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What Closed Store Would You Like to See Re-Opened?

I have been reminiscing a little this week with it being the 23rd anniversary of the West Quincy levee break and I got to thinking about making a few stops at Merkels Hardware for batteries and a flashlight and some other things. It got me thinking about the businesses that were open then and are not today, like Merkels.

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A Weird Ghostbusters Mechandise Gallery of Biblical Proportions

If you’ve been to the supermarket or the toy store lately you’ve seen a lot of Ghostbusters tie-in merchandise. Action figures, beverages, snack cakes, stuffed dolls; you name it, they’re making it to promote the new Ghostbusters movie opening in theaters this Friday.

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Vanity License Plates Can Be Fun to Figure Out

Vanity license plates have become pretty popular over the years with many people opting to use a vanity plate rather than one issued by the motor vehicle department. I find them interesting in that some just post their names on them and others have them worded in such a way it takes some time to figure it out.

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4th of July Playlist: 13 Songs to Soundtrack Your Cookout

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate the stars and bars with all-American jams from Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and more.

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Keystone, Getty Images

Who Are the Top TV Couples of All Time?

I was conversing with some friends about all the TV couples there have been over the years.  The conversation got to the question of who was the greatest TV couple of all time. 

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What is the Best Beauty Salon Name You Have Ever Heard?

While out of town on Sunday, I came across a beauty shop sign that read "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow." It got me to thinking of just how many beauty salons there are and even more interesting are the names of those salons.  

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Airport Destination Codes Can Be Confusing

If you have ever flown you have had to ask yourself, "who came up with these airport destination code letters?" Some are obvious and others are way out there. Perhaps the guy or gal who came up with these codes had a long layover someplace and just jotted down letters to cities over a few hundred beers. 

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iStock

Is Illinois Holding Your Unclaimed Property? Find Out Here!

The Illinois Treasurer's office has what they call an I-Care Program where names of people are listed as owners of unclaimed property.  That property could be cash from old bank accounts, forgotten stocks, life insurance policies and other assets that are in need of return to their rightful owner.

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Here are The Best Places to Celebrate Easter

With Easter Sunday arriving this Sunday roughly 80 percent of all Americans are expected to observe the holiday in some way according to the personal finance website WalletHub who has put together a list of the best and worst cities for Easter Celebrations. 

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images

Big Dog’s Top 10 Signs You Are Not Irish!

This week everyone will be Irish especially with Quincy's 30th Annual St. Patrick's Parade being held last Saturday and St. Patrick's Day this Thursday and that's a good thing. There were plenty of true Irish people in the parade and there were plenty of Irish wannabes (and there was nothing wrong with that). But the Irish know who is Irish and who is faking it. With that said and just in time for St. Patrick's Day, here are my top ten signs you are not Irish.

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