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Posts from March 2013


You've heard the Lumineers...now let's welcome the Chickeneers!
What flattery! To have your song covered by Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, and Nick Offerman, all wearing chicken suits!

Can you imagine being a member of the Lumineers, and watching this unfold?

Priceless.
 
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Coming soon: Uno, the game show

It's not uncommon for game shows to have authorized TV versions. I've owned a few over the years--Password, Concentration, even Family Feud.

What is less common, and perhaps GENIUS, is taking a board game and making it into a TV game show.  Apparently that's what is happening with the card game Uno. In the card game, you basically match colored and numbered cards until you get rid of all of yours. The yelling of  "Uno!" is also involved.

According to the deal in the works with Mattel and a production company, "players will match colors, numbers and wits for a shot at the big prize, but only if they play their cards right!"

What could be more fun than that? I have several ideas.

I don't know if you're aware of this, but there are many spin-off, specialized versions of the card game Uno, and I think some of them might be more compelling. According to wikipedia, these are all real versions of Uno...and all could be made TV friendly.

Hello Kitty Uno: I like this one for obvious reasons.

Hot Death Uno:  I don't know what this is, but it sounds exciting.

Nascar Uno: This would be a guaranteed ratings winner if we could somehow incorporate car crashes.

Macy's Parade Uno: No, this one could only air on Thanksgiving. Not a good choice.

Uno Blitzo: Obviously this involves drinking, so I give it the big "thumbs up." When somebody's down to the last beer they yell "Uno!" And wackiness ensues.

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Was the Easter bunny trying to kill me?
I was just doing a bit of reminiscing with myself, when I got to thinking about the childhood joy of waking up Easter morning, hunting for Easter eggs hidden by that giant basket bringing rabbit.

A couple of things came to mind:

1) The Easter bunny was not very good at hiding things (oh look, there's one next to the table leg).

2) tThose eggs (hard-boiled and dyed by my mom, brother and I the day before) had been out for HOURS. Didn't the Bunny ever hear of salmonella? If the major sugar rush wasn't bad enough, the old eggs should have done us in.


I'm not sure if I'm remembering this accurately, but it seems to me we were in no rush to return them to the fridge after we found them. Did we leave them in the basket, waiting to be eaten until after all the jelly beans (jelly bird eggs) and peeps were eaten?  It's surprising our whole family didn't end up in the emergency room!
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5 things you didn't know about Elton John
Happy birthday Sir Elton John! He turns 66 today--and has been a household name since the early 1970s. But there are some things about Elton that I'm not sure everybody knows.

1. A lot of people know that Elton's birth name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight. But not too many know that his full name these days is Elton Hercules John.

2. Although he was HUGE in the 1970s, he didn't get a Granmy until 1987, for being part of a super-group of sorts with Dionne Warwick on the song "That's What Friends Are For."

3. Elton auditioned for the lead vocalist spot in the band KIng Crimson, but he wasn't their cup of tea.

4. As a session musician, he played piano on the Hollies 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."  He was paid £12.

5. Elton was immortalized on a pinball machine, in honor of the Who song he covered, "Pintball Wizard." There's one you can buy on eBay right now for $2000.
 
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25 recordings for the ages
You think you have a lot of CDs? Somewhere in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Library of Congress has 93 miles of shelving available in an undergound storage facility--prepared to hold and protect our audio visual history.

They've just added 25 recordings in an effort to fill up some empty spaces on those shelves.
 
Among those added: the Simon and Garfunkel album The Sounds of Silence, Cheap Thrills,  Janis Joplin's 2nd album with Big Brother & The Holding Company,  Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, The Ramones self-titled debut album, and the Chubby Checker song "The Twist."

Blues enthusiasts should agree with the choice of the 1965 Junior Wells album, Hoodoo Man Blues. Not only does it include Wells' great harmonica playing, it also features Buddy Guy on guitar! The Library of Congress notes that because of contractual oblications to another record company, he was billed as "Friendly Chap" when the album first came out.
 
Here's Junior Wells from the American Folk Blues Festival in Berlin in 1966. I'm not sure if Buddy Guy is playing guitar, because they never show the guitar player. Boo.

 
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