cockalorum [kok-uh–lawr–uhm, –lohr-] n. a self-important little man
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)
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.
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
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.
→ 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.