THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 3/19/20-

Today is: March 19th

There are 13 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 24 days remaining until Easter

Today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, Certified Nurses Day, International Astrology Day, Let’s Laugh Day, National Chocolate Caramel Day, National Poultry Day and The First Day of Spring

— On this date in 1831, the first U.S. bank robbery took place when Ed Smith stole $245,000 from a New York bank

Today is the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. And this is actually the earliest spring in 124 years.  NOT because of anything any groundhog predicted, though.  It all has to do with Leap Days and Daylight Saving Time. In 2000, we had a Leap Day.  In the first year of other centuries, like the year 1700, the year 1800, and the year 1900, there wasn’t a Leap Day because years that are evenly divisible by 100 don’t get one. But if a year is evenly divisible by 400, like the year 2000, then we DO have a Leap Day.  Why?  Because of some calculations made in the 1500s.  SO . . . because 2000 was a day longer, it started pushing the time of the vernal equinox slightly earlier every year.  Plus, in recent years, Daylight Saving Time has started earlier in the year, before the equinox, instead of after. That brings us to now, and the equinox is today at 11:49 P.M. Eastern time.  That’s the earliest it’s been since all these random factors collided back in 1896, when the vernal equinox was at 9:29 P.M. Eastern on March 19th.

Hidden Valley just released its SPICIEST version of ranch yet.  It’s called Blazin’ Hot and the slogan is “so hot it’ll melt your face off in the ranchiest way possible.”  It should be available at places like Target and Walmart now.

Kellogg’s just announced they’re coming out with a new edition of Apple Jacks . . . a CARAMEL flavor.  It’s scheduled to hit stores in June. 

A Winnie-the-Pooh Frappuccino has been added to Starbucks’ secret menu. It contains a vanilla bean crème base, cinnamon dolce, cinnamon powder, caramel and whipped cream. The frappe tastes like a graham cracker.

San Antonio residents are flocking to a restaurant, called The Order Up, because they are serving the ultimate coronavirus comfort food. Their Nutella French fries cost $4.50 and have become a hot seller. The warm fries are drenched
in Nutella 

Libby’s Southern Comfort Restaurant, in Covington, Kentucky, is giving out a free roll of toilet paper with each order. Their carryout business is exploding because of their offer.

An earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale, shook Salt Lake City yesterday. The Salt Lake Tribune says the Salt Lake City International Airport and several downtown buildings have damage. The famed Angel Moroni statue lost its trumpet.

When it comes to cuteness, you can’t do much better than a puppy learning how to howl.

CORONA NOTES:

A new website called HowMuchToiletPaper.com will tell you how long your current supply will last, based on what you’ve got and how often you’re hitting the bathroom.

A woman posted a video of her cat who’s UPSET that the whole family is home all the time.

A website compiled a bunch of people’s social media pictures to put together a list of the foods that no one wanted, even now.  Those include . . .

1.  Frozen pizzas with pineapple . . . or with cauliflower and broccoli crusts.

2.  Cans of Manhattan Clam Chowder soup in a New England grocery store.

3.  Hot Tamales-flavored Peeps.

4.  Baby Shark cereal.

5.  Aquafina water.

6.  Gluten-free battered halibut.

7.  Unsalted potato chips.

8.  And, of course, Corona beer. 

Right now there’s a rumor that taking ibuprofen makes the symptoms worse, which even the World Health Organization says they’re looking into . . . but has not officially been proven. Still, since the WHO’s involved, maybe take Tylenol for now.  THAT’S the effect of so much information flying around . . . we have to be cautious and still act on tips, because we can’t afford to get things wrong.