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Now that the Super Bowl is over the real party begins, but unfortunately it’s only open to fans of the Green Bay Packers—sorry Steeler fans. The folks in Green Bay are a little more low key when it comes to celebrating—or just better behaved—so we haven’t heard of any flipped over cars or fires in the streets, but there is quite the celebration planned for later today.
The Green Bay Police Department must have known something that we didn’t, as they had the Packers parade route prepared before the weekend even began. The NFL champions will return to Austin Straubel airport later today, and the team will make their way to Lambeau Field to a very warm welcome home.
In case you weren’t glued to the television and snacks yesterday, the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears and will be representing the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl down in Arlington, Texas. Packers fans are known for the dedication to the team—as well as their hats made of cheese—so we know they’re already planning a way to get to this year’s big game on February 6.
The players and coaches returned to the Green Bay area last night to a crowd of thousands at Austin Straubel Airport, and you might just want to get ready to welcome them home as champions if things go their way. The airport’s Facebook page is pretty good about sending out information as well as updates on the team’s wins, so you might be able to be on hand to give the team a warm send off to Texas in case you can’t make it down for the game. Teams need to be in North Texas the afternoon of January 31, so start looking for a good short-term parking spot now.
Trying to flee the freezing temperatures sweeping across the country is natural, but predictable. Instead, do what folks in these frigid destinations do—embrace it and get INTO the cold. The trick to staying toasty is chill-killing gear and lots of bone warming activity. So stop moping around waiting for summer to arrive and head to these five crazy cold places and get your winter wonderland on.
Cold Meter: Extreme A short hour drive from Milwaukee is Destination Kohler, home of the bath and kitchen product empire. Mother Nature has an icy disposition in this state come December through March, when it’s not unusual to see temps plummet to -7 degrees.
Outdoor Adventures: This is huntin’ land, so trap shooting is a way to get your feet wet, especially if assassinating Bambi’s brethren ain’t your thang. Aiming a 20-gauge shot gun at near invisible clays get competitive juices flowing and yelling “pull!” is dead exciting. But there’s also a bevy of other outdoor activities for those looking for something a little less Annie Oakley, like winter archery, ice fishing and ice skating.
Even the most causal sports fan knows about Brett Favre and the problems he has making up his mind. Earlier this year, Favre was all about retirement, then all about playing football, and then back to dreaming of 365 days of golf. Well he finally decided to toss the pigskin around for one last season—we’ll see if one last season turns into more next year—and has led the Minnesota Vikings to an undefeated start. In about two weeks, Favre will return to Green Bay to play the team he led for many years, and the city’s citizens want to ensure that Favre has a warm welcome back home.
Mayor Jim Schmitt of Green Bay is asking for public suggestions for respectable ways to welcome Favre back to town. One of the best suggestions so far is to cook up a giant waffle in the shape of a number four—Favre’s uniform number. This will be a somewhat subtle dedication to the player’s reputation for indecision regarding his retirement. Another idea was to play a reel of all Favre’s interceptions while in a Packers uniform before the game.
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WTF, yo? Poor Wisconsin; their tourism board obviously doesn't employ any youngsters who are familiar with the hip, internet lingo of the day. Perhaps they should have run their name by an intern first? The "Wisconsin Tourism Federation," or WTF, is a little late to realize that their own acronym is also a popular abbreviation for "what the f*ck."
So instead of continue on the path to permanent jokedom, the WTF sat down and decided to give in to the web change their name to the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin, or TFW. CNET has the scoop on their reasoning: "'We didn't want it to detract from our mission,' said Julia Hertel, a spokeswoman for the newly renamed TFW."
Aw, isn't that cute? But you see, what they didn't count on and probably still haven't realized the value of, is all this publicity. Now, thanks to their slip-up and unfortunate association with a cussing internet slang term, the
WTF TFW is known outside of Milwaukee. The jury is still out on whether or not this incident will attract tourists to the dairy state.
· WTF? Bloggers cause Wisconsin Tourism Federation to change name [CNET]
· Wisconsin Travel [Jaunted]
[Photo: WTF or is it TFW?]
The tourism board of Northern Wisconson's Forest County Chamber of Commerce has reached back to old media to promote their new social media campaign, erecting a billboard on Highway 32 to highlight their Facebook fan page. The idea is to promote the Facebook page as a portal into the rest of the county's tourism promotions, with pictures, links to more specific sites, and event information. Cute:
Sadly, no one talks about billboards any longer. But they're still out there and they still work. So why are we talking about the lowly billboard today? Social media, of course... it's big news when a billboard is used to promote a Facebook page... Located just south of Lakewood on HWY 32, travelers from Milwaukee and Chicago heading north will see the board which carries an invitation from the Crandon Chamber to "Become a friend of Crandon" on Facebook.
Now that fall is officially here, our minds—and stomachs—start to yearn for the tastes of autumn. Pumpkins, apples, and even cranberries all start to take priority over corn-on-the-cob and baked beans. Although we are fans of cranberries, especially with a generous side of turkey, we have a lot to learn before this year’s Warrens Cranberry Festival in Wisconsin.
It’s the world’s largest cranberry festival and they want everyone to know about it. There’s over 1000 booths on display with people selling their arts and crafts, flea market finds, and probably just some junk from around the house. All together the vendors make up over three miles, so you probably want to fill your water bottle up with some Ocean Spray for a little extra energy. They are expecting over 100,000 fans of the cran this weekend as things run from September 25 to 27.
After weeks of grieving for various celebrity deaths, a nation was finally able to laugh again this weekend when we learned of a Wienermobile crashing into a Wisconsin home.
The 22-year-old driver of the iconic Oscar Mayer promotional car, one of six such vehicles nationwide, was trying to turn around in a private driveway and accidentally shifted into drive, according to the Associated Press. No one was hurt and the owners weren't home, which isn't to say they didn't have a massive shock at seeing their home turned into a bun.
Twelve Weinermobile drivers are chosen yearly from a pool of over a thousand applicants, but the job requirements don't specify that would-be hotdoggers know how to drive at all, let alone handle a 27-foot-long, 7000-pound fiberglass lunch. The Hotdoggers write on their official blog that they are back on the highway, which means homeowners in St. Louis should put down the portcullis before leaving for work.
This is the second recent Wienermobile accident to make the national news, following a 2008 mishap on a snowy highway in Pennsylvania (albeit, again, with no casualties). Ironically, former chairman Oscar G. Mayer (the grandson of the founder) died two weeks ago in Wisconsin at the age of 95. His main request for the funeral? No Wienermobile.
· Wienermobile crashes into Racine County home [JS Online]
· Franks For Your Concern [Hotdogger Blog]
· The Troubling History of Wienermobile Traffic Incidents [Wizbang Pop]
· Retired chairman of Oscar Mayer Foods dead at 95 [Jaunted]
[Photo: JS Online]