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by Bob posted Apr 20 2015 4:03AM
This morning at 9:20am Bob chatted with Tess Gerritsen. She's author of the "Rizzoli & Isles" series of books that the TNT TV series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander is based on. She'll be in Milwaukee Saturday April 25th from 10:30 to 4:40 at the Clarion Hotel Airport on Howell Avenue for the Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation luncheon talking about her latest novel "DIE AGAIN." Check out the interview on the right side of this page.
by Bob posted Apr 17 2015 4:15AM
A three-year-old named Ethan Carnesecca has been in a hospital in Salt Lake City for almost a month with pneumonia. And his parents recently noticed the only thing that cheered him up was playing with his Hot Wheels.

He always holds one in his hand when he has a procedure, and keeps them lined up next to him on his bed. He's so protective, his nurses won't even touch them.

Earlier this month, a friend of Ethan's dad who happens to run a blog about COLLECTING Hot Wheels heard about it, and asked if he could post something.

And since then, Ethan has been up to his ears in toy cars . . . because collectors from all over the WORLD have been mailing them in.

He's gotten about 200 cars so far, including more than a hundred this week alone. And more cars keep showing up every day.

His parents say he still has a ways to go, but he's doing a lot better. And he's been smiling a lot more than he was.

(ABC News / The Lamley Group / KSL.com)

(You can check out photos of Ethan and his Hot Wheels below. If you want to send him a car, the address is: Ethan Carnesecca c/o Primary Children's Hospital, 100 Mario Capecchi Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84132.)




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by Bob posted Apr 15 2015 3:15AM

"Game of Thrones" Returned with its Best Ratings Yet . . . Despite the Leak

"Game of Thrones" began its fifth season with 8 million viewers. That's a new record audience, which is impressive given that there have been over a million downloads of those leaked episodes. Last year's fourth season premiere had 6.84 million.

Meanwhile, "Better Call Saul" closed out its first season with 2.5 million . . . Anne Hathaway's "Lip Sync Battle" with Emily Blunt had 1.8 million . . . the "MTV Movie Awards" had 1.6 million . . . and the fourth season premiere of "Veep" was watched by a million people.

Here are last week's Top 10 shows, which was topped by The NCAA Championship game between Duke and Wisconsin:

1. "NCAA Championship Game", CBS, 28.3 million viewers.

2. "NCIS", CBS, 16.8 million viewers.

3. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 14.8 million viewers.

4. "NCIS: New Orleans", CBS, 14.3 million viewers.

5. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.8 million viewers.

6. "60 Minutes", CBS, 12.6 million viewers.

7. "Madam Secretary", CBS, 11.4 million viewers.

8. Tuesday's "The Voice", NBC, 11.1 million viewers.

9. Monday's "The Voice", NBC, 11 million viewers.

10. "Criminal Minds", CBS, 10.4 million viewers.


Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending April 12, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPSHIPS-04/06 S CBS 28263
2 NCIS-04/07 CBS 16845
3 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/09 CBS 14778
4 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-04/07 CBS 14333
5 Dancing with the Stars-04/06 ABC 13751
6 60 Minutes-04/12 CBS 12598
7 MADAM SECRETARY-04/12 CBS 11391
8 VOICE-TUE-04/07 NBC 11073
9 VOICE-04/06 NBC 10967
10 Criminal Minds-04/08 CBS 10394
11 Blue Bloods-04/10 CBS 10306
12 SURVIVOR-04/08 CBS 9840
13 ODD COUPLE, THE-04/09 CBS 9725
14 VOICE 4/8-04/08 S NBC 9642
15 MOM-04/09 CBS 9030
16 Good Wife, THE-04/12 CBS 8745
17 Hawaii Five-0-04/10 CBS 8697
18 Person Of Interest-04/07 CBS 8673
19 Chicago Fire-04/07 NBC 8433
20 CSI: CYBER-04/08 CBS 8248
21 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP-PRE-04/06 S CBS 7903
22 Big Bang Theory, THE-SPC-04/09 SR CBS 7833
23 A.D. BIBLE CONTINUES-04/12 NBC 7754
24 GREY'S ANATOMY SP-4/9-04/09 S ABC 7419
25 Law And Order:SVU-04/08 NBC 7307

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Game of Thrones topped cable viewership for the week ending April 12, 2015 with 7.997 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBOM Sun 09:03P-09:55P 7997
2 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4300
3 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4039
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 3552
5 MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT L ESPN Thu 03:00P-07:15P 3218
6 WMNS NCAA BKBL CHAMP L ESPN Tue 08:30P-10:34P 3081
7 MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT L ESPN Fri 03:00P-07:30P 2952
8 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 2823
9 Family Guy ADSM Wed 11:00P-11:30P 2696
10 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 2645
11 WWE Smackdown SYFY Thu 08:00P-10:00P 2631
12 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 2631
13 Family Guy ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A 2586
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 2574
15 VIKINGS HIST Thu 10:00P-11:03P 2568
16 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC Mon 10:00P-11:07P 2532
17 Swamp People HIST Mon 09:00P-10:03P 2485
18 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:30P-10:00P 2439
19 Family Guy ADSM Thu 11:00P-11:30P 2435
20 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:00P-10:30P 2412
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2392
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 09:30P-10:00P 2392
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 09:00P-09:30P 2389
24 Love and Hip Hop 5 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 2375

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by Bob posted Apr 14 2015 10:17AM
KHS Band Director, Joshua Michlig has been selected to serve a two-year appointment as the percussion instructor for the Middle Level State Honors Band. Instructors are invited by the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) to be a part of the Honors Staff based on their outstanding musical and leadership skills. The honors band consists of the most talented young musicians from throughout the state of Wisconsin, as determined through a competitive audition process. This group will present a concert at the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference in October.


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by Bob posted Apr 14 2015 5:14AM

Tax Day is just around the corner, and on April 15 this year's tax season will officially end. Hopefully you're part of the 68 percent of taxpayers who file before April 1, as reported by SurveyMonkey and aren't filing at the last minute. If so, a refund from the IRS might already be on its way to your bank account.

There's another reason to celebrate Tax Day besides the end of tax season; many businesses offer special Tax Day freebies and deals. Theses Tax Day freebies give taxpayers an opportunity to treat themselves without blowing their tax refunds, or even spending anything at all. And for the businesses, Tax Day deals can help them gain favor and entice new customers into their doors.

14 Tax Day Freebies and Deals on Food
To help our readers find the best Tax Day freebies, deals and discounts, we rounded up this list of the best offers with the help of our friends at BeFrugal, CouponSherpa,RetailMeNot and DealNews. We found a number of offers from restaurants including free items with no purchase necessary and buy one, get one deals.

  • Beef'O'Brady's: Get 15 percent off your purchase on April 15.
  • Bonefish Grill: Follow this link to claim an offer for $10 off your purchase, valid through April 20.
  • Boston Market: Diners who purchase one meal will get a second free on April 15.
  • Bruegger's Bagels: Get a Bagel Bundle that includes 13 bagels and two cream cheese tubs for just $10.40 from April 11 to April 15 with a coupon sent to members of Bruegger's Bagels' eClub.
  • Burger King: Use this coupon to claim a buy one, get one free offer on Whoppers through April 19.
  • California Tortilla: Chips and queso are free on April 15 for all California Tortilla diners who say "Taxes Shmaxes" at checkout.
  • Great American Cookie: Each visitor to this cookie seller's locations will receive a free sugar cookie on April 15.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: The music joint is bringing back its Sing for Your Supper event. On April 15, Hard Rock customers can sing live with the Hard Rock band to earn a free meal. Hours and availability might be limited and vary by location, so check with your city's Hard Rock Cafe location.
  • Kona Ice: Kona Ice trucks will be handing out free shaved ices and Hawaiian leis while parked at post office, tax preparation centers and other businesses.
  • McDonald's: Big Macs and Quarter Pounders are buy one, get one for just $0.01 on April 15 at select McDonald's locations.
  • Olive Garden: A buy one, take one deal gets customers two entrées from a select menu starting at just $12.99. Or you can claim a coupon good for $6 off a dinner for two here.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Customers can get a frozen yogurt up to 16 ounces for just $4.15 on April 15. Customers can "like" the Orange Leaf Facebook page to claim the offer, and provide proof of claim via smartphone for redemption.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Celebrate the end of taxes with a steak dinner, and usethis coupon to get 15 percent off at checkout through May 3.
  • Sonny's BBQ: The restaurant's IRS: Irresistible Ribs Special is offering ribs dinners for half price on April 15.

16 Tax Day Deals From Retailers Like Staples and Express In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.

  • Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
  • Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
  • Babies"R"Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
  • Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
  • Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
  • Cabela's: Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
  • Carter's: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code OKSP1514.
  • Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code MMAR20 through April 21.
  • Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
  • Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
  • Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code LKS10AFD through April 30.
  • Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
  • HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
  • Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presentingthis coupon at checkout.
  • L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
  • Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.

3 Last-Minute Tax Prep Deals Additionally, GOBankingRates found a couple deals for last-minute filers and those requesting tax extensions for their 2014 tax returns.

  • E-File.com: Use promo code 15OFF to save 15 percent on your tax extension.
  • Staples: Now that your taxes are out of the way, you can get rid of some of the related documents with Staples' offer to shred up to five pounds of documents for free from April 15 through May 2 with a coupon from the store's site. Staples also has a coupon for 10 percent off all mailing and shipping services, great if you're a last-minute filer.
  • TaxExtension: Promo code TWENTYOFF will save you 20 percent on your personal or business tax extension.
by Bob posted Apr 14 2015 5:11AM
Note: Bret will appear at the Washington County Fair Friday night July 24th


It has been five years since rocker Bret Michaels had several health scares.

In April 2010, he had an emergency appendectomy. A few days later, he was struck by a subarachnoid hemorrhage – bleeding in his brain stem that could have proved fatal.

In short order, that was followed by a small stroke – and then surgery to repair a small hole in his heart.

"It was a trifecta, plus one," Michaels, 52, tells PEOPLE. "But now, I feel blessed to be on the right side of the dirt. Every day that I wake up has to be a good day!"

Despite having emergency kidney surgery last year, Michaels says he won't slow down. "I don't have a death wish; I have a life wish," he says. "I want to fill my life with as much awesome stuff as I can."

"You can't have self-pity," he continues. "At some point, you have to say, 'These are the cards I've been dealt, and I'm going to play them.' I may have some things tougher than the average person, but there are a lot of people who are going through worse things than me. I can't live in fear."

Singing For His Supper

The Celebrity Apprentice winner tells PEOPLE that he tries to keep himself busy with interesting projects.

For example, Michaels has partnered with Hard Rock Cafes nationwide to create "Sing for Your Supper," an event on April 15 where guests in select locations can get a free Local Legendary Burger. There's just one catch: in order to qualify for the free food, guests have to get onstage and sing.

Michaels says he'll take the stage at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.

"I just want the free burger," Michaels jokes.

So if you're a rocker like Michaels, what do you sing at an event like this. "Probably 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn,' he says. "But you'd probably be surprised at my taste in music. I like just about everything."

His Musical Tastes

"I know everyone thinks of me as a rocker, and I love classic rock," he says. "But I like country, pop, old Motown music. I think Bruno Mars really has a great sound.

"Sometimes I lean country – maybe some Jason Aldean. Or sometimes I'll listen to old Elvis or Imagine Dragons. I just like different music to suit my mood."

Looking Forward

So what happens if he has another health scare? "If something bad happens, I'll take it as it comes," he says. "That's life. You do what you have to do to keep moving forward in life."

But he won't do it alone. "I have been blessed to have a great family, good friends and a lot of fans who really care," he says. "When something bad happens, they send me their well-wishes, karma and prayers. And you know what? That helps. That helps a lot. And I'm so appreciative of them all."

by Bob posted Apr 8 2015 4:41AM

The Ratings Roundup: "The Roast of Justin Bieber" . . . "Lip Sync Battle" . . . and the NCAA Playoffs

The Final Four playoff game between Kentucky and Wisconsin was last week's most-watched show, with 16.8 million viewers . . . and the Duke vs. Michigan State game came in sixth place with 11.1 million.

Meanwhile, "The Dovekeepers" had just under 9 million viewers and "The Roast of Justin Bieber" had 4.4 million . . . and the series finale of "The Slap" had 3.1 million.

NBC's "American Odyssey" debuted with 5.4 million . . . "Lip Sync Battle" premiered with 2.2 million . . . and Christina Ricci's "Lizzie Borden Chronicles" had 1.1 million.

Here are last week's Top 10 shows:

1. "NCAA: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin", TBS, 16.8 million viewers.

2. "NCIS", CBS, 16.6 million viewers.

3. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 13.9 million viewers.

4. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.8 million viewers.

5. "The Voice", NBC, 11.9 million viewers.

6. "NCAA: Duke vs. Michigan State", TBS, 11.1 million viewers.

7. "Blue Bloods", CBS, 10.7 million viewers.

8. "A.D. The Bible Continues", NBC, 9.7 million viewers.

9. "Survivor", CBS, 9.6 million viewers.

10. "Modern Family", ABC, 9.4 million viewers.


Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending April 6, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 NCIS-03/31 CBS 16600
2 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/02 CBS 13888
3 Dancing with the Stars-03/30 ABC 13763
4 VOICE-03/30 NBC 11865
5 Blue Bloods-04/03 CBS 10703
6 A.D. BIBLE CONTINUES-04/05 P NBC 9676
7 SURVIVOR-04/01 CBS 9594
8 Modern Family-04/01 ABC 9427
9 SCORPION-03/30 CBS 9377
10 MADAM SECRETARY - SPECIAL-04/05 S CBS 9273
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-03/30 CBS 9167
12 DOVEKEEPERS, THE-PART 1-03/31 S CBS 8984
13 Hawaii Five-0-04/03 CBS 8870
14 ODD COUPLE, THE-04/02 CBS 8697
15 MOM-04/02 CBS 8623
16 VOICE-TUE-03/31 R NBC 8570
17 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-04/01 FOX 8481
18 Big Bang Theory, THE 9PM-04/02 R CBS 8338
19 Castle-03/30 ABC 8162
20 60 Minutes SPECIAL-04/05 S CBS 7992
21 Good Wife, THE - SPECIAL-04/05 S CBS 7832
22 BLACKLIST-04/02 NBC 7697
23 MIKE & MOLLY-03/30 CBS 7654
24 MIDDLE, THE-04/01 ABC 7641
25 Elementary-04/02 CBS 7482

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April 7th, 2015
2012-March-Madness
NCAA Basketball topped cable viewership for the week ending April 5, 2015 with 16.796 million viewers tuning in for Saturday's 9PM game. Monday Night RAW was the top non-Basketball program with 5.597 million viewers for its most-viewed hour.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 TBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2 TBSC Sat 08:53P-11:20P 16796
2 TBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE TBSC Sat 08:30P-08:53P 11571
3 TBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP-SA-1 TBSC Sat 05:54P-08:30P 11138
4 TBS-NCAA-FINL4-2-POST TBSC Sat 11:20P-11:27P 9707
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5597
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 5267
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 5227
8 TBS NCAA BSK FNL4 POST-SA TBSC Sat 11:27P-12:15A 4565
9 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2 TNT Sat 08:53P-11:18P 4501
10 COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST CMDY Mon 10:00P-12:02A 4399
11 19 Kids and Counting TLC Tue 08:00P-10:00P 3525
12 TNT-NCAA-FINL4-2-POST TNT Sat 11:18P-11:25P 3522
13 TNT NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE TNT Sat 08:30P-08:53P 3494
14 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHAMP-SA-1 TNT Sat 06:00P-08:30P 3415
15 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT L ESP2 Sun 08:00P-11:24P 3354
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3111
17 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 2991
18 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2812
19 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tue 09:00P-10:00P 2799
20 WWE Smackdown SYFY Thu 08:00P-10:00P 2743
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2706
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sun 10:00P-10:30P 2705
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 2700
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 2679
25 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Sun 09:30P-10:00P 2664
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by Bob posted Apr 7 2015 4:31AM

Jeremy Trentelman of Ogden, Utah and his two little kids built a cardboard box fort on their front lawn a few weeks ago. It was MASSIVE . . . they even attached a slide to it . . . and it was a big hit in the neighborhood.

But this is 2015, and ain't nobody got time for fun.

Jeremy came home last week to find a letter from the city. They said his box castle was violating a city ordinance against, quote, "waste materials or junk" in the yard, and if he didn't take it down, he'd be facing $125 in fines for code violations.

He says his first thought was to fight it . . . but, quote, "I realized I would rather spend time putting positive energy into my kids than negative energy into this."

The story went viral, though . . . and people from all over the country are sharing his story to support him.

He still hasn't taken down the fort . . . and he says kids were over playing on it on Easter all day long.

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by Bob posted Apr 7 2015 4:26AM
Health.com talked to an expert about the best things to eat and drink when you're sick. Here are five different things, depending on what's wrong.

1. If you're nauseous, things like saltines and pretzels are best because they cut down on stomach acid. But avoid alcohol, caffeine, anything greasy, and anything spicy.

2. If you're constipated, eat anything high in fiber, and drink a ton of water. Or if you're the OPPOSITE of constipated, remember the acronym B.R.A.T. . . . bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.

3. For a sore throat or a runny nose, drink WARM tea, not hot. Hot tea can can make sore throats worse, and so can juice or anything acidic. And obviously don't eat something scratchy like chips that might irritate it.

4. If your entire body aches from the flu, eat something with a lot of magnesium, like nuts, bananas, beans, leafy greens, and avocados. But avoid caffeine and alcohol, because they'll make you dehydrated.

5. To get rid of a headache, drink a full glass of water, and see if you feel better in 20 minutes. Sometimes a little caffeine can help too, but you should drink one glass of water for every cup of coffee you have.

And don't put any artificial sweeteners in it, because they tend to make headaches worse.

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by Bob posted Apr 6 2015 5:31AM

If you need more proof that our phones keep getting smarter but our brains keep getting dumber, just try to remember someone's number other than your own.

And no, your mom doesn't count.

It's easy to forget things that our phones do for us everyday, which is just one of the myriad reasons why we have separation anxiety whenever we (God forbid) leave it home. You can't get anywhere, you can't reach anyone and now your friend thinks you hate her because you didn't wish her a happy birthday. It's a mess.

In the spirt of being self-aware -- and hopefully to prevent these things from leaving our minds forever -- here's a look at just nine things you probably forgot how to do. Don't worry, there's still time to work on these skills before they implant the smart phone chips directly into our brains.

1. Phone Numbers

The most obvious one. You used to be able to cite all your closest friends' and family's phone number by heart. Now you have to look up your own significant other's number in your phone when asked to write down an emergency contact. Hey, what's the number for the pizza place we order from every Friday? Oh, that's right, we order on Seamless.

2. Birthdays

Facebook has taken all the guesswork out of remembering when people are born. Does a generic "Happy birthday" message on someone's wall really mean anything when a push notification made you do it? Or how about when Facebook tells you it's like five people's birthdays and you just wish them all a happy birthday at once. You even use copy/paste because you're too lazy to write "Happy Birthday" over and over again. Where's the genuine sentiment in that?

3. Long Division

Remember when your middle school math teacher said you need to learn this stuff because you're not going to carry a calculator around with you at all times? Well, try remembering how to divide numbers on paper and you'll be thankful that literally every cell phone comes with a calculator app. Figuring out the tip? There's an app for that. Dividing bills between roommates? There's an app for that. Until the day comes when someone threatens to kill you unless you tell them the area of an isosceles right triangle, you're probably going to be okay.

4. How To Write A Check

Thanks to Paypal, Apple Pay and apps like Venmo, paper checks are becoming part of the analog past. Do you have to write "and zero cents" on the amount line? What's the memo space for again? And you're telling me I have to physically go to the bank? Luckily it's cool if you forget to sign the back of one when trying to cash it because now you can just take a picture of it on your phone and then rip it up.

5. How To Write In Cursive

You might be able to sign your name all right, but try writing a lowercase, cursive "K" or "Z" and you'll think it looks all wrong. Kids today don't even have to learn cursive in some schools, which is a bit sad. We all had to suffer through it so why shouldn't they? But in all likelihood, texting classes will be the next big thing and we'll soon evolve to have long, muscular thumbs as our primary communication digit.

6. Literally Just Writing In General

This one is a little embarrassing. Have you noticed what your handwriting looks like lately? If you've been spending most of your time using a computer or phone, it's horrible. That beautiful penmanship of your teens has been replaced with barely legible chicken scratch and your hand hurts from writing after one or two pages. Good grief.

7. Giving Directions

If someone invites you to meet them at a bar or restaurant and the first question you have is, "How do I get there?" you probably won't like your friend's response. Okay, a simple "What train is it near?" is acceptable, but you know you're just going to have to Google it to get the exact directions. The same goes for giving directions to strangers who stop you on the street. Chances are, if they're asking, they either don't have their phone on them, it's dead, or they're using Apple's impossible maps application.

8. How To Wait For Someone In Public

Instead of someone saying, "Meet me by the fountain at 3:00," and you not hearing from them until you meet them there, you now receive up-to-the-minute updates from the person you're going to meet and will know their exact location. You can barely remember what it's like to have to stand around silently, looking at nothing in particular and letting your thoughts wander because you're too busy listening to a podcast, playing Candy Crush and tracking your friend's whereabouts. Did that cute stranger just say hi to you? Who cares, you just got a new Tinder match.

9. How To Spell Tricky Words Without Looking Them Up

Spellcheck, predictive text and its quirky sibling "speech to text" make it pretty much impossible to remember how to spell words like "Receipt," "Pneumonia," and, ironically, "Misspell" (that second "s" just always looks weird). "I before E" goes out the window when you have squiggly red lines to tell you what's wrong. Combine this with #5 and the future isn't looking too hot for the actually written word. Thanks, technology!

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by Bob posted Apr 2 2015 4:39AM

"You probably heard about this Cal grad cheering for Wisconsin in your ... newsroom."

"Who is Aaron Rodgers?"

This is roughly how we imagine a normal appearance of Aaron Rodgers going on Jeopardy. But he probably won't get questions asked about his personal life when Rodgers makes an appearance on actual "Jeopardy" (or "Celebrity Jeopardy" if you will) when the Packers quarterback makes an appearance on May 12.

Rodgers debut with host Alex Trebek was confirmed by "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary when he tweeted out a picture of himself, Trebek, Rodgers and former astronaut Mark Kelly.

by Bob posted Apr 1 2015 4:28AM

With April Fools' Day, Passover, and Easter, there are a few mainstream holidays to observe in April. Here are a few less-traditional opportunities to celebrate.

April 4: National Tell-A-Lie Day
Honesty is generally the best policy, as George Washington would have learned if that cherry tree story actually happened. But today you have carte blanche to fib your heart out.

April 5: Read a Road Map Day
There was a time not so long ago when we had to consult large, folded pieces of paper to figure out directions from point A to point B. Thanks to GPS and Google Maps, this is now practically a holiday of antiquity. But you can't use a Sharpie to draw a route on your smartphone – score one for the road map.

April 6: Sorry Charlie Day
This holiday is completely unrelated to the actor on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's actually a day to reflect upon the rejections you have experienced in life and realize the world kept spinning despite them. Sorry Charlie, maybe next time.

April 6: New Beers Eve
In 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act allowed production of beer to resume in the United States, with the caveat beer remain no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight. On April 7, the act became law, and beer production began – thus marking the imminent end of Prohibition. This is the day to honor your God-given right to a refreshing cold one. Cheers.

April 7: International Pillow Fight Day
If you live in a big city, you may have already found yourself in the throes of this day by complete accident. On the first Saturday of April every year, pillow fighters convene in cities across the world for a massive throw down. This year, feathers will fly from Ann Arbor to Brazil to Switzerland. You can find out where one is happening nearest you on the official website – or how to start your own!

April 12: Cosmonautics Day
Remember the space race? Today is the anniversary of the first manned space flight ever. On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into the great beyond and circled the Earth for almost two hours. It's a national holiday in Russia, and a national grudge in the United States.

April 12: Drop Everything and Read Day
Also known as D.E.A.R. Day, this holiday encourages you to abandon all prior commitments for the comfort of a good book. It also coincides with the birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary, who is a spokesperson for the event. Though marketed towards children, celebration is open to everyone. However, if you happen to be holding heavy items when the clock strikes 12, perhaps you should think of the holiday as "Set Everything Down Gently, and Read" Day.

April 13: National Scrabble Day
Created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, Scrabble did not become a national phenomenon until the 50's. It has since inspired less mobility-impaired games like Bananagrams and Words With Friends. But to honor the holiday, use a classic board and show off your robust vocabulary.

April 14: National Reach as High as You Can Day
National Reach as High as You Can Day is really about grounding yourself in reality. Don't reach for the stars if you can't actually touch them—know your limitations. Just reach as high as you can, and tell yourself good job.

April 16: National Stress Awareness Day
Relax. The only extra activity you need to pencil in for this holiday is a break.

April 20: Lima Bean Respect Day
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, the Lima Bean doesn't get any respect. Not today, though. Did you know Lima Beans are an excellent source of fiber? They also help balance your blood sugar and lower cholesterol. So give this white bean a break for being so bland, and try extolling its more admirable qualities for once.

April 22: National Jelly Bean Day
Now this is a bean we can get behind any day. Try to save some of the bounty from your Easter basket. Don't worry; you don't have to eat the popcorn-flavored ones if you don't want to.

April 23: Talk Like Shakespeare Day
We have of late, but wherefore we know not, lost all our mirth. What perfect day to get it back! Today, swap thou or thee for you, practice some iambic pentameter, and instruct all nearby females to "get thee to a nunnery!" Talk Like Shakespeare Day is the one time of year you can express yourself in rhyming couplets, wethinks thou oughtest useth the opportunity.

April 26: Hug an Australian Day
Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat.com, this holiday honors the folks from Down Under. Find an Aussie you love and respect, or really anyone from Oz, and show them how you feel with a big bear hug. Time spent wondering why Australians get preferential treatment to other countries is time that could be spent hugging more Australians.

April 27: Morse Code Day
Break out your best dots and dashes, it's the birthday of Samuel Finley Breese Morse—co-inventor of the Morse Code. These days any Joe Schmoe can try his hand at transmitting lights, clicks, and tones to send a secret message. But this system of communication used to be a highly specialized field, requiring a license and a proclivity for spying on communists.

April 28: Eeyore's Birthday
Even pessimistic stuffed donkeys have birthdays. You could throw a party, but why bother?

April 30: National Honesty Day
Remember National Tell-A-Lie Day? Today, do the opposite.

by Bob posted Apr 1 2015 4:08AM

The Ratings Roundup: "The Walking Dead", the Kids Choice Awards, and the iHeartRadio Music Awards

"NCIS" was the most-watched show of the week with 16.2 million viewers. The fifth season finale of "The Walking Dead" came in second place with 15.8 million. And the NCAA basketball playoff game between Kentucky and Notre Dame was third.

Meanwhile, "The iHeartRadio Music Awards" pulled in 5.2 million viewers . . . "Nashville: On the Record", where the cast performed at the Grand Ole Opry, attracted 4 million . . . and "The Kids Choice Awards" had 3.6 million.

The National Geographic Channel pulled in 3.7 million viewers for "Killing Jesus" . . . "Pretty Little Liars" closed out its fifth season with 2.6 million . . . and "The Mindy Project" finished its third season with 2.1 million.

Here are last week's Top 10 shows:

1. "NCIS", CBS, 16.2 million viewers.

2. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 15.8 million viewers.

3. "Notre Dame vs. Kentucky", TBS, 14.7 million viewers.

4. "NCIS: New Orleans", CBS, 14.4 million viewers.

5. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.8 million viewers.

6. "60 Minutes", CBS, 13.8 million viewers.

7. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12.2 million viewers.

8. Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 11.6 million viewers.

9. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 11.5 million viewers.

10. "Criminal Minds", CBS, 10 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending March 29, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NCIS-03/24 CBS 16234
2 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-03/24 CBS 14418
3 Dancing with the Stars-03/23 ABC 13849
4 60 Minutes-03/29 CBS 13825
5 VOICE-03/23 NBC 12204
6 VOICE-TUE-03/24 NBC 11619
7 MADAM SECRETARY-03/29 CBS 11467
8 Criminal Minds-03/25 CBS 10078
9 SCORPION-03/23 CBS 9704
10 SURVIVOR-03/25 CBS 9644
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-03/23 CBS 9388
12 Person Of Interest-03/24 CBS 9149
13 Good Wife, THE-03/29 CBS 8880
14 Modern Family-03/25 ABC 8710
15 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-03/25 FOX 8463
16 GREY'S ANATOMY-03/26 ABC 8182
17 CSI: CYBER-03/25 CBS 8160
18 BLACKLIST-03/26 NBC 8122
19 SCANDAL-03/26 ABC 8063
20 Castle-03/23 ABC 8040
21 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 2-03/26 S CBS 8040
22 MIKE & MOLLY-03/23 CBS 7770
23 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2-03/27 S CBS 7587
24 MIDDLE, THE-03/25 ABC 7337
25 2 Broke Girls-03/23 CBS 7260

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.



The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale
The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending March 29, 2015 with 15.784 million viewers. NCAA Basketball (Notre Dame/Kentucky) came in second with 14.747 million viewers.
Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:31P 15784
2 NOTRE DAME/KENTUCKY TBSC Sat 08:40P-11:05P 14747
3 TBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE-SAT TBSC Sat 08:30P-08:40P 10831
4 ARIZONA/WISCONSIN TBSC Sat 06:00P-08:30P 8801
5 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:31P-11:30P 7525
6 NORTH CAROLINA/WISCONSIN TBSC Thu 07:35P-09:58P 6885
7 TBS NCAA BKB POST GAME-SA TBSC Sat 11:09P-11:44P 5355
8 TBS NCAA POST GUN-FRI 2 TBSC Fri 12:20A-12:27A 5178
9 XAVIER/ARIZONA TBSC Thu 10:20P-12:49A 4571
10 MICHIGAN ST/OKLAHOMA TBSC Fri 10:07P-12:20A 4491
11 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4342
12 NC STATE/LOUISVILLE TBSC Fri 07:24P-09:50P 4320
13 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4178
14 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACIN L FS1 Sun 12:57P-05:11P 4061
15 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:11P 4043
16 TBS NCAA POST THU 2 TBSC Thu 12:49A-12:55A 3948
17 KILLING JESUS NGC Sun 08:00P-11:00P 3668
18 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2015 NICK Sat 08:00P-09:30P 3630
19 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3503
20 Walking Dead AMC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3449
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 3231
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 10:00P-10:30P 3097
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 3088
24 TBS NCAA BK CHP-BRG-PRFR1 TBSC Fri 09:50P-10:07P 3074
25 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3053
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