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For My Fellow Dog Owners
Like you I love my dog, my wife and I are the proud parents of a Boston Terrier boy named Murphy, though I love my pup, I'm also blown away at the amount of $ and work goes into being a dog parent!

Here's some numbers on what you'll do and how much you'll spend on your beloved pup.

According to a survey by Frontline flea and tick treatment, you'll spend about $18,000 on your dog over its lifetime.  That includes food, toys, boarding, and an average of 26 trips to the vet.  
And the average dog gets walked about 575 miles a year . . . which adds up to 7,361 miles over its lifetime.
Owners pet their dogs 4,554 times a year . . . or 58,291 over its lifetime.  And the average dog licks its owner 49,664 times. 
One in 10 owners let their dog sleep in bed with them, and one in four have had to chase after their dog because it ran off during a walk. 
35% of owners said their dog has embarrassed them by sniffing guests inappropriately . . . 18% said they've been embarrassed by how their dog smelled . . . and 16% of dogs have humped a guest's leg.

After all is said and done, we love our dogs and wouldn't have it any other way!
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One Of Your Favorite Shows Is Going Away
TV fans, I've got some news for ya.

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.)
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How To Deal With These Types Of People
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. 
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Why March Madness Is Actually A Bad Thing
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.

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Predictions On This Year From 25 Years Ago
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. 
#3.)  Robot pets. 
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Look What Else Is Turning 30 This Year Like You
If you're celebrating a Birthday today or this week, Happy B-Day to you!  For those of you turning 30 this year here's some other things that are turning 30 with you.
- Chicken McNuggets.
-The Swatch watch.
-The debut albums from both "Weird Al" and R.E.M.
-Plinko on "The Price is Right".
-"Star Wars VI:  Return of the Jedi" and "A Christmas Story".
-The American minivan.  The Dodge Caravan debuted in November of 1983.
-The StairMaster.
-The camcorder.
-The Disney Channel, "The A-Team", and "Reading Rainbow".
-Microsoft Word.
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What's Facebook Stealing From Twitter Now?
I never thought I'd say this, but it looks like Facebook is going to be stealing something from Twitter again soon!  

It looks like Facebook will be adopting Twitter's hashtag system.

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.

What do you think?
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Your Need To Know Guide On The New Pope
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.
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The Backstreet Boys Hitting Each Other In The Boys
For those of you that are BSB fans, how pumped are you for their upcoming Summerfest show with NKOTB & Boyz II Men?

Well like you I'm a fan of the Backstreet Boys, that being said, I'm also a fan of dumb pranks like dudes hitting each other in the boys!
For some reason, the Backstreet Boys did a photo and video shoot that included NICK CARTER smashing A.J. MCLEAN in the junk with a baseball bat. 
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The Worst Fashion Trends Of The Century
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 we miss anything? 
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Justin Timberlake Takes A Shot At Kayne West On SNL
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."  
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Why This Weekend Is Going To Cost $434 Million
In case you didn't realize This Sunday is the worst day of the year because it's the day we set our clocks ahead, lose an hour of sleep, and make ourselves tired and miserable for a week.
Turns out the Daylight Savings change also costs us MONEY. 

According to a new study, losing just that one hour is going to cost the U.S. $434 MILLION!
That's based on an estimate of lost productivity, and the costs incurred from the increase in heart attacks and the increase in injuries in mining and construction jobs.
Morgantown, West Virginia . . . which is a big mining town . . . has the highest cost of the lost hour per capita.  Changing the time will cost every person in Morgantown $3.38.
The cities with ZERO economic impact are all in Hawaii and Arizona . . . because they don't participate in Daylight Saving Time.  Am I the only one that didn't know that?!?
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How To Effectively Handle Restaurants Screwing Up Your Order
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.
So CNN had an expert break it down. 

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? 
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The Hottest New Diet
Are you on a diet?

Well even if you're not a fan of dieting, you're probably not at your target weight, so this might be for the diet for you (or the diet to entertain you)

The hottest fad diet in England is coming to the U.S.  And there's a pretty obvious reason why it's so popular.  It's a diet that lets you lose weight while eating ENTIRE PIZZAS and TUBS OF ICE CREAM.
The diet comes from a book called "The Fast Diet".  It was published in January in England, and it's been the top bestseller there ever since.  The U.S. version just went on sale.
It seems pretty simple.  You eat whatever you want five days a week.  (I do that)  The other two days a week, you barely eat ANYTHING.  Like . . . less than 600 calories for the entire day. (Boo!)
Dr. Michael Mosely is the author of the book.  He says it's healthy and it works, because switching from heavy eating to fasting immediately takes your body into hardcore fat burning mode.
Mosley tested the diet on himself and lost 20 pounds in nine weeks.  His cholesterol and overall body fat level also went down.  He says that lowers the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Of course, like all fad diets, it doesn't SOUND like it's a good, safe, or healthy way to lose weight. 
The National Health System in Britain issued a warning saying, quote, "there is a great deal of uncertainty about intermittent fasting with significant gaps in the evidence."
But we all said that about Atkins 15 years ago, and since then, we've learned that carbs really ARE worse for you than bun-less triple-bacon cheeseburgers.  So maybe Mosley is ahead of the curve? 
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People Are Getting Because Of The "Harlem Shake"
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
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The Worst Way To Be Woken Up!
What's the worst way to have to wake up?
For me, it's the buzzing feature on alarm clocks, but this would be even worse...
A video called "Slapped Awake" is picking up some hits online right now. 

It's of some guy who asked his wife to wake him up every morning for two weeks by slapping him across the face.  It's not clear WHY.
He kind of just looks confused every time . . . but watching her do it 15 times back-to-back is entertaining for some reason.  
(WARNING:  There's swearing so don't have your speakers too loud)
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How To Get Double The Food At Chipotle For The Same Price
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.
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