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  • Biggest Waste of Time

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    A new Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll asked people what they consider to be their biggest waste of time.  Leading the way was spending time on Facebook and related sites.  More than a third chose that as their number one waste of time.  The next biggest waste of time (25%) was fantasy sports.  Those were followed by TV watching, shopping, reading and "your job." 

    Those of you who agree that your job is the biggest waste of time may not want to share that with your boss.

  • We Don't Exercise Enough

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    We've heard alot about the "obesity epidemic" in the U.S. over the past several years.  And I know there are some people who are just unable to lose weight due to medical reasons.  But for many others, it appears that the solution just might  be a matter of getting off their duffs and exercising.

    Check out these numbers.  Researchers analyzed data from nearly 80,000 participants, aged 20 and older, between the years 2003 to 2008 from the American Time Use Survey.  This was a national telephone-based poll that asked people what they did in the preceding 24 hours.

    The top two answers, by far, were sedentary activities:  eating and drinking (95.6%)  and watching TV (80.1%).  Only 5% of respondents reported vigorous physical activities.  And here's the kicker:  when asked about what moderate activities they had engaged in, the top answer was "food and drink preparation."  So it seems that when people aren't eating/drinking, they're PREPARING their food and drinks!  I think we've stumbled onto something here.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Is it just me, or do any of you shake your head each year when you see the new list of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 

    Here's this year's list:  Alice Cooper, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Chic, Donovan, Dr. John, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits and Chuck Willis.

    Nothing says rock and roll like Chic, LL Cool J and Donna Summer - right?  I mean, COME ON!!  Some of the others on the list are debatable as well, but those three stand out like a sore thumb.  Why don't they just rename it the Any Kind of Music Hall of Fame and be done with it?

  • Now THIS is Distracted Driving

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I suppose this could've been worse...he could've decided he wanted brats instead and fired up a small charcoal grill in the car.

    Read about it here.



  • Battle of the Ohio Mascots

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    This may have been the highlight of the game for Ohio University fans this past weekend, as Ohio State beat Ohio University 43-7.

  • Deep Fried Beer

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

     Word is a Texas chef has successfully deep-fried beer! 

    Apparently the beer is placed inside a pretzel-like dough and is then deep-fried long enough for the dough to get crisp, but for the alcohol to remain intact.  The inventor's name is Mark Zable.  He said it took him three years to perfect the recipe.  He says it tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer.  I don't know about you, but my first thought is, "Hot Beer?"  That's the only part of this that makes me leery about trying it if I ever had the opportunity.  Although, I must admit, I would try it.  Say it with me...MMM BEER!

    Deep fried beer was one of the finalists for a prize at the annual "Big Tex Choice Awards" competition, along with other concoctions such as fried caviar, fried potato pie, deep fried frozen margarita, fried lemonade and fried chocolate.  And the winner is......deep fried Frito Pie.  I can feel my waistline expanding just thinking about these things!



  • Chestnut is Burrito-Eating Champ

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Competitive eater Joey Chestnut set a new record for burrito eating.  He wolfed down 47 burritos in 10 minutes at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque Saturday, shattering the previous record of 33 and a half.  In doing so, Chestnut took home $1,500. 

    Word is the burritos were stuffed with beef, beans and green chiles.  I'm guessing Chestnut spent the night alone.

  • NFL Tweaks Umpire Position

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Citing safety concerns, the National Football League this season decided to move the umpire from his previous position.  The umpire used to be positioned on the defensive side of the ball, behind the linebackers.  So this season, the NFL decided to position him on the offensive side of the ball, approximately 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage. 

    This hasn't worked out so well for teams running the no-huddle offense or for teams trying to quickly snap the ball to prevent the opposition from challenging the ruling on the previous play.  The quarterbacks have had to wait for the umpire to get to his position before being allowed to snap the ball.  If they snap it before the umpire is in his position, the offense gets penalized 5 yards.  It's been very disruptive. 

    So this week the NFL sent out a memo to all 32 teams, informing them that the umpire will now position himself 12 yards from the line of scrimmage instead of 15.  The umpires must now only get beyond the deepest running back - not established in position - before the ball can be snapped.  The league feels the changes should make it easier for teams to use the no-huddle offense.  Officials will now also have the discretion to issue a warning beefore enforcing the 5 yard penalty.  Umpires will also go back to their old position - on the defensive side of the ball - during the final two minutes of the first half, the final five minutes of the game and when the offense is at, or inside, the opponent's 5-yard line.

    But I heard someone a couple weeks ago suggest that we just keep the umpire in his old spot and give him a helmet.  I'll take that a step further.  Keep him in his old spot, give him a helmet AND pads.  Or even better, you know how they have the camera located above the field for overhead shots?  Let's put the umpire up in a basket above the field.   That would really get him out of the way.  Plus it would be fun during windy games watching him trying not to fall out of the basket. 

    You gotta admit, it would be another reason to watch football games that you didn't really care about.



  • The Black Widow is Back!

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    The two biggest names in the competitive eating circuit are Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.  But Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas - the one-time brat eating champ at Brat Days in Sheboygan - showed the big boys she's still a force to be reckoned with.

    Thomas, who stands all of 5 feet tall and weighs 105 pounds, devoured 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes this past Sunday at the 9th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.  By the way, that's about 4.86 pounds worth of wings.  Chestnut was favored to win, but managed to down "only" 169 chicken wings.  Chestnut, just for comparison's sake, is 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds.

    By the way, Thomas said she was still hungry after the contest, calling the wings "an appetizer."  About an hour later, she reportedly made a guest appearance in the "Ridiculously Hot Buffalo Wing Eating Contest" and ate 20 more!!