Randoms- Latest # Trend, Bedtime Stories w/ Dolly, & More!

TODAY IS:

  • April Fools’ Day: But as the trending #NoAprilFools and others advise … today is not the best day for pranks – especially about anything related to COVID-19.
  • National Fun Day:These are hard, stressful times ... but try to have some fun today (and every day, really) – it’s good for your soul.
  • National Walking Day:A good day to take a walk outside, if you can.

Here’s a Twitter challenge fromThe Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon… "Tweet out a changed movie title that fits with quarantining, using the hashtag #QuarantineAMovie, and it could be on the show!"

Some responses:

  • The Devil Wears Pajamas
  • Gloves, Actually
  • Ferris Bueller’s Year Off
  • Don't Stand by Me
  • Honey I Homeschooled the Kids
  • How to Lose Your Mind in 10 Days
  • 50 First FaceTime Dates
  • Edward Washinghands
  • Fat and Furious
  • 13 Going On 30 Days
  • NOT Home Alone
  • Close Encounters of No Kind
  • Saturday Night Cabin Fever
  • The Social Distancing Network
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Roll of Toilet Paper
  • No High School Musical

No surprise – people are buying more booze these days. Sales of alcohol in the U.S. went up 55% in the week ending March 21st, according to Nielsen. And seems people are reaching for the hard stuff. Sales of tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails were up 75% compared to the same time last year. Wine sales were up 66% and beer sales were up 42%. And people are buying more booze online than in stores. According to the Nielsen data, online alcohol sales were up 243%. (Yahoo)

No more suit and tie …Brooks Brothers has announced that they will start producing masks and gowns at their New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories. Employees are returning to their jobs this week (after a two-week precautionary self-quarantine) with a goal of making 150,000 masks per day. They will also start producing gowns shortly.

And they’re not the only ones … H&M, Gap and Canada Goose are also using their factories to make PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for healthcare workers. (NY Post)

Parents are having to get creative during these stay-at-home time … John Legend and Chrissy Teigen recently hosted an outdoor wedding for their daughter Luna’s favorite stuffed animals, Chloe and Nosh. Chrissy officiated the ceremony while John performed. See ithere. (People)

Bedtime stories with Dolly …Now you can send your kids to bed at night listening to the sweet sounds ofDolly Parton. Dolly is releasing a new Youtube video series,Goodnight with Dolly Parton. Starting on April 2nd, Dolly will be reading children’s books on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. “This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Dolly said. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love …” (Rolling Stone)

Quarantine’s a drag …Inspired byRuPaul’s Drag Race, TikTokers are celebrating their fierce at-home style … They’re getting creative with the themes like comfy couture, throw blanket realness, top-only looks for Zoom meetings, and more. (BuzzFeed)

Bring your own DJ is the latest trend – and guess which NBA legend has joined in on the viral craze?DJ Diesel, aka Shaquille O’Neal, has brought it back to where it all began ... his home. Recently, he was spinning on the ones and twos for his close relatives, and he must’ve been good -- they wound up dancing on the kitchen counters. Check it outhere.

Quaran-Tinder …Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean you can't be social. And it doesn't mean you can't date. A new dating app and website called QuarantineTogether.com is helping people meet while stuck in quarantine. Users are first asked if they've washed their hands, and if they answer "yes," they are connected to another user to text chat. If the chat does well for 20 minutes, both users are then given the option of switching to a video chat. Developer Daniel Ahmadizadeh says, "There are no rejections. It's less about your photo or your bio, it's more about actually being able to talk to another person." (UPI)

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