Most Popular Toys Per State This Year

 

eBay just released its list of the most popular Christmas toy in all 50 states this year.  A video game is number one in 19 states . . . Legos are number one in 10 different states . . . and “Frozen” toys are number one in four states.

See what toys are the most popular in each state here!

 

 

This Day In History – December 16

1773

The Boston Tea Party took place!

Led by Sam Adams and Paul Revere, a group of colonists dressed as Indians, dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor – that’s about three shiploads of tea.

1972

The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season!

They would go on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

1977

The disco craze was unleashed upon an unsuspecting nation with the release of the blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever!

Disco, man!

2000

Brad Paisley was finally invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry!

He got invitation after his 36th appearance on the show.

and then lastly…

2009

Avatar was released worldwide.The sci-fi film would make history as the first film to gross $2 billion.

It’s the highest-grossing movie of all time.

2.7 billion!

-Tyler Jackson

Top Google Searches of 2014

Google released the top searches of the year last night.  And it’s a top ten list for the entire WORLD . . . so there’s a giant “one of these things is not like the other” vibe for one of the items on the list.  You’ll know it when you hear it . . .

 

1.  Robin Williams.

 

2.  The World Cup.

 

3.  Ebola.

 

4.  Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 . . . that’s the flight that went missing in March, not the one that was shot down in July.

 

5.  ALS . . . because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, obviously.

 

6.  Flappy Bird.

 

7.  Conchita Wurst . . . a drag queen from Austria who won the Eurovision song contest.

 

8.  ISIS.

 

9.  “Frozen”.

 

10.  Sochi.  Don’t the Winter Olympics seem like a long time ago?

Traded player takes disappointed young fan out for pizza

It seems like every day we’re hearing or reading about another athlete that has done something boneheaded.  Which is why it’s nice when stories like this come down the pike.

Back a few weeks ago, the Toronto Blue Jays traded Brett Lawrie to Oakland as part of a 5-player deal.  Lawrie, who’d spent parts of four seasons north of the border, had gotten close to several fans…including six year old Ameila.  When her favorite player was traded to the other side of the country, Amelia was understandably saddened.  Her reaction was captured on video…uploaded to the internet…where it was seen by Lawrie.

So what did this guy do?  He tracked down young Amelia, and took her out for pizza!

Proving that not all athletes are creeps.  Some of them are actually decent human beings.

Now, I don’t know if Amelia will remain a Blue Jays fan…but I’ll bet she’s a Brett Lawrie fan for life.

Attaboy, Brett!

This Day In History – December 15

1939

Gone With the Wind, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta!

The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

1944

Hank Williams married Audrey Gay at a gas station near Andalusia, Alabama.

1979

Alan Jackson married his wife, Denise, at the First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia!

Happy wedding anniversary #35 to these crazy kids!

and then lastly…

1982

Paul “Bear” Bryant announced his retirement as head football coach at the University of Alabama.

You know he’s the greatest football coach of all-time because he coached Forrest Gump!

-Tyler Jackson

The Biggest Moments in Country Music in 2014

TheBoot.com sorted through events of the year and came up with the Top 10 Country Music Moments of 2014.  You could argue for or against several of them, which is probably why they did it.  Anyway, here’s the list:

 

 

1.  GARTH BROOKS Comes Back:  He’s one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he returned after a 13-year hiatus.  Yes, a very big deal.

 

 

2.  TAYLOR SWIFT Officially Goes Pop:  Let’s put it this way:  Did anyone NOT notice?

 

 

3.  CARRIE UNDERWOOD Announces Her Pregnancy:  Every year country stars become parents or get pregnant, but Carrie got miles of press out of hers.

 

 

4.  GLEN CAMPBELL Releases His Final Song:  It’s called I’m Not Gonna Miss You and it’s a poignant look at his life and struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.  He’s been a country legend since the 1960s and this is most likely his final statement.

 

 

5.  PHIL EVERLY (of THE EVERLY BROTHERS) Dies:  Phil and his brother DON influenced some of the top artists ever, from the BEATLES to FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE . . . and it all started in Nashville.

 

 

6.  Two Country Stars Come Out:  TY HERNDON stopped living a lie and came out as a “proud and happy gay man.”  His announcement helped BILLY GILMAN do the same, on the SAME DAY.  Props to both of them for bravely opening the door.

 

 

7.  JASON ALDEAN Gets Engaged . . . and Others, Too:  Jason defied the haters and showed up everywhere with “American Idol” reject Brittany Kerr.  Other, less visible engagements included Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard . . . plus Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer, although not to each other.

 

 

8.  KENNY CHESNEY Announces the 2015 Big Revival Tour:  Kenny’s tours are always massive, but for this one he’ll spend time co-headlining with other huge acts, including ERIC CHURCH and JASON ALDEAN.  Even the openers are stars.  They include Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell.

 

 

9.  RANDY TRAVIS Makes First Public Appearances Since Stroke:  He showed up at a NEAL MCCOY concert in February, and then kept popping up here and there.  Randy certainly deserves credit for not giving up.

 

 

10.  LUKE BRYAN CMA Entertainer of the Year:  It’s one of the biggest awards of the year and it leaves no doubt he’s arrived as a major country star.

Read more here!

5 Things That Can Kill You This Christmas

Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year . . . but it’s also one of the most DEADLY times of the year.  Here are five weird things that could KILL YOU between now and Christmas.

 

1.  Your Christmas tree.  About 40 people die in the U.S. every year from Christmas tree fires.  One in three are caused by electrical problems, and one in six happen because the tree is too close to a heater.

 

2.  Opening presents. 6,000 people visit the E.R. each year after hurting themselves cutting, slicing, or stabbing their way into those plastic “clamshell” packages that are impossible to open.

 

3.  Sledding.  According to the National Safety Council, 33,000 people hurt themselves on sleds every winter.  A lot of those are from hitting trees, fences, and rocks.

 

4.  Putting up decorations.  More than 5,000 people fall and hurt themselves decorating for Christmas each year.

 

5.  A heart attack.  Which can kill you ANY time of year.  But at least one study has found that more people die of heart attacks on December 25th than any other day of the year.

Read more here!

This Day In History – December 12

1925

The Motel Inn, the first motel in the world, opened in San Luis Obispo, CA.

It was originally called the Milestone Mo-Tel

1964

The Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling was released.

Happy fiftieth birthday to one of the best songs ever! 

1995

The U.S. Senate stopped a constitutional amendment giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and other forms of desecration against the American flag.

The first amendment. We get it. But Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! That’s frustrating!  

2000

The U.S. Supreme Court found that the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was unconstitutional.

U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush the next day.

and then lastly…

2001

In Beverly Hills, actress Winona Ryder was arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue for shoplifting and possessing pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription.

The numerous items of clothing and hair accessories were valued at $4,760.

SMH…

-Tyler Jackson