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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

The Three Stooges’ 15 Greatest Sports Moments

The Three Stooges wore a lot of hats in their many short films, including athletes of various sports. Each one was an opportunity for chaos! With Leather recommends the greatest scenes of Moe, Larry, and Curly (or Shemp) in football, golf, boxing, horse racing, bull fighting, wrestling, and more. Easily the most entertaining entry in [...]

Larry, Curly and GMO

Get it? Well, GMO or Genetically Modified Organism – is on the news again, thanks to California’s Proposition 37, which is on the ballot for the November 2012 election. The proposition makes labeling for [...]

Things Exploding in Microwaves

(Video Link) This ad for Moe’s Southwestern Grill shows either how terrible or awesome microwaves are. I had no idea that bar soap would do that in a microwave. Question: what would happen if you tried to microwave a microwave? -via NotCot

The Final Years of Curly (of Three Stooges Fame)

In 1932, Jerome Howard (soon to be universally known as “Curly”) joined the Three Stooges comedy team. He was replacing his older brother, Shemp, as the third Stooge, joining his older brother Moe and frizzly haired Larry Fine. In 1934, the team signed with Columbia Pictures and began churning out the series of comedy slapstick shorts [...]

Tastes Like TV

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Tunes Into TV. When TV characters cook, the results are often disgusting. Drink: Flaming Homer Show: The Simpsons (1991) Origin: Homer is bored at home one night -forced to watch his in-law’s vacation slides- and he doesn’t have any beer, so he makes a cocktail from whatever he [...]

Shemp: The Forgotten Stooge

Samuel “Shemp” Horwitz was born on March 17, 1895. He was the third in the line of five consecutive brothers born to Sol and Jennie Horwitz. The name “Shemp” was derived from a mispronunciation (as so many family nicknames seem to be). Sam’s mother would call for him in her heavy Lithuanian accent, saying “Sam! [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabbles

There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples. 1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose [...]

Madison, Wisconsin’s Official Bird: Pink Plastic Flamingo!

The budget wasn’t the only thing that the council members of Madison, Wisconsin, had to consider during its meeting: they also decided to make the plastic lawn flamingo its official bird! The new mascot was debated for five minutes, and then the Common Council voted 15-4 to make the plastic pink flamingo the official city bird. The [...]