Things U Need 2 Know- 1/24/13

  • ABC has pulled the show "Don't trust the B in Apartment 23" from its schedule and star James Vanderbeek says the show is basically dead.
  • For the record, Kelly Clarkson performed live at the inauguration, but there's debate on whether Beyonce` lip-synced or actually sang the nation anthem.
  • Shakira gave birth to a baby boy in Spain on Tuesday: Milan Pique Mebarak!
  • The average price of a Superbowl ticket this year? $3,000!
  • Groupon has suspended all gun-related "Daily Deals."
  • Microsoft is in talks and may help buy out Dell.
  • Dish Network plans to close 300 Blockbuster stores, leaving just 500 open in the U.S.
  • There's a county in Ireland that plans to allow slightly drunken driving. I'm not kidding. People would be given special permits that allow them to drink and drive in less-populated areas.
  • There's green slime in Josh Duhamel's future. He's been named host of Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, coming up March 23rd.
  • Justin Timberlake's new song, "Suit and Ties," is now the song with the highest first-week plays total in the 20-year history of Billboard's pop songs chart.
  • Microsoft's Surface Pro will be available on February 9th.
  • APARTMENT COMPLEX IN TEXAS IS DNA-TESTING DOG POOP _ Doggie poo is a problem at a Plano, Texas, apartment complex. Management is going to "poo-print" to keep their residents' dogs' DNA on file. Dogs must have their mouths swabbed for DNA. Any droppings not picked up can be traced back to the dog's owner, who will face a $250 fine.
  • THERE'S A SUPER BOWL CHICKEN WING SHORTAGE _ The National Chicken Council has announced that there's a shortage of chicken wings. The NCC estimates wing consumption on Super Bowl Sunday will hit 1.23 billion, 12.3 million less than last year. Blame corn prices, says the NCC.
  • THE DOs & DON'Ts OF LOCAL SUPER BOWL ADS _ A reminder of what your local advertisers can and can't say in their Super Bowl ads. Read and share with the staff.
  • RED MARKERS DEFLATE SELF-ESTEEM _ Red marking pens that teachers use to grade student assignments can deflate children's self-esteem. University of Colorado researchers found that kids who see their assignments graded in red feel more admonished than those whose work is marked in blue.
  • THE BEST-REVIEWED IRON EVER _ This could be the greatest iron you'll ever own. Some dude on Amazon says it is.
  • MANTI TE'O INTERVIEW AIRS TODAY _ We've seen the first previews of Manti Te'o's interview with Katie Couric, set to air today (Thursday). In the clip, Couric flat out asks Te'o why he ran with the story about his dead girlfriend, even after learning the whole thing was a hoax on December 6. Te'o pleads in response, "Katie, put yourself in my situation."
  • According to a new survey, more than one in eight women have told a guy not to worry about Valentine's Day . . . then got upset when February 14th rolled around and he really HADN'T made a plan or bought a gift.  The survey also found 56% of women expect their husband or boyfriend won't start making Valentine's Day plans until February 12th or 13th.
  • Someone's FINALLY figured out a way to actually get you EXCITED to send out thank-you cards.  You can now buy notecards with envelopes that have CHOCOLATE-FLAVORED SEALS.  So when you lick them, instead of that paper-and-glue flavor, they taste like chocolate.  A set of 10 costs $12.99 at thinkgeek.com
  • On Monday, in Spain, an 11-year-old was FREAKED OUT that his parents were meeting with his teacher.  So he FAKED HIS OWN KIDNAPPING.  After a two-hour search that included the police setting up roadblocks, the kid's dad found him hiding.  There's no word on legal action . . . or when the parent-teacher conference will happen. 
  • The cost of raising a child to age 21 is supposedly $330,000 . . . up $120,000 in ten years. 
  • ASHTON KUTCHER'S jOBS COMING APRIL 19 _ Steve Jobs biopic jOBS will open in theaters April 19, the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Apple. jOBS makes its worldwide debut as the closing night film of the Sundance Film Festival tomorrow (Friday).