THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 7/09/20-

July 9th is the 191st day of the year. There are 175 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 60 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is Sugar Cookie Day, Fashion Day, National Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Omelet Day and Muffler Appreciation Day

— On this date in 1869, the corncob pipe was invented

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Starbucks has added a new item to their secret menu. The Frosted Lemonade is made with a grande lemonade, coconut milk and two pumps of liquid cane syrup

Lay’s just released five new limited-edition flavors of chips, and they’re all based on food from famous restaurants around the country.  They are:  pizza . . . hot chicken . . . cheesesteak . . . carnitas taco . . . and chile relleno.  The chips go on sale next week and will be around through early September. 

Salad bars probably won’t be back for a while, if ever.  And they might get replaced by salad vending machines.  There’s already one on the market called “Sally.”

Hasbro is changing the rules of Scrabble so slurs will no longer be permissible in the game. The company is planning to ban 200 offensive terms regarding ethnicity, creed, religion, gender, sexuality and disability.

A new survey asked people who they’re excited to reunite with when it’s safe again . . . and only 0.78% of people said they’re excited to be with their coworkers.  That’s less than one out of 100 people.

A new TikTok video is going viral . . . and it shows that kids today make a different hand gesture than adults to pretend they’re on a phone call.  While adults stick out their thumb and pinky to mimic a phone handset . . . kids hold their palm up flat to their face to mimic a smartphone. 

New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission reopened this week, and the lines are insane.  Hundreds of people have waited outside all day and not gotten in.  Some people are showing up at 5:00 AM, or earlier.

theme parks throughout the world are banning screaming on roller coasters and other rides because of the coronavirus. Some riders are also being asked to wear masks in order to stop the spread of covid-19. Disney World in Florida has no rules about screaming although Disneyland and Universal Studios in Japan forbid it.

According to a new study, there really isn’t such a thing as a “type” in dating, it’s a myth . . . so you should stop being so picky.  All we really want are people who have positive qualities, even if they aren’t the positive qualities we THINK we want.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 7/08/20-

July 8th is the 190th day of the year. There are 176 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 61 days remaining until Labor Day

There are 55 days until school begins (Sept 1)

Today is National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day, Video Game Day, National Freezer Pop Day and Be a Kid Again Day

— On this date in 1881, the first ice cream sundae was served

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Reese’s is going to offer a new Peanut Butter Cup for Halloween called The Frankencup. The top of the cup will be chocolate while the bottom will be a mix of milk chocolate and green creme. The inside will still be stuffed with peanut butter. Hershey’s is also going to sell “Vampire” Hershey’s Kisses with strawberry filling inside and green “Witch’s Brew” Kit Kats that taste like marshmallow.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says new testing reveals that Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist kills the coronavirus within minutes of being sprayed on it 

Want to live longer? Walk faster. Researchers in the UK collected data from nearly 475,000 people, measuring factors like their walking habits, body mass index, waist circumference and body fat percentage. People who reported a brisk walking pace lived longer across all body types; those who reported slower walking paces had a shorter life expectancy.

The newest product that’s sold out everywhere is . . . beach chairs.  People are buying them for socially distanced outside activities, so they’re becoming harder to find.

A guy in Germany stole a bicycle, tossed it through a restaurant window, then went inside the restaurant and drank half a bottle of hot sauce. He told police he did it because he was thirsty.

The U.S. is considering banning TIKTOK, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  It’s because TikTok is a Chinese company, and they’re required to share their data with the Chinese government by law.  So there’s a real concern China can use TikTok’s data for intelligence purposes.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 7/07/20-

July 7th is the 189th day of the year. There are 177 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 62 days remaining until Labor Day

There are 116 days until Halloween (a Saturday this year)

Today is National Macaroni Day, National Strawberry Sundae Day, Tell The Truth Day, National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day, and National Dive Bar Day

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Burger King is selling their own non-alcoholic beer in Sweden and Denmark.  Burger King launched the beer to go with a new French cheeseburger and an Argentinian-inspired cheeseburger.

According to a new survey, 76% of people say they’ve gained weight since the quarantine began . . . with some people gaining up to 16 pounds. One of the things making it easier to gain weight is . . . we don’t have to wear real pants. About half of people say they’ve basically only worn sweatpants or yoga pants during the quarantine . . . and 28% can’t remember the last time they put on real pants. But, I’m sorry to say the days of good eating may be coming to an end.  63% of people say they’re trying to go the other direction now and start dropping some of the delicious pounds they’ve packed on. 

A Nebraska farmer draining a pond on his property for maintenance made a surprising and unusual discovery. Wynn Hall (of Exeter, Nebraska) said he started the process of draining the pond, which is used for pumping waters off his fields, and checked on it the following morning. Hall said he initially thought an object stuck in the mud was a household appliance. It turned out to be an ATM.

There’s an article that speculates the quarantine may lead to the death of the BRA.  Women are wearing them less and less as they’re staying home . . . and may never want to put them on again.

On Sunday, Tesla started selling SHORT SHORTS.  They’re bright red satin shorts with a small Tesla logo on the front, and “S3XY” written in the Tesla font across the butt. The price is $69.420, because Elon Musk is both a billionaire and a child, and all of the sizes except extra-small and extra-large sold out almost immediately. 

Four people won a contest held by a YouTuber called “Mr. Beast” to see who could keep their finger on the phone the longest.  The prize was $25,000, but after more than 70 hours, Mr. Beast gave the final four contestants each $20,000.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 7/06/20-

July 6th is the 188th day of the year. There are 178 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 63 days remaining until Labor Day

There are 78 days until Autumn begins (Sept 22)

Today is National Fried Chicken Day, International Kissing Day and National Air Traffic Control Day

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Swiss Miss hot chocolate just teamed up with Lucky Charms to make hot chocolate mix with Lucky Charms marshmallows.  It’s hitting stores now. 

Mountain Dew has released a new tropical flavor called Southern Shock. The drink is only available at Bojangles restaurants. People are driving long distances to get it 

Merriam-Webster added “irregardless” to its online dictionary as a “nonstandard” version of “regardless.”  They announced it by tweeting, “Yep. English is literally dead.” 

A new study found the old “one dog year is seven human years” isn’t accurate.  Dogs age a ton early on, and by the time they’re one, that’s like 30 human years.  But their aging slows down a lot after that.  They’re around 52 in human years by age four . . . and around 70 in human years by age 10. 

There’s a new study out ranking all 50 states from the best to worst drivers based on three factors: how many people have insurance, DUI arrests, and car deaths.  The states with the best drivers are Massachusetts and Utah . . . the states with the worst drivers are Mississippi and Nevada. Minnesota is the 31st worst….Wisconsin is the 22nd worst.

A competitive eater who goes by the name Katina Eats Kilos ate a 72-ounce steak dinner with all the trimmings in 40 minutes and 35 seconds.  It was at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.  You get the meal free if you finish the whole thing in under an hour.

Joey Chestnut won his 13th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest yesterday.  He set a new world record by eating 75 hot dogs, breaking his own record of 74, which he set in 2018.

Major League Baseball has canceled their All-Star game because of the coronavirus. It’s the first time the game has been cancelled since 1945 

Bill Murray’s movie ”Groundhog Day” is being turned into a TV series. It will be set 30 years after the original film 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 7/02/20-

July 2nd is the 184th day of the year. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 2 days remaining until Independence Day

There are 67 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is World UFO Day, Made in the USA Day and Walmart’s Birthday (On this date in 1962, The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas)

— On this date in 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight.
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Aquaman Jason Momoa is in negotiations to star as Frosty the Snowman in a live action/CG hybrid movie. The script will be co-written by a couple of guys who wrote the script for Elf, which stars Will Farrell.

Comedy Central is rebooting Beavis and Butthead. Show creator Mike Judge is moving the series from MTV and says he is planning to do two seasons. “It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again.”

A bar in England that was named after a slave trader has temporarily changed its name to “Ye Olde Pubby McDrunkface.” 

The NFL is trimming two preseason games from its schedule because of the coronavirus. Teams will now play games during week two and three of the preseason.

Do you know when your OWN half-birthday is?  And do you celebrate it? 17% of us know when it is, and 6% DO celebrate in some way, according to a recent poll.  That’s roughly 1 in 17 people. 83% of us don’t even notice it’s our half-birthday, or know when it is.  But young people are much more likely to care.  11% of people under 35 celebrate half-birthdays, compared to just 1% of people 55 and up.

An Amazon driver in Michigan was so frustrated that he quit in the middle of delivering packages . . . and left the delivery van at a gas station with the keys in the ignition. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 6/30/20-

June 30th is the 182nd day of the year. There are 184 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 4 days remaining until Independence Day

There are 69 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is National Mai Tai Day, International Asteroid Day, Social Media Day, National Water Gun Fight Day, Meteor Watch Day,

— On this date in 1971, The 26th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving everyone over the age of 18 the right to vote

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Fruit Loops has debuted a new tropical cereal that has pineapple, banana, orange and mango flavors. Froot Loops Tropical is going to be available for a limited time in the United States 

Pillsbury has new cookie dough with Oreo pieces mixed in.

A new limited-edition version of Rice Krispies is cookies and cream flavored.

Green onion-flavored Chex cereal has debuted in South Korea . . . 16 years after Kellogg’s rigged a contest to prevent it from being made. 

There’s a new fragrance called Eau De Space that literally smells like outer space.  It was originally developed by NASA, and you can order a bottle for $29 on Kickstarter.  The people who are making it say it smells like a mix of gunpowder, steak, raspberries, and rum.

Amazon is rewarding their employees with $500 million in bonuses. Full-timers will receive a $500 bonus while part-timers will receive a $250 bonus. The THANK YOU bonuses are for the month of June 

Major League Baseball announced its new rules driven by COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Notably, spitting is banned.… Here’s the rule: Spitting is prohibited (including but not limited to, saliva, sunflower seeds or peanut shells, or tobacco) at all times in Club facilities (including on the field). Chewing gum is permitted.

Could you name all 50 states without looking at a map?  A survey found 76% of Americans think they could do it.  Here’s the fastest it’s ever been done.  A girl on RecordSetter.com listed them in alphabetical order in 12.8 seconds.

A new show called “Celebrity Call Center” will allow you to ask celebrities for advice with your problems.  Those “celebrities” will include Nick Cannon, Brie and Nikki Bella, and Kelly Osbourne.

Makeup for men has finally gone mainstream.  CVS just announced it’s stocking a line of makeup for men in about 2,000 of its stores nationwide.  A survey last year found that about one-third of men under 45 say they’d be interested in trying makeup. 

Mariam Nabatanzi, of Uganda, has 44 children. She is raising them alone and had her first set of twins when she was 13. Miriam has a genetic condition that allows her to have multiple babies at once. She has three sets of quadruplets, four sets of triplets and six sets of twins  A doctor has told her that she can’t have any more children because of health problems.

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Q:    A new survey (by McCain) reveals that 20% of parents believe the coronavirus lockdown has been beneficial for their kids because of the extra family time they are spending together. They also found the top things parents pledge to stick to after lockdown…. #1 is “More quality family time”… What is the #2 thing parents pledge to stick to after lockdown… (might ask you to be more specific)

A:  More family walks

3. More family meals together
4. To spend less money
5. Less rushing around
6. More outdoor time with their children
7. More laughter with their family
8. More conversations with their children
9. Less driving
10. More free time for their children

Other findings:

– families eat together eight times a week. That’s up from seven before the pandemic.

– 48% of people say their family is exercising more because of the pandemic.

– 28% of parents believe the pandemic has brought their family closer together

– 27% of parents say their family enjoys cooking and baking together.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 6/29/20-

June 29th is the 181st day of the year. There are 185 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 5 days remaining until Independence Day

There are 85 days remaining until Autumn begins (Sept 22)

Today is Waffle Iron Day, International Fisherman’s Day, Please Take My Children To Work Day, International Mud Day and Camera Day

— On this date in 2007, the first Apple iPhones went on sale

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Coca-Cola is planning to sell its first-ever alcoholic drink under the name EH Canning Co. It is a fruit flavored hard seltzer.

Starbucks has added another drink to their secret menu. The Peaches and Cream Frappuccino has a vanilla bean frappe base, peach juice, ice, whipped cream and caramel sprinkles 

Pizza Hut restaurants in Taiwan are selling a Ramen noodle pizza. The pie is topped with thick Ramen noodles, pork slices, white sesame, fresh chili and a hard boiled egg in the middle. Spring onions and bamboo shoots are served on the side.

Go-Gurt is releasing a “slushie” yogurt that has a “fizzing texture.”

The baby website TheBump.com posted a list of the most popular baby names on its site this year.  And “Corona” is the 100th most popular girls’ name.  The top three are Mila, Aaliya, and Aurora.  For boys, it’s Braxton, Zion, and Hunter.

The website YourTango says if you place a mixture of organic raw honey and  Himalayan sea salt under your tongue before bed, you won’t wake up tired. Himalayan salt contains 84 trace minerals and elements your body needs for different processes, aiding your body’s ability to recover from the day. Honey contains glucose with the aid in supplying our body’s cells with energy. This honey and salt combination works to increase serotonin as well, helping us to de-stress naturally, allowing us to get the best sleep possible. Your quality of sleep will end up improving and you will wake up refreshed.

In the U.S. you can name your new baby almost anything you want. That’s not the case in the rest of the world. For example in Germany, you must be able to tell the gender of the child by the first name, and the name chosen must not negatively affect the well being of the child. Also, you can not use last names or the names of objects or products as first names.

A woman who was giving birth in the back of an ambulance in New Zealand got caught up in a TORNADO.  She suffered some cuts, but her 10-pound baby boy is doing fine.

Rachel Vetter, of Rathdrum, Idaho, is allergic to water. She develops hives if she showers, sweats or gets caught in the rain or snow. The disease affects 1 in 156 million. Rachel can no longer shower. She was diagnosed in July 2019.

Johnny Depp may play The Joker in the new Flash film. Michael Keaton is in talks to play Batman. The movie site JoBlo says Keaton is not only going to play Bruce Wayne, but is also going to wear his Batsuit again 

The average American could get about $199 for all of the old electronics they have in their house that they aren’t using anymore, according to a new survey.  But sell fast:  Old tech goes down in value about 26% per year. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 6/26/20-

June 26th is the 178th day of the year. There are 188 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 8 days remaining until Independence Day

Six months from today it’ll be the day after Xmas

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, National Chocolate Pudding Day, Tropical Cocktails Day, National Beautician’s Day, Canoe Day, Forgiveness Day, National Toothbrush Day and National Milkman Day

— On this date in 1498, the toothbrush was invented

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A new downtown restaurant, called PB&J, for pizza, beer and jukebox, is selling a $350 peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The ‘Golden Goose’ has to be ordered a day in advance and features toasted bread made with edible gold leaves, the most expensive jelly in the world, Maison Dutriez Red Currant Jam, and all natural peanut butter. Manuka Honey, which is native to New Zealand, is drizzled on top of the sandwich.

There’s a rumor online that the food company Stouffer’s is working on a machine that serves macaroni-and-cheese on tap.

A Derry, Ireland pub went viral yesterday because of how they are social distancing. The patio at Villa Portstewart is open. Bartenders are socially distancing by throwing beers to customers. Most times, half the beer ends up on a customer’s shirt. They don’t mind and have lined up to sit outside and get splashed 

Pranksters recently placed soap in a fountain in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. The police were able to identify the pranksters by using surveillance pictures and social media. White suds covered the fountain, landscaping and a sidewalk 

The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for September 5th. A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend as long as they follow safety guidelines 

A poll by eHarmony found the lockdown is causing “turbo-charged relationships,” where couples commit to each other a lot faster.  Over a third of people who recently moved in together said they think the past two months have been the equivalent of two years.

Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company has filed for bankruptcy.  That doesn’t mean they’re closing down all their stores, but their business has obviously been hit hard by the pandemic

Triple-A expects we’ll take 74% fewer flights this summer.  And summer travel will be down 15% overall.  But we’re expected to take almost as many ROAD TRIPS as last year.

Actress Rebel Wilson has lost a large amount of weight on the Mayr Method Diet. The diet requires people to chew each bite of food 30 times.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 6/25/20-

June 25th is the 177th day of the year. There are 189 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 9 days remaining until Independence Day

There are 74 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is National Strawberry Parfait Day, National Bomb Pop Day, Global Beatles Day, National Catfish Day, National Handshake Day, National Work From Home Day, Goats Cheese Day and Color TV Day

— On this date in 1630, the fork was invented

— On this date in 2009, Farrah Fawcett died

— On this date in 2009, Michael Jackson died

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Dairy Queen is now selling Drumstick Blizzards for a limited time. The desert features soft serve vanilla ice cream with chocolate, peanuts, Nestle drumstick pieces and syrup

Stouffer’s is launching a new product called Classic Lasagna Bites. The breaded bites are stuffed with a meat sauce, herbs and mozzarella cheese 

Sonic The Hedgehog is getting his own energy drink. “Sonic’s Peach Rings” is inspired by the Sonic universe and will be bursting with “peach gummy flavor.” The drink will be available starting in August in liquid and powdered form.

Hard seltzer was the “drink of the summer” last year, and was pitched as a low-calorie alternative to beer.  So this seems a little off-brand, but hard seltzer-flavored ICE CREAM now exists. The brand Truly Hard Seltzer teamed up with a company called Tipsy Scoop that makes alcoholic ice cream.  Each pint is 5% alcohol, just like their hard seltzer.  So it might get you drunk if you eat enough of it.  It’s not clear how many calories are in it. It comes in four flavors:  Truly Original Lemonade Ice Cream . . . Black Cherry Lemonade Ice Cream . . . Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet . . . and Mango Lemonade Sorbet.  And they’re selling variety packs on TipsyScoop.com for $48, plus shipping. 

Snapple has a new mystery flavor for summer, and they want you to name it. 

A guy in Pennsylvania got caught driving on a suspended license for the ninth time, and the penalties keep adding up.  His license is now suspended until the year 2076.

A dad in Germany tried to order a Tesla online, but the final screen didn’t load when he hit the button.  So he hit it a bunch more times and accidentally ordered 28 Teslas.  The order was for more than $1.5 million, and the reservation fees aren’t refundable, so it should have cost him about $3,000.  But Tesla realized the mistake and refunded all the fees.

A new study found male drivers speed twice as often as female drivers.  At least until we hit our 30s, when it starts to even out. 

A new survey ranked all 50 states by how many of its residents have faked a sick day.  Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Jersey do it the most.  People in Wisconsin, Utah, and Minnesota are the least likely to say they’ve done it. 

How much do you know about the human body?  One in five Americans think they have three kidneys, or more. 

The 2021 summer vacation planning period began earlier than ever, with many people who had planned bigger trips for summer 2020 simply pushing back those reservations to 2021. One travel company says 89 percent of clients with trips cancelled by pandemic shut-downs rebooked the very same itinerary for 2021.

A study says delivering bad news is easier — and the information gets delivered more accurately — when done by email rather than face-to-face or by phone. A co-author of the study thinks its because “People don’t sugarcoat” the news — “they just tell it like it is” through email.