RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 4/27/17

The Nobel Peace Prize can only go to someone living.  It wasn’t given out in 1948 because Gandhi had just been assassinated and the committee ruled, quote, “there was no suitable living candidate.”

Employees at Ben & Jerry’s get three free pints of ice cream EVERY DAY.  They also get a free gym membership.

In “The Jetsons”, George is 40 years old, Jane is 33, and their daughter Judy is 16.  That means George was either 23 or 24 and Jane was either 16 or 17 when he got her pregnant.  Then again, we don’t know the legal age of consent in space.

Things You Need To Know – Wed 4/26/17:

April 27th is the 117th day of the year. There are 248 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 8 days remaining until Cinco De Mayo

There are 78 days remaining until Family Rocket Day (July 14)

Today is Morse Code Day, National Prime Rib Day, National Tell a Story Day, Pay it Forward Day and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Hershey says that it plans to make its candy a healthier treat by removing calories and reducing the candy’s size.

A new study found if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats, you can offset your risk of developing heart disease JUST by walking 22 minutes a day.

Scottie’s Pizza Parlor, in Portland, Oregon, has created a Ninja Turtles-inspired pizza. The Centouno Formaggio features 101 cheeses. The pie was inspired by the 99-cheese pizza from the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The owner says: “The goal was to make it taste like a regular slice of cheese pizza. With the first bite, you don’t know what to expect, so you can almost mistake it for a regular slice. Then you chew a little more and you start to get a lot of character here: there’s things going on, it’s almost hard to place.” The pizza costs $16

BMW and MINI are developing a new car that changes colors based on the driver’s mood. BMW says the color of the car’s exterior panels can be changed with the touch of a button.

Amazon is selling a new camera for $200 called the Echo Look, that scans what you’re wearing and tells you if it’s a good outfit or not.

ZIMBABWE SCHOOLS ACCEPT GOATS FOR TUITION FEES – Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment. The country’s education minister said that schools will have to show flexibility when it comes to demanding tuition fees from parents.

Neck specialist Thijs van der Hilst has created a $57,000 sleeping pillow. The pillow is made of Mulberry silk, Egyptian cotton, Dutch memory foam and 24 karat gold fabric. The zipper has four diamonds and a 22.5 carat sapphire. The pillow also comes with a custom made Louis Vuitton pillow case.

Doctors recommend eight solid hours of sleep each night, but workers aren’t clocking in. This lack of sleep is leaving employees less productive, unmotivated and more agitated with co-workers. So, who’s to blame? The answer is … work: A survey on sleep and the U.S. workplace from CareerBuilder (conducted by Harris Poll) reported that 58 percent of 32,000 workers surveyed said they weren’t getting enough sleep, and 61 percent said that sleep deprivation affected their work. For some, it’s a vicious cycle: 44 percent of workers said that just thinking about work kept them up at night.

The world’s largest Starbucks is going to open in Chicago. The 43,000-square foot coffee shop will occupy four stories. The Roastery will allow fans to watch the roasting and brewing of Starbucks coffee.

WOMAN LIVES WITH NEEDLE IN LIVER FOR 23 YEARS – A woman in China complaining of back pain wasn’t so shocked when doctors discovered a needle that had been lodged in her liver for 23 years. A scan revealed a needle in her liver measuring two inches that had broken in two parts.

REMOVE SPOON SWALLOWED BY TEEN – Doctors at a Chinese hospital removed an 8-inch metal spoon from the stomach of an 18-year-old student who accidentally swallowed the utensil. Surgery took two hours. The girl told doctors she waited three days to seek medical attention for the spoon swallowing because she wanted to finish her school exams.

Instagram reached 700 million monthly active users this week. It reached 600 million members four months ago. The impressive statistic means Instagram has found a way to double its total user base in the last two years.

For those of you eating at your desk right now, it comes as no surprise that the lunch hour has been shrinking in recent years. A recent survey shows 70% Americans either work straight through lunch or spend a mere five to ten minutes wolfing down their food. Six in ten of Americans consider the one-hour lunch to be the biggest myth in office life.

McDonald’s will soon begin placing Nintendo toys in their Happy Meals. Eight Nintendo characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser and others will be included in the meals

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73.

The Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain has created a new flavor inspired by Wonder Woman. Power Berry frozen yogurt features strawberry and raspberry fro-yo with granola and dark chocolate chips

Macaulay Culkin plays Kurt Cobain in Father John Misty’s new video for “Total Entertainment Forever”

Donald Trump sent his wife Melania a Tweet on her birthday. It featured a picture of them with the caption: ”Happy Birthday to our First Lady Melania”

Angelina Jolie recently bought her daughter Shiloh a ukulele at a Guitar Center in Los Angeles.

BRAD PITT’S MOM MOVED IN WITH HIM AFTER HIS DIVORCE – A source claims Brad Pitt’s mom moved in with him after his split with Angelina Jolie. The source claims “Brad’s mom has moved in with him to make sure he’s taking care of himself. He’s lost a lot of weight and she’s worried about him.”

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

The Circle (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks … Mae (Emma Watson) gets a job at the world’s largest tech and social media company. Her boss Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) asks her to take part in a questionable project that affects people’s privacy, ethics and personal freedoms.

How To Be A Latin Lover (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Salma Hayek, Kristen Bell, Rob Lowe .. a 25 year-old man marries an 80 year-old socialite, who ends up dumping him for a younger man. The latin lover is forced to move in with his sister before going after a widowed billionaire grandmother

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 4/26/17

There was a team that only lasted for ONE game in the NFL.  The Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen from Tonawanda, New York joined the NFL in 1921 . . . lost 45-to-nothing to the Rochester Jeffersons . . . and disbanded.

The Guinness world record for the most keys removed from a key ring by a parrot is 22 in two minutes.

Anytime your food has carmine, cochineal extract, or natural red 4 in its ingredients . . . it means the color comes from crushed up bugs.

Things You Need To Know – Wed 4/26/17:

April 26th is the 116th day of the year. There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 69 days remaining until the 4th of July (Tues this year)

There are 8 months until the day after Christmas!

Today is Administrative Professionals’ Day, Denim Day, Hug a Friend Day, International Noise Awareness Day, National Help a Horse Day, National Kids and Pets Day, National Pretzel Day and National Static Cling Day

Chocolate cake Twinkies have hit store shelves. The Twinkies are still filled with white cream filling.

Limited edition Jolly Rancher-flavored Pop-Tarts have hit store shelves. People are flocking to buy frosted watermelon, green apple and cherry-flavored Jolly Rancher tarts

Chipotle is about to add a dessert to their menu.  It’s a fried tortilla with honey, sugar, cinnamon, and a caramel dipping sauce and they’re going to start testing it next month.

Two new types of ridiculous jeans just went on sale.  Nordstrom is selling jeans that are pre-streaked with FAKE MUD for $425 . . . and a British chain called Topshop is selling $100 plastic jeans that are totally SEE-THROUGH.

A new study just ranked the states based on factors including casinos per capita . . . lottery sales . . . sports gambling and horse racing . . . and gambling addiction rates. And the state that’s the most obsessed with gambling is . . . Nevada.  You don’t say!? The rest of the top 10 are:  South Dakota . . . Montana . . . West Virginia . . . Mississippi . . . New Jersey . . . Oklahoma . . . Oregon . . . Louisiana . . . and Ohio. The 10 states that are least into gambling are:  Alabama . . . Nebraska . . . Utah . . . Kentucky . . . Wisconsin . . . Vermont . . . Alaska . . . North Carolina . . . Arizona . . . and Florida.

A craft beer church has opened in New Buffalo, Michigan. Beer Church Brewing has six taps and is located in a former Methodist church. Co-founder John Lustina tells the paper; “We’ve had numerous patrons come in and say they were baptized here. The thing we always go back to is that we saved this historic church. Beer church is something people think is funny, and now hopefully it makes them think of great beer.”

Doctors recommend eight solid hours of sleep each night, but workers aren’t clocking in. This lack of sleep is leaving employees less productive, unmotivated and more agitated with co-workers. So, who’s to blame? The answer is … work: A survey on sleep and the U.S. workplace from CareerBuilder (conducted by Harris Poll) reported that 58 percent of 32,000 workers surveyed said they weren’t getting enough sleep, and 61 percent said that sleep deprivation affected their work. For some, it’s a vicious cycle: 44 percent of workers said that just thinking about work kept them up at night.

WOMAN LIVES WITH NEEDLE IN LIVER FOR 23 YEARS – A woman in China complaining of back pain wasn’t so shocked when doctors discovered a needle that had been lodged in her liver for 23 years. A scan revealed a needle in her liver measuring two inches that had broken in two parts.

“Time” magazine just made a list of the 50 worst cars of all time.  Some of the notable cars they included are:  Ford Edsel . . . Ford Pinto . . . DeLorean . . . Yugo . . . and Hummer H2.

Uber announced yesterday that they’re planning to introduce a fleet of FLYING CARS by the year 2020.  Dallas and Dubai will get them first. The company is working with NASA, the FAA and aerospace companies to make flying cars possible and safe

The American Customer Satisfaction Index released its annual list of the most popular airlines.  JetBlue is first . . . Spirit is last . . . and United is third-to-last.  The survey was done before United dragged that guy off a plane though.

A Wichita Falls, Texas restaurant, called Frank and Joe’s, says Starbucks stole their idea for their Unicorn Frappuccino. Frank and Joe’s serves the Original Unicorn Frappe, which consists of a strawberry Frappuccino topped with homemade berry whipped cream and rainbow sprinkle.  Frank and Joe’s claim they started serving their frappe over a month ago

Some Starbucks stores are now selling The Dragon Frappuccino. The Frappuccino is green and neon pink and features pink syrup and whipped cream on top. Reviews are mixed as many want the Unicorn Frappe to return. Starbucks says the Dragon Frappuccino is not an official menu item, but rather a secret menu item created by select baristas.

Donald Trump has a button on his Oval Office desk that is used to summon a butler. Trump has the butler bring him Coke and other drinks.

PRINCESS BRIDE SCRABBLE IS REAL AND MUST BE OWNED – If The Princess Bride changed your vocabulary for the better, Princess Bride: Scwamble is right up your alley. The game is essentially Scrabble, but words and phrases from the movie like “togeder” and “tru wuv” are also part of the game.

Sony Pictures is making a movie about WWE owner Vince McMahon. ”Pandemonium” will chronicle McMahon’s rise to fame.

Chris Rock and Adam Sandler are going to star in a new Netflix movie called “The Week Of”. It will follow Sandler and Rock as their son and daughter prepare to marry one another.

The live-action remake of The Lion King will be released on July 19, 2019. Ace Showbiz claims Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to play Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat

Disney will release Frozen 2 on November 27, 2019.

Jeff Goldblum is reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2. He will star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

INDIANA JONES SEQUEL GETS PUSHED BACK TO 2020 – Indiana Jones will return for his fifth film on July 20, 2020. Harrison Ford will return in the title role. Steven Spielberg also returns to direct the movie, which has been pushed back from its previously announced 2019 release.

Some guy robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts in Philadelphia on Saturday.  And there’s footage of him doing stretches in the parking lot before he goes in.

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 4/25/17

Merv Griffin originally wrote the theme song for “Jeopardy” as a lullaby for his son, called “A Time For Tony”.  After he decided to use it for the show, he changed the name to “Think!” He wrote it for his son, and says it took him less than a minute.  He also estimated at one point that he had collected more than $70 million in royalties from it.  (Here’s what it might sound like as an ACTUAL lullaby)

There’s a difference between a crevice and a crevasse.  A crevice is a small crack, a crevasse is a huge crack.

A chimp’s POOP THROWING ABILITY is actually a sign of intelligence.  The more accurately the chimp throws his feces, the stronger his brain.

Things You Need To Know – Mon 4/24/17:

April 25th is the 115th day of the year. There are 250 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 10 days remaining until Cinco De Mayo

There are 54 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today is DNA Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, National Crayola Day, National Mani-Pedi Day, National Plumber’s Day, National Hug a Plumber Day, National Telephone Day, School Bus Drivers’ Day and World Penguin Day

Dairy Queen is selling a new Guardians of the Galaxy blizzard. It contains brownies, cookies, caramel, choco chunks and vanilla soft serve ice cream. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens next Thursday night

Ketchup-flavored Pringles chips will soon hit store shelves in North America. The chips are red in color.

McDonald’s restaurants in Japan are selling a new menu item called the Kiwi McShake. McDonald’s is only using the sweetest kiwis in order to give the drink a sugary taste.

Hidden Valley Ranch is trying to cash in on Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino craze by offering Unicorn Ranch Dressing. They posted a picture of a bottle of pink and purple ranch dressing with unicorns on the front of it. Hidden Valley says they’ll consider producing the Unicorn Ranch in mass if they receive 18 million tweets about it.

Women are flocking to hair salons to get Unicorn Frappuccino hair. Hair stylists are using pink, blue and white hair dye to mimic the drink’s signature colors. The dye jobs cost more than $100

Starbucks has a secret Unicorn Lemonade that baristas don’t want you to know about. A Starbucks employee posted instructions on how to make the Unicorn Lemonade on Reddit.  The instructions read: “It’s just a layered raspberry lemonade. On the left, the first half is with the blue powder and the top with the pink. The one of the right is just a lemonade with the blue powder on the bottom and then passion tea on top. If you put extra ice in the cup you’re able to layer it…It’s actually really yummy.” Starbucks baristas are asking the employee to remove the instructions

A new survey by Comcast reveals that 25% of renters say high-speed internet is more important than having a washer and dryer in their apartment (13%)

Here’s something else for the shopping list: a baby-naming consultant. You’ll find them mostly in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Hong Kong and a number of other major cities. One Swiss branding company charges more than $29,000 to choose the perfect name for a soon-to-arrive child.

In Portland, Oregon, the Hollywood Theatre, has been around since 1926. They have recently opened up a small 17-seat movie theater in the Portland International Airport called Hollywood Theatre PDX, where fans can watch local indie films. And unlike practically everything else in this and every other airport, the theater is completely free. The theater, which began allowing folks in this past February, is the first-ever movie theater in a U.S. airport. But it was inspired by a similar theater in Hong Kong.

A waiter in New York was fired back in 2011 for calling his boss a “mother[effer]” on Facebook.  He sued, and after five-and-a-half years of appeals, a circuit court just ruled he was WRONGFULLY fired.  They sided with him because no one had ever been fired from the restaurant before for bad language and he didn’t swear in front of customers.

Here’s a new dating term:  “Haunting.”  That’s where someone you’re not dating anymore starts liking your Facebook posts or watching your Snapchat story . . . but doesn’t have any other contact with you so you have no idea why they’re interested in you again.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the U.S. record Monday for most time in space and took a congratulatory call from Donald Trump. The International Space Station’s commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in space by an American.

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are going to perform at the Livewire Festival in the UK in late August. They plan to perform their biggest hits.

A new survey by the US Census Bureau reveals that 33% of Millennials live with and rely financially on their parents.
INSTAGRAM WAS DOWN AND FOODIES PANICKED – Instagram stopped working Monday afternoon. The social network experienced several issues starting around 1:30 PM ET.

NEW ON DVD – Released April 25.
• La La Land
• Underworld: Blood Wars
• The Affair: Season 3

Things You Need To Know – Mon 4/24/17:

April 24th is the 114th day of the year. There are 251 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 55 days remaining until Father’s Day (June 18th)

There are -1 Day until Tax Freedom Day (April 23rd 113 days into the year)  Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden.

Today is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day, National Teach Your Children to Save Day and New Kids on the Block Day

Two major brands of frozen hash browns have been recalled . . . because they contain pieces of GOLF BALLS.  So if you have Roundy’s or Harris Teeter hash browns in your freezer, those little white chunks ain’t onions.

A new study found toxic chemicals from recycled electronics are ending up in children’s toys, including Rubik’s Cubes.  And ironically, they can lower your IQ.

There’s a five-year-old Great Dane in England who’s seven feet long and two hundred and nineteen pounds.  Yeah . . . that’s the same weight as a baby elephant.

Someone called a Taco Bell in Arkansas on Tuesday . . . claimed they were the vice president of the company . . . and got two employees to put $2,800 in a bag . . . wire the money to them . . . and flush the receipts down the toilet.  They finally called their regional manager after that, who realized it was a scam.

BOWLER ROLLS PERFECT GAME IN UNDER 90 SECONDS – It’s the dream of bowlers around the world: the perfect game. At a bowling alley in Cortland, New York, Ben Ketola realized that dream in 86.9 seconds. The 23-year-old ran across 10 lanes, quickly rolling balls until he reached the end of the bowling alley, and ran back to the beginning to get his final two strikes. Ketola averages 225. • VIDEO

Bradegon Burson, the Starbucks Barista, who last week told customers not to order the Unicorn Frappuccino, will not be fired or disciplined for his actions. The 19 year-old Colorado native became a viral superstar after he posted a video in which he screamed; “I have never made so many Frappuccinos in my entire life. I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose. If you love us as baristas, don’t order it! It’s so difficult to make right after the other, and people were coming in left and right, in the drive-thru and in the front. For the love of God and everything that is good, DON’T GET THE UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO!” Starbucks’ corporate brass wants to speak to Braden about what ideas he has to improve their products.

People magazine claims Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill were filming Mission Impossible 6 just a mile away from where the Paris terror attacks took place last week. Paramount Pictures says production was not affected

Universal is considering a Fast and the Furious spin-off starring The Rock, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron.

Ice Cube is developing another Friday movie. The first Friday movie debuted in 1995

The Philadelphia pet store where Adrianne worked in the movie Rocky has been demolished. The building, which was once a real pet shop, had been empty for years.

George Lopez and DL Hughley recently got Charlie Murphy’s nickname Darkness tattooed on their hands.

Donald Trump has no plans to fire his White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The site claims Trump said: “I’m not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”

 

THE VOICE – The top 12 artists perform for coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani; Shania Twain advises the singers. (7p CT, NBC)

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS CLOSES IN ON $1 BILLION BOX OFFICE – Sometime this week The Fate of the Furious will become the second billion-dollar movie in the franchise. Through Sunday the movie had made $908.4 million worldwide.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 4/24/17

If you buy ketchup that’s labeled “fancy,” that legally means it’s THICKER than other ketchup.

Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon.

The African country Swaziland has a law that bans witches from flying their broomsticks higher than 500 feet in the air.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 4/21/17

There’s a word in Japanese for a person who buys more books than they could ever possibly read.  It’s “tsundoku.”

Kleenex tissues were originally invented in 1924 as a way to remove makeup.  But so many people wrote the company to say they were using them as disposable handkerchiefs that all the marketing shifted behind that use by 1930.

You can send a coconut, a potato, a sombrero, a brick, an inflated beach ball, a Frisbee, or a pillow through the U.S. postal service WITHOUT a box . . . you just have to put enough postage on it and an address label.

Things You Need To Know – Fri 4/21/17:

April 21st is the 111th day of the year. There are 254 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 23 days remaining until Mother’s Day

There are 90 days remaining until National Moon Day (July 20)

Today is Big Word Day (do we need this? Seems rather superfluous noncompulsory and supererogatory), Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, Keep Off the Grass Day, Kindergarten Day, National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day, Thank You for Libraries Day and Tuna Rights Day

Starbucks’ new Unicorn Frappuccino is massively popular . . . and apparently, it’s making the baristas CRAZY.  They’ve been flocking to Reddit to complain about how complicated it is to make and how the stores didn’t stock enough ingredients to fulfill the demand.

A woman named Lori just posted a picture on Reddit of the note her seven-year-old son Nathan brought home from school earlier this week.  Now, sure, it was clearly handwritten by a kid and NOT an official letter . . . but it had a stern message. Quote, “Dear Parents, Nathan has been doing good in all his classes except for Video Game Class!  If he does not stay up all night playing video games, he will get kicked out of school . . . From, The School.” Lori quickly got him to admit it was fake, but she was impressed enough with the ridiculousness that she DID give him an extra 30 minutes of video game time that night.

A new study found the best type of photo to post when you’re dating online.  If you’re a guy, look straight into the camera and smile without showing your teeth.  If you’re a woman, DON’T look at the camera, but DO show your teeth

A new survey asked people which of these work options they’d want the most:  Being able to work from home . . . having flexible start and end times for their day . . . or having a four-day work week with longer days. And the one we want the most is . . . flexible start and end times, with 37% of the vote.  I wouldn’t have guessed that. Working from home and a four-day work week tied with 26% of the vote. The survey also found that people who do have the option of working from home do it an average of three days a week.

A new study found people who drink diet soda every day are three times more likely to develop dementia.  And they’re also more likely to have a stroke.

Hooters is changing their image in Asia to be more family-friendly. In Jakarta, their servers are ditching their white tank tops and skimpy orange shorts in favor of long skirts, thick stockings and higher neck lines.

Bags of potato chips are selling for $14 a piece in Japan because of a potato shortage. The jump in price is due to storms that ruined potato crops in recent months

The 7th annual Earth Day World Naked Bike Ride will take place tomorrow in San Francisco. The ride will span 15 miles and include pit stops at Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops. Bikers can wear as much or as little as they like.

The first base that Anthony Rizzo was standing on when the Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series has been auctioned off for $101,237. It’s the most ever paid for a base.

A guy in London lost his wallet at a music festival in 2003.  And he JUST got a Facebook message from the guy who found it . . . spent the $13 in it on booze . . . felt guilty . . . and started

Donald Trump had dinner at the White House on Wednesday night with Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock. The trio posed in front of a picture of Hillary Clinton.

Fox has ordered 10 new episodes of The X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The shows will air during the 2017-2018 TV season

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

The Lost City of Z (Rated PG-13) …. STARRING: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller … based on the book, “The Lost City of Z”, the movie follows British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) as he travels to the Amazon and discovers a previously unknown civilization