RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 9/15/17

A person born in 1969 has experienced approximately 20% of American history.  The country was founded 241 years ago, so someone just over 48 has been alive for a fifth of that.

The “Get Out of Jail Free” card from Monopoly was once a real thing.  In England in 1567, there was a lottery to raise money for the navy, and the winner got a “get out of jail free” card to excuse them from everything but the most serious crimes.

If all seven billion people on the planet played in a single-elimination rock-paper-scissors tournament, you’d only need to win 33 games to become the champion.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 9/15/17

September 15th is the 258th day of the year. There are 107 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 142 days remaining until Super Bowl LII (February 4, 2018)

There are 100 days until Christmas Eve

Today is Google.com Day, National Cheese Toast Day, National Double Cheeseburger Day, International Dot Day, Make a Hat Day, National Crème de Menthe Day, National Felt Hat Day, National Hug your Boss Day and National Linguine Day

A cheesecake-flavored Kit Kat bar is being released in time for Halloween. As of now, it’s only available in the UK

Pumpkin spice is crossing species . . . pumpkin spice-flavored DOG TREATS just hit stores.  You can get them at Petsmart.

Olive Garden’s 22,000 never ending pasta passes sold out in less than one second on Thursday.

After five months of fooling around, Crayola announced the name of its new blue crayon.  It’s called “Bluetiful.”  (Somehow they thought this was so important that they needed to schedule an event and livestream it.) Back in March, Crayola announced they were getting rid of one of their 24 core crayons.  A few days later, they revealed it was dandelion.  In May, they said they’d be replacing it with . . . a blue crayon.  In early July, they announced voting on five possible names.

The best relationships are ones where a more attractive woman is paired up with a less attractive guy, according to a new study.  The researchers found that BOTH people were happier there than in any other situation.

The dumbest things people have put on their résumé include a guy who claimed he studied under Nietzsche, who died over 100 years ago . . . someone who claimed they’d worked at Microsoft, but didn’t know who Bill Gates was . . . and a guy who said he was a former spy for the CIA when he was in elementary school.

Apple has explained why their new Face ID security feature failed at their iPhone 10 unveiling this week.  It turns out several people were handling the phone backstage.  So it tried to scan THEIR faces.  And if the Face ID feature fails too many times, you HAVE to punch in your code to get in.

Tiffany Hatfield, of Ocoee, Florida, recently won a $10,000 lottery jackpot while fleeing from Hurricane Irma. She stopped at a store in North Carolina before buying a $5 scratch off ticket. The ticket turned out to be a winner.

A new study ranked the ten most and least stressful cities in the world.  The least stressful is Stuttgart, Germany.  The least stressful in the U.S. is Seattle, which just missed the top ten at #12.  And the most stressful city is Baghdad.

Some guy in Connecticut who won $200,000 in the lottery last year just won another hundred grand . . . by playing the exact same numbers again.

Researchers in Canada teamed up with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Carolina.  They had about 1,300 people answer questions about their work schedule, health, and wellbeing. And they found that working long hours when you enjoy your job can have POSITIVE effects on your health. Workaholics who loved their jobs were LESS likely to have risk factors for things like heart disease and diabetes.  But people who worked long hours and DIDN’T love their job were more likely to end up with health issues. So if you constantly work 10-hour days just to get ahead . . . or so you don’t get fired . . . it can have a negative effect on your health.  But if you do it because you love your job, you’re fine.

 

New Movies In Theaters This Weekend

American Assassin (Rated R) … STARRING: Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch … CIA black ops members Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) and Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) investigate random attacks on military personnel and civilians before encountering an operative (Taylor Kitsch), who wants to start a World War in the Middle East.

mother! (Rated R) … STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris … uninvited guests disrupt the lives of a couple (Lawrence and Bardem)

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 9/14/17

Sliced bread was sold for the first time 89 years ago, in Chillicothe, Missouri.

The Wright Brothers didn’t really pioneer flying together.  Wilbur did basically all the work . . . but gave Orville half the credit so his feelings wouldn’t be hurt.

‘N SYNC didn’t just get its name because the guys were “in sync.”  It uses the last letter of each of the five original members’ first names:  JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.  But Jason was replaced by Lance Bass, which screwed it all up.

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 9/14/17

September 14th is the 257th day of the year. There are 108 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 70 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 103 days remaining until stores put up Valentines Aisle

Today is Eat a Hoagie Day, National Coloring Day, and National Cream-Filled Donut Day

The Hand In Hand Hurricane Relief telethon on Tuesday raised $44 million for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims

The hot new food trend is adding whipped CHEESE to iced tea.  It started in Taiwan and now a few places over here are doing it.  Basically, it’s a mix of powdered cheese and whipped cream on top of your iced tea.

A new drink called Coca-Cola Coffee Plus was just released in Japan.  It comes in a can and it’s a mix of coffee and Coke . . . with 50% more caffeine than regular Coke and 50% fewer calories.  There’s no word on if they might sell it over here.

There’s a new Calvin Klein sweater that’s JUST SLEEVES . . . the entire torso part is a sheer, see-through material.  And it costs $2,165.

Cleaning your toilet could be KILLING YOU, according to a new study.  Researchers found that people who are regularly exposed to bleach raise their chance of getting potentially fatal lung disease from 22% to 32%.

The website 24/7 Wall Street looked at things like crime rates, unemployment, and housing, and posted a list of each state’s WORST city to live in. In Wisconsin it’s Milwaukee. (Some 26.8% of Milwaukee residents live in poverty, the highest poverty rate of any city in the state and well above the 14.7% U.S. poverty rate. The city also has the lowest median household income in the state, at $37,495 a year, and second lowest unemployment rate, at 6.7%)

A new study ranked the ten most and least stressful cities in the world.  The least stressful is Stuttgart, Germany.  The least stressful in the U.S. is Seattle, which just missed the top ten at #12.  And the most stressful city is Baghdad.

Some guy in Connecticut who won $200,000 in the lottery last year just won another hundred grand . . . by playing the exact same numbers again.

Samsung countered Apple’s big iPhone 8 launch by posting pictures of a new dual screen phone they are developing. The phone opens like a book and has bendable screens. It may be available as early as next year

A group of New York City clowns are planning to rally at Union Square Regal Cinemas before a screening of Stephen King’s new movie IT.

Once again, Olive Garden is selling pasta passes, which will allow cardholders to eat unlimited pasta, soup, salad and breadsticks at locations from September 25 through November 19 at no additional charge. The passes cost $100 this year on a first come, first served sale today at 2PM. Last year, Olive Garden sold 21,000 passes in one second.

 

Some Hurricane Irma looters in Miami are using sledgehammers to break into businesses and residences

The Circle N Maze in La Vernia, Texas is supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey with a corn maize that reads Texas Strong.

Serena Williams has named her daughter Alexis Olympian.

Julianne Hough will not be returning as a judge for season 25 of Dancing With the Stars. Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno will return

The Village People are reuniting for a live performance at the Streamy Awards. The group will perform a medley of their hits on Tuesday, September 26th

 

ADAM LEVINE AND BEHATI PRINSLOO EXPECTING SECOND CHILD – Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo are expecting their second child. The 28-year-old mom announced the happy news with an Instagram shot revealing her bare bump, writing, “ROUND 2…”

TV TONIGHT: TRUTH AND LIES: THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON – This new special uses archival footage and new interviews to provide a look at the arrest and conviction of Scott Peterson in the murders of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son. (8p CT, ABC)

New Movies In Theaters This Weekend

American Assassin (Rated R) … STARRING: Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch … CIA black ops members Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) and Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) investigate random attacks on military personnel and civilians before encountering an operative (Taylor Kitsch), who wants to start a World War in the Middle East.

mother! (Rated R) … STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris … uninvited guests disrupt the lives of a couple (Lawrence and Bardem)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 9/13/17

September 13th is the 256th day of the year. There are 109 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 48 days remaining until Halloween

There are 364 days remaining until THE Iphone 11 comes out

Today is Bald is Beautiful Day, Fortune Cookie Day, International Chocolate Day, National Peanut Day, Positive Thinking Day and Snack a Pickle Day

IPhone:

Apple unveiled their new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus yesterday.

Apple’s new iPhone X unlocks using facial recognition.  But when they introduced it onstage yesterday and tried to demo that feature . . . it didn’t work.  If you’re still interested, it goes on sale on October 27th and starts at $1,000.

Phone features include …

glass in the front and back

speakers that are 25% louder than before.

silver, space grey and gold colors

a 12 megapixel camera

The iPhone X features many of the iPhone 8 features as well as a 5.8 inch screen and a facial recognition program called Face ID.

Business Insider claims the phones are water resistant

Business Insider claims the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can be pre-ordered starting this Friday. Elite Daily claims the iPhone X will sell for $999 and will be available for pre-order beginning on Friday, October 27th. The iPhone 8 will sell for $699 while the Plus will sell for $799.

TRENDING

Twelve toys were identified as finalists to join this year’s National Toy Hall of Fame, the Strong National Museum of Play announced Tuesday. The finalists are Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Risk, the paper airplane, Wiffle ball, Clue, Magic 8 Ball, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers and Uno.

Hermes is selling an $840 paperweight. The white stone is wrapped in a brown leather strap. Customers can also order straps in red, tan and blue.

Engineers in Canada (Surrey, British Columbia) are trying to figure out a way to remove a stretch limousine that barrelled into the first floor of a family home. The limo is jammed into the front of the home and engineers are working on a way to get it out without causing more damage. Essentially the limousine is supporting the house right now.

People on Twitter have been making fun of the new Denny’s mascot, because it’s supposed to be a sausage link . . . but it looks way more like POOP, with arms, legs, and a little hipster fedora on its head. Someone posted a photo of a giant display they put up in one of their restaurants.  And someone else posted a photo of the same mascot on one of their menus.

A new study found the best and worst American cities for celebrating Oktoberfest, based on everything from the number of festivals to their sausage prices.  Cincinnati and New York City are the best.. Madison, Wi is #7 . . . and San Bernardino, California and Anchorage, Alaska are the worst.

Researchers in Canada teamed up with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Carolina.  They had about 1,300 people answer questions about their work schedule, health, and wellbeing. And they found that working long hours when you enjoy your job can have POSITIVE effects on your health. Workaholics who loved their jobs were LESS likely to have risk factors for things like heart disease and diabetes.  But people who worked long hours and DIDN’T love their job were more likely to end up with health issues. So if you constantly work 10-hour days just to get ahead . . . or so you don’t get fired . . . it can have a negative effect on your health.  But if you do it because you love your job, you’re fine.

President Trump is traveling to Florida tomorrow to survey damage from Hurricane Irma.

Donald Trump became a grandfather yesterday when his son Eric and his wife Lara announced the birth of their first child Eric “Luke” Trump

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing a gas station near Laredo for charging customers $9.99 for a gallon of gas during Hurricane Harvey. Paxton’s offices received 3,321 complaints about price gouging.

Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy for her portrayal of Sean Spicer on SNL. Spicer tells The Blast that McCarthy should share the award with him. “I think we should share.”

Alec Baldwin is going to star in a new documentary about DeLorean founder John DeLorean. The DeLorean car became famous because it was the time machine in Back to the Future

Hillary Clinton sent pies to fans, who waited outside a New York Barnes & Noble to get her new book “What Happened”

WWE star The Miz and his wife Maryse are expecting a child together. No due date has been announced

Cindy Crawford is launching her own fashion line called The Crawford. The line includes stretch skinny jeans, t-shirts and hoodies.

 

 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 9/12/17

If you took all the cardboard that Amazon uses for shipping boxes in a year, it could cover the entire United States around two-and-a-half times.

Safeway grocery stores once had a mandatory policy that employees had to smile and make eye contact with customers . . . but they canceled it after too many male customers thought the female employees were hitting on them.

There’s a town called Zilwaukee in Michigan.  The founders chose the name in 1848 to try to confuse people who were planning to move to Milwaukee so they’d accidentally move there instead.

 

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 9/12/17

September 12th is the 255th day of the year. There are 110 days remaining until the end of the year

There are There are 34 days remaining until Boss’s Day

79 days remaining in the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1 Nov 30)

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Day of Encouragement and National Video Games Day

Hurricane Irma Update:

Delta has had to cancel 800 flights as a result of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Irma.

Florida Power and Light may not be able to restore power to 10 million customers across Florida for several weeks. They say Hurricane Irma knocked out their grid which will now require a complete rebuild

Palm Beach County, Florida may file felony charges against pet owners who left their pets tied to trees, in yards or in cages during Hurricane Irma. The city’s shelter rescued 40 dogs before Irma made landfall.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida is scheduled to reopen today. It closed because of Hurricane Irma

TRENDING

According to a new study, the “happiest” state in America is Minnesota, followed by Utah, Hawaii, California, and Nebraska.  The five least happy states are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas. Wisconsin came in 9th happiest in the Country.

Believe it or not, a new study found that eating fast food can actually PROTECT you from getting skin cancer.  It’s still not healthy for you in any OTHER way . . . but the fatty acids in fast food CAN help your skin fight off melanoma.

You don’t need to drop almost a grand on sneakers.  But if you ARE going to spend that much, at least buy ones that look good. A fashion company called Balenciaga just released a new pair of running shoes that cost $800.  And people on the Internet almost unanimously agree that they’re HIDEOUS. They look kind of like a seven-layer dip turned into a shoe.  As one person wrote on Twitter, quote, “they look like shoes in the lost-and-found at school.”

Kmart just announced they’re going to stop saying “plus-sized.”  They’re renaming the department “Fabulously Sized.”

Production on The Walking Dead has been temporarily halted in Atlanta because of Tropical Storm Irma.

NEW I-PHONE:

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 today at a cost of $1,000. The paper says the new phone will have wireless charging and facial recognition features. The phone costs as much as Apple’s entry-level MacBook. I News claims the iPhone X is expected to have a 5.8 inch screen, a 3D camera module for taking 3D pictures and a blush and gold appearance.

The Chicago Tribune claims Apple will actually launch three new phones today called the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

The NY Post claims Apple can only produce 10,000 new iPhones a day

 

The Secret Service detained two people yesterday after they threw a sign and a yoga mat over the White House fence.

Oprah, Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel, Anna Faris, Nicole Kidman, Debra Messing and Jim Parsons will be presenting at this Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

 

TV TONIGHT: HAND IN HAND: A BENEFIT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF-_ More than 40 celebs will be participating in this hour long commercial-free telethon to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Country superstar George Strait will appear in concert from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast will be held in the Universal Studios lot, Times Square and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. In addition to the TV coverage (7p CT, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and many more), the telethon will be live-streaming via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, AOL, Huffington Post and Yahoo.
… Some of the celebs participating (in alphabetical order): Anthony Anderson, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Connie Britton, George Clooney, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Terry Crews, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Drake, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, Joe Jonas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Tim McGraw, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Dennis Quaid, Questlove, Jeremy Renner, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, David Spade, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Chandra Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Rita Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

Over the weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming became the summer box office champ after it earned $70.8 million in its first three days in China. This brings its worldwide total to $823 million, or just above the $816 million global haul for Wonder Woman.

Biggest DVD Releases This Week: The Mummy and Captain Underpants

Biggest iTunes Streaming Releases This Week: Baby Driver and Transformers: The Last Knight

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 9/08/17

September 8th is the 251st day of the year. There are 114 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 38 days remaining until Boss’s Day

There are 53 days remaining until Halloween

Today is International Literacy Day, National 401(k) Day, National Date Nut Bread Day & National Pledge of Allegiance Day

CVS just started selling pumpkin spice COUGH DROPS.  As far as we can tell, they’re the first people to add the flavor to medicine.

Budweiser has created a new pint glass that lights up when your team scores a touchdown.  So obviously fans are turning it into a drinking game, where you have to chug every time it happens.

KFC has chosen Ray Liotta as their next Colonel Sanders. He is seen in new commercials promoting Georgia Gold and Nashville Hot chicken

There’s a discussion on Reddit right now where people from other countries are sharing the foods they’re most excited to try for the first time when they visit America.  Believe it or not, lots of people overseas have never had corndogs . . . biscuits and gravy . . . chocolate chip cookies . . . or beef jerky.

NO ONE likes the fact that kids have to wake up so early to go to school.  And according to a new study, it’s really DUMB that we keep doing it. The study found that if school started at 8:30 A.M. and we let kids sleep in a little more, it would add $9.3 BILLION a year to the economy. The savings come from things like fewer accidents on the way to school by tired drivers . . . and from students doing better in school, which leads to better jobs so they contribute more to the economy in the future. Right now, the average middle school and high school in America starts at 8:03 A.M.

There’s a photo that’s going viral of some golfers in Washington who are playing while a GIANT WILDFIRE is burning up a forest in the background.  It’s so crazy that it looks Photoshopped . . . but it’s real.

Justin Bieber, Sofia Vergara, Drake, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Faith Hill have been added to the September 12th Hurricane Harvey Telethon.

Patriots fans bashed a Roger Goodell pinata before last night’s opening game against the Chiefs. The pinata featured the commissioner’s face

The NFL has installed radio-frequency identification tags in their footballs this year so they can measure speed, location and ball rotation.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live next Wednesday night

Toys R Us may file for bankruptcy because they currently have $5 billion in debt

 

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

The 60 Yard Line- Based on a true story. Set during the 2009 Football season. Two best friends & co-workers, buy a house in the parking lot of Lambeau Field, and are forced to pick between a football fan lifestyle and a girl. Lives change. There’s a cow.

IT (Rated R) … STARRING: Bill Skarsgård … based on Stephen King’s novel, a group of kids from Derry, Maine battle an evil clown named Pennywise