I was making my way to Navy Pier early this morning when I noticed a lengthy line of individuals filling the sidewalk surrounding NBC Tower. Curious to know if I was missing a potential life-altering event like a visit from the Pope or a Burt Reynolds autograph session, I slowed my pace just enough to ask one of the women in line what was going on.

"Tryouts for "The Biggest Loser" are being held today," the woman said, referencing a popular reality television show on which generously proportioned contestants compete for a cash prize by shedding pounds.

"Geez," I replied, "this seems like a big turnout for a game show audition."

"Well," she said, "if you try out you get a free donut."

"They must be some damn good donuts," I said.

"They are," she replied.