Randoms-Mardi Gras, Free Pancakes, & the Latest Dumb Social Media Challenge

TODAY IS:

Fat Tuesday: It’s Mardi Gras time … beads and beignets for everyone!

Today is also National Pancake Day at IHOP. You can get a free short stack, today only, if you eat at IHOP between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In some locations you can grab free pancakes till 10 p.m. (Delish)

Mean cuisine …A Mean Girls-themed pop-up restaurant is set to open in April in Los Angeles. For six weeks, Regina George fans can pay 45 bucks to walk into Fetch and dine on treats like Just Stab Caesar Salad, All-Carb Diet Vodka Pasta, Pusher Pepperoni Pizza, and Why Are You White Chocolate Mousse. There are boozy options too, such as the Too Gay to Function Fishbowl and the Spiked Glen Coco. After a run in L.A., Fetch will move their Mean cuisine to New York. For reservations, go to:fetchpopup.com. (Hollywood Reporter)

Who should pay for the first date?Dating has changed a lot over the years … but maybe notthat much. A survey on love and finances by Moneyand SurveyMonkey found that 78% of respondents think men should pay for the first date. And get this: Men (85%) were even more likely than women (72%) to think that guys should pay for the date.

Phot-ivation ...In a recent article in Women’s Health, a woman shared that she lost 60 pounds … after her mom tagged her in an unflattering photos on Facebook.

  • Have you ever been motivated to do lose weight or make another change because of an unflattering photo?

Is olive oil the fountain of youth? According to new research by the University of Minnesota Medical School, olive oil has properties that help you live longer -- and can decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. (Insider)

Election food for thought …Politicians want to win voters’ hearts, but how about the stomachs of their staffers? Turns out they’re spending wildly differing amounts to feed the folks who work for them. According toEater,Tom Steyeris far and away the biggest spender, with $224,000 in food delivery bills.Mike Bloomberg, who just entered the race, checks in at second, with $134,000 spent on chow. The candidate spending the least? Minnesota senatorAmy Klobuchar, who’s shelled out just 15 grand to feed her folks. For what it’s worth, pizza accounts for the biggest share of the spending, althoughPete Buttegieghas a large bill for wines and spirits.

The latest dumb social media challenge?Drinking water with blue food coloring – to turn your pee blue. Tik Tok user @Coltyy drank blue food coloring for 10 days straight -- to see if would turn his urine blue. Well, after 11 days, he reported that not only did it turn his pee (and poop) blue, it also turned his skin, teeth and hair blue. No surprise: The food color challenge is not recommended. Despite @Coltyy claiming that turning himself into a Smurf is "harmless," TikTok has since marked the videos as potentially unsafe and added a warning message stating: “The action in this video could result in injury.” (Mirror)

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