If you live in Michigan, you’ve probably heard the debate over what we should call people who live here. For the most part, it’s a battle between Michiganian and Michigander, although there are few other odd-ball choices thrown in there, too. (See the suggestions of Stateside producer, Mike Blank.)
Our new Stateside host April Baer mentioned on Twitter that she thought Michigander was a strange way to refer to people from the Great Lakes State. So, we decided to throw the question to the Twitter-verse. Our not-so-scientific poll showed an overwhelming preference for Michigander—with 92% of the votes.
Shades of A Charlie Brown Christmas are playing out on a busy intersection in West Toledo.
The Toledo Christmas Weed, a lonely sapling growing out of a crack in the sidewalk, is now adorned with tinsel and surrounded by gifts. It even has a dedicated crew of Santa and his elves, one of whom was passing out free lottery tickets on Wednesday.
The letter I received from VW didn't help our relationship.
I found my Jetta Sportswagen TDI in 2013.
I bought the car after extensive research, and it was exactly what I needed -- roomy but sporty, solid construction, room in the back for my dogs, excellent safety ratings, and the sweet, sweet gas-mileage-and-carbon-footprint cherry on top of that automotive sundae.
I was seduced. I "spreche die Deutsch."
The last couple of years I have raved to friends and family about my Jetta -- how I can drive to Chicago and back on one tank of gas. I loved how impressed my friends were by the panoramic sunroof.
Researchers have set up two Porta potties by a bus stop on the University of Michigan's central campus today. They're hoping to gather enough urine to research whether disinfected human urine can be safely recycled to fertilize food crops.
In a press release, the University of Michigan said they're working with four other institutions in this "first of its kind" research project.
On Thursday, a spokesman for General Motors Co. said Wilde is not a regular public speaker but a rabid baseball fan.
"He is a life-long Kansas City Royals fan, so he was suffering the woes of having watched his team just lose Game 7," said Mike Albano, Chevrolet's director of communications. "His day job is selling cars and trucks and that's what he'll be back doing again today.
"And nothing he said was wrong. We've got a lot of stuff in the Chevy Colorado."
The Detroit Zoo is caring for more than 1,000 turtles authorities say are tied to an international smuggling ring.
According to a news release Friday from the zoo, a number of the turtles were found stuffed into rubber snow boots and cereal boxes inside a Canadian man's luggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week. The man was attempting to board a plane for Shanghai, China.
How's your work day going? Productive? Ready for a break? Good.
Rob Cantor is a Los Angeles-based musician who grew up in Michigan.
You might know him as the guy in the yellow tie from Tally Hall, a band that formed while Cantor and his band mates attended the University of Michigan in 2002.
Tally Hall took a run at stardom after signing with Atlantic Records. They had some appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and, as the band's Wikipedia page claims, Tally Hall continues to have a "relatively significant cult following."
More recently, Tally Hall's band members have been working on solo projects, and Cantor is promoting a new solo album.
That brings us to the crazy video Cantor posted today.
For those students studying in the University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library, relief is not far away.
The Central Student Government has implemented its first napping station.
The idea is geared toward those who are studying hard for tests but live too far from the library to run home for a quick nap. It was pitched to CSG by engineering junior Adrian Bazbaz, who was interviewed for an article in the Michigan Daily.
America, on average, gets to work at 7:55 a.m. People who are employed in Ann Arbor get to work at 8:15 a.m. That's not very impressive. Granted, it's better than New Yorkers, who leisurely arrive at 8:24 a.m. –nearly 30 minutes later than the national average.
All of these numbers are from Nate Silver's blog. He analyzed and explained data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau's "American Community Survey."
(See how statisticians calculate the odds in the original post below.)
ESPN.com's Rick Reilly 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."
"You can't buy that kind of PR," [the guy] says. "We love this."
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:
[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."
Original post, January 21, 2014
You're more likely to get struck by lightning, but what the heck.
The odds of you picking a perfect NCAA bracket vary.