We Don’t Check Our Tire Pressure
Do you pay attention when a light comes on on your car dashboard? A survey from a company that makes tire inflation valve stems reveals that 42 percent of drivers are unable to identify the low-tire-pressure warning light in their gauge cluster. Additionally, 42 percent of those surveyed admitted to rarely checking the air pressure in their tires. Ten percent of those polled admitting to ignoring their low-tire-pressure warning light, and 21 percent admitted that when they do check they only check their tires visually and not with a tire pressure gauge. This isn’t good–the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that under-inflated tires are the cause of an estimated 20 thousand accidents and 660 deaths each year. (Fox)
Scrabble maker Hasbro said that after asking fans last month to propose a new word for its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary a winner has been chosen: “geocache.” Geocache is a very that means, “to seek items by means of a GPS device as part of a game.” As an eight-letter word, it will be challenging to use, since players have only seven letters at a time. The Number 2 word was “zen,” while other runners-up were: “bitcoin”; “cosplay”; and “ew.” Hasbro had asked fans to nominate their picks on the company’s Facebook page. The Scrabble dictionary is getting its first update in nine years this summer.
KFC debuted a chicken drumstick corsage for students to bring to their high school proms. For $20, buyers will receive a corsage kit from a Louisville, Kentucky florist, which includes a $5 gift card that can be used for a drumstick of their choice, Extra Crispy, Kentucky Grilled Chicken, or Original Recipe. There are only 100 for KFC corsages foe sale. (CNBC)
2014 MTV Movie Awards
- Conan showed viewers his Vine versions of some of the year’s biggest movies in 6-second Vine format.
- Amanda Seyfried claimed to have forgotten her contact lenses and couldn’t read the teleprompter.
- Rita Ora ripped Zac Efron’s shirt off of him after he won Best Shirtless Performance.
- Jordana Brewster’s tribute to Paul Walker.
- Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter, We’re the Millers
- Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, We’re the Millers
- Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
- Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, That Awkward Moment
- Best Villain: Mila Kunis, Oz The Great and Powerful
- Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
- Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson perform in Heaven, This is the End
- Favorite Character: Tris from Divergent
- Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna, This is the End
- Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum
- MTV Generation award: Mark Wahlberg
You Can Sneeze 1,000 Feet
Do you cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze? You should. New research finds that coughs and sneezes travel 200 times farther than previously thought. Researchers took high-speed images of coughs and sneezes and found that each droplet of liquid is accompanied by “gas clouds” that allow the droplets to travel greater distances. Researchers say due to the gas clouds, smaller droplets actually travel farther than larger droplets. (Fox)
Fair Or Unfair?
Last week, Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was designed to remove obstacles to equal pay for women in the workplace. Specifically, the bill would have limited the reasons that bosses can cite for paying a woman less than a man in an equivalent job. It also would have forbidden bosses from punishing workers who discuss their salaries with co-workers. (The reasoning is that secrecy prevents some people from ever finding out that they’re paid less.) Some Republicans argued that the bill would only have encouraged frivolous lawsuits.