WIKY Morning Show Re-Cap July 5th

WIKY Morning Show July 5, 2011

**We chatted about Evansville’s newest grocery store, The Fresh Market.  It offers unusual and gourmet foods and spices, specialty meats and seafood, and fresh fruits and veggies.  The place has been packed since they opened in the Evansville Pavilion Shopping Center on the Eastside in the old Sofa Express location.  Listener reaction has been strong and positive for The Fresh Market.  It’s widely seen as a great addition to the grocery stores already here and a store that has already found a home here.

**Couldn’t be the 4th of July without the big hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, NY.

Here’s the story -

Yesterday, the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest went down, as usual, in Coney Island, New York.  There were some twists this year, though.  Here's the full rundown for your gorging pleasure . . . 

--THE WINNER.  For the fifth straight year, 27-year-old JOEY CHESTNUT of San Jose, California won the contest.  He ate SIXTY-TWO hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.  It was easily enough for the win but fell short of his world record of 68. 

--KOBAYASHI'S ALTERNATE COMPETITION.  As good as Chestnut is, he still isn't as famous as 33-year-old TAKERU KOBAYASHI, the Japanese guy who USED to win the contest every year.

--Kobayashi wasn't allowed to compete this year, because he won't sign an exclusive contract with the Major League Eating federation.  So he held his OWN contest on the South Street Seaport in New York and ate SIXTY NINE hot dogs. 

--Since it wasn't part of the official contest it won't count as a world record . . . but it's just gearing up for one hell of a showdown between Chestnut and Kobayashi.  They are CLEARLY the top two competitive eaters in the world. 

--THE WOMEN'S EVENT.  This year, for the first time ever, Nathan's held a separate contest for women only. 

--43-year-old SONYA "THE BLACK WIDOW" THOMAS won by eating 40 hot dogs . . . more than 10 ahead of her nearest competitor. 

**According to a Harvard study, kids who watch Fourth of July parades at a young age are more likely to become Republicans and make donations to the GOP. Researchers say it's because Republicans do a better job of associating themselves with patriotic symbols.  Read more here –

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/02/do-july-4th-parades-turn-kids-into-republicans/

**An ExxonMobil pipeline broke under the Yellowstone River in Montana, and an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil spilled.  DJB mentioned that he was well aware of that stretch of the Yellowstone River, having spent a lot of time fishing it a number of years ago.  He said he always found it odd that an oil refinery would be located on a trout river.  Read more here –

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/05/oil-spill-cleanup-efforts-in-montana-hampered-by-flooding-exxon-says/?test=latestnews

**A couple of stories of irony that occurred over the long holiday weekend –

--On Saturday afternoon, in Onondaga, New York, a group of bikers were participating in a protest ride against a New York state law that requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets.  They were all riding without helmets, obviously.

55-year-old Philip Contos of Parish, New York, was one of those riders.  During the ride, he lost control of his bike and ended up flying over his handlebars. 

He was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

According to the police investigation, Philip would've survived if he'd been wearing his helmet. 

(CBS News)

And...

--Last Tuesday, a guy drove his pickup truck into Doaneville Pond in Voluntown, Connecticut, about 50 miles east of Hartford.  Luckily, he and his female passenger managed to swim to safety.  Then, the man WENT BACK IN the water . . . and drowned.  

Police said the guy dove back in because, quote, "He decided he needed to get something from the truck." No one knows what he went back to get.

(Hartford Courant)

And Diane had this story about a new and weird soft drink sensation –

A new drink called Turbo Tango comes in a special aerosol bottle that allows you to SPRAY the drink DIRECTLY into your MOUTH.

The drink is described as an "orange foam" rather than a liquid, so it's sort of like drinking whipped topping or Cheez Whiz from the can.  One Turbo Tango executive calls it, quote, "soft drink meets squirty cream."

Right now, the drink is being test marketed in the U.K.  Assuming it appeals to their target market . . . teenagers, shocker . . . they'll roll it out over the next year.  

The best part is the warning label on the bottle, since it practically begs teenagers to hurt themselves in creative new ways.  It says, quote, "Hold upright and squirt in your mouth (and nowhere else.)"

(Daily Mail)