RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 11/21/17

The employees at the Disney parks aren’t allowed to point with one finger, because it could be seen as a negative gesture by people from some countries and cultures.  So they’ll always point with two fingers.

Elephants only need about two hours of sleep a day, which is the least of any mammal.

For the state of Texas to have the population density of New York City, every single person in the world would have to live there.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 11/21/17

November 21st is the 325th day of the year. There are 40 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 34 days remaining until Christmas

There are 85 days remaining until Valentine’s Day

Today is National Gingerbread Day, National Stuffing Day, Pumpkin Pie Day, World Hello Day and World Television Day

TGI Friday’s is selling a black Long Island iced tea this weekend to get you through Black Friday.  Basically it’s just a regular Long Island iced tea, but it’s infused with charcoal which makes it pitch black.

 The Sonic fast-food chain has declared today ‘Unturkey Day.’ They are pardoning all turkeys while offering half-price cheeseburgers.

An Australian restaurant called Harajuku Gyoza is serving footlong French fries. The restaurant got the idea to serve the fries after seeing how popular they are in Japan. An order of footlong fries costs $6

According to a new survey, HALF of people say DRINKING will make their family more tolerable on Thanksgiving. 23% say drinking will make things WORSE on Thursday.  And 28% say Thanksgiving is going to go how it’s going to go, and no amount of alcohol will change things for the better or worse. The survey also found that the majority of the people who plan to booze hard to make Thanksgiving go better are part of families who regularly drink together.

 The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City is open on Thursday and they’re serving the most expensive Thanksgiving dinner in the country.  If you want it, it’ll run you $76,000.  What could possibly cost that much? The turkey is $105-a-pound because it’s covered in rare spices and comes with a slab of imported Japanese bacon . . . a glaze made of oranges that cost $75 each and special reserve Grand Marnier . . . and gravy made with rare bourbon. The sweet potatoes are served with Caspian Sea caviar that’s $1,600-an-ounce . . . and the mashed potatoes are made with $455-a-pound Swedish moose cheese. Some of the other side dishes are oysters that cost $100 each . . . a cranberry sauce made with balsamic vinegar that’s $60-an-ounce . . . and Wagyu beef lollipops that are made with a cognac that’s $4,800-a-bottle. The dinner also comes with tickets to see “Hamilton” . . . a $7,500 Black Friday shopping spree on Fifth Avenue . . . and a $20,000 watch.

 There’s a story making the rounds that says people who already have their Christmas lights up are HAPPIER than the rest of us.  But it’s kind of misleading. Two experts weighed in, and said that decorating super-early is usually about jamming in as much nostalgia as possible and reconnecting with your inner child.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean people who do it are HAPPIER. It could also be a sign you’re clinging to the past, or overcompensating because you were neglected as a child.  Plus there’s the whole competitive side of it with neighbors.

 Your parents really DO like your youngest sibling the most, according to a new study.  The researchers found that it’s because the youngest THINKS their parents like them more, so they feel a stronger bond . . . which actually DOES make their parents like them more.

Four women are planning to sue Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. The groping allegedly took place before and during his presidency.

North Korean leader Kim Jong un is cracking down on Christmas parties. He has banned singing, drinking and entertainment from upcoming holiday parties.

9.1 million people watched the American Music Awards on Sunday. That’s up 10% from last year

CBS News has suspended Charlie Rose because eight women are accusing him of unwanted sexual advances. Rose apologized for his behavior. One of the women claims he walked naked in front of her

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 11/17/17

Forty-six of the 50 states have at least one town or city named Riverside.  Springfield is second-most common . . . there’s at least one in 34 states.

Barry Manilow wrote the jingle for State Farm Insurance . . . “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”  He also wrote the jingle for Band-Aid . . . “I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.”

The medical term for a unibrow is synophrys.  (sin-OFF-riss)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 11/17/17

November 17th is the 321st day of the year. There are 44 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 6 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 38 days remaining until Christmas

Today is Homemade Bread Day, National Baklava Day, National Farm Joke Day, National Take a Hike Day, National Unfriend Day & The Little Mermaid Day

The American Farm Bureau Federation just released the results of their annual study on how much it should cost you to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people this year.  And the answer is . . . $49.12, which is down 2% from last year and the lowest price in five years. The reason the price went down this year is mainly because the prices of turkey and milk have slightly dropped. This is the 32nd year in a row that the Farm Bureau has done this study.  When they started back in 1986, the dinner for 10 cost less than $28.74.

Google just released a list of the unique Thanksgiving side dishes that people in each state search for the most.  Some of the best ones are ambrosia salad in South Dakota and Oregon . . . mac and cheese in Tennessee . . . and pecan pie, which apparently counts as a side dish in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. In Minnesota it’s Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes and in Wisconsin it’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Pringles just created a Thanksgiving dinner in CHIP FORM.  It’s a box that looks like a baking pan with eight different flavored stacks of Pringles:  Turkey . . . creamed corn . . . stuffing . . . mashed potatoes . . . cranberry sauce . . . green bean casserole . . . mac and cheese . . . and pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, they’re just testing it out this year so you probably won’t be able to get your hands on it.  But assuming the tests go well, these could be everywhere next year.

 

 

 

A guy in Virginia hit the lotto for $100,000 earlier this month . . . after using a set of numbers his wife saw in a dream.

A new study ranked the most welcoming cities in the world, and there are two American cities in the top 10:  San Francisco is fourth and Orlando is tenth.

A new study found the best WARM and COLD places in America to travel to this winter, based on things like hotel costs and activities.  The best cold cities are Chicago and Portland, Oregon . . . and the best warm cities are Orlando and Las Vegas.

New Movies

Justice League (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons. Bruce Wayne aka Batman forms the Justice League with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. They battle evil forces

The Star (Rated PG) … STARRING: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey … a small donkey named Bo escapes from a village mill before teaming with other animals to save the first Christmas.

Wonder (PG)

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 11/16/17

Only one state had a lower population in the 2010 Census than the 2000 Census:  Michigan.  Its population went down 0.6%.

There are four NFL teams that have won every Super Bowl they’ve played in.  The Baltimore Ravens are 2-and-0 . . . and the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints are 1-and-0.

The version of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder was kind of a bomb . . . it cost $3 million to make and only made $4 million at the box office in 1971.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 11/16/17

November 16th is the 320th day of the year. There are 45 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 7 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 39 days remaining until Christmas

Today is Great American Smokeout, International Guinness World Records Day, National Fast Food DaY AND National Indiana Day

A recipe for a spaghetti-filled burrito is trending online.

And for Thanksgiving, someone posted their recipe for a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos turkey.

Google just analyzed traffic from last Thanksgiving to figure out the best and worst times to drive over the holiday this year.  Wednesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon are the worst times to be in your car . . . and early in the morning or later at night on Thanksgiving itself are the best.

70% of people will shop on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. 49% of people plan to shop on Thanksgiving.

A true love can expect to spend $34,558.65 this year on all the presents outlined in the song 12 Days of Christmas. That price skyrockets to $157,558 if that lover were to buy items multiple times in accordance with repetition in the song. PNC Financial Services Group’s annual Christmas Price Index is up slightly from last year because of a spike in gold ring and pear tree costs.

When you say the word that’s spelled G-I-F, how do you pronounce it?  It’s an even split.  50% say it with a “J” sound . . . JIF.  50% say it with a “G” sound . . . GIF.  (For what it’s worth, the guy who created GIFs says it’s “JIF.”)

Scientists have discovered the reason why bars always play their music WAY too loud.  It sells more alcohol.  The study found that playing music at 88 decibels instead of 72 decibels would make people drink 31% more beer.  And a lot of bars play music above 100 decibels.  Basically, high-energy music gets you amped up, which makes you drink more, and also you tend to drink instead of talking when it’s hard for people to hear you.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia have discovered a new strain of grass that tastes like salt and vinegar chips. Dr. Matthew Barrett tells ABC; “We were doing late night experiments handling specimens of that species. Someone licked their hand at some point and tasted that flavor.”

Rent A Mourner in Essex, England provides professional mourners for funerals. Each mourner costs $60 and converses with family and friends at the funeral as if they knew the deceased. Rent A Mourner’s website reads ‘professional mourners help increase visitors to funerals where there may be a low turnout.’

A woman in North Carolina won $10,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket last Sunday . . . then stopped at another store about 20 miles away . . . bought a second ticket . . . and won a million bucks.  (Which is insane, because the EXACT same thing happened to a different woman in North Carolina earlier this month.)

 

Ben Affleck tells USA Today that he is trying to find a way to get out of playing Batman. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”

Lamborghini recently gifted The Pope with a $219,000 sports car. The Vatican plans to auction off the car for charity because they have no plans to turn it into a Popemobile. The Pope autographed the car

Butterball is selling organic turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Star Wars Space Punch has popped up on store shelves. One can features Princess Leia while the other has a Stormtrooper on it. The beverage is a sparkling vitamin drink.

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

Justice League (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons. Bruce Wayne aka Batman forms the Justice League with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. They battle evil forces

The Star (Rated PG) … STARRING: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey … a small donkey named Bo escapes from a village mill before teaming with other animals to save the first Christmas.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 11/15/17

The United States and Canada are almost the exact same size.  The U.S. is only about 1.5% smaller.  The U.S. is also only about 3.5% smaller than all of Europe.

Vanna White hasn’t actually flipped a letter in two decades.  “Wheel of Fortune” changed their set in 1997 so the letters were computerized, not manual . . . and ever since then, she’s just touched the letters.

The original “Super Mario Brothers” is only 40 kilobytes.  To put that in perspective, that’s approximately 50 times smaller than one photo on your phone.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 11/15/17

November 15th is the 319th day of the year. There are 46 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 40 days remaining until Christmas

There are 81 days remaining until the Superbowl (Feb 4th in Minneapolis)

Today is America Recycles Day, American Enterprise Day, Little Red Wagon Day, National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, National Educational Support Professionals Day, National Raisin Bran Cereal Day and Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day

Weight Watchers has released a new diet wine in time for the holidays. The wine is called Cense and has 85 calories per glass compared to regular white wine, which has 120 calories.

Stove Top Stuffing is selling stretch pants for Thanksgiving. The maroon pants feature the Stove Top logo and an elastic waistband. They sell for $19.98. The pants are only available until November 13th.** UPDATE **Stove Top Stuffing sold out of their pants in one day

70% of people will shop on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. 49% of people plan to shop on Thanksgiving.

The Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword and the Spider-Man Official Movie Spider-Drone are among the 10 Worst Toys of 2017, an annual list from a nonprofit called World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH. The worst toy on the list: Itty bittys baby plush stacking toy by Hallmark.

Which one of your relatives is most likely to get DRUNK at Thanksgiving?  According to a new survey, the top candidates are your uncle . . . one of your cousins . . . your brother . . . your dad . . . and YOU. Grandma is last on the list at 2%.

We spend an average of 77 MINUTES every day watching YouTube videos or TV shows when we’re at work, according to a new survey.  And based on the average salary, that means you’re getting paid $8,800-a-year to watch TV.

 

Who should get the ARMRESTS on a flight?  According to a new survey, only 42% of people say the person in the middle seat deserves both.  Everyone else thinks you’re all entitled to one armrest, and then the leftover one should go to whoever asks for it.

The FDA approved the first “digital pill” . . . it has sensors inside that will let doctors know exactly when you took it.

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering two new Christmas trees this year. The first tree is controlled by a remote and can grow from seven feet to almost ten with the press of a button. The second tree has a voice controlled remote that allows the user to change its colors and lighting effects with verbal commands.

A couple in Maryland with three sons is now about to have three daughters . . . all at once.  They have a boy who’s six, and then two-year-old identical twins, and now the wife is pregnant with triplets. Their names are Nia and Robert Tolbert.  Robert says he actually fainted when he found out.  But Nia says she loves everything about being a mom.

 

Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health. The study (University of Glasgow) suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. In terms of both diet and weight, the report concluded that grandparents’ behavior had an adverse effect — they are inclined to feed grandchildren high-sugar or high-fat foods. The study revealed that parents felt unable to interfere because they were reliant on grandparents helping them out.

Taraji P Henson is going to star in the remake of Mel Gibson’s 2000 movie ”What Women Want.” Producers are flipping genders and calling the film ”What Men Want.” Mel’s movie made $400 million on a budget of $70 million.

Microsoft is selling a limited edition gold Xbox Christmas tree ornament for $5,000. The ornament looks like a mini Xbox.

Jimmy Fallon is going to host a special episode of The Tonight Show following the Super Bowl. The show will originate from Minneapolis where the Big Game is taking place.

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 11/14/17

The difference between a play in New York’s theater district being Broadway, Off-Broadway, or Off-Off-Broadway is the size of the theater.  Over 500 seats is Broadway . . . 100 to 499 seats is “off” . . . and 99 seats or less is “off-off.”

Days Inn didn’t get its name because you’re supposed to stay for days or anything like that . . . it’s named after its founder, Cecil B. Day.

A group of parrots is called a pandemonium.