RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 7/18/17

The mood ring and the Thighmaster were invented by the same man, Joshua Reynolds . . . who also happens to be one of the heirs to the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

The first professional football league in America was called the National Football League . . . but it has no relation to the modern one.  It lasted one season in 1902 and featured a mix of football players and pro baseball players.

“Trick” birthday candles that reignite after you blow them out have been illegal in Canada since 1977.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 7/18/17

July 18th is the 199th day of the year. There are 166 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 128 days until the Festival Foods Turkey Trot (American Thanksgiving)

There are 83 days until the Buy-Low Foods Poutine Prance (Candian Thanksgiving)

Today is National Caviar Day, Perfect Family Day and World Listening Day

Chick-fil-A is adding mac and cheese, baked beans and family-style meals to their menu

Mars Chocolate is releasing three new Twix bars. Twix Dark, Twix White and Twix Peanut Butter will all be available before the end of the year

Skittles is bringing back its lime-flavored candy. Lime Skittles will be available at select Walmart stores throughout the summer.

Walmart is selling a new product called Tropickles. Tropickles are cucumber pickles floating in a jar of red fruit punch. They went on sale last Friday.

A new study found that if all bathrooms were unisex, women’s waits would be cut by 400% . . . from six minutes to less than 90 seconds

10.1 million people watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night. The audience set a new ratings record beating last year’s high of 8.9 million. DVR viewership brought the total to 16.1 million viewers.

Apple is adding new emojis to their iPhones including a mind blown smiley face, a zombie and a dinosaur. Other new emojis include a bearded man and a woman breastfeeding a baby

Good news if you ever travel back in time:  Scientists say you could probably outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex.  They estimated that the T-rex would top out at 16-and-a-half miles-per-hour . . . and with an adrenaline burst, the average person could run faster than that.

A guy in Ohio who suffered a major brain injury in a car accident back in April just gave the first sign that he might be able to make a miraculous recovery . . . all thanks to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.  When the doctors asked him if he liked Michigan, he pressed a button for “no.”

It sucks when the internet goes down. It can be life-altering when it goes down for three weeks. After more than three weeks, Somalia’s internet has returned. It’s estimated it cost the country about $10 million a day. Officials and internet providers attributed the problem to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable.

Six cars were stolen from people’s driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich. All six cars were unlocked with the keys inside when they were taken from homes Saturday night.

A new study found the recipe that people in every state Google the most.  Banana bread is the most popular in three states . . . recipes for things like cake, chili, and tacos are the most popular in two states each . . . and in Idaho, the top search is “zucchini recipes.” In Minnesota it is Shortcake and in Wisconsin it is Caramel.

The Chinese government has allegedly banned mentions of Winnie-the-Pooh from social networking sites because people are comparing Winnie to President Xi Jinping. Both are portly.

 

Pocket-sized flamethrowers are being marketed to women in China as an “anti-pervert weapon”. The handheld devices, which are capable of hurling a stream of fire about two feet long, sell for up to $40. The mini flamethrowers have sparked controversy in China. One newspaper wrote: “Of course perverts are scary, but what’s even more scary are these anti-pervert devices.”

Jessica Alba is expecting her third child. She already has two daughters, ages 5 and 9.

Topher Grace and his wife Ashley are expecting their first child together.

Alec Baldwin is going to play Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Nathan Jessup in NBC’s upcoming live production of ”A Few Good Men”.

Sly Stallone will not be a part of the new Rambo remake.

Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito are going to star in Disney’s live-action reboot of Dumbo.

Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling is pregnant with her first child. The 38-year-old star of The Mindy Project has not revealed anything about her dating life or who the father is.

 

Update:  An American Airlines flight out of Charlotte was evacuated on Sunday after a terrible odor on board made people sick.  And initial reports said it was FLATULENCE.  But it turns out the smell was actually coming from the plane itself.

NEW ON DVD – Released July 18
• Kong: Skull Island
• The Promise

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 7/17/17

With inflation, the value of a dollar is almost exactly HALF what it was in 1989.  In other words, it takes $200 today to buy what it cost $100 to buy back then.

The first five home products that used electricity were the sewing machine, the fan, the tea kettle, the toaster . . . and the vibrating adult love toy.

It’s illegal in France to name a pig “Napoleon.”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 7/17/17

July 17th is the 198th day of the year. There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 106 days until Halloween (Some popular kids costumes for this year will be The Beast, Wonder Woman & Captain Underpants)

There are 50 days until school starts (Sept 5 in EC)

Today is Global Hug Your Kid Day, National Get Out of the Doghouse Day, National Peach Ice Cream Day, World Emoji Day and Yellow Pig Day

Select McDonald’s restaurants are now offering a new burger.The new sandwich costs $5 and features Sriracha Mac sauce, baby kale, white cheddar cheese and crispy onions.

A mall in China has introduced “husband storage” facilities for wives to leave their spouse while they shop. The mall has erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don’t want to be dragged around. Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games.

Police in Germany are searching for thieves who now possess enough cleaning products to have sparkling clean urinals for life. A truck driver parked his vehicle in a lot and went to catch some sleep. When he checked his truck early the next morning he found that the back door to the cargo area was open. Someone stole six pallets of urinal cakes — 500 cases in all — worth thousands of dollars.

A new survey asked people if a bunch of different stuff is overrated.  89% say “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are overrated . . . 63% say bacon is overrated . . . and 48% say cats are overrated.

A photo is going viral right now of a woman in Ohio who ordered a pizza with the Domino’s app but somehow forgot to add cheese or sauce.  So she wound up getting a piece of baked dough with pepperoni on top.

A 3 year-old Golden Retriever named Rio recently gave birth to a green puppy. London veterinarians say a bile pigment in her placenta caused her dog’s coat to be stained green. The dog is perfectly healthy.

Here are the sweatiest cities in the country, based on things like the average temperature and the percentage of homes without central air:  New York . . . D.C. . . . Chicago . . . Miami . . . and Boston.

There’s a company in the Philippines that just started giving people paid time off if they get dumped . . . and they’ll also help pay for their employees’ dates and weddings.  As far as we know, there aren’t any companies over here offering perks like tha

Pope Francis recently hung a sign near his private rooms that reads: “Vietato lamentarsi,” which is Italian for “no complaining”. The sign was given to the Pope by a psychologist who writes motivational guides. Pop Francis is know for trying to buck up believers by telling them to cast off their melancholy and stop grumbling. The “no complaining” sign’s small print warns complainers they could develop “a victim complex, resulting in a lowering… of their capacity to solve problems.”

 

Floyd Mayweather tells TMZ that Barack Obama and Donald Trump may attend his fight against Conor McGregor. “Barack Obama may be there. Donald Trump may be there. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a star-studded event.”

A TMZ reporter recently asked Ryan Lochte if Michael Phelps has any chance of beating the shark in their upcoming race. He said; “Hell no.”

Will Smith has been cast as the Genie in the live-action reboot of ”Aladdin”.

Elvis Presley Enterprises has objected to a Scottish brewer’s two new beers called Elvis Juice and Brewdog Elvis Juice. The UK Intellectual Property Office has ruled that the Brewdog Brewery must change the names of its beers

Mel B has been ordered to pay her estranged husband $40,000 a month in spousal support. Stephen Belafonte needs help paying for food, housing and his phone bills.

Rosie O’Donnell has purchased a New York City penthouse for $8 million. It has four bedrooms, black granite, a fireplace and a glass-enclosed dining room that overlooks a river.

Bob Seger sang “Heartache Tonight” with the Eagles at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.  (Glenn Frey got his start in music back in Detroit because of Seger.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes took down Spider-Man: Homecoming at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales. Spider-Man dropped to second with $45.2 million.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 7/14/17

The “Mission: Impossible” TV series invented the term “self-destruct” with their famous mission instructions that would, quote, “self-destruct in five seconds.”

There’s a tiny epoxy shield inside of a soda can . . . otherwise, the soda would make the can corrode in three days.

If you’re over 45, the world population has doubled in your lifetime.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 7/14/17

July 14th is the 195th day of the year. There are 170 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is National Nude Day, National Tape Measure Day, National Mac N Cheese Day, Collector Car Appreciation Day, National Grand Marnier Day, Pandemonium Day and Shark Awareness Day

A new ice cream shop is going to open in New York City that serves nothing, but booze-infused ice cream. Tipsy Scoop features flavors like Spiked Hazelnut Coffee, which contains coffee ice cream, hazelnut liqueur and Patron tequila. Cake Batter Vodka Martini Ice Cream is infused with cake batter vodka, amaretto and white chocolate liqueur. Booze-infused ice cream cakes sell for $75 The ‘bar-lour’ will open on May 7th.

Ben & Jerry’s is releasing a limited edition flavor called Freezer Reprise. It features sweet cream ice cream, vanilla glaze, chocolate donut swirl, chocolate donut pieces and fudge fish. It will only be sold outside of Madison Square Garden during shows for the rock band Phish.

Burger King is launching a new chicken parm sandwich.They have hired Jersey Shore stars Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, Snooki and Pauly D to push the $4.99 sandwich

It’s Krispy Kreme’s 80th anniversary today, so if you buy a dozen donuts for regular price, you get a second dozen for 80 cents.

A truck full of eels overturned Thursday on an Oregon road, dousing a sedan with slithering sea creatures. The eels — and lots of gooey stuff — were all over the road. The Oregon State Police said the eels were being sent to Korea “for consumption.”

A couple in South Carolina just had a baby girl . . . the first one born in their family in 137 years.  (We’re talking about the paternal line.  They had to go back at least to the girl’s great-great-great grandfather before they found a male ancestor who had had a daughter.  Her name is Carter Settle, and her parents are Will and Kelen

A company is raising funds for an automatic toothbrush that brushes your teeth completely in 10 seconds.  It’s shaped like a mouthguard, so you just pop it in and wait 10 seconds for minty-fresh breath. They claim it’ll save 100 days of your life over using an old-school toothbrush.  They were trying to raise $57,000 on Kickstarter, and they’re well over a million already.

A new study ranked the worst U.S. cities to drive in.  We’ve seen a lot of studies like this where Los Angeles ranks #1 for worst traffic.  But this one factored in a bunch of other stuff too. They looked at traffic . . . gas prices . . . quality of the roads . . . how likely you are to be involved in a crash . . . and about 20 other things.  And L.A. just cracked the top ten.  Here’s the full list . . . 1.  San Francisco.  It’s the most expensive city to own and maintain a car.  And it’s also in the top ten for worst traffic…..2.  Oakland, California.  Which is just across the bay from San Francisco…..3.  Detroit.

Here are the sweatiest cities in the country, based on things like the average temperature and the percentage of homes without central air:  New York . . . D.C. . . . Chicago . . . Miami . . . and Boston.

A fidget spinner lip balm will soon be available through Sephora. Each spinner will feature three flavors including peach twirl, grape twist and strawberry cyclone. The lip balm will be hidden under each of the fidget spinners’s discs. It will retail for $9.99 on Sephora’s website in August

Researchers in Australia genetically engineered a new type of banana that’s ORANGE because it’s packed with so much vitamin A.  And a lot of kids in Africa die from a vitamin A deficiency.  So it could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year.

According to new data from Triple-A, 55% of the fatal car accidents in this country are single-driver crashes . . . in other words, a person who’s distracted, drunk, or loses control smashing into something like a pole.

An MIT researcher was arrested on federal charges of insider trading. Prosecutors say the man googled “how sec detect unusual trade” before he bought numerous stocks and options that netted him around $120,000 in illicit profits. The man also searched for phrases such as “insider trading in an international account.”

Shania Twain will be performing at the opening ceremonies for the U.S. Open next month.  She announced it at Wimbledon yesterday.

Alec Baldwin received a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination yesterday for impersonating Donald Trump on SNL. Trump previously tweeted; “Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad”

Carrie Fisher received a posthumous Emmy nomination for her guest role as a mom on Amazon’s ‘Catastrophe’.

Donald Trump would like a transparent border wall. He is quoted as saying; “One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it.

Fox News has hired Billy Bush to host a new magazine show called The Top 30. It will debut in September and will highlight current events.

5.3 million people watched the ESPYs on Wednesday night.That’s down 18% from last year

Shaquille O’Neal is planning to purchase 100 Krispy Kreme donut shops. He currently owns one location in Atlanta

Fight fans have been chanting “Pay Your Taxes” during Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s press conferences. The chants are aimed at Floyd because he owes several million dollars to the IRS.

 

ON TELEVISION: SEASON PREMIERE: GAME OF THRONES – The seventh season FINALLY begins, with winter descending on Westeros. While those in power struggle for control of the Iron Throne, a dark force is building beyond The Wall. (Sunday, 7p CT, HBO)

New Movies

War for the Planet of the Apes (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson …. Caesar and his apes battle a brutal human Colonel……. Less than a week after Spider-Man: Homecoming hit theaters across the country, a source says co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating.

The Big Sick (R); Wish Upon (PG-13)

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 7/13/17

The most common answer on “Jeopardy” is “What is China?”  From 1984 through 2012, that was the correct answer for 216 questions.

The reason Hitler shaved his mustache down to a square is because he had trouble fitting a regular mustache into a gas mask.  Although he didn’t invent the look or anything.  It’s the ‘toothbrush’ moustache, and it was made popular by Charlie Chaplin.

Sneezes can leave your mouth at more than 200 miles per hour.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 7/13/17

July 13th is the 194th day of the year. There are 171 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 110 days until Halloween

There are 2 days until Hallmark debuts their new 2017 Xmas ornaments

Today is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, Bean ‘n’ Franks Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day, Gruntled Workers Day (Gruntled is a word… an adjective meaning: pleased, satisfied, and contented) and National French Fries Day

Visual Economics says the average person consumes 29 pounds of French fries a year. The U.S. Department of Ag says Americans consume 30 pounds of French fries, pizza, and ice cream each year. 47% of people always choose a salad over fries

KFC is selling a $20,000 Zinger sandwich sculpture. The sandwich was carved from a meteorite piece that is a billions years old. It weighs 9.5 pounds.

Walmart stores in Charlotte will be getting 16-foot vending machines within the next week. The high-tech vending machines allow customers to shop online before picking up their groceries in the store through the machine.

The head of sports marketing for PepsiCo cleared up a rumor that Britney Spears, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, might be returning to football’s biggest stage in 2018. Pepsi sponsors the halftime show and executive Justin Toman said, “I can tell you it’s not Britney [Spears]. We’ll reveal in due time,” adding that performer “rumors always start around this time.”

It’s that time of the week again, when BuzzFeed picks a food and picks the best place to get it in each state. This time it’s soft serve ice cream places. In Wisconsin it’s Belts in Stevens Point!

 

If you really want to save the planet, the best thing you can do is . . . not have kids.  According to a new study, every new person winds up adding 58.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the planet every year . . . when you take into account their descendants too.

There are lots of famous debates about what people in different regions call different things . . . like “soda” versus “pop” and “sub” versus “hoagie.”  But one of those debates REALLY just started heating up this week on Twitter. What do you call the shoes you wear when you exercise? According to a study by Harvard, 45.5% of people call them “sneakers,” mostly in the northeast . . . 41.3% call them “tennis shoes” . . . and the rest use other terms like “gym shoes” or just plain “shoes.” Apparently, though, LOTS of people had no idea there was any other term than the one they used . . . so the reactions on social media are trending toward disbelief.

 

A fidget spinner lip balm will soon be available through Sephora. Each spinner will feature three flavors including peach twirl, grape twist and strawberry cyclone. The lip balm will be hidden under each of the fidget spinners’s discs. It will retail for $9.99 on Sephora’s website in August

Researchers in Australia genetically engineered a new type of banana that’s ORANGE because it’s packed with so much vitamin A.  And a lot of kids in Africa die from a vitamin A deficiency.  So it could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year.

 

North Korea threatened the United States yesterday and said they will turn America into a pile of ash if Donald Trump orders an attack on their nuclear sites

Alec Baldwin is going to continue playing Donald Trump. He told a passenger on a flight; “Don’t you worry, not only am I coming back, but as long as Trump is President, I’m going to be playing Trump,”

A 1 trillion ton iceberg recently broke off in Antarctica. The iceberg is big enough to fill Lake Michigan. Scientists say carbon emissions caused the break off.

Gymboree is closing 350 stores due to declining sales.

Fox has renewed Jamie Foxx’s TV show “Beat Shazam” for a second season

Corinne Olympios tells People magazine that she is doing the ”Bachelor in Paradise” reunion special. Deadline.com claims ”Bachelor in Paradise” will premiere on August 8th

Floyd Mayweather could make as much as $300 million for his fight against Conor McGregor

”Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” is being developed into a movie.

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

War for the Planet of the Apes (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson …. Caesar and his apes battle a brutal human Colonel.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 7/12/17

If you could only die in sudden accidents and not from disease or old age, the average person would live to be 8,938 years old, and some people who really beat the odds would live into their 40,000s. ( This group conducted a thought experiment in which they pretended that paradigm-changing medical and social breakthroughs were able to eliminate all “natural” causes of death, such as cancer, heart attacks, and all age-related diseases. In a world free of all natural causes of death, the only way we’d die is through car crashes, drownings, homicides, fires, and so forth.)

FedEx almost went under back in the ’70s in their early years . . . they only had $5,000 in the bank and needed to pay off $24,000.  They’re still around because the founder took the last $5,000 to Vegas, gambled it on blackjack, and won $27,000.

Violence is actually pretty rare in bank robberies . . . it only happens about one out of 25 times.  Most of the time a robber hands the teller a note, gets the money, and leaves.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 7/12/17

July 12th is the 193rd day of the year. There are 172 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 54 days until Labor Day

There are 162 days until Winter begins

Today is Different Colored Eyes Day, National Eat Your Jello Day, National Pecan Pie Day and Simplicity Day

According to two new studies that included a total of more than 700,000 people in 17 different countries, people who drink coffee LIVE LONGER than people who don’t.

A photo surfaced last week that people THOUGHT was Amelia Earhart.  And it would have meant she survived her plane crash.  But it turns out the photo was in a book that came out two years before she disappeared.

Public restrooms in China have been using facial recognition technology to limit toilet paper use. A machine installed in bathrooms recognizes users’ faces, and is programmed to ration exactly 27.5 inches of toilet paper. In order for it to dispense more paper, users must wait nine minutes. Public officials say the technology has cut toilet paper use in half.

A deer recently wandered into a Darboy, Wisconsin liquor store. It roamed the wine and spirits aisle for several minutes before several workers formed a human chain and guided it out through an emergency exit. The deer was unharmed

The key to turning a dairy cow into a cash cow is happiness. Give her a bigger stall, increase air circulation and provide some shelter to prevent overheating. That’s according to a University of Wisconsin study that focuses on making dairy cows happier so they provide more milk.

Next time you hear Kermit the Frog, he might sound a little different than what you’re used to.  The guy who has voiced Kermit for the past 27 years is done.  No real details yet, but they’ve given Kermit to one of the other Muppeteers.  (The guy’s name is Steve Whitmire, and he took over Kermit straight from Jim Henson, when Henson died in 1990

A company is raising funds for an automatic toothbrush that brushes your teeth completely in 10 seconds.  It’s shaped like a mouthguard, so you just pop it in and wait 10 seconds for minty-fresh breath. They claim it’ll save 100 days of your life over using an old-school toothbrush.  They were trying to raise $57,000 on Kickstarter, and they’re well over a million already.

 

According to new data from Triple-A, 55% of the fatal car accidents in this country are single-driver crashes . . . in other words, a person who’s distracted, drunk, or loses control smashing into something like a pole.

 

According to a new study, the secret to getting a good night’s sleep is . . . having a good reason to get out of bed the next day. The researchers found that when people were looking forward to something the next day, their sleep quality improved.  It’s as simple as that. They also recommended meditating or intentionally putting aside time at night where you can actually think about what you’re looking forward to . . . or, in a broader sense, what your PURPOSE is in life.

 

A guy in New Brunswick, Canada was giving a speech at his daughter’s outdoor wedding on Saturday when he was STRUCK by LIGHTNING.  Fortunately it just hit him in the hand and he was okay.

President Trump’s visit with Queen Elizabeth has been pushed back until 2018 because of protests.

Donald Trump tells the NY Times that he has no plans to stop tweeting. “They want to take away my voice. They’re not going to take away my social media.”

The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is going to cost $99.99 on pay-per-view

An IRS lien shows Floyd Mayweather owes $22.2 million on his 2015 taxes

Quentin Tarantino is developing a new movie about the Manson murders. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached about starring in the film about the 1969 murder spree

The NY Post claims NBC has canceled ”The Biggest Loser.”

33% of people sleep with their pet. 25% of people prefer their pet to members of their immediate family

20% of young adults stream shows on services like Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu using login credentials that belong to someone else outside their household

Ryan Reynolds’ unique brand of charm has struck again. When he found out that Wonder Woman surpassed Deadpool’s domestic box office of $360 million he shared a hand-shaped heart over the Wonder Woman symbol and caption it with: “The Merc May Be Filthier, but Her B.O. is Stronger. Congrats #WonderWoman #BoxOfficeBoss”.

A dog has been reunited with its owners after spending nine months, including winter, in the mountains of Idaho.

Outstanding athletes are honored at this awards ceremony. NFL great Peyton Manning hosts, and Jon Stewart will present U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for Service. (7p CT, ABC)