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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 01/26/15

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January 26, 2015

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato (427-347 B.C.)
    ~ Plato (427-347 B.C.)




Links here are good only for the week of January 26. After that... is anybody's guess.
The Upper and the Real Deal

The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

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BBHQ Monday Morning Upper.

Our annual nostalgic look at Super Bowl continues. This one is a classic (though most kids under 40 might not get it).

But you will.

But there's more. Here's one with a touch of nostalgia in it:

Click here to watch it.

I remember... January 26, 1998:

Though this had nothing to do with the Super Bowl, it was the same week as the big game, January 26, 1998.

Do you remember? Click here to watch a short excerpt.

This Week with the Chicowitz

The Great Carsoni

When I was in college, we had Carson on in the background every night, as, in the foreground, we did what college kids do. But when Ed McMahon announced a visitor from the east, everything in the apartment stopped. Carnac was magnificent.

“May I have silence, please?”

“Yes, you may.... you’ve had it many times before.”

“May you get your first French kiss from a diseased camel.”

I remember George Segal playing his banjo. I remember the talking parrots (who usually wouldn’t talk), the baby tigers and snakes, and Myrtle, the lady who collects images of people formed on potato chips.

Only Carson could make that funny. Remember what he did to make it funny? (What I really miss is Carson’s reaction to all this.)

Click below to read the entire essay:


BBHQ Shorts
Quick Takes on Items in the News:

01/22:  No Hypocrisy Here

01/20:  The Never-Ending War

01/19:  It's Still Not Enough

01/12:  How Legislators Think

01/09:  Free College Tuition –
             the Real Goal

01/08:  Free College Tuition!

BBHQ Contest


Below is a still-shot from a screen test video for a proposed bio-pic movie. This setup never made it to the silver screen, though the movie was eventually made. But every boomer (and our parents) would recognize both the actor and the character being portrayed.

The actor is way out of place here. We never saw him/her in a costume like this. But there is something about his/her lips and eyes that gives it away. And perhaps the inflection in the voice, too.

And that's your task for this contest.

A copy of our e-book on midlife crisis goes to the first two newsletter subscribers who identify both the actor and the character being portrayed.

We'll help you. We have a video clip of a portion of the screen test. Both the content of the clip and the voice of the actor should be enough.

You can view the video and take a shot at it here.

[Void where deflated, snowed-in, prohibited, taxed, banned, quarantined, censored, legislated, mandated, regulated, vegetated, inundated or otherwise arbitrarily or unfairly restricted. One winner per boomer. Decision of the judges is final. You snooze; you lose. No animals were injured in the production of this contest. Forward. Yes we can. Inka dinka doo.]

[I am a non-attorney spokesman, not a lawyer.]

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

We Americans have taken many habits from our our ancestors in England. (Apparently some of our stupidity comes from them, too.) Here are some.... odd public signs seen in England:

IN A LAUNDROMAT: Automatic washing machines. Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.

IN A LONDON DEPARTMENT STORE: Bargain Basement Upstairs

IN AN OFFICE: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back, or further steps will be taken.

IN ANOTHER OFFICE: After the tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

ON A CHURCH DOOR:: This is the gate of Heaven. Enter ye all by this door. (This door is kept locked because of the draft. Please use side entrance.)

OUTSIDE A SECOND HAND SHOP: We exchange anything - bicycles, washing machines etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain.

QUICKSAND WARNING: Quicksand. Any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council.

NOTICE IN A DRY CLEANER'S WINDOW: Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.

IN A HEALTH FOOD SHOP WINDOW: Closed due to illness.

SPOTTED IN A SAFARI PARK: Elephants, Please Stay in Your Car

SEEN DURING A CONFERENCE: For anyone who has children and doesn't know it, there is a day care on the first floor.

NOTICE IN A FIELD: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

MESSAGE ON A LEAFLET: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.

ON A REPAIR SHOP DOOR: We can repair anything (Please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work)

SPOTTED IN A TOILET IN A LONDON OFFICE BLOCK: Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.


Have a super Super Bowl week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ



Brush Up Your Shakespeare
      — with Madam Red Dot:

The end of the smartphone.

No, I don't mean the end of the smartphone. I mean the end of "smartphone." Soon, that euphonious appellation will be obsolete. Let's find a replacement.

We have received few ideas from subscribers... but none so far that strike the right tone. Long-time visitor Lara suggested "communicator." Maybe... but it has too many syllables; the max should be 3. Our favorite Canadian visitor of the week, FreddyP, suggested "mutant." Ah... that may not be acceptable to the mutants out there. In that same, potentially politically incorrect, highly inflammatory, offensive tone, Tom in Louisville suggested "redskin."

Let's keep at it.

Click the contact us link to offer your suggestion. Nope; this is not a contest. But imagine how much fame came to the guy who came up with... "redskins."

We'll work on it for a few weeks, and post your replies as we receive them.

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