THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Wed 06/13/18

June 13th is the 164th day of the year. There are 201 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 23 days until July 6th

There are 30 days until our next (and final Friday the 13th July 13…had one in April)

Today is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, Sewing Machine Day and Weed Your Garden Day

Participating Taco Bells will give away a free Doritos Locos Taco today because the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at home in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The tacos will be available while supplies last between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

Speaking of unhealthy food, Taco-flavored Cheez-Its are now a thing.

Smoothie King is now selling a prenatal smoothie that features bananas, blueberries, raspberries, spinach, apple juice and prenatal supplement powder.

Researchers in Canada have invented a musical instrument for babies to play while they’re still in the womb.  It’s a curved rubber mat that fits over a pregnant woman’s stomach.  And it plays different notes depending on where the baby kicks. They call it the “WOMBA” . . . pronounced “WOOM-buh.”

A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that 23% of people are less likely to watch the Miss America Pageant now that the pageant is no longer doing a swimsuit competition

A woman in Utah named Kate Boyle got upset because a grocery store was selling a clear soda called “Not See Kola.”  It was a deliberate reference to Nazis . . . the same company also makes “Leninade” and “Orthodox Jooce.”

According to a new study out of the University of Portsmouth in England, the way a woman WALKS contributes just as much to her sexiness as her looks. The researchers say that most other studies on attractiveness just had people look at pictures . . . they actually had people watch videos. And they found people were more likely to find a woman attractive if, quote, “she wiggles her hips and takes small steps.” The researchers say they’re not exactly sure why a woman’s walk is SO important to her attractiveness, but they think it might be a biological clue, quote, “at her fitness and age, [which are] key components of reproductive health.”

More than a fifth of us consume an extra 1,300 calories at work each week.  Mostly because of free things, like birthday cake and donuts.

A new study found that having wrinkles around your eyes is a good thing, because it makes you seem more sincere.  And when people think you’re being sincere, that makes you more trustworthy.

A new survey found that 53% of millennials think they’ll be a MILLIONAIRE someday.  And on average, they expect to retire at 56 even though they don’t plan to start saving for retirement until they’re 36.

According to a new study, people keep on getting DUMBER.  The researchers found that the average IQ of every generation is about seven points lower than the previous generation, and they believe it’s because of worse education . . . worse nutrition . . . and more and more exposure to media.

If you think having your brain firing on all cylinders for 16- to 18-hours a day is a good thing, researchers say you’re wrong. Getting enough sleep and taking regular breaks from working your brain are important. A researcher at the University of Rochester (Maiken Nedergaard) wants to remind us that we “sleep to clean our brains.” The researchers found that during sleep the space between brain cells increased by 60% in mice. This allowed the cerebrospinal fluid in the animals’ brains to flow ten times faster than when awake.

A new study out of the University of North Carolina figured out the reason why we get so ANGRY when we’re hungry. They found that when people were hungry, little things could quickly put them in a bad mood . . . and then, from that point, they started viewing EVERYTHING more negatively.  People who had just eaten didn’t do that. Quote, “So there seems to be something special about unpleasant situations that makes people draw on their hunger feelings.” In other words:  Your hunger isn’t MAKING you angry . . . your hunger is just messing with your head and making it easier for you to get angry about everything else.

A new study asked people what they think God looks like.  And while most people described someone who looked kinda like themselves, the average of all of the answers looks like a pretty basic white dude . . . who kind of resembles a young Brad Pitt.

Oprah Winfrey tells Entertainment Tonight that she wants to star in the ”Oceans 8” sequel. “I’m in! I’m in ladies. Isn’t it like the biggest Ocean’s ever with all of them combined? Hello? Me too! Me too!”

Tom Brady recently showed off his love for his wife, Gisele Bundchen, by wearing a t-shirt that said; “I (heart) Giselle”.

A judge has ordered Angelina Jolie to allow Brad Pitt to spend more time with their kids. The judge says not having a relationship with their father is harmful to the children.

The Golden State Warriors drank $500,000 worth of alcohol during their championship parade yesterday in Oakland

Netflix’s deal to carry Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in the US was due to expire Saturday(June 16), but he service has extended its arrangement to keep the food and travel show available “for months to come.”

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 06/12/18

Hello Kitty was created in Japan . . . but she’s British.  Because when Hello Kitty was created in the 1960s, British culture was trendy in Japan.

The yellow “Support Our Troops” ribbon is trademarked . . . by the Canadian government.  It can only be used legally with their permission.

Abraham Lincoln didn’t meet his first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, until after they were elected.  Lincoln picked him because Hamlin was from Maine, to help get votes from the northeast.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 06/12/18

June 12th is the 163rd day of the year. There are 202 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 24 days until the 6th of July

There are 141 days until Halloween (a Wednesday this year)

Today is Little League Girls Baseball Day, Magic Day, National Automotive Service Professionals Day, National Jerky Day, National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, Superman Day and World Pet Memorial Day

Snickers has launched three new flavors including Espresso, Fiery Chili Pepper and Salty and Sweet

Last week, IHOP announced they were changing their name to IHOB.  It seemed like a pretty transparent attempt to get people talking . . . and we REALLY fell for it.  Social media was PACKED with guesses. So yesterday, they announced what the “B” stands for.  And the answer is . . . “burgers.” Yes, IHOP . . . sorry, IHOB . . . already has burgers on their menu.  They have since 1958.  But they’re adding seven new “Ultimate Steakburgers,” and the name change was a marketing campaign to get them some attention. Also, if this wasn’t implied, the name change to “IHOB” is only temporary. But even though the move got IHOB a lot of attention, Wendy’s managed to hijack some of it yesterday with a hell of a response to the stunt. Someone tweeted to Wendy’s, quote, “So Wendy’s, you just gonna let IHOB sell burgers on your block?” And Wendy’s responded, quote, “Not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard.”  That’s . . . a really good line.

IHOP is temporarily changing its name to IHOB in honor of its new burgers . . . so a survey asked people which they like more, pancakes or burgers.  And pancakes won by a slight margin, 40% to 37%.

Domino’s Pizza just announced a new plan to drive around the country and fix POTHOLES.  It’s part of a marketing campaign where they say they’re making it a smoother ride to people driving around with pizza . . . and you can nominate a town to get their pothole help at PavingForPizza.com.

Pothole robots that work though the night to fix roads will be tested on British streets. The drone-mounted devices will scan roads looking for small cracks. They will be able to fly or “crawl” to the cracks and 3D print asphalt to fix them in less than a minute. The robots will be tested on roads in the next few years.

Pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test does more harm than good, according to a new study.  The researchers found you need sleep to commit the info to your memory . . . and without it, you won’t remember much of what you studied.

Some guy recently found a woman’s iPhone at the bottom of a river in Arizona, and it still worked.  Turns out a woman dropped it TWO WEEKS earlier.  And she was thrilled to get it back, because it had a bunch of baby photos on it.

For the third year in a row, a survey found Americans are more worried about natural disasters than terrorism, global pandemics, and cyber-attacks combined.

A group of jerks in Memphis tried to smoke weed in the middle of a restaurant last week.  Then they walked out on their bill, which totaled exactly $420.

Prada is selling a giant fanny pack for $1,550

Marvel is teaming with Vans to create a new superhero skater shoe. The white-shoe features the faces of Marvel’s biggest superheroes. Backpacks and boxer briefs are also being developed

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski bet $69 on his horse Gronkowski to come in second at the Belmont Stakes. Gronkowski came in second and won Rob $952.20

A guy on YouTube who goes scuba diving to look for lost valuables recently found an iPhone X at the bottom of a river.  He dried it out and it worked, so he called up the owner and returned it.  She had lost it two weeks beforehand, so it survived in the river for more than a week.  Along with the phone she got back all her pictures of her five-month-old daughter, which she thought she had lost forever.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong un met in Singapore last night.The men went before the cameras where they shook hands for 10 seconds as Kim said; “Nice to meet you Mr. President.” CNN claims the summit lasted for 38 minutes. Trump says he now has an excellent relationship with Kim. Behind the scenes, parties from both sides worked to put together the framework of a bilaterial agreement to denuclearize North Korea. Trump told Fox News, “We had a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line, really good.”

Matt Lauer has purchased a new Harley Davidson. He has been seen riding the bike throughout the Hamptons.

Jennifer Aniston’s ex, Justin Theroux, has adopted a blue pitbull named Kuma. He was left homeless after Hurricane Harvey

NEW ON DVD – Released June 12.
• Tomb Raider
• Sherlock Gnomes

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 06/11/18

June 11th is the 162nd day of the year. There are 203 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 23 days until the 4th of July

There are 11 days until the days start getting shorter (Summer begins June 21- June 22 days start getting shorter)

Today is Corn on the Cob Day, National German Chocolate Cake Day and National Making Life Beautiful Day

Sonic Drive-In restaurants will debut their new Pickle Juice Slushie today.

A new Guinness World Record was set on Saturday when 2,505 women skinny-dipped on a secluded beach in Dublin, Ireland. They beat the old record of 786 skinny dippers.

Research pinpointed the exact age that men mature completely: 43. That’s 11 whole years after women. Researchers then asked women to reveal the signs that they say mean a man is still immature. The list includes:
• Finding their own farts and burps hilarious
• Playing videogames
• Driving too fast or ‘racing’ another car at the lights or on the highway

A new survey asked people to estimate how much of their life is taken up by work.  And the average answer was 42%.  But we WANT it to be 30%.  So most people wish they could be working less and enjoying life more.

The survey also asked people to name the top PERKS they wish they had at work.  Here are the ten most popular answers.

  1. Bonuses, especially around the holidays.
  2. Automatically getting a vacation day on your birthday.
  3. An endless supply of snacks.
  4. Discounts on vacations and flights.
  5. Free meals.  Either breakfast, lunch, or both.
  6. Better health insurance benefits.
  7. More vacation time.
  8. Unmonitored flex-time.  Meaning you could make your own hours, and no one would check up on you to make sure you’re not slacking.
  9. Discounts at restaurants.
  10. Discounts at clothing and department stores.  A few more that just missed the top ten include free transportation to and from work . . . paid time off to volunteer . . . and free gym memberships.

The average person who goes VEGAN only lasts three-and-a-half months, according to a new survey.  And the main reason is . . . they say they didn’t get enough support from their friends and family.

A group of jerks in Memphis tried to smoke weed in the middle of a restaurant last week.  Then they walked out on their bill, which totaled exactly $420.

Prada is selling a giant fanny pack for $1,550

Golden State Warriors players, coaches and staffers drank $400,000 worth of champagne after they won the NBA Championship on Friday, They swept Cleveland 4-0

A new survey found that 7% of people have gotten into an accident because of a backseat driver, according to a new survey.  And the top signs YOU’RE a backseat driver are:  Criticizing the driver’s decisions . . . complaining about them going too fast . . . and gasping when they brake.

Isaiah Mustafa has been cast as Adult Mike in the sequel to Stephen King’s ”IT”. Mustafa is best known for playing the Old Spice Guy

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino will be sentenced for tax evasion on September 7th. His lawyer was able to get his sentencing postponed due to a family vacation

Netflix on Sunday gave us the first look at Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s upcoming comedy The Good Cop. Groban and Danza are a father and son who couldn’t be more different, except for the fact they are both cops named Tony. The 10-episode first season will be released September 21

Ocean’s 8 opened with $41.5 million at the US-Canada box office over the weekend. The movie cost at least $150 million to make and market worldwide.

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

  1. Ocean’s 8 — $41.5 million
  2. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $15.2 million
  3. Deadpool 2 — $13.7 million
  4. Hereditary — $13 million
  5. Avengers: Infinity War — $6.8 million

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 06/08/18

June 8th is the 159th day of the year. There are 206 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 26 days until the 4th of July

There are 167 days until Thanksgiving Nov 22 (the 22nd is the earliest Thanksgiving could be… the 28th is the latest)

Today is Best Friends Day, Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day, Name Your Poison Day, National Marriage Day and World Oceans Day

Starbucks is raising its coffee prices by 10 to 20 cents. The chain says inflation is the reason for the price hike

Taco Bell will give away free Doritos Locos Tacos on Wednesday June 13th because the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Cleveland

Burger King is launching a new menu item called Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries. The chicken fingers are coated with a salty pretzel breading and are available for a limited time. Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries cost $3

Taco Bell did its “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion again for the NBA Finals this year.  Since the Warriors won an away game, you’ll be able to get a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. next Wednesday, June 13th.

Google changed its salad emoji to make it vegan-friendly.  It used to be lettuce and tomatoes with an egg in it.  So they just took the egg out.

One out of three people say their main financial plan is inheriting money from their parents, according to a new study.  That includes 63% of people under 22 . . . and 20% of baby boomers.

A new study in Australia found women should only work a maximum of 34 hours a week to avoid workplace burn-out.  But men can work up to 47 hours.  And it’s only because of all the OTHER stuff women have on their plate. Researchers found that women are more likely to feel exhausted by their work schedule because of all the work they do outside the office that DOESN’T come with a paycheck. In general, women spend more time dealing with the kids and taking care of stuff at home.  Which isn’t fair.  But even in 2018, it still tends to be the reality. To be clear, the study looked at men and women in GENERAL.  Obviously plenty of women have no problem working just as many hours as men.  And men who shoulder more of the load at home get burnt out faster too. One of the authors of the study says a potential solution would be for women to work less and get paid MORE to compensate them for all the other stuff they do.  But they admit that probably won’t happen anytime soon. For what it’s worth, an online poll asked people if men and women should have different requirements as far as their work hours go.  And about 75% said no.

Here are some results from a new study on weddings.  64% of people say the planning process is stressful . . . 20% say their spouse wasn’t involved, and that was a GOOD thing . . . and one out of three brides in New York give their bridesmaids specific instructions on how TAN they should be.

Seinfeld’s ”Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will premiere on Netflix on July 6th.This season, he will interview Kate McKinnon, Ellen DeGeneres, Dana Carvey, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Zach Galifinakis, Dave Chappelle and the late Jerry Lewis.

Philadelphia 76ers president Bryan Colangelo has resigned because his wife used a burner phone to criticize the team and its players on Twitter. Bryan had no knowledge of his wife’s doings and says she sent the Tweets in order to defend him against public scrutiny.

Kate Middleton’s younger sister, Pippa, is pregnant. She just passed her first trimester. This will be her first child with her husband, James Matthews

Bill Murray is opening a food truck park in Charleston, South Carolina. The project was originally called Food Truck O’Rama, but now will be called The Container Bar

A new survey by Merrill Lynch reveals that 33% of people say their financial stability is dependent upon receiving an inheritance.

IKEA is teaming up with Beyonce’s sister, Solange, to design a new line of furniture and other accessories. No word on a launch date

The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup last night by beating Las Vegas 4-3. They took the series four games to one. Alex Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs

New Movies

Oceans 8 (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, James Corden, Rihanna , Helena Bonham Carter … Danny Ocean’s estranged sister assembles a team to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s Met Gala.

Hotel Artemis (Rated R) … STARRING: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista … Jodie Foster runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 06/07/18

The U.S. military manufactured way too many Purple Heart medals when they were planning the invasion of Japan . . . so the Purple Hearts awarded today are still from that supply.

The year 1666 contains every single Roman numeral once, in order from largest to smallest:  MDCLXVI.

Elmo testified before a Congressional subcommittee in 2002 on behalf of music education . . . he’s the first and only non-human who’s ever testified before Congress.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 06/07/18

June 7th is the 158th day of the year. There are 207 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 27 days until 4th of July

There are 400 days until the Top Gun sequel is released (July 12 2019)

Today is June Bug Day, National Oklahoma Day, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, National VCR Day, and Moonshine Day VCR

Cracker Barrel is selling a limited edition S’mores latte for summer.

Here are the most popular flavors of ICE CREAM in America, according to a new survey:  Mint chocolate chip . . . chocolate . . . cookies and cream . . . vanilla . . . and butter pecan.

Remember Crystal Pepsi?  Now Coke is doing the same thing with a drink called Coca-Cola Clear.  But they’re only selling it in Japan right now.

A coffee shop in Melbourne, Australia just started selling BROCCOLI COFFEE.  Which is just what it sounds like:  Coffee with broccoli in it.  Specifically, they use a special powder made from broccoli, and add it to lattes. On the bright side, just two tablespoons of the powder is the equivalent of five servings of vegetables. On the down side, apparently you can REALLY taste the broccoli flavor in your coffee, and it’s not exactly delicious.  Plus the powder adds kind of a sickly green tint to the entire drink. There’s no word on whether any coffee shops in the U.S. are going to start adding vegetables to their drinks . . . but hey guys, no rush.

Apparently, the hot trend in cocktails right now is . . . making your mouth NUMB. The cocktails use a little blossom called a Sichuan button or buzz button.  And when you bite into one, it makes your mouth a little numb and it has this intense tingle for about 10 minutes or so. According to bartenders, it really helps bring out the flavors in your drinks and lets you really taste all of the individual ingredients. And unlike a lot of “mixology” trends, this one has left the bars in Brooklyn and gone mainstream.  TGI Friday’s is all over the trend, and they just rolled out a drink called the Blackberry Buzz ‘Rita that uses a buzz button in it.

For the seventh year in a row, Hong Kong has been named the most expensive housing market. Even a parking space in Hong Kong is expensive. One just sold for $760,000.

Jet Blue is cracking down on emotional support animals, only allowing people to bring cats, dogs or small ponies on board for emotional support. They also are requiring three kinds of paperwork for people flying with an emotional support animal — including a note from a mental health professional, proof of a check-up from a veterinarian for the animal and a form that says the animal owner attests that the animal is fully trained.

A woman in China got two surprises from police on her birthday last week — an arrest and a birthday cake. Police had taken the woman into custody on charges of manufacturing and sales of counterfeit products. When police learned it was the woman’s 45th birthday they got her a cake.

Val Kilmer is going to star in the Top Gun sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” He will be reprising his role as Iceman

LeBron James has been wearing Stewie Griffin Nike sneakers to practice. The shoe was inspired by the Family Guy character and is red, blue, yellow and teal.

Fixer-Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines were recently fined $40,000 for breaking safety rules during their reality TV show. They had unsafe work practices on some of the homes they worked on.

The last surviving Wizard of Oz Munchkin has died at the age of 98. Jerry Maren passed away at a nursing care facility in San Diego.

New Movies Opening Tonight

Oceans 8 (Rated PG-13) … STARRING: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, James Corden, Rihanna , Helena Bonham Carter … Danny Ocean’s estranged sister assembles a team to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s Met Gala.

Hotel Artemis (Rated R) … STARRING: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista … Jodie Foster runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals.