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by Bob posted Mar 31 2014 4:32AM
Hank is being listed as recovering Tuesday after having surgery.

Tyler Barnes, Milwaukee Brewers vice president of communications, said in an email Tuesday that Hank is on "dog bed rest" for the time being after being neutered.OUCH!!!

"Given the vet's recommendation, Hank has been placed on the 15-day disabled list," Barnes said. "A tough break after the thrill of his first opening day."

Hank, the stray that wandered into the Brewers' spring training camp in February and was later adopted by the family of a Brewers official, made his Miller Park debut at opening day Monday, taking a walk on the field with mascot Bernie Brewer.

While Hank was convalescing Tuesday, ABC had planned to air a report on the ballpark pup on "World News Tonight."


 
by Bob posted Mar 31 2014 4:24AM
Just seems like life is flying by way too fast. Is it just an age thing? A week in Florida with Katrina, Jason and Kylie and Landon...and Gail, of course, and it was gone in the blink of an eye.....BOB
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by Bob posted Mar 31 2014 4:13AM

Alright...what's up with this?  Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth, Virginia are either the LUCKIEST couple in America . . . or they're MASTER criminals who figured out how to rig the lottery.

 

 

Because they just won the lottery THREE TIMES in TWO weeks.

 

 

They won $1 million back on March 12th when they matched five numbers in the Powerball . . . they won $50,000 in a Pick 4 drawing on the 26th . . . and they won ANOTHER $1 MILLION on a scratcher the next DAY.

 

 

That's $2,050,000 in lottery winnings in two weeks.  And according to Calvin, quote, "We're not finished yet."

 

 

The Virginia Lottery didn't release the exact odds on winning a few of those jackpots, so it's tough to calculate the odds Calvin and Zatera beat . . . but we estimated it's well over one in a trillion. 

 

 

(Hampton Roads Daily Press)

 

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by Bob posted Mar 26 2014 4:42AM

~~The "Dancing with the Stars" Season Premiere Took Second Place in the Ratings

 

 

The 18th season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" got 15.4 million viewers. That was a strong start with the overall viewers, but it was down slightly from last season.

 

 

Meanwhile, the 100th episode of "Glee" only attracted 2.8 million viewers, which is low for Fox.  And the series premiere of "The 100" pulled 2.7 million, which is on the high end for the CW.  Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  "NCIS", CBS, 17.1 million viewers.

 

2.  The "Dancing with the Stars" season premiere, ABC, 15.4 million viewers.

 

3.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 14.2 million viewers.

 

4.  Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13.5 million viewers.

 

5.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.5 million viewers.

 

6.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13.3 million viewers.

 

7.  "60 Minutes", CBS, 11.3 million viewers.

 

8.  "The Blacklist", NBC, 11 million viewers.

 

9.  "Person of Interest", CBS, 10.9 million viewers.

 

10.  "CSI", CBS, 10.2 million viewers.

 

 

("American Idol" continues to take the backseat to "The Voice".  "Idol" had 9.8 million viewers on Wednesday and another 8.4 million on Thursday.  You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast TV at Zap2It.com.)

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by Bob posted Mar 19 2014 4:23AM

The NCAA tournament is all about the bracket, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other interesting ways to frustrate yourself and lose money. For The Win looks at the nine most interesting prop bets for the upcoming tourney. (All odds courtesy Bovada and current as of Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET.)

 

1. Will a No. 16 seed defeat a No. 1 seed? (6/1)

 

2. Will all No. 1 seeds make the Final Four? (50/1)

The thing that’s never happened is 6/1 while the thing that happened five years ago is 50/1? Granted, it’s only a matter of time before a No. 16 beats a No. 1. (Don’t be stunned if it happens this week. This is the first tournament in years where there isn’t considerable buzz over the 16/1 potential. The surprise factor will be the key to one of these upsets.) And 16 dominoes have to fall to get all No. 1s to a Final Four, whereas the upset is a “lightning in a bottle” thing. Factor in the fact that wagering on a first-round stunner is far more fun than praying for chalk and that probably explains the odd odds gap.

 

3. Will a Canadian born player win Most Outstanding Player? (10/1)

Unless Alex Trebek or Bryan Adams have any remaining eligibility, we’ll assume Bovada is talking about Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) or Tyler Ennis (Syracuse). Four players on four teams no one is picking to win and the odds are still short at 10/1? No thanks.

There are actually 27 Canadians playing in the tournament this year, but since none of them are on Michigan State, there’s no use thinking any will win MOP, right ESPN?

 

4. Number of No. 1 seeds to make the Final Four: Over/under 1.5

In the past four years, playing the under would have won. In the three years before that, the over hit. The lesson: Only wager on sure things, like the citizenship of MOP winners.

 

5. Most points scored during by one team during round of 64 games: Over/under 95.5

Ohio State scored 95 as a No. 2 seed in 2013. The next highest point total for the awfully named “second-round” games was VCU’s 88. Only six teams scored more than 80 points.

 

6. Highest margin of victory during round of 64 games: Over/under 32.5

Here’s one way to keep NCAA tournament blowouts interesting. You won’t know the true depths of being a degenerate until you spend a Thursday afternoon cursing Rick Pitino for playing walk-ons in the final two minutes of a blowout because it might cause Louisville’s winning margin to dip below 33. For those who can’t resist the rush, take note: In 2013, Syracuse won by 47 and VCU won by 46 but no other team won its second-round game by more than 32.

 

7. How many game-winning buzzer beaters will there be during the round of 64?

Zero buzzer beaters (5/7); 1 buzzer beater (2/1); 2 buzzer beaters (6/1); 3 buzzer beaters (10/1); come on, there’s not going to be more than three.

The Internet so rarely fails you that it’s downright devastating when you Google: “NCAA tournament buzzer beaters history” and can’t find a comprehensive list on Wikipedia or any of the dozens of great college basketball sites that exist. Anyway, buzzer beaters aren’t nearly as common in the 32 second-round games as television highlight reels would like you to believe. There’s a reason Bryce Drew’s 16-year-old shot is still played incessantly every March.

 

8. Which conference will the winning team come from?

Big Ten (7/2)

ACC (15/4)

AAC (5/1)

SEC (5/1)

Big East (6/1)

Pac 12 (6/1)

Big 12 (7/1)

The biggest takeaway is that despite having the most teams in the field, the Big 12 has the longest odds of any power conference. And that if the AAC’s goal was to get people to confuse it with the ACC when both are listed near each other, well played, American Athletic Conference.

 

9. What seed will the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion be?

Despite the ongoing love-fest for all things fourth-seeded, the group including Michigan State and Louisville is “only” 2/1 to win the title. That’s a little steeper than the 3/2 odds given to the No. 1 seeds. The rest of the odds are just like you’d expect. Interestingly, seeds Nos. 5, 6 and 7 are listed at 25/1, while seeds Nos. 8 and 9 are 20/1. Lots of people betting the farm on George Washington then?


68 MARCH MADNESS FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

To many, the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is the greatest weekend on the sports calendar. To prepare you for the glory that is the NCAA tournament, here are 68 random facts and stats you need to know before all the madness begins. Why 68? Well there are 68 teams that make it into the “Big Dance” so…

1. No. 1 seeds have won six of the past seven championships and 11 of the past 15.

 

2. The No. 5 seed is the highest seed to never win the national title.

 

3. The lowest seed to reach the Final Four is a No. 11 (LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006 and VCU in 2011).

 

4. No. 16 seeds are winless against no. 1 seeds (DUH)

 

5. Your chances of scoring a perfect bracket? 1 in over 18 quintillion. Warren Buffet can rest easy.

 

6. No team has won the national championship after losing its first game in the conference tournament.

 

7. Since 1979, the year seeding began, only once has the Final Four been comprised of all No. 1 seeds (2008).

 

8. Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self has taken three different schools to the Elite Eight.

 

9. Joakim Noah and Anthony Davis each hold the record for most blocked shots in a NCAA championship game with six.

 

10. Just two times in the past 36 years has the last team to lose a regular season game gone on to win the title (2006 Florida, 1999 Connecticut).

 

11. Florida’s Billy Donovan is just one of 13 coaches with multiple NCAA titles.

 

12. Michigan’s Glen Rice scored 184 points and drained 27 three pointers in six games, but only made seven free throws the entire tournament.

 

13. Jim Boeheim may have a national championship under his belt, but he was also the golf coach at Syracuse in the 1970s.

boeheim player 68 March Madness Stats & Facts You Need To Know

 

14. “One Shining Moment” first closed the television coverage of the NCAA tournament in 1987.

 

15. 32 teams will have punched their ticket to the “Big Dance” as a result of winning their respective conference tournaments or outright regular-season titles.

 

16. 36 teams will will be at-large picks from the NCAA selection committee.

 

17. Duke’s Mike Kryzewski enters the 2014 tournament with the most single game wins in tournament history with 82.

 

18. 2011 was the first year each tournament region featured a play-in game, expanding the total field to 68.

 

19. The field consisted of only eight teams when the tournament began in 1939.

 

20. Men are 2.5 times more likely than women to say they watch the men’s tournament. Whatever this means.

 

21. The only player to win three Final Four Most Outstanding Player Awards is UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

 

22. The NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

 

23. North Carolina has hosted more NCAA Tournament games than any other state.

 

24. Duke’s Christian Laettner is the only player to start in four Final Fours (89-90-91 and 92).

 

25. In 1989, two No.16 seeds came within a bucket of upsetting two No. 1 seeds. Princeton and East Tennessee State both lost to Georgetown and Oklahoma by just one point, respectively.

 

26. UCLA has appeared in the most NCAA Championship games with 12 appearances.

 

27. The tournament’s first triple-double was by Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson. The Big O scored 39 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.

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28. The last team to repeat as NCAA champions were the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007.

 

29. UCLA’s John Wooden holds the records for the most national championships (10), Final Four appearances (12), and consecutive Final Four appearances (nine). Not too shabby.

 

30. One Shining Moment was originally composed as a tribute to the Larry Bird-led Indiana State Sycamores of 1979.

 

31. The Gus Johnson Soundboard is a real thing.

 

32. Lon Kruger of Oklahoma will become the first head coach to reach the tournament multiple times with five different schools. FIVE.

 

33. Memphis’ Josh Pastner may not have had much success in the tournament, but he does have a better career winning percentage than past national championship coaches Bill Self, Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino.

 

34. Larry Brown’s SMU squad has 10 players that average at least 12 minutes per game. Something to consider if you’re determining winners based on conference championship fatigue.

 

35. Creighton’s Doug McDermott accounts for over 30% of his team’s points.

 

36. Duke’s Christian Laettner has scored more points than anyone in the history of the NCAA Tournament with 407 points from 1989-92.

 

37. Only four guys on the Virginia Cavaliers were RSCI top 100 prospects. Talk about coaching them up.

 

38. Jim Calhoun was the oldest coach ever to win a national championship when his Connecticut Huskies defeated the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 in 2011. He was 68.

 

39. The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers set an NCAA record that still stands for the largest margin of victory in an NCAA tournament game (64 points) when they beat the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 111-47 in 1963.

 

40. Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium holds the record for most national championship games hosted with nine from 1940-64.

 

41. The number of times no No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four? Three.

 

42. Only three men have won an NCAA championship as a player and as a head coach (Bob Knight, Dean Smith and Joe B. Hall).

 

43. Fans fill out an average of 4.5 brackets, with 14% saying they complete six or more.

 

44. John Thompson was the first black coach to win an NCAA basketball championship. His Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Houston Cougars 85-74 in 1984.

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45. Seven teams have won the national championship with perfect records: the 1956 University of San Francisco Dons, the 1957 University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the 1964, 1967, 1972 and 1973 UCLA Bruins, and the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Here’s looking at you, Wichita State.

 

46. Larry Brown is the only coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA title.

 

47. San Francisco’s Bill Russell pulled down 27 against Iowa in the 1956 championship game. That is still the record for most rebounds in an NCAA tournament game.

 

48. UCLA won 10 titles in 12 seasons from 1964 to 1975, including 7 in a row during one stretch.

 

49. American workers will spend almost 8.4 million hours watching March Madness games. Don’t feel guilty.

 

50. Men are more likely than women to watch the women’s tournament. Surprising.

 

51. The North Carolina Tar Heels have the most Final Four appearances with 18.

 

52. Only four freshmen have been named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (Kentucky’s Anthony Davis in 2012, Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony in 2003, Louisville’s Pervis Ellison in 1986, and Utah’s Arnie Ferrin in 1944).

 

53. Shaquille O’Neal set an NCAA record by blocking 11 shots in one game for LSU in 1989.

 

54. The size of the cumulative viewing audience for the men’s tournament outnumbers the women’s tournament by a factor of more than 3 to 1.

 

55. The term March Madness is widely said to have originated from sports commentator Brent Musburger. See, he creates more than just modeling careers.

 

56. Notre Dame’s Austin Carr scored a tournament-record 61 points in a first-round win over Ohio in 1970.

 

57. Northwestern is the only school from a power six conference never to make the NCAA tournament. Ouch.

 

58. Nebraska and Northwestern are the only schools from a power six conference never to win an NCAA tournament game. Double ouch.

 

59. BYU has made the most NCAA Tournament appearances without a Final Four.

 

60. Only one team scored over 100 points in an NCAA championship game in the 1990s. UNLV scored 103 in their 103-73 rout of Duke.

 

61. UCLA owns the most NCAA championships with 11, followed by Kentucky (eight), and Indiana and North Carolina (five each).

 

62. Since 1986, teams that win the national championship have been given the actual hardwood court they won the championship on.

 

63. In 1997, the Arizona Wildcats defeated three No. 1 seeds en route to the title.

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64. Fans spend on average 75 minutes filling out their brackets.

 

65. The University of Dayton Arena has hosted more NCAA Tournament games than any other arena.

 

66. The NCAA does not keep any of the profits it makes from “March Madness”.

 

67. The youngest coach to ever win the championship was Indiana’s Emmett McCracken at 31 years old.

 

68. The last Final Four that didn’t include at least one team with an animal mascot was In 1987, the Final Four was UNLV (Runnin’ Rebels), Indiana (Hoosiers), Syracuse (Orangemen) and Providence (Friars).

by Bob posted Mar 19 2014 3:58AM

Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  "The Big Bang Theory ", CBS, 17.3 million viewers.

 

2.  Monday's episode of "The Voice ", NBC, 13.7 million viewers.

 

3.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13.5 million viewers.

 

4.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 12.9 million viewers.

 

5.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 11.7 million viewers.

 

6.  "60 Minutes", CBS, 11.3 million viewers.

 

7.  "Resurrection", ABC, 11.2 million viewers.

 

8.  "Bachelor: After the Final Rose", ABC, 11 million viewers.

 

9.  "NCIS ", CBS, 10.9 million viewers.

 

10.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 10.7 million viewers.

 

 

 ("American Idol" had 10.5 million viewers on Wednesday and another 8.9 million on Thursday.  You'll find the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast TV at Zap2It.com.)

by Bob posted Mar 18 2014 3:51AM
If you've ever wondered if your waiter or waitress secretly hates you, the answer is . . . probably.  "Fox News" put together a list of eight things we do that servers HATE

 

 

1.  Stacking plates.  You might THINK you're helping, but it actually makes it harder for them.  They have their own way of balancing stuff, so just let them handle it.

 

 

2.  Letting your kids misbehave.  Waiters hate it when you sit there and enjoy your meal while your kids freak out and make a mess on the floor.  It's even worse when you seat your kids at a separate table and expect the waitress to watch them.

 

 

3.  Making a mess.  Don't rip up your cocktail napkin or straw wrapper into little pieces.  It's immature, and it annoys your server.

 

 

4.  Talking on your phone.  Hostesses can't stand it when you walk into a restaurant talking on your cell phone.  And it drives your waiter crazy because they don't know when to interrupt or if the call is important.

 

 

5.  Leaving your cell out on the table.  It makes them nervous that they'll spill something on it.  Just put it away.

 

 

6.  Walking in right before closing.  If you go in five to ten minutes before a restaurant closes, all the workers will have to stay until you leave.  That's really annoying.  Especially if you're the only table there.

 

 

7.  Leaving a bad tip.  First off, don't leave anything besides money.  Apparently, some people like to leave religious literature instead of cash.  And if you pay with a coupon, tip on the full amount of the bill BEFORE the discount.

 

 

8.  Lying about allergies.  If you don't like something and don't want it on your plate, don't lie and claim it's because of an allergy.  That becomes a HUGE deal for the chef and the people in the kitchen.  And your waitress suspects that you're lying.

 

by Bob posted Mar 17 2014 4:12AM
Mayor Kraig Sadownikow and challenger Roger Kist will be in studio Wednesday March 19th at 9:30. Your calls and questions welcomed at 338-8622


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by Bob posted Mar 17 2014 3:58AM
 

Ask most folks to name an Irish invention and they’ll gleefully rattle off a list of comical Celtic creations like powdered water, the solar-powered flashlight and the pedal-powered wheel chair. Although it’s easy to poke fun at the Irish, the sons of Erin have used their ingenuity over the years to create a number of devices that enriched our lives immeasurably.

Pour the perfect pint of plain and grab a bag of crisps as we take a glimpse at the Emerald Isle’s top 10 contributions to the world.

No.10 Flavored potato chips

Leave it to the Irish to revolutionize the potato. Joseph Murphy turned the lowly spud on its head in 1954 when he introduced cheese and onion chips. The flavored snacks became a huge sensation and Murphy later sold his seasoning technology for a small fortune to an enterprising American company. These days you can buy chips in dozens of questionable, stomach-churning flavors including Caesar Salad, Cheese Cake and Gara Masala. Why you’d want to eat any of them, however, remains a mystery.

 

No.9 Soda water

If you’ve ever used soda water to remove a stain, you have Robert Percival to thank. The Trinity College professor created the bubbly beverage in Dublin in 1800. Like many Irish inventions, it eventually mingled with alcohol, giving us delicious concoctions like whiskey and soda and Campari and soda. Now those are Irish contributions worth drinking to!

 

No.8 The submarine

 it owes its creation to Ireland’s very own John Phillip Holland. An engineer by trade, this bespectacled County Clare native developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1900. Over the years, he also came up with a number of innovations for his underwater vehicle like the screw propeller, a hydrocarbon engine, the submarine gun, and an auto-drive mechanism. Modern warfare -- and the plot of Crimson Tide -- would be at a loss without his ingenuity.

 

No.7 The modern tractor

Modern agriculture got a helping hand in the 20th century from Harry Ferguson, a whip-smart County Down bicycle repairman who invented the modern tractor -- and he didn’t stop there. Ferguson went on to develop the first four-wheel drive Formula One car and he became the first Irishman to build and fly his own airplane. Today, his name lives on in the Massey Ferguson company, a successful privately owned firm specializing in tractor manufacturing.

 

No.6 The tank

Back in 1911, as Home Secretary in the UK, Winston Churchill issued a commission for a vehicle that was "capable of resisting bullets and shrapnel, crossing trenches, flattening barbed wire, and negotiating the mud of no-mans land." In other words, he was looking for something that could safely transport him through Belfast’s sketchiest neighborhoods. The result was the world’s first tank, a nearly indestructible armored vehicle created by Blackrock engineer Walter Gordon Wilson. The tank has since undergone a series of radical innovations, but the basic principles of this essential battle buggy remain the same.

 

No.5 U2

U2 first began redefining pop music in 1976 when Bono and his bandmates began producing their unique style of stadium-rattling hits. The group has since sold more than 145 million albums worldwide and won an unprecedented 22 Grammy awards. While their music is certainly worthy of the accolades they’ve received, U2’s greatest legacy might just be their social activism. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan summed it up best when he observed: "You have made people listen. You have made people care, and you have taught us that whether we are poor or prosperous, we have only one world to share. You have taught young people that they do have the power to change the world."

 

No.4 Color photography

One of Ireland’s most accomplished scientists, Holywood House resident John Joly cemented his place in history in 1894 when he came up with a technique for producing color photographs from a single plate. His simple, but ingenious, invention changed the way we see the world and paved the way for the full-color nudie mags we all know and love. Maybe that's why they call it, “getting your Jollies.”

 

No.3 Chemistry

Although it may not have seemed like such a great invention when you were failing your chemistry in high school, it’s hard to discount Robert Boyle’s creation of this multilayered scientific discipline. The uber-intelligent Munster native came up with the foundations of modern chemistry in 1661 when he published The Sceptical Chymist, an oddly spelled but influential tome that laid out his groundbreaking theory of elements as the undecomposable constituents of material bodies. Hundreds of years later, teenagers are still silently cursing his name as they desperately try to wrap their heads around his brilliantly obtuse ideas.

 

No.2 Literature

Although the Irish didn’t invent the English language, it can be argued that they perfected it. From the searing satire of Jonathan Swift to the brilliant blather of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, Irish scribes have always displayed an enviable gift of gab. In the words of acclaimed author T.E. Kalem: “The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man’s fate.” For those of you keeping track at home, Irish writers won the Nobel Prize for Literature three times in the 20th century, which is a remarkable record for a tiny island nation boasting about 4,470,700 citizens.

 

No.1 Guinness

Beer drinkers around the world owe a debt of gratitude to Arthur Guinness, the innovative Irish brew master whose delicious dry stout still bears his name. Guinness first began brewing ales in Leixlip before transferring his booming business to Dublin’s St. James's Gate Brewery, where he signed an unprecedented 9,000-year lease at £45 per year. More than 250 years later, his famous “Pint of Plain” has become the best-selling alcoholic drink of all time in Ireland with sales exceeding €2 billion annually. Slainte!

by Bob posted Mar 14 2014 5:35AM
 

Few icons from folklore and mythology have been branded and co-opted more than the leprechaun. Stories of their rare appearances and coveted pot of gold have permeated almost every aspect of popular culture. They have become so synonymous with Irish culture that the streets are filled with tall green hats and green coats every St. Patrick’s Day. Their history, however, is far different from the traditional leprechauns that endlessly wander into bars and fight hangovers one weekend in March. Take a look at a few things you probably didn’t know about leprechauns.

1. The early leprechaun looked nothing like he does today

Chicago White Sox v Milwaukee Brewers leprechaun st. patrick's day

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These days, it seems that even a toddler with a very loose grasp on the English language can identify a leprechaun thanks to its green clothes, red beard and short derby hat. Early Irish folklore, however, describes this mischievous being quite differently. According to the 1831 book ‘Legends and Stories of Ireland’ by Irish novelist Samuel Lover, Ireland’s ancestors described leprechauns as short beings dressed in red who wore a “cocked hat” or a tri-cornered hat. So really you should be pinching your pals for not wearing a red sweater.

2. There are no female leprechauns

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There seems to be a hole in the narrative of the leprechaun, besides the fact that the laws of biology, physics and tailoring prevent such creatures from even existing. According to the book ‘A History of Irish Fairies,’ there is no record in Irish folklore of leprechauns having a female counterpart in their ranks or even a solid record of how they procreate or reproduce. (Try to erase that image from your mind.) The book speculates that leprechauns are the offspring of fairies who were deemed “defective children…because of their shape and disposition.”

3. Leprechauns aren’t just native to Ireland

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The Irish isle may have popularized the legend of leprechaun, but they weren’t the first to create stories about small people. Holland, for instance, has the “Kabouter,” a small “gnome-like” creature that cobbles shoes (better known today as a “gnome”). The Isle of Man off the coast of the United Kingdom has the “fenodyree,” a small, hairy, clumsy creature who would help farmers drive sheep and harvest crops.

4. The most recent leprechaun legend is only two decades old

Since leprechauns are embedded in Irish folklore and thousands of years old, it’s hard to imagine someone in modern times or even in this century claiming to have seen one of the little buggers. The last legend, however, dates back to the year 1989. Pub owner P.J. O’Hare claimed to have seen one in the Irish town of Carlingford. According to the legend, he was selling some land when he heard a scream in a nearby well. He found a leprechaun’s clothes and the bony remains of the creature and put them on display in his pub. The event has become so famous that it inspired an annual leprechaun hunt in the town. Of course, the townsfolk hunt for fake plastic leprechauns.

5. Portland has the nation’s only dedicated leprechaun colony

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Of course, leprechaun legends and sightings aren’t just limited to Ireland’s shores (and no, we’re not talking about the Alabama leprechaun). A small patch of carefully landscaped land sits in the middle of a road in Portland, Oregon, but it’s not just roadside greenery to perk up a neighborhood street. It’s actually a park dedicated to leprechauns. Local legend says that a reporter wrote a series of columns about the country’s only leprechaun colony in 1947. The reporter, Dick Fagan, spotted one of the leprechauns digging a hole in the spot outside his window and captured it. He used his wish to get a park of his own, but the leprechaun tricked him and gave him the hole in the ground instead. The two-foot long patch of ground became an official city park in 1976 and serves as the epicenter of the town’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

6. ‘The Little People’ helped Sean Connery get the part of James Bond

 

Apparently, Sean Connery is so cool that he can get a leprechaun to grant him a wish without having to catch one. The Scottish actor starred in the classic 1959 Walt Disney film ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’ about an Irish storyteller who captures a leprechaun king and engages in a battle of wits with the little guy for his three wishes. Connery played the dashing leading man, Michael, who falls in love with Darby’s daughter, Katie. According to the book ‘The Films of Sean Connery,’ Disney held an advanced screening at its Burbank studio with several movie producers in attendance including longtime ‘Bond’ film producer Albert R. Broccoli. Albert’s wife, Dana, felt Connery had a certain sex appeal on screen that made him the perfect actor to fill 007’s shoes and urged Albert to give him the role. It’s surprising his catchphrase didn’t become “Kiss me, I’m Bond.”

7. The leprechaun wasn’t always Notre Dame’s mascot

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Notre Dame might have a long tradition as the “Fighting Irish,” but it doesn’t date back to the school’s founding. According to the university’s archives, team names and mascots changed regularly throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries after local sports writers would use different nicknames to refer to the teams. Some of Notre Dame’s early names included the Catholics, the Hoosiers, the Rockmen and the Bulldogs. They took on the “Fighting Irish” moniker in the 1920s, but switched again to the Terriers. Then in the 1960s, a human “leprechaun” joined the cheerleading squad during the game and the school stuck with the “Fighting Irish.” They even released a new logo to meet their new mascot and have put a leprechaun on the sideline ever since. Apparently the leprechaun tryouts can be just as grueling and intense as the team practice.

8. Jennifer Aniston’s first film was ‘Leprechaun’

Luck may not have been on the side of the makers of the schlocky 1993 horror movie starring Warwick Davis as a homicidal leprechaun trying to steal back his pot of gold, but it was with its female lead. The ‘Friends’ star made her big screen debut in the horror film that spawned five sequels including ‘Leprechaun 4: In Space’ and ‘Leprechaun: In the Hood’ where the evil green menace appeared opposite rappers Ice-T and Coolio. (When asked if she would like to apologize to the nation of Ireland for ‘Leprechaun,’ Aniston said, “I should’ve apologized? Didn’t that punish me enough? Didn’t my karma take care of it?”)

9. The man who voiced the ‘Lucky Charms’ leprechaun got his start with Orson Welles

Being the voice of an iconic cereal mascot in TV commercials may not sound like the work of a classically trained Shakespearian actor, but one of the industry’s top voiceover artists was also one of the most acclaimed stage actors of his generation. Arthur Anderson, the man who voiced Lucky the Leprechaun for the Lucky Charms commercials for 29 years, is a longtime actor who started at the age of 12 on a CBS radio show and later joined Orson Welles’ acclaimed theater group, the Mercury Theater. (He played Lucius in Welles’ historic Broadway production of ‘Julius Caesar’ set against the fall of Nazi Germany.) Working with Welles helped Anderson build a career on stage, screen and television that has lasted well into his 80s. (Fun fact: Anderson’s work with Welles served as the basis for the 2008 Richard Linklater film ‘Me and Orson Welles’ starring Zac Efron.) In addition to Lucky, Anderson was also the voice of Eustace Bagge on ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog.’ Will he come back for the new episodes?

10. Leprechauns are a protected species under European law

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Maybe the reason no one sees leprechauns anymore is because they are an endangered species. If that’s the case, they are actually protected from destruction under European law. The Sliabh Foy Loop trail in the town of Carlingford, the same Irish town where P.J. O’Hare spotted his famous leprechaun, serves as the official protected land for the country’s 236 remaining living leprechauns, according to a law filed with the European Union. The trail even has signs dotting the picturesque mountain landscape asking hikers to tread lightly in the heavily leprechaun-ized area. And warning to those in search of gold– according to the sign, “hunters and fortune seekers will be prosecuted.”

by Bob posted Mar 13 2014 4:07AM
Stories like this . . . especially when there are PHOTOS . . . make me want to inspect every bite of food at a restaurant with a magnifying glass for the rest of my life.

 

 

On Tuesday afternoon, 31-year-old Robin Sandusky of Manhattan ordered a $6 kale salad at a restaurant called Guy and Gallard.  And as she was eating it, she noticed something strange on her fork.

 

 

At first she thought it was a piece of asparagus, and was about to eat it . . . until she saw it had EYES and an ARM.

 

 

It turns out there was a SEVERED LIZARD HEAD . . . with one arm still attached . . . in her salad.

 

 

She took a photo and took the salad back, and the restaurant gave her a refund.  But she's not planning on suing.

 

 

The manager of the restaurant says he has no idea how the lizard head got into the salad . . . or where the REST of the lizard's body is.  Quote, "I've never heard of something like this.  I've never even seen a lizard in New York." 

 

 

(New York Post

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by Bob posted Mar 13 2014 4:07AM


Hey, listeners...really looking forward to this one! Reed will be on this Friday March 14th during the 9am hour. Here's his bio:


Back in the 1960s, I was the founder and lead member of the Milwaukee/Chicago-based band known as the “Destinations.” We achieved initial recognition in 1965, by placing first in the Milwaukee Sentinel’s “Battle of the Bands” competition, which encompassed the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Later, we were invited to perform at the engagement party for Lynda Johnson (daughter of President LBJ) and Charles Robb, which was held at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. While with the Destinations, I wrote, performed, and recorded the regional hit, “Hello Girl,” the flip side of which was “With You.” The 45, which coincidentally appears on the Destination label, was produced by the Robbs. “Hello Girl” rose to the Top 10 on regional recording charts. Back in that era, I performed and even recorded with a number of local groups, including Michael and the Messengers’ 45, “Midnight Hour”. On a weekly basis, I appeared on and co-hosted, along with the late Art Roberts (the legendary WLS radio deejay), the “Swinging Majority” TV show, broadcast over Chicago’s WCIU-TV, Channel 26. I wrote a number of original tunes to perform on Art’s program with the Destinations, as both the group’s lead vocalist and lead guitarist.

Later, having left the Destinations to purse a solo career, I was privileged to work with the world-class Gospel singer, the beloved Mahalia Jackson, on a project known as “Give a Damn,” designed to ease social tensions resulting from the 1967 riots in Chicago and other cities. Working with such show-business legends as Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, Della Reece, Robert Culp, and Jerry Butler, the performances were met with packed houses and overwhelming success in Chicago and New York.

I went on to join the ABC-TV/Filmation animated production of the “Hardy Boys” series, in which I performed the role of Frank Hardy. I recorded two albums with the Hardy Boys, “Here Come the Hardy Boys” and “Wheels.”

I proceeded to become a member of the Grass Roots as the lead guitarist and vocalist. The Grass Roots, whose membership changed a number of times over the years, is well-known for such blockbuster hits as “Midnight Confession,” “Temptation Eyes,” “Where were you when I needed you,” “Two divided by love,” “Sooner or Later,” and “Glory bound.” For four years, 1970 through 1974, I crisscrossed America touring with the Grass Roots. You can hear me on the “Move Along” and “A Lot of Mileage” albums, as well as on the Grass Roots’ “Anthology” and “Millennium” CDs. I am also credited on various Grass Roots compilation albums.

I was instrumental in forming the group that eventually became known as “Player,” which released the smash hit, “Baby, Come Back” in 1976.

In 1977, I went off to New York to perform the role of Paul McCartney in Broadway’s production of “Beatlemania” at the Winter Garden Theater.

In the early 1980s, I toured with Badfinger. The group at that time consisted of Tommy Evans, Mike Gibbons, Bob Jackson, Donny Dacus, and myself. My performances with Badfinger are recorded on two multi-CD sets (1982), “Live in Concert, DBA/BFR” and “Would the Real Badfinger Please Stand Up?” a Japanese import on the Westwood label.

I have co-written songs with Don Johnson and worked with music luminaries such as Kiki Dee, Mick Jagger, Harry Nilsson, and with John Lennon on one album. I’ve performed the vocals for a number of nationally-aired TV commercials, and have had the pleasure of meeting a number of performers as well as skilled technicians in the motion-picture industry. I’ve even worked in the front office of MCA Distribution, in charge of ordering for the entire company.

The Grass Roots circa 1972 - Warren Entner, Rob Grill, Virgil Webber, Joel Larson and Reed Kailing..

 

by Bob posted Mar 12 2014 4:30AM
 

"Resurrection" Premiered to Strong Ratings . . . And The "Big Bang Theory" Was the Most-Watched Show

 

The series premiere of "Resurrection" got 13.9 million viewers.  That was a huge ratings hit for ABC and it was the most-watched show last Sunday night.

 

 

The season finale of HBO's "True Detective" had 3.5 million viewers, which is great for a PAY cable channel.  Once you factor in DVR users and re-runs, an estimated 11 million people watched the finale.  Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  "The Big Bang Theory ", CBS, 18.1 million viewers.

 

2.  "NCIS ", CBS, 17.9 million viewers.

 

3.  Monday's episode of "The Voice ", NBC, 15.6 million viewers.

 

4.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.5 million viewers.

 

5.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 14.4 million viewers.

 

6.  "Resurrection", ABC, 13.9 million viewers.

 

7.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 12.7 million viewers.

 

8.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 12 million viewers.

 

9.  "The Millers", CBS, 11.6 million viewers.

 

10.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 11.4 million viewers.

 

 

Meanwhile, "American Idol" pulled 10.5 million viewers on Wednesday and 9.8 million on Thursday. 

That's about five million less than what "The Voice" got this week.

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

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by Bob posted Mar 10 2014 9:04AM
Well, folks, I tried my best...thought my secret ingredient was going to give my chili that extra push this year....but....I was shut out. After taking the People's Choice award last year and third place the year before I was poised. Dropped my chili off at Holy Angels and had Roger Strack (who took the accopanying photos) keep an eye on it but forgot to slip him the bribe money. Congrats to Jason Jug of Jug's Hitching Post for getting First Place AND People's Choice. What a hog.
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by Bob posted Mar 10 2014 5:09AM
Congratulations to Mozart's Cadillac, winner of this years annual Hodag Pick-Off at the Sterling Chalet. Rob 'N The Bank finished second with 4 Lane Highway coming in third. 4 Lane Highway also won the Ron's Bump Shop People's Choice trophy. A full house at the Sterling Chalet  saw an excellent show!
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by Bob posted Mar 10 2014 4:14AM
Whoa! Bob posted a picture of Brett Favre recently and commented Brett looks more like 72 than 42.....do you think #4 might have got wind of that remark? Bob is still in hiding........


by Bob posted Mar 10 2014 4:00AM
28-year-old Anna and Lucy DeCinque of Perth, Australia are fraternal twins, but they wanted to look IDENTICAL.  So they dropped more than $200,000 on plastic surgery, just to make themselves look more alike.

 

 

They got breast implants, lip enhancements, and tattooed eyebrows.  They also have skin peels together every week, tan on the same schedule, eat the exact same diet, do the exact same exercise, and wear the same clothes and shoes.

 

 

They seem happy with the results, and if you saw them your head probably would turn . . . but not in a good way.  Because they don't look REAL. 

 

 

Apparently getting CARTOONISH amounts of plastic surgery has that effect.  So even though they're 28, the plastic surgery adds decades.

 

 

They say they're now even sharing a boyfriend . . .


THIS IS ABSOLUTELY SCARY SCARY SCARY - Bob

 
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by Bob posted Mar 6 2014 3:52AM
According to a new survey by Career Builder, 68% of hiring managers spend less than TWO MINUTES looking at a resume.  And 17% spend less than 30 SECONDS.

 

 

Which is why using keywords is probably more important than you realize.  So here are the top ten words and phrases you should and SHOULDN'T use.

 

 

The number one word you SHOULD use is . . . ACHIEVED.  52% of hiring managers said they like to see it on a resume.

 

 

The rest of the top ten goes:  Improved . . . trained . . . managed . . . created . . . resolved . . . volunteered . . . influenced . . . increased . . . and decreased.

 

 

The top phrase you SHOULDN'T use is "best of breed" . . . which is a dog show term.  We're not sure WHO would use that on a resume, but 38% of hiring managers said they'd probably reject someone who did.  And we don't blame them.

 

 

The rest of the top ten phrases you SHOULDN'T use goes:  Go-getter . . . think outside the box . . . synergy . . . go-to guy . . . thought leadership . . . value add . . . results-driven . . . team player . . . and bottom line.

 

 

(PR Newswire)

 

by Bob posted Mar 5 2014 12:13PM

Brett Favre has really cultivated a new look in retirement. We already knew he had been growing out a big beard, but who knew he was also working out like a madman?

A few people snapped pictures with Favre after meeting him at a conference in Orlando last week, and the former quarterback’s new look was evident.

Favre’s huge gray beard is even larger, bushier, and whiter, and he also is ripped like the incredible hulk. Dude has a giant vein going up his left forearm, almost like a piece of barbed wire embedded in his skin. His biceps look pretty massive too.

Goobye Brett Favre, hello Paul Bunyan.

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by Bob posted Mar 5 2014 4:12AM

"The 86th Academy Awards" got 43.7 million viewers.  That was the highest-rated Oscars in 10 years.

 

 

Meanwhile, the 6th season premiere of NBC's "The Voice" returned to decent numbers, with 15.9 million tuning in on Monday.  That dropped to 13 million for  Tuesday's episode. 

 

 

And the return of "The Blacklist" benefited from "The Voice" lead-in with 11.2 million viewers.  Here are last week's top ten shows:

 

 

1.  "The 86th Academy Awards", ABC, 43.7 million viewers.

 

2.  "Oscars Red Carpet Live", ABC, averaged   million viewers.

 

3.  "Big Bang Theory", CBS, 17.7 million viewers.

 

4.  "NCIS", CBS, 17 million viewers.

 

5.  Monday's season premiere of "The Voice", NBC, 15.9 million viewers.

 

6.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 13.2 million viewers

 

7.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13 million viewers

 

8.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 12.6 million viewers

 

9.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 12 million viewers.

 

10.  "The Blacklist", NBC, 11.2 million viewers.

 

 

The 28th season premiere of "Survivor: Cagayan" got 9.4 million viewers.  And ABC's new drama "Mind Games" attracted 3.6 million. 

 

 

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

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by Bob posted Mar 4 2014 4:27AM
Our 19th annual end of October trip is another winner! We're going back to the RIU Santa Fe in the Baja Peninsula of Cabo San Lucas. We've sold out of our original numbers but Peggy managed to get another 22 spots. THIS WILL BE IT!!!   Call now.   Hope you can come along...
The trip is October 18-25th and includes bus ride to airport, non-stop flight and all you can eat and drink! Call Shooting Star Travels at 262-335-9990 for info.

The Hotel Riu Santa Fe (24h All Inclusive) is located in the south of the Baja California peninsula and just minutes from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This complex is perfect for those who are keen to do many different water sports as the destination has fantastic weather conditions and is close to the beach. 

There is no better way to rejuvenate than by enjoying the facilities on offer at this hotel. It includes two fresh water swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, solarium terrace, gym, sauna, steam bath and the “Renova Spa” wellness centre with a range of different treatments and massages. 

 All Inclusive - you can enjoy Mexican cuisine at its best. the buffet restaurant and the different themed restaurants of the hotel offer the best menus and made to order dishes.

You will also find numerous activities and sports to enjoy during your stay. You can go diving, play volleyball, do gymnastics, windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, bodyboarding, golf and a range of water sports at the beach. At night you mustn’t miss the different shows and live music organised for you by our entertainers. If you want to go dancing we invite you to the “Pacha” club where our DJs play the best beats.

In the south of the Baja California peninsula you’ll find Los Cabos, one of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in Mexico. It is an amazing place with numerous attractions and one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. If you want to discover the surroundings and go on excursions we recommend you to visit places like San José del Cabo, the swamp conservation area of San José del Cabo, the National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo and spectacular beaches such as Playa El Médano, Playa El Arco, not to mention spotting the blue whale. 

From here you can see abundant mountains, desert and vast white sandy beaches with turquoise water.

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by Bob posted Mar 4 2014 4:08AM
I'm not sure what Hugo Boss's 'Bottled Night' cologne smells like . . . but this is NOT a good endorsement.

 

 

For Christmas, 44-year-old Ian Olver of Plymouth, England got a bottle of Hugo Boss Bottled Night cologne from his 40-year-old wife Hayley.  He wore it for the first time Saturday night when he and Hayley went to a friend's house.

 

 

And something about the cologne just didn't jive with their friends' cat, Blue.  Because as soon as Ian walked in, Blue ATTACKED him.

 

 

And Blue was going for the KILL.  By the time Ian got him off, he'd scratched a THREE-INCH GASH in the back of his head.  He needed to go to the HOSPITAL to get it closed up.

 

 

An animal psychologist says Blue, quote, "may have attacked as a result of the cologne.  Cats identify people by their smells and he may've seen the scent as a threat."  (Plymouth Herald

 

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by Bob posted Mar 3 2014 4:21AM
Eight-year-old Myles Eckert lives in Toledo, Ohio.  And last month, he found 20 bucks in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.  Which is like a MILLION bucks to an eight-year-old.

 

 

And at first, he planned to buy a video game with it.  But then he walked into the restaurant and saw a soldier named Frank Dailey having lunch by himself.

 

 

Myles's dad was also a soldier.  Sadly, he died in Iraq when Myles was five weeks old.  So he never knew him, but thinks about him every time he sees a guy in uniform.

 

 

And instead of buying the video game, Myles decided to give the $20 to FRANK.  But first he wrapped it in a handwritten note.

 

 

It said, quote, "My dad was a soldier.  He's in heaven now.  I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here.  We like to pay it forward in my family.  It's your lucky day!  Thank you for your service."

 

 

Frank told CBS News that he was blown away by the gesture, and he looks at the note every day for inspiration.  He also said he gave the $20 to charity, and wants to encourage other people to give too.

 

 

What makes the story a REAL tearjerker is that Myles then asked his mom to take him to his dad's grave after lunch, so he could tell him about it. 
 


 

(CBS News)

 

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by Bob posted Mar 3 2014 4:15AM

A Man Gets Out of a Speeding Ticket Because He Was Rushing to Cash in a $50,000 Lottery Scratcher

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  On Thursday, cops in Massachusetts pulled over a 22-year-old for speeding.  And his excuse was . . . he'd just won $50,000 on a $2 lottery scratcher and was headed to the lottery office to cash it in.  The cops noticed his hands were SHAKING from excitement and he showed them the winning ticket . . . so they let him off with just a warning.

 

 

FULL STORY:  Thursday was the luckiest AND most profitable day of this guy's life . . . in more ways than one.

 

 

On Thursday morning, police in Hingham, Massachusetts pulled over 22-year-old Scott Lowe of Rockland, Massachusetts for speeding.  And he had a hell of an excuse.

 

 

He told the cops he'd just won $50,000 on a $2 lottery scratcher . . . and he was heading to the lottery headquarters in Braintree, Massachusetts to cash it in.

 

 

The police noticed he was SHAKING from excitement.  He even showed them the ticket.  And he was telling the truth . . . he'd won $50,000.

 

 

So they let him GO . . . with a warning on his speeding ticket.  Which is kind of like winning a SECOND lottery for a few hundred dollars more.

 

 

Scott headed on to the lottery office and cashed in his ticket. 


 

 

 

(ABC 5 - Boston

 

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