The famous Half Moon Bay pumpkins are shrinking, Playboy magazine is covering up, and more news from the past week.
Drought Impacts Half Moon Bay's Famous Giant Pumpkin Contest, SFGate
On top of everything else the drought gets blamed for, add the not-quite-as-giant pumpkins of Half Moon Bay. It is a well-known truth of the mega-pumpkin trade that, to produce a giant pumpkin, a grower must sacrifice other, smaller, sweeter pumpkins on the same vine and send all the water and nutrients to the blob pumpkin. The other pumpkins die so the giant may live. It took four hours of weigh-ins for lesser pumpkins before the last of the giants hit the stage Monday. The winner turned out to weigh 1,969 pounds. That’s plenty big, but well under last year’s winner of 2,058 pounds.
Lucky Charms to Release Marshmallow-Only Boxes, Eater
The best part of a box of Lucky Charms has always been the colorful, strangely hard marshmallows, and General Mills has finally recognized it. According to the company's blog, the cereal manufacturer is releasing boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms, a "unicorn of the cereal world." General Mills says that over the years, the Lucky Charms team has received "countless calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts" from marshmallow-obsessed fans about a possible cereal-free box.
Playboy Will No Longer Feature Fully Nude Photographs in Print Edition, NYTimes
As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude. The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.
2015 National Book Award Finalists Announced, TIME
The finalists have been announced for the 2015 National Book Awards, and it’s good news for several favorites. Though Hanya Yanagihara lost out on the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, she remains a contender in the National Book Awards’ fiction race for A Little Life. In non-fiction, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me made the cut as well, continuing a winning streak for the author who was named a MacArthur “genius” last month. Each finalist will receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Nov. 18, will receive $10,000. Check out the full list of finalists here.
Donald Trump to Host SNL in November, NBC News
Live from New York, it's Donald Trump! The GOP presidential frontrunner and real estate magnate will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on November 7, the show announced Tuesday. His appearance comes almost exactly a year before Election Day, which will fall on November 8, 2016. Trump last hosted the NBC comedy show in April 2004.