Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay folks! It’s time for another corybantic installment of Funny Names in the News. You see, I just got back from wrapping a six or seven hour filming session with Arto for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign, and it’s 2:30 here on the west coast. I have a busy day tomorrow, with business calls, longer-than-usual tutoring appointments, and a classy evening banquet, so let’s get this boat rolling. (I’m a fan of the mixed metaphor).
Somehow our boxing correspondent Dave (aka Yours Truly) got caught in a recursive loop of looking at boxers with losing records the other day, and I came upon some doozies. There’s the aptly-named Mike McFail, who appears to have retired in 2011 after going winless in his last 19 matches. Ouch! But you always have to respect a fighter who goes out there and puts it all on the line.
I also stumbled upon one Leviticus Long, who went 0-5 in his short-lived career, with his first loss coming to future world champ Vivian Harris, and his next four bouts being used to pad the record of Joshua Smith, who started his career off impressively with an 11-0 record against fighters with losing records, then went on his own losing streak, eventually retiring with a 17-37 record in 2007. Still, ya gotta give these guys credit. They have more professional fights than most people do, and that takes some talent and a lot of courage.
We’re pleased to welcome back a Funny Names Blog favorite who simply didn’t get enough coverage the first time around – Carly Rae Jepsen made headlines this week, but probably not for the right reasons, as she was singled out for throwing what some people called the worst pitch ever. Poor Carly, but we’re still glad to have her write catchy pop songs, so I guess it’s good she’s not considering a sporting-related career change.
In Strange Bedfellows news, we learned that Nasir Jones a.k.a. rapper Nas, has teamed up with Harvard University, who gave him the honor of naming their Hip Hop Fellowship program the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship Program. This complements their Hip Hop Archive program and shatters everyone’s perception of the kind of things you can do at Harvard.
Our lovely Low Budget Sci Fi Films with Portmanteau Titles Correspondent Amb brings us delightful news on that front:
So the SyFy network (Space here in Canada) has this new strategy of airing super low budget, so-awful-they’re-amazing-but-mostly-just-awful movies in the summer. Last week it was “Sharknado” (sharks + tornado) and this week is, wait for it, “Sharktopus” (it’s a shark … with octopus tentacles). Please, someone, say something funny about this!
Also, Amb brings us some other exciting news from the showbiz front:
There’s a new documentary about Calvin and Hobbes that looks amazing! Aside from the fact that Hobbes is one of my favourite fictional characters EVER, I’m pleased to say that this film won something called “The Golden Badger Award” at a film festival. In Wisconsin.
Wisconsin, eh? Isn’t that close to where Liz lives? Maybe when we win a Golden Badger Award for our writing, she can pick it up for us!
Until next week folks, this has been Funny Names in the News – all the news that’s fit to flabbergast. Catch y’all on the flip side and enjoy your weekend!