We’re Talking Softball…

Simpsons softball team
ESPN Page 2 recently had a great feature entitled From Springfield to Cooperstown, which made a startling discovery:

The nine legendarily lucky Major League Baseball players who appeared in the memorable Homer at the Bat episode from Season Three claim that all these years later, Hall of Fame caliber careers behind them, they’re still often recognized solely because of their appearances on the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s softball team.

I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised at this, but I still am.

By the way, Homer at the Bat is one of my all-time favorite episodes. I couldn’t make this post without adding the video montage at the end of the episode, with the song Talkin’ Softball playing in the background. Enjoy:

W on Music Royalties

I know that presidents aren’t necessarily informed on every little thing, but W’s response to a question about music royalties is more moronically clueless than usual. This is straight from the official transcript:

Q Mr. President, music is one of our largest exports the country has. Currently, every country in the world – except China, Iran, North Korea, Rwanda and the United States – pay a statutory royalty to the performing artists for radio and television air play. Would your administration consider changing our laws to align it with the rest of the world?

THE PRESIDENT: Help. (Laughter.) Maybe you’ve never had a President say this – I have, like, no earthly idea what you’re talking about. (Laughter and applause.) Sounds like we’re keeping interesting company, you know? (Laughter.) Look, I’ll give you the old classic: contact my office, will you? (Laughter.) I really don’t – I’m totally out of my lane. I like listening to country music, if that helps. (Laughter.)


Tunnel Flying

I’m not convinced that this video is real, but if it is it’s some amazing flying. Check out the YouTube video Flying under Stockholm:

The challenge was to do the impossible, fly a huge aerobatic RC-plane under Stockholm through a 3.9km long tunnel called Södra länken.

The plane is 80" wide and weighs 13lb. The mighty electric motor provides 35lb of thrust and a topspeed closer to 120mph.

What do you think; real or fake?