Why doesn’t Popeye eat his spinach earlier instead of waiting until he absolutely needs it? Or better yet, why doesn’t he just eat it all the time? It seems that in every cartoon he doesn’t even remember that he has it until he’s about to get beaten up by Bluto, and then he reaches into his shirt or his pocket and takes out a big can so he can become superhuman and defeat his enemy. And does he ever use this super strength to help others? Did he help during World War II?
When I was younger, I knew everyone’s phone number. My family, my friends, the place where I worked. We had to do that. Now everyone has a cellphone, and I can’t remember the numbers at all (not even my own).
Numbers I do remember: I went to the doctor this week and my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are terrific! I think it’s from all of the ice cream I’ve been eating this summer. Coming soon, my new book: The All-American Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Diet.
(Of course, my doctor says it’s from the blood pressure and cholesterol medications I take, but that ruins the premise of the book.)
What Is Quiet Quitting?
Apparently it’s the new viral craze where people (mostly Gen Z) talk about how they don’t quit their jobs but they also don’t exactly put in any extra effort for their employers because of low pay, because they don’t like the job, because they don’t feel they get any extra benefit out of it, or maybe because they don’t want to. (One job expert hates the name and would rather it be called “carefully coasting.”)
But hasn’t this always been a thing? The only difference is past generations didn’t post their views about their job to TikTok.
We’re Off to See the Wizard (Again)
In the new Wizard of Oz, Dorothy will livestream her adventures and go viral for killing the Wicked Witch.
Red or Green?
You only have one button press to receive a potentially nice monetary award. Which do you press? pic.twitter.com/2n2CbqmLKA
— Cliff Pickover (@pickover) August 16, 2022
I’ve scrolled through the comments and he doesn’t seem to give an answer. I’m sure there’s a “mathematical” answer (the twitterer is the author of several books on math and science), but I’m going with red. Maybe if I were already rich (or had more than one chance of pressing a button) I’d go with green, but a sure-thing $1 million sounds good to me.
Headline of the Week
(But what about men who are 5’5 1/2″? Asking for a friend.)
RIP Anne Heche, Wolfgang Petersen, Nicholas Evans, Bill Pitman, Denise Dowse, Read Morgan, Gene LeBell, Dave Lea, and Mike Lang
Anne Heche got her start on the soap Another World (she won an Emmy in 1991) and went on to appear in such movies as Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog, Six Days Seven Nights, Volcano, and the remake of Psycho, as well as TV shows like Men in Trees, All Rise, Chicago P.D., Hung, Ally McBeal, and Save Me. She died Sunday at the age of 53.
Wolfgang Petersen was the director of such films as Das Boot, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, The Never-Ending Story, Outbreak, and Enemy Mine. He died last week at the age of 81.
Nicholas Evans was the author of the bestselling novel (later a Robert Redford movie) The Horse Whisperer. He died last week at the age of 72.
Bill Pitman was a studio guitarist who played on an astounding number of popular songs, including “Strangers in the Night” (Frank Sinatra), “The Way We Were” (Barbra Streisand), “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (B.J. Thomas), and “Good Vibrations” (The Beach Boys), as well as playing music on the soundtracks for films like M*A*S*H, Goodfellas, and Dirty Dancing, and TV shows like I Love Lucy, Green Acres, The Deputy, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Bonanza, and The Wild Wild West. He died last week at the age of 102.
Denise Downes appeared in such movies as Ray, Requiem for a Dream, and Starship Troopers, and her long list of TV credits includes Beverly Hills 90210, The Guardian, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Imposters, Insecure, and Roc. She also directed Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story. She died last week at the age of 64.
Read Morgan appeared in many western shows, including a regular role on The Deputy, and also appeared on The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchock Presents, and Murder, She Wrote, as well as films like I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Time After Time, and Back to the Future. He died in May at the age of 91.
Dave Lea was Michael Keaton’s stunt double in the Batman movies and did stunts in The Rock, Con Air, Daredevil, Heat, and many other movies. He was also an actor. He died last week at the age of 67.
Mike Lang was a pianist who played the keyboard on the soundtracks to many movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Catch Me If You Can, The Towering Inferno, Gremlins, Toy Story, and The Right Stuff, as well as TV shows like The Simpsons, The Waltons, Frasier, and Kung Fu. He died last week at the age of 80.
This Week in History
Construction Begins on Berlin Wall (August 13, 1961)
And it officially started to come down on November 9, 1989.
Elvis Presley Dies (August 16, 1977)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Boy on High Dive (August 16, 1947)
This classic Norman Rockwell cover is celebrating 75 years this week. The original painting is a part of Steven Spielberg’s art collection.
Banana Split Recipes
We’re on the back nine of summer, so this is the last time I’ll be posting about ice cream until next year. August 25 is National Banana Split Day (but not Banana Splits Day) so let’s see if I can find a few recipes.
The Kitchen Magpie has a recipe for an Old-Fashioned Banana Split. Delish has these Banana Split Pops and a Banana Split Lasagna, while MyRecipes has a Banana Split Cheesecake. And if you’re looking for one that’s a bit healthier (though I’m not sure why you would), Simple Healthy Kitchen has this Healthy Breakfast Banana Split. It’s made with cottage cheese.
If banana splits aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like to try Miller High Life’s foray into ice cream, inspired by dive bars. Apparently it tastes like the peanuts you find on dive bar floors, with a hint of cigarette.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
National Senior Citizens Day (August 21)
The older I get the more I pay attention to days like this.
National Dog Day (August 26)
If you cat people think that dogs get all the attention, you have a national day too. It’s October 29.
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