Thursday, November 27, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know About Black Friday

I never understood Black Friday. People head out in the middle of the cold night (now almost afternoon) on Thanksgiving just to wait in line for hours to buy a deeply discounted item that is likely not on anyone's actual holiday wish list just because of the deal. Given the amount of gifts that are returned promptly after Christmas, one can imagine that many of these Black Friday purchases are actually sent back. Sure, seems worth it.

Anyways, while I sit here and wait for Cyber Monday deals, here are a few Black Friday stats and facts that you may not have known. If you are brave enough to head out tonight, you can dazzle all of your new friends in line with your Black Friday knowledge.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Google Releases Top 10 Trending Holiday Toy Searches for 2014

Google searches are generally a pretty decent barometer of what is popular and this year, everyone's favorite digital conglomerate is using their search data to predict toy popularity as we enter the holiday shopping season.

Google tracked activity across their Google Shopping platform recently and used the data to predict the 10 toys users are most interested in this holiday season. Somewhat surprising to me is how similar this list is to what it would've been when I was a child. American Girl, My Little Pony, LEGO, Barbie, Nerf- quite the blast from the past. Not quite sure who I would buy a Ouija Board for as a present, but hey, whatever.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again; a time to give thanks; a time for football; a time for parades; a time when families gather round a table to share in a feast usually consisting of one of the most boring foods of all time (turkey) and a bunch of vegetable sides.

Seriously people, why on earth are we eating turkey on the one holiday that is centered on the meal? Can't we could do better than turkey?

I'll save that rant for a later date.

Here is what you came here for: 10 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving. This should give you a few nuggets of turkey day knowledge that you can wow your friends and family with while you are all sitting around the table eating (sigh) turkey.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Top 10 (and Bottom 5) Shows from NBC's Thursday Night "Must-See TV" Lineup 1982-2004

For Generation Xers and older Millenials like myself, TV on Thursday nights was once appointment-viewing. Starting in 1982 with a lineup of hits like Cheers, FameTaxi and Hill Street Blues and ending in 2004 (unofficially; it was officially renamed in 2006, but 2004-2006 was pretty bad except for The Office)  with the retirement of Friends, NBC created a lineup of evergreen hits that kept delivering for two decades. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What are the Top 10 Most Annoying Sounds?

We all have a specific sound that we just can't stand to listen to. With me, it is excessive stirring and slurping of drinks. OK, that's probably two noises, but the combo drives me nuts. Chances are, that the noises that drive you insane are the same for others. There is actually a scientific explanation for this.

According to a report in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers actually tested to see what the most annoying sounds were and why they annoyed us so much.

Monday, November 3, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza

As a lifelong pizza-lover, this list was a pleasure to work on. Here are 10 things I didn't know about pizza until now. Hopefully there are a few factoids in here that are new to you as well.

Enjoy everyone!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10 Cartoons You Were Probably Watching on a Saturday Morning in 1985

Every Saturday morning, it saddens me to no end when I see my son watching random Disney channel reruns before soccer practice. Yes, these days kids have many more viewing options and with on demand and streaming TV, can pretty much watch whatever they want, but it just isn't the same as the good old days of Saturday morning cartoons.

Growing up, we looked forward to getting up on Saturday mornings and watching the lineup of original cartoons and even then targeted commercials and public service announcements that went along with the shows. Kids ruled Saturday mornings and the shows were wildly popular. So much so, that they used to have prime time shows previewing upcoming seasons of Saturday programming.

Those days are gone, but thankfully we have the Internet to help us relive them a bit. Here are 10 of the shows you were probably watching on a Saturday morning around this time in 1985.