A recent study revealed that America has a new favorite team in the National Football League, moving on from the previously-favored Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers are the top team in the NFL, according to the survey.
Almost a quarter of the American population roots for the Green Bay Packers on football Sunday.
22% is the exact statistic, one that is making headlines in the sports world. Results from a survey conducted by the Public Policy Polling revealed the Green Bay Packers as the franchise that has overcome the Dallas Cowboys as the most supported team in the league.
The Cowboys have been renowned as America's team for the past three decades, but have only half as much national support as the mighty Pack. With the duo of admirable quarterbacks (Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers) in recent Green Bay History, it comes as little surprise that the Green and Gold reign supreme.
Still, the 'Boys are coming off their best season in the Tony Romo era. It is tough to recall the last time the team found true success in the playoffs, and that drought has played into the shift from Dallas to Green Bay.
The study also showed the Packers' big rivals of Chicago as the third-most supported team, covering 8% of football fans, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.
While all three of those teams may have plenty of nay-saying towards the team that has been an intimidating opponent especially in recent years, there is much to appreciate about the Packers organization, from top to bottom.
As a whole, the fan base of Green Bay is notoriously admirabale, showcasing a postive and supportive environment in a sport known for its hard hits and negative energy. On top of that, the team itself is filled with talent, as evidenced by its explosive offense highlighted by a quite recent Super Bowl championship and championship caliber in each of the past six seasons.
From these unique and remarkable qualities comes the nickname ''Titletown,'' and it seems just for Titletown to host the most favored team in all of football.
Almost every day, Derek Stevens likes to stop at the sportsbook at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, located between the two properties he owns, to plunk down a bet.
On Dec. 5, Stevens walked in and told sportsbook director Tony Miller that he wanted to make a bet on Michigan State to win it all and to make sure that if he did win, he'd win $1 million.
Despite Stevens' being a regular customer, Miller's sportsbook doesn't accept bets that could cause such a colossal loss, so he called up his boss, Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Golden Nugget, to approve the bet.
It was a relatively smooth conversation. The Spartans were at 50-1 to win it all at the time, having just lost their third game of the young, eight-game season to Notre Dame.
So Miller accepted Stevens' $20,000 bet, never thinking he'd be sweating the possibility that the Spartans could pull it off.
"In my nine years at this sportsbook, I never accepted a bet that could result in us paying $1 million," Miller said. "The most I've ever seen won here was a $100,000 parlay."
Stevens, who owns The D and Golden Gate hotels in downtown Las Vegas, said he didn't see anything particularly special; he is just a fan and felt like getting aggressive.
"I bet $1,000 on an NFL game," said Stevens, who attended the University of Michigan but said he also pulls for the Spartans. "I don't do bets this big."
Asked whether he will hedge his bet so he comes out a winner even if the Spartans lose, Stevens said he needs to see how he feels over the next couple of days.
Stevens gives the Golden Nugget the business because Nevada state gaming regulations forbid owners from placing bets at their own establishments.
Miller and Stevens have become good friends over the years, which makes the fact that the Spartans have two games to win it all a bit awkward.
"This would be a massive loss for us," Miller said. "I see days where we lose $10,000 to $30,000, but nothing close to $1 million."
Stevens said he plans on watching Saturday night's game versus Duke at the sports bar at The D, inviting Spartans fans to show up in their green and white to root on the team and his $1 million bet.
"If I win, I'll give some bonus money to my employees," Stevens said. "I also want to give some money to the [Jerry] Tarkanian Basketball Academy, and the rest I will reinvest in my properties."
As for Miller, he watched Friday's Sweet 16 game against Oklahoma with Stevens but isn't sure where he'll catch this Saturday's game. All he knows is he'll be watching every second.
Said Miller: "I haven't watched a Spartans game as closely as I've watched the last two."
In March, upsets inevitably happen and brackets get busted leaving some fans saddened and others ecstatic. It is just a fun part of the whole experience. We all know that a tiny percentage actually predicts our finalists from each region. But this year, an atomically small number of fans predicted the four teams who are going to Indianapolis to compete in the Final Four. In fact, just 1.6 percent of the 11.57 million who entered the ESPN tournament challenge this year predicted the Final Four correctly.
An outrageously small number. Especially in a year where we are seeing three no. 1 seeds make it. Perhaps Michigan State threw people off, but would over 11 million people really bet against Tom Izzo. Apparently, yes.
We all know how likely it was that Kentucky would make it to the Final Four. After all, their 34-0 record leading up to the tournament was quite convincing. Over 58 percent of people thought Kentucky would be among the four teams remaining.
The Duke Blue Devils found themselves earning their 13th no. 1 seed in the history of the program after dominating the ACC in the regular season. They were definitely the favorite to come out of the South and didn't leave any doubts that they belonged where they are as they beat Gonzaga by double digits in the Elite 8. Over 34 percent of people predicted that Duke would make it to the Final Four. And right they were.
Wisconsin, while less favored than Kentucky and Duke still earned a no. 1 seed after winning the Big 10 tournament. There was just 13.9 percent of people who thought the Badgers would make it to the Final Four, the least amount of confidence from people out of the four no. 1 seeds. But Wisconsin still prevailed, beating Arizona in dramatic fashion in the Elite 8.
But then there was Michigan State. Just 3.1 percent of people thought that the Spartans would make it to the Final Four. But with the help and experience of Coach Tom Izzo and the dynamic play from Travis Trice, Michigan State found themselves back in the semi-finals to face off against Duke.
But even though Michigan State most likely messed up most people's brackets, just 1.6 percent of people predicted all four correctly. Kentucky is still the favorite as the four teams travel to Indianapolis, but as we've seen so far in this tournament, anything can happen in March. And we will get to see these unpredictable four teams face off next weekend, even if next to no one thought they would be there.
It's a banner year thus far as it relates to the tantalizingly tempting and gastronomically gut-busting treats baseball teams are set to unleash upon fans this upcoming seasons, emptying their wallets while turbocharging their cholesterol counts.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the latest team to join the fray by introducing two new concession items that will be available to fans attending games at Miller Park.
The first of the two items is the Down Wisconsin Avenue Brat, a ballpark treat that screams Wisconsin so loudly it's surprising it isn't topped with a Packers' foam Cheesehead hat.
The absence of a mini Cheesehead hat notwithstanding, the Brewers' new brat offering boasts several condiments that arguably make it a quintessentially Wisconsin treat.
As you can see, the item begins with a brat the length of four baseballs that is topped with fries, gravy, cheese curds and sauerkraut and then slathered with cheese sauce, sour cream, fried jalapeños and chives. Yum, but also, "Holy heart attack, Batman!" Or, perhaps the exclamation more fittingly should be directed at Bernie Brewer, not the Caped Crusader.
Next up, the "Inside the Park Nachos," named so due to the fact that it is a nachos-based offering but all the taco meat goodies are packed inside a crust comprised of Doritos. The deep-fried treat is then topped with cheese and sour cream and served with a side of salsa.
Goodness gracious. The item obviously changes the game for ballpark nachos, which often are a heap of chips topped with meat and condiments all sloppily dumped into an upside-down batting helmet, which can be found regulation-sized.
The rolling-out of crazy new concession items clearly is becoming a time-honored rite of spring baseball, and as noted above, there has been a bumper crop of whacked-out new offerings so far this season. Of course that is easy to ascertain given the best new item is something called a Fried S'mOreo, for crying out loud. Although we mustn't forget about the Krispy Kreme Donut Dog, either, obviously.
The Ratings Roundup: "Empire" Won the Week and "DWTS" Came in Third
"Empire" was the most-watched show of the week. It attracted 17.6 million viewers for its season finale and took the top two spots thanks to back-to-back episodes. The 20th season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" came in third with 14.2 million.
Meanwhile, NBC's "Undateable" returned for its second season with 6.4 million viewers . . . the sitcom Ellen Degeneres produced, "One Big Happy", premiered with 5.5 million . . . and the CW's "iZombie" premiered with 2.3 million.
TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" closed out its fifth season with 3.4 million . . . the two-hour series finale of "Glee" brought the show to an end with 2.7 million viewers . . . and Eric McCormack's TNT drama "Perception" drew 1.8 million for its series finale.
Here are last week's Top 10 shows:
1. The "Empire" first season finale, Fox, 17.6 million viewers.
2. The first hour of back-to-back "Empire" episodes, Fox, 15.8 million viewers.
3. The "Dancing with the Stars" season premiere, ABC, 14.2 million viewers.
4. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.8 million viewers.
5. Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12.8 million viewers.
6. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12.6 million viewers.
7. "60 Minutes", CBS, 11.6 million viewers.
8. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 10.8 million viewers.
9. "NCIS", CBS, 10 million viewers.
10. "Survivor", CBS, 9.6 million viewers.
Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending March 22, 2015:
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Are you very happy? If you are like most Americans, you would say no. Only one out of three Americans says he or she is "very happy." Of course, that's a tall order! What exactly is "very happy"? I think it's impossible to be "very happy" all of the time; however, there is no doubt that the amount of people who are happy could be much higher. And that's what International Happiness Today is all about -- trying to make people happier without the benefit of prescription drugs, illegal drugs, booze, sex, or other things we generally associate with a quick, easy boost of oxytocin. Here are eight ways to get happier!
1. Be social. It's been proven that people who have a support network, whether that is friends, family, or community, or all three, are happier and live longer than those who hibernate in front of their TV and scare off everyone with their gun. Get out there and meet new people; repair relationships with friends and family if they are worth repairing; and make time for those old friends you never see anymore because of your "busy" schedule.
2. Volunteer work. Science says that people who feel they are part of a bigger purpose in life are much happier, and a big part of feeling purposeful is helping others -- whether you walk shelter dogs, plant community gardens, feed the homeless, or get groceries for an elderly neighbor, helping others helps you too. If you are obsessing about your own problems, there is nothing like getting some perspective by helping those who have it worse.
3. Mindfulness. "Mindfulness" comes from the Buddhist concept that most of our suffering is caused by regretting the past or agonizing about the future. Studies have shown that living more in the present -- and letting the past go and not trying to predict the future -- will make you happier. You can learn to practice this just by doing something as simple as chewing your food slowly and taking in the smells and flavors rather than gulping things down.
4. Meditation. A main cause of unhappiness is the brain's tendency to be more chaotic than a popular toddler's birthday party. People often take drugs or drink alcohol because it slows down the restless loop of the mind. Meditation can do the same thing but without harmful side effects or the potential of getting addicted. You can find lots of guided meditations online -- sit comfortably in a chair or on a pillow, and listen to a meditation. The goal is usually to pay attention to your breathing and dismiss ALL thoughts that come into your mind. If you think quieting the brain is easy, you'll soon find out it's nearly impossible. But if you keep doing it, you will find that it really does help keep you calmer and more balanced. Do NOT get stressed that you didn't "do it right."
5. Exercise. There is possibly no better and healthier cure for the blues than exercise. Exercise releases dopamine into the brain. It also destresses you, gives you more energy, and keeps you healthy -- and who isn't happier when healthy? If you're looking for cheap ways to exercise, go for a run, put on some music and dance around, go for a quick walk, join the YWCA, or work out to some exercise videos on YouTube. There is really NO excuse not to exercise -- you can get your kids involved too.
6. Attitude. Learn to adjust your attitude in life to something more positive. If there are Holocaust survivors who are positive about life, then there's no excuse for you to sit around whining and complaining. Try taking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy courses to learn how to change negative thoughts to neutral or positive ones.
7. Be careful what goes into your mind. I'm a firm believer that what goes into your mind is what rattles around in there, how could it be otherwise? Watch a horror movie or one filled with violence and killing, and you're sure to feel angrier and more edgy than if you watched something filled with positive, inspirational messages. Be mindful of what movies, music, books, and other messages you consume. You might think rapping hateful lyrics or reading about serial killers all day doesn't affect you negatively, but it does.
8. Acceptance. One of the main keys to happiness is acceptance -- learning to accept yourself for who you are, and life for what it is. That doesn't mean you should roll over if someone is mistreating you, or not fight hard to gain back independence after a health problem, it just means to accept that bad things happen to good people, and that is part of life. If things don't work out, it doesn't mean you did something wrong. Strive to be better, but also be realistic. Not everyone can be the richest, prettiest, most athletic, smartest, etc. -- and in fact if you talk to Bill Gates or Miss America or whomever, you will soon find he/she has as many problems, heartbreaks, and disappointments as anyone else. Stop seeking validation and approval from outside sources -- those are limited, conditional, and can be taken away at any moment.
"Insurgent" topped the box office this weekend with $54 million. The second movie in the "Divergent" series made almost the exact same amount as the first one did when it came out last year.
SEAN PENN'S attempt to break into the action world failed with "The Gunman" only making $5 million in 4th place. And the religious movie "Do You Believe?" also had some disappointing numbers, earning $4 million in 6th place.
Here are this week's Top 10 movies:
1. NEW: "The Divergent Series: Insurgent", $54 million.
2. "Cinderella", $34.5 million. Up to $122 million in its 2nd week.
3. "Run All Night", $5.1 million. Up to $19.7 million in its 2nd week.
4. NEW: "The Gunman", $5 million.
5. "Kingsman: The Secret Service", $4.6 million. Up to $115 million in its 6th week.
6. NEW: "Do You Believe?", $4 million.
7. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", $3.5 million. Up to $24.1 million in its 3rd week.
8. "Focus", $3.3 million. Up to $49.4 million in its 4th week.
9. "Chappie", $2.7 million. Up to $28.3 million in its 3rd week.
10. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", $2
Actually, it's only 49 funny sayings, from where I sit. Probably from where you sit as well. Let me start by saying that I am from Texas, and the rest of y'all talk funny. Now don't get riled up — we all sound funny to outsiders. I'm going to ask the grammar police to take a day off and allow us to have a little fun with the language of all 50 states. The Yahoo Travel team and I polled locals across the country to find out what we say, how we say it, and what the heck it means.
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If you're in Alabama and you hear someone mention "butter" and "biscuit," don't expect fresh baked goods. (Photo: Getty Images)
"Butter my butt and call me a biscuit" is a way of expressing delight and surprise in a state where the locals speak slowly, clearly, and colorfully. And they would probably tell the rest of us, "Don't be ugly" if we make fun of them.
"Sourdough" may be a bread in California, but in Alaska it refers to a longtime resident of the state. And "combat fishing" doesn't usually involve weapons; it refers to the crowded opening day of salmon-fishing season.
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In the desert heat, you need a "swamp cooler." Let that sink in. It happens to be an evaporative air conditioner, sometimes mounted on the roof but often in a window.
"Fit to be tied" usually refers to someone who is really angry. Like if his football team just lost or the car parked next to her at Walmart is "cattywampus." (That's "crooked" for the rest of you.)
Californians may have the least accent of all of us, but they can twist the language in the strangest ways. "Gotta get flat" means you need to lie down. Where I'm from, "flat" refers to either a tire with a nail in it or your hair when you run out of hairspray.
Spend too long soaking in that mountain view and you might hear locals calling you a "gaper." (Photo: Corbis)
In a state filled with nonnatives, a "gaper" is a tourist gaping at the snow and mountains. Coloradoans, both the natives and the trespassers (I mean transplants), are also known to shorten the name of every town and landmark in the state. Fort Collins becomes "The Fort," Colorado Springs becomes "The Springs," Breckenridge becomes "Breck," and the Poudre River is just "The Poudre" (pronounced "POO-der").
A "tag sale" is apparently what you hold to get rid of your junk. The rest of us call it a "garage sale" or a "yard sale." And after the tag sale is over, someone needs to make a "packie run" for some beer at the package store.
This state is scrunched up between New Jersey and Maryland. In the north, it's all about giving the New Jersey tourists the "side-eye." In the "slower lower" half of the state, the dialect borders on downright Southern, where they say things like "Hi hon" to greet you and "colley flare" to describe a white vegetable similar to broccoli.
The first time I visited this state I was quite surprised to discover that they speak fluent Southern. Even the transplants from up North learn to slow down and say things like "On her wedding day she was happier than a seagull with a french fry."
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In other parts of the country, saying "That dog won't hunt" means that you have a defective dog. Down here, it means that the speaker is highly suspicious of what he or she has just been told. As in, "something about that smells a little fishy."
Hawaiians use a lot of extra vowel sounds, but all of those long vowels are about as clear as mud to someone who speaks with extra ahs and uhs. I do love how they use "Auntie" as a respectful way to refer to any woman of your parents' generation.
Welcome to Boy-see! (Photo: Thinkstock)
Even people I know who have lived in Idaho can't find much original about the language there. But if you want to fit in, the capital city is pronounced "boy-see." There is no "z."
A "sawbuck" refers to $10 in this state, and "brewskies" are what you spend your sawbuck on down at the local bar.
"Hoosiers" may be the team name for the state university here, but it's best not to call a resident of the state a "hoosier" because it's the equivalent of calling them a redneck. Which by the way is an insult in only some cases. In others, it's a badge of honor.
What the rest of us call a "wedgie" seems to have a softer-sounding version in Iowa, where they call it a "snuggie." Yup, like the diapers.
So let me get this straight — y'all walk into KFC and order a bucket of "yardbird"? As in, "Please pass the mashed potatoes and yardbird"? All righty then.
I know that there are "hollers" in other states, but most folks call them "valleys." After six seasons of Justified, I kind of prefer "holler" myself. They also have funny sayings like "I think your wig's a little loose." Translation: "What kind of nut job are you, anyway?"
They say quite a few things in Louisiana that I don't understand, mostly because of the accent and the speed of the conversation. The one that perplexes me most is, "I'm going by your house later." Well, why just go by when you could stop on in?
Don't you just love the sound of the phrase "leaf peepahs"? It refers to all of us non-Mainers who go there to see the fall foliage.
A "chicken necker" is a tourist trying to catch crabs. Unless, of course, said tourist is from Kansas, which would make him a "yardbird necker."
Our Boston friends think this musical is wicked good. (Photo: AugustSnow / Alamy)
I dearly love any state that attaches the word "wicked" to everything they love. It's wicked good.
"Geez-o-Pete!" is an expletive involving Jesus and St. Peter. Y'all Midwesterners are more polite about your cussing than we are in Texas.
Where do you even begin with Minnesota? They say some weird stuff up there. The rest of us add "ish" to a word to mean "sort of." Up there they use it as a stand-alone word meaning "yuck" or "eew." Probably has something to do with the fact that their lips are frozen solid for half the year. And what the heck does "uff da" mean?
When your mama doesn't like your friends, she will tell you that they don't have a "lick of sense." Then she'll tell you that if she catches you with them again, she's going to "slap you naked and hide your clothes."
Having to spend an entire year telling people you're "farty" seems like a totally valid reason to lie about your age. (Photo: Getty Images)
I have never been quite sure if the way Missourians say the names of the two St. Louis interstate highways is an accent thing or a commentary on the aroma. Either way, it's hard to keep a straight face when they give directions that involve "Farty" and "Farty-Far."
Idahoans may not have their own funny phrases, but the neighbors have got them covered. A "spud muncher" is what Montanans call someone from Idaho.
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Nebraskans love football and lovingly call their Cornhuskers the "'skers." Gotta wonder if the "Oracle of Omaha," Warren Buffett, is included in that group. Locals also lovingly refer to Omaha as their "homeaha."
I am not sure that Nevada's transient population can claim any long-term language oddities, but they surely are responsible for some relatively new descriptive terms that would make their neighbors in Utah blush. "Pornslappers" are those annoying people on street corners handing out little invitations to strip shows.
"Dang it, Fluffy! Get out of the sock draw!"(Photo: Juco/Flickr)
Pronunciation can drastically alter the meaning of a word. Most of us use the word "draw" as a verb meaning to sketch or take another card. In New Hampshire, it's where they store the silverware, as in, "The spoons are in the draw." They sometimes also have an odd way of putting things. When it's nap time, they say, "Put down the baby." In Texas, we "put down" our animals to end their lives humanely.
Sometimes extra words are thrown in, as in "Not for nuthin' but" at the beginning of almost any sentence. Other times New Jerseyans seem to randomly leave out words, like when they say "down the shore" instead of "down to the shore."
Quite a bit of Western slang is used in New Mexico but with almost no trace of the twang that usually goes with it. They also have an interesting blend of English and Spanish that's acceptable for both languages. "Carrucha" is Spanglish for a low-rider car. There's no Spanish definition for the word, but it sure is fun to say.
New Yorkers like to be different, so they tend to say they are standing "on line," not "in line." They also pronounce the popular street Houston as "Hows-ton," not "Hews-ton" as they say in Texas.
While most of us turn lights off, in North Carolina they "cut the lights out." They also "might could" use a "buggy" at the grocery store (a grocery cart to everyone else).
Phrases with double meanings can make it hard for outsiders to get the subtleties of a conversation. When someone from North Dakota says "Yah y'betcha yah," either he or she understands and agrees with you or thinks you are an idiot.
Grab some beanbags, some friends, and some beers…it's cornhole time! (Photo: Mike Beachy/Flickr)
Regardless of the meaning in other states, in Ohio, "cornhole" refers to a beanbag toss game. And the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street is called the "devil's strip." The obvious question is whether they play cornhole in the devil's strip. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Since they mostly talk just like Texans, I don't think Okies sound funny at all. The rest of you probably think it's odd that they say "gonna run into town" even when they live in town.
People we used to call "tree huggers" are now described with the adjective "granola" in Oregon. "Stop being so granola and eat your hamburger."
This is a state that has its own official dialect. So it's OK when they say that sub sandwiches are "hoagies." Ice cream sprinkles are "jimmies." And if you need to tidy up a mess, you "red it up."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Rhode Island is the only state to call a hot dog a "hot weiner." They also say, "bang a u-ey" when they mean "make a U-turn."
Language is so endearing in this state. They have a nice way to say almost anything. "Bless her li'l ol' heart" can mean they empathize with someone or they despise that person. "Bow head" is a not-so-polite way to describe a sorority girl.
If you're making a hotdish for dinner, you better not forget the all-important tot crust. (Photo: Thinkstock)
There are lots of crossover words between the Dakotas and Minnesota. "Hotdish" is a casserole, "get a wiggle on" means "hurry up," and "tots" are not children but frozen potatoes that they most likely just added to the hotdish.
The city we all call Nashville is becoming "Nashvegas," and there ain't no sense in "bawling and squallin" about it.
I admit that we have a colorful way of saying things in my home state. Sometimes we drag things out, and sometimes we speak in our own shorthand. I am going to trust you with one of those secret short versions. When a female in this state says, "Ah HELL no," it could mean anything from "the horse busted out of the barn" to "that hussy better not be talking to my man." It could also mean that she's got a flat (either her tire or her hair). Whatever she means, it's better to just get out of her way.
If you hear about a student "sluffing," don't be too alarmed. He isn't shedding skin, he's just cutting class. Utah is also one of those polite swearing states. They say, "Oh my heck!" when their kids are caught sluffing.
If you're in Vermont and hear someone mentioning "kittens in ovens," don't freak out and call the ASPCA thinking they're eating Mittens for dinner. (Photo: Thinkstock)
They are proud of their heritage up there in Vermont. They have a saying about transplants who claim to be Vermonters. "Just because a cat has her kittens in the oven don't make them biscuits."
"Squids" are not cousins to octopi along the Virginia coast; they're newly enlisted sailors. And in the hills, "et up" means "eaten up," as in "I got et up by them skeeters last night."
Is it being "granola" of people in Washington to insert the word "blip" in place of a curse word? Or are they just polite? And what do Seattle natives think of being called "web-footers"?
There are "hollers" here, just like in Kentucky, and they "pert near" ("pretty near") have their own language, including a drink called "co-cola."
Sentences ending in prepositions and odd sayings like "upside right" are common in America's dairyland. They probably think the rest of us are "dumber than a sack of hammers" for speaking any other way. And if you want to grab a drink, go to the "bubbler," also known as the "drinking fountain."
Someone who "looks like 10 miles of dirt road" is more than a little disheveled. And you'd never catch a "buckle bunny" chasing a pro-rodeo cowboy looking like that!
The Ratings Roundup: "CSI: Cyber", "American Crime" and the Return of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"The Big Bang Theory", was the most-watched show of the week. It was followed by both episodes of "The Voice". Meanwhile, the new "CSI" spin-off "CSI: Cyber" premiered below our Top 10 with just under 10.5 million viewers.
"American Crime" premiered on ABC with 8.4 million viewers . . . "The Following" returned for its third season with 4.9 million . . . and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returned for the second half of its season with 4.5 million.
Here are last week's Top 10 shows:
1. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 18.2 million viewers.
2. Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 15.5 million viewers.
3. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.7 million viewers.
4. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 14.5 million viewers.
5. "Empire", Fox, 14.3 million viewers.
6. "The Odd Couple", CBS, 12.4 million viewers.
7. "Blue Bloods", CBS, 11 million viewers.
8. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 10.8 million viewers.
9. An "NCIS" repeat, CBS, 10.8 million viewers.
10. A "Big Bang Theory" repeat, CBS, 10.5 million viewers.
Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending March 8, 2015:
Chocolate Easter bunnies, while adorable, are often more style than substance and are perhaps best suited to those of the age who still believe in the critter after which they're modeled. Still, ever curious, we set out to tackle the somewhat-daunting task of sampling the gamut of options available to see if any could pass muster with our slightly more sophisticated palates.
To keep the playing field even, we stuck to milk chocolate bunnies available at our local Target — no dark chocolate, novel flavors, or fancy-pants mail-order bunnies need apply. Keep reading to find which bunny reigns (relatively) supreme; we'll start with the most offensive and go from there.
Palmer Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny
Creepy jaundiced eyes aside, Palmer's bunny was near-universally reviled, at best earning two stars. Chalky, dry, and overwhelmingly sweet, this Easter "treat" prompted a few tasters to ask if it was made of real chocolate and even garnered the comment that it "tastes like Scotch tape" and would only be "good if you want kids to hate Easter for life."
Brach's Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit
An off-putting, chemical-laden aftertaste sealed Brach's bunny's fate. Beyond that, we wished that it had a more prominent chocolate hit; most felt that it merely tasted sweet, and at best chocolate-flavored.
Hershey's Hollow Bunny
Waxy, sweet, and unbalanced, Hershey's bunny tasted exactly like, well, a Hershey's bar. Essentially, it's only worth purchasing if you have a nostalgic fondness for the classic American candy bar.
Russell Stover Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny
A more prominent chocolate flavor helped Russell Stover's bunny rise to the middle of the pack, with some tasters praising its nutty, coconut-tinged, darker chocolate flavor. Still, its waxy texture kept it off of our short list of those that we'd recommend.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny
Fudgy in a way that coats the roof of your mouth, Cadbury's option was middling, but essentially acceptable. Some appreciated that it tasted slightly salty and tangy, making its otherwise-overpowering sugar levels more tolerable, while others felt it simply tasted cheap.
Hershey's Bliss Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny
More complex in flavor than some, with a tobacco-like darker chocolate note, the Hershey's Bliss bunny wasn't something we'd likely purchase again, but it did manage to win over one taster who exclaimed that it "tastes like Nutella."
Superior Milk Chocolate Hollow Bunny
The closest to a sleeper hit of the bunch — we admittedly had little confidence in Superior's extremely budget offering — this foil-wrapped charmer had some tasters scratching their heads and asking, "Is it bad that I like it?" We still wished that it had a richer flavor, but if we were to pick an ultra-affordable option, this would be it.
Dove Milk Chocolate Bunny
Dove's bunny might not be anything to write home about, but most praised its smooth and melty texture; darker, more robust cacao content; and creamy finish. All in all we felt that it was not bad by any means, but not great either.
Godiva Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny
Rich, creamy, fudgy, and darker than most, Godiva's bunny reminded our tasting crew of everything from brownie batter to chocolate ice cream, and it was a close first runner-up. Our only so-called gripe: some felt it was almost too luxurious for a bunny.
Lindt Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny
Lindt's bow-bedecked bunny first won us over with its less-is-more, elegant packaging, but it's what's inside that matters — right? Thankfully, this option was no slouch in the flavor department either; buttery, rich, and with a smooth, mouth-coating melt, the chocolate was even proclaimed to be the ideal milk chocolate by two tasters. All in all, if Easter just isn't Easter without a chocolate bunny in the mix, stick to the gold standard.
If you stay at a NICE hotel, this stuff might not apply. But if you're at one of the cheapest places in town, you'll thank us. Here are the three grossest things you come in contact with in a hotel room.
1. The remote. A study in 2012 found that remote controls and light switches are two of the dirtiest things in hotel rooms, because everyone touches them and they hardly ever get cleaned.
2. The drinking glasses. Fox News used hidden cameras in 2007, and discovered that a lot of maids don't even wash them out. Or if they do, they just spray them with GLASS cleaner.
3. The comforter. Specifically the part that covers the foot of the bed, because a lot of people sit there and maids don't always wash them. It's also the spot people with kids are most likely to change a diaper.
PRINCE is a 5-foot-2-inch musician, so the last thing you'd expect of him is that he was a jock in high school. But he WAS.
On Monday, a writer for the "St. Paul Star-Tribune" Tweeted Prince's old basketball photo from the '70s, and it went viral. It's from an article the newspaper ran on Prince in the mid-'80s, after he'd become a star.
Although it became known for its iconic patriotism during the 19th century, "The Star-Spangled Banner" didn't become our national anthem until a bill designating it as such was adopted by the Senate and signed by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1931.
3. March 4: National Grammar Day
Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, this is another holiday that we here at mental_floss are happy to help you celebrate.
4. March 6: Middle Name Pride Day
Mine's Rose and I'm not at all embarrassed about it. Feel free to share yours in the comments!
5. March 7: Genealogy Day
It's been a long cold winter, and March just wants to make sure you don't forget who you are. March is all about the self-identity holidays—I didn't even include "Nametag Day."
6. March 9: Fill Our Staplers Day
Founded by the Dull Men's Club, this holiday is intended to serve as a reminder to refill your stapler. But having an empty stapler is a good reminder to refill your stapler, too.
7. March 10: Organize Your Home Office Day
Why stop at refilling the stapler?
8. March 14: Moth-er Day
There's more to March 14th than pies! Honor the moths and their collectors of the world with a trip to a local museum to check out some specimens.
9. March 16: No Selfies Day
This (probably) poorly observed holiday is celebrated ironically on the birthday of Philippe Kahn, the inventor of the cell phone camera and the first person to snap a picture with his phone—although it wasn't a selfie.
10. March 18: Forgive Mom and Dad Day
This is a lovely sentiment and one that works even if you don't explain to your randomly-forgiven parent that your apology applies to all past ill-will, considering March 18 is also Awkward Moments Day.
11. & 12. March 20: Proposal Day and Kiss Your Fiance Day
And one is almost guaranteed to follow the other.
13. March 21: National Quilting Day
This will be the 24th annual celebration of this grassroots movement to unite quilters around the world.
14. March 25: Pecan Day
This is a holiday with an especially venerable tradition, particularly for a nut. It commemorates the date, in 1775, when George Washington planted pecan trees at Mount Vernon that were given to him by Thomas Jefferson.
15. March 29: Earth Hour
A worldwide grass-roots movement to promote conservation and bring attention to climate change, Earth Hour encourages participants to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour. The event, which is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, but has since spread to over 4000 cities around the world. This year, the switch off will occur from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.
16. March 30: Doctors' Day
Symbolized by a red carnation, this honoring of our nation's physicians has been held annually since 1933.
For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.
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The Ratings Rundown: 4.2 Million People Watched the Series Finale of "Parks and Recreation" and 14 Million Saw the Season Premiere of "The Voice"
The series finale of "Parks and Recreation" was seen by 4.2 million people. Three other shows closed out their seasons last week: The "How to Get Away with Murder" finale had 9 million viewers . . . "Sleepy Hollow" finished its second season with 4.4 million . . . and "Marvel's Agent Carter" finished its first season with 4 million viewers.
Meanwhile, the 8th season premiere of "The Voice" had 14 million viewers . . . "Survivor" returned for a 30th season with 10 million viewers . . . "The Amazing Race" returned for its 26th season with 6.2 million . . . and NBC's hospital drama "The Night Shift" came back for a second season with 5.5 million.
As for your new shows . . . the Josh Duhamel cop show "Battle Creek" premiered with 7.9 million viewers . . . Ryan Phillippe's"Secrets & Lies" premiered with 6.1 million . . . and Will Forte's"Last Man on Earth" began with 5.8 million.
You'd also be interested to know that 7.6 million people caught Charlie Sheen's appearance in the "Ferris Bueller" tribute episode of "The Goldbergs" . . . and 4 million saw the "Victoria's Secret Swim Special".
Here are last week's Top 10 shows:
1. "NCIS", CBS, 17.4 million viewers.
2. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 16.7 million viewers.
3. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 14.4 million viewers.
4. Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.1 million viewers.
5. The 8th season premiere of "The Voice", NBC, 14 million viewers.
6. "Empire", Fox, 13.9 million viewers.
7. "NCIS: New Orleans", CBS, 13.7 million viewers.
8. "60 Minutes", CBS, 13.6 million viewers.
9. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 11.6 million viewers.
10. "The Odd Couple", CBS, 11.1 million viewers.
Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending March 1, 2015:
Fact or Fiction....You be the judge. The fact it's from The Onion should give a clue. Thanks to Shooting Star Travels for this hilarious take on how ridiculous the airlines have become.....
FT. WORTH, TX—Explaining that the costs of the service have grown too high in recent years, American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer free cabin pressurization to passengers starting March 15. "Unfortunately, to stay competitive as a legacy carrier in today's air travel market, it no longer makes economic sense for us to provide breathable air at altitude," said American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, noting that despite the cutbacks, air pressurization would still be available to first- and business-class travelers as well as those willing to pay an additional fee. "While we regret any altitude sickness, blood problems, dimmed vision, or hyperventilation that may result from air pressure less than a third normal levels, we remind our customers that such effects will diminish as soon as the aircraft descends below 10,000 feet." Parker added that the company is also planning to discontinue complimentary landing gear on flights under four hours.
Shootout at The Range Of Richfield co-sponsored by The Beef Jerky Outlet saw Bob take on Buzz Country 92.5 Morning Show host Bill Mitchell. After a round of practice shots, Bob confidently took the lead with the AR-15 rifle. Maybe TOO confident, Bob lost the next two matches using the handguns. Oh, well. At least there was a participation ribbon! Many thanks to the Range Of Richfield and The Beff Jerky Outlet, right by the Hwy 45/41 split across from Cabela's