Sunday, 26 March 2017
How to ruin the game of Darts.
What if James Brown didn’t feel good? This amused me.
Angry customer complaint dates to 1750BC.
Can you spot the error(s) in this 1816 painting? I spotted three. Okay, 2-1/2. [Found here.]
It’s called the WTF Mobile.
From the Holy Crap Department: A dwarf star trapped by a black hole (only 2.5x the distance between the Earth and the Moon away) completes an orbit every 28 minutes – at a velocity of 1% of the speed of light!
All you need to know about developing nuclear weaponry.
What did Donald Trump Tweet about YOU? Find out here.
Q: Why did early cartoon characters wear gloves?
3. They were minstrels.
The correct answer is 4. All of the above.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Yeah, we lost another famous Chuck this week. Here’s Chuck Barris on The Gong Show featuring the late Eugene Patton, aka, Gene Gene The Dancing Machine. (If you thought I was going to post vids of The Unknown Comic, you’re mistaken, but here’s a link instead.)
GGTDM’s themesong was always Count Basie‘s 1938 hit “Jumpin’ At The Woodside,” so let’s go there. Here’s Basie’s Orchestra playing their 1937 hit “One O’Clock Jump” six years later in the movie Reveille with Beverly.
That 1943 Basie lineup likely included Buck Clayton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Snooky Young, trumpet; Dicky Wells, trombone; Earle Warren, Buddy Tate, Don Byas, Jack Washington, saxes; Freddie Green, guitar; Jo Jones, drums. Not sure who’s on bass.
This Funk Bass Slapfest is awesome, and the girl’s smacking a six-string. I’m guessing that this how Julliard students settle their differences and go busking at the same time.
OH WAIT! THAT’S AMERICA PAZ!
Very impressive, Ms. America.
Have a great weekend, folks. We’ll see you tomorrow.
Friday, 24 March 2017
[Found here, here and here. Oh, yeah, and here.]
Monday, 20 March 2017
“Hey, Bob! What’s going on this weekend?”
“The Stones are coming back again.”
“The [Nankai] Hawks were sold and moved to Fukuoka City in 1988 or 1989. Since the stadium was abandoned, the City of Osaka, working with a trade group, turned it into a giant outdoor home show with rows of various model homes from several construction companies.
“If I remember correctly, the houses were a failure, as most Japanese in the greater Osaka area were not interested in western style housing and the quality of construction was not up to their expectations. I think the stadium was finally demolished in the late ’90s.”
[Found in here, additional images and story found here and here.]
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Wow. What a legend. No reason for me to do a write up for someone so well known for so long, but I’ll admit this: I didn’t care for his music that much when I was young. Although I appreciated his talent and his importance in the early days of R&B / R&R, the songs sounded the same to me.
In 1972 someone gave me a copy of “The London Chuck Berry Sessions.” It impressed the hell out of me, and I became a true convert. I played that album so many times that light showed through the grooves.
Like an old song said, “If there’s a Rock and Roll heaven, it’s gotta have a helluva band. Hail, hail, indeed.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
From the Fun Facts To Know & Tell Department:
“On my first trip to Ireland I was told how the fisherman’s sweaters were woven to indicate origin so washed up bodies might be identified.”
Wanna chip in and buy a town? Tiller, Oregon is up for sale.
Let’s do this.
Vitiligo is a non-fatal yet incurable disease that causes patches of skin to lose pigmentation. This young woman pwns it with markers.
The U.S. Navy’s “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal investigation is still ongoing with more indictments. Here’s the timeline.
Lost your Official Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Ashtray again? Get a replacement here.
Guy nailed himself with a bear tranquilizer and lived [via].
Amazing door lock from 1680 tracks the number entries [via].
I forgot to ask. How’s your mesentery doing?
Did your Samsung TV stop showing program listings? Ours did, so we unplugged it, plugged it back in. No dice. Did the same with the antenna. Nope. Replaced the batteries in the old remote. Didn’t work. Bought a new remote. No success. Samsung tech support couldn’t suss it out either. The Missus figured it out – we’d had a power outage, and when she reset the date and time, she missed resetting the year. PROBLEM SOLVED.
[Top image: Napoli amusement park, 1950.]