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Scott Miller

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Posts from October 2012


Wednesday 31st Brain Strain
Your average kid in America will eat between 60 and 65 pounds of THIS each year.

Incorrect Guesses:  sugar, cheese, pizza

Correct Answer:  pasta
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Tuesday 30th Brain Strain
When asked what horror movie title best describes your last relationship, the top answer was 'Night of the Living Dead'.  What was #2.

Incorrect Guesses:  Nightmare on Elm St., House on the end of the street, Hell FreezesOver.

Correct Answer:  Psycho
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Monday 29th Brain Strain
More than one third of men claim they can do THIS with no training or practice at all.

Incorrect Guesses:  laundry, anything and everything, cook, drive a boat, compete in an auto race, talk your way out of an argument, drive a car, fix the plumbing,

Correct Answer:  run a marathon
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Friday 26th Brain Strain
Two Thirds of us would like to see THIS someday, but 30% say 'no way'!

Incorrect Guesses:  Northern Lights, a tornado, a woman President, extra-terrestial

Correct Answer:  100th Birthday
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Thursday 25th Brain Strain
The average person does THIS six times a day, and gets embarrassed when busted doing it.

Incorrect Guesses:  picks their nose, passes gas, lying, burping, sneezing, yawning
 
Correct Answer: talking to themselves
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Wednesday 24th Brain Strain
If you're an average American, you will eat 9 of THESE between now and the end of the year.

Incorrect Guesses:  apples, pears, pumpkin, hamburgers, pizzas

Correct Answer:  Slices of pizza
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Tuesday 23rd Brain Strain
According to USA Today, only about 3% of Americans have admitted to eating HERE.

Incorrect Guesses:  in the bathroom, in a gas station bathroom, McDonalds

Correct Answer:  in the bathtub
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Monday 22nd Brain Strain
The top 3 conveniences people say they couldn't live without are the microwave, the t.v. remote, and THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  cell phone, bathroom, debit card, coffee maker, air conditioner, t.v., refrigerator

Correct Answer:  dishwasher
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Friday 19th Brain Strain
2% of people say they have stolen one of THESE from a hotel.

Correct Answer:  a bible
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Thursday 18th Brain Strain
Sales records show that people buy THESE as gifts far more than buying them for themselves.

Incorrect Guesses:  gift cards, I tune cards, body massages, oil changes, ties, candles, pets, pajamas, flowers, fruit cake, jewellery, dishes, wine glasses, Bucky Book, knives, picture frames, shoes, crock pot

Correct Answer:  blenders
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Wednesday 17th Brain Strain
According to a recent police survey, 45% of people in car accidents last year lost control of their car because of THIS.

Incorrect Guesses;  changing the radio station, texting, killing a bug, falling asleep, eating, dropping phone, dodging an animal, road conditions, blinding sunlight, driving too fast
Correct Answer:  sneezing
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Tuesday 16th Brain Strain
3 quarters of women say it's unforgivable if a man does THIS on a first date.

Incorrect Guesses:  doesn't open the door for you, doesn't show up, talk about an ex, text

Correct Answer:  forgets your name.
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Mr. Miller Goes to Washington
Badger Honor Flight raises money with one goal in mind.  To make sure every Wisconsin World War II veteran gets to go to DC to see the monuments in their honor.  The 13th Badger Honor Flight was Saturday, and I was on the flight. 

What a day.

Badger Honor Flight day begins at Dane Co Airport between 4:30 and 5:30 with the Veterans and their guardians checking in. The BHF volunteers must have been there many hours before that.  I arrived just before 5am, and I bet every Veteran was already there. Excited and looking forward to what was ahead.  Breakfast served as everyone gets their lanyards with their name and info needed for the flight and the bus you’d be on to get to each site once in DC. Question for those who organize the first food of the day.  Where did those muffins come from?  Fabulous.



A choir to sing the National Anthem and a few patriotic songs to start the day.  Time to get on the charter flight.
79 veterans.  3 of them women.  Between the age of 84 and 98.  And their guardians.  Some sons, some daughters, grandchildren.  All with duties to assist ‘their’ veteran make the most of the day, and the anticipation of sharing in thrill all are about to experience.
I was assigned to sit next to Bob and his son Tom.  Two better row mates I couldn’t have picked.  We exchanged our stories and settled in for the flight.

Upon landing at Washington National Airport, The fire department gave their high honor of a water cannon salute as we taxied into the gate.  That was only the beginning.

Deplaning isn’t the easiest thing to do with that many in wheelchairs, but I didn’t hear a single complaint.  Imagine if that was a commercial flight.  As we stepped onto the jetway, a representative of every branch of service was there to greet each and every one of us.  As we walked down the decorated jetway, one could hear singing.  Here comes an "Oh, Wow" moment.  Into the gate area and we’re greeted with a group singing accapela songs that had to bring back memories for each and everyone.  And lining each side of the area were people of all ages, thanking the vets for their service to our country, shaking hands, cheering, clapping, and it went on for 25 yards.  To stand and watch the reaction of these WWII vets brought the first tear of the day to my eye.  What a great welcome to the nation’s capital.

There were 4 buses and each one color co-ordinated.  Red.  Blue.  Orange.  And Green.  Onto the bus for the first stop, the WWII Memorial.  4 buses, led by a police escort.  No red lights, stop signs or traffic issues for us!  As we debarked our buses, we were greeted by not only a gorgeous, sunny, warm day, but Elizabeth and Bob Dole.  Graciously greeting the Vets one on one, posing for pictures, and thanking them for their service.



Also at this location we saw the Presidents motorcade go by.  Not sure where he was headed, but that’s a big time motorcade with the number of vehicles that have to be involved.

We saw the WWII Memorial, which I’d never seen.  It wasn’t there my last trip to DC.  Right between the Lincoln Memorial, the reflecting pool  and the Washington Monument.  Everyone headed for the Wisconsin section and out came the cameras.

Next stop, the Marine Corps Memorial, lunch, then the Korean vet, Vietnam vet and Lincoln Memorial stop. 



Along the way of course, I had the opportunity to interact with fellow travelers and answer questions about why Heather wasn’t on the trip, or why she won’t go thru a stop sign when there’s not a car for miles at 5 am.  I saw Badger Honor Flight volunteers that I’ve met at the tailgates and got to interact with them a little bit too. 

Thanks to the police escort the visit to Arlington National Cemetery was timed perfectly as we arrived just in time to watch the changing of the guard ceremony. 



At this stop I had the chance to wander off on my own and walk quietly thru the endless rows of headstones of those who gave their lives for us and our country.  I’d forgotten how massive, and hilly Arlington Cemetery is.  But my thought was and is, We are so lucky.  Row after row of men and women who made America what it is.  Thank a vet.  Although I wasn’t born in America, I am extremely proud to be an American. 
Off to the Air Force Memorial, last stop before it’s back to Reagan Airport, and on the way to the gate, more people of all ages thanking the veterans for their service, and at the gate a group that sounded like the Andrew Sisters to entertain as we awaited our flight home. 

On board.  Another offer of food.  And then mail call. BHF volunteers came thru the plane handing out bundles of letters that relatives, friends, schools, churches etc of the veterans had written.  Personal thank yous from those in their lives.  Very moving. 



And to put the icing on the cake, next year when you hear about a Badger honor flight and get the invitation to come out to Dane Co Airport to greet the flight, do it.  As the 79 vets and their guardians came down the stairs they were greeted by a band, and a crowd of well over a thousand cheering family members and friends. 
 
The perfect end to a perfect day.  Thank you to all veterans for what you have done and continue to do to make America what it is and what it stands for.  I know I forget stuff, I should have taken notes.
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Monday 15th Brain Strain
85% of people who own one of THESE in their home never use it.

Incorrect Guesses:  exercise equipment, fire extinguisher

Correct Answer:  a piano
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Friday 12th Brain Strain
Only 4 of 10 Americans have used one of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses:  compass, typewriter
Correct Answer:  rotary telephone
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Thursday 11th Brain Strain
According to Reader's Digest, 28% of teenagers somehow have never tried THIS

Incorrect Guesses:  soda pop, brocolli, played hooky, driving

Correct Answer:  riding a bike
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Wednesday 10th Brain Strain
According to new statistics, when it comes to online dating profiles, the thing women lie about most is their weight.  What do men lie about the most.

Incorrect Guesses:  their hair, income
Correct Answer:  their job.
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Tuesday 9th Brain Strain
Two Thirds of employees say they'd work harder if their boss would do THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  pay more, give thanks and praise, work with them on the floor, give an extra day off, not micro manage them, have a party ora Christmas party, leave them the heck alone, give a gift card, give them the holidays off, recognize their birthday

Correct Answer:  give a Christmas bonus.
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Monday 8th Brain Strain
In a survey, lottery players were asked what they would do if they ever won a big jackpot.  Their number one answer was start their own business.  What was the number two response?

Incorrect Guesses:  go on a world cruise, put kids thru college, give to charity, retire, payoff the mortgage, not quit their job, pay bills, invest, have a big party, put the news on facebook, not change a thing, switch phone numbers, have a healthier lifestyle, go back to school, get a bigger home, go into hiding, have a great vacation, get a lawyer

Correct Answer:  get a divorce
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Friday 5th Brain Strain
A majority of women say they would rather not have to do THIS at work

Incorrect Guesses:  make the coffee, answer the phone, clean the toilet, wear pantyhose, work, work with other women, take a lunch break, buy gifts for the boss, socialize with the boss, talk about their personal life, chip in for a co-workers gift, get a call that your kid is sick.

Correct Answer:  have a photo taken
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Thursday 4th Brain Strain
Less than 3% of the world's population shares THIS trait.

Incorrect Guesses:  ambidextrous, little people

Correct Answer:  red hair
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Wednesday 3rd Brain Strain
Two Thirds of people who do THIS say they plan on watching the presidential debates.

Incorrect Guesses:  vote, pay taxes, don't have insurance, are undecided, follow all elections, go to church, work, go to bed early, sleep alone,read newspapers, watch t.v., donat money to political causes, watch with a group, because of a home state candidate
Correct Answer:  drink beer
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Tuesday 2nd Brain Strain
Experts think that the longest one of THESE has lasted is about 31,600 days.

Incorrect Guesses:  a person, bacteria strain, star, drought, ice age, alligator

Correct Answer:  marriage
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Monday 1st Brain Strain
Survey says 20% of American drivers do THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  come to a complete stop, text and drive, wear seat belts, speed, put on make up while driving, sing, are driving on a suspended license, look at the scenery, don't use turn signals, don't listen to the radio, eat

Correct Answer:  litter
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