THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 11/14/17

November 14th is the 318th day of the year. There are 47 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 9 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 30 days remaining until the new Star Wars movie! (Star Wars: Episode 8: The Last Jedi Thursday Night December 14th)

Today is International Girls Day, Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, National American Teddy Bear Day, National Pickle Day & National Spicy Guacamole Day

Fuller House is returning to Netflix on December 22nd. The second half of the third season will feature nine new episodes

Domino’s has a new plan to use artificial intelligence to check pizzas before they go out for delivery to make sure they look right.  They’re going to start testing it in Australia next year.

70% of people will shop on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. 49% of people plan to shop on Thanksgiving.

A new Sydney, Australia ferry has been named Ferry McFerryface. Transport NSW launched an online competition to name the new ferry. Over 15,000 people voted for Ferry McFerryface

 

Stove Top stuffing just launched a brand new product called Thanksgiving Dinner Pants . . . which have a big expandable waistband just like maternity pants.  They’re on sale for $20.

 

According to a new survey by Boston Market, Americans will go to an average of 1.7 Thanksgiving dinners or meals this year.  In other words, most people will go to more than one.

Here are a few more results from the survey . . .

  1. The average Thanksgiving dinner will have nine or 10 people.
  2.  About a quarter of people will go to a “friendsgiving” dinner.
  3. 5% will eat at a restaurant for at least one of their Thanksgiving dinners.
  4. And 30% are stressed about how complicated it is to juggle all of the different places they have to be on Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, pay phones still make a ton of money.  According to a report, pay phones across the country made a total of $286 MILLION two years ago.

Amazon is reportedly working on a free, ad-supported streaming video service. Currently Amazon puts nearly all its movies and shows behind the $99-a-year Amazon Prime paywall.

GQ Magazine has named Colin Kaepernick as their Citizen of the Year for his activism. Kaepernick says he’s honored by the award

The new Dodge Demon is shipping out to dealers now.  It’s the fastest production vehicle in the world.  It has an 840-horsepower V8 engine, and it can go zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds.  But it only has one seat, so you get no chicks.  Technically, the fastest quarter-mile production vehicle.  It starts at $85,000.  Here’s what the engine sounds like.

Bill Murray and his brother Brian are going to star in a new Facebook series called ”Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings”. The show will follow the brothers as they visit minor league ballparks and the local communities that surround them

 

Biggest DVD Releases This Week: Atomic Blonde

Biggest iTunes Streaming Releases This Week: Amityville: The Awakening, In This Corner of the World and Unlocked

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 11/13/17

Of all the American currency in the world, about 80% is in $100 bills . . . for a total of about $1 trillion.

America’s oldest ally is . . . Morocco.  It became the first nation to recognize the U.S., in December of 1777 . . . and we’ve had an unbroken treaty with them ever since.

Essential oils get their name because they contain the “essence” of a plant’s smell . . . not because they’re crucial or vital in any way.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 11/13/17

November 13th is the 317th day of the year. There are 48 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 10 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 6 more weekends remaining until Christmas

Today is National Mom’s and Dad’s Day, Start a Rumor Day, World Kindness Day and National Indian Pudding Day

Kellogg’s has launched a new cereal called Donut Shop. It comes in two flavors … chocolate donut and pink donut

Blake Shelton has been named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017

This guy REALLY wants to save $350 on a TV, and maybe also get a Blu-Ray of “Moana” for $8. There’s a guy who’s already camping out in front of a Best Buy in Laredo, Texas for Black Friday.  And apparently he put his tent down last Tuesday, so as far as we know, he was the first person in the country to start lining up.

A new study found the most popular Thanksgiving food in every state based on the recipes people search for the most.  Pies were number one in seven states . . . buffalo chicken dip was the most popular in three . . . and for some reason, “oven roasted vegetables” were number one in Montana. In Minnesota it’s Green Bean Casserole. In Wisconsin it’s…. Shrimp. (?!?!)

The website Thrillist.com just released a list of all 50 states ranked by their FOOD.  They say it’s based on each state’s specialties and the quality of their restaurant scene. But . . . the rankings are based on three guys’ opinions, not any data or numbers.  So keep in mind this is all subjective, and also probably a little shaky, since it’s hard to imagine they’ve REALLY explored everything. They say California and Texas have the best food . . . and West Virginia and North Dakota have the worst. Minnesota came in at 27 and Wisconsin is #16.

Louis Vuitton is selling a $100,000 golden toilet. The toilet is covered in 24 different pieces of Louis Vuitton leather. The toilet is on display at a retailer in Santa Monica.

Steve McKeown tells the Journal of Environmental Psychology that people who put up Christmas decorations early tend to be happier than others. “Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect. In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.

A streaker interrupted yesterday’s Bills-Saints game. Cops took the man into custody before one fan tweeted: ”That streaker ran for more yards than the Bills did this afternoon.”

An unmanned rocket successfully lifted off from Virginia Sunday morning, taking with it 7,400 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station… including frozen fruit bars, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches and cups of chocolate and vanilla ice cream

A man had first degree burns to his face and singed his eyebrows and hair during a fire in in Port Huron, Michigan. The homeowner apparently smelled natural gas and went to look for a source. He used a match to find the leak. The gas ignited and the man got a little singed.

Donald Trump Tweet of the Day: ”Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

Tom Brady is now charging $1,049 to autograph a football. He is charging $899 for autographed pictures

Roger Goodell may have asked for a $50 million salary and a lifetime private jet while negotiating his new contract to continue as NFL commissioner. The NFL is denying the report.

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok added $56.6 million from North American theaters in its second weekend. It easily beat out new openers Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok — $56.6 million
  2. Daddy’s Home 2 — $30 million
  3. Murder on the Orient Express — $28.2 million

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 11/10/17

LaCroix sparkling water gets its fancy French name from . . . Wisconsin.  It’s a cross between LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where it’s made . . . and the St. Croix River in western Wisconsin.

There’s a German word that means “a face in need of a slap.”  It’s backpfeifengesicht.  (Pronounced BACK fyfe in guh zist.)

The Big Mac was originally called The Aristocrat.  That name bombed, so it was switched to the Blue Ribbon Burger.  That also bombed, so they went with Big Mac . . . which obviously stuck.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 11/10/17

November 10th is the 314th day of the year. There are 51 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 13 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 49 days remaining until we should be this cold in the Morning (Dec 29 7 overnight Low)

Today is Area Code Day, International Accounting Day, National Forget-Me-Not Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day & Sesame Street Day

Saturday is Veterans Day. Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, while Veterans Day is set aside to honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether in war or peace.

Starbucks’ grande Gingerbread Frappuccino has 68 grams of sugar which equates to seven chocolate donuts from McDonalds. A venti Eggnog Latte has 56 grams of sugar which is equal to 5.5 chocolate donuts. The Government says you should not exceed 30 grams of sugar a day

Even before those “door-buster” deals that draw millions to stores for Black Friday, Americans are expected to spend $2.9 billion on Thanksgiving-related groceries (says Statistic Brain). The average U.S. household will spend about $59.18 on dinner with all the fixings.

The board game Clue, the Wiffle Ball and the paper airplane are the newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Contact Music claims Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul

14.3 million viewers watched the CMA Awards on Wednesday night. That’s up 12% from last year

The top city for retiring in the United States is . . . Pittsburgh?

Donald Trump’s former bodyguard Keith Schiller told members of Congress that a Russian operative offered to send five women to Donald’s Moscow hotel room in 2013. Trump turned down the offer telling them he ”doesn’t do that type of stuff.”

Kathy Griffin recently fainted during her show in Dublin, Ireland. The 57 year-old was on stage for more than two hours. She’s alright.

A new survey reveals that 36% of people believe they’ve achieved the American dream while 46% of people believe they are on their way to achieving it.

Scientists have now concluded that aliens would probably look a lot like us.

A new study found the best WARM and COLD places in America to travel to this winter, based on things like hotel costs and activities.  The best cold cities are Chicago and Portland, Oregon . . . and the best warm cities are Orlando and Las Vegas.

 

New Movies

Daddy’s Home 2 (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson … Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) are forced to deal with their own intrusive fathers during the holiday season

Murder on the Orient Express (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe .. based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, a Belgian detective must solve a murder case while on board a train

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 11/09/17

Amethyst got its name from the ancient Greek phrase “not drunk” . . . because there was a belief that if you put the stones in your alcohol, it would keep you from getting too drunk.

If you win a prize on “The Price Is Right”, you have to pay California income taxes on it before you can even leave the studio.

The reason a zero is called “love” in tennis most likely comes from the French word for “the egg,” which is “l’oeuf” . . . since an egg looks like a zero.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 11/09/17

November 9th is the 313th day of the year. There are 52 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 14 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 46 days remaining until Christmas

Today is Go to an Art Museum Today Day, National Scrapple Day and Louisiana Day

Several new Peeps flavors have hit store shelves including peppermint bark, hot chocolate, cinnamon roll and sugar cookie. The flavors are available through the holidays

Peppermint Twinkies have hit store shelves in time for the holidays

Milwaukee’s Lakeside Brewery will be offering two Black Friday beers. Their original Black Friday beer and a Black Friday Imperial Stout will both be available on November 24th. Last year, the Black Friday beer sold out before noon. The beers cost $15 each

Listening to Christmas music right now could be BAD for your mental health, according to a psychologist.  She says that when you listen to it this early, it just reminds you of ALL the stuff you have to do to get ready for the holidays, and that will stress you out.

A new study found when stores start playing Christmas music.  Best Buy was first . . . they started almost three weeks ago.  Walmart will start on Monday . . . and stores like Target and Home Depot will wait until Black Friday.

A guy named Oliver Haberstroh lives in Hamburg, Germany, and he was out of town over the weekend. His apartment was empty but somehow, his Alexa decided to switch on around 1:50 A.M. on Saturday . . . and it started BLASTING music. His neighbors thought he was having a wild party, and they wound up calling the cops.  They went to his door, and when no one answered, they busted his lock and went inside. They figured out what was happening and they pulled the power cord to turn Alexa off . . . then they got a locksmith to come fix the door.  When Oliver got home, he had to go to the police station to get the new keys . . . AND cover the locksmith bill.

Uber and NASA are working on a sky traffic management system because Uber plans to introduce a flying taxi fleet known as Uber Air. Uber plans to demonstrate their four-person ride-sharing flights in Los Angeles and Dallas in 2020. The flying cars can travel 60 miles on one charge and can be recharged in just four minutes.

A new survey reveals that 36% of people believe they’ve achieved the American dream while 46% of people believe they are on their way to achieving it.

Scientists have now concluded that aliens would probably look a lot like us.

A new study found the best WARM and COLD places in America to travel to this winter, based on things like hotel costs and activities.  The best cold cities are Chicago and Portland, Oregon . . . and the best warm cities are Orlando and Las Vegas.

Tiffany & Co is selling a $2,500 sterling silver dog bowl for the holidays

Best Buy, Sears, Kmart, Michael’s, Lane Bryant and Ulta have begun playing some holiday music

Charlie Sheen is denying reports that claim he assaulted Corey Haim on the set of their movie ”Lucas.” Sheen’s rep released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that read: “Charlie Sheen categorically denies these allegations.”

Fuller House star Bob Saget has gotten engaged to his girlfriend Kelly Rizzo. This will be Bob’s second marriage.

 

New Movies Opening Tonight

Daddy’s Home 2 (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson … Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) are forced to deal with their own intrusive fathers during the holiday season

Murder on the Orient Express (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe .. based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, a Belgian detective must solve a murder case while on board a train

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 11/08/17

“Billboard” started in 1894 as a magazine about ACTUAL billboard advertising.  It started focusing more on music in the 1930s.

40% of cats are left-handed and another 10% are ambidextrous.

There hasn’t been a left-handed catcher in a Major League Baseball game since 1989.  The main reason is because right-handed batters would be in the way if a left-handed catcher had to try to throw out someone trying to steal a base.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 11/08/17

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

There are 15 days remaining until Thanksgiving

There are 53 days remaining until New Year’s Eve

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

Pepsi is releasing a Christmas cola in Japan that has a sweet and sour strawberry taste. The drink is supposed to taste like Christmas cake

Nutella has changed its recipe. The change was noticed by the Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre of Germany. The ‘new’ Nutella is a bit more sugary and has a lighter color. Nutella’s parent group, Ferrero, Tweeted: ‘The product has maintained its quality … and all other aspects of Nutella remain the same.’

A study found eating two burgers is better for you than eating one burger with a side of fries

Sears and Kmart are kicking off their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving. Sears will open at 6 p.m. while Kmart will open at 6 a.m.

iPHONE CASE DOUBLES AS A LINT BRUSH – Here’s a weird iPhone case that kinda makes sense. Stitched is the world’s first pet hair-removing iPhone case. So if you notice lint or pet hair on your shirt or pants as you head into the office you simply need to pull out your iPhone and use the case. It’s on Indiegogo with an early bird price of $25.

Twitter announced Tuesday it will roll out a 280-character limit for single tweets after testing the option among a handful of users since September. The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English. The change won’t apply to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages because the density of those languages’ writing allows users to say more with fewer characters. Twitter says the move is designed to remove the frustration of shoe-horning thoughts into 140-characters, a limitation that regularly makes for awkward grammar and creative spelling.

It costs Apple $357.50 to make the new $999 iPhone X. That’s a gross margin of 64%

Christmas pineapples are this year’s hot new Christmas tree trend. According to Pinterest, people are decorating the top of pineapples with Christmas ornaments and stars. Pinterest searches for pineapple Christmas trees are up 3,406% from last year. Some people are wrapping their Christmas pineapple in white christmas lights.

Facebook has come up with a CRAZY new plan to stop people from using their network to spread revenge porn.  And all it’ll take to work is for everyone to have a deep, deep trust that Facebook respects our privacy.  Um . . .Their plan to prevent revenge porn is . . . having you preemptively GIVE FACEBOOK your nude photos. You’d upload all of the nude pictures on your phone to Facebook.  Those would be analyzed, and turned into something like a digital fingerprint.  Then Facebook swears they’d delete the photos themselves. But they still have that “fingerprint.”  So if someone else tries to upload one of those nude photos, Facebook will recognize it and prevent the person from sharing it. Right now they’re testing out this new system with a small group of people in Australia.  There’s no word on when it might go worldwide.

When you show up to your aunt’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, does she give you a big hug, welcome you into her home, tell you how much you mean to her . . . and then demand 20 bucks to cover the meal she’s about to serve you? Apparently that really happens.  Someone tweeted about their family CHARGING for Thanksgiving dinner last week.  Most people didn’t believe it . . . but Buzzfeed ran a survey on it and found 1% of people say yeah, they get charged. 50% say they don’t pay, but they do have to pitch in with sides or something else to eat.  And 49% just straight up freeload.

The Manhattan District Attorney will seek an indictment against Harvey Weinstein next week for allegedly assaulting Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta in 2010.

Taylor Swift has recorded a new song with Ed Sheeran and rapper Future titled “End Game.” The track will appear on her new CD ”Reputation”

ON TELEVISION: 51st ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as co-hosts for the tenth year. (7p CT, ABC)

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 11/07/17

The U.S. Department of Defense buys the most explosive devices in the world.  Who’s number two?  The Walt Disney Company, because of all the fireworks they buy for their parks.

No American has ever died outside the Earth’s atmosphere.  The three people who DID die were Russian cosmonauts on the Soyuz 11 in 1971 . . . it depressurized and killed them.

The placenta that a woman grows during pregnancy is technically an organ . . . and it’s the only organ that’s meant to leave the body.