Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Couple that loves Olive Garden to name their daughter Olivia Garton

An Arkansas couple who once ate at Olive Garden daily for nearly seven weeks plans to name their first child, due in December, Olivia Garton. Justin and Jordan Garton, of Fort Smith, are Arkansas natives who grew up going to Olive Garden. In 2015, shortly after they got married, the Gartons purchased a “never ending pasta pass” from Olive Garden. The $100 pass allows customers to have unlimited pasta and Coca-Cola soft drinks at their local Olive Garden for a limited time. “We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth,” said Justin Garton, 28, an actor who works in a furniture store to make ends meet. “It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.” When Jordan Garton became pregnant with the couple’s first child, they immediately looked to give their daughter a name with Italian origins. When they looked into the name “Olivia”, they both said they knew immediately that was the one. Their friends and family are happy with the name and get the joke quickly because they know of the couple’s love for Olive Garden. It got better after a tweet from Justin Garton showing a onesie with Olivia’s name on it caught the eye of Olive Garden officials, who have since then sent a “little surprise” to the Gartons already and plan to send food and gifts when Olivia arrives. The Gartons also have given their daughter unique initials. Followed a tradition in Justin Garton’s family, they used one of his siblings’ names as the new baby’s middle name. Olivia’s full name will be Olivia Michelle Garton, or O.M.G. (ABC News)


Budweiser wasn’t kidding about its plans to brew “the first beer on Mars”

After announcing its initiative at the South by Southwest conference in March, Budweiser is reportedly taking its next (small) steps toward accomplishing its out-of-this-world goal by sending beer-making grains — namely, barley — into space later this year. According to a press release, in early December SpaceX will be delivering the shipment of barley to the International Space Station, where it will remain in orbit for a month. Once back on Earth, the barley will be analyzed in order to determine how the grain reacts to microgravity environments. Budweiser’s “innovation team” will also experiment with germinating the exposed barley seeds. The company said its efforts might also provide insight on its agricultural practices here on Earth, although it maintained that its foremost goal is to one day supply “a colonized red planet the same enjoyments provided here on Earth.” (Budweiser)


Someone’s trying to sell a ‘used’ coffin on Facebook

Kyng Major posted the item on Facebook back on November 20th, and he admits it has had ’1 owner’ and is ‘slightly used’. At least he’s honest. “Anybody need a casket 1 owner slightly used been down once for 3 yrs just pulled back up because we decided to go a different route 200$ obo hmu…” the post reads. Could be the best Black Friday deal of the year. Major is selling the used casket for just $200; now that’s a steal. The question is, what does he mean when he says ‘we decided to go a different route’? It’s a mystery. (KHOU TV)


Man Protest Unjust Firing by Gluing His Hand to Former Employer’s Floor

A Malaysian man is protesting what he claims was an unjust termination from oil giant Chevron Malaysia Limited (Caltex) by supergluing his hand to their headquarters floor. Fadzilah Abdul Hamid worked as a Caltex petrol station operator for the past 17 years until being served an unexpected notice in May ordering him to vacate both locations within 30 days. The letter claimed that his termination was due to unpaid charges outlined on a circular regarding the Implementation of Self-Service at Petrol Stations. Hamid tried to object his wrongful termination through official channels but never received a response from the company. On November 21 he went to the Caltex headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in an attempt to meet with officials, but they ignored him again. That is when Hamid decided to take the drastic measure of gluing his hand to the floor. According to the activist, Hamid is only one of several other Caltex operators who had repeatedly asked the oil company to review the charges, but he is the first to take such direct and desperate action. (Malay Mail Online)


Why you should NEVER eat off your plate after a fly lands on it

If a fly lands on your carefully prepared picnic, you’re more than likely to swat it away and tuck in anyhow. But in fact you should never eat from a dish after a fly has landed on it, as the insects carry far more diseases than previously thought, according to a study. Researchers found that flies’ legs and wings are teeming with hundreds of different species of bacteria, often picked up after they have landed on carcasses or feces. These are easily transferred to surfaces when flies land, with their legs spreading the most microbial organisms. Those who eat food after flies – dubbed ‘airborne bacteria shuttles’ by researchers – have landed on it therefore put themselves at risk of picking up nasty diseases. Scientists had long suspected flies played a role in carrying and spreading diseases because they are all around us. The team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro studied the microbiomes of 116 houseflies and blowflies from three different continents. The study found that in some cases flies carried hundreds of different species of bacteria, many harmful to humans. City-dwelling flies were found to carry more germs than those in rural areas. (Daily Mail)


Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000

The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record. In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday (11/24), up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday. Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer. (USA Today)


A herd of donkeys spent four days behind bars in India for ignoring the police’s warning over eating expensive plants

In a bizarre development, the Uttar Pradesh police detained a herd of donkeys in Jalaun district of the state last week. The police said that the donkeys were detained for destroying plants outside of the jailhouse. All eight donkeys were released after four days of detention. (India Today)


Welcome to Wednesday, a.k.a. middle of the work week! It’s all down hill from here and it brings us:

*Electronic Greetings Day
*International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
*National Package Protection Day (Following Wednesday after Thanksgiving)
*Rockerfeller Christmas Tree Lighting

*Square Dancing Day


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