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TUESDAY, February 7, 2012

Fans and critics alike are unanimous that Madonna delivered one of the most entertaining halftime shows in Super Bowl history.  Afterward she told an interviewer that she enjoyed it almost as much as her first halftime show -- and she didn't have to follow the lions and the Christians.

Now that the dust from the Super Bowl has settled, some truly staggering statistics are emerging.  Did you know that fans across the nation consumed 450 million chicken wings?  Sobering thought.  There are now 900 million unemployed chickens nicknamed "Stumpy" trying to get a job with Colonel Sanders.

The Detroit Tigers just signed a nine-year $220 million contract with home run ace Prince Fielder.  Turns out Prince comes from a long line of royal ancestors -- his grandfather was Count Basie and his second cousin once removed was Duke Ellington.

Kim Kardashian confided to an interviewer that she's long harbored a desire to start a bible-study group for her friends.  Lesson one:  the Old Testament parable of the woman who sought out Moses following his Sermon on the Mount to ask him "Are you sure he didn't say anything about 72-day marriages? 
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