10 Funny Questions: Idea Machine, Day 36

Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project was challenging for me. I had to go out of town for the day to visit family and had little time to work on the topic: Coming up with 10 funny questions and answers at the third grade level. Alas, I managed only three originals to start with, but I'm still working on this prompt and will update later with my other funny questions. Here goes: Q. What's the … [Read more...]

Ben Franklin’s One Bad Idea….

Daylight Saving Time. I hate it and I struggle with resetting my body clock, even when I get an "extra" hour in the Fall (the hour that was taken from me in the Spring). I don't really care what time it gets dark. It's the switching back-and-forth twice each year that throw me off my game. I've written about Daylight Saving Time before, but in light of this hilarious spoof on Nacho Punch, I … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Roxy Theatre, Russellville, Alabama

This week's Sunday Sign celebrates the Roxy Theatre in Russellville, Alabama: The earliest movies I can remember seeing in a theatre are Georgy Girl and Bonnie & Clyde. My parents took me with them to see those movies when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Neither film is what you'd call a "kids flick." I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who can say they saw both of those films at a theatre as … [Read more...]

I’ve Always Loved Lucille Ball

Today is the 100th birthday of Lucille Ball, the iconic comedy legend. I've loved Lucy for as long as I can remember, although I'm pretty sure my introduction began with the earliest incarnation of The Lucy Show, rather than I Love Lucy.  I was a kid in the days before multichannel cable TV, so I grew up with three network affiliates and a PBS station. We lived in the country where the 12-33 … [Read more...]

Jane Russell Obituary in The Economist

Before reading this obituary in The Economist, the only thing I really knew about Jane Russell is that she pitched the "Jane Russell 18-Hour Bra" on TV when I was growing up and that she was a top pin-up girl in World War II. Over the weekend, I was skimming through a few issues of The Economist that I'd not had to time to really look at earlier this year and ran across The Economist's … [Read more...]

Julie Klausner Name-Drops Benjamin Franklin (and gets more than a RT)

Anyone in my Twitter stream who name-drops Benjamin Franklin to get a retweet deserves more than a RT. Julie Klausner gets a blog post. Think of it as a birthday present. Happy Birthday, Julie. If you aren't listening to Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week podcasts, you're definitely missing out. She delivers up cutting-edge humor and pop culture commentary and she riffs on the (mostly) inane … [Read more...]