THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 05/25/18

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

There are 3 days until Memorial Day

We are 7 months away from Christmas

Today is Don’t Fry Day, Geek Pride Day, National Brown-Bag-It Day, National Heat Awareness Day, National Tap Dance Day, National Wig Out Day and National Wine Day

Oreo just announced SIX new flavors coming out this year.  And they are:  Chocolate peanut butter pie . . . Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake . . . rocky road . . . pistachio . . . peppermint bark . . . and birthday cake.

Oreo cookies plans to honor Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday with a limited edition Mickey Oreo. No word on when they will be available

Buffalo Wild Wings is introducing a new wing flavor called Salted Caramel. The new wings will be available through August 19th. The chain is also selling Korean BBQ-flavored wings.

Hattie Jane’s Creamery ice cream shops in Tennessee have created a new, limited edition flavor to celebrate Summer and Memorial Day weekend.. Nashville Hot Chicken ice cream contains hot chicken paste, garlic, bourbon sugar, paprika and cayenne. The ice cream tastes sweet, smoky, tangy and creamy. A barbecue sauce-flavored ice cream is also available through Monday

Tinder just started testing a new feature that could either work out great for you . . . or make you want to go to an entirely new set of places out of horrible embarrassment. It’s called Places.  If you activate it, Tinder starts keeping track of the places you like to go, like restaurants, bars, concert venues, church, and the gym.  And then it will match you up with other people who go to the same places. So this is either a GREAT way to find people to date who like doing the same stuff as you . . . or, if you date a few of those people and it goes terribly, a great way to make it so you have to start avoiding all the places you love. Right now, Places is only available in three cities and none of them are in the U.S.  But if it goes well, they’ll probably roll it out here soon.

A 64-year-old storm chaser in Missouri passed away because of a heart condition on Tuesday.  And in his self-written obituary, he asked his friends to launch his ashes into a TORNADO.

At least 15 people were injured last night in a explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga Ontario, Canada. People were eating at the Bombay Bhel restaurant when the explosion occurred at 10:30 pm. Three people suffered critical injuries. The police immediately released surveillance photos of two suspects in hopes someone could identify them.

Entertainment Tonight claims Katy Perry has dyed her hair purple

Jennifer Lopez was recently spotted leaving a Miami health club with an $18,500 Hermes gym bag

New Movies:

”Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Rated PG-13) … STARRING:Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau … Young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot, Chewbacca, and the notorious Lando Calrissian.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 05/24/18

One of the original names that Twitter’s founders considered for their product was FriendStalker.

Marvel Comics saved a TON of money by arguing in court that the “X-Men” characters are MUTANTS, not humans.  Importing toys based on human beings means paying a tax rate almost DOUBLE the rate of importing non-human toys.

It’s illegal to import dark-colored cars into the country of Turkmenistan.  White is considered a lucky color there, so the government only wants people to drive light-colored cars.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 05/24/18

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

There are 4 days until Memorial Day

There are 574 days until the NEXT Star Wars movie (Episode 9 comes out Dec 18)

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

KFC is giving away Colonel Sanders pool floats. Enter the contest at http://www.kfcfloatie.com

10.3 million people watched the season finale of Roseanne on Tuesday night.

The website Quartz analyzed all of the Social Security Administration’s new data on baby names last year, and they found that parents in this country INVENTED 1,100 new baby names in 2017. But even though these names had never been used before, some of them were surprisingly common last year. The most popular new name was Camreigh, spelled C-A-M-R-E-I-G-H.  91 parents gave their kids that name last year. The second-most popular new name was Asahd, spelled A-S-A-H-D, with 58 babies. The third-most popular new name was Taishmara, spelled T-A-I-S-H-M-A-R-A, which went to 38 babies.  That name could be based on the Internet celebrity Taishmara Rivera, so I guess she invented it first. Some of the other popular new made-up names last year were Kashdon . . . Draxler . . . Noctis . . . Ledgen . . . Miraclle with two “Ls” . . . and Cersei.

A new study out of Sweden looked at more than 38,000 people’s sleep habits.  And they found that people who slept in on the weekends to catch up on some of the sleep they missed out on during the work week were less likely to DIE YOUNG. The researchers say it’s a, quote, “tentative conclusion,” so they’re not willing to say it’s a FACT that sleeping in will keep you alive . . . but hey, it’s not like it’s a big sacrifice on your part to try it out just in case it’s right.

A gift bag from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal wedding was sold yesterday on eBay for $27,975. The NY Post claims another gift bag sold for $28,557

Dan Aykroyd tells Entertainment Tonight that he wants to reboot the Blues Brothers with two female leads. ”I like Lupita Nyong’o, and I like Taylor Swift. She’s got all the chops. She can sing, she can burn down guitar!”

Rob Gronkowski’s horse, Gronkowski, is a 69-1 underdog to win the Belmont Stakes

Ken Jeong is doing a stand-up comedy special for Netflix. The show will be taped this Fall at a comedy club in Pasadena, California.

LeBron James and Channing Tatum are teaming up to produce a new action comedy called ‘Public Enemy.’ The movie is about the speed of media in 2018

New Movies Opening Tonight

”Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Rated PG-13) … STARRING:Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau … Young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot, Chewbacca, and the notorious Lando Calrissian.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 05/23/18

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

There are 5 days until Memorial Day

There is about a year until the eighth and final Season of Game of Thrones begins

Today is Lucky Penny Day, National Taffy Day, World Crohn’s and Colitis Day (inflammation of the lining of the colon)  and World Turtle Day

Carte Blanche ice cream shop, in Hamburg, New York, sells unusual flavors like Yellow Curry Sauerkraut, Stuffed Banana Pepper, Tripleberry Jerkalicious, Beet Banana Horseradish, Super Spicy Pickle and Chipotle Hot Chocolate. Other popular flavors include Strawberry Parmesan, Blueberry Wasabi and Peanut Butter Roasted Garlic. The Caesar Salad and Chicken Liver Mousse flavors did not work. Roo Buckley started making the flavors for him and his friends before offering them to the public

Chuck-E-Cheese is going to begin offering their pizza for home delivery. The chain will use GrubHub, Ubereats and Doordash to deliver their pies to customers

Internet trolls are comparing Meghan Markle’s 16-foot Givenchy vail to a CVS pharmacy receipt

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is expected to earn $305 million when it opens worldwide this weekend

Amazon has quietly started banning people who return too much stuff.

Apparently, the hot new food trend is “bowl food.”  And that’s not just a clever name.  It’s literally eating food out of a bowl. Why is that a trend?  I’m not sure.  Trendy restaurants have been serving different foods in small bowls with a small fork, and it became so popular that “bowl food” was featured at the royal wedding. If you’re wondering what goes in the bowl, it seems like a mix of . . . get ready for this . . . vegetables and meat. Here’s an example, not that it’s hard to grasp.  There’s a restaurant in Brooklyn that has a “create your own bowl” for $10, where you can choose to add things like roasted asparagus, green salad, egg, bacon, avocado, hummus, chicken, and smoked salmon

Liam Neeson is going to star in the new Men In Black movie as the head of the MIB organization.

Netflix is paying $125 million for a new action movie called “Six Underground.” The film will star Ryan Reynolds and will be directed by Michael Bay.

Danica Patrick is going to host this year’s ESPY Awards on July 18th.

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 05/22/18

The forward pass wasn’t added to football until 1905 . . . 36 years after the sports started.  And it came with big penalties:  A dropped pass would cost a team 15 yards, and a pass that didn’t touch anyone was a turnover.

The 16 largest ships in the world produce as much pollution as all 800 million cars in the world combined.

Cats are the serial killers of the animal world . . . they’re responsible for killing off at least 33 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 05/21/18

During a push-up you’re supporting 69% of your body weight in the “up” position and 75% in the “down” position.

There’s been one Tinder match in Antarctica.  An American scientist in Antarctica used Tinder in 2013 . . . and found a female scientist a 45-minute helicopter ride away.  They both swiped right . . . but she left Antarctica before they could meet up.

 The real name for Chilean sea bass is Patagonian Toothfish.  They changed the name to make it sound more appetizing to Americans.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 05/18/18

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

There are 7 days until Memorial Day

There are 30 weekends until Xmas

Today is National Memo Day, National Strawberries and Cream Day, National Waiters and Waitresses Day, and World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22.4 million Americans watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding. 18 million people watched the wedding in the U.K.

There’s a new audio illusion floating around the Internet and it MIGHT mess with your mind even more.  In this clip, a little toy lights up and says either “brainstorm” . . . or “green needle.” And here’s the crazier part:  The person who made the clip says you can influence which one you hear by which word you THINK about. And that was TRUE . . . when I thought “brainstorm” I heard “brainstorm,” when I thought “green needle,” I heard “green needle.” This audio clip works basically the same way the Yanny/Laurel one does, with the different words emphasizing different frequencies.  But these words are even closer in pitch, which is why the word you’re thinking of can influence what you hear. But if you’re wondering about which is correct, the toy is officially saying “brainstorm.”

The CDC says it’s finally safe to eat romaine lettuce again.

Reese’s is holding a contest for die-hard fans.  You can win $10,000 and a year’s supply of candy.

Starbucks just announced a new policy to try to avoid any more embarrassing situations and bad press:  Anyone is allowed to sit in a Starbucks or use their bathroom even if they don’t buy anything.

Hasbro just announced that it has successfully trademarked the smell of PLAY-DOH.  They describe the smell as a, quote, “sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”

If you have a kid in your house between the ages of eight and 37, there’s a good chance they play “Fortnite”.  It’s as hot as a game has been since that random two weeks when everyone played “Pokemon Go”. And according to a new survey, parents are now WEAPONIZING its popularity.  Almost two out of three moms say they’ve threatened to ban their kid from playing “Fortnite” as a punishment. The survey also found 7% of parents have wound up with a massive bill from their kid’s in-game purchases.

This is great use of the Internet right here:  There’s a tool on Merriam-Webster’s website that lets you see what WORDS were born the same year that you were. So if you were born in 1988, you’ll find out that some of the words born that year are:  Channel surfing . . . e-book . . . emo . . . f-bomb . . . gangsta . . . gentleman’s club . . . hyperlink . . . mosh pit . . . road rage . . . and unibrow.

 

Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro are going to star in a new Netflix political comedy called ”First Ladies.” Jennifer is going to play the President while Tig will play her partner and the First Lady.

 

 

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

  1. Deadpool 2 — $125 million (CINEMA SCOOP …. ”Deadpool 2” had the second highest R-rated opening ever. ”Deadpool 2” made $301 million worldwide)
  2. Avengers: Infinity War — $28.7 million
  3. Book Club — $12.5 million
  4. Life of the Party — $7.7 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 05/18/18

The guy who assassinated President Garfield in 1881 used a gun with an ivory handle because he thought it would look good in a museum.  It might have . . . but somehow it got lost and isn’t on display anywhere.

Reading gossip about a celebrity creates a momentary feeling in your brain that’s as good as eating great food or winning money.

Edwin Land’s inspiration to create the Polaroid camera came in 1943, when his three-year-old daughter complained about taking photographs that had to get developed because, quote, “I don’t want to wait.”