RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 02/23/18

Birds don’t pee. They don’t even have urethras . . . so everything goes out with their poop.  Which then lands on you.

There’s a law in Alaska that says a person can’t stay in a bar once they’re drunk . . . specifically, an intoxicated person can’t “knowingly” enter or stay where alcohol is sold. And in 2012, cops actually enforced the law in Anchorage.

Back when TV was only black-and-white, 75% of Americans said they only dreamed in black-and-white.  Now less than 12% of people dream in black-and-white.

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 02/23/18

February 23rd is the 54th day of the year. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 21 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

There are 34 days until we can maybe hit 80 degrees (March 29th 1986 hit 84)

Today is Curling is Cool Day, Diesel Engine Day, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Banana Bread Day and Play Tennis Day

Ruffles Mozzarella N Marinara potato chips have hit store shelves as have Hostess Peanut Butter Ding Dongs

McDonald’s has created a Shamrock Shake Finder app to help people find Shamrock Shakes at nearby McDonalds. The app is available in the Google Store

Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya recently set a new Guinness World Record for chugging a bottle of ketchup in under 30 seconds. Dinesh also set world records for downing 9.5 oz of peanut butter in 60 seconds and fitting 88 grapes into his mouth

The Walking Dead returns from hiatus with an extended 82-minute episode, as the series says goodbye to Carl (Chandler Riggs). In the final minutes of Episode 8, Carl revealed that he had been bitten by a zombie. (Sunday, 8p CT, AMC)

Buzzfeed actually surveyed people in all 50 states about the most popular food where they live.  And they definitely SEEM to be right on. In a lot of states, the people there voted for their signature food . . . like bagels in New York, deep dish pizza in Illinois, cheesesteaks in Pennsylvania, poke in Hawaii, maple syrup in Vermont, and barbecue in Texas. But a lot of states got more obscure foods, like a cubed, fried red meat dish in South Dakota called chislic . . . a Norwegian flatbread called lefse in North Dakota . . . and toasted ravioli in Missouri. And then there’s Alaska, where the number one pick was ICE CREAM.  I guess if you live in Alaska, you like things that are cold, regardless of how impractical they are. In Minnesota it’s the Juicy Lucy and in Wisconsin it’s  Fried Cheese Curds.

A new study found the best and worst cities to move to for a completely fresh start . . . on your career, your relationship, and everything.  The best are Buffalo, New York and Minneapolis . . . the worst are Birmingham, Alabama and Riverside, California.

A math club at Brigham Young University in Utah was hosting a panel event called Women in Math.  And on their posters, they featured the four faculty members who are speaking . . . all of whom are MALE. A student tweeted a picture of the flier and asked, quote, “Is this satire?”  BYU’s math department responded that it was, quote, “poor judgment” but, yeah, the panel will only have men on it, even though they DO have female math professors.

 

 

Rachel McAdams is pregnant. She and her boyfriend Jamie Linden have been dating since April 2016

Donald Trump has gotten ’45’embroidered on his shirt cuffs because he is the 45th President of the United States

A Blair Witch Project television show is being developed. No word yet on what network will air the series

“Jerry Springer: The Opera” opened Off Broadway last night.

ABC has sold all of its commercials for the Academy Awards. A 30-second commercial costs $2.6 million. That’s up from $1.9 million last year

 

New Movies

Game Night (Rated R) … STARRING:Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler … a group of friends find themselves investigating a murder while meeting for their regular game night.

Annihilation (Rated R) … Starring:Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson … group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone, but only one (Oscar Isaac) comes out alive. His wife, Lena (Natalie Portman), volunteers for another expedition into the zone to find out what happened to him in an attempt to save his life.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 02/22/18

February 22nd is the 53rd day of the year. There are 312 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 22 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

There are 212 days until Fall begins (Sat Sept 22)

Today is Be Humble Day, National Chili Day, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, National Margarita Day, National Wildlife Day and Walking the Dog Day

Burger King is offering a new pie made out of Twix. The dessert features a caramel filling, a vanilla crumb crust and pieces of Twix bars on top. It has 370 calories.

Olive Garden’s newest menu item is an edible bowl made out of pizza dough . . . and it’s stuffed with cheese, sauce, and 10 MEATBALLS.

The Shamrock Shake just returned to McDonald’s.  And they made a new smartphone app to help you find which stores have it.

Is red wine good for your TEETH?  A new study found it can help prevent cavities and fight gum disease.

Disney is developing a live-action version of Pinocchio

A pair of male identical twins met a pair of female identical twins at a twins festival in Ohio last summer.  They paired off, and earlier this month, both guys proposed at the same time.  Both of the women said yes, and they’re going to get married in a joint ceremony at the same festival in August.

A woman in Maryland was buying a lottery ticket recently, and the cashier grabbed the wrong one.  So she made him grab the one she wanted instead, and left.  Then the guy behind her in line said he’d buy the other ticket . . . and won $30,000.

A new study ranked the states by how SINFUL they are, based on everything from crime rates to gambling.  The most sinful are Florida and California . . . and the least are Vermont and North Dakota. Minnesota is #37 and Wisconsin is #40.

 

Kristen Bell is narrating the documentary adventure Pandas, a global story about reintroducing captive-born pandas to the wild. The film will be released in select IMAX theaters starting April 6.

Wendy Williams is taking three weeks off because she has Graves disease. She says, “My thyroid, my hyper thyroid is attached to graves’ disease, graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs.”

Mark Hamill, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will all present at the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4th

Mark Hamill will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 8th. Star Wars creator George Lucas and Harrison Ford will emcee the event

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is going to moderate a debate among Republicans vying for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial nomination. The debate will take place on October 1st.

Chris Tucker tells ESPN that he and Jackie Chan are working on ”Rush Hour 4.”“It’s happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. “Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.”

Kat Von D and her boyfriend Leafar Seyer got married yesterday. The couple celebrated their wedding day with matching black manicures

Ray Liotta is going to guest star on The Simpsons as Moe’s father Monte.

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

Game Night (Rated R) … STARRING:Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler … a group of friends find themselves investigating a murder while meeting for their regular game night.

Annihilation (Rated R) … Starring:Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson … group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone, but only one (Oscar Isaac) comes out alive. His wife, Lena (Natalie Portman), volunteers for another expedition into the zone to find out what happened to him in an attempt to save his life.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 02/21/18

You’re not allowed to try to modify the weather in Colorado without a permit.  The main reason is to keep ski resorts from doing strange things to try to make it snow.

Chickens prefer more attractive humans to less attractive ones.

Chris Farley was the original voice of Shrek and had recorded about 90% of the dialogue when he died.  The producers decided not to use an impersonator to finish and recast Mike Myers in the role.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 02/21/18

February 21st is the 52nd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 24 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

There are only 50 days left until my Big Birthday Party at the Lismore in Eau Claire (April 12)

Today is Card Reading Day and National Sticky Bun Day

Fractured Prune Donuts, in Chandler and Glendale, Arizona, is celebrating National Margarita Day tomorrow with a margarita-flavored donut. The donut is made with a key lime glaze and sea salt. There is no actual tequila in the donut.

Peeps just announced EIGHT new flavors coming out for Easter:  Sour cherry . . . Neapolitan . . . lemon sherbet dipped in fudge . . . orange sherbet dipped in fudge . . . pancakes and syrup . . . and three mystery flavors.

Cup Noodles is selling a new “nuggets and fries” ramen flavor that has actual chicken nuggets in it.  You can only get it in Japan right now though.

The new senior picture trend for high schoolers is to take them in Hobby Lobby’s flower section.  And employees are sick of dealing with it.

A new study by Real Self reveals that belly button surgery has jumped by 12% in the past year. Surgeons say patients are requesting belly buttons like Jessica Simpson’s and Britney Spears’.

Don’t try this at home, but a new study found that a small electrical zap to the ankle can boost a woman’s sex drive.

A dead whale recently washed up on a beach in Chile . . . and some hopeless romantic carved, “Ann, I love you” into the side of it.

If you’re not eating three apples a day, you’re not dieting right. That’s according to fans of the 3-apples-a-day plan. They say apples fill you up so you eat less. That part is obvious. What you might not know is apple fiber decreases the transit time of food in your digestive system. Apples help to keep you hydrated. And, the enzymes naturally found in apples may help your body to more efficiently digest foods that you eat. Plus, the sugar in apples satisfies your sweet cravings, so you’ll likely eat better, but that same sugar does not spike your blood glucose level up and down like other sweet snack foods.

Geek god Bill Gates will drop by The Big Bang Theory. The Microsoft founder will make a special appearance as himself in a late March episode when he attends a work function at Penny’s pharmaceutical company. Getting wind of the VIP visit, Leonard, Sheldon and the gang do everything in their power to meet the computing icon.

Major League Baseball teams are planning to support Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida by wearing their school baseball cap during exhibition games

Jennifer Aniston is keeping the $500,000 diamond engagement ring she received from Justin Theroux.

Friends star Matt LeBlanc tells the Sun newspaper that he thinks Jennifer Aniston is okay following her split from Justin Theroux. ”I haven’t spoken to Jennifer about it but I’m sure she’s doing okay right now. She’s a big girl.”

Life & Style Weekly Magazine claims London’s first Chicken Nugget and Wings Festival will take place in August and will feature a Chicken Nugget King and Queen, different types of nuggets and homemade dipping sauces. 1,100 people have already bought tickets to the event

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 02/20/18

Florida passed a law in 1989 that banned bars from holding dwarf throwing contests . . . and the law held up when a state representative tried to get it repealed in 2011.

Teddy bears, which were named after Teddy Roosevelt, were a huge hit.  So a toy company tried to recreate the formula with the next president, William Howard Taft, and sold stuffed possums called Billy Possums.  They did not catch on.

The bacteria population in just your mouth is larger than the entire human population on Earth.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 02/20/18

February 20th is the 51st day of the year. There are 314 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 25 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

There are FOUR days until our average high is 32 degrees! (This Sat Feb 24)

Today is Love Your Pet Day, National Cherry Pie Day and National Handcuff Day

General Mills is going to include a new marshmallow in its Lucky Charms cereal. The Magical Unicorn marshmallow will be featured on cereal boxes and is the first new marshmallow in 10 years. It’s a MAGICAL UNICORN marshmallow that’s white with blue and purple swirls on the mane and horn.  Boxes with the new unicorns are already shipping now.

Krispy Kreme has created a special Olympic donut called the Hershey’s Gold Donut. The Krispy Kreme donut features caramelized cream, peanuts and salty pretzel pieces.

Chipotle just started offering QUINOA in their test kitchen in New York City.  There’s no word on if or when they could roll it out to all of their stores.

Starbucks stores in Asia are selling a new cold drink that changes color. The Butterfly Pea Lemonade Cold Brew features purple, yellow and light coffee colors. When mixed together, the drink changes colors. Starbucks won’t say if North American Baristas will be making the drink

A researcher at Harvard wasted time on this one: Grant E. Donnelly studies more than 4,000 millionaires and came to the conclusion that people with more wealth tend to report being happier with life.

COUPLE SERVED PIZZA INSTEAD OF CAKE AT THEIR WEDDING – When Jess Melara and Tony Sanchez were planning their wedding in Miami, they decided to skip the traditional white wedding cake and serve a four-tier pizza instead.

According to a massive new study by a neurologist named Claudia Kawas at the University of California, the key to living a long life is ALCOHOL. Kawas studied more than 1,700 people over 90 years old for the past 15 years, and found that people who drank around two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to die early. People who exercised between 15 and 45 minutes a day were only 11% less likely to die early.  In other words, alcohol is more effective at keeping you alive than exercise. And the good news doesn’t stop there.  Kawas also found it’s better to be a little bit CHUBBY than very thin.  People who were slightly overweight, but not obese, were 3% less likely to die early. And people who drank two cups of coffee a day were 10% less likely to die early. But the best thing of all is . . . having a daily hobby.  People who worked on a hobby at least two hours every day were 21% less likely to die early.

Stats from a recent survey on showering . . .

  1. How often do you shower?  55% said at least once a day . . . 34% said every two days . . . 9% said once or twice a week . . . and 2% said only when they stink.
  2. When you take a bath, do you usually take a quick shower afterward to rinse off your own FILTH you’ve been soaking in?  55% said YES.  45% said no.
  3. Do you wash your hair first or last?  81% said it’s the first thing they wash.  19% wait until the end of their shower.  That’s not really about being gross, it’s just kind of interesting.
  4. How often do you use a fresh towel?  49% said about once a week.  33% said it varies.  18% said they use a fresh towel every time they shower.

 

Sly Stallone was the victim of a death hoax yesterday. He dispelled the rumors by tweeting: “Please ignore the stupidity. Alive and well and happy and healthy…Still punching!”

Justin Theroux has canceled his appearance on ”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight. No reason was given, but many assume it is because of his breakup with Jennifer Aniston

Kathy Griffin has offered to host the White House Correspondents Dinner for free if Donald Trump attends

U.S. and Thailand Marines drank snake blood and ate scorpions yesterday as part of a military exercise in Asia. Troops from both countries will spend the next 10 days doing field training and other drills.

Foreign Policy magazine, claims the U.S. may launch a cyber attack on North Korea. U.S. Intelligence Officers claim the U.S. has been installing cables, remote bases and listening posts in Asia.

NEW ON DVD – Released February 20
• Daddy’s Home 2
• The Star

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 02/19/18

February 19th is the 50th day of the year. There are 315 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 26 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

There are 158 days until Packers Training Camp starts (Thurs July 27th)

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day, National Lash Day and Presidents’ Day

Squid Ink ice cream has become the most popular dessert at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Some people say the ice cream tastes like chocolate while others say it tastes like salted caramel. Many are waiting as long as 20 minutes to buy the ice cream.

According to a new survey, the most comforting comfort foods are grilled cheese sandwiches, chocolate, ice cream, pizza, and French fries.

The country’s two national lotteries are growing again. With no winner Friday night Mega Millions has grown to $185 million for Tuesday night’s drawing. Wednesday night’s Powerball is worth $246 million.

ESPN would like Peyton Manning to replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football. The site claims Manning wants to become an NFL executive rather than an announcer

The latest dumb debate on Twitter is . . . do you put water on your toothbrush before you put on the toothpaste, or after?  It seems like the more popular move is putting on water, then the paste, for what it’s worth.

Apparently the hot new proposal trend is to cut open an AVOCADO, take out the pit, and put the ring inside.  Who knew?

A man in the UK was stunned after finding a shark in his garden when it fell from the sky. Colin Hill spotted the two-foot long catshark around lunchtime Thursday. He believes the shark was picked up by an over-ambitious seagull that dropped it mid-flight.

 

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo are the proud parents of a new baby girl named Geo Grace. It is the couple’s second daughter.

Alex Rodriguez gifted Jennifer Lopez with a $186,000 Cartier Panther ring on Valentine’s Day.

An Aseman Airlines jet crashed in Iran yesterday killing all 66 people on board. The plane was flying in foggy conditions when it slammed into Mount Dena.

 

Daytona 500 Recap:

Rascal Flatts sang ”Life is a Highway” before the Daytona 500 yesterday.

Actress Charlize Theron waved the green flag while Peyton Manning served as the honorary pace car driver

Austin Dillon in the number #3 car won the race.

Danica Patrick ended her NASCAR career with a crash on lap 102.

Aaron Rodgers gave Danica a giant good luck kiss before the race