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.
And here are the 10 least stressed states
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.
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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:
- 99-year-old Hugh Downs. He’s a retired news anchor your grandparents used to watch on “20/20” with Barbara Walters.
- 98-year-old Betty White
- 98-year-old Carl Reiner
- 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.
- 94-year-old Angela Lansbury
- 94-year-old Dick Van Dyke
- 93-year-old Mel Brooks
- 93-year-old Harry Belafonte
- 90-year-old Bob Newhart
- 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
- Eight giant bottles of ketchup.
- A ton of Chef Boyardee, even though they hadn’t eaten it since the ’90s.
- WAY too many eggs. A lot of people said they bought too much milk and bread too.
- Three tubs of hummus, even though no one in their family eats it.
- A ton of quinoa, even though they hate quinoa.
- A case of Spam.
- A, quote, “uncomfortable amount of pistachios.”
- Dozens of boxes of condoms for some reason.
- 32 mini packets of yeast to make bread . . . even though they’ve never made bread.
- 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 . . .
- 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.
- Since everyone’s rolling deep in toilet paper, now people are sharing social media pictures of their toilet paper origami.
- Facebook is working on . . . a coronavirus reaction button?
- There are submarine crews out there that may still not know about the pandemic.
- 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?”
- A doomsday shelter in Colorado has seen lots of new interest since the pandemic began.
- A guy rode his bike into the sea in Italy to try to avoid a police lockdown checkpoint.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.