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Frozen is hot

With a global box office revenue of $1.072 billion, “Frozen” is now the highest grossing animated film ever made, even passing up “Toy Story 3″.  The Disney hit also nabbed the number 10 spot on the list of the biggest global blockbusters of all time as it edges up toward “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Pharrell teams up with Adidas

Pharrell Williams has teamed up with Adidas to create a collection made with Bionic Yarn fabric – cloth made from plastic debris found in the ocean.  The line will feature the brand’s classic sporty apparel made with the Eco-friendly material.  The products will make their debut this summer.

Because we’re not fat enough

Since Chicago is a popular business or pleasure destination for St Louisans, you may be interested to know about a new addition to the Chicago White Sox concessions menu – especially if you have a gigantic sweet tooth.  The Sox are selling a three pound sundae served in a full-size batting helmet this season.  The sundae has four scoops each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.  It comes drizzled with chocolate, caramel and strawberry syrup, and includes two bananas, whipped cream and cherries.  It’ll cost $17 and so far as the calorie count is concerned, you don’t want to know.

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 lounge on beach chairs.  Then, Lee spots a ship in the distance and the celebrities quickly hide!

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 a sober panel.  The comics rated their jokes as the funniest after 4 or 5 drinks but the sober judges rated those jokes to be much less amusing and often actually offensive.

I also think I sing better after 4 or 5 drinks!

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, while our fat cells get bigger the more we leave them alone – and even bigger when we add pressure.

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 damned contrary to everything pop music has become.  She’s a true intellectual whose songs have been guided by great authors and deep thinkers rather than the predictable template of current pop music.  She’s smart, creative, a true individual and only 17.  Stories that are too good to be true but that ultimately are makes a biography of Lorde truly something special.”

Lorde played a sold-out show at Peabody Opera House last night.

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 songs to identify key themes.  The researchers found 10 key themes: loss, desire, breakup, pain, inspiration, nostalgia, rebellion, desperation, escapism and confusion.  The most popular themes have varied over time, with rebellion being common in the ’60s and ’70s, and desperation and inspiration being at the top in the ’00s.

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 in Ohio claims that it performs forty or fifty more vasectomies a month before and during the NCAA basketball tournament.

The tourney kicked off last night.

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 James Gandolfini after he died last year.

3.  Kelsey’s Bar, “All in the Family” – When Archie Bunker got up from his famous chair, he’d generally go to Kelsey’s Bar.  He eventually bought the place in the spinoff, “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

4.  Joe’s Emerald City Bar, “Grey’s Anatomy” – The docs headed there after a long shift.  It was right across the street from the Seattle hospital.

5.  The Lobo Lounge, “Roseanne” – It was Roseanne and Dan’s favorite hangout.  She even worked there in season 2.

6.  The Drunken Clam, “Family Guy” – Get your Pawtucket Beer on tap if you’re an animated character living in Quahog.

7.  Moe’s Tavern, “The Simpsons” – Homer doesn’t care, but this bar has NEVER been cleaned, and it’s owner has his office in the female toilet.