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Today in 1918, the U.S. switched to Daylight Savings Time for the first time. The time change left enough light for many activities, especially in farming areas.

Today in 1973, Ken Norton defeated Muhammad Ali in a 12-round split decision. Ali had his jaw broken during the fight.

Today in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of actor Bruce Lee, died of abdominal wounds after being shot by a .44 caliber bullet from a gun that was supposed to be rigged with blanks. He was filming a scene for the movie “The Crow” in Wilmington, North Carolina.

March 31st is National Clam on the Half Shell Day! The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you’ll find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.

Everybody’s stressed from the coronavirus pandemic right now. But according to a new study from Wallethub, some U.S. states are much better at handling stress than others. Based on such factors as average hours worked per week, personal bankruptcy rate and share of adults getting adequate sleep, here are their rankings of the 10 most stressed states in the U.S. for 2020.

Louisiana
Mississippi
New Mexico
Arkansas
West Virginia
Nevada
Kentucky
Alabama
Oklahoma
Alaska

And here are the 10 least stressed states

Minnesota
North Dakota
South Dakota
Iowa
Utah
New Hampshire
Hawaii
Colorado
Wisconsin
Maryland

While airlines, restaurants and other industries are suffering right now, one is not: the sneaker resale business. Last week, Kanye West released the Adidas Yeezy 350 v2 “Cinder” for $220, but they’re already showing up on sneaker resale sites like GOAT and StockX for more than $270. Even shoes like the Lebron 17 “Lakers” Colorway size 10 shoes are priced at $295, even though in some retail stores they were listed for $200 a few weeks ago. It’s important to watch for fakes; says resale site Stadium Goods, which also has a physical storefront when a pandemic isn’t happening, verifies shoes before listing them.

IN MORE SPORT MEMORABILIA NEWS

A towel that Kobe Bryant draped over his shoulders after playing his final NBA game has sold for big money at auction, the Los Angeles Times reports. The towel sold Sunday night, and it received 16 total bids before final it sold for $33,077.16. It is the second time that that particular towel has been sold, after the fan who pulled it off Bryant’s shoulders sold it in 2016 for $8365. A Lakers fan and collector name David Kholer won the bid. Bryant wore the towel while making a retirement speech on April 13, 2016, finishing up his 20-year NBA career.

You know how you can mark yourself “safe” from emergencies on Facebook? Well, we need to get our oldest celebrities hooked up to something like that for the coronavirus.

Here’s a checklist of celebrities over the age of 90:

  1. 99-year-old Hugh Downs. He’s a retired news anchor your grandparents used to watch on “20/20” with Barbara Walters.
  2. 98-year-old Betty White
  3. 98-year-old Carl Reiner
  4. 96-year-old Bob Barker. Bob is experiencing one main difference: Normally, he’d be watching sports at home, but since there aren’t any sports happening, he’s been watching a lot of old war movies.
  5. 94-year-old Angela Lansbury
  6. 94-year-old Dick Van Dyke
  7. 93-year-old Mel Brooks
  8. 93-year-old Harry Belafonte
  9. 90-year-old Bob Newhart
  10. 90-year-old John Astin. Gomez Addams on “The Addams Family”, and The Riddler on “Batman” in the ’60s.

Here’s a piece of corporate synergy we never saw coming. The lunatics at PepsiCo just created Mountain Dew-flavored Doritos. According to one person who tried them, they taste like, quote, “citrus lime detergent.” Unfortunately, they’re only on sale in Australia right now . . . but maybe you can make some at home by dumping a bottle of Mountain Dew into a bag of Doritos and shaking it up?

I guess this is a new cousin of the CRONUT . . . the combo of a croissant and a pizza. The crozza? The pissant? 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?

When the whole panic-buying thing first started, what’s the dumbest thing you immediately stocked up on . . . so now you’ve got WAY too much of it? Here are some of the best answers we’ve received on the Jason and Benny Hotline

  1. Eight giant bottles of ketchup.
  2. A ton of Chef Boyardee, even though they hadn’t eaten it since the ’90s.
  3. WAY too many eggs. A lot of people said they bought too much milk and bread too.
  4. Three tubs of hummus, even though no one in their family eats it.
  5. A ton of quinoa, even though they hate quinoa.
  6. A case of Spam.
  7. A, quote, “uncomfortable amount of pistachios.”
  8. Dozens of boxes of condoms for some reason.
  9. 32 mini packets of yeast to make bread . . . even though they’ve never made bread.
  10. About four years’ worth of mayonnaise.

A Florida man who was recently stopped for reckless driving wound up coughing on a deputy and telling him he had the coronavirus. Christian Perez was given a mask, but pulled it off and coughed in the direction of the officer, who put the mask on the 23-year-old’s mouth again. Sheriff William Snyder said, “We have zero tolerance for this despicable behavior, and anyone who threatens the health and lives of my deputies will face the maximum charges.” Perez was arrested and faces charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and threatening and assaulting an officer.

When you can’t be around other humans, I guess this is how you improvise when you need some help? There’s a 51-year-old guy from Lakewood, Washington who got into a high-speed police chase on Sunday in his 1996 Buick. And as the cops were chasing him, they realized he wasn’t driving . . . his pet PIT BULL was behind the wheel.

Yes, really. The car was going over 100 miles-per-hour and the guy wound up hitting two other cars before the cops stopped him with spike strips. Somehow, as far as we know, no one was hurt.
The guy told the cops he was teaching the dog how to drive so the pit bull was in the driver’s seat while the guy handled the wheel and gas pedal.He was charged with a DUI, reckless driving, hit-and-run, and felony eluding. The dog is not facing any charges.

In some former Soviet republics, leaders have taken minimal steps to address the coronavirus threat. In Belarus, which has had at least 94 confirmed cases, President President Alexander Lukashenko recommended ice hockey for its anti-viral properties. “It’s better to die standing than to live on your knees,” he said in an interview after playing a hockey game Saturday. “This is a fridge, this is healthy, there is nothing better than sport, especially ice which is the real anti-viral medicine.” He also recommended a sauna and vodka. “When you get out of sauna you shouldn’t just wash your hands — down a shot of vodka,” he said. “I don’t drink myself, and I don’t advocate for it, but I’ll be okay with, it’s tolerable at least until Victory Day on May 9.” In Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s March 13 cabinet meeting readout did not mention the coronavirus, but instead mentioned the benefits of burning the plant yuzarlik (Peganum harmala), a folk remedy, to prevent infectious diseases.

Here are some NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .

  1. The newest social media challenge for the lockdown: Walk in totally naked on your significant other while he’s playing video games and record his reaction.
  2. Since everyone’s rolling deep in toilet paper, now people are sharing social media pictures of their toilet paper origami.
  3. Facebook is working on . . . a coronavirus reaction button?
  4. There are submarine crews out there that may still not know about the pandemic.
  5. The French police have shared some of the stranger calls they’ve received since the quarantine began, including “Can my husband spend the weekend with his mistress?” and “A stranger caressed my horse, is there a risk it’s contaminated?”
  6. A doomsday shelter in Colorado has seen lots of new interest since the pandemic began.
  7. A guy rode his bike into the sea in Italy to try to avoid a police lockdown checkpoint.
  8. About 20 police officers went to a British comedy club because they saw a Facebook Live stream of a show going on inside . . . turns out the show was taped weeks ago.
  9. Rich people from New York City who are quarantining at their mansions in the Hamptons are paying limo companies to bring them their mail from the city. Sigh.

Can’t find a loaf of bread at the grocery store? Jimmy John’s is here to help. With supermarkets struggling to keep staples, including bread, on the shelves, the chain is stepping in to assist during shortages. The sandwich restaurant is now offering to deliver 16-inch loaves of its signature French bread.

The breads are $2 a piece and they’re also available at Jimmy John’s drive-thru and curbside pick-up. If you want to stay home and have them deliver it to you, their Freaky Fresh Bread on Demand service has a $3 minimum, so you could just treat yourself to two loaves.

If you’re thinking of leaving the house today to pick up something to eat, you may want to consider heading to Taco Bell. The chain is giving away free tacos for drive-thru customers today only. You don’t even have to buy anything to score one of their seasoned beef Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, they’re just doing it to help spread joy during this time of social distancing.

“For the past few weeks, we’ve been focused on making Taco Bell the safest place to work and eat,” explains Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell Corp. “And now we’re giving America free tacos as a small way of saying thank you for how everyone is showing up for their communities.”

They’re also giving back through the Taco Bell Foundation, which is donating $1-million to No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end child hunger in the U.S. With their “round up” program, they’ll be asking customers if they want to round up their total to the next dollar and the difference will go to No Kid Hungry.

  1. There’s a new trend where people drive to hospitals at night and flash their headlights to support healthcare workers. About 50 cars pulled up to a hospital in Oklahoma Friday night. And hundreds showed up at a hospital in Kentucky on Sunday.
  2. The owner of a café in Melbourne, Australia saw how many people were lined up for unemployment. So he went to the bank . . . took out $10,000 . . . and gave everyone a hundred bucks to buy groceries.
  3. Yesterday, Krispy Kreme gave out free donuts to healthcare workers on the front lines. And they’ll be doing it every Monday through May 12th.
  4. The FDA cleared the way for a company in Ohio to disinfect more reusable facemasks. They were only allowed to do 10,000 a day at first. But they said they could do 160,000 a day. So the FDA cleared some red tape to make it happen.
  5. 38-year-old Nic Brown was one of the first people in Ohio to get sick. He ended up in the ICU at Cleveland Clinic, and was in really bad shape. He was even on full life support for a while.

While he was fighting it, his doctors and nurses would write daily goals for him to read on a window in his room. And at the bottom, they’d write, “We WILL get you home.”

Well, they kept their promise. He’s now RECOVERED. And before he went home, he wrote something for THEM that’s going viral. He thanked them for being “rock stars” and working so hard around the clock. And he said it’s changed him as a person to know there are, quote, “such wonderful people dedicated to the care and concern of others.”

There’s already a coronavirus MOVIE in the pipeline . . . and somehow, it’s surprising BOTH that it happened so soon . . . AND that it hadn’t happened already.

This isn’t Hollywood though . . . it’s a Canadian thriller called “Corona”, and it’s already finished, and being shopped to streaming services.

It obviously can’t go to theaters, because we’re STILL DEALING WITH IT. In this case, can we please get SPOILERS to see how this thing ends?

“Corona” isn’t really about this pandemic itself . . . because it was just a so-called “Chinese virus” when the idea was conceived. The director says it was inspired by the stories he heard about Chinese tourists being attacked.

They filmed it last month . . . before the virus had exploded worldwide.

The thriller uses the coronavirus as a symbol to “explore fear and racism among apartment tenants that get trapped in an elevator together at the first stages of the COVID-19 crisis.” And yes, one of them is Chinese.

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Today in 1858, Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with an attached eraser. For the record? The average pencil can write a continuous line 35-miles long.

Today in 1982, Columbia space shuttle completed its third and longest test flight after eight days in space.

Today in 1983, basketball star Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics set a regular season scoring record with 53 points. The record stayed intact until 1985, when Bird broke his own record with a 60-point performance on March 12th.

Today in 1993, Charlie Brown hit his first home run in the “Peanuts” comic strip.

March 30th is National Doctors Day! Coughs and chills aren’t only for moms to deal with, which is why on March 30th we annually celebrate Doctors Day. Today is the perfect opportunity to thank your local doctor or physician for their service.

The very first Doctor’s Day was celebrated on this day in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, dedicated a day to honor physicians. The tradition quickly spread and in 1990, the House and Senate officially declared March 30th “National Doctor’s Day.”

Major League Baseball is currently in uncharted territory as the start of the 2020 season has been delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But when it does finally start, it doesn’t take a genius to know that they will be playing games with as few days off as possible.

And the one of the most obvious ways way to do that likely will be eliminating the 2020 MLB All-Star Game, which was set to take place at Dodger Stadium.

Couple that with the fact that the recent agreement between the MLB and the Players Association includes a promise to begin immediately discussing an accelerated spring training schedule, split doubleheaders for the regular season, expand rosters, potentially eliminate of the All-Star Game, and extend the regular season into October, and you have to figure that game is the first thing to go when they baseball resumes.

Actually, it will be the second—the first will be the coronavirus.

Donuts Delite, a doughnut shop in Rochester, N.Y., is selling doughnuts featuring the likeness of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has entered into the spotlight as he appears regularly during President Donald Trump’s televised briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The doughnut is made by printing an image of Fauci, 79, onto thin edible paper placed on top of a thick layer of buttercream frosting.

“We’re watching the news like everyone else,” franchisee of Donuts Delite Nick Semeraro said to Democrat and Chronicle.

“He’s on TV giving us the facts, you’ve got to respect that. We’re bipartisan, we stay neutral, but you’ve got to give credit where credit’s due,” he continued.

“People are buying them like crazy,” Semeraro said. “We’re making more right now.”

The Fauci doughnuts cost $2.10 each or $11 for a half-dozen and $20 for a dozen plus tax. Customers can order them for takeout, curbside pickup or delivery.

Self-isolating parents have come up with a way to apparently keep themselves occupied while quarantined with their kids. It involves them tricking the kids into believing they’ve been smeared with poop. What fun.

It’s called the “poop challenge,” and it’s a viral prank that involves parents asking their kids to bring them toilet paper while on the toilet. When their kids oblige, they smear them with fake poo made from chocolate or peanut butter and then upload their reactions to social media for laughs.

In one of the more popular videos, a mom asks her daughter if she’s mad after punking her with the excremental Rickroll. “I’m always not mad at you,” replies the understanding girl while washing her hands. It’s received over 14 million views thus far.

A question that, basically, everyone in the world is asking is: When will life go back to normal?

The vague answer is: When around 60% to 80% of the population is resistant to coronavirus, either from a vaccine or because they got it, recovered, and developed a temporary immunity. And that’s IF getting it and recovering even leads to immunity.

But more specifically . . . when WILL life go back to normal? “The Atlantic” interviewed several epidemiologists who gave four possible timelines for the U.S. Here’s the rundown . . .

  1. One to two months. The experts think this is highly unlikely . . . but if, somehow, coronavirus turns out to be NOT as serious as it seems to be, we could start getting back to normal in a few months.

But even if things aren’t back to normal in a few months, at least we’ll have a better sense of whether people who get the virus develop an immunity and how long it could last . . . which will give us a clearer picture on the actual timeline.

  1. Three to four months. This scenario could happen if we learn that lots of people have gotten the virus, worked through it with minor symptoms, and developed immunity. Then we can isolate clusters or at-risk people as others get back to normal.

This scenario will require the U.S. getting up to speed on testing and, possibly, scientists quickly developing a treatment that can help ease symptoms and maybe even prevent some deaths from the virus.

  1. Four to 12 months. This scenario is entirely dependent on whether the warm weather in the summer will slow down coronavirus like it slows down the flu.

If so, big crowds are probably still out of the question, but smaller groups might be okay. We would probably need another round of social distancing in the fall, depending on how widespread testing and a vaccine are coming along.

  1. 12 to 18 months . . . or longer. It would be, quote, “world record, lightning speed” if a vaccine is ready before next spring . . . and once it’s ready, it needs to be produced and administered to 350 million people.

And if there’s no vaccine, then life wouldn’t really go back to “normal” until we hit a population-level immunity.

A postal worker on South Tyneside Britan is delivering his rounds in fancy dress to “lift the spirits” of the community during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Jon Matson, from West Boldon, said when he was no longer able to work alongside his co-worker, he asked if he could do his rounds in fancy dress.

So far he has dressed as Little Bo Beep and a Greek soldier for his deliveries in West Boldon and Boldon Colliery.

The 39-year-old said the reaction from people on day one was “amazing.”

Mr. Matson said he had been told he could do his round in fancy dress as long as he wore his ID and company provided shoes.

The father-of-two, who has worked for the Royal Mail for four years, said: “The reaction on day one was amazing. A few people didn’t notice at first, but the word started to spread on Facebook and people were looking out for me.

Mr. Matson said he had a “good selection of costumes” to come, and he wanted people to “keep guessing what will come to the door each day”.

MEANWHILE As if people don’t have enough to worry about these days, a doorbell camera caught one Amazon delivery worker delivering a package to the doorstep but not before spitting all over it before leaving. This comes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The doorbell video shows him leaving his mark on a box outside a duplex in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The unidentified worker is seen putting down the package, bending over, spitting, catching some of the spittle, and apparently spreading it on the package. Then he snaps a shot to confirm the delivery like it was business as usual.

Resident Marcus Martinez said, “I received the box and saw a big wet spot and then checked the camera!” Reportedly, an Amazon rep “gasped in horror” at the video and said the worker was from a third party service. Amazon says it’s “aggressively investigating.”

Here’s an unexpected byproduct of coronavirus. Of course a lot more Americans are teleconferencing from home now and when you teleconference, no one can see your pants-and that’s driving a spike in shirt sales.

Dan Bartlett, Walmart’s EVP of corporate affairs, said, “We’re seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms. So, people who are concerned, obviously, from the waist up.” He added, “These behaviors are going to continue to change and evolve as people get accustomed to this new lifestyle if you will.”

He also sees “massive volume” in American online orders and, in some states, brick-and-mortar sales as well. In addition to shirts and cleaning products like Purell, Bartlett says Walmart is seeing a specific sales boost in home entertainment items like DVDs and crafting items like popsicle sticks. Quote, “I think we’ve sold over 30 million Popsicle sticks.”

Disney parks are closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, and with most folks unable to leave their house anyway, many families are missing out on their Spring Break Disney vacations. But it turns out there is a way to get the Disney experience at home. The YouTube channel “Virtual Disney World” has been around for about four years, offering folks virtual reality rides through 360-degree videos, which can be viewed with a virtual reality headset or a smart phone with a headset. It includes rides from Disney World’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Universal and more.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the United States, there is an increasing sense that even the NFL’s season won’t proceed as normally scheduled.

There has already been some concern voiced by NFL coaches that the season may be delayed. Then a report yesterday out of NBC Sports alleged that “everything is on the table” looking ahead at the 2020 season, including no games being played at all.

Or, in what may be even stranger than having no NFL season, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggested this:

“Theoretically, it’s possible that the NFL will build in the middle of nowhere a corona-free campus where all players, coaches, trainers, doctors, broadcasters, officials, etc. would spend the entire season sequestered from the rest of the world, with games played on a series of fields from which the games would be televised, with no one else present.”

Considering how much money the NFL generates, guessing Roger Goodell could buy a small island and encase it in a large dome.

Hey, as crazy as that sounds, the only thing crazier would be Goodell missing out on an NFL season.

Amazon And Instacart Workers Plan A Walk Out Today OVer COVID-19 Response – The alleged slow or poor response about worker safety over coronavirus is leading some workers to walk off the job today.

Amazon employees in Staten Island, New York, plan to walk off the job today amid allegations the retail giant mishandled its response to the ongoing pandemic. Employees are protesting the company’s decision to keep the warehouse open despite news of a confirmed COVID-19 case there last week.

Meanwhile, more than 150 thousand Instacart workers also plan to strike today over how the grocery delivery company is handling the coronavirus situation. With more people quarantined and ordering from home, they want safety gear and an extra five-bucks per order.
Source: USA Today

New Summer Olympics Date Is Set – A new date has been set for the Tokyo Olympics that were postponed over the coronavirus.

An International Olympic Committee spokesman says the Summer Games will start on July 23rd, 2021. The closing ceremony is scheduled for August 8th. The IOC and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [[ SHEEN-zoh AH-bay ]] had already agreed to postpone the Tokyo Games for about a year because of the pandemic.

It’s the first postponement of the games since the modern Olympics began in the 19th century.

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Today in 1794, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.

Today in 1899, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi achieved the first international radio transmission between England and France.

Today in 1958, the U.S. announced a plan to explore space around the moon.

Today in 2007, NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

March 27th is National “Joe” Day! Are you tired of your name? Do you hate having to spell it out for people? You wouldn’t have to do that if your name was Joe, now would you?

Today is a day to celebrate people named Joe! And the glorious privilege of being named Joe should not belong solely to people named Joe. After all, they don’t really deserve it – they were just lucky enough to have parents who didn’t try to make up a creative unique name. So today, no matter what your name is, introduce yourself as Joe. It’ll sure be easier.

After all, Joe isn’t really a name, is it? It’s more of a way of life.

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Bad news for porn lovers, adult video stores are apparently NOT considered essential businesses. This was realized after police got a complaint about The Green Door Video-Erotic Boutique in West Peoria, Illinois. They had been offering curbside service during the state’s stay at home ordinance.

It seems that the owners felt they had a right to remain open even during the pandemic. However, the police shut down their curbside service even though the store’s Facebook page included a post saying, “We did not fall under the blanket of essential business. But just because the doors are locked does not mean we are still not available. If you need something from us and you know exactly what it is, you can give us a call … and we will do what the restaurants are doing and bring it out to your car.”

A deputy obtained a copy of the stay-at-home order and visited The Green Door, showed it to the manager, and he promptly closed the store.

MEANWHILE

Being quarantined with your loves one doesn’t seem to be sitting well with many couples. It appears that divorce filings are skyrocketing from quarantine-weary and financially stressed couples, according to attorneys who deal in such matters.

Some are saying they have seen a 50 percent rise in inquiries from potential clients. According to family-law experts, some couples forced to spend time together while quarantined in cramped apartments or even in palatial pads haven’t fared well during the coronavirus outbreak. Not to mention, the financial markets have been in a downfall and many are losing their investment savings.

Officials in China say that divorce filings can’t be filled out fast enough now that they are no longer being quarantined.

Even though this guy didn’t get arrested, what he did was criminal in so many ways. And as it goes with criminals, what goes around, comes around. We all saw this coming as a 21-year-old California social media star, who goes by the usernames Larz and GayShawnMendes on platforms including TikTok, shared a video of himself licking a toilet in a public bathroom last Friday.

It was part of the infamous “coronavirus challenge.” Well, not a big surprise, as the boy now has the coronavirus. He has tweeted a video of himself in a hospital bed, saying, “I tested positive for Coronavirus.”

The claim has not actually been verified so there is an outside chance this too is a hoax for attention, but in the meantime, Twitter had the good sense to suspend his account.

Here are some NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .

  1. A woman in Pennsylvania will face charges after she walked into a grocery store, and intentionally coughed on all the meat and produce. The store had to throw out over $35,000 worth of food because of i
  2. Cops in Spain had to break up an orgy the other night. Now all the participants are facing fines, and a few had drugs on them.
  3. Mexican protesters shut down a border crossing in Arizona this week, because they’re worried about too many Americans flooding across the border.
  4. A donut shop in Rochester, New York put an edible picture of Dr. Anthony Fauci on some donuts . . . which are now selling like crazy.
  5. An eight-year-old wrote about homeschooling in his journal, and his mom shared it online. Quote, “My mom’s getting stressed out. [She] is really getting confused. We took a break so [she] can figure this stuff out. And I’m telling you, it is not going good.”

Pretty much every industry and every job is in flux right now . . . so if there was ever a time to try to switch paths toward your dream job, maybe it’ll be when this is all over.

According to a new survey, only one in three people say they’re working in a career or a field that they dreamed about as a kid.

The survey also found the top dream jobs we had as kids.

The top 20 are: Teacher . . . pro athlete . . . doctor . . . veterinarian . . . nurse . . . police officer . . . zookeeper . . . journalist or writer . . . musician . . . actor . . .

Bank worker . . . barber or hairdresser . . . ballerina . . . train conductor . . . archaeologist . . . flight attendant . . . firefighter . . . astronaut . . . mechanic . . . and shop worker.

McDonald’s all-day breakfast, we hardly knew ye.

McDonald’s has announced that because of the coronavirus pandemic, they need to, quote, “simplify operations.” And one casualty is . . . no more all-day breakfast.

The president of McDonald’s did tweet, quote, “All day breakfast’s response to this news: ‘I’ll be back.'” But no one knows when.

Looks like my plan to get my own personal bailout by winning the lottery just got a little less lucrative. Now I know how United and Delta feel.

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 the jackpots will grow slower, too . . . instead of going up $10 million after a drawing where no one wins, they’ll go up by $2 million

The head of Powerball says they’re making the changes because lottery ticket sales are way down right now . . . just like sales of a lot of things.

Mega Millions says it’s considering doing a similar cutback.

That being said, the current Powerball jackpot of $160 million is still in play, and it’ll still keep going up in $10 million increments until there’s a winner. But after that, the lower jackpots will start.

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Joe Montana is slamming the New England Patriots for letting go of quarterback Tom Brady this month.

“I don’t know what’s going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake,” the 63-year-old Montana told USA Today about the Pats’ decision to let Brady become a free agent. “I still don’t understand how New England let him get away. I don’t understand that.”

However, Montana also hinted that Brady may have wanted some say in the team’s strategies that New England might not have been willing to give him.

“I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but my understanding was that he’s just looking for more control of the offense,” Montana explains. “But I don’t know. I haven’t had a long conversation with him; I talked to him a little bit at the Super Bowl, but not enough time to really get in-depth.”

Last week, the 42-year-old Brady announced he’d signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will be only the second franchise he’s played for over the course of his 20-season career.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the slogan “TB x TB” when announcing that they’d signed free agent quarterback Tom Brady on March 20, his agents like it so much they decided to trademark the phrase.

Brady’s team filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that same day. The application says the use of the trademark would be for clothes, including T-shirts, pants, shorts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jerseys, sleepwear, athletic tops and bottoms, and headwear.

Brady’s company TB12 is already selling a “TB12 Tampa Bay” in its web store.

Americans ARE spending money right now . . . we’re just spending money on WAY different stuff than we usually do.

A new study looked into what we’re spending our money on right now at grocery stores and drug stores, and compared it to what we were buying exactly one year ago.

The 10 things that we’re buying WAY more now are:

Aerosol disinfectants . . . thermometers . . . oat milk . . . fresh meat alternatives . . . rubbing alcohol . . . powdered milk . . . multi-purpose cleaners . . . dried beans . . . bath and shower wipes . . . and, of course, toilet paper.

What aren’t we buying? Perfume sales are 18% lower . . . sunscreen sales are 17% lower . . . vegetable party trays sales are 7% lower . . . and pet toy sales are 6% lower.

Here are some of the major coronavirus developments that are making headlines right now . . .

  1. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that it’s time to stop trying to set arbitrary deadlines for when things can start returning to normal. Quote, “You don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”
  2. Almost 3.3 million Americans filed new unemployment claims last week. During the recession in 2008 and 2009, the peak was 665,000.
  3. The $2.2 trillion stimulus likely isn’t going to be enough as the pandemic continues. We’ll almost certainly need another stimulus soon . . . and then one again after the pandemic has been contained to get the economy running.

The stimulus HAS helped the stock market bounce back more than 20% in the past three days.

  1. There are at least 2.6 billion people worldwide on lockdown . . . that’s more than the entire population of the planet during World War Two.
  2. Egg sales are way up . . . and the price of eggs is skyrocketing as a result. Wholesale egg prices have gone up 180% since the beginning of March.

The NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a leaguewide memo distributed yesterday.

The memo said that Goodell and the NFL Management Council Executive Committee had met earlier in the day and was “unanimous and unequivocal that the draft should go forward as scheduled,” despite the coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted work for most of the nation.

Goodell acknowledged there will have to be significant changes and told teams to prepare to conduct the draft outside team facilities and with a limited number of people. Prospects and their families will not be present on-site at the draft, according to the memo.

“Everyone recognizes that the public health conditions are highly uncertain and there is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favorable than they are today,” he wrote.

“I also believe that the Draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans and the country at large, and many of you have agreed,” he wrote.

Wow—did he really use the word positive at a time like this?

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his is one of the best parts of our day right now. Here are five more good news stories we’ve seen about the outbreak . . .

  1. Lots of other businesses are stepping up to help too. Lyft is now delivering meals and medical supplies. And Harbor Freight announced it’s donating ALL of its masks, face shields, and rubber gloves to hospitals.
  2. The owner of a company called Puzzle Warehouse is hiring more people to keep up with demand, because so many families are doing puzzles together. (Dollar General, Domino’s, and Papa John’s are also hiring thousands of people.)
  3. The Girl Scouts have been donating thousands of boxes of cookies to the American Red Cross to help reward people who donate blood.
  4. Workers at an assisted-living center in Wales decided to lift people’s spirits by playing a real-life game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. They used wheelchairs to move players back and forth, and put baskets on the end of broomsticks to collect balls.
  5. To find treatments, scientists need a ton of computing power to simulate how various proteins interact. So the website FoldingAtHome.org has been asking people to download software that lets your computer run simulations when you’re not using it.

Over 400,000 people have signed up. And the raw computing power combined is already close to three times faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Here are a few more NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .

  1. People are looking to food to get them through these difficult times . . . and NOT healthy stuff. Comfort foods like Oreos and mac and cheese are selling well while things like kale are not.
  2. A dog in the U.K. was so excited his owner is home all the time that he sprained his tail from wagging it so much.
  3. A guy in Brooklyn, New York used a drone to deliver his phone number to a woman he saw across the street and she wound up texting him.
  4. A store in Denmark has figured out a way to stop hand sanitizer hoarding: Your first bottle costs $5.75 . . . any additional bottles cost $143.
  5. Unsurprisingly, coronavirus-themed porn is getting more and more popular.
  6. Lots of people are cooped up at home right now and want to be entertained and Popeyes is here to help. The fast food chain has kicked off a new quarantine-themed ad campaign, “fried chicken and chill,” where they’ll give fans a Netflix password to use for free.

Here’s how it works: Post a photo of yourself eating Popeyes on Twitter and use the hashtag #ThatPasswordFromPopeyes. The first thousand people to do it will get a Netflix username and password to use for a month.

Everybody loves a freebie, so if you want in, you’d better start posting.

Is the current lockdown forcing you to get CREATIVE with your sex life? Let’s see just how creative you can get.

A new survey asked people what common household items they’ve used in the bedroom for sexual purposes. And here are the top 10 . . .

  1. Spatula. (That’s the MOST common thing? You guys are wild.)
  2. Rope.
  3. Plastic gloves.
  4. Feather duster.
  5. Mirrors.
  6. Broom.
  7. Sponges.
  8. Heels.
  9. Vacuum cleaner.
  10. Glass table.

This is one of the best parts of our day right now. Here are five more good news stories we’ve seen about the outbreak . . .

  1. A fifth-grade teacher in El Paso spent her weekend driving to students’ homes, just to hold up a sign and say hi from her car.
  2. A couple in Arkansas who’ve waited years to have a baby had to cancel their gender reveal party. So their friends improvised. After the couple revealed they’re having a girl, people held a DRIVE-BY party with pink balloons and streamers.
  3. An opera singer in Israel is going viral, because she’s been going to her dad’s house and singing to him while he listens from his balcony. He told a reporter that it’s tough to be isolated. But knowing she’ll be there every morning makes it easier.
  4. Just to keep people’s spirits up, a police officer in Spain showed up with his guitar and sang to people from the street while other cops danced.
  5. We’re seen lots of businesses doing this. But the owner of a pizza place in New Jersey is getting a lot of praise after he took out a $50,000 line of credit, just so he can keep paying all 20 of his employees.

A recent survey asked people about various foods, and how they pronounce them. Here are eight examples. Let’s see if you’re in the majority or not when it comes to how they’re pronounced . . .

  1. Caramel: CAR-muhl . . . or CARE-uh-mel? 65% of people say CARE-uh-mel.
  2. Bagel: BAY-gull . . . or BAG-ull? 9% of us say BAG-ull.
  3. Salmon: SAM-uhn . . . or SAL-muhn? 19% pronounce the “L”.
  4. Pecan: PEE-can . . . or puh-KAHN? The winner is PEE-can with 68% of the vote.
  5. Jalapeño: Halla-PEEN-yo . . . or halla-PEN-yo? That one’s closer than we expected. 40% of people say halla-PEN-yo.
  6. Espresso: ESS-presso . . . or EX-presso? 16% say EX, even though it’s wrong.
  7. Crêpe: Krep . . . or krayp? 64% pronounce it with a hard “Y” sound . . . krayp.
  8. Syrup: SIR-up . . . or SEER-up? It’s a tie. Both got 50% of the vote.

On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics until 2021. “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the IOC said in a statement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added that the 2021 Games will be “proof of a victory by human beings against the coronavirus infections.” Bloomberg notes that the Olympics have never been postponed, and have only ever been canceled in wartime. The Tokyo Games were supposed to have gotten underway on July 24.

An Arizona man in his sixties is dead and his wife is in intensive care after they ingested chloroquine because President Trump said taking it could prevent coronavirus. The couple found the compound listed as an ingredient on a parasite treatment they once used on their pet fish. “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” the unidentified wife told NBC News. “We were afraid of getting sick.” Twenty minutes after taking the substance, they started vomiting and called 911. The wife says her husband died in the ER. “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure,” she adds. “Don’t believe anything that the President says and his people…Call your doctor.”

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Today in 1965, America’s first two-man space flight began as Gemini 3 was launched from Cape Kennedy. Astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and John Young were on board.

Today in 1998, the film, “Titanic,” sailed off with 11 Oscars, tying the record for most Academy Awards won by a single film. James Cameron, the film’s co-producer, screenwriter, co-editor and director picked up three awards for the picture – Best Director, Best Picture and Best Editing. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, the stars of “As Good as It Gets,” walked off with the top acting awards. It was Nicholson’s third Oscar.

March 23rd is Melba Toast Day! For those who don’t know, melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is sometimes served with salad or soup or may be eaten plain or with a topping.

March 23rd is National Chip and Dip Day! Humans have been dipping foods into different sauces for centuries upon centuries, but the one that grabs the tongue worldwide is the iconic chip and dip. March 23rd adds the dip March 14th was looking for, being on that day we celebrate National Potato Chip Day.

Here are a few more NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .

  1. New York City issued coronavirus safe sex guidelines . . . which strongly encourages self-pleasuring and warns against putting your mouth in the FILTHIEST of places.
  2. A couple became FURIOUS at a grocery store in Kentucky when they weren’t allowed to buy 552 cans of Mountain Dew because of purchase limits. (AUDIO)
  3. All of the online teaching and video conferences going on has led to a wave of embarrassing moments.
  4. Some people have started hosting formal dinner parties with their families . . . where everyone puts on nice clothes for their quarantined dinner.
  5. A woman gave birth at a Walmart in Missouri . . . and it was in the toilet paper aisle. (AUDIO)
  6. The company RealDoll is now promoting that their sex dolls are, quote, “naturally antibacterial.”
  7. A guy in New Jersey was arrested for hosting a pop-up wedding with more than 50 people at his house.
  8. Assuming they haven’t sold out, there are hand sanitizers for sale that smell like Mike and Ike, Dippin’ Dots, Icees, and Smarties.

The 2020 Summer Olympics aren’t scheduled to start in Tokyo, Japan for another four months. But with the pandemic still on the upswing in most of the world, it’s hard to imagine them making that timetable.

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee admitted they’re considering postponing the games, and that a final decision will come within four weeks. But don’t be surprised if it comes sooner than that . . .

Last night, Canada became the first country to PULL OUT, and if other countries follow suit, the IOC will have no choice but to postpone.

Team Canada said, quote, “This is not solely about athlete health . . . it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it’s not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games.

“In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”

Other countries, like Brazil and Norway, have called on the IOC to postpone, and after Canada’s announcement, Australia told its athletes to prepare for the Games to be held in 2021.

Remember a few months ago, when the news still had time for things like “the former founder of Papa John’s says he ate 40 pizzas in 30 days”? By the way, if you missed it, last month he admitted he didn’t ACTUALLY do it.

So a writer named Brian VanHooker from “Mel” magazine decided to ACTUALLY do it . . . mainly to spite Papa John.

And he just posted an article chronicling all 30 days . . . where he DID manage to put down 40 pizzas.

His rule was that the pizza had to be at least eight inches in diameter, but beyond that, it could be from anywhere. And he wound up making pizzas at home, eating frozen pizzas, trying every chain, and even hitting legendary spots in New York.

Brian DID struggle in the middle with some fatigue . . . but he says he never REALLY got sick of pizza.

And because he ramped up his exercising during the month because of how all the pizza was making him feel, he wound up LOSING three pounds.

In what had to be absolute torture to everyone in the New England area yesterday, ESPN filled the better part of Sunday afternoon with a seven-hour Tom Brady marathon.

The marathon highlighted Brady’s Championship performances with the New England Patriots over the past two decades making me wonder how they could have possibly narrowed it down to just seven hours.

The combination of NFL’s Greatest Games and Super Bowl Highlights specials featured nine seminal games—including condensed versions of all six Super Bowl victories—from Brady’s time with the Patriots.

I actually sat through it just to watch Super Bowl 49 when they faced the Seahawks. Yeah, I wanted to see if Pete Carrol was actually going to finally hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch this time.

He didn’t.

Yesterday afternoon’s lineup included Stupid Robot Fighting League, Cherry Pit Spitting, The 12th Annual World Sign Spinning Championship, 2007 World Sport Stacking Championships and 2019 Death Diving World Championship.

  1. A guy in Milwaukee launched a GoFundMe for his birthday to raise money for local restaurants. And in the first 18 hours, he raised over $16,0001. A guy in Milwaukee launched a GoFundMe for his birthday to raise money for local restaurants. And in the first 18 hours, he raised over $16,000
  2. More landlords around the country are cutting rent, or waiving it next month. One guy in Milwaukee left a note on his tenants’ doorsteps that said he’s only charging them $100. And if they don’t need the help, he wants them to use the extra money to support local businesses.
  3. Thousands of people in New York have signed up to foster animals, so they don’t have to sit in shelters during the crisis.
  4. Here’s some proof that this is bringing us all closer together. 36% of people in a new survey said they’ve spoken to their loved ones more than usual these past two weeks. And 64% of people agree it’s pulled their community together in a lot of ways.
  5. A couple in New York didn’t want to wait to get married. So they stood on the street while a friend officiated from the WINDOW of his fourth-floor apartment. A few other friends watched from a distance, or from their car. (Here’s the video.)
  6. If this kid is willing to sacrifice, we should be too. A 7-year-old in Maryland named Cavanaugh Bell took $600 he’d saved up from two birthdays and three Christmases. And he used the money to hand out 31 hot meals and 65 care packages to seniors.
  7. With the various Disney parks closed, a family in Utah recreated the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in their house. Now the video is going viral.
  8. Before things went on lockdown, a college volleyball team in Canada found out their graduation was cancelled. So the crew on their plane ride home did a makeshift graduation ceremony for them mid-flight.
  9. A couple in San Antonio had to cancel their wedding last-minute. So they donated all their flowers to an assisted-living center.
  10. About 20 kids from a high school choir in California got together online to raise people’s spirits. They sang an a capella version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and posted the video to YouTube.
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Today in 1930, Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky.

Today in 1982, American scientists’ returned from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.

March 20th is Snowman Burning Day! To celebrate the first day of spring, students at Lake Superior State University build a snowman and then burn it! The inspiration for this festivity is the German Rose Sunday Festival, in which the mayor of a town burns a snowman made of straw. So go grab a flammable snowman, and let out your inner pyromaniac! Say goodbye to winter!

Obviously the big news story that everyone’s talking about right now is . . . it’s National Ravioli Day. Hopefully you stocked up on frozen ravioli or cans of Chef Boyardee during one of your Costco hauls so you can celebrate the holiday.

Anyway, here are some results from a survey on National Ravioli Day . . .

  1. 87% of Americans say they like ravioli, and 8% even say it’s their FAVORITE FOOD.
  2. The most popular filling for ravioli is, obviously, cheese. It beat out sausage, chicken, lobster, and spinach.
  3. 12% of Americans say ravioli is one of the FANCIEST types of pastas . . . and 6% have served it to impress someone.
  4. And finally, people weighed in on the debate of whether Pop Tarts are ravioli. 82% say no . . . but 18% say yes.

We’ve all heard the stories of people heading to Costco to buy as much toilet paper and disinfectants as they could before things got really bad with the coronavirus. Well, when all is said and done, it looks like a lot of those people are going to be stuck with their stockpile.

While Costco usually has a very lenient return policy, posts on several Costco Instagram accounts (not the store’s official one), show that many are refusing to take returns on things like toilet paper, paper towels, rice, water, sanitizing wipes, and Lysol.

So far there’s no word on whether this is official policy at all Costco stores, but regardless, many on the Internet support the idea, suggesting that maybe it will make people think twice before panic buying the next time (hopefully there won’t be a next time. Plus, it will lower the risk of contact which may spread the virus.

“This is such great news!, one person noted. “I’m tired of all those people that buy toilet paper and think they can just return it later when they don’t need it.”

Another added, “It’s about time! Too many people taking advantage of their return policy.”

In a bizarre scene from Baltimore, Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and stay home after multiple people were shot this week amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive coronavirus patients and not for senseless violence. Seven people were shot Tuesday night in the Madison Park neighborhood, as Baltimore reported its fifth positive coronavirus case Wednesday. Young said, “I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently. We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.” He added, “For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”

With businesses around the country closing their doors by order of the government, many are trying to figure out how to keep the cash register ringing. Well, a strip club in Portland decided to open a new business during this coronavirus pandemic. The Lucky Devil Lounge is bringing its dancers to your door with a new food delivery service it’s calling, “Boober Eats.” Lucky Devil has a full food menu and non-alcoholic drinks, like ginger beer and Red Bull, available for delivery. The process is similar to many the home drop-off systems that have sprung up overnight as a way for restaurants and breweries to continue operating during the health crisis: Simply peruse the menu online, give the business a call and place your order. Only it won’t be a stoned-out dude in jeans and a hoodie delivering your food, it will be two of the dancers.

One of Britain’s oldest women celebrated her 105th birthday in a pub this week despite the coronavirus shut down across the country. Ellen Matthews was born on March 17, 1915, and has lived through 25 prime ministers, four monarchs and survived both world wars.

Ellen was adamant about continuing her birthday celebration and said that the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t going to stop her from celebrating with her family. So she enjoyed a glass of wine as well as afternoon tea at the Edge of Town pub in Northampton surrounded by relatives.

When asked what her secret to longevity is, Ellen, said ‘keep going in the face of adversity.’ And when asked why she wanted the celebration to go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak sweeping Britain, she added: “You only die once.”

I had the weirdest dream last night. With everything that’s been going on lately . . . all the press conferences . . . it was the weirdest dream.

Don’t expect these stories to stop anytime soon. As they keep rolling in, we’ll keep telling you about them. Here are ten more inspiring stories surrounding the outbreak . . .

  1. If you need help, just ask. A new survey asked 6,000 Americans if they’d be willing to go grocery shopping for a neighbor or friend who’s high-risk and can’t go out. And of the people who aren’t high-risk, 86% said yes.
  2. In Brazil, they’ve been using a huge projector on the Christ the Redeemer statue, so it’s lit up with flags of countries from all over the world.
  3. There’s a guy in Australia whose dad passed away a while back. And for decades, he liked to hoard toilet paper for some reason. Now the son is giving it all away. Quote, “He would have wanted me to give [them] out to people in need.”
  4. Also, businesses all across the country have been handing out toilet paper to people who need it. Since no one’s going to work, they don’t need it around.
  5. Three little old ladies in the U.K. are riding out the crisis together in one of their apartments. Now people are comparing them to “The Golden Girls”. They did a great interview and said they’ll be fine . . . because they have Netflix and plenty of wine.
  6. A woman at a nursing home in Massachusetts turned 100 years old the other day, and her entire family showed up at her window to sing “Happy Birthday” to her.
  7. A woman in Rhode Island had to cancel her trip to Disney World. So she used Disney books and props to create her own Festival of Fantasy parade, and posted the video on Twitter.
  8. In one day, a THOUSAND nurses and doctors in New York came out of retirement or private practice to help treat people at hospitals and fight the outbreak.
  9. Here’s something educational for your kids to do while they’re home all day. Zoos and aquariums all over the world are now offering free livestreams of their animals. One in Australia has livestreams of penguins, lions, giraffes, and a baby snow leopard.
  10. A company called Young Investment owns a bunch of buildings in Arkansas with restaurants in them. And they just said they’re not charging rent next month. They made the announcement on Twitter, and told business owners to use the money to pay staff instead. Adding, quote, “Stay strong. We will get through this together.”

In a panic to get as many supplies as possible, American’s are reportedly crossing over into Mexico and buying toilet paper, water, soap, and other household supplies.

Reports say that Californians had been “flooding” into Northern Baja looking to buy as many household items as they can, then head back. Workers at a Costco in Tijuana say that they believed as many as 600 shoppers have been turning up in the mornings over recent days. They came to that number because the store only has 600 shopping carts and all of those appeared to have been taken as the store opened.

Stores continue to struggle to keep up with the panic buying of shoppers. It should be noted that in Mexico, the number of coronavirus cases is just 93 with zero deaths to date.

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently posted a coronavirus PSA from a hot tub. Let’s check it out…

Twitter is calling for Christmas in March. If being stuck at home right now has you feeling super cooped up and anxious, I feel you. With all the worry and nervousness that’s lingering around the world, Twitter has come up with a brilliant idea—yet again—for people to put their Christmas lights back up to keep positive vibes pumping.

But also, if you’re going to be camped out at your house or apartment for a while…might as well get creative with decor, right? For others, though, hanging Christmas lights represents so much more. As Twitter user @LisaStregis shares, the lights serve as a sign of hope in a particularly dark time.

There’s an online petition that demands the change be permanent, so “artists can make a living wage and not be left vulnerable or living gig to gig.”

It also asks that Spotify make a $500,000 donation to Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 fund, to help support artists who are in urgent need. A spokesperson for Spotify acknowledged that this is a tough time, but didn’t address the petition.

According to reports, four Senators – three Republican and one Democrat – sold of millions of dollars worth of stocks.

They apparently did so ahead of the economic meltdown caused by the coronavirus.

Who are they? North Carolina’s Richard Burr (the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman), Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler, California Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe.

Of these, Burr is getting the most attention…because he specifically reached out to donors and constituents reassuring them about the governmental response to the COVID-19 situation.

The governor of the Golden State has issued a statewide order for people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

As Governor Gavin Newsom sees it, more than half of the people in California, that’s over 25-million people, could be infected with the illness.

Folks will still be allowed to do essential tasks like going to the store, picking up medicine and going for walks.

Newsom also says law enforcement won’t be enforcing the order, instead he believes that social pressure would regulate behavior.

With schools being shut down due to the coronavirus, many parents are homeschooling their children. Well, check out this ad…

Lisa recounts how an elderly neighbor asked a friend’s husband to turn on their Christmas lights because of the darkness in the world right now. They obliged and “there are bright dancing Christmas lights now on in their neighborhood.” She ends her post with the hashtag #CoronaKindness, a reminder for all of us to show a little extra love in these trying times. Other Twitter users are making a similar call, asking everyone to make their own light in a time of darkness.

Does getting-it-on with an inanimate object count as social distancing? Asking for a friend.

According to a new survey, 22% of Americans now say they’d consider having sex with a ROBOT. That’s up from 16% three years ago.

Today’s number includes 30% of men and 14% of women.

The survey also found 27% of people think it’s CHEATING if their significant other has sex with a robot . . . and 17% would consider it prostitution if someone paid to use a sex robot.

And finally, does having sex with a robot count as sex . . . or self-pleasuring? 14% say sex, 31% say self-pleasuring, 21% say it’s neither, and 34% aren’t sure.

It’s got to be a real blow to the ego if you get into a race with a giant, lumbering animal . . . and lose.

The police in Pembroke Pines, Florida have been trying to track down a LOOSE COW ever since it escaped back in January. Why has it been so hard? The department says the cow is, quote, “faster than it looks.”

Anyway, after two months, they finally spotted the cow on Tuesday and captured it by chasing it into an enclosed area.

There is a long tradition in India of promoting cow urine and dung as traditional remedies for various diseases.

And an MP from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Suman Haripriya, has suggested they could be used against the coronavirus.

There have been previous studies into the potential anti-bacterial properties of cow urine.

And a Hindu nationalist group has held a cow-urine drinking event in the capital, Delhi, to promote its use for tackling the virus.

But Dr Shailendra Saxena, of the Indian Virological Society, told BBC News: “There is no medical evidence to show that cow urine has anti-viral characteristics.

“Moreover, using cow-dung could prove counter-productive as bovine fecal matter could contain a coronavirus which might replicate in humans.”

“The Guardian” says that musicians are asking Spotify to TRIPLE their royalty payments during the coronavirus outbreak . . . to make up for lost revenue from touring and music festivals.

There’s an online petition that demands the change be permanent, so “artists can make a living wage and not be left vulnerable or living gig to gig.”

It also asks that Spotify make a $500,000 donation to Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 fund, to help support artists who are in urgent need. A spokesperson for Spotify acknowledged that this is a tough time, but didn’t address the petition.

According to reports, four Senators – three Republican and one Democrat – sold of millions of dollars worth of stocks.

They apparently did so ahead of the economic meltdown caused by the coronavirus.

Who are they? North Carolina’s Richard Burr (the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman), Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler, California Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe.

Of these, Burr is getting the most attention…because he specifically reached out to donors and constituents reassuring them about the governmental response to the COVID-19 situation.

The governor of the Golden State has issued a statewide order for people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

As Governor Gavin Newsom sees it, more than half of the people in California, that’s over 25-million people, could be infected with the illness.

Folks will still be allowed to do essential tasks like going to the store, picking up medicine and going for walks.

Newsom also says law enforcement won’t be enforcing the order, instead he believes that social pressure would regulate behavior.

With schools being shut down due to the coronavirus, many parents are homeschooling their children. Well, check out this ad…

While you’re doing the social distancing thing at home, many restaurants are still offering delivery. And even better? Lots of your favorite spots are also offering free delivery. So you can reduce contact by staying home and save money on dinner. Here’s where you can get free delivery right now:

Chipotle – Spend $10 or more on an order to receive free delivery from Chipotle through the end of March.

Del Taco – Use the promo code “DELTACONOW” on Postmates to score free delivery.
KFC – Orders of $12 or more get free delivery from KFC.

Little Caesars Pizza – Through March 22, you can get free delivery when you order $10 or more.

Popeyes – Still waiting to try that chicken sandwich? Now you can get it with free delivery.

Uber Eats – They’re waiving delivery fees for independent restaurants in your area, so it’s a great time to support a small local business.

Wendy’s – Orders of $10 or more get free delivery from Wendy’s through GrubHub and Postmates.

You know what’s better than cheesecake? Free cheesecake! And right now, if you place a pick-up order of $30 or more at Cheesecake Factory, they’ll give you a free slice of it. When you order on their website, use the code ‘FREESLICE” at checkout and you’ll score a piece of cheesecake on the house.

The promo is running now through April 16th and they offer curbside pick-up so you don’t even have to go inside.

On Instagram Friday, former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a photo of himself officially signing a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he’s “excited, humble and hungry” to join his new team in South Florida. And here’s a fun bit of statistical digging, courtesy of ESPN: Brady has five times as many playoff wins, six times as many Super Bowl wins and seven times as many 30-touchdown seasons as all the quarterbacks in Buccaneers history. He could lose his next 283 starts and still have a better career record than the Bucs franchise.

While Los Angeles County’s temporary ban on dining in at area restaurants is likely to spell the end for a lot of eateries, Howlin’ Ray’s–which Eater says is “arguably L.A.’s most popular restaurant”–has a very different problem. Even when the hot-chicken purveyor could seat customers, it boasted a really long line of of folks waiting to order at its window–and that line has only gotten longer in the age of coronavirus. Owner Amanda Zone tells Eater that the glut of people not honoring social-distancing norms was “creating the same effect” as dining in, so she decided to close the restaurant for the entirety of this week, at minimum, until she can find a safer means of getting food to customers. Delivery would seem to be an obvious option, but the last time Ray’s went that route, it “essentially broke Postmates,” with the restaurant getting 500 orders a minute. But Zone is determined to find a solution, telling Eater that “not serving hot chicken in one form or another is out of the question.”

The video retailer GameStop has told employees to challenge law enforcement officials who attempt to shut them down as part of state directives to shutter “non-essential” retail stores. GameStop has provided employees with a flyer to give to law enforcement officials which says the company believes they are “essential” retail. “Due to the products we carry that enable and enhance our customers’ experience in working from home,” reads the memo, “we believe GameStop is classified as essential retail and therefore is able to remain open during this time. We have received reports of local authorities visiting stores in an attempt to enforce closure despite our classification. Store managers are approved to provide the document linked below to law enforcement as needed.” The flyer also includes corporate contact information. “They’ve essentially said to disobey law enforcement in any state that shuts down non essential retail,” said one employee, who asked to remain anonymous, “as they believe we are providing an essential service to people that shop at a video game store.” GameStop did not respond to requests for comment.

Twitter users were showing off their sense of humor on the platform Thursday, offering up their best pickup lines to use while practicing social distancing, using the viral hashtag “#SocialDistancingPickUpLines.”

Here are 10 of the funnier responses

“I’m just a girl, standing 6 feet away from a boy. Asking him to maybe move back another foot. Thanks.”

“Is that really 1000 thread count toilet paper?”

“I would touch you with a 10 foot pole.”

“Meet me in the bunker. There’s ravioli”

“Skype and chill?”

“Do you quarantine often? When’s the last time you had a 14 night stand?”

“Come to this protective barrier often?”

“From over here, you don’t look that bad”

“Wanna touch masks?”

“Baby, do you need toilet paper? Because I can be your Prince Charmin.”

On Thursday, Twitter users expressed how they’d describe their coronavirus experience to date in six words. Below are some of the more relatable responses

Rest. Wake. Eat. Clean. And repeat.

All this and a pimple, too.

Avoiding all unnecessary contact with humans.

Sleep, eat, read, tiktok, Netflix, repeat.

I have eaten all my snacks.

My hermit life has not changed.

Work still sucks at home too!

One more reason to get fat.

Working from home and tweeting galore.

Every day is a bra-less day.

Would not survive in prison. Help!

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