You can count on college students to do this more than at any other time of their life.Â What?
Incorrect Guesses:Â Drink, travel abroad, sleep, borrow a credit card from their parents, stay up late, study, call home to talk to Mom, move, do laundry at parent's house, bounce a check, ask for money, make sweet lovin', have dinner with parents,ask for parent's Â help with homework, move back in with their parents
Women say it takes an average of ten minutes of nagging to get a man to do THIS.
Incorrect Guesses:Â take out the garbage, mow the lawn, wash the car, go to the Doctor, pickup dirty clothes, change a diaper, do the dishes, everything, go tothe grocery store, driving, walk the dog, go dancing
Incorrect Guesses:Â send a Birthday card, iron, color their hair (if they have any), be a stay at home Dad, change their name when they get married, cook, wear pink, work from home, marry an older woman, wear their wedding ring, have a pre-nup agreement, adopt their spouses children.
Correct Answer:Â Ask father for permission to marry their daughter.
Over 50% of us have done this.Â 3% who have done it have had to call for help.
Incorrect Guesses:Â gone to jail, runÂ out of gas, driven off the road, gone for a boat ride, done our own plumbing, had a flat tire, been in a car accident, got stuck in the snow, put out tongue on a metal pole in winter, done their own oil change, locked the keys in the car, lost their keys, gone in the ditch
It's estimated that one in every four men who have had cosmetic surgery have this in common.
Incorrect Guesses:Â divorced, depressed, bald or balding, a younger wife, they're short, have had more than one procedure, they're overweight, havea scar or blemish, own their own business, under 30, low self esteem, over 50, wealthy, physician, upper management, show biz.
More than two thirds of us don't know this about ourselves.
Incorrect Guesses:Â blood type, mothers' maiden name, day of the week we were born, body fat level, personality type, time we were born, actual weight, I Q, nationality, ethnicity,genetic make-up, allergies
According to the ASPCA, more than a quarter of pet owners do this for their pets.Â What?
Incorrect Guesses:Â have a grave site for them, throw a Birthday Party for them, microchips, make them special food, buy them a wardrobe, buy them insurance, feed them human food, take them to doggie daycare
Incorrect Answers:Â breaking a fingernail, husband wanting to make whoopee, a busy signal, other women, waiting in line, co-workers, men oogling, men's flatulence, gorgeous models in advertising, the boss, other drivers.
Correct Answer:Â what their friends post on facebook.
This activity has declined over 80% in the last 50 years in America.Â What?
Incorrect answers:Â Little League Baseball, Sitting down to dinner as a family, Sewing or Knitting, Smoking, Sunday Drives, Going to Church, Gardening, Letter Writing, Reading the Sunday paper, Dancing, Home Cooking, Bowling, Ironing, Drive In Movies, Hanging out the laundry, Boxing, Water Skiing, Fishing,
Experts say our performance in this ability peaks after age 35.
Incorrect answers we got:Â Driving, Sex, Reading the fine print, Tasting/Pallet, Problem solving/Reasoning, Golf, Singing, Thinking, Money Management, Your Memory, Speaking/communication skills, Patience, Allergies, Writing.
Thursday's Brain Strain (insert plug here about Listen at 7:30am)
Women are four times more likely to do THIS than men.
Incorrect answers we got:Â Cheating, Crying, Get a Facelift, Do the Grocery Shopping, Go on a Diet, Pay the Bills/WriteÂ the Checks, Say I'm Sorry, Do Laundry, Cook, Clip Coupons, Try on Clothes, Ask for Directions, Use a Credit card, Gossip, Bounce a Check.
Scott Miller's #1 (a #1 song with a story) airs weekday mornings at 8:25.Â Fun feature I enjoy hosting.
This weekend is a #1 hits weekend.Â Â Songs that hit #1 on the chart.Â My kind of weekend.
Are you one of those that can remember where you were or what you were doing when songs came out?Â Or what the year was?Â Hats off if you even remember the season.
Songs that were at #1 this time of year, March 25th, 26th, and 27th!
1964 - She Loves You - The Beatles
1965 - Stop In The Name Of Love - The Supremes
1966 - The Ballad Of The Green Berets - Staff Sargent Barry Sadler
1967 - Happy Together - The Turtles
1968 - Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
1969 - Dizzy - Tommy Roe
1970 - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
1971 - Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
1972 - A Horse With No Name - America
1973 - Love Train - The O'Jays
1974 - Dark Lady - Cher
1975 - My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
1976 - December 1963 - The Four Seasons
1977 - Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
1978 - Night Fever - The Bee Gees
1979 - Tragedy - The Bee Gees
1980 - Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
1981 - Rapture - Blondie
1982 - I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
1983 - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Just from that list, Isn't The Ballad Of The Green Berets one of the strangest #1 songs of the rock and roll era.Â It was just so different.Â Yet very, very moving.Â And so was the artist Staff Sargent Barry Sadler different.Â He wrote the song while recovering from an injury he received in Vietnam.Â But his personal story took a strange turn years after he hit #1.
The Supremes had 12 #1's in their career.Â No other female group came close.
The Beatles had 20 #1's.Â No other group came close.
Janis Joplin was already dead when Me & Bobby McGee went to #1.Â So was Otis Redding when he died in Madison.Â Note to self:Â I need to go and see the plaque that is on Lake Monona.
Blondie's Rapture was for many the first time they heard a rap song.
Frankie Vallie was at #1, exactly a year later, so was his group the Four Seasons.
Bee Gees were at #1 in consecutive years on this weekend too.
Many more stories all weekend long...and every morning at 8:25.Â Say it with me now, "Scott Miller's Number One"
It's just like the Top 9 @ 9 countdown, but today it's Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes
#1 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
#2 Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
#3 From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
#4 Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
#5 Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.
#6 If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
#7 I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.
#8 So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
#9 And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
#10 Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
One of those remember where you were moments in history. February 22nd, 1980 and the US Men's Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid NY. Final score 4-3. That wasn't the Gold Medal game. But of course the US would go on to win the gold medal.
The amount of money spent in association with Valentine's Day. America will spend $15.7 billion this year, up a healthy 11% from last year. The average consumer shells out $116.21 for merchandise. And the average 25-34 year old is the biggest spender, spending $190.
The holiday is expected to generate $3.5 billion in jewelry sales, $3.4 billion in dining out, $1.7 billion on flowers, $1.6 billion on clothing, $1.5 billion on candy, and $1.1 billion on greeting cards. The National Retail Federation reports cards continue to be the main way people express their love, 52% buy one, making Valentine's Day the 2nd biggest card giving day of the year.
Pretty cynical for a guy in a red sweater today!
And the #1 answer in Woman's Day magazine when they asked "What do you want most this Valentine's Day?", was a hand written love letter!
Roses are red, Violets are blue,
What would I ever do, without you!
After sharing the following survey on WOLX this morning, Lisa called and asked me to post this, so her husband could read it.
Researchers at the Institute for Evolutionary Studies at New York's Binghamton University surveyed over 5,000 single adults on their dating expectations.
They found that men today are quicker to fall in love than women, and more interested in love, marriage and having children.
Meanwhile, women are much more concerned about maintaining their independence than their mothers were. 78 percent of women say having their own "personal space" is very important, compared to 58 percent of men, and they're also more likely than men to want their own hobbies and to go out with their friends.
Researchers say that over the past 40 years, it appears that men have started becoming women and women turning into men.
Ok that last paragraph I made up. But I'm thinking if this is an ongoing trend, George Clooney could become an endangered species.
And good luck to Brian and Lisa, and thanks for listening!
Before you try pinning the medal on my chest, hanging the blue ribbon around my neck, it's only about a mile.Â And it was sort of planned.Â And I love to walk.Â But, when the storm started the evening before, and the wind was blowing and the snow was drifting, I figured I'd have an issue getting out of the garage and getting the less than 100 yards to a main drag.Â The main drag was plowed when I left home, on foot, at 4:30 yesterday morning.Â But when I went to the underground parking garage, there was some snow inside the door!Â Not a good sign.Â That door had 4 foot snow drifts against it.Â No way would my car get thru that.Â Â I knew I should have bought that jet powered engine option.Â Anyway, I went to the other underground garage door.Â That one had 6 foot drifts.Â So like a Fats Domino song, I'm Waddling.Â
It was invigorating.Â Refreshing.Â Thankfully the wind was at my back.Â And the only vehicles I encountered as I walked along the side of the street were snowplows.Â Â Salute toÂ those guys.Â If I had SuperBowl tickets for you, I'd gladly give them toÂ you.Â Yeah, I know, easy to say when you don't have them.Â I'm getting sidetracked.Â Imagine that.Â Back to that feeling, when the visual is pristine, and there's nobody around.Â Aah, everything is alright.Â The wind is at my back.
This is Restaurant Week in Madison.Â Iâm a foodie.Â I love this.Â And upfront will tell you that I was given, by WOLX, a gift certificate to go to one of the featured restaurants this week.Â By weekâs end, Iâll tell you all the restaurants Iâve been to and what I ate, etc, but doubt Iâll let you know which one I didnât get a bill for at the end of the night, as opposed to all the others where I spent my hard earned moneyâ¦.ok, not so hard earned.Â
Monday night my wife Lisa and I went to La Brioche True Food on University Ave.Â Although itâs in a strip mall, once you enter youâll immediately forget that. Itâs tastefully decorated.Â The seating is either tapestry covered love seats, or wingback chairs.Â And youâll see the partly open kitchen so you can watch whatâs going on, but not see too much.Â The menu is creative, using seasonal ingredients.Â Local and Organic too.Â First course, winter vegetables.Â And sweet potato soup.Â Both delicious.Â Â Â So was the good fresh house made bread.Â Second course, and we didnât order the same thing, that way you get to sample twice as many selections.Â Organic Pork Braciola.Â Organic Beef Brisket.Â Both dishes flavourful and nicely presented.Â And good sized portions so that you donât go home feeling stuffed.Â Especially after the Third course of Spiced fig and Goat Cheese cake and Chocolate Ganache Torte.Â The service is friendly and attentive.Â (thanks Heather)Â To sum it up, Weâd go back.Â Which I guess is the purpose of Restaurant Week.Â We learned of and liked a restaurant weâd never been to before.
Now onto Tuesdayâs lunch restaurant. Â Bluephies on Monroe Street.
So when do you take down the lights?Â We talked about this on the air last week, but this morning, with Heather out of the studio, Adam started to take down the studio lights.Â I stopped him.Â One more day won't hurt.Â They're pretty.Â I think of them as winter lights, not necessarily Christmas lights.Â We need more discussion and input before taking them down.
Survey says the most popular answer when asked how long they keep their holiday lights up was a couple of weeks to 1 month.Â Hmmmm.Â When did we put up the studio lights?Â One fifth of people in the survey don't put up lights.Â 17% keep them up 2 to 5 months.Â 5 months!Â 3% a few days or less.Â 3% from 6 to 11 months.Â Really?Â and 3% never take them down.Â That must be exterior lights that you just don't turn on, off season.
Happy New Year.Â No matter what 2010 was like for you, here's to a great 2011.
I stayed up a couple hours past my regular bedtime last night, but still didn't make it to midnight...not that I was trying.Â Although I love countdowns....I love falling asleep.
And I'mÂ not much for resolutions.Â I shared a recent survey on the air yesterday morning stating that the #2 New Years resolution is to lose weight.Â #3 be more adventurous...meaning do something out of character, like skydive.Â But the most popular New Year's resolution?Â Two-thirds of people responded with "I don't make resolutions".Â I'm in the majority.
New Years Resolutions by President Obama:Â Â Â To finally finish reading George W's memoir.Â To have a beer summit with North and South Korea.Â To fatten up his wife Michelle's arms so she'll look more like a First Lady.Â To help finance the deficit by charging $45 for carry-on bags aboard Air Force One.Â Less talk, more rock!
On a serious note, New Year's Day has more babies die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than any other day of the year.Â Not clear why, but researchers suspect it has something to do with parents having drank heavily the night before.Â Sure hope this is a stat that can change.Â Have a Happy, and Safe!, New Year.
As we wrap up Christmas 2010, and end Christmas music on 94.9 WOLX, thanks for listening.Â It was fun playing all requests this morning.
Join us tomorrow morning, we're back to Classic Hits and sending 2010 out with a bang.
And as we look towards 2011, I'm hoping you'll start your day with us every morning.Â Many new features to come.Â And we'll continue with The Brain Strain at 7:30 weekday mornings.Â As always I'd love to hear from you, anyway you choose to contact me.Â Phone.Â Email.Â Facebook.Â Replies on the Blog page.Â We're always open to new ideas and comments about what we're already doing.
Happy 2011.Â May the year be filled with Number Ones!
The Badgers areÂ going to the Rose Bowl andÂ you canÂ help get some special wishes granted for local youngsters at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.Â
To commemorate the trip to Pasadena, Rawlings has produced "Season to Remember" full sized Rose Bowl game footballs.Â Each football comes with a very nice acrylic display case.Â Â Â Â TheÂ balls are priced at $99 each and can be ordered by calling 1-800-345-2868.Â Or online at www.nikcosports.comÂ Â Â Â
Only 5,000 of these will be produced and they make a great Holiday gift for any Badger fan.Â
Two guys were working for the city public works department.Â One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in.Â They worked up one side of the street, then down the other, then moved on to the next street, working furiously all day without rest, one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again.Â An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing.Â So he said to the hole digger, "I'm impressed by the effort you two are putting into your work, but I don't get it -- why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind and fill it up again?"
The hole digger wiped his brow, and sighed, "Well, I suppose it probably looks odd, because we're normally a three-person team.Â But today the guy who plants the trees called in sick"
I bet I'm like you and dislike those media people whoÂ over blowÂ the weather predictions.Â TV is mostly more guilty than radio.Â And my apologies upfront, if I'm perceived as "one of those".Â When I hear one inch of snow predicted, I jump into panic mode on the air, but only because it's been so long for me.Â Yes, I grew up in Canada, in four seasons Toronto.Â But I moved to Madison from Vancouver on the west coast.Â The weather there, much like Seattle and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.Â Rainy & chilly winters.Â But rarely snow, except for in the mountains.Â And rarely does the thermometer drop below freezing.Â And to add to my adjustment issues, I spent many years in Florida before that.Â
So I'm not overreacting to winter weather,Â just being a "wuss", as I continue to acclimate.Â Thanks for your patience.Â Ho Ho Ho.