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3-21-11

SURVEY: Crazy Stuff People Believe

A new British survey shed an embarrassing light on just how gullible many people are.

Here’s a rundown of nine crazy things many people believe:

9 – 27 percent of people believe the sun revolves around the Earth

8- 28 percent believe that Earth revolves around the sun in something other than one year.

7 – 10 percent believe lunar landings never happened and that they were staged

6 – Nearly a third of those surveyed believe time travel is actually possible.

5 – Over 20 percent of adults believe light sabers exist.

4 – 24 percent of people believe humans can be teleported.

3 – Almost half of adults believe memory-erasing technology exists.

2 – More than 40 percent of people believe hover boards exist.

1 – 18 percent of adults believe they can see gravity.

3-17-11

MIND & BODY: Quick Ways to Get More Energy

When your energy level is low, it can be impossible to concentrate on anything. Luckily, there are many little things you can do in less than 5 minutes that will help you perk up a bit. Here are NINE ideas:

9. Flirt. Flirting gets your brain working and your heart pumping faster. This will definitely wake you up.

8. Drink Tea. Black tea reduces stress, and tea is said to boost energy better than coffee.

7. Take a Cold Shower. Try to keep the heat off for at least the last two minutes of your shower. If you’re at work and can’t shower, splash some cold water on your face.

6. Listen to Music. Music is always a good way to get pumped up when you are tired.

5. Wear Bright Colors. If the people around you see you in bright colors, they will be happier, and their mood will in turn make you feel more energetic and happy.

4. Smell a Lemon. The smell of citrus can actually make you more alert.

3. Take a Power Nap. A power nap of 5-10 minutes (but no more!) will help you stay energized for hours to come.

2. Eat a Piece of Chocolate. If you eat just one piece of chocolate, you will get a buzz of endorphins and enjoy a little bit of caffeine.

1. Hit a Pressure Point. Pinch the point between your thumb and forefinger for a little while to feel more awake.

Source: Yahoo Shine

3-16-11

ST. PATRICK’S PICK UP LINES


St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, so now is the time to start getting ready – and practicing your pick up lines, such as:

  1. I may not have four leaves, but if you kiss me, I’ll bring you luck.
  2. Why don’t you come catch a leprechaun with me, maybe together we’ll be lucky.
  3. If you don’t go on a date with me, the leprechauns have already won.
  4. You look magically delicious, and I just happen to be a cereal dater.
  5. Well you caught me lassie. Now I can grant ye one wish, as long as it involves a date.
  6. How would you like to help put the Irish Spring back into me step?
  7. So you actually kissed the Blarney Stone? Tongue or no tongue?
  8. Let’s go out again so we can share a pot of gold. Tequila gold that is.
  9. Well lass, we’re the only ones left standing. How ’bout a date this weekend?

3-15-11

GUYS BEING CHEATED IN THE WORKPLACE

If you’re tired of hearing how women get paid less in the workplace than guys do, then it’s time to arm yourself with some information – because you know that argument is going to come around again.

According to Forbes, here are some jobs where women actually earn more money than men:


1 – construction supervisors

2 – painters (construction and maintenance)

3 – aircraft mechanics

4 – aircraft and vehicle mechanics

5 – kindergarten and preschool teachers

6 – teacher assistants

7 – information and records clerks

8 – occupational therapists

9- dieticians and nutritionists

3-14-11

FICTIONAL MEN WE WISH WERE REAL

How many times have you watched a TV show or a movie and wished that one of the men was yours? Probably a million times. Here are the top 9 in a list Redbook magazine made of the 20 “Hot Fictional Husbands We Wish Were Real.” :

  1. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
  2. Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
  3. George Banks, Father of the Bride 1 & 2
  4. Edward Cullen, Twilight
  5. Heathcliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show
  6. Derek Sheperd, Grey’s Anatomy
  7. Greg Focker, Meet the Parents
  8. Mr. Incredible, The Incredibles
  9. Ricky Ricardo, I Love Lucy

2-28-11

9 VALUABLE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MOVIES

The Academy Awards ceremony was held yesterday, so another year of Oscars is in the books.

We learned what movies and actors showbiz insiders believe were the best of the past year. That was nice. But, there’s still plenty to learn from almost every movie you watch.

Here are 9 valuable lessons you can learn from watching movies:

9 – If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick’s Day parade – at any time of the year.

8 – All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.

7 – The ventilation system of any building is a perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.

6 – A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

5 – Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.

4 – One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one.

3 – Most people keep a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings – especially if any of their family or friends has died in a strange boating accident.

2 – Dogs always know who’s bad and will naturally bark at them.

1 – It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.

2-23-2011

MONEY MATTERS: 9 Signs The Economy Is Getting Better While most people may think the economy is stAdd an Imageill sputtering, economists say there are some unusual signs that things are getting better and better, including:

9 – Underwear – When it’s tougher to find jobs, men wait longer to replace their underwear. In the past year, underwear sales improved.

8 – Box Rebound Reflects Rising Demand Because almost everything consumers buy at one point or another was packed in a cardboard box for shipping, higher prices for boxes and other shipping needs point to more consumption. The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of bulk shipping costs, hit a 22-year low in December 2008. Though still far from pre-recession levels, it’s on the rise again.

7 – Fewer Urban Dwellers Are Hoofing It During recessions, more folks in cities resist the urge to hail a cab, opting to walk or take public transit to their destinations. But in recent months, business has started looking up for cabbies. Car sales are up, too — for those who prefer to drive themselves.

6 – Faces, Other Parts Getting a Lift Few folks actually need a more finely sculpted nose, a tummy tuck or a more buxom figure. So when money is tight, elective cosmetic surgery takes a dive. But take heart, docs, demand is reemerging. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the number of patients who chose to undergo the knife for a better look last year rose by more than 13 million.

5 – More Willing to Play Their Hand Even gamblers get more risk-averse when the economy is in a slump. By 2009, commercial casino revenues had dropped nearly 10% from their 2007 peak. The house’s take increased slightly last year and will head higher this year as consumer spending racks up about a 3% gain this year.

4 – Desserts – When the economy is shrinking, customers who visit full-service restaurants stick to entrees and skip side orders, appetizers and desserts. The National Restaurant Association says more customers are splurging on desserts again.

3 – Coffee – Starbucks’ net revenues increased 9.5 percent in 2010, after falling 6 percent in 2009, which means people are spending a few more dollars on their luxury habits.

2 – Golfing – As the economy picks up, golfers head back to the courses. While there are still fewer rounds being played than before the downturn, at least the number of visits to golf courses stopped declining in 2010.

1 – Divorces – Lawyers have suffered big drops in divorce cases over the past few years, but the trend has begun to turn around. Now that people can afford to get divorced, many divorce lawyers have more business than they can handle.

Source: Kiplingers

2-22-11

SIGNS YOU’LL GET MARRIED SOMEDAY From Marie Claire’s “Year of Living Flirtatiously” blog, here are some real statistics that (supposedly) help predict whether you’re going to get hitched or not:

9 – As a woman in the U.S., your chances of getting married before age 40 are 86 percent (for men, it’s 81 percent).

8 – If you have a high IQ, you’re 29 percent more likely to wed than someone with a low IQ.

7 – If you’re divorced, there’s a 75 percent chance you’ll get remarried.

6 – If you live in Minnesota, there’s a 30 percent greater chance that you will marry before someone from Washington DC

5 – Women who weren’t overweight as teens are 20 percent more likely to get married than women who WERE overweight in their teen years.

4 – Women who lived with both biological parents at age 14 are 12 percent more likely to marry than those who didn’t.

3 – If you’re a college grad, you’re 9 percent to 14 percent more likely to get likely to get married than someone who didn’t finish high school.

2 – If you’re living with a partner for the first time, there’s a 65 percent chance you’ll be married within 5 years.

1 – Single women in the military are 200 percent more likely to wed than civilian women.

2-9-11

NINE WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR PAD FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

While your bachelor pad may be just the way you like it, with sports posters and empty beer bottles, it may be a problem if you’re trying to seal the deal with your lady friend on Valentine’s Day.

Here are nine things you can do to get the place shaped up, even a little bit, to help your cause – and not hurt it:

9     A clean kitchen

8     Proper lighting

7     A wine rack

6     Framed artwork

5     A mounted flat-screen TV

4     A comfortable couch

3     A made bed

2     A well-stocked fridge

1     A clean bathroom

2-8-11

Nine Weird Things That Influence Bad Behavior

Sometimes we listen to the angel on our shoulder and do the right thing – and other times we listen to the devil on the other shoulder and misbehave. Here are nine surprising – and random – things that influence our bad behavior:

9 When it is Easy – people behave badly

8 Genetics – bad genes

7 Full Moon – just ask your police or hospital staff friends

6   Pictures of Eyes – Studies have shown that if any depiction of an eye is in view, even if it is cartoonish or nonhuman, it makes people less likely to cheat or to behave immorally.

5   Lighting – Researchers have found that dim light makes people less honest and more likely to cheat.

4   Your Personal Cleanliness – Anytime you think about doing something wrong, there’s something inside you that makes you want to wash your hands.

3   The Smell of Citrus – There is a powerful association between citrus and being good. When the smell of lemons, limes and oranges is in the air, it makes you want to be a better person.

2    The Presence of Large Trees – Neighborhoods with large trees tend to have much lower crime rates than those with smaller trees or just bushes.

1 Other People Misbehaving – simply joining the crowd/mob

Source: Cracked.com

2-7-11

NIGN SIGNS YOU’RE GETTING OLD

Have you ever heard the expression “Age is just a number”? It’s really just something you say more and more as you get older. The truth is, age is just a number and it doesn’t necessarily represent how old you are.   To know for sure if you’re getting old, just look for the following nine signs.

9. You routinely throw out your back.
8. You start looking for foods high in fiber

7. You start doing your own taxes.
6. You prefer to stay in on a Saturday night.
5. You start watching the nightly news.
4. You go to sleep before midnight every night.
3. You keep plants in your house.
2. There is more food than alcohol in your fridge.
1. You have gray hair … of course.

Source: Guyism.com

2-2-11

Nine Groundhog facts and factoids


9 – Groundhog, woodchuck — what’s the difference? Woodchuck and groundhog are common terms for the same animal, the rodent with the scientific name of Marmota monax. Most closely related to squirrels, woodchucks actually can climb trees and also swim.

8 – What’s the wake-up call? The groundhog’s internal clock is believed to be affected by annual changes in the amount of daylight. Hormonal responses to cyclic changes in production of melatonin, a sleep-related hormone, are thought by some to be the signal to wake up.

7 – Why did groundhog fur coats go out of fashion? Groundhog fur never was in vogue, partly because it is not particularly thick and warm, and because the fur’s grizzled grey-brown appearance is more appealing to others of their species than to people. Groundhog hairs are used for tying trout flies, such as the ‘Chuck Caddis, and early American Indians once used sturdy woodchuck hides for soles of moccasins.

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6 – What do Ground Hogs sound like? Well, when there happy they grunt! When they are frightened, they let out a loud shrill to scare aware predators, and when they fight, they squeal!

5 – A groundhog’s teeth can grow 1/16 inch per day, requiring constant trimming; If the teeth are not aligned properly a tooth can grow and then pierce the skull or lower jaw, killing the animal;

4 – An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in.   People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it’s unfair to keep the animal in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights that accompany tens of thousands of revelers each Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.

3 – According to Stormfax Almanac, “The groundhog’s seasonal forecasting accuracy is somewhat low. Phil’s Winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time.”

2 – When googling for Groundhog recipes 270,000 results pop up

1 – How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? About 700 pounds. Compared to beavers, groundhogs/woodchucks are not adept at moving timber, although some will chew wood. (At Cornell, woodchucks that gnaw their wooden nest boxes are given scraps of 2-by-4 lumber.) A wildlife biologist once measured the inside volume of a typical woodchuck burrow and estimated that — if wood filled the hole instead of dirt — the industrious animal would have chucked about 700 pounds’ worth.

1-31-11

PETS: Insane Pet Products For Crazy Owners   Sometimes, pet owners take their animals way too seriously, treating them as good as — and sometimes better than — the people in their life.   Here’s a rundown of NINE insane pet products for crazy owners:


9 - Puppoose
This soft fabric carrier allows you to turn your pet into a purse. Available in a variety of colors and sized for dogs up to 22 pounds.

8 – Doggie Thongs – Thongs for Dogs were designed for accident-prone dogs. They’re pretty much diapers … in the style of thong underwear.

7 - Goldfish Walker – You take your dog for a walk. Why not take a stroll with your fish? (Umm … because that’s insane?)

6 – Dog Perfume – For the discriminating dog owner who wants his pet to smell like mandarin and nutmeg.

5 – Kitty Wigs – With these colorful wigs, you too can have a cat that looks like Katy Perry.

4 – Nail Pawlish – Exactly what it sounds like … nail polish for four-legged friends.

3 – Cat Laser – The FroliCat Bolt is an automatic laser pointer that allows cats to chase laser points for hours on end.

2 - iPod and Cellphone Cases Woven from Your Pet’s Fur
you heard us right! Collect bags of your pet’s own extra fur and VIP Fibers will spin it into yarn and create everything from hats to socks to iPod cases out of it. I guess that’s one way to stay extra close to your pet!

1 - Poop Freeze
An aerosol freeze spray that hardens poo for easier pick up. Can be used outside or inside, even on carpet! Just “Frost and Toss.” 10 oz bottle $14.95 plus shipping.

1-26-11

LEAST DESIRABLE WOMEN OF 2011

According to AskMen.com, here’s a rundown of the Top 9 Least Desirable Women of 2011:

9. Former star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Danielle Staub
8. Madonna
7. Lindsay Lohan
6. Heidi Montag
5. Kesha
4. Miley Cyrus
3. Khloe Kardashian
2. Snooki
1. Sarah Palin

1-25-11

9 SIGNS OF A MID-LIFE CRISIS

As the march of time rolls along, it happens to every guy – the ol’ midlife crisis.   Maybe yours has already begun. Here’s a rundown of some purchases that may indicate you’re going through a midlife crisis:

9 -  Extreme activities like bungee jumping or skydiving

8 -  Exercise equipment and designer diet

7 -  New hairstyle

6 -  The newest gadgets

5 -  New, younger-looking clothing

4 -  Tattoos and piercings

3 -  New sports car

2 -  Plastic surgery

1 -  Increased alcohol consumption

Source: Guyism.com

1-13-11

Nu 9 @ 9 Clichéd Relationship Enders (from makethelist.net)

Calling it quits on an alleged loved one can be one of the most difficult things anyone has to do.  And like sports, sometimes we need to call on boring clichés to get the job done.  Here are nine overused phrases to move out of a relationship and on with your life.

9. You deserve someone better.

8. It just wasn’t meant to be.

7. I love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore.

6. I don’t want to be tied down.

5. I’m not ready for a relationship.

4. We’re better off as friends.

3. I’ve met someone else.

2. I need some space.

1. It’s not you, it’s me.

1-12-11

9 THINGS GUYS DO TO ANNOY THEIR WOMEN

Men have an almost effortless ability to irritate the ones they love by constantly doing the smallest things on a regular basis.

Here are some things guys do to annoy their women …


9- Splashing the mirror with toothpaste gunk while brushing their teeth.

8-Leaving hair in the sink after shaving.

7-Using 10 drinking glasses a day instead of one.

6-Tinkling on the toilet seat.

5-Leaving dirty laundry on the floor all over the house.

4-Not doing any housework.

3-Burping often – and without remorse.

2-Begging for attention when sick.

1-Channel surfing rapidly.

1-11-11

THE 9 MOST RIDICULOUS TRADING CARDS EVER

When you were growing up, did you collect baseball cards or football cards? Do you remember collecting any other kinds of cards – maybe come that were a bit goofy or trivial? Well, a company has just launched a set of Justin Bieber trading cards. Could it get much worse than that? According to Gunaxin.com, here’s a rundown of some of the most ridiculous trading cards ever:


9 – Gilligan’s Island Trading Cards – From the TV show.  Only they’re cards.  Can you say, “lots of disposable income to spare”?


8 – Twilight Trading Cards – Yeah.  Film scenes of the movies on cards

7 – World Championship Wrestling Trading Cards – The perfect accompaniment to the action figures

6 – Trash Can Tots (A knock-off of the more famous Garbage Pail Kids.)

5 – Playboy Trading Cards (They’re still making them. Unbelievable.)

4 – XFL Trading Cards – For the league that lasted – what – 6 minutes.

3 – Coca Cola Trading Cards


2 – Catwoman Trading Cards (Based on the terrible Halle Berry movie.)


1 -Railroad Trading Cards  – I know.  Riveting.


1-10-11

Top 10 Dangerous Toothpaste Ingredients   there’s a good reason why most toothpaste packages warn: “Do not ingest!”

9. Detergent    It is literally used because we prefer bubbly toothpaste. By the way – swallowing a lot of detergent can cause digestive tract burning.

8. Seaweed    Helps holds that paste together. Without this green stuff, toothpaste would simply fall apart!

7. Peppermint Oil   Fresh breath can only be kept fresh with the help of peppermint oil! While refreshing when brushing your teeth, peppermint oil can cause a slow pulse, heartburn, and muscle tremors if it is consumed.

6. Paraffin     Helps creates a smooth paste that oozes onto your toothbrush. As you might imagine, paraffin wasn’t meant to be eaten. If you happen to swallow this ingredient, you may end up with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and severe constipation.

5. Glycerin Glycol    Added to toothpaste in order to prevent the paste from becoming too dry – it’s also found in antifreeze.

4. Chalk    Made from exoskeletons, it’s hard enough to remove all of that caked on stuff building up on your teeth. Just so you know, swallowing a bit of chalk could cause bleeding.

3. Titanium Dioxide   This is another common toothpaste ingredient, though it’s usually found in white paint. And so – you guessed it – it keeps your teeth nice and white (for a few hours, at least!). Ingesting titanium dioxide won’t hurt you, but it isn’t recommended either.

2. Saccharin   Saccharin is sweet, but not too sweet – just the way that most people like their toothpaste!   The USDA tried to ban the substance in 1972, though it is considered “safe” to ingest today.

1. Menthol    One last ingredient to add a minty note to your breath. Without menthol, toothpaste might taste like, well, chalk, glycerin, paraffin, detergent, titanium dioxide, and seaweed! Not harmful.   But still….

1-7-11 The 9 Most Bizarre Toys Marketed to Children    (from LISTVERSE.com)

9- Pee Wee Herman Doll

It’s Pee Wee Herman.  He’s creepy enough in person.  A doll is icing on the cake.

8 – Look-Alike Dolls

Narcissistic kids’ toys.   Or perhaps  for Voo Doo.

7 – Reborn Baby

Too realistic.  Disturbing

6 – Adolf Hitler Doll

Need we explain why this is wrong?

5 – Epidermits

Like a pig with a human-hair head.  And the skin feels remarkably like human skin – you can even give it a tattoo.  We’re having nightmares about this toy.

4 – Pee and Poo Plush Toys

When did encouraging your kids to play with number one and number two become a good idea?

3 – God Almighty

Complete with a Kalashnikov AK-47 – presumably God’s weapon of c. Tacky.

2 – Chopped Up Lady

For the future horror film director – or the budding serial killer..

1 -   Stripper Pole

A stripper pole toy for young girls to practice their pole dancing. Remember – this was made for pre-teen girls.

1-05-11

Top 10 Most Popular Infomercial Products

9. PedEgg You’ll need some thick skin to watch this infomercial, but there’s something about watching people basically drag a cheese grater across their feet that works for this product. The PedEgg removes calluses and dead skin to make your feet feel healthy with “NO MESS!”  This product is one of the infomercial gems that actually live up to the hype. Consumer Reports put this one up against a pumice stone and the PedEgg came out victorious.

8. Snuggie This strange hybrid of robe and blanket has become widely popular thanks to a barrage of infomercials and a super catchy jingle. and you can even order one for your dog, too.

7. Slap-Chop “Stop having boring tuna, stop having a boring life, ” suggests Vince Shlomi. Despite the dismal reports of food getting stuck in the Slap-Chop,

6. Ionic Breeze Air Purifier This product by the Sharper Image promises to rid your home of allergens by using “electrostatic precipitation” to eliminate dust, pollen and pet dander. These machines can set you back anywhere from $99 to $199 dollars.

5. Carleton Sheets Real Estate Tutorial Carleton Sheets has been attracting aspiring millionaires since the late 1980s. Now, his Real Estate Tutorial has launched him as one of the prime TV pitchers.

4. Showtime Pro Electric Rotisserie Oven There’s something about a glistening, spinning piece of poultry that keeps late-night audiences captivated. Ron Popeil, the godfather of modern-day infomercials, hit on another winner with his Showtime Electric Rotisserie. The famed TV pitchman who once filled in his own bald spot with Hair in a Can Spray has appeared on his own infomercial spots for 40 years, but his latest venture in “as seen on TV” cookware is by far his most successful product to date.

3. ShamWow Another product made famous by the pitching power of Vince Shlomi, the ShamWow bills itself as a miracle towel easily able to soak up 12 times its own weight. Wine, coffee, pet and soda stains are no match for the ShamWow. If you’re willing to take Vince’s word for it, a set of four will set you back about 20 bucks.

2. Bowflex Home Gym  Another top seller is the Bowflex home gym. These infomercials dangle an almost irresistible carrot: the perfect body. The late night and weekend spots are rife with testimonials from uber-hot people who claim to have gotten ripped in the comfort of their own home in just six weeks.

1. Proactive  This anti-acne facial cleanser packs some serious star power in its well-produced infomercials. There are just enough close-ups of stomach-churning acne to gross you out before a clear-faced celebrity preaches the product’s success. Justin Bieber, P. Diddy and Jessica Simpson are just a few of the stars that have appeared in Proactive spots.

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