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Life Cereal Is Looking for Its Next ‘Mikey,’ and Your Kid Can Audition

Quaker’s “Mikey Likes It” ad for Life cereal was one of the longest-running ads in history.  It’s the one where a kid who hates everything tries Life cereal and LIKES it.  It came out in 1972 . . . ran for more than 12 years . . . and is one of the most famous ads ever.

Now Quaker is apparently planning some sort of REBOOT of it.  And YOUR kid could be the next Mikey.  They’re looking for kids between 4 and 8 years old . . . boys AND girls.  And they posted a four-line script to audition with.

If you want your kid to audition, you have to submit their video through the website LifeCastingContest.com by April 27th.  

“Game of Thrones” By the Numbers . . . Including 12,137 Wigs and 4,000 Gallons of Fake Blood

“Game of Thrones” returns for its eighth and final season on Sunday . . . and to celebrate, here’s a rundown of 12 interesting facts and stats on the show:

1.  Many shows suffer audience fatigue as they get older.  Not “Game of Thrones”, which has a GROWING audience. Here is the U.S. viewership for each season . . .

Season One:  9.3 million, Season Two:  11.6 million,  Season Three:  14.4 million, Season Four:  19.1 million, Season Five:  20.2 million, Season Six:  25.7 million, and Season Seven:  32.8 million.

2.  Over the course of its eight seasons, it has filmed in 10 countries:  Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, the United States, Canada, and Scotland.

3.  Most of the production happened in Northern Ireland, where the show used 12,986 extras, and 2,000 crew members across the eight seasons.

4.  And just in Northern Ireland alone, 3,748 pounds of rubber and 1.5 tons of metal were used for armory . . . and 1,300 shields were created.

5.  Production went through 52,000 bags of paper snow . . . 163 tons of propane . . . 3,000 pyrotechnic effects . . . 4,000 gallons of artificial blood . . . 20,907 candles . . . 25 miles of rope . . . 22,966 feet of waxed cotton fabric were used to make more than 330 tents . . . and 50 miles of fabric were used for costumes.

6.  The construction department used 745 miles of repurposed timber, 60,000 sheets of plywood, 20 million screws and bolts, 65,000 bags of plaster, 1,320 gallons of wood glue, 1,200 blocks of polystyrene, 1,000 sheets of fire board . . .

More than 1,000 miles of cable, and 120 semi-truck loads of reclaimed beams from warehouses and barns from all over Europe.

7.  Over the course of eight seasons, “Game of Thrones” used 12,137 wigs and hairpieces.  And a lot goes into that.  Daenerys’ wig color and style are the result of more than two months of testing and seven prototypes.  That’s Emilia Clarke’s character.

8.  Throughout filming, 19,722 travel documents were issued, 68,143 hotel rooms were booked, and 1,749 call sheets were issued to the cast and crew.

9.  Over the first seven seasons, “Game of Thrones” has 132 Emmy nominations and 47 wins . . . and seven Golden Globe nominations with one win.

10.  Season Eight was reportedly its most expensive, with a $90 million budget . . . which is roughly $15 million each episode.  And the main cast members were paid $500,000 per episode.

11.  “Game of Thrones” has racked up a pretty impressive body count over the years.  According to an unofficial fan count, 174,373 individuals have been killed in the first seven seasons.

Another count claims there have only been FIVE episodes where nobody dies on-screen.

And according to yet another study, characters have a 14% chance of dying within the first hour after being introduced on the show.

12.  There are 432 minutes left in the series, spread across six episodes.  Season Eight premieres Sunday night, and the series finale will air on May 19th.

(MediumPeopleMental Floss)

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Robot Umpires for Minor League Baseball Will Be “Implemented Gradually” This Season

A lot of jobs are in danger of being lost to automation and computers, and now baseball umpires are being put on notice.

Major League Baseball will be experimenting with radar-tracking technology to call balls and strikes in some portions of the Minor Leagues.  There’s no start date, but it’ll be “implemented gradually” over the course of the 2019 season.

For now, the umps will still be in place at the games.  They’ll wear earpieces to receive the results of the computer’s call . . . but they will be able to override it.  The robot also won’t be able to evaluate check swings.

(We just saw a report about how WRONG umpires can be, although they’re getting better.  If Major League Baseball IS interested in pursuing technology to call balls and strikes, umpires’ days are definitely numbered.)

Disney Finally Releases the Pricing, Premiere, and Launch Details for Its Would-Be Netflix Killer, Disney+

FDisney has FINALLY released a bunch of information on their upcoming streaming service, Disney+.  They’re hoping it’s a Netflix-killer, but in reality, it’s yet ANOTHER streaming service that’s reaching for your wallet.

Here’s what we know:

Disney+ will launch on November 12th . . . and it’ll cost $6.99 a month, which isn’t bad.  But enjoy it while it lasts . . . that’s probably just the introductory price, and at some point they’ll start jacking it up, Netflix-style.

You can also save a few bucks by choosing the $69.99 annual plan.

Like Netflix, there won’t be any ads.  And Disney will likely bundle Disney+ with its other streaming products, ESPN+, and Hulu, but there aren’t any details yet.

On Day One, it’ll be stocked with programming from across their vast library, including 18 Pixar movies, 13 animated classics that have previously been locked inside the Disney ‘vault,’ all the “Star Wars” films . . .

Marvel titles like “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel”, some 250 hours of National Geographic programming, 100 Disney Channel Original Movies, and “nine exclusive originals.”

Also, Disney+ will become the EXCLUSIVE streaming home for the entire 660-episode-plus library of “The Simpsons”.  They acquired the show as part of their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

There will be new stuff too . . .

They’ve announced multiple Marvel shows:  Tom Hiddleston will star in “Loki”.

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are teaming up for “The Falcon and Winter Soldier”.  And Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff and The Vision in a series titled “WandaVision”.  

(Does this mean all these characters survive “Avengers: Endgame”?)

There will also be a Marvel animated show called “What If?”, which will examine zany alternate timelines based on ‘what if?’ questions . . . like “What if Peggy Carter became a super soldier?”  And there’s also that “Hawkeye” show.

Other content includes:  A TV series based on the 1993 movie “The Sandlot” . . . another show based on the LGBT teen movie“Love, Simon” . . . the live-action “Star Wars” show “The Mandalorian” . . . and a Jeff Goldblum ‘docuseries.’