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Wisconsin Triple MVP Bobblehead Puzzle Set Featuring Giannis, Yelich and Rodgers Unveiled

Limited Edition Wisconsin MVP Bobblehead Puzzle Set featuring Wisconsin’s most recent MVPs now available.

This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in conjunction with BobblesGalore, unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition bobblehead set featuring the three most recent MVPs for each of Wisconsin’s professional teams—Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, Christian Yelich for the Milwaukee Brewers and Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers. This unique bobblehead set fits together at the base to form the shape of Wisconsin, making this a first bobblehead set that connects to form a state.

The limited edition bobbleheads, which are each individually numbered to only 1,500, just arrived and ship now. The bobbleheads can be purchased online from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and BobblesGalore as well as at the Museum, which is located at 170 South 1st Street in Milwaukee. During the limited introductory period, the bobbleheads will be $175 for the set with free shipping. The set was produced by FOCO exclusively for BobblesGalore and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

This week is a special one for all three players, as Aaron Rodgers celebrated his 36th birthday on Monday, Christian Yelich celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday and Giannis turns 25 years old today. Earlier this year, fans realized that the jersey numbers for Rodgers (12) and Yelich (22) add up to 34, the number worn by Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and graphics showing the simple match quickly went viral.

The bobbleheads feature an Augmented Reality (AR) component that enables fans to interact with each one as well as the set using the “AR Bobbles” app. The AR features can be activated by downloading AR Bobbles, an augmented reality app that is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. By scanning the bobblehead with the app, the player’s statistics, video highlights, a shot chart, and an active news feed appear. AR Bobbles is a unique app that transforms formerly inanimate bobbleheads into something alive and interactive. It is poised to revolutionize the world of bobbleheads and has been exclusively developed for BobblesGalore. AR Bobbles can be adapted for any bobblehead and for use by professional sports teams.

“We were excited to team up with BobblesGalore and FOCO on this truly remarkable and unique bobblehead set featuring Wisconsin’s biggest stars and recent MVPs,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “These will be cherished collectibles for generations of Wisconsin sports fans, and we expect them to sell quickly as they make the perfect holiday gift.”

 

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Wacky But True: Mayo Edition

In Japan, Mayonnaise Man recently struck again. A high school girl (in Ebetsu City) was approached by a 39-year-old man. The man then suddenly squirted mayonnaise from his mouth onto the girl. Police were able to track down and arrest the suspect, mostly thanks to the DNA evidence present in the spatter of the mayonnaise.

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AAA Weekly Fuel Gage

AAA Weekly Fuel Gauge

MADISON, Wis., (December 2, 2019) – Following a busy holiday long weekend that saw 49 million Americans traveling on roadways, gas prices across the country saw minimal fluctuation, with most states seeing decreases on the week. The national gas price average is one penny cheaper than last Monday at $2.58. Today’s average is three cents cheaper than last month, but 12 cents more expensive than last year at this time.

Gasoline stocks have steadily increased the past few weeks as gasoline demand has started to slow. This trend is creating cheaper gas prices for the majority of motorists.

On the week, there is minimal volatility at pumps across the Great Lakes and Central region. Gas prices in the region saw low volatility due to an increase in refinery rates and a substantial build (1.6 million bbl) in gasoline stocks, according to EIA data. Total stocks sit at 48 million bbl and are poised to continue increasing, leading to cheaper gas prices in December.

  Monday Sunday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago
National $2.589 $2.591 $2.590 $2.610 $2.467
Wisconsin $2.415 $2.416 $2.392 $2.407 $2.350
Appleton $2.328 $2.330 $2.270 $2.337 $2.290
Eau Claire $2.528 $2.535 $2.516 $2.539 $2.443
Green Bay $2.322 $2.324 $2.305 $2.373 $2.343
Janesville-Beloit $2.383 $2.382 $2.373 $2.298 $2.395
La Crosse $2.426 $2.427 $2.477 $2.472 $2.336
Madison $2.384 $2.385 $2.340 $2.354 $2.327
Milwaukee $2.378 $2.375 $2.317 $2.297 $2.244
Wausau $2.442 $2.442 $2.422 $2.484 $2.39

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

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Top 10 Puppy Names of 2019

The highly anticipated list of the Top 10 Puppy Names for 2019 has arrived!

Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats & dogs, combed it’s database of over 500,000 pets to find out what the most popular puppy names were for 2019. If you happen to bring home a new furry friend this season, you may want to use this list as inspiration when you’re considering names. Drum roll, please…

Most common puppy names in 2019:
1. Luna
2. Bella
3. Charlie
4. Bailey
5. Lucy
6. Cooper
7. Max
8. Daisy
9. Bear
10. Oliver

Trupanion also looked at puppy names from a historical perspective. As you can see, Luna tops the puppy name chart in 2019. But that wasn’t always the case. Looking back 10 years, Luna was barely a blip on the name game chart…not even cracking the list of top 20 names. Bella (always neck and neck with the name Charlie) took a dip in 2017 & 2018, but has edged back to the #2 spot this year.

Over a span of nearly 20 years, Trupanion has covered more than 785,000 puppies, paying out more than $100 million for medical care (puppies do love to get into things the shouldn’t)! If you track the dogs that have enrolled as puppies throughout their lifetime, Trupanion has paid out more than $400 million toward medical care as those puppies grow into adults.

In addition to greatly reducing the possibility of pre-existing conditions, Trupanion encourages pet owners to enroll pets as puppies and kittens so they remain in that pricing category for the lifetime of the pet.

 

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Survey says 12% of American adults have been broken up with via video call

While someone breaking up with you via text is pretty cold, and via phone is marginally better — though still pretty chilly — a new survey shows video chatting is becoming more popular in giving that not-so-special someone the ol’ heave-ho.

According to a survey from visual communications company Prezi, 12 percent of American adults have been broken up with by video call. It’s a fate men suffer three times more often than their female counterparts, incidentally, 18 vs 6 percent.

In the work world, video conferences have their own pitfalls. One in six U.S. employees, or about 16 percent, say they’ve fallen asleep during a video conference for work.

What’s more, the survey of more than 1,100 adults noted that 24 minutes is the ideal length of a video conference call.  After 18 minutes, the average employee says their mind starts to wander.

Speaking of the latter, 48 percent of those polled have cooked or eaten food while watching a video conference call presentation for work.  Also, female employees are twice as likely as their male counterparts to say they’ve worn pajamas during a video conference call presentation, by 26 to 13 percent.