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by Bob posted Mar 5 2015 4:31AM
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.

by Bob posted Mar 5 2015 4:19AM

Add these quirky March holidays to your list of celebrations.

1. March 2: Fun Facts About Names Day

And you don't even have to go very far to celebrate. Check out some of our many posts celebrating onomastics.

2. March 3: National Anthem Day

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.

All images courtesy of ThinkStock unless otherwise noted.

by Bob posted Mar 4 2015 4:32AM

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:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NCIS-02/24 CBS 17383
2 Big Bang Theory, THE-02/26 CBS 16671
3 VOICE-TUE-02/24 P NBC 14061
4 VOICE-02/23 P NBC 13968
5 EMPIRE-02/25 FOX 13900
6 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-02/24 CBS 13708
7 60 Minutes-03/01 CBS 13553
9 ODD COUPLE, THE-02/26 CBS 11080
10 SCORPION-02/23 CBS 10693
11 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-02/25 FOX 10380
12 SURVIVOR-02/25 CBS 10044
13 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-02/23 CBS 9832
14 Hawaii Five-0-02/27 CBS 9794
15 Person Of Interest-02/24 CBS 9633
16 American Idol-THURSDAY-02/26 FOX 9431
17 Modern Family-02/25 ABC 9324
18 Good Wife, THE-03/01 CBS 9086
19 Big Bang Theory, THE 9PM-02/26 RP CBS 9040
21 BACHELOR, THE-02/23 ABC 8973
22 MIKE & MOLLY-02/23 CBS 8915
23 2 Broke Girls-02/23 CBS 8466
24 MOM-02/26 P CBS 8302
25 BLACKLIST-02/26 NBC 8010

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

The Walking Dead March 1 2015
The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending March 1, 2015 with 14.430 million viewers. Talking Dead came in second with 5.626 million viewers.
Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 14430
2 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 5626
3 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:00P 4470
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:12P 4176
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4109
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4082
7 Gold Rush: FREDDY DODGE DISC Fri 10:00P-11:05P 3980
9 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3336
10 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3284
11 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3106
12 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3084
13 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 2974
14 Walking Dead AMC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 2910
15 GOOD WITCH HALL Sat 08:00P-10:00P 2905
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 2897
17 BRAVE DSNY Sat 09:00A-10:40A 2879
18 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC Mon 10:00P-11:04P 2870
19 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2867
20 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 2864
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:00P-10:30P 2821
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:30P-11:00P 2816
23 Sister Wives TLC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 2792
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:00P-09:30P 2768
25 BRAVE DSNY Fri 07:30P-09:10P 2723

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

by Bob posted Mar 3 2015 3:57AM
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.
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by Bob posted Mar 2 2015 4:39AM
A guy from Fairbanks, Alaska named Ed Davis was out of town for work last month when his 11-year-old black lab, Madera, ran away from home.

He didn't have much hope of finding her, because she's completely blind, and the temperature was getting down to NEGATIVE FORTY at night.

So when he came home two weeks later, he was just hoping to find her body and bury her. He didn't have any luck, so he offered a $100 reward to anyone who COULD find her.

Then a guy who was out walking HIS dog ended up finding Madera ALIVE, lying under a tree about half-a-mile from Ed's house.

It's not clear how she survived the cold, and she'd lost about 14 pounds. But she's back home now, and she's okay.

The guy who found her refused to accept the reward money, and asked Ed to donate it to a local animal shelter instead . . . and he was so impressed that he upped the donation to 250 bucks.

(News Miner)

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Location : AlaskaFairbanks
by Bob posted Mar 2 2015 4:19AM
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

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