Before you get too drunk to remember these, here are six random stats about St. Patrick’s Day . . .
1. 56% of us are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
2. 83% of those people will wear green.
3. We’ll spend a total of $5.3 BILLION celebrating it this year . . . or about $38 per person.
4. Worldwide, we’ll drink 13 million pints of Guinness today.
5. We’ll eat 70% more cabbage this week than normal.
6. And St. Patrick’s Day is just the FOURTH most popular drinking holiday. The top three are New Year’s, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.
MARIAH CAREY was EASILY the most memorable act on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” this year.
If you didn’t see it, there were some technical difficulties, and rather than perform though it, Mariah just awkwardly walked around onstage, talking to the crowd while her songs played in the background.
During her first song, she complained about not being able to hear her backing track, and at one point she said, quote, “We didn’t have a soundcheck, but it’s New Year’s baby. That’s okay.”
She started fake-singing the second song, but then abruptly stopped . . . revealing that she’d been lip-synching. But that wasn’t surprising, since she TOLD the crowd ahead of time that she’d give it a go because the backing track was the full album version.
Afterward, her rep said Mariah told the producers ahead of time that her in-ear monitors weren’t working, but they didn’t do anything about it. The rep also accused them of “[setting] her up to fail” for ratings during the later West Coast feed.
Mariah’s people tried to get the producers to cut the performance from the West Coast broadcast . . . but they got shot down. ABC refused.
Her manager said, quote, “[An exec] said he couldn’t do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches, unless they just want eyeballs at any expense. It’s not artist friendly.”
But the producers said they had “no involvement” in the situation, and that allegations that they’d intentionally sabotaged her performance were, quote, “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd.”
There’s talk that Mariah was the one that refused to do a soundcheck, but her manager says she was planning to do one, and was there in plenty of time.
On Sunday, Mariah Tweeted, quote, “[Stuff] happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.” (She really said “[S-word] happens . . .”)
One last note, Mariah’s people say the producers were BEGGING her to do the show. Quote, “She was doing them a favor. [The producer’s] direct request was, ‘I’m begging you to do this. America needs this moment after Donald Trump, et cetera.’ What a bunch of nonsense.” (???)
Here’s What Happens If You Stop Drinking for a Month
Here’s a New Year’s resolution you only have to stick to for a MONTH. According to several studies, having a “dry January” where you don’t drink any alcohol can have a huge impact on your health.
A study in 2013 had “normal drinkers” stop drinking for one month. They lost an average of 3.5 pounds . . . were less likely to develop diabetes . . . and had lower cholesterol levels.
They also slept better . . . found it easier to concentrate . . . and lowered the amount of fat in their liver by an average of 15%. Which is important, because a fatty liver can lead to liver disease.
And a new study found that not drinking for a month can actually change your drinking PATTERNS too.
850 people agreed to stop drinking for one month. And six months later, the ones who followed through with it were still drinking significantly less than they did before they took part in the study.
Only about two-thirds of them actually made it a month without drinking though. The rest of them couldn’t do it.
(NHS.uk / New Scientist)
I saw a headline today that said, “Girl Scouts Add Three New Cookies to Iconic Lineup” . . . and obviously I was thrilled. “So long, New Year’s resolution . . . the Girl Scouts want to fatten me up and I’m gonna let ’em!”
Then I saw what the new flavors are . . . and frankly my diet will be just fine.
Two of the new flavors are gluten free, so, yeah . . . PASS. And the third is filled with ingredients that sound “healthy” enough to make the cookies taste bad, but not healthy enough to actually make cookies a sensible part of a good diet.
The three flavors are:
1. Gluten-Free Trios. These are gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies made from whole grain oats.
2. Gluten-Free Toffee-tastic. These are butter cookies with little toffee bits.
3. Rah-Rah Raisins. These are basically oatmeal raisin cookies with a bad-sounding twist. They’re made with whole grain oats, raisins, and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.
But the three flavors won’t be available everywhere . . . the Girl Scouts are rolling them out in test markets this year.
Did you finally pull the trigger and spend last night hunched over your computer creating a Match.com profile? So did everyone else. And that means today is OPEN SEASON on tail, my friends.
According to Match.com and PlentyOfFish.com, the first Sunday evening after New Year’s is ALWAYS the busiest time of the year.
Which means today, there’s more fresh meat on the online dating sites than ANY other day until next January.
The stats also say that people who decide to do online dating in January are 15% more likely to meet someone compared to starting any other month of the year.
It takes men an average of 10 weeks to get into a relationship through online dating . . . it takes women an average of eight weeks.