THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 11/08/18

November 8th is the 312th day of the year. There are 53 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 14 days until Thanksgiving

If you live in Iowa there are 0 days until 2020 Presidential TV ads start airing More than 10,500 television ads related to the 2020 presidential elections have already aired on broadcast and cable channels across the United States this year. More than half of those ads have been on Iowa television channels. Nearly all of the ads come from two Democrats: U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, who has announced a run in 2020, as well as California billionaire Tom Steyer,

Today is Cook Something Bold Day, National Cappuccino Day, National Dunce Day, National Harvey Wallbanger Day and X-Ray Day

Sour Patch Kids Cereal has hit store shelves and tastes exactly like Sour Patch Kids candy.

Right now, you can get a key tag at Wendy’s that will give you free small Frostys for ALL of 2019.  And it only costs $2, with the money going to charity.

The grocery chain Aldi is selling advent calendars, with little wine bottles for every day.  They go on sale today.

Oprah released her annual Favorite Things list yesterday. It included a $199 foot massager, a $168 onesie, a doggie DNA testing kit, a $179 popcorn tin and an $89 faux fur vest.

Some malls are taking advanced reservations for Mall Santa meetings. Other malls are selling ‘fast passes’ so parents and their children can skip long lines.

We’re 53% through the NFL season, and EIGHT of the 32 NFL teams have already been effectively eliminated from the playoffs:  The Raiders, the Cardinals, the 49ers, the Giants, the Bills, the Browns, the Jets, and the Broncos.

Collins Dictionary announced their word of the year.  And it is . . . “single-use.”  As in, an adjective describing something you only use once.  That became a thing this year, when places started banning plastic straws for cluttering up the environment.  The runners-up were #MeToo, gaslight, whitewash, and floss . . . as in the dance.

A flight in Indonesia was delayed for an hour yesterday, because of the horrible stench from the world’s smelliest fruit.  It’s called durian, its a delicacy, it reeks, and there were two tons of it in the cargo hold.  Everyone had to get off while the airline unloaded it, because passengers had been complaining before takeoff, and almost fought with the crew.

Remember that $750 million Powerball jackpot back on October 27th?  It was the third-largest Powerball jackpot in history.  And there were two winning tickets . . . one in New York that hasn’t been claimed, and one in Iowa that went missing.  But a 51-year-old grandmother named Lerynne West just found it.  She left it on the floor of her sister’s truck, and now gets $343.9 million.

China is on pace to pass France as the number one tourist destination in the world by 2030.

A 69-year-old guy in the Netherlands has begun a legal battle to be recognized as being 20 years younger than his actual age so he can go back to work and achieve greater success with women on Tinder. Emile Ratelband argues that if transgender people are allowed to change sex, he should be allowed to change his date of birth because doctors said he has the body of a 45-year-old. Ratelband was born on March 11, 1949 but says he feels at least 20 years younger and wants to change his birth date to March 11, 1969. He says, “When I’m on Tinder and it say I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”

New Movies Opening Tonight

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Rated R) … STARRING: Claire Foy … Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist battle spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Rated PG) … STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch … The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) comes up with a plan to ruin Christmas. The movie cost $75 million to produce

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 11/06/18

In the official Monopoly rules, the reward for landing on Free Parking is . . . nothing.  But almost no one plays that way.  Most people tie some amount of money to landing there.

Amazon was originally going to be called Relentless.  In fact, if you go to Relentless.com, it still redirects you to Amazon.com.

The jockstrap was invented in 1874, to help “bicycle jockeys” as they’d make deliveries on cobblestone streets in Boston.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 11/05/18

November 5th is the 309th day of the year. There are 56 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 17 days until Thanksgiving

There are 7 weekends until Chrsitmas

Today is National Doughnut Appreciation Day, National Gunpowder Day and National Love Your Red Hair Day

A San Francisco-area ice cream parlor, called Salt & Straw, is selling several new flavors for Thanksgiving. They include …sweet potato casserole with maple pecans…roasted cranberry sauce sorbet…salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey…spiced goat cheese with pumpkin pie…roasted peach-sage cornbread stuffing.

Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery is once again brewing several Black Friday beers. Their vintage Black Friday beer and their Black Friday XXX Vintage Reserve will both be available on November 23rd. Only 6,000 bottles are being brewed. Both Black Friday beers have an alcohol by volume of just over 13%. The beers will be served at the brewery along with cheese curds.

A guy in Australia proposed to his girlfriend this weekend . . . but her nails weren’t done, so she was embarrassed to take pictures with the ring.  So . . . her cousin put on the ring and hand-modeled it for their photos, which are going viral now.

A restaurant in Texas is hiring a “puptern” . . . someone to come in and pet puppies for $100-an-hour.

If you’re sick with a cold or the flu you might be worried that taking the day off work could mean losing your job. Not likely. In a survey of bosses, almost three-quarters said staff should stay at home if they feel ill rather than drag themselves to their desks. However, a separate poll of employees found many are worried or feel guilty about taking a day off sick, with 57 percent saying they would have to be severely ill before deciding to stay at home.

A company called Flipsy just analyzed what having a phone is going to cost you in your lifetime.  And the answer is . . . more than $75,000. Here’s the breakdown: The phones, buying one every two or three years for 60 years:  An average of $567 per phone, for a total of $12,474. Your monthly bill for the next 60 years:  $960 per year, for a total of $57,600. Apps and accessories:  $88 per year, for a total of $5,280.

People who decorate for Christmas early are HAPPIER than people who wait, according to a psychoanalyst.  He says it’s because Christmas decorations, quote, “evoke those strong feelings of childhood . . . so putting [them] up early extends the excitement.”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” opened at the top of the box office this weekend, with an opening haul of $50 million.  “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” finished second with $20 million, which is NOT good news for Disney, since it cost $130 million to make.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 11/02/18

November 2nd is the 306th day of the year. There are 59 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 20 days until Thanksgiving

There are 128 days until we Spring Forward (March 10)

Today is Cookie Monster Day, National Deviled Egg Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day and Practice Being Psychic Day

There’s a reason why the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year — and the most fattening. Target is carrying Sugar Cookie Milk. The beverage could be served alone or as an addition to a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

If you’re about to hop on a treadmill, throw in the ear buds and turn up your favorite tunes. It turns out that exercising while listening to music adds 19 minutes to the average workout. That’s 58 minutes with music compared to 39 minutes without.

Starbucks just released their holiday cups for this year. This year’s four designs seem pretty Christmas-y.  So I don’t see anything immediately that will outrage people, but we’ll see…

  1. A cup with bright red, dark red, white, and gold vertical stripes.
  2. A cup with red and white flame patterns.
  3. A white cup with light green holly and red berries.
  4. A green cup with an argyle-style pattern, featuring big white stars.

Lewis University, in Will County, Illinois, is allowing people to discard their Halloween pumpkins with a catapult. Physics students designed the free catapult

White Castle is bringing back sweet potato fries and turkey sliders for the holidays. The sliders cost 99 cents

Target is going to kick off their Black Friday sale at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The sale will last until 1 a.m. before the store closes until 7 a.m. on Black Friday

 

A woman in Indiana was so sick of all the negative political ads that she just bought her OWN radio ad . . . a negative ad about negative ads.  In her ad, she says, quote, “I am sick and tired of being bombarded with all the negative, hateful, mean-spirited ads. I say to all the politicians running these ads, stop it!”

New Movies Opening Tonight

Bohemian Rhapsody (Rated PG -13) … STARRING: Rami Malek … A biopic about the rise of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and Queen.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Rated PG) … STARRING: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman …. Clara (Mackenzie Foy) has to brave the mysterious ‘Fourth Realm’ and save the world from the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) … The movie cost $130 million to produce

Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool (Rated R) …. STARRING:Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, Whoopi Goldberg … Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is released from prison before discovering that her sister may be getting “catfished.”

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 11/02/18

When Aerosmith was preparing for their tour in 1977, they wound up passing on a plane because they didn’t think it was up to safety standards.  And they were right.  That plane would crash later that year, killing three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Missing kids aren’t on milk cartons anymore because the program was a huge failure.  Only about 70 missing children were ever featured on milk cartons in the U.S. . . . and only one was found alive.

Platypuses don’t have nipples . . . they sweat out milk for their babies.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 11/01/18

There are between 40 and 50 million goldfish in Lake Ontario.  They’re not a native species . . . they got there from people setting their goldfish pets free, and then they started reproducing.

Unfrosted Pop-Tarts have more calories than frosted ones . . . because they have a slightly thicker crust, which is just DENSE with calories.

The temperature in Miami has never gone over 100.  In fact, it’s only ever hit 100 once, on July 21st, 1942.

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 11/01/18

November 1st is the 305th day of the year. There are 60 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 21 days until Thanksgiving

Two months from today we’ll be calendar shopping

Today is All Saints’ Day, National Calzone Day, National Deep Fried Clams Day, National Vinegar Day, World Vegan Day, National Men Make Dinner Day . . . and National Cook For Your Pets Day.  Coincidence . . . or are we assuming the food the men make will be so bad it’ll only be okay for the dog?

Skinny Pop has released two new popcorn flavors for the holidays. Gingerbread Cookie and White Chocolate Peppermint are now on store shelves for a limited time

Walmart is now selling Sweet and Sassy Dr. Pepper Baked Beans. The beans are made with actual Dr. Pepper

The Boston Red Sox had their championship parade yesterday, and the classy fans kept pelting the floats with BEER CANS.  Mookie Betts was almost hit, Alex Cora WAS hit, and the World Series trophy was damaged.

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station dressed like Elvis, Darth Vader and a mad scientist yesterday

A fashion company in Montreal called Fecal Matter . . . yeah, that’s their real name . . . just created “Skin Heels”.  They’re high heels that look just like bare feet, so it’s hard to tell you’re wearing a shoe.   But it makes it look like a giant skin heel is growing out of your foot. So far they’ve only made a prototype, but they’re planning to start producing more . . . and selling them for $10,000.

Some Costco locations have a four-FOOT wine glass on sale.

KFC ran a contest where they offered $11,000 if someone had a baby on the Colonel’s birthday, September 9th, and named their baby Harland, which was his real name.  And . . . they just announced that someone did it.  A couple in North Carolina named their baby girl Harland Rose and won.

New Movies Opening Tonight

Bohemian Rhapsody (Rated PG -13) … STARRING: Rami Malek … A biopic about the rise of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and Queen.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Rated PG) … STARRING: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman …. Clara (Mackenzie Foy) has to brave the mysterious ‘Fourth Realm’ and save the world from the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) … The movie cost $130 million to produce

Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool (Rated R) …. STARRING:Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, Whoopi Goldberg … Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is released from prison before discovering that her sister may be getting “catfished.”

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 10/31/18

There’s a Chilean settlement in Antarctica called Villa Las Estrellas . . . and people who live there are required to get their appendix removed. Why?  Because it’s over 600 miles to the closest hospital, so they want to reduce the risk of someone needing emergency surgery.

The company that buys the most rice in America is Anheuser-Busch . . . they use it as part of their brewing process.

In South Korea, red, white, and blue-striped poles are used for barbershops AND brothels.