#ReadThisFIRST: On the day AFTER the Great Facebook/Instagram OUTAGE...

Well, good day to you! It's National PI day... not PIE... but PI... as in 3.14213484578934958327957304760394750984327503454353254 and all those numbers which continue for infinity...

Ponderous!

So.... how are things? You good? Sleep well? Thanks for being here and for choosing to #ReadThisFIRST! Have you recovered from life without FACEBOOK? Instagram? The world... was amazing yesterday... as people actually got to talk, converse, communicate... you know... that stuff we did back before we had this FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to enable us to do things behind a screen or via a keyboard!

Anyway... let's get into the day, shall we?

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ABOUT that FACEBOOK OUTAGE...

Did you survive the Great Facebook Outage of 2019?

Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp were all struck by a worldwide outage today (Wednesday). Some users said they simply couldn't comment or post, but others said the services wouldn't load at all. Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.

Problems began around noon ET and lasted until roughly 5:00 p.m. Facebook acknowledged the issues on its rival, Twitter, in the mid-afternoon. It says it was not hacked, but has not disclosed the nature of the issue, nor confirmed that it's been resolved entirely. (NBC News)

#Trending Right Now...

Paul Manafort: The former Trump campaign chairman was sentenced to an additional 3.5 years in prison.

William H. Macy: TheShameless star turned 69 the day after his wife, Felicity Huffman, was arrested in that massive college admission scam.

Triple FrontierBen Affleck's new Netflix movie is getting rave reviews.

Xcel Energy: More than 159,000 Energy customers are still without power because of the Colorado blizzard.

Beto O'Rourke: The former Congressman from Texas has confirmed he'll run for the White House in 2020.

Pi Day: Thursday marks the mathematical ratio -- and cheap deals on pizza pies.

Stop multi-tasking… You may think you are getting a lot done – but you are really being less productive … and may be hurting your brain. A study from Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing one thing at a time. In fact, researchers found that people who are bombarded with lots of electronic stimulus have trouble focusing, recalling information, and switching from one job to another compared to those who complete one task at a time. And in addition to making you less productive, multitasking lowers your IQ. A study from the University of London found that participants who multi-tasked during cognitive tests experienced declines in their IQ scores. Researchers described the score results as similar to someone who had smoked pot or stayed up all night. (The Ladders)

Do you get “food guilt” after indulging in certain foods? You’re not alone. A new survey found that Americans feel guilty about 30 percent of the food they eat – particularly snacks. According to the survey, these are the Top 5 Most Guilt-Inducing Foods:

  1. Ice cream -- 46%
  2. Chocolate -- 44%
  3. Candy -- 43%
  4. Cookies -- 42%
  5. Potato chips -- 40%

(NY Post)

Shopping with gift cards isn’t always such a gift …According to a new survey, 74 percent of shoppers using gift cards end up spending an average of $54 more than the value of the gift card. This means that receiving a gift card will most likely end up costingyoumoney. (MarketWatch)

Our pets are fat …According to a new survey, more than 50 percent of American pets are fat. The survey, by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, found that about 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are classified as overweight or obese. (NY Daily News)

A SOLAR STORM COULD WIPE OUT THE INTERNET

Scientists were digging through some ancient ice in Greenland and somehow figured out that there was a powerful solar storm about 2,700 years ago.

This means, the sun flared up and a bunch of high-energy particles were beamed to earth.

The particles didn’t affect the weather. In fact, people walking around 2,700 years ago probably had no idea they were hit with a solar storm.

But if such a solar storm happened today, it would cause widespread power outages and pretty much wipe out the Internet.

Communication and navigation systems would go down, satellites would get messed up and all commercial aircraft would be grounded.

Solar storms … Just one more thing to worry about -- and prepare for? (USA Today)

ADIDAS RELEASING GAME OF THRONES SHOE COLLECTION

To celebrate the return -- and final season -- of Game of Thrones next month, Adidas is introducing a collection of shoes based on the show.

Beginning late next week, the $180 shoes will be released in limited quantities to select retailers and the Adidas app. Then, fans of the show -- and the shoes -- can choose which characters to support, as there will be six unique pairs, each one with details of the house or characters they resemble. (BroBible)

BRING ON FRUITY PEBBLES INFUSED BEER

The Baltimore-based DuClaw Brewing has figured out a way to infuse its beer with Fruity Pebbles -- along with edible glitter.

They’re calling this brew “Sour Me Unicorn Farts.”

And while it might have the flavor of a breakfast, be careful. It clocks in at 5.5 percent alcohol content, which is probably too strong for most beer drinkers to start their day with. (WhiskeyRiff)

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