Happy Halloween | A long-lost chameleon was found | Light physical activity wasn't always ideal for kids
October 30, 2020
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Happy Friday. I hope you enjoy the batch of Halloween stories in today's WYWW. Have a spooktacular weekend! - Sean
A long-lost chameleon was found
(Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images)
Why it matters: A Voeltzkow's chameleon is a kind of chameleon that hadn't been spotted in more than a century, but researchers have now confirmed a siting in Madagascar. I see why the researchers are excited and all, but doesn't this just mean the Voeltzkow's chameleon is really, really good at being a chameleon?
Full Story: CNET (10/30) 
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Why it matters: Parents who are keen to get their kids off the couch and moving around should read this study, which found that some kinds of activity can get in the way of enhanced academic performance. The study found light physical activity -- like doing chores, sitting at the computer, playing video games, preparing or eating food and general putzing around -- can get in the way of sleep, studying and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
Full Story: University of South Australia (10/29) 
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Why it matters: Remember when the Gallagher brothers and the rest of Oasis claimed they were going to be bigger than The Beatles? That prediction didn't age too well, but funny memes about Oasis and "Wonderwall" never get old.
Full Story: Substack/Today In History (10/30) 
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Why it matters: If you've been looking to make the switch to an electric vehicle but don't want to shell out the cash for a new ride, Chevy is gonna make it easier for you to charge up your existing wheels.
Full Story: Engadget (10/30) 
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Why it matters: Considering how often WYWW features stories related to the amazing things artificial intelligence can accomplish, it's only fair that we highlight some of AI's lowlights.

AI was put to use recently when the camera used to broadcast a soccer game in Scotland was programmed to follow the ball and keep it at the center of the screen. There was one gloriously shiny problem with the plan.
Full Story: SB Nation (10/30) 
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Halloween Fun
Why it matters: Looking to add a wee bit of data to a debate that is often viewed as subjective, the Science of Scare project conducted an informal study of viewers' heart rates while they watched various horror movies to determine which flick was the scariest. Which movie generated the most screams and scares?: "Sinister"

I had never heard of "Sinister" before reading this article, but judging by the trailer above, I can see why it got people's heart rates racing. You've been warned.
Full Story: CNET (10/29) 
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Why it matters: This article offers advice for what you can do if you encounter a ghost. I never believed in ghosts until I had a spooky encounter with a woman on the bow of the Queen Mary a few years ago. Let's just say it was waaaaaaay too early in the morning for "the living" to be dressed in such period-appropriate attire. The one tip I'd share from that experience is pretty simple: take a picture of the ghost and see what kind of image your camera captures!
Full Story: Lifehacker (10/30) 
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Why it matters: I took a look at the picks from last year's WYWW Halloween Candy Draft and I gotta say there weren't too many busts. Considering all the hoopla about the Chicago Bulls and the documentary "The Last Dance" earlier this year, I'd say Paula was particularly clairvoyant and scored the steal of the draft with Three Musketeers -- "The MJ/Scottie/Dennis of candy bars" -- with the No. 4 pick.
Full Story: Medium (tiered subscription model) (10/31) 
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Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?
For Your Dining Pleasure
Why it matters: McDonald's is bringing back the McRib sandwich for a limited time and has created a locator app to help fans find it. The real trick is to find a location that is serving the McRib AND has a functioning ice cream machine.
Full Story: CNBC (10/30) 
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On the Road with WYWW
Why it matters: Today's dose of mental vacationing takes you all around the world via what might be my favorite nature photo gallery yet. It has amazing variety, including an awesome nightscape in Yellowstone, a fearsome lion, a creepy crocodile and not-so-happy endings for a fish and a frog. My favorite is the one of Pulpit Rock in Norway.
Full Story: National Wildlife Federation (10/26) 
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Happy Hour Fun
Why it matters: WYWW readers have been asking for food and beverage recipes, so here is one for a concoction that will get you through a chilly Halloween night.
Full Story: Adventure Journal (10/29) 
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WYWW Playlist
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

There is a WYWW playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs listed in this space. Enjoy!
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Enjoy the View
Tom Cruise had nothing on Tater Tot
I feel the need ... the need for speed! (Sean McMahon)
Why it matters: The release of the sequel to "Top Gun" was delayed due to the pandemic, but that didn't stop my dog Tater Tot (call sign "Turbo") from dressing up as one of the "best of the best" canine fighter pilots. The only thing missing from his costume is a sweet pair of Aviator sunglasses.
Full Story: Flickr (9/10) 
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About the Editors
Sean McMahon
Sean McMahon
Since I joined SmartBrief in 2003, I have produced content on a variety of topics including finance, energy, infrastructure, politics, telecommunications and international development.

The best thing about Tater "Turbo" Tot is that he never, ever leaves his wingman. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.
David Bowie,
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