THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 1/12/21-

January 12th is the 12th day of 2021. There are 353 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 33 days remaining until Valentine’s Day

There are 61 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time starts

Today is … National Marzipan Day (Marzipan is a light, candy-like mixture made by mixing finely-ground almonds with sugar, corn syrup and egg whites), National Glazed Doughnut Day, National Hot Tea Day, National Curried Chicken Day, International Kiss A Ginger Day, National Pharmacist Day and Work Harder Day

This Week is .. National Pizza Week

— On this date in 1966, Batman premiered

— On this date in 1971, All In The Family premiered

Mountain Dew is releasing a new drink inspired by “The Batman.”¬†Riddler’s Blue is dark blue in color and will most likely be on store shelves when Robert Pattinson’s new film hits theaters in March 2022¬†

Ben & Jerry’s just launched two flavors of ice cream made specifically for dogs.  There’s a peanut-butter-and-pretzel flavor, and a cookie-and-pumpkin combo.  And the tubs they come in look EXACTLY like normal Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  So be careful when you reach into that freezer. 

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $615 million. Skip Garibaldi, a professor of mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta, says, ”You are three times more likely to die from a falling coconut, he says; seven times more likely to die from fireworks, and way more likely to die from flesh-eating bacteria (115 fatalities a year) than you are to win the Mega Millions lottery.”

The website Emojipedia just released its data on the emoji trends of 2020, and here are some of the highlights . . .One in five messages now contains at least one emoji. The most popular emoji of the year was the “face crying tears of joy” . . . but it JUST slightly beat out the “loudly crying face,” which is the one with the open mouth and basically two walls of tears coming out. Some of the emojis that saw the biggest drops in 2020 were ones related to travel, like the airplane . . . and ones related to sports, like the soccer ball, baseball, and basketball. 

Because of the whole Brexit thing, people in the U.K. can’t bring meat, dairy, and other products with them when they travel into Europe now.  Someone posted footage of cops in Amsterdam, who recently seized a guy’s ham sandwiches when he arrived on a ferry.

A new study ranked every state from the best place to raise a family in 2021 to the worst, based on everything from education to affordability to parks and playgrounds.  The best two are Massachusetts and Minnesota . . . and the worst two are New Mexico and Mississippi.Wisconsin came in 14th.

People are noticing similarities between a new Morgan Wallen song called “Sand In My Boots” . . . and Kenny Chesney’s 2005 hit “Anything But Mine“.  Here’s a sample of each.