Things You Need to Know- Mon 2/27/17

February 27th is the 58th day of the year. There are 307 days remaining until the end of the year

There is 1 day remaining until Mardi Gras

There are 13 days remaining until we turn our clocks forward (March 12)

Today is International Polar Bear Day, National Kahlua Day, National Strawberry Day and Shrove Monday (Shrove Monday, sometimes known as Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, is the Monday before Ash Wednesday every year)

Burger King is now selling Oreo mint shakes

A Cincinnati church that has been turned into a bar is honoring its past by brewing a special Mardi Gras beer for Fat Tuesday. The brewers are using a special yeast that has been blessed by Franciscan priests. One dollar from every sale will go towards overseas Franciscan missions. The Mardi Gras beer will only be available on Tuesday.

Wikipedia uses “bots” to scan posts and make sure people don’t add fake information.  But a new study found the bots have been getting into editing wars, and changing each other’s stuff.

There’s a photo on Reddit of a guy who just quit his job by writing his resignation letter on TOILET PAPER.  And he made it clear in the letter he did it as a symbol of how he was treated and where he thinks the company is going

A new study found women don’t get as much sleep once they have kids, but it doesn’t really affect men’s sleep that much.

Cops in England tased a BLIND guy last Thursday, because they thought his cane was a gun.

A new study found that what you tweet about your new diet can predict whether or not you’ll be successful with it.  If you’re upbeat, your chances are good.  But if you just complain about how much you HATE being on a diet, you probably won’t lose much weight.

Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61. Extra claims Bill died of a stroke following complications from heart surgery.

Judge Wapner from “The People’s Court” died yesterday, at the age of 97.  He pretty much started the whole genre of courtroom reality shows.  Apparently he passed in his sleep.

Donald Trump will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. He Tweeted: ”I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Zach Braff tweeted: ”@AlecBaldwin time to suit up.”

People’s Court Judge Joseph Wapner has passed away at the age of 97. He had been suffering from breathing problems for the past week. Judge Wapner presided over the People’s Court from 1981 until 1993. He filmed 2,484 episodes

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have turned down ABC’s offer to do Dancing with the Stars

Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan has joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars

Netflix is going to broadcast a Tracy Morgan stand-up comedy special called Staying Alive. It will debut on May 16th

JCPenney is going to close 140 slumping stores.

 

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

  1. “Get Out,” $30.5 million.

2.”The Lego Batman Movie,” $19 million

3.”John Wick: Chapter Two,” $9 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 2/27/17

The reason there are usually mirrors next to elevators is to keep people distracted while they wait.

A guy named Philip Noel-Baker from England is the only person who’s ever won an Olympic medal and received a Nobel Prize.  He won a silver in the 1500 meters at the 1920 Olympics, then went into politics and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959.

When “Top Gun” came out, Navy recruitment jumped 500%.

Things You Need to Know- Thurs 2/23/17

February 23rd is the 54th day of the year. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 22 days remaining until St Patty’s Day

There are 83 days remaining until our average highs hit 70 (May 17)

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, National Banana Bread Day, Play Tennis Day and World Understanding and Peace Day and National Chili Day,

A Japanese company called KDDI just created an app that could let your boss know when you’re spending an extra long time in the bathroom. The app is set up to monitor the stalls in all of the bathrooms in an office building. People can check to see if stalls are available before they head to the bathroom, which can save them the hassle of getting to the bathroom and finding it’s totally occupied.  So that’s good. But the app can also send an alert to management if one stall has been occupied for too long.  And it’s not hard to see how companies could quickly use the data from that alert to figure out which employees are burning the most time on the toilet. The app is going on sale in Japan starting in March.  There’s no word on when it might be available over here.

This’ll make you feel old.  Urban Outfitters is now selling a retro t-shirt with the America Online logo for $45.  They’re also selling shirts with the Napster logo, and a photo of “Tom” from MySpace.

86% of people put ketchup on French fries and 85% put it on burgers, according to a new survey.  But from that point on, the survey goes WAY off the rails.

Here are some of the MUCH stranger foods that people put ketchup on.

Check ’em out . . .

  1. Fried chicken, 42% put ketchup on it.
  2. Scrambled eggs, 37%.
  3. Potato chips, 14%.
  4. Pizza, 13%.
  5. Steak or pot roast, 10%.
  6. Pasta, 8%.
  7. Nachos, 5%.
  8. Chinese food, 3%.
  9. Pancakes, 2%.
  10. Ice cream, 1%.

A woman in New Mexico was pulled over on Friday, and instead of doing the sobriety tests the cop wanted, she did two CARTWHEELS.  She was arrested for drunk driving.

Past studies have shown that owning a cat could cause psychiatric issues, because of a parasite you can pick up from their kitty litter.  But a new study got more in-depth, and found NO link between mental issues and growing up with a cat.

A woman in Florida took second place in a half-marathon this past Sunday, but only because she intentionally skipped part of the course.  Someone online figured it out because of a photo she posed for afterward.  She’s wearing a GPS tracking watch.  And when you zoom in, you can see she ran two miles less than everyone else.

New York City’s Bodega Negra restaurant created a $500 pizza yesterday in honor of National Margarita Day. The pizza was infused with two shots of Gran Patron premium tequila as well as other types of expensive tequilas. The pizza was topped with avocado, fresh mango, lobster, caviar, black truffles and platinum flakes.

A man from Lancashire, England recently made a Facebook post that caused others to cringe. The man wanted a tattoo artist to remove a tattoo from his dead cousin’s shoulder before placing it on his body. “I’m looking for a trainee medic to remove this [tattoo] from my recently departed cousin and stitch the skin onto my shoulder”. No takers as of yet.

Bloomberg claims McDonald’s is cutting its drink prices in order to boost business. They plan to offer $1 sodas and $2 McCafe specialty drinks

Pizza Hut is offering half-price pizzas on Oscar Sunday.

Little Caesars is now selling a barbecue pizza loaded with brisket, pulled pork and bacon. It costs $9

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife have no plans to name their future son Dale III

Paula Abdul is going to play herself in a new NBC comedy about a woman who grows up in a mixed-race family in Philadelphia. The young woman goes on to become a Laker girl like her idol Paula

Netflix is going to air two new stand-up comedy specials from Louis CK. The first one will premiere on April 4th. It was taped in Washington DC

Fox has renewed the Lethal Weapon TV show for a second season

 

New Movies Opening Today

Collide (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Felicity Jones … Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) goes on the run from a mobster after a heist goes wrong. He asks his former boss and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend from the mobster

Get Out (Rated R) … STARRING: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams … an interracial couple heads to her parents’ home to meet her parents. Things go awry from there

The Girl with All the Gifts (Rated R) … STARRING: Glenn Close … the movie follows a young girl, who lives in an underground army bunker with other children. Dr. Caldwell (Close) works with the girls to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet.

Rock Dog (Rated PG) … STARRING:Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott … Tibetan Mastiffs protect a village of wool-making sheep from an evil wolf Linnux (Lewis Black). One Mastiff wants to become a rock star after finding a radio

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 2/23/17

The Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys have won 41% of the Super Bowls in NFL history.

When Facebook was developing the Like button, the engineers all wanted it to be called the AWESOME button.  Luckily Mark Zuckerberg vetoed that.

Eddie, the dog on “Frasier”, made $10,000 per episode.  His real name was Moose, and he died in 2006 after making more than $3.2 million.

Things You Need to Know- Wed 2/22/17

February 22nd is the 53rd day of the year. There are 312 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 6 days remaining until Mardi Gras

There are about 138 days remaining until Blueberry season begins in our area!

Today is Be Humble Day, International World Thinking Day, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, National Margarita Day and Walking the Dog Day

Sour cherry and cherry limeade-flavored marshmallow Peeps have hit store shelves

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is worth $403 million. Some financial planners say whoever wins tonight’s Powerball jackpot should immediately move to Puerto Rico where the federal income tax is only 4%. There is no state tax in Puerto Rico. You have better odds of becoming the President of the United States .. 1 in 10 million

Netflix has launched a new feature called Netflix for Fitness. It costs $39 a month and features live-streamed fitness classes.

The new iPhone 8 may be able to take 3D selfies by using new depth perception technology

There’s a new trend where people are eating oranges in the SHOWER . . . because it helps avoid the sticky mess.  And people are sharing photos of their “shower oranges” on social media.

If you haven’t heard, there’s a Kellogg’s restaurant in Times Square in New York where you can pay six bucks for a bowl of cereal.  And now, they’re going to let you spend way more than that to get weird with Pop-Tarts. Kellogg’s NYC is rolling out a bunch of Pop-Tarts items, including nachos . . . pizza . . . tacos and burritos . . . tiramisu . . . and milkshakes.  They’re all made mostly out of different types of Pop-Tarts, although some other dessert ingredients sneak in too. They’re only going to be available this week, and they’ll cost up to $12 . . . but you CAN probably replicate them yourself for a lot cheaper at home.

For tax reasons, a federal court recently had to decide if the Snuggie is technically a blanket, or a piece of clothing.  The answer is . . . it’s a blanket.

The police have valued Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey at $500,000. The maximum punishment for a first degree felony in Texas is 5 to 99 years or life in prison with a $10,000 fine

Eater.com claims Burger King has purchased Popeyes for $1.8 billion

Ivanka Trump’s perfume is number #1 on Amazon’s list of best-selling fragrances. The $34 spray has been a best seller for six consecutive days ever since Nordstrom announced they were no longer going to carry Ivanka’s line

This year’s Academy Awards stage is going to be adorned with 300,000 Swarovski crystals

Demi Moore is joining the cast of Empire. She will play a nurse with a mysterious past

Steven Spielberg’s mother Leah has passed away at the age of 97

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are returning to Dancing with the Stars. The new season starts on February 20th.

NBC has renewed the soap opera Days of Our Lives for a 52nd season

A woman in London rejected a guy’s offer for a second date last week . . . so he sent her a message asking for $53 to cover her half of their first date.  And she actually paid it.

7.8 million people watched the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night

Wendy’s is secretly testing French fries smothered in queso. A grilled chicken sandwich with fresh mozzarella and a maple and bacon chicken sandwich on a croissant are also being tested.

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 2/22/17

Flounder, halibut, and sole all have both eyes on the same side of their head.

A chemist named William Mitchell is credited as the key inventor behind Pop Rocks, Tang, AND Cool Whip.

 It would have to be minus-112 degrees outside for your pee to freeze midstream.

Things You Need to Know- Tues 2/21/17

February 21st is the 52nd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 7 days remaining until Mardi Gras

There are 329 days remaining until National Nothing Day (January 16th– to provide Americans with one National day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything)

Today is National Sticky Bun Day

A new study found that there’s NO correlation between someone’s personality at age 14 and age 77.  The main reason is because your life experience helps you grow and evolve for the better.

According to a new study, Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the world.  The average driver in L.A. spends 104 hours a year stuck in traffic.  (That’s like 17 minutes a day)The top five in the U.S. are L.A., New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Miami.

Harris just released the results of its annual Reputation Quotient Ratings poll, where people rank the 100 most visible companies in the country on how much they like them. And the company that we’re the happiest with in 2017 is . . . Amazon.com. Here are the rest of the top 10:  Wegman’s supermarkets . . . Publix supermarkets . . . Johnson & Johnson . . . Apple . . . UPS . . . Disney . . . Google . . . Tesla . . . and 3M. The company that we like the least is Takata . . . they’re the ones who produced millions of defective airbags that killed eight people and injured at least 100 more. The rest of the 10 companies we like the least are:  Wells Fargo . . . Goldman Sachs . . . Monsanto . . . Halliburton . . . Bank of America . . . Sears . . . Charter Communications . . . AIG . . . and Volkswagen.

Researchers in China claim that taking antioxidant supplements doesn’t really slow down the aging process.  They say it actually makes you age faster.

 

Biggest DVD Releases This Week: Bad Santa 2, Nocturnal Animals, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and Rules Don’t Apply

Biggest iTunes Streaming Releaases This Week: Moana and Man Down

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 2/21/17

St. Louis has had the biggest drop in population of any American city.  It peaked at 857,000 people in 1950 and is now around 320,000 . . . which is a 63% drop.

There are 292 ways to make change for a $1 bill . . . and 9.8 trillion ways to make change for a $100 bill.

Antifreeze manufacturers use artificial flavoring to make antifreeze taste BITTER.  It used to be sweet, which made it appealing to pets, children, and people trying to POISON other people.

Things You Need to Know- Mon 2/20/17

February 20th is the 51st day of the year. There are 314 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 25 days remaining until St Patty’s Day

There are 20 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time begins (Sun March 12)

Today is Clean Out Your Bookcase Day, Love Your Pet Day, National Cherry Pie Day, National Handcuff Day and Presidents’ Day

MillerCoors is bringing back Zima for a limited time. The clear alcoholic beverage was launched in 1993 before being discontinued in 2008

Burger King restaurants in India are selling a new sandwich called the Shanghai Whopper. It features chow mein on top of a beef patty and sesame seed bun.

Nobody won Saturday’s $361 million Powerball jackpot. Wednesday’s drawing is expected to be worth $403 million with a lump sum cash payout of $244 million

GasBuddy claims gas prices are expected to rise by 35 cents because of Spring Break

 Food companies are going to stop using “sell by” labels, because they’re confusing and encourage people to throw food away too soon.  Instead, they’re going to use the term “Best If Used By”.  Or just “Use By” if it might make you sick.

A mall in China has replaced their escalator with a four-story slide. It takes riders 12 seconds to get from the fourth floor to the ground floor. The mall says the enclosed plexiglass slide is safer than an escalator

A 28-year-old named Judd Markowitz borrowed $2,000 from his brother Ryan in 2012.  And they added a bunch of stipulations to the contract that were supposed to be jokes. Like if Judd lost a limb or got a woman pregnant with septuplets, he didn’t have to pay the money back. He also didn’t have to pay it back if Ryan won the lottery . . . if the Jets won the Super Bowl in 2013 . . . or if the world came to an end at any point.  Obviously none of that happened. But one thing they put in there DID happen.  According to the contract, the loan would be forgiven if Donald Trump got elected PRESIDENT. They posted the contract online.  A few people pointed out that it technically says he had to “become president” in 2016.  So if they went to court, Judd might have to keep paying, since he wasn’t sworn in until 2017. But Ryan says he’s honoring the contract, because the intent was clear.  Judd made payments for a while, but had to stop at some point.  And now Ryan says he’s forgiving the rest of the loan.

A construction crew in Texas gutted a house earlier this month, but didn’t double-check the address first . . . and it turned out it was the WRONG HOUSE.  Now the owner of the construction company might have to buy it for $369,000.

ABC has sold all of its Academy Awards commercial inventory. They charged $2 million for each 30-second commercial. The Oscars are Sunday

Jane Lynch received an honorary doctoral degree from her alma mater Illinois State University. She graduated from the school in 1982

 

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

  1. The LEGO Batman Movie – $34.2 million
  2. Fifty Shades Darker – $21 million
  3. The Great Wall – $18.1 million
  4. John Wick: Chapter 2 – $16.5 million
  5. Fist Fight – $12 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 2/20/17

When Doritos launched in 1967, they were just plain corn tortilla chips.  The nacho cheese powder wasn’t added until 1972.

The first time a United States president visited a foreign country while they were in office was Teddy Roosevelt in 1906.  He went to Panama.

The word “egregious” comes from Latin . . . where it meant “exceptionally good.”  But people kept using it sarcastically, to the point where the meaning completely evolved and now, it only means “exceptionally bad.”