Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I would like to wish a happy Mother's day to my mom, my grandma, my aunts, cousins and all the other mothers out there.

A special thank you to my mom, who has always thought twice for me (and my siblings), supporting me as a parent and a friend, and for loving me unconditionally.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Smart people are born in May...and winners are born in March

Smart people are born in May...and winners are born in March.

I was born on May 10 at 5:28 AM, making Miss Shana Bananas with her guess of 4:33 AM the winner of the official Encyclopedia Branigan Crownie Making Kit. Yay!! I'm guessing I might be getting a Crownie cake this year... haha.

A close runner up was Maven, who guessed 7:13 AM, in third place was LJ with 2:45 AM and honorable mention goes to JAG with 11:27 AM. They will all receive certificates from the University of Branigan for their participation.

I would also like to recognize Paul, and award him the Early Bird Gets the Worm Award, for being the first person to wish me Happy Birthday! Next contest you get three guesses. :)

Thank you for your participation!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday which celebrates the Mexican defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is celebrated mostly in the region of Puebla and is not a federal holiday in Mexico.

In the U.S., however, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated (or has been since I turned 21) by Mexican-Americans, college students and twenty-somethings. So this Cinco de Mayo, get out there, have some fun and commemorate those who fought in Pueblo so many years ago...

For more information on Cinco de Mayo, click here, or visit your local liquor store.


Monday, May 4, 2009

People who listen to Beethoven have high SAT scores

People who listen to Beethoven have high SAT scores, according to a study by Virgil Griffith, a grad student from Caltech. He took music (and book) preferences from Facebook and crossed them with SAT scores and created this an ingenious cross-section of music and SAT scores, proving what kind of music high SAT scorers (and not so high scorers - sorry wanna-be country singers, rappers and fans of The Used) listen to.

But it's true! I did not score very high on my SATs. (Nope. I did really badly - I am a horrible test taker) BUT I graduated college Summa Cum Laude and I would have to say I enjoy and listen to a lot of the music on the lower end of the spectrum. So while SAT scores do impress colleges (and your mom) they are not a direct reflection of a person's intelligence.

So, all the Lil' Wayne lovers, don't give up! Just make sure you invest in a quality tutor, preferably one that listens to Beethoven.

For more information on Virgil and his awesome work, click here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Smart people are born in May (and love free stuff)

Smart people are born in May, not to say that people in other months are not intelligent or skilled, but the month of May produces some real talent including:
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Tom Bergeron
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Billy Joel
  • Paul "Bono" Hewson
  • Salvador Dali
  • George Carlin
  • Yogi Berra
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Janet Jackson
  • Bob Saget
  • Tina Fey
  • Andre the Giant
  • Cher
  • Notorious B.I.G
  • Mr. T
  • Tommy Chong
  • LaToya Jackson
  • John F. Kennedy
and, last but not least, ME!

The stats are there; two Jacksons, two presidents, and two hosts of America's Funniest Home Videos. How can you argue with that? Take into account Mother's Day and Memorial Day and it's plain to see that May is where it's at.

One week from today, May 10th, will be the birthday of yours truly (it will also be Mother's Day, love you mom). So what better reason to give away FREE STUFF? YES!

Here is the deal. Guess what time I was born. So simple. So easy. What do you win if you guess correctly?

An official Encyclopedia Branigan Crownie Making Kit!!! This all-inclusive baking experience includes:
  • Bowl
  • Oven mitts
  • Dishtowel
  • Spatula
  • Cookie mix
  • Brownie mix
  • Pan
  • Oil
  • Oven timer
  • Measuring cup
  • Official Encyclopedia Branigan Crownie recipe (you saw it here first, betty)

No, I wasn't kidding when I said all-inclusive. You get everything but the perishables. I don't mess around.

Here are the rules:
  • Comment below with your guess in the hour/minute format (time zone not needed) - 0:00
  • Choose AM or PM - if you do not include you will be disqualified
  • No duplicates
  • Siblings/family, asking my mom will not help you; Friends, facebooking my dad will not help you
  • Closest time wins
  • Include your e-mail address, robot style, unless you like junk mail
  • Submit your guess by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, May 7th, winner will be announced on Friday, May 8th. Just in time for you to bake for Mom (or give to mom, if you are a lazy child) on Mother's Day!

Happy guessing!!