Oddly Enough Blog
News, but not the serious kind
November was another month full of news you can use from this blog.
Traffic stats for the 10 most popular items show that readers were especially eager to learn what makes the perfect gift, how to avoid as many of those Kardashians as possible, and what superstars miss most when they’re filming away from home.
They also appreciated my new insights into goofy history, with true stuff like what Abe Lincoln did on the South Lawn, and how King James I amused himself.
And most of all, they valued having a place where they could learn what retail products have been recalled recently. It’s a very long list.
On a personal note, I was happy to see my Fabio item made the top 10 list. I just really liked that one.
Blog Guy, you seem to read a lot of history. I guess that’s to take your mind off the goofy stuff you see every day?
Are you kidding? History books are where I GET my goofiest stuff. I find myself laughing out loud as I picture things I read. In his biography of William Shakespeare, author Bill Bryson tells us that King James I “was graceless in motion, with a strange lurching gait, and had a disconcerting habit, indulged more or less constantly, of playing with his codpiece.”
So, Blog Guy, as a keen observer of the political scene, what’s your take? Can Herman Cain be elected president at this point?
Because of the….
Exactly. Because of his name.
Now I’m confused. His name?
Of course. What did you think I meant? Check out the U.S. Bill of Rights, and you’ll see that nobody named Lemuel, Enoch or Herman is allowed to become president.
Blog Guy, have you seen that amazing new book about former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the one taken from hours of taped interviews with her just months after her husband was assassinated?
Excuse me? Are we talking about the same book?
Sure. I’m not even finished with it, and already I’m struck by her vivid chowder memories of Jack Kennedy:
Blog Guy, I’ve heard that the British Royal Family isn’t very well educated. That’s hard to believe, what with being the land of Shakespeare and everything.
Well, it turns out that when you spend all day changing into different costumes and hats and jewelry and stuff, your education can be neglected.
Blog Guy, is it just me, or am I seeing lots of photos of Abraham Lincoln in the news these days?
Yes, I’ve noticed it, too. Most recently with presidential candidate Michele Bachmann greeting a Lincoln lookalike at a Republican dinner in Iowa a couple of days ago.
Man, I hope this guy is proud of himself.
But let me back up a minute.
When I was a boy, there was a Disney movie about a plucky little terrier who went to Edinburgh with his master, who then died. The dog kept a 14-year vigil at his master’s grave, passing away himself in 1872.
Watching this as a child required more tissues than I could even carry into the theater. The movie was called “Greyfriars Bobby, the True Story of a Dog.”
Blog Guy, I am really pumped about the Civil War 150th anniversary stuff coming up. Aren’t you?
You bet. I went to the Manassas reenactment over the weekend, and loved it! What I saw was First Manassas, as opposed to Second Manassas, which happened a year later.
Blog Guy, I’m surprised you didn’t get involved in the Sarah Palin thing a couple of days ago, when she told her goofy version of Paul Revere’s ride.
Those signs of the onrushing Apocalypse that I like to chronicle here are coming so fast I can barely keep track of them these days.
It turns out, the Arizona Legislature has just voted to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state’s official firearm.