A teacher from Ankeny, Iowa launched a project he calls Woodworking with a Purpose. Nate Evans started building desks for kids when noticed some were logging into virtual classes on their kitchen tables or beds.. He got 50 volunteers to help, so they’ve now built around 600 desks.
Happy Birthday to country legend Dolly Parton! She turns 75 today. In addition to a legendary singing career, she is also a very good actress. Remember the time she starred in a movie with Sylvester Stallone??
The movie “Rhinestone” was released back in 1984 and only took in $23 Million against a $28 Million budget.
Remember the old Mentos commercials, where someone would pop one in their mouth and then do something clever? I guess that doesn’t work in real life: A woman in Pennsylvania stole four rolls of Mentos from a gas station this month . . . then walked outside and tried to steal an ambulance. She’s facing several felony charges.
McDonald’s has announced it will run a promotion for six weeks called McDonald’s Throwback Thursday 2021 deals. They started yesterday and will continue through February 18th. Each Thursday you can get some menu item for a very low price, but the catch is you must also make an additional purchase of at least $1. You can get a cheeseburger on January 21st or February 18th for 25 cents, for example, or a small shake for 25 cents on January 28th, among other things. You can only get the special deals through the McDonald’s app.
You’ll spend a year driving around in a 27-foot-long Weinermobile, going to 200 different events, and serving as a brand ambassador for Oscar Mayer.
They’re looking for people with a degree or experience in marketing or communications who are outgoing, friendly, and have a valid driver’s license.
They didn’t list any salary information, but seven years ago, someone posted on the website Glassdoor that the pay was around $30,000 for the year. It’s probably gone up a little since then, but yeah, you’re not gonna get rich driving a hot dog.
If you’re interested in applying, you can do it on the KraftHeinz website. The deadline is the 31st.
Get ready to shovel! Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service…
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY…Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Fillmore * WHAT…Snow. Total accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. * WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. * WHEN…From noon today to 6 PM CST Friday.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY…Allamakee-Clayton-Crawford-Richland-Grant * WHAT…Snow. Total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. * WHERE…In Wisconsin, Grant, Richland and Crawford Counties. In Iowa, Allamakee and Clayton Counties. * WHEN…From noon today to 6 PM CST Friday.
Jake Owen is a pro at making music, but now he’s in a major motion picture for the very first time!
He has a role in the upcoming movie Our Friend.
Jake talked about his film debut, “I’ve never been in a ?movie? before so I won’t lie.. sitting down in front of Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, and Casey Affleck and acting like I knew what I was doing, was a bit of a challenge. I’ve always loved a good challenge.”
If your Christmas tree is still sitting in your house, here’s an option instead of dragging it out to the curb: Serve it for dinner.
There’s a new cookbook out from a, quote, “artisan baker and cook” in the U.K. named Julia Georgallis called “How to Eat Your Christmas Tree”. And it features dozens of recipes you can make using your tree.
For example, Christmas-Cured Fish uses almost a pound of needles for decoration and flavoring. With Christmas Tree Pickles, you throw a handful of needles into a jar with your pickles for a month.
There’s even ICE CREAM flavored with blue spruce needles and ginger.
Julia says she created the book so people would get better use out of their trees . . . rather than chopping down 30 million trees every year and then throwing them away.
Plus, quote, “I don’t know why it’s so weird because we eat and we forage so many [other] plants.”
Attention beer drinkers! The Busch Light Snow Day is back!
Anheuser-Busch is offering a $1 rebate for every inch of snow that falls in select cities between now and March 28, 2021.
The rebate is being offered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa. You could potentially receive up to $15 off a 30-Pack of Busch Light.
The rebate in Iowa is determined by snowfall in Des Moines, in Wisconsin, Green Bay is the location. For the folks up north, Minneapolis is the location for Minnesota. Only one rebate is offered per person, and customers must be 21 or older, of course. More details here.
People in Queens, New York are being terrorized by an aggressive squirrel, or possibly a group of squirrels. Several people have reported attacks, including a woman who said it felt like she was losing an MMA fight. (A reporter also talked to a kid who said her mom makes her carry pepper spray now, just in case the squirrel shows up.)
New Year’s will be different with more people getting BLITZED at home this year. So what will YOU be sipping in your living room when midnight hits? Zippa looked at the most uniquely popular New Year’s drink in all 50 states, not including beer. So only wine, champagne, and cocktails. Here’s what they found . . .
1. Champagne is the top drink in 21 states, including most of the East Coast and a lot of states out West. And Connecticut is Prosecco, which is basically the same thing.
2. Frozen daiquiris are the top drink in five states: Maine, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Indiana.
3. Amaretto sour, four states: Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, and West Virginia.
4. Vodka-cranberry is #1 in Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Lemon drops are first in Arkansas and North Dakota. And palomas are first in Idaho and Oregon.
5. 12 states have a favorite drink that didn’t place first anywhere else: In New Hampshire, margaritas . . . Utah, mimosas . . . Wisconsin, mulled wine . . . Hawaii, rum and Coke . . . Alaska, screwdrivers . . . Montana, tequila sunrise . . . Ohio, gin fizz . . .
Vermont, whiskey sour . . . South Dakota, kamikazes . . . Wyoming, White Russians . . . Delaware, New Year’s Sparklers . . .
Iowa Environmental Mesonet has calculated some early snow fall totals. Looks like Northeast Iowa has received anywhere between 2-6 inches of snow. More snow fell south of HWY 20. Looks like the Fairfax/Hiawatha area were the big winners with about a foot of snow.
The Christmas season….a time for friends, family and TREATS!! The website Zippa did a little research and found out each states most popular holiday treat. In Iowa we are fond of the Oreo Balls, in Minnesota Peppermint Kiss Cookies are tops, and in Wisconsin Andes Peppermint is number one. Check out the rest of their findings….it’s a bit cheese-y. -EK
A staggering 9 states chow down on cheesecake during the winter holidays
20 states dig cakes, while 12 want candy, and 10 know cookies are what’s up
That doesn’t even count Pennsylvania and Hawaii who busy eating gingerbread cheesecake and Oreo cheesecake
Move over California, Missouri searches for “vegan Christmas cookies” more than any other state.
Wyoming and Arizona like their treats liquid, as delicious hot chocolate and less delicious egg nog
Forget candy you can get in the grocery store everyday, New Jersey knows treats are more satisfying when they have a chocolate-y Santa face
Only North Dakota is a big fan of vastly, underrated peanut butter blossoms
Oh give me some Christmas pudding, oh give me some pudding (says Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee)
I love innovation, but this might be a little much. McDonald’s China is releasing a new burger with SPAM, topped with crushed Oreos and mayo. They are only producing 400,000 of these burger concoctions….would you eat one????
McDonalds China is introducing a new Oreo x Spam burger on December 21. There will be 400,000 produced and sold.
Tonight the Great Conjunctions is happening…also know as the Christmas Star. It’s where Jupiter and Saturn align in the sky. These conjunctions happen every 20 years, and the last one was in the year 2000..but what’s so special about this one tonight??? According to the National Weather Service: It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.” The next time this super close conjunction will happen again with Jupiter and Saturn??? March 15, 2080.
If you look at the map above, are chances of seeing this event are iffy with clouds in the forecast. -EK
Happy National Ugly Sweater Day! It used to be a bad thing, but thanks to ugly sweater parties, and Jimmy Fallon’s annual giveaway to audience members, they’re more popular than ever. Here’s “Ugly Sweater” by Mistletoe Conspiracy. It came out in 2010, when people still thought they were horrible. Now they make millions….
A 107-year-old woman in Minnesota named Tillie Dybing recently beat the virus. No one realized she had it until she started sleeping all day, every day. She eventually tested positive, but she’s feeling great now. She talked to the local news and said it reminded her of when her parents got sick with the Spanish Flu in 1918.
The Florida Gators lost the game against LSU because one of their players chucked a shoe that had fallen off of an LSU player. The score was tied, and LSU would’ve had a fourth down, but this penalty made it first and ten. The ref even tells us know how far it went. LSU made a long field goal and won, 37-34.
A rich guy in Laguna Beach, California has been playing the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song on a loop just to annoy his neighbor. The guy recently had a $1 million outdoor sculpture installed, and it partially blocked the neighbor’s view. So they’ve been feuding about it.
The “Gilligan’s Island” theme would get old after a while, but I think I could think of more annoying songs to play on loop…especially around the holidays… -EK
Credit: ElmoPatsyVEVO via Youtube and The Singing Dogs – Topic via YouTube
Remember shoveling….digging through a ton of snow 10 years ago??? I do!! A crazy blizzard hit the Midwest December 10-12 back in 2010 that caused many headaches and the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis to collapse! Read all the details from the National Weather Service. -EK
A very potent winter storm developed over South Dakota and Nebraska on Friday, December 10th, then strengthened as it moved into Iowa through Saturday, December 11th. Moisture and warm air surged into the Upper Mississippi River Valley ahead of the system on Friday, which led to temperatures near or above the freezing mark for much of southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Precipitation pushed into northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and far southwest Wisconsin on Friday evening, continuing to surge northeast through the night. Initially, the precipitation fell as a wintry mix, from rain across the southern parts, to freezing rain and sleet surrounding the Interstate 90 corridor, to snow in areas to the north. Eventually enough cold air wrapped into the system to cause all precipitation to change over to snow. The storm system then moved east Saturday night, causing the snow to come to an end for the local area by Sunday morning, December 12th.
Very heavy snow accompanied this system as amounts ranged from a few inches in the far southern parts of the forecast area (due to much of the precipitation falling as rain), to greater than 20 inches. The highest amounts fell along and north of Interstate 90. The impact of the heavy snow was compounded as strong winds blew at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up wards of 45 mph. This caused significant blowing and drifting snow, as well as white-out conditions across much of the area. Although the snow ended by Sunday morning, the strong winds continued, therefore hazardous conditions remained through the morning hours.
Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings were in effect for the entire area starting Friday night and continued through Sunday morning.
In addition, a cold arctic airmass was pulled into the area behind the system, with temperatures dropping as the day progressed on Sunday. High temperatures across the forecast area on Sunday ranged from the single digits above zero west of the Mississippi River to the teens above zero east of the river. As winds were still breezy, wind chills dropped to values colder than 20 degrees below zero by Sunday morning. Wind chill advisories were issued for the area after the system had progressed east.
This was the same storm that made the roof of the Metrodome collapse. Because of that the Vikings had to play a home game in Detroit, and another home game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.