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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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