Half of Us Might Start Wearing Face Masks in Public, Plus Nine More Coronavirus Items

Wearing those surgical face masks got popular in China after the SARS outbreak in 2002. So will the same thing happen here because of the coronavirus?

A new survey found over HALF of Americans are now thinking about it.  52% said wearing a mask is something they might consider, and only 21% said it’s “very unlikely” they will.

Here are some more coronavirus stories that are making headlines . . .

1.  The stock market fell about 1,200 points yesterday over worries the virus might cause a global recession.  That’s the biggest one-day point drop in U.S. history.

2.  Pope Francis skipped Mass yesterday because of a, quote, “slight [illness].”  So people started speculating he might have it.  He was seen coughing and blowing his nose on Ash Wednesday.  And about 400 cases have been confirmed in Italy.

3.  People have been buying up emergency food supplies at Costco.  And according to one report, they’re SOLD OUT.  (We checked their website and couldn’t find any doomsday meal kits, or those giant buckets of mac-and-cheese.)

4.  A woman in Japan who thought she’d beaten the virus three weeks ago just tested positive for it AGAIN.  China says the same thing has happened with 14% of its patients.  So apparently it can appear to go away, then come back.

5.  Some wellness influencers on social media are making things worse by telling people to take a dangerous amount of vitamins to boost their immune system.  Some of the doses they’re recommending have been described as “near lethal.”

6.  South Korea now has drive-thrus where people can get tested for the virus without getting out of their car.

7.  If the outbreak does get a lot worse, a website called The Organic Prepper posted a pretty thorough rundown of how to prepare in case you need to quarantine yourself.

8.  A family in Canada got kicked off a flight after their daughter started coughing, and people thought it might be coronavirus.  Apparently she just had a cold.

9. And cops in Arkansas are taking advantage of the paranoia by offering to test people’s METH for coronavirus free of charge. They say if you bring your drugs in, they’ll make sure they’re not contaminated with the virus. It’s not clear if anyone’s fallen for it yet.

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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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.’

A Paid Internship for a ‘Candy Taster’ Also Comes with a Bonus . . . a Year’s Worth of Free Candy

The parent company of Snickers, M&M’s, and a bunch of other candies is doing their “World’s Sweetest Internship” thing again this summer.  It’s a three-month PAID position in Chicago.  And if you like chocolate, it might be the best job ever.

Responsibilities include traveling around to different manufacturing plants, and taste-testing NEW candy that hasn’t been released yet.  Plus, you get a year’s worth of free candy as a bonus.

You have to be 21 to apply and have at least a high school diploma or your G.E.D.  You can upload your résumé and apply online.  Just search for “World’s Sweetest Internship.” 

70% of Us Want to Get in Better Shape for Summer

FThe first day of summer is just over two months away.  And a new survey found 70% of us want to get in better shape before beach body season arrives.

Here are four more stats from the survey . . .

1.  The #1 reason people set fitness goals for summer is to lose weight.  Boosting your confidence, and getting ready for an upcoming event, like a vacation or wedding season, also made the top five.

2.  The top “tricks” we use to get in shape are walking more . . . avoiding sugar . . . avoiding fried foods . . . taking the stairs more often . . . and drinking less.

3.  The hardest parts about getting healthy are avoiding sugar . . . working out . . . eating vegetables . . . avoiding snacks at work . . . and eating more fruit.

4.  And the top summer activities we’re looking forward to are spending more time outside . . . spending time with family . . . taking walks . . . going on vacation . . . and hitting the beach.

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A Band Did a Shot-for-Shot Remake of Journey’s “Separate Ways” Video

A New York disco-funk band called ESCORT released a music video for their new song “Outta My Head” . . . and it might look familiar to you, because it’s a shot-for-shot remake of Journey’s “Separate Ways” video.

So, they’re mimicking “Separate Ways”, but singing their song.  And they went all out.  They supposedly used the 3D view in Google Maps to “scout out the coastline for miles around us” to find the perfect location to do it.

The band says, quote, “We’re not trying to exaggerate it or mock it . . . all the amazing ’80s video tropes, the pure intensity of the performances and the bizarre air instrument gag make it so special.” 

“Avengers: Endgame” Is Already Setting Ticket Sales Records

“Avengers: Endgame” is going to ROCK the box office . . . everyone knows that.  The question is whether or not it’ll break the opening weekend record of $257.7 million that “Avengers: Infinity War” set last April.

And it sounds like it WILL, because it doesn’t hit theaters for two weeks, and it’s already breaking records.

“Endgame” has sold more advance tickets in its first week than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the previous record holder.  And it’s outpacing “Infinity War” 5-to-1

And that’s after it sold more tickets in its first 24 hours than any movie in history.

According to Fandango, thousands of showtimes at theaters across the country have been sold out, so theaters are scheduling new showings at crazy times like between 4:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M.