THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 1/06/21-

January 6th is the 6th day of 2021. There are 359 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 27 days remaining until Groundhog Day

There are 39 days remaining until Valentine’s Day

Today is … National Shortbread Day, National Bean Day, Cuddle Up Day, Apple Tree Day, National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day & King Cake Day

— On this date in 1759, George Washington, the first U.S. President, married Martha Dandridge Custis

No one won last night’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot so Friday’s drawing is worth $490 million with a lump sum cash payout of $372.3 million. Tonight’s Powerball drawing is worth $410 million.

Is your Gatorade flavor also AMERICA’S favorite?  An internal sales memo recently revealed that Cool Blue is the flavor we buy the most.  The rest of the top five are Fruit Punch, Lemon-Lime, Glacier Freeze, and Orange. 

Parents of tiny babies: When you’re home with the kid, keep a one-sided conversation going about anything and everything while you’re folding laundry, making dinner, or doing whatever else around the house. The the results of a study reveal that a steady stream of idle chatter from mom or dad’s mouth improves the child’s cognitive development, even more so than reading to them does.

This little boy is so bundled up for winter that he needs dad’s help adjusting a hard-to-reach article of clothing.

There’s a new cookbook out from a, quote, “artisan baker and cook” in the U.K. named Julia Georgallis called “How to Eat Your Christmas Tree”.  And it features dozens of recipes you can make using your tree. For example, Christmas-Cured Fish uses almost a pound of needles for decoration and flavoring.  With Christmas Tree Pickles, you throw a handful of needles into a jar with your pickles for a month. There’s even ICE CREAM flavored with blue spruce needles and ginger.

If you went to sleep and woke up at 12:01 A.M., would you say you woke up early this “morning” or late last “night”?  13% of people say morning.  But the most common answer for when morning “begins” is 5:00 A.M. 

The Earth is spinning faster than it has in 50 years.  That’s not something to worry about, it’s natural . . . but we may need the first-ever NEGATIVE leap second . . . where we have a 59-second minute. Obviously, that difference won’t matter much to you, but it can have a major effect on things like satellites that rely on perfect timing.