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Olympic Fever
Apparently Olympic pride is getting some people a little too worked up.  There’s a story in the Daily Mail about a guy who was on the beach in the south of France.  He was so excited about the Olympics that he wanted to swim to America.

Yes, swim to America.

I know there are really good swimmers out there, but I’d say the only mammals that could go that distance are whales.  His friends thought he was kidding and let him jump in the water and start swimming.
 
He didn’t stop.
 
Eventually the lifeguards couldn’t see him and a helicopter was sent out to find him.  They did find him and he was still swimming.  The helicopter crew sent someone down by rope to tell him he had to swim more than 3-thousand miles to get to America.  According to the Daily Mail, he was still confident he could make it.  After a few more minutes, the rescue crew convinced him to give up and brought him back to safety.

I understand the guy liking the summer games, but perhaps it would be better to buy a few Olympic t-shirts or sweatshirts instead?
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Fire, Rain and Passion
This past weekend I went to see musician James Taylor perform at the Ravinia Festival in the suburbs of Chicago.  I’ve been going to James Taylor concerts since I was in high school.  I’ve probably seen him 18 to 20 times.

One of the things I always find inspiring about Taylor is his consistency.  In fact, his voice seems to be getting better with age.    Every time I see him, he sings songs like it’s the first time he’s playing them.  The classic example is Fire and Rain.  The song is more than 40 years old and I can’t imagine how many times he’s performed it.   Every time I hear it, it sounds as if he’s truly putting his heart and soul into the song.  I don’t know if he really enjoys singing it or can’t stand it.  It doesn’t matter, the point is he delivers.

Some days I don’t feel like going to work and I’m sure you feel the same.  I always get a little inspiration thinking of Taylor singing the same songs over and over again and doing it with such passion.  If he can do his job so well, so can I.
 
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Super Dumb?
It’s fun to make predictions.  Many times when I go to a baseball game with friends, I’ll predict a batter will hit a home run.  99% of the time I’m wrong, but when I’m right it’s so much fun.  Of course, when I made that prediction only two or three people hear it and it’s no big deal if I get it wrong.
However, Ryan Kalil is really putting himself in a tough position.  Kalil is an NFL player.  He’s the starting center for the Carolina Panthers.  He recently took out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer guaranteeing the Panthers would win the Super Bowl this season.

Yikes!

I like his confidence, but I’m not sure I like his common sense.  It’s great to be a motivator for your teammates, but this might be a bit much.  Yes, a million years ago Joe Namath predicted the Jets would win Super Bowl III.  However, he did it three days before the big game and he was drunk.
I guess the one saving grace for Kalil is the sad fact that not many people look at the newspaper anymore.  Just imagine if he would have tweeted his prediction.
 
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Don't Become a Twitter Twit
As a child my dad would always remind me to think before I would speak.  These days we have to tell kids to think before they tweet.  A Greek triple jumper named Voula Papachristou is going to miss the Olympics because of something dumb she tweeted.
 
I guess we can just add her to the list of morons who think of something stupid and then tweet it.  Hello, Gilbert Gottfried.
 
This Olympian made a joke about Africans coming to Greece and West Nile carrying mosquitos.  West Nile virus was originally discovered in Uganda.  It was dumb and not funny.  She also apparently made some comments supporting politicians who have extremely far right views on immigration in Greece.

What a waste.
 
I can only imagine all the hours, days and even years she put in training to compete in London.  It’s all of it gone after typing a few stupid words in an attempt to be funny.
 
Comedians don’t attempt triple jumps because they’re not athletes and Papachristou shouldn’t have attempted humor because she is not a comedian.
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Madison Restaurant Week - Veranda
As Madison Restaurant Week roles on, Lindsay and I went to check out the new Veranda.  It’s located on Fish Hatchery Road in the building that used to house Café Continental and before that La Paella. 
 
Former owners of Café Continental just reopened this place a few days ago.  The official grand opening is next Monday.  As with any restaurant just opening, they are still working out all the kinks.
 
Even though they’re just getting started, it was still mostly a great meal.  I had the shrimp cocktail appetizer.  It’s hard to make shrimp cocktail amazing.  The shrimp were decent in size and the dipping sauce was okay.  Lindsay had a Caesar salad that was fairly plain.  It could have used some cheese or maybe a hard-boiled egg or even some anchovies. 
 
However, the main course was fantastic.  Lindsay ordered the roasted zucchini.  It was lasagna made of zucchini with sweet onions, fresh pasta sheets, and fresh mozzarella and Romano cheese in a light creme sauce.  It came with a stuffed grilled tomato.  It was amazing!
I had the grilled Mahi Mahi and it reminded me of some fish I had when we went to Hawaii last winter.  It had fresh mango, pineapple and avocado salsa and was served on a bed of sweet coconut-cilantro and sticky rice.

For dessert, Lindsay got the flan which was fantastic and I had an ice cream chocolate cake that featured Zanzibarl, which one of my favorite Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and Nutella along with caramel ice cream.  I was in heaven.

The service was very friendly and will become even sharper as time goes on.  We dinned outside which is surrounded by many trees making it the perfect outdoor spot.

They have an interesting brunch and lunch menu and I know we’ll return soon.
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Not Enough
At first I thought the punishment for Penn State handed down by the NCAA was perfect, but after further review I’m not so sure.  The one thing the NCAA should have done was CANCEL the school’s football program for a year or two.  Simply banning Penn State from bowl games isn’t really effective.  Honestly, who cares if the team makes it to the Champs Sports Bowl or the Outback Bowl or the Holiday Bowl or Alamo Bowl?  Do you even know where those games take place?  If it’s not the BCS National Championship or the Rose Bowl no one really remembers.

This punishment may make Penn State students and athletes have an “us against them” mentality.  That’s the last thing that should be happening.  I don't think Penn State is pure evil or that any of the students who went to school there are evil.  My in-laws both got degrees from Penn State. 

The entire school shouldn't be judged by its twisted football program.  A year off of football would send this simple message: Football is not the most important thing.  The college experience will still be educational for those who go to Penn State.  They might even learn a little more without the Saturday ritual of football.  Heck, the Badgers sucked in football when I went to school here at the UW.  They didn't go to any bowl games, but I still had a great college experience. 
 
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Madison Restaurant Week - Blue Marlin
The summer installment of Madison Magazine’s restaurant is underway!  My wife, Lindsay and I wasted no time in taking advantage of the amazing food and deals offered this week with a trip to The Blue Marlin on Sunday night.

Every time we go to The Blue Marlin we always ask ourselves why we don’t go there more often because it’s always so good.  Once again the Marlin did not disappoint.

We decided to dine outside.  The weather was perfect and the food was even better.
We both started off with Thai styled curried crab soup.  The combination of large crab chunks and Thai flavoring was delicious.  Deciding on the first course was tough because we also could have had a Caesar salad or steamed mussels.
 
For the main course, I went with the shrimp diablo which featured two large shrimp, penne pasta and chorizo.  The dish had a little kick to it which I always enjoy.  Lindsay went with the cornmeal crusted rainbow trout with cous cous tomato.  The chef had the perfect amount of cornmeal crust on the fish.  It wasn’t too heavy or too light.  The cous cous tomato was presented cold and was an ideal side dish to the trout.

For dessert Lindsay went with iced tea and lemon sorbets.  We had never had iced tea sorbet, but it was quite good.  In fact, Lindsay proclaimed it the best flavor of sorbet she’s ever tasted.  The combination with the lemon created a great summer drink in sorbet form and the butter cookie was the perfect topper.  I went with the chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream.  I love chocolate and think of myself as a brownie expert.  This brownie was fantastic as it had huge chunks of chocolate inside. 

Madison restaurant week runs through Friday night!  Don’t let the week slip by without checking out one of the great restaurants offering  great meals for just $25.
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Green Drive Expo
Saving money and helping the environment is a great combination.  You can learn how to do both at the Green Drive Expo this weekend at the Alliant Energy Center.  There’s a chance for you to test drive all kinds of eco-friendly cars and to talk to people who have figured out alternative solutions when it comes to feeding their cars.
 
One speaker actually has his BMW running on propane!  Another speaker has turned alcohol into fuel!
 
I’ve had the chance this week to drive a new Prius C.    My brother-in-law owns a Prius and drove it from San Francisco to Washington D.C. recently and one of our station vehicles is also a Prius.
 
I’ve had a great time driving it this week.  One of the remarkable things about this car is the fact that it really never sounds like it’s running.  When you turn the key, you have to look at the display on the dashboard to even realize it’s on.
 
The gas mileage is beyond amazing.  This Prius C gets an average of 50 miles per gallon!  The car has lots of room and is a very comfortable ride.  After every ride is complete the on-screen computer tells you the important stats including how much you spent on gas.
 
On my last trip through town the computer calculated I spent a total of 37 cents on fuel!
 
Check out the Green Drive Expo this weekend at the Alliant Energy Center.  Your wallet and Mother Nature will appreciate it.

Here's some more info on the Prius C:
 
2012 Prius c (SOP: December 2011)
  1. Prius c (“c” stands for “city”) is targeting younger buyers by offering a point of entry into the Prius Family with innovation, technology and MPG leadership in a fun to drive package
  2. MPG 53/46/50 (city/highway/combined) - highest city MPG of any vehicle without a plug
  3. 1.5-L DOHC 16-valve with VVT-I; EV/ECO modes; 99 hybrid system net hp
  4. Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating
  5. Nine standard airbags – includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, driver and front passenger seat cushion airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags
  6. Driver and front passenger Advanced Whiplash-Injury Lessening headrests
 
EQUIPMENT BY MODEL:
 
Prius c One:
  • Color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • 15-in. steel wheels with wheel covers and P175/65R15 tires
  • AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, 4 speakers in 4 locations, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity, auto sound leveling, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Automatic climate control with air filter, electric compressor, and push-button controls
  • 3.5-in. TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable settings, outside temperature, clock, fuel economy information, cruising range, odometer, trip distance, EV miles driven, Hybrid System Indicator, ECO Savings, ECO Score, energy monitor, and warning messages
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats; 4-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, climate, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
  • Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, and panic functions, and remote illuminated entry
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch up/down
 
Prius c Two adds:
  • AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers in 6 locations, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity, auto sound leveling, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Fabric-trimmed two-tone front seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with adjustable headrests
  • Cruise control
  • Center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Cargo area tonneau cover
 
Prius c Three adds:
  • Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with remote keyless entry system, remote illuminated entry, and Push Button Start
  • Color-keyed outside door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Touch Tracer Display
  • Display Audio with Navigation and EntuneTM — includes 6.1-in. touch-screen, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers in 6 locations, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability (includes three-month trial subscription to XM Select Package), HD RadioTM with iTunes® Tagging, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity and control, vehicle information with customizable settings, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology. EntuneTM — includes BingTM and Pandora®; real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Apps available summer 2012 at no charge include iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com and OpenTable®. Access to EntuneTM services is complimentary for three years.   
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, climate, Multi-Information Display, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command controls
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Bovine Beauty
I just saw a story about cows in the state of Oregon getting waterbeds and I immediately became concerned.  I live in America’s dairyland!  Why don’t we have waterbeds for our cows?!
 
However, I had a huge moo of relief after hearing the farmers in Oregon got the idea from Wisconsin farmers!
 
That’s great, but I think we need to stay on the cutting edge in Wisconsin because soon all cows will have waterbeds.
 
I think it’s time to open cow spas.  Honestly, these fine bovine bodies need more pampering.  Don’t you think a hooficure would be nice?
Perhaps some of the black spots on those Holsteins are getting a little gray.  A quick dye job would do the trick. Those cows are also out in the hot sun all day long.  I think they could use a facial.

My only concern:  Will spoiled cows produce spoiled milk?

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Smells Kinda Gamey
I haven’t worn cologne since I was a teenager, but I might reconsider.  There’s a new set of fragrances coming soon that are sure to be “winners”.  An East coast company called Epic Scents is making new signature smells based on video games.

Holy Pac Man!

I’m not sure what a video game character really smells like, but they’re going to give it a try.  Actually, the company is starting out by introducing air fresheners first.  The creators also stress it’s not what the character smells like, but what smell expresses him.

The first character who will receive a smell is Mega Man from the old 1987 NES game.  I’m personally not too familiar with that character, but I can think of some others.

The monkey from Donkey Kong.  His smell could be a mix of his own feces and maybe a rubber tire.





Space Invader alien.  Have you ever been stuck sitting in a crowded airplane waiting on the tarmac for hours?  That would be the perfect smell for an alien who has traveled millions of light years to invade earth.



Prostitutes from Grand Theft Auto.  Let’s get into the modern era of video games.  This “lovely” lady probably smells like spray-on tan, cigarettes, chewing gum and a Pabst beer.

Good luck to Epic Scents.  I think they’ll do okay as long as they don’t capture the smell of all those people who spend more time playing video game then on personal hygiene.
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Gravy Train
7-11 stores may be introducing a new type of quick serve food machine filled with hot mashed potatoes and gravy.

AMERICA!!!!

Actually, the idea is already being used by 7-11 stores in several foreign countries and it could be coming here soon.  What a great idea!  But why stop at mashed potatoes to go?  We should have an entire Thanksgiving dinner in a cup!  Don’t you think that would be perfect for the hungry American on the go?

I can see the ads now…
 Feel like having some turkey, cranberries, carrots and mashed potato, but you have to be at an important business meeting in 10 minutes?  Instead of eating something healthy like an apple to hold you over, run into a 7-11 today and get an entire 5,000 calories in one convenient cup!

Actually, this type of idea has already been a joke for The Onion.




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Dying for Coffee
A funeral home in South Carolina is opening up a Starbucks.  Yes, a Starbucks.  I understand people are addicted to coffee, but do we really need to get some coffee when we’re saying goodbye to someone forever?

Apparently the answer is yes.


Robinson Funeral Home in Easley South Carolina has hired a full-staff of baristas to serve the grieving.  Nothing like a Skinny Caramel Macchiato as you send grandma or grandpa to their eternal resting place.

Easley does not have a Starbucks in town so this will be an opportunity for non-grieving to get their caffeine fix too.  I just hope the lines aren’t too long. 

Could you imagine someone who’s late for work getting grumpy because they can’t get their White Chocolate Mocha immediately?

The conversation would probably go something like this:

Customer 1 (who is also a mourner): “I’d like a Cinnamon Dolce Latte please.”

Customer 2 (person late for work): “Man!  Can’t this line move any faster!?  I’m dying back here!”


Maybe we should have more things in funeral homes.  It might help us put things in perspective.  The next time you’re in line at the DMV or the grocery store, you might not get as angry if you happen to see a funeral going on out of the corner of your eye.

 
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Penn State Must Be Punished
Why is this so difficult? 
 
Penn State football should be punished for the non-actions by its former coach.  The official report from Louis Freeh is out and says Joe Paterno was aware of Jerry Sandusky’s actions back in 1998 and thought it best to cover it up because it would hurt the image of the football program.
 
Ohio State University is in trouble because athletes got free tattoos.  The University of Wisconsin was in trouble because some athletes got free shoes.  Southern Methodist University lost its football program for several years because donors were giving athletes money and even cars.
 
Penn State was allowing one of its coaches to rape children.
 
This is not that difficult.
 
This does not mean Penn State University and all its faculty and students are evil.  This does not mean anyone who ever graduated from PSU is evil.  This does not mean PSU can’t redeem itself.  It has already taking baby steps by hiring former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct this investigation.
 
This does mean the football program should be punished.  If a college sports program is punished for giving a student money to buy a car, why shouldn’t another school be punished for letting a coach rape children?
 
This is not that difficult.
 
If Joe Paterno helped 1 million people get an education and become productive citizens, it is all lost if he knew even one child was being raped and didn’t do everything possible to help.
 
Penn State does not have to go away and it can rise from this horrible situation, but its supporters must erase Joe Paterno from the landscape.
 
The first step is taking down the statue of Paterno outside the football stadium.
 
This is not that difficult.
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O Say Can You See...My Cheat Sheet?
I missed the Major League Baseball All-Star game this year because I was at the opening night of the musical Billy Elliott at Overture Center.  I think I made the right choice considering the American League didn’t show up for the mid-summer classic.
 
Therefore, I missed the singing of the National Anthem by country star Luke Bryan.  Apparently, he did a great job of singing it but there were some complaints that Bryan looked down at his hand and even his watch during the performance.
 
Bryan has now admitted he wrote the lyrics to the anthem on his hand.  He also looked at his watch because he wanted to time out the song perfectly for when the stealth bomber flew over the stadium.
 
Some are criticizing Bryan.  I give him a pass on checking of the watch. Getting the timing with the bomber is important and it appears he started singing the song late.  I can understand if they told him he has 55 seconds and he wanted to hit it on the nose.
 
However, the memorization of the words is another story.  I’m really bad at memorizing things.  I remember many years ago when I worked at a station in Houston and had to welcome people to a lunchtime performance of classical music put on by some members of the Houston Symphony.  I couldn’t remember the exact name of the event and had to pull out a crumbled piece of paper in my pocket, slowly open it and look for the name of the event.  Of course,  if I was in that position now, I would gloss over the specific name and just give people a more general welcome.
 
You can’t gloss over the National Anthem, but I think Bryan should have probably practiced that thing every single night before bed.  I know it’s a quirky song.
 
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?

 
I thought it was perilous FLIGHT and OH the ramparts for years and years.
 
I guess we shouldn’t be too hard on Bryan because he just wanted to get it right.   If you watch his peformance (below) you'll see he did an amazing job.  The song sounds beautiful and very sincere.   However, singing the National Anthem and being judged by a bunch of couch potatoes who can’t sing and probably would fail a 6th grade test on our nation’s history seems to be the American Way.


 
 
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For It's One, Two, Three Million Bucks
Why can’t I ever find a million 3 million dollars in the floorboards?!  Karl Kissner was helping his family clean out the attic in his grandparents’ house and found a box filled with baseball cards.  He recognized some of the names and was impressed the cards were in such good condition.
He decided to take them to an expert who told him he had what may be “the biggest sports find ever made.”  Have you heard of the Honus Wagner card?  It’s the holy grail of baseball card.  They are probably worth more than finding the actual Holy Grail.  The experts rate Kissner’s Wagner card at a perfect 10 out of 10.

The entire collection is estimated to be worth about 3 million dollars.  Kissner has a lot of relatives and they plan on splitting the money.

I’ve always imagined finding something valuable in all the junk I have saved, but most of the stuff consists of high school yearbooks, old pictures and a stack of the newspaper columns I wrote in high school and college.  I’ve also dreamed of finding a copy of the Constitution or a rare Van Gough painting at  a garage sale, but so far I’ve only scored a lamp and a couple of folding chairs.
 
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New Kind of Debate
Recently on Jordanian television the political debate became so heated, one of the “experts” in the discussion pulled out a gun.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but this gives me an idea.
No, we shouldn’t have our politicians pull guns on each other.
 
BUT…

What if our politicians had to perform some type of physical challenge to win our vote?  Have you seen the show Wipeout?  Me neither, but I’m told the show consists of people running through crazy giant obstacle courses.  The contestants usually end up falling into the water or having a giant foam bat hitting them in the groin.

How many people do you think would watch President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney go face to face in an obstacle course?
 
Probably way more than we want to admit.

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World Wide Won't
The internet is supposed to be down for a few thousand Americans today.  There was some type of virus unleashed on some suckers computer users which will block access to the internet. 

The horror!  What will all these people do to fill their day?!

Perhaps, work?

Think about how much you could actually get done without the internet.  I know the internet provides a lot of information right at your fingertips, but often times that’s the problem.
You hear someone in the cubicle nearby talking about tomorrow’s Major League Baseball all-star game.  It makes you think back to the all-star game where Pete Rose ran into that catcher.  Who was that catcher?
 
Ray Fosse
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Now the flood gates have opened.   Next you look to see what Ray Fosse is up to these days.  Oh, he’s an announcer for the Oakland A’s.  Hey, why do the Oakland A’s have an elephant as their mascot?  Now you’ve spiraled into random question after question which takes you on a strange and wonderful path that ends up with you now knowing Sterling Holloway was the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

A good 30 minutes have been wasted.

I know the internet is good for email and actually selling items.  However, I wonder how effective it would be if I actually had to talk to my co-workers about something as opposed to just forwarding an e-mail?

Perhaps some time in the future, we’ll evolve to a world without the internet.

Now excuse me, I have to update my Facebook status.
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It's A Dead World After All
Some entrepreneurs in Detroit would like to create a zombie theme park in some “dead” areas of Detroit.  On the up side, there are miles and miles of abandoned homes and factories to create this project.  On the down side, it's a theme park where zombies chase you.

The park will be 200 acres and includes an overnight stay includes the fun of being chased by zombies all night long!  Don’t worry if you get caught by a zombie the game isn’t over.  You get to become a zombie and chase your friends. I’m not sure if this will work in the long term, but it sounds kind of fun.  Perhaps hordes of bachelor parties will go to it.

It could also be used as a tool to get young kids to behave.  Can you imagine parents threatening to take their kids to Zombieland instead of Disneyland?

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Top Notch Tee?
I guess if you have endless amounts of cash, a $90 white t-shirt doesn’t seem that expensive.   For those of us who don’t have a bottomless wallet, it seems insane. 

Gwyneth Paltrow is selling these new t-shirts and thinks it’s “the perfect t-shirt”. 

Really?

Does it make me breakfast or run errands for me?

No?

How about making me look like I’ve got a perfectly sculpted body?

Doesn’t do that either?

Does it make me smarter?

Nope?

Then it’s not the perfect t-shirt.

Here’s the way the t-shirt is described on the website, “Inspired by tuxedo tailoring, we added grosgrain piping to the shoulder and sides, and shortened the length, modernizing this essential wardrobe staple.”

I think I’ll just stick with my three-pack of t-shirts for $9.99.  I guess it doesn’t have the grosgrain piping, but hopefully I can manage.
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Roll of the Dice
You can’t be too careful.  I’ve heard that saying many times, but I’m not so sure I believe it anymore.  Former shuttle commander Alan Poindexter was killed over the weekend in a jet-ski accident with his son.  Poindexter was commander for two separate space shuttle missions and survived them both.  Now he’s gone at the age of 50 because of a freak accident.
 
Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford was almost killed standing on a street corner talking to constituents when a crazy person opened fire killing several in the crowd.  Meanwhile, her husband Mark Kelly was a lot safer on the space shuttle’s final mission a few months later.

Comedian Steven Wright once told the joke, “I’ve heard most accidents happen within two miles of home…so I moved.”

We hear many stories of people surviving underneath piles of rubble for days and other people dying quickly after falling down the stairs at home.  What’s the point?  I guess there isn’t one except you shouldn’t be too careful because that might be dangerous.
 
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Somebody Left the Cake Out in the Rain
Forget pop-up ads on your computer, there is a new form of advertising that may be headed to a bathroom near you.  Detroit is trying out some talking urinal cakes.  Those of you who don’t use the men’s room may not be familiar with the urinal cake.  It’s simply a deodorizer placed in the urinal to keep it shiny and fresh.

In an attempt to stop people from drinking and driving some bars in Detroit will have urinal cakes that speak when wet.  The cakes will remind patrons it’s not the best idea to drink and drive.

I wonder if some guys will be drunk enough to think the body part in their hand is talking to them?  I doubt it.  I think all guys can agree we’ve never gotten any good advice from that second brain located below the belt.
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Like WifeSwap, only different
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Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?
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Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music. Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...
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