RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 5/26/17

About $3,200 worth of change is thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy every single day.  That’s almost $1.2 million a year.

The term “gypsy” was created because people thought they were from Egypt.  They weren’t . . . they were actually from northern India.

Hurricanes spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere because of a phenomenon called the Coriolis Effect.

42 million veterans have served in war time.  And a total of 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives defending the United States.  That’s an important stat since remembering THEM is what Memorial Day is really about. 

Things You Need To Know – Mon 5/26/17:

May 26th is the 146th day of the year. There are 219 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 25 days remaining until Summer Begins (June 20)

There are 209 days remaining until Winter Begins (Dec 21)

Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, National Cherry Dessert Day, National Heat Awareness Day, National Paper Airplane Day, National Wig Out Day, World Dracula Day and World Redhead Day

Hostess is selling red, white, and blue Twinkies and Star Spangled cupcakes in honor of Summer.

Krispy Kreme is selling a new coffee spread called Caramel Macchiato. It is similar to Nutella

Back in December, the FDA approved the sale of PINK PINEAPPLES.  They’re genetically modified pineapples that use a safe chemical to turn the skin and the insides pink . . . and now they’re showing up in stores and on social media.

Thrillist.com just put together a list of the STRANGEST pizza toppings you can order at different restaurants around the country.  Here are our 10 favorites . . .

  1. Grapes . . . at Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn.
  2. Peanut butter . . . at Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza in Manchester, Connecticut.
  3. Tuna fish salad . . . at Gianfranco’s in White Plains, New York.
  4. Celery . . . at Screaming Banshee Pizza in Bisbee, Arizona.
  5. Bananas . . . at Red’s Pizza in Los Angeles.
  6. An entire lobster . . . at Florian in New York City.
  7. Mustard . . . at Papa’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
  8. Chili, sour cream, cheese, and Fritos . . . at Ian’s in Madison, Wisconsin.
  9. Kimchi . . . at Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis.
  10. And an entire Thanksgiving dinner . . . at Fellini Pizzeria in Providence, Rhode Island.

A woman is suing Jelly Belly because she didn’t know their jelly beans contain sugar.  It’s not as crazy as it sounds . . . their ingredients disguised sugar as “evaporated cane juice,” which might be an FDA violation.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals after beating Boston in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals 135-102. Game 1 is next Thursday night on ABC.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be playing the Nashville Predators in the NHL Stanley Cup after beating Ottawa in double overtime 3-2.

75% of us will go to a barbecue this weekend.  It’s the second most-popular holiday for grilling.  Fourth of July is first.

Between now and Labor Day, Americans will eat about 7 BILLION hot dogs.  That’s 818 hot dogs every second.

39.3 million Americans will travel during Memorial Day Weekend. That’s up one million from last year

42 million veterans have served in war time.  And a total of 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives defending the United States.  That’s an important stat since remembering THEM is what Memorial Day is really about.

6.6 million people watched ABC’s Dirty Dancing movie on Wednesday night. 8.6 million people watched the Survivor season finale on Wednesday.

Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan is going to drive the Indy 500 pace car on Sunday.

Alec Baldwin is going to reprise his role as the Boss Baby in ”The Boss Baby 2”

Jennifer Lopez’s Bye Bye Birdie Live will air on NBC in 2018. NBC pushed back the musical’s debut date because of J Lo’s busy schedule

Ed Helms is doing a Comedy Central special called ‘The Fake News with Ted Nelms’. The show will feature nothing, but fake news

James Franco is going to be the new spokesperson for Coach’s new men’s fragrance Coach for Men

 

New Movies

Baywatch (Rated R) … STARRING:Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, David Hasselhoff, Charlotte McKinney, Pamela Anderson … Baywatch lifeguard leader Mitch Buchanan (The Rock) teams up with new lifeguard Matt Brody (Zac Efron) to stop a drug trafficking operation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, Keira Knightley … ghost pirates, led by Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle with the intent of killing every pirate at sea including Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Jack search for the Trident of Poseidon to save his life……………….It is expected to earn $230 million worldwide during its opening weekend. The movie cost $320 million to produce. The original budget was at $230 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 5/25/17

The first time there was nudity on TV in the United States was in 1973, when PBS aired the play “Steambath”.

One pound of dimes and one pound of quarters are worth the same amount.  Two hundred dimes weigh one pound and are worth $20 . . . 80 quarters weigh one pound and are worth $20.

Dinosaurs existed before flowers.  Scientists believe flowering plants evolved as a response to dinosaurs . . . because plants needed protection against vegetarian dinosaurs. So they developed toxic flowers, then eventually evolved to have nontoxic flowers once the dinosaurs were gone.

Things You Need To Know – Thurs 5/25/17:

May 25th is the 145th day of the year. There are 220 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 4 days remaining until Memorial Day

There are 102 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is Geek Pride Day, National Brown-Bag-It Day, National Tap Dance Day, Towel Day and National Wine Day

Sweet Heat Skittles and Sweet Heat Starburst will hit store shelves this December. Skittles flavors include Fiery Watermelon, Blazin’ Mango, Flamin’ Orange, Sizzlin’ Strawberry and Lemon Spark. Starburst flavors include Fiery Watermelon, Strawberry Mango, Flamin’ Orange and Pipin’ Pineapple.

Dunkin’ Donuts is adding S’mores flavored coffee to their menu this summer.

24/7 Wall Street is out with their list of America’s 10 drunkest cities The survey is based on the percentage of adults who drink to excess, the number of bars and other factors.
1 Green Bay, Wis.

2 Eau Claire, Wis.

3 Appleton, Wis.

4 Madison, Wis.

5 Fargo, ND-Minn.

6 Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.

7 Missoula, Mont.

8 Grand Forks, ND-Minn.

9 Wausau, Wis.

10 La Crosse-Onalaska, Wis.-Minn.

A woman’s tweet is going viral right now because her boyfriend confused purple lettuce for flowers and gave it to her as a gift.  Most people seem to really love his sweet, dumb gesture.

The New Jersey emergency alert system accidentally activated and sent out nuclear warnings to TVs.

There’s a job opening in Ireland for someone to cuddle cats all day long.

9.1 million viewers watched the season finale of ”The Voice” on Tuesday. 8.3 million people watched the season finale of ”Dancing With the Stars”on Tuesday

Ellen DeGeneres is negotiating with Netflix to do her own stand-up comedy special. Ellen is quoted as saying: “It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years. And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it. And now, each one of you, you get to Netflix and chill with me. How about that?”

The Lakers have hired Kim Kardashian’s trainer Gunnar Peterson to be there new strength coach. Peterson has trained Sly Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie and Matthew McConaughey

Lance Armstrong and his longtime girlfriend Anna Hanson have gotten engaged. They have two children together

 

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

Baywatch (Rated R) … STARRING:Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, David Hasselhoff, Charlotte McKinney, Pamela Anderson … Baywatch lifeguard leader Mitch Buchanan (The Rock) teams up with new lifeguard Matt Brody (Zac Efron) to stop a drug trafficking operation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, Keira Knightley … ghost pirates, led by Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle with the intent of killing every pirate at sea including Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Jack search for the Trident of Poseidon to save his life……………….It is expected to earn $230 million worldwide during its opening weekend. The movie cost $320 million to produce. The original budget was at $230 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 5/24/17

The Energizer Bunny ad campaign was famous, but it didn’t help sales . . . in fact, Energizer’s sales went down during the years it ran.

People in North Korea believe hamburgers were invented by Kim Jong-il in 2009 and Mickey Mouse was created by China.  They’re also taught that Lady Gaga is a man.

Tornadoes ARE more likely to hit trailer parks.  It’s because tornados are most likely to hit places where the landscape makes a big change, like from tall buildings to farmland . . . and trailer parks are usually built just on the outskirts of cities.

Things You Need To Know – Wed 5/24/17:

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

There are 25 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 214 days remaining until Christmas Eve (7 months from today. Xmas Eve is on a Sunday Night this year)

Today is Asparagus Day, International Tiara Day, National Escargot Day and Scavenger Hunt Day

The Food Republic restaurant in Thailand is serving a 22-scoop ice cream sundae that contains waffles, strawberries, pretzels, cake and candy. The sundae costs $87 and comes in a giant fishbowl.

Arby’s is now selling PIZZA SLIDERS.  They have pepperoni, salami, provolone, and marinara sauce on a bun, and they’ll be on sale through the end of next month.

Apparently the hot new trend is being a “reducetarian.”  That’s someone who really WANTS to be a vegetarian . . . but just can’t resist eating a little bacon or a burger every once in a while.

The average American will spend an average of six hours a day staring at screens during the summer . . . which totals up to 35 days, or more than ONE-THIRD of the entire summer.

Ashley Madison, the dating site for married people, has added 16 million people since they were hacked in 2015. The company is averaging 400,000 new members a month

Los Angeles-area dog owners are purchasing spiked coyote vests for their dogs. The brightly-colored vests have scores of 8-inch spikes protruding from the top of them. Dog owners are placing the vests on their dogs to keep them safe from coyote attacks.

NFL commissioner ROGER GOODELL has announced that the league is FINALLY relaxing its rules on touchdown celebrations.  Players can now do quick, harmless celebrations for fun . . . but there’s still a ban on anything that’s offensive or could be considered TAUNTING.

Budweiser is now bottling their beer in camouflage cans and bottles in honor of the men and women of America’s Armed Forces.

The Eiffel Tower went dark yesterday to honor the victims of the Manchester, England concert bombing.

5.7 million people watched the season premiere of The Bachelorette on Monday. That’s down from the 6.6 million, who watched last season’s premiere.

Hailey Baldwin is Maxim Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive. She beat out Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have become friends. A source tells the magazines; “Since Brad split from Angelina, he’s been spending time with Leonardo at his art studio.”

Tom Cruise tells Sunrise Australia that he is doing Top Gun 2. ”Yes, it’s true. It’s true You know what? I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. It is definitely happening.”

Another Charlie’s Angels movie will be released in 2019. Actress Elizabeth Banks is directing

Charlie Sheen tells TMZ that he is looking for a financier to back Major League III. He says the cast of the original film has agreed to return for another sequel.

 

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 5/23/17

The fast food chain Taco John’s owns the trademark on “Taco Tuesday” . . . and issues cease-and-desists to other restaurants that try to use it.

Costco sold 13% of all the blueberries in the world last year.

The official medical term for the butt crack is the “intergluteal cleft.”

Things You Need To Know – Tues 5/23/17:

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

There are 26 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today and every day should be NO MORE PENNIES DAY

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

Papa John’s has introduced a new pizza called the Bacon Cheddarburger Pizza. It features beef, hickory smoked bacon, dill pickle slices and several types of cheese. The pizza is only available for a limited time

A new survey asked kids between six and 17 years old what they want to be when they grow up.  And the number one answer is . . . YouTube star.  More than ONE-THIRD of them say that’s their dream job.

  1. YouTube star, 34%.
  2. Blogger or vlogger, 18%.
  3. Musician or singer, 16%.
  4. Actor, 16%.
  5. Filmmaker, 14%.
  6. Doctor or nurse, 13%.
  7. TV host, 12%.
  8. Athlete, 12%.
  9. Teacher, 12%.
  10. Writer, 8%.
  11. Lawyer, 6%.
  12. Model, 4%.

A new study found 7-Eleven has the most caffeine in their coffee of any national chain.  Starbucks is second, (McDonald’s is third), and Dunkin’ Donuts is fourth.

Chuck-E-Cheese celebrated their 40th birthday last weekend by inviting customers to help them set a new world record for the most people blowing party horns at the same time. 8,544 people blew party blowers and broke the old world record of 6,961 which was set in Japan in 2009

A woman in England paid $15 for a costume jewelry ring at a flea market about 30 years ago.  She recently had it appraised . . . and it turns out it’s actually a REAL 26.67-carat diamond worth $450,000.

Would you trust your DOG to babysit your kids?  According to a new survey, 12% of parents say they’ve left a kid five or younger alone with the family dog.  And 40% have left a child under 11 with the dog.

OJ Simpson could be paroled as early as July. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2008 for a casino robbery and kidnapping.

Ashley Madison, the dating site for married people, has added 16 million people since they were hacked in 2015. The company is averaging 400,000 new members a month

Los Angeles-area dog owners are purchasing spiked coyote vests for their dogs. The brightly-colored vests have scores of 8-inch spikes protruding from the top of them. Dog owners are placing the vests on their dogs to keep them safe from coyote attacks.

7.2 million people watched the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. That’s down from 7.7 million last year

Katy Perry is being paid $25 million to judge American Idol.

Universal Pictures is rebooting Bride of Frankenstein for a 2019 release

 

Two nuns could be facing criminal charges for stealing their neighbors’ loud cats and “relocating” them under an interstate.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 5/22/17

You’re about 2,200 times more likely to die in a car accident than you are in a plane crash.  So, in other words, it’s WAY more dangerous to drive to the airport than to get on a flight.

The entire original Nintendo game “Super Mario Bros.” is on a 32-kilobyte cartridge.  That means the file size of the game is probably around a third of the file size of one photo today.

No basketball movie has ever made $100 million at the box office.  The closest is . . . “Space Jam”, which made $90 million.  “White Men Can’t Jump” is second, at $76 million.

Things You Need To Know – Mon 5/22/17:

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

There are 29 days remaining until Summer begins (June 20)

There are 111 days remaining until Packers Football begins (Sept 10 Seahawks at Lambeau)

Today is Accounting Day, Canadian Immigrants Day, National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, National Maritime Day, National Vanilla Pudding Day, Sherlock Holmes Day and World Goth Day

A new study looked at the effect that the biggest social networks had on us and it found that it’s pretty damn negative.  Instagram makes people feel the WORST.  Why?  Everyone shares photos that make it look like they’re having an amazing time while you’re not . . . plus the filters make them look more attractive than they are, which makes you insecure. Snapchat makes us feel the second-worst . . . Facebook is third . . . Twitter is fourth . . . and YouTube is last.  YouTube is the only one that sometimes actually made people feel BETTER about themselves.

Eight people were stuck OVER NIGHT on a roller coaster at Six Flags in Texas after the ride broke and the winds were too high for them to be rescued.

Someone on eBay is selling a tuna sandwich with a mold spot that looks just like Mickey Mouse . . . and they want at least $30,000.

At a Lowe’s home improvement store in Virginia the employees are experimenting with wearing a sci-fi exosuit that allows them to lift extra heavy objects without a sweat.

Chanel just started selling a BOOMERANG . . . that costs $1,325.  They’re getting blasted on social media for it:  Some people think they’re profiting by appropriating Australian Aboriginal culture, and others just think it’s too expensive.

The Athol, Massachusetts police department has named their new K-9 dog after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The year-old German Shepherd, now named The Gronk, is currently undergoing a 14-week training program.

ABC’s FreeForm network is doing a black-ish spin-off called college-ish. The show will follow the oldest Johnson sibling Zoey Johnson as she heads off to college

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Screen Daily that he is doing another Terminator movie with director James Cameron; “It is back. “It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.”

 

Here are this past weekend’s box office results

  1. “Alien: Covenant,” $36 million ($30.3 million international)(”Alien: Covenant” … The movie cost $111 million to produce)
  2. “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” $35.1 million