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Posts from February 2014
by Bob posted Feb 26 2014 4:19AM

The Winter Olympics took the top seven spots in the ratings last week.  Monday's primetime coverage did the best, with 23.5 million viewers.  Even still, this year's coverage was the lowest-rated ever in the key demo.

 

 

NBC also used the Olympics to help launch two new shows over the weekend.  On Saturday, "About a Boy" debuted with 8.3 million viewers, and on Sunday "Growing Up Fisher" debuted with 8.9 million viewers.  Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  Monday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 23.5 million viewers.

 

2.  Thursday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 20.3 million viewers.

 

3.  Wednesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 20.2 million viewers.

 

4.  Tuesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 18.9 million viewers.

 

5.  Olympics "Closing Ceremony", NBC, 15.1 million viewers.

 

6.  Friday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 14.9 million viewers

 

7.  Saturday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 13.2 million viewers

 

8.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.1 million viewers

 

9.  "Sochi Gold", NBC, 12.7 million viewers.

 

10.  A "Big Bang Theory" repeat, CBS, 10.2 million viewers.

 

 

Meanwhile, "American Idol" averaged 9.7 million viewers across three nights.  And the fourth season finale of "Downton Abbey" scored 8.5 million viewers, the most for any PBS series ever

 

 

(You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast TV at Zap2It.com.)

by Bob posted Feb 26 2014 4:16AM
Wedding planning is supposed to be stressful, but I'm not sure why . . . apparently most women have had DECADES to work on the big details.

 

 

A new survey found 60% of single women say they've already planned at least SOME parts of their wedding day . . . even though they're not even dating anyone.  Sounds healthy.  Here are the top 10 things they've already decided on . . .

 

 

1.  The style of wedding dress they want.

 

2.  Where they're going for the honeymoon.

 

3.  Who will be their bridesmaids.

 

4.  Which flowers they want.

 

5.  How they'll wear their hair.

 

6.  The wedding venue.

 

7.  The food that will be served.

 

8.  Whether they'll have a traditional cake or something else.

 

9.  What they'll say in their vows.

 

10.  What time of year they want to get married . . . and possibly even a specific date. 

 

 

(FemaleFirst)

by Bob posted Feb 25 2014 4:00AM

It's still flu season, so you need to keep your immune system strong.  Here are six signs your immune system is vulnerable and you need to give it a boost:

 

 

1.  You eat a lot of sugar.  Studies show that sugar prevents your white blood cells from fighting off bacteria. 

 

 

2.  You're not drinking enough water.  You need plenty of fluid to flush out toxins.  Just make sure your pee is pale yellow . . . then you know you're getting enough liquid.

 

 

3.  You're overweight.  You already knew this wasn't good for you, but it turns out that excess weight is hard on your immune system.  You might have inflammation or hormonal imbalances that make it harder to fight infection.

 

 

4.  Your nose is dry.  It sounds gross, but snot is actually healthy.  If your nasal passage is too dry, it's the perfect environment for germs.

 

 

5.  You're stressed out.   Stress weakens your immune system, and if you're stressed while you're sick, it's even harder for your body to recover.

 

 

6.  You're fighting off a cold.   Getting 3 to 4 colds a year is normal, but if you're constantly fighting one off, that means your resistance may be low.

 

 

(ABC News)

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by Bob posted Feb 21 2014 5:53AM

Interview with John Scura at 9:30 Tuesday Feb 25th

What is the New World Order?

A dark plan, put into place centuries ago by a group of powerful men for the express purpose of changing the world’s financial system by way of privately owned and controlled centralized banking, has clearly benefited a few chosen families to the complete detriment and ruin of everyone else on the planet.

Composed of just a few hundred powerful but unelected people, this elite cadre seeks to create a one-world Luciferic religion, government, financial system and military to complete its already advanced globalist plans to end the sovereignty of all nations, including the United States. Its ultimate goal is complete control through a New World Order where a socialist dictatorship ensures that every citizen is tagged, mollified and productive – including you.

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by Bob posted Feb 19 2014 4:33AM

here in no particular order are the 13 weirdest things in the SkyMall catalog (with links to the items, should you for some unfathomable reason desire to purchase them):

1. The Bigfoot Garden Yeti Statue - Not to put this guy first would be to ignore, well, the bigfoot in the room. He's always topped my personal WTF list, but this month, he also appears in an inside-cover sweepstakes ad that reads, "What would you buy with $100,000?" Now I'm really confused -- vacation condo, or life-sized sasquatch?

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2. Biffy Butler Bidet Sprayer, Digital Accessory Caddy and Toilet Paper Stand - Okay. I admit that a flight home from Europe is probably the best time to convince me to buy a bidet. But can you just imagine the smirk on some floppy-haired Apple Genius' face when you have to tell him that you accidentally squirted your iPad with a bidet hose?
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3. Talking Dog Collar - Everyone knows that a cute dog is a great chick magnet, but this nifty contraption turns your pup into the ultimate panty-dropper. With just the click of a remote control, you can program Fluffy's collar to say, "Hey there, good lookin'" and other suave pickup lines. Now why didn't I think of that?
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4. Big Splash Divers Pool Statue - A sobering reminder of what really happens to people who dive in the shallow end of the pool.

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5. Humunga Lips Dog Toy - With lips like Angelina Jolie, who could resist your pooch's smooches?

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6. Pet Crate End Tables - A table that doubles as a cage -- good for dogs, great for kids!

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7. Zombie of Montclaire Moors - Tired of looking at all the dead things in your garden? Try something undead for a change!

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8. Skel-E-Gnome Garden Sculptures - I always wondered where bone-meal fertilizer came from. Now I know.

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9. Peeing Boy Fountain - Okay. So he's modeled after some statue in Brussels -- I don't care! He's peeing, for heaven's sake!

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10. St. Joseph Home Sale Kit - According to the description, burying a statue of St. Joseph to improve your odds of buying or selling real estate is an "Italian age-old practice." 2014-02-04-StJoseph.png

 

 



11. Socrates the Gargoyle Thinker - Never mind why one would want this meditative monster in the first place. Referring to the background of the product photo, my boyfriend Riccardo pondered, "Who the hell has a church to put it in, anyway?" Not even the Italian had an answer to that question.

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12. Velociraptor Dinosaur Statue - When my two-year-old nephew developed the hazardous habit of sneaking out of his room late at night, my sister cleverly broke it by building a barrier of toy dinosaurs outside his door. With this life-sized lizard, I might just be able to keep a certain grown man away from my chocolate stash.

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13. Mounted Squirrel Head - The description reads, "Ok, so you didn't bag this bad boy in person. But you know you would if you could, so we did it for you." Really, guys? Of all the things one might sit around fantasizing about killing and mounting -- a squirrel, for chrissakes? Why not make a Mounted Bigfoot Head or something? Now that would be cool.

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by Bob posted Feb 19 2014 4:29AM



 

Sometimes the signs are glaring and obvious–domestic violence, high levels of conflict on a daily basis, serious addictions, repetitive infidelity–but far more often, problems seem to creep up on people a little bit at a time.

In a famous 19th Century science experiment, researchers described how if they put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it would quickly jump out, recognizing the danger instinctively. But if the frog was put in cold water that was heated to boiling very slowly, the frog had no idea of the trouble brewing. By the time the water was boiling, the frog was dead meat.

So it can be with dysfunctional families, marriages, or even organizations. It seems OK until suddenly it doesn’t.

Warning Sign #1: You are no longer warm or affectionate with your partner.

Happy loving couples look up from what they are doing and smile when their partner comes home from work. They touch one another with some frequency–a hug hello or goodbye, a hand on the shoulder or leg, a kiss goodnight, holding hands watching a movie, rubbing the back of the neck after a long day.

Some people try to defend their lack of physical warmth by saying it’s not how they are built but when you see them with their children, they touch and tussle, smile and cuddle. Often when affection begins to wane in a marriage, it is a symptom of unexpressed resentment that needs to be uncovered and worked through.

Warning Sign #2: You don’t create enough time together doing enjoyable activities.

If the only time that you spend with your mate is conducting the business of the marriage–doing chores, paying bills, managing child care–then the relationship ceases to have the qualities of a deep and tender friendship. As the old Michael Johnson song so aptly put it, “Love will get you through times of no sex better than sex will get you through times of no love…”

Happy loving couples make their friendship a priority. Even on weeks when they can’t afford the time or money for a date night, they participate in activities that bring playfulness and joy into the relationship. Some couples work out together, take walks when weather permits, play cards or games, entertain other friends and family, play sports, watch movies, or read books.

Warning Sign #3: You stop having sex or have it very infrequently.

One of the enjoyable activities that makes marriage special is the ongoing availability of a sexual connection. Contrary to myths perpetrated by the media, married people in general have more sex than their single counterparts, averaging between one to two times weekly after the honeymoon phase is over. If you begin to notice that the time between lovemaking is growing longer, this is another symptom of decreased connection.

Lots of folks–more often women in my experience–condone their behavior by saying they don’t want to have sex if they don’t feel like it but this position readily becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Both men and women get a boost of oxytocin–the bonding hormone–when sexual or even when cuddling, so paradoxically, if you have sex, you will then feel close (and more sexual) again. It’s a bit like priming the pump.

Warning Sign #4: One or both partners stop good self-care.

Marriage takes commitment and caring, both for oneself and for your partner. When either person begins to take the relationship for granted, resentments often build. Recent surveys have shown that both men and women are turned off when their mate puts on weight, stops dressing fashionably or grooming adequately.

Happier couples still dress up when they go on a date night as if they were courting a new relationship. Since a big part of our attraction to others is visual, it is important to want to look good for each other.

Warning Sign #5: You blame your partner for your unhappiness (even if you don’t say it out loud).

Couples that don’t fight or fight very infrequently seem to have the illusion that their marriage is going well even when it isn’t. (The water is getting hotter by the minute but you and the frog are still unaware). If you feel constantly criticized or are feeling critical of your partner on a regular basis, it is a sign that issues need to be put on the table rather than shoved under the rug.

Warning Sign #6: You are lonely even when your partner is in the same room.

If you feel lonely in your marriage, it is time to take action. Most likely, your partner is also feeling the same thing. Loneliness is the fertile soil for affairs. Most infidelities are not due to sexual desires–although certainly sexless marriages contribute to longing–but they begin more innocently as a desire for friendship.

If you and your mate are not listening to one another’s pains and pleasures and providing support and empathy, then it is natural to look for support elsewhere. Don’t wait for the crisis and heartache of an affair. Even feeling the desire to look outside your marriage should make warning bells go off in your head.

Warning Sign #7: Contempt has crept into your conflicts.

Be on the lookout for contempt–it is a relationship killer of massive proportions. Contempt is a form of criticism with a twist of judgment and bitterness thrown in.

It is signaled by rolling eyes and a downturned mouth indicating disgust. In John Gottman’s research, made more famous with Gladwell’s book Blink, contempt is one of the most obvious signs of an impending crisis. Simply observing couples arguing for a few minutes can help a trained observer accurately forecast the fate of a relationship.

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by Bob posted Feb 17 2014 4:23AM

"The Walking Dead" Was Last Week's Most-Watched Show after the Olympics . . . Which Took the Top Seven Spots in the Ratings

 

The Winter Olympics took the top seven spots in the ratings last week.  Tuesday's primetime coverage did the best, with 23.7 million viewers.  This year's coverage is down slightly from the Vancouver games four years ago.

 

 

After the Olympics, the next most-watched show of the week was "The Walking Dead", which attracted 13.3 million viewers.  Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  Tuesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 23.7 million viewers.

 

2.  Thursday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 22.9 million viewers.

 

3.  Monday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 22.4 million viewers.

 

4.  Sunday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 21.3 million viewers.

 

5.  Wednesday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 20.8 million viewers.

 

6.  Friday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 19.1 million viewers

 

7.  Saturday's primetime Olympics coverage, NBC, 17.1 million viewers

 

8.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.3 million viewers.

 

9.  A "Big Bang Theory" repeat, CBS, 11.8 million viewers.

 

10.  Last Wednesday's "American Idol", Fox, 11.7 million viewers.

       Last Thursday's "Idol" was right behind that with 10.2 million viewers.

 

 

And if you're a basketball fan, the "NBA All Star Game" on TNT scored 7.5 million viewers.  It was the second most-watched show on cable, behind "The Walking Dead".

 

 

(You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast TV at Zap2It.com.)

by Bob posted Feb 17 2014 4:13AM
There's just something ridiculous about seeing a MASSIVE CAT.  There's a 20-POUND cat in Boston named Pickles who was found abandoned on the streets . . . but has now been adopted by a couple.  And the photos of him are great.




 

by Bob posted Feb 13 2014 4:17AM


Around 5:45 yesterday morning, an enormous SINKHOLE opened up in the middle of a showroom at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky . . . and swallowed EIGHT Corvettes.

 

 

You can check out some INSANE photos of it online.  The hole is about 40 feet wide and 20 to 30 feet deep.  According to a spokesman, the total value of the cars is "substantial," but he didn't give an exact figure.

 

 

But just to give you an idea, the models ranged from 1962 to 2009.  And one of the NEWER Corvettes was a ZR1 that had a base price of over $103,000 when it came out in 2009.

 

 

Obviously the entire showroom has been blocked off while they figure out what to do.  But apparently they're not worried about it happening anywhere else, because the rest of the museum is still open. 

 

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by Bob posted Feb 12 2014 4:27AM
The Winter Olympics took the top four spots in the ratings this week.  The "Olympics Opening Ceremony" was the most-watched show on television this week with 31.7 million viewers.

 

 

Sunday's primetime Olympic coverage had 26.3 million viewers, Saturday's got 25.1 million viewers, and Thursday's early coverage came in fourth with 20 million viewers. 
 

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending February 9, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 WNTR OLYM OPEN CEREM-02/07/2014 S NBC 31690
2 WNTR OLYM SUN PRIME 1-02/09/2014 S NBC 26323
3 WNTR OLYM SAT PRIME 1-02/08/2014 S NBC 25115
4 WNTR OLYM THU PRIME 1-02/06/2014 S NBC 20016
5 NCIS-02/04/2014   CBS 19529
6 Big Bang Theory, THE-02/06/2014   CBS 17534
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-02/04/2014   CBS 16303
8 BEATLES: A GRAMMY SALUTE-02/09/2014 S CBS 14045
9 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-02/05/2014   FOX 13428
10 Criminal Minds-02/05/2014   CBS 12918
11 Person Of Interest-02/04/2014   CBS 12351
12 CSI-02/05/2014   CBS 11159
13 American Idol-THURSDAY-02/06/2014   FOX 11078
14 MILLERS, THE-02/06/2014   CBS 10688
15 MIKE & MOLLY-02/03/2014   CBS 10268
16 Castle-02/03/2014   ABC 10024
17 How I Met Your Mother-02/03/2014   CBS 9976
18 Modern Family-02/05/2014   ABC 9872
19 Elementary-02/06/2014   CBS 9454
20 60 Minutes-02/09/2014   CBS 9380
21 2 Broke Girls-02/03/2014   CBS 9218
22 MOM-02/03/2014   CBS 9109
23 MIDDLE, THE-02/05/2014   ABC 8563
24 BACHELOR, THE-02/03/2014   ABC 8329
25 Two and a Half Men-02/06/2014   CBS 8316

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.  (You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable TV at Zap2It.com.)

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by Bob posted Feb 11 2014 4:34AM
 

Man-hole covers also, join the top ten list as does laundry detergent and allergy medicines.

The curious list seems to reflect a little bit on people’s immediate needs and the products' availability.

The small and more expensive the item, the easier it is to steal but the attractiveness of man-hole covers seems universal among university students and pranksters the world wide.

Yes, the Iphones and cash are traditional targets but the most numerous and popular make a strange list many of which we do little to protect. Some stolen items seem unusual because their value is not easily visible.

Manhole covers and catalytic converters are unlikely top ten hits but they can reap rich rewards for the thiefs with the rise of the price of metals on the international markets. Platinum is found in small amounts in catalytic converters and that gives a hint to the attraction of the popular car part.

But who would have thought that maple syrup and steaks are also in the top ten of popular targets. It seems that these tasty and premium products give plenty of rewards for the shoplifters but the researchers don’t tell us if the thieves simply taste them or sell their ill-gotten-gains on.

And its not all about the supermarket apparently, shrubbery theft is a big problem. We thought we knew it all but there is big money in flowers and its seems those green and light-fingered thieves are taking every opportunity to steal flowers from the garden centre.

Here is the full list.

1. Laundry detergent

2. Allergy meds

3. Pregnancy tests

4. Catalytic converters

5. Manhole covers

6.Nutella

7.Maple Syrup

8.Shrubbery

9. Small Boats

10. Steaks

by Bob posted Feb 10 2014 5:25AM
 

Valentine’s Day was designed to be a day in which we celebrate the love we share – or hope to – with someone important to us. But it’s degenerated into one of the most financially and emotionally illogical holidays around. Here are the 7 biggest scams of every Valentine’s Day. 

7 Valentine’s Day Dinner SpecialsMany restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day deals, offering full meals for discounted prices. Or so they want you to think. According to a Zagat study, spending for dinner more than DOUBLES on Valentine’s Day, leaping from an average dinner-for-two cost of $70 to over $140 on Cupid’s Big Night Out. The net result, according to the National Retail Federation, is over $3.4 billion in income for the restaurant industry. Do the right things for all of us and get your money’s worth on the Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster tonight. Never has diabetes and increased chances of heart failure felt so much like justice.

6 Ordering Flowers OnlineOrdering flowers online is infinitely more convenient than trying to do it yourself. The odds of my taking up gardening in the dead of winter to save a few bucks is not particularly high. But would it be cool if we just label the flower e-commerce industry as extortion?

Let’s pick an unnamed flower site that may or may not have a 1-800 number in its URL. You pick the cheapest, most generic option of red roses: $44.99 marked down to $34.99 for the holiday. Not too shabby! Oh, but if I want it guaranteed to be delivered on February 14th, there’s a $5 surcharge. Well, hey, $39.99 for something so convenient is fine…they even give you a complimentary card! COMPLIMENTARY! Wait, I’m about to check out and there’s an $18.98 shipping charge? I thought that was the point of the surcharge? And taxes? We’re now up to a total of $58.76, a 60% increase on the listed price. All for something that’ll die in two days and remind your special gal of how pointless and forgettable you are. At least you didn’t have to deal with the manure.

5 LingerieThe various scams of Valentine’s Day aren’t limited to just men. Some women feel pressure to be extra sexy for the holiday. It’s Valentine’s Day, after all, and nothing says pure sex appeal like dressing up like a Victorian prostitute in the middle of winter. I haven’t worn lingerie so perhaps I can’t speak to how comfortable or how uncomfortable it is (I’m going to assume, based solely on the number of wires and scratchiness of the fabrics, it’s probably not too great). But look at this bit of lingerie pictured; this girl looks like a complete and total asshole and she’s a professional model. So imagine how ridiculous your average Middle-American mother of three would look. I’m more turned on thinking about my first proctological exam than I would be about that.

4 Kids Exchanging Valentine’s Day CardsSome schools started banning the exchange of Valentine’s Day cards years ago. Future generations might be saved from the secret shame of not getting Valentine’s Day cards from their chosen classmate (or anyone at all). But the seeds of decades of intergender mistrust and disappointment began during the ritualistic exchange of stationery featuring Snorks canoodling while saying punful things like, “You blowfish me away!”

3 Anti-Valentine’s Day PartiesNo, it’s totally not a lonely cry for attention to throw a party showing how you’re not conforming to society and you don’t care about sharing your life with someone. Yes, we all just assume that you had countless (!) Valentine’s Day dates offered to you…you just turned them all down to send the rest of the world a message that your feelings will not be bought. Cool? We can stop this now, then. Thanks.

2 LoveNot to sound like the type of person who’d say things like, “Valentine’s Day, psh. I’dprefer to spend the night alone, watching episodes of Downton Abbey while tweeting a bit too often about how comfortable I am in my decisions.” But let’s say the idea of love actually exists. Maybe it’s a beautiful, genuine thing that two people share in the most deep and meaningful ways imaginable. Doesn’t it seem like the odds of you having those transcendent emotions come to life on the most commercialized and pointless days in which gifts are commodities to be bartered in place of actual feelings seem pretty illogical?

It’s like taking a trip to what’s supposed to be a tropical island with a night full of delicately strewn rose petals and surroundings of lit scented candles, only to find the cat shit-strewn bed of an elderly woman on Hoarderslightly scented with drug store perfume.

1 Those Disgusting Candy HeartsIf you show me a person who finds these stale, heart-shaped pieces of chalk to be a delicious treat, I’ll show you someone who should celebrate Arbor Day by eating buckets full of lead paint chips.

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by Bob posted Feb 10 2014 4:23AM
Sugar is dumped in foods where you would least expect it.  Just to put that in perspective, there's about 13 grams of sugar in a chocolate glazed donut.  So here are seven HEALTHY foods that have MORE than 13 grams of sugar in them. 

 

 

1.  Fruit-flavored yogurt.  One serving has 26 grams of sugar.  That's about as much as you get in TWO donuts.

 

 

2.  Energy bars.  If you have the kind with chocolate chips in them, you're having 23 grams of sugar. 

 

 

3.  Orange juice.  One cup of OJ has about 20 grams of sugar in it.

 

 

4.  Applesauce.  A typical serving has 16 grams of sugar.

 

 

5.  Tomato soup.  Your average serving has 15 grams of sugar.

 

 

6.  Dried cranberries.  One packet of Craisins has 34 grams of sugar.  That's more sugar than you have in TWO AND A HALF chocolate glazed donuts.

 

 

7.  Starbucks Grande Latte.  You probably don't think of a PLAIN latte as that bad for you, but it has 17 grams of sugar in it.

 

(Business Insider)

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by Bob posted Feb 5 2014 4:13AM
There's a good chance you're drinking something from Starbucks right now . . . so maybe this list is FATE?  Here are six things you might not know about Starbucks.

 

 

1.  Starbucks has grown by an average of two stores per day, every day . . . for the past 27 YEARS.

 

 

2.  Santa Fe Springs, in Southern California, has the highest concentration of Starbucks stores in the U.S.  There are 560 within a 25-mile radius.

 

 

3.  A Starbucks Grande coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine . . . or over four times more than Red Bull.

 

 

4.  Starbucks had a $1.25 billion profit last year, which is the equivalent of two Grande coffees purchased by every single American.

 

 

5.  For some iced drinks, Starbucks offers a 31-ounce size called the TRENTA.  It's larger than the capacity of the human stomach.

 

 

6.  20% of Starbucks customers go there at least 16 times a month. 

 

 

(Business Insider)

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by Bob posted Feb 4 2014 11:26AM

ABC has fired longtime “Dancing with the Stars” bandleader Harold Wheeler, who will take his 28-member group of musicians and singers with him, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In place of the orchestra, the show will use more sound recordings, the story adds.

The decision was blasted by American Federation of Musicians President Ray Hair, who condemned replacing the band with pre-existing sound recordings and what he called a “small electric band.”

“Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud,” he said.

The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers had performed on the show for 17 seasons, the story notes.

ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions acknowledged the change, but didn’t explain the reason for firing the band.

“Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” the companies said in a statement. “We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.”

The union claims the decision was spurred by pressure from ABC on BBC Worldwide “to cut corners and pander to a younger viewing audience,” the story adds.

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by Bob posted Feb 3 2014 4:19AM
After last night's Super Bowl, we ventured out into the Internet in search of some trivia and interesting facts on the game for all the sports junkies out there.  Here's what we came up with:

 

 

1.  The Denver Broncos are the first Super Bowl team to be shut out at halftime since the New York Giants in Super Bowl 35 in 2001.  They trailed the Baltimore Ravens 10-to-zero at the half, before ultimately losing 34-to-7.

 

 

2.  The Seattle Seahawks' safety 12 seconds into the game became the fastest score EVER at the start of a Super Bowl.

 

It beat the 2007 Super Bowl . . . when the Chicago Bears started off against the Indianapolis Colts with a kickoff return for a touchdown.  That happened 14 seconds into the game.  However, the Colts came back to win that one, 29-to-17.

 

 

3.  Interestingly enough, this is the third-straight year with a safety in the Super Bowl, but it's only the ninth safety in the Super Bowl's 48-year history.

 

 

4.  The Broncos have now faced the three largest halftime deficits in Super Bowl history.  They were down 22 in this one . . . they were down 27-3 (or by 24 points) in their 55-to-10 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 . . .

 

And they were down 35-to-10 (or by 25 points) in their 42-to-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in 1988.  Not surprisingly, these three Denver losses are among the five worst Super Bowl blowouts in history.

 

 

5.  The Broncos have now lost FIVE Super Bowls, more than any other team.  However, they've also won TWO:  In 1998 and 1999.  The Seahawks are now 1-and-1 in Super Bowls.  They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-to-10 in 2006.

 

 

6.  Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named the game's MVP, became the first player in Super Bowl history to have a fumble recovery AND an interception return for a touchdown in the same game.

 

 

7.  The Broncos entered the Super Bowl with the highest scoring offense in NFL history.

 

 

8.  Despite the Broncos offensive problems last night, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught 13 passes . . . the most of anybody in Super Bowl history.   And Peyton Manning completed 34 passes, the most-ever by a Super Bowl quarterback.

 

 

(Actually, the Super Bowl was less about the Broncos' offense being TERRIBLE . . . and more about it being unable to overcome their turnovers, penalties, mistakes and porous defense.)

 

 

9.  Check this out:  $526,217 is the base salary made by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the ENTIRE 2013 season.   And $882,352 is the salary made by Peyton Manning . . . for each WEEK of the 2013 season.

 

 

10.  Can Seattle keep it together to turn their run into a dynasty?  According to Forbes.com, "the Seahawks tied the 1971 Miami Dolphins as the youngest Super Bowl winners ever with an average age of 26.4 years."

 

The Seahawks had the fourth youngest roster in the NFL this year, and Russell Wilson is just 25.  This is his second year in the NFL.

 

 

11.  According to Pregame.com, Las Vegas bookmakers ALREADY have the Seahawks as the favorite to win NEXT year's Super Bowl as well, with 7-1 odds.

 

 

12.  The Seahawks are the first team to win a Super Bowl with a team FULL of Super Bowl virgins since the Washington Redskins in 1983.  Every winner since then has had at least ONE dude who has Super Bowl experience.

 

 

13.  And finally, according to Pro Football Reference, the final score of the Super Bowl, 43-to-8, has NEVER BEFORE been the final score of an NFL game.  Not just in the Super Bowl . . . in ANY game.

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by Bob posted Feb 3 2014 4:18AM

The Super Bowl Ratings Were Adjusted Up . . . and Obama's State of the Union Was the Least Watched in 14 Years

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Once the final numbers were in, the ratings for "Super Bowl 48" were adjusted up to 112.2 million viewers and "New Girl" had 26.3 million viewers.  Meanwhile, Obama's "State of the Union Address" was the lowest  rated of the past 14 years.  It averaged 33.3 million viewers across 15 networks.

 

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending February 2, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 FOX SUPER BOWL XLVIII-02/02 S FOX 112191
2 FOX SUPER BOWL POST-GUN-02/02 S FOX 93371
3 FOX SUPER BOWL POST GAME-02/02 S FOX 65780
4 New Girl-SP 2/2-02/02 S FOX 26297
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-01/30   CBS 19047
6 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE-SP 2/2-02/02 S FOX 15065
7 Blue Bloods-01/31   CBS 12934
8 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-01/29   FOX 12731
9 NCIS-01/28 R CBS 11736
10 MILLERS, THE-01/30   CBS 11496
11 American Idol-THURSDAY-01/30   FOX 11424
12 Hawaii Five-0-01/31   CBS 11242
13 How I Met Your Mother-01/27   CBS 10811
14 MIKE & MOLLY-01/27   CBS 10757
15 Elementary-01/30   CBS 10339
16 BLACKLIST-01/27   NBC 10171
17 2 Broke Girls-01/27   CBS 10053
18 SUPER BOWL GREAT COMMRCLS-01/29 S CBS 9636
19 MOM-01/27   CBS 9579
20 Undercover Boss-01/31   CBS 9213
21 Two and a Half Men-01/30   CBS 8858
22 BACHELOR, THE-01/27   ABC 8613
23 CRAZY ONES, THE-01/30   CBS 8249
24 Law And Order:SVU-01/29   NBC 7592
25 Shark Tank-01/31   ABC 7488

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.   (You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable TV at Zap2It.com.)

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by Bob posted Feb 3 2014 4:09AM
For the past 18 years, an 82-year-old man in Mechanicsburg, Ohio named Billy Standley had been telling his family EXACTLY how he wanted his funeral to go down.

 

 

Instead of being laid to rest in a normal casket, Billy asked to be buried while SITTING on his 1967 Harley-Davidson MOTORCYCLE.  And he specifically wanted to be in a giant see-through casket, so all his biker friends could see him sitting on the bike.

 

 

Well, Billy passed away about a week ago from lung cancer . . . and his family actually FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH IT.  Although Billy had a hand in the planning too.

 

 

Several years ago, he bought three plots next to his wife's grave to make sure he'd fit.  Then his sons custom made a 9-by-11-foot Plexiglas casket with a reinforced bottom, which has been sitting in his garage for FIVE YEARS.

 

 

Last week, five embalmers used a metal back brace to sit him upright on the bike.  And on Friday, they loaded him onto a trailer so a truck could pull him to the cemetery on his "final ride."  The funeral was Friday, and there are a bunch of pictures from it online.

 

 

Billy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, so his family had to handle most of the details.  But his son Pete explained that his father had, quote, "done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he [went] out the way he wanted to." 

 



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