Huffington Post Lists Fun Halloween Ideas

With the coming holiday season, many Americans are seeking new ways to celebrate traditional holidays in fun and interesting ways. Because Halloween kicks off a series of exciting American holidays, The Huffington Post recently published a piece which details ways that people can engage in holiday activity in innovative ways. The article lists places of interest to those who celebrate Halloween as well as places that should be avoided by those who do not engage in the spooky activities. The article also listed areas that would be family friendly during the coming holidays and areas that groups with small children should avoid.

 

In one particular instance of holiday points of interest to avoid, the Huffington Post article described the festivities that will take place at local Burger King restaurants across the country. According to the article, the restaurant chain is offering free whoppers to the first 500 customers who visit the franchise location dressed in traditional clown costumes. The restaurant chain featured an advertising campaign at the beginning of October that featured a spooky clown figure who resembled the McDonalds mascot, Ronald McDonald. After the clown was chased down a street, it arrived safely in a well lit Burger King facility and offered free whoppers to the chain’s first 500 customers on Halloween night.

 

The franchise represents one of several Halloween points of interest that may not be suitable for groups that include small children during family outings. Other points of interest include several haunted houses and events. The Huffington Post article stated that families should visit events that are approved for families such as Halloween and Fall festivals and local fun houses that will be open to the public leading up to Halloween night. The article also featured unique ideas that families could use to celebrate the coming Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Holidays.

 

What Will “Shazam’s” Hero Be Called?

Shazam is set to be released April 5, 2019. But the question remains: will its protagonist be named “Shazam” or his more traditional moniker, Captain Marvel?

Part of the problem? Marvel has their own hero called “Captain Marvel,” and her film is coming out less than a month earlier, on March 8.

A comic book history lesson: in 1941, Fawcett Comics created a young boy named Billy Batson, who could transform into the adult superhero Captain Marvel by shouting “Shazam!,” the name of the wizard who gave him this power. His comics, called Captain Marvel and variants thereof, made him one of the biggest superheroes of the Golden Age of Comic Books.

Long story short, DC Comics bought the character, but by then the copyright on the name had expired, and a newer company, Marvel Comics, snatched it up. Several Marvel characters have since borne the name, including the upcoming film’s protagonist, Carol Danvers.

This does not mean that DC Comics can’t call their own hero “Captain Marvel,” however; it simply means that they cannot advertise him that way. As such, DC has traditionally titled their comic books “Shazam,” after the magic word Billy shouts, while Billy’s alter ego continues to be called “Captain Marvel” within the story.

That changed in 2011 with the “New 52” initiative, however, where his hero form is also called “Shazam.” That said, many changes to the character from the New 52 were disliked by fans, who generally seem to prefer his more lighthearted “Captain Marvel” title.

What he will be called in the new movie is still a mystery, as so far official materials have used both names. At this point is may be be up to director David F. Sandberg, who is already bracing for backlash.

Huffington Post Reveals Fun Netflix Trends

In an entertainment piece published by the Huffington Post, authors reveal the top shows on Netflix that viewers choose when planning a fun night in. Netflix has gained national, and even global, accreditation as one of the leading providers of entertainment and its often noted for revolutionizing the way that people view their entertainment. The multi-million dollar corporate streaming service has expanded every year and now includes in-studio productions that feature some of the most famous names in Hollywood. It is now reported that a great percentage of the 16-38 year old population gets its entertainment primarily from Netflix, or a Netflix-type streaming service. This fact has changed the way that marketers interact with customer bases and has turned the cable industry inside out. Still, consumers typically do not associate Netflix with cable revolution or business, but use the service for fun purposes.

According to the Huffington Post article, Netflix has spent over 6 billion dollars on the development of original content that caters to the subscription service’s fan base. Although all the new productions do not become primary choices for viewers who enjoy planning a fun night in, many of the Netflix originals have become top 10 picks for viewers looking for a fun night of entertainment. Netflix originals like House of Cards and Stranger Things have become fast fan favorites and have resulted in entire theme parties being planned for the series premier of several shows.

When compiling a list of the top Neflix shows that have earned a faithful audience that often hosts fun parties for premiers, shows that make the list include the previously mentioned House of Cards and Stranger Things, as well as shows like American Vandal, Mind Hunter, Bojack Horseman, Master of None, Dear White People, and Joan Diodon: The Center Will Not Hold.

Photographer Holds Photoshoot for New Kitten

While most people reserve the occasion for a newborn child, this professional photographer pulled out all the stops to commemorate adopting a new cat.

Huffington Post talks about how the appropriately named photographer Kitty Schaub decided to celebrate her new pet. She and her five year old daughter recently adopted a cat named Luna, with the two of them becoming immediately enamored with the kitten.

One day, while preparing to wash a set of props she would normally use for newborn photoshoots, she noticed Luna napping on the couch and had a brilliant idea – to photograph their cat as if she was a baby.

“I picked her up, loosely wrapped her in a blanket, and set her down,” she said. Most amusing of all, Luna refused to wake up despite all the pictures being taken of her. It wasn’t until Schaub purposely tried to rouse her did she finally open her eyes.

Proud of her work, Schaub posted the photos to her Facebook page, which quickly went viral. Demand came immediately for more pictures of Luna, which she gladly provided.

Additionally, after a comment by her sister-in-law comparing Luna to Dinah the cat from “Alice in Wonderland”, she had the idea for a new shoot featuring both Luna and her daughter themed after the story.

Due to Luna’s popularity, Schaub compiled some of her work into a six month calendar people can purchase from her website for just $20. All proceeds from the sales will go to the charity Save a Stray, an animal rescue organization based out of St. Joseph, Michigan.

How Soon Will Abraham Lincoln Visit President Donald Trump?

According to many accounts, the White House is often visited by spirits of deceased presidents particularly Abraham Lincoln’s in times of crisis such as the release and non/release of JFK files by current President Donald Trump appears to be. Lincoln is said to haunt the second floor “when the country needs a leader most.” This bodes two questions: one, how soon will this occur, and two, if so, how likely will it be that it is disclosed to ‘the American people’ sooner then later?

Although Lincoln died in 1865, his spirit is rumored and documented to have been visiting the White House since 1942 and before, when he appeared to the Queen of The Netherlands who was sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom. A 1989 account maintains that President Reagan’s dog would not cross the threshold of the Lincoln bedroom. In 1932, a staff member of Eleanor Roosevelt claimed she saw him sitting on the Lincoln bed donning his boots. Former President Harry Truman reported being visited by a spirit in the presidential suite in 1946 while his wife and daughter were on a holiday away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Historical accounts maintain that both Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln were visited in the White House by the departed spirit of their son who died of a medical issue there.

Perhaps the weirdest angle of this visitation is that Lincoln himself had a dream of his impending assassination three days prior to its occurrence while sleeping at the White House.

Halloween Pumpkin Babies

Want to bring a great big smile to a new parent’s face? A newborn can’t join the older kids for Trick ‘n Treat, but he or she can still celebrate Halloween. All that’s needed is a costume.

In Monroeville, PA, the nurses and other staff members of Forbes Hospital really know how to get into the spirit of Halloween. When parents, friends or relatives arrive to admire the newest member of the family, they discover a nursery filled with rows of precious little pumpkins. Each tiny newborn has been lovingly dressed in little orange “pumpkin” pants and a knitted orange cap.

Parents of babies in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) are stressed as they wait endless days or weeks to be able to take their little ones home. Dorothy Williams, a volunteer at the NICU in California’s Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center, understands how important small gestures can be.

Forty years ago, Ms. Dorothy was the mother of premature twins. On Valentine’s Day, she was touched by the gesture of a kind nurse. When she arrived to spend time with her tiny twins, she discovered a small heart waiting for her on the incubator reading, “Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you Mom.”

She decided to pay it forward and began volunteering in the NICU, supporting the families of the babies. She began by making holiday-themed beanies. Twenty years ago, she was inspired to create full Halloween costumes for the infants, an immediate hit with everyone. Over time, hospital staff members and friends of Ms. Dorothy pitched in to help. With so many costumes to make, they begin weeks before Halloween.

This year, she was joined by her 13-year-old granddaughter and friend, who are making costumes based on characters in children’s books. The babies’ families also receive a copy of the book. The thoughtfulness of Ms. Dorothy and her helpers will always be remembered by amused and grateful parents.

Man Eats at Chipotle Every Day for a Year

Many people have a restaurant that they love to visit frequently, but few have taken their love to the extreme of Bruce Wayne who has now eaten in his favorite Chipotle’s restaurant in Toledo, Ohio, every day for a year. In order to celebrate his accomplishment, employees at the restaurant dressed up in Superman costumes. Bruce says that he wants to break the record of eating in a Chipotle every day for 425 days.

Bruce who is employed taking care of intellectually-challenged adults posts a picture of the menu, his food and the receipt every day to his Instagram account. When not busy dining or working, he dresses up as Batman appearing at many charitable events around the Toledo area. Bruce says that when the restaurant opened, he decided that the menu fit his diet very well. Then, he learned about the record and has been eating at Chipotle every day since. While Bruce looks forward to breaking the record, he says that he will not stop eating at the restaurant anytime soon because he has started to feel like the wait staff are family. They look forward to his visit every day and are anxiously following his progress on the internet.

Bruce only needs to eat at the Mexican restaurant for another two months to break the record. He dines on a variety of foods off their menu with a preference for fresh salads. The restaurant nor Bruce have not announced what they plan on doing to celebrate when he breaks the record that will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Harry Styles Transitions to Movie Star

There is a name in the music industry t hat will be infinitely more familiar with teenage girls than with grown men. However, that same name will be dragging grown men to movie theaters to watch one of the more critically acclaimed war movies in the past decade — ‘Dunkirk’. That name is, of course, Harry Styles. Styles is the frontman for the insanely popular musical group One Direction and now it seems like he is trying to take his name even higher up in the entertainment world by transitioning to becoming an actor. According to preliminary reviews of ‘Dunkirk’, Styles’ first step has been a successful one.

Harry Styles joined the cast of ‘Dunkirk’ to instant loud and wide reception from people all over the entertainment world. Christopher Nolan is an acclaimed director with quality work in his library so his decision to cast Styles was immediately filed under the ‘cautiously optimistic’ label. Still, others saw it as a publicity stunt for Nolan or Styles or both. Styles joins a star studded cast that features some of the most talented working men in Hollywood: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and more. Despite the legendary names in that line up, it appears that Styles managed to fit right in.

‘Dunkirk’ is an early favorite to land some Oscar success and while we don’t think Harry Styles will be nominated for anything, he’s barely a supporting player, that will look very good on his resume. If Styles aims on pursuing more A-List level work in order to follow the footsteps of other musicians like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, well, he’s put himself in the right position to do so. As Styles shines in a WW2 epic, One Direction fans have to wonder if they might be losing their star singer to another industry entirely.

AI Meets Tragic End, At A Water Fountain

Back in the 1970s, people thinking about the future would have a very Jetsons like view of what we would end up with. With flying cars and mind reading technology on those lists, there are few things that we have managed to meet, which would say we are living in the future. Artificial intelligence is one of the things that we have managed actually to do, which would point towards our futuristic lives, but robots do come with their own sets of troubles and turmoils.

Recently, an artificial intelligence called K5 was stationed in Washington. The model was made to be a combat AI, ready to attack in the case of an emergency. One would think that such kind of AI would be equipped with the very best, and would also know to safeguard itself at the time of a crisis. Apparently not.

The K5 soon met its demise after being stationed in its designated area. The cause of death? Drowning. Well, not literally, since all that happened was that the robot slipped and fell into a water fountain nearby. Since the makers of this robot probably did not envision death by fountain to be one of how the K5 would meet it’s end, the model was not made waterproof, instantly rendering its circuits useless.

The K5 was developed by a company known as Knightscope, which is located in Silicon Valley. The company took to Twitter to mourn the tragic loss of their dear AI but soon decided to release a statement that a replacement would be making its way to the Washington area again, sometime next week. Hopefully, this robot performs its functions of guarding the place well and doesn’t meet another tragic end, courtesy the water fountains in the area.

Stan Lee Honored with Handprint Ceremony in Hollywood

Stan Lee is the man you can currently thank for Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Stan lee is the most legendary comic book writer of all time and the creator of the biggest super heroes that the world has ever seen. His work alongside Marvel in creating the ultra popular Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to go down as the thing of legend once the franchises are all wrapped up and complete. At 94 years old Stan Lee is going to start taking a smaller and smaller workload every year and Hollywood was sure to honor him for his efforts. Lee was recently honored with a Handprint on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the TLC Chinese Theatre.

Stan lee’s Walk of Fame ceremony was attended by some of the biggest of the big figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among those attending the event were James Gunn (Writer/Director for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), Kevin Feige (Marvel Studio Boss), and a host of actors including Chadwick Boseman and Clark Gregg. Lee spoke at the event, albeit in short form, and made sure to thank everyone who had supported him along the way. Lee is notorious for his wit, even at 94, and he said during his ceremony: “If I had known I was so good, I’d have asked for a raise.” Lee received this honor after recently being awarded another high honor at the Disney D23 Expo the weekend prior where he was confirmed as a ‘Disney Legend’ alongside Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Stan Lee is one of the highest grossing actors of all time thanks to his numerous cameos in every Marvel Cinematic movie. He is also one of the most highly decorated comic book writers to ever walk the planet and has been credited as saving the industry.