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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
HOMETOWN GIRL MAKES GOOD: Adrianne Palicki from Toledo is all over the place these days on TV as part of the hit series Friday Night LIghts, in a Wall Street Journal story talking about
SEE WHAT CELEBRITY GETS YOU: An anti-Scientology group called Anonymous has announced plans to stage a sidewalk protest timed to the opening night of the Broadway revival of All My Sons co-starring Katie Holmes. At first, we thought this was just about the haircut thing (KC)
FRAK!: It just sounds bad doesn't it? Technically it's not a cuss word, but thanks to the cult success of Battlestar Galactica the word
frak (which sounds suspiciously like another four-letter word, but not really) is finding its way into the popular lexicon. No word yet on whether any kids have had their mouths washed out with soap thanks to an ill-timed, "Frak!" in front of mom. Here are some examples of how to use it. (RL)
RIP JERRY REED: Most people remember Reed, who died early Monday from emphysema, from his variety show or the Smokey and the Bandit movies. To me, though, he'll always be the animated version of himself on Scooby-Doo where he performed "Pretty Mary Sunlight." Here he is in Toledo in 1983 performing his signature song. (KB)
THIS OLD THING: Keith Urban is digging out some of his old T-shirts that he may have worn on stage, or just around town and he's putting them up for auction for St Jude Children's Research. Do you prefer your celebrity T-shirt washed or smelling of Keith? (KC)
THUNDER ON THE HORIZON: Tropic Thunder clung to the top spot at the North American box office for a third straight week. We liked it. Disaster Movie is just that. Probably not that funny with Gustav on the horizon. (KC)
PLAN AHEAD: Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. Find your name on the Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names chart and plan your party now. (KC)
FISHY: "It was not a pike, nor a perch, we're sure of that," says Gunner Nilsson the head of a shopkeepers' association in Svenstavik. Bring on the murky video of the Swedish version of the Loch Ness monster. (KC)