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10 Things You Don’t Know About… Golf on TV

Jack Graham at Golf Digest wrote a list of 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GOLF ON TV back in 2004. I’m sure most of these are still valid.  Here are a few of the items that were raised – go read the article for the others.

  • Only half the shots you see are actually live.
    The commentators won’t tell you which shots are live and which are taped, and taped shots that are called by on-course announcers have the play-by-play done live on-air while the tape is played, by memory.
  • We know the hole truth.
    Some hole locations will work better for TV while others are more difficult to work with.  The TV producers will try to suggest to the tour officials which positions would be better suited for a televised schedule, and hopefully the course decisions will take those suggestions into account when planing hole locations.
  • We fiddle with the leader board.�
    Big names playing in the tournament go to the top of the chart, for more visibility.
  • You’ll learn much more if you watch on a weekday.
    During the week, announcers have more time to talk as the tournament’s storylines haven’t been developed yet.
  • Want to get on TV?  It’s easy.
    All TV producers want is an eye-catching gallery.  Cute babies always work, as does hovering around the player’s wives or girlfriends.
  • We miss plenty of shots, but none of Tiger’s.
    Because everyone wants to watch Tiger.

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Playboy’s List of Top Party Schools 2008

Playboy has released their list of the TOP 10 PARTY SCHOOLS FOR 2008:

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. University of California, Santa Barbara
  3. Arizona State University
  4. Indiana University Bloomington
  5. San Diego State University
  6. Florida State University
  7. Ohio University
  8. University of Georgia
  9. University of Tennessee
  10. McGill University

For comparison purposes, take a look at who is on the Princeton Review’s list of the top ten party schools, based on a survey of 120,000 students:

  1. University of Florida
  2. University of Mississippi
  3. Penn State University
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Ohio University
  6. Randolph-Macon College
  7. University of Georgia
  8. University of Texas
  9. University of California-Santa Barbara
  10. Florida State University
  11. University of New Hampshire
  12. University of Iowa
  13. University of Colorado
  14. Indiana University
  15. Tulane University
  16. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  17. Arizona State University
  18. University of Tennessee
  19. University of Alabama
  20. Loyola University-New Orleans
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The World’s Best Tourists for 2008

The Tourist

EXPEDIA has released their list of the WORLD’S BEST TOURISTS as voted on by hoteliers around the world.  Here are the results of the 31 nationalities, as ranked from Best to Worst.

Some nationalities excelled in certain categories. Germans, for example, came across as being the tidiest of all nationalities.  Canadians were deemed most popular.  The French weren’t good tippers.

  1. Japanese
  2. German/British (tie).
  3. Canadian
  4. Swiss
  5. Dutch
  6. Australian/Swedish (tie)
  7. Belgian
  8. Norwegian
  9. Austrian/Danish/Finnish (tie)
  10. New Zealanders (Kiwi)
  11. U.S. American/Thai (tie)
  12. Irish/Czech/South African/Portugese (tie)
  13. Brazilian
  14. Italian/Greek/Polish (tie)
  15. Turkish
  16. Spanish
  17. Mexican
  18. Russian
  19. French
  20. Indian
  21. Chinese
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Playboy’s List of Top Party Schools 2006

Playboy has released their list of the TOP 10 PARTY SCHOOLS FOR 2006:

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. UC Santa Barbara
  3. Arizona State University
  4. Indiana University
  5. San Diego State
  6. Florida State Univeristy
  7. Ohio University
  8. University of Georgia (UGA)
  9. University of Tennessee
  10. McGill University
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Playboy’s List of Top Party Schools

Playboy started publishing a list of the TOP PARTY SCHOOLS back in 1987. That list was created from surveys of students, and was fairly straightforward. 15 years later in 2002, Playboy published an updated Top Party Schools list.

For their first list in 1987, Playboy surveyed “club leaders, dorm rush chairmen, fraternity presidents, and other campus socialites” at more than 250 college campuses across the country, and compiled this student-generated list of which schools were the BIGGEST PARTY SCHOOLS at the time. 

 Here are the 40 entries on PLAYBOY’S 1987 LIST OF TOP PARTY SCHOOLS:

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How to Prepare for Parenthood

How to Prepare for Parenthood

Preparation for parenthood is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery. Here are some simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real-life experience of being a mother or father.

  1. Women: To prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for 9 months. After 9 months, take out 10% of the beans.

    Men: To prepare for paternity, go to the local pharmacy, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Then go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their bank account. Go home. Pick up the paper. Read it for the last time.

  2. Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run around crazy and unsupervised. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour. Enjoy it – it’ll be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.
  3. To discover how the nights will feel, walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 lbs. At 10pm put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again with the bag, till 1am. Put the alarm on for 3am. As you can’t get back to sleep get up at 2am and make a drink. Go to bed at 2.45am. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off. Sing songs in the dark until 4am. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.
  4. Can you stand the mess children make? To find out, first smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish finger behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?
  5. Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems: first buy an octopus and a string bag. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this – all morning.
  6. Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and a pot of paint turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet tube. Using only Scotch tape and a piece of foil, turn it into a Christmas ornament. Last, take a milk container, a ping pong ball, and an empty packet of Coco Puffs and make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations. You have just qualified to be a Home Room Parent.
  7. Forget the Porsche and buy a minivan. And don’t think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that. Buy a chocolate ice cream bar and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a dime. Stick it in the cassette player. Take a family-size packet of animal crackers. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There. Perfect.
  8. Get ready to go out. Wait outside the bathroom for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette end, piece of used chewing gum, dirty
    tissue and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you’ve had as much as you can stand, until the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back into the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.
  9. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  10. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  11. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  12. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  13. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  14. Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child… a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this do not even contemplate having children.
  15. Hollow out a melon. Make a small hole in the side. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon it into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor. You are now ready to feed a 12-month old baby.
  16. Learn the names of every character from Barney, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. When you find yourself singing Barney’s “I Love You” song at work, you finally qualify as a parent.
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Wedding Statistics

From a list of statistics in the September 1993 issue of Glamour Magazine…

  1. Most marriages occur in June. The least number of marriages occur in January.
  2. If you are 18 and over, you have a 64% chance of marrying.
  3. Men are 37% more likely than women to remain single – at least until age 55.
  4. If you are a professional woman, you have a 55% chance you will find love in your office. And, love that starts at work tends to last longer than romance that originates in a single’s bar or health club.
  5. Men and women’s peak years for marrying are between 25 and 29. In second place for women: the years 20 to 24. In second place for men: 30 to 34.
  6. Women have a 33% chance of marrying a younger man. This is considerably higher than ten years ago.
  7. The chances of a marriage enduring forever are slim. Median duration of a marriage in the U.S. is 7 years.
  8. Marriage after divorce?: Women have a 78% chance of remarrying, while men have an 83% chance. 7% of women will remarry within 1 year, 35.7% within 3 years, and 49.4% within 5 years.
  9. Women whose parents are divorced have 50% more likely to divorce than women whose parents stayed together. For men, there is a 23% greater likelihood.
  10. Premarital cohabitation increases the chance of divorce by 80%. Some sociologists say this means that couples who lived together may not feel as “bound” by their vows.
  11. People who marry at 24 are more likely to divorce than those who marry at 34. The divorce rate is particularly high for men and women who marry in their twenties, and declines steadily thereafter.
  12. Your chances of marrying someone from another race are less than 1 in 50.
  13. Only 6% of divorced women collect alimony.
  14. In this age of AIDS, single women between 18 and 44 are sexually more active.
  15. The immune systems of married women function better than those of unmarried women thereby lowering the risk of AIDS. Happy marriages produce even healthier immune systems.
  16. 85% of divorced or separated women say they are happy with their single status, while only 58% of the men are happy with theirs.
  17. Women who are romance novel addicts have sex 74% more often than women who read less stimulating material.
  18. American made condoms have a 12% failure rate while foreign models have a 21% rupture rate.
  19. 50% of single women approve of premarital sex.
  20. Only 12% of women who are able to become pregnant are using no contraception.
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Wedding Trivia

  • For the year of 1994, more than 10 percent of the expected 2.4 million weddings in the U.S. will take place in June. The month’s popularity for weddings dates back to ancient Rome, which worshiped Juno, the patroness of
  • women and protector of marriages. These days though, slightly more weddings occur in August.
  • Size of the U.S. bridal market: $35 billion.
  • Average total spending for a formal wedding: $17,470.
  • Bride’s gown: $850. Groom’s tuxedo (rental): $110. Honeymoon: $3,142.
  • Average number of stores a couple will visit before they decide on an engagement ring: 4.6.
  • Average age in 1955 of a couple marrying for the first time: 21.
  • Average age today of a couple wedding for the first time: 26.
  • Americans who characterize their marriage as “happy”: 97%.
  • Chances a wedding is not the first for either the bride or groom: 1 in 3.
  • Average length of a marriage ending in divorce: 7.1 years.
  • Average length 20 years ago: 6.6 years.
  • Estimated number of marriage and family therapists in the U.S.: 50,000.
  • Increase in the number of therapists in the last decade: 50%.
  • Marriages per week in Las Vegas: 1,700.
  • Marriages in Las Vegas as a percentage of all American weddings: 4%.
  • Average duration of nuptial ceremony at Las Vegas’s ‘Little White Chapel’, home of the world’s only drive-through wedding window: 7 minutes.
  • Cost for a ‘Little White Chapel’ ceremony: $30.