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* The man who bid $8,100 for a McNugget shaped like George Washington has backed out of the deal with no explanation. I'm guessing it had something to do with informing his wife and kids of what he was doing with the family college fund.
* A man who agreed to pay $8,100 for a McNugget shaped like George Washington has flaked out. Who could have seen this coming?
* Actor Dick Van Dyke has gotten married at age 86. This was a huge shock to 60 percent of Van Dyke's fans. Not because he's 86, but because they thought he was already married to Mary Tyler Moore.
* Nebraska men's basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. It's hard to be confident you're going to make a long run when the bus driver who brings you to the arena leaves the engine running.
* Saturday night we lose an hour of sleep. That's OK. With football spring practice beginning Saturday afternoon, Nebraskans will be too excited to sleep.
* Why do we have to lose an hour of sleep? Why can't we lose that hour when "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is on?
* On Saturday, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade takes place. Everyone is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year, when downtown police towed all the floats.
* The St. Patrick's Day parade is when local candidates prove they're best qualified to lead this state or nation by donning green wigs and sipping green beer.
* In a state popularity poll, Iowa ranks as the 13th most popular state, Nebraska is 24th, and South Dakota is No. 4. I'm not sure what the criteria for determining popularity is, but we can probably rule out climate.
* When reached for comment, 100 percent of Nebraskans said it's more important to whip Iowa in football than to finish ahead of the state in a popularity survey.
* Solar storms on Thursday had the potential to disrupt electrical grids. OPPD officials leapt into action and announced their new "solar storm disruption surcharge."
* Solar storms could also interfere with GPS devices. One system was so affected that it actually sent a driver to the correct address.
* A new list of the most difficult jobs is out. Second and third are coal miner and lumberjack. No 1: selling advertising for "The Rush Limbaugh Show."
* Chuck Hassebrook has dropped out of the U.S. Senate race in Nebraska. His immediate plans appear to be to sit and do nothing, so it sounds like he's got his eye on a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.
* Hassebrook stepped aside, putting his party above his own interests. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul said, "How does that work?"
* In Mississippi, Mitt Romney walked through a crowd shouting, "I like grits! I like grits!" Sometimes there's a fine line between running for president and being referred for a mental health evaluation.
* Is this what it's come to in politics: We're no longer interested in candidates' positions and determine who we're voting for solely by food choice?
* Mitt Romney told a crowd in Mississippi "I like grits." Romney's wife and children immediately went into seclusion lest they have to taste one.
* President Obama has easily set a modern-day record by attending 191 fundraisers. That's why he's so upset that we lose an hour this weekend: it'll cost him three more.
* The Romney campaign had spent $54 million through Jan 31. Or, as the Obama team calls that, "breakfast."
* A 400-pound bronze elephant was stolen from the front porch of a home in Texas. I believe the technical term for this crime is "eyesore pilfering."
* I'm trying to confirm that Texas authorities want to talk to Council Buffs officials who may want to set the 400-pound elephant next to an overpass.
* Kellogg's has introduced a new cereal based on suggestions from Twitter users. That's the perfect way to create a new cereal, considering that Twitter users include so many nuts and flakes.
* In the nation of Cyprus, gambling charges against a 98-year-old woman have been dropped. We have a form of gambling for senior citizens in this country: signing up for Social Security.
* Tom Arnold has a new TV show. Forget the jobs report out Friday. If Tom Arnold working doesn't prove that the U.S. economy has turned the corner, I don't know what does.
* Sunday, ESPN is airing 13 hours of talk about the NCAA Tournament brackets. So while we lose an hour of sleep Saturday night, we can get that hour of sleep back around hour nine of the ESPN programming block.
* Supermodel Elle Macpherson has broken off her engagement. This makes Peyton Manning only the second most sought after free agent.
* The Lakers lost to the Washington Wizards. Now Kobe Bryant is wearing a mask out of sheer embarrassment.
* I'm coming out with my NCAA basketball tournament bracket. I have Omaha Central seeded second in the Midwest Regional.