The Wall Street Journal just published a list of 127 NCAA football teams and ranked them according to which teams had the best home field records. It may surprise you not to find the likes of successful teams like Oregon, Alabama or The Ohio State University ( the first undisputed NCAA football champion in NCAA history) but instead many from some of the smaller conferences.. Topping the list is the North Texas Mean Green who are 39 and 1 in Apogee Stadium (pictured). Second, and no surprise to this Big Ten fan, is Wisconsin. Now the home field itself isn’t the only factor when determining home field advantage.. One has to assume that the quality of the officials, the crowd, and schedules would have something to do with it. If you wanna see the entire list of 127, go to this link http://www.wsj.com/articles/who-has-college-footballs-biggest-home-field-advantage-1441405838 , Otherwise browse the top ten list below:
The Top 20 Bike Friendly States in the United States. Are you in the top 20 or near the bottom with Cellar Dweller Dead Last #50 Alabama?Posted on August 31, 2015, in Sports, with 0 Comments
This study was compiled and published by The League of American Bicyclists, an organization thatrepresents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, we work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere. The League believes that: Bicycling brings people together. When more people ride bikes: Life is better for everyone; Communities are safer, stronger and better connected; Our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent. Their mission is to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. The League annually ranks all 50 states on how bikeable they are. The results are below. You can find out more information about the The League at www.bikeleague.org
2015 Associated Press College Football Pre-Season Poll The Ohio State Buckeyes # 1 (First unanimous choice in history)Posted on August 24, 2015, in Everything Else, with 0 Comments
The Associated Press released its 2015 Preseason NCAA preseason college football poll and the Buckeyes are the first unanimous choice for # 1. Congrats Buckeyes. Here's the top 10.
At the 250th American Chemical Society meeting on Tuesday,researchers stated that more than 95 percent of lice populations tested had high levels of gene mutations. "What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids," said Kyong Yoon, who conducted the research. Apparently, these lice are impervious to some of the most popular medical treatments aside from shaving one side of your head, setting fire to the other side and then trying to get them one at a time with an ice pick (that was a joke) scratch scratch scratch... If you live any one of these 25 states, beware:
Which States Are Vying for top “Mountain Dew Mouth”, % of Teeth Missing From Tooth Decay, Gum Disease et alPosted on August 11, 2015, in Everything Else, with 0 Comments
This list is based on a report from Health Affairs and stats from the Commonwealth Fund. As a percentage, how many people in your state have lost 6 or more teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease and/or infection? See the list below.. 45 million Americans live in areas where they cannot afford or be provided dental care.. If you live in a state where more than 15% of the residents have lost 6 or more teeth, suspect you will be "mouth watching" this week
The New Yorker recently published a piece in which the author was wondering how "e-laughing".. Facebook put their research chops on it and came up with the following most popular ways people laugh online. (note the FB stats addd up to 1/10 % more than 100%, I am gonna chalk that up to rounding) These stats are taken from the FB blogpost which reviewed comments and posts on FB, but not on Messenger.
Many states have official state mammals, Texas even has a state bat... Makes sense once ya think about it since many of the Texans I know are bat sh_t crazy.... But I digress.. Dogs are considered man's best friend, yet only 11 states have adopted an official state dog. Maryland was the first. Four other states have proposals open but the legislators can't agree, so in limbo,. Listing those last. But Kudos to Maine which is considering the Labrador Retriever (RIP Bob)
Although states have their own laws and specifics that apply to a citizen's arrest, in the United States private individuals have the authority to make an arrest, even without a warrant. These are called Citizen's Arrests, or CA. An example might be if you see someone stealing a purse, you may on your own initiative detain the person stealing the purse. But there are lots of particulars you should know before you try.. Above all know the laws of your state.
Stay safe at the beach and when fishing by following these extraordinarily simple steps provided by the Fla. Museum of Natural History
Here are some obvious and not so obvious ways to conserve energy at home as noted by the NWF. Check out these helpful tips and save some helpful money.
Here are the 21 international counties and U.S. states with the same abbreviation codes:
Here are the professional baseball players who are members of the 3,000 hit club:
Here is a list of the last 50+ horses to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchhill Downs:
Wondering what order you should watch the Avengers films, TV shows, and other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in? Well here is the chronological order based on the events in the films (as opposed to the chronological order by theatrical release date):
Here are all of the Academy Award winners from the year 2015:
Summary from an excellent article by Eric Gagnon of the Business Marketing Institute on the subject of marketing collateral pieces.
Here are the Grammy winners from February 8, 2015:
Ever ask yourself, "What year did that have to come out to be eligible to win?" Well each major award ceremony has different rules and eligibility periods for nominations. Here is the breakdown:
Their lies were so big, they don't even need explanations. Here are ten of the biggest liars in the history of the world:
Punxsutawney Phil is not the only famous weather predicting groundhog around. Here are some of the other famous groundhogs around the world:
Here are ten of the most interesting prop bets for the 2015 Super Bowl:
Every little girl loves to dream of being a princess at some time or another. Here are the Disney Princesses that make the dream worth dreaming.
John Lennon's career in music moved towards politics near the end of his life. Here are some of his famous quotes.
Here are the winners from the 21st Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Award ceremony on January 25, 2015:
Here are the winners from the 2015 Golden Globe Awards:
These are considered the world's 9 biggest tennis events. They encompass Grand Slams, national (Davis and Fed) Cups, and end of season championships. Also included is a Look Inside link to "The Open Book", a celebration of 40 years of the U.S. Open.
There are four teams that have never officially been in a Super Bowl (although the Browns and Lions do have National Championships).
The NFL has some specific qualifications in order to be a host venue for Super Bowl:
These are the best men's tennis players in the history of the sport. Agree? Also, a Look Inside link to Andre Agassi's autobiography "Open" (considered one of the best sports bios ever published).
Robert Frost is one of the most renowned American poets. Here are some of his most famous quotes, along with a "look inside" link to one of his 5 star reviewed books of poetry on Amazon.
On January 20th, 2015 SplashData published its list of the top 25 worst passwords, it’s actually a list of the most common, but that seems to translate into “worst” when it comes to passwords . SplashData’s research was performed by reviewing over 3 million exposed or leaked passwords. The top two,” 123456” and “password” were the same as the prior year. Back in 2006 a British web site, Modern Life is Rubbish” listed “123” and “password” as 1 and 2, from which one may conclude we are more sophisticated with our PW’s now, adding 3 digits to 123 to make 123456. :>) Who would guess that? “monkey” and “letmein” also reside on both lists. My favorite: “trustno1”
Last January bookfinder.com produced at list of the top 100 most wanted out of print books, titled "Out of Print and In Demand". This list encompasses books that are no longer being "printed" with "printed" being the key word, many are still available to purchase; used, electronic format, or print on demand. The top ten list below includes two books by Stephen King, one of which was written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. The remaining 100 can be found on the bookfinder.com site.
Each year, the ALA's (American Library Association) Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. "A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness." These books were officially challenged by someone.. for various reasons, most common reasons cited are : Sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, homosexuality, occult, satanic, religious viewpoints and anti family. Here's a list of the most challenged books of 2013, the most recent list published by The American Library Association: if you desire to purchase any of the books, click stack below.on left.
In 2014, the first NCAA College Football Championship Tournament resulted in The Ohio State Buckeyes earning, what many call, the first undisputed national college NCAA Division 1 football champion. Different polls and systems have declared national champions based on algorithms, guess, coaches voting and in some cases, perhaps pixie dust. In the 2000's more than a dozen systems have been used to determine the college football national champions (or at least the best team that year), including the Anderson and Hestor system, the BCS, the Dunkel system, Berryman system and the Eck to name a few. Since 1999, there have been only 5 (including the Buckeyes) that were named by all the polls/systems as champions. Interestingly one of those teams, the 2004 USC Trojans, had to vacate the championship and as far this author knows, no replacement was named (Oklahoma,Auburn,Utah and Boise State were undefeated in 2004), though Auburn is generally recognized as the champion that year) Here are the champions recognized from 2000 -2014:
The United States has a population of over 320 million people. Christians, including Catholics, Proestants, Mormons, etc, in total number over 210 million. As a % this is somewhere in excess of 70+%. The list below outlines the total followers of the top 5 religions in the United States in 2004. The graphic illustrates the population expressed as a % of the total population in 2007. For example, the number of folks in the United States that are identified as having no religion is about 16%.
Here are the eight films that were nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in 2015:
Seeking to avoid the financial "holiday hangover" that often comes in January, many consumers are planning to spend less than they did on holiday gifts in 2005. In fact, although overall holiday spending is expected to increase this year, a survey by Prinicpal Financial Group found that just 9 percent of workers and 5 percent of retirees planned to spend more money than last year. Looking for a thoughtful gift idea? A pretty package of your homemade Christmas cookies is sure to please (and you get to enjoy the moments you share with your family while making them). Further, fed up with the increasingly prevalent materialistic aspects of the holidays, many Americans are seeking ways to bring back the real meaning of the holiday season. Finally, some people are just plain old very last-minute shoppers, and are therefore, well, pushed to consider alternatives to typical purchased gifts. One such way is giving gifts from the heart, which cost no money but impart a lot of meaning.
I'm not talking about White Christmas, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, or The Grinch -- these are ten best not-so-traditional Christmas movies you'll have a harder time finding on TBS, AMC, or the ABC Family channel this holiday season:
These were the top Google searches in the US in 2014
Wondering what the top toys are this year? These will be some of the hardest toys to find in stores pre-Christmas 2014:
Giving gifts is an art, and unfortunately many people are still at the finger-painting stage. Here's ten-plus common gift ideas that should be avoided - and why - along with seven sure-bets when it comes to giving gifts.
Selecting the perfect wine gift can be troublesome and the choicesoverwhelming. Read a list of helpful considerations when selecting premiumwine for your loved ones, close friends, or colleagues this holiday season.
The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to shopping and gift giving. Here are some helpful tips to make it less challenging.
Need a great gift idea for the the man in your life, a best friend, your dad, brother, or Uncle, or just for some random dude somewhere? Try one of these guy-approved gift ideas:
Here's a short compilation of Marion Barry quotes. Barry was former Mayor of D.C who was busted on drug charges, convicted and then re-elected..
You've heard about the best holiday items for teens and tweeners. But you always want to find a bargain. You can buy everything on the list for less than $25!
This is a list of human infectious disease case fatality rates (CFRs). A CFR is the proportion (percentage) of people diagnosed with a disease who die during the course of the disease. (Cf. mortality rate.) Values refer to optimally treated cases.
Here are the ten deadliest diseases of all-time by total number of human deaths:
Peeling lucky? These are the rare McDonald's Monopoly game pieces that will be hard to find this year. How hard? While the odds of winning "something" are 1 in 4, a majority of those winning pieces are instant wins for medium fries. The board pieces are much more rare. For example, Baltic Avenue shows up 1 in 10 times, but Mediterranean Avenue shows up 1 in 100,000 times. Basically, every other game piece is worthless outside of these rare pieces:
Wondering what your odds of winning a McDonald's Monopoly prize are? Not good. While the odds you win any prize is approximately 1 in 4, there's 1 in 4.45 chance you just win a food prize. In fact, 4 out of every 11 prizes awarded are medium fries. Here's the complete breakdown:
No doubt you've had or at least heard of Starbucks' famous pumpkin spice latte coffee drink. But what other pumpkin flavored foods & drinks are worth tasting this Fall?
Which pumpkin spice flavored coffee is your favorite warm Autumn drink?
What's your favorite David Fincher film of all-time?
What's your favorite Ben Affleck film of all-time?
Here are the biggest losers in Ryder Cup history for the United States:
Here are the largest margins of victory in a Ryder Cup match:
Here are the United States golfers with the most appearances in Ryder Cup matches:
Here are the United States golfers with the most Ryder Cup points won of all-time:
Anyone can dress up as a superhero, vampire, or zombie for Halloween. These are some of the most creative costumes that everyone else won't be wearing at your trick-or-treat party this October:
Do you have any good ideas for an easy, funny, homemade, do-it-yourself Halloween costume for this year? Add it to the list:
Here are some of the best couples costumes for Halloween this year. Can you think of any others?
Here are some the best Halloween costumes for men this year:
Here are some of the hottest Halloween costumes of the year for women:
Which Halloween candies do you miss from your childhood trick-or-treating days?
What is the worst Halloween candy you ever got while trick-or-treating?
What is your favorite Halloween candy for trick-or-treat?
What is your favorite scary movie of all-time?
Great places to eat in The Outer Banks
Here are the television series that have won the most Emmy awards of all-time:
Here are the actresses and actors with the most Emmy Award wins ever:
Here are the music artists and bands who have won the most MTV Video Music Awards ever:
Here are the music artists and bands with the most MTV Video Music Awards in a single night:
What's your favorite Fall beer (or hard cider)?
Here are the ten new TV shows premiering this Fall 2014 that I am most looking forward to watching. How about you? What am I forgetting about?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably advertised on a few different pay-per-click (PPC), search engine marketing (SEM), or social media advertising (SMA) platforms over the years. What's your favorite so far?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably used a couple different marketing automation platforms over the past few years. What's your favorite so far?
Are you a marketer? Then you've probably used a few different email marketing platforms over the years. What's your favorite so far? (sans marketing automation platforms)
Looking for a mud run? Want to compete in a 5k obstacle course race? Just looking to get dirty while getting fit? Try one of these obstacle courses:
Here were the preseason college football rankings prior to the 2014 NCAA regular season according to the AP Poll:
What is your favorite film featuring Robin Williams? Add it to the list below or move yours up the rankings:
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 appears to have been shot down by Russian activists. There have been 7 more civilian flights that experts believe that were downed by the military, including an Iran Air plane in 1988 by the United States Navy. It was carrying 300 passengers, all of whom were killed.
What is your favorite thing about the July 4th holiday?
#1 is a no brainer. But what other films are worth watching on July 4th every year?
The classic seven wonders were:
This is a complete list of islands and other locations in the Pirates of the Caribbean films series. Some locations in the series of films are real, others are fictional. Port Royal and Tortuga are the only locations to appear in more than one of the films in the series.
These are the professional basketball teams who have made four consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
Looking for a great movie to watch on Memorial Day? Need a few films to get you through the holiday weekend. Watch these films and remember that Memorial Day isn't National BBQ and Swimming Pool Day -- it's actually a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Here are the top 10 largest grossing box office weekends for films that opened on a Memorial Day weekend.
Here are ten things you absolutely have to do if you're ever traveling to Aruba:
J.J. Abrams and Disney have finally announced the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. While many of the original trilogy's characters and cast like Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) will all be returning -- there are also a handful of unknown actors with starring roles. Here they are:
Looking for a better way to watch the Star Wars films? Hate what George Lucas did in the original trilogy? Need to introduce someone the Star Wars universe? Try watching the films in this order -- completely skipping that horrible film that is Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Only eleven horses have won the elusive Triple Crown of horse racing. Here they are:
The Kentucky Derby /ˈdɜrbi/ is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Here are some records from the famous race:
Much of the right wing news media embraced Cliven Bundy, especially prior to his alleged "racist comments" . After that many started scattering like dust in the wind.. However, the folks at The Wire have developed a pretty good list of those that did.... check out excerpts below
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post, was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages this country has ever known. Here's a few of his quotes you may enjoy and learn from:
Find The LIst of URLS for various sports category. It gives the Fan shop of NFL football, baseball, hockey, basketball , college items collectibles for your mancave .
Back when records meant something, and statistics could be trusted and honored. Here are your top 10 home run hitters for several generations of baseball fans.
Who is your favorite character from X-Men?
What did you sacrifice for Lent?
Can you name all eleven different shapes of Peeps marshmallow candies?