06.13.11 – a monday

word

cockalorum [kok-uhlawruhm, –lohr-] n. a self-important little man

birthday

William Butler Yeats (1865), Christo (1935), Jeanne-Claude (1935), Malcolm McDowell (1943), Tim Allen (1953), Ally Sheedy (1962), David Gray (1968), Rivers Cuomo (1970), Chris Evans (1981), Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (1986)

standpoint

By now, if you’ve been following along with this blog the way you know you should, you’ve realized I’m a sucker for trivia. I like facts. That’s why mental floss is like crack cocaine for my brain. Both the magazine and the website. And, as I’ve done in the past, I’m going to share four factoids currently occupying my thoughts. Enjoy.

Vidalia onions can only be grown in certain counties of Georgia. I have nothing witty to say about this.

Wheel of Fortune was the last American game show to offer fur coats as prizes. It took until 1990 for the brains behind the show to realize it was an idea whose time had come.

Cuban citizens are not allowed to move to another dwelling unless they can find someone to swap places with. Even then the government needs to conduct the transaction. Socialism sounds pretty great, right?

→ Despite what you’ve been told, the plow, the wheeled cart and irrigation systems were actually invented by individuals looking to make better beer. Why didn’t those responsible get the proper credit? Most likely it was because they drank a shitload of beer.

quotation

For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. ↔ Doug Larson

tune

Gotta give it up to my roommate Dan who turned me on to the latest Cold War Kids‘ album, Mine Is Yours. A few years back, I bought the first album, Robbers & Cowards, and I liked exactly two songs from it. When that happens, I typically give up on a band even though I know it’s wrong to do so. In any case, listen to “Finally Begin.” Solid stuff.

gallimaufry

Grantland.com is finally open for business and I couldn’t be happier.

→ After this unfortunate turn of events, is there anyone out there who can tell us where we stand with all of this rapture nonsense?

→ Some might read this article and think that, hell yes, there’s justice in the world. Others might disagree. But there’s one fact no one can dispute: two teams played basketball last night.

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04.27.11 – a wednesday

word

gusto [guhs-toh] n. 1. hearty or keen enjoyment, as in eating or drinking, or in action or speech in general: to dance with gusto 2. individual taste or liking

birthday

Mary Wollstonecraft (1790), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Jack Klugman (1922), Casey Kasem (1932), Frank Abagnale, Jr. (1948), Ace Frehley (1951)

standpoint

Time just got away from me last night and I didn’t really have time to develop today’s standpoint.

But I will say it’s true that the good guys sometimes still win as was evident with the Philadelphia Flyers’ decisive 5-2 Game 7 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

quotation

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. ↔ Doug Larson

tune

I think Annuals would be an amazing band to see live. If I ever get the chance, they’d better play “Loxstep.”

gallimaufry

What the hell, Facebook? I’ve been defending you for the past few years and now you go and pull this shit?

Lindsay Lohan was once again in the news yesterday and…sigh. The next headline I want to see involving Lindsay Lohan will read something like this: “Lohan Grows Tired of 24 Years of Trying, Disappears”

When the weatherman says a storm is going to be “off the scale,” well, what the hell are you supposed to be about that? 

06.12.09 – Friday

Word: avarice [av-er-is] n. insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth

Birthday: Paul Guldin (1577), Harriet Martineau (1802), Emmett Hardy (1903), Dave Berg (1920), George H.W. Bush (1924), Vic Damone (1928), Anne Frank (1929), Jim Nabors (1930), Marv Albert (1941), Chick Corea (1941), Timothy Busfield (1957), John Linnell (1959), Scott Thompson (1959), Jason Mewes (1974), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977), DJ Qualls (1978), Kendra Wilkinson (1985)

Quotation: Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. — Doug Larson

Tune: A week or two ago, I bought Dark Was The Night: A Red Hot Compilation. As with a lot of various artist type albums, there wasn’t too much great stuff. I did, however, find an examplary cover of Nick Drake‘s “Cello Song” performed by The Books and José González.

Gallimaufry: When I’m in my car, I love honking the horn. (I got into a golf cart one time with a buddy of mine who asked, “Are you pissed this thing doesn’t have a horn?”) I believe my use of the horn to be a service to all the bad drivers out there, letting each one know I feel they shouldn’t be on the road. After reading about this free speech case in Monroe, Washington, I might start thinking twice. Sarah Palin is angry at David Letterman. On Monday night, the CBS late night host made some comments about Palin’s visit to New York City with her family. He erroneously made jokes about Palin’s 14 year old daughter Willow but thought he was referring to 18 year old (and new mom) Bristol. The Alaskan governor fired back, “Laughter incited by sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands – that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.” Point well taken. I agree with Palin’s statement. But since when is she an expert on “what the rest of America understands?” Letterman, by the way, has since apologized and extended an invitation to Palin to appear on his show. Swine flu has now been declared a pandemic. If you’re worried, check out what it all means and what kind of danger you might actually be in. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. Still kind of shitty, though.