RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 4/13/19

Only about 8% of the money in the world currently exists as cash . . . the rest only exists on a computer.

Slot machines show fruit symbols because when they debuted in the late 1800s, some of the prizes really WERE those fruits.  By giving away fruit instead of money, companies avoided breaking gambling laws.

The Havasupai Indians have a reservation near the floor of the Grand Canyon.  It’s the only place in America that gets mail delivered every day by MULE. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 4/12/19

April 12th is the 102nd day of the year. There are 263 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 9 days remaining until Easter

There are 2 days remaining until GOT Final Season begins

Today is Drop Everything and Read Day, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, National Licorice Day, National Only Child Day, National Teach Children to Save Day and Walk on Your Wild Side Day

It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.  A survey last year found just 13% of Americans don’t like them.  

Arby’s is offering $6 flights to Hawaii today, but you have to act fast.  They go on sale at noon Eastern, and they’ll sell out immediately.  There’s a major catch though.  You only get to be in Hawaii for SIX HOURS, then you have to fly back. 

The latest man to write his own obituary kept things about as short as possible: it read simply, “I am dead.” The 89-year-old in Germany gave his funeral home instructions before he died last month and the funeral home followed through, publishing the 3-word obituary in two newspapers.

A majority of office workers grade their job a B-, according to new research. And our biggest gripe is poor communication. Almost one in three office workers says they wish there was better communication and better feedback.

A list of “Game of Thrones” facts includes:  The show has used 12,137 wigs . . . 4,000 gallons of fake blood . . . 20,907 candles . . . and 25 miles of rope.  Also, there are (just) 432 minutes left in the series.

Remember the “Mikey Likes It” ad for Life cereal?  Well, apparently they’re rebooting it, and YOUR kid could be the next Mikey.  They’re looking for 4 to 8-year-old boys or girls.  You have to submit a video audition online by April 27th. 

Disney announced a bunch of details on their streaming service, Disney+.  It’ll launch on November 12th, and cost $6.99 a month.  It’ll come stocked with a ton of existing Disney movies and shows, plus EVERY episode of “The Simpsons”, three new Marvel shows, and a new “Sandlot” TV show. 

Major League Baseball is going to start using ROBOT UMPIRES in the Minors.  They’ll call balls and strikes, although the HUMAN umps will be able to override them.  The robo-umps will be implemented gradually this season. 

For the first time ever, scientists in China have used gene-splicing to combine human genes with monkey genes, and make super-smart monkeys, just like “Planet of the Apes”.  They probably won’t rise up anytime soon, but one expert called it a “slippery slope.” 

A new survey found 76% of workers between 18 and 23 think they should get promoted within their first YEAR at a new job. 

The top excuses we use for not getting in shape are junk food is too tempting . . . I can’t get motivated . . . I don’t have time to exercise . . . I can’t resist food around the holidays . . . and I don’t have time to cook healthy meals. 

There’s a new dating term called “cloaking.”  And it’s kind of like ghosting, where you just disappear and don’t return texts.  But when you cloak someone, you also BLOCK them on every app you’ve used to communicate, like dating apps and Facebook.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 4/09/19

April 9th is the 99th day of the year. There are 266 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 26 days remaining until Cinco de Mayo

There are 16 days remaining until Avengers: Endgame

Today is National Cherish an Antique Day, National Chicken Little Awareness Day, National Chinese Almond Cookie Day, National Name Yourself Day, and National Unicorn Day

Virginia won the college basketball championship last night by beating Texas Tech 85-77 in OT

Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles broke the record for longest hitless streak.  He’s now 0 for his last 49.  Check out this clip of when he broke the record to go 0 for 47.

9.9 million people watched the ACM Awards on Sunday night.Those are the lowest ratings since 2007 when only 9.2 million watched.

Birthday cake-flavored Cool Whip now exists.  They also released an Oreo version last year, and another one that tastes like brownies.

A new survey found 63% of Americans think knowing cursive is still a valuable skill to have. 

Hallmark will broadcast a record-breaking 40 new holiday movies this year.

Yoga with lemurs is now a thing.  A hotel in England offers it, and they call it “lemoga.”  Basically it’s just a regular yoga class, but it’s held outside at a local wildlife park, and a bunch of lemurs are there too.  And they might crawl on you.

The Dublin, Ireland police are investigating Conor McGregor for a bar fight. The UFC star was in a bar on Saturday when another man approached him because he did not like the way he was acting. The man trash talked Conor before Connor allegedly hit him.

Thrillist.com posted a list of each state’s favorite bar food. In Minnesota it’s Walleye Cakes and in Wisconsin… or course it’s Fried Cheese Curds.

Scientists in California have created a 3D printer that can possibly make real, living human organs. 

Thailand wants tourists to stop taking photos on a beach that’s right in the flightpath of landing airplanes.  So they made it illegal . . . and you could face the DEATH PENALTY if you do it.

A 99-year-old woman in Oregon passed away recently.  And it turned out she’d gone her whole life without knowing she was born with a condition where her vital organs were all reversed, and on the wrong side of her body.

A writer from New York recently received the shock of his life after his iPad told him that he was locked out and would have to wait nearly 26 million minutes for his device to be unlocked. Evan Osnos’s 3 year-old son repeatedly keyed in the wrong password before the iPad locked him out. Evan will be able to restore his content if he backed up his iPad.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 4/08/19

Women’s flatulence generally smells worse than men’s because women’s bodies have higher concentrations of sulfur.

The NBA All-Star Game this year had a final score of 178-164.  The last time a team scored UNDER 100 points in the All-Star game was 1973.

The first two Super Bowls weren’t officially called the “Super Bowl.”  Their official name was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.  But fans called the game the Super Bowl, so by the third one that name became official.  

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 4/08/19

April 8th is the 98th day of the year. There are 267 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 13 days remaining until Easter

There are 6 days remaining until Game of Thrones Final Season begins

Today is National All is Ours Day, Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, International Feng Shui Awareness Day, National Empañada Day, Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day and Zoo Lovers Day

Heinz has created a Cadbury Creme mayonnaise in honor of Easter. The condiment is a blend of mayo, mustard and crushed Cadbury Creme eggs. Heinz is doing taste-tests in beweries throughout London

The Ohio man, who gave up food for Lent to go on a beer diet, has lost 33 pounds. He is following the same diet that 16th century monks used to stay physically fit.

Taco Bell’s online retail shop is selling smartphone cases that resemble their hot sauce packets. The $10 cases come in mild, hot and fire

Cotton Candy Cap’n Crunch cereal will soon hit store shelves.

Latte-flavored Oreo thins will hit store shelves in June.

Franzia is now selling boxed wine ‘juice boxes’ that hold about three glasses of wine each.  They’re rolling them out nationwide this month. 

More than 1 billion people in 170 different countries are expected to watch the season premiere of ”Game of Thrones” next Sunday night.

Adam Sandler is going to host ”Saturday Night Live” on May 4th. Shawn Mendes will be the musical guest.

Dictionary.com just added more than 300 new words and phrases to their official lexicon.  Here are a few notable additions . . .1.  screen time (noun), “the amount of time spent watching content on a screen.”

2.  JOMO (noun), “stands for the joy of missing out . . . a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities.”  So, the opposite of FOMO.

3.  infodump (noun), “a large quantity of backstory supplied all at once.”

4.  womp womp (interjection), “used to dismiss or mock a failure.”

5.  JSYK (abbreviation), stands for “just so you know.”

6.  toxic masculinity (noun), “a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism and dominance, that is socially harmful to mental health.”

7.  welp (interjection), “an informal variant of well, used to indicate disappointment.”

8.  crybully (noun), “a person who self-righteously harasses others while playing the victim.”

9.  dad joke (noun), “a corny and generally unfunny joke, reminiscent of the types of remarks made by middle-aged or elderly fathers.” 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 4/05/19

It’s legal to be buried at sea in the U.S.  The body needs to be wrapped in some sheets, weighed down, and thrown off a boat at least three miles from shore.

The Tyrannosaurus rex could run slightly faster than a human being.  Not that they ever competed or anything.  (???)  The average person can sprint at about 17.7 miles per hour . . . the T-Rex sprinted at 17.9 miles per hour.

Humans and chimps have about the same amount of hair . . . a lot of ours is just super fine and virtually invisible.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 4/05/19

April 5th is the 95th day of the year. There are 270 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 30 days remaining until Cinco de Mayo

There are 2 days remaining until National Beer Day

Today is Bell Bottoms Day, Go for Broke Day, Hospital Admitting Clerks Day, National Caramel Day, National Dandelion Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day, National Raisin and Spice Bar Day, National Walk to Work Day and Read a Road Map Day

Sunday is National Beer Day.  And according to a new survey, about two-thirds of people who drink beer have one to four of ’em a week . . . but about 5% put down an average of more than three beers a day. 

Taco Bell just released a new taco that’s stuffed with nachos.

The newest dumb internet trend is the “Car Alarm Challenge.”  You hit a high note with your voice, and lightly chop the front of your neck with your hand to make it sound like a siren.  We’ve seen a few people online who are pretty good at it.  And women do it better than guys.

A study finally proved cats CAN recognize their own name and probably other words too.  So when you call them and they don’t come over, it’s not because they don’t understand you . . . they’re just choosing to ignore you. 

Tweets are limited to 280 characters, and while there’s no magical length for a tweet a study revealed those shorter than 100 characters get a 17% higher engagement rate.

A high school baseball coach in Utah is on administrative leave, after he tried to dry out a baseball diamond by pouring gasoline on it . . . and lighting it on fire.  Apparently he saw someone do it on YouTube.  Now school officials say they have to dig down and test the dirt, to see how much of it’s contaminated and needs to be replaced.

A 53-year-old guy in North Carolina was arrested for animal cruelty on Wednesday, because when he was evicted from his home last month, he abandoned his pet fish.  So the fish tank got dirty, and the fish caught an infection.  It’s an Oscar fish, if you care.  A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said, “If you harm or neglect an animal in New Hanover County, we are coming for you.”  The fish is now being rehabilitaed at a pet store, and will be put up for adoption. 

A new study ranked all 50 states based on how much TV people watch.  West Virginia is #1 at 4 hours 31 minutes a day, followed by Delaware at 3 hours 47 minutes.  People in Utah watch the least at 2 hours 14 minutes. Minnesota is #7 and Wisconsin is #11 on the least TV watching scale.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 4/04/19

There are five states that don’t have a single city with a population over 100,000:  Delaware, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  California has 73 cities with a population over 100,000.

 Koalas have fingerprints that look almost exactly like human fingerprints.

In “Let It Be” by The Beatles, the lyric “Mother Mary comes to me” isn’t about the Virgin Mary.  It’s about Paul McCartney’s mother, Mary.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 4/04/19

April 4th is the 94th day of the year. There are 271 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 17 days remaining until Easter

There are 10 days remaining until Season Finale of Game of Thrones starts

Today is Hug a Newsperson Day, International Carrot Day, National Burrito Day, National Cordon Bleu Day, National Tell a Lie Day, Vitamin C Day and World Rat Day

A Cadbury Creme Egg-flavored Frappuccino is currently available at Starbucks. The drink is allegedly on Starbucks’ secret menu website, which is run by fans and not the company.

Heinz is launching a new condiment called Kranch Sauce. It’s a mixture of ranch dressing and ketchup. Lunchables have been around for about 30 years.  And this week, Oscar Mayer announced a new version for earlier in the day . . . Brunchables. Once they hit shelves this spring, Brunchables will come in three forms: Breakfast Oscar Mayer Bacon & Kraft Cheddar Cheese; Breakfast Oscar Mayer Ham & Kraft Cheddar Cheese; and Breakfast Oscar Mayer Sausage & Kraft Cheddar Cheese. Each will come with a breakfast flatbread and a mini blueberry muffin.

There’s a new ranking of the best U.S. cities to raise a family.  Number one is Moscow, Idaho. 

”Captain Marvel” has become the first film of 2019 to pass $1 billion at the box office.

The GPS equivalent of Y2K is happening this Saturday.  GPS satellites are on a ten-digit code, which rolls over every 20 years or so.  The last time it happened was 1999, but no one had GPS back then.  So it could potentially be a big deal . . . but probably not.  Unless you’re using an old GPS system, you’ll probably be okay.

Charmin is introducing a new toilet roll that lasts for a month. The Forever Roll weighs two pounds and has 1,700 sheets whereas a normal toilet roll has 850 sheets. The roll costs $30 and needs a special dispenser

According to a new survey, 62% of Americans say they’ve wanted to join a gym, but felt like they weren’t in good enough shape.  So . . . they worked out at home BEFORE, just to get to a point where they felt ready for the gym. The survey also found 45% of people are afraid that other people at the gym are judging them. 

New movies starting tonight: Pet Sematary and Shazam