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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 . . .
- New York City issued coronavirus safe sex guidelines . . . which strongly encourages self-pleasuring and warns against putting your mouth in the FILTHIEST of places.
- 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)
- All of the online teaching and video conferences going on has led to a wave of embarrassing moments.
- Some people have started hosting formal dinner parties with their families . . . where everyone puts on nice clothes for their quarantined dinner.
- A woman gave birth at a Walmart in Missouri . . . and it was in the toilet paper aisle. (AUDIO)
- The company RealDoll is now promoting that their sex dolls are, quote, “naturally antibacterial.”
- A guy in New Jersey was arrested for hosting a pop-up wedding with more than 50 people at his house.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Thousands of people in New York have signed up to foster animals, so they don’t have to sit in shelters during the crisis.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A couple in San Antonio had to cancel their wedding last-minute. So they donated all their flowers to an assisted-living center.
- 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.