Standing now counts as exercise. Which I guess means that lying down is the same as stretching, blinking is the new sit-ups, and reading this column is the equivalent of taking a multivitamin.
I don’t know why anyone would deface the statue of Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched, but someone did this week. They caught the person, though, and cleaned the statue, so it’s as good as new.
If you live in Australia and you’re expecting lettuce in the burgers you get at KFC and instead get a “cabbage and lettuce blend,” would you be unhappy? A lot of customers are because the restaurant chain has had to temporarily replace the lettuce due to floods. But I bet cabbage is good in burgers, though probably not if you aren’t expecting it. I love mashed potatoes but I wouldn’t want a scoop of them replacing my vanilla ice cream.
Wait … they have burgers at KFC in Australia?
The Scripps National Spelling Bee
This was one of the more intense competitions yet (though they’re all intense because these are kids we’re talking about, spelling difficult words on live TV in front of millions), with the winner being decided by the first-ever “spell off” in the bee’s almost 100-year history. The winner was 14-year-old Harini Logan, who beat 12-year-old Vikram Raju by correctly spelling 22 words correctly in 90 seconds (Raju got 15 right) in the final round.
Some of the words Logan spelled correctly during the competition include tauromachian, charadriiform, moorhen, and pullulation, which actually got Logan briefly knocked out of the contest until she was reinstated after an appeal.
Logan also beat my spellcheck because it doesn’t even recognize charadriiform.
Tweet of the Week
The most misspelled words in America? See how your state compares pic.twitter.com/weon9d0fs4
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 2, 2022
None of those words made Google’s list of the words that people in each state have trouble spelling (click on the map to enlarge it). I can understand why Utahns can’t spell boutonniere (who can?), but I’m utterly baffled as to why Californians can’t spell tomato, Texans can’t spell normal, and people in West Virginia can’t spell … West Virginia.
Everything Is Controversial Now, Even the Gerber Baby
What happens when a big company has a contest to pick a new “spokesbaby” for their baby food? Parents get very, very upset (though not at the babies, thankfully).
RIP Ann Turner Cook, Marion Barber, Jim Seals, Linda Lawson, KK, Brad Johnson, Ken Bode, Alec John Such, Paul Vance, and Shelby Scott
Marion Barber was a running back for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He died recently at the age of 38.
Linda Lawson was an actress and singer who appeared on such shows as Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Ben Casey, Adventures in Paradise, That’s Life, and ER. Her only album, 1960’s Introducing Linda Lawson, is fantastic and one of my favorites. She died last month at the age of 86.
KK — real name Krishnakumar Kunnath — was one of Bollywood’s most popular singers. He died last month at the age of 53.
Brad Johnson was a former Marlboro Man who appeared in such movies as Always and Flight of the Intruder, as well as TV shows like Soldier of Fortune, Melrose Place, and CSI. He died in February at the age of 62.
Ken Bode was a journalist for NBC and CNN and a host of public television’s Washington Week in Review. He later became dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He died last week at the age of 83.
Shelby Scott was a reporter and anchor for WBZ in Boston and was famous for the many times she went out to report live during snowstorms. She later became the president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She died last week at the age of 86.
This Week in History
Shopping Carts Introduced (June 4, 1937)
My supermarket just got new carts and I’m a lot more excited by this than I should be. They made their debut at the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma, invented by owner Sylvan Goldman and mechanic Fred Young. June 4 is now celebrated by some as National Shopping Cart Day.
Judy Garland Born (June 10, 1922)
The actress and singer would have turned 100 this week, and Turner Classic Movies is celebrating by showcasing the star for the entire month of June.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Garden Pests (June 4, 1932)
That time of year has started, and I think I have every single one of the insects depicted on this J.C. Leyendecker cover in my house.
National Black Cow Day
It’s today, the 10th. A Black Cow is a float made with root beer, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and a cherry. It’s not to be confused with a Spotted Cow, made with chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt; a Black and White Soda, made with milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer water; or a Blue Hawaii, which is made with vodka, rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix.
It’s also the name of one of Elvis Presley’s better movies.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Flag Day (June 14)
Take our Flag Day quiz to see how much you know about the history of the American flag. I guarantee you’ll do better than I did.
U.S. Open (June 16-19)
The golf tournament takes place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. You can watch it on NBC, Peacock, and The Golf Channel.
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