Things You Need To Know Fri 1/4/13

  • An Iowa couple have bought the site where the movie, “Field of Dreams” was filmed and are going to turn it into a youth sports complex, including 24 baseball diamonds and 60 clubhouses.
  • Avis has bought Zipcar in a $500 million.
  • Scientists studying fructose say that the sugar may actually stimulate triggers in the brain that cause you to overeat! The fructose apparently prevents your brain from recognizing that your stomach is full.
  • Jenny Craig and Medifast have already said they have no interest in a deal with Kim Kardashian for a post-pregnancy weight-loss campaign.
  • The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home on Wednesday.
  • In a candid interview with Cosmopolitan, dancing queen Julianne Hough said she was abused as a child in London.
  • Animal rights worker Barbara Casey says in a lawsuit that several of the horses used on HBO’s canceled series “Luck” were drugged, underweight and sick during production.
  • A parent who said the lyrics to Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” in a high-school drama has prompted educators to cancel the production, deeming it too sexually suggestive.
  • In Scranton, Pennsylvania, a local newspaper received a nice calendar in the mail the other day — a 1950 railroad calendar. Stuck in the postal system for 63 years, but finally delivered.
  • Wendy’s has replaced their 99-cent value meal items with a “Right Size, Right Price” menu with items that range from 99 cents to $1.99.
  • Meanwhile, Burger King is kicking off the new year with a slew of new menu items, including Chicken Nuggets, two “molten fudge” desserts and a Whopper with avocado and Swiss.
  • Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who told France he wasn’t sticking around if they were going to increase the tax rate on the rich to 75%, has been granted Russian citizenship.
  • It’s said that Apple is already testing out the iPhone 6 and a new operating system.
  • It’s Spaghetti Day. The world record for largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2009 and reset in March 2010 when a Buca di Beppo restaurant in Garden Grove, California, successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
  • CANADA PHASING OUT THE PENNY IN ONE MONTH _ One month from today (February 4) the Royal Canadian Mint starts collecting one-cent coins for melting and recycling of the metal content. Officials expect that around six billion pennies will be surrendered by Canadians over the next six years.
  • BULL TESTICLE BEER TO BE SOLD NATIONWIDE LATER THIS MONTH _ A Colorado brewery that created a limited-run beer flavored with bull testicles for a beer festival is planning to offer it year-round. Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout was riginally meant as an April Fools’ joke. Here’s the spoof video that started it all.
  • GYM RATS HATE JANUARY _ More than half of Americans who regularly go to the gym said they dread the month of January because resolution-makers move in and take over. Sadly, only 11% of those who join a gym as part of a resolution will still be going by the end of the year.
  • MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING HONEY BUN _ A Florida man is accused of having sticky fingers. Cops say the man stuffed a $1.29 Iced Honey Bun down his sweatpants at a 7-11. He fled on his bicycle but was picked up a short time later. The Honey Bun was not found.
  • GEORGE LUCAS ENGAGED TO MELLODY HOBSON _ Director George Lucas is engaged to Mellody Hobson. Hobson is a businesswoman and a financial contributor on Good Morning America. The couple has been dating for seven years.
  • There are two ways to compute how much money you will need to retire. The first way is complex and time-consuming: Visit one of the many online retirement calculators and enter a bunch of data. The second way is simple and fast: Take your current income and multiply it times 10. That’s how much you need to save in order to retire and continue to live the way you do now.
  • Five cops eating at a Denny’s in Belleville, Ill were told by the manager they couldn’t have their guns inside the restaurant. They were on-duty, but out of uniform, and in the middle of their meal when a customer spotted one of their guns and told the manager. The manager told the cop she would have to secure the gun in her car or leave because guns weren’t allowed in Denny’s. They had their badges in plain view, either on the table or around their necks and their portable radios were on the table the entire time.
  • IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND _ The Impossible (PG-13); Promised Land (R); Texas Chainsaw 3D (R)