Tidbits from Mike Bradley's Portion of the Morning Team

Nov 01, 2013 -- 1:18pm

Couple of facts about DST: It's Saving Time, not Savings Time. Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows better, and "Daylight Savings Time" is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries. In the European Union, everybody set their clocks back last weekend.

Bradley's Believe It Or Not:
As we've mentioned before, Daylight Saving Time is thought to have been the brainchild of BEN FRANKLIN, who suggested in a French journal that Parisians could save thousands of francs a years by waking up earlier during the summer because it would prevent them from having to buy so many candles to light the evening hours. Aha!

   Here, in the U-S, we didn't take Ben's advice until WWI, when Congress decided to give the idea a try in 1918 in an effort to save energy. They passed the law in the same act that created Standard Time zones, but it wasn't very popular and was repealed the following year.
   Then, in 1942, during the next big war, President FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT (that would be FDR) tried out a concept he called "War Time," which set the clocks permanently an hour earlier all-year 'round to save energy. After the war ended in 1945, most of the states adopted a summer-only time change.
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Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night (and don't forget to change all the batteries in the alarms and detectors). A startling statistic: more than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have worn-out or missing batteries. Geez, could we remind you enough? Some additional factoids:

   --It'll get dark at around 5 pm now. We'll be down to about ten hours of light a day.
   --Hawaii and Arizona do not observe DST, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, which does, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states. So there's nothing to change there.

In a big win for people who spend their time petitioning mega corporations to make unhealthy foods mildly healthier, Kraft Foods announced yesterday that they will begin removing dyes from their famously-bright macaroni and cheese.
   But you can stop hyperventilating because they will not be removing the fake dye from their "original flavor" elbow-shaped macaroni and cheese. In a far emptier gesture, they'll only be removing Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from the SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween, and "winter shapes" varieties of mac and cheese. According to Kraft, they'll replace the dye with "spices like paprika."

   However, Kraft really wants you to know that in no way did this change result from a Change.org petition with 348-thousand signatures asking the company to stop using the dyes. A Kraft spokesperson said, the company is simply "making improvement where we can," not paying attention to widely publicized outrage.
   This will surely come as good news to the party poopers circulating the Change.org petition asking M&Ms to remove artificial dyes from the candies. The authors of this petition, appearing on the "Today show" this week, assert that the "petroleum-based" dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Their petition currently has 108-thousand signatures.

The Airlines:
The changes were expected; the FAA made it official: Air travelers will now be permited to use nearly every one of their electronic gadgets "during all phases of flight."
   So no more powering off while the plane takes off or as it prepares to land. Now it's "gate to gate."
   The exceptions: You can't use cell phones or tablets to make phone calls or send text messages during takeoff and landing, and you can't make cell phone calls at all during flight. That's an FCC regulation, so that agency would have to authorize the change. Also, all electronic devices with cellular or WiFi service must be set to "airplane mode" during that time.

   A spokesman for flight attendants worried that these new guidelines could increase friction between passengers and flight attendants.

Movies opening this coming weekend (Nov 01): 
Show biz insiders and tracking polls seem to indicate that "Ender's Game" will be the big winner this weekend, with around $25 million at the box office. The animated "Free Birds" will likely be second, followed by last week's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" and "Last Vegas." The whole list:

   --"Free Birds," (animated comedy, wide release, rated PG), with the voices of OWEN WILSON, WOODY HARRELSON, AMY POEHLER, GEORGE TAKEI; others. Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history --and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.

   --"The Dallas Buyers Club," (drama, limited release, rated R), starring MATTHEW McCONAUGHY, JENNIFER GARNER, JARED LETO. Based on the real-life story of an HIV-positive guy, given 30 days to live gets together with a bunch of outcasts to track down alternative treatments from all over the world.

   --"About Time," (Comedy, limited release, rated R), starring DOMHNALL GLEESON as a guy who finds out he can travel thru time --but can't change anything but his own life. With RACHEL McADAMS, BILL NIGHY. Wide release Nov 08.

Top DVD Sales last week (Rentrak): 
5. "The Hangover, Part 3"
4. "The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition"
3. "The Croods"
2. "Pacific Rim"
1. "The Heat"
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Top video rentals last week (Rentrak): 
5. "The Great Gatsby"
4. "World War Z"
3. "This Is The End"
2. "Iron Man 3"
1. "After Earth"


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