Beth’s Trivia (Did You Know … )

June 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Tech/Sci

What’s in a name? After viewing recent “Justin Case” commercials for SafeAuto Insurance, I decided to use Facebook to find out how many real persons have that name.

It’s impossible to tell exactly since Facebook includes rock bands and fan clubs but upon viewing the first four pages of Justin Case listings I found some 10 males from actual USA and Canada locations who legitimately bear that name.

Yesterday I discovered that my great-nephew, Stephen, is NOT the only one with his first and last name – he has a counterpart in the UK. While on the subject of unusual names, one of Steve’s Facebook friends has the last name of Tongue.

In the two western PA counties I have lived in since 1981 there are many Boobs, Boozers, and Teats – the Fiascos seem to have left the area! LOL. The worst name ever – IMHO – was that of a girl whose surname was Teats. As if that weren’t indignity enough – what were they thinking! – her parents chose to name her Travesty. Travesty Teats; her name will be in my mind forever.

And today it was revealed that our smallest state, Rhode Island – officially “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” – may soon allow state residents to decide if the last three words should be dropped. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090626/ap_on_re_us/us_providence_plantations

Julianne cuts “loose” — Footloose with Gossip Girl heartthrob

June 26, 2009 by  
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Julianne Hough will be back on the floor once more, as it has been confirm that the Dancing with the Stars sensation will be pair with Chace Crawford in the remake of Footloose.  Both will be stepping into the roles of Ren McCormack and Ariel Moore, played by Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in the 1984 classic, about a city teen who moves into a small Midwestern town where dancing has been outlawed.  

The original grossed $80 million dollars, and the soundtrack was pivotal to its success thanks songs such as the title track from Kenny Loggins,  Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”, “Almost Paradise” from Mike Reno (Loverboy) and Ann Wilson (Heart), Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding out for a Hero”, and Shalamar’s “Dancing in the Sheets”.

No good looking prostitutes in S.C.? Buy American!

June 26, 2009 by  
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I realize I may just be a cynical old Washington reporter, but I can’t help but think that Gov. Sanford didn’t admit the truth until some bright young aid took him aside and reminded him that within 24 hours the only question would be, are you so stupid you can’t tell what continent you are on, or are you a lying, cheating bastard?

Dude Caught Driving With Coffin Full Of Weed

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop in Dallas.

William Dale Crock of Cave City, Ark., was in jail Friday on a marijuana possession charge, plus traffic and seat beat violations.
Dallas police say Crock was arrested Wednesday when bundles of marijuana were discovered under the casket’s cover and pillow.”

The Associated Press

If I were hauling 100 pounds of weed in my vehicle, I would drive like an old lady; I wouldn’t want to do anything to attract the attention of the cops. But like the stereotypical stoner this Crock dude was driving without a seatbelt and disobeying the rules of the load. Dude, doesn’t everybody drive around with a casket full of marijuana?

Crock ran a red light and made several improper lane changes, he’d better abide traffic regulations or he might end up in casket.

It was a police dog that alerted the police to the presence of weed in the casket. It’s heart-wrenching when you read about man’s best friend narking on a dude just trying to make a living.

In a Cheech and Chong movie everyone including the dog would get high smoking the weed, but unfortunately this is real life and Crock is in deep crap.

Beth’s Trivia (Did You Know … )

June 26, 2009 by  
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This is not so much trivia as it is TRIVIAL. Quite a few years ago, when J. and I were raising Bouvier des Flandres puppies, I made the mistake of letting all of them into the backyard without remembering there was a large stainless steel bowl full of leftover turkey meat. The puppies deftly ate all the meat without tearing the plastic wrap that had been over the bowl. I should have given each of them a sandwich – which leads me to the history of the sandwich. The first one was supposedly invented, probably in the mid-1700s, by John Montague, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, when he didn’t want to leave a card game. Of course, there is much evidence that sandwiches existed long before the earl became lazy.

http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/SandwichHistory.htm

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art11819.asp

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/FOOD_IS_ART_II/food_history_and_facts/Sandwiches.html

http://food-facts.suite101.com/article.cfm/whats_in_a_sandwich

(The same day the puppies cleaned the bowl, I discovered that an industrial-strength vacuum (the trademarked “Shop-Vac”) – did an excellent job of picking up a large, dense clump of leftover birdseed that lay in the backyard over the winter. YEP – I vacuumed the backyard! … and THEN I went into the kitchen and found more leftover turkey for MY sandwich.)

I Saw Michael Jackson On The Victory Tour In 1984!

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Music, Top Story

All of us are shocked by the sudden death of Michael Jackson, from cardiac arrest, yesterday in Los Angeles. I know that virtually everyone will put all aspects of his life and career under a microscope, so that they may assess his accomplishments and/or foibles for themselves. I will just relate for you a few first thoughts that came to me as I watched the news in disbelief at 5:30 PM yesterday. First of all, I tried to put all the trash aside and thought mostly of his natural talents to express what he felt through his music. I only went to one Michael Jackson concert in my life, but that seems to be enough to feel the impact of his enormous talent.jackson5

I`m so glad that I did get to go to the Victory Tour at Texas Stadium in Dallas, July 17th, 1984. Obviously, I should have held on to my ticket stub, but lost track of that relic for some unknown reason? My memories are good though, and it was an outstanding show. This was with the Jackson 5, so the solo angle was downplayed, and  room was left for the other very talented Jackson brothers. There were several large screens to watch the action on also, so the moonwalking was clear as day. Michael Jackson was in his prime back then. Overall (I have to admit), I favor his early days with the Jackson 5, and Motown Records. “I Want You Back” is my favorite of his songs, but I like many others as well.

“We Are the World” is another very cool song, which Michael co-wrote with Lionel Richie. This had a sweeping, global effect on the world`s youth, and it was absolutely positive in nature. The most negative thing for me, is when he bought Northern Songs; almost as a snub to Paul McCartney. Like, look at me, I`m so big I even own The Beatles` catalog. As far as all the scandals go, I`m not really that interested in that. But I will say that his finances intrigue me. He owes a half billion dollars. Now that`s a cellar of minus-Georges! I believe that his record sales will soar, in lieu of his tragic death, thus allowing his family to pay off this massive debt, in good time. Hopefully, a ‘Greatest Hits’ will be out soon, I will surely be the first dude in line at the checkout lane (Target). We will just have to wait and see what role he will play in the greater story of the history of music?

Dude Blares Porn To Chase Away Little Brats

June 25, 2009 by  
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“Police in suburban Philadelphia say a man (Michael Buck)  fed up of children playing in his cul-de-sac blared a  pornographic soundtrack to chase them off. Irate neighbors told police they could hear the sexually explicit audio a block and a half away.”

The Associated Press

I sympathize with the dude’s desire to chase away the kids; I’d rather have my neighborhood infested with rats than with screaming little brats. However a soundtrack of moaning porn stars might attract rather than repel the little tykes.

But blaring a soundtrack of a porn movie might work to get rid of unwanted party guests. A porn flick’s music is cheesier than a grilled cheese sandwich, and the moans of a porn star are as authentic as Snoop Dogg’s promise to stop smoking weed.

Buck faces felony obscenity charges, but he should also be charged with assault and battery on his neighbors. After a couple of minutes of listening to a pornographic soundtrack as ear-splitting volume, I would chase away the damn kids.

Buck should blare the Barney the Dinosaur theme song, that would really work to rid his cul-de-sac of the little monsters.

John and Alan Lomax Were Pioneers of American Music!

June 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

alan-lomax1Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is a most significant person in American music, as is his father, John Avery Lomax (1867-1948). All of us who have an interest in American music need to set aside some time to study these two individuals, and take a closer look at what they did to preserve the diversity of music, from all parts of our country. The ‘good news’ is that the Alan Lomax Collection is housed under one roof at the Library of Congress, and is one of the most important collections of ethnographic ephemera ever amassed. And an even better spot of news is that you can sort through some of ‘this stuff’ on the internet.

In 1933 Alan Lomax and his father, John Avery Lomax, went all across the country documenting the music of every day people; you know, simple people just like you and me. They went to prisons, farms, and rural communities throughout the South *(and elsewhere) and collected field recordings, took photographs, and even filmed many of these spontaneous sessions. A few of the highlights, for me at least, are the discovery of Leadbelly (he wrote “Irene”), some reminiscences with “Jelly Roll” Morton, and conversations with Woody Guthrie.

It is good that the Library of Congress has preserved the work of Alan and John Lomax. It is also a bit ironic. For 37 years the FBI harassed Alan on suspicions that he was a communist. They never were able to come up with anything though. It is a testament to his character that he was still productive throughout this ordeal, that plagued him nearly his whole life. We are the beneficiaries of his courage and vision. We have his work preserved.

Lady Pleads Guilty To Breast-feeding While Drunk

June 24, 2009 by  
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“A North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk has pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Twenty-six-year-old Stacey Anvarinia could face up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on the felony charge in August.
Judge Sonja Clapp says Anvarinia will not have to register as an offender against children.”
The Associated Press

I’ve heard of persons arrested for driving a lawn mower or a motorized bar stool while under the influence, but this woman takes the cake.

Human milk is healthier for human babies than cow’s milk or baby formula, and breast-feeding promotes health, and helps to prevent diseases. But breastfeeding a newborn while intoxicated kind of defeats the purpose.

The cops noticed the woman breast-feeding her infant while drunk when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. The baby is in grave danger in this woman’s home, and the babe should be taken away by Children’s Protective Services.

Anvarinia should be given the maximum penalty, she deserves to spend years behind bars. In the Big House Anvarinia won’t be able to abuse any children, and she won’t be able to get pregnant. If I were the judge I wouldn’t let her out of prison until she was too old to bear children.

Lorin Maazel Conducts A Stirring ‘War Requiem’ By Benjamin Britten

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

Lorin Maazel is leaving his post as conductor of the New York Philharmonic as of June 2009. After just two seasons with the NY Philharmonic, Maazel will continue his conducting, but will only make guest appearances with other orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic or the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Alan Gilbert, a forty year old native New Yorker, will succeed Maazel as the conductor. Our classical station (for Austin), KMFA-89.5, syndicates Terry Frumkin`s broadcast of the New York Philharmonic each Tuesday night at 8 PM. Last night I listened to and recorded (on cassette) Lorin Maazel conducting the English composer, Benjamin Britten`s “War Requiem.”lorin-maazel

The “War Requiem” was composed by Britten in 1962, loosely around the Latin Mass of the Dead. Nine poems written by the English Poet, Wilfred Owens, are built into the structure of the music. The premiere was in May of 1962 and it was highly successful. Britten thought of it as a protest against war and commented in a letter, “I hope it`ll make people think a bit.” I`m glad I recorded it, it`s a very moving work. Lorin Maazel will be missed, but has had a long and successful career. Fortunately, you can purchase and download his famous interpretations  of Mahler`s  Symphonies on the NY Philharmonic web site.

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