Sunday, January 31, 2010

And The Awards Go To

Recently, Ian at 'The Daily Dose of Reality' and Geof at 'Enter The Man Cave' (thank you both!) bestowed upon me a couple of awards.... Apparently, the rules of receiving the awards mention that you pass on the awards to other bloggers.... I only have enough time to post six, maybe I'll post more later.... So here we go.... And the awards go to:


1. Jerry at 'My Thoughts Brought To The Light': My first blog follower, my cousin-in-law, and the person who convinced me to move my blog from MySpace to Blogger....

2. Powdered Toast Man at 'Just The Cheese': Another one of my first followers, he's got a great blog! He posts great trivia and movie reviews....

3. Ally at 'Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing': A great blog about her growing up in the 70's, 80's and 90's and her favorite things! She actually wrote and received a letter from Mario Lopez during his days on Kids Incorporated! I'm so jealous! Oh, and she loves Judy Blume! Go Superfudge!

4. Eternally Distracted at 'Eternally Distracted': Read about her experiences living in a foreign country and life being 'lost in translation'.

5. Kitty at 'Kitty Tells It As It Is': She doesn't blog often, but when she does, it's great! You'll want her to post more when you read her posts about her new date! It's definitely quality over quantity!

6. Melissa at 'Sugar Filled Emotions': She's constantly trying new things with her blog, and writes about her amazing experiences with depression and anxiety, and how they affect her and her family....

Friday, January 29, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #30 - Answer

Over seven seasons and 168 episodes, the protagonist of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', Mary Richards, played by Mary Tyler Moore, showed the world that it was okay to be over 30, female and single. Mary moves to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a fresh start after ending her relationship with her fiance, and applying for a job at WJM-TV....

Cantankerous news director Lou Grant, played by Ed Asner, gives her the job of producer of the 'Six O'Clock News', and Mary's cute quirkiness shines on from there.... Throughout the show's run, Mary develops wonderful relationships with her neighbors and co-workers, played by notables Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Georgia Engel, Ted Knight, Valerie Harper and Gavin MacLeod.



Did you know that 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', has won a total of 29 Emmy Awards! Three of them being 'Outstanding Lead or Supporting Actress or Actor In A Comedy' awards won by Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner and Valerie Harper won three Emmy's each for lead and supporting actor and actress roles! The record of 29 Emmy Awards, held by 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' for 25 years, was broken by 'Frasier' in 2002. 'Frasier' went on to win a total of 37 Emmy Awards!

I'm not sure I agree with 'Entertainment Weekly', but they list Mary Tyler Moore's throwing her hat up in the air in the show's introduction as #2 on their list of '100 Greatest Moments on Television'..... The #1 selection on their list was the assassination and funeral of John F. Kennedy. Mary tossing her hat in the air beat out:
  • #9 - The Beatles first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show',
  • #17 - Edward R. Murrow interviews Sen. Joseph McCarthy,
  • #36 - The Challenger explosion,
  • #51 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The first ottoman pratfall
  • #71 - Bill Clinton playing saxophone on the 'Arsenio Hall Show', and
  • #91 - The premiere of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
The list was made in 1999, however, I still think it might need some alterations.....

Perfect Strangers In Seattle?

Everybody remembers 'Perfect Strangers', right? The lovable Balki Bartokomous and his Cousin Larry Appleton living together in Chicago.... Well, Ian Hugh Fraser and Christopher Bange recreated the show's intro using Seattle, Washington as the backdrop.... We need more of these! I want to see the 'Full House' intro in Baltimore, Maryland! Or the 'Laverne and Shirley' intro in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Ooooooh, or the 'Moonlighting' intro in New York City! Ok, now all of you get an expression of shock on your face and say 'NEW YORK CITY!?!?!' Sorry.... I had to do it....



By the way, did you know that Louie Anderson was cast for the role of Larry Appleton in the original pilot episode? It's true! Look!

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #30

Everybody's favorite game is back! Last week I couldn't post 'Can You Guess This TV Theme' because of a glitch in the system.... But we're back on board. Come join us! Are you up to the challenge? Can you guess this TV theme?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man Vs. Toddler

The guys over at BaratsandBereta.com have created one of the funniest videos ever! I laugh out loud every time I see it! They pit Man versus Toddler in five grueling competitions.... Who will emerge the victor? Will Man win? Will Toddler win? The suspense is killing me! Go watch the video!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Smart Guy Predicts The Super Bowl

In 1997, 'Smart Guy' premiered on the 'WB' channel.... You may now know the channel as the 'CW' (commonly pronounced as 'QUA'). Anyway, the show was about a ten year old genius trying to survive in high school.... Well, who knew that the producers of 'Smart Guy' were able to predict the future?

In an episode of 'Smart Guy', the kids sneak into the television station to try to get their father's commercial for his roofing business to play during the prime time television hours. Little did they know that the commercial was going to play at halftime during the Super Bowl.... Ok, ok.... I'll get to the point.... Right before the commercial airs, the announcer reveals the halftime score of the Super Bowl:

New Orleans - 54
Indianapolis - 3



I wouldn't run to Vegas just yet.... The sports books have the Indianapolis Colts as six point favorites over the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.... I don't see the Saints being up by 51 points at halftime....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Another Rescue On The Hudson

Everybody remember the crash of US Airways Flight 1549? Where Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger heroically landed the huge A320 Airbus on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board....

Since the plane crash, reporters and camera crews were kept away from the scene by the police and the FBI.... However, New Yorker David Hugh Martin, who has an apartment right above the Hudson River, positioned his camera to record the rescue of the plane.... Three days of rescue footage were clipped together to make an amazing time lapse video of crews trying to bring the plane out of the river. It's amazing to watch the plane struggle to stay afloat as huge chunks of ice barrage the rescue efforts....

Monday, January 25, 2010

Commercial Fit For The Super Bowl

Did anybody else see this commercial? I would have expected to see this commercial between quarters in the Super Bowl, not during the AFC Championship Game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts.... WalMart better bring during the Super Bowl....

One can really appreciate how WalMart was not only able to plug their status as the nation's low price leader, but also able to take a jab at people's inherent fear of clowns.... Well done WalMart. Well done....


Friday, January 22, 2010

Are You As LOST As I Am?

Only 11 more days until the premier of the sixth season of LOST! Being that it seems like I watched the last new episode of LOST way back in the early 1990's, I was having trouble remembering a few of the details.... Until I met Mike and his extended Italian family! They have taken the time to provide a recap of the show's first five seasons in under five minutes for LandlineTV! Watch it and get caught up before the new season starts on February 2, 2010!

As a short warning, there is a commercial for Netflix at the end of the video, and I know how everybody hates commercials....


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Holy Kramer Entrances, Batman!

Do you remember the video of all of the curse words in 'The Sopranos', that Victor Solomon put together after watching edited versions of 'The Sopranos' while confined to a hospital bed?

I was amazed by the amount of time he must have spent, and how much work he must have put into the project....

Well, here are two more videos by dedicated fans of their favorite television shows....

In the first video, YouTube user Apennyw put together every one of Robin's 'Holy Exclamation Quotes' from the first season of television's original 'Batman' show....



YouTube user tylercreviston put together a video of every single Kramer entrance from 'Seinfeld' in chronological order!



I can't even imagine how long it would have taken me to put one of these videos together....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happiness Machine

In the spirit of Volkswagen's The Fun Theory, Coca-Cola has taken steps to add a little happiness at a college campus.....

Coca-Cola installed what seemed to be a run of the mill vending machine at a cafeteria on a college campus.... But when the a college student goes to get a bottle of soda, the soda machine gives and gives and gives.... Watch and see what comes out of the 'Happiness Machine'! I wish I had a 'Happiness Machine' at my college....


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Late Shift

Don't get me wrong, I'm on Team Conan, but YouTube user FiveAlex2009 has posted 26 Jay Leno appearances on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'....

All before their friendship crumbled because Jay Leno and his manager used shady tactics to beat out David Letterman for the 'Tonight Show' host position after Johnny Carson had retired.... And when I say beat out, I mean, having an agent who bullies NBC executives and hiding in closets during executive meetings to gain an upper hand in negotiations.... Have you seen the movie 'The Late Shift'? It's about the battle for the 'Tonight Show' host gig.... Now we need 'The Late Shift 2' to cover NBC's latest debacle between Jay and Conan O'Brien....

Keep in mind, most of the videos include David Letterman asking Jay Leno a question, then Jay proceeding to talk for four to five minutes. But it was interesting to see their dynamic (and Jay 'Elvis' Leno) before the feud.... Click on the photo of Jay and Dave to see the videos....

Chuckles And The Chin - Team Conan or Team Leno?


Are you on Team Conan or Team Leno?

Either way, both team wins.... Conan gets $32.5 million to stay at home and Jay Leno gets 'The Tonight Show' back.... I still think they should make up and create the buddy cop show 'Chuckles and The Chin'. They don't need to star in it, just use a large CGI chin with a mouth and a CGI ginger hairdo with a mouth.... They could fight crime and wisecrack all day long.... Come on, if we can make 'Avatar', we can definitely make 'Chuckles and The Chin'!

The real losers are Conan's staff. All of the staff that had moved from New York to California with their families to work on 'The Tonight Show'.... They're getting a severance package, but now they're all unemployed in a horrible job market....

Oh, and NBC loses too.... Now they don't have Conan O'Brien and they're out $40 million.... That's one expensive mistake....

Monday, January 18, 2010

January Of Death

The old tale that 'bad things come in 3's' should be changed to 'bad things come in 4's'....

First Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, passes away on Friday, January 10, 2010 at the age of 88....


Then Donald Goerke, inventor of SpaghettiO's and Campbell's Chunky Soup line of products, passes away on Sunday, January 12, 2010 at the age of 83.... Did you know that during testing for the perfect spaghetti shape, they tested baseball, cowboy, spaceman and star shapes before they settled on the O's?


Then, Jan C. Gabriel, the man who coined the phrase 'Sunday! Sunday!!!! SUNDAY!!!!!', which is used in all those monster truck rally commercials, passed away at the age of 69....

It's a great coincidence that he died on a 'Sunday! Sunday!!!! SUNDAY!!!!!'

And now, Glen Bell, the man who invented Taco Bell, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the age of 86....


After all these years, I never knew that Taco Bell was named after Mr. Bell.... I just thought 'Taco Bell' was a catchy name they came up with in a marketing meeting.... Did you know that he sold the Taco Bell chain to PepsiCo for in 1978 for $125 million in stock? Keep in mind that the price of the stock was around $26.00 a share in 1978.... Over the past 30 years, it's split three times after the price had risen to around $70.00 to $90.00 a share.... And now the price is around $60.00 a share.... How much money would he have if he had held on to that stock?

All. All money.

I Have A Dream


It amazes me to think that it was only 47 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I Have A Dream' speech. It's amazing that only 47 years ago, human beings had to fight for simple rights only because of the color of their skin.... If you've never heard or read Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, take a bit and give it a gander.... It's amazingly powerful.... Oh, and look at that.... I have it right here for you.... Enjoy reading!

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.

One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.

The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. we must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #29 - Answer

Wow! I did not feel the love for 'Home Improvement' in the comments of the previous post!



Tim Allen plays Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor, a bumbling husband and father of three.... Here's the twist, you see, 'The Tool Man' has his own television show called 'Tool Time', but he's extremely clumsy and was always trying to add more power to more tools, and he hurts himself while building something in almost every episode....

Thank goodness he had his sidekick Al Borland, played by Richard Karn (the Family Feud guy), and his wise neighbor, Wilson Wilson, who was only seen from the nose up throughout the run of the show, to keep him on the straight and narrow....

No matter what kind of ridiculous situations Tim Taylor was able to bring on himself, his wife, played by Patricia Richardson, and his kids, played by Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and the other kid who became a goth in the later seasons of the show, always stood by his side....

Apparently, very few people hated the show during its eight season run.... At it's worst, 'Home Improvement' was 10th in the Nielsen Ratings, and allegedly Tim Allen was offered $50 million and Patricia Richardson was offered $25 million to stay for a 9th season. A wee bit more then I would have offered, but America loves a grunting, power tool obsessed man.... Although the show did jump start Pamela Anderson's blockbuster television career!

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #29

Good morning everybody! One quick note, before I get to today's theme, I'd like to mention that Powdered Toast Man kindly asked me to provide a guest post about my love/hate relationship with the Oakland Raiders over at 'Just The Cheese'! Give it a peek when you have a chance....

It's finally Friday! You know what that means? Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Animal Instincts

Do you remember all the news stories after the huge earthquake and tsunami in Thailand in 2004, about how very few animals died because they may have a 'sixth sense' or 'animal instinct' that may have been able to sense the ground shaking before humans could, giving them the opportunity to run to higher ground before they were in any danger?

Security cameras in newspaper offices in Arcata, California were rolling before and during the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck just off the coast of Eureka, California on Saturday, January 9, 2010.....

You can clearly see the dog jumping up and bolting to find its owner before the earthquake occurs..... All reports indicate that the dog and it's owner did get out of the building safely....


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

All Right Mr. President! I'll Get My Own Fries!


I know I've posted this before, but we're one week away from the anniversary of Barack Obama being inaugurated as the President of the United States, and these clips are awesome....

Who knew the President was such a potty mouth? Before I heard these, I would never have read any of Barack Obama's books, but now I want to read every single one! Here are some clips of Barack Obama reading from his book "Dreams From My Father". Apparently he's quoting a close friend from his youth. These are going to be my ringtones for a long time!

P.S. If you do not like foul language, do not listen to these clips.

Way Too Complicated


Sure You Can Have My Number


Sorry Ass Mother-@#$#@


Buy Your Own Damn Fries


Ignorant Mother-@#$#@#

Terminator 2 Remix: Skynet Symphonic

I posted the 'Hook' and 'Up' remixes from from Fagottron and POGO here at 'I Think It's Interesting' here before.... (Hint: Click the names of the previous remixes to see those posts....)

Typically, he uses video clips and sounds from movies, and adds some synthesizers, drums and bass to make his remix videos. This time, with his 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' remix, he only uses sounds from the movie.... 'Terminator 2' is from director James Cameron (director of Titanic and Avatar) by the way.... Each section is composed entirely of sounds from a major scene in the film. For example, the Terminator pounding on the fire escape door is used as a kick drum. Bones breaking play the role of a snare. Electrical disturbance acts as a crash cymbal.

For the men, there's lots of action. For the women, a shirtless ripped Arnold Schwarzenegger. For everybody, awesome music and an awesome video....



By the way.... If you click on the banner below, it will take you directly to his YouTube channel where you can see the rest of his videos. Do yourself a favor and check them out.... They're awesome!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Price Is EXACTLY Right!

This is not going to become a blog about game shows.... But 'The Price Is Right' keeps on getting amazing contestants!

What's better then being on 'The Price Is Right', making it all the way to The Showcase, being offered four luxury vacations to Chicago, Canada, Scotland, and South Africa worth over $30,000, and only guessing $439 less than the exact price of the entire prize package?


That's right! Making it all the way to The Showcase, being offered a karaoke system, pool table and 17 foot trailer worth $23,743, guessing the exact price of your showcase and winning both your package and the vacations! This has not happened since 1973!

Amazingly, this same contestant previously guessed the correct price of the prize during the bidding game to get onstage!



Now let's not get ahead of ourselves.... There's been a lot of accusations that this man cheated.... Some think that he may have been fed the answer from the audience, and some think he may have been given the correct price from show employees to help bolster ratings.... And for some reason, even though he's usually ecstatic about rare occurrences like this on the show, Drew Carey seems like he's not really too interested....

The contestant, however, while interviewed on the radio refuted the claims that he had cheated, and noted that:
  • He had seen the karaoke machine used as a prize before, and knew the price was $1,000.
  • He had seen pool tables on the show quite often, and knew the price was approximately $3,000.
  • Apparently, the rule of thumb for boats and trailers is that they cost $1,000 a foot. He misheard the announcer, and thought he said the trailer was 19 feet long instead of 17 feet long. So he thought the trailer was $19,000....
  • Finally, he opened his mouth and '743' just came out....
What do you think? Does it all add up? Is the 'price right'?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another One Bites The Dust.....


As a child growing up in Northern California, there were no other sports figures that I admired more (for their athletic abilities) than Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.

I wanted to hit the ball as far as 'The Bash Brothers' could..... I remember watching McGwire and Canseco bumping their forearms as they would reach home after crushing another towering home run.... I liked Canseco more than McGwire though.... Canseco gave off that rock star attitude, and I had a penchant for liking things that everybody else hated....

Fast forward twenty years, now we know that Canseco used steroids and in the books he wrote subsequent to his baseball career, he suggested that some of the biggest names in baseball, including Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmiero were steroids users as well.... All four denied the allegations.... Everybody was up in arms, most people screaming that Jose Canseco is a liar.... Not me.... I had faith in my childhood hero (for his athletic abilities)....

Well, look what we have here....
  • Rafael Palmiero (Number 11 on the All-Time Home Runs List (569)) - Failed Drug Test
  • Alex Rodriguez (Number 8 on the All-Time Home Runs List (583)) - Publicly Admits To Taking Steroids
  • Sammy Sosa (Number 6 on the All-Time Home Runs List (609)) - Implicated on the Mitchell List of 103 Players who had tested positive for steroid use in 2003
And Canseco's been right on many more occasions!

And now, Mark McGwire (Number 8 on the All-Time Home Runs List (583)) publicly admits that he has taken steroids.... Can anybody hit the ball anymore without injecting themselves in the ass first? Well at least Barry Bonds was clean.... Wait, WHAT?!?!?!

Here's my question, do you think that these players who have been been tarnished with the stain of steroids could or should have the opportunity to be elected into the Hall of Fame?

100 Games Cupcake Game

Jewelry artist Robin Dahlberg and friends, made a set of one hundred cupcakes depicting one hundred popular games to celebrate the 100-year birthday of her house.... Board games, video games, old games, new games....

She's also posted a close-up picture of each cupcake on her site so everyone on the internet can try to guess which game each cupcake represents.... Just run your mouse over the question mark if you're stumped.... Just click on the photo below to go play!!!!

I wonder if they were able to eat them.... They're so pretty!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #28 - Answer

Oh, 'Out Of This World'.... How I miss you.... I wanted nothing more as a child than to put my index fingers together and stop time.

The show was about the life of young Evie Garland, played by Maureen Flannigan.... But she was no ordinary girl.... She was born to Donna Garland, played by Donna Pescow (who later starred as Shia LeBeouf's mother in Even Stevens), and Troy Garland.....

On her thirteenth birthday, Evie finds out that her father is an alien living on the planet Anterias. Her father is rarely seen, but he is able to communicate with his Evie through a crystal cube. As an added benefit from being half alien, Evie learns she can pause and un-pause time in the first episode, and later in the series Evie learns she can "gleep" objects into existence, transport herself from one place to another, and withstand up to 2,000 degree heat....

Did you know that Burt Reynolds provided the voice for Evie's father?

Ok.... Now I'm out.... I just watched an episode of the show, the first episode of the show I've seen since I was 12 years old, and it does not translate well in 2010.... I need a palate cleanser.... Time for some 'Trapped In The Closet'!


I Just Saved You From A Trip To Barstow

Here's my little tale about my visit to Barstow.... I had finished walking my properties for work and needed to walk all of the adjacent properties.... 'If anything catches my eye, I should check it out....', I thought to myself....

Lo and behold, the this is the first sign I see!


Home Of The Old Woman Meteorite! Was it a meteorite in the shape of an old woman? I had to see it! So I walk up to the Desert Discovery Center, to find out that it had closed for the day.... Now I'm crushed! How could the Desert Discovery Center be closed!?!?!? How am I supposed to discover the desert? However, I could not be deterred....

I peeked through the window to see if I could get any peek of this 'Old Woman Meteorite'.... It's very difficult to not look suspicious when you're looking though the door of a closed building.... You cup your hands around your face, and you press your face around the glass.... I needed to see this meteorite for some unknown reason. I look around to see if anybody is staring at the tall man scoping out the Desert Discovery Center, and when I look back to scan the interiors again, I see someone staring back at me! Scared the hell out of me....'

The woman walks to the door tell me they closed at 4:00 P.M. Glancing at my phone, I notice that it's 3:50 P.M.!!!!!! I proceed to beg and plead with the woman to let me see the 'Old Woman Meteorite'..... 'It's only 3:50 P.M!' 'I need to see it!' 'Please! Please!!! PLEASE!!!!' Finally, the woman takes pity on me, and gets her manager, who lets me in to see the meteorite before she leaves....

It doesn't look like an old woman..... It was apparently found in the 'Old Woman Mountains' in San Bernardino County. It the second largest iron meteorite discovered in the United States.

I was disappointed by it's shape, until the lady picked up these beads and throws them in the air, and as if by magic, they are magnetically drawn back to the meteorite!!!!! Just when I thought I was out.... They pull me back in....


I let the kind manager get on with the closing of her the Desert Discovery Center, and take the short walk to 'Centennial Park'.... This is what you'll find a Centennial Park.....



Not much, but it's something.... And both the tank and the train had a sign podium in front of them..... But all the signs were missing!!!!


So after being so impressed with the power of the Old Lady Meteorite, my brain started creating far-fetched ideas about how the tank and train were used....

The tank must have been used by brave American soldiers in Iraq, as they quietly (the tank was very quiet in my story) surrounded the building where Sadaam Hussein was hiding.....

And the train.... Well, the train my have been used to haul Dumbo, his mother, and all the other circus animals! It's my brain.... Leave me alone....

Now I'm on a mission to find out what the real back story of the train and the tank.... I had to go to the fire department, so I asked them.... "It's a train and a tank, the signs were probably stolen...." was the answer I received.... No cool stories.... Nothing.... Just a train and a tank donated to the city of Barstow.

The fire department did have a really nice dedication to the 343 firefighters lost on September 11, 2001....


My trip is almost complete.... I walked across the street again to the 'Mojave Valley River Museum' also known as 'The Oldest Museum in Barstow', which is closed until further notice.... I was still able to check out some of the things in the parking lot.... There was a set of jail cells made by E.T. Barnum (was there any relation to P.T. Barnum?) Iron Works in Detroit, Michigan.



And there was a time capsule! Now I have a reason to go back to Barstow on July 4, 2076!

So there you have it.... That's everything.... I just saved you from having a reason to visit Barstow. You. Are. Welcome.

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #28

It's finally Friday! I know the "Can You Guess This TV Theme" posts have been on hiatus, but last Friday was New Year's Eve, and the Friday before that was Christmas.... Who wants to answer silly trivia over the holidays? Think of it as my Christmas, or Chanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus present to you....

Stay tuned today.... I'm posting about the most exciting tourist attractions in Barstow! Oh, and I'm posting the answer.... Can You Guess This TV Theme?


Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Second Day In Barstow - Ridiculous Wheel Of Fortune Failures

It was a long day in Barstow yesterday, and today I'm going to be back there again to inspect a second property.... Fortunately, traffic was good on the way there and on the way back, so the two hour road trips were pretty easy to handle.... I tried to take some interesting things to take pictures of in Barstow, but it turns out that there's nothing interesting to take a picture of in Barstow.

Soon, I'll post some of the amazing pictures of the charcoal artwork of American stars created by an elderly Korean man in his 200 square foot apartment.... He doesn't sell them, he just makes them because it makes him happy....

Anyway, since everyone enjoyed the 'Price Is Right' post yesterday, I thought I'd try posting some of the funniest 'Wheel Of Fortune' failures....I hope you're having a better Thursday than I am....






Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Two Days In Barstow - Big Winner On TPIR

I get to spend today and tomorrow in the beautiful city of Barstow, California. Well, Barstow's not very beautiful, but I'm sure I'm going to see a lot of desert....

So, because I have to get to bed early so I can leave the house by 4:00 AM, I'll leave you with this video of young Taylor, the luckiest birthday boy in the world, on 'The Price Is Right'.... I know the video is 9 minutes long, but he goes on a magical streak!



After more than two years on the job, how do you think Drew Carey's doing as the host of 'The Price Is Right'? Do you think he's filled Bob Barker's shoes? Does Drew convince you to 'spay and neuter' your pets as well as Bob did?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Nic Cage As Everyone

Everything I read about 'How To Write A Better Blog', tells me that most successful blogs are niche blogs. I would love to write a blog about one thing, however, I'm not an expert on any subject ....

I've posted about a couple of other blogs here at 'I Think It's Interesting', both of them successful niche blogs.... However, I think 'Accidental Dong' and 'People Of Walmart' may pale in comparison to 'Nic Cage As Everyone'. Ok.... Maybe I'm overselling it....

The blogger and his readers superimpose Nicolas Cage's face onto other people's bodies.... Some of the photos are sloppy, but most of them are awesome! Here are some of my favorites! By the way, if you click on 'Sully', you'll go straight to see more pictures of Nicolas Cage's face on more of your favorite star's bodies!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Don't Stop Me Now

How is it that I am just now figuring out how awesome 'Queen' was? Why did nobody tell me? Of course, I've heard 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Are The Champions' and 'We Will Rock You' a billion times, but how have I never heard any other of their songs until recently.... I may have heard a song of theirs on the radio now and again, but I never correlated the song to the band.

Anyway, I just heard 'Don't Stop Me Now' for the first time a few weeks ago, AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It's constantly on shuffle on my mp3 player, right after R. Kelly's 'Pregnant'. In a search for the music video, I ran across this little gem.... I don't know who created this video, or how it was created, but someone made a video using the sounds and video of the 'Super Mario Brothers' to replicate 'Don't Stop Me Now'.



Oh, one more thing, over the holiday weekend, I was told that my posts can be 'long-winded'.... I'm looking for a little constructive criticism here.... Should I trim down the posts? You guys won't hurt my feelings, and I'm not looking for a pat on the back.... Please let me know what you think....

Friday, January 1, 2010

Guide To The 21st Century

Thank you to The Made Shop for clearing this up for me....

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