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by Bob posted Mar 30 2015 4:33AM

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.

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by Bob posted Mar 25 2015 4:23AM

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.

No word on calorie count

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by Bob posted Mar 25 2015 4:09AM

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:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 EMPIRE-03/18/2015 FOX 17624
2 EMPIRE-SP 3/18 8P-03/18/2015 S FOX 15820
3 Dancing with the Stars-03/16/2015 P ABC 14162
4 VOICE-TUE-03/17/2015 NBC 12823
5 VOICE-03/16/2015 NBC 12569
6 60 Minutes-03/22/2015 CBS 11581
7 MADAM SECRETARY-03/22/2015 CBS 10786
8 NCIS-03/17/2015 R CBS 10000
9 SURVIVOR-03/18/2015 CBS 9617
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS ENCORE-03/17/2015 R CBS 9494
11 Castle-03/16/2015 ABC 8936
12 BLACKLIST-03/19/2015 NBC 8636
13 MIKE & MOLLY-03/16/2015 CBS 8568
14 American Idol-THURSDAY-03/19/2015 FOX 8512
15 Good Wife, THE-03/22/2015 CBS 8432
16 Big Bang Theory, THE:SP-03/16/2015 SR CBS 8402
17 CSI: CYBER-03/18/2015 CBS 7962
18 SCANDAL-03/19/2015 ABC 7791
19 GREY'S ANATOMY-03/19/2015 ABC 7730
20 Shark Tank-03/20/2015 ABC 7501
21 UNTOLD STORY SOUND-MUSIC-03/18/2015 S ABC 7299
22 Last Man Standing-03/20/2015 ABC 6968
23 Chicago Fire-03/17/2015 NBC 6958
24 Dateline FRI-03/20/2015 NBC 6821
25 Dateline-THU-03/19/2015 NBC 6471

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March 24th, 2015

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The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending March 22, 2015 with 13.757 million viewers. Talking Dead came in second with 6.018 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13757
2 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 6018
3 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3961
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 3915
5 TBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 TBSC Sat 09:56P-12:30A 3907
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3881
7 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 TNT Sun 08:54P-11:25P 3790
8 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3615
9 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 TNT Sat 08:44P-11:20P 3555
10 TRU NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 TRU Sun 07:57P-10:13P 3502
11 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3394
12 TBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3 TBSC Sat 07:00P-09:41P 3266
13 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3235
14 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH1 TNT Thu 07:24P-09:36P 3224
15 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3067
16 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3028
17 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2976
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 2959
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Fri 08:00P-09:00P 2953
20 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP-DYTH2 TNT Thu 04:46P-07:24P 2906
21 TBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 TBSC Sun 09:41P-11:57P 2889
22 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2841
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:00P-09:30P 2832
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 2812
25 TNT NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-3 TNT Sun 06:00P-08:35P 2805
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 23 2015 1:47PM
The Best Empire Characters, Ranked (Click on the left line)


Who is your favorite character on the Empire TV show? With another season already picked up season 1 is looking to knock it out of the park and we're ranking the best Empire TV show cast. We've already got a host of main and recurring characters, numbers which are sure to grow as the series expands. Empire fans sound off by casting your votes in the poll for the characters of this FOX drama. Are you in team Lucious or team Cookie? Do you want Andre, Jamal or Hakeem Lyon to take over their fathers legacy? Vote on!

I'm loving this new show from FOX, they can't make full episodes fast enough. Acting, music, directing, photography, all superb. The story has dragged me in, Taraji Henson is as excellent as she was in Person
Of Interest, except with more sass!
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by Bob posted Mar 23 2015 4:28AM

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.

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by Bob posted Mar 23 2015 4:11AM

"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
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by Bob posted Mar 13 2015 4:16AM

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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Alabama

A State-by-State Guide to the Most Hilarious (and Annoying) Slang Across the U.S.

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.

Alaska

"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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Arizona

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.

Arkansas

"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.)

California

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.

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Colorado

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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").

Connecticut

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.

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Delaware

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.

Florida

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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Georgia

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."

Hawaii

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.

Idaho

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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."

Illinois

A "sawbuck" refers to $10 in this state, and "brewskies" are what you spend your sawbuck on down at the local bar.

Indiana

"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.

Iowa

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.

Kansas

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Mmmm…that bucket of fried yardbird looks finger lickin' good! (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Kentucky

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?"

Louisiana

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?

Maine

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.

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Maryland

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."

Massachusetts

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Our Boston friends think this musical is wicked good. (Photo: AugustSnow / Alamy)

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by Bob posted Mar 11 2015 4:16AM

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:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-03/05/2015 CBS 18171
2 VOICE-TUE-03/03/2015 NBC 15535
3 VOICE-03/02/2015 NBC 14674
4 EMPIRE-03/04/2015 FOX 14331
5 ODD COUPLE, THE-03/05/2015 CBS 12362
6 Blue Bloods-03/06/2015 CBS 11029
7 MADAM SECRETARY-03/08/2015 CBS 10821
8 NCIS-03/03/2015 R CBS 10788
9 Big Bang Theory, THE 9PM-03/05/2015 R CBS 10535
10 60 Minutes-03/08/2015 CBS 10486
11 CSI: CYBER-03/04/2015 P CBS 10462
12 Criminal Minds-03/04/2015 CBS 10372
13 SURVIVOR-03/04/2015 CBS 9770
14 MOM-03/05/2015 CBS 9668
15 MIKE & MOLLY-03/02/2015 CBS 9648
16 Modern Family-03/04/2015 ABC 9605
17 SCANDAL-03/05/2015 ABC 9572
18 Hawaii Five-0-03/06/2015 CBS 9539
19 American Idol-THURSDAY-03/05/2015 FOX 9410
20 Good Wife, THE-03/08/2015 CBS 9093
21 Chicago Fire-03/03/2015 NBC 9066
22 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS ENCORE-03/03/2015 R CBS 9012
23 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-03/04/2015 FOX 8885
24 Big Bang Theory, THE SP-03/02/2015 SR CBS 8778
25 VOICE 3/4-03/04/2015 SR NBC 8602


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

March 10th, 2015

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The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending March 8, 2015 with 14.534 million viewers. Talking Dead came in second with 5.730 million viewers.
Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 14534
2 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 5730
3 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:28P 4964
4 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L ESPN Sat 09:00P-11:16P 4241
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4066
6 Gold Rush: DIRT AFTERSHOW DISC Fri 10:28P-11:05P 3943
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 3864
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3604
9 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3545
10 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3506
11 SR/NETANYAHU SPEECH FOXN Tue 11:11A-11:51A 3428
12 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3381
13 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3243
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3122
15 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3059
16 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 2900
17 HAPPENING NOW FOXN Tue 11:00A-11:11A 2841
18 STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2828
19 FINDING NEMO DSNY Sat 08:00P-09:45P 2800
20 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L ESPN Tue 09:08P-11:24P 2797
21 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2728
22 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC Mon 10:00P-11:01P 2708
23 KELLY FILE, THE FOXN Wed 09:00P-10:00P 2694
24 WWE Smackdown SYFY Thu 08:00P-10:00P 2694
25 Pawn Stars HIST Thu 09:30P-10:00P 2674
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by Bob posted Mar 10 2015 4:36AM

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.

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by Bob posted Mar 10 2015 4:09AM
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.

(Live Science / Fox News / Daily Mail)

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by Bob posted Mar 9 2015 4:48AM
Thanks to all the folks who showed up Sunday for our annual country Battle Of The Bands - The Hodag Pick-Off. Here are the results:
1st Place...4 Lane Highway
2nd...Bound For Branson
3rd...Last Chance

People's Choice Winner...Bound For Branson
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by Bob posted Mar 6 2015 4:15AM
OK...as much as I used to love Peeps a whole lot...I don't know about this one. This year, Easter is being served with a side of sweet, delicious diabetes.

A dairy called Prairie Farms just announced they'll be releasing PEEPS-FLAVORED MILK for the Easter season this year.

There are three flavors: Chocolate marshmallow, regular marshmallow, and "Easter Egg Nog."

We're not sure exactly what they'll taste like . . . but we're thinking they'll resemble the milk at the bottom of the bowl when you've polished off some Lucky Charms.

A glass of Peeps milk will have 37 grams of sugar . . . that's about three-and-a-half times more than a glass of whole milk, and around the same as a can of Coke.

All three flavors should be hitting grocery stores in the Midwest right now. There's no word on whether they're planning to take them nationwide.

(Eater / NBC 5 - St. Louis)

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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
8 MADAM SECRETARY-03/01 CBS 11645
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
20 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER-02/26 ABC 8986
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


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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
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3737
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

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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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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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