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Monday, June 30, 2003

Ten Million People Not Needing Another Visa Card Can't Be Wrong
In just four days, people have registered more than 10 million phone numbers for the new national No I Don't Need Any Home Remodeling List. >
Eight Heartbeats Away...
Quick quiz: In the off chance that President Bush loses another wrestling match with a pretzel, Dick Cheney upon hearing the news has a fatal heart attack, Dennis Hastert has a skydiving accident, Ted Stevens meats an unfriendly bear, Colin Powell eats some poisonous sushi, John Snow gets hit tie caught in an engraving machine, and Rummy and Ashcroft decide to end it all after being caught in a loving embrace in a broom closet, who would be our president? Right now, Interior Secretary Gale Norton would be next in line, but under a new succession law being considered by Congress, your new president in the above scenario would be Tom Ridge . Currently, Ridge is 18th in line for the presidency, right behind Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, but the new law would move him up the No. 8, behind Ashcroft and ahead of Norton.>

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner?
Katharine Hepburn joins the list of notables from the past couple of weeks to slip this mortal coil. In her honor, here's a list of her 12 Oscar nominations.>
No Money Is, in Fact, a Problem
Tony Hicks, the music critic for the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times weighs in on VH1's recent list of the top 100 songs of the past 25 years, and though he makes some good points, he kind of shoots himself in the foot by mistakenly referring to No. 58 on the lists as "No Money, No Problem." An honest mistake, which perhaps we can overlook because of his asserion that at No. 94, Cheap Trick's "Surrender" is way too far down the list.>
No. 1 Should Have Been a Lineman
Barry Sanders tops the list of the top 100 athletes in the history of Wichita, Kansas. A Wichita lineman doesn't show up until No. 16.>
Here's a list that will make the hairs on your neck stand up, Bush's short list of Supreme Court nominees. My personal favorite is Judge Edith Jones who refused to grant a retrial to a death-row inmate whose lawyer snoozed through most of the proceedings. >

Friday, June 27, 2003

Give Gargamel His Due
A couple of good lists today from UndergroundOnline (which incidentally was the first domain name of the paper Internet magazine I once worked at something like one million years ago).

"Jaws" tops the list of the best animal attack movies of all time, while Megatron is No. 1 on the list of the greatest cartoon villains of the 80s. Personally, I think Gargamel isn't getting his due here, especially when you consider the voice talents behind the luckless wizard. Not only did Paul Winchell voice Gargamel, but in a feat at least matching Nicholas Cage's dual role in "Adaptation," if not John Ritter's in the "Three's Company" episode where he plays Jack and Tex Tripper, Winchell also was the voice of Baby Smurf and Nosey Smurf.

Winchell himself has had a fascinating career as a voice actor, teetering between villians like Gargamel and Dirk Dastardly (the real go-to villian of the late '60s and '70s), children's favorites like Tigger, a Gummi Bear, and Heathcliff the cat, and downright bizarre characters like Fleegle on the "Banana Splits," Bubi Bear of the Hair Bear Bunch, and Moe on "The Robotic Stooges."

Links via the always fun PCJM.


Thursday, June 26, 2003

Hold the Cheese
Off topic, so I apologize list fans, but I have long been fascinated by weird, new fast/junk food variations. There was a time I would eagerly try every new incarnation of soda, burger, candy bar, though they never lived up to my anticipation. I think last summer's Vanilla Coke/Red Fusion debacle, may have curbed my enthusiasm, but McDonald's new McGriddle sandwich has awakened that passion. I have yet to pull the trigger, but have contemplated it many mornings on my way to work (I have a bunch of Einstein’s coupons I'm trying to burn through). Anyway, on a discussion on another blog, I mentioned that the cheese part of the McGriddle equation (two griddle cakes flavored with maple syrup, salty meat [bacon or sausage], and egg) turned me off, and sure enough here is a hilarious review that vindicates my thought.
Need a Job?
Then head to Fayetteville, Ark., which happens to be the nation's best performing city according to the Milken Institute. >

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Play "Freebird!"
That hoary rock concert cliche might be echoing through the chambers of the Waldorf ballroom next spring because Skynyrd is among the 29 semifinalists for the next class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other groups/artists under consideration include Prince (a slam dunk), Van Halen (please elect them just so we can be treated to David Lee Roth's acceptance speech), and George Harrison (he'll get in just because Jann and friends will feel bad they didn't elect him before he died). Here's the whole list of semifinalists.
Link via Rocktober.>

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

No It Isn't Based on the Gwyneth-Ben Movie
The wife and I caught a preview performance of the new Stephen Sondheim musical "Bounce" (here's a list of the songs in the show) at Chicago's Goodman Theatre the other night. We both enjoyed it, though I can't say we were blown away. Still, I guess as far as musical comedy goes, this was a good one. I haven't seen a lot of Sondheim, so, I'm a little ignorant of all the ballyhoo, but the narrative of the play, the story of the Mizner brothers, I found fascinating enough to go down to the library and pick up a copy "The Legendary Mizners.">
Somewhere Gates Brown Is Weeping
I hate to break form, but this story about the sad demise of the once grand Tigers Stadium in Detroit is worth reading. There is no list tie in, per se, but recalling Detroit's huge list of vacant lots, I can't imagine why they would have to tear down this palace to put up a Wal-Mart.
Speaking of Tigers who have seen better days, Denny McLain, the 1968 Cy Young Award winner and last man in the majors to win 30 games is working these days ringing up Slurpees and porno magazines behind the counter of a Sterling Heights, Mich., 7-11.>
Let's Play Two Today
More baseball. The incomprable Paul Lukas has a new UniWatch listing major leaguers who have had their first names or nicknames on the backs of their jerseys a la Ichiro. The best anecdote, Ted Turner once had Andy Messersmith wear the nickname "Channel" on his jersey, which when combined with his uniform number 17 formed an add for Turner's WTBS TV station.>
Double Play
Two very short lists from the world of baseball today.

First, Barry Bonds became the charter member of the list of major leaguers to hit 500 home runs and swipe 500 bases.

Second, Fred McGriff made his first trip to the disabled list in his 18-year major league career. >

Monday, June 23, 2003

Good lord, what the hell happened to Rob Reiner? He's like the Don Mattingly of film. What looked like a sure-fire Hall of Fame career after "Spinal Tap," "The Sure Thing," "Standy By Me," "The Princess Bride," "Misery" and "When Harry Met Sally" (and even "A Few Good Men" and "An American President" are watchable in a rainy weekend, TNT way), has derailed like that of the former Yankees great.

Here's a list of reviews of his latest mistep, "Alex and Emma." I wasn't even aware this was a Reiner film until today, which in many ways shows you how far he has fallen. This looks bad, but having seen "Story of Us," I have a hard time thinking of ways he could make a worse film. Luckily work, family, and a new home will probably prevent me from ever having to find out. >
Como se llama "scum of the earth?"
Among the bizarre revelations coming out of this weekend's arrest of "multimillionaire serial rapist" Andrew Luster, the heir to the Max Factor fortune, is that he kept a "payback list," which included his victims and prosecutors. Other items found in the journal included tips for maintaining his surf boards and Spanish translations of such smooth pick-up lines as "Can I touch your chest?">
No Raptor's Delight
Vince Carter heads up ESPN's Page 2 list of the most overrated athletes .>

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Who Needs Big Brother?
George Orwell, the author of 1984, ratted out his friends shortly before his death, by sending a list of 38 suspected comminists to a source in the British government.>

Saturday, June 21, 2003

List Roundup
Leave your weapons at home before attending this weekend's air show in Akron.

The Earth Simulator Center supercomputer at Yokohama Japan narrowly beat out HP AlphaServer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to remain the world's fastest computer. Don't look for this competition to be made into a reality TV show anytime soon.

And don't mess with Texas or at least Texas politics.>

Friday, June 20, 2003

When It Rains...
Jennifer and her hubby Brad, apparently are also the the king and queen of Hollywood according to perhaps the only source for this kind of insight, People. Ben and J-Lo might want to fire some more publicists after they read that they only rank fifth.>
Sorry, Ross
Apparently Rachel Green, a.k.a. Jennifer Aniston, is the world's biggest celebrity. On the one hand she did star in two of 1999's best films, "Office Space" and "Iron Giant," on the other hand, she's producing the Tim Burton remake of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Rounding out the top 10 were...
2. Eminem and Dr. Dre (I didn't even realize they were dating)
3. Tiger Woods (this must have been made before the US Open)
4. Steven Spielberg (didn't he make that shark movie?)
5. Jennifer Lopez (sure to drop after that movie with Ben comes out)
6. Paul McCartney (he's a Beatle, which is lifetime immunity)
7. Ben Affleck (sure to be dropped by J-Lo after that movie comes out)
8. Oprah Winfrey (might I suggest your next classic for the book club?
9. Tom Hanks (I can't help it, I like him)
10. Rolling Stones ("Far Away Eyes" is an underrated classic)>
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