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by Bob posted Aug 29 2014 5:02AM

More than 50 years since The Beatles first captivated the U.S. with their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four have been crowned the most popular music act in the country, at least according to a new Harris Poll.

The British rock icons beat out Elvis Presley to top the tally, which was based on an online poll conducted last month that asked the question, "Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?" More than 2,300 people aged 18 and over took part in the poll.

Other veteran rock artists who also made the list include Led Zeppelin, who landed at #4, and The Eagles, who were tied at #7 with Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.

When the same poll was last conducted in 2010, The Beatles and Elvis tied for third place, while Dion took the top spot in front of #2 U2, who didn't even make it into the top 10 this year.

Breaking down the poll demographically, we find that more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose pop/R&B superstar Beyoncé. Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyoncé, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group. Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose The Beatles, while those 69 and over say country legend Willie Nelson is their favorite.

When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: When asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also picked Nelson, and Democrats also chose young pop star Bruno Mars. East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Mars as their #1 pick.

Here is the full top 10 list for the favorite singer/musician or band in the U.S.:

1. Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. Beyoncé
4. Led Zepplin
5. George Strait
6. Bruno Mars
7. Neil Diamond
7. Eagles
7. Celine Dion
7. Garth Brooks

by Bob posted Aug 28 2014 4:54AM

As always, summer seems to pass in the blink of an eye, and now Labor Day is just around the corner. Here's a little secret about Labor Day weekend: It's a great time to shop. While it's not traditionally considered a big shopping weekend, the unofficial close of summer offers some of the best discounts you'll find all year. Here's how you can take advantage of top Labor Day deals and how much you can expect to save.

Why shop Labor Day weekend?

By the time Labor Day weekend rolls around, retailers need to clear their shelves of back-to-school and summer merchandise, which motivates them to offer some steep discounts. In fact, you may find better deals over Labor Day weekend than you do during the better-known Black Friday sales.

Upgrade Your Backyard Retreat

If your patio furniture and grill have seen better days, Labor Day sales provide the perfect opportunity to spruce up your outdoor living space before your next fall barbecue. Historically, Labor Day weekend has offered some of the lowest prices of the year for backyard items. You should be able to find discounts of 50 to 60 percent on outdoor furniture, as well as on grills, umbrellas and other accessories. Last year, Kmart reduced its entire collection of outdoor items by as much as 90 percent.

Spring for a Better Night's Sleep

A new mattress and box spring amounts to a major investment, so it really pays to keep your eyes open for sales. If you've been putting off replacing your worn-out, saggy mattress, you may find some sales this holiday weekend that make you glad you waited. It turns out Labor Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to shop for mattresses, with discounts of up to 60 percent at discount chains and department stores.

Stock Up on Summer Styles

Stores need to make room for their new fall clothing lines, so Labor Day weekend is an excellent opportunity for the whole family to get great deals on summer clothing. Expect to find prices on shorts, tank tops, swimsuits and other hot weather apparel slashed anywhere from 30 to 85 percent. While you're shopping, you'll probably also find bargains on beach items such as flip-flops, sunglasses and beach towels. Depending on where you live, the weather may stay warm enough to enjoy your purchases for a few more weeks (or even months) this year.

Hold off on those fetching new fall styles, though – in-season prices will still apply there. You'll do best to stick with summer apparel purchases, and resist the temptation to build your autumn wardrobe until later in the season.

Watch the Games in Style

Football season kicks off Labor Day week, and retailers often respond by reducing television prices for customers planning to settle in at home and watch the action. This makes the holiday weekend a great time to look for discounts on the latest TVs and home entertainment centers, and you'll also see deep price cuts on discontinued models. Expect discounts of about 30 percent.

Take Advantage of Back-to-School Bargains

If you've procrastinated picking up back-to-school supplies, you could hit pay dirt. By Labor Day weekend, retailers figure most back-to-school shopping is done, and they'll be anxious to clear out their inventory. You'll really benefit if you can hold off until the last minute to buy what your kids need for school.

More Great Deals and Tips

Labor Day weekend savings are almost endless, with significant markdowns in almost all merchandise categories. Stores may offer as much as 60 percent off bath towels and rugs, and as much as 40 percent off home furniture. Even kitchen and laundry appliances often go on sale at this time of the year, so you might save as much as 30 percent on that new fridge or washer-dryer combo.

Experts advise shoppers to start checking out sales early in the weekend, but at the same time, you should exercise patience. The very best sales and deals won't happen until the last day of the long weekend – Monday – when holiday promotions come to an end and retailers make one last push to offload sale items from their inventory.

If you'd rather avoid the malls and shops, you can still take advantage of Labor Day deals online. To get the best possible savings, take the time to look for special coupon code offers and seek out online merchants offering free shipping.

by Bob posted Aug 27 2014 4:05AM

The "MTV Video Music Awards" pulled in 8.3 million viewers on Sunday night, which is down from last year. It ended up being the fifth most-watched show of the week, as well as the top show on cable.

(For comparison, Monday's "Emmy Awards" attracted 15.6 million viewers, which was their second-best total in eight years. Bu since the rating period ended on Sunday, the Emmys won't hit our Top 10 until next week.)

Meanwhile, the "True Blood" series finale brought in 4 million viewers for HBO . . . ABC's "Rookie Blue" wound down its fifth season with 5.3 million viewers . . . and "Rising Star" closed out its first season with 3.6 million viewers.

A little further down the list, "Doctor Who" returned for its eighth season premiere with 2.2 million viewers . . . and "Dallas" started its third season with just under 2 million.
Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending August 24, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-08/19/2014 NBC 9481
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-08/20/2014 NBC 9425
3 NCIS-08/19/2014 R CBS 9105
4 60 Minutes-08/24/2014 R CBS 8504
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-08/21/2014 R CBS 7450
6 UNDER THE DOME-08/18/2014 CBS 7297
7 BIG BROTHER-SUN-08/24/2014 CBS 7241
8 NBC NFL PRE-SEASON GM8/24-08/24/2014 S NBC 6980
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-08/19/2014 R CBS 6970
10 BIG BROTHER-WED-08/20/2014 CBS 6639
11 BIG BROTHER-THU-08/21/2014 CBS 6600
12 Unforgettable-08/24/2014 CBS 6388
13 MASTERCHEF-08/18/2014 FOX 5828
14 MOM - THURSDAY-08/21/2014 R CBS 5775
15 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-08/18/2014 NBC 5735
16 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-08/20/2014 R NBC 5683
17 EXTANT-08/20/2014 CBS 5567
18 NFL PRE-SEASON-08/22/2014 S CBS 5462
19 Dateline SUN-7PM-08/24/2014 NBC 5449
20 Rookie Blue-08/21/2014 ABC 5315
21 Dateline FRI-08/22/2014 NBC 5291
22 Person Of Interest-08/19/2014 R CBS 5131
23 NASCAR SERIES AT BRISTOL-08/23/2014 S ABC 5079
24 BACHELOR IN PARADISE-08/18/2014 ABC 5063
25 Two and a Half Men-08/18/2014 R CBS 4771

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

by Bob posted Aug 26 2014 3:58AM
I'm not sure if my stomach will let me enjoy ONE meat from Arby's, without punishing me for hours afterward . . . if not weeks. So I'm not sure who's eating THIS sandwich . . . but God-speed, brave lunatic.

Arby's is now selling a sandwich called the MEAT MOUNTAIN . . . it features every single one of their meats on a bun.

For $10, you get a stack of turkey, ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, roast beef, three strips of bacon, two chicken tenders, Swiss cheese, and cheddar cheese.

Arby's never meant to create the Meat Mountain. Earlier this year, they produced a poster to hang in stores that showed all of their meats stacked on top of each other . . . and customers started saying, "Can I have one of those?"

It isn't even listed on the menu, you have to ask for it specifically.

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by Bob posted Aug 26 2014 3:51AM
For two decades, 66-year-old Walter Misco of Chester, New Hampshire has been going to Vegas with his wife Linda every three or four months. But I guarantee their LATEST trip was their best yet.

Back in February, Walter read an article about a slot machine at the MGM Grand that's infamous for being the most stubborn machine in Vegas . . . because it hadn't hit a jackpot in 20 YEARS. And Linda told him he HAD to try it.

So just before midnight this past Friday . . . which was their last night in town . . . Walter put $100 in, and started placing $3 max bets. And within five minutes, he hit the jackpot for 2.4 MILLION BUCKS.

Before this, Walter's biggest take during a trip to Vegas was around $8,000 playing video poker. He and Linda say they're going to use the money to put all of their grandchildren through college.

(Las Vegas Sun)

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by Bob posted Aug 25 2014 5:23AM
Nice crowd at Sendick's Saturday for our final prize drawing in our "Summer Of Wheels" promotion. Congrats to Paul Poehlman from West Bend on winning the NASCAR package for Chicagoland Speedway!
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by Bob posted Aug 25 2014 5:22AM

MAINE: A 14-year-old Old Orchard Beach girl has added to a summer of lobster oddities.

Meghan LaPlante pulled up a bright blue lobster Saturday from one of the 150 traps she tends off Pine Point in Scarborough. Only about 1 in 2 million lobsters is blue, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, and Meghan said she will donate hers to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor on Tuesday.

Only about 1 in 2 million lobsters is blue – like this one hauled in off Pine Point in Scarborough – according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono. Photos courtesy of Jay LaPlante

"It definitely stood out," said Jay LaPlante, who helps his daughter with her business. LePlante said he's never seen anything close to the blue lobster they caught Saturday.

Earlier this year, a lobsterman pulled a calico lobster, sporting patches of orange and dark blue on its shell, out of a trap in New Hampshire. It was sent to a Hampton aquarium. Late last month, a bright yellow lobster – origin unknown – ended up in a supermarket tank in Florida, where a customer bought it and sent it to an aquarium in Rye, New Hampshire.

Meghan said she named the blue lobster Skyler because that's her favorite name. The lobster will be kept in a separate tank from other lobsters until it's taken to the aquarium. It's not unusual for lobsters to turn to cannibalism, and Meghan said she wants to make sure that Skyler doesn't become a victim.

Meghan has a student lobstering license that allows her to set out 150 traps a year. She has operated a business, Miss Meghan Lobster Catch, from her family's home for the last eight years. She said she's now exceeded the benchmark of 1,000 hours of lobstering under her student license and will be able to get a commercial license next year. That will allow her to set out 300 traps.

The money she's earned goes toward her traps and buoys and a college fund, she said.

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by Bob posted Aug 25 2014 4:03AM
58-year-old Richard Gibson of Lafayette, Louisiana might have THE most disgusting hobby in the world. And we're not exaggerating.

For the past 36 years, Richard has kept every single one of his FINGERNAIL and TOENAIL clippings . . . and put them in a jar. Yes, in 1978, when he was 22 years old, he started collecting his nails. And now, at 58 years old, he's still going.

Richard says his jar of nail clippings is his most cherished possession, and it's prominently displayed on a shelf in his house.

It hasn't always been . . . his ex-wife used to make him keep it hidden. That's right . . . ex-wife. Wonder what drove them apart.

Just to make this a little grosser, Richard doesn't cut his nails that often . . . he waits until they're REALLY long. In the close-up photo we've got of his nail jar, there are a few in there that are close to an INCH long.

This'll help that appetite...........

(Huffington Post)

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by Bob posted Aug 20 2014 4:18AM

Last week's "20/20" special on the death of ROBIN WILLIAMS attracted 7.4 million viewers, which was good enough for sixth place in the ratings. It featured interviews he'd given Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, plus updates on the investigation.

Meanwhile, SEAN BEAN'S new TNT spy series, "Legends", premiered with 2.6 million viewers . . . the eighth season finale of "Last Comic Standing" had 4.9 million . . . and the Fox show "Gang Related" ended its first season with 2.4 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending August 17, 2014:
Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-08/13 NBC 9974
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-08/12 NBC 9684
3 NCIS-08/12 R CBS 8127
4 60 Minutes-08/17 R CBS 7856
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-08/14 R CBS 7657
6 20/20: ROBIN WILLIAMS-08/12 S ABC 7363
7 UNDER THE DOME-08/11 CBS 6904
8 BIG BROTHER-SUN-08/17 CBS 6812
9 BIG BROTHER-WED-08/13 CBS 6652
10 BIG BROTHER-THU-08/14 CBS 6444
11 Unforgettable-08/17 CBS 6284
12 NFL ON FOX PRESEASON 1-08/17 S FOX 6223
13 Blue Bloods-08/15 R CBS 6152
14 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-08/12 R CBS 6111
15 MOM - THURSDAY-08/14 R CBS 5845
16 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-08/13 R NBC 5842
17 EXTANT-08/13 CBS 5679
18 Dateline FRI-08/15 R NBC 5514
19 MASTERCHEF-08/11 FOX 5402
20 BACHELOR IN PARADISE-08/11 ABC 5309
21 MIKE & MOLLY-08/11 R CBS 5058
22 NY MED-08/14 ABC 4970
23 Two and a Half Men-08/11 R CBS 4953
24 Hawaii Five-0-08/15 R CBS 4944
25 TAXI BROOKLYN-08/13 NBC 4943

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

Major Crimes topped cable viewership this week earning 5.730 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:01P 5730
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:01P 5677
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:30P 5150
4 HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:45P 4560
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P 4458
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4360
7 LAST SHIP, THE TNT Sun 09:00P-10:01P 4124
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4082
9 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY Fri 09:45P-10:15P 4082
10 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:12P 3835
11 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3811
12 ALADDIN (MOVIE) DSNY Sat 09:00A-10:30A 3775
13 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3696
14 True Blood HBOM Sun 09:02P-09:57P 3556
15 MONSTER HAMMERHEAD DISC Mon 10:01P-11:02P 3454
16 JAWS STRIKES BACK DISC Mon 09:00P-10:01P 3412
17 MURDER IN THE FIRST TNT Mon 10:01P-11:02P 3394
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3292
19 HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY DSNY Sat 10:30A-12:15P 3116
20 ALIEN SHARKS: RETURN TO DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3113
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 09:30P-10:00P 3089
22 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:03P 3000
23 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:31P-10:03P 2967
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 10:00P-10:30P 2963
25 PERCEPTION TNT Tue 10:01P-11:02P 2866

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

by Bob posted Aug 20 2014 4:16AM
September is coming, which means people in Europe are finally finishing up their two-month vacations. Meanwhile, your boss gave you grief for taking a half-day so you could finally make it to your kid's little league game.

A new global survey on vacation days found Americans are more jealous of the vacation time people get in other countries than anyone else . . . and rightfully so.

Americans get the least paid vacation time of any of the 10 first-world countries in the survey, with an average of 18 days. Even in Japan, where people are expected to work themselves to death, they get 19 days off a year.

On the other end of the scale, the French get an average of 31 paid vacation days, Russians get 29, Italians get 27, and Germans get 26.

Only 24% of Americans feel like their vacation time is fair compared to the rest of the world. In every other country surveyed, at least two-thirds of people think their vacation time is fair.

We're not greedy either. The average American says if they got just FOUR more paid vacation days, they'd think that was totally fair.

(CNN Money)

by Bob posted Aug 19 2014 4:44AM

College football tickets are getting expensive, everyone knows that. But if you had to guess which schools had the highest average ticket price, which one would you guess? It'd probably make the most sense if it was Florida State University–last year's champion and this year's early favorite to win it all again.

Not the case, though. Instead the most expensive average ticket price (calculated by TiqIQ) is actually Ohio State University.

Furthermore, ten out of the twenty five most expensive tickets are to schools not even listed on the AP 2014 Preseason Poll.

The only that does make sense is that as far as conferences go, the SEC has the most schools on the list with 8 of the 25 most expensive ticket prices. See the full list below, then head to TiqIq for some more information.

1. Ohio State: $237

2. Notre Dame: $228

3. Georgia: $209

4. UCLA: $196

5. Texas A&M: $192

6. Oklahoma: $166

7. Alabama: $165

8. Oregon: $152

9. LSU: $151

10. Penn State: $150

11. Iowa: $146

12. Tennessee: $142

13.South Carolina: $140

14.USC: $139

15.Nebraska: $138

16. Texas: $134

17. Michigan State: $129

18.Oklahoma State: $128

19. Auburn: $126

20. Boise State: $123

21. Texas Tech: $122

22. Kansas State: $121

23. Utah: $119

24. Florida: $118

25. Michigan: $113

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by Bob posted Aug 19 2014 4:02AM
The National Insurance Crime Bureau just released its report on the most stolen cars of 2013 . . . and as usual, your fleet of Ferraris and Aston Martins was safe. But your Honda Accord was as good as dead.

There were 53,995 Honda Accords stolen in the U.S. last year, the most of any model by a MASSIVE margin. And usually they're Honda Accords from the '90s . . . those are easier to get into and get away with than modern versions.

The Honda Civic is the second-most stolen car in the U.S. . . . Chevy pickups are third . . . Ford pickups are fourth . . . and Toyota Camrys are fifth.

Of cars that were actually made in 2013, Nissan Altimas were the most stolen . . . there were 810 2013 Altimas stolen. The Ford Fusion was second.

But overall, there were fewer than 700,000 car thefts last year . . . that's the lowest number since 1967, and down 50% from 1991.

TOP 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In WISCONSIN In 2013:
1 Dodge Caravan 2000
2 Honda Accord 1997
3 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 1999
3 Honda Civic 1997
4 Dodge Intrepid 2002
5 Chevrolet Impala 2005
6 Chrysler Town & Country 2002
7 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 1999
8 Dodge Stratus 2001
9 Toyota Camry 1999

(You can see the top 10 most stolen cars in any state here.)

by Bob posted Aug 18 2014 3:46AM
By now you've seen all your friends take the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" . . . and there's a good chance you've done it yourself. But this weekend, videos of celebrities doing it started hitting the web. BIG TIME.

Here's a roundup of some of the better ones we saw:

1. Selena Gomez did it with some weird, horror-movie style lighting . . . and here are her nominations.

2. Justin Bieber did it TWICE . . . perhaps because the first time he used a very small bucket. And both times he did it he showed off his body. Naturally.

3. Blake Shelton drenched Carson Daly on the set of "The Voice", and then Carson did the honors for Blake. Then, they both dropped a cooler full of ice water on Adam Levine.

Carson gets soaked at the :45 mark; Blake gets it at 1:19; and Adam has the best reaction at 2:04. Carson called out some boy bands. Blake called out Gwen Stefani and Pharrell. Adam called out "Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.

4. Gwen Stefani dumped water on Jessica Alba while Gwen's husband Gavin Rossdale, their five-year-old son Zuma, and Nicole Richie were simultaneously being drenched. And . . . here's Gwen accepting her ice water from Blake Shelton.

5. Jennifer Lopez had some helpers drench her, including her six-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

6. Keith Urban did it in Kansas City.

7. Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher completed the challenge . . . using construction equipment to dump ice water on their heads.

8. Remember that boy band Emblem3 from "X Factor"? Well, two of the dudes did the challenge NAKED . . . with their hands covering their junk. (It keeps getting taken down, so Google it. But as of last night, this, this and this worked.)

9. Taylor Swift did NOT curse any ex-boyfriends while doing the ice-bucket challenge, but that would've been amusing. She did it with Jaime King and a bunch of others. Kudos to them for actually donating for all of them.

10. Lena Dunham did it with her new blonde hairdo in a one-piece bathing suit.

11. Chris Pratt drank "Blue Ice" vodka and a Smirnoff Ice in lieu of drenching himself . . . but he got the ice water at the end anyway. And a lot of it.

12. Here's Guy Fieri, getting the gel washed out of his hair.

13. Jon Bon Jovi did it in someone's backyard. Interestingly enough, he challenged Richie Sambora . . . who he's seemingly been at odds with over the past year and a half.

14. Bret Michaels did it at a show with a ton of fans behind him. He only had a small bucket poured on him . . . perhaps so it wouldn't dislodge his bandana.

15. Wrestler Triple H reminded people to donate before dousing himself. Vince McMahon was one of his nominations . . . and Vince followed through.

16. Bill Gates looked pretty nerdy in the very elaborate video he made for his challenge. One of the people he nominated was billionaire Elon Musk . . . and he followed through, with an equally nerdy approach.

17. Oprah Winfrey claimed she was ready for the ice . . . but her challenge may have sent her into shock.

18. Steven Spielberg nominated George Lucas and J.J. Abrams.

19. Lance Bass did it on a swing . . . rocking an interesting hairdo.

20. LeBron James did it on a yacht at sea . . . he nominated his sons and President Obama. And here's Team USA basketball doing it.

21. 86-year-old Ethel Kennedy also did it, although she had trouble raising the bucket over her head. She also nominated Obama. Her video is pretty epic . . . it shows a whole SLEW of Kennedys doing it in a line.

However, President Obama is one of the few people to REJECT the ice bucket. The White House released a statement saying, quote, "The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge. Though his contribution to this effort will be monetary. The President will be making a donation to an ALS charity this week."

22. Florida Georgia Line accepted their challenge in the middle of a concert . . . and here's Darius Rucker getting his. And while we're on the country tip, here's Tim McGraw screaming as he gets the ice.

23. Lil Wayne challenged ALL his fans to do it before getting brisk himself.

24. Demi Lovato got hit with multiple buckets . . . FIVE to be exact.

(CAREFUL: She playfully calls her friends the P-word in this video.)

25. And if you missed it last week, here's Conan O'Brien pretending to misunderstand the challenge . . . and thinking that if he had the ice dumped on him, ALS would pay HIM.

(You can find even MORE here, here . . . and basically everywhere online.)

1. Oprah Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge and Screams

The ice bucket challenge pretty much exploded online over the weekend. It seemed like every celebrity on Facebook had to do it. Oprah took the challenge, and she SAID she was ready for it. But when she got hit with the water, she completely lost it.

by Bob posted Aug 14 2014 4:59AM

There's nothing quite like a BBQ pit blessed by decades of grease. But for every salt- and pepper-seasoned family legacy, there's a new upstart dreaming of building their own smoky dynasty.

To salute these young-gun pullers of pork, we've compiled a list of the 15 best BBQ joints that have opened in 2013 and 2014. Eat up.

Perdition Smokehouse

Berkeley, CA
What you're getting: Duroc pork shoulder, Texas caviar, and a cask beer
Run by the dude behind some of the Bay Area's best beer bars (The Trappist, Mikkeller Bar), Perdition is drawing rave reviews from Tex-pats for some of the most legit Q in the East Bay... and it's smoked right in the center of the restaurant. Black Angus brisket and Compart Duroc pork shoulder are the star attractions, but the supporting cast of 43 taps is nothing to scoff at. Add in the fact that they're regularly tapping rare firkins like Magnolia's Blue Bell Bitter and running tap takeovers by the likes of Cellarmaker Brewing Company, and Perdition starts sounding much more like heaven.

DCity Smokehouse

Washington DC
What you're getting: Smokehouse Platter with dry-rubbed pork ribs and brisket, plus sides of green chile cheese grits and hush puppies
With fires fanned by a guy who used to run the pits at the famous Hill Country and some secret weapons from the catering arm of the business (chicken and red velvet waffles!), DCity has taken the Capital City BBQ scene by storm since opening in late 2013. The meat is smoked with a mix of hickory and cherry wood with a rub of Texas nostalgia thanks to the pitmaster's Central Texas roots.

Kerlin BBQ

Austin, TX
What you're getting: Prime Angus brisket, beef rib (Fri & Sun only), and smoked corn on the cobb
There's no room for amateurs in Austin's much-debated BBQ scene, and after opening in mid-2013, Kerlin quickly established itself as a serious player. The Arizona transplant behind the operation began as a backyard enthusiast before hitting the competition scene and taking home a grand prize on his first outing. He's since embraced Central TX tradition with a standard post-oak wood supply, but pushes the envelope when it comes to meat quality by only using Prime Angus.

Killen's BBQ

Pearland, TX
What you're getting: Brisket plate with mac 'n cheese and baked beans, plus seasonal cobbler for dessert
Not many pitmasters can boast graduating first in their class from Le Cordon Bleu. Ronnie Killen's background in fine dining turned meatier with a steakhouse opened in 2006 (lauded as the best in the city by both Houston and national press), but the fires began burning brightest when he launched a series of weekend pop-up BBQ events in 2012. In January 2014, he went brick and mortar, upping his production of salt- and pepper-rubbed meats to over 2,000lbs per day, with the goal of not only putting the Houston area on the BBQ map, but daring to overtake his Austin brethren.

The Slow Bone

Dallas, TX
What you're getting: Moist brisket, cilantro sausage, and green chile mac and cheese
When the guys behind the best burger in Dallas decide to open a BBQ joint, you know they mean business. Opened in April 2013, Slow Bone has quickly risen to the upper echelon of Dallas BBQ (#3 according to their peers) with a jiggletastic brisket that they actually serve inside of hush puppies.

Green Street Smoked Meats

Chicago, IL
What you're getting: Frito Pie with brisket chili, sweet and spicy pickles, Lone Star beer
When restaurateur Brandon Sodikoff, who already brought Chicago its best burger and best donuts announced, he was taking on BBQ, the anticipation was intense. The result toes the line between place to be seen and serious BBQ joint. You enter from a cobblestoned back alley into an old warehouse space that's pumping out impressive standards like tender pork ribs, house-ground hot links, and juicy, stunned-silence-inducing brisket. Sauces like the coffee-infused Brown Thunder are tasty if a bit less thrilling, but the important thing is you don't feel like you need them.

Uncle Tom's

Miami, FL
What you're getting: The brisket- or pulled pork-stuffed mac and cheese
After having about the roughest few decades a barbecue joint could have (serial sanitation violations, a debilitating fire, briefly turning into a Cuban restaurant), the landmark Uncle Tom's sign on Little Havana's Calle Ocho once again stands over some of the best barbecue in the city. Right after new ownership took over in 2013, said fire forced them to gut the old space (which had been around since before Miami had AC) and start again from scratch. The only thing that's recognizable from the Yelp-maligned place of yore is the sign and the original, cinnamon-accented barbecue sauce, a recipe the new owners actually got from Uncle Tom's family that's strangely delicious on top of their street corn, served with chili mayo and Cotija cheese.

Smokebelly

Atlanta, GA
What you're getting: The four-meat Pit Masters Platter, an Old Fashioned with a house-smoked cherry
From a group of ATLien restaurateurs who've put their stamp on the city through restaurants like Tin Lizzy's and by organizing ridiculous social events like the LepreCON, Smokebelly just opened their doors in Atlanta's new Buckhead mixed-use district with slick Southern decor like pig-shaped planters. The food's a mix of 'cue and comfort, from updated takes on classic sides like smoky braised kale and bourbon-baked sweet potato souffle, to plates of wet or dry baby backs and chopped beef brisket. Add craft cocktails and 20 taps, and this place will please even the pickiest of bellies.

Terry Black's Barbecue

Austin, TX
What you're getting: Moist brisket, jalapeño and cheddar sausage, mac & cheese, and a soft drink in a souvenir cup
Family feuds are nearly as big a part of Texas BBQ tradition as salt and pepper, so it's natural that the brisket at the new Austin offshoot of the Lockhart legend Black's would be served with a side of drama. The owners are a pair of brothers with fourth-generation Black blood who're aiming to return to their family's old way of doing things, even if that means weathering lawsuits over the restaurant name. They only just opened their doors in June 2014, so the massive smoker's still getting dialed in, but early tastes reveal that this will soon be a brisket to be reckoned with.

4505 Burgers & BBQ

San Francisco, CA
What you're getting: Brisket, hot sausage, and spare ribs (#3)
Ryan Farr is an SF legend for butchering meats, AND he grew up in Kansas City, so it just seemed logical that he would eventually take over one of the only remaining wood-fired BBQ pits in the Bay Area, and churn out amazing stuff. Though his eats don't conform to one style, everything is damn good here, from the brisket and hot sausage, to the BBQ sandwich, pork spare ribs, and even the Frankaroni, which includes an entire 4505 hot dog hidden in mac & cheese. Maybe don't eat for a day or two before showing up.

Ragin' Hog BBQ

Denver, CO
What you're getting: Two-meat combo platter with brisket & ribs
Tucked inside a Denver strip mall, this unassuming Memphis-style BBQ hole-in-the-wall is the result of an Arkansas native bringing her passion for smoked meats (and the Razorbacks -- it's literally Hog heaven inside) to the Mile High masses. The ribs and smoked pork are highlights, as are any of the five homemade sauces worth dousing the meat in: Carolina, Georgia, Memphis, sweet, and hot. Show up on Saturday and get the brisket -- it runs out in about two hours, and they'll close up shop soon after. And the red velvet cookies are three for a buck if you still have room after devouring a two-meat combo plate that comes with two sides, dessert, and a drink. You won't.

NOLA Smokehouse

New Orleans, LA
What you're getting: Brisket burnt ends and BBQ baklava
After a few years of wildly successful pop-ups, the top hogs of the New Orleans BBQ scene have gone permanent with a nondescript brick-and-mortar dishing out smoked meats from a chef with 25 years in the NOLA restaurant scene. The Q's cooked on a mix of hickory and fruitwood in order to give it a deeper smoke penetration. Arrive on your lucky day and you might just score some pork BBQ baklava.

Hometown BBQ

Brooklyn, NY
What you're getting:Texas-style beef rib
Located in Red Hook -- just down the street from Sixpoint Brewery and the Cacao Prieto chocolate factory/distillery -- Hometown trades in Texas Q cooked with secrets learned from the owner's mentor at Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor, TX. The massive beef rib is the showstopper and has earned its pitmaster an unprecedented amount of fast fame in the world of slow flame, including an appearance on Good Morning America. Be sure to salute the American flags on your way out, if you're not too full to lift your arms.

Bourbon & Bones

Seattle, WA
What you're getting: The Hot Mess with smoked pork shoulder, mac & cheese, slaw, and Ring of Fire hot sauce on a biscuit
Bringing a taste of the South to the Pacific Northwest, B&B's helmed by a North Carolina native who's brought with him a killer fried chicken recipe with a marinade of lemon, thyme, cayenne, and garlic. More Carolina goodness comes in the form of a slow-smoked pork shoulder, and the meat menu is rounded out with brisket, housemade andouille, sweet ribs, and smoked pork belly bacon. Wash it down with one of their fine bourbons -- served in miniature Mason jars.

Little Miss BBQ

Phoenix, AZ
What you're getting: Brisket or smoked pastrami if you're there on a Thursday
Farmer's market sensations and competitive Q circuit junkies, Little Miss has created a BBQ oasis in the barren smoked meats desert known as Arizona. The owner's parents live in Texas, so he's made countless "research trips" to revered spots like Franklin, John Mueller Meat Co., and La BBQ. The studiousness shows through in Little Miss's signature brisket, cooked in a 14ft smoker. Arrive early and don't be surprised if they still sell out.
by Bob posted Aug 14 2014 4:50AM

The Cleveland Indians are having a decent season, entering today's play with a record of 59-59. That's nothing to get excited about, but it's not as if the Indians' chances of making the playoffs are done. Cleveland is just five games out first place in the American League Central and four and a half games out of a Wildcard spot.

So, it's pretty embarrassing for Indians fans that they drew fewer than 1,000 people for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chris Assenheimer has evidence of the remarkable scene.

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by Bob posted Aug 13 2014 4:10AM

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending August 10, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-08/06/2014 NBC 10123
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-08/05/2014 NBC 9037
3 60 Minutes-08/10/2014 R CBS 8219
4 NCIS-08/05/2014 R CBS 7914
5 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL-08/05/2014 S ABC 7272
6 UNDER THE DOME-08/04/2014 CBS 6830
7 Big Bang Theory, THE-08/07/2014 R CBS 6529
8 BIG BROTHER-WED-08/06/2014 CBS 6490
9 BIG BROTHER-THU-08/07/2014 CBS 6085
10 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-08/06/2014 R NBC 6058
11 EXTANT-08/06/2014 CBS 5939
12 BIG BROTHER-SUN-08/10/2014 CBS 5934
13 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-08/05/2014 R CBS 5629
14 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-08/04/2014 NBC 5587
15 Blue Bloods-08/08/2014 R CBS 5566
16 MASTERCHEF-08/04/2014 FOX 5415
17 BACHELOR IN PARADISE-08/04/2014 P ABC 5308
18 TAXI BROOKLYN-08/06/2014 NBC 5229
19 MOM - THURSDAY-08/07/2014 R CBS 4997
20 NY MED-08/07/2014 ABC 4963
21 MIKE & MOLLY-08/04/2014 R CBS 4935
22 Dateline FRI-08/08/2014 R NBC 4785
23 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS-08/10/2014 R ABC 4762
24 CSI-08/08/2014 R CBS 4740
25 Rookie Blue-08/07/2014 G ABC 4571

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Major Crimes topped cable viewership this week earning 5.243 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:01P 5243
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:01P 5092
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-05:43P 4939
4 LAST SHIP, THE TNT Sun 09:00P-10:01P 4607
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4193
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4075
7 TOY STORY OF TERROR DSNY Mon 12:20P-12:50P 3935
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:13P 3877
9 SHARK OF DARKNESS: WRATH DISC Sun 09:00P-11:02P 3825
10 LONGMIRE A&E Mon 10:00P-11:10P 3677
11 SPORTSCENTER EARLY L ESPN Sun 05:43P-06:00P 3618
12 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 10:00P-10:39P 3378
13 True Blood HBOM Sun 09:03P-09:55P 3343
14 AIR JAWS: FIN OF FURY DISC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3298
15 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE SHORT DSNY Mon 12:50P-01:05P 3281
16 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:31P-10:03P 3070
17 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 3038
18 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:03P 3037
19 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 2993
20 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:00P-09:31P 2907
21 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 2889
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2874
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 09:30P-10:00P 2849
24 NFL PRESEASON NFLN Sat 07:30P-10:37P 2823
25 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 2797

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by Bob posted Aug 13 2014 4:07AM
We're less than a month away from the start of football season . . . so while everyone is sitting around suffering through pre-season games, we thought we'd toss out some fascinating odds for the upcoming NFL season, courtesy of Bovada's online sportsbook.

Here are some lines we liked, along with their odds as of late last night.

The Denver Broncos are the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl, at 13-to-2. Last year's champs, the Seattle Seahawks, are a close second, at 15-to-2, as part of a three-way tie with the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the longest odds, at 250-to-1. The Tennessee Titans are a bit better at 100-to-1, along with the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. (You can see where all the teams rank, here.)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the odds-on favorite to win this year's MVP award, at 3-to-1. He's followed by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (6-to-1) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (8-to-1).

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has the best odds to lead the league in rushing yards at 4-to-1.

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs follow with odds of 9-to-2 and 7-to-1, respectively.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is expected to lead the league in receiving yards. He boasts 13-to-5 odds, followed by Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys at 15-to-2 . . .

Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons are next, tied at 8-to-1.

Elsewhere, Robert Griffin the Third has the best odds for being named the Comeback Player of the Year at 5-to1 . . . and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has 2-to-1 odds of being the first coach FIRED.

(For more on all those categories, hit up this link.)

(They don't have a category for "The NFL Players Most Likely to Sink Your Fantasy Football Team" . . . but you should be wary of putting too much stock into these seven players . . .)

(Johnny Manziel, Knowshon Moreno, Josh Gordon, Rob Gronkowski, Marshawn Lynch, Robert Griffin the Third and Montee Ball. You know, just in case you're also totally stuck in fantasy draft mode right now.)


by Bob posted Aug 8 2014 5:25AM

Yes, I'm like you and think museums are stuffy and often just full of dusty art from hundreds of years ago. I hate every time I visit a new city with my girlfriend and she wants me to go check out this boring museum or that boring museum or another boring museum. But I'm being a bit unfair as "museums" don't have to always suck. In fact, there are actually plenty of museums that are great fun for us guys.

1. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

OK, so we typically don't think of a place that tells long-retired baseball players that they were once great as a museum. But indeed it is and plenty of old, important sh*t hangs on the walls of this site in Cooperstown, New York. Though, the old, important crap is mainly a bunch of cool jerseys, bats, balls and gloves.

2. International Bowling Museum

Most museums are no more interactive than a standing person staring at a wall. If you wanted to do that all afternoon you could just stay home and watch TV, right? But at the International Bowling Museum in Arlington, Texas you can actually roll a few frames (and drink a few brews). Now that's a museum we can get on board with! You can also wander the grounds and learn about the great men who somehow turned bowling into a career.

3. The Museum of Sex

New York is the world's museum capital, but none will cause you to perk up more than this one. Instead of exhibits devoted to boring stuff like The Crusades or cubist art, there's ones devoted to everything sex. (Seriously). Heck, maybe one day you'll be enshrined in this spot's Hall of Fame. Hey, a guy can dream.

4. The Field Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs are cool. You like dinosaurs. So why not pretend like you're a cultural museum-goer when all you really want to do is stare at giant dinosaur bones (like Sue, the world's oldest, largest, and best-preserved T-Rex fossil in the entire world) at this Chicago spot?

5. Graceland

Though it doesn't have "museum" anywhere in its official title, if you're paying good money to visit a long-dead famous person's house then, yes, you can say you are going to a museum. The long-dead famous person's in this equation is the great Elvis Presley and Graceland is the Memphis residence he lived in until 1977. Now a National Historic Landmark, you can walk through his 23-bedroom mansion to see how much better "The King" lived than you.

6. Navy SEALs Museum

Forget celebrities, artists, or even ballplayers…it's surely Navy SEALs who are the baddest men on the planet and it's good to see them honored with this museum in St. Lucie, Florida near where the first underwater demolition teams trained before heading into the Battle of Normandy. There, you can learn about the world of secret warfare, gawk at some serious weaponry, or simply realize that you'll never be as tough as any of the men saluted here.

7. Museum of PEZ

Museums don't have to be dead serious and this one in Burlingame, Californiasurely isn't–it's dedicated 100% to the iconic candy-dispensing toys from your youth. Then again, you could probably just go to candy aisle at your local drug store for a similar experience.

8. Museum of Man

You're a man. You occasionally have to go to museums. Go to the Museum of Man.

by Bob posted Aug 8 2014 5:21AM

Apparently topping a massive Bloody Mary with a bacon cheeseburger slider just wasn't enough for a Milwaukee bar.

After gaining some notoriety for their burger-topped drink, "'The Bloody Masterpiece," Sobelman's has decided to raise the beverage bar once again.

The establishment has introduced a new drink, "Chicken Fried Bloody Beast," that features all the same garnishes -- cheese, sausage, pickles, olives, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, scallions, shrimp, lemon, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, celery -- as the Masterpiece.

However, the Beast is also topped off with an entire fried chicken.

Sobleman's also includes baconadoes, bacon-wrapped jalapeno cheese balls on the $50 Beast.

The drink might seem a bit pricey, but it does contain booze and mixers from Milwaukee-based companies and it can serve two-to-four people.

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by Bob posted Aug 6 2014 4:01AM

"America's Got Talent" took the top two spots in the ratings last week. It averaged a little over 10.6 million viewers. The preseason football Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills rounds out the top three with 8.5 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending August 3, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED-07/30 NBC 10794
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-TUE-07/29 NBC 10640
3 NBC NFL PRE-SEASON GM 8/3-08/03 NBC 8530
4 NCIS-07/29 CBS 8443
5 BACHELORETTE:AFTER ROSE-07/28 ABC 8155
6 60 Minutes-08/03 CBS 8048
7 BACHELORETTE, THE-07/28 ABC 8001
8 Big Bang Theory, THE-07/31 CBS 7199
9 Big Brother-SUN-08/03 CBS 6575
10 UNDER THE DOME-07/28 CBS 6573
11 BIG BROTHER-WED-07/30 CBS 6496
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-07/29 CBS 6418
13 AMERICA GOT TALENT-WED 8P-07/30 NBC 6295
14 BIG BROTHER-THU-07/31 CBS 6287
15 Blue Bloods-08/01 CBS 5992
16 EXTANT-07/30 CBS 5922
17 Dateline FRI-08/01 NBC 5868
18 MASTERCHEF-07/28 FOX 5760
19 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-07/28 NBC 5727
20 Unforgettable-08/03 CBS 5669
21 NY MED-07/31 ABC 5618
22 MILLERS, THE-07/31 CBS 5304
23 TAXI BROOKLYN-07/30 NBC 5248
24 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS-08/03 ABC 5078
25 20/20 SATURDAY SP-08/02 ABC 4854

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Major Crimes topped cable viewership this week earning 5.846 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:01P 5846
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:01P 4768
3 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4511
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4391
5 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 12:47P-04:30P 4374
6 LAST SHIP, THE TNT Sun 09:00P-10:01P 4147
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4051
8 SHARKNADO 2 SYFY Wed 09:00P-11:02P 3870
9 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:31P-10:03P 3534
10 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3490
11 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 10:00P-10:38P 3450
12 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 3 VH1 Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3435
13 LONGMIRE A&E Mon 10:00P-11:03P 3429
14 True Blood HBOM Sun 09:01P-09:58P 3393
15 TOY STORY 3 DSNY Sun 08:00P-09:50P 3368
16 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:00P-09:31P 3181
17 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:03P 3176
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3075
19 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 10:00P-10:30P 3026
20 Family Guy ADSM Thu 11:30P-12:00A 2978
21 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 2967
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Thu 10:30P-11:00P 2863
23 Suits USA Wed 09:00P-10:01P 2805
24 FAIRLY ODD SUMMER NICK Sat 08:00P-09:30P 2799
25 Family Guy ADSM Tue 11:00P-11:30P 2797

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by Bob posted Aug 4 2014 3:48AM
The first NFL preseason game was last night, which means football season is FINALLY here . . .

A new survey on Reddit.com asked people to name the NFL team they hate the most . . . then broke the results down by state. And it's really interesting . . . the rivalries are all over the place.

There's no team that truly dominates, like the Yankees or Red Sox probably would in baseball, or how the Lakers would in basketball.

Mostly, states seem to focus on their legitimate division rivals. New York hates the Patriots. Most of New England hates the Jets. Louisiana hates the Falcons, Georgia hates the Saints. Illinois hates the Packers, Wisconsin hates the Bears.

There are a few good exceptions. Arizona hates the Steelers . . . who beat the Cardinals in their only Super Bowl appearance a few years back. Indiana hates the Patriots, thanks to Tom Brady constantly standing in the Colts' way.

And weirdly, Tennessee hates the Houston Texans. The Oilers left Houston a while back to become the Tennessee Titans . . . so I'm not sure why that made Tennessee angry at Houston . . . but for some reason, it did.

(SB Nation)

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by Bob posted Aug 1 2014 5:19AM

At first glance, August might seem light on the holiday offerings. We dug a little deeper to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you beat the heat.

1. August 1st: National Girlfriends Day

Rest easy, boyfriends of the world, this holiday has nothing to do with you. National Girlfriends Day honors the lady friends who are there for their lady friends. If you like gendered activities, today would be the perfect day to schedule mani-pedis with your best gal pals.

2. August 5th: International Beer Day

Back in 2007, a group of friends decided to internationally dedicate a day to "gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer, celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer, and bring the world together under the united banner of beer." And to that we say, cheers. Or salud! Or prost! Or gan bei! Well, you get the idea.

3. August 5th: National Underwear Day

Though we cannot prove it, we smell quite the collusion between International Beer Day and this fest of unmentionables. Whether coincidence or conspiracy, celebrating these two August 5th holidays does not have to be mutually exclusive. You may even get a free pair of undies out of it.

4. August 6th: National Fresh Breath Day

If ever there were a day to stage an intervention with your halitosis-afflicted friends, today's the day. Or, give yourself an extra brush and a bonus swirl of mouthwash and say ah. Probably a good idea to lay off the onions and garlic for the day, too.

5. August 8th: National Dollar Day

On this day all the way back in 1786, the Continental Congress established a monetary system for the United States of America. Sure, there were some Greenbacks along the way, but in our lifetime most of us have been carrying around George Washington's in our wallets. Today, you can honor the birth of cold hard USD with a few Georges, Andrews, and Abrahams. If you decide to invite Benjamin, give us a call!

6. August 9th: Book Lover's Day

Granted, for most book lovers every day is a day to celebrate reading, but for the sake of celebration let's open up the floor to all interpretations of what it means to be a "book lover." Perhaps you just love the physical feel of a book, and have no interest in cracking one open. Or maybe, this day is meant to honor books in love with each other. Today is the day to exalt book lovers of all shapes, sizes, covers, and word counts.

7. August 10th: Lazy Day

And a lucky day because this year it falls on a Friday! Start the weekend early by doing positively nothing.

8. August 11th: Presidential Joke Day

On this day in 1984, during a sound check for a radio broadcast Ronald Reagan cracked the following joke:

"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

Who knew the Gipper had such a dark sense of humor? He certainly didn't know the mic was already recording, and the tape leaked. Since this little gaffe, August 11th has lived on as Presidential Joke Day.

9. August 13th: International Left-handers Day

For those world citizens who have found themselves in a right-handed-scissors-world, today the world honors your special gift. The other 364, we righties are still secretly jealous. If you're in the UK on the 13th, the Left-handers Club sponsors members-only areas called "Lefty Zones." Okay fine, we're jealous all 365 days.

10. August 18th: National Bad Poetry Day

Roses are red/ Violets are blue/ You probably saw this joke coming/ But we made it anyway.

11. August 19th: National Aviation Day

Franklin Delano Roosevelt laid out the ultimate burn by declaring Orville Wright's birthday National Aviation Day. Why he chose to honor Orville over Wilbur in 1939 is a mystery to historians, but we think National Aviation Day is a great time to start preposterous rumors based on wild speculation. For example, Wilbur Wright was a figment of Orville's imagination.

12. August 21st: National Senior Citizens Day

Now this is the holiday for which Reagan would have wanted to be remembered. On August 19th, 1988, a proclamation was made by the then-president that deemed August 21st as a national day to give older US citizens thanks and a heartfelt salute.

13. August 22nd: National Tooth Fairy Day

Because anyone who can make a dollar bill magically appear under your pillow deserves a day of feting.

14. August 24th: National Hug Your Boss Day

While it appears to have originated in the UK, the principles of this special day apply around the world. For one day of the year, set aside your frustrations and show your boss a little appreciation with a physical embrace. Please make sure to first check all company HR codes – thoroughly.

15. August 31st: National Trail Mix Day

Also known as National GORP Day. We love us a handy bag of "good ol' raisins and peanuts," but let's be honest – the addition of M&M's are what make trail mix truly great.

by Bob posted Aug 1 2014 4:10AM
Michigan has been dealing with a huge abandoned house problem. Largely in Detroit, but in other cities too. And now it's turned DEADLY.

On Wednesday, a 54-year-old man drove straight through a curve in the road in St. Charles, Michigan, and crashed through the wall of a house. (His name hasn't been released. St. Charles is in central Michigan, 60 miles northeast of Lansing.)

Right after the crash, a bunch of people tried to run in and help him. But it turned out the house has been abandoned for several years. And they couldn't get to him . . . because it was filled with angry BEES. They started swarming as soon as the car hit.

Someone eventually connected a tow strap to his back bumper, and pulled the whole car out. But unfortunately, paramedics couldn't revive him.

Police think the crash happened after the guy suffered some kind of medical emergency and passed out at the wheel.

They're still waiting on the autopsy results, so it's not clear if the bees played a role in his death or not.

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