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Adam Elliott

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Posts from August 2012

The True Meaning Of Life
I think it all comes down to a few words from a certain celebrity.

Homer Simpson said it best when he moaned and said 'D'oh!"  Here's the origin of the phrases from the man who made them:
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Fan Of A Pun?

I've spent a lot of my career writing, which is why I love a good pun every now and then.  Better now than then.

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Can't Look At Corn Today
Like many of you, I paid a visit to the Sun Prairie Corn Fest over the weekend. 

While i took great pleasure in watching my 11 year old niece and 6 year old nephew screaming i terror while riding the swinging pirate ship amusement ride, I really appreciated the corn accounting measures.

At the gate where the corn is served, there lies a sign that says "6 Ears Of Corn Per Tote."  Seems reasonable.  That should give two ears per person if you're splitting it three ways, or give a big guy like me a large meal with a little to take home.

So, I bought a tote for myself, only to have the server load it up with something close to 13 ears of corn. HOLY CORN BATMAN!

Long story short.  I had eight ears of corn yesterday and now am on corn overload. If there was only a way to alter the corn for another meal. 

Oh.  I know: add BACON!
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Put Down The Cell Phone And Eat

It's kinda sad when you look around a restaurant and see people at EVERY TABLE staring down at their phones, texting, and completely IGNORING the people they're eating with.
There's a restaurant in Los Angeles that's SO determined to stop that, they're actually willing to take a FINANCIAL HIT to make it happen.  Mark Gold is the owner and chef of Eva Restaurant.  And he now offers customers a deal:  If they leave their cell phones at the door, they get 5% off their bill.  Gold says, quote, "It's not really about people disrupting other guests.  It's about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone."   "We're trying to create an ambiance where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company."
So far, he says, about half of his customers have taken advantage of the offer.  The entrees at Eva appear to run between $19 and $45 . . . so giving up your phone really DOES seem worth the discount.

I'm all in.  We could do this, or approve a plan that allows us to throw our water glasses at people who are talking on the phone in a restaurant.  Either way I'm happy.

Source: (Foodbeast

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Topics: Hospitality_Recreation
Locations: Los Angeles
People: Mark Gold

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Coolest Underwater Cam You'll See Today

I gotta admit.  I am a junkie for Shark Week.  Sharks tap into some bizarre inner fear of mine and I can't help but watch. 

Sharp teeth, attacks from below, deadly strength and looks to kill.  I guess I watch them on TV, because I don't want to be anywhere near them in the water.

Speaking of the deep blue sea.  Check out this video of a guy who towed a camera behind his boat and got some really cool video:


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Topics: Human Interest

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Always Look On The Bright Side
Although I may have lost some of the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games last night to translation, there was one moment that I just adored. 

Eric Idle singing "Always Look On The Bright Side."

Monty Python will forever be credited with my poor English cockney accent and for my love of ironic comedy.  While the song at the Olympics last night was entertaining, the scene from The Life Of Brian is just brilliant.  It's not just a good song, it's also good advice.

Join me in a viewing:

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You Have What In Your Nose?
A six-year-old boy from Salt Lake City had been dealing with sinus problems for the past three years, and doctors finally figured out why: He's had a LEGO piece stuck up his nose all that time.

it took until last month for doctors of Issac Lasson to realize the child had a foreign object in his nose. The doctor asked Isaak about it. His response: "I put some spaghetti up there, but that was a long time ago."

You may want to skip reading this next part if you're eating: A specialist later pulled a ball of fungus out of Isaak's nose, and inside was a LEGO tire. Isaak has been feeling much better since the tire was removed.

If you think that's bad, check this out: In China, A spider crawled inside a woman's ear canal and lived there for five days before doctors extracted it. The woman complained of an itchy ear and was hoping doctors could treat her. Whenthe doctor took a look inside, he found a spider living in the woman's ear canal. Apparently, the spider had crawled into her ear while she slept.

Alright!  I hope you can still sleep sound tonight.
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Locations: Salt Lake City

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The Grocery Store Brain Meltdown
A new study found that three-quarters of us probably overpay for groceries . . . because we can't solve the following math problem: 

Would you rather buy something where you get 50% MORE for the regular price?  Or the regular quantity at 50% OFF? 

73% of people say they want they want the first option:  50% MORE for the regular price.  But that deal is actually WORSE.   You should buy the regular quantity at 50% OFF.  

Half off is always better, whether it has to do with groceries, or the size of the US Women's Olympic Vollyball team uniforms
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Another Reason Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Seriously.  This isn't a cat vs dog thing either.  You though cats were responsible for sucking the soul out of you while you sleep?  Nope.  They prefer something much more cold blooded.

Here's what an article in USA Today says about it.

That mouse carcass Kitty presents you with is just the tip of a very bloody iceberg. When researchers attached kittycams to house cats, they found a secret world of slaughter.

While only 30% of roaming house cats kill prey — two animals a week on average — they are still slaying more wildlife than previously believed, according to research from the University of Georgia.

Wildlife advocates say it is a frightening level of feline foul play. Based on a U.S. house-cat population of 74 million, "cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in decline," says George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy.
"The previous estimates were probably too conservative because they didn't include the animals that cats ate or left behind," University of Georgia researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd says.

The cats brought home just under a quarter of what they killed, ate 30% and left 49% to rot where they died.

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People: George FenwickKerrie Anne Loyd

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Time For Some Change?
According to a new survey, the average person has approximately $75 scattered around their house. 

It's a mix of loose change, dollar bills you've left in pockets, foreign money you didn't convert back at the end of a trip, and casino chips. 

Based on the latest Census estimate of about 114 million households in the U.S., that means we have approximately $8.55 BILLION of unused money just lying around.

Excuse me while I head home quick. I'm going out for dinner tonight!
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Is There Life On Mars?
A poingnant question asked by David Bowie in 1973.

After today, we might just find the answer.  Early this morning, the U.S. scored a huge victory on Mars, landing the largest and most sophisticated mobile laboratory ever launched to another planet.

The hope is that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover will spark a new interest in space exploration.

Will they find life, water or any of the building blocks of life?  Will they find alien life?

Marvin the Martian might know...
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People: David Bowie

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Paying For That Gold Medal
This doens't seem quite right.  Apparently Olympians have to shell out some significant bucks when they win an Olympic medal. 

A tax group breaks it down the costs this way:

Gold: Given the $25,000 cash award and the value of the medal itself ($675), recipients would owe the IRS up to $8,986
Silver: The cash award of $15,000 plus the medal itself ($385) equal a tax bill of up to $5,385
Bronze: The cash award of $10,000 plus the medal ($5) equal a tax bill of up to $3,502

After finding that out, Congress is working on a plan to stop taxing the athletes.  

That makes sense.  They are kind of promoting the country and it seems like they should't be run over by the tax man for it. 


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Can I Just Make A General Statement?
Madison is a great city.  

Seems like those responsible for the 'Best Of' Lists are starting to take note again. 

A week or so ago, Madison was ranked the best city in the nation by Kiplingers for Young Adults.  Now, new study ranks the best cities for seniors—and guess who's #2?

The Milken Institue says when it comes to big cities, none in Florida crack the top 10. "The traditional notions about retirement, about pulling up stakes and moving somewhere warm, doesn't really reflect accurately the notions of retirement in America," says the chief operating officer at the Milken Institute, which ran the study. Researchers looked at factors including health care, educational opportunities, job opportunities, transportation, cost of living, and recreation to determine the best cities for aging.

Looks like I'm stayng for a while

The top 10 big cities:
  1. Provo, Utah
  2. Madison, Wis.
  3. Omaha
  4. Boston
  5. New York
  6. Des Moines
  7. (tied for sixth) Salt Lake City
  8. Toledo, Ohio
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Pittsburgh
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