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14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

Nine Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters

A couple of years ago, I did a post on celebrities who got their first tastes of the entertainment biz by working at one of the Disney Parks, whether they did tricks at the Magic Shop (Steve Martin) or cracked wise as a Jungle Cruise skipper (John Lasseter). But which celebs might you actually spot [...]

Donald Duck on the Futility of Nuclear War

In 1952, Disney released the 7-minute cartoon “Applecore” featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n Dale, the mischievous fast-talking chipmunks. In this short, Donald plays an apple farmer whose crops are being eaten by Chip ‘n Dale, so Donald retaliates, only to be foiled at every turn. This short is cute, but there is a hugely powerful [...]

The Number of the Day: 16,000,000,000

Americans consume roughly 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. Related Fact: The “Thomas” of gourmet popcorn chain Dale & Thomas is Hall of Fame basketball player/Hall of Shame basketball executive Isiah Thomas. [Source: Real Simple (October 2010). See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]