Happy Friday morning everyone. Dave asked me to fill in for him this week. And bless his buttons, he contributed most of the news.
If you haven’t heard, Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95. What a life. As a tribute started earlier this year, fabulously named comedian, Eddie Izzard, has set out to run 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa. During his runs, he will be filming a documentary about Mandela’s life and interviewing the people who knew him. Would you believe it’s call “Eddie Izzard’s Mandela Marathons”? Good luck Mr. Izzard.
Our relationship correspondent, Dave, contributed this gem. Octogenarian, Enid Shapiro dishes her advice on relationships. She was married for sixty years until the passing of her husband four plus years ago. She said, “I wouldn’t want to get married again, but I wouldn’t object to having a relationship. I mean, why not? I want to share meaningful life experiences with someone else. I’d love to have a boyfriend, and I think I could be a very good girlfriend.” You go girl!
From animal mixologist correspondent, Dave, first we discovered that Dubai has a Camel Reproductive Center, you read that right. Then we find out they are breeding a cross between camels and llamas creating the cutest Camas. Don’t you just want to hug them.
But that’s not why he brought us this news. If you scroll down farther in the article, you’ll discover wonderfully named, Leendert Saarloos of the Netherlands decided to bring us a domesticated, uber intelligent wolf, but as a trainable dog, and immune to distemper.
He came up with the Saarloos wolfhound, a new breed the maintains the looks and size and most of the characteristics of the wolf. They weight up to a cuddly 100 pounds. Would you believe they are strong willed, but completely tame? They are also accomplished escape artists. Sorry folks, they are only available in the Netherlands.
Our mad scientist correspondent, Dave, found this one, under the category of “The Six Most Badass Stunts Ever Pulled in the Name of Science“. I cannot bring myself to mention what they are, other than Stubbin Ffirth did something you have to read to believe. If you have a delicate stomach, do not click the link. Then there was Werner Forssmann who decided to learn about the heart by probing his own. Nuf said. *Where did I put the Listerine.*
Okay, I’m back. Moving on to something more palatable, Basketball correspondent Dave’s mention of chocolate might make this item more to your tastes. Former NBA star Jason “White Chocolate” Williams has a wife named Denika Kisty. I wonder if Hershey’s has an answer for that?
Now that Thanksgiving has passed Dave pointed out we can listen to the song Stone Soul Christmas by Binky Griptite.
Love the funk and soul. Just don’t try to take my Binky away.
Made-Man correspondent, Dave, brings us this beauty of a story on Mafioso mystique, codes of silence, and distinct nicknames. From Jake ‘Greasy Thumb” Guzik to Jack “Legs” Diamond and his Hotsy Totsy Club. “Legs” was shot in three separate incidents and survived. Earning him the moniker “Clay Pigeon.” Perhaps not the best choice of a nickname, as he was shot outside his home after bragging, “They can’t kill Legs Diamond.” Perhaps there a reason DeBeers doesn’t sell diamonds with legs? Just a thought.
I think this speaks for itself. As our Boxing correspondent, Dave says in his own words, “Here’s a picture of an awesome response to a wrong number text. Gives us the chance to talk about George Foreman’s kids’ names.”
1. Natalie Foreman
2. Michi Foreman
3. Leona Foreman
4. Freeda George Foreman
5. George Edward Foreman Jr
6. George Edward Foreman III
7. George Edward Foreman IV
8. George Edward Foreman V
9. George Edward Foreman VI
10. Georgetta Foreman
In case you didn’t read your June’s copy of Scientific American, meet 16-year-old Elif Bilgin of Istanbul, Turkey. The winner of the 2013 Science Award for her creation of bioplastics from discarded banana peels. She spent two years working on her project with 10 failed trials of plastics that weren’t strong enough or decayed too fast. She was undaunted, as she mentioned in her project description, “Even Thomas Edison said, ‘I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’” She did it after her next try and was able to repeat it on try twelve. We’re not talking turkey here. When I was that age, banana peels were fodder for cartoons.
Well folks, that wraps up another week of Funny Names in the News. Feel free to have a great weekend!