Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Scott Allan runs a travel blog at http://quirkytravelguy.com. He is a freelance journalist specializing in music, travel and sports who has been published on Yahoo! Sports, Livestrong.com, Spinner.com, AOL Travel, eHow and Matador Abroad, among other sites.
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  • How to Turn Off National Weather Service Alerts on Your Cell Phone
    Tired of getting emergency alerts from the National Weather Service on your cell phone? Here's how to turn off those frequent messages.
  • Growing My Own Food in Chicago, Week 8
    The latest update on my efforts to grow food in a small yard in Chicago soil.
  • Trying to Grow My Own Food in Chicago, Week 5
    We have broccoli! Here's the latest update on my efforts to grow food in a small yard in urban Chicago.
  • Trying to Grow My Own Food in Chicago, Week 3
    The latest update on my efforts to grow food for the first time.
  • Trying to Grow My Own Food in Chicago, Week 1
    A newbie's efforts to grow vegetables in Chicago soil. Week 1 is underway and the veggies have been planted!
  • Gwyneth Paltrow's Reported Record Deal Completes Her Transformation into Legit Music Star
    The news that Gwyneth Paltrow is close to signing a record deal means that the actress has nearly completed the transformation into a legitimate music star. She's already performed at the Oscars and Grammys, even if some critics don't respect her singing.
  • Things to Do in May in Chicago
    The month of May in Chicago brings warmer weather and a number of fun things to do, from parades to environmental cleanups to spring baseball.
  • Is Lizard Lick Towing Real or Fake?
    Lizard Lick Towing is an entertaining reality program in which repo men are attacked as they try to reclaim vehicles. However, many viewers believe the show is scripted. Is it real or fake?
  • The Best Albums of 2011
    From Radiohead to Adele to Lykke Li, a brief rundown of some of the best albums of the early part of 2011.
  • Biggest March Madness Upsets of All Time
    The NCAA college basketball March Madness tournament has produced a ton of memorable upsets. From schools like Coppin State, George Mason and Princeton, these are the eight biggest upsets in history.
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  • Best '80s Hair Metal Songs: A Top 10 List
    The best hair metal songs included '80s rock tracks from bands like Warrant, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake. Here's a countdown of the Top 10 hair metal tunes.
  • Best Major League Baseball opening day moments
    Opening Day in Major League Baseball has seen no-hitters, presidential first pitches, and heroic home runs from the likes of Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.
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  • List of In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu Items
    In-N-Out Burger's secret menu isn't so secret anymore. You can order a burger with no bun (Protein Style), fries with a saucy spread (Animal Style), or a Neapolitan Milkshake with three flavors of ice cream combined.
  • Where is Michael Jackson's Grave?
    Many Michael Jackson fans are curious to know how they can visit his grave to pay their respects. He is buried in a cemetery in Glendale, California, but security is tight and fans are not allowed inside the mausoleum.
  • Fan: Ranking the major sports' All-Star games
    Which is the superior competition - the NFL Pro Bowl or the NBA All-Star Game? Here's a ranking of all four major sports' all-star contests.
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  • Chicago Blizzard Pictures: Snowpocalypse 2011
    The Blizzard of 2011 hit Chicago this week, dumping more than 20 inches of snow on the city. Here are a few pictures from around the city during the storm, otherwise known as Snowpocalypse 2011.
  • The best hockey goalies of all time
    From Jacques Plante to Martin Brodeur, these are the eight best hockey goalies who ever played the game.
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  • The best plays in Super Bowl history
    Which play is the greatest in Super Bowl history? David Tyree's catch for the Giants? Marcus Allen's 74-yard run? Joe Montana to John Taylor? Here's one opinion of the top seven Super Bowl plays.
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  • The 5 Most Memorable Kathy Griffin Moments
    Comedian Kathy Griffin is controversial and outspoken. From Seinfeld to New Year's Eve with Anderson Cooper, these are the five most memorable moments of Kathy Griffin's career.
  • The 10 Best Avril Lavigne Songs
    Avril Lavigne songs have dominated the charts for the past decade. These are her ten best.
  • The Best February Songs
    The best songs about February include a synthpop tune from a young Canadian, two tracks from renowned rock bands, and both hip hop and soft pop hits.
  • The worst Pittsburgh coaches of all time
    The Penguins, Pirates and Panthers have had some downright awful head coaches over the years. These are the six worst Pittsburgh sports coaches.
  • Michael Jackson: 'Michael' Album Review
    Michael Jackson's latest album "Michael" is a disappointment, but that's on surprise since the posthumous album was cobbled together from unfinished tracks.
  • The 10 best Pittsburgh head coaches of all time
    From Chuck Noll to Jim Leyland to Scotty Bowman, Pittsburgh's professional teams have had a number of great head coaches. These are the ten best.
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  • Biggest playoff upsets in NFL history
    Even great NFL teams like the Patriots of the 2000s and the 49ers of the 1980s were upset in the playoffs from time to time. Here's a list of the six biggest upsets in NFL history.
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  • Worst Survivor Players of All-Time
    Who ranks as the worst Survivor player in the show's 21-season history? Is it the former NFL coach who couldn't cut it physically, the doctor who voted off people in alphabetical order, or the castaway who was duped into giving up the immunity necklace?
  • The Best Christmas Music Videos of All-Time
    Not many Christmas songs actually have memorable music videos. Here's a list of eight of the best Christmas music videos of all-time, featuring some acts you might not expect (Twisted Sister? BIlly Idol?)
  • Ragstock is a Great Spot for Used Clothing in Wicker Park, Chicago
    Ragstock is a great place to find used clothing in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.
  • December Concerts in Wicker Park, Chicago
    A look at the best December concerts in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.
  • Volunteering at the Halsted Center in Chicago
    The basics about volunteer opportunities at the Halsted Center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
  • Why Not to Use Wikipedia as a Source
    Using Wikipedia is frowned upon by respected writing organizations and institutions of higher learning because the material on the user-edited site can be incorrect.
  • Fan reaction: Worst Heisman Trophy winners of all time
    The worst Heisman Trophy winners of all-time includes a lot of quarterbacks who were overrated because the played for good teams, as well as a couple running backs who should've finished second instead.
  • The best college football rivalries
    Ohio State vs. Michigan. Texas vs. Oklahoma. Notre Dame vs. USC. Army vs. Navy. All are historic college football rivalries. Which ones remain the most compelling and relevant? Here's my list of the top five.
  • Most Overrated Rappers of All-Time
    Hip hop has produced some legendary acts but also some overrated rappers. This list of the 5 most overrated rappers of all-time includes a few big names.
  • How to Uninstall DVDsoft Toolbar on Firefox or IE
    If you've accidentally acquired the DVDsoft toolbar when you installed video conversion software, here's how to remove it.
  • Best college football coaches of all time
    The short list of the best college football coaches of all-time includes some who have guided Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Alabama.
  • Groupon Interview Questions
    So you've got a job interview with Groupon coming up? Here's the inside scoop on questions you're likely to be asked during the interview, based on personal experience.
  • What Does BBM Mean?
    Read to find out what the text slang '˜BBM' means. BBM is an Internet acronym that stands for a common technological device.
  • The Best January Songs
    Among the best songs with January in the title are a Bing Crosby classic from 70 years ago and recent little-known tracks by Tori Amos and the Goo Goo Dolls.
  • A Newbie's Review of One Tree Hill
    I've finally gotten around to watching One Tree Hill. While I enjoy the drama, I'm disappointed in the show's lack of realism. Here's a newbie's review of One Tree Hill, seasons 1 & 2.
  • Enough with the Cynical Celebrity Bashing!
    These days people love to mock celebrities. But celebs are real people, not cartoon characters. When some regular joe makes fun of a multi-million dollar actress, who is the joke really on?
  • EBay Scam: How EBay Profits by Refusing to Refund Final Value Fees
    If you sell something on eBay and the buyer is from a country that you did not agree to ship to, good luck trying to resolve the issue. eBay profits by refusing to refund Final Value Fees, even in cases where the seller clearly is not at fault.
  • Fast Food Review: The Pizza Hut Buffet
    The Pizza Hut buffet can provide a filling, affordable lunch - if you can find one. Here's the lowdown on what you'll find there and how much it costs.
  • What is a G6?
    The Far East Movement scored a #1 hit this fall with the dance club smash "Like a G6." But what, exactly is a G6? Theories range from a new Gatorade flavor to a brand of Pontiac to a high-speed jet. Find out the answer here.
  • Best Cheesy Love Songs of All Time
    The list of the best cheesy love songs of all-time include gems by Celine Dion, Foreigner, Phil Collins and more.
  • Best men's tennis players of the 2000s
    Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi dominated men's tennis at the turn of the millennium. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have taken over in recent years. These are the five best men's tennis players of the 2000s.
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  • Dining at Mexican Restaurants in Chicago's Logan Square Neighborhood
    The Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago has more than two dozen Mexican restaurants within its borders. Here are five of my favorites.
  • The Best One-Album Wonders in Pop Music
    One-hit wonders are common throughout music history, but one-album wonders are rarer. This list counts down seven bands like Hootie & the Blowfish and the Wallflowers who recorded one great album and then were never able to repeat that success.
  • The 5 best Western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in NFL history
    The list of western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the NFL Hall of Fame is a long one, including such superstars as Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Joe Namath. These are the five best QBs in history from that region.
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  • The Best Dresden Dolls Songs
    The Dresden Dolls have a cult following, thanks to their best songs which blend punk and cabaret with attention-grabbing lyrics. This is one opinion of the duo's best songs over the years.
  • Best Pittsburgh athletes of all time
    The best Pittsburgh athletes of all-time include players from the hockey, football, baseball and college football Halls of Fame. Here is one opinion of the ten best Pittsburgh athletes.
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  • The Best December Songs
    Here's a rundown of the best songs with December in the title, a list that includes such diverse acts as Linkin Park, Demi Lovato and the Four Seasons.
  • The Best November Songs
    The best songs with November in the title include classics by The National, Wyclef Jean and Guns N Roses, plus a few lesser-known songs that deserve attention.
  • What is Four Loko?
    The caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko has been growing in popularity thanks to its powerful punch and cheap cost - less than $3 for a can that contains the equivalent of 5 beers. But the product is also causing some controversy.
  • The 10 Best Michael Bolton Songs
    Adult contemporary singer Michael Bolton re-entered the spotlight with his appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Here's a list of the 10 best songs of his musical career.
  • NFL strategy: Does icing the kicker work?
    Coaches often call timeout before a last-minute field goal attempt to try to make the opposing kicker nervous. But is this strategy effective? A Wall Street Journal analysis says no, while an ESPN analysis says yes - under certain circumstances.
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  • The 10 best Pittsburgh sports teams of all time
    There's a reason Pittsburgh is called the City of Champions. Six Super Bowls, three Stanley Cups, five World Series and a college football national championship add up to a rich sports history. Here are the 10 best Pittsburgh sports teams of all-time.
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  • The 10 Best Michael Jackson Duets
    Michael Jackson recorded duets with an impressive list of performers: Stevie Wonder, Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Diana Ross and even Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Which ones make the list of the best Michael Jackson duets?
  • Bishop Eddie Long Lawsuit Document Links: Read the Actual Lawsuits
    Here are links to online copies of three of the actual lawsuit documents that have been filed against Bishop Eddie Long thus far.
  • Best Rides at Kennywood in Pittsburgh
    The Kennywood theme park just outside Pittsburgh is one of the nation's oldest and most respected amusement parks. These are the five best rides at Kennywood.
  • Pittsburgh: A Bike Friendly City
    In 2010 Pittsburgh moved up to become the #28 most bike-friendly city in the U.S. Can we now officially say Pittsburgh is a good city for bicyclists?
  • Where to Bike in Chicago, Illinois
    Chicago is one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the U.S. Here are four of the best places to bike around the Windy City.
  • How to Get Rid of Hiccups
    Getting rid of hiccups can be a difficult task, but I discovered a technique years ago that works every time - for me, at least.
  • Providence's Questionable Overnight Parking Ban
    Should you be forced to pay a ticket for breaking a law you had no idea existed? The city of Providence, Rhode Island thinks so. It bans overnight parking on its public streets but fails to post signs indicating this.
  • What is a Hipster?
    The common joke is that if you dislike hipsters, it's probably because you are one. What exactly is a hipster? Here's one definition.
  • The Problems with Heisman Trophy Voting
    Why can't an offensive lineman ever win the Heisman Trophy? Why are there so many Heisman Trophy voters? Why do we start a "Heisman watch" before a single down of football has been played? These are the problems with the Heisman Trophy voting process.
  • The Most Painful Loss in Sports History: The 1992 NLCS
    In 1992 the Pittsburgh Pirates were one out away from reaching their first World Series in 13 years. Instead they lost, and they've followed that with 18 straight losing seasons. A look back at one of the most difficult losses in sports history.
  • Unbreakable NFL Records
    The San Francisco 49ers' 18 consecutive road victories are an NFL record that is unlikely to be topped. Here's a rundown of some other unbreakable marks.
  • Best '90s Soundtracks
    Some of the biggest hits of the 1990s came from soundtracks, like "I Will Always Love You," "My Heart Will Go On" and "Lovefool." Here's a rundown of the best soundtracks of the '90s.
  • Best '70s Soundtracks
    The 1970s produced some of the most commercially successful soundtracks of all-time, including Grease, Shaft, and Saturday Night Fever. Which one is the best?
  • The Lollapalooza 2010 Legacy
    When people look back on Lollapalooza 2010, what will they remember most, and how will that affect future music festivals? Does Lady Gaga's appearance open the door for someone like Madonna to appear in the future?
  • Why Major League Baseball Needs Realignment
    Major League Baseball needs to realign - and not because the Yankees and Red Sox have to compete in the same division (boo hoo!) No, MLB needs to realign because the AL West only has 4 teams, giving those teams an unfair competitive advantage.
  • The Best Lee Greenwood Songs
    Lee Greenwood recorded dozens of hits in addition to 'God Bless the USA." A couple of his best songs are obscure album tracks from his days as one of the '80s top male country vocalists.
  • Unbreakable NHL Records
    Wayne Gretzky's 215 points in a season and 2,857 points in a career? Though many fans believe otherwise, both are eminently breakable records. Bobby Orr's +124, however, is likely to stand for a long time.
  • Best '80s Soundtracks
    The 1980s were the heyday of blockbuster soundtrack albums, with Flashdance, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, and Top Gun among them. Here's a list of the best soundtracks of the '80s.
  • 5 Ways to Fix Major League Baseball
    Baseball is losing ground among younger fans. Here are 5 ways (certain to upset traditionalists) for the sport to fix itself, including the radical ideas of shortening the season and installing a salary cap.
  • Pitchfork Friday Review: Robyn Brightens Up a Slow Day
    Modest Mouse was the headliner for Day 1 at the Pitchfork Music Festival, but Swedish dance-pop queen Robyn was the day's best performer.
  • The Best Matt and Kim Songs
    The adorable Brooklyn indie pop duo Matt and Kim have had several of their songs appear in tv commercials and won an MTV Video Music Award in 2009. Here is a list of the 10 best Matt and Kim songs.
  • Six Flags Chicago Review
    Six Flags Great America in Chicago features so-so roller coasters and a fun water park. But is it worth the high ticket price?
  • How to Bake a Sweet Potato
    Baking a sweet potato is a simple way to make a tasty, nutritious side dish or main entree. You can prepare one easily in a microwave or conventional oven.
  • New Michael Jackson Album Rumored for November 2010
    According to rumors, Michael Jackson will release a new album in November 2010 containing 10-12 brand new songs, possibly including a song about Hurricane Katrina and collaborations with Lenny Kravitz, Akon and will.i.am.
  • The 10 Best Cobra Starship Songs
    Sassy pop band Cobra Starship earned a hit single last year with "Good Girls Go Bad," but they've been recording catchy songs for several years. Here are the 10 best Cobra Starship songs.
  • Why Do Baseball Managers Have to Wear Uniforms?
    Why do baseball managers wear uniforms? Why is the penalty kick in soccer so ridiculously close to the goal? Why didn't the sports media take the NFL's Spygate scandal more seriously?
  • The 5 Strangest Concert Moments I've Witnessed
    From KISS starting "USA!" chants to Olivia Newton-John serenading the trees, these are the strangest concerts moments I've witnessed.
  • The 10 Best Michael Jackson Songs You've Never Heard
    Everyone knows "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," but what about "Don't Walk Away" or "Whatzupwitu?" Or the creepy "Morphine," a song that seemed to foreshadow Michael's drug-related death? Here are the 10 best Michael Jackson songs you've never heard.
  • Why the Pitt Vs Penn State Rivalry Should Never Return
    Penn State and Pitt are two successful football universities but they haven't gone head to head in a number of years. Unlike most Pennsylvanians, I hope it stays that way. Here's why.
  • Best Karaoke Duets
    Performing a duet can be one of the most fun ways to enjoy karaoke night. From Sonny & Cher to a power ballad by Ozzy Osbourne, here are the ten best karaoke duets.
  • Dermontti Dawson Should Be in the NFL Hall of Fame
    Dermontti Dawson is unquestionably one of the five greatest centers ever to play NFL football. But because of the Hall of Fame's bias against offensive lineman, he hasn't been inducted yet. Will that change in 2011?
  • Worst Super Bowls of All-Time
    Recent years have produced a number of exciting Super Bowls, but Super Bowl history is full of boring, sloppy, and non-competitive championship games. These are the five worst Super Bowls ever played.
  • Sex and the City 2: Soundtrack Review
    Liza Minnelli sings Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." That should make anyone want to listen to the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack, if only out of morbid curiosity.
  • Sun Studio Review
    Visitors to historic Sun Studio in Memphis are allowed to pose with a microphone used in the 1960s by the Studio's biggest names, including Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
  • 10 Best Weird Al Yankovic Parodies
    With 12 million albums sold and a career that spans five decades, Weird Al Yankovic is no joke. His 10 best parodies include send-ups of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Usher, and Puff Daddy.
  • Why is Justin Bieber Nominated for a BET Award?
    One thing Justin Bieber is clearly not is African-American. So why is Justin Bieber nominated for a BET Award? Hint: The answer is found in Ke$ha's name.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Free Agents 2010
    Hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins saw their season end earlier than expected with a second-round playoff loss. Which free agents should they try to re-sign this offseason to remain a contender?
  • Survivor Finale Recap: Heroes Vs Villains
    The Survivor finale narrowed the final five players down to the three, who then had to persuade the jury to vote for them. Which Survivor claimed the title of sole survivor and the one million dollar prize?
  • In Defense of Unique Baby Names
    Most people seem opposed to giving babies strange or unusual names. But why? I strongly support unique baby names that will make people scratch their heads and wonder what the parents were thinking.
  • Survivor May 13 Recap: Heroes Vs Villains
    On episode 12 of the CBS reality show Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, the evil Russell makes an unlikely alliance with Heroes Colby and Rupert. Will they be able to send the women home?
  • About Women's Olympic Volleyball
    Volleyball is always one of the most exciting sports at the Summer Olympics. U.S. women have been successful over the years, but not as successful as Cuba, Japan, China, and the former USSR.
  • Survivor May 6 Recap: Heroes Vs Villains
    On episode 12 of the CBS reality show Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, two tribal councils are squeezed into one episode. Will the last remaining Heroes, Rupert and Colby, survive the votes?
  • Report: Country Singer Chely Wright 'almost Certainly' Coming Out as Gay on May 5th
    For weeks now, we've known that a celebrity is planning to come out of the closet on May 5. Queerty.com is now reporting that celebrity will be country singer Chely Wright.
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