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Ever wonder what 45 million dollars sounds like? ~Stevi

I haven't; well, until now, that is. I would imagine it would sound like the tide coming in on a beach, the soft purr of a Lamborghini engine, and a lot - A LOT - of joyous screaming.

Apparently, it sounds more like a really, really expensive antique viola. However, the sound can't be beat. More on the story here, or catch a listen below:

~Stevi
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This guy got a tattoo of WHAT?! ~Stevi

Tattoos represent a million different things to a million different people. Whether it's love, hope, faith, music, etc - people have been getting tattoos that represent something close to them for thousands of years.

Now when we look back on history, we study artists and recipients of tattoos as trail blazers, independant, even a little crazy.

I can't believe that future generations will look back to study our society, and see this guy:
 
Full story here.

Excuse me while I shake my head. ~Stevi
 
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This guy got a tattoo of WHAT?! ~Stevi

Tattoos represent a million different things to a million different people. Whether it's love, hope, faith, music, etc - people have been getting tattoos that represent something close to them for thousands of years.

Now when we look back on history, we study artists and recipients of tattoos as trail blazers, independant, even a little crazy.

I can't believe that future generations will look back to study our society, and see this guy:
 
Full story here.

Excuse me while I shake my head. ~Stevi
 
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How a guy got away with writing off his around-the-world trip on his taxes! ~Ste

I didn't believe it either. I mean, HOW does one get a 'fun trip' deducted? Or better yet, a scuba trip?

Check out the list of 6 craziest tax deductions (as well as how a guy got away with writing off a $50,000 trip!) here.

Makes me rethink that trip to Vegas I've been meaning to take...

~Stevi
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Kitty's 1000th blog

Wow! What a milestone! I am pleased to announce that this the 1000th blog I've written for Triple M.

Some have been poignant, others downright silly. And I'm pretty sure a few of them made no sense at all.

Kitty's Blog By The Numbers

352:  Blogs about growing up in Stevens Point.

328:   Music-related blogs. Some of them may or may not have involved the Beatles.

117: Blogs about various holidays, including complaints about how pre-scooped pumpkins are not a thing.

95:   Recipes and other gastronomical topics. And no, all of them were not about beer.

52:   Complaints about the weather. Surprisingly all of them were not from this winter.

28:  Videos of cute babies and kittens.

19:  Political posts (mostly making fun of politicians)

8: Posts about Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and/or Miley Cyrus

1: Blog about blogging. (Which by the way includes my very first "selfie!")






 
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Summerfest announces more headliners

Summerfest has announced a new batch of headliners, in additon to previously announced acts that will be playing the big stage at the Marcus Amphitheatre.

They haven't announced dates or times for any of these side stage shows, so you'll have to stay tuned to get all the particulars.

A lot of artists we love here at Triple M will be playing--including Bonnie Raitt, the Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Bugg, O.A.R., Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, ZZ Ward, Neon Trees, Saints of Valory, Wild Feathers, Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and the Taj Mahal Trio.

Summerfest is also a great place to see your favorite "flashback" artists. Those include R.E.O. Speedwagon, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Kool & The Gang, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael McDonald, George Thorogood, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Check out the line-up here.
 
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World's Worst iPod: Christopher Cross "Sailing"

Christopher Cross had a very good year in 1980. He had an album that was selling like crazy with a few top 40 hits, including today's song "Sailing," which went all the way to number 1! He also won the Grammy for Best New Artist. He went on to have another big hit ("Arthur's Theme), but then his career didn't do much.

A lot of people blame MTV. He didn't have the "rock star look" to be a video star.

But his lack of rock star looks didn't seem to sway most people who called in to the show, and we played that sleepy little number in its entirety.

 
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Westboro Baptist Church pickets Lorde show - you'll never guess what happened! ~

In the wake of their founder and pastor Fred Phelp's death, Westboro Baptist Church showed up in New York to protest Lorde's concert - and Lorde, her fans, and her staff were ready for them. How did they fight back? With positivity and love, that's how. (Click here for more on the first time Lorde heard WBC was to picket her show.)

Fans held signs on opposite sides of the street from WBC, showing their condolences of their founder's passing, and wishes for them to find happiness.

This is truely a beautiful sight, and I love their message: "fight hate with love". If we could all be this well equipped.

Full story here.

~Stevi
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The uglier side of spring

The poet ee cummings has a couple great quotes about spring. One is that in the spring, "the world is mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful."

The other is "the earth laughs in flowers."

I've come up with another one along those lines. "The earth yells in giant parking lot snow turds."
 
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Playlist for the first day of spring

Hurray! Spring is finally here!

Okay, we still have large clumps of black oily snow everywhere, but at least the calendar says it's spring. And that means warmer days are right around the corner. (We hope).

Here are some songs to put a spring in your step.

 

 
 
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