Taco Bell Is Trying Out a 30-Day Taco Subscription Service
I'm not sure if this is a brilliant idea, a challenge, or a health advisory: Taco Bell is testing out a subscription service, which will give you a free taco EVERY DAY. It's called the Taco Lover's Pass, and here's how it works: You download the Taco Bell app, and sign-up for a subscription. It costs between $5 and $10 a month, depending on the location . . . and for now, it's only available at select locations in Tucson, Arizona. Then you can redeem one free taco every day of the month. The options include: A Crunchy Taco, a Spicy Potato Soft Taco, a Crunchy Supreme Taco, a Soft Supreme Taco, a Doritos Locos Taco, and a Doritos Locos Taco Supreme. Individual tacos typically cost $1.39 to $2.39. So, depending on the costs of the tacos and the plans, you'll have to go to Taco Bell between three and seven times every month to break even. Taco Bell wants people to come more frequently, and they'll make money off the add-on items, since no one goes just to order ONE taco. It's also a convenient way for them to get more people using their app.
A Man Posed as a Disney World Tour Guide So He Could Skip Every Line
How far would you go to skip ALL the lines at a theme park? A report just came out about a 30-year-old guy in Florida who went to Disney World this summer . . . and managed to skip every line by posing as a Disney TOUR GUIDE. For several days in early June, employees noticed there were a bunch of unapproved "overrides" on an app their VIP tour guides use. Meaning people were cutting in line even though they hadn't paid for a tour. So a fraud investigator kept his eyes peeled. And on June 4th, he saw a man he didn't know leading a tour, and bypassing a line in their Hollywood Studios park. It's not clear if he was leading friends or random guests on the tour, or how many people were with him. But Disney shut it down immediately, and the guy started walking to the parking lot. They followed him to his car, and he eventually admitted he had an official Disney World iPad that only guides are supposed to have access to. So that's how he was doing it. We don't know where he works, but he said his boss lent it to him, and he gave them a name. It turned out they knew who he was talking about, because the person had done it BEFORE. But that's all we know. They kicked him off the property but decided not to press charges.
The Happiest and Least Happy States in America
A new study found the happiest states in the U.S. All 50 states were ranked based on 31 different metrics, and the pandemic WAS factored in. It included stuff like: COVID-19 rates and restrictions, overall health, career satisfaction, life expectancy, unemployment, depression, and weather. The 10 happiest states in the U.S. are: Utah . . . Minnesota . . . Hawaii . . . California . . . North Dakota . . . South Dakota . . . Idaho . . . Maryland . . . New Jersey . . . and Massachusetts. The 10 least happy are: West Virginia . . . Arkansas . . . Louisiana . . . Mississippi . . . Oklahoma . . . Kentucky . . . Tennessee . . . Alabama . . . Alaska . . . and New Mexico. It's an annual study, and the Top 10 and Bottom 10 didn't change much from 2020. South Dakota and Massachusetts climbed up into the Top 10 . . . while New Mexico sunk into the Bottom 10.
Comedy Legend Norm Macdonald Lost a Secret, Decade-Long Battle with Cancer
NORM MACDONALD, one of the greatest comedians of our time, passed away yesterday after nearly a decade-long battle with cancer. He was 61. No, you didn't miss anything. Norm had been battling cancer for nine years, but he told almost nobody, including family and friends. His longtime producing partner said, quote, "Norm was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. "Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that 'a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.' He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly." Norm got his break in Hollywood writing for "Roseanne" and "The Dennis Miller Show" in 1992. He joined "Saturday Night Live" a year later, and hosted its "Weekend Update" segment for three seasons. Although he was with the show through 1998, he lost the "Update" gig in 1997 . . . supposedly because he made jokes about O.J. Simpson, who was a good friend of an NBC executive named Don Ohlmeyer. Norm had his own sitcom, called "Norm", which debuted on ABC in 1999 and ran for three seasons. He also appeared in several films, including "Dirty Work", "Funny People", "The People vs. Larry Flynt", "Man on the Moon", and "Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo". He voiced Lucky the Dog in 1998's "Dr. Dolittle" and its sequels. He also played Colonel Sanders in a few KFC ads and had a Netflix talk show in 2018 called "Norm Macdonald Has a Show". He was planning to shoot a Netflix special at the time of his death.
Top 5 Situations When it's Okay to Slug Someone
We don't approve of fights, or the 36% of Americans who've been in one. But sometimes a situation calls for a well-placed sock to the face. Like anything from today's list of the . . . Top 5 Situations When it's Okay to Slug Someone. They got you to shell out $20 for a dime bag of oregano. They think Van Halen was better with Sammy than Dave. I mean, c'mon! They threw away the bubble-wrap before you could pop it. The CVS cashier didn't laugh at your clever "Is that a receipt or a book?" joke. You're a Raiders fan and, well . . . slugging people is kind of your "thing." The party's going great when suddenly that guy with a ponytail pulls out a guitar. They just revealed the killer in "Mare of Easttown" was the kid. Oops. You finally get to the front of the line and the worker says Space Mountain is broken. Some guy covered in piercings just cut in front of you at the TSA checkpoint. They're wearing those "foot shoes."
Two-Thirds of Us Reward Ourselves for Working Out . . . and 16% Want a Trophy?
Exercising comes with lots of benefits, like feeling better and LIVING longer. But a new poll found most Americans say screw that, I want STUFF . . . Two-thirds say they'd be even more motivated to get healthy if it came with a material reward of some kind. And two-thirds of us already reward ourselves in various ways for working out or hitting fitness goals. Like if you go to the gym, you can have pizza this weekend. But most say they'd be even more likely to get healthy if they GOT something for it. Over half would love to earn gift cards or discounts to their favorite stores . . . 41% want cash . . . 17% want concert tickets . . . and 16% say they'd be more motivated to work out if they got a MEDAL or TROPHY for it. Things that we think deserve a reward include: Losing weight . . . buying healthier groceries . . . going to the doctor . . . and learning a new exercise routine.
Have You Ever Been in a Fight? Over a Third of Americans Have
"Fight Club" fans will enjoy this question: Have you ever been in a FIGHT? Heated arguments don't count. We're talking physical fights with punches thrown. A new poll asked 7,000 Americans, and over a THIRD of us have been in a fight before. 36% said yes, including 23% of women and HALF of men. And 23% of people said they've been in MORE than one fight in their life. Younger people were less likely to say they've been in a fight. Less than a quarter of adults under 25 said yes. And the age group that's thrown the most punches is people in their late-30s to mid-40s . . . 44% have been in a fight before.
A Guy Stabs His Coworker with a Pen for Telling Him to Work Harder
A Five Guys burger joint in Pennsylvania almost got knocked down to four guys the other day . . . 51-year-old Anthony Towles was working a shift at a Five Guys location in Altoona, Pennsylvania on Sunday. And one of his coworkers accused him of not working hard enough. So Anthony responded by grabbing a pen . . . and stabbing him in the HEAD with it. They were arguing before it happened and took it outside to the parking lot. That's where Anthony threatened to KILL the other guy, and grabbed a pen from his sock. The coworker ended up with a big gash on the side of his head, right behind his ear. But he'll be okay. Anthony got arrested. He's facing felony charges for aggravated assault with an attempt to cause serious bodily injury.
Today's Showbiz Highlights
1. NORM MACDONALD died yesterday after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was 61. Norm kept his cancer diagnosis a secret from almost everyone. A friend said, quote, "He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him." 2. Adam Sandler, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Jon Stewart are just a few of the stars paying tribute to the great NORM MACDONALD. 3. AARON RODGERS blamed an interception he threw against the Saints on Sunday on a "double nut shot." Quote, "Right before I'm throwing it I took a left kind of clothesline . . . and somebody on the right with a right kind of cross . . . double nut shot." The Packers lost to the Saints, 38 to 3. 4. JEFF DANIELS says that when he first met CLINT EASTWOOD at a golf tournament, Clint told him, quote, "I saw 'Dumb & Dumber' . . . the toilet scene . . . that happened to me." Then he laughed and walked away. 5. A "Twins" sequel called "Triplets" may start filming early next year. In this one, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito find out they have a third brother, played by Tracy Morgan. Eddie Murphy was originally supposed to do it, but he's too busy now. 6. ELI ROTH has a new Discovery+ show coming out on October 8th called "A Ghost Ruined My Life". Eli says, quote, "It's a hybrid of real people telling their actual stories on camera and amazing directors filming their living nightmares in cinematic stories." 7. A judge on "Nailed It!" said the biggest mistake that contestants make is they forget the clock and end up taking their time at the beginning. The contestants also fail to have a game plan. 8. JOHNNY ROTTEN says he went broke trying to stop an FX series on the SEX PISTOLS from happening . . . because Disney owns FX and was able to bleed him dry. He says, quote, "The Sex Pistols have become the property of Mickey Mouse." 9. ED SHEERAN says award shows in the U.S. aren't fun, because there's a vibe of "resentment and hatred." But at U.K. award shows, quote, "everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it's just sort of a good night out." 10. TRACE ADKINS doesn't shoot anyone in his upcoming movie "Monarch". He's pretty sure it's the first time he hasn't done that in a Western. He doesn't get killed either, which is another thing that usually happens to him.