Wednesday, December 13, 2017
347th day of the year.
There are 18 days remaining until the end of the year
There are 12 days remaining until Christmas
Today is Ice Cream Day, National Cocoa Day, and National Violin Day
Wednesday's Birthday Cake
Taylor Swift (28) (WHY IS THIS NOT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY?????)
- IGN News claims "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is expected to make $440 million worldwide this weekend
- The Chicago Tribune claims Merriam-Webster has chosen 'feminism' as their 2017 Word of the Year.
- Mashable claims women are getting manicures that resemble ugly Christmas sweaters
LADY GAGA GETS TWO PONIES FOR CHRISTMAS - (12/13/2017)
Every little girl wants a pony for Christmas – Lady Gaga just made that dream come true times two.
She shared a new video of herself running around a corral with a pair of small horses. “My new babies,” reads the captio
Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn is planning to surprise her for her 28th birthday tonight.
Billboard magazine has named Imagine Dragons as their Top Rock Artist of 2017.
AARON RODGERS CLEARED TO RETURN: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced on Instagram last night (December 12th) that he's been medically cleared to return, after missing seven games with a broken collarbone. He could potentially play in Green Bay's game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers was hurt during the Packers' loss to the Minnesota Vikings on October 15th. The team was 4-2 in Rodgers' six starts, and have gone 3-4 since with Brett Hundley as their quarterback.
The top 10 list includes ...
1. Imagine Dragons
2. Twenty One Pilots
3. Linkin Park
5. Portugal. the Man
6. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7. The Lumineers
9. John Mayer
10. Guns N' Roses
A British family has been using the same Christmas tree lights since 1969. Ross Shaddick says his mother bought the lights when she was a teenager. The family has never had to replace any of the bulbs
Gwen Stefani On Ellen ... she says she ordered Blake Shelton a couch for Christmas because he doesn't fit on any of her furniture. Gwen also got him rocking chairs for his gigantic ranch. Gwen recalls the first time she visited Blake Shelton's lodge in Oklahoma. Blake secretly took pictures of everything in her kitchen so he could duplicate it at his lodge for her
Woman Wins Lottery Twice In One Day: A Missouri woman, named Veronica Buchanan, recently won two lottery jackpots in one day. Her first winning scratch off ticket was worth $1,000. After collecting her winnings, Veronica stopped at a convenience store and purchased more lottery tickets. Her second winning ticket was worth 100,000
Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Holiday CD: The Daily Mail claims Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have released identical holiday albums this year. Songs include Chicken Tenderland, Up On the Charbroiler, Biscuit Bells, Deck The Halls From Scratch, and Twelve Days Of $5 All-Star Meals. The songs are streaming for free on the net
Airplane Ice Crashes Through Home: CBS claims Odell and Claudell Curry were recently watching television in their San Bernardino, California home when they heard a loud boom. Their house shook before they saw that a piece of ice from an airplane had crashed through their ceiling. Insulation and pieces of drywall were everywhere. Neither Odell or Claudell were injured. The FAA is investigating.
Man Fights Off Leopard With Bare Hands: The NY Post claims a 60 year-old man from India recently fought off a leopard with his bare hands. The man and other villagers were sleeping when the leopard snuck into town. The man fought off the leopard before it could get to others. (THE LOCALS NOW CALL HIM “CHUCK NORRIS”
BINGE WATCHING IS CONSTING YOU GOOD SLEEP
People who exceeded three straight hours watching a TV series were nearly twice as likely to have trouble falling or staying asleep as non-bingers. Such viewing can leave you mulling the plot, says researcher Jan Van den Buick, Ph.D. Mix up what you watch. (Men's Health)
What the What?
In Florida, Hillsborough County deputies arrested 45-year-old James Steadman who apparently doesn't know the difference between a men's room and a Steak 'n Shake. According to deputies, Steadman was sitting in a booth inside a Steak 'n Shake in Tampa around 11:40 p.m. when he suddenly stood up, unzipped his pants, exposed his genitals and began urinating on the floor in the dining area of the restaurant. When he was finished, he went back to sleep in the booth. Approximately 30 customers witnessed the incident. HCSO says that Steadman created a health hazard and was endangering the safety of the other customers. He was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. (WKTR)
TOP POSSIBLE SLOGANS FOR AMAZON'S NEW BANK
1. "Now we've got ALL your money"
2. "Hey, you might as well bank here, too"
3. "Bank here or we'll tell Alexa"
4. "One place for all your money"
(Men's Health) Drug overdoses are the number on killer of Americans under age 50. And nearly two out of three victims are men. Here's the numbers from the CDC, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, SAMHSA, NIDA, and National Center for Health Statistics:
HEADLINE TRUTH OR TRASH
"Man Cements His Head Inside Microwave!"
Truth! Firefighters in Wolverhampton, England, say they were actually quite irritated after five of them had to spend an hour freeing the 22-year-old idiot described as a "YouTube prankster."
"Amazon Planning to Use Monkeys To Deliver Packages!"
Trash! They refused to work that hard.
"American Bald Eagle Brought to Rescue Center Dies of Lead Poisoning!"
Truth! The bird was brought to City Wildlife, a rehabilitation center in northwest Washington, D.C. He died from having such high levels of lead in his blood-the result of eating animals that had been shot with lead buckshot.
WORLD'S LARGEST SNOWBALL FIGHT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH SNOW: Who would think the stuff one needs most for a snowball fight would cause a giant snowball fight to be cancelled. The Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Ocean County, New Jersey closed on Saturday (December 9th) due to a winter storm warning. The park was scheduled to host an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the world's largest snowball fight with 9,000 participants. The county ended up receiving 1.5 inches of snow over the weekend. No word on if their plans will be rescheduled
TOWN PLANS BIG CELEBRATION FOR WRONG YEAR: Somebody didn't check the calendar. Charlesville, Australia had a big party planned to celebrate the town's 150th anniversary, but then they realized they were three years too late. Mayor Annie Liston says some locals believed the town was officially recognized in 1868, but a check of Queensland state records revealed the correct year was 1865. Confusion was compounded by disagreements among local historians about the date, and the fact that many town records were lost in a flood years ago. The part will go on despite the mix-up.
'RENTED PARENTS' ARE A THING IN CHINA: If your significant other wants to meet your parents, but you'd prefer to wait on that, you may want to head to China. That's because in addition to being able to rent fake boyfriends and girlfriends, you are now able to rent fake parents to avoid potentially awkward situations. The service costs about $7.50 per hour and seems pretty popular, as ads for the service appear in Chinese newspapers as well as on the internet. One potential consumer for the service writes on an online advertisement, "A rented parent is needed. Just need to make a phone call to my teacher." Another writes, "Is there anyone in Shanghai who can be rented as parents to have a meal with my girlfriend?
YOUR 50S WILL PROBABLY BE THE MOST UNHAPPY TIME OF YOUR LIFE: All of life is filled with highs and lows, but a new analysis of life satisfaction survey results finds around mid-life most people get sad. The data came from seven different surveys from the National Bureau of Economic Research which covered 1.3 million randomly sampled people from 51 countries. It turns out most people hit a pretty deep low in life satisfaction somewhere around their early 50s. People reported being happier in their 20s, and in their 60s once retirement kicks in. It's thought your 50s are awful because you're at the peak of your career, so you're feeling super stressed. Also, if you're not at the peak of your career you likely feel like you should be and are upset about it. And by your 40s and 50s parents have children coming of age to worry about.
WHEN TO WATCH THE GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The Geminid meteor shower is said to be one of the best of the year, and it's happening soon. This year, it will be visible tonight (December 13th) into tomorrow morning (December 14th.) You'll be able to see the meteor shower in this full glory anywhere in the northern hemisphere, but in the southern hemisphere the meteors will not rise far above the horizon. Astronomers say the shower will be at its most intense around 2 a.m. Thursday (December 14th), when the sky is at its darkest. At its height, you can expect to see a predicted 120 meteors per hour
Today's Mindbender: ''54% of pets will receive this on Christmas morning. What is it?"
Extra Clue: treats
Exta Clue: humans also have one
Final Clue: red