THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 4/03/20-

April 3rd is the 94th day of the year. There are 272 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 9 days remaining until Easter

There are 38 weekends until Christmas

Today is Find a Rainbow Day, Hospital Admitting Clerks Day, National Chocolate Mousse Day, National Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day, National Walk to Work Day, Tweed Day, and World Party Day

— On this date in 1953, TV Guide debuted

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Ben & Jerry’s is launching a new flavor based on the Netflix show ‘Nailed It.” ‘Chip Happens’ has chocolate ice cream, fudge chips and crunchy potato chip swirls.

Apparently ordering your pizza uncut can make the crust even tastier.  Once they cut it, the oil and sauce start to run down into the crust and make it soggy.  So it’s better if you cut it yourself right before you eat it.

The release of “Top Gun: Maverick” has been postponed until December 23rd due to the coronavirus 

Have you gotten closer with your significant other over the past few weeks . . . or more distant?  According to a new survey, the majority of people in relationships say things haven’t changed . . . but 29% say it’s brought them closer, and 11% say it’s made them more distant.

How often should you wash your hair? According to certified trichologist Ky Smith, how often we should shampoo depends on a few different variables, including natural oil production, product usage, and hair type. The key isn’t just frequency, either. It also comes down to the specific products you’re using.… Matt Rez is a celebrity colorist and Redken brand ambassador. As a general rule for maintaining hair health, he recommends shampooing no more than two to three times per week.

Beginning today (Friday) you’ll be able to stream around 500 hours of movies and shows from HBO. Programming includes The Sopranos, Veep, The Wire and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. The movies and shows will be available to stream without an HBO subscription by downloading the HBO Now or HBO Go apps.

”Tiger King” star Joe Exotic has been transferred to a prison hospital because several fellow inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. The 57 year-old is serving a 22-year sentence for a murder-for-hire plot.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 4/02/20-

April 2nd is the 93rd day of the year. There are 273 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is International Children’s Book Day, International Fact-Checking Day, National Ferret Day, National Love Your Produce Manager Day, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day and National Burrito Day

There are 10 days remaining until Easter

— On this date in 1827, lead pencils were first manufactured

Kellogg’s just announced a new product called Jumbo Snax. Basically, they took four of their most popular cereals, made larger versions of the cereal pieces, and put them in little single-serving bags so you can eat them like you’d eat chips or popcorn . . . no milk required. The four cereals are:  Froot Loops . . . Frosted Flakes . . . Apple Jacks . . . and Corn Pops.

A post scared students yesterday in North Carolina. It read:  “Breaking Governor Cooper orders N.C. students to repeat current grade, beginning 2020-2021.” Kid & Parents were up in arms until they realized it was an April Fools Joke.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did not meet with Donald Trump about freeing “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic from prison. The website High Snobiety started the rumor as an April Fool’s joke.

A gas station in Cleveland, Ohio dropped its price to 69 cents a gallon this week . . . that’s the lowest gas price in the U.S. since 1978.

Apparently, sales of WIRELESS BRAS have almost DOUBLED since the lockdown started.  Those don’t quite push ’em up as much as underwire bras, but they’re a LOT more comfortable. Of course, that’s if you’re wearing a bra at all.  There are plenty of social media posts from women who are happily going bra-free right now. 

According to a men’s style expert, since haircuts are pretty much not an option right now, LONG HAIR for men is going to become popular.  And facial hair is getting even more popular than it already was. 

A woman from New Jersey violated the stay-at-home order when she left home to throw a Molotov cocktail at her boyfriend’s house. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 4/01/20-

April 1st is the 92nd day of the year. There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 11 days remaining until Easter

There are 162 days until Football Regular Season begins!
Today is April Fools’ Day, International Fun at Work Day, National Day of Hope, National Jump in Muddy Puddles Day, National One Cent Day, National Sourdough Bread Day & National Trombone Players Day

— On this date in 1970, the AMC Gremlin was first introduced

It’s harder to play April Fools’ Day pranks this year, but not everyone’s upset about it.  We found an old survey from 2017 where people were asked how they’d feel if April Fools’ Day was CANCELLED.  39% said they’d be happy, and only 24% said sad.  Everyone else wasn’t sure. 

A recent survey found men like April Fools’ Day pranks more than women.  51% of guys think they’re funny, compared to 41% of women

Kellogg’s is going to be selling giant versions of Fruit Loops, Corn Pops and Apple Jacks. The new Jumbo Snax line will be available starting next month.

Ketchup-flavored Doritos and Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos are being placed on sale for a limited time. The first batch has been shipped to Australia 

TV TONIGHT – Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform tonight (Wednesday, 9PM ET) in an hour-long concert on CBS.

Canada has passed a $75 billion coronavirus stimulus package that calls for Canadians to receive $8,000 over the next four months. The money will go to people who have lost their jobs because of covid-19 

NFL owners have voted to expand their playoff format to 14-teams starting in 2020.

A cocaine dealer was busted in Ontario, Canada on Friday and charged with drug trafficking.  And he also got a ticket for operating a “non-essential” business during the pandemic

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 3/31/20-

March 31st is the 91st day of the year. There are 275 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 12 days remaining until Easter

There is 62 days remaining until Meteorological Summer Begins (June 1st.. Summer officially begins June 20)

Today is Equal Pay Day, National Clams on the Half Shell Day, National Crayon Day, National Farm Workers Day, and National Tater Day

— On this date in 1918, Daylight Saving Time went into effect

DiGiorno just started selling a frozen pizza that has a CROISSANT crust.  And from the picture on the box . . . yeah, it really looks like the entire crust is just one big croissant. The pizza is brand new, so there’s no guarantee it’ll be in stock anywhere right now . . . but then again, when I try to place an online grocery order, everything else is out of stock too right now so who knows? 

Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos are now a thing.  Unfortunately, they’re only on sale in Australia right now . . . but one review described them as tasting like, quote, “citrus lime detergent.” 

A small town in North Carolina just had a Bigfoot sighting . . . it’s fourth recent one.  Less than two weeks ago, a guy spotted Bigfoot and described him, saying, quote, “He was real tall, he had big hands . . . his fur was real black.  And it was shaggy.” 

German officials are getting people to quarantine by posting Netflix spoilers on digital billboards. Two students from a design school came up with the idea to help keep people at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The digital billboards are spoiling the endings of shows like Stranger Things, Love Is Blind and Narcos.

TV TONIGHT: NBC NEWS SPECIAL: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC _ Correspondents report on COVID-19 from around the world, with experts answering viewer questions. (9p CT, NBC)

Another studio is delaying the release of some of its movies. Sony has announced it will be delaying the release of five major films including the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

A museum in the Netherlands closed due to the coronavirus pandemic . . . and someone broke in and stole a Van Gogh painting.

The world’s largest SPLEEN was removed from a man in Florida.  It was 27 pounds and 8,800% larger than an average spleen.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 3/27/20-

March 27th is the 87th day of the year. There are 279 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 16 days remaining until Easter

There are 178  days remaining until Fall begins (Sept 22)

Today is National Cleavage Day, Viagra Day, International Scribble Day, National Joe Day, National Spanish Paella Day, Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day and World Theatre Day

— On this date in 1866, the urinal was invented

A Dunkin Donuts in Tucson, Arizona held a pajama party yesterday in their drive-thru. People were given free donuts when they ordered in their pajamas from their car. Dunkin wanted to reward customers for social distancing 

Canada Dry just rolled out a new flavor called Canada Dry Bold that has a stronger, SPICIER ginger flavor.  And according to one review, quote, “It’s strong.  Burns at the end.  But you get used to it.”

McDonald’s is cutting all-day breakfast during the coronavirus pandemic to simplify operations.  The president of McDonald’s says it WILL be back eventually . . . but no one knows when. 

TV TODAY: SEASON PREMIERE: OZARK – Jason Bateman and Laura Linney return for season 3, which is set six months after the events of the previous season. (Netflix)

One of the few positive effects of the coronavirus has been the early home video release of movies caught in the no man’s land of coming out in the weeks prior to pandemic’s disruption. One of those unlucky pictures was Harrison Ford’s The Call of the Wild. The film was released in theaters on February 21. The Call of the Wild is out today (March 27) in digital download format.

The Powerball lotto game just announced that during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s going to be cutting its minimum jackpots in HALF, from $40 million to $20 million . . . and they’ll grow slower too when no one wins.  It’s because lottery ticket sales are way down right now. 

Only one in three people say they’re working in a career or a field that they dreamed about as a kid, according to a new survey.  And the five most common childhood dream jobs are:  Teacher . . . pro athlete . . . doctor . . . veterinarian . . . and nurse.  Bar owner Patrick Berger recently completed his own version of Lent by surviving on nothing, but beer, coffee, and vitamins for 40 days. The challenge was inspired by 17th century monks. Patrick drank between three and four beers per day and lost 34 pounds. He ended his fast by eating garlic soup after his doctor told him to slowly ease back into solid

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 3/26/20-

March 26th is the 86th day of the year. There are 280 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 17 days remaining until Easter

There are 100 days remaining until The 4th of July

Today is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, National Spinach Day and Purple Day

— On this date in 1973, The Young and the Restless debuted on CBS
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Pop-Tarts is going to release a new flavor in May called Frosted Chocolatey Churro

There’s a new, limited-edition version of Twizzlers out now that aren’t twisted . . . they’re just like regular licorice ropes.  And they’re called . . . “izzlers.”

Pillsbury just announced that ALL of their cookie dough will be safe to eat by the end of the summer.  They’re using a new process with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs to eliminate the risk of salmonella.

A new study analyzed people’s tweets to figure out which states have been DRINKING the most during this period of staying at home.  The top five are:  Texas . . . California . . . New Mexico . . . Hawaii . . . and Arizona. 

A woman from Ireland is trying to ward off the coronavirus by putting raw onions in every room in her home. Temmy Oseni says her mother started putting out the raw onions after someone on Whatsapp told her to do it. Temmy’s mother believes the onions draw toxins out of the air.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 3/23/20-

Today is March 23rd…………….the 83rd day of the year. There are 283 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 74 days remaining until the last day of school (June 5th in EC)

There are 20 days remaining until Easter

Today is National Chia Day, National Chip and Dip Day, National Melba Toast Day, National Puppy Day, and World Meteorological Day

On this date in 1972, Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars.

BOX OFFICE – With movie theaters closed, Hollywood has no box office numbers to provide. One year ago this week Captain Marvel spent its second weekend at the top, bringing in $69.3 million.

With all the time you’re spending at home, is your house CLEANER or MESSIER than usual?  According to a new survey, 26% of people say their house is currently CLEANER than usual.  Only 7% say it’s MESSIER than usual.  63% say it’s the same.

CORONA NOTES:

The IRS tax filing deadline has been moved from April 15th to July 15th because of the coronavirus 

The makers of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, are now using their breweries to make hand sanitizer in order to fight the coronavirus.

Bakeries are experiencing a sales boom because of the coronavirus. People are ordering ‘self-isolation’ cakes for themselves and others.

People in Turkey are trying to fight off the coronavirus by eating sheep’s head soup and gargling with vinegar. Neither have been shown effective in preventing or curing the virus

A guy in France went viral for running a full marathon on the 25-foot balcony of his apartment.  It took him almost seven hours to finish, and he posted clips of himself running at different times of the day and night.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 3/20/20-

Today is March 20th

There are 12 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 40 weekends remaining until Xmas

Today is World Frog Day, World Oral Health Day, National Ravioli Day, Alien Abduction Day, International Day of Happiness, National Kiss Your Fiancé Day and Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day

Pop-Tarts just came out with new frosted confetti cake bites.

NASA got a Mars lander to fix itself by telling it to hit itself with a shovel.

CORONA NOTES:

To help ease your cabin fever, Hallmark Channel is bringing back its marathon of Christmas movies this weekend. Starting today (Friday, 11am ET) and continuing through Sunday the network will air 27 of its Countdown to Christmas films.

Right now there’s a rumor that taking ibuprofen makes the symptoms worse, which even the World Health Organization says they’re looking into . . . but has not officially been proven. Still, since the WHO’s involved, maybe take Tylenol for now.  THAT’S the effect of so much information flying around . . . we have to be cautious and still act on tips, because we can’t afford to get things wrong.

Some local jails are no longer accepting criminals because they are trying to practice social distancing due to the coronvirus.

A worker at a Purell hand sanitizer manufacturing plant in Akron, Ohio may have the coronavirus.

High schoolers are planning to hold their proms online. Huge FaceTime chat sessions and other video conferencing are being set up so high schoolers can still celebrate during the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s video of two quarantined people in Italy that are down to their last nerve.  The woman is on her balcony playing the flute.  Terribly.  And then a guy comes out yelling and swinging an empty plastic jug that knocks the flute out of her hands.  She picks up the flute and the jug . . . and then goes at HIM with the jug while shouting and screaming.

Apparently there’s something called “stress pooping,” and it could make you use more toilet paper.  A psychologist in Colorado posted a video about it.

With more people indoors than, really, ever right now, animals have more free rein.  And this is how they’re living it up… Apparently, 14 elephants in Yunnan, China recently broke into a farm that was empty because its owners were self-quarantining.  And the elephants wound up drinking 66 pounds of CORN WINE. A picture is now going viral of two of the elephants passed out drunk.  Live your best life now, animals. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 3/19/20-

Today is: March 19th

There are 13 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 24 days remaining until Easter

Today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, Certified Nurses Day, International Astrology Day, Let’s Laugh Day, National Chocolate Caramel Day, National Poultry Day and The First Day of Spring

— On this date in 1831, the first U.S. bank robbery took place when Ed Smith stole $245,000 from a New York bank

Today is the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. And this is actually the earliest spring in 124 years.  NOT because of anything any groundhog predicted, though.  It all has to do with Leap Days and Daylight Saving Time. In 2000, we had a Leap Day.  In the first year of other centuries, like the year 1700, the year 1800, and the year 1900, there wasn’t a Leap Day because years that are evenly divisible by 100 don’t get one. But if a year is evenly divisible by 400, like the year 2000, then we DO have a Leap Day.  Why?  Because of some calculations made in the 1500s.  SO . . . because 2000 was a day longer, it started pushing the time of the vernal equinox slightly earlier every year.  Plus, in recent years, Daylight Saving Time has started earlier in the year, before the equinox, instead of after. That brings us to now, and the equinox is today at 11:49 P.M. Eastern time.  That’s the earliest it’s been since all these random factors collided back in 1896, when the vernal equinox was at 9:29 P.M. Eastern on March 19th.

Hidden Valley just released its SPICIEST version of ranch yet.  It’s called Blazin’ Hot and the slogan is “so hot it’ll melt your face off in the ranchiest way possible.”  It should be available at places like Target and Walmart now.

Kellogg’s just announced they’re coming out with a new edition of Apple Jacks . . . a CARAMEL flavor.  It’s scheduled to hit stores in June. 

A Winnie-the-Pooh Frappuccino has been added to Starbucks’ secret menu. It contains a vanilla bean crème base, cinnamon dolce, cinnamon powder, caramel and whipped cream. The frappe tastes like a graham cracker.

San Antonio residents are flocking to a restaurant, called The Order Up, because they are serving the ultimate coronavirus comfort food. Their Nutella French fries cost $4.50 and have become a hot seller. The warm fries are drenched
in Nutella 

Libby’s Southern Comfort Restaurant, in Covington, Kentucky, is giving out a free roll of toilet paper with each order. Their carryout business is exploding because of their offer.

An earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale, shook Salt Lake City yesterday. The Salt Lake Tribune says the Salt Lake City International Airport and several downtown buildings have damage. The famed Angel Moroni statue lost its trumpet.

When it comes to cuteness, you can’t do much better than a puppy learning how to howl.

CORONA NOTES:

A new website called HowMuchToiletPaper.com will tell you how long your current supply will last, based on what you’ve got and how often you’re hitting the bathroom.

A woman posted a video of her cat who’s UPSET that the whole family is home all the time.

A website compiled a bunch of people’s social media pictures to put together a list of the foods that no one wanted, even now.  Those include . . .

1.  Frozen pizzas with pineapple . . . or with cauliflower and broccoli crusts.

2.  Cans of Manhattan Clam Chowder soup in a New England grocery store.

3.  Hot Tamales-flavored Peeps.

4.  Baby Shark cereal.

5.  Aquafina water.

6.  Gluten-free battered halibut.

7.  Unsalted potato chips.

8.  And, of course, Corona beer. 

Right now there’s a rumor that taking ibuprofen makes the symptoms worse, which even the World Health Organization says they’re looking into . . . but has not officially been proven. Still, since the WHO’s involved, maybe take Tylenol for now.  THAT’S the effect of so much information flying around . . . we have to be cautious and still act on tips, because we can’t afford to get things wrong.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 3/18/20-

Today is March 18th–  

There are 14 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 167 days remaining until Kids go back to School (Sept 1)

Today is Global Recycling Day, Awkward Moments Day, National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, National Sloppy Joe Day and National Awkward Moments Day

Pepsi is releasing two new flavors called Vanilla Zero Sugar and Cherry Zero Sugar

Kellogg’s is releasing Apple Jacks Caramel Cereal.

Eating two portions of mushrooms per week could halve your risk of abnormal brain decline in old age. Researchers found people who eat 300g or more of cooked mushrooms have a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment. Mushrooms contain an amino acid which the body can’t make for itself.

A stressed-out mom took a picture after her kids found the toilet paper she’d bought . . . and ruined it all by throwing it in the bathtub.

A woman named Miley from Vancouver, Washington posted on Reddit about her recent handwashing issue. Quote, “Just realized my soap wasn’t working because it’s literally a block of cheese.” There’s more, quote, “It was a couple of days of ‘Why isn’t this foaming?’  I came to realize it was a dried-out square of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese.  I suspect I left it out when I was intoxicated and just forgot.” And she even shared a picture of the cheese . . . which DOES kinda look like soap.