Today in 30AD, scholars’ estimate was Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem.
Today in 1963, at the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win “the Green Jacket” at the Masters Tournament. He held the mantle until 1997 – when 21-year-old Tiger Woods won the coveted coat.
Today in 2003, American troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime fell days later.
April 7th is National Beer Day! How do most people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Drinking. Cinco De Mayo? Drinking. Purim? Oh yeah – drinking too.
April 7th is International Beaver Day! Meghan Trainor says it’s “all about that bass,” but on this date? It’s all about the beavers! International Beaver Day is a great time to hike to a beaver pond and/or otherwise spread the word about nature’s engineer.
Here are some of the major coronavirus developments that are making headlines right now . . .
- There are signs that New York’s coronavirus cases have plateaued . . . but, as Governor Andrew Cuomo says, quote, “If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a very high level and there’s tremendous stress on the health care system.”
The White House task force also gave some cautious optimism yesterday. Vice President Pence noted a slowdown in cases in California and Washington and attributed it to social distancing.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci says he doesn’t believe we’ll get “back to normal” before there’s a vaccine. While we may not have extreme social distancing and stay-at-home orders like now, the transition back to society like we knew it will be gradual.
Also . . . he says it’s possible we may NEVER truly get back to the point where we were before coronavirus, because we’ve now lived through this and understand the threat.
- The death toll in the U.S. passed 10,000 yesterday.
And grocery store workers are starting to be part of those numbers. Grocery store employees from New York, Maryland, and Illinois have all died in the past few days from coronavirus.
- Lowe’s is taking a lot of heat for running a “Spring Black Friday” this past weekend . . . essentially inviting giant crowds to their stores.
- Roadblocks are starting to appear on state lines as states attempt to limit people coming in. That’s essentially something we’ve NEVER had in this country before, or not since the Civil War at least . . . as the Constitution guarantees “freedom of movement.”
And Gunnison county here in Colorado is even threatening non-residents with up to 18 months in jail.
Here’s one from the “things no one ever asked for” department . . .
Apparently, 7-Eleven just started rolling out a new Peeps-flavored LATTE in their self-serve coffee machines in stores.
The description is, quote, “The cutest, sweetest, yellowiest, marshmallowiest latte you’ve ever had.”
That’s right: It’s a bright yellow, marshmallow-flavored coffee drink.
There’s no word on how it tastes, but if you’re willing to risk going out into the world to try this at 7-Eleven, hopefully it’s amazing. And you should probably call first to make sure your 7-Eleven has it.
Every now and then a lead singer needs a water break, so someone else takes over on vocals. And every now and then one of those songs becomes a huge hit. (And you know the lead singer HATES that!)
- “We’re An American Band”, Grand Funk Railroad, 1973 . . . sung by drummer Don Brewer.
- “Take It to the Limit”, The Eagles, 1975 . . . sung by original bassist Randy Meisner.
- “Beth”, KISS, 1976 . . . sung by drummer Peter Criss.
- “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, Blue Oyster Cult, 1976 . . . sung by guitarist Buck Dharma.
- “Tempted”, Squeeze, 1980 . . . sung by keyboardist Paul Carrack, who was only with the band for ONE ALBUM.
- “Africa”, Toto, 1983 . . . sung by keyboardist David Paich. It was the band’s only #1 single.
- “Sister Christian”, Night Ranger, 1984 . . . sung by drummer Kelly Keagy, who wrote it for his younger sister.
- “These Dreams”, Heart, 1986 . . . sung by guitarist Nancy Wilson .
- “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, Oasis, 1996 . . . sung by Noel Gallagher. He presented this song and “Wonderwall” to his brother Liam and told him to pick which one he wanted to sing. Obviously, Liam chose “Wonderwall”.
- “Happy”, The Rolling Stones, 1972 . . . sung by Keith Richards, who generally takes the vocals on one song per album, and this is one that became a hit.
Here are some NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .
- The police in the Czech Republic gave a warning to nudists for not wearing protective masks.
- The company that sells the Flowbee vacuum hair cutting system had to temporarily shut down operations over coronavirus. So if you were hoping to buy a device to suck and cut your hair during the pandemic, you’re out of luck.
- A couple from South Africa went to a resort in the Maldives for their honeymoon . . . and they wound up as the only ones there for weeks because of travel restrictions.
- The Amish in Pennsylvania are getting a drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic specifically for horse and buggies.
- There are pictures going viral that show a squirrel hoarding acorns and fighting a stuffed animal for toilet paper.
Food deliveries are obviously HUGE right now . . . and according to Uber Eats, their orders have gone up 30% since mid-March.
They also shared the foods that people in 35 different states have ordered the most. And while there’s some variety in here, it’s clear the most popular thing to have delivered right now is . . . FRENCH FRIES.
Fries are the most delivered food in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
Some of the other most popular foods are pad Thai, burritos, and crab rangoon.
The drinks that people are ordering the most are: Soda . . . Thai iced tea . . . horchata . . . iced coffee . . . and lemonade.
And the desserts people are ordering the most are tiramisu . . . baklava . . . cheesecake . . . banana pudding . . . and churros.
We’re not even a month into spring, but summer’s coming early this year, at least at Dairy Queen. They’ve just announced the arrival of their 2020 Summer Blizzard Menu and it’s got four new flavors and two favorites making a comeback. Here’s what we can look forward to:
Frosted Animal Cookie Blizzard – Vanilla soft serve blended with pieces of those frosted animal cookies from our childhoods and pink confetti frosting.
Oreo Cheesecake Blizzard – Just like it sounds, it’s made with pieces of Oreos and chunks of cheesecake blended with vanilla soft serve.
Raspberry Fudge Bliss Blizzard – This one’s also made real raspberries, soft fudge pieces and choco chunks blended in vanilla soft serve.
Wonder Woman Cookie Collision Blizzard – And the one with the most fun name also starts with vanilla soft serve and blends in chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolatey cookie dough and fudge.
And returning to menus? The Cotton Candy Blizzard and the S’mores Blizzard.