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What is Your Wish Today? (03/21)

One of the most memorable Seinfeld episodes is The Soup Nazi, much to the surprise of everyone involved. It is easy to remember all that is involved with getting the soup and of course the dreaded “No soup for you!”. However, there is another memorable part of this episode — the armoire thieves.

John Paragon & Yul Vazquez

John Paragon & Yul Vazquez playing the armoire thieves

By any chance, do you recognize the gentlemen on the left? (I’ll give you  hint, he was a prominent character on a children’s television show.)

If you don’t know, don’t worry. I didn’t know either that is why I am posting the answer now.

Paragon as Jambi the Genie

John Paragon as Jambi the Genie

“Mekka-lekka hi mekka hiney ho!”
“Mekka-lekka hi mekka chahney ho!”
“Mola-mekka chala mekka hola hayla hey!

Long live Jambi.

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Missing Something? (03/14)

Although he ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era – he was always less known to me – the man I am talking about is Harold Lloyd.

Harold Lloyd as his "glasses character"

Harold Lloyd as his "Glasses Character"

Harold Lloyd was a brilliant comedian, superb athlete, and daredevil who did most of his own stunts even after a 1919 accident…

On a Sunday in August of 1919, Harold posed for a photographer. The set-up called for him to light a cigarette with a prop bomb — the round, black, type you might see in the cartoons. The bomb wasn’t a prop at all; it exploded in his hand. It ripped open the sixteen-foot ceiling and left Harold blind and with most of his right hand missing. Doctors told him he would never see again. His career was over.

But the doctors were wrong. Eventually, his sight did return, the scars healed, and a glove was crafted to hide his handicap from his public. The comedian, known for doing all his own daredevil stunts, felt his audience would be concerned for his safety and not laugh at the movie if they knew about his injury. So he wore the glove in every movie he ever made after the accident.

(from the official website of Harold Lloyd)

If have ever seen his 1923 movie Safety Last! you will find it hard to believe all of the stunts that he accomplished with a prosthetic hand.

Safety First!

Safety First!

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Rube Goldberg Contraption (02/21)

(noun) a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation.

(noun) a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite scenes in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is when he gets breakfast ready by turning on a fan and lighting a candle (thus beginning his Rube Goldberg machine). As a kid, I always thought that machines of that nature were a movie trick. I never knew that there was a name for them and that they can actually be made.

But who was Rube Goldberg?

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author.

Best known for his INVENTIONS, Rube’s early years as an engineer informed his most acclaimed works. A Rube Goldberg contraption – an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups, and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles, and live animals – takes a simple task and makes it extraordinarily complicated. He had solutions for How To Get The Cotton Out Of An Aspirin Bottle, imagined a Self-Operating Napkin, and created a Simple Alarm Clock – to name just a few of his hilariously depicted drawings.

from the official Rube Goldberg website

See the top 10 movies with Rube Goldberg Machines

and a cool little Honda commericial:

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Succubi & Champs (02/16)

My favorite South Park episode has got to be ‘Succubus’ from season 3.

The reason – Chef’s parents’ stories about the Loch Ness Monster and their repeated claims that they have seen him on multiple occasions, and are constantly harassed by him, as he tries to swindle them out of “Tree-fiddy” ($3.50). It still cracks me up to think of it.

"Nessie"

"Nessie"

There are plenty of stories about Nessie and I am sure that you have your favorite too (or maybe not).

But there is somebody that you don’t really hear as much about, unless you live in upstate New York near Lake Champlain, I suppose. The “somebody” I am referring to is “Champ”.

"Champ"

"Champ"

The photo above was taken in 1977 by Sandi Mansi.

Thousands of people, dating all the way back to the Abenaqi Indians, claim to have seen the creature. This very deep lake lies on the border of New York and Vermont and is accessed by sea through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The first recorded sighting took place when Samuel de Champlain came upon the lake in July 1609. During this expedition, the French explorer noted “a 20-foot serpent, with a horse-shaped head and body as thick as a keg.” Since then, sightings of the strange aquatic beast have been reported by over 300 people.

Perhaps the most intriguing evidence for Champ’s existence came from underwater microphones installed in 2003 by a team doing research for the Discovery Channel. The team picked up a high-pitched ticking and chirping noise like what a dolphin or whale makes. Obviously these creatures would not be in freshwater, many miles away from the ocean.

I wonder if he would ask for a few dollars more…

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