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Furniture Company Loses Big Bet

A furniture store in Ohio offered free furniture if the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Alabama and Oregon to win the national championship in college football.  The promotion ran for two weeks in December and it promised to refund the $1,999 or more that customers paid for their furniture.  Plus, the deal was only valid if Ohio State beat Oregon by seven points or more.  The bet was definitely a long shot but yesterday, over 500 people celebrated getting over $1 million in free furniture!

The Buckeyes beat the Ducks 42 – 20.

Would You Rather

During a game of Would You Rather on “Access Hollywood,” Billy Bob Thornton revealed he would “rather” with Jennifer Aniston, above anyone else.  This means Angelina Jolie’s ex wants to sleep with Brad Pitt’s ex.

Billy Bob was asked, “Would you rather… Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon?” Without hesitation, Thornton replied, “Jennifer Aniston.”  When pressed about why, the actor jokingly replied, “Lifelong goal, that’s all I’m saying.”

Then the hosts asked the “Fargo” star, “Would you rather… Keira Knightley or Jennifer Aniston?”  “Jennifer Aniston,” Thornton responded.  “How many times does it take you to get this through your head?”

First Time Father at 62

Jeff Goldblum is going to be a dad for the first time at the age of 62!  The star of Jurassic Park, The Fly and Independence Day made the announcement last week as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman.  He said his wife Emilie is three months pregnant and is expecting a boy.  Emilie is 31 and a former Olympic gymnast who represented Canada in the 2000 Sydney games.

Ridiculous but True Facts

1.  Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

2.  Betty White is older than sliced bread.

3.  If the timeline of our planet was compressed into one year, humans wouldn’t show up until December 31st at 11:58pm.

4.  France last used the guillotine to execute someone after Star Wars premiered.

5.  A human could swim through the arteries of a whale.

6.  The water in Lake Superior could cover the entire United States and be a foot deep.

7.  North Korea and Finland both border the same country – Russia.

8.  The Ottoman Empire still existed the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

9.  Hippos produce pink milk.

10.  If you were able to dig a hole to the center of the earth and drop something in it, 42 minutes would elapse before the object hit bottom.

BIG Burger

From the Because We’re Not Fat Enough Department, the Green Bay Packers will offer a 3.5 pound hamburger at this Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.  The “Big Game Burger” will have a mix of ground bacon, venison and angus beef.  It’ll be topped with a cheese blend, 6 slices of jalapeno smoked bacon, a secret sauce and served on a pretzel bun.

It will cost $20, but there is no word on calorie count.

Now You Can Delete a Bad Text

A new app will let you get rid of those embarrassing texts you wished you never sent.  Strings was developed by a Seattle-based company, and it gives you the ability to permanently delete a text from your phone AND any phone you sent it to.  The app also requires your friends to ask your permission before downloading any photos or videos you send them.

There is a catch.  The phone you send the message to must have Strings downloaded as well, and Strings can’t stop the person on the receiving end from getting the text in the first place.

Ice Cream With a Kick

Last weekend, my wife and I visited a business that makes ice cream with a blow torch and liquid nitrogen!  Ices Plain & Fancy is on 39th St in the Shaw neighborhood and it’s worth finding.  Ices’ ice cream is not only delicious but it can be a bit boozey (fancy) too.  Being a Big Lebowski fan, I had to try the Frozen Dude.  Yep, White Russian ice cream!  Fantastic!  Plus, watching them make your ice cream is half the fun.

Ices Plain & Fancy is at 2256 South 39th Street.

Low to No Cost Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for ways to minimize your expenditures this holiday season, consider one of these low or no cost gifts.

1.  Make jelly, jam or any other homemade treat that will fuel someone in January.

2.  Give an herb cutting of a plant you’ve grown.  Perhaps some dill, parsley or basil?

3.  Make someone a mix tape, or, should I say mix CD?

4.  Clean someone’s house for them – maybe right after the holiday uproar makes a mess for them.

5.  Offer to babysit or pet sit.

Green Day is Going In

Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will join them in the class of 2015.  They’ll all be inducted on April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  In addition, Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.

RHCP could tour with Will Ferrell

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith is working on a tour next year with Will Ferrell.  The shows would combine music and comedy and would raise money for each of their charities.  Smith and Ferrell are look-a-likes.  They performed a “drum off” on the “Tonight Show” earlier this year to prove they’re not the same person.  The band is currently working on their next album which will be out next year.