Monthly Archives: May 2012

Nipsey Russell

As mentioned in our tribute to Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark, I stumbled upon Nipsey Russell almost by accident one day while watching reruns of the $100,000 Pyramid, and then later saw him as a guest panelist on Match Game. While … Continue reading

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Fish Wars! (And Mullets Too!) – Funny Baseball Names

Baseball history was made on Sunday afternoon (I think) when two fishy-named players squared off in an epic 13-inning battle between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels at Petco Park. It was the first time (to my knowledge) that one … Continue reading

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Thomas Crapper

[Nominative determinism] refers to amusing instances where people’s names coincidentally reflect some aspect of their jobs, professions or lives. – Webster’s Online Dictionary The great Thomas Crapper is perhaps one of the greatest examples of nominative determinism (along with hurdler Marina … Continue reading

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Michael Hickenbottom, Son of Dick

I think I’m cute, I know I’m sexy I’ve got the looks to drive the girls wild I’ve got  the moves, to really move ’em I’ll send chills, up and down their spine I’m just a sexy boy… If you … Continue reading

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Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton

“Foremost Female Physical Culturist, Writer, Authority on Feminine Figure Contouring, Cover Girl.”  So read the business card of one Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, a pioneer of female bodybuilding and weight lifting in the 1940s and 1950s. She also briefly ran a … Continue reading

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