I'm sure you saw or heard about the devastation in Oklahoma City.
If you didn't, a huge tornado at least a half-mile wide and with winds up to 200 miles per hour hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday (May 20th), killing at least 51 people as it leveled whole neighborhoods and flattened an elementary school in the Oklahoma City suburb.
The death toll is expected to rise, with the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office saying the number of dead could rise to as much as 91.
The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4, the second most-powerful type.
Search efforts in Moore continued overnight. President Obama declared a major disaster and ordered federal aid to help pay for recovery efforts.
Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma City.
How many Powerball tickets have you purchased lately?
I've bought a bunch, so like you I was VERY SAD when someone in Zephyrhills, Florida won the $590 MILLION Powerball jackpot.
Well there's a woman that is even more sad then we are!
Three nights earlier, when the Powerball jackpot was worth $360 million. A woman named Margit bought five tickets at a Shell station in California. And one of them matched ALL five numbers and the Powerball!
For a moment, Margit thought she'd just become SUPER RICH. So she was surprised when she heard there were NO winning tickets for the drawing.
Turns out Margit didn't win because.... she bought the ticket 52 minutes too late.
The Powerball drawing was at 8:00 P.M., and Margit bought her tickets at 8:52 P.M.
And if you look at her ticket, it clearly shows it's for the Saturday drawing, NOT the Wednesday drawing. And on Saturday she lost, of course.
Margit described her emotions as going from SHOCKED when she thought she'd won, to DISAPPOINTED when she found out she hadn't.
I think it's fair to say that she's way more bummed about the Powerball than we are!
Well like many of you, I play the Powerball everytime it gets to a ridiculous amount like it is now, so yesterday when I bought my almost $4 a gallon gas, I also bought some Powerball tickets, sad to say I wasn't a big winner.
Well if you bought tickets too, there was no winner in yesterday's (May 15th) $360 million Powerball drawing, so the jackpot has now grown to $475 million, which is the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall!
The next drawing will be held on Saturday (May 18th), how many tickets are you gonna buy?
If I'm being honest Victoria's Secret is sexy to me... which is why I have to stare at the floor when I'm walking with my wife in the mall, because when we get near the store I swear she stares at me to see if I'm looking at the models!
Well, Victoria's Secret has released its annual What Is Sexy list, which is supposedly chosen by the Victoria's Secret models themselves. See if you agree with them!
Sexiest Actress: Jessica Chastain
Sexiest Style: Nina Dobrev
Sexiest Legs: Blake Lively
Sexiest Bikini Body: Rihanna
Sexiest Hair: Amanda Seyfried
Sexiest Smile: Zoe Saldana
Sexiest Eyes: Zooey Deschanel
Sexiest Lips: Kerry Washington
Sexiest Sense of Humor: Jennifer Lawrence
Sexiest Mom: Giuliana Rancic
Sexiest Songstress: Beyoncé
Sexiest International Import: Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones"
I am, but usually not in daylight hours. Well it looks like Taco Bell might be trying it's hand at breakfast!
In Orange County, California which is the home of the Taco Bell headquarters there have been sightings of a new BREAKFAST TACO at various Taco Bell locations. And instead of a regular shell, it's wrapped in a WAFFLE shell.
The Waffle Taco has eggs and sausage wrapped in a waffle, covered in maple syrup. They're selling for 89 cents.
There's no word on if or when these could go nationwide or when they're going to take it even further and make a waffle taco covered in Doritos nacho cheese.
In case you didn't know, or it slipped your mind, Mother's Day is this Sunday!
I already sent my card and gift card to my mom, what about you, what are you planning?
If you don't know yet, here are five random facts about Moms to get you thinking...
1. The most popular brand among mothers in the U.S. is . . . Craftsman tools, believe it or not. They beat out Amazon, M&Ms, Dawn, Black & Decker, Johnson & Johnson, Cheerios, Discovery Channel, Google, and Pillsbury. This is surprising to me!
2. 40% of adults say they still get their mom's advice before a major decision. And 45% of moms get advice from their adult children before THEY make a big decision. I don't do this, but I really never have gone to mom about major decisions, I'm a go to dad guy.
3. Over the course of 18 years, the average mom spends 8,212 hours on cooking and dishes . . . 5,867 hours on laundry . . . and 11,038 hours cleaning the house. That's a total of 1,047 days . . . or almost three entire years. Seeing this is a reminder why we just can't do enough to say thank-you to our Mom!
4. 71% of adult women say their mom is one of their best friends. Awwww!
5. I'm not sure if your mom will go for this . . . but HOOTERS is offering a free entrée on Sunday to any mothers who come in with at least one of their kids. I've always felt awkward about the families dinning at Hooters!
Maybe it's just me, but I thought Hooters was a place young guys went, or older fella's looking to mingle with some young ladies during their lunch hour. So it feels real weird to look over and see parents, and a bunch of kids. Really?!? It's not like the food is that good!
I don't know about you, but I feel like there's 2 types of people at work... those who have work to do and those who don't!
I'm sure you're less socially awkward than I am, but I'm the guy at work that's asking people (like my co-worker Wes) to please stop talking, at least to me because I have to work, and everytime I get interrupted I have to try and figure out what I was just doing!
Now I've got scientific proof that coworkers are making you DUMBER!
According to a study, every time your coworkers talk to you and distract you, you immediately become 20% STUPIDER.
Not permanently, of course, but as long as you're distracted, you're dumber.
A separate study found the average officer worker only gets 11 minutes of work done between interruptions . . . and it can take almost half an hour to fully focus again after you're interrupted.
Based on that math, you may NEVER be able to get back to a place of full productivity. At least I think that's the math. I'm at least 20% dumber right now.
The researchers did come up with a good takeaway for us though! If you tell yourself you're DEFINITELY going to be interrupted at any moment, it actually helps you focus and improves your productivity.
Personally I would divide the workplace in to 2 parts.
1. The outside ring of individual offices on the upper level - for people who have task oriented jobs like me. Meaning no matter what you have a list of things that has to get done, once they're done you can leave, but until then you're stuck.
2. The inner open area below the upper ring - for people who have a time oriented job (like my coworker Wes who I referred to above) these people have to be at work from ___ to ___, meaning even if they have nothing to do they can't leave. These are the people that tend to annoy me at work the most! When you're in a meeting they just want to shoot the breeze because they have to be at work for another 5 hours so they don't care what they're doing, so long as it's not sitting at their desk!
Like many of you, I went to the Carrie Underwood concert last weekend at the Bradley Center.
For those of you that missed it, it was great (not bragging, just saying) Carrie did sound a little horse, but she was still good, looked amazing and her and Hunter Hayes was gracious and fun as usual! (Country artists are usually the nicest of the formats)
If you didn't hear me say it on the air, I stuck my foot in my mouth when I met Hunter saying something like, "Your music is for women..." I know, I'm an idiot!
I also got to meet Carrie for the 2nd time, if you didn't know she's my big time celebrity crush!
The 1st time I got to meet her, I said something really awkward out of nervousness, this time went a little better, so I think I'm making some headway... I just need about 100 more meet n greets and I'll be gettin' somewhere with her haha!
Well I am, I know it's not the healthiest thing in the world, but I'm the guy that has to get a refill on salsa when I go out to a Mexican restaurant because I eat so many chips and salsa... before the meal!
So it's no surprise that I'm so into this study on how to dips chips without breaking them!
According to a structural engineer, the way most of us dip chips is structurally unsound.
Here are four steps to avoid breaking chips in the dip . . .
1. Most tortilla chips are triangular, and we hold the chip by one point, and dip the LONG edge of the triangle, like a shovel. THAT'S WRONG.
2. We do it so we can scoop up more dip . . . naturally. But it ends up putting too much weight on the point of the chip where you're holding it, and it snaps.
3. Instead, you should hold the chip along the edge of the triangle, and just dip one POINT . . . in other words, the exact opposite of what we all usually do. And you can get JUST AS MUCH DIP, without the breakage.
4. Finally, use chips that are harder to break. Go through the bowl and find ones that are CURLED . . . or as the engineers put it, quote, a "bent, undulating chip". That creates an arch, which is the strongest support structure.
I don't know about you, but it's worth trying it, I'm gonna go get my dip on!
I did, since I always make a point to go see my celebrity crush Carrie. The show was awesome, and even better I got to go backstage and meet both throughout the evening.
Carrie was beautiful and sweet as always, I barely remember any of it, since she makes me feel as shy as a little boy, but I'll post the photo once I get it.
Then there was my meeting with Hunter Hayes... he too was very cool. The problem was I had one of those moments where nothing came out of my mouth right!
I said something like, "Yeah, my wife turned me on to your music since it's for women... I mean your lyrics aren't for guys... I mean your music mostly targets girls..." (What?!?) At that point I think my face just turned red because I realized that everyone in the room was looking at me like "What the heck are you saying?!?"
He was pretty quiet after that, and I had dug too deep of a hole to get out so I remember shaking his hand, congratulating him on his success and waking away feeling like a huge idiot!
Oh well, if nothing else it gave me a story to tell ya!
"Iron Man 3" hits theaters today, are you going to see it?
The returning cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as Rhodey,Jon Favreau as Happy, and Paul Bettany as the voice of Jarvis.
After the events of "The Avengers", Tony Stark is still struggling with the aftermath of that alien invasion. He's become withdrawn and obsessed with getting ready for the next big threat, so he's been doing nothing but building new suits.
This movie starts with him having FORTY-TWO variations. And the latest version, the Mark XLII, allows him to summon the suit to himself by using sub-dermal implants.
That new model also lets him direct his armor to another person, which is how Pepper gets it when he protects her from the Mandarin's choppers. You'll see a lot of his suits destroyed in that attack, and Downey spends a lot of the film without the Iron Man suit.
Ben Kingsley plays the Mandarin, who comic fans know to be one of Iron Man's greatest enemies. In "Iron Man 3" he initially comes across as a modern-day terrorist.
He's the movie's main villain, but Tony also has to fight some super-powered humans who've been genetically enhanced by some bio-technology called Extremis that, among other things, gives them to power to heal themselves.
And finally, this will be the first of the Marvel movies where Samuel L. Jackson doesn't make a cameo as Nick Fury. Instead, the post-credit scene that we've all come to expect will feature Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk's alter-ego, Dr. Bruce Banner.
Either way, I'm pumped, here's what you're in for!
Well than I guess if you buy into the idea that your Zodiac sign determines EVERYTHING that happens in your life, that would include how often you talk yourself into spending time beating yourself up at the gym.
A new survey ranked how likely you are to regularly WORK OUT based on your astrological sign.
Here are all 12 Zodiac signs in order from most to least fit!
Do you have the career you always wanted? If so do you think you have the best job in America?
Or maybe you're the opposite, where you might have the worst job in America!
The website CareerCast.com just released their list of 200 of the most popular jobs in the U.S., ranked from best to worst.
The jobs are ranked in five categories: Physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.
The best job is ACTUARY. If you've heard of that but aren't quite sure what it is, an actuary calculates financial risk, usually for insurance companies or other big businesses. It's challenging, pays well, and good ones can have jobs for life.
The rest of the top 10 best jobs are biomedical engineer, software engineer, audiologist, financial planner, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist, and computer systems analyst.
The worst job in the country is . . . NEWSPAPER REPORTER. Obviously. The newspaper industry is dying, so their future is up in the air . . . and they don't get paid particularly well even if they DO have one of the few reporting jobs out there.
The 10 jobs that finished just ahead of reporter are lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor, oilrig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, mail carrier, roofer, and flight attendant.
For most of my adult life I've been in the eat out category, and people always say it's bad because of cost. Well it looks like the tables have turned if you're like me!
According to a new study, based on the way food prices have gone up in the past decade, you're not really saving money by cooking at home anymore. Eating out costs around the same, and might even be cheaper!
Based on estimates from the USDA, the cost of food for a family of four has gone up 38% since 2003.
Back then, it cost $601.50-a-month to feed a family. Now it's up to an average of $830 on the low end and $1,257 on the high end.
That's anywhere from about $28 to $42 per day and you can probably eat cheaper than that at fast food. Of course, it would be WAY less healthy than what you're cooking, but you're not saving a FORTUNE by cooking at home.
The study also found that if you try to make a 10-ounce ribeye steak, soup, salad, and a vegetable, it costs you $2.53 more per person than eating that exact same meal at Outback Steakhouse.
And if you make seafood alfredo, breadsticks, and salad, it's costs $3.79 per person more than eating that same meal at Olive Garden.
I don't know about you, but I'm gonna go eat out now that we're talking about Olive Garden!
I've been on vacation in Minnesota for the past week, but I feel like I haven't missed a thing since like you, I'm glued to the radio, TV, and other news sources following the Massachusetts manhunt.
Unfortunately, since everyone is trying to give the most current scoop, there's been quite a bit of false information about the Boston Marathon bombing, reported every single day, but this might be the most embarrassing media mishap so far!
Yesterday here, the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" ran a Macy's ad for PRESSURE COOKERS right next to their Boston Marathon bombing coverage.
Know If you don't get the awkward irony here, a pressure cooker was used to make at least one of the two bombs at the marathon . . . just like the one in the ad from Macy's.
To make matters worse, the ad ran in both the print version AND the online version of the paper.
Obviously, this isn't a funny matter, and like you my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy, but I guess I'm saying that I appreciate the outlets that are just trying to report accurate accounts for us, rather than the ones that are trying to break every part of the story even if they get it wrong!
Whether you're proud of it or not, the fact is everyone swears or has sworn, here's some random interesting facts about swearing for all you potty mouths!
1. About 0.7% of the words we use on a daily basis are swear words. That's about the same amount as words like "we" and "our." I don't know about you, but a few people I work with are WAY above average!
2. The average child learns a swear word before they can recite the alphabet. This is funny to me, because I hear parents all the time that cuss non stop, yet think their kids won't!?!
3. The people who swear the least are generally people who are upper-middle class . . . basically people who are "rising" in status. Upper class people swear the most. This is surprising to me, you?
4. Swearing can help you with pain. A study found that if you put your hand in a bucket of ice water, you can keep it there longer if you say the S-word instead of saying "Shoot." This is NOT surprising to me!
Are you a speeder? Have you gotten some tickets lately? Maybe you're on the verge of going broke from paying for those tickets.
Then check this out, there's a company called TicketsBite that offers you insurance against your SPEEDING TICKETS. And other traffic tickets too. You pay a small monthly premium, and if you get a ticket, they pay it for you.
Their plans start at $8 month for up to $400 a year in ticket coverage. That plan only covers speeding, illegal U-turns, failure to signal, red light or stop sign violations, and seat belt violations.
Their top plan costs $29 a month. It gives you up to $1,450-per-year in coverage, and pays tickets for things including texting and driving, parking tickets, and even DUIs. Of course, those can run more than $1,450 . . . so you would have to cover the difference.
The insurance doesn't cover legal fees or your REAL car insurance . . . which will certainly go up if you get a couple tickets a year.
They also say that if you buy the insurance for a year and don't make any claims, you'll get some percentage of your money back.
You do realize that the best way to find out about you is by monitoring what you do online right?
We might as well throw our resumes out the window, because employers are just looking at our Facebook pages now and they're not the only one!
According to reports, this year, the IRS plans on checking your Facebook page and Twitter accounts, to see if you're cheating on your taxes.
Like, let's say you went to Key West for Spring Break, but you wrote off the flight and hotel as a business trip. An IRS agent might look for your photos to see if there's proof you were actually just hammered drunk and half-naked.
Fortunately, it's too much work for them to Facebook stalk ALL of us . . . so they're only going to use social media as a tool when someone's tax forms have been red flagged for an audit or a potential audit.
But still, let's call this reminder number 1,037 that you should triple check your Facebook privacy settings!
If not, you better because the deadline to file your taxes is a week away.
It's no wonder people hate this time of year, because the U.S. tax code consists of about 4 MILLION words. And since 2001, there have been about 4,500 changes to it.
So to help you out, here are the five deductions and credits you're most likely to MISS, according to "U.S. News & World Report".
1. Dependents. For every dependent you have, you can write off $3,800. But a lot of people don't, because they don't realize that the relative they've been supporting CAN sometimes be claimed as a, quote, "qualifying relative."
Or even the friend who's been crashing in their spare bedroom for the past year. The main requirement is they have to have made less than $3,800 last year.
2. The Earned Income Tax Credit. Which you might qualify for if you're low-to- middle-income. And if you have three dependents, you can claim a tax credit of up to $5,891.
But the IRS estimates that about 20% of people who qualify don't end up claiming it, mostly because if you make under a certain amount, you don't HAVE to file a tax return. And if you don't file, you can't claim any tax credits, which means no refund.
If you're single and under 65, you're not required to file a federal tax return unless you made more than $9,750 last year. Or if you're the head of household, it's $12,500.
But if you qualify for the earned income tax credit, you SHOULD file, so you get a refund.
3. The Child and Dependent Care Credit. If you work and have kids under 13 who go to day care, you might qualify for a deduction of up to $2,100. And you can also deduct the cost of summer camp.
4. Charitable Donations. But that doesn't just mean the amount of money you gave to charity last year.
If you volunteered at something like a local soup kitchen, you can deduct any money you paid for parking . . . and also 14 cents per mile if you had to drive there.
5. Job-Search Expenses. Meaning any money you spent on printing resumes, postage, and even travel expenses . . . as long as the job you were applying for was in the same field as your previous job.
However, job-hunting expenses for your FIRST job are NOT tax deductible.
Good luck, hope this helped you in some way, if nothing else as a reminder to file!
I'm not embarrassed to say that I do, in fact somebody said to me this morning that "If you don't have any regrets, you're not living!"
Well a new survey asked people to name their biggest regret from college . . . and 5% regret how little they experimented with SEX and DRUGS. YIKES! It's good that one out of 20 of us have put our college experience in the right perspective.
Here's the other regrets those surveyed had...
48% of people say they wish they'd STUDIED more.
40% wish they'd done more NETWORKING.
4% wish they'd HAD MORE SEX . . . and 1% wish they'd DONE MORE DRUGS.
Even more interesting, the survey also asked parents to name the LAST thing they'd want to hear their son or daughter was doing in college.
25% said "making FAKE IDs" . . . 24% said "set a record for Jell-O shots" . . . 20% said "hosted a sex ed class in their dorm room" . . . 10% said "broke an ankle streaking" . . . and 8% said "had a farm animal in their dorm room."
Today is the THIRD day of Major League Baseball's extended Opening Day, and if you didn't know, the Brewers won yesterday for opening day!
Anyway, here are nine random facts about your EATING and DRINKING at ballparks this season
#1.) Over the course of the baseball season, we will eat approximately 20.4 MILLION hot dogs. (wow!)
The L.A. Dodgers are projected to sell the most, just ahead of the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees. Do a few more dollar hot dog nights at Miller Park and we'll be right in there!
#2.) Fans will also eat about 6.1 MILLION sausages.
#3.) The average "Fan Cost Index" for a game is $210.46. That includes four tickets, two beers, four sodas, four hot dogs, parking, two programs, and two hats. Geez, no wonder why it's so expensive to have kids!
#4.) The average ticket price is $27.73. That's up 2.7% from last year. The average beer is $6.12 and the average hot dog is $4.14.
#5.) The Boston Red Sox have the highest average ticket price, at $53.38. The New York Yankees are second, and the Chicago Cubs are third.
#6.) The Arizona Diamondbacks have the cheapest average tickets, at $16.89. The San Diego Padres are second, and the Tampa Bay Rays are third cheapest.
#7.) A lot of teams DECREASED their ticket prices this year. The biggest cuts were the Chicago White Sox, who cut their prices by 10.2% . . . and the Kansas City Royals, who cut theirs by 10.1%.
#8.) The Toronto Blue Jays went the other direction, and increased their ticket prices by 29.6%. And the Los Angeles Angels raised theirs by 23.4%.
#9.) The best value on beer per ounce comes from the Los Angeles Angles, at 28 cents per ounce. The Arizona Diamondbacks come in second by charging 29 cents an ounce, and the Cleveland Indians are third, charging 33 cents per ounce.
There you go, some random facts about what you'll be spending, eating & drinking this MLB season, play ball and GO BREWERS!
Today's a local holiday to many of us because it's Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers, but it's also a day that we don't believe each other because it's April Fools' Day. Remember, no prank is worth getting fired over... or so they say!
We were wondering where the April Fools' Day tradition actually came from, and the answer is . . . no one's quite sure.
The BEST theory is that it started in the 1500s. Before then, people used the Julian calendar, where the year started at the end of March. In the 1500s, the Gregorian calendar took over, which moved the beginning of the year to January 1st.
So, when April 1st rolled around, people would try to trick other people into celebrating New Year's. And if people fell for it, they were called "April fools." And that turned into the modern tradition of pranking people.
Another theory is that this is April Fools' Day because it's spring . . . but most of the time it's still COLD.
So people started saying the beginning of April was when nature would 'fool' them with unpredictable weather.
If you didn't hear CBS renewed a whopping 18 shows yesterday . . . including some of your favorites... "Survivor", "The Amazing Race", "Elementary", "The Big Bang Theory", "How I Met Your Mother", "2 Broke Girls", "Mike & Molly" and of course the two "NCIS" shows.
The shocking part is that "Two and a Half Men" was NOT on the list . . . but CBS is "discussing" another season with the show's production company.
Also, "CSI" will be back, but the jury is still out on "CSI: New York".
(For a full list of CBS' renewals, you can find the press release, here.)
I know, you're sad/mad that the weekend is over and Mondays are annoying in general, but they're even worse if you run into one of THESE people.
Here's a list of five annoying types of people you're going to run into this week, and how you should deal with them.
1.) Line-Cutters. Your first option is to just ignore them and let them cut in. But if you can't let it slide, do three things: First, make sure you don't act angry or they'll get defensive. I feel like old people are the biggest line-cutters, and they try to act like they don't see everyone else!
Next, ask someone else if they saw the person cut, so you have some back-up. Then confront the person about it as soon as possible, because if you wait five minutes, they'll be even more defensive about it.
2.) People Who Love Arguing, Even When They Know They're Wrong. This one's tough, because you're dealing with someone who's irrational. So the best approach is to try avoiding the argument altogether.
If you decide to argue away, just make sure you're right, or they'll be even more adamant during your next argument. Perfect example of this is the guy I work with Wes, listen to us in the morning, and you'll notice he loves to argue!
3.) Overbearing Family Members. The best thing to do is set clear boundaries so they don't get under your skin too much. But since you don't want to create drama, you also have to choose your battles and let some of the small stuff slide. Sorry, but this more often than not is mothers and mothers-in-law!
That's especially true if you'll only be around them for a short period of time, like Easter Sunday or Thanksgiving. But if it's someone you see all the time or live with, then you HAVE to say something so they don't drive you crazy.
4.) Friends Who Are Never on Time. Argggg, this one ticks me off! If you want to teach them a lesson, just stop waiting for them.
For example, if you're supposed to have dinner with friends, the whole group shouldn't sit there hungry just because one person is late.
Obviously if it's a one-time thing, then you SHOULD wait for them. But if you stop waiting for someone who's chronically late, they'll eventually adjust their behavior. Or there's a chance they'll just get angry and say YOU'RE a jerk.
5.) Noisy Neighbors. Chances are they don't know they're being so loud. And if you just knock on their door and ask them to keep it down, they will. (sometimes, some of you just live next to some jerks)
Or if it's late at night and you don't want to actually confront them about it, it's okay to bang on the wall a few times.
Just don't call the building manager or the cops unless you absolutely have too. Because you're almost guaranteed to make an enemy if you do.
If you didn't fill out a bracket, or don't follow sports that closely, March Madness starts today FYI, good luck to Marquette and the Badgers!
Hopefully it's a great month for Wisconsin sports, because new research shows that it's going to be a bad month for Wisconsin business!
Why? Because the games will cause a LOT of us to ignore our jobs!
One in three of you plan to spend more than three hours each DAY watching basketball at work . . . and another three million people will watch between one and three hours at work.
Most of whom will watch on their work computers, and all that extra streaming video will slow down company internet speeds . . . which means that even people who AREN'T watching basketball are going to be less productive than they usually are.
Overall, companies will lose about $134 million in productivity today and Friday, just because of the tournament. Yikes!
And that doesn't even include all the time that workers will spend BEFORE Thursday, organizing office pools and researching which teams to pick for their brackets.
How's your year going so far? Yes I know, you're ready for winter to end, but other than that?
If you haven't heard about this yet, back on April 3rd 1988, the "Los Angeles Times Magazine" had a cover story predicting what life would be like in 2013.
A class at USC is looking back to see how accurate the predictions were, here are five things the article got right.
#1.) Every car would have a computer in it, and be able to drive itself. Cars have had computer systems for years . . . and there are self-parking cars, as well as the Google Car that drives itself.
#2.) Computer navigation systems for driving . . . similar to GPS.
#3.) Video chat systems . . . like Skype.
#4.) A, quote, "personal portable computer about the size of a three-by-five card" . . . which sounds a lot like a smartphone.
#5.) Schools with satellite campuses connected over computer networks . . . and computer screens for walls. Most colleges offer long-distance and online courses now . . . and wall-mounted "Smart boards" are part of many classrooms.
Now here are three predictions the experts MISSED on 25 years ago.
#1.) Robot cooks and maids. They thought those would hit the market in the late 1990s and be common by now. Other than Roomba vacuum cleaners, we're still waiting.
#2.) Hover cars. Experts said that magnetism would be used to lift cars off the road for a smoother ride . . . That hasn't happened, but apparently the technology is expected to be ready soon.
Sources report that Facebook is testing out the hashtags currently, and is considering adding the categorizing feature to its site as well.
If you don't know what hastags are, currently users on Twitter, Instagram and Google+ can add a '#' symbol, or a hastag, before words and phrases. The hashtag turns the word or phrase into a link that leads to all other uses of that word or phrase.
One study that was done Twitter follower predictions found that the "overuse of hashtags" will "significantly reduce follower gain" on the social network.
If you just crawled out from under a rock and didn't know, we got ourselves a new pope yesterday . . . his name is POPE FRANCIS.
The conclave of cardinals picked 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (--pronounced burr-GO-lio). He was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. But from now on he'll be known as POPE FRANCIS.
No "Francis the First" or anything like that, you can just Pope Francis.
So if you're like me and like to be in the know even thought you're not Catholic, here are the eight things you need to know . . .
#1.) It took the conclave 24 hours and five votes, and the pick was a bit of a surprise: He's the first non-European pope in over 1,000 years, and the first EVER from the Americas.
The odds at various sportsbooks had him at around 33-to-one. And THAT'S a surprise in and of itself . . . since he was the runner-up in the LAST Papal race, in 2005.
#2.) At 76, he's two years younger than POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH was when he took the reins in 2005, and 18 years OLDER than POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND when HE became pope in 1978.
#3.) He picked "Francis" after ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. And a Vatican spokesman says they both, quote, "have a special place in their heart for the poor, the disenfranchised, for those living on the fringes and facing injustice."
#4.) There are approximately 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, and 480 million of them are in Latin America. There have been 265 other popes throughout history.
#5.) When he was 21, Bergoglio started studying to become a Jesuit priest. He made his way up through the church, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and became a cardinal in 2001. So he's also the first Jesuit to be named pope.
#6.) If you're wondering how anti-gay he is, the answer is . . . VERY. When Argentina legalized gay marriage three years ago, he called it, quote, "a scheme to destroy God's plan."
And he called gay adoption, quote, "discrimination against children . . . depriving [them] of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother."
All 117 cardinals at the conclave were appointed by POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND or POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH, so there wasn't really a shot at anything BUT a very socially conservative, Biblically strict, old school pope.
#7.) He IS considered to be a strong leader though, and the Church is counting on him to get them past all the scandals they've had in the past few decades.
#8.) He only has one lung. He had the other one removed when he was a teenager, because of an infection. And since he's been fine since then, his health isn't one of the overall concerns.
Do you have a fashion pet peeve? For me, I'm over the yoga pant trend (sorry ladies) It's just extremely unflattering unless you have a perfect figure. (I know, now you hate me, sorry)
Whether you are into fashion or not, I think we can agree that there's some bad fashion trends out there!
A new poll asked people to rank the worst fashion trends of the 21st century.
Here are the results, in order . . .
Sagging pants and exposed underwear on men. (hello Justin Bieber!)
Jeggings . . . meaning tight leggings that look like jeans. (I do like the Pajama Jean infomercials though)
Cheap jewelry or too much jewelry (What's up Mr T)
Women's hot pants. (No comment, I don't want to pick on the ladies too much)
Wearing a denim shirt or jacket with jeans. (I think this is coming around again too, yikes!)
Fake designer purses. (but I give you partial pass on this since I you don't all have $1000's to toss into name brands all the time)
Wearing athletic gear at all times. (yoga pants!)
Socks with sandals. (Sorry fella's, but it's true! What's amazing about this is that guys that do this, tend to have their shirt off at festivals so maybe if they could leave their shirt on, and take their socks off the body temp would balance it self!)
Did you see Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live last weekend?
I thought he did a good job again, I loved seeing all the old cast members come back, and I'm glad JT did all the skits we've come to love, but there was something that I missed... did you notice Justin's shot at Kayne West during "Suit & Tie"?
Apparently Kanye dissed"Suit & Tie" during a long rant at a concert a few weeks ago. . . saying, quote, "I got love for Hov, but I ain't (BLEEPING) with that 'Suit & Tie'."
So on "SNL", Justin changed the lyrics from, quote, "Aww, (BLEEP) so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" . . . to, quote, "My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic."
Something we've all had to deal with it at some point: You're at a restaurant and they mess up your order. And you have to decide whether to handle it like an adult, suck it up and not say anything, or turn into a psychopath.
Here are the top five things to do if you want to complain EFFECTIVELY at a restaurant.
Stay Calm. Flying off the handle won't get your order fixed any faster. It'll just make your server hate you, which won't help. So it's best to take a deep breath, and remember that mistakes happen . . . even at NICE restaurants.
Act Fast. Meaning, don't wait until you're halfway done with your meal before you tell the server there's something wrong with it. As soon as you realize something's wrong, let them know. Or if you're just too hungry, shut up and eat it.
Be Specific. For example, don't just shrug your shoulders and say your food tastes "weird." Give the waiter something to tell the chef . . . like it's overcooked, or it's undercooked. Whatever. Just give them a reason.
On the other hand, if you order something that's a little risky, and it turns out you just don't like it . . . then that's kind of on YOU.
Trust the Server. Don't badger them. If you ask for a new steak, you should expect it to take ten minutes. So there's no point in asking every TWO minutes. With that said, a good waiter will stop by the table once or twice with updates.
Also, don't start asking for free stuff. If it's a BIG mistake . . . like they make you wait an hour for your food . . . then the manager should OFFER you something for free. But little mistakes don't usually equal free food.
If They Still Don't Get It Right, Follow Up with an Email. But wait until a few hours after dinner, or until the next morning when you've calmed down.
The manager won't take it as seriously if it's filled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, all because you sent it from your phone while you were driving home angry.
In fact, the best way to complain is to send a handwritten LETTER. Apparently restaurant managers take them much more seriously than emails.
After talking about this on the air today, it seems that there are 3 types of people...
- Those who don't and won't complain.
- Those who complain, but try do it nicely and in a constructive manner.
- And those who complain
Which one are you, and do you think it helps to complain, if so how should we do it?
I'm assuming by now you've seen one of the almost 100,000 different versions of the "Harlem Shake", right?
Unlike some of the haters out there that are already sick of these viral videos, I've been loving seeing everyones take on this song, the only problem is that we continue to hear how people are getting in trouble.
Like this story... workers who were part of an overnight crew working in Australia were fired after they made a "Harlem Shake" video in the underground mine and posted it online.
The mining services company that employed the workers, Barminco, hasn't made a statement but a spokesman for the company that owns the mine said, "Underground mining has strict safety standards as there are accidents and fatalities.
The Barminco management saw this as a breach of standards." Up to 15 workers may have been fired in the incident.
Here's the KISS-FM take on the Harlem Shake led by our Mid-Day DJ Leigh McNabb
Are you a Chipotle burrito fan? Do you like getting FREE stuff?
Well I am, so if you're like me this is for you!
Here's some tips that will allow you to get DOUBLE the amount of food at Chipotle for the same price. (like that's necessary, but you can take some to go)
Get the burrito bowl, not a burrito. The burrito bowl and burrito cost the same price. But when the employee is dumping stuff into the bowl and not into a tortilla shell, they give you a LOT more.
One test online found you get about 0.6 pounds of ingredients inside a Chipotle burrito . . . and 1.08 pounds inside their burrito bowl. That's about 80% more.
Get the tortilla on the side. When you order a burrito bowl, Chipotle will give you a tortilla on the side. You just have to ask. They'll also give you their smaller, taco-size tortillas. That way you can make your own burritos out of the contents.
Double the beans and rice.Chipotle employees guard the meat amounts carefully. But they don't really care about beans or rice.
So, AFTER you order beans or rice, ask for a full EXTRA scoop. And make sure you do it after . . . don't order "double beans" first . . . so that you get the traditional really big first scoop.
Avoid the lunch rush. The worst time to go to Chipotle is when there's a line out the door. The employees will try to conserve their ingredients so they don't slow things down by waiting for more. You'll get a little more food at off-peak hours.
Try half-and-half meat. Instead of just ordering chicken or steak or barbacoa, try ordering half chicken, half steak.
USUALLY you'll end up getting more than the usual portion of meat . . . but you do run the risk of getting an EVIL employee who screws you with small scoops of both.
If you didn't see the Oscars last night, here's what you missed.
SETH MACFARLANEwas a decent host, but I wouldn't put him above anyone else that's ever done it, but maybe it's because I don't think he's as funny as most people do.
"Argo" won Best Picture, and director BEN AFFLECK fought back tears during his acceptance speech. If you haven't seen this movie yet, do it, I just did over the weekend and it's great!
Other winners included Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln", Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables"., QUENTIN TARANTINO won Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained" . . . and CHRISTOPH WALTZ won a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in that film.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE was a surprise winner for Best Actress, for "Silver Linings Playbook". She unfortunately got the most talked about moment of the night when she fell on her way up the stairs to pick up her award. I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often with how big and heavy some of the dresses that are worn are.
At the risk of sounding morbid, there's now a way that you can live forever... at least in the social networking world.
There's a new Twitter app called LivesOn that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your Twitter feed in order to learn things about you such as your likes, tastes, and syntax then uses the information to create "new" tweets after you die.
The company who created the app goes by the tagline, "When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting."
So for those of you that are worried about your social afterlife, the app is expected to be available next month.
No One from "The Biggest Loser" Can Keep the Weight Off
Quote, "Almost every 'Biggest Loser' winner has gained back a chunk of the weight he or she lost. They aren't doing anything except training on the show.
"Once it's over, they go back to their normal 9-to-5 lives, which typically do not include controlled diet and exercise. They cannot possibly continue a weight loss program as intense as the one on the show."
Almost Every Restaurant on "Kitchen Nightmares" Goes Out of Business
Only about a third of the restaurants GORDON RAMSAY 'rescues' actually manage to stay open once he leaves them . . . and the number drops as time goes on.
For instance, in the first two seasons of the show (2007 to 2009), he rescued 21 restaurants. Only two are still open.
The People on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Can't Afford to Keep Their New Homes
Sure, the show's producers may cover all the construction costs, but the lucky homeowners are left on their own to maintain it, and to figure out how they're going to cover the utility bills and property taxes that have skyrocketed as a result of their extreme home makeover.
Oprah Makes People Pay for Their Free Cars
Unfortunately, receiving a luxury item as a prize on a TV show doesn't exempt you from having to pay the accompanying taxes." (Just like on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition")
Technically, Oprah could've saved the audience from paying taxes by declaring the cars "gifts" and not "prizes" . . . but in order to do that, she probably would've needed to pay for them herself.
She didn't, they were donated by the manufacturer in exchange for the publicity.
Storage Wars" Capitalizes on People's Misfortune . . . and Is Probably Staged
The reason these abandoned treasures are abandoned is that the original owners of the units failed to make their rent payments.
This is because they could no longer afford them due to unemployment, homelessness (hence putting all their belongings in a storage locker), divorce, or illness, or because they had DIED and were therefore no longer able to pay."
There have also been accusations that the show is FAKE . . . particularly by former star DAVE HESTER . . . who claimed that the producers would PLANT valuable items in otherwise worthless lockers, and that the auctions themselves were scripted.
Did you hear about the huge meteor that landed in Russia earlier this morning?
It happened in the Ural Mountains region of Western Russia, and the videos show giant trails of smoke, and a huge fireball streaking down through the sky. Then you hear a massive boom when it lands.
The shockwaves of the impact blew out windows and damaged buildings, and early reports said somewhere between 100 and 400 people were injured, from broken glass and concussions. Witnesses said it felt like an earthquake.
Supposedly about twenty thousand rescue workers have been sent to deal with the structural damage.
Some unconfirmed reports say the meteorite was blown apart by a missile defense system before landing . . . and of course the internet is already stirring up rumors about a UFO. But in the videos, the drivers don't seem all that affected by what they see.
I've decided that today is like tipping 15% for those of us in a relationship, meaning you have to follow the norm or you're a big jerk!
So what are your plans tonight? Here's what everybody else is doing.
You may be surprised to know that the number one thing single people want to do on Valentine's Day is . . . hang out with their pets.
Number two? Eat dinner alone. (Wow, that's kinda sad)
Ladies, if you're dying to watch a chick flick that you haven't had time for, tonight's the night! 73% of guys say that if they watch a romantic comedy tonight, but just know they're doing it because it will lead to sex.
No surprise that people are approximately TWICE as likely to get engaged on Valentine's Day as any other day of the year.
This takes the "giving you my heart" aspect of Valentine's Day WAY too literally. Today is also NATIONAL DONOR DAY. So if you don't have a date, feel free to go give away a kidney!
Finally, if you haven't made your dinner plans yet, you should check out OpenTable.
Just know that If you're trying to make a reservation on OpenTable and the restaurant you want is all booked, then you should try calling.
Reason being, OpenTable charges restaurants $1 for each reservation, so sometimes they don't put all of their available slots on the site.
Would you propose at a fast food restaurant on Valentine's Day?
No... What if you would get free fast food for a year?
The fast food chain Fazoli's has announced that if you get engaged at any Fazoli's on Valentine's Day, you'll get FREE SPAGHETTI for a year. Your future wife will too . . . assuming she doesn't break things off because you proposed at a Fazoli's.
You'll also be eligible for a drawing to win $500 in Fazoli's catering for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or shower.
To be eligible, you have to tell the restaurant manager you're planning to propose before you do it, not after. And with all that spaghetti on the line, they'll probably want proof you really DID just get engaged, so it isn't a scam just to get free pasta.
Too bad I'm already married, I know one thing though, I'm cravin' some spaghetti after all this talk of it!
Did you watch the Grammy's last night? If not here's a little of what you missed....
The BLACK KEYS won a lot, but they didn't come away with the Album of the Year award. That went to MUMFORD & SONS.
Record of the Year went to GOTYE'S, "Somebody That I Used to Know".
FUN won Best New Artist, and their single "We Are Young" was named Song of the Year.
I thought it was pretty funny that FRANK OCEAN beat CHRIS BROWN in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category, since rumor has it that Chris Brown beat Frank up a few weeks ago... that's karma!
As always CARRIE UNDERWOOD looked amazing, and her album "Blown Away" won Best Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song. FYI the necklace she wore last night only costs $31 million geez!
My only issue with the Grammy's last night was that I was really looking forward to JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S performance, and was left feeling disappointed!
Maybe it's because I'm such a big fan, and I've come to expect JT to be cutting edge, but now I feel like Justin's taken JANELLE MONAE'S look, BRUNO MARS sound, and is making music that pleases other artists, rather than his usual hits that are played round the clock on the radio.
What do you think??? Did you like JT's performance last night? Are you a fan of his new stuff? Will you buy his album next month?
I will, but it's taking awhile for me to warm up to his new sound.
Well, here we again... the P.E.D. (performance enhancing drugs) witch hunt is back on, again involving our beloved Brewer Ryan Braun.
Yahoo! Sports had reported earlier yesterday that Braun's name appeared three times in the records of Biogenesis of America, but that no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.
The Miami New Times recently released Biogenesis documents that purportedly linked other players to doping buys from the clinic, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
Braun tested positive during the 2011 postseason for elevated testosterone levels. However, he maintained his innocence and his 50-game suspension was overturned during spring training last year when an arbitrator ruled in his favor over chain of custody issues with the sample. Braun said he used Bosch as a consultant during that successful appeal.
Ryan has now said in a statement, that his only involvement with a Florida clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball was to use Anthony Bosch, the man who ran it, as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.
My feeling is a few things... I'm sad that this happening again, because we're too easily affected by headlines! Most of the time people make their mind up off just one accusation, so this taints the name of a great player and guy!
At the risk of starting a political battle, I have a question for you... and let's just agree that congress has better things to do, but play along.
Do you think that the Monday after the Super Bowl a should be a national holiday so our companies give us the day off.
There's not necessarily any indication that Congress or PRESIDENT OBAMA have any plans of turning the Monday after the Super Bowl into a national holiday. But there IS a petition on the White House's website calling for it.
So far, the petition has more than 10,000 signatures. It needs to get to 100,000 by February 23rd to get an official response from the Obama administration.
You play the part of judge and jury on this case, since I always think people are ambulance chasers!
A 7-year-old boy in New York who had been accused of taking $5 from a fellow student was pulled out of school, interrogated by police for more than 10 hours and charged with robbery.
Mendez explained, "My son was crying, 'Mommy, it wasn't me! Mommy, it wasn't me!' I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We're traumatized. Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs! It was horrible. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
According to reports, police were acting on a report claiming $5 fell on the ground in front of the boy and his two friends and that one of them took it.
The $250 million lawsuit that has been filed against the city and the NYPD also states that another student admitted to the theft.
The family's lawyer said, "It's unfathomable, what the police did. The whole thing sounds so stupid. They were interrogating him like he was a hardened criminal. If you have a child, a nephew, can you even imagine this happening to them?"
My feeling is though I would be really ticked off, and would probably want to taze the cops for doing this to my kid, I think $250 million is ridiculous! What do you think?
Your party consists of not just the football game, and the viewing of the overpriced commercials, but also food so I wanted to give you this warning of a possible shortage!
The National Chicken Council (who knew there was such a thing) has released a report that says demand for wings is at an all-time high due to decreased wing production.
The decrease in production is caused by the high cost of corn and feed prices.
They estimate 1.23-billion wing segments will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend, which is 12.3-million, or one-percent, less than last year. (Yikes, no wonder why we could all stand to drop a few lbs)
The council says Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day of the year, and chicken wings are the most popular dish.
The council says if all 1.23-billion chicken wing joints were laid end to end, they would stretch between the San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park and the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 27-times.
Speaking of tasty things, here's a Super Bowl teaser ad that's already getting lots of buzz good and bad... obviously good from the fella's, while others are saying it's tacky and tasteless, enjoy!
How would you feel if one of our Wisconsin teams got sold and moved?
Maybe you're thinking "I don't care if the ____ were here or not!", I however don't want to lose any of our teams, even if I don't go to all their games or watch them all the time, I don't want to lose the revenue in the state.
Well, Sacramento is about to lose a team, and Seattle is now close to getting an NBA team back, because the Maloof family agreed to sell the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
However, the deal must still be approved by the NBA Board of Governors.
A person familiar with the decision as saying the group will buy 65 percent of the franchise, move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.
If you didn't know Seattle lost their NBA franchise in 2008, when the owner moved the franchise to Oklahoma City, and the team became the Thunder.
Have you been hit up to buy Girl Scout cookies yet?
Though I don't like the awkwardness of the solicitation in the office, I am a fan of Girl Scout cookies!
The 2 questions I always ask people are how many, and what's your favorite... meaning how many boxes do you usually buy and obviously what's your favorite kind?
Me it's 3-5, and I love the thin mints!
If you haven't heard, the Girl Scouts are selling a new cookie this year.
Unfortunately, it's called Mango Crème. And it's like a way, way worse version of the Oreo: Vanilla and coconut flavored cookies with mango filling in between.
But there's a whole other reason to be SUSPICIOUS of this new cookie. It's INJECTED with a food ADDITIVE called NutriFusion.
NutriFusion reportedly jams Vitamins like A, B-one, B-six, C, D, and E into the cookies.
The people who make NutriFusion say it includes, quote, "all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries." They also say it's made entirely from fruits and vegetables, with nothing synthetic.
Will that make you want to buy this mediocre flavor? Or are you still going to buy Thin Mints and enjoy them and their total lack of nutritional value?
Well Twitter countered that yesterday by introducing the ability to add color filters to user-uploaded photos, copying the feature that drove the popularity of Instagram, which Facebook bought earlier this year for the low low price of $715 million!
Twitter's new release came just days after Instagram said it would no longer allow Twitter to display Instagram photos within tweets, because it wanted to drive visitors to Instagram's own website. (boo!)
Here's Twitter's video ad showing off their new features
JUSTIN BIEBER got THREE trophies, including the night's first award, Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock.
He later performed an acoustic version of "As Long As You Love Me". But there was no mention of SELENA GOMEZ. In fact, Justin's date to the show was his MOM . . . whom he brought onstage for his third and final acceptance speech.
NICKI MINAJ won TWO awards . . . Best Artist and Album in the Rap/Hip-Hop category.
Other winners included Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park and David Guetta.
In my opinion, Psy and his suprise guest were one of the best parts of the evening!
Did you know Facebook just made you a new page?!? Well I didn't!
Facebook just started rolling out brand new COUPLES PAGES. They didn't ask first . . . you can't delete them . . . and you can't opt out. If you list that you're in a relationship with someone, and they say they're in a relationship with you, you've got one.
Now . . . the couples pages themselves aren't actually all that bad. Basically it's just a compilation of photos where you've been tagged together, status updates you've both commented on, and your list of mutual friends.
But still. Having Facebook decide to compile the history of your relationship without even letting you know? It feels like yet another way they've messed with the line between private and public information.
Are you a sports fan? If not, I'm sure you're at least somewhat entertained by mascots.
I love sports... Bucks, Brewers, Packers, Badgers, my personal favorite mascot is Bango! Though I work for the Bucks, that's not why, Bango is actually THE BEST mascot I've ever seen in person, pay attention next time you're at the arena, he's pretty amazing!
Well the new Brooklyn Nets unveiled their new mascot last weekend, the NBA's first superhero mascot who's named the "BrooklyKnight."
The Nets worked with Marvel on the creation of the superhero mascot, and Marvel has written a new comic book, BrooklyKnight #1, about his exploits.
While fan reaction remains to really be seen, sportswriters seem to have rendered a thumbs-down verdict.
I feel bad saying this, but there could actually be a bright side to Hurricane Sandy.
According to oil analysts, Superstorm Sandy is going to mean CHEAPER GAS FOR YOU.
There were a few refineries in Sandy's path which had to shut down, and that means a dip in oil production in the country. BUT . . . all the people missing work, staying home, and not being able to drive on flooded roads saves a TON of gas.
So while the supply of gas will probably drop by about 1.5 million barrels, the demand has dropped MORE, by about two million barrels. AND there's a drop in jet fuel demand because of all the flights that were canceled.
An oil industry expert says that supply-demand breakdown means [Gas] could be $3 by next week.
If you haven't been following all the coverage on Hurricane Sandy, don't worry, I've done it for you, here's your update.
Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone at 7:00 P.M. Eastern last night, but it hit the East Coast with driving rain and hurricane-force winds all over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
#1.) At least 16 people have been killed . . . including a woman as far away as Toronto, Canada who was hit by flying debris. Another 67 people were killed in the Caribbean earlier as the storm moved north, including 51 in Haiti.
#2.) The storm made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8:00 P.M. Eastern, with a storm surge strong enough to destroy parts of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, and causing MASSIVE flooding in New Jersey and New York.
The flooding was up to five feet . . . even higher in some places . . . flooding coastal homes, covering cars, and submerging downtown intersections of urban areas.
#3.) Because of winds 85-miles-per-hour and higher, downed trees and power lines, and flooding of electricity substations, over five million people were without power in 11 states and Washington D.C., from Virginia up to Maine.
New York and New Jersey took the worst hits in terms of power outages, including about 700,000 New Yorkers alone.
And that involves fires and downed power lines in flooded areas that authorities and emergency crews couldn't even GET to when the storm was at its most powerful. About 7,000 National Guard troops were on active duty in seven states
#4.) The damage could cost around three BILLION dollars. To give you an idea of the damage and the chaos in New York City alone, the city's 911 system was receiving 10,000 calls every half hour.
There was flooding in subway stations and in one of the tunnels into Manhattan, and some hospitals had to evacuate patients because of power outages.
A lot of people were also talking about a giant crane on top of the tallest residential skyscraper in New York City . . . a building in midtown Manhattan called One57.
The building is still under construction, and the crane was damaged by wind at about 2:30 P.M. in the afternoon. So the part of the crane that sticks out into the air was hanging down and swaying dangerously throughout the storm.
#5.) The storm also created a BLIZZARD in Virginia and West Virigina, with snow, 55-mile-per-hour winds, and reports of LIGHTING and THUNDER WHILE it was snowing.
#6.) What's even more crazy is that this is not just an East Coast situation, the village of Pleasant Prairie issued a voluntary evacuation advisory for residents last night, as the National Weather Service reported that dangerous high waves of 14-18 feet are anticipated along the Lake Michigan shoreline through tonight, and now this morning there's been multiple accidents because of the heavy winds!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you affected by Sandy!
Happy Halloween! I'd love to talk about all the awesome candy right now, but right now it's about what you're wearing, and how you act.
If you're hitting up a costume party this weekend, you're almost guaranteed to see at least one person dressed as a sexy witch . . . or a sexy something . . . or a sexy ANYTHING.
But that's definitely not the ONLY type of person you'll meet. Here are six people you see at pretty much every Halloween party. Which one is you? I'll tell you which one the KISS DJ's are...
#1.) The Person Who Claims They're Wearing a Costume, Even Though They're Not.
They'll be in normal clothes, but when you ask why they didn't dress up, they'll say they DID.
Then they'll claim they're dressed as something that doesn't REQUIRE a costume . . . like a teacher. This is Kraig Karson our afternoon DJ.
#2.) The Person with a Costume That Severely Restricts Them from Moving Around.
It might be something like a mermaid tail, so they can't walk right. Or it might be a costume that's so huge and ridiculous, they can't fit through a doorway.
I always wonder how these people got to the party? I'm thinking this is Michele McKnight our Night DJ.
#3.) The Person Who Obviously Hates Halloween.
If they're dressed up at all, it'll either be a cheap costume, or the same costume they wore last year. And they'll probably be sitting in a corner looking miserable.
This is the closest fit for me, I wouldn't say I hate it because I love candy, but I think dressing up as an adult man is a little questionable.
#4.) The Guy Dressed in Drag.
For whatever reason, some guys LOVE dressing as women on Halloween. And they always act like it's the funniest costume anyone's ever seen. This is Wes!
#5.) The Person Who Handmade Every Single Thing They're Wearing.
They'll also be way too proud. And at least once, you'll overhear them bragging about how much time they wasted on it. This is Alley!
#6.) The Person Who Approaches Halloween Like a Method Actor.
If they're dressed as, say, Marilyn Monroe, then they'll ACT like Marilyn Monroe ALL NIGHT . . . to the point where you won't even want to talk to them, because it's too annoying. This is our mid-day DJ Leigh McNabb!
Do you know the national anthem? (No seriously, even the pro's forget the words)
Would you like to sing the National Anthem in front of thousands in Milwaukee?
You can! This Saturday (October 13) you have the chance to showcase your singing abilities and audition for the opportunity to perform the anthem at a Milwaukee Bucks home game.
The audition is open to all ages, however, those under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Participants are encouraged to bring a performance resume if available, and all contestants must perform the anthem in its entirety to be considered.
Auditions will be held in the East Atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Upon entering through Lobby A, located at the 4th and Highland entrance, participants will register and receive an audition number.
During our Funjet honeymoon in Maui, my wife and I took a day to fly over to take in the historic Pearl Harbor tour.
To state the obvious, it was a life changing experience! It's so humbling when you're standing above the sunken USS Arizona and you can see and smell the oil that's still leaking after all these years! Plus the exhibits, displays and memorials are also great!
WOW, I can't believe it, I'm married, thank-you so much for all the well wishes and congrats!
I have a few tips for you...
To those of you that are GETTING MARRIED soon, everyone's right, try your best to take it all in and enjoy it, because it really does fly by!
If you're GOING to a wedding soon, and you're planning on giving the bride & groom $, make the check out to either just one of them or make sure to use the word "OR"
(example Rahny Taylor OR Jane Doe), that way they'll have an easier time depositing the money, and they'll love you for that!
Finally, if you Hate weddings, sorry, I'll shut up now.
If you've recently been invited to a wedding... I have a few thoughts for you.
RSVP RIGHT AWAY!
I'm getting married in a few weeks, so I can tell you 1st hand that the minute you get your invite, the bride and groom are already waiting to get it back!
Though it's just another day to you, maybe even a pain to you, it's a BIG day to them, and a ton of money, work and planning!
DON'T BRING A 1ST DATE!
I think it's somewhat tacky to bring just anybody! I'm not picking on single people, I'm just saying REMEMBER that the bride & groom are paying a lot for each person that is there, so do you really want them to have to pay for some chick or dude that you might never go out with again?
IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!
Going thru this process I realize why weddings are such a pain... it's because we are all selfish on some level!
As gross as it sounds the more you realize that this isn't about you, and just try to be polite and do whatever is asked of you, the more you'll be loved and appreciated from the bride & groom!
These things might be obvious to you, but they weren't to me, so I just wanted to pass them along!
Well In these tough economic times, it's good to know Nike has your back, they just announced that they'll be selling the new LEBRON JAMES sneaker, the LeBron X, for a mere $315, yeah I said 315 bucks!
They debuted the shoe this month during the Olympic gold-medal game between Spain and the U.S.
Nike blamed the price on the increased cost of materials like cotton. (Really, none of that has to do with the amount of $ you pay LeBron?!?)
I remember when I was growing up and my parents were appalled at the price of the Air Jordan's I wanted, so I'm sure that some of you will get these or ask for them.
You want your body to work as good as it can right?
Whether you're young or old, a man or a woman, in shape or not, I think we can all agree that we'd like our body to work better, especially if it's easy to do!
Here's 4 weird ways you trick your body into working better!
#1.) Before You Take a Nap, Drink a Cup of Coffee. According to at least one study, it's better than doing one or the other when you need to wake yourself up.
It works because caffeine doesn't kick in for about 15 minutes, which means you have to drink it RIGHT before you lie down. And you have to make it a SHORT nap.
#2.) Don't Stretch Before a Workout. Researchers at the University of Nevada tested it both ways, and the people who stretched their legs before they did a lower-body workout actually generated less force than they did WITHOUT stretching.
Other studies have found that stretching can decrease muscle strength by 30%, which means your workout won't be as intense.
Plus, stretching can actually do the OPPOSITE of what you expect and make your muscles TIGHTEN. When you stretch, your limbs basically think they're about to be snapped off. So the muscles tighten and make you MORE likely to pull something.
That's why you should warm up by doing something like jumping jacks instead. And you SHOULD still stretch, because it makes you more flexible. But you should do it AFTER you work out, or on a day you're not going to the gym.
#3.) Eavesdrop with Your Right Ear. This has to do with the right and left sides of your brain, and the science behind it is kind of complicated. But basically, our left ear has evolved to be better at hearing TONES, like music.
And our right ear is better at hearing speech. There's not a HUGE difference, but if you're trying to listen through a wall or something, you're better off using your right ear.
#4.) Reset Your Sleep Cycle by Skipping a Few Meals. The MAIN way your body regulates your biological clock is through light. So, if it's midnight and you're staring at a bright TV screen, your brain thinks the sun's still out.
But another factor is FOOD. A Harvard Medical School study found that if you fast for 12 to 16 hours, your brain automatically thinks it's morning the next time you eat.
For example, if you need to start waking up earlier . . . at say, six in the morning . . . you should stop eating between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. the day before. Then have a good breakfast as soon as you get up.
FYI I refuse to use the shooter's name . . . I don't like giving people like him any publicity!
#1.) It took officials two days to remove all the booby traps the shooter left in his apartment. That included liquids, explosives, and chemicals that would've killed anyone who entered . . . if the shooter hadn't TOLD THEM about the traps.
#2.) His semi-automatic rifle jammed during the shooting, because of a problem with the 100-shot magazine. And the FBI believes it saved several lives. He had to switch to a handgun, which couldn't fire as many rounds as quickly.
#3.) It's clear the attack was being planned, quote, "with calculation and deliberation" for MONTHS. The shooter purchased the guns legally from local gun shops starting back in May, and bought ammo and Kevlar online a few weeks ago.
#4.) This is the worst shooting in the U.S. since the attack at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009, when an Army psychiatrist with Islamic fundamentalist sympathies killed 13 soldiers and civilians and wounded dozens more.
#5.) The shooter is being held in solitary confinement on suspicion of 12 counts of first-degree murder. He's in solitary because inmates at the Arapahoe Detention Center in Colorado apparently can't stop talking about KILLING HIM.
Remember, one of his victims was a six-year-old girl. And child-killers do NOT do well in prison.
A jail employee says he hasn't shown any remorse, and was spitting at the door and the guards. His initial hearing is today, and he's been assigned a public defender. Colorado DOES have the death penalty.
#6.) Regal Cinemas and AMC both instituted bans on wearing costumes to movies in the wake of the shooting. AMC banned all masks and fake weapons . . . Regal just announced, quote, "stricter controls over character attire."
In this case, the shooter bought a ticket and sat in the front of the theater WITHOUT a costume. After the movie started, he snuck out through an emergency exit, went to his car, and put on body armor and a gas mask before re-entering the theater.
Still, when he re-appeared with the gear and the weapons, and threw a canister of gas, the first people who saw him thought it was part of the midnight showing.
What a terrible story and situation, like many of you, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, it's tough to not give up on man kind sometimes!
"The Dark Knight Rises" is in theaters tonight (July 19) at midnight, and like some of you I'm pretty pumped, but that's probably my inner dork coming out!
If you are a fan, than here's some things you need to know about the new Batman.
The movie runs 2 hours and 45 minutes long, so on your way in, you're going to want to grab the BIG popcorn and soda!
The PG-13 ending to Christopher Nolan's Bat trilogy is the only new movie hitting theaters this week. The action picks up eight years after the events of the last movie, when Batman took down both the Joker and Two-Face.
At the end of "The Dark Knight", he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and became a fugitive to preserve Dent's anti-crime legacy. But now, there's a new villain named Bane who's terrorizing Gotham and trying to draw him out.
Tom Hardy from "Inception" plays Bane. Christopher Nolan directed that movie too, and he actually brought THREE stars from"Inception" over for important roles in this one. The other two are Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman, and the returning cast is Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox. (Watch all four trailers here: Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4.)
Are you like me... meaning you'll obsess about a food so much that you'll eat it all the time, and if possible make it at home too?
Good news If you love the special sauce that's on McDonald's Big Macs, because you'll now be able to whip up a batch of it at home, after they revealed the recipe!
A marketing video from McDonald's Canada arm shows executive chef Dan Coudreaut making a version of the Big Mac at home and he outlines exactly what's in the special sauce, saying the information actually has been available for a while already so it isn't a secret.
The ingredients are: mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, onion powder, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, and paprika.
What are the things you fear happening to you on your wedding day?
Obvisously none of us want to get stood up, or find our significant other with someone else the day before our wedding, or have it rain etc.
I'm getting married in September, so whenever I hear of something bad happening to someone on their wedding day I put myself in their shoes, or in this case in their wet shoes...
An entire bridal party taking photos on a dock at a hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan fell into a lake when the dock collapsed under the group's weight.
Eric and Maegan Walber headed to dock after their ceremony to get some group photos of the party.
Eric told reporters, "I saw the thing starting to tilt, and I'm like, 'Oh, yup, this is going to happen.' We went right under."
He added, "Everyone was laughing. It was one of those things that it just happens and you roll with it." Maegan said it made their big day more memorable. She said, "It makes for a good story. We'll be telling our grandkids."
What would you do if someone just layed one on you? Especially someone of the same sex?!?
Well, once again one of my favorite celebs showed class by giving some weirdo a pass, or minor slap in the face.
This past weekend, Will Smith had to deal with a Ukranian reporter that tried to kiss him. Will ran into the reporter on the red carpet for the premier of his Men In Black 3.
I guess the reporter is known for kissing celebs. Like I said if I'm going to try and kiss a celeb risking a slap or worse, I'm not going to waste it on another dude! I'm going after Carrie Underwood or someone like that, you?
Like you, I had some good teachers, and some really lame ones! Here's a video of some teachers that punked their students.
Mike Penny -- a history teacher at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School in Worcester, Massachusetts convinced students to talk on camera by telling them he was making a documentary for the school's annual film festival. In the video, the students are seen talking to Penny while teachers sneak into the background and show off their best dance moves.
The students had no idea that there were dancing teachers behind them and only discovered the truth when the film debuted at the festival.
At press time the video had more than 50,000 views. According to the YouTube page Mike Penny has been contacted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Wes, Alley and some of you decided to take it upon yourself to decide what type of cake topper my fiance Britt and I should have at our upcoming wedding, so thanks to Natalia Roman from Crumby Art this is what you came up with!
To rate yourself using the scale, read the following statements and give each one a score of "(1), Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often," depending on how much you do the given thing. Here goes:
You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.
You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.
If you scored 4s or 5s on at least four of these items, you might be a Facebook addict!
I was just getting ready to leave home last Saturday (Dec 10) around 7 pm when ESPN announced breaking news... "Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has reportedly failed a test for a banned substance"... WHAT?!?
Like many of you, I felt shocked to the point that I actually had to rewind my DVR because I thought I heard the TV wrong, sadly I didn't.
Even worse, almost immediately many of you were on Facebook beating Ryan up. Why? Aren't we going to wait for the entire story, or is this just a GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT society?!? Further more, I'm willing to bet many of these people were the ones riding Brauny's cape for the past year during the storied season not only he, but the team had!
All I'm saying is that Ryan has given us nothing but his best since he's been here, he's been a model member of the community and teammate so don't you think he deserves the benefit of the doubt until we get all the facts???
Have you ever had a brain freeze? Of course... we all have!
And If you listen to us in the morning, than you know I can mix up my words frequently, but there's something SO FUNNY about watching it happen to others! (Maybe that makes me lame, but I like knowing that I'm not the only one)
Well, the Republican presidential candidates were in Michigan last night (November 9th) or a CNBC debate on the economy and Texas Governor Rick Perry had a stunning brain freeze and couldn't remember the third of three federal agencies that he wants to shut down.
I realize that I'm the ONLY guy that would say that out loud, but oh well... since I'm making non-guy statements, I might as well tell you about one of my favorite new songs.
It's From the origianl motion picture soundtrack of the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn", here's Christina Perry "A Thousand Years".
I'm calling this the equivalent to what "My Heart Will Go On" was for "Titanic".
Oh... don't forget we're giving away tickets to our Sneak Peek of this movie and giving you this soundtrack this week on Wes, Rahny & Alley so listen tomorrow (Friday, November 11th) at 7:45 a.m. to call in (414-799-1037) and win!
Yesterday (October 11) our KISS-FM Mid-day DJ Leigh McNabb asked me a question that I can't figure out the answer to...
Is the group Heart2Heart real or fake?!?
Former N'Sync memberÂ Lance Bass posted a video to hisÂ Twitter account saying, "Check out this sweet new band." The band is a group of five guys called Heart2Heart.Lance is in the video. The groups first single is called, "Facebook Official."
I can't tell if it is serious or if it is supposed to be a parody, what do you think??? (I'm hoping they're kidding for their sake)
STEVE JOBS lost his battle with cancer yesterday, and passed away at his home.Â He was 56.Â He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, and resigned as CEO of Apple on August 24th, 2011, when his health problems kept him from running the company.
He was a genius and a visionary who revolutionized computers through Apple . . . movies through Pixar . . . music through the iPod and iTunes . . . and mobile communication with the iPhone and the iPad.
Here he is giving what of the best speeches I've seen in awhile!Â (A commencement speech at Standford in 2005)
The social networking site LinkedIn surveyed members around the world to find out their biggest pet peeves at work.
And, worldwide, the thing that office workers hate more than anything else is . . . when coworkers don't take ownership for their actions.
The next four biggest pet peeves are:Â Â People who complain all the time, dirty common areas, meetings that start late or run long, and people who don't respond to email.
There were big differences by country.Â Â Like the nation of deliciously chubby people that we are, two in three Americans complained about people stealing their food from the office fridge.Â Â That was about 13% higher than the rest of the world.
One in three people worldwide hate overly revealing clothes in the office.Â Â Twice as many women as men listed revealing clothes as a pet peeve.
Japanese workers were twice as likely as the rest of the world to complain about office pranks.Â Â Employees in India were 23% more annoyed by their coworkers' ringtones than the rest of the planet.
In general, Indian workers were the grumpiest.Â Â Of the 38 behaviors listed, the average Indian worker complained about 19 of them.Â Â Italian workers were the most laid back.Â Â On average, they only listed 15 pet peeves.
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 was a day for somber reflection and remembrance . . . even for the waitresses at HOOTERS.
They put the wings and beer aside for second and released a YouTube video over the weekend of Hooters girls from around the country thanking the troops, firefighters, cops, and paramedics.Â It's calledÂ "Hooters Remembers".
Taylor Swift kicked off the first of four sold out shows at the Staples Center in L.A. on Tuesday (August 23rd) night with a big surprise for the crowd. Bieber! He joined Taylor the superstar to sing, "Baby," because she recently covered it during one of her shows in Canada where Justin's from.
Have you ever been at a concert where another celeb did a cameo on stage?
Maybe it's because I live in the midwest, but I'm never lucky enough to be at the shows where there's Â big tah dah!
Justin's teasing us with some "new music." He tweeted a music video for his pals,Â FreeSol -- who are signed to JT's Tennman record label. After being ambigious about the possibility of a release of another studio album, Justin directed and made a cameo in the video for "Hoodies On, Hats Low."
Justin tweeted, "New music...if you like it pass it along"
FreeSol's debut album,Â No Rules, is slated for release later this year.
JT reportedly produced several tracks onÂ No Rules.
TheÂ "Today" show and Parenting.com surveyed more than 26,000 moms, and asked them to reveal some of their biggest secrets.Â Â And apparently all of these ladies were in the mood to tell the truth . . . 'cause this gets pretty RAW.
Here are the 10 biggest secret confessions of moms.Â Â Kinda makes you wonder how much of this stuff is true with your own mom . . .
#1.)Â Â They Want to Be Left Alone.23% of mothers say the thing they miss the most from their pre-parenting life is alone time.Â 14% say they most miss their old body . . . and anotherÂ 14% most miss the sleep they used to get.
#2.)Â Â They're Weird About Seeing Other Women Breastfeeding. Even other moms think it's kinda strange when you whip out your breast in public.Â Â 42% say they don't like seeing it.
#3.)Â Â They Send Their Kids to School Sick.Â Â 49% of moms, or about HALF, have KNOWINGLY sent their kids to school while sick because they couldn't stay home to take care of them.
#4.)Â Â Most of Them Would Like a Do Over.Â Â 71% of moms say that they'd do something a little differently.Â Â 23% would pick a different SPOUSE,Â 21% would have more kids,Â 19% would pick a more flexible career . . .
--4% question their decision to have kids ALTOGETHER . . . andÂ 10% wish their child was the opposite sex.Â Â Of the moms who wished their kid was the other gender,Â 60% wish they'd had a girl instead of a boy.
#5.)Â Â They'd Choose Great Sleep Over Great Sex. It's close, butÂ 53% of moms say they'd take a great night of sleep over, quote, "mind-blowing sex."
#6.)Â Â They're Distracted by Technology. This one REALLY isn't cool.Â Â 5% say their child has gotten HURT because they were texting or web surfing . . . and anotherÂ 18% have had a close call.
#7.)Â Â They Medicate Their Kids More Than You Think.Â Â 18% have medicated their child before a long car trip or flight to knock him out . . . andÂ 8% sometimes do it on regular nights at home.
#8.)Â Â They Judge Other Moms Constantly.Â Â 88% say they regularly judge other moms.Â Â 66% say they judge a mom with a bratty kid,Â 37% judge a mom with an overweight kid, andÂ 34% judge a mom whose kid is eating junk food.
#9.)Â Â They Have a Favorite Child.Â Â 14% of moms, or about one in seven, say they secretly have a favorite.
#10.)Â Â They Use Their Kids to Get Out of Things.Â Â 84% have used their kids as an excuse to skip a social event they didn't want to go to.Â Â AndÂ 45% do that at least once a month.
--Two other quick findings from the survey:Â Â 25% are worried their partner is a better parent than they are . . . andÂ 44% say they'd rather be 15 pounds thinner than add 15 points to their child's IQ.
In case you missed it, Democratic Congressman Barney FrankÂ was talking about the federal debt on "The Rachel Maddow Show"on Monday.Â And in the middle of the interview, it looks like he passed gas! Â Watch, LISTEN and enjoy!
Yesterday, McDonald's announced some MAJOR changes to their Happy Meals.
#1.)Â Â MANDATORY FRUIT. Before, kids could choose between fries or apples.Â Â And, shocker . . . kids almost universally chose fries. Now, every Happy Meal automatically comes with BOTH fries and a fruit or vegetable.Â Â It'll usually be apples but it could also be oranges, raisins, pineapple, or baby carrots.
#2.)Â Â FEWER FRIES. Before, Happy Meals came with 2.4 ounces of fries.Â Â That's been cut by more than HALF, down to 1.1 ounces of fries.
#3.)Â Â NO CARAMEL DIPPING SAUCE. Kids who did end up with apples before got a package of high-sugar caramel dipping sauce with them.Â Â That's been cut.
#4.)Â Â MILK IS THE DEFAULT DRINK. Before, a small soda was the default drink.Â Â NowÂ 1% milk is what comes with the Happy Meal, unless a parent specifically requests soda.Â Â Fat-free chocolate milk is also a new option.
Overall, these changes make the Happy Meals an average ofÂ 20% lower in calories,Â 15% lower in sodium, andÂ 20% lower in saturated fat.Â Â The changes will start rolling out in September.
Between this and the government regulators enforcing restaurants to post calorie counts on menus my question to you is... do you think this will change the way we eat?
Did you need fast food chains changing their kids menu to feed your children differently?
If you see that your favorite thing has a high calorie count will you be less likely to order it?
If you didn't alerady hear, Casey Anthony was acquitted yesterdayÂ of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008, with jurors returning the stunning verdict after less than 11 hours of deliberation following a weeks-long Florida trial during which it had been widely believed that the 25-year-old Anthony would be found guilty.Â (BECAUSE SHE WAS!)
In addition to finding Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, for which she could have received the death penalty, the jury also cleared her of manslaughter and child abuse charges. (which I still can't believe!?!)Â She was convicted only of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators, and she could very likely be released from jail with time served when she's sentenced Thursday, after having already spent nearly three years behind bars.
The jurors refused to talk to the media afterward, and requested that their names be kept secret. State's Attorney Lawson Lamar said they were disappointed in the verdict, but acknowledged the lack of hard evidence, particularly as relating to the cause of death, because it took six months for Caylee's body to be found in the woods near the Anthony family's home.
Prosecutors had argued that Anthony suffocated Caylee with duct tape and dumped her body in the woods because she wanted to be able to spend time with her boyfriend and live a carefree life. They presented evidence of all the lies Anthony told to her family and friends while Caylee was missing, including saying her daughter was with a nanny who turned out not to exist, and her partying during the month before she reported her daughter missing, including taking part in a hard body contest at a nightclub. But the defense contended Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool and her mother panicked. They also argued Anthony's father helped cover up what had happened, and that Anthony acted the way she did because of the traumatic effects of sexual abuse by her father. Anthony's father denied both the abuse and cover-up claims.
I have no words for this... okay actually, I have a lot of words for this.Â I CAN'T BELIEVE that Casey was found not guilty on all the big charges!Â
Was I following a different trial that these jury members were?Â Do we live in such a TMZ society that if we don't witness the actual act or see a video of it then we don't believe it happened?!?Â
I'm not a parent, but ifÂ my child was missing I WOULD NOT just go about my life (go to the video store, out to a bar etc) would you?Â I would never duct tape my kids mouth shut, and why the heckÂ would she GoogleÂ "Neck Breaking" and "How To Make Chloroform" if there wasÂ no foul play happening?!?Â
I'm not a genius, but there's a lot of wrong doing here, and the fact that 7 women and 5 men could say NOT GUILTY blows my mind!Â Â I mean if nothing else she was a neglagent or abusive mother, so for them to say NOT GUILTY on the charge of aggravated child abuse, huh?!?Â Â Â
Guess what, now sheÂ Casey canÂ go out and have another child and who knows... she might even become rich and famous now!Â
I have many more thoughts, but I'm sure you're bored by me so I'll end with...
What about Caylee?Â What about the fact that a 2 year old girl is dead and we've got no resolve, it's moments like this that make us all question the legal system.
A new trailer forÂ "Mission:Â Â Impossible - Ghost Protocol"hit the web yesterday, and it's every bit as action-packed as you'd expect.Â Â For those who've lost track, it's the fourth movie in the series.Â Â It comes out in December.
(Keep in mind, some of those clips of Tom climbing that building are REAL.Â Â That's the world's tallest building:Â Â The Burj Khalifa in Dubai.Â Â And Tom did some of his own stunts which is pretty impressive)
If you missed it,Â George Clooney and Italian modelÂ Elisabetta Canalis announced their breakup earlier this week.
Apparently it was because (like most breakups) the couple was constantly arguing.Â Us Weekly reports they faced trouble during their New Year's Mexican getaway. (That's what rich people call vacation)
A Clooney insider told the magazine that, "She drove him nuts." The source went on to say that there was "non-stop bickering over little things. . . He would only hang out with his friends, and more or less left her to herself and her friends."
What's worse, Clooney was "creating distance" from 32-year-old Canalis and often used work as an excuse.
Let's just take one more look at what George got tired of...
Nick Lachey reportedly put his Bel Air Mansion on the market. Lachey has re-listed his 4-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom bachelor pad for almost $6 million.
According toÂ Zillow.com he put the mansion on the market last year but removed it after a few months because he wasn't ready to say goodbye. It is rumored that Nick and fianceÂ Vanessa Minnillo want to be bi-coastal, with their primary residence on the East Coast.
Here's more proof that Facebook has changed the definition of the word "friend."Â Â According to a new study, the average Facebookuser has never even metÂ 7% of their Facebook friends.Â Â That works out to about one out of every 14 "friends."
And there's anotherÂ 3% who you've only met ONCE.Â Â That'sÂ one out ofÂ 10 friends who you've met zero or once.
Here's the full list of how the averageÂ Facebook numbers broke down . . .
Have you ever noticed that the people that do the most public singing are terrible?!? Â Well Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki decided winning the NBA Title gave him the chance he needed to show off his skills... or lack there of!
If you're like most people and missed the Tony Awards Sunday night, there's only one clip you need to see:Â Â BROOKE SHIELDS who's joining the cast ofÂ "The Addams Family" on Broadway later this month, screwed up her part during the opening song!
SCOTTY MCCREERY andÂ LAUREN ALAINA . . . the top two from this year'sÂ "American Idol" . . . have officially been signed to major label deals.
Their deals are through Mercury Nashville . . . which is obvious, since they're both country artists.
Scotty says, quote, "It's gonna be a good ol' country album.Â Â I like to have that old flavor in my music, but with a contemporary feel, so we'll see where that leads me.Â Â I think it'll be a good little mix."
Speaking of Idol...
SNOOP DOGG is developing a TV show.Â Â And out of ALL the limitless possibilities . . . including reality shows . . . he's doingÂ THE ONE THINGÂ that we really don't need any more of at this point:Â Â A SINGING COMPETITION SHOW.
It's being described as a "hip-hop version ofÂ 'American Idol'."
TheÂ "New York Post" says Snoop is currently pitching the show to networks, and has received interest from MTV and E!.Â Supposedly, he's been turned down by NBC, Bravo and the female-oriented Oxygen network.Â Â (???)
Snoop plans on being a judge . . . alongsideÂ JAY-Z and, quote, "an old-school legend."
For the record, Jay-Z's people say he isn't involved.Â Â RapperÂ WIZ KHALIFA is interested though.Â Â (--Of course he is.Â Â At 23, he's still a relative newcomer.Â Â The difference between Wiz and Jay-Z is over 50 MILLION in album sales... wouldn't that be like wanting MADONNA, but getting interest from KESHA?!?)
Reese Witherspoon will receive the Generation Award at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. MTV President Stephen Friedman called Witherspoon "one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time," adding that she is being recognized for "her range as an actress and for delighting the MTV audience throughout her career."
Saturday Night Live'sÂ Jason Sudeikis will host the show, which will featured scheduled presenters likeÂ Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez andÂ Nicki Minaj.
Meanwhile, theÂ Twilight Saga stars will premiere a sneak peek atÂ Breaking Dawn during the show
On Monday night (May 30th) JT was spotted taking in a summer release at a local theater with a mysterious female friend. We've been seeing Justin out and about with co-starÂ Mila Kunis, or longtime friendÂ Olivia Wilde --but this mystery lady is new to the group.
No word on who she is, or what movie they saw together.
Justin and his gal pal were spotted at the Arclight in Los Angeles