AMERICAN IDOL NOTES
t'll be the two Davids in the finals of American Idol next week -- David Archuleta and David Cook made it through, and Syesha Mercado is on her way home to Florida. The trio opened last night's show with the McFadden and Whitehead classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," then yielded the stage to a fiery-haired Fantasia, who did her hit "Bore Me." During the behind-the-scenes features, David Cook revealed that he had gone to the American Idol tryouts to support his brother Andrew and threw his hat into the ring only after the cameras took footage of him backstage. Unlike in previous weeks, host Ryan Seacrest didn't divulge who was "safe" or in the Bottom Two, but after 56-million votes, America said goodbye to Syesha. She closed the show with Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You."
It's morning in America and McDonald's is pretty sure you want to eat fried chicken on a biscuit. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that McDonald's has seen so much cash from their chicken menu items that they're adding some to the breakfast menu. Get ready to sink your teeth into the Southern Style Chicken Biscuit and the Southern Style Chicken Sandwhich. Chicken sandwich experts (or whatever) accuse McDonald's of copying Chic-Fil-A which apparently has been offering a chicken breakfast biscuit since 1986. Today, customers who buy any medium or large drink at McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants can receive a free Southern-style sandwich or breakfast biscuit.
NEED OUT OF A PARKING TICKET?
If you live in a city, chances are you spend WAY too much money paying off stupid parking tickets. Well, there's a website that's designed to help you get out of paying your ticket. It's called ParkingTicket.com... and here's how it works:
Log onto the website and enter details about your car and how you got your ticket. When your form is complete, the program scans the info and flags any inaccuracies or mistakes that could be vulnerable to a challenge in court.
The site then creates a personalized dismissal letter which details exactly WHY you should be let off the hook... and if your ticket is dismissed, you only have to pay ParkingTicket.com HALF of what your original fine would've been.
(So if your ticket was for $100, you'd owe the site $50.)
And so you know... if ParkingTicket.com isn't able to get you out of your ticket, they won't charge you anything (which means they'll work hard to get you out of your ticket... because it's the only way they'll get paid).
SO COULD YOU MAKE THE GRADE AS AN ADULT?
Remember those Presidential Fitness tests you took in school? If you were the chubby kid who didn't do so well, now is your time for redemption.
Yesterday, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports introduced a fitness test for adults. It's basically the same test you took in school (--only this time, it's not mandatory).
The aerobic part of the test involves a one-mile walk or 1.5-mile run... The muscular strength part of the test is push-ups and crunches... and the flexibility test is a sit-and-reach exercise.
When you took the Presidential Fitness test in school, the kids who scored in the top 15% of the country made the rest of us look bad and got a sweet certificate signed by the president.
But you don't get that validation with this test. Instead, you can go online and compare your results to the rest of the nation, and see where you rank in your age group.
THURSDAY TRIVIA QUESTION
Question: 36% of married men would do all the household chores for an entire year if their wives did this.
Answer: Agree to the purchase of a big screen HDTV.