RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 02/16/18

Some of the names Disney considered for the Seven Dwarfs include Chesty, Tipsy, Jumpy, Dirty, Sleazy, and Awful.

Before 2016, the last time a Republican was elected president without either a Nixon or a Bush as the president or vice president was Herbert Hoover in 1928.

The “Wheel of Fortune” wheel has 200 lights, 73 steel pins, and weighs 2,400 pounds.  And there’s only one of them, so when the show goes on the road, they transport it.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Fri 02/16/18

February 16th is the 47th day of the year. There are 318 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 29 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

111 days until Summer Vacation! (Fri June 7)

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day, National Almond Day, National Innovation Day and National Tartar Sauce Day and it’s the Chinese New Year- Year of the Dog

Apparently NBC has been mispronouncing the name “Pyeongchang” during the Olympics this year.  And they’re doing it on purpose.  It’s supposed to be  “Pyong-CHUNG,” but NBC says “Pyong-CHANG.”  People who speak Korean have been telling them the right pronunciation, but NBC liked their way better . . . they made an official decision, and told all their people to pronounce the name wrong on purpose, because it sounds CLEANER.

The website Ranker.com had more than 18,000 people vote on the best sodas of all time.  Coca-Cola came in number one.  But Pepsi didn’t even make the top 10 . . . it finished 12th. The top 10 are:  Coca-Cola . . . Dr. Pepper . . . Sprite . . . A&W Root Beer . . . Mountain Dew . . . 7 Up . . . Orange Crush . . . Cherry Coke . . . Sunkist Orange . . . and Barq’s Root Beer. The highest-ranked diet soda was Diet Coke . . . but it only came in 29th place.  Diet Pepsi came in 64th.

Fighting over Bitcoin is becoming more common in divorce disputes.  There’s a couple in the U.K. right now battling it out over more than $800,000 in cryptocurrency they bought while they were together.

 

A Michigan pizzeria broke the Guinness World Record for largest delivery pizza by cooking up a 72-inch pie. Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar donated the pizza to local police and fire departments

YouTube is removing Tide Pod challenge videos in an effort to stop teens from eating the laundry detergent

The military parade Donald Trump wants to hold in Washington D.C. could cost between $10 and $30 million

Aaron Paul has named his newborn daughter Story Annabelle Paul

A guy in England tried to get out of a ticket for texting while driving on Monday by saying he wasn’t technically texting . . . he was sending his girlfriend an emoji.  That excuse didn’t work, and he got the ticket.

There’s a guy who says he time traveled here from 2030 . . . and he actually passed a LIE DETECTOR TEST about it.  If you’re interested in his predictions, he says President Trump will be reelected in 2020 . . . humans will travel to Mars in 10 years . . . and time travel becomes possible in 2028.

 

New Movies Black Panther (Rated PG-13) .. STARRING:Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis … King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman ) returns home to Wakanda where he, special female forces and a CIA agent try to stop two enemies from starting a world war

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Tues 02/13/18

February 13th is the 44th day of the year. There are 321 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 32 days remaining until St Patrick’s Day

Today is Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Get a Different Name Day, International Pancake Day, Kiss Day, Mardi Gras, National Tortellini Day and World Radio Day

Today is World Radio Day, which is all about celebrating the power radio has to reach so many people.  It’s even a recognized holiday by the United Nations.

Charlotte’s Firenza Pizza is serving a $500 pie for Valentine’s Day. The 10-inch pizza is called the Golden Surf and Turf and is topped with lobster, filet medallions, caviar and edible gold leaves. The pizza is available for a limited time

If you apply makeup or drink a cup of coffee before heading to work — or on your way into the office — you probably have experienced the frustrations of making a mess on your shirt or dress before clocking in. If it happens often it might be worth it for you to buy a BeBib. BeBibs are fashion adult bibs you put on to protect your clothing.

Singles, who have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold are changing their location to Pyeongchang, Korea so they can flirt with Olympic athletes. Tinder is giving athletes free access to their service during the games

54% of married people say they WON’T be going out to celebrate tomorrow, according to a new survey.  That means the majority of married couples will maybe give each other a little gift, but that’s about it.

A woman in northern California was sick of people stealing packages off her front porch.  So she got even by filling a box with 500 live COCKROACHES.

According to a new study, the light from your phone could be making your skin AGE prematurely.  The researchers found that the ultraviolet light from your screen could make your skin lose some of its color and develop age spots. On the plus side, it won’t up your risk of getting skin cancer

There’s a woman in Arizona suffering from Foreign Accent Syndrome.  She’s from the U.S., but wakes up with different accents each day.  Sometimes British, sometimes Irish, and sometimes Australian.

 

 

Ed Sheeran has been asked to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Ed previously said; “I get asked this all the time like I know the royal family. I’ve met Harry once! And that was in 2011 at his grans’ Jubilee, and it was like, ‘Hey.’ ‘Hey’… I barely know him!”

The stock market rose by 410 points yesterday or 1.7%. This followed the worst weeks for stocks in two years last week.

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Mon 02/12/18

February 12th is the 43rd day of the year. There are 322 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 2 days remaining until Valentine’s Day

There are 105 days until our next day off (Memorial Day May 28)

Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day, National Plum Pudding, Hug Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, National Hot Tea Day, National Lost Penny Day and Oatmeal Monday

Lucky Charms just announced they’re killing off one of their marshmallows this spring . . . the yellow and orange HOURGLASS marshmallow.  It’s only been a part of Lucky Charms since 2008, and it was the first new marshmallow they’d added in 10 years.

KFC is giving out scratch-and-sniff cards for Valentine’s Day that smell like chicken.

28.3 million people watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday

Apparently, the popular new hot dog topping is . . . PEANUT BUTTER.  And some reviewers say it tastes surprisingly good

Panera Bread just announced that anyone who proposes at one of their stores on Valentine’s Day will have a chance to win free catering for their wedding.  You just have to post a picture of the proposal on social media.

A new study looked at how long snow can sit there and still be safe to eat.  Your best bet is to eat it within 12 hours . . . and you should NOT eat any snow that’s been sitting for two days or more.

Organizers of a recent ice fishing competition in Minnesota made three fishermen take a LIE DETECTOR test to make sure they didn’t cheat.  Turns out they didn’t.

 

U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to successfully perform a triple axel in the Olympics. She is just the third woman ever to land a triple axle during the Winter games.

Bermuda’s athletes wore shorts to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Temps were in the low 20s at the time they walked into the stadium and held their country’s flag

Paris Hilton was recently spotted carrying a $65,000 Birkin bag. The bag is encrusted with pink Svarkowski crystals.

Jennifer Garner is going to star in a new HBO comedy series called “Camping.” The show is about a controlling wife, who plans a camping trip that goes haywire.

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre recently got engaged. The couple met on the set of the movie The Mountain Between Us. He is 45 while she is 29

Floyd Mayweather recently paid $25,000 for an oil change for his $3 million Bugatti sports car.

Floyd Mayweather has purchased a $30,000 Crystal ping pong table

LaBar Ball is going to begin selling Big Baller Brand bottled water. The water is being bottled by a Lithuanian water company.

Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler wore a $20,000 pair of Eminem Air Jordans during his game against the Bulls on Friday.

 

Fifty Shades Freed earned $38.8 million over the weekend — $98 million globally — pushing the entire Fifty trilogy past $1 billion worldwide. The first two movies made a combined $952 million worldwide.

Here are this past weekend’s box office results.

  1. Fifty Shades Freed — $38.8 million
  2. Peter Rabbit — $25 million
  3. The 15:17 to Paris — $12.6 million

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Thurs 02/01/18

February 1st is the 32nd day of the year. There are 333 days remaining until the end of the year

There is 1 day remaining until Groundhog Day

There are 27 days remaining in Meteorological Winter!

Today is Car Insurance Day, Change Your Password Day, G.I. Joe Day, National Baked Alaska Day and Spunky Old Broads Day

19.8 million viewers watched Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on network TV. The audience jumps to 45.6 million with cable news networks added in

Virgin Atlantic Airlines will soon begin offering Love Suites on several of their planes. The suites will allow couples to dine together, watch movies together and do other things in the front of the plane. Free WiFi and coffee will be offered in the suites. The suite’s seats will fold down into beds.

Jimmy Fallon held his Puppy Bowl last night. The puppies picked New England to win the Super Bowl

The NFL and Fox have signed a five-year deal for Thursday Night Football. Fox will air 11 Thursday night games during the season. They are paying $550 million per year for the rights to the games

There’s a new map that shows the top Super Bowl side dish each state is searching for.  Chili, wings, sliders, dips, and “sausage cheese balls” are popular.  Some of the lamer ones include Chex mix in Illinois and bruschetta in Vermont. In Minnesota it’s Tater Tot Hot Dish and in Wisconsin it’s Pinwheels.

 

Tom Brady tells NBC that he will keep a closer eye on his Super Bowl jersey so it doesn’t get stolen again. “I’m taking it with me, man, if we win. If we lose, I’m throwing it in the garbage.”

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is hosting a Super Bowl tailgate party that costs $750 to enter. A-list celebrities and at least 40 NFL players are expected to attend

BEST PRODUCTS FOR THE SUPER BOWL – You deserve the best on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Television — Wirecutter.com says the 55-inch TCL 55P607is the best for most people because it’s the best value. It produces images with more detail, brightness, and color than most TVs that cost hundreds more. • LINK
  • Beer — Coors (regular) topped Consumer Reports’ recent taste test of beers, blowing away nine brews including Budweiser and Bud Light. Name Tag and Big Flats — store brands from Trader Joe’s and Walgreens respectively — beat out top-sellers Corona Extra and Budweiser.
    • Potato chips — EatThis.com says Original Lays potato chips and Ruffles Original are the best chips. For healthy eaters EatThis likes Lay’s Oven Baked Potato Crisps — about 120 calories in 18 chips.
    • Chip dip — Rachael Ray’s magazine says the best French onion did is Marie’s Roasted French Onion Dip. The best guacamole is Garden Fresh Gourmet’s Zesty Guacamole.
    • Microwave popcorn — Thrillist chooses Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter, while Consumer Reports likes Orville Redenbacher’s Light Butter.