When I was younger, in the caveman days when I was in High School, my friends and I used to sit around watching Superchicken reruns, eating many meatball hoagies and drinking scads of Hi-C Ecto-Cooler. During the downtimes, we would challenge each other to try to laugh without smiling. Strangely enough, the idea came from listening to, of all things, the U2 song "Running To Stand Still". The original lyric was:
"You gotta cry without weeping, talk without speaking, scream without raising your voice."
I changed the first lyric and the rest was history.
Today, during one of the many rainstorms that have passed over the area, a few of my family members were sitting around chatting and I brought up the challenge again. Before you knew it, we were in tears laughing, totally dismantling the premise of the challenge. At some point I thought it might be a good idea to open up the challenge to other people. And thus, a vidcast was born.
So here is the challenge. Can you laugh without smiling? If you can, we'd love to see your video attempts. You can upload them to YouTube and then link them here...or better yet: I've started a Facebook group for this little challenge. Feel free to join and add your video attempts over there. Should be fun and at the very least, be a great time waster. Have fun!
We're back with more Jawbone goodness! Goonie talk. More Karen Allen. Podcast listener wars. Impressions. Lucky Charm lady. Dunking old ladies and more. Plus, a big announcement for all fans of MST at the very end of the show. Enjoy!
I don't ask much from you. Well, sometimes I do. But let this be an exception. Please go and demand the Riffers from Rifftrax (formerly of MST3K) come to Cleveland. It would help if you were actually from Cleveland as well. :) Thanks.
BTW, I just realized that the Rifftrax of Spider Man 3 features one of my favorite writers James Lileks!
PS: Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting MST-related news soon! :)
I think he went a little nuts at the end of his career, but some of his performances are legendary. Whenever I pull up behind several people at a red light I always think of Carlin's driving routine where he states that "you have to figure out which one of these idiots is the fastest." He will be missed. Read the whole story here.
"A fifth human foot in a year has washed ashore off the coast of British Columbia, and this time it's a left one. The first in the series was found nearly a year ago on Jedidiah Island in the Strait of Georgia. Within days, another right foot was found inside a man's Reebok sneaker on nearby Gabriola Island. The third was found in the same area, on the east side of Valdez Island in early February.
The origin on any of the remains is still unknown."
A few weeks back, I posted a link for Manbabies. Weird and creepy, yes. Yet we all collectively could not look away. Now, Paul from Paul and Storm gives us this bit of baby creepiness. Should you enjoy? Yes. But only after you run screaming from the room in fear to cleanse yourself of the weirdness.
I haven't drawn anything for Coulton for a while. Luckily, he released a new catchy song called "Washy Ad Jeffy" that is a mnemonic device to remember all the US presidents. You can read the whole story at his blog which incidentally is also the place where you can purchase the song. BTW, I should have done a visual like this for his song "The Presidents" but I was young and stupid back then. I'm much smarter now.
PS: You can buy a print of this image here, if one would like.
What the heck is with this thing called summer? Kids are swimming everyday. They are enjoying sleepovers and laser tag. I'm working like crazy and putting together futons and taking apart bunkbeds. With all this stuff happening, there's no time to do a show tonight. But we will record on Friday, most likely early evening. Neil might even be there! So excuse the lateness. But until tomorrow, enjoy this clip of our favorite New Zealanders, Flight of the Conchords!
LINCOLN, Illinois -Obesity has become a huge problem plaguing American children today. Hardest hit are teen and pre-teen males. Fortunately, some enterprising young fashion designers are doing something about it.
A group of designers from the Rita Blanding School of Fashion in Lincoln, IL have put together a program to aid young boys with their overweight issues. Dubbed the "Fat Boy Fashion Show", the show seeks to alleviate the embarrassing sting of adolescent male breasts and wide waistbands by accentuating their natural curves and embellishing their moobs with plunging necklines and revealing, yet tasteful tops.
"The research has shown that the biggest obstacle for these boys isn't overeating, but fashion choices," says Susan Marlowe, lead designer for the show. "Baggy shorts, baseball caps flipped backwards and tight logo tees are simply wrong for these boys. We're showing them that they can wear pinstripes to elongate their torsos and well-tailored suits to embrace their voluptuous curvy figures."
Along with the "Extreme Fashion Makeover", grooming is also being reinvented.
"We are teaching these boys that pulling your hair up and away from your shoulders will peel away pounds. By having them grow out their crewcuts and sweeping their hair into high ponytails, they are pleasantly surprised at how much slimmer their faces look," continues Marlowe.
"In the end, it's all about making smarter choices."
If successful, the designs will appear this summer as giveaways in KFC, Taco Bell and Big Boy kids meals.
Tonight, Neil upholds his end of the bargain from the Jog-A-Thon and hosts this episode of Jawbone. Tonight's topic include inviting our listeners to let us hear your impressions of famous people, The Hulk, Indiana Jones, and most dangerous things we've done. Plus. there is also a small clip of tonight's episode on Ustream. Unfortunately, I didn't hit record in time and didn't catch the whole show. Oh well. Enjoy the audio version at least!
Also, enjoy this image of me and my best friend, The Hulk done by Dave Devries of The Monster Engine.
"A woman has been arrested in Japan for sneaking into a man's house and living in his wardrobe without him knowing. Police found 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa living in a small storage space in the house in the southern city of Fukuoka."
Full story. Thanks to Dan for once again being ahead of the link curve.
A program note: Neil will be upholding his end of the bargain from the Jog-A-Thon and hosting an episode of Jawbone Radio this Thursday at 7:30 PM EST. Mark your calendars and watch it live on Ustream as we record. That is all.
Also, if you have any questions for Neil, post them here or call our voicemail line @ 206.666.2326.
For some reason, I've been on a Dr. Hook vibe this week. So I decided to offer up this classic album cover for this week's Caption This. C'mon, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman with Sexy Eyes, you can't help but think about Sharing The Night Together.