RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 10/19/18

New Coke has a terrible reputation, but before it launched, it actually beat original Coke and Pepsi in blind taste tests.

The shuttlecock that’s used in badminton today was created by Eddie Bauer . . . the person, not the store.  Before he patented a standard shuttlecock, there was no consistent size, weight, or material for them.

There’s a name for the “apron” of fat that hangs down from the bottom of a person’s stomach:  It’s called a pannus.


October 19th is the 292nd day of the year. There are 73 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 34 days until Thanksgiving

There are 10 weekends until Christmas

Today is Dress Like a Dork Day, Evaluate Your Life Day, National Mammography Day, National Seafood Bisque Day, New Friends Day and Rainforest Day

Here’s some trivia for you.  The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million.  The Powerball odds are 1 in 292 million.  And your chances of winning both of them are 1 in 88 QUADRILLION.  That’s 88 followed by 15 zeroes. Tonight’s Mega Millions is at $970 million, and Saturday’s Powerball is at $430 million.

The Boston Red Sox won another trip to the World Series, beating the Houston Astros 4 to 1 in Game 5 of the ALCS last night.  Here’s the final call.

Nebraska’s new tourist campaign slogan is “Nebraska. Honestly, it’s not for everyone.”

Kleenex is rebranding their “mansize” tissues after people complained about the name.

On a list of the horror movie each state is the most obsessed with, “Silence of the Lambs” claimed the most states, with six.  “Shaun of the Dead” was most popular in four, and “The Exorcist” carried two states and Washington, D.C. In Minnesota it is “Silence of the Lambs” and in Wisconsin it’s “Shaun of the Dead”

There’s a new trend of people Tweeting supposed links to celebrity gossip . . . but when you click on them, you get taken to the voter registration page of Vote.org.  It seems to be working.  Several people say they actually DID register to vote after being tricked

If the Saints beat the Ravens this weekend, DREW BREES will become just the third quarterback to have defeated all 32 teams.  The only other two to do it are Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. But all 32 teams includes his own team.  How is that possible?  Drew started his career with the San Diego Chargers, and he led them to a win over the Saints back in 2004. Three other quarterbacks have beaten 31 of the 32 teams . . . Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers, but they’re all missing the team they play for, so unless they switch teams, they won’t be joining the club. Also, Joe Montana and Fran Tarkenton are unofficial members of the 32-club.  They both got a win against every team in the league, but when they were playing there were only 28 teams in the NFL.

A couple from Tennessee hit six Disney theme parks in one day on Wednesday . . . on both coasts.  It was for their 10th anniversary.  They had breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, walked to Epcot, hit Magic Kingdom, had lunch at Animal Kingdom, took a flight from Orlando to LA at 4:30, hit California Adventure by 8 p.m., and Disneyland before it closed at midnight.

New Movies

”Halloween” (Rated R) … STARRING: Jamie Lee Curtis .. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronts Michael Myers one final time on Halloween night

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 10/18/18

There were only five number one albums for all of 1984, an all-time low. Michael Jackson’s“Thriller” for the first 15 weeks . . . the “Footloose” soundtrack for the next 10 . . . “Sports” by Huey Lewis and the News for one week . . . Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” for four . . . then Prince’s “Purple Rain” for 22.

The only state with a one-syllable name is . . . Maine.

In 1987, the IRS started making people list their kids’ Social Security numbers on their tax forms when they counted them as dependents, to cut down on fraud.  And suddenly, seven million children who were claimed the year before disappeared.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 10/18/18

October 18th is the 291st day of the year. There are 74 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 35 days until Thanksgiving

There are 161 days until 2019 Baseball Season begins (March 28) Brewers game 6 Friday

Today is Conflict Resolution Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day, National No Beard Day, Spirit Day, National Meatloaf Appreciation Day, International Necktie Day and World Menopause Day

No one won last night’s Powerball lottery jackpot meaning Saturday’s drawing is worth $430 million with a lump sum cash payout of $248 million

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot jumped from $868 million to $900 million yesterday. It’s the largest Mega Millions lottery jackpot in history. Overall, the prize is the second largest lottery jackpot on record.

A Philadelphia ice cream shop is selling a Doritos ice cream sandwich. Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched in between two chocolate cookies before the entire dessert is rolled in crushed nacho cheese flavored Doritos. Each sandwich sells for $4.50. The ice cream sandwiches are modeled after the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot Gritty.

10.5 million people watched the premiere of “The Conners” on Tuesday night. 17.7 million people watched the premiere of the ”Roseanne” reboot last year.

A new survey done in England found life costs an average of $525 more a month after you have kids.

More babies are being born to unmarried parents in the U.S. than ever before . . . it’s up to 40%.  It was 10% in 1970.

New Movies Opening Tonight

”Halloween” (Rated R) … STARRING: Jamie Lee Curtis .. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronts Michael Myers one final time on Halloween night


October 17th is the 290th day of the year. There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 36 days until Thanksgiving

Today is Love Your Body Day, National Fossil Day, National Mulligan Day, National Take your Parents to Lunch Day, Pay Back a Friend Day, Spreadsheet Day and Wear Something Gaudy Day, National Pasta Day & Bra Day USA

No one won last night’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot meaning Friday’s drawing is worth $868 million with a lump sum cash payout of $494 million

The Voice: The Battles … Team Blake Shelton: Mercedes Ferreira-Dias vs. Chris Kroeze. They sing ‘Back In The High Life Again.’ The winner of the battle is Chris.

Buffalo Wild Wings is selling pumpkin spice wings for a limited time. The sauce contains cinnamon and nutmeg and is spicy and tangy.

General Mills is celebrating the holidays by bringing back Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch cereal. The cereal will be available for a limited time

Ben & Jerry’s has placed a new flavor on store shelves. Minter Wonderland features dark chocolate mint ice cream with marshmallows swirls and chocolate cookie swirls

Apple redesigned their bagel Emoji after iPhone users complained it did not contain cream cheese. The old Emoji just showed a sliced Bagel while the new one shows a sliced bagel with cream cheese.

A study says swearing at work can fight off stress. The study showed bad language serves the needs of people for developing and maintaining solidarity, and as a mechanism to cope with stress.

A medical report just came out about a guy in New York who developed an extremely rare disease a few years ago.  And he got it by . . . eating SQUIRREL BRAINS.  So to avoid it . . . yeah, lay off the squirrel brains.

After years of blurry vision, a 102-year-old woman in China said she finally decided to undergo eye surgery because it was affecting her video gaming. But it’s not Fortnite, Call of Duty or even Angry Birds she’s playing. She’s been a hardcore fan of Solitaire since 2002 but was having trouble playing because of cataracts. Now that her eyesight’s better the 102-year-old has been told she can play her favorite video game up to 30 minutes at a time.






October 16th is the 289th day of the year. There are 76 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 37 days until Thanksgiving

There are 69 shopping days until Christmas

Today is Global Cat Day, Information Overload Day, National Boss Day, National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day, National Department Store Day, National Dictionary Day, National Face Your Fears Day, National Liqueur Day

The jackpot for tonight’s (Tuesday) Mega Millions is $654 million. Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is $345 million. … History’s biggest prize was $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January, 2016. The three winners were from Tennessee, Florida and California.

San Antonio’s Bubble Waffle Bar is selling a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Milkshake for $4.99. The shake is infused with real bits of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ice cream is also being sold.

Three Olives Vodka just rolled out a new eggnog-flavored vodka for this Christmas.  They say it’s the first-ever eggnog vodka, and it should be available at liquor stores everywhere through the rest of the year.

“Golden Girls” cereal has finally hit the market . . . just a little over 26 years since the show went off the air.  (???)  And no, it’s actually not one of those terrible high fiber / bran ones. It was put out by Funko, the company that makes those anime-style, pop culture dolls with the big heads. It’s a Target exclusive, and it’s currently being rolled out at various locations.  The box features the Funko-versions of all four characters . . . and the cereal itself is “multigrain,” and it looks a little like ALL-BLUE APPLE JACKS.  It’s $8, which is steep . . . but each box comes with a collectible toy.

A new study by the University of California-Irvine reveals that global warming is going to make beer more expensive because heat waves and droughts will damage barley. Researcher Nathan Mueller tells BuzzFeed News that the price of beer could double. “It kind of adds insult to injury. There’s a heat wave, so you want a beer. But it costs more. It hits close to home for people.”

For the past few years, a handful of Arby’s have served DEER sandwiches during deer hunting season.  This year, they’re doing seared duck breast sandwiches during duck hunting season. They’ll only be available this Saturday, and only at 16 locations, most of which appear to be in smaller cities where hunting is big, like, for example Kalispell, Montana and Pearland, Texas. One of the locations is in Onalaska.

The music industry reportedly loses $2.65 BILLION a year from coffee shops and other small businesses that illegally play music from their personal streaming accounts, when that music should be licensed.

TV TONIGHT: SERIES PREMIERE: THE CONNERS – This Roseanne spinoff (without Roseanne stars John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf and follows the Conner family after a sudden turn of events forces them to face the daily struggles of life in a way they never have before. (7p CT, ABC)




McDonald’s invented bubble gum-flavored broccoli a few years ago, but wound up scrapping it because the kids who taste tested it found it too confusing.

The fast food chain Popeyes isn’t named after the cartoon character . . . it’s named after Gene Hackman’s character Popeye Doyle from the movie “The French Connection”.

A woman’s rights leader named Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president.  She ran in 1872 against Ulysses S. Grant, and couldn’t vote for herself . . . because it was 48 years before women got the right.