Happy Saturday! Are you trying to make sense of the past week? So are we. Here, we'll share our take on the latest news stories that we found the most interesting (slash a little funny). Enjoy! Pumpkin Shortage?! Scary.
This week, crop experts let all of us pumpkin-loving basics down with the spooky news that there might be a canned pumpkin shortage this fall. With Thanksgiving time sneaking up on us, here’s a tip: Don’t wait until November 20 to buy canned pumpkin for your famous pumpkin pie. Think of this as a friendly warning – purchase the canned treasure whenever you first see it in the grocery store. As for next year’s harvest, it may be time to get on Mother Nature’s good side. The pumpkin gods understand karma, right? Caramel? That’s another story.
People Magazine’s Informative Letter
On Wednesday, People Magazine’s Editorial Director, Jess Cagle, used his Editor's Letter to address the frequency of mass shootings in America (in the wake of last week’s shooting at a college in Oregon) and also provided contact information for all 535 voting members of the House and Senate, urging readers to contact their elected representatives to make their voices heard. Wow, People, haven’t seen that political side of you before! Yet, nice to-the-point message and call-to-action.
Cheerios Frees the Gluten
General Mills recalled 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios, including regular Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, labeled gluten-free, that could put people with wheat allergies and celiac disease at risk. Turns out that the “free” part of “gluten-free” wasn’t true. In light of the contamination, General Mills said it is instituting additional flour-handling protocols at all of their facilities to ensure contamination will not happen again. They also stated: "We sincerely apologize to the gluten-free community and to anyone who may have been impacted." Whether the gluten-free community consists of people with celiac disease or people who are just hopping on the “hip” bandwagon, this one goes out to you.
DraftKings and FanDuel, two major fantasy sports companies that award cash money to winners, had to issue a joint statement that their employees don’t use inside info to do better in their own fantasy contests. This came up after an employee at DraftKings allegedly released data before the start of the third week of NFL games, then went on to win $350,000 from his fantasy picks over at FanDuel. So, both sites have temporarily banned their employees from entering contests on other sites. The big question is: Are the people working at these places getting a leg, or deflated ball, up on the competition?
And, that was our week. We'd love to hear what you think about our weekly news roundups, so feel free to contact us to give us your honest opinion about our Prominent Post-Its – or anything else you've read on our blog (we can take it)!