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I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
World's Longest Waterslide Opens Outside Auckland
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When Do Extreme Adventures Become Too Much?

Recently, there have been some totally INSANE roller coasters and mater slides built, that are so over the top, that people have literally been flying off them!  There have been deaths surrounding the Action Park, and their water slide that was opened and closed in record time.  (Not fast enough to prevent lie 7 deaths, but pretty darn quickly.)

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Some Geeks Have Way Too Much Time on Their Hands

I will admit to being a geek about some things.  Not as crazy as Metalhead Ned is about gaming and KISS, but I do have my obsessions.  (No, YouPorn is not one of them, shut it.)

But some people take their obsession with getting deeper into movies and TV a little bit too far.
Example 1:
The Hollywood Reporter contacted a disaster-cost prediction company to assess the damage done to Manhattan during The Avengers movie.

No even kidding.

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Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Parked Car – Or Your Veterinarian, Either [Video]

It's getting pretty warm here in Grand Rapids.  Maybe not as ridiculous as back in my hometown, but with the humidity here, it's still pretty hot.  So never, ever leave your pets in your parked car.  The heat sucks when you get in to leave work, doesn't it?  So imagine sitting in that all day!

Check out this vet, who decided he wanted to see what it would be like to sit in a parked car for half an hour with only the windows cracked.

He should have just asked someone.  It sucks.

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Ladies – Now You Can Play Video Games With Your Vagina!

Every day, people come up with amazing new ideas for people and technology.  Some things you don't want to get more information on, and some you just want to see video of it in action.

This is one of those second ones.

There's a project up on Kickstarter for the KGoal.

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Myles Kennedy Air Guitars During Alter Bridge Set in Germany [Video]

I'm not sure exactly what happened, but how Myles from Alter Bridge dealt with it was amazing!  During "Ties That Bind" in Hamburg, Myles needed his guitar for some parts of the song.  Did he forget to put the guitar on for the song?  Did the guitar tech forget to get it to him?

Either way, when he hits the point of the song where he had to play, he air guitars and sings the part!  You can tell he and the crowd were having a good time with it.

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Forget Horror Movies – This is the Scariest Thing You’ll Watch All Year!

This is a new benchmark for terrifying people.

Seriously.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A LAME GORE OR JUMP SCARE VIDEO!

Follow this link, sign in with your Facebook creds, and watch this video FREAK YOU THE F*** OUT!  It starts off like any other horror video you'd watch, and you think it's going to be lame...

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Congratulations to Free Beer and Hot Wings for 10 Years in Grand Rapids!

This week is the 10th anniversary of Free Beer and Hot Wings coming to WGRD and Grand Rapids to inflict their brand of humor on the city and the world!  This is a big achievement for a morning show, to make it this long, and we're really happy to have the guys here in our great city!

Here's some video of last night after some of the decorating of the hallways, and then some of the (unfortunately edited) video from the staff lunch.  The guys were doing their thing, insulting everyone including themselves, and our GM, Russ, presented them with some bathroom decorations!

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Watch Today’s Storm Move in to Downtown Grand Rapids [Timelapse]

I love a good storm, and so far, Grand Rapids has had some nice rains, but today's storm was awesome!  It got dark and the rain came down really hard today, as you got to experience, I'm sure.

I started my camera shooting a time lapse before the storm made it downtown, and at about :22 seconds in, you can see almost a wall of clouds come in from the left and everything gets dark and the rain comes.

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Scientists Move Hands Of Nuclear "Doomsday Clock" Forward
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Stephen Hawking is Funnier Than You Think

John Oliver has a show on HBO called Last Week Tonight, and has started a series of interviews of people with "good brains".  He calls it, "People Who Think Good", and he starts it off, appropriately, with Stephen Hawking.

Who'd have thought the legendary genius would be as funny as he is?
Oliver: Is there a possible parallel universe where I'm smarter than you?
Hawking: Yes.  There's also one where you're funny.

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Behind the Scenes with Wayland Filming Their New Video at WGRD [Video]

Those crazy guys in Wayland are filming their music video for "Get a Little" right here in their home town of Grand Rapids, and their first stop for shooting?  Right here in the GRD studios!

The guys came by for the end of the Free Beer and Hot Wings show this morning, and then got the guys to sing the song on camera for their video.  Then, a bunch of us gathered together to do another shot of singing the chorus for Wayland.

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See How an Event Gets Built and Run in 5 Minutes of Time-Lapse [Video]

Here at GRD and our sister stations, we put on a lot of events. From big to small, from shows to just fun things to do, there's a lot of stuff that goes on.

Here's a fun video for you, so you can see one whole day's work and fun in building an event for you.  

On Friday, we had a party in our parking lot called "Sun of a Beach", and we brought the beach to downtown Grand Rapids, brought in some bands and invited all of you to come party with us.

Watch the whole day's setup, show, and tear down -- all in five minutes.

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Sun of a Beach Festival Brings Sand and Fun to Downtown Grand Rapids [Video/Photos]

Friday was a fun day for Grand Rapids as the beach moved downtown for Sun of a Beach Festival!

We brought the sand, the beer, the food, music and, heck, even a party boat!

The day was beautiful, the beer was cold, the elephant ears were massive and the bands played for hours! There was a dancing, drinking and fun had by everyone who came out to 50 Monroe NW for our party!

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