amb: Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be here!! Again!!!
Liz: Hey all! While amb stops for oxygen, I’d just like to take a moment and reassure all FNITN-loving folk that we’re not actually hijacking the blog again. Matter of fact, my appearances here at BoFN have all been by invitation. *clearing throat here* amb?
*looks at amb, who is dancing to “Friday and I’m in Love” and doesn’t notice*
As I was saying: Since Dave has a physiology midterm today, he very kindly invited us to fill in for him with a special crossover edition of Funny Names in the News.
amb: Right! So while we can’t promise that Dave won’t regret this …
Liz: …we do promise to deliver the news, and funny names, with a couple of our own surprises thrown in. Enjoy!
amb: Actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar have revealed the name of their young son, who was born last September. Rocky James Prinze is clearly in a (weight) class all of his own, and is destined to grow up to be a knockout.
For the record, this tip comes to us from Boxing Correspondent Dave, and not certain other showbiz-concerned correspondents. You know, Liz, as the name behind six films, three video games, and countless hours of “Eye of the Tiger” radio play, I’m surprised that “Rocky” isn’t a more popular baby name, frankly.
Liz: I think “Rocky” is the Double-Stuffed Cheesy Baked Potato of films. You know you really don’t Need all of those fat grams, but d@mned if it doesn’t taste good and satisfy those gotta-have-it cravings. Or we can talk sweets: Rocky is a Crusher Marshmallow Cookie for sure. Hard-core on the outside, but he’s got those melty tender spots, too. Rocky and food–ok, now I’m hungry. Did you bring anything to eat? amb?
*amb, dancing again (this time to “On Saturday”), has once again let her attention wander*
OK, then. Moving on. If you’re looking to burn off the calories consumed reading about Rocky, our Careers Your Guidance Counselor Never Told You About Correspondent, Fannie, brings us jump-roping phenomenon Rene Bibaud. A former choreographer and coach for Cirque du Soleil, Bibaud made the Seattle news when she figured out how to turn jumping rope into a full-time job. You can read more about Rene’s talents here.
And if we’re jumping rope, we’ll need some liquid refreshment. How about some fruit-infused water?
amb: Liz…funny names here, remember? You’re not at foodforfun right now. Funny. Names.
So, from jump rope to slightly more … distinguished careers, Future Member of the Medical Profession Correspondent Dave – what, did you think I was going to use a Dr. McDreamy reference here? – has the sad news that Dr. C. Everett Koop died in his home this week at age 96. Koop was widely regarded as the most influential surgeon general in American history. You can read about him in reputable publications such as the New York Times and this very blog.
Liz: I hadn’t heard that, amb. Never ceases to amaze me how much I learn here at BoFN. Don’t know if Dr. Koop would have approved of your TV viewing habits! I know you have a TV item coming up … can you just please promise me that you’ll eat some healthy snacks while you’re watching, like air-popped popcorn (this being the Funny Names blog and all, make sure it’s Orville Redenbacher popcorn)?
Though from looking back at your comments on the Redenbacher post (my but you do turn up a lot in the comment section here), I see you eat your popcorn mixed with Reese’s Pieces. *shaking head* Snacks don’t have to be junk food, you know. How about I send you a batch of my sweet, salty, crunchy Classic Granola to munch on while you watch?
amb: Me? Talk a lot? Here? Now why on earth would I want to do that?
*amb bats her eyelashes a bit. amb overdoes it with the eyelashes and starts sneezing. Liz pats her on the back and passes the fruit-infused water*
Whew! Thanks. I needed that. (And that granola sounds fab, by the way.) The entertainment blog Vulture.com is trying to determine the Greatest Sitcom of All Time. Yesterday, funny named writer Willa Paskin debated the merits of “Friends” (this blog’s personal cast of characters) VS. “Golden Girls.” Joey Tribbiani against Rose Nylund – it’s a fictional funny names face off! You can find out who made it to the next round here.
Liz: Since we’re hanging out in Dave’s space today, we thought we’d close our news update with one more item from him. amb – sit down. Drink some more fruit-infused water.
Dave brings us the bulletin that, in the 15 minutes following Renee Zellweger’s Oscars appearance, we got 51 hits for “Renee Zellweger squinty eyes” related search results, and had our biggest Sunday in months! We’ve obtained the exclusive broadcasting rights to his acceptance speech:
“We’d like to thank the Academy, and the Hollywood Foreign Press (I think they’re Oscars-related), and Renee Zellweger, and her mom Kjellfrid Irene Andreassen, and her father Erich Emil Zellweger, and God, and people who search for peculiar terms.”
amb: And now it’s time for an acceptance speech of our own! Thanks so much, everyone, for having Liz and I over for this edition of Funny Names in the News. We’ve loved bringing you our correspondents’ latest scoops, and we hope we’ve kept you entertained …
Liz: … and given you some inspiration about what to cook and eat this weekend! Until next time… (and there will be a next time, right Dave?)
amb: Have a wonderful Friday, all.