Okily dokily folkily! Here we are, bringin’ ya all the Funny Named News that’s fit to… print? Publish? Blog?
Blog is still a weird word, even after becoming all ubiquitous and stuff. If we ever start a “Funny Digital Platforms Names” blog, we’ll have to induct “blog” as the Blog’s first blog. What a lovely sentence. So many B and G sounds. And a bit of a tongue twister!
Let’s start things off with last week’s cricket news. It turns out that Albie Morkel is a South African All Rounder and is also a bowler. Cricket terminology will never cease to amaze.
But I digress, his team beat India for their second win, in order to clinch a best-of-three series. Goooo Albie! Way to bowl your wobbly rounders and stop the other team from getting those wickets.
I’m sure it’s becoming apparent that I haven’t learned a darn thing about cricket since our Gylfi Sigurðsson post from the blog’s early days. Still one of my favorites, and something that got us on the “posts are fun when you don’t know anything about the topic” train!
In slightly-closer-to-home news, Tennessee rep Sheila Butt made the news lately (or at least the “Education Action Group” news) for her argument that students were being indoctrinated into Islam. She said that they’re spending a bit more time learning about Islam than other religions in their history classes, and introduced a bill to change that. Who knows? I never went to public school in Tennessee, so it’s possible. Then again, I think I learned about (and then promptly forgot) the Five Pillars of Islam in seventh grade myself, and found it as boring as I found all the other stuff in seventh grade history, so I’d hardly say I was indoctrinated.
Truth is, I forget most of what I learned in junior high. Or at least I forget most of the stuff I learned in junior high school classrooms. I’m sure some of the extracurricular lessons – like “cute girls are only rarely interested in your basketball card collection” and “parents just don’t understand” – stuck with me a bit more than the history class stuff. But if I’d learned the name Sheila Butt in junior high… that one would’ve stuck.
In News I Apparently Discovered Then Quickly Forgot I’d Discovered, there’s a fascinating long-read about a successful psychiatrist who became a drug dealer, and divorced his wife and then remarried a woman named Independence Treen, who “was 37 years his junior and on probation after serving time for grand theft auto. Five foot five with blond hair and hazel eyes, she looked like a younger version of [fella’s ex-wife] Kathy.”
Speaking of fellas, iconic Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti would’ve turned 77 yesterday. Happy birthday, and rest in peace, Fela!
Finally, we close today with a funny name that one of us encountered on our search for some medical info. Blackdoctor.org stopped writing about black doctors, and instead started focusing on fictional ones, as actor Earle Hyman, who played
Bill Cosby Cliff Huxtable’s father Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Earle turned 89 recently, and apparently loves Norway and is first cousin once removed from singer Phyllis Hyman. Way to go Earle!
Well that’s it for this week’s FNITN! Until next week, keep reminding me that once I get my medical license, I really oughtn’t become a drug dealer who marries a woman 37 years my junior no matter how funny her name is!
Enjoy your Friday!