rules. Melling soon deleted the tweet, but not before it was preserved by viewers, several of whom provided followup evidence that Lester may have been cheating. For its part, Major League Baseball is dismissing such claims as unfounded. But, hey, see for yourself--the evidence is not insignificant, especially if you believe UFOs might exist.
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