THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 5/18/20-

May 18th is the 139th day of the year. There are 227 days remaining until the end of the year

06There are 7 days remaining until Memorial Day

There are 118 days remaining until Packers first regular game of the Season (Sun Sept 13 Pack @ Vikes)

Today is I Love Reese’s Day, International Museum Day, National No Dirty Dishes Day & National Visit Your Relatives Day

— On this date in 1903, itching powder was invented

NFL teams will begin reopening their training facilities this week. Players are not allowed into the facilities, but 50% of team staffers are 
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Dunkin Donuts is considering adding vegan donuts to their menu.

TGI Fridays has launched a new $13 sandwich called the Loaded Cheese Fry Burger. It features a beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, loaded bacon-cheese fries and poblano queso with a loaded potato skin on top.

Hot dog sales have jumped by 120% since the start of the coronavirus

Fruit Loops has changed the way their mascot Toucan Sam looks. People react …”Why does it have a human mouth and then also, to the side, a beak (that I guess won’t even open, so is it actually a horn, maybe?)?” “Not My Toucan Sam.”

A Hong Kong ice cream shop is offering a new flavor called Tear Gas. The mushroom-colored ice cream is infused with black peppercorn. Customer Anita Wong says, “It tastes like tear gas. It feels difficult to breathe at first, and it’s really pungent and irritating. It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately. I think it’s a flashback that reminds me of how painful I felt in the movement, and that I shouldn’t forget.”

Two-thirds of adults are ‘embarrassed’ by huge gaps in their knowledge — and blame the choices they made while in education. Languages, history, economics, and Information Technology are among the areas people wish they were more knowledgeable in.

ON TV: SERIES PREMIERE: THE BIG FLOWER FIGHT – In this new reality competition show, ten pairs of florists, sculptors and garden designers face off to see who can build the biggest, boldest garden sculptures. (Netflix Monday)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 5/15/20-

May 15th is the 136th day of the year. There are 230 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 10 days remaining until Memorial Day

Today is National Slider Day, Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, Bring Flowers to Someone Day, NASCAR Day, National Bike to Work Day, National Chocolate Chip Day, National Pizza Party Day, Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day, Straw Hat Day and Nylon Stockings Day

— On this date in 1940, Nylons first went on sale
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McDonald’s free French fry promotion starts today. Customers, who make a one-dollar purchase through the McDonald’s app will get a free order of French fries at participating restaurants. The “Free Fries on Fry Day” deal runs through June 28th.

40% of families are most likely going to homeschool their children once the pandemic subsides.

Instead of taping off booths to keep people apart, a restaurant in South Carolina is using blow-up dolls to fill the seats. 

The new animated “Scooby-Doo” movie is out today.  It’s called “Scoob!”  Because of quarantine, it’s streaming on many platforms.  It’s a prequel.  We get to see how the much younger Shaggy, and puppy Scoob, become buddies.  The TV cartoon “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” premiered on September 13th, 1969.  The new movie rents for $19.99, but you can own it for $5 more.

Bigfoot hunters are worried that Bigfoot is susceptible to coronavirus . . . so they’re sending out the message that you NEED to wear a mask when you go looking for Bigfoot to keep him safe. 

Giant Gypsy Moths may replace Murder Hornets as America’s newest pest. The Asian Moths have been found in Washington state and are known to damage landscaping, natural resources, crops, forests and orchards. The Department of Agriculture is investigating how they ended up in the U.S.. 

A new study looked at Google trends over the past 30 days to figure out what cocktail people in each state have been disproportionately searching for.  And there are lots of states looking for drinks like the Old Fashioned and margaritas . . . although a few are searching for more intense stuff like Kamikazes. In Minnesota it’s the “Olivetto” and in Wisconsin it’s the “Grasshopper.”

According to a new survey, more than three-quarters of people who’ve been working from home say they’d like to keep it that way permanently. 51% say they’re very interested, and another 25% are somewhat interested. Only 5% of people say they’re not interested in working from home at all. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 5/14/20-

May 14th is the 135th day of the year. There are 231 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 11 days remaining until Memorial Day

There are 38 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today is International Chihuahua Appreciation Day, Dance Like a Chicken Day and National Buttermilk Biscuit Day (Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink)

— On this date in 1853, condensed milk was invented

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Lucky Charms cereal with honey-flavored pieces is out now.

The average American says they get confused about what day it is FIVE TIMES a week, according to a new survey.  And almost three out of four people say they’ve totally given up on “real clothes” at this point.

Because of the lockdown, New York City just broke a safety record.  No pedestrian deaths for 58 straight days

\A new study examining people’s cleaning frequencies and their personality traits revealed Americans who are “super clean” are twice as happy with their overall lives than those who believe themselves to be “messy.” The study surveyed 2,000 Americans and divided them into three self-identifying groups: super clean, moderately clean, and messy.… The super cleans were found to be more content in family matters, have a better sex life, get better sleep, have more career satisfaction, and felt less stressed.

The city of Cape May, New Jersey is hiring Social Distancing Ambassadors for their beaches. The ambassadors will walk the sand and boardwalks to ensure that guests remain six feet apart.

Nissan is killing off the Datsun again.  They brought them back in 2012, and started selling them in a few countries.  But they’re not selling enough and need to reduce costs.  Here’s an old ad for the Datsun 280Z that ran 50 years ago in 1970. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 5/13/20-

May 13th is the 134th day of the year. There are 232 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 12 days remaining until Memorial Day

Today is National Crouton Day, Cough Drop Day, Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day, International Hummus Day, International Receptionists’ Day, National Apple Pie Day, National Fruit Cocktail Day, National Root Canal Appreciation Day, National Third Shift Workers Day, Top Gun Day and World Cocktail Day

— On this date in 1958, The trademark for Velcro was registered.
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A fashion designer in Italy has designed the “trikini” . . . that’s a bikini with a matching face mask.  And people are now getting “maskne” . . . that’s acne you get from wearing a face mask.

There’s a debate going on right now online about whether it’s cool to name your baby after your PET.  It started when a pregnant woman shared her story about how her husband keeps pushing to give their baby the same name as their CAT.  That name is Mungo, by the way.

80% of single people say they’re ready to stop doing “virtual dates” and start meeting up face-to-face again.  One big reason people are ready to ramp up their dating:  60% want someone to hunker down with if we have another round of quarantining later this year. 

A website is looking to hire someone to move to Pine Bluff, Arkansas . . . which they say is “the worst place in America” . . . for one month. 

The sporting goods company Sportarly is selling fake muscle suits and fake breast implants for people, who want to look good on their virtual dates.

The newest online makeup challenge is called the Tiny Face Challenge. You draw a tiny nose on the bridge of your real nose . . . and use lipstick by your nostrils to make them look like lips.  Then you cover your actual lips with a scarf or face mask.  

This may be the best music combination since, well, ever.  It’s a video of two guys getting waxed while they have harmonicas in their mouths.  One of them “makes music” while getting waxed on the stomach . . . and the other treats us to a harmonica moment as he gets his armpit hairs ripped out.

There was a trend a while back called the Bass Pro Challenge, where people were diving into the giant fish tanks at Bass Pro Shops.  And apparently it’s back.  A guy in Fort Myers, Florida was arrested for doing it the other day.

A 4th grade teacher recently shared one his student’s funny attempts at skipping zoom class by saying he was ‘having Internet issues’ and changing his screen name to ‘Reconecting…’ Unfortunately by incorrectly spelling ‘reconnecting’ his attempt was pretty easily foiled.

In India, authorities are looking — though not very hard — for the person who likes to break into homes and make the bed. Police say at least seven homes have been entered and in each case the person made the bed perfectly. In one home the person even washed the sheets before making the bed.

Walmart is giving their employees another bonus. Hourly employees will receive $300 while part-timers will get $150 on June 25th. Walmart plans to give out more than $390 million in bonuses

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 5/11/20-

May 11th is the 132nd day of the year. There are 234 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 41 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 25 days until School Ends! (EC last day Fri June 5th)

Today is Eat What You Want Day, National Twilight Zone Day, National Foam Rolling Day, National Women’s Check-Up Day, and World Ego Awareness Day

— On this date in 2181 B.C., the chair was invented
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Pop-Tarts and Good Humor have teamed up for a new brown sugar cinnamon ice cream bar. The cinnamon core is surrounded by ice cream and brown sugar cinnamon crumbles.

Starbucks is open again.  And there’s a recipe floating around online right now for a secret menu item called the Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries Frappuccino.  Basically it’s a Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino with a bunch of syrups added. 

Disneyland China is reopening on May 11th. Tickets have already sold out 

Rock and roll pioneer, Little Richard, died Saturday.  He was 87. His real name was Richard Wayne Penniman.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 5/08/20-

May 8th is the 129th day of the year. There are 237 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 2 days remaining until Mother’s Day

There are 128 days remaining until Packers first regular season game (Noon Sept 14 in Minnesota)

Today is National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day, National Give Someone a Cupcake Day, National Have a Coke Day and No Socks Day

— On this date in 1847, Robert W. Thompson patented rubber tires, which he called “air wheels.”

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White Claw is coming out with a new 70-calorie version that should hit stores soon.  The normal version of White Claw is 100 calories . . . and also has a higher alcohol content than this new version.

Astronomers have found the closest black hole to earth. [It’s full of lost socks.]

Your soap-and-water sessions might do more than just scrub away dirt and bacteria. Research (University of Michigan) suggests that hand washing can actually wash away worries about day-to-day decisions.

84% of people who like video games are playing even more than before during the quarantine, according to a new survey.  But there’s a bit of a trade-off . . . 20% say they’ve been showering less. 

Some bug experts say all the hype over MURDER HORNETS is overblown.  Quote, “They are just hornets.” 

A man who’s been playing the lottery by using numbers from fortune cookies for the past five years just won a $2 million jackpot.

The Muppets will open tonight’s show, with performances by Shakira, John Legend, Katy Perry, Tituss Burgess, Sabrina Carpenter, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, Idina Menzel, Halsey, Derek and Julianne Hough and Josh Gad. Ryan Seacrest hosts. (Sunday, 6p CT, ABC)

TV icon Betty White has signed on to star in an upcoming Christmas movie for Lifetime. In the untitled film, White’s character “helps whip would-be Santas into shape, spreading the true meaning of Christmas and leading everyone to wonder: Is she secretly Mrs. Claus?”

Resale prices for the original Air Jordan shoe have doubled since last Sunday’s airing of “The Last Dance”. The sneakers originally sold for $65 and are now selling for as much as 1,700. Michael Jordan was shown wearing the black, red and white Nikes during the show 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have postponed their summer wedding in Italy because of the coronavirus. They are considering new dates 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have ended their bid to purchase the New York Mets. The website says the couple could not get more financial partners to agree to a deal 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 5/07/20-

May 7th is the 128th day of the year. There are 238 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 3 days remaining until Mother’s Day

There are 45 days remaining until the days start getting shorter (Longest Day of the year is Sat June 20th– Days start getting shorter Sun June 21st which is also Father’s Day)

Today is National Day of Prayer, National Day of Reason. National Paste Up Day, National Cosmopolitan Day, National Day of Prayer, National Roast Leg of Lamb Day, and World Password Day

Rumor has it that Disney is rebooting “Pirates of the Caribbean” with a female lead, and they’re interested in Karen Gillan, who’s played Nebula in the Marvel movies.  They’re supposedly also considering a “woman of color” for the role.  But Karen is the only actress who’s named in the blog report.  Since it’s a reboot, it doesn’t sound like Johnny Depp would be involved. 

History has been made.  For the first time ever, more people bought trucks in April than cars. 

A bear in Italy who’s been on the run for nine months, stealing honey and chasing cows, has finally been caught. 

CBS has canceled Matt LeBlanc’s sitcom “Man With A Plan”.

Fox has renewed ”The Masked Singer” for a fourth season 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 5/06/20-

May 6th is the 127th day of the year. There are 239 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 4 days remaining until Mother‘s Day

There are 19 days remaining until Memorial Day

Today is Bike To School Day, International No Diet Day, National Beverage Day, National Crêpe Suzette Day, National Nurses Day, National School Nurse Day, National Tourist Appreciation Day, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

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Krispy Kreme is launching two new donuts. One is glazed with key lime while the other is filled with key lime cream. They are available for a limited time 

The Baby Yoda Chia Pet will arrive in July. It costs $20 and fully blooms in two weeks.

As you’ve probably heard, MURDER HORNETS have made their way from Asia to the U.S. for the first time.  Well . . . apparently, they taste pretty good.  In Japan, people like to fry them and eat them because they have a flavor kind of like popcorn.

YOU’RE THROWING THE BALL TOO SLOWLY – You’re throwing a ball for a toddler to smack with a plastic bat. You toss it gently, slowly, to make it easier. He just can’t hit it. A study says that’s because you throw too slowly — and kids’ brains aren’t wired for slow motion. Researchers say slow balls actually appear stationary to a child. Add a little speed to the pitch and the child is able to judge its speed more accurately.

The World Naked Bike Ride has been postponed because of the coronavirus. The ride has been rescheduled for July 17th, 2021.

Police in Louisiana are hunting for, quote, “an aggressive chicken” who’s been harassing people at a bank.  When they went to the bank, the chicken had fled . . . and there’s no word if they’ve tracked him down yet. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 5/05/20-

May 5th is the 126th day of the year. There are 240 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 5 days remaining until Mother’s Day

There are 47 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today is National Enchilada Day, World Hand Hygiene Day, Cartoonists Day, National Concert Day, National Hoagie Day, National Teacher Day and Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and people have been stocking up on TEQUILA.  For the past four weeks, it’s been the top-selling liquor in the country . . . and sales have gone up 54.2%.

Here’s the inevitable follow-up to “pancake cereal” going viral . . . now people are making mini waffles and eating them in a bowl.

Some new info reveals Netflix subscribers in the United States have been averaging 3+ hours of streaming per day. For comparison, Netflix users watched an average of two hours of content per day in 2019.

The average parents don’t get a single minute to relax these days until 8:39 P.M., according to a new survey.  And the moment when parents feel the busiest during the day is 11:54 A.M. 

Here’s an instant IQ indicator.  Video of a woman who cut a hole in her medical mask, exposing her nose and mouth, has gone viral. 

Insane video has surfaced out of Indonesia.  A monkey on a motorcycle riding up to a toddler, and attempting to steal the child.  Luckily the primate gives up after being run off by a man.

Netflix is developing a sequel to Chris Hemsworth’s action film, ”Extraction.” Netflix says “Extraction” is going to be their most watched original movie ever. The film has been watched by 90 million viewers since it started streaming four weeks ago

Author Stephanie Meyer plans to release a new Twilight book, titled ”Midnight Sun”, on August 4th. The book is a prequel to the Twilight series through the eyes of Edward Cullen.

Sylvester Stallone tells Entertainment Tonight that he is developing a sequel to Demolition Man. “We’re working on it right now with Warner Brothers. It’s looking fantastic. So, that should come out, that’s going to happen.”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 5/04/20-

May 4th is the 125th day of the year. There are 241 days remaining until the end of the year

There is 1 day remaining until Cinco De Mayo

There are 6 days remaining until Mother’s Day

Today is International Firefighters Day, International Respect for Chickens Day, National Orange Juice Day, Petite and Proud Day and it is Star Wars Day

— On this date in 1715, A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

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ON TV: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER _ Celebrate Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you”) with the early release of the final movie in the trilogy, as well as the final installment of the animated spinoff Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (Disney+)

Heinz is expanding their condiment line with a new sauce called Mayoracha. It’s a combination of mayonnaise and sriracha and sells for $3.79. Other Heinz sauce combinations include Honeyracha, Mayochup, Mayocue and Mayomust.

People have been posting TikTok videos where they make a bunch of tiny pancakes . . . then eat them in a bowl like cereal.  And on a semi-related note, IHOP posted a picture on Twitter of a new product they’re making . . . a cereal called “Panflakes” that also looks like mini pancakes.

Insects called “MURDER HORNETS” have made their way to the U.S. for the first time ever. These hornets are up to two inches long and a bee expert at Washington State University says they are, quote, “like something out of a monster cartoon.” The murder hornets kill up to 50 people a year in Japan and they’re also a huge predator to honey bees.  Experts in Washington state and British Columbia, Canada are now trying to trap the ones that have been spotted. 

Holiday travel could be even crazier than usual this year, as everyone is READY to travel . . . Thanksgiving flight bookings are already 38% higher than normal and flights for the winter holidays are 40% higher.  

Google searches for “how to cut a mullet” have gone up 124% since we all started staying at home for the quarantine.  And searches for “how to cut men’s hair” are up 632%.

Hafthor Bjornsson, who played The Mountain on Game of Thrones, broke a world deadlift record on Saturday when he hoisted 1104 pounds