January 22nd is National Polka Dot Day! This is the day to celebrate Disney’s most esteemed fashionista — Minnie Mouse. Minnie is not only Mickey Mouse’s beloved counterpart but is a sassy and sweet pop culture icon who popularized the polka dot pattern.
In honor of National Polka Dot Day, Disney is asking people to “Rock The Dots” to celebrate Minnie’s iconic style. This year, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World are hosting special events so attendees can join in on the #RockTheDot festivities. For those who want to celebrate from home, check out these fun Rock the Dots craft ideas from Disney Family
January 22nd is National Blonde Brownie Day! (Blondie: a rich, sweet dessert bar) Blonde brownies are similar to the traditional brownies know to all, minus the cocoa. In place of the cocoa, they are based on brown sugar, therefore still satisfying your sweet tooth! There’s some debate about if this day is actually May 9th, but these treats are so yummy – we’ll roll the dice!
Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies or other things like nuts, toffee or butterscotch. Blonde brownies are usually prepared unfrosted as the brown sugar flavor tends to be sweet enough. These blondies are sometimes served in sundaes, often topped with caramel sauce.
There is no found documentation of the beginning of national blonde brownie day. It is known, however, that this light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Recipes for blonde brownies can be found in recipe books dating back into the 1940s and maybe even earlier.
Police say an ad in the Waze navigation app has been sending drivers looking for an Atlantic City casino to the Pine Barrens woods in rural New Jersey.
The Jackson Township police posted on Facebook that disoriented drivers have been getting stuck on unpaved roads after they followed directions looking for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
“The wildlife area is comprised of more than 12,000 acres, mainly located in Jackson and Plumsted townships, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from the actual Borgata Casino in Atlantic City,” police said. Officers believe the problem is with an orange ad logo in the Waze app, which displays the casino’s address correctly, but pins the location in the forested area.
Waze says they are working to correct the issue.
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According to a new analysis, sperm from dead men should be allowed in sperm donation situations. The BBC reports that sperm can be collected even after a man dies through surgery or electrical stimulation of the prostate gland, at which point the sperm can be frozen. Research shows that sperm collected in this way can result in healthy children, even when collected 48 hours after death.
“If it is morally acceptable that individuals can donate their tissues to relieve the suffering of others in ‘life-enhancing transplants’ for diseases, we see no reason this cannot be extended to other forms of suffering like infertility,” said researchers.
However, critics persist. “I’d much rather that we invested our energy in trying to recruit younger, healthy, willing donors who stand a good chance of being alive when the donor-conceived person starts to become curious about them and would have the opportunity to make contact with them without the aid of a spiritualist,” says one professor.
An elderly couple that had spent nearly 65 years together ended up passing away together on the same day while living in a nursing home in Saint Louis.
Jack and Harriet Morrison met in 1955 when Jack was driving a charter bus and Harriett was a passenger on it with her father and his drum and bugle corps. The couple married less than a year after meeting and rarely separated from one another for the nearly 65 years they spent together.
On January 11, they pushed their beds together so they could hold hands in the nursing home as Jack passed away first and soon after, Harriet followed him. Their health continued to decline until both of them stopped eating and drinking soon before they died.
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Police Lieutenant Reprimanded After Drunken Sex Romp In Bathroom Of Precinct:
A drunken on the job sex romp landed a New York City Police Lieutenant in hot water. A half-dressed Lt. Brandi Sanchez was caught in a drunken, on-the-job sex romp with Sgt. Lambros Gavalasa at their police precinct in Manhattan. However, Sanchez lives with and has a child with a commanding officer of the precinct. He was not the man she was caught in the bathroom with. Both were stripped of their weapons and badges. Both were placed on modified duty, pending an internal investigation.
Before you go ahead and spend hours filtering your latest selfie, think again. Researchers from Rowan University in New Jersey took a look at 1,873 posts to determine that using a filter will not increase the number of likes a selfie gets. In fact, it led to fewer likes. However, showing off your job or hobby could give you the boost you’re looking for.
Dr. Seoyeon Hong, the author of the paper, explained: “Studies in self-presentations suggest excessive intent toward others to only think positively of an individual’s self-image may trigger reluctance to engage.” Basically, people don’t want to see your fake, filtered happiness — they want to see what really makes you happy and what real life looks for you.
This is the first study done that has taken a look at the number of likes on a selfie to see how others engage with that content and how they perceive the image. Researchers searched “selfie” on Instagram and looked at almost 2,000 of the images that popped up. Ninety-percent of the selfies analyzed were female.
Think twice before you filter your next selfie!
Are end times finally coming to Florida? It sure seems that way after the National Weather Service forecasted this week that frozen iguanas might be seen falling out of the sky in the Sunshine State thanks to freezing temperatures. “This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!” NWS’ Miami office tweeted Tuesday.
Temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit make the cold-blooded reptiles go dormant; while they may appear to be dead, they’re still breathing and their vital organs still function. Still, Zoo Miami’s communications director Ron Magill notes, “I do know that there are several iguana hunters that are looking forward to this upcoming cold front as it will certainly facilitate them removing these invasive reptiles from the South Florida environment as they will not be able to run away!”
COLD WEATHER ISN’T STOPPING SOME FLORIDIANS THOUGH
As everyone who’s ever watched a movie knows, if you want to hide underwater, you need to put a little reed in your mouth and use it as a snorkel. I mean, that’s just Hiding in Water 101.
There’s a 36-year-old guy named Daniel Booth from Macclenny, Florida. And he was at his job at a solar power plant last week when the cops showed up to arrest him on a warrant for selling meth. But Daniel decided to make a run for it, and he jumped into a POND to try to hide from the cops under the water. But he was busted when . . . he had to come up for air.
Now he’ll also be facing charges for trying to escape.
Yankees legend DEREK JETER did NOT become the second person after MARIANO RIVERA to be a unanimous pick for the Baseball Hall of Fame . . . because ONE person didn’t vote for him.
Jeter was on 396 of the 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It’s unclear who didn’t vote for him. (Or who that person’s favorite Boston Red Sox player is.) (???)
Still, Jeter got 99.7% of the vote, which is the second biggest percentage after Rivera. KEN GRIFFEY JR. is now third. He got 99.3%.
The only other player to get enough votes was LARRY WALKER, who FINALLY made it in his last year of eligibility. He played outfield for the Expos, Rockies, and Cardinals.
Those who DIDN’T make the cut include: Curt Shilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Omar Vizquel.
Jeter and Walker will be inducted on July 26th at the Hall in Cooperstown, New York. They’ll join catcher Ted Simmons and former players’ association head Marvin Miller, who was voted in last month by the Hall’s Modern Era Committee.
Clark County, Nevada, unveiled plans for this year’s 2020 NFL Draft that is being held in Las Vegas, and let’s just say it’s one of the stranger plans for the event we’ve seen. Reports are that the red carpet stage will be positioned on the water next to the Fountains of Bellagio and that players will be ferried to and from the stage on boats!
It’s unclear at this point how much that will slow the proceedings down, but hopefully, all the players know how to swim. The NFL will also feature the NFL Draft Main Stage next to Caesars Forum and the Linq High Roller. The NFL Draft will run April 23-25.
A lot of NFL fans seem optimistic about this year’s Super Bowl, with the offense of the Kansas City Chiefs going up against the defense of the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, it doesn’t always work out like how it looks on paper. Six years ago, Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense destroyed Peyton Manning’s Broncos offense, which had scored a league-record 606 points that season. The final was 43-8. So, how will this one rate? “USA Today” has a ranking of all 53 Super Bowls, with the WORST being that 43-8 Seattle / Denver dud in 2014.
Here are the Top 5:
- Super Bowl 43, 2008 season. Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23: It had a little bit of everything . . . a 100-yard interception return to end the first half, a furious fourth-quarterback comeback, and a laser shot TD pass for the win.
- Super Bowl 23, 1988 season. San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16: Arguably the first Super Bowl classic. Joe Montana led an 11-play, 92-yard drive that finished with a game-winning TD pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds to go.
- Super Bowl 49, 2014 season. Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24: It’ll be remembered for Russell Wilson’s goal-line interception with the game hanging in the balance when the Seahawks should’ve given the ball to BEAST MODE!
- Super Bowl 42, 2007 season. New York Giants 17, Patriots 14: Arguably the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, the Giants derailed New England’s march to the still-elusive, perfect, 19-0 record.
- Super Bowl 51, 2016 season. New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28, overtime: Brady threw for a then-Super Bowl record 466 yards, leading his team to 31 unanswered points after Atlanta led 28-3 in the third quarter.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was all “Hate to blast you but I have to!” when he quoted Notorious B.I.G. at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial yesterday. The New York Democrat’s Biggie reference came after Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow asked, “Why are we here?” Jeffries–one of the House managers prosecuting the case–replied, “We are here, sir, because President Trump abused his power and then he tried to cover it up. And we are here, sir, to follow the facts, follow the law, be guided by the Constitution, and present the truth to the American people,” before concluding with the Biggie’s “Juicy” lyrics: “That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow. And if you don’t know, now you know.” Perhaps not coincidentally, Notorious B.I.G. was named a 2020 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this week
n the “Good Morning America” interview that aired yesterday, OZZY OSBOURNE revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, after being treated for a bad fall in his home last February.
His wife SHARON said, quote, “It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day.”
One of the hardest things for Ozzy has been not working. He said, quote, “Coming from a working-class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job . . . [it] gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family.”
But he added, quote, “I ain’t done yet. I ain’t gonna go anywhere yet.”
SPEAKING OF GOING ANYWHERE NEWS
Aerosmith’s lifelong drummer Joey Kramer filed suit against his bandmates Tuesday, saying that they are preventing him from playing at this week’s Grammy Awards. The band is set to receive the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year, but Kramer apparently was not allowed to perform at the show. In the suit, Kramer alleges that after he was forced to take a brief leave last year due to “minor injuries,” the band informed him that he had to audition to a click track to prove he was still “able to play at an appropriate level.” The drummer also says that stress from the audition caused him to miss the band’s Las Vegas residency and that he was required to pay his replacement $20,000 per week. Kramer finally auditioned earlier this month, and the band said he lacked “energy.” Kramer is suing to force the band to take him back. Aerosmith released a statement saying “Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. However, he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months,” adding that “he is, unfortunately, unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor.” Aerosmith is scheduled to perform with Run-DMC at Sunday’s Grammys.