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For the last two years, I was in Mexico for Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This year, there will be no big celebrations and parties in Mexico. I ended up cancelling my flight to Mexico and I will continue to stay put in Canada until the end of the year.

It’s going to be interesting to see how trick-or-treating will go this year. I might go to a friend’s place to hang out the day before Halloween. Maybe I will hand out candy if anyone even shows up to our door on Halloween. I know some people who will be leaving hand sanitizer outside next to a bowl of candy. I know others who are going to drive-thru trick-or-treating event at an exhibition center. Reese’s decided to join in on the fun by creating a special Halloween Door.

Now onto the elephant in the rooms that is the cancellation of the Wisconsin-Nebraska game. The announcement was made on Wednesday although most of us pretty much knew on Monday that the game would probably be cancelled. Honestly, I think the right decision was made. It seems like Wisconsin would have made its way into a Red/Red category by the end of the week, which would have led to the conference automatically cancelling the game anyways. My prediction is that one more Nebraska game gets cancelled by the end of the season and it’s just something that were going to live with right now.

Let’s be positive in the comments today. What are you planning to do for Halloween this year? What’s your family chocolate candy? Do you love candy corn? What would you do if you saw an abandoned newborn in an airport bathroom? Found out why I asked that question by scrolling through today’s ‘spooky’ collection of articles. Onto Flakes...

Spooky Flakes

Nebraska Football: Wisconsin Game Scheduled for Saturday Has Been Cancelled | Football | Corn Nation

The spread of the virus has forced Wisconsin to pause all football related activities for seven days. When Graham Mertz reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 it was a surprise. Then when his back-up Chase Wolf also tested positive the concern that there would actually be a football game became real.

Reviewing the 2020 Wisconsin Badgers | Football | Corn Nation

Wisconsin started the season with a dominant 45-7 victory over Illinois where freshman quarterback Graham Mertz was the star, completing 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns. Mertz was named the Big Ten’s freshman and co-offensive player of the week, but now that he’s received a second positive test for COVID-19, he’s unable to participate in football activities for three weeks.

Inside Badgers’ Decision to Cancel Wisconsin-Nebraska Game Amid COVID-19 Spike | Football | Hail Varsity

The Badgers currently find themselves in the Orange/Red testing category set by the Big Ten. That would put the team positivity rate between 2 and 5% and the population positivity rate above 7.5%. A team in the Orange/Red category, per the Big Ten’s guide, would only have to “proceed with caution and enhance COVID-19 prevention.”

Nebraska Recruiting: 2020 Provides Test of Development Under Scott Frost | Football | Hail Varsity

The 2020 recruiting class has players already seeing the field too. Offensive tackle Turner Corcoran made his debut, as well as wide receivers Marcus Fleming and Alante Brown. Outside linebacker Pheldarius Payne showed what he can do in the first game. There will be a handful of other players from that class who end up playing too. Most notably, JUCO transfers Omar Manning and Jordon Riley.

Shatel: Could Nebraska and Wisconsin Have Played? Yes, But Badgers Aren’t Ducking Huskers | Football | Omaha World Herald

I can blame the Big Ten for a lot of things. And have. But here, I can’t blame Wisconsin for not wanting to play this game. Go ahead, conspiracy theories are welcome. The Badgers were without a brilliant coach and down to their fourth-string quarterback. Those of you chalking up a Husker win, allow me to introduce you to Matt Turman and the 1994 Nebraska team.

Chatelain: Would the Big Ten Allow the Huskers to Play a Nonconference Game? | Football | Omaha World Herald

It’s pretty darned ironic that Scott Frost becomes the first Big Ten coach wondering if his team can/should seek an alternative way to play football Saturday. Yes, I’m talking about a nonconference opponent. Most likely a Group of Five or FCS opponent. Nebraska certainly has the motivation and the cash to make it happen. But would the Big Ten sign off? Here we go again.

McKewon: The Football Gods Appear to Want a Word With Nebraska Coach Scott Frost | Football | Omaha World Herald

The football gods appear to want a word with Nebraska coach Scott Frost just about every season. Frost has been a head coach for five years. Either weather or a global pandemic has altered his team’s schedule in four of those seasons. The latest twist: Wisconsin canceling its game with Nebraska because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases on its football team.

Nebraska-Wisconsin May Only Be First Casualty Of The Big Ten’s Condensed Schedule | Football | Omaha World Herald

A delayed start to the football season by the Big Ten bought the league time to prepare for the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a condensed 2020 schedule with no margin for error was the price — and Nebraska will pay it this week after its Halloween opponent, Wisconsin, called off the game Wednesday amid multiple positive tests within the team.

Sipple: Cancellation Makes Sense, But B1G Should Allow NU to Play Someone Saturday | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

First and foremost, you have to think about the Nebraska student-athletes in this situation. Yes, the players who adore their sport. For almost all of them, cancellation of Saturday’s game amounts to crushing news. These are performers. They want to take their talents to a big stage and help a team fulfill a mission. They play an incredibly demanding sport. Much of the preparation is grueling work, both physically and mentally.

‘I Still Feel That Aloha Spirit In Lincoln’: Husker Volleyball Player Akana Finds Second Home At Nebraska | Volleyball | Lincoln Journal Star

“It’s different from home, but at the same time, it’s the same. Like a small community,” said Akana of Lincoln. “In Hawaii, we love the sports. The University of Hawaii, that’s the main sport that we cheer for. That’s just like here in Lincoln. I like how the community is nice and tight and small. I’m excited for when the season starts to see how it will feel.”

Sweet Travel Bites

Qatar Expresses ‘Regrets’ But Defends Invasive Exams of Women on Ten Flights | Travel | New York Times

Women were pulled from multiple flights and strip-searched, the Australian government said, after a newborn baby was found in an airport restroom.

Delta Has Added 460 People To Its No-Fly List Since April for Refusing To Wear Masks | Travel | Travel and Leisure

Mask enforcement is one of several Delta COVID-19 safety policies. Other protocols include blocking off seats in terminals and airplanes for social distancing, using electrostatic sprayers before flights, and handing customers sanitizing wipes.

Southwest Will Stop Blocking Middle Seats in December | Travel | Travel and Leisure

Kelly said Southwest customers will instead have “enhanced flexibility” to rebook themselves on a different flight. The airline will also continue enforcing its strict policy of requiring passengers to wear face masks.

Salem Is Urging Visitors Not to Come Travel This Year to Celebrate Halloween | Halloween | Travel and Leisure

“If you’re not in Salem yet and are thinking about coming, my advice to you is skip it,” says Salem’s mayor, Kim Driscoll. “Skip it until after October. We still can’t allow the sorts of crowds that are gathering here to continue. While we have seen around half the visitors to Salem this October than we’ve had in previous years, we still have had large numbers of people here throughout the month.”

Top Ten Things To Know About ‘Day Of The Dead’ | Travel | National Geographic

Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

The Origin of The Word ‘Taboo’ | Travel | BBC

“Tapu is a sacred order to protect our health, to protect our life and to protect our elders and their ancient wisdom,” he explained. “It’s a form of discipline rooted in Polynesian culture that has to do with restrictions, but also respect.”

Dosa: India’s Wholesome Fast Food Obsession | Food | BBC

Although the glistening, golden-brown circle might have looked like a French crepe or a Russian blini, it was neither. It was a dosa, a thin South Indian pancake made from a fermented batter of soaked rice and black gram, a 2,000-year-old dish beloved by millions of Indians that can now be found in almost every part of the planet.

Halloween Treats

30 Most Haunted Places in the World | Halloween | Travel and Leisure

No matter where you are in the world, there’s probably a haunted house, hotel, or old historical site that’s waiting for you to visit. Not only are there plenty of places to send a chill up your spine in the U.S., there are lots of eerie destinations across the pond.

15 Haunted Castles Around the World | Halloween | Conde Nast Traveler

In this collection of haunted castles, there are dungeons once filled with skeletons, haunted ballrooms, gruesome tales, and even tigers terrorizing a local village: These are the world’s haunted castles, from New Zealand to Romania and beyond.

10 Haunted Roads in the United States | Halloween | Travel and Leisure

Of course, many of these stories are nothing more than urban legends, but they’re certainly scary enough to make you think twice about driving down these roads.

10 Most Haunted Cities in America | Halloween | Travel and Leisure

Ghost hunters flock to the most haunted cities in America, known for spirit sightings at eerie locations not typically found in guidebooks. Tragic past events have allegedly caused ghosts to linger in hotels, restaurants, parks, and more.

13 Most Haunted Hotels in America | Halloween | Travel and Leisure

The 13 most haunted hotels in America offer more than a comfortable bed and room service — spotting the spirits that wander these halls should be on every thrill-seeking tourist’s bucket list.

The Spookiest Destinations In Each State | Halloween | Travel Pulse

It’s that time of year again. Time for pumpkin-spice everything and spending our time actively pursuing getting the living daylights scared out of us. In addition to testing your nerves at the harrowing local haunted house, why not pay a visit to your state’s spookiest location to take your Halloween haunts to the next level.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix | Entertainment | Variety

There’s nothing better than discovering a good horror movie. The scares are new, the characters expendable and nothing is predictable. If you’re ready to be freaked out, we’ve compiled a list of the very best horror flicks on Netflix.

The History Behind the Ouija Board is Both Pure and Evil | Entertainment | Nerdist

There is perhaps no “game” that sparks as much curiosity and fear as a Ouija board. The flat board with numbers, letters, a few words, and a planchette is generally synonymous with breaking the veil between the living and dead realms. Many see it as a tool to open horrifying portals while others use it to curiously commune with “the other side.”

Eye-Popping Articles

Travel Influencers Are Being Paid to Whitewash Authoritarian Regimes | Travel | Rest of World

The influencer industry has grown to be cozy with some unsavory governments, but its clout might not be as effective as it once was.

The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion | Espionage | GQ

He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia. Then, one night in Moscow, Marc’s life changed forever. He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens of American diplomats and spies who believe they’ve been targeted with this secret device all over the world.

Linguistic Markers Predict Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease | Health | The Lancet

The results suggest that language performance in naturalistic probes expose subtle early sings of progression to Alzheimer’s Disease in advance of clinical diagnosis of impairment.

The Untold Truth of White Castle | Food | Mashed

In order to get the misinformed public in the door and ordering his White Castle hamburgers, Ingram worked out a deal with the University of Minnesota to research the health of the food. One man volunteered to help, and eat just his burgers for 13 weeks straight.

What Comes After the International Space Station? | Science | WIRED

The ISS will mark 20 years of continuous human occupation on Saturday, but it’s unlikely to last another 20 years. Funding for the space station is scheduled to dry up this decade, although exactly when that will happen is still unclear.

How Iceman Wim Hof Uncovered the Secrets to Our Health | Adventure | Outside Online

Wim Hof’s teachings about breath work and the health benefits of cold plunges have attracted millions of followers who swear it has cured everything from depression to diabetes and makes them happier and stronger. Our writer traveled to Iceland for a deep dive with the man and his methods.

How Scrabble Blew Its Big Moment | Games | Sports Illustrated

The 2000s were all about the tiles, from televised tournaments to indie documentaries to addictive social apps. What has changed? Start with a recession, add a racial reckoning and the #MeToo movement.

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