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by Bob posted Jan 27 2015 4:00AM
Join us with Kraig at 9:10 Wed Jan 28th to discuss what's happening in West Bend. Your calls, comments and questions will be welcomed at 338-8622 or e-mail me at before 8:30am.

Listen to the interview with WB School District Supt. Ted Neitzke under the audio on right side of this page.
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by Bob posted Jan 26 2015 4:34AM
The Milwaukee Brewers will soon have more mascots than players. After Hank the Dog captivated the nation last year at Spring Training and became the most adorable unofficial mascot in America. Along with Bernie Brewer and the racing sausages, it seemed like the Brewers were set on the mascot front. On Sunday at the team's #BrewersOnDeck event, the Brewers unveiled Barrelman, who doesn't exactly seem to be a hit with kids.

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by Bob posted Jan 22 2015 4:01AM

As expected, football won the week yet again. The Seattle Seahawks' 28-22 win over the Green Bay Packers attracted just under 50 million viewers. And the New England Patriots' 45-7 destruction of the Indianapolis Colts had a little over 42 million. The Patriots and their deflated balls will face the Seahawks in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending January 18, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
2 NCIS-01/13 CBS 19874
3 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-01/13 CBS 16389
4 Blue Bloods-01/16 CBS 12726
5 SCORPION - SUNDAY-01/18 S CBS 12289
6 Big Bang Theory, THE-01/15 R CBS 12104
7 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-01/14 FOX 10870
8 MOM-01/15 CBS 10844
9 Hawaii Five-0-01/16 CBS 10592
10 American Idol-THURSDAY-01/15 FOX 10422
11 EMPIRE-01/14 FOX 10323
12 Criminal Minds-01/14 CBS 10307
13 Person Of Interest-01/13 CBS 10158
14 Big Bang Theory, THE-SPC-01/12 SR CBS 10081
15 Modern Family-01/14 ABC 9436
16 Two and a Half Men-01/15 CBS 9375
17 Mentalist, THE-01/14 CBS 9363
18 MIKE & MOLLY-01/12 CBS 9191
19 Shark Tank-01/16 ABC 8644
20 Undercover Boss-01/16 CBS 8350
21 Elementary-01/15 CBS 8090
22 STALKER-01/14 CBS 7872
23 MIDDLE, THE-01/14 ABC 7792
24 Shark Tank SP-1/13-01/13 S ABC 7479
25 GOLDBERGS, THE-01/14 ABC 7220

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

The College Football Playoff Championship topped cable viewership for the week ending January 18, 2015 with 33.395 million viewers. Whitney was the highest rated cable scripted program with 4.531 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP L ESPN Mon 08:33P-11:55P 33395
2 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 07:59P-08:19P 10598
3 SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Mon 12:32A-01:00A 6530
4 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:00P 4574
5 WHITNEY LIFE Sat 08:00P-10:02P 4531
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4095
7 LIFETIME SPECIAL LIFE Sat 10:02P-11:02P 4054
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3897
9 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3735
10 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:15P 3722
11 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:03P 3509
12 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 3485
13 LIBRARIANS, THE TNT Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3275
14 LIFETIME SPECIAL LIFE Sat 11:02P-12:02A 3241
15 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3208
17 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 3159
18 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC Fri 10:00P-11:00P 3155
19 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 3076
20 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tue 09:00P-10:03P 3063
21 LIBRARIANS, THE TNT Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3033
22 DESPICABLE ME DSNY Sat 07:30P-09:15P 3023
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sun 10:00P-10:30P 2973
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:00P-09:30P 2960
25 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 2953

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)-

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by Bob posted Jan 21 2015 4:15AM

A company called SplashData just released their annual list of the most common passwords . . . based on more than 3.3 million passwords that were leaked last year.

And once again, it's SHOCKING that in this day and age, people trust the safety of their email, their bank accounts, and their Netflix queues to passwords like THESE.

The most common password last year was . . . 123456. The second-most common was the word "password." SplashData started doing this study in 2011, and "123456" and "password" have been the top two passwords every single year.

Here is the full list:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 123456789
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football
11. 1234567
12. monkey
13. letmein
14. abc123
15. 111111
16. mustang
17. access
18. shadow
19. master
20. michael
21. superman
22. 696969
23. 123123
24. batman
25. trustno1

Cyber-security experts often say that the harder the password is for you to remember, the more secure it is. If your password is on this list, consider this smart and easy tip TIME recently received from security expert Bruce Schneier:

Come up with an entire phrase that's easy for you to remember, and then use the first instance of each letter, number and symbol from each word in the phrase, keeping punctuation intact as well.

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by Bob posted Jan 21 2015 4:01AM
Pretty much EVERY type of fast food is bad for you. But if your go-to item is any of THIS stuff, you might want to change things up. Here's the unhealthiest thing on the menu at ten fast food joints.

1. At Starbucks . . . it's the Eggnog Latte. A venti has 620 calories and 29 grams of fat.

2. At Kentucky Fried Chicken . . . the pot pie. Obviously it's better than eating an entire bucket of chicken. But as far as single items go, it's the worst with 790 calories and 45 grams of fat.

3. At Chick-Fil-A . . . the Sausage Breakfast Platter. 810 calories with 54 grams of fat.

4. At Subway . . . it's the footlong Spicy Italian Sub. 960 calories and 48 grams of fat.

5. At Cinnabon . . . the Caramel Pecanbon. 1,080 calories and 50 grams of fat.

6. At McDonald's . . . it's the Big Breakfast Platter. Which comes with sausage, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, and a biscuit. 1,090 calories and 56 grams of fat.

7. At Wendy's . . . the Hot 'n' Juicy Triple burger. 1,090 calories and 66 grams of fat.

8. At Taco Bell . . . the Double-XL Steak Nachos. 1,190 calories and 60 grams of fat.

9. At Chipotle . . . the Carnitas Burrito. 1,365 calories and 66 grams of fat.

10. At Burger King . . . the Ultimate Breakfast Platter. Which is basically the same as the McDonald's breakfast but bigger. It's sausage, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, and a biscuit, for a total of 1,420 calories and 79 grams of fat.

by Bob posted Jan 20 2015 4:20AM

If you want to go to the Super Bowl, whether to root for the Seahawks or the Patriots or just to be there, it's going to cost you some fat dollars. The average list price to get a ticket to Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Ariz., is $3,950, according to an analysis by ticket aggregator

The asking price is down about 3 percent compared to last year, when the average price was $4,064. Average ticket asking prices at the same period before the big game were $3,083 in 2013, $3,646 in 2012, $4,062 in 2011, and $3,509 in 2010.

The highest priced tickets are listing for $17,800 and would put you in the lower center of the stadium. On the low end, if you'd consider it low, the cheapest seats are listing for $1,857, according to TiqIQ, which monitors and sells tickets from a variety of sources on the secondary market.

If you're thinking $1,800 or $18,000 is a drop in the bucket, then you could consider bumping up to a luxury box. Those are going for between $726,000 and close to $1 million.

But there's a big spread between what people are hoping to sell their tickets for and what fans are actually paying.

The average selling price for tickets sold so far this has been about $3,000, nearly $1,000 less than the average asking price.

And there is some evidence that indicates if you're willing to wait, while selection might be reduced, the asking prices will decline. Based on data since 2010, ticket prices to the Super Bowl tend to drop in the final two weeks.

Looking back at the five previous Super Bowls, here's what TiqIQ said were the average game ticket prices on the day of the game and lowest priced tickets available.

  • 2010- Saints v Colts: $2,329 ($1,379)
  • 2011- Packers v Steelers: $3,649 ($2,260)
  • 2012- Giants v Patriots: $2,956 ($1,354)
  • 2013- Ravens v 49ers: $2,199. ($1,062)
  • 2014- Seahawks v Broncos: $2,567 ($1,514)
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by Bob posted Jan 16 2015 10:43AM
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You'll get a chance to pick up one of these dandy DVD's during Bob's Morning Show. Keep listening!

by Bob posted Jan 16 2015 4:33AM
t's a Cinderella story for Hank, the Brewers dog. He's been named Dog of the Year.

The spiffed-up former stray was crowned leader of the popular pack at The CW Network's World Dog Awards. The ceremony was held in Los Angeles Saturday but wasn't televised until Thursday night.

Paris Hilton presented Hank with his Golden Hydrant prize.

Pause. Let that sink in.

Fans voted online for Dog of the Year. Dogs were honored in categories ranging from heroic feats to "most pawpular." Regular pups like Hank went nose-to-nose with celebrity dogs such as Stella from television's "Modern Family."

Hank was honored as Dog of the Year for his impact on pop culture in 2014. The tuxedo-clad ballpark pup walked the green carpet before the show, held at the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

He was one of five finalists, and was elected by voters at The CW Network website.

Hank won hearts and media attention after he first appeared as a stray at the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training in Arizona last February. The scruffy pup with a tire track on his back became a fixture at the Arizona camp and at ballgames. The Brewers then partnered with the Wisconsin Humane Society, which receives 20% of retail sales of popular Hank T-shirts and other Hank-related gear.

Hank found a permanent home with Andy and Marti Wronski and their sons. Marti Wronski, vice president and general counsel for the Brewers, and son Jonah escorted Hank to the awards ceremony.

by Bob posted Jan 15 2015 4:37AM

Whiskey is one of the best alcohols you can drink. Not only is it the least likely to give you a hangover, but it's also one of the healthiest around. You'll find that having a few fingers of whiskey every week can help to:

1. Avoid Weight Gain – Whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, especially when compared to the many cocktails, beers, and wines you can find on supermarket shelves. You can drink a tumbler of whiskey without worrying about packing on the pounds thanks to its low sugar content.

2. Boost Heart Health – Did you know that drinking whiskey can actually make your heart healthier? Aside from wine and dark beer, what other alcohols can claim that? Not only will whiskey reduce the risk of blood clots, but it will lower your stroke and heart attack risk as well. The antioxidants in whiskey stop cholesterol from clogging your arteries, and it can even boost your good cholesterol.

3. Fight Cancer -- Whiskey is rich in antioxidants, particularly one known as ellagic acid. This antioxidant stops your body's DNA from coming in contact with cancer-causing compounds, reducing the risk of carcinogens forming. It can also protect your body from chemotherapy, and will reduce oxidation in your body.

4. Improve Brain Health – A study conducted in 2003 discovered that drinking whiskey reduces your risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. If you're worried that your brain is slowing down in your old age, it's time to start drinking whiskey to protect your very important organ from damage.

5. Reduce Stroke Risk -- Whiskey not only helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries, but it can actually help to get rid of any cholesterol present in your blood vessels at the moment. It will also help to relax the walls of your arteries, ensuring that your blood can flow without obstruction. One of the greatest health benefits of whiskey is the reduced stroke risk, and we can all drink to that!

6. Fight Stress – Stress can cause a wide range of health problems in the human body, but thankfully we've got whiskey to kick stress' butt! Whiskey helps to reduce anxiety and stress, calming your nerves and helping to relax your body. It can increase circulation throughout your body, providing your organs with fresh, oxygenated blood. A serving or two of whiskey can help to calm stressed nerves effectively!

7. Boost Memory — The antioxidants in whiskey can help to improve the health of your brain, and the circulation-boosting effects of this alcohol will boost your memory at the same time. The same properties that help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and dementia will also keep your brain active and young.

8. Aid in Digestion -- Did you know that whiskey has long been drunk as a digestive aid? It was usually consumed after a meal, helping to relax the body after eating heavy food. It can also help to shut down your appetite, preventing you from overeating. Best of all, it will aid in digestion, reducing your risk of stomach ache or indigestion after a heavy meal.

9. Lengthen Lifespan -- Whiskey is loaded with healthy antioxidants, and these nutrients can help to increase your lifespan by reducing your risk of disease. By protecting your body against disease, you prevent the slow breakdown of important cells in your body–thereby helping you to live longer.

10. Great for Diabetics -- Whiskey is a zero-carb alcohol, so you can drink it without worrying about the effect it will have on your blood sugar levels. If you suffer from diabetes, a finger or two of whiskey will be the right choice for you!

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by Bob posted Jan 15 2015 4:28AM

Bellevue, MI -- You never know what's lying just beneath the surface in your own yard.

Most people find some old coins or a rusty bicycle chain. But two men in Michigan hit the jackpot when they discovered the remains of a massive Ice Age mammal.

Contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. was working in Eric Witzke's Bellevue, Mich., yard when he noticed a giant rib sticking out of the ground, according to the Lansing State Journal. Over four days in November, the two worked together to pull 42 bones out of the ground.


At first, they thought they had found a dinosaur. As it turned out, they had uncovered a mastodon -- a 5-ton animal that was the slightly smaller cousin of the woolly mammoth and distant relative of the modern elephant.

The two plan to keep a few of the bones, but donate the rest to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.

An expert there has already examined the bones and believes they may be the remains of an ancient meal for early Americans.

"Preliminary examination indicates that the animal may have been butchered by humans," University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher told "The scientific value is really the new perspective, the new information, that specimens like these can bring."

Fisher told AP that the bones belonged to a 37-year-old male mastodon that lived between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.

That's right around the time of the area's first known human settlers, the Paleo-Indians who arrived some 12,000 years ago.


While Fisher has examined the bones, they're not at his museum yet. LaPoint and Witzke first brought the bones to a local middle school for some show-tell-and-touch.

"Once these things go to the museum and get crated up, you're not going to get to touch them again. It's over with and I was that kid who wanted to touch that thing on the other side of the glass," LaPoint told the Journal. "All the kids got to pick them up and hold them. Some kids, it was life-changing for them. To change one kid's life because they got to touch it, I think, is an incredible opportunity."

Hundreds of mastodon bones and even some footprints have been found in Michigan. In 2002, the giant mastodon was named the official state fossil.

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by Bob posted Jan 14 2015 4:24AM

TV Ratings for "American Idol", Four Other Premieres, Two Award Shows and the NFL Playoffs

"American Idol" returned for its 14th season with 11.2 million viewers . . . the Terrence Howard drama "Empire" debuted with 9.9 million . . . "The Bachelor" returned with 7.8 million . . . "Marvel's Agent Carter" debuted with 6.9 million viewers . . . and "Glee" came back to a disappointing 2.3 million viewers.

Meanwhile, the NFL division playoffs took the top three spots in the ratings. The Golden Globes had 19.3 million viewers and the People's Choice Awards had 8.6 million.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending January 11, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 FOX NFC PLAYOFF-SAT-01/10/2015 S FOX 31024
2 NCIS-01/06/2015 CBS 19764
3 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS-01/11/2015 S NBC 19314
4 Big Bang Theory, THE-01/08/2015 CBS 18106
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-01/06/2015 CBS 17730
6 60 Minutes-01/11/2015 CBS 17678
7 Blue Bloods-01/09/2015 CBS 12863
8 SCORPION-01/05/2015 CBS 12322
9 MOM-01/08/2015 CBS 12289
10 MADAM SECRETARY-01/11/2015 CBS 12128
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-01/05/2015 CBS 11902
12 Hawaii Five-0-01/09/2015 CBS 11459
13 American Idol-THURSDAY-01/08/2015 P FOX 11234
14 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-01/07/2015 P FOX 11198
15 Person Of Interest-01/06/2015 CBS 10081
16 Two and a Half Men-01/08/2015 CBS 10066
17 EMPIRE-01/07/2015 P FOX 9897
18 MIKE & MOLLY-01/05/2015 CBS 9641
19 Good Wife, THE-01/11/2015 CBS 9576
20 Modern Family-01/07/2015 ABC 9291
21 2 Broke Girls-01/05/2015 CBS 9079
22 Mentalist, THE-01/07/2015 P CBS 9049
23 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS-01/07/2015 S CBS 8617
24 Elementary-01/08/2015 CBS 8601
25 Last Man Standing-01/09/2015 ABC 8600

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.
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by Bob posted Jan 14 2015 4:14AM
I was surprized and honored this past Saturday night while at the Fillmore Fire Department awards banquet as I was awarded the "social member" plaque for community service. I will truly treasure this and am humbled they would even think of me this way. I had to include the commentary written by DJ Neumann, as it was very clever and humorous. Thanks!

A few years ago we started giving out a social member of the year award. This award
always seems a little harder to choose. There are so many people that do so much for the
This years social member of the year has been a part of the Fillmore Fire Dept family
for more than 20 years! In them years he has been apart of training. He also does a major
part in advertising our fish fry's, Vegas Night, Open House, and many other fundraisers.
A few years ago he allowed us to put some blood, guts, and makeup on him. He
allowed us to tear his clothes, squeeze him into a destroyed car only to have a crew cut him
out with the jaw of life only inches from him, then strap him to a hard board, and send him for
a ride in Flight for Life Helicopter. He played the part of a man with head trauma to
He has given us the oppertunty to participate in Family Fun Fest the past 2 years.
This allowed us to advertise our funraisers, show off our gear and teach children about
fighting fires. What he is know for the most is how he MC's our banquet. About 7 years ago
he was unable to attend and we were forced to get someone else. It made us really feel as
though we were missing part of our family. We have sinced learned to work around his hard
working schedule or vacations. He must stay up all night some times to come up with some
of his crazy games. This must be why his studies show that he has the fifth most stressful
Thinking back there are more funny stories that came from banquet night than any
other time. Seeing Bill stand on one foot for half the night, Peter chugging beer, or hearing about
John and Annette fooling around on the milk cooler, or maybe that Dale knows nothing about bra
sizes, may never have come out with out his games.
Even though you have been a great social member for Fillmore we do have to be
honest. We feel that you being an active member would not work out. It is not that your not
strong enough or smart enough, but we just feel that your response time would be to slow
from the casino, mexico, or Italy.
Thank you for all the great memories and for the times to come. You truely are a
member of the Fillmore Fire Dept family. Keep up the good work here and at WBKV. They
would not be the same without your charm.
From the FFD I give you the one, the only, the always right social member of the year
Mr. Bob Bonefant!
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by Bob posted Jan 12 2015 5:36AM

Don't expect Aaron Rodgers to practice much before next Sunday's NFC Championship Game. His strained left calf muscle came through "a little bit worse" after the Green Bay Packers' 26-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

But he says he'll be ready for 60 minutes against the Seattle Seahawks and what he hopes is another 60 in the Super Bowl.

"I think I've got 120 minutes left in me," Rodgers said Sunday. "So I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I can play all those minutes."

He barely practiced last week; his only real work came Thursday, when he took part in about half of practice. He spent far more time undergoing treatment, which included acupuncture, than he did practicing since he re-injured his strained left calf in the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions.

He said he knew he wouldn't be fully healthy for Sunday's game, and the same probably will hold true in Seattle.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to our training staff," Rodgers said. "They spent a lot of hours with me this week. They did a great job of getting me ready. My acupuncturist as well. She really helps. I'd like to say thanks to all of the fans and medical people out there who sent in ideas over the hotline. There was some really interesting ones. Kind of wish at some point we could release some of the emails and messages we got, but I know they're all in good faith there, so I appreciate the ideas. But, ultimately, it came down to our training staff, and they helped me get through this one."

Gimpy and ineffective in the first half turned into gimpy and spectacular in the second half. Rodgers had just 90 yards passing with one touchdown, and the Packers trailed 14-10 at halftime. He finished with 317 yards and three touchdown passes.

"Just an incredible game for Aaron and I think especially for what he's been through the last two weeks," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

So you're a Monday Morning quarterback, eh?! Put that talent to good use…Pack Predictions during the morning show on WBKV. Weekly winners get a bunch of gift certificates from our sponsors and are qualified for the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the season.
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by Bob posted Jan 8 2015 4:33AM

Because nothing says playoff football like a giant hamburger, the Green Bay Packers introduced a special 'Big Game Burger' for Sunday's game that includes the following:

– Venison
— Beef
— Bacon
— Six strips of crispy jalapeno smoked bacon
— 4 ounces of crispy fried onions
— 10 sliced pickles
— 4 sliced tomatoes

The burger, which is on a pretzel roll, will be $20 which is actually a pretty big bargain because at 3.5 pounds, we're guessing you can split it between at least two people.

Or don't share, we won't judge.

Courtesy of Delaware North

by Bob posted Jan 8 2015 4:09AM

The Sugar Bowl beat the Rose Bowl in the Ratings

The Sugar Bowl beat the Rose Bowl in the ratings, with just over 28 million viewers. Meanwhile, the premiere of the musical comedy "Galavant" had 7.4 million viewers, and the new season of "Celebrity Apprentice" premiered with 6.8 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending January 4, 2015:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NBC NFL PLAYOFF GAME-01/03/2015 S NBC 27938
2 PRIMETIME NYRE '15 PT 2-12/31/2014 S ABC 12933
3 MADAM SECRETARY-01/04/2015 CBS 11686
4 Blue Bloods-01/02/2015 CBS 11615
5 Simpsons-01/04/2015 FOX 10621
6 Hawaii Five-0-01/02/2015 CBS 10509
7 Good Wife, THE-01/04/2015 CBS 10363
8 NCIS-12/30/2014 R CBS 10146
10 CSI-01/04/2015 CBS 8617
11 Undercover Boss-01/02/2015 P CBS 8609
12 MIKE & MOLLY-12/29/2014 CBS 8321
13 PRIMETIME NYRE '15 PT 1-12/31/2014 S ABC 8233
14 Big Bang Theory, THE-1/1-01/01/2015 SR CBS 8170
15 60 Minutes-01/04/2015 CBS 7434
16 GALAVANT-01/04/2015 P ABC 7422
17 APPRENTICE 14-01/04/2015 P NBC 6811
18 SCORPION-12/29/2014 R CBS 6787
19 MOM SPECIAL-1/1-01/01/2015 SR CBS 6377
20 2 Broke Girls-12/29/2014 R CBS 6328
21 Dateline-SUN-01/04/2015 P NBC 6313
22 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS-01/04/2015 ABC 6129
23 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE-01/04/2015 FOX 6118
24 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-12/29/2014 R CBS 6108
25 Family Guy-01/04/2015 FOX 5529

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

College Football Playoff Semifinal topped cable viewership for the week ending January 4, 2015 with 28.271 million viewers. Major Crimes was the most watched scripted program with 4.430 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 CFP SEMIFINAL L ESPN Thu 08:56P-12:45A 28271
2 CFP SEMIFINAL L ESPN Thu 05:09P-08:54P 28164
3 NFL WILDCARD L ESPN Sat 04:20P-07:53P 21678
4 COTTON BOWL L ESPN Thu 12:45P-04:46P 9086
5 ORANGE BOWL L ESPN Wed 08:19P-11:38P 8935
6 NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN Sat 03:42P-04:20P 7735
7 FIESTA BOWL L ESPN Wed 04:16P-08:07P 7406
8 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESP2 Thu 12:00P-03:45P 6417
9 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Tue 06:32P-10:08P 6414
10 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Mon 09:00P-12:20A 5758
11 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Fri 06:46P-10:34P 5603
12 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Tue 02:59P-06:13P 5315
13 PEACH BOWL L ESPN Wed 12:28P-03:52P 5013
14 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Mon 06:01P-09:00P 4896
15 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Sat 11:58A-03:42P 4482
16 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:01P 4440
17 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4430
18 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Fri 03:25P-06:46P 4114
19 SPORTSCENTER AFT L ESP2 Thu 03:45P-04:00P 4047
20 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN Fri 10:34P-01:44A 4032
21 SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN Thu 01:03A-03:00A 3735
22 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P 3726
23 LIBRARIANS, THE TNT Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3726
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 3627
25 FINDING NEMO DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:45P 3506

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)-

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by Bob posted Jan 7 2015 4:36AM

Roswell, NM -- A New Mexico man said his elation at winning more than $500,000 from a lottery scratch-off ticket turned to disappointment when he learned it was a misprint.

John Wines, a recent retiree from Roswell, said he bought the scratch-off in December from a local Shell station and he scratched the ticket to reveal five winning numbers, two of which were each worth $250,000.

Wines said he took the ticket -- which has a stated maximum prize of $250,000 -- back to the gas station to show how he had somehow managed to win more than $500,000.

"I took it back in and she told me that is not a winner," Wines told KOB-TV. "They told me that it was a misprint and they don't pay off for misprints."

Wines contacted officials with the New Mexico Lottery and received a reply via email.

"We did find a flaw in that particular pack of tickets and it's been reported to our printer. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I did complete a reconstruction of your ticket and it was not a winner," the email read.

Wines said he was crushed by the news.

"If it was $50 or $75, I would not think a thing about it," he said. "But this is $500,000. That's a half million."

"It's like I told them, I didn't misprint it. I bought the ticket in good faith thinking if I won I was going to get my money. And they told me no, they absolutely, positively told me no."

The New Mexico Lottery offered Wines $100 worth of tickets as compensation.

Wines said his wife, Maria, who once won $100,000 from the Indiana Lottery, told him to put the incident behind him.

"She told me to forget it," he told Fox News. "She said they're never going to pay me."

(You know, I don't think I could forget this at all - Bob)

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by Bob posted Jan 7 2015 4:15AM
A lot of the U.S. is getting hit by a wicked cold front. Which is why THIS caught our eye . . .

"The Washington Post" just did a story on whether or not warming up your car before you drive actually DOES anything. And the answer is . . . NO. Or, at least it doesn't do anything beneficial for the car itself.

It USED to be necessary back when cars had carburetors, which need the engine to warm up before they'll work right. But by the 1990's, almost all cars had electronic fuel injectors, which automatically compensate for the temperature.

So as long as you're not in a 30-year-old car, you probably don't need to let it warm up. The only practical reason to do it is so the INSIDE of the car gets warm, or so you can crank the defrost . . . which is probably why most people do it.

But if you're running late for work, there's no need to sit there waiting and worrying if the engine is ready. You could also end up wasting a decent amount of gas. A 2009 survey found that when it's cold out, the average person lets their car warm up for about five minutes.

And a test showed that when it's right around zero degrees, letting your car idle for just five minutes can increase your total fuel consumption by 7 to 14%.

(Washington Post)

by Bob posted Jan 6 2015 10:28AM

Thanks, Bob. These are pretty darn funny!
Farther North Humor

by Bob posted Jan 5 2015 11:02AM
There were 20 entries that predicted the Pack would win 12 games during the regular season. A random drawing resulted in Steve Laing of Germantown as the winner. Congratulations! And thanks to Ron's Bump Shop and Kohesive Beaute for being sponsors.  Go Pack!
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by Bob posted Jan 5 2015 4:21AM

With all due respect to sports geeks, music freaks, stock jocks, and teenage girls, there is no group more obsessed with The Next Big Thing conversation than food people.

The "restaurant trends for 2015″ predictions aren't just coming now; they've been coming, steadily, since before Halloween. Press releases, slideshows, listicles in trades and foodie zines all aimed at telling us what's the next kale, sriracha, or quinoa.

Interesting reading, often hunger inducing, but with so many predictions — from so many chefs, flavor-makers, food companies, bloggers— it's hard to make sense of it all.

So this year, to cut through the tsunami of food punditry, I submit a highly abridged list.

I asked only six experts — all industry people who live and breathe food trends. And I asked these carefully chosen experts to make some carefully chosen decisions. Instead of a top ten list — or even a five-item slideshow — just give me that one big food prediction for 2015.

1. The Rise of Fat

For most health-conscious people, fat ranks right up there on the no-no list with nicotine and smog. But Kara Nielsen, culinary director of the Boulder, CO-based Sterling-Rice Group, believes 2015 could be known as the year that more and more Americans get over their fat phobia.

Nielsen isn't talking about just any fat — not the trans fats found in highly processed foods. She's talking about natural, animal-derived fats. Real butter sales are at a 40-year high; cultured butter is surging in popularity; high-end burger joints, like Shake Shack, celebrate fat as an essential part of a better burger. And the trend seems to be broadening: There's a San Francisco restaurant selling a wildly popular chicken fat rice dish; there's a rapidly growing Boulder company that only features full-fat yogurt. Nielsen expects more high-fat dairy products, more fat-celebrating meat purveyors, and more higher fat Asian foods to hit restaurant menus and grocery store shelves in 2015. "Americans are recognizing that the fear of fat that we've lived under for so long is erroneous," said Nielsen. And it's not just because of a foodie quest for flavor. Says Nielsen: "It's also because of books like The Big Fat Surprise that are making the argument that natural fat is an essential part of a healthy diet."

2. Local Meat

There's near unanimity among food trend trackers that the local foods movement will continue to grow in 2015. Darren Tristano is no exception. Tristano, who tracks the restaurant industry for market research giant Technomic, expects more local produce, more local beer, more local grains. But Tristano believes the big local story of next year will be local meat. Californians will see more menus boasting of grass-fed beef from Niman Ranch; Chicagoans will likely see more free-range bacon from Slagel Farm. Diners in DC will see more chicken sandwiches from Polyface Farms. In short, get ready for more restaurants to celebrate the local origins of their chicken, beef, or pork just as zealously as their local Brandywine tomatoes or radicchio.

3. Insect-Powered Foods

Restaurants serving grasshopper tacos and ant guacamole, entrepreneurs peddling cricket-powered powerbars —there's been tons of media coverage of insect-eating in 2014. Yet most people regard it as a curiosity, more Fear Factor-fad than food trend.

Not Suzy Badaracco. The president of food trend consultancyCulinary Tides believes insects will rise as a foodstuff in the U.S. far sooner than many expect. In picking insects as her "Food of 2015," Badaracco said that insects draw on not one but three food trends: the growing interest in foraging, the invasivore movement (i.e., don't kill them, eat them), and, the granddaddy of current trends, the desire for more protein. (Insects are protein powerhouses; grasshoppers, for instance, have about the same protein content as a chicken breast). Full-bodied insects won't appear in your Safeway this year; get ready for them to arrive in processed form, especially protein-packed power bars, like Chapul and Exo. Badaracco expects insects, processed as flour, to soon become a popular protein sources for bakery and cereal products. Full-bodied insects — tentacles and all? Further off, but coming. Badaracco sent a list of more than a dozen American restaurants that feature insect options, such as the "Grass Whopper" —a burger made from cricket meat.

4. The Next Sriracha is Harissa

A few years ago, it was the unpronounceable hot sauce that you might find in Chinatown. Now, you can get a Subway chicken sriracha melt with a side of sriracha potato chips.

Maeve Webster, a restaurant analyst for market researcher Datamonitor, believes the next sauce to experience a sriracha-like rise is harissa, a spread of dried chiles, garlic, tomatoes, caraway, paprika, coriander, and olive oil that's as common as ketchup in Tunisia. It's still largely unknown to Americans, but Webster says all the elements are in place for harissa. "U.S. consumers can't get enough of spicy foods. Harissa has a flavor profile that is both spicy and familiar," Webster says. Like sriracha, harissa is also versatile and can work in a wide variety of applications. Last year, Datamonitor found that less than 3% of American restaurants included a harisssa item, but Webster noted that's a more than 180% leap over three years. If Webster is right, get ready for the chicken harissa melt — maybe not this year, but soon.

5. The Next Quinoa is Millet

Melissa Abbot, director of culinary insights at The Hartman Group, concedes that her pick for "Food of 2015″ is not very sexy. Millet is, after all, best known as the main ingredient in birdseed. But Abbot believes that this avian staple could quite possibly become the next quinoa. Ever since quinoa exploded on the scene, the food industry has been in hot pursuit of the Next Great Grain, and there are plenty of healthful, gluten-free candidates. So why millet, and why not amaranth, sorghum, teff, or fonio? It's gluten-free, protein-rich, high fiber, and, Abbot says, has a superfood quality all of its own. "It retains its alkaline properties after being cooked, which helps in reducing inflammation ideal for those with wheat allergies and sensitive digestion." Another plus for millet: it's local. The Great Plains, especially Colorado, is one of the world's major millet growing regions.

6. Peas

This pick for "Food of 2015″ will not necessarily be found on restaurant menus or on grocery store shelves. You may even need glasses to notice it.

Barb Stuckey, who is a vice president at Mattson, one of the world's largest food product developers, describes Americans as being in a "torrid love affair" with protein. While it's debatable whether Americans should be seeking out more protein, the reality is food companies are responding to our love affair with protein by giving us more protein.

Soy is one of the best, most widely available, efficient ways of fortifying foods with protein, Stuckey says. But whether deserved or not, soy is falling out of favor. Food makers are searching for non-GMO plant-based sources of protein and, Stuckey says, "the newest, hottest kid on the block is pea." Peas are high in protein and, as people gain more experience processing it, the flavor is improving. "Look for pea protein to show up the ingredient list of bars, cereals, beverages, you name it."

by Bob posted Jan 2 2015 4:09AM

After several hours of study and long division, the staff came to the following list of surprising and strange box-office facts from the year. It's important to note that all numbers and totals below are domestic unless otherwise noted. And it's also important to reiterate that we're terrible at math, and might have made a stray mistake here or there. But, barring that, here's the most interesting stuff we learned about the movies of 2014, and the money they made (or, in a couple cases, didn't make):

Surprising Box Office Facts From 2014

1. Only one movie made more than $1 billion worldwide in 2014: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' ($1.08 billion). It topped its closest competition ('Guardians of the Galaxy') by some $315 million.

2. 'Age of Extinction' is also the most poorly-reviewed movie in the year-end box-office top-ten list—and the most poorly-reviewed movie in any year-end box-office top-ten list for the last 15 years. Its 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes is the worst for any blockbuster since 1998's 'Godzilla' (16 percent).

3. Movies in the 2014 box-office top ten that aren't based on a comic book, toy, or previous movie: 0. The closest to an 'original' movie in the top ten is 'Maleficent,' which is a reworked, live-action version of Disney's animated film 'Sleeping Beauty.'

4. The highest-grossing original movie of 2014 was 'Interstellar' ($178 million). The rest of top ten highest-grossing original movies of the year (meaning they weren't spun off from or based on aprevious movie, or concept from any other media): 'Neighbors' ($150.1 million), 'Ride Along' ($134.9 million), 'Lucy' ($126.6 million), 'Non-Stop' ($92.1 million) 'Fury' ($84.7 million), 'Tammy' ($84.5 million), 'The Other Woman' ($83.9 million), 'Let's Be Cops' ($82.3 million), and 'No Good Deed' ($52.5 million).

5. That means there just ten original films among the top 55 grossing movies of 2014.

6. Of the top 25 earners of 2014, 11 were sequels ('The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' '22 Jump Street,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' 'Rio 2,' and '300: Rise of an Empire.')

7. The top-grossing horror movie of the year was 'Annabelle' ($84.2 million).

8. The top-grossing Sundance movie of the year was 'Whiplash' ($5.4 million).

9. 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' grossed $233.9 million, which means that by a margin of less than $1 million, 'X-Men: The Last Stand' is still somehow the top-grossing X-Men movie ($234.3 million).

10. 'The November Man,' a Pierce Brosnan spy thriller with a $15 million budget, made more ($25 million) than 'Transcendence,' a Johnny Depp techno-thriller with a $100 million budget ($23 million).

11. The single highest-grossing day of 2014 was November 21, when the top ten movies at the box office grossed $71.8 million, including 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1''s $55.1 million.

12. The movie to appear in the most theaters in 2014 was 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' which played on 4,324 screens nationwide. Despite this fact, it was the lowest grossing 'Spider-Man' movie to date ($202.8 million) and barely made more than half of the original Sam Raimi 'Spider-Man' ($403.7 million).

13. 2014's two wide-release football movies, 'When the Game Stands Tall' and 'Draft Day,' earned nearly identical amounts of money ($30.1 million and $28.8 million), and sit adjacent to each other on the 2014 box-office chart, at #87 and 88, respectively.

14. The longest theatrical run of 2014 belonged to 'The LEGO Movie,' which spent a whopping 210 days in theaters. The only film that stands a chance to top it at this point is 'Boyhood,' which opened on July 11, is still playing in 25 theaters, and could ride its Oscar buzz for at least another month or two.

15. The Elizabeth Banks comedy 'Walk of Shame' is the lowest grossing studio movie of the year, with a total of just $59,209 total for Focus Features.

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by Bob posted Jan 2 2015 4:01AM

January 3rd: Fruitcake Toss Day
Although it may sound like a culinary Olympic event, Fruitcake Toss Day just marks the time when it is finally socially acceptable to trash all of the holiday fruitcakes you received. If you choose to turn the event into a throwing contest, make sure to have paper towels handy.

January 4th: World Hypnotism Day
According to the official website, World Hypnotism Day was created to educate the people of the world that hypnotism is more than just staring at a swinging gold watch whilst being told how sleepy you are getting. To further your learning, you can download audio clips from the site or search for events in your area.

January 7th: National Old Rock Day
Have you thanked a veteran rock today? Though no official creator has stepped forward, paleontologists must be behind this holiday honoring the fossils and rock formations that are as old as time.

January 9th: National Static Electricity Day

Grab your balloons and sweaters! It's time to build up your static charge and conduct some electrons. This is the perfect holiday to occur in the dead of winter, when the air is extra dry – the optimal conditions for storing up those negative charges that shock you at the most unexpected times.

January 10th: Peculiar People Day

This holiday commemorates the unicorn in all of us. Although there is no official origin story, National Whatever Day theorizes PPD may have spun off from an obscure Christian denomination in England known as "The Peculiar People."

January 14th: National Dress Up Like Your Pet or Dress Up Your Pet Day
There are conflicting reports as to the specifics of this holiday, but January 14th is definitely either a day to make your beloved pet extra fancy or a day to dress up similarly. For the latter, it is unclear whether this means matching outfits or literally donning a full fur suit.

January 16th: National Nothing Day
A non-holiday created in 1972 by journalist Harold Pullman Coffin, National Nothing Day requires you to not observe, celebrate, honor or commemorate anything. Which might prove tricky this year as it coincides with Martin Luther King Day. However, for most Americans it is a work holiday, providing the perfect opportunity to at least do absolutely nothing.

January 17th: Kid Inventors Day
The Kid Inventors Day website attributes television, water skis, earmuffs and the Popsicle to the minds of brilliant minors. Technically the man who invented the first working television, Philo Farnsworth, applied for the patent at age 21 in 1927. But, he showed an early design for his TV to his teacher at age 14. The purpose of Kid Inventors Day is to celebrate and encourage the ingenuity of children — so the Farnsworth blueprint counts!

Fun Holiday Fact: the name of the holiday makes the acronym KID.

January 18th: Thesaurus Day
On this day in 1779, British lexicographer Peter Mark Roget was born. He is most famous for publishing The Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (aka "Roget's Thesaurus") in 1852. This holiday is a day to honor, celebrate, extol, laud, praise, revere or salute his contributions.

January 20th: Penguin Awareness Day
Not to be confused with World Penguin Day on April 25th, this holiday encourages you to cultivate even more knowledge of the Spheniscidae family. For example, there are between 17 and 20 species of penguins in the world. Or were you aware that contrary to popular belief, some penguin species are only monogamous during mating season – not for life? There's so much awareness to go around!

January 22nd: National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
If animals could talk, what would they say? We may never know the real answer, but January 22nd is a day to remember the thoughts and feelings of your domestic feline. Don't worry if cat whispering isn't your forte. Cat-oriented websites like Cat Channel offer some great icebreakers to get the conversation started. For example, "Are hairballs a common malady? What can my human do to prevent them?"

January 24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day
77 years ago to the day, the first beer was sold in cans. Since then the beer can has become a barbecue staple, a collector's item and a maligned receptacle for some beer snobs. Today, pause before chugging, shotgunning or crushing and take a moment to reflect on what your beer can means to you.

January 25th: National Opposite Day
January 25th is definitely not national opposite day.

January 27th: Thomas Crapper Day
Often incorrectly credited with inventing the toilet, Thomas Crapper was a plumber and businessman who did, in fact, champion the modern wash closet and also invented the ballcock — that floating ball in the body of your toilet. His apropos surname was just a coincidence; the word "crap" already existed in the English language at the time of his birth.

January 28th: National Kazoo Day
Founded by Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Kazoo Band, National Kazoo Day celebrates 162 years of this plastic instrument. The organization behind the holiday, Kazoo America, hopes to one day make the kazoo "America's official musical instrument." They ask that you please remember the kazoo is definitely NOT related to the Vuvuzela.

January 30th: National Inane Answering Message Day
Officially, this holiday's purpose was to assign a day for people to clean out old and pointless voicemails on their answering machines. However, some people have since interpreted it as a day to leave inane voicemails for others. With the proliferation of text messages and decline of landlines, take the opportunity to observe this holiday now before it becomes as obsolete as home answering machines!

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