Gourdians of the Galaxy

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Good news! If you happen to be in college, like I am, more than likely your semester is about halfway over! That much closer to Christmas. (Don’t get me started on Christmas…although some stores have ALREADY STARTED PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.)

Curious about the weird title? Read on and perhaps you’ll see how it fits together with tonight’s stories!

IN BRIEF: 

-An American held captive in North Korea for the past six months has been released and is returning home. Jeffrey Fowl was arrested after he left his Bible in a hotel room; the U.S. hopes that this will ease tensions between the two nations.

-The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria to be free of the Ebola virus, after no new cases were reported after six weeks. Proof to the world that the virus can be contained and ultimately halted!

-Remember Guardians of the Galaxy‘s awesome soundtrack, known as Awesome Mix Vol. 1? It’s going to be available to buy on cassette tape in November! Get ready to get down to some truly funky retro tunes in all their hi-fi glory!

TONIGHT’S FEATURED STORY:

Let’s talk about what is perhaps the most quintessential symbol of fall in America: the pumpkin.

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Pumpkins are pretty much unavoidable in the fall, and I for one am not complaining. Not only are pumpkins great as decorations and fun to carve into jack-o-lanterns, they’re also quite good for you if you happen to enjoy eating them.

According to research at the pumpkin flesh is low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamins (A, C, E), minerals (copper, calcium, potassium), and antioxidants (beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin). The seeds, too, are an excellent source of protein, fiber, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats. 

Don’t limit yourself to pumpkin pie, either (though that is one of my very favorites!). There’s all kinds of dishes you can use pumpkin for. Like did you know pumpkin lasagna was a thing?

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Despite pumpkins’ many great qualities, that didn’t stop satirical news anchor John Oliver from roasting them (pun intended) in a somewhat harsh (but entertaining) segment on his show Last Week Tonight:

However you may feel about pumpkins, I urge you to do your best to enjoy them while they last!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

Speaking of classic songs, check out the incredible talent of OSU’s marching band as they perform their latest halftime show.

Have a great week- let me know what you’re planning for Halloween! Look out for next week’s special Halloween post!

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