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It’s a Rotary Cellphone!

Ever wonder what it would be like to combine the nostalgia of a rotary phone with the compact size of the smartphone? Well, wonder no more.

A scientist named Justine Haupt has built a rotary cellphone. According to Colossal, she spent three years constructing the “anti-smartphone,” calling it The Portable Wireless Electronic Digital Rotary Telephone.

It has a rotary dial, fits in your pocket and can make phone calls. That’s about it.

“This is a statement against a world of touchscreens, hyperconnectivity, and complacency with big brother watchdogs,” Haupt writes on her website.

She adds, “So it’s not just a show-and-tell piece… My intent is to use it as my primary phone. It fits in a pocket; It’s reasonably compact; calling the people I most often call is faster than with my old phone, and the battery lasts almost 24 hours.”

Haupt has open sourced her technical design files – so while her rotary cell phone isn’t for sale, you could conceivably build your own.

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Know What ELSE Exercise Is Good For?

“Money can’t buy happiness,” the saying goes…but a new study says exercise can.

A large survey of 1.2 million Americans conducted by researchers from Yale and Oxford universities noted that a higher income doesn’t impact happiness as much as you may think…but getting off your couch does.

The researchers say people who described themselves as active have 35 days of “poor mental health” per year, which is 18 fewer days than those who were sedentary.

What’s more, the study found that a sedentary person needed as much as $25 grand more to match the levels of happiness of an active, but less financially stable, person.

Here’s the rub, however: According to the study, which was published in the medical journal Lancet Psychiatry, doing more and more exercise won’t make you happier and happier. You’ll get the most bang for your buck being active 30-60 minutes three times a week, scientists say.

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New Barbies Being Created Before 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 is around the corner and Mattel has added an array of sporty new toys including five new Barbie dolls to its starting lineup ahead of the Olympic Games.

In partnership with the International Olympic Committee, the toy brand collaborated to create licensed toy products highlighting the five new sports that will be added to the summer sports program, according to a press release.

The Barbie Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 international line will roll out this spring and include baseball/softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing.

“In line with our Global Licensing Strategy, this new international licensing collaboration with Mattel is a great way to engage with an important audience, our younger fans and their families, and through these high-quality products to connect them with the Olympic brand and values,” Timo Lumme, managing director of IOC television and marketing services said in a statement.

“Tokyo 2020 is a monumental event that brings the world together through sport and inspires fans of all ages,” Janet Hsu, Mattel’s Chief Franchise Officer added. “The Mattel Tokyo 2020 Collection honors these sports and inspires a new generation through the Olympic spirit and outstanding athletic tradition.”

Mattel’s Tokyo 2020 products will also include a new Hot Wheels collection to represent iconic sports from the first Games in Athens to sports making their debut in Tokyo and a limited-edition UNO deck that features the mascot, Miratowa.

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Bear Spray, 1; Marijuana Store Robbers, 0

Bear spray not only repels bears, it does a pretty good job on would-be thieves, too.

As reported by KCPQ TV in Seattle, Washington, Chris Vincent was closing up his marijuana shop, Marijuana Club 99, in Everett, Washington Saturday night when three masked men burst into the store, at least one of whom was brandishing a semi-automatic handgun.

As shown on the in-store security video of the incident, one of the men ordered Vincent to open the register while the other two began stuffing their bags with merchandise.

But Vincent kept his cool. “I noticed the guy was a little bit away from me,” he said, “so I grabbed the bear spray.”

Mind you, bear spray isn’t your everyday, pocket-sized can of mace. It’s pepper spray on steroids that usually comes in a hairspray-sized can and shoots a stream of nasty as far as 30 feet or more.

Which is no doubt why Vincent keeps some on a shelf under the register. All it took was a face full of the stuff to send the robbers stumbling and running out of the store.

“They were so confused they couldn’t even get the doors open,” said Vincent.

It’s pretty funny to watch, but no laughing matter. Just eight days earlier, armed robbers stole thousands of dollars of merchandise from Vincent’s store, holding his employees at gunpoint.

Local police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and apprehending the culprits.

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You would think by now, Donald Murray would have taken the time to reconsider his chosen profession.  And maybe that tattoo, as well.

As reported by, Murray was arrested Monday morning and charged with various crimes, including auto theft, reckless driving, meth possession and resisting arrest.

It’s not difficult to recognize Murray.  He’s the guy with the words CRIME PAYS tattooed in one-inch-tall capital letters, right smack-dab in the middle of his forehead.

This is Murray’s second arrest in just over two months.  He was also busted December 4 after a police chase, and was charged with felony criminal recklessness and resisting arrest.  He was released on his own recognizance January 14 on those charges.

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Kids From Wisconsin will be Live! In Living Color in 2020 and Still Accepting Audition Applications

2020_SocialMedia_1 (002)The curtain opens in June and closes in August with over 60 performances of “Live! In Living Color”. The tour will take the group over 7000 miles this summer. The Broadway style performance will take a look at some of the greatest live music venues throughout the history of this country and the musical artists that helped define their legacy’s. The Ed Sullivan Theater, Caesars Palace, The Grand Ole Opry, House of Blues, and Broadway just to name a few.

22 Singer/Dancers and a 14-piece show band will be selected to perform professionally this summer. Talented and serious performing students, ages 15-20 may still apply online for the opportunity to audition.  Auditions will be held February 21 through March 1. Audition information and an online application can be found on the audition webpage.

Walk-on slots are available, although it is advised to apply online before these dates.

February 21 – Eau Claire / February 22 – Madison / February 29 to March 1 – Milwaukee

Join us this summer as “Live! In Living Color” takes the stage in a Hometown near you. Ticket and show information are on the tour page of the website.