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The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln’s father-in-law is Ian Anderson, legendary frontman for the band Jethro Tull.

When you think people pay $50,000 to be guided up the mountain this is pretty funny stuff. Love it.

What was Dazzle Camouflage, you ask? Dazzle Camouflage was ship camouflage used extensively in World War I, and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. It consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other. Unlike other forms of camouflage the intention of dazzle was not to conceal but “to make it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed, heading, and to mislead the enemy about a ship’s course and so to take up a poor firing position.” What they’re saying is when the enemy fired on a ship from a distance they had to estimate where the ship would be when the artillery or torpedo arrived. The Dazzle Camouflage blew all this to hell. So to speak.

Fun Fact: Each ship’s dazzle pattern was unique to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognizable to the enemy. Check it out:

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Just as I suspected.

I actually attempted two websites before this one and neither really caught on. The first was called Rock Hard Times and was all about music. The second was called The Inside Handshake and stuck exclusively to sports. Then one day it hit me – why limit myself to one subject? Hell, I have opinions and observations on other stuff as well. Why not open it up to everything? Music, sports, politics, science, entertainment, nature, the list was endless. Thus was born Shoe: Untied, a play on my name along with the idea of sort of letting loose (actually a friend of mine came up with the title and I liked it). Anyway, as you know the site turned out to be a pretty eclectic one, and that’s the way my crack staff and I like it.

One thing I discovered early is that you can never, ever predict what people will like. Sometimes I write something I think is great and get very little response. Other times I write something that I feel is sort of trivial and it just blows up (see drunk pig blog below). Like the title says, it defies explanation.

With that said, here is our annual year-end report and Top 25 Most Popular Blogs for 2018. We’ll start with #1 and work our way down. Just click on the title if you want to take a gander.

Australian Pig Steals 18-Beers From Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow

Yes ladies and gentlemen, a short little article I posted along with my observations back in 2014 got over 500,000 views this past year. For you non-mathematicians, that’s over half a million people. Seriously man, it was about a drunk pig. See, a radio station out in Seattle happened upon my site, liked the post, and put a link to that story on its website. Then the Aussies got hold of it and the rest is history.

UPDATE: Drunk Australian Pig That Started Fight With Cow Killed In Car Accident

Aaaand of course the throngs of people who loved the drunken swine story were interested in the tragic update. On a related note, Australians and I have the same exact sense of humor.

My Side of the Story

Nearly 400,000 people from all over the world heard my side of the story, and I’m glad they did.

Sis

I thought losing a basketball job was a tragic experience. I soon learned that, on life’s grand scale, it wasn’t.

My Dad and I

My memories of my father, who we lost just 53-days after my sister.

“Things Most White People Say” List Is Hilarious, Also 100% Correct

Basically just a repost of some funny tweets I’d run across. Good stuff and people liked it.

Incredible Photo of the Day: Gator Catch!

This was another post that the Australians inexplicably enjoyed. A large percentage of its views came from the Land Down Under.

So How Many People Did The Rifleman Actually Kill?

I love the old TV show The Rifleman, so one day I decided to research just how many people Lucas McCain actually killed. The answer? 120. Ol’ Luke murdered 120 people. But hey, they all deserved it so it’s cool.

Scioto Valley Conference Boys Basketball Preview & Predictions

A preview I wrote regarding our local basketball conference. I must say it’s turning out the way I predicted. So far.

The 2017 Ugly Dog Contest Was An Absolute Joke

My critique of the Ugly Dog Contest and its beautiful winner, Martha.

Cool Beans! Words and Phrases That Need To Make A Comeback

Another story I published a couple years that seems to never go away. Just a simple blog about words.

An American Hero: Ruby Bridges

My story about Ruby Bridges, the little 6-year old African-American who integrated an all-white elementary school in New Orleans on November 14, 1960.

Map of the Day: World Rat Distribution

The most fascinating aspect of this map is that Alberta, Canada is rat free, and it’s not by accident.

Regarding Beach Midgets

Just an offbeat, original little story that people seemed to find hilarious.

15 Reasons I Hate LeBron James (Or Used To)

I wrote this after LeBron left Cleveland with his ridiculous television show, “The Decision”. I really did hate the guy for a few years, but he won me back with his letter admitting he’d made a mistake with the way he left, then returning to Cleveland and ultimately bringing them a championship.

Celebrity Mugshots: My Top 10

Another old post that saw a resurgence of sorts in 2018. I’ve no idea why.

Meet Australian Cow Knickers, the Biggest Damn Cow You’ll Ever See

Again, Australians, man.

If You Haven’t heard of August Landmesser It’s a Damn Shame

I’m truly glad people liked this one, and I’m glad I got to spread the word about August Landmesser.

Paint Valley Basketball Records

This is a page I maintain that’s linked to Shoe: Untied. It gets a lot of hits.

Brad Kerns and Parenting the Way It Should Be

A telling story about one of my basketball parents and also one of the best friends I ever had.

The Many Worlds Theory is Wildly Fascinating

A pretty good example of what an eclectic website Shoe: Untied really is.

Map of the Day: USA IQ Test Scores by State

I had a lot I wanted to say here politically bit I couldn’t pull the trigger.

Man Killed Trying to Bring Christianity to Remote Island Tribe

A recent story that was quite controversial. Seems not everyone agreed with my views.

Another Drunk Animal Causes Havoc, and This Time It’s a Sozzled Squirrel.

Who knew drunk animal stories would be so wildly popular? Not I.

Don’t Think Animals Are Scary Smart? Read On.

There’s a certain segment of people who visit my site that can’t get enough of the animal stuff. They just eat it up. Animals, man.

So there ya go. All in all it was the biggest year ever for Shoe: Untied, and I thank the people who visit because you’re obviously as nuts as I am.

Happy New Year everyone.

 

Here’s the dilly. I’ll list the names given at birth to famous musical artists and you tell me the name they became famous under. Take the test, then tell me your score. There are 50 names so you’ll get 2-points for every correct answer. Don’t cheat by Googling names, ya filthy animals! WARNING: Some names will surprise you.

Answers are below. And seriously, don’t cheat. As a seasoned educator I’ll be able to tell, and you will be called out.

ORIGINAL NAMES

  1. Saul Hudson
  2. James Osterberg
  3. Calvin Broudus
  4. Christopher Bridges
  5. Ellen Cohen
  6. Otha Bates
  7. Faroukh Bulsara
  8. Eric Patrick Clapp
  9. James Todd Smith
  10. Trevor Smith Jr.
  11. Jeffrey Isbell
  12. William Broad
  13. Barry Allan Pincus
  14. John Francis Bongiovi Jr.
  15. Ann Mae Bullock
  16. Vincent Furnier
  17. Edward Louis Severson III
  18. Hugh Cregg III
  19. David Evans
  20. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
  21. Henry John Deutschendorf
  22. John Anthony Gillis
  23. O’Shea Jackson
  24. Joan Marie Larkin
  25. Paul Hewson
  26. Eilleen Regina Edwards
  27. Steveland Morris
  28. David Robert Jones
  29. Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pier
  30. Marvin Lee Aday
  31. Curtis Jackson
  32. Steven Victor Tallarico
  33. William Bailey
  34. Alecia Moore
  35.  Yvette Stevens
  36. Brian Warner
  37. John Beverly
  38. Gordon Sumner
  39. Stanley Burrell
  40. Lesane Parish Crooks
  41. Declan McMananus
  42. Robert Van Winkle
  43. Richard Penniman
  44. Robert James Ritchie
  45. Katheryn Hudson
  46. John Baldwin
  47. Ronald Belford
  48. Steven Georgiou
  49. Paul Charles Caravello
  50. Joseph Saddler

ANSWERS:

Saul Hudson – Slash (Guns ‘n’ Roses)

Easy one, right? Trust me, they get harder.

James Osterberg – Iggy Pop

Sadly, James grew up in Michigan. I’ll let it slide for Iggy though.

Calvin Broadus – Snoop Dogg

Another fairly easy one I think? Love Snoop. I once named a cat after him.

Christopher Bridges – Ludacris

Yep. Chris Bridges would never do.

Ellen Cohen – Mama Cass Elliott (Mammas & The Poppas)
Otha Bates – Bo Diddley
Faroukh Bulsara – Freddie Mercury (Queen)

Good call Faroukh.

Eric Patrick Clapp – Eric Clapton

Trust me on this one – Clapp was not a great name to have in the 60s.

James Todd Smith – LL Cool J

Again, James Todd just destroys your street cred.

Trevor Smith Jr. – Busta Rhymes

See LL Cool J and Ludacris.

Jeffrey Isbell – Izzy Stradlin
William Broad – Billy Idol
Barry Alan Pincus – Barry Manilow
John Francis Bongiovi Jr. – Jon Bon Jovi

Another easy one.

Ann Mae Bullock – Tina Turner
Vincent Furnier – Alice Cooper

In an odd way his real name sort of fits his image.

Edward Louis Severson III – Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
Hugh Cregg III – Huey Lewis
David Evans – The Edge (U2)

Hard to top a name like “The Edge”, amirite?

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – Lady Gaga

Did you know Lady Gaga is named after the Queen song “Radio Gaga”?

Henry John Deutschendorf – John Denver

Yeah. Good choice John.

John Anthony Gillis – Jack White
O’Shea Jackson – Ice Cube

Oh Good Lord. That wouldn’t do at all. Couldn’t have a bro named O’Shea in NWA.

Joan Marie Larkin – Joan Jett

Love Joan. She’s still rockin’.

Paul Hewson – Bono

U2 was good with their name change choices.

Eilleen Regina Edwards – Shania Twain
Steveland Morris – Stevie Wonder
David Robert Jones – David Bowie

David Jones changed his name to David Bowie because there was already a famous rocker with that name – Davey Jones of The Monkees.

Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pier – Cher
Marvin Lee Aday – Meatloaf

Have you seen Meatloaf? The name fit.

Curtis Jackson – 50 Cent
Steven Victor Tallarico – Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

I read his book, and he grew up in an affluent neighborhood. Fun Fact: He’s 5-10. Seems taller to me. Oh, and I met him once.

William Bailey – Axl Rose (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
Alecia Moore – Pink
Yvette Stevens – Chaka Khan
Brian Warner – Marilyn Manson

Young Brian was an Ohio boy as you probably know. Grew up in Canton.

John Beverly – Sid Vicious
Gordon Sumner – Sting
Stanley Burrell – MC Hammer
Lesane Parish Crooks – Tupac Shakur

Lesane is an odd name. That’s all I got.

Declan McMananus – Elvis Costello

Fun Fact: Before he hit the big-time he worked as a Data Entry Clerk. True story.

Robert Van Winkle – Vanilla Ice

There’s something so awesome about that.

Richard Penniman – Little Richard
Robert James Ritchie – Kid Rock
Katheryn Hudson – Katy Perry
John Baldwin – John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Ronald Belford – Bon Scott (AC/DC)
Steven Georgiou – Cat Stevens

And he later became Yusaf Islam.

Paul Charles Caravello – Eric Carr (KISS)
Joseph Saddler – Grandmaster Flash
When you wish upon a star you’re actually a few million years late because that star is dead. In reality, you’re actually looking into the past because many of the stars we see have already died.

The world’s strongest beer is called Snake Venom. At 68% alcohol it is stronger than whiskey.

In 1969 a 15-year old boy named Robert Rayford was admitted to the hospital in Missouri with sores, weight loss and shortness of breath. As time progressed he got worse as doctors were powerless to treat him. He eventually died of pneumonia, but remembering his case doctors ran tests on tissue samples they’d saved. They found that Robert had Aids 10-years before the first official case had been reported. He had never received a blood transfusion and had never left the country. His case remains a mystery.

Well, maybe not everything, but a hell of a lot.

Let us review the facts and fiction of Thanksgiving:

FACT: The Mayflower did bring the Pilgrims to North America from Plymouth, England, in 1620, and they disembarked at what is now Plymouth, Mass., where they set up a colony. In 1621, they celebrated a successful harvest with a 3-day gathering that was attended by members of the Wampanoag tribe. It’s from this that we derive Thanksgiving as we know it. However . . .

FICTION: The feast wasn’t actually the first Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until the 1830s that this event was even called the first Thanksgiving by New Englanders who looked back and thought it would be a good idea. Heck, the holiday wasn’t made official until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it as a kind of thank you for the Civil War victories in Vicksburg and Gettysburg.

In any event, claiming it was the “first Thanksgiving” isn’t quite right as both Native American and European societies had been holding festivals to celebrate successful harvests for centuries. Maybe first for the English in the New World, but that’s about it.

FICTION: The town of Plymouth was created by pilgrims clearing land and starting a village from scratch. Plymouth was already a village with clear fields and a spring when the Pilgrims found it. Why was it available? Because every single native person who had been living there had been wiped out by a plague, namely smallpox.

FICTION: The pilgrims came to America seeking religious freedom. The Pilgrims already had religious freedom in Holland, where they first arrived in the early 17th century. Like those who settled Jamestown, Va., in 1607, the Pilgrims came to North America to make money. Shocking but not really.

FICTION: Pilgrims called themselves pilgrims. False. They called themselves Separatists. In fact, the term Pilgrims didn’t surface until around 1880.

FICTION: Everyone dined at a long table with a white tablecloth. The partiers most likely sat in small groups around fires, eating geese or duck. Also, it seems weird but forks hadn’t been invented yet. Folks ate with their fingers.

FICTION: The Puritan Pilgrims didn’t drink alcohol. Pilgrims loved a good beer. No doubt ale was plentiful thanks to a recently harvested barley crop.

FICTION: The Indians thought highly of Pilgrim intelligence since the English citizens brought with them advanced technology. Nope. The Pilgrims may have had durable shoes, woven clothes and powerful muskets, but their lack of survival skills earned them little respect among the Native Americans. Massasoit considered the Pilgrims “as a little child.”

FICTION: The first Thanksgiving took place in November. The exact date isn’t known, but the feast we celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November likely occurred in late September or early October, shortly after the harvest of such fall crops as corn, beans, squash and barley.

FACT: It is true that the celebration was an exceptional and unusual cross-cultural moment, with food, games and prayer. Native Americans had been growing food for the colony nearby for awhile, so they more than likely ambled over for some chow. In fact, they probably outnumbered the English 2-1.

FACT: Squanto did in fact help the English. His people, the Patuxet, had lived on the site where the Pilgrims settled. When they arrived, he became a translator for them with other native people and showed them the most effective method for planting corn and the best locations to fish.

FICTION: Squanto’s story is a happy one. In fact, he was captured by the English in 1614 and sold into slavery in Spain. He spent several years in England, where he learned English. He returned to New England in 1619, only to find his entire Patuxet tribe dead from smallpox. He met the Pilgrims in March 1621.

FICTION: Turkey and pie was served at the “First Thanksgiving.” The truth is that there was no mention of turkey being there, and there was no pie either. Settlers lacked butter and wheat flour for a crust, and they had no oven for baking. What is known is that the Pilgrims harvested crops and that the Wampanoag brought five deer. There were plenty of turkey around, but settlers preferred duck or goose.

Oh, and there’s one more truth that was ignored for hundreds of years, and that is the fact that entire races of Native Americans were wiped out by Europeans due to disease and outright murder.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

I know, that was a descriptive title. You’re welcome. Anywho, we can all agree that myself and my crack staff here at Shoe: Untied maintain an eclectic site, amirite? I mean, name another site that covers, among other things, politics, sports, humor, nature, education, and dumb people being mauled by animals. You can’t. That said, let’s take a look at some facts you may not know about Antarctica. Seriously, you’ll dig it. Trust me.

Note: Antarctica is the one on the bottom of the earth, but you knew that, right? Right?

There Are Places In Antarctica Which Haven’t Received Rain Or Snow In 2-Million Years

See? Mind already blown. Check to make sure your brain isn’t on the floor behind you. Seriously, in Antarctica around 1% of the continent is permanently ice-free. These areas are called Dry Valleys or Antarctic Oasis.

There’s A Waterfall In Antarctica Which Is Called Blood Falls

Not kidding. And you know why? Because it’s freakin’ red, man. You see, 5-million years ago, as sea levels rose, East Antarctica was flooded and a brine lake was formed there. After millions of years, glaciers formed on top of the lake. As they froze, the water below became even saltier. Still with me? Today, the subglacial lake under Blood Falls is three times saltier than seawater and, therefore, is too salty to freeze. The water beneath Taylor Glacier, which feeds the Blood Fall, contains a lot of iron, and when iron-rich water comes in contact with air, the iron oxidizes and takes on a red coloring, leaving blood-like stains on the ice. Whew. Get all that? Good. Here’s a photo for all you cynical folk.

70% Percent Of World’s Fresh Water Is In Antarctica

Yep. Around 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the fresh water is in Antarctica. If all of the Antarctic ice melted, sea levels in the world would rise about 200-feet and that trip to your summer beach house would be shot all to hell.

See ya Florida!

The Average Ice Sheet Thickness In Antarctica Is 1-Mile

You know, other than that 1% I told you about earlier.

Sled Dogs Have Been Banned From Antarctica Since 1994

Back in 1911 sled dogs hauled supplies for Norwegian explorers led by Roald Amundsen. It was the first expedition to reach the South Pole. Afterwards, sled dogs were kept and used in Antarctica for years. However, they were banned from the continent in 1993 due to fear that they might transmit canine distemper to the Antarctic seals or would escape and disturb the local wildlife. Good call Antarctica.

Antarctica Has No Official Time Zone

Why, you ask? Because Antarctica is mostly uninhabited. However, a number of research stations use the time zone of the country that operates or supplies them.

Antarctica Is 1.5 The Size Of USA

It’s also twice the size of Australia and 50-times the size of the United Kingdom. In yo face Brits.

See?

Antarctica Is The Only Continent Without Reptiles And Snakes

However, there is an abundance of other forms of wildlife such as whales, seals, penguins and other birds. On a related note, I may or may not have cried while watching March of the Penguins.

Winds Can Reach The Speed Of 200-Miles Per Hour

It rarely snows in Antarctica, but it looks like it because of the wind blowing it around. Illusions and whatnot.

There Are No Polar Bears In Antarctica, Only In The Arctic

True story. See, the Brown bear of North America is the ancestor of the Polar bear. Naturally, Polar bears now live in countries that surround the Arctic Circle – Alaska, Norway, Russia, Canada and Greenland. Consequently, Polar bears do not live in Antarctica, but only in the Arctic, as there was no way they could reach the South Pole. Bears could not handle the tropical temperatures on the way down there anyway, and there is no way to get there by land. Der.

Antarctica Has One ATM

The banking conglomerate Wells Fargo installed an ATM back in 1998 at McMurdo Station, the largest science hub on the continent. While it is near New Zealand territory, the ATM only dispenses US dollars. Aaaand here it is:

Does it look lonely or is it me?

Note: Most facts have been pilfered from the good folks over at Bored Panda.

Note 2: I have no idea if they’re good folks. I don’t even know them.

Well, it can count for one damn thing. Venus Flytraps are carnivorous, so they wait for some poor unsuspecting schmuck to trigger the little hairs on its leaves and boom, you’re a goner. See, when the prey hits a hair an electric signal tells the plant something is there. If two hairs are disturbed within 20-seconds the trap snaps shut. After a third hair is touched the plant’s digestive juices start flowing an it’s a slow and agonizing death for whatever happened to mosey into its jaws of death. Diabolical.

PS- In the second video you’ll see the Venus Flytrap eat a snake, bloodworms, honeybee, spider, housefly, frog, a big bug, a finger and a goddamn cactus. Dude does not discriminate. Good God almighty.

Around 2,200 people are bitten yearly by Black Widow Spiders in the USA. Contrary to common belief, most people suffer no serious damage and don’t even require medical attention.

While researching our last story, my crack staff here at Shoe: Untied came upon the fact that the prehistoric Dunkleosteus had a staggering bite of 8,000 pounds per square inch. That inspired me to dig further, so I assigned intern Bradley Dirkens the task of finding the Top 10 current animals with the strongest bite. And by the way, our researchers found that results varied wildly. Because of this we averaged our findings. Here’s what the Dirkster found:

Human – 162 psi

On the grand scale of living creatures, this is very low. Good thing we’re smart, amirite? On a related note, I once had a 3rd grader named Jimmy Turkle who I’m pretty sure had a psi of 573.

Jack Russell – 200 psi

I chose the Jack Russell because of my beloved Sparky. He is small but mighty. What Spark lacks in bite he will make up for in attitude and spunk. I also use every excuse I can think of to post photos of my best friend.

The Spark.

Rottweiler – 325 psi

Meh. Pretty sure Spark could take him.

Cougar350 psi

The cougar is second among the big cats. You’ll see who tops this guy shortly.

Gray Wolf406 psi

Wow. Thank God there have been no recorded attacks of wolves on humans in recorded history, despite what you’ve seen in movies.

That stare though.

Giant Otter – 450 psi

Don’t let that cute face fool you, kids. This dude can rip your face off. Giant Otters, man. There are videos of them defeating alligators.

Bring it.

Mastiff – 556 psi

Factoid: The Mastiff has the strongest bite among dogs.

Lion – 691 psi

Ah. The King of the Jungle. But his bite isn’t close to the most powerful among animals, as you’re about to see.

Alligator Snapping Turtle – 1,000 psi

Wait. A Turtle? Yes, a turtle. And a badass turtle indeed. Guys, imagine swimming and this guy takes a bite out of your . . . never mind.

Cutie.

Hyena1,100 psi

This innocent looking bro sort of looks like a cute dog, but he has a bite stronger than a freakin’ lion. ‘Nuff said.

Grizzly Bear – 1,160 psi

No shocker here. Grizzlies have the rep, and it is well-deserved. Crush your skull like you read about.

Polar Bear – 1,200 psi

Don’t let those Pepsi commercials fool you, folks. The Polar Bear is a stone cold killing machine.

Silverback Gorilla – 1,300 psi

Is it me or do most people not think of gorillas as biters? I usually think of them as having brute strength. Either way a bad day for whoever is on the receiving end.

Jaguar – 1,500 psi

The Jaguar. It’s bite is stronger that that of a lion or tiger. It can also crush skulls with one snap of its jaws.

Hippo – 1,800 psi

Many people don’t realize this, but more humans die from being killed by hippos yearly than any other animal. Plus, they’re way faster than you think.

Great White Shark – 4,000 psi

This should come to the surprise of nobody. You know, Jaws and whatnot.

Nile Crocodile – 7,000 psi

Holy Mother of God that’s one helluva bite. Dude could snap a human in half in an instant, and has many times for that matter.

Rat – 7,500 psi

Rats, man. They can gnaw through wood, concrete, and even steel in some cases.

PS- The rat is not included in most of the “strongest bite” articles. Not sure why but I’m sure there’s a reason.

In Denmark studies have found that it’s okay to drink a standard serving of alcohol per day when you are pregnant. According to social norms, not only is it okay, it is expected.

In 1953 an Air Force radio squadron operator was the first American to receive word that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had died. The operator’s name? Johnny Cash.

When the late great legend Burt Reynolds passed away a couple days ago I was reminded that his college roommate was ESPN’s Lee Corso, which is almost too cool to imagine. Because of this I began wondering what other famous people roomed together, so I put my crack staff here at Shoe: Untied on the case. What they found boggled my mind, blew my gourd and made me question the existence of all that is holy.

Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but there were some surprises. Take a gander . . .

Burt Reynolds & Lee Corso 

As I’ve already mentioned, Burt and Lee roomed together at Florida State in the late 50s when both played on the football team. Reynolds got hurt, and legend has it the Corso encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star. The rest, as they say, is history.

Al Gore & Tommy Lee Jones

W-h-u-u-u-u-t? Yep, these guys were roomies at Harvard in the late 1960s. Tommy Lee was, like Burt Reynolds, a football star-turned-actor and Al was, well, the future Vice President of the USA. Jones went on to make cool movies like Men in Black, The Fugitive and Space Cowboys while Gore ended up winning the Nobel Peace Prize, combating climate change and getting screwed out of the 2000 General Election. Power couple, man.

 

Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham & Warren Zevon

Oh, how I would have loved to have hung out in that apartment. Back in the early 70s, and before they all hit it big, Zevon slept on Stevie and Lindsay’s couch for a few months. Seems Warren was struggling financially and the couple invited him to crash in their NYC pad. Little did they know what lie ahead. For Nicks and Buckingham it was Fleetwood Mac, for Zevon it was Werewolves of London, Excitable Boy and the rest. Stevie even went on to cover Warren’s song “Reconsider Me” in the early 90s. Good stuff.

David Lynch & Peter Wolf

Wow. Imagine hanging with these two at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the late 60s. Lynch would turn into an amazing director of movies like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive while Wolf would become the lead singer of the freakin’ J. Geils Band. Listen to this cool story of how they met, as recounted by Wolf:

“The first day I arrived back in Boston, I stayed at the Y.M.C.A. for one night, because that’s the most I could afford. The next night I spent sleeping on the Charles River. The third day, since it was raining, I knew I needed to find a place quick. I spent a good deal of time at the school’s hallway bulletin board looking over the “roommates wanted” list, when a voice behind me asked if I was looking to find a roommate. That person turned out to be David Lynch. So that night I moved into his one-bedroom apartment on Hemenway Street. We slept in bunk beds.”

Fate, man.

John Cusack & Jeremy Piven

Oh boy. These guys had to be trouble, amirite? Turns out they grew up in the same hometown of Evanston, Illinois and were childhood buddies. Then, they shared an apartment in the Big Apple. The story has a sad ending though, at least for now. The two had a falling out, reportedly because Cusack resented Piven’s success in the 2000s. Makes zero sense to me and I hope to God it’s wrong because I think both of them are great.

We also found a few more, not-quite-so-interesting roomies:

Tony Dungy & Flip Saunders

Yep, former head coach Dungy of the NFL Colts and Saunders of the NBA Timberwolves roomed together at the University of Minnesota. Tony had to be a boring-ass roommate, man.

Joe Montana & Charlie Weis

NFL Hall of Famer Montana and failed Notre Dame coach Weis roomed together in South Bend wile in college at ND. Weis probably ate all the food.

Ryan Gosling & Justin Timberlake

I was going to make a joke about all the ladies these two had to be pulling in, and then I learned they were both Mouseketeers at the time and were like 13-years old. Then again . . .

Christopher Reeve & Robin Williams

These guys roomed together at Julliard and stayed close. Williams even covered some of Reeves’ medical expenses after he was paralyzed. Reportedly he caused Reeve to smile for the first time after his accident. Cool.

Tom Izzo & Steve Mariucci

This pair roomed together at Northern Michigan and used to talk about becoming big-time coaches. Of course, Izzo ended up as head basketball coach at Michigan State and Mariucci coached the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. Their dreams became reality.

Gene Hackman & Dustin Hoffman

The story is that Hoffman slept on Hackman and his wife’s floor in NYC in the 50’s for a few weeks until he wore out their patience. They kicked him out and he was replaced by another actor – Robert Duvall.

Kiefer Sutherland & Robert Downey Jr.

Robert and Kiefer shared an apartment in LA for three years in the ’80s before making it big. Robert was going through a rough patch with girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker at the time, and Kiefer was a shoulder to cry on. True story.

Me & Jed

Back in the late 70s I shared an apartment with a guy who had several college degrees and was smarter than just about any human I’ve ever known before or since. I, on the other hand, had flunked out of OU and only cared about the Tuesday Night Drink ‘n Drown at the Serene Lounge on High Street. Talk about an odd couple. Seriously, Jed was and is a great guy and I have some great memories of the year we spent just off Ohio State campus.

Anyway, surprising roommates. This site is nothing if not eclectic.

On the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams penned a letter to his wife. It read in part:

 “This day ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”

His wife didn’t know it at the time, but her husband John Adams had just predicted Independence Day, often called the 4th of July, in the United States of America.

John Adams had been calling for independence for years, long before most of the delegates. Bad. Ass.

And nobody wants their gourd blown, amirite? Wait. Maybe they do. Anyway, there are certain historical facts, usually involving when events occurred, that are a tad mind-blowing and really mess with your perception of time. Check ’em out:

John Tyler, America’s 10th president, was born in 1790. He has 2 living grandchildren.

John Tyler was 63 when his son Lyon was born in 1853. Lyon was 71 when Lyon Jr. was born in 1924, and 75 when son Harrison was born in 1928. Both sons are still alive. Incredible.

Wooly Mammoths were still alive when the Egyptians built the pyramids.

Yep. From 2630 BC–2611 BC.

Oxford University in England existed hundreds of years before the Aztec Empire existed in what is now Mexico.

The Aztec Empire existed from 1428 to 1521, when Cortez showed up to ruin the party. There was evidence of teaching at Oxford University in freakin’ 1096.

George Washington died in 1799. The first dinosaur fossil was found in 1824. George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed.

*Not an actual photo.

Anne Frank, Martin Luther King and Barbara Walters were all born in 1929.

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish had already been living in what is now New Mexico for 100-years. 

They began building the Palace of the Governors in 1610 and it was a thriving settlement by 1620, when the pilgrims sailed in. You might mention that the next time you hear somebody say “Speak English!”

The first McDonald’s was founded 3-years before the first prisoners were brought to Auschwitz.

Yep. The McDonald brothers opened their first restaurant adjacent to the Monrovia Airport in California in 1937. Auschwitz admitted its first prisoners in 1940.

Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin were born the same year, and Charlie had the mustache first.

Charlie also played Hitler in a movie called “The Great Dictator” in 1940.

The Colosseum in Rome was built in 80 AD, the same time the Gospel of Luke and the Acts Of The Apostles were written.

We’re not 100% certain of when those gospels were written, but it’s very close.

The Brooklyn Bridge was being built during the Battle of Little Big Horn.

And the bridge is still in use today. More than 125,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every single day. And to think that workers were building it the same day as Custer’s Last Stand.

So, gourd blown? No? Damn it. Mine was. Of course, I’m a little weird when it comes to history. Seriously man, John Tyler has two living grandchildren? That’s just cray-cray.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

The perfect length of a vacation is 8-days. Longer vacations have little benefit. Experts say more vacations are better than long vacations.

A suicide bomber had planned on detonating in Moscow on New Year’s Eve in 2011, using her cell phone as the trigger. On her way to the city her mother called her to tell her to have a safe New Year’s Eve. The bomb detonated, killing her and only her instantly.