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Brooks Brothers Is Having a Massive Memorial Day Sale

If you want to look your best, look no further than Brooks Brothers. This is the legendary brand that invented the button-down collar, way back in 1986. The quality is undeniable, and the pristine styling is always spot-on. While the brand is known more for its impeccable dress clothes, there’s a remarkable amount of casual and sportswear to be found. And right now during the Memorial Day Sale, you can get four dress or sport shirts for just $ 199.

Brooks Brothers polo shirts are 40 percent off when you buy three or more. And here’s our favorite part: Clearance items are up to 70 percent off—and you get an additional 25 percent off at checkout. You can do the math on that one, but the sum is huge savings for all of us. We’re talking smart suit jackets, impeccable slacks, and fantastic fall items at ridiculous savings. Even ties and accessories are on sale right now. These sales run through May 28.

More than 60 polo shirts in both long- and short-sleeve styles are on sale, so finding three or more so you can score the 40 percent off deal won’t be a problem. Whether you’re looking for classic pique, supple Supima, or even performance knits, the selection is massive. Stripes, solids, colors—there’s just no end to the polo options.

And the dozens of dress shirts come in all cuts, sizes, colors, and styles to suit any occasion or personal taste. Most Brooks Brothers shirts come in your choice of three cuts: the Regent, a modern trim fit that’s slim through the chest and arms; the Madison, a classic cut with an easy fit through the torso; and the Milano, the slimmest cut with a high armhole to match today’s contemporary styles.

Just Shirts On Sale?

Heavens, no. When it comes to dress pants and trousers, Brooks Brothers pants come in six distinct cuts, from the super-slim and ultra-contemporary Soho cut to dozens of options in the Big & Tall range. And plenty in between. From cords to twills, knits to Merino wool, there is a pair for everybody.

But don’t forget to check out the Clearance section, where everything from full suits to sport coats, outerwear, ties, belts, and accessories are up to 70 percent off. When you take an additional 25 percent off at checkout, we’re talking huge savings on some of the nicest clothing a man can buy.

So head over to Brooks Brothers Memorial Day Sale by midnight on May 28. Four shirts—shirts that normally run around $ 100 each, mind you—will cost less than two hundred bucks. Three or more polos gets you 40 percent off. And don’t forget to check the Clearance section, for amazing deals on off-season items, accessories, ties and more.

Here are some of our favorites from the Brooks Brothers Memorial Day Sale.

Non-Iron Gingham Sport Shirt

Made of 100 percent US-grown Supima cotton, this oxford has been specially treated to resist wrinkles. Brooks Brothers’ signature 6-pleat shirring at the barrel cuffs reinforces dedication to a well-made sport shirt. Available in three cuts and six cool colorways, perfect for summer fun.

GET IT: Pick up the Non-Iron Regent Fit Gingham Sport Shirt ($ 92; 4 for $ 199) at Brooks Brothers

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Ground Check Irish Linen Short-Sleeve

This linen short-sleeve is crafted of fine linen from Baird McNutt, resulting in a softer shirt. Finished with a button-down collar and a front chest pocket. Machine washable, it comes only in a Regent cut. Still, for casual summer style and comfort, you can’t go wrong here.

GET IT: Pick up the Ground Check Irish Linen Short-Sleeve Sport Shirt ($ 108; 4 for $ 199) at Brooks Brothers

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BB#1 Stripe Seersucker Sport Shirt

Cotton seersucker is an iconic summer fabric; the button-down collar and 6-pleat cuffs make this an iconic Brooks Brothers shirt. Features a center back pleat and front chest pocket. Machine washable, it comes in in two colorways, classic blue or this vintage light green. Available in all three cuts for every body type.

GET IT: Pick up the BB#1 Stripe Seersucker Sport Shirt ($ 80; 4 for $ 199) at Brooks Brothers

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Soho Fit Moleskin Stretch Chinos 44% OFF

Offered in the slimmest fit and in three colors—tan, navy and charcoal—these flat-front pants are crafted from cotton moleskin with comfort stretch. The skinny ankle taper means you probably can’t wear them with boots—which makes them ideal for summer.

GET IT: Take an additional 25% off Soho Fit Moleskin Stretch Chinos ($ 83; was $ 148) at Brooks Brothers

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Regent Fit Wool and Mohair Check Trousers 55% OFF

Impeccable dress trousers made from an imported wool and mohair blend, woven in Italy. Offered in Regent fit only, they come with a flat front and unfinished hem for tailoring. Also available in Navy. At this price, you can’t afford not to stock up for fall and winter.

GET IT: Take an additional 25% off Regent Fit Wool and Mohair Check Trousers ($ 89; was $ 198) at Brooks Brothers

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Regent Fit Seersucker Sport Coat 70% OFF

It’s hard to find seersucker suits and jackets at this time of year—let alone at these prices. The classic blue stripe is all sold out, but there are plenty of grey-stripe options left. And we really like the bold, fun nature of this red-stripe version.

It’s pure cotton, of course, with three-button tip-over, pick stitching, and a center vent. With plenty of sizes left, in short and regular lengths. 

GET IT: Take an additional 25% off this Regent Fit Seersucker Sport Coat ($ 134; was $ 448!) at Brooks Brothers

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Sport Trench Coat 63% OFF

True, we just emerged from trench coat season, but we just can’t ignore this deal. We love this deep electric red colorway and comfortable—and machine-washable!—cotton twill finish. It features a hidden button-front closure, adjustable sleeve cuffs, center back vent, and plenty of pockets. Finished with a tartan lining. 

GET IT: Take an additional 25% off the Sport Trench Coat ($ 149; was $ 398) at Brooks Brothers



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As fans are still scrambling to make sense of the tragic loss of Nipsey Hussle, a memorial service has been announced for the beloved West Coast rapper and businessman. In Los Angeles next week, the Staples Center will host the going home service for Hussle, a fitting honor for an artist of his caliber.

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Sources with direct knowledge tell us, the service will take place Thursday morning at the 21,000 seat venue.  We’re told tickets will be sold for the event through a website.  Only ticket holders will gain admission.

Our sources say there was a meeting Wednesday with Nipsey’s family and honchos from Staples.  LAPD officials were also present in the meeting to help plan logistics and security for the event.

It’s a massive undertaking to plan such a major event in less than a week. Staging equipment must be rented, and the rental companies have already been contacted. We’ve learned ushers who work Staples have already been asked to reserve the day.

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Zac Posen Readies for Memorial Day Launch of New Uniforms for Delta

Zac Posen’s Memorial Day plans are all about travel, as he officially launches new uniforms for Delta.
The designer will be at LaGuardia Airport Monday afternoon with Delta staffers showing off their new attire, around the same time that a Singapore departure will be taking flight wearing his designs. In total, Posen and his team are suiting up 64,000 staffers. Lands’ End partnered on the project to handle the production, which included a wide range of sizing including petites and tall.
After the Memorial Day debut, Posen will board a plane to fly to Delta’s home city of Atlanta for the start of a whirlwind 48-hour cross-country tour that will feature fashion shows in-flight and in airports. He will also make stops in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Having done a considerable amount of “job shadowing,” Posen said the physicality of Delta employees’ work called for micro bacterial and stretch fabrics. Since January, he has taken 40 flights learning about employees’ lives and careers. “A lot of the cabin crews are lifers who have had incredible experiences traveling the world.” he said. “It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go from baggage check-in to ticketing at the counter to learning how to use the

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‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Lala Kent Attends Late Father’s Memorial

“Vanderpump Rules” star Lala Kent is laying her beloved father to rest. The reality star headed to her hometown of Salt Lake City for the memorial service, where several of her co-stars also showed up to support their pal during her time of need.

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Stars honor country singer Troy Gentry at Opry memorial

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Friends, Family, Clients Turn Out for Scaasi Memorial

NEW YORK — About 200 of Arnold Scaasi’s friends and former clients, as well as his husband Parker Ladd and longtime assistant Glendina Weste, turned out Thursday afternoon at a memorial service for the designer, who died in August at age 85.
William Ivey Long, Ellin Saltzman, Dennis Basso, astrologer Susan Miller and others heard such speakers as Michael Selleck, Joyce Brown, Bob Morris, Marjorie Reed Gordon and Barbara Taylor Bradford. Morris recalled how Scaasi chastised first lady Michelle Obama for wearing a cardigan to meet Queen Elizabeth II.
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Arnold Scaasi Memorial Set for Oct. 1 at St. Bartholomew’s Church

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Man Behind ‘Oprah,’ ‘Dr. Phil’ Remembered At Star-Studded Memorial Service

A who’s who of Hollywood, music and politics gathered last night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Michael King, the much-beloved syndication king behind wildly successful shows like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Roseanne and Dr. Phil. King passed away suddenly March 27 at age 67 from complications of pneumonia.

Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Norman Lear, Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg and Sugar Ray Leonard, among others, remembered King as an “intellectual” but “street-smart” businessman, a generous philanthropist and exceptionally kind and devoted friend, brother, husband, father and uncle. Kenny G, Michael Bolton and David Foster performed at the invitation-only event, held by King’s wife, Jena and children Ali, Audrey, Teddy and Jesse.

As Clinton remarked later in the program, referencing a poem by William Wordsworth, King’s “last best hope of his great good life were the unforgettable acts of kindness, love and laughter. We are all here because we basked in his embrace.”

White floral arrangements and candles in tall glass votives set a peaceful scene as bagpipes welcomed 400-plus guests, including Bobby Kennedy Jr., Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin, Don Henley and Joe Walsh from The Eagles, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, producer Lawrence Bender and acrots Tommy Chong, Paul Reiser and Lorraine Bracco.

A bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” marked the start of the service, after which Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson from St. Monica’s Church in Santa Monica, California led those gathered in prayer.

King’s children then came on stage, the oldest three giving emotional, at times tearful, speeches about their love for their dad — and his love for them. Eldest daughter and singer Ali said King was “the funniest person I know.” Son Teddy, a student at the University of Southern California, called his father his “best friend.” Teenage daughter Audrey welcomed guests and spoke on behalf of her mother, who was seated in the audience, then read two searing poems she wrote herself, leaving many attendees in tears.

In one, titled “Poem For My Mom,” she wrote:

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More alluring-
That much more passionate.
When you feel the cold wind
Just know it is him kissing your neck,
Teasing your senses,
Reminding you
He loves you.

Teddy introduced the former president with an anecdote of a trip he took with his dad and Clinton to South Africa, where the trio had gone to do charity work and visit Nelson Mandela. A known jokester, King impersonated Clinton, who had fallen asleep in the jeep. The account elicited laughs from the audience.

“Teddy, thanks for that wonderful story, I would far rather be impersonated by your father than anyone I can think of,” Clinton began, to laughter. “I will say this: We have this vast King clan here, and we had the bagpipers playing, and I thought, ‘It is so Michael King, ending with a flourish, an invasion of the Skirball Center by the Irish Catholics.'”

Clinton continued on a serious note, referencing the Charleston shooting on June 18.

“Everywhere in the world is bedeviled by people who are the opposite of Michael King. People who think all that matters is our differences,” Clinton said. “We have more refugees than any time since World War II. It was a terrible, terrible thing that happened in South Carolina yesterday. Michael King is the polar opposite of all that.”

Robert, King’s brother and partner in King World Productions, followed the former president’s remarks, saying his younger brother “would not want us to mourn his death; he’d want us to celebrate.” Older brother Richie offered a few, heartbroken words about the loss of a national treasure, his business partner and his best friend of 67 years. “That’s all I can say,” he said, choking back tears.

Kenny G performed, dedicating his song, “Innocence,” to the family. And tributes, tears and laughter continued.

Collaborator and producer Jeff Wald joked, “I was worried about going on after President Clinton — then I realized I couldn’t do worse than George Bush.”

Producer Norman Lear panned, “There are people all over this town who would die to put a crowd like this together.” Confessing that he had thought King was Jewish throughout their 30-year friendship until just before the memorial service, Lear said, “Jewish. Irish. It doesn’t matter. Michael was the definition of the word ‘mensch.'”

The speeches were interspersed by video tributes from those unable to attend, including Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg and Sugar Ray Leonard. In hers, Oprah Winfrey offered her condolences and shared photos and memories of King. “Here was a man who really knew how to live. He didn’t just live big — he lived huge,” she said.

Major philanthropists to many causes, King and his wife donated to friend, lawyer and speaker Robert Shapiro’s foundation to combat drug addiction, and to Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s Oceana foundation, the largest ocean-conservation charity in the world.

“I really felt Michael got to experience the joy of what it means to be human,” Danson said. “He got to love and be loved.”

The event concluded with musical performances by Michael Bolton and producer David Foster, who sent the crowd off on a buoyant note: “Let’s do this right. Everybody get up, scream, shout, and stomp your feet so wherever he is, he can hear us right now.”

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How the Mom of a Fallen War Hero Will be Spending Memorial Day

People who don’t know me well often ask what sort of celebrating I’ll be doing over the Memorial Day holiday. I used to be like most of America, planning a barbecue or a weekend laughing at the lake with little or no thought about what the holiday really meant -¬ it was totally valued time off.

Then on October 6, 2011 my family’s world changed when my son and proud Marine Scout Sniper, LCpl Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt was killed in Musa Qala District in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

They call families of the men and women who died while serving in the military Gold Star families, and Memorial Day honors our fallen loved ones, whether they died to battle wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder-related suicide, training accidents, related battleground or other causes.

Benjamin was killed in the battle arena by a fellow Marine tanker gunner who sprayed bullets on his sniper platoon in two five-second bursts of machine gun fire. Benjamin was getting up to run for cover when the second burst of fire came and struck him in the head. This changed my family.

Two Marines showed up at our doors in San Antonio about 12 hours after he was killed. I wasn’t home, but because Benjamin’s dad and I are divorced, two Marines went to my door and two to his. They simultaneously rang our doorbells while talking to each other on their cell phones to make sure neither parent got the news before the other.

We were not home. I had left a couple of hours earlier on a plane for Little Rock to visit my boyfriend, as it was his birthday. Benjamin’s dad wasn’t home, either, but was driving from one place to another somewhere in San Antonio. His wife did answer the door, and my 21-year-old daughter answered mine. This ensured that neither Dave, my ex-husband, nor I would receive the initial shock from the Marines, but by the ones who answered the door.

A lot has happened since then. What I know is that the pain I feel over losing Benjamin is with me every day, all the time.

I was a good-natured person before, and still am; it’s just that my chest feels like it just got punched all the time. I look at Benjamin’s photos throughout each day and think of him dozens of times. The missing and hurting really is mostly an internal journey, though Benjamin’s sister, Casey, is in the same boat and more than willing to talk about him anytime, anyplace. Thank God for her.

Being a Gold Star mother is complicated. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me, though I remember feeling sorry for parents who had lost their children prior to my own loss.

My car has a Gold Star family license plate, and on my back window is a sticker with Benjamin’s name on it, a soldier with angel wings carrying a rifle, and the dates of his birth and death. I also wear necklaces and bracelets that honor Benjamin every day; it helps. Sometimes people who see it talk to me about it, and I want people to know that families who have lost their child in the military or in war exist by the thousands. We are everywhere.

While nearly 2,300 U.S. troops have been killed in or around Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, more than 51,000 service members have been killed since the Vietnam War. The killed-in-action numbers don’t take into account the numerous suicides pegged to post traumatic stress disorder – a recent New York Times report put the number at 5,000 each year.

I think the best thing a person can say to a gold star family member is, “I care,” or, “I am sorry for your loss.” I’ve met many other Gold Star moms since my journey began, and the one thing that rubs all of us the wrong way is when someone says, “Thank you,” or “Thank you for your child’s sacrifice.”

Gold Star families know that people who say this mean well. No one intends to injure or annoy, so most of us choose to smile and thank the person while thinking something like, “Why thank us? We did not willingly give our children to anyone, and our sons and daughters did not willingly give their lives, either.”

They knew it could happen, of course. But they didn’t want it or expect it. They all planned futures, and we, their families, looked forward to seeing their lives unfold. So don’t thank us for giving up something we didn’t want to give up.

This Monday, Memorial Day, my husband and I will host our 4th Annual Marine LCpl Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt Memorial Celebration and bash. We’ll have the family and as many friends as we can show up and have a great day celebrating the life of our son – margaritas, fajitas, we go all out and Benjamin would love it! And while we don’t mind at all if you kick it up on this federal holiday with your own family and friends, I hope everyone spends at least a few seconds thinking about all the mothers and fathers who have gotten that horrible knock at the door, and the families and friends who dearly miss their fallen military friends. It’s a journey no one wants, and one that too many people go on.

Please feel free to honor and remember Benjamin on his memorial Facebook page:

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Maya Angelou liked to say that people will forget what you said or did in your life, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Former President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey said Saturday they were among the millions touched by Angelou’s wisdom when they needed help to rise.

Family and friends, both famous and anonymous, gathered Saturday to remember one of the 20th century’s most famous black writers. Amid tears, laughter, and gospel singing, they met at Wake Forest University, where she taught for 32 years though she never graduated from college. Dr. Angelou, as she liked to be addressed out of respect for all the honorary degrees she received, died May 28 at age 86. Hers was a remarkable life, linking worlds of civil rights, poetry, acting and teaching — those present recalled at the 2-hour-long tribute.

“We could just all be up here talking about how Maya Angelou represented a big piece of American history. And triumphed over adversity. And proved how dumb racism is,” Clinton said at the private memorial service. “But her great gift in her action-packed life was she was always paying attention. And from the time she starting writing her books and her poetry, what she was basically doing was calling our attention to the things she’d been paying attention to. And she did it with a clarity and power that will wash over people as long as there is a written and spoken language.”

The words of the indomitable woman, who Clinton said seemed to pack five lifetimes into one, changed a little black girl on the south side of Chicago whose Malibu Barbie doll was the standard of female perfection.

“Her voice lifted me right out of my own little head,” Obama told those gathered in the wooden pews of the main campus chapel. A large photo of her husband awarding Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 hung from the campus chapel’s oak wall.

The first lady added, “She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say. Instead, she said, each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.”

Tall and majestic, Angelou added heft to her spoken words with a deep and sonorous voice. She once described herself as a poet in love with “the music of language.” She recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history, “On the Pulse of Morning,” when Clinton opened his first term in 1993.

Clinton remembered that voice, and how Angelou chose not to speak for five years after she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend as a child.

“She was without a voice for five years and then she developed the greatest voice on the planet. God loaned her His voice,” Clinton said. “She had the voice of God. And he decided he wanted it back.”

Winfrey said the close and constant friend she met before becoming a talk show host could shake her out of bouts of self-doubt. Angelou taught her to look beyond trouble and spot the rainbow in the clouds, Winfrey said.

“Maya Angelou is the greatest woman I have ever known,” Winfrey said, then almost sobbing: “She was my anchor. So it’s hard to describe to you what it means when your anchor shifts.”

Winfrey and Obama, seated next to each other in the chapel’s front row, swayed in unison as Grammy-winning gospel singer Bobby Jones prompted hands to wave and clap. Actor and producer Tyler Perry assisted actress Cicely Tyson and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young to the podium before country singer Lee Ann Womack drew cheers with her hit “I Hope You Dance.”

Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and San Francisco. Her life included writing poetry by age 9, giving birth as a single mother by 17, and becoming San Francisco’s first black streetcar conductor. She also danced at a strip joint, sang on records, acted alongside James Earl Jones and earned a Tony nomination for her work on Broadway. She wrote music and plays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in the 1970s TV miniseries “Roots” and danced with Alvin Ailey.

Angelou also worked as a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and lived for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met South African liberation pioneer Nelson Mandela. In 1968, she was helping the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. organize the Poor People’s March in Memphis, Tennessee, where the civil rights leader was slain on Angelou’s 40th birthday.

Her son, Guy Johnson, said Angelou’s last decade was filled with pain — the toll of her career as a professional dancer and respiratory failure. She was bound to a wheelchair and oxygen tanks. Still, she was able to write four more books, had all of her mental faculties, and died quietly in her sleep.

“There is no mourning here,” he said.


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What’s the Connection Between Memorial Day and Radio Countdowns?

If we know nothing else, we know Americans love lists. We love to rank football teams, rock albums, cars, pizzerias, movies, former girlfriends, and anything else of which there’s three or more.


Because we Americans understand — more so than any other culture — that some things have to be better than others. And once teased, we must know the better from the other. That’s why, every Memorial Day, we celebrate not just by hosting barbecues and honoring fallen soldiers, but by obsessively listening to radio countdowns.

Now I can rationalize a connection between between fallen soldiers and family barbecues… I think. Something about patriotism, and perhaps open fire.

But the connection between honoring soldiers and knowing if Iggy Azalea landed at No. 3 or No. 6? Not so much. We just love lists.

A few years back, one of my local radio stations naturally decided to count down “The Top 1001 Songs!” Their description provided no historical or genre limitations — just “as voted by you.” Without any other qualification, it simply existed as THE TOP 1001 SONGS OF ALL TIME. A high bar, to be sure.

This was their Top 5 (because, as an American, you now must know):

No: 5: “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
No: 4: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
No: 3: “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones
No: 2: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
No: 1: “Rag Doll” by the Four Seasons

“Rag Doll”? “RAG DOLL”?

Number 1,000 was REO Speedwagon’s “Keep on Loving You.” Why you voted to put 998 songs between REO Speedwagon’s greatest hit and Journey’s greatest hit is beyond me, but such is the mysterious allure of the radio countdown.

Of course, a real “Top 1001 of All Time” would be a very random list. But given it’s Memorial Day, I must do my patriotic duty. So below, I present my version of the Top 10 of all time (influenced heavily by my dislike of both country music and Elvis, my brother Paul’s fourth grade piano recital, and the fact that I’ve been tuning out most of this year).

No. 10: “Gangnam Style” by PSY
No. 9: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
No. 8: (tie) “Hungarian Rhapsody” by both Queen & Franz Liszt
No. 7: “Fur Elise” by Beethoven (and played to small-fingered perfection by Paul)
No. 6: “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
No. 5: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
No. 4: “Colored Lines” by Robin Thicke
No. 3: “Yesterday” by The Beatles
No. 2: Gregorian Chants (particularly 1-4903, 5542, and 5553)
No. 1: (tie) “Happy Birthday to You” and “Stairway to Heaven,” the latter by Led Zeppelin

See? Like a true American, you read all the way to the end, despite the fact that you don’t really give a crap.

But if you did stop before you got to No. 1, you’re a stronger person than me. Or maybe Canadian.

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Memorial Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who’ve given their service to this great country. Most people choose to celebrate by barbecuing, heading to the beach or visiting national monuments and war museums. But really, what’s more American than sitting on the couch all day, stuffing your face and watching TV?

If you don’t have any plans for the holiday, or if bad weather is threatening to ruin them, we’ve compiled a complete guide to all of the patriotic programming and Memorial Day marathons on TV:

“Criminal Minds” Marathon on A&E
Watch agent Hotchner and his elite profiling team take down the bad guys and save the world by analyzing the most dangerous criminal minds in America. The marathon starts at 9 a.m.

War Heroes Movie Marathon on AMC
The network can always be counted upon to fill your patriotic needs and this year they’re bringing you classics like “We Were Soldiers” and “Pearl Harbor” all day starting at 9 a.m.

“River Monsters” Marathon on Animal Planet
He may be British, but host Jeremy Wade shows some real American grit as he wrestles giant anacondas and hunts for some of the most mysterious creatures that lurk in murky waters. Catch him battling bull sharks beginning at 9 a.m.

“Tosh.0” Marathon on Comedy Central
Lighten up the Memorial Day mood with some raunchy and inappropriate humor from comedian Daniel Tosh. You can watch him make fun of the internet’s biggest idiots all day starting at 11 a.m.

“Memorial Day” on The CW
Settle in for this movie that follows Kyle, a 13-year-old boy who follows in his grandfather’s footsteps by becoming a soldier and serving in Iraq. The movie airs at 8 p.m.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!
Nothing says “God Bless America” like an all day marathon celebrating the Calabasas crew. You can relive some of the family’s most embarassing and dramatic moments beginning at 7 a.m.

“American Ninja Warrior” on Esquire
Watch a group of America’s best athletes as they attempt to complete one of the most insane obstacle courses we’ve ever seen all in the hopes of becoming America’s ninja warrior. The competition starts at 6 a.m.

“Defiance” Marathon on Syfy
Get caught up on the futuristic drama before Season 2 airs in June with an all day marathon starting at 11 a.m.

“Falling Skies” Marathon on TNT
Your second sci-fi option that follows a group of humans as they battle against alien invaders — who have a weird obsession with children — starts at 10 a.m. It’s the perfect time to refresh yourself on the series before the Season 4 premiere this summer.

“The Game” on BET
One of the network’s most successful shows and most watched comedies is airing reruns starting at 8 a.m.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” on USA
Watch LL Cool J lead his undercover team as they test their street smarts and take down international criminals beginning at 6 a.m.

“The World Wars” on The History Channel
Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner is narrating this three-part event series that follows some of history’s biggest names as they navigate through decades of war. The first episode of the three-night programming airs at 9 p.m.

“The Good Wife” Marathon on the Hallmark Movie Channel
Political sex scandals are always a wonderful way to remember the holiday. Tune into this legal drama starring Julianna Margulies as a homemaker turned litigator starting at 9 a.m.

“Fast N Loud” Marathon on Discovery Channel
Two good ol’ boys from Texas restoring run-down American muscle cars sounds like everyman’s dream. Catch the all-day marathon starting at 9 a.m.

“BBQ Pitmasters” on Destination America
If you’re not in the mood to fire up your own grill, you can just watch these professional cooks compete in barbecuing competitions all over the country. It’s the tastiest way to spend your day off and it begins at 8 a.m.

“Game of Thrones” Marathon on HBO2
The fantasy series isn’t new this Sunday so relive all of your favorite characters being mercilessly killed off with this primetime marathon that kicks off at 4 p.m.

“Walker, Texas Ranger” Marathon on TV Land
You could spend all day reading Chuck Norris jokes on the internet or you could watch the cowboy in action starting at 9 a.m. And you probably should, because you don’t want Chuck Norris to come after you.

“Pawn Stars” on the History Channel
Watch Old Man, Chumlee, Big Hoss and Rick as they operate their famous Las Vegas pawn shop starting at 10 a.m.

“Marriage Boot Camp” Marathon on WEtv
What better way to celebrate America than by watching five couples whose broken marriages are heading for divorce. The show attempts to save relationships through intense seminars and bonding activities. Watch the drama unfold beginning at 10 a.m.

ABC Family Movie Marathon
Be a kid again and revisit all of your favorite films from “Casper” to “101 Dalmatians” to “The Sandlot.” Movies start showing at 11 a.m.

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