6:15 Here's a Tax Day stumper: Would you rather pay your taxes — or eat a cookie?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/04/12/tax-day-promotions-freebies-april-15/7595689/
Pay your taxes — or get a massage?
Pay your taxes — or sing for your supper?
Oops. Did we forget to mention that on April 15, these all will be free?
Tax Day means lots of things to lots of people, but to most folks it means giving, not receiving. Which may explain why a parade of companies have embraced Tax Day freebies, deals and promos. To brands looking for a star on which to hitch their marketing wagon, almost nothing could be easier than this. "Everyone hates sending money to the government," says brand guru Allen Adamson. But everyone loves free stuff. "It's a theme that unifies." And, just as important, he says, tends to drive social media buzz. Which may help explain this Tax Day loot:
• Free dinner. Got a song in your heart? Perform a complete song between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on the live music stage at one of 40 Hard Rock Cafes on Tax Day — and you've just sung your way into a free entree. The chain expects to give away "thousands" of entrees valued at up to $14.95 each, says John Galloway, chief marketing officer.
• Free cookies. For those with a bitter taste after filing their taxes, Great American Cookies has a sweet reward — a freebie chocolate chip cookie. OK, the limit is one per person. But no purchase is required, notes Vice President David Kaiser, "nor proof of completed taxes."
• Free massage. You need to sign up in advance, but free mini-massages are on tap April 14 through 18 at participating HydroMassage locations. Since the tradition began six years ago, the chain has given away almost 500,000 free massages "in this traditionally stressful time of year," says Paul Lunter, president.
• Free shredding. For those with super-secret tax documents to shred, folks who print special Office Depot coupons can shred up to 5 pounds of papers between now and April 29.
• Free sandwich. Well, there's a Tax Day catch to getting a free sandwich (The Original) at Schlotzsky's — you have to buy a 32-ounce drink and a bag of chips. But, hey, that's a pretty small price to pay for deli sandwich.
• Free fries. Arby's will hand out snack-sized curly fries free on April 15 for guests with coupons from Arbys.com or Arby's social channels. But you won't be able to print the coupons until April 14.
• Free chips and dip. At California Tortilla, you can get free chips and queso dip on Tuesday but only if you tell your server these secret passwords: "Taxes Shmaxes."
6:45 Wished my friend Drew a Happy Birthday! Also, I wonder if there was a bunny spotted on the scene of this crime?????
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — It's an egg case Ft Myers, Florida investigators are trying to crack. Someone has swiped a semi-truck with a load of 180,000 eggs. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reports the big-rig was parked behind a 7-Eleven Sunday morning. When the driver returned that night the truck was gone. Investigators tell the News-Press there are no security cameras at the scene. For now, the case of the missing eggs won't be over easy.
Hmm Just in time for Easter---maybe there was a Bunny driving that truck.
7:15 Baby Got back....it's a classic and now, there are tons of other versions. Folk, swing, Rat Pack Sinatra Style, Metal...yeah, I said metal. What's your favorite? This is how I found all of these versions: http://weirdnews.about.com/b/2014/03/30/swingin-new-version-of-baby-got-back.htm
8:15 My friend posted this on Facebook last night:
“Don't ever buy a wardrobe on-sale from Ikea. 4 hours later,cursing like a sailor, hammering, drilling, no fingernails left...aaaaaaaannnnd straight into the trash heap. Discontinued for a reason “...too bad she didn't know they've finally created the answer to her furniture assembly prayers...
Bout time!!!! Next time you're getting ready to put together that bookshelf named “EKTORP” from Ikea...think of this first
WHAT TOOK SO LONG?
Italian researchers have designed a robot that helps you … assemble IKEA furniture. After all, the frustrating thing about building the stuff isn’t just the little screws or the difficult instructions, it’s the inept person helping you. Through a process called ‘kinesthetic teaching’, the new robot learns the movements needed to complete each project. First, the robot assists the builder in flipping a tabletop over, for instance, then stiffens while still holding it so the builder can screw the legs on. (This could save some friendships!)