offbeat http://michiganradio.org en Watch this to see what sound looks like http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-see-what-sound-looks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two parabolic mirrors, a barrier, a camera, and </span>voilà<span style="line-height: 1.5;">! – you have a way to photograph sound waves – or more specifically, a way to photograph changes in air density.</span></p><p>Check out this video from NPR to see how it works:</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/px3oVGXr4mo</p><p><em>H/T Lucy Perkins</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:25:03 +0000 Mark Brush 17158 at http://michiganradio.org Watch this to see what sound looks like 'Pick a perfect March Madness bracket, win $1 billion,' say people seeking attention http://michiganradio.org/post/pick-perfect-march-madness-bracket-win-1-billion-say-people-seeking-attention <p><strong>Update 11:48 a.m.</strong></p><p>This is the week that "the-people-seeking-attention" are really cashing in on their bet.</p><p>They're betting that you won't pick a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket, but you will give them all kinds of personal information to take a shot at it.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Carl </span>Bialik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the lauded </span><a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/buffetts-billion-wont-lead-to-a-perfect-bracket/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Five-Thirty-Eight blog</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> puts it:</span></p><blockquote><p>No sum of money can beat the math.</p></blockquote><p>(See how statisticians calculate the odds in the original post below.)</p><p><a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10582341/rick-reilly-predict-perfect-bracket-warren-buffett-owe-least-500-million">ESPN.com's Rick Reilly</a> figures the company sponsoring the contest stands to make a lot of money by gaining "as many as 15 million new sales leads with the registration process alone on this thing."</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">"You can't buy that kind of PR," [the guy] says. "We love this."</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reilly sat down with the rich guy backing the bet, who isn't too worried about someone picking a perfect bracket. He knows the odds, and he's known how to play them to his advantage all his life:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[The guy] loves making bets that tilt toward his wallet. When his three kids were growing up, he paid them their allowance in dimes. That's because he had a 10-cent slot machine in the house. "By the end of the night," he says, "I'd have most of my money back."</span></p></blockquote><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original post, January 21, 2014</strong></p><p>You're more likely to get struck by lightning, but what the heck.</p><p>The odds of you picking a perfect NCAA bracket vary.</p><p><a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/going-perfect-ncaa-bracket-youre-more-likely-win-powerball-1C8981570">Some say</a> it's 1 in 9.2 quintillion.</p><p>In his video, Jeff Bergen of DePaul University says there's a 1 in 128 billion chance of&nbsp;picking a perfect bracket. He says the odds are a smidge better given that you would &nbsp;follow the rankings.</p><p>http://youtu.be/O6Smkv11Mj4</p><p>The organizers of the contest say the odds are better – 1 in 4.3 billion. (There's no indication of how those odds were calculated.)</p><p>If you pick a perfect bracket, they'll give you a billion dollars.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">More specifically, they'll give you $25 million a year for 40 years, or a one-time payment of $500 million.</span></p><p>So there isn't much in it for you, but there's a lot of free publicity for them. You'll see them in your Facebook feed, or on the Google.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:48:12 +0000 Mark Brush 16114 at http://michiganradio.org 'Pick a perfect March Madness bracket, win $1 billion,' say people seeking attention World notices that a) it's cold, and b) Michigan has a city named Hell http://michiganradio.org/post/world-notices-its-cold-and-b-michigan-has-city-named-hell <p>Hell, Mich., got down to 13 degrees below zero Fahrenheit during the deep freeze, and headline writers around the web jumped for joy.</p><p>The BBC has a short video describing how "<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25648513">Town of Hell Freezes over in the US</a>."</p><p>Time Magazine declares, "<a href="http://nation.time.com/2014/01/08/its-official-hell-has-frozen-over/">It's Official: Hell Has Frozen Over</a>."</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:23:24 +0000 Mark Brush 15934 at http://michiganradio.org World notices that a) it's cold, and b) Michigan has a city named Hell Fun inside the polar vortex, throwing boiling water in the air http://michiganradio.org/post/fun-inside-polar-vortex-throwing-boiling-water-air <p>If you haven't been online in the last 24 hours, or you didn't watch it being done on Anderson Cooper's show over and over last night, then you're in for a treat.</p><p>It used to be a something kids in Alaska or in Canada's Northern Territories did for fun.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But with the combination of cold weather and social media, those of us in the Lower 48 can play too (and some of us&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/a-whole-bunch-of-people-threw-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-wa" style="line-height: 1.5;">are burning ourselves</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>Life in the polar vortex allows you to do this:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBNyE_8bC0">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBNyE_8bC0</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So why does the boiling water suddenly turn into what appears to be a cloud of steam?</span></p><p>Well, it's not steam. They're just tiny ice crystals. <a href="http://www.livescience.com/32951-how-can-boiling-water-turn-snow.html">LiveScience</a> had Mark Seeley, a climatologist at the University of Minnesota, explains:</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:50:24 +0000 Mark Brush 15914 at http://michiganradio.org Fun inside the polar vortex, throwing boiling water in the air Even the Fairy Garden Village of Ann Arbor couldn't escape the snow http://michiganradio.org/post/even-fairy-garden-village-ann-arbor-couldnt-escape-snow <p></p><p>No word on the whereabouts of the fairy village warming centers... or whether fairies have water pipes in their houses.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:08:28 +0000 Mark Brush 15902 at http://michiganradio.org Even the Fairy Garden Village of Ann Arbor couldn't escape the snow Top ten Michigan Radio posts for 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/top-ten-michigan-radio-posts-2013 <p>Unless one of our many <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/cats">cat posts</a> takes off in the next 11 days, here are the Top Ten online posts from Michigan Radio in 2013:</p><ol><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out">Do you really belong in Michigan? Take this test to find out</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know">There's a tick boom in Michigan - Here are 5 things you should know</a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan">'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert moves to Michigan</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them">Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook">Photo of 100 pound wolf making the rounds on Facebook</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home">Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-one-worlds-few-dark-sky-parks-stargazers">Michigan has one of world's few 'dark sky parks' for stargazers</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-one-worlds-few-dark-sky-parks-stargazers"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/art-music-and-gym-teachers-get-ax-lansing">Art, music, and gym teachers get the ax in Lansing</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-one-worlds-few-dark-sky-parks-stargazers"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/art-music-and-gym-teachers-get-ax-lansing"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-broadcaster-was-inspiration-ron-burgundy">Former Detroit broadcaster was inspiration for 'Ron Burgundy'</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-tick-boom-michigan-here-are-5-things-you-should-know"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/photo-100-pound-wolf-making-rounds-facebook"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-one-worlds-few-dark-sky-parks-stargazers"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/art-music-and-gym-teachers-get-ax-lansing"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-broadcaster-was-inspiration-ron-burgundy"><strong><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-deficit-forcing-school-officials-close-albion-high-school">Budget deficit forcing school officials to close Albion High School</a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong></a></strong> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 15781 at http://michiganradio.org Top ten Michigan Radio posts for 2013 Stunt skiiers drop in on the ruins of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/stunt-skiiers-drop-ruins-detroit <p>These&nbsp;skiiers stopped in from out of town to "Ski Detroit."</p><p>Yes, it's another in a string of "check out how bleak Detroit is" videos. But their tricks are definitely worth watching. There's some pretty creative stuff going on here. (Lyrics in some of the soundtrack are NSFW.)</p><p>http://youtu.be/-M34yz47b-w</p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(H/T Sarah H.)&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:08:47 +0000 Mark Brush 15634 at http://michiganradio.org Stunt skiiers drop in on the ruins of Detroit Former Detroit broadcaster was inspiration for 'Ron Burgundy' http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-broadcaster-was-inspiration-ron-burgundy <p>You might remember Mort Crim from way back when. He was a senior editor and anchor for the evening news at Detroit's WDIV-TV from 1978 to 1997.</p><p>If you don't remember him from that era, you might know him as the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYN9DJC8GoM">Majic&nbsp;Window Guy</a>.</p><p>Here are some clips featuring Crim&nbsp;while he anchored at&nbsp;WDIV:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45HbTxQmBWA">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45HbTxQmBWA</a></p><p>It turns out, Crim was the inspiration for Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:54:19 +0000 Mark Brush 15531 at http://michiganradio.org Former Detroit broadcaster was inspiration for 'Ron Burgundy' This twenty pound carp could be your new Ann Arbor city council representative http://michiganradio.org/post/twenty-pound-carp-could-be-your-new-ann-arbor-city-council-representative <p>You read that right.</p><p>A twenty pound carp <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/destructive-20-inch-long-carp-pulled-from-pond-at-west-park-in-ann-arbor/">that was pulled out of a pond in Ann Arbor's West park last November</a> is making a run for city council.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The carp was initially removed from the pond because it was destroying the ecosystem.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation workers relocated it to the Huron River, where it is now running a write-in campaign for Ann Arbor City Council.</span></p><p>The carp has not yet responded to our interview requests, but it has engaged with other media outlets and even some current Ann Arbor City Council members on <a href="https://twitter.com/TwentyPoundCarp">Twitter</a>. (I suspect the carp has hired a social media director -- tweeting with fins seems difficult.)</p><p>The carp says the campaign is going well, and even has yard signs posted around town.</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Even now political operative are fanning out across the 4th Ward and planting signs--signs of political change, yo. <a href="http://t.co/qaC3Gxlnbw">pic.twitter.com/qaC3Gxlnbw</a></p>— Twenty Pound Carp (@TwentyPoundCarp) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwentyPoundCarp/statuses/394915371532034048">October 28, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:06:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15088 at http://michiganradio.org This twenty pound carp could be your new Ann Arbor city council representative Watch the Ohio State Marching Band bring Michael Jackson to life http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-ohio-state-marching-band-bring-michael-jackson-life <p>Marching bands around the nation, be warned. Ohio State has taken it up a notch.</p><p>Scroll to 4:12 to see Michael Jackson take shape, and then... moonwalk!</p><p>http://youtu.be/GTca2nrIn4U</p><p>It shows what you can do with 230+ band members - or "pixels" for those in the stands.</p><p>It's cool and all, but Michigan has a jet pack guy!</p><p>http://youtu.be/hovp_YB89S0</p><p>(H/T HuffPo Detroit)</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:09:24 +0000 Mark Brush 14969 at http://michiganradio.org Watch the Ohio State Marching Band bring Michael Jackson to life Do you really belong in Michigan? Take this test to find out http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-really-belong-michigan-take-test-find-out <p>Researchers studied certain psychological traits across the country and found that&nbsp;Michiganders are fairly agreeable and extroverted (we rank 16th) and somewhat neurotic (we rank 27th).</p><p>All of this is according to a study called <a href="http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/psp-a0034434.pdf">"Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States and Their Political, Economical, Social, and Health Correlates,"</a> published by the <em>Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.</em></p><p>Time Magazine posted&nbsp;<a href="http://science.time.com/2013/10/22/the-united-states-of-attitude-an-interactive-guide-to-americas-moods/">the test</a>&nbsp;so anyone can see where they belong based on their personality.</p><p>The researchers say this study could challenge how we think about our country (by voting patterns, cultural stereotypes, and economic indicators) and regroup Americans based on their psychological tendencies.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:08:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14960 at http://michiganradio.org Do you really belong in Michigan? Take this test to find out Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/jim-leyland-and-jim-schwartz-display-two-ways-celebrate-win-detroit <p>It&#39;s not exactly an apples to apples comparison.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers had just clinched a division title after a long season, and the Detroit Lions had simply won a game, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut&nbsp;the two different ways the head coaches of Detroit&#39;s major sports teams celebrate a win does show something about their personalities.</span></p><p>Here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Leyland moonwalk&quot; making the rounds online (You can scroll to 1:25 to see the moonwalk, but his heartfelt &#39;thank you&#39; to his players, staff, and fans is worth watching. - you can follow this <a href="http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&amp;from=sharepermalink">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="270" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://hub.video.msn.com/embed/30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732/?vars=Y29uZmlnTmFtZT1zeW5kaWNhdGlvbnBsYXllciZsaW5rYmFjaz1odHRwJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmZveHNwb3J0c2RldHJvaXQuY29tJTJGJmxpbmtvdmVycmlkZTI9aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5mb3hzcG9ydHNkZXRyb2l0LmNvbSUyRnBhZ2VzJTJGdmlkZW8lM0Z2aWRlb2lkJTNEJTdCMCU3RCZjb25maWdDc2lkPU1TTlZpZGVvJm1rdD1lbi11cyZzeW5kaWNhdGlvbj10YWcmYnJhbmQ9RlNfRGV0cm9pdCZmcj1zaGFyZWVtYmVkLXN5bmRpY2F0aW9u" width="480">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_new&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Video: Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Schwartz headset throw&quot; going around the net (the Lions had just beaten the Washington Redskins - follow this <a href="http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/190z5gcgks0wcgif/original.gif">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</span></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe it&#39;s just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0">the difference between baseball and football</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H/T to Tony Brown.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:27:26 +0000 Mark Brush 14618 at http://michiganradio.org Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit 'Practice bomb' on sidewalk in Port Huron found to be safe http://michiganradio.org/post/practice-bomb-sidewalk-port-huron-found-be-safe <p>Police got a little nervous yesterday when a man showed them a bomb he said he found when diving in Lake St. Clair.</p><p>Here's how it went down, according to the <a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20130819/NEWS01/308190032/Dummy-bomb-prompts-jitters-near-city-hall">Times Herald</a>:</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:12:38 +0000 Mark Brush 14066 at http://michiganradio.org 'Practice bomb' on sidewalk in Port Huron found to be safe 'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert moves to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/little-house-prairie-star-melissa-gilbert-moves-michigan <p>It's time to jump in the way-back machine:</p><p>http://youtu.be/zjthtrOCzI8</p><p><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130801/NEWS01/308010030/Melissa-Gilbert-Timothy-Busfield-moving-Howell-">Reports </a>and tweets indicate that&nbsp;<strike>Laura Ingalls&nbsp;Wilder</strike>&nbsp;Melissa Gilbert has moved from Hollywood Hills to Howell, Michigan.</p><p>Gilbert has been sending tweets and photos of her journey (by moving truck, not covered wagon).</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:00:45 +0000 Mark Brush 13839 at http://michiganradio.org 'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert moves to Michigan New splash park in Traverse City rains sewage on kids http://michiganradio.org/post/new-splash-park-traverse-city-rains-sewage-kids <p>They shut it down when they discovered the problem, but still... it makes for a not-so-fun splash park.</p><p><span class="author vcard"><span class="story_credit fn">Brian McGillivary and Michael Walton from the </span></span><a href="http://record-eagle.com/local/x35806244/No-permits-obtained-for-faulty-splash-pad">Traverse City Record-Eagle</a> have more on how the new splash pad in Clinch Park happened to rain "water contaminated with human waste on a half-dozen children":</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:33:36 +0000 Mark Brush 13361 at http://michiganradio.org New splash park in Traverse City rains sewage on kids How long do you wash your hands? Be honest. http://michiganradio.org/post/how-long-do-you-wash-your-hands-be-honest <p>This morning, Rebecca Williams reported on <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/_/pdf/assets/2013/hand-washing-study.pdf">the MSU research</a> that found we are still falling down on the job when it comes to washing our hands.</p><p>I say "still" because these kinds of studies <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/27/health/27wash.html?_r=0">have been done in the past</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:35:34 +0000 Mark Brush 12989 at http://michiganradio.org How long do you wash your hands? Be honest. Superheroes fly in to Ann Arbor's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital http://michiganradio.org/post/superheroes-fly-ann-arbors-cs-mott-childrens-hospital <p>It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the window washing crew!</p><p>Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/superhero-window-washers-swoop-down-cheer-patients">we posted </a>on an unusual window washing trend. At children hospitals across the nation it appears that independent window washing companies and contractors have been donning super hero costumes to spread a little cheer.</p><p>This past Monday, superheroes visited the <a href="http://www.mottchildren.org/">University of Michigan’s C.S.&nbsp;Mott Children’s Hospital</a> in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:14:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12889 at http://michiganradio.org Superheroes fly in to Ann Arbor's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital 3 ways to procrastinate and feel like a better person http://michiganradio.org/post/3-ways-procrastinate-and-feel-better-person <p>It's Friday. Your Facebook news feed is stale and if time slowed down any more it would stop. Here are three ways to procrastinate, while simultaneously making yourself think that you're becoming a better person.</p><p><strong>1. Curate your LinkedIn profile, iTunes library, and Facebook "Likes"</strong></p><p>Remember those budding musical groups that you "liked" on Facebook five years ago to support a friend? Or the phase when you decided to try to become an "album person" and download an artist's complete discography to your iTunes library after hearing one of her songs on the radio?</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:30:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12626 at http://michiganradio.org 3 ways to procrastinate and feel like a better person The most popular YouTube videos in 4 Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/most-popular-youtube-videos-4-michigan-cities <p>The new "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/trendsmap">YouTube Trends Map</a>" shows you the most the popular videos by city. It can also be broken down by sex and age group.</p><p>What's trending in Michigan right now?</p><p>Well, apparently you like your country music in the northern part of the state:</p><div id="video-hoverbox-large-info-1"><ul><li class="large-title" id="video-hoverbox-large-title-1" style="visibility: visible;">Traverse City - <a href="http://youtu.be/GbjpbqowX3Y">Alan Jackson "He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones' Funeral</a></li></ul></div><p>Your dating advice in West Michigan:</p><ul><li>Grand Rapids - <a href="http://youtu.be/voJVZMpOkyo">Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Guy</a></li></ul><p>Your vampires in southern Michigan:</p><ul><li>Detroit - <a href="http://youtu.be/tGgt_jllHcA">True Blood Season 6 Trailer</a></li></ul><p>And in the UP, you are in a time lapse kind of mood:</p><ul><li>Marquette - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=2PnM7ejoFSw">FULL VERSION! Marquette, MI - HDR Color Time Lapse - A City Motion Production</a></li></ul><p>That's what is trending now. But I venture to guess that it won't be long before this interview with Charles Ramsey becomes the most popular in your area:</p><p>http://youtu.be/SdtCEaxfT38</p><p><em>H/T to Heather Bryant</em> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:21:19 +0000 Mark Brush 12458 at http://michiganradio.org The most popular YouTube videos in 4 Michigan cities Jet Skiers let it rip on the flooded Grand River (VIDEO) http://michiganradio.org/post/jet-skiers-let-it-rip-flooded-grand-river-video <p>So much for the "no contact" order from the health department.</p><p>These guys suited up and went places they normally can't go:</p><p>http://youtu.be/fdi-YG7mghM</p><p>One commenter asks "<em>That's pretty awesome, but isn't the water disgusting?</em>"</p><p>Looks like the fun outweighed the "disgusting" in this case.</p><p><em>H/T Dustin Dwyer</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:41:28 +0000 Mark Brush 12240 at http://michiganradio.org Jet Skiers let it rip on the flooded Grand River (VIDEO)