RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 5/28/19 –

“IKEA food, Thriller & Bugs”

IKEA does about $1.8 billion in food sales every year . . . with about 650 million people eating at their stores.   https://www.marketwatch.com/story/even-ikeas-meatballs-are-going-meatless-2019-05-03

The original title for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was going to be “Midnight Man”.     http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3669538/Michael-Jacksons-monster-smash.html 

The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder.  http://www.buglogical.com/praying-mantis/

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 5/24/19 –

Bedbugs are almost 100 million years old . . . which means they were around at the same time as dinosaurs.    https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a27496217/bed-bugs-are-really-old/

Disney planned on building their second park in St. Louis, not Orlando.  They developed a park in the 1960s called “Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square” . . . but it wound up falling through.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney%27s_Riverfront_Square   

Tim Burton considered casting Bill Murray as Batman instead of Michael Keaton.   http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/02/01/bill-murray-says-he-would-have-been-an-awesome-batman/

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 5/24/19

May 24th is the 144th day of the year. There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 23 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 100 days remaining until September 1st

Today is Asparagus Day, Brother’s Day, Don’t Fry Day, International Tiara Day, National Escargot Day, National Wig Out Day and Scavenger Hunt Day

IN THEATERS- Aladdin is expected to earn a solid $75 million to $85 million over Memorial Day weekend. Should estimates hold, that would rank on the lower end compared to other Disney remakes.… In theaters: Aladdin (PG); Booksmart (R); Brightburn (R)

New Movies

Aladdin (Rated PG) .. Starring Will Smith … Aladdin discovers a magic lamp that he must protect from the evil Jafar.

Brightburn (Rated R) .. Starring Elizabeth Banks … a meteor crash lands on Earth with a baby inside.The baby grows up to be evil with superhuman powers.

Oreo cookies just released five new flavors in Japan including Chaoshan-style BBQ Pork Pastry, Spicy Pepper Pastry, Green Tea Cake, Lychee-Rose Cake and Red Bean Cake

Hostess is planning to debut a new Twinkie stuffed with orange creamsicle cream. They will be available for a limited time beginning in July

Sam’s Club is selling a 4.5-pound apple pie for Memorial Day weekend. It costs $9 and can serve 16 people. Each slice has 50 grams of carbs, 27 grams of sugar and 18 grams of fat.

Arby’s has no plans to offer any plant-based, meat substitute sandwiches. They released a statement saying, “Contrary to reports this week, Arby’s is not one of the restaurant companies interested in working with Impossible Foods. The chances we will bring plant-based menu items to our restaurants, now or in the future, are absolutely impossible.”

Skittles is trying to get in on the healthy flavored-water thing.  They’re releasing Skittles Singles . . . powder packets that make your water taste like different Skittles flavors, with zero calories. 

Amazon is developing a new wearable device that can detect your EMOTIONAL STATE . . . by listening to your voice and figuring out how you’re feeling.  It’s being tested right now, and there’s no word on when it could go on sale.

Scientists have created a sound that’s so loud it makes water boil instantly. 

James Holzhauer won for the 26th time yesterday. He’s now won $1,991,135.

10 million people watched ABC’s reboot of ”All in the Family” and ”The Jeffersons” on Wednesday night.

Idaho Governor Brad Little called Garth Brooks asking him to add a second show in Boise this summer.  He got his wish.  Garth will be performing there on July 19th and 20th.

A “selfie studio” in Illinois recently hosted an event to teach senior citizens how to take better selfies.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 5/23/19 –

“Weird Al, Two Dollar Bills & Kiribati”

Paul McCartney wouldn’t let “Weird Al” Yankovic do a parody of “Live and Let Die” called “Chicken Pot Pie” . . . because he didn’t want to promote eating meat.   http://www.axs.com/news/when-paul-mccartney-turned-down-weird-al-album-to-debut-at-1-15046

There are more $2 bills in circulation right now than $100 bills.   http://www.wheresgeorge.com/wrapper.php?page=denom

Kiribati (Keer-uh-baht-ee) is the only country in the world that’s in all four hemispheres.  It’s made up of islands in the Pacific Ocean that are on both sides of the two lines that divide the world into hemispheres:  The International Date Line and the equator.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiribati

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 5/23/19

May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year. There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 4 days remaining until Memorial Day

There are 42 days remaining until Independence Day

Today is Lucky Penny Day, National Taffy Day and World Turtle Day

New Movies Opening Tonight

Aladdin (Rated PG) .. Starring Will Smith … Aladdin discovers a magic lamp that he must protect from the evil Jafar.

Brightburn (Rated R) .. Starring Elizabeth Banks … a meteor crash lands on Earth with a baby inside.The baby grows up to be evil with superhuman powers.

Steak ‘n Shake is selling a Reese’s Outrageous Milkshake for $4.49. It contains vanilla ice cream, fresh milk, Reese’s Peanut Butter sauce, chocolate syrup, hot caramel, and Reese’s Pieces.

Jimmy John’s is releasing their own wine. They want people to pair their Pinot Noir, Vin de Sandwich, with their latest sandwich The Frenchie. The $30 wine comes from a Santa Rosa, California winery.

A company released spinach-flavored ice cream this week, in honor of Popeye’s 90th birthday, and Fleet Week . . . that’s where members of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps visit cities.

For the third year in a row, if a road team wins a game during the NBA Finals, everyone in the country will get a free taco from Taco Bell.

Scientists in Israel just brewed beer using an ancient yeast they extracted from pottery fragments.

Washington has become the first state to allow you to compost your loved ones rather than cremate them or bury them.

Parents are paying up to $1,000 a week for their children to attend YouTube Camp. The camps teach kids how to create digital content, edit and market themselves. Many of the camps are for kids ages 9 and up even though YouTube requires users to be 13.

An asteroid, named 1999 KW 4, is going to whiz by Earth this weekend at 48,000 mph. The asteroid has its own Moon and will be visible on Saturday night until May 27th. The asteroid will be 3.2 million miles from Earth when it passes

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 5/22/19 –

“Baby On Board, The Most Dangerous Job in America & The Simpsons”

The guy who created the “Baby on Board” signs made millions from them . . . and doesn’t have kids.     https://nypost.com/2019/05/02/baby-on-board-creator-is-a-multi-millionaire-with-no-children/

The most dangerous job in America is . . . President of the United States.  9% of them have been killed while they had the job . . . four out of 45.  The next highest death rate on the job is loggers, at 0.13%. (Another four presidents died of natural causes while in office so if you count those, the death rate on the job is closer to 18%.)    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/how-dangerous-is-police-w_b_6373798.html

 When “The Simpsons” debuted in 1989, Bart was nine and Homer was 36.  If the characters actually aged, Bart would be older today than Homer was then.       https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096697/faq

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 5/22/19

May 22nd is the 142nd day of the year. There are 223 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is Canadian Immigrants Day, National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, National Solitaire Day, National Vanilla Pudding Day and World Goth Day

There are 25 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 190 days remaining until Thanksgiving (Nov 28) Since sometimes there are five Thursdays in November, Thanksgiving may not be on the last Thursday of the month. The earliest date for Thanksgiving is November 22. The latest date for Thanksgiving isNovember 28. 

No one won last night’s jackpot meaning Friday’s jackpot is worth $393 million with a lump sum cash payout of $244.2 million

Thanks to General Mills, you can now buy two new cereals that are basically candy . . . Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme, and Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Fillows.  They’re both stuffed with frosting. 

Buzzfeed just put together a list of the snack food that every state is known for. A lot of the picks are hard to argue with, like French fries for Idaho . . . Whoopie Pies for Maine . .. . . salt water taffy for New Jersey . . . chips and salsa for Texas . . . and Jell-O for Utah. The most disappointing?  Yogurt for New York.  Yogurt? In Minnesota it is Tater Tots and in Wisconsin it is Fried Cheese Curds.

A dog that was lost when a family was moving from Tennessee to California just turned up . . . in Michigan.  

Cher is releasing her first fragrance since 1987. She says Eau de Couture by Cher is genderless and for both men and women.

A new survey found the average parent today wants to start preparing their kid for a future career when they’re FIVE-AND-A-HALF years old.  And 56% of parents already have a specific career in mind for their child. 

Jeopardy Champ Continues To Win … James Holzhauer won for the 24th time. He’s now won $1,867,142. James correctly answered all three daily doubles and ‘Final Jeopardy.’

A Sherpa in Nepal just extended his own world record by successfully climbing Mount Everest 24 times . . . including twice in the past week.

TV TONIGHT: LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE: NORMAN LEAR’S ALL IN THE FAMILY AND THE JEFFERSONS – This new special, from Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear, will re-create an original episode of All in the Family and The Jeffersons, live with an all star cast. (8p ET, ABC)

LIPOSUCTION is up 5% in the U.S. and 12% in the U.K. . . . and some experts think it’s because of yoga pants.  Quote, “The rise comes at a time where a fashion trend for women is athleisure clothing, showing what kind of physique you have rather than covering up.” 

According to some conspiracy theorists and historians . . . some of whom have questionable credentials, for what it’s worth . . . this might NOT be the year 2019.  It actually might be 1722. So why do they think we’re off by 297 years?  There are three theories . . .

1.  Some say that the period between the eighth and 11th centuries are VERY poorly documented.  The chronology doesn’t add up and it seems like there are too many inconsistencies for it really to be 300 years.

2.  In the 1500s, the Pope switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.  That threw everything off, and some time could’ve disappeared in the process.

3.  And one of the leading voices in the “it’s 1722” camp says documents from the seventh through 10th century seem to be forged . . . so none of it was real.

….For what it’s worth, mainstream historians reject ALL of this . . . but I still like speculating about it. 

There’s a pastor named D.J. Soto who runs a virtual reality ministry.  He even does baptisms for animated characters . . . no matter how ridiculous their avatar looks.  Here he is doing one for Drumsy, a busty animated girl with pink hair, played by a dude.  Winnie the Pooh was there, along with a banana wearing sunglasses, and SpongeBob Squarepants.

In a survey of over 10,500 people, numbers are showing that 50% of people would live happily without most of their possessions. And two-thirds of the consumers polled make it a point to get rid of unneeded stuff at least once a year.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 5/21/19 –

Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire, and Hotels.com are all owned by the same company . . . Expedia Inc.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expedia,_Inc.

 “Tetris” was created in 1984 by a researcher in artificial intelligence who wanted to test the power of computers in the Soviet Union.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris

There were 388 cases featured on “Unsolved Mysteries” that have now been solved.     https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Solved

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 5/21/19

May 21st is the 141st day of the year. There are 224 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 26 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 44 days remaining until Independence Day

Today is Dinosaur Day, National Memo Day, National Strawberries and Cream Day and National Waiters and Waitresses Day

Pringles-flavored Ramen noodles have debuted in Japan.Pringles created Sour Cream and Onion Ramen noodles and Jalapeno Ramen noodles to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant is selling a Flamin Hot Cheetos funnel cake. The cake is topped with cheese sauce and spicy chips. It costs $7.99.

Tonight’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot is worth $367 million with a lump sum cash payout of $228 million

19.3 million people watched the series finale of ”Game of Thrones”. 774,000 people watched the season 1 finale. Meanwhile, a new survey by TV Time reveals that 46% of people were left unsatisfied by the Game of Thrones series finale.

7.7 million people watched the season finale of American Idol.That’s down from last year’s season finale of 8.6 million

A new survey looked into it.  And almost everyone thinks there should be a time limit.  Including a majority who said you shouldn’t expect people to wait more than a WEEK.  If you haven’t watched by then, it’s YOUR fault. People were asked how long you have to wait before openly discussing what happened on a TV show.  Like at work or on social media.  And 64% said a week or less. That includes 14% who said right around a week is fair . . . 20% who said a couple of days . . . 14% who said one day . . . And 16% who said you should be able to talk about an episode IMMEDIATELY after it airs.  So that’s basically 1 in 6 people who DON’T CARE about ruining it for you.

Jeopardy Champ Continues To Win … James Holzhauer is back to his winning ways. After a two-week break, Holzhauer won for the 23rd time. He’s now won $1,780, 237. James correctly answered all three daily doubles and ‘Final Jeopardy

A South African man was fined for being drunk while driving a donkey cart. The man and his donkey were stopped by police when they noticed his cart swerving across the street. When appearing in court the man said he did not stop “because the animal knew the way home.”

LIPOSUCTION is up 5% in the U.S. and 12% in the U.K. . . . and some experts think it’s because of yoga pants.  Quote, “The rise comes at a time where a fashion trend for women is athleisure clothing, showing what kind of physique you have rather than covering up.” 

According to some conspiracy theorists and historians . . . some of whom have questionable credentials, for what it’s worth . . . this might NOT be the year 2019.  It actually might be 1722. So why do they think we’re off by 297 years?  There are three theories . . .

1.  Some say that the period between the eighth and 11th centuries are VERY poorly documented.  The chronology doesn’t add up and it seems like there are too many inconsistencies for it really to be 300 years.

2.  In the 1500s, the Pope switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.  That threw everything off, and some time could’ve disappeared in the process.

3.  And one of the leading voices in the “it’s 1722” camp says documents from the seventh through 10th century seem to be forged . . . so none of it was real.

….For what it’s worth, mainstream historians reject ALL of this . . . but I still like speculating about it. 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 5/20/19 –

“Hamburger Math, Country Size & Under Armour”

A&W tried to one-up McDonald’s in the ’80s by selling a third-pound burger, but it flopped . . . because Americans didn’t realize a third-pound burger was bigger than a Quarter Pounder.    https://theuijunkie.com/aws-third-pound-burger/

The three largest countries in North America are Canada . . . the United States . . . and Greenland.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland#Geography_and_climate

 The reason Under Armour spells its name “a-r-m-o-u-r” is because the founder thought that would make for a cooler toll free phone number.  He wanted 1-888-4-ARMOUR, not 1-888-44-ARMOR.     http://www.businessinsider.com/how-under-armour-got-its-name-2015-6