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So That’s Where They Are

Dutch brewing company Bavaria has released a new TV ad for their fruit-flavored beer, Radler.  It features (still alive) Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Lee and Tupac Shakur hanging out on an island which is very much a tropical paradise.  Elvis inflates a raft while Marilyn rubs suntan lotion on Tupac’s belly and Cobain and Lennon ... Read More »

Drinking does make you funnier, but

Drinking really does make you funnier, but only when you are the judge.  Researchers invited 12 comedians out for a night of drinking at a club and each was asked to come up with a joke, deliver it and then have another drink.  They were also asked to rate their own jokes.  All the jokes were later judged independently by ... Read More »

It’s official

Sitting around really does give you a big booty.  Scientists say the more we sit, the more fat cells are being produced on our behinds.  Apparently the pressure we add to our butts by sitting on them is what increases fat production.  It’s kind of the opposite of how our muscles work.  They get weaker the less we use them, ... Read More »

New book about Lorde

Lorde is only 17 years old but there’s already a book about her and it was written by a New York Times best-selling author, no less.  “Lorde: Your Heroine – How This Young Feminist Broke All The Rules And Succeeded” was written by Marc Shapiro.  He said that the “intriguing thing about writing about Lorde is that she is so ... Read More »

Most common themes of music

Researchers recently studied 50 years’ worth of hit songs to identify key themes for marketers to use to make ads that will connect with audiences.  They made a list of every song that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and December, 2009.  Then they used a computer program to run tests on the lyrics for all those ... Read More »

It’s vasectomy month

Lots of men choose to have a vasectomy this time year.  Care to guess why?  Hoops!  Men decide to have the procedure during March Madness so they can sit on the couch and watch games instead of doing chores.  A typical vasectomy takes 30 minutes to an hour and it usually takes two or three days to recuperate.  One clinic ... Read More »

Top TV bars

1.  Cheers, “Cheers” – Based on the real-life Boston pub The Bull and Finch, Cheers was the centerpiece for the NBC show which ran from 1982 to 1993. 2.  Bada Bing, “The Sopranos” – It was the place Tony and his crew hung out on the HBO show.  The real place is named Satin Dolls.  It had a shrine to ... Read More »

Goodbye Newman?

Nope.  It was just a rumor.  Newman from Seinfeld is NOT dead.  Wayne Knight is alive and well despite widespread rumors of his death in an automobile accident near the Pennsylvania/New York state line.  He tweeted, “Some of you will be glad to hear this; others strangely disappinted, but I am alive and well.”  He also tweeted, “Does someone have ... Read More »

Latest hip baby names

Expectant parents, if you want your baby-t0-be to have a name that’ll rank them among the cool kids of their generation, here they are. 1.  Ines – Spanish and French roots 2.  Leontine – A formal unique ring to it 3.  Persephone – Anything but ordinary 4.  Cordis – Edgy and obscure 5.  Glory – Like Gloria but better 6.  ... Read More »

Confirmed

Facebook posts are contagious.  Researchers looked at more than a billion anonymous status updates among more than 10 million Facebook users across the United States.  They found negative posts spawn negative posts while positive posts generate positive ones.  The study also found that positive posts are more likely to spread. Read More »