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Every now and then I suffer from unfortunate bouts of night-owl-ness.  It’s not insomnia, just random bursts of overstimulation from whatever piece of technology(s) I’m consuming right before bedtime that won’t allow me to hit the hay at a reasonable hour. I toss and I turn for what seems like hours (but is probably more like minutes) and then I inevitably turn the TV back on and hope that I’ll find something so mind-numbing that my brain has nothing else to do but shut off.  Last night was one of those nights.  Maybe it was because I slept in the morning before, maybe it was because I had a rousing catch-up sesh with an old friend after dinner – either way, I was wide awake.

This is what I learned last night on late night:

1.) Now That’s What I Call Music is hovering dangerously close to middle age. That’s right, the latest compilation of chart toppers is 43. That’s forty-three. 4-3. That’s three more than forty. That’s LITRALLY seven less than fifty.  Let me break this down for you: there are FORTY THREE versions of cover art that just say “NOW!” on each and every one of them.  I saw the infomercial three times throughout my late-night viewing experience and can confirm here that Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” is of course featured prominently, so don’t fret.

While it pains me to admit I never owned a single volume, I was certainly not immune to the contents held there within.  NOW! Volume 1 dropped in 1998, the year that Jaden Smith was born, Frank Sinatra died and I was entering my final year of elementary school. The inaugural collection of hits featured “MmmBop” by Hanson (Zac was my favorite), “Barbie Girl” by Aqua (I had the whole CD, thank you very much) and of course Zoot Suit Riot by The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (who can forget the swing craze of ’98?) There’s no doubt it’s a collector’s item at this point.

2.) Carson Daly is Hot. As noted above, I was a tween of the 90s.  I bought every keychain at Claire’s and owned a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. TRL was my jam and I would race home everyday to catch celeb interviews at 3 PM and try to learn all the words to the Blood Hound Gang’s “Bad Touch.”

At this point, in the year 2012 as we know it, Carson Daly has been hosting his own late night show on NBC for 10 years.  I don’t watch it much, but when I do I’m hooked in to whatever guest he’s chatting with and, let’s be real here, how hot he is. Maybe it’s because of my love for TRL? Maybe it’s because I’m over-tired by the time I actually turn on Last Call? (It doesn’t START until 1:35!) Either way, I’m nostalgic, I’m watching and my gosh, why am I still awake?

3.) Intervention is the best show on television and my body is indefensible against it. My eyes are fixed, my brain is hooked and my hand inexplicably chucks the remote across the room to protect against any involuntary channel surfing. The show is equal parts heartbreak and tragedy, with a little bit of hopelessness thrown into the mix.  The stories of addiction draw you in from the very start and keep you on your toes until the last 30 seconds, when it’s revealed whether or not the addict at the center has overcome their disease with the help of family, rehab and a whole lot of luck.  Please note: if A&E decides to air back-to-back episodes of Intervention in the wee hours of the morning, you might as well call a spade a spade and take a sick day tomorrow.

Now it’s time to voice your choice in today’s poll: Which single featured on NOW! 43 is your favorite?

“Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber

“Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato

“Part of Me” by Katy Perry

“Payphone” by Maroon 5

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