CNews reports that “Homer Simpson will be made an official honorary citizen of [Winnipeg] this Friday – a follow-up to last year’s revelation that the main character of TV’s longest-running animated sitcom is based on a real-life Winnipeg native, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s father.” Woo hoo!
Mike Tyson Is Crazy
In a recent interview with Greta van Susteren, Mike Tyson contends that he did not commit the rape that put him in prison for 6 years in 1992. Having obviously contemplated the conviction for some time now, however, he says, “I just hate her [alleged victim Desiree Washington’s] guts. She put me in that state, where I don’t know…I really wish I did now. But now I really do want to rape her.” It’s nice to see this cerebral, civilized side to Mike Tyson. Freak.
Happy 100th Birthday, Bob Hope!
Although I imagine that Bob Hope might be unknown to Kids These Days, his legacy as an American comedic icon should be undisputed among those who know and love him. Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday today, with a career of over 80s years in stage, screen, and television under his belt, as well as perhaps his best-known achievement, “perform[ing] in front of more than 10 million members of the military, from venues ranging from World War II battlefields to Saudi Arabia just before the Persian Gulf War.” Happy Birthday, and many more!
Reading Rainbow In Dire Straits
Reading Rainbow, the popular PBS show for children, is fighting for its survival, as it struggles to find funding in order to continue producing new shows. Hosted by LeVar Burton, the show “counterintuitively uses television to introduce children to a world of books,” but because it lacks corporate sponsorship and targets a small demographic, it faces cancellation within months unless money can be raised. I fondly remember watching the show when I was younger and really hope that someone steps up and helps out, as it would really be a shame to lose such a quality show. Hopefully the fact that CNN is spotlighting the story will help matters, but I figure it can’t hurt to spread the word here…
Remember Duck Hunt? Play the online Flash version here. OK, so it’s not the same without the cheesy fake laser guns, but it’s still fun. 🙂
Patrick Roy To Retire
I was shocked to hear the news that legendary goalie Patrick Roy is going to announce his retirement today after 18 years in the league. Although he’s 37 years old, he’s still one of the best goalies in the game, and his legacy will certainly never be forgotten:
Roy is a four-time Stanley Cup champion – two each with Colorado and Montreal – and is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP. He is the league’s career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029, and he’s also tops in playoff victories, games played and shutouts.
I guess there’s something to be said for leaving at the top of your game, but I for one will miss his imposing presence on the ice.
The Big Ol’ Black Table Beer Run features entertaining (mostly politically incorrect) reviews of beers. Here’s a more innocuous one of Miller High Life:
Advertised as the “champagne of beers”, but that’s much too frou-frou. I like “carbonated butter.” Miller High Life is big slabs of deer meat on a toasted roll. It’s dirty fingernails scooping out pumpkin pie. It makes even the most sterile suburbanite feel like a Teamster. It’s outstanding. Rating: Extremely outstanding.
Although I’m not a big fan of Miller High Life, I agree with most of the other reviews, and even if I don’t, they’re pretty damn funny. Oh, and there’s a “sequel” page too.
The Geek Test
I’m 46.35108% Geek (Super Geek). How about you?
Crazy Jet-Powered Vehicles
Judging by this page, people are willing to strap a jet onto just about anything. Take a look at some some wild jet-powered cars, mopeds, and more while learning how different types of jet engines work.
The Silicon Zoo
Molecular Expressions: The Silicon Zoo depicts “photomicrographs (photographs taken through a microscope) featuring many of the interesting silicon creatures and other doodling scribbled onto integrated circuits by engineers when they were designing computer chip masks.” Discoveries under the microscope range from animals and symbols to Milhouse and Mr. T (at right), as well as a bunch more.